1Lt Harold George Schlesier

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 9 Apr 1944 (aged 23)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56771480 · View Source
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Harold served as a First Lieutenant & Navigator on B-24J "Super" #42-73338, 65th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force During World War II.

He resided in Macon County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 23, 1941 in Peoria, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Bookkeeper and/or cashier and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #42-73338 took off from Nadzab Airfield on a bombing mission over Hansa Bay. They were hit, over the target, by ground anti-aircraft fire which blew off one of the wings and they crashed into the sea.

Harold was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross" and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-733471

Harold also has a "Cenotaph" in the Saint Johns Lutheran Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois with his parents.
( see family links below )

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-73338:

Ball, Louis D ~ Sgt, Gunner, IL
Bialy, Joseph G ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Brown, James C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, SC
Fitzgerald, Robert E ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA
Huntington, Harry F ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Keen, Joseph C, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Schlesier, Harold G ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, IL
Smith, Earle P, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, MA
Steffanelli, Patrick P ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, NJ
Taylor, John W ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, TN

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56771480
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Harold George Schlesier (15 Oct 1920–9 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56771480, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .