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2Lt Vern H Hunnell

2Lt Vern H Hunnell

Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, USA
Death 27 Nov 1944 (aged 23)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56783188 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until March 26, 1946.

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Vern served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-29 "Devil May Care" #42-24452, 45th Bomber Squadron, 40th Bomber Group, Very Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Sheridan County, Wyoming prior to the war.

B-29 #42-24452 took off, with a crew of 11, from Chakulia, India with 60 other B-29's on a bombing mission to attack rail yards in Bangkok, Thailand.

They were believed to have been shot down by Japanese aircraft. B-29 #42-24452 was the only B-29 lost on this mission.

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

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-766833

Vern also has a "Cenotaph" in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, Sheridan, Wyoming with his parents.
( see family links below )

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Airmen who perished on B-29 #42-24452:

Blackwell, Carl E ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, OK
Cole, Carson E ~ Corp, Gunner, WI
Fancher, Robert J ~ 2nd Lt, Engineer, WI
Gabriel, William J ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IL
Gettler, John G ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY
Hunnell, Vern H ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, WY
McCormick, Robert A ~ Sgt, Left Gunner, OH
Powers, L D Eugene ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, OK
Roth, Bernard ~ Sgt, Right Gunner, NY
Stone, William T ~ Sgt, Radar Operator, MO
Webster, William H ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MI

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56783188
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Vern H Hunnell (22 Mar 1921–27 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56783188, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .