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1Lt. Frank Bernard “Pancho” Harkins Jr.

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1Lt. Frank Bernard “Pancho” Harkins Jr.

Birth
Taltal, Provincia de Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile
Death
22 Mar 1945 (aged 23)
Ruhland, Landkreis Oberspreewald-Lausitz, Brandenburg, Germany
Burial
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Plot
Section 4E, Row-EP/ES, Lot 79, Grave 3
Memorial ID
58194402 View Source

Frank served as a First Lieutenant and Navigator on a B-17G #44-6794, 840th Bomber Squadron, 483rd Bomber Group, 15th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided at 5 Vining Lane, Westhaven, New Castle County, Wilmington, Delaware prior to the war.

B-17G #44-6794 took off, with a crew of 10, from Sterparone, Italy on a bombing mission over the Oil Refinery located in Ruhland, Germany. The were hit & shot down over their target by ground anti-aircraft and crashed near Ruhland. The entire crew was lost.

Frank was "Killed In Action" on this bombing mission during the war.

He was first declared as "Missing In Action" but his remains were later found.

He had served with the Air Corps for one year and nine months at the time of his death.

He was decorated with the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-2065548

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Airmen who perished on B-17G #44-6794:

Bush, Devereaux W ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MI
Dragovich, George N ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Ebinger, Oliver J ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IL
Fait, Edward R ~ T/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, OH
Groce, Clarence E, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, KY
Harkins, Frank B ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, DE
Hornak, Michael F ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, OH
Hull, Harrison E ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, WI
Wheeler, James A ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, KY
Will, Junior L ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, KS

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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Frank served as a First Lieutenant and Navigator on a B-17G #44-6794, 840th Bomber Squadron, 483rd Bomber Group, 15th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided at 5 Vining Lane, Westhaven, New Castle County, Wilmington, Delaware prior to the war.

B-17G #44-6794 took off, with a crew of 10, from Sterparone, Italy on a bombing mission over the Oil Refinery located in Ruhland, Germany. The were hit & shot down over their target by ground anti-aircraft and crashed near Ruhland. The entire crew was lost.

Frank was "Killed In Action" on this bombing mission during the war.

He was first declared as "Missing In Action" but his remains were later found.

He had served with the Air Corps for one year and nine months at the time of his death.

He was decorated with the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-2065548

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished on B-17G #44-6794:

Bush, Devereaux W ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MI
Dragovich, George N ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Ebinger, Oliver J ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IL
Fait, Edward R ~ T/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, OH
Groce, Clarence E, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, KY
Harkins, Frank B ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, DE
Hornak, Michael F ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, OH
Hull, Harrison E ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, WI
Wheeler, James A ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, KY
Will, Junior L ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, KS

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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