Sergeant, 786th Bomb Squadron, 466th Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Forces, World War II.
Ball Turret Gunner aboard B-24H Liberator #42-94974, nicknamed "Off Limit's Again."
Shot down by anti aircraft artillery flak and crashed near Osnabrück, Germany.
All ten crew members were killed. MACR 9488.
Killed In Action were:
2nd Lt. Quinton E Bailey, Pilot
Flt. Off. Jack P. Watters, Co-pilot [name not found-see below]
2nd Lt. Paul Baus, Jr, Bombardier
2nd Lt. Thomas P Chavis, Navigator
S/Sgt. Wallace Faires, Left Waist Gunner
Sgt. Fearon J Hanlon, Ball Turret Gunner
S/Sgt. William N Hergenhan, Right Waist Gunner
T/Sgt. Stanley T Hittner, Radio Operator
T/Sgt. William C Jaeger, Flight Engineer
Sgt. Herminio J Rodriguez, Tail Gunner
*The Missing Air Crew Report lists the co-pilot as Flight Officer Jack P. Watters, ASN T-3146. A NARA record for a Jack P. Watters has not been located. So it is uncertain who was the actual co-pilot.
First Lieutenant William R. Watters, who is on the headstone with the others interred in a group burial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, was on another flight that was shot down on the same date at the same location. So the original report has an error.
Entered the service from Minnesota; ASN 20753112.
Enlisted at Morris, MN, February 10, 1941.
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