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1LT George B Wilkinson, Jr

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1LT George B Wilkinson, Jr

  • Birth 1918
  • Death 1 Oct 1943
  • Burial Fort Johnson, Montgomery County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 10
  • Memorial ID 78598569

Co Pilot 1st/Lt. George B. Wilkinson, Jr KIA
Hometown: New York
Squadron: 328th BS 93rd Bomb Group
Service # O2044441
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 1st/Lt. William F. Stein KIA DFC

Target: Wiener Neustadt BF 109 factory
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 1-Oct-43
Serial Number: 41-23711
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: B
Aircraft Name: JERKS NATURAL
Location: Brandlucken (Austria)
Cause: Crew of 10 9KIA 1POW

William F. Stein's crew's remains were eventually discovered by the Army in a village cemetery. Stein and his men were identified, placed in a single casket, and returned to the U.S. On March 13, 1950, the families gathered at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, to bury their sons, even though their doubts and hopes never entirely died.

William W. Sykes parachuted into Heilbrunn, a tiny village tucked into the mountains north of the old fortress city of Graz, in southeast Austria. He was taken to the Heilbrunn inn. Austrian farmers showed him watches taken from the bodies. Nazis tokk him away for 19 months of captivity. Sykes died July 26, 1993 in his Florida home.

Crew of JERKS NATURAL
1st/Lt. William F. Stein Pilot KIA 1st/Lt. George B. Wilkinson, Jr Co Pilot KIA Lt. William W. Sykes Navigator POW 2nd/Lt. John M. McDonough Bombardier KIA T/Sgt. Jack W. Kasparian Engineer KIA T/Sgt. William A. Staats, Jr Radio Op. KIA T/Sgt. Larry H. White Gunner KIA S/Sgt. Philip G. Bedwell Gunner KIA S/Sgt. Lester J. Eby Gunner KIA S/Sgt. Adrian H. Smit Gunner KIA

Info provided by John Dowdy (#47791572)


Inscription

1LT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details Lieutenant, World War 2.

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  • Created by: JamesP
  • Added: 17 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 78598569
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT George B Wilkinson, Jr (1918–1 Oct 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78598569, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Fort Johnson, Montgomery County, New York, USA ; Maintained by JamesP (contributor 47630556) .