Born 3 October 1921
Died 12 September 1944

Second Lieutenant
306th Bomber Group, 423rd Bomber Squadron, 8th Air Force

Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-97180 departed from Thurleigh, England on a heavy bomb mission to Rutland, Germany. The high Group in which Lt Freeman was flying was attacked by 7 FW-190 from 7 to 8 o’clock high, six abreast and four deep, about 10 minutes before the target was reached. They salvoed their bombs and the aircraft dropped back on fire. 2nd Lt was initially buried at the community cemetery Britz in Germany on 12 September 1944.

Pilot, 2nd Lt Marvin W. Freeman
Co-Pilot, F/O Curtis M. Barber
Navigator, 2nd Lt Charles E. Stansbery
Nose Gunner/Bombardier, F/O Francis B. Smith
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Merlin D. Summers
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Kenneth W. Levens
Ball Turret Gunner, Sgt John G. Holmes
Waist Gunner, S/Sgt James E. Hughes
Tail Gunner, Sgt Robert L. Appell

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 3 October 1921
  • Date of death: 12 September 1944
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 306th Bomber Group, 423rd Bomber Squadron
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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