He graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1942 and went to work for Gilman Paint & Varnish Co. He enlisted in the US Army with the intention of becoming an aircraft mechanic.

Aircraft B-17F with serial number 42-5225 was on a bombardment mission to Schweinfurt in Germany. The aircraft was one of the low element. Enemy aircraft must have wiped out the entire element on the first attack. Aircraft 42-5225 crashed near Balen, Belgium. Walter Brown and Edgar Yelle were the only survivors.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Don S. Von Der Heyde
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Donald Primeau
Navigator, 2nd lt Edgar J. Yelle
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Walter S. Brown Jr.
Engineer, T/Sgt Peter Comac
Assistant Engineer, Sgt Homer J. Mitts Jr.
Radio Operator, S/Sgt John R. Klopolsky
Assistant Radio Operator, S/Sgt William F. Wannemacher
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Mack D. Walton
Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Dick L. Sparman

His body was initially interred at the Enemy Cemetery in Antwerpen-Deurne, Belgium and later reburied at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré, Belgium, D, 6, 32

“I am Homer’s great niece. My grandfather, Russell, was his little brother.”
–Submitted by Hollie Stockman

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 21 May 1921
  • Date of death: 17 August 1943
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 323rd Bomber Squadron, 91st Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré (Neuville-en-Condroz), Belgium
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
  • Sponsored by: Hollie Stockman

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