Born 12 April 1917
Died 10 October 1943

Staff Sergeant
351st Bomber Group, 508th Bomber Squadron

Aircraft B-17F with serial number 42-29868 was on a heavy bombardment mission to Ankam, Germany. The aircraft was hit by an ME-109 over the Baltic Sea. The ship caught fire immediately and exploded in the air. The Top Turret Gunner, Navigator, Bombardier and Co-pilot bailed out.   A German boat picked up Curlis an hour later. He encouraged the Germans to search for the others. Williams was next to be picked up and the third fellow was Teal, T/Sgt (not a crewmember of aircraft 42-29868). The Germans didn´t give up their search immediately but continued for some time. Though no others were picked up. The body of Silverman washed ashore on 10 October 1943 at Fodslette, on the island of Langeland, Demark.  Staff Sergeant Harmon’s body also washed ashore and was recovered by the German customs guards and initially buried at Petersdorf Cemetery, Petersdorf, Germany. He was later repatriated to the U.S. and was interred at Bunton Cemetery, Johnson County, TN in 1950.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt Joseph H. Turley
Co-Pilot, 1st Lt Frank E. Williams Jr.
Navigator, 2nd Lt Robert W. Coe
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Abraham Silverman
Top Turret Gunner, T/Sgt Theodore P. Curlis
Radio Operator, T/Sgt Theodore W. Brantz
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Raymond A. Hammond
Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Nelson O. Harmon
Ball Turret Gunner, Sgt Alvin L. Jeanes
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt William E. Trask

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 12 April 1917
  • Date of death: 10 October 1943
  • County: Johnson
  • Hometown: Carder View
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 351st Bomber Group, 508th Bomber Squadron
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Bunton Cemetery, Johnson County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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