George John Gilmore Jr.
2nd Lt 0-682107 614th
1915 - 1944
Bombardier aboard 42-38002
Ardennes cemetery, Belgium
Plot : A , Row : 30 , Grave : 11.
1915 - 1944
George was born 14 July 1915, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York.
He married his wife on Sep 10, 1939.
He enlisted to the air corps.
In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
His last mission, Feb 22, 1944, Target: Magdeburg, The plane was shot down by fighters and flak.
8 men were POW's and 2 men KIA.
He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal
In 1944, when George died on the age of 28 he left behind his family :
His father, George Gilmore, age 65
His mother, Lillian Gilmore, age 59
His brother, Edward Gilmore, age 26
Mission to Magdeburg, germany, When last seen at 14:50 it was heading north with two fighters on his tail and was losing altitude rapidly.
Chrashed near Alvesse, Germany
The aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters and damaged by flak.
Most of the crew were wounded and bailed out.
George was badly wounded and unconsious.
Richard G. Schmidt couldn't bail out because his chute had been hit
by machine gun.
He pushed out George of the front hatch near Braunschweig,
germany then he stayed in the plane and took controls,
he made a belly landing in a potato field, 200 yards
from Hitler youth camp.
On the ground they saw George, his chute was out of the pack.
It was at a low altitude when he was pushed out, so either he had a
parachute failure or his own delay in opening his chute killed him...
They wrapped George in his chute and placed him in the truck
which took them to a large German airbase, and later send to
George was initially buried at Alvesse.
Top Row L - R : Unknown - Unknown - Unknown - Adrian L. Shutes - Edward Trambitsky - Unknown
front row L-R : Vernon A. Arneson - Unknown - Unknown - GEORGE J. GILMORE Jr.
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