George John Gilmore Jr.

2nd Lt    0-682107    614th
New York
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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