Harold Wesley Sanders

Sgt    35167939    614th
1917 - 1943

Right Waist Gunner onboard 42-37770 (Flak Rat)


                                                      Rhone American Cemetery - Draguignan, France
                                                      Plot : A , Row : 5 , Grave : 20

     Harold was born Dec 11, 1917 in Illinois, later moved to terra Haute, Indiana.
     Grew up at the Vigo County Childrens home and with some family members.
     Graduated Cory High School 1938

     On Oct 10, 1941 he enlisted to the aircorps.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His first and last mission, Dec 31, 1943 ,Target: Cognac, the plane was attacked by enemy fighters from
     the rear and the plane went down.
     Unfortunately Harold didn't survived this.

     He was awarded with a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1943, when Harold died on the age of 26 he left behind his family :

         His father, J. Wesley Sanders, age 51
         His mother, Daisy reba Sanders, died when Harold was 10 yrs old
         His brother, Glenn W Sanders, age 24
         His brother, Everett Sanders, age 23
         His brother, John E Sanders, age 21
         His brother, Paul C Sanders, age 19
         His brother, Robert F Sanders, age 17

Individual casualty questionaire

Told by S/Sgt Joseph Lloyd Kirkner , Engr / Top Turret.

- Name of crew member : Sanders , Harold Wesley
- Rank : Sgt.
- Serial number : 35167939
- Position : Right waist Gunner

- Did he bail out ? : No Knowledge.

- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : Interphone - Oxygen check.

- Where was he last seen ? : Before take-off.

- Any explanation of his fate ? : Also believed killed by enemy fire.

- Total number of missions of above crew member ? : First.

Picture of "Flak Rat" shot down by a Fw 190A
Crashed at Morceux, France

Memorial at Mezos, France

Mission to Cognac, crashed at Belin, France

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