Harry Whorton Self

2nd Lt    0-674804    613th
1918 - 1943

Navigator onboard 42-31064 (Hey Lou)

Madingley cemetery, Camebridge, England.
Wall of missing
1918 - 1943

     Harry was born 1918, Altoona, Alabama.
     Harry was in the senior class at Altoona High School, year of 1936.

     On Apr 6, 1942 he enlisted to the aircorps.
     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His last mission, Dec 31, 1943, Target: Cognac, France, the aircraft was hit by flak over the target and
     had to leave formation.
     At this point it was attacked by some enemy fighters and was last seen smoking and diving into the clouds.
     Wreckage of the aircraft was found out beyond St. Catherine's Point on the South of England.
     Unfortunately Harry didn't survived this crash.

     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1943, when Harry died on the age of 25 he left behind his family :

         His father, Robert E Self, age 55
         His mother, Esto Self, age 51
         His sister, Peggy Self, age 16
         His brother, Robert W. (Bobby) Self
         His sister, Bonnie Self Head

     Harry Self was my father's only brother.
     He was a kind & gentle man according to my mother.
     He was engaged to be married.
     His mother, my grandmother, never gave up hope that he would return someday.
     Even though he died before I was born, our whole family missed him.
     I'm sorry I don't know more about him but everyone who knew him personally is dead now.

Mission to Cognac, crashed beyond St. Catherine's Point, England

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