Austin, Herman Clyde, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 485th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hickory, NC
Last Address
Venosa Airfield, Italy

Casualty Date
Nov 05, 1944
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Memphis National Cemetery - Memphis, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section C, Site 672

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
831st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy485th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, 831st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, 485th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Bombing mission to Vienna, Austria on 5 Nov 44 with the 831st Bomb Squadron. His B24-J was struck by a B24-G causing the crash. Only 2 of the 10 man crew survived. Only the upper and lower turret gunners parachuted to safety. The tail gunner parachuted out but was killed when the plane exploded on impact.
2nd Lt Herman Clyde Austin was buried in Italy. At his family's request he was returned to the US and buried in the Memphis National Cemetery. He shares a common grave with SSgt James H Giffin of Wichita Falls, TX who was the nose gunner. The remains of neither man could be identified so they are buried together.
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