Block, Ernest, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 612-Airplane Armorer-Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Ordnance/Maintenance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 612, 701st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Webster, SD
Last Address
Tibenham Station 124, England

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  2014, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aerial Gunnery SchoolUSAAF Training Command445th Bombardment  Group, Heavy701st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, Aerial Gunnery School
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, USAAF Training Command
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 612, 445th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 612, 701st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1945, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Ernest Block was born on December 20, 1923 in Webster, South Dakota. He was the son of Frank and Martha Cisewski Block. He had 2 sisters and 1 brother. He grew up in the Greenville area, and completed 8 years in the public school system. He then spent 2 years at St. Joseph School in Greenville.

He was inducted into the military on December 7, 1943. After basic training, he received aerial gunnery training at Laredo, Texas and further training at Biggs Field, Texas. He was assigned to a replacement combat crew and deployed with this crew to England in July 1944.

He flew 48 combat missions and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal twice for gallantry in action. On February 27, 1945, the crew was scheduled to participate in a bombing raid on German war facilities at Halle, Germany. En route to the target, the aircraft was hit by flak, and a wing fell off the aircraft. The aircraft went into a tight spin, but the pilot, co-pilot, and engineer managed to bail out safely. The aircraft exploded and crashed near Betzenhauser, Germany.

According to reports, the three crewmen who bailed out survived, and were captured. All remaining crew members were killed. Sgt Block's body was never recovered, but he is remembered on The Walls of the Missing at the American Cemetery in Henri-Chappelle, Belgium.


Sgt Ernest Block served as tail gunner on B-24J # 42-51518, unnamed, assigned to the 701st Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 12794 was issued, identifying the crew as:

2 Lt William I. Weaver    p
2 Lt Theodore J. Spurgeon   c-p
1 Lt Douglas E. Jerrold    nav
Sgt Donald R. O'Fee    nose gun
Sgt Howard K. Minor    eng
Sgt Roland F. Castillo   r/o
Sgt Paul X. Hogan     rwg
Sgt Orlando R. Graper    lwg
Sgt Ernest Block    tail gun

Lts Weaver and Spurgeon, along with Sgt O'Fee were captured. All others were killed.

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