Bernstein, Solomon H., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1944, M 0748, 751st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Station 130 (Glatton, England)

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Beverly National Cemetery - Beverly, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section D, Site 1946F

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Flight Engineer Badge
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 Unit Assignments
Advancement Schools and CoursesAerial Gunnery School457th Bombardment Group, Heavy751st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, Basic Flight Engineer Course
  1943-1943, M 0737, Aerial Gunnery School
  1943-1943, M 0737, 457th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, M 0737, 457th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, M 0748, 751st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
According to his NARA enlistment record, Solomon H. Bernstein was born in New Jersey in 1922. His record states that his residence was Dade County, Florida, and that he enlisted at Camp Blanding, Florida on December 10, 1942. It also states he had completed one year of college, (unnamed,) was single, and had previously been employed as an aircraft mechanic.

After basic training, he was assigned to Flight Engineer school. Then, he was sent to aerial gunnery school. Graduating from this course, he was assigned to the newly-activated 457th Bomb Group. Training took place at Rapid City, South Dakota and at Wendover, Utah, prepatory to deployment overseas.

The unit was sent to England in January 1944 and moved to USAAF Station 130, near Glatton, England. Here, he was assigned to the 751st Bomb Squadron and promoted to Staff Sergeant. The crew flew 20 combat mission, beginning in February 1944. On August 6, 1944, the crew was tasked to participate in a raid on an aircraft engine factory at Genshagen, Germany, near Berlin.

While over the target, the aircraft was hit by flak. The #2 engine and the left wing caught fire. The co-pilot evidently dove the aircraft to extinguish the flames, but failed in the attempt. Several of the crew bailed out. One man's chute fouled on the wingtip of another plane in formation, ripping it from him and letting him fall to his death. The aircraft began a spin, and then exploded. The wreckage fell near Brandenburgh, about 10 miles southeast of the city.

Four of the crew were killed, and remains were recovered. The remaining five crew members were captured. Evidently, individual identification could not be made in all cases, and Sgts Bernstein and fellow crew member Charles Bartoszewicz are buried together in Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, New Jersey. They lie in section D, site 1046F.
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SSgt Solomon Bernstein was acting as flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G # 42-97131, nicknamed "Home James,"assigned to the 751st Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 7889 was issued and establishes the crew as:

2 Lt Vincent L. Frost    p
2 Lt John B. Folsom, Jr    c-p
2 Lt Robert B. Danaher    nav
2 Lt Earl N. Peronto    bomb
SSgt Solomon H. Bernstein    eng/tt gun
SSgt Chester F. Bartoszewicz     r/o
Sgt Daniel D. Rice   lwg
Sgt Daniel C. Taylor    rwg
Sgt Hubert D. Rempp   tail

Note no ball turret gunner on crew.

Lt Folsom, along with Sgts Bernstein, Bartoszewicz, and Taylor were killed.

457th Bomb Group records list Bernstein as "Soloman." Enlistment records and grave marker list "Solomon."

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