Askew, Josh K., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 715th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Shelby County
Last Address
Seething, England

Casualty Date
Jan 05, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 21, Grave 38

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Aerial Gunnery School448th Bombardment Group, Heavy715th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1943-1943, Aerial Gunnery School
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 448th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 448th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 715th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
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Last Known Activity
Josh K. Askew was born, according to his NARA enlistment record, in Arkansas in 1922. His mother was Martha A. Askew. Evidently, the family moved to Tennessee as Askew claimed Shelby County as his home of records. He enlisted at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on December 31, 1942. His record also states he had completed grammar school, was single, and worked as a semi-skilled worker in the production of aircraft.

He completed basic training, and qualified for flight duty. He was assigned to aerial gunnery school, and was promoted to Sergeant when he graduated. Then, he was assigned to the newly-activated 448th Bomb Group at Sioux City, Iowa for combat crew assignment and operational training on gunnery and flight duties on the B-24 type aircraft.

The unit deployed overseas in November 1943, arriving at Seething Air Station, England. Askew and his crew were assigned to the 715th Bomb Squadron, and began flying combat missions in December 1943. On January 5, 1944, they were part of a raid on Kiel, Germany. After bombing the target, the aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down. It crashed near Kiel.

Evidently, two members of the crew survived. The remains of the dead were recovered and buried in the New Horst Cemetery in graves 309-311. After the war, Askew was transferred to the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium where he now lies in Plot A, Row 31, Grave 28.
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Sgt Josh K. Askew was acting as left waist gunner on B-24H # 41-29234, unnamed and with no nose art, assigned to the 715th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 2517 was issued, and identifies the crew as:

1 Lt Graham G. Guyton    p
2 Lt Thomas R. Allen    c-p
2 Lt Richard M. Wheelock    nav
2 Lt Pickney W. Seiders    bomb
TSgt Woodrow Callahan   eng/tt gun
SSgt Harold L. Kinot    r/o
SSgt Dennis C. Quiland    asst eng
SSgt Kenneth Ciolek    btg
Sgt Josh K. Askew    lwg
SSgt Clark K. Bradley    rwg

In one source, Askew's name is given as "Makow." Although the MACR is smudged, it is evident "Askew" is the correct spelling.

It is apparent from later reports that Lts. Allen and Wheelock were the two survivors.

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