Harper, Maurice J., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 305th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Birmingham, Alabama
Last Address
RAF Chelveston (USAAF 105), Northamptonshire, England

Casualty Date
Mar 04, 1945
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
United Kingdom
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Forest Hill Cemetery - Birmingham, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)406th Bomb Squadron305th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1941-1942, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
  1944-1945, M 1054, 406th Bomb Squadron
  1944-1945, 305th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was killed when his aircraft was mistaken for an enemy aircraft and shot down by British gunners. He and his pilot, Lt Col Earle J. Aber Jr., were able to maintain flight to allow the rest of the crew to bail out but they then crashed into the River Stour. In 1997, the wrecked aircraft was found by divers and remains of both Aber and Harper were identified in 2000. Harper's separately identifiable remains are buried in Birmingham and their commingled remains are buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Section 60 Site 7751.

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Maurice J. Harper, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the EIGHTH Air Force in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 109 (1945)

Service: Army Air Forces

Division: 8th Air Force

   
Comments/Citation
Sources:
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/airmen-03041945.htm
http://www.abmc.gov/node/540369#.VtoiAzaBe0g
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=13095097
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14971790
www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/Aber/AberCrew.html
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=47475
http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/156474
https://www.ancestry.com







 
   
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