Eisenhart, Oliver T., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Lorraine, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 10, Grave 53

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1054, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  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)
 Colleges Attended 
Northeastern University
  1941-1943, Northeastern University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Oliver Thomas Eisenhart was born in Horseheads, New York on October 22, 1921, a son of Gilbert G. and Emily Cleator Eisenhart. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, as a member of the Class of 1945. While there, he was a member of Gamma Phi Kappa.

He left the school, supposedly in 1943, and enlisted in the US Army Air Forces. Trained to be a pilot, he received wings, a commission, and then orders to deploy to England.

He was assigned to the combat crew headed by Lt Callahan, and flew as co-pilot. He flew 27 missions as co-pilot, then was upgraded to First Pilot and given a crew of his own. The record states he was flying on his last mission as pilot, utilizing the McCullough crew. No reason is given for this manning.

On January 13, 1945, the target area was the railroad bridge located at Mannheim, Germany. While on the bomb run, the aircraft was hit by flak, directly in the tail assembly. The horizontal stabilizer was blown off and the tail fin shredded. The aircraft entered a steep dive, then broke up in mid-air. No parachutes were seen The wreckage crashed near Roxheim, Germany.

German records appended to the MACR state seven bodies were recovered from the rash scene. (One was not from this crew.) An additional entry shows the 3 remaining crew member's names penciled in on the MACR.

After the war, Eisenhart was recovered and moved to the American (Lorraine) Cemetery in France where he lies in Plot A, Row 10, Grave 53. There is also a memorial stone for him in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Horeseheads, New York.

Some aspects of Eisenhart's private life are confusing. There exists a letter in which he requested all personal belongings be sent to his wife, Mrs Louise V. Eisenhart of Horseheads, New York, but his next of kin designation was his grandmother. The Headstone Inscription and Interment Record card was signed by Mora M. Eisenhart.

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Headstone Inscription and Interment Record card


Lt Oliver T. Eisenhart was a pilot assigned to fly with the crew of Lt McCullough on B-17G # 43-38689, unnamed and with no nose art, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 11574 covers this incident. Mission loding lists state the crew was:

2 Lt Oliver T. Eisenhart  p
2 Lt Henry W. McCullough  c-p
2 Lt Maurice R. Herricks  nav
F/O Herring Joyce, Jr.  bomb
Sgt  Samuel M. Hindman  eng/tt gun
SSgt Berhard S. Kaufman  r/o
Sgt  William V. Kimber  btg
Sgt  Jack THompson, Jr.  wg
Sgt  Therman F. Conaway  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

In the crew photo, Eisenhart is in the back row, 3rd from left.

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