Herrick, Maurice R., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, AAF MOS 1034, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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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 D, Row 32, Grave 37

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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 1034, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1034, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1945-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Maurice Robert Herrick was born on April 5, 1922, in Grandville, Michigan. His parents were Wilmot G. and Hattie B. Sturtevant Herrick. He graduated from Grandville High School, and was employed for a time by the Winters and Crompton Corporation. The US Census 1930 shows the family residing in Wyoming, Michigan.

He enlisted on November 17, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. His enlistment record states he joined as a private from the Reserves. He had completed 4 years of high school, and his occupation as given was machnist.

He was trained as a navigator, then awarded wings and a commission. He also married Marian Dykema in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 13, 1944. Evidently, they eventually had a daughter, but she died soon after birth.

When deployed to England, Herrick was assigned to the combat crew of Lt MCCullough. He only flew two missions, one with McCullough on January 10, 1945, and the last with Lt Eisenhart on January 13, 1945.

The target for that mission was the railroad bridge located at Mannheim, Germany. During the bomb run, the aircraft was struck by flak in the tail assembly, blowing the horizontal stabilizer off and shredding the tail assembly. The aircraft went into a steep dive, and then broke up in mid-air. No parachutes were seen.

German records state 7 bodies were recovered near the crash site, although the listing contains one who was not a member of this crew. A later statement has the three additional crew members penciled in.

The bodies were buried by the Germans, and recovered by the Allies after the war. Herrick was moved to the American (Lorraine) Cemetery in France, where he lies in Plot D, Row 32, Grave 37.

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Michigan Marriage Records, 1867-1952


Lt Maurice Herrick was the assigned navigator on B-17G # 43-38689, unnamed, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 11574 was issued to cover this incident. Mission loading lists state the crew was composed of:

2 Lt Oliver T. Eisenhart  p
2 Lt Henry W. McCullough  c-p
2 Lt Maurice R. Herrick  nav
F/O Herring Joyce, Jr.  bomb
Sgt  Samuel Hindman  eng/tt gun
SSgt Bernard 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.

The narrative of the mission addresses Joyce as "Lt." All other sources state "F/O."

Appended photo is of Herrick and his wife.

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