Joyce, Herring, Jr., FltOff

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Last Rank
Flight Officer
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1035, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Flight Officer

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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
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 81, Site 13A

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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 1035, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1035, 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  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Records indicate Herring Joyce, Jr. was born on January 23, 1923, in Mississippi. His parent were Herring, Sr and Floy Gale Harrison Joyce. The US Census 1930 shows the family residing in Alcorn, Mississippi.

Joyce was inducted into service on March 11, 1943 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. His enlistment papers state he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a salesman.

He was given training as a bombardier, then commissioned as a Flight Officer. He deployed to England in 1944 where he was assigned to the combat crew led by Lt McCullough. He flew only 2 missions, both with this crew.

On January 13, 1945, the crew flew on a bombing mission to attack the railroad bridge at Mannheim, Germany. On the in-bound bomb run, the aircraft was struck by flak, blowing the horizontal stabilizer off and shredding the tail assembly. The aircraft went into a steep dive, and broke up in the air. No parachutes were observed.

German records state 7 bodies (one not of this crew) were recovered from the crash scene. A later version of this report shows three additional names written in.

Evidently, his body was recovered and returned to the U.S. as he is now buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri in Section 81, Site 13A crews
NARA Enlistment Records
US Census 1930


F/O Herring Joyce, Jr was the assigned bombardier on B-17G # 43-38689, unnamed, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 11574 was issued for 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 M. 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 Mission narrative refers to Joyce as "Lt." All other sources state "F/O."


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