Warne, Ralph N., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 748, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Feb 16, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot B, Row 15, Grave 19

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World War II Fallen
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Flight Engineer Badge
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 748, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 748, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  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)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to his enlistment records, Ralph N. Warne was born in New Jersey in 1921. His mother was  Margaret Warne. The US Census 1930 shows her listed as Divorced: family info states she later remarried with name of Meister. (Headstine and Interment Record Card as well as MACR 12439, that shows her as Mother.

He enlisted in New York City (residing in New Jersey) on September 15, 1942. He had completed 4 years of high school and was employed as a general office clerk.

Evidently, he received training as a flight engineer and as an aerial gunner because he was assigned to Lt Wertz's combat crew in England in this capacity in November, 1944.

He flew 23 missions with this crew, the first being on December 11, 1944 to Mannheim, Germany. On February 16, 1945, the assigned target was the synthetic oil plant at Langerdreed, Germany. Over the target, flak was intense and accurate.

The aircraft was hit directly in engine #1, which pulled loose from the wing, sailed backward, and struck the aircraft in the fuselage at the waist window, tearing a huge hole in the aircraft. The aircraft dropped from, and lagged behind the formation, and later crashed at Klieve, Germany. Three crew members were killed in the crash; the rest taken prisoner.

After the war, Warne's body was recovered and buried in the American (Ardennes) Cemetery in France, where he lies in Plot B, Row 15, Grave 19.

NOTE: In a special ceremony on November 15, 1997, TSgt Warne was awarded (posthumously) the Distinguished Flying Cross.

: Info received from researcher that mother was remarried and named Margaret Meister.

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TSgt Ralph N. Warne was the assigned flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G # 43-39081, unnamed, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 12439 details this event. Mission loading lists show the crew to have been:

1 Lt Robert M. Wertz  p
2 Lt Melvin A. Durst  c-p
2 Lt Karl Minnis  nav
TSgt John B. Price  tog
TSgt Ralph N. Warne  eng/tt gun
TSgt Edward J. Giering  r/o
SSgt Kenneth E. Jensen  btg
SSgt Walter C. Campbell  wg
Sgt Kenneth A. Bennett  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Price, Warne, and Bennett were the crew members killed.

In the crew photo of Lt Wertz's crew (1944) Warne is in the back row, 4th from left

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