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James T. Wokersien was born on May 20, 1923 in Boise, Idaho. His parents were Thomas Arnold and Margaritha A. Thommon Wokersien.
According to the NARA enlistment records, Wokersien was inducted into the military on February 13, 1943 at Boise, Idaho. He had completed 1 year of college (unnamed,) . The record confirms nativity.
He was selected for flight duty and given pilot training. His first appearance in the military record is as assigned to the combat crew of Lt Flanigan in England in January, 1945, with the duties of co-pilot and the rank of Flight Officer.
He flew 14 credited missions with this crew, starting on March 2, 1945. The designated target on March 28, 1945 was the Brandon-Beugische Motorenwerke at Berlin/Spandau, Germany. No enemy fighters were encountered, and flak was light, but accurate.
While on the bomb run, F/O Wokersien was struck in the chest by flak fragments and killed. After the return flight, the pilot landed to the aircraft at Airfield 89, England where Wokersien was rushed to a hospital in Louvain, England. Doctors worked on his wounds. but declared he had been deceased for a long time.
His body was returned to England, and eventually sent to the U.S. for private burial. Today, F/O James T. Wokersien lies in the Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise, Idaho.
NARA Enlistment Records
Application for Headstone or Marker
F/O James T. Wokersien was the assigned co-pilot on B-17G #43-38958, nicknamed "Greenhill Belle," assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.
Because all the crew were accounted for, no Missing Air Crew Report was issued, but mission loading lists show the crew as:
2 Lt Lloyd J. Flanigan p
F/O James T. Wokersien c-p
F/O Edward J. Heaney nav
F/O Arnold H. Hansen bomb
Sgt Beresford B. Gilkes eng/tt gun
Sgt Charles B. Gourly r/o
Sgt Delbert A. Safley btg
Sgt John J. Neiswender tailgun
NOTE: No waist gunner assigned.
Ranks and grades as of mission date.
In the crew photo taken February 1945, Wokersien is in the back row, 3rd from left.