Wokersien, James T., FltOff

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Last Rank
Flight Officer
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, AAF MOS 1054, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Flight Officer

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Home State
Idaho
Idaho
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Boise
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Mar 28, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Morris Hill Cemetery - Boise, Idaho
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1945, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1054, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1054, 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
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.


www.findagrave.com
www.303rdbg.com/missionreport/347.pdf
www.303rdbg.com/combat crews
NARA Enlistment Records
Application for Headstone or Marker

  

Comments/Citation
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.

   
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