Byrnes, Ervin E., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 755, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
352nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section N, Site 452

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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 755, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 755, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Ervin E. Byrnes was born on June 4, 1919 in Washington. No records as to his early life, parentage, or education have been located.

According to his NARA enlistment records, he enlisted on April 12, 1941 in Spokane, Washington as a private in the US Army Air Forces. He had completed 4 years of high school, and no indication of civilian employment is given.

He was evidently trained as an airborne radio operator, then sent overseas. The date he joined the 301st Bomb Group has not been established. However, he was a part of the Hair crew, operating out of Algeria in North Africa in November, 1942. (He is not in the crew photo in England, 1942.)

On March 22, 1943, the air crew was tasked to participate in a bombing raid on the Palermo, Sicily harbor, attacking docks, facilities, and shipping. Over the target, the plane was hit by flak, setting the left wing fuel tank on fire. The fire soon reached the interior of the aircraft, which exploded violently.

According to documents attached to the MACR, five of the crew were killed in the explosion. The bodies were recovered and supposedly buried in the cemetery at San Vito, Italy. Later, they were recovered, identified, and some returned to the U.S.

Byrnes is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. His grave is in Section N, Site 452.
NARA Enlistment Records


Sgt Ervin E. Byrnes was assigned as radio operator on B-17F # 42-5179, named "Junior," assigned to the 352nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16153 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt James M. Hair  p
1 Lt Lonnie L. Miers, Jr.  c-p
1 Lt Alexander Yonych  nav
1 Lt Emmet Cook  bomb
TSgt Louis F. Patriquin  eng/tt gun
Sgt  Ervin E. Byrnes  r/o
SSgt Andrew Seman  btg
Sgt  Jimmie McLaughlin  wg
SSgt  Douglas Upton  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.


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