Wann, Harry A., Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training Courses301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  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
Harry A. Wann, Jr. was born in 1918 in  New Jersey. His parents were Harry A., Sr. and Claire Wann. Both the US Censuses 1930 and 1940 show the family residing in Madison, New Jersey.

Wann enlisted on October 8, 1941 as an aviation cadet at Newark, New Jersey. His enlistment papers state he had completed 4 years of college (unnamed), was working in a machine shop-related occupation, and also confirms nativity and year of birth.

He received navigator training, was commissioned and awarded wings, then assigned to the 301st Bomb Group for further training. He deployed with the unit to England in October, 1942, and flew missions with the Thomas crew.

Wann was transferred to North Africa when the 301st sent part of their planes and crews there. He flew against targets in North Africa, mostly Tunisia, Sicily, and the Italian mainland.

On April 13, 1943, the crew was assigned to a force striking the Castel-Veterano Air Drome in Italy. The aircraft never returned from the mission. There is no record of how the aircraft was lost - just a remark that it failed to return.

Lt Harry A. Wann, Jr is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. He is also listed on the New Jersey State World War II Memorial in James Park, in Madison.

US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


Lt Harry A. Wann, Jr was the assigned navigator on B-17F # 41-24394, named "Hockamoloko Jock VI BB," assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron. There is no explanation of what the name means or why it was assigned.

Missing Air Crew Report 16302 was issued, although the only thing stated about the aircraft is that it failed to return. Mission loading lists show the crew was:

1 Lt Jerry E. Thomas  p
1 Lt Duke D. Cummings  c-p
1 Lt Harry A. Wann, Jr.  nav
1 Lt William E. Loewecke  bomb
TSgt Julius J. Jacobs  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joel B. Busby  r/o
SSgt Ray O. Weeks  btg
SSgt James E. Agee  wg
Sgt  Robert F. Nance  photo
SSgt Richard J. Carignan  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.


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