Booker, Denis G., Capt

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Captain

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

Casualty Date
Jul 27, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Mediterranean Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen


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Pilot Badge


 
 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 301st Bombardment Group, 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)
  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
Denis G. Booker was born supposedly in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1919. His parents were Harry and Mildred Booker.  Both the US Censuses 1930 and 1940 show the family residing in St. Cloud.

Booker enlisted as an aviation cadet at Camp Haan, Riverside, California on October 23, 1941. His enlistment file states he had completed 3 years of college (unnamed), with a civilian occupation from the actor/actress group.

He was given pilot training, and upon completion of the course, awarded wings and commissioned. He was assigned (presumably) to the 301st Bomb Group for transitioning into multi-engined aircraft. As far as can be determined, he deployed to England with the unit in 1942, and flew missions over German-occupied Europe.

In November, 1942, the 301st Bomb Group transferred a number of crews and aircraft to North Africa. Booker's crew was evidently one of these. Missions over North Africa, then Sicily and the Italian mainland followed.

Om July 27, 1943, the crew was part of a mission to Capua. Italy. The bomb run was completed and the bombs dropped normally. The bomb bay doors never closed, and the aircraft suddenly pitched upward, almost colliding with another aircraft. Observers state the aircraft then nosed down sharply, went into a dive, and struck the sea. Several parachutes were observed.

Only one crew member survived. No remains of the others were found nor recovered. Today, Lt Booker is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.

There is also a memory stone located in the North Star Cemetery in St. Cloud, Minnesota.


www.findagrave.com
www.ancestry.com
www.301stbg.com/Missions_Macrs.cfm
www.abmc.gov
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records

  

Comments/Citation
Lt Denis G. Booker was the assigned pilot of B-17F # 42-3170, no name, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 339 was issued to cover this loss. Mission loading lists state the crew was:

1 Lt Denis G. Booker  p
2 Lt Robert T. Dix  c-p
2 Lt Harvey P. Harrington  nav
2 Lt Bernard Turansky  bomb
SSgt William L. Hayes  eng/tt gun
SSgt Seeburn V. Rosheger  r/o
SSgt Jasper C. Pearson  btg
SSgt Eugene B. Fleming  wg
SSgt Fred S. Luke  tail gun
SSgt Charles A. Hurlbutt  photo

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Sgt Hayes was the only survivor.

 

   
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