Altmeyer, George L., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
419th Bomb Squadron
Oudna, Tunisia

Casualty Date
Nov 16, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Rhone, France
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

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 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  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
George L. Altmeyer was born on May 23, 1915 in Pennsylvania. His parents were Leo M. and Myrtle M. Altmeyer. The US Census 1930 has the family in Tarenton, Pennsylvania while the US Census 1940 has Altmeyer as a lodger in Bradenton, Florida.

Altmeyer was drafted and inducted at Camp Blanding, Florida on September 16, 1942. His NARA enlistment records state he had completed 2 years of high school, and was employed as a railroad clerk. It also shows he was single, without dependents.

Selected for flight duty, he was trained as an aerial gunner. Upon completion of the course, he was deployed to North Africa in July, 1943. There, he became a crew member of a B-17 combat crew. He flew at least 20 missions.

On November 16, 1943, he was part of a bombing raid on the airbase at Istres Le Tube, France. As the formation neared the target area, it encountered flak. Then, enemy fighters attacked. The aircraft was shot down, entering a steep glide and hitting the water. It crashed about 20 miles from Marseilles, France. No chutes were seen,.

There were no survivors. No remains were ever recovered. SSgt Altmeyer is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the Rhone American Cemetery in Draguignan , France.
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt George L. Altmeyer was the ball turret gunner on B-17F # 42-30419, unnamed, assigned to the 419th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1127 was issued, and mission loading lists state the crew consisted of:

1 Lt Oliver A. Westbrook  p
2 Lt Myron H. Meredith  c-p
2 Lt Donald W. Mabry  nav
Cpt Robert E. Greenwell  bomb
TSgt Charles S. Price  eng/tt gun
TSgt John A. Proietti  r/o
SSgt George L. Altmeyer  btg
SSgt Hiland T. Elam  wg
SSgt Walter Chenkus  tail gun
TSgt Edwin W. Rueffer  r/o

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

No explanation as to why 2 radio operators were aboard.

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