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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.