Cherrington, Wayne D., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1944
First Lieutenant

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
419th Bomb Squadron
Cerignola Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Fort Snelling National Cemetery - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot C-22, Site 12981

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)School Assignments301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1943, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 770, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Wayne Darrel Cherrington was born on August 14, 1922 in Willow Lakes, South Dakota. He was the son of Vernon and Anna Cherrington. Vernon Cherrington died in 1929. Both US Censuses 1930 and 1940 show the family living in Canton, South Dakota. (Anna listed as head of household - widowed.)

Cherrington graduated from Canton High School in 1940. He enlisted in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on December 9, 1940 as a private in the Army Air Forces. His enlistment forms state he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed in an occupation from the "actor/actress" group.

He first trained as an aerial gunner, but later went to pilot training school. He was stationed at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri; March AAB, California; and at Lowery, Colorado. He took pilot training at Luke AAB, Arizona, graduating in May, 1943. He was sent overseas in July, 1943.

He was assigned to a bomber unit located in North Africa. According to sources, he flew 47 missions over Europe and Italy. On January 11, 1944, he commanded a B-17 for a mission to bomb the harbor facilities at Piraeus, Greece.

En route to the target area, weather conditions worsened. Skies became 10/10 with clouds, excessive winds were encountered, and icing conditions developed. Two of the lead element aircraft decided to abort, but when turning, crossed the path of the oncoming second element.

Several of the B-17s collided, exploded, and crashed, killing most crew members aboard. Evidently, the bodies were recovered and buried locally. In 1948, Cherrington was recovered and is now buried in a common grave with Lt Leonard Stucka, his co-pilot. The grave is in the Fort Snelling, Minnesota National Cemetery where the grave is in Section C-22, Site 12981.
US, Evangecal Lutheran Church of America Records
National Cemeteries Interment Records card
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
Arizona Republic, Phoenix, (AZ) newspaper, issue April 8, 1943, pg 4


Lt Wayne D. Cherrington was the pilot of B-17F # 42-30341, unnamed, assigned to the 419th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1834 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew was composed of:

1 Lt Wayne D. Cherrington  p
2 Lt Leonard A. Stucka  c-p
1 Lt Tommy G. Riley  nav
2 Lt Stanley A. Korzeniowski  bomb
TSgt Melvin W. Craig  eng/tt gun
TSgt Raymond F. Wood  r/o
SSgt Frank J. Sexton  btg
SSgt John J. Murray  wg
SSgt Russell C. Wallace  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Wood, Murray, and Wallace survived. All others were killed.

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