Yurasha, Aloysius A., 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
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
Lucera, Italy

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Saint Johns Cemetery - Worcester, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd 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, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 353rd 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
Aloysius A. Yurasha was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 7, 1923. Nothing has been located concerning his early life, but his mothers' name was Agnes M. Yurasha.

According to his NARA enlistment records, he enlisted on August 7, 1942 as a private in the Army Air Forces. He had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as an unskilled worker in the production of metal products.

He was trained as an aerial gunner, and sent overseas to an operational unit  in North Africa. He flew at least 20 combat missions. On March 22, 1944, his crew was sent to bomb the railroad yards at Verona, Italy. The formation was attacked near the target by enemy fighter, and his aircraft was shot down.

German records reveal that the troops there recovered 4 bodies from the wreckage, and captured 6 other of the crew. The dead were buried in Verona, and later retrieved by Allied forces.

Today, SSgt Yurasha lies in the Saint John's Cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Application for Headstone or Marker ( signed by mother. Card also states enlistment date was August 12, 1942.)


SSgt Aloysius A. Yurasha was the tail gunner on B-17G # 42-31660, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 3285 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists state the crew was composed of:

2 Lt Robert B. Lawrence  p
2 Lt Dudley A. Federau  c-p
2 Lt Eugene F. Harris  nav
2 Lt Raymond L. Anderson  bomb
TSgt Kenneth E. Zarder  eng/tt gun
SSgt Charles J. Birbiglia, Jr  r/o
SSgt James H. Figgat  btg
Sgt  Arvil M. Rockwall  wg
SSgt Aloysius A. Yurasha  tail gunner
Sgt  Harry E. Gallagher  photo

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lawrence, Federau, Birbiglia, and Yurasha were killed; others captured.

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