Demers, George P., Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 500th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lynn
Last Address
Saipan, The Marianas

Casualty Date
May 24, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: E, 179

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 Unit Assignments
Aerial Gunnery School881st Bombardment Group, Very Heavy500th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1943-1944, M 0611, Aerial Gunnery School
  1945-1945, M 0611, 881st Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1945-1945, 500th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1945-1945, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
George R. Demers was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on February 24, 1924. He attended Lynn Classical High School where he excelled on the varsity track and football teams. After graduating, he was exempt from military service as an only child, but he begged his mother to sign papers giving him permission to enlist.

He joined the Army Air Corps on August 9, 1943, and was selected for pilot training, but the school soon closed, and he was transferred to Aerial Gunnery School. After graduation from this course, he was trained as a combat crew member on the B-29 aircraft. He was assigned to the 881st Bomb Squadron of the 500th Bomb Group, operating from the island of Saipan in the Mariannas Islands.

On May 24, 1945, his aircraft took part in a multi-plane raid on Tokyo. His crew's target was the Tokyo dock area, which it bombed successfully. After bombing the docks, the aircraft was hit by flak and crashed into Tokyo Bay.

After the war, several sets of remains buried as "Unknowns" were removed from a Japanese military cemetery, and identified as this crew. All remains were placed in one casket and the casket was buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery where it lies today, marked by a bronze plaque inscribed with the 10 missing crew member's names.

Lynn Classical High School has elected Sgt. George R. Demers to the Hall of Fame, and in 1997, Sgt. George R. Demers Square was dedicated in Lynn.
 

  

Comments/Citation
Sgt George R. Demers was the right side gunner on B-29 #42-63486, known only as "Z Square 7" because of the organizational markings on the vertical tail surface.

The full account of the events of the mission, the flight, and the loss of this aircraft are described in detail on the Remembrance profile of Captain Eugene M. Thomas, Jr., and will not be duplicated here.

Missing Air Crew Report 14488 applies.

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