Binder, Carroll, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 358th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
358th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
May 24, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
North Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 11, Site 765

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy358th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 358th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Harvard University
  1939-1943, Harvard University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Carroll Binder, Jr. was born on June 23, 1921 in Chicago. He was a son of Carroll. Sr and Dorothy Walton Binder. He graduated from high school in 1938 and enrolled at Harvard University. He graduated with a BS with the Class of 1943. The US Census 1940 shows the family in Highland Park, Illinois.

He enlisted in the US Army Air Forces in 1943. He received training as a navigator, was commissioned, and assigned to an air base in England. He was originally assigned to a combat crew headed by Lt Hoffman, but was soon flying with the Gorman crew.

His first mission was flown on February 20, 1944 with the Gorman crew. He flew a total of 29 missions, with various pilots. On May 24, 1944, he was part of the Worthley crew as it flew on a bombing raid to Berlin, Germany.

Observers, while still over the English Channel, saw the aircraft burning. No flak or fighters had been encountered, so it is surmised an accidental fire started on-board. The aircraft eventually crashed into the North Sea. Eight parachutes were observed, all falling into the North Sea where it is presumed the crew drowned with the exception of one man.

Binder's body was found later by a German fisherman and turned over to German authorities. They buried him in a local cemetery on July 5, 1944. After the war ended, he was moved to Arlington National Cemetery where he lies in Section 11, Site 765. report/159.pdf crews
Harvard Crimson, Mar 8, 1940
US Census 1940



Carroll Binder, Jr. was the assigned navigator on B-17G # 42-97787, unnamed, assigned to the 358th Bomb Squadron.

Mission loading lists as well as Missing Air Crew Report verify the crew was composed of:

1 Lt Joe R. Worthley   p
2 Lt Alfred B. Clumpner   c-p
2 Lt Carroll Binder, Jr  nav
1 Lt Austin J. Mack  bomb
SSgt Kenneth R. Pickell   eng/tt gun
SSgt Erwin C. Zimmer    r/o
Sgt  John W. Goetz   btg
Sgt  James S. Baker   lwg
SSgt Leslie M. Schweinebraten    rwg
Sgt  Elmer E. Simpson   tail gun

Note: Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Note: Sgt Simpson was the only survivor, and was captured.

In the Clumpner crew photo (Class A uniforms), Binder is in the back row, at right.

In the Hoffman crew photo (combat dress), Binder is in front, at left.

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