Miers, Lonnie L., Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1054, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Greenville
Last Address
352nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot G, Site 108

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1054, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1054, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1054, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1054, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 Colleges Attended 
  1939-1940, Others/Not Listed
  1940-1941, Others/Not Listed
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Lonnie Lincoln Miers, Jr. was born in Greenville, Texas on May 1, 1918. His parents were Lonnie, Sr. and Carrie Louis Henson Miers. He grew up in the Greenville and Cushing, Oklahoma area. He graduated from Cushing High School in 1936.

He attended Oklahoma A&M College for 1 year (1939-1940), then was enrolled at Oklahoma University, but left in 1941 to join the Air Forces as an aviation cadet. Shortly after he completed the course of pilot training, he married Dorothy Mechlin Giffer.

He was assigned to the 301st Bomb Group, and deployed t England in 1942 where he flew a reported 13 missions over Europe. In November, 1942, he was transferred to North Africa, and flew bombing missions there.

On March 22, 1943, the designated targets were the docks, facilities, and shipping at Palmero Harbor in Sicily, Italy. The aircraft was hit by flak while over the target. A fire started in the left wing fuel tank, and quickly spread to the interior of the plane. The engineer and Lt Miers were fighting it when the plane exploded.

Five of the crew died in the explosion or the resulting crash. Two were severely injured, and captured by the Italians but medically treated by the Germans after three days. According to records, Lt Miers was buried in a local cemetery, then moved to the 2nd Air Force Cemetery in San Vito, Italy.

Later, his body was returned to the U.S. and buried in a common grave with that of Lt Hair, the pilot. The Internal Control Record card for Interment in National Cemeteries reads in part, "2 remains - 2 caskets. Buried in 1 grave."

Lt Miers lies in Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas in Plot G, Site 108.


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San Antonio (Tex) "Light" newspaper, San Antonio, TX issue June 11, 1950
San Antonio (Tex) "Express" newspaper, San Antonio, TX issue June 13, 1950

  

Comments/Citation
Lt Lonnie Miers was the assigned co-pilot on B-17F #42-5179, nicknamed "Junior," assigned to the 352nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16153 was issued to cover this aircraft/crew loss. Mission loading lists state the crew consisted of:

1 Lt James M. Hair  p
1Lt Lonnie L. Miers, Jr.  c-p
1 Lt Alexander Yonych  nav
1 Lt Emmet Cook  bomb
TSgt Louis F. Patriquin  eng/tt gun
Sgt  Ervin E, Byrnes  r/o
SSgt Andrew Seman  btg
Sgt  Jimmie McLaughlin  wg
SSgt Douglas Upton  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

In the crew photo of "Holy Joe" after the Lille, France raid, Miers is 7th from left.

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