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Jerome V Harley

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Schelesttstadt on 7/13/44 in B-17 42-97953

POW

Staff Sergeant Jerome V. Harley was born May 6, 1922, the son of Thomas and Cecila Harley. He was from Brooklyn, New York.
On July 13, 1944, while aboard B-17 tail 42-97953 of the 401st Bomb Group, 615th Bomb Squadron, he was downed over Germany and became a Prisoner of War. After the War, he was liberated from his POW camp and sent to the 173rd Field Hospital in Nancy, France, where he died on May 24, 1945, of pneumonia and tuberculosis.
He is buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Queens, New York.

Service

Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97953

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; Hunter 14/5/44; Dow Fd 26/5/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 30/5/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-N] Deenethorpe 5/6/44; Missing in Action Munich 13/7/44 with Walter Otton, Co-pilot: Bill Ballenger, Navigator:...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA 6 May 1922

Staff Sergeant Jerome V. Harley was born May 6, 1922, the son of Thomas and Cecila Harley. He was from Brooklyn, New York.

Prisoner of War France 13 July 1944 – 24 May 1945

On July 13, 1944, while aboard B-17 tail 42-97953 of the 401st Bomb Group, 615th Bomb Squadron, he was downed over Germany and became a Prisoner of War. After the War, he was liberated from his POW camp and sent to the 173rd Field Hospital in Nancy, France, where he died on May 24, 1945, of pneumonia and tuberculosis.

Died 24 May 1945
Buried Queens, NY, USA

He is buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Queens, New York.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2015 19:06:34 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7499 / MACR 7499, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=3053 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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