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Calvin Charles Pulver

Military

Member of Frey crew.
Killed when B-17 43-37941 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 43-38184 over the French coast on 1st September 1944.

Calvin was the son of Orville Roscoe Pulver and Frances Lillian Church. His twin brother was Alvin Adam Pulver, who served in the United States Army and died recently at the ripe old age of almost 92 years. Calvin and Alvin were my husband's uncles and even though Calvin died before my husband was born, we were able to have some idea of what he was like through his twin brother, Alvin.

The "Jennings Daily News" published "A Special Salute to Veterans" on September 30, 1970. It was dedicated to veterans from Jennings, Louisiana who served in WWI, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Following is the the family provided information on Sgt. Calvin Charles Pulver:

Sgt. Calvin C. Pulver

JENNINGS, Louisiana - Among the men killed in action during World War II from Jennings and Jeff Davis Parish was Sgt. Calvin C. Pulver, 19-year-old son of Mrs. Frances Pulver of Jennings, who died September 1, 1944 in France.

He would have been 20 years of age on December 29, 1944 and had attended Jennings schools prior to entering the military. He also had been a carrier boy for "The Jeff Davis Parish News", predecessor to "The Jennings Daily News".

He worked in a Houston, Texas shipyard prior to entering the Army Air Corps in June of 1943 and had trained at Fort Sam Houston, Sheppard Field and at bases in Colorado and California before going overseas May 1, 1944.

Pulver had received the coveted air medal for five successful missions against the Germans and was believed to have been "well on the way to receiving the oak leaf cluster" according to reports at the time, for subsequent missions before being downed over France on a mission. At first he was reported missing in action and later his death was confirmed in a telegram to his mother.

He was buried in the Normandy village of Dives-Sur-Mer and in a letter from Ian M. Rae of Sutton, Surry, England, a war buddy of Pulver, to the soldier's mother, the burial place was described as "a very beautiful churchyard." At the funeral Pulver "was honored by the whole population who brought numerous beautiful wreaths out of respect for a brave man who died for liberty," according to Rae's letter.

Pulver was a gunner on a B-17 bomber.

Published in "The Jennings Daily News" (Jennings, Louisiana) on Wednesday, September 30, 1970.

Service

Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 848th Bomb Squadron
  • 849th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37941 Miss Ana Bortion

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/6/44; Kearney 20/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye 2/7/44. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana 29 October 1924
Enlisted Houston, Harris Co., Texas 25 May 1943
Killed in Action Dives-sur-Mer, France 1 September 1944
Military Marker in Greenwood Cemetery Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana
Buried Dives-sur-Mer, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2018 11:54:49 padgett77 Changes to biography
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Family

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2015 12:59:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
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Details added from :
MACR 8854 - https://www.fold3.com;
hhttp://www.ladives1944.com/documents/crash-b17-dives-cabourg/&prev=search;
http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
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Sources

490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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