Melvin Herman Litke

Military

Object Number - UPL 15002 - Original caption : "A bomber crew of the 96th Bomb Group led by Second Lieutenant Charles Geyer, with their B-17 Flying Fortress." Picture taken on 3...

Melvin Litke served as a Radio Operator/Gunner in the 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron. A member of the original Charles F. Geyer crew he was not on board Geyer's B-17 Serial 42-3439 when it was shot down on 20 October 1943, having been replaced by Sgt Aaron M. Becker. Melvin Litke flew 50 missions over Europe. He was a senior designer at General Motors for 42 years retiring in 1982. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothea Litke (1918-1999).

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Units served with

The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31016678 and O-736630
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron 563rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14078651 and O-793406
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33273658
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32416220
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19140382
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Enlisted

Detroit, Michigan, United States 29 August 1942

Died

Livonia, Michigan, United States 16 December 2014

Born

Michigan, United States
Détroit, Michigan, United States

Buried

Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park, Livonia, Michigan, United States

Revisions

Date24 Apr 2015 15:22:42
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
Obituary

Date27 Sep 2014 18:20:02
ContributorAAM
Sources

Snetterton Falcons pg 60 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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