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Charles F. Geyer crew he was not on board Geyer's B-17 Serial 42-3439 when it was shot down on 20 October 1943, having been replaced by Sgt Aaron M. Becker.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

Born

Michigan, United States

Enlisted

Detroit, Michigan, United States 1942-08-29
Détroit, Michigan, United States

Died

Livonia, Michigan, United States 2014-12-16

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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