Russell George Wolfersberger Jr

Military
media-56959.jpeg UPL 56959 Sgt Russell George Wolfersberger Jr. 492BG.

USAAF Photo

Object Number - UPL 56959 - Sgt Russell George Wolfersberger Jr. 492BG.

Sgt. Russell G Wolfersberger Jr, tail gunner (B-24 41-29505), Killed in Action 6-Feb-45 Lyon, France along with seven other crew members while the aircraft was attempting an emergency landing on three engines. Russ was the eldest of five children, outgoing, an accomplished artist and woodworker.



Awards: PH.

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Units served with

A B-24D Liberator 'Carpetbagger' - extensively modified for specialised operations - taxiis on the perimeter track at Harrington airfield. Printed caption on reverse: 'A Carpetbagger B-24D taxiing on the perimeter at Harrington. Photo - "Red" Monaghan.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 857th Bomb Squadron 492nd Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 19106534
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Aerial Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 857th Bomb Squadron 492nd Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 39410658 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 857th Bomb Squadron 492nd Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-719592
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 857th Bomb Squadron 492nd Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: T-128655
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Gunga Din
  • Unit: 486th Bomb Group 833rd Bomb Squadron 835th Bomb Squadron 857th Bomb Squadron 492nd Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

25 November 1925 Battle Creek, Michigan Son of Russell G. Sr and Mary Wolfersberger.

Enlisted

Detroit, MI 7 February 1944 Detroit, Michigan

Died

Lyon, France 6 February 1945 Killed aboard B-24 41-29505 at Lyons, France in attempted landing after engine failure Killed in Action (KIA)

Based

Harrington 6 February 1945 Assigned to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried/ Commemorated

Memorial Park Cemetery Battle Creek, Calhoun County, MI Re-Inetrred Memorial Park Cemetery Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan

Revisions

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Crew Photograph

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John Van Asperen, nephew of Sgt Wolfersberger

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USAAF photo 1944

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Added aircraft serial number from military records.

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Military Records

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USAAF Military records

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I am John Van Asperen, nephew of Sgt. Wolfersberger
I have photos of Uncle Russ in his flight gear as well as his formal USAAF portrait
I also have a photo of bombardier Edwin London How do I forward these on to the museum

I have not been able to obtain a photo of the crash aircraft (41-29505) yet.

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I am Sgt Wolfersberger's nephew, John Van Asperen. I have a photograph of him in his flight gear as well as his "formal" photo. I have a complete copy of the "accident report", and a photo of bombidier Edwin London that I would like to share with the museum. I just need guidance on how to accomplish that.

Thank you
John

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