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Warren M Rankin

Military

Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10344.

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Arnet Furr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38064 HALF ‘N HALF (ARF ‘N ARF)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Grenier 10/1/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [G/Q] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 8/11/44 with Arnett Furr, Co-pilot: Sterling Book, Navigator: Joe Andrews, Bombardier: Leon Plagianos, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Clarks Green, Pennsylvania, USA 24 February 1920

Son of Donald and Rita W Rankin.

Lived in Schuylkill County, PA, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Meade, MD, USA 9 March 1942

Fort George G Meade, Maryland

Based Glatton 1944 – 8 November 1944

Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died English Channel 8 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Netherlands American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2021 16:38:30 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56300087/warren-m-rankin

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2021 15:02:18 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2018 21:56:37 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/529881529-warren-m-rankin
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https://www.fold3.com/page/86862566-warren-m-rankin/facts
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https://www.fold3.com/page/86862566-warren-m-rankin/facts
https://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/en/american-war-cemeter...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56300087/warren-m-rankin

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

1993 457th BGA Roster, ABMC, MACR 10344 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10344 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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