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Harry Donn Bassler

Military

Assigned to 365FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to pull out of a dive when strafing a target near Chalons-sur-Marne, France in P-47 42-27175 Killed in Action (KIA) No MACR

Awards: AM (16OLC), EAME (1 x Battle Star), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 365th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-27175

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 365FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to pull out of a dive when strafing a target near Chalons-sur-Marne, France with 1Lt Harry D. Bassler. Killed in Action (KIA) No MACR

Associated Place

  • High Halden

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943 with temporary runways and buildings. High Halden was then used as a Ninth Air Force Advanced Landing Ground, before being occupied by the 358th Fighter Group in 1944.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL 5 May 1919

Son of Herman Harry and Josephine [Nelson] Bassler.

Enlisted Fort Sheridan, IL April 1941

Fort Sheridan, Illinois

Commissioned 25 September 1941
Based 1944 – 22 August 1944

Assigned to 365FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Chalons-sur-Marne, France 22 August 1944
Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot B Row 23 Grave 61

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2021 20:26:39 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762497
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https://www.fold3.com/record/529847523/harry-d-bassler-american-battle-m...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56371085/harry-d-bassler

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