Herbst, George G., S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 756-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1944, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Staff Sergeant



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Brooklyn

Casualty Date
Sep 21, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Netherlands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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AAF Aircrew Badge

Rifle
Pistol

 
 Unit Assignments
US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1941-1944, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden1
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt. George Herbst served as a radio operator with the 309th Troop Carrier Squadron, 309th Troop Carrier Group, 8th Army Air Force.  The unit was based at RAF Spanhoe (Army Air Force Station 493), based near Uppingham, Northamptonshire, England.

On 21 September 1944, he was aboard a C-47A (tail number 42-93029) crewed by five AAF airmen.  The aircraft was delivering  16 Polish paratroopers to a drop zone south of Arnhem, Holland, in support of “Operation Market Garden.” 

Soon after departing the drop zone, the plane was observed to be on fire beneath the pilot compartment.  It crashed, burst into flames and there were no survivors. The Germans opened the dikes in the region where the plane crashed and flooded the area before any remains could be recovered.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 10135

AAF Crew:
TSgt Russell W. Abendschoen (Crew Chief)
1st Lt. Cecil W. Biggs (Pilot)
SSgt George G. Herbst (Radio Operator)
2nd Lt. William L. Pearce (Co-Pilot)
2nd Lt. Thomas R. Yenner (Navigator)

The remains were interred in Arlington National Cemetery and other locations in July 2007.  Some of the remains were discovered by Dutch citizens following the War, buried.  They were re-interred in 1950 in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Kentucky in a single mass grave until more remains were discovered in 1994.

 
   
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