Harris, Frederick E., S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF 611-Aerial Gunner (Nose Ball Tail)
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1943, AAF 611, 320th Bomb Squadron , 90th Bombardment Group
Service Years
- 1943

Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Date
Oct 27, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Papua New Guinea
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of New Georgia
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USAAF 5th Air Force
  1941-1943, AAF 611, 320th Bomb Squadron , 90th Bombardment Group
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  1943-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
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Last Known Activity
SSgt. Harris served as a B-24D bomber gunner with the 320th Bombardment Squadron, 90th Bombardment Group, 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII.

On 27 October he was flying aboard B-24D-115-CO "Shack Rat" (Tail Number 42-40918 ) when he and his crew were lost during operations in bad weather. They were on a reconnaissance mission, observing enemy ships in the Bismarck Sea where the Allies planned to attack a Japanese base, out of Port Moresby, New Guinea crashing into Sarawaget Mountain Range in Morobe Province. At the time of their loss, they had been flying at least 7+ hours.

They were listed as MIA, and were listed under Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 963. Between 2005 and 2007, after items and human remains belonging to the crew were found by locals, the JPAC found the remains of the crew, near Huon Bay, Dobadura Island Group. who were interred in 2011.

The crew lost:

Pilot 1st Lt Jack E. Volz
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Martin P. Murray N
avigator 2nd Lt Regis E. Dietz
Bombardier 2nd Lt William J. Shryock
Observer 2nd Lt Edward J. Lake
Engineer TSgt Hollis R. Smith
Radio TSgt Robert S. Wren
Gunner SSgt Frederick E. Harris
Gunner SSgt Berthold A. Chastain
Gunner SSgt Clyde L. Green
Tail Gunner SSgt. Claude A. Ray
Photographer SSgt Claude G. Tyler
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