668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Sgt. Frank Edward ("Bill") Cherry

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  34774161

Killed In Action - Jul 18, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 28-Oct-1910, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Entered Military Service: Date: 1-May-1943 At: Camp Croft, SC From: Rockingham County, North Carolina
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 34774161

Buried: Danview Cemetery, Eden, North Carolina

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

Sgt. Bill Cherry, Bombardier, Killed Over Europe

DRAPER, N. C., Aug 3. - Sgt. Frank E. "Bill" Cherry, bombardier, was killed in action over Europe on July 18, according to a message received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ormon E. Cherry of Draper, N. C.

He had been in England two months and had participated in several bombardment missions.

A letter, written by Sgt. Cherry on the date of his death, has been received by his parents.

The sergeant was 33 years old. Prior to his induction on May 11, 1943, he had been employed for several years by Marshall Field & Co.

In addition to his parents, Sgt. Cherry is survived by three service brothers, Russell H. Cherry, U.S. A. A. F., in India; Clifford Cher0ry, U.S.A., stationed at Ft. McClellan, Ala.; and Joseph H. Cherry, U.S.N., now on furlough here after two-and-a-half years combat duty in Pacific waters. Also Elred Cherry of Draper and Harry Cherry of Wilmington, N. C., and a sister, Miss Sarah Cherry of Lorton, Va.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

On 18 July 1944, Lt. Raymond Cruze, with gunners Ssgt Samuel H. Geisy and Ssgt F.E. Cherry was assigned to a mission against Gles sur Risle railroad junnction in the Pontautou region of Normandy, France. The aircraft was badly damaged by flak over the target and was forced to ditch in the English Channel on the return. Air-Sea Rescue was available and all three crew members escaped from the plane, but Lt. Cruze and Ssgt Cherry drowned in the recovery attempt.

A/C Forced down. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Pilot forced to ditch airplane in English Channel.

Lt. Raymond K. Cruse was forced to ditch in the Channel. Although it [was not] certain that he had drowned, his body was never recovered and he is listed as MIA. One gunner, Sergeant F.E. Cherry, was killed in action; the other gunner Sergeant S. W. Giesy, was seriously wounded in action --- he was recovered by rescue craft.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 12210 and Mission # 101

Photos and Documents
Birth Certificate
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Card
WW II Draft Card
Armed Forces Souvenir Book - Dedicated to the Men and Women of Marshall Field and Company Manufacturing Division in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, World War II
Clipping from scrapbook. Date of publication unknown.
The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 03 Aug 1944, Thu Page 2
Headstone Application
Headstone Application
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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