671st BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Reuben Junior Troyer

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  15059054

Killed In Action - Sep 29, 1944

671st Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 04-Sep-1919, Center, Howard County, Indiana

Entered Military Service: Date: 21-Sep-1940 At: Ft Benjamin Harrison, IN From: Howard County, Indiana
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 15059054

Buried: Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium, Plot C Row 10 Grave 57

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry     Overseas American Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission Memorial, Certificate
Fields of Honor Database

Declared Dead

Mr. and Mrs. Reuben E. Troyer, 1816 South Bell street, have been officially notified by the War Department, that their son, S-Sergt. Reuben J. Troyer, above, who was previously reported as missing, September 29, 1944, has now been declared dead, as of September 30, 1945. The death message was received Wednesday, October 3, 1945.

Reuben was born in Kokomo September 4, 1920 and after attending the grade schools was graduated from the Kokomo High school with the class of 1940. He enlisted in the army air corps on September 11, 1940 and was assigned to overseas duty in England on New Year's day, 1944. He served as a turret-gunner on a Boston-Havoc bomber attached to the Ninth airfoce which supported the ground forces through France to the Siegfried line. Sergeant Troyer was on his 55th combat mission when his ship was shot down over Julich, Germany, on September 29, 1944.

Surviving with the parents are four sisters, three brothers and Mrs. Emma Mills, 1114 South Buckeye street, grandmother.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Exploded in mid-air from direct flak hit.

Three planes, all from the 671st Bomb Sq (L), were knocked down, and almost simultaneously, at the target. All three were in the same flight. Lt F.W. DeMand was leading the flights with Lt A.C. Burns, B-N, in the nose and Staff Sergeants R.J. Troyer and C.W. Middleton in the tail. The plane received a direct hit and exploded in mid-air in the area over the target. Two chutes were observed to emerge from the falling wreck.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 9274 and Mission # 149

Photos and Documents
Birth Certificate
1920 US Census
1920 US Census
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
1940 US Census
The Kokomo Tribune, Monday, August 10, 1942
The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana) 10 Oct 1945, Wed Page 27
The Kokomo Tribune, September 30, 1952
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
National World War II Memorial Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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