December 6, 1923 (New York, NY) – April 5, 1944; 20 years old
Enlisted November 16, 1942
Service number 12186264
Unit: 451st Bomber Group (Heavy), 727th Bomber Squadron
Born to Henry W. Sr. (1893-1966) and Alice C. Steurer Noll (1895-1931). Brother, Donald R. (1926-1968). Just 8 years old when his mother died.
Awarded the Air Medal twice.
From The Norwalk Hour July 15, 1944
Technical Sergeant Henry William Noll Jr., of the United States Army Air Corps, who was reported missing in action last May, is now reported to have been killed in action on April 5, according to information received from the War Department by his father, Henry W. Noll, formerly of Harbor View and now residing in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Sgt Noll enlisted in the Army Air Corps in November 1942, at the age of 18 years, receiving his training at Tyndall Field, Florida, and Scott Field, Illinois. He left America for the European war zone in December 1943. At the time of his death, he was a gunner and radio operator aboard a Liberator B-24 which was in combat over the oil fields of Romania. He is survived by his father and brother, Donald Noll, USN, who enlisted in the Navy on May 31st of this year at the age of 17 years who was called to active duty on July 7 and is now at the Navy Training Station, Bainbridge, Maryland. Other members of his family at Harbor View Beach include a grandmother, Mrs. Charles D. Steurer of Park Lane, an aunt, Mrs. Wilfred S. Cousins of Harbor View Avenue; another aunt, Mrs. Thomas Yorke of Park Lane, and an uncle, Charles D. Steurer Jr., of Harbor View Avenue, a cousin, Lt. Commander Edward E. Hoffman, USN, now stationed at Annapolis, Maryland; a cousin, Wilfred S. Cousins Jr., USA, now stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, and a cousin David Steurer of Grove Street.
TSG Noll was killed as a left waist gunner on B-24H #42-64442 when it was shot down by an enemy airplane after takeoff from Manduria Air Base in Ploesti, Romania. Three other crew were also killed in this incident.
Pilot, 1st Lt Claremont D. Brownell; Bismark, ND; KIA
Co-Pilot, 2d Lt Dale W. Smith; Wylie, TX; KIA
Navigator 2d Lt Robert J. Berg; Buffalo, NY (1922-1987)
Bombardier, 2d Lt Samuel H. Cadwallader Jr.; Pittsburgh, PA (1921-1986)
Top Turret Gunner, SSG Walard J. Harding; Ft. Worth, TX (1922-1980)
Bottom Turret Gunner, SSG Alan R. May; Hillsdale, NJ (1922-2009)
Right Waist Gunner, TSG Harold E. Shireman; Indianapolis, IN (1917-1981)
Left Waist Gunner, TSG Henry W. Noll Jr., Norwalk, CT; KIA
Tail Gunner, SSG Harold D. Wahl; Summit, NJ; KIA
Nose Gunner, SSG Keith J. Westphal; Greenfield, IA (1917-2008)
Buried at Ardennes American Cemetery, Rte du Condroz 164, 4121 Neupré, Belgium; Section B, Row 41, Grave 31. Photo provided by Adam William Epp, Assistant Superintendent of Ardennes American Cemetery.
Also memorialized at Mount Hope Cemetery, Hastings-On-Hudson, New York..