STAFF SERGEANT HAROLD CHARLES VAN NESS (VANESSE); U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 22, 1918 (Rockville, CT) – January 11, 1943; 24 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 104 South Main Street, South Norwalk  
Service number: 11033044
376TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 514TH BOMBER SQUADRON

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Purple Heart Medal

From armyaircorps-376bg.com: Ole Rock, serial number 41-11618, was one of the 23 HALPRO B-24s.  Her RCL was #4.  She was lost on her 8th mission attacking a convoy.

George Uhrich provided the above photo.  He ID’d the men as follows:
Standing, L to R
Co-Pilot 2/Lt. Ferdinand R. ‘Rudy’ Schmidt
Nav/Bomb. 2/Lt. Allen V. Hopkins
Pilot 2/Lt. George A. ‘Speedball’ Uhrich
Kneeling, L to R:
Radio Op. S/Sgt. Douglas H. Williams
Gunner S/Sgt. David A. Tunno
Engineer S/Sgt. Louie L. Walters
Armorer Sgt. Harold C. Van Ness

Buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy; Plot F, Row 11, Grave 55.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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