July 24, 1918 (Rangeley, ME) – March 23, 1971 (Unknown); 52 years old
Married to Mildred Herman on February 17, 1939 in Norwalk
One son, Bruce
Local address: 2 Branford Place, East Norwalk
Enlisted on August 5, 1943
Serial number 31338311

Captured on December 31, 1944 near Bramel, County Wesermuende. Held in German POW camp Stalag 13D Nuremburg (Oflag 73) Bavaria 49-11.

Missing Air Crew Report # 11365
Date: December 31, 1944
Time: 1225
Intended destination: Oil refinery in Hamburg, Germany
Aircraft type: B-17G
Serial number: 42-31895
Plane nickname: Miss-Chief
Cause: Mechanical failure at 20,000. Plane went into a dive. All crew bailed out. Plane exploded in mid-air on the way down.

Crew of 42-31895
2nd Lt Paul L Carroll, Pilot, Laurens IA
2nd Lt Harry B. Winger, Co-Pilot, West Middlesex PA
2nd Lt George R. Klare, Navigator, North Bend NE
MSgt Clifford Averett Jr., Bombardier, Columbus GA
Sgt Irvin J. Olson, Engineer, Postville IA
Sgt Lee Roy William Westman, Radio Operator, Spring Valley MN
Sgt Lawrence E. Isola, Ball Turret Gunner, Oakland CA
Sgt Otis J. Ross, Waist Gunner, Norwalk CT
Sgt Fred K. Bracken, Tail Gunner, Palisade CO
All crew bailed out successfully and survived the war.

From The Norwalk Hour January 25, 1945

Sergeant Otis J. Ross of 2 Branford Place is reported by the War Department in a telegram to his wife as missing in action over Germany since December 31, Mrs. Ross is the former Miss Mildred Herman. They have a two-year-old child, Bruce Garwood Ross. Sergeant Ross was a turret gunner in a B-17 and was stationed with the 8th Air Force in England. He went overseas in November 1944. He entered the service in August 1943. In civilian life, he was employed by Hicks and Otis Company, textile printers on Knight Street. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ara J. Ross, Noroton Heights. Sergeant Ross attended Darien schools and is a graduate of Darien High School.

From The Norwalk Hour May 18, 1945

Staff Sergeant Otis J. Ross, who has been a prisoner of war since December 31, when the b-017 bomber on which he was a gunner was forced down behind the German lines, has been liberated and his fire, Mrs. Mildred Ross of 2 Branford Place, says that he expects to be home soon. Before entering the Army in August 1943, Sergeant Ross was employed at the Hicks and Otis Company.

Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Rangeley, Maine; unknown plot number. Photo from

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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