Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-31486 was on a operational bombing mission to Frankfurt, Germany. The aircraft was last seen with #1 and #2 engines on fire after attack by E/A. I was still partly under control as lost altitude and went into the clouds. They crashed at 1200 hours on 29 January 1944 in Oberndorf, near Rockenhausen, Germany.
Pilot, nd Lt John Tannahill Jr
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Harry Edward Selby
Navigator, 2nd Lt Edward Lewis Harris
Bombardier, 2nd Lt William Clarence Frye Jr.
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Harold Miron Roark
Ball Turret Gunner, Sgt Harley Benjamin Kennemer
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Laurence Ray Freeman
Left Waist Gunner, Sgt Weldon Gene Martin
Right Waist Gunner, Sgt Thoams Edward Brennan
The Knoxville Journal, March 21, 1944
Second Lt. Edward L. Harris was killed in action on Jan. 29, the same date he was reported “missing in action”, according to a message received by his wife, Mrs. Juanita Warren Harris, 1549 Laurans Avenue, Saturday from the War Department. Lieutenant Harris, a former University of Tennessee student, was a navigator on a Flying Fortress and was killed on a mission over Germany. Information of his death was received from the German Red Cross. He had been overseas one month. He enlisted in the service June, 1942, and was married Aug. 30, 1943. Lieut. Harris is survived by his wife; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.V. Harris, Route 1, Moscow, Tenn.; sisters, Frances and Maureen; three brothers, Roy Ellis of U.S. Army Air Corps; Woodson and Joe Harris.
- Rank: Second Lieutenant
- Date of death: 29 January 1944
- County: Knox
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 612nd Bomber Squadron, 401st Bomber Group, Heavy
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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