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Lawrence C Putgenter


Larry Putgenter served a flight engineer/top turret gunner with the 714th Bomb Squadron of the 448th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Seething, England.
He joined the Squadron on 1 January 1944 and went on to complete 31 missions over Europe. He took part in first large-scale daylight bombing raid over Berlin on 6 March 1944, so-called 'Black Monday' because of the losses suffered by the USAAF.

After the war, Larry returned to work for Heer Bros, Mechanical, a mechanical contracting firm, and was steadily promoted, eventually becoming the president of the company. He married Catherine Morris, and together they raised three children.



Units served with

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 714th Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date
Born Catonsville, MD, USA 22 December 1921

One of ten children, he was the oldest son of Joseph and Loretta (O'Conner) Putgenter.

Enlisted Baltimore, MD, USA 8 September 1942
Died 17 August 2016
Buried 7250 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075, USA

At Meadowridge Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
24 March 2017 09:35:21 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

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Obituary published 24 August 2016 in the Carroll County Times.
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