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Harold David Andrews Jr

Military

Service

People

  • Ollie Swank

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

Units served with

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lewiston, Maine 30 December 1922
Enlisted Portland, Maine 10 April 1942
First 416th BG Combat Mission Conches, France 7 March 1944
Final 416th BG Combat Mission Saarlautern, Germany 2 December 1944

Flew 70 combat missions

Died Auburn, Maine 9 July 2019

1st Lieutenant Harold David Andrews, Jr. was born on December 30th, 1922 to Harold David Andrews, Sr. and Ellen Harding Andrews at Central Maine General Hospital in Lewiston, Maine. He was the second of seven children. The eldest was Willard Andrews. Norman Andrews, Paul Andrews, Francis Bernstein, Florence Young and Marjorie Quimby were his other siblings. He has numerous nieces and nephews. He was graduated from Edward Little High School June 12th, 1940. He entered service March 25th, 1943. As a member of the 9th Air Force, 416th Bomb Group, 671st Bomb Squadron, he flew 65 bombing missions flying out of Wethersfield England bombing the Axis in France and then moving to Melun France after France was liberated. On D-Day he was part of 37 aircraft that the French Underground notified that Hitler had 1000 Panzer tanks protecting Calais that were hurriedly put on rail cars to go to Normandy when Hitler realized that Calais was not the invasion site. Those 37 planes wiped out the entire rail line and the tanks, in Serquez France shortening the war for those on the ground. They lost 4 aircraft and only 4 came back without battle damage. Because of his part in freeing France he has recently been approved by France for the Legion de Honor, to be presented posthumously. During the war he corresponded with Jacquelyn Marshall who was living in Ocala Florida at the time. Each morning before his mission he would write her name on his A-20 and later A-26 in chalk before takeoff. A few days after arriving back in the United States he married his sweetheart and they were married for 66 years until her death. When he is buried, her urn will be placed in his hands in his honor.

Buried Auburn, Maine 12 July 2019

Mount Auburn Cemetery
Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2021 15:43:02 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.416th.com/missions/LoadingList.html
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=2897231&...
http://www.ww2buddies.com/Query416.html

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