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Biography of Harry O. Green

Forreston, Texas

Harry Green enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps soon after Pearl Harbor around Christmas of 1941. He completed the third phase of his eight-months of training at Randolph Field, about 15-miles northeast of San Antonio, and was awarded his wings, and commissioned a second lieutenant.

Lieutenant Green served with the 401st Bomber Squadron of the 91st Bomber Group of the 8th Air Force. He flew a B-17 on bombing raids over Europe. He was assigned to the airfield at Bassingbourn, England, north of London, and on March 7, 1943 was shot down somewhere over Europe. The B-17 and crew were never found.

First Lieutenant Harry O. Green is listed on the Tablet of the Missing at the American Cemetery in Cambridge, England, and the Ellis County Veterans Memorial. 

Note: A few months after Lt. Green and crew went down somewhere over Europe, the "Memphis Belle" piloted by Captain Robert K. Morgan completed its 25th mission over Lorient, France on May 17, 1943, and returned to the states to a triumphant welcome.

The home base of the "Memphis Belle" was Bassingbourn, England. It was the first B-17 Flying Fortress to complete 25 missions, and return to the states.

"We Were Soldiers Once, and Young" by Perry Giles

The bio info and picture are courtesy of Perry Giles, Giles Monument Company, Waxahachie, Texas.

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