1944 — Italy
Harvey Luitjens is being remembered by his son Steven for his War-time Service as a Radio/Gunner in the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bombers in the Mediterranean Theatre. 66 Combat Missions. He served in the 321st Bomb Group, the 446th Bomb Squadron, of the 12th Air Force and 57th Bomb Wing.
In WWII Harvey was accepted into the AAC and recieved Training in Johnson City, TN. He then specialized in Radio Mechanic at Scott Field, Illinois and Operator Training at Traux Field, Wisc. He would then have been assigned to the B-25 Medium Bomber Unit /321st Bomb Group, and into the 446th Bomb Squadron and eventually sent over the Atlantic to serve in Combat Missions in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)
Harvey Graduated AAC Scott Field Radio Academy as a "Radio Mechanic" 10 Nov. 1942. He then graduated Traux Field, Madison, Wisc. for "Radio Operator" 28 May, 1943.
SCOTT FIELD, Illinois began when Shiloh Valley Township, Illinois, leased 640 acres to the War Department for use as an aviation site in June 1917. The War Department named the site after Corporal Frank S. Scot--the first enlisted man to die in an aircraft accident--on July 10, 1917. The layout of Scott Field was typical of aviation fields built during World War I. During World War II Scott Field's main mission was to train radio operator-mechanics. By June 1945, Scott Field had trained 77,370 technicians who went on to be responsible for vital command and control communication throughout the Air Force. In January 1948, Scott Field was redesignated Scott Air Force Base. Scott AFB continued as a major training base for the Air Force until 1957.
Truax Field ...Dane County Regional Airport ___ Truax Field is located at the Dane County Regional Airport, just on the northeast side of Madison, Wisconsin. Truax Field was activated as an Army Air Base in June of 1942. It was deactivated as an active military base in 1968, when it was taken over by the Wisconsin Air National Guard. It was named in honor of Lieutenant Thomas L. Truax, a Wisconsin native, who was killed in a P-40 training accident in November 1941.
********** Harvey Jack Luitjens **********
Birth: Jul. 6, 1921 Death: Feb. 3, 2005
Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery -Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
U.S. Veterans Gravesites, Name: Harvey J Luitjens
Service Info.: T SGT US ARMY WORLD WAR II 6 Jul 1921 to 3 Feb 2005
Cemetery: Ft. Snelling National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: 7601 34th Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN 55450
Obituary Date: 15 Feb 2005 -Newspaper Title: Champlin Dayton Press
Newspaper Location: Champlin, MN, US - Harvey Luitjens
Mr. Luitjens passed away on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005.
He will be deeply missed by his children, Carol (Frank) Burrows, Steven (Roseanna) Luitjens; grandchildren, Amy, Andrew and Lauren; sisters, Leona Roelofs and Esther Johnson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Data entered by Barbi Ennis Connolly .. 321st Bomb Group Historian PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher
More to come from Harvey's proud son Steve.