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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1912 1
Panama Canal Zone 1
Death:
05 Aug 1945 2
Okinawa 2
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Person:
Herbert L Zils 1
Level of Education: 2 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1912 1
Panama Canal Zone 1
Death:
05 Aug 1945 2
Okinawa 2
Cause: aircraft accident 2
Burial:
Burial Place: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii 2
Residence:
Place: Kenosha County, Wisconsin 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
19 Oct 1942 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Component:
Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) 1
Army Serial Number:
16117121 1
Enlistment Place:
Milwaukee Wisconsin 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Semiskilled machine shop and related occupations, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0222 1
Card Number: 3 1
Film Reel Number: 2.79 1

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Military Service

2nd LT Herbert L. Zils served with the 69th Fighter Squadron, 58th Fighter Group. On August 5, 1945 Zils was taking off from Madona Strip, Okinawa, in his P-47D, serial number 44-90238.  His engine lost power on takeoff, and Zils attempted to get his aircraft off the ground.  His left wingtip hit the ground, setting off napalm tanks. His aircraft was completely engulfed in flames and Zils was unable to be rescued from the burning wreckage.

Zils was from Kenosha, Wisconsin. He is permanently interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii

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