Summary

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army, Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
2 LT 1
Birth:
07 Aug 1920 2
Fairview, Fulton, Illionois 3
Fulton County IL 2
Death:
20 Jul 1944 2
Zwickau Sachsen Germany 2
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Full Name:
Gordon Merlin Shortness 2
Full Name:
Gordon M Shortness 1
Birth:
07 Aug 1920 2
Fairview, Fulton, Illionois 3
Fulton County IL 2
Death:
20 Jul 1944 2
Zwickau Sachsen Germany 2
Burial:
20 Apr 1950 4
Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Fulton, Illinois 4
Residence:
Place: Michigan 1
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Birth:
Mother: Nellie Marie Burnett 5
Father: Willys McKinley Shortness 5
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army, Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
2 LT 1
Service Number:
O-830591 1
Casualty Type:
FOD 1

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  1. WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualty List [See image]
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  3. Ancestry.com - Family Trees — Contributed by millebr
  4. U.S., Find A Grave Index — Contributed by millebr
  5. Social Security Applications and Claims Index — Contributed by millebr
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He graduated from Spence Field, S/N: O-820591. He was with the 8th A.F., 359th Fighter Gp, 370th Fighter Sqdn. On July 20, 1944, he was flying a P-51B (S/N: 42-106474) on bomber escort to Leipzig, Germany, when he was killed or wounded in his seat, and his plane crashed into the ground near Zwickau in Sachsen with him still in the seat. He was buried at Thurm near Glauchau/Sachsen Cemetery (MACR #6832).

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