S/Sgt. Gordon F. Waldron

tail gunner, HAUTMAn crew

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Gordon was the son of Arthur R. Waldron and Hazel D. Cooper.  He was born on September 20, 1920 in Grand Ledge, Eaton Co., Michigan.  He had at least four other siblings.   By the time of the 1940 census, he appears to have been working in the Civilian Conservation Corps, having completed one year of high school.  He enlisted on March 30, 1943.

Waldron was shot in the leg during the fighter attack.  He was given first aid and was assisted out of the plane (by T/Sgt. Orvel Howe) when time came to bail out.  The next day his dog tags were shown to the co-pilot, Lt. Snidow, by a German officer.  Snidow thought that Waldron died from his wound or was killed by German civilians.

Waldron Individual Casualty Report.  Source:  A letter from Lt. Snidow

Waldron Individual Casualty Report.  Source:  A letter from Lt. Snidow

S/Sgt. Gordon F. Waldron  had married Loretta Mae Pulver on October 4, 1941 but there were no known children born to this union.   His remains were buried in Dimondale Cemetery, Dimondale, Eaton Co., Michigan.  Loretta later married Alfred T. Taylor on December 1, 1946.  She died in 2001.