Wilmeth H Harvey


Name: Wilmeth H Harvey

First Name(s): Wilmeth H
Last Name: Harvey

Place of birth: Texas, Harris Cnty, Houston

Rank: S/Sgt Crew Chief
ASN: 18188514
Company: 95th T Car Sqdrn
Unit: 440th Troop Carrier Grp 9th USAAF

Reported as: MIA ► POW ► RTD
Date of incident: 27-12-1944
Place of incident: Nimbermont area

His story: On December 27, 1944, Lewis crew took off with Douglas SKYTRAIN C-47A-75-DL, #42-100907 from the airstrip at Châteaudun, France.
The formation ran into a barrage of ligth FLAK in the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium. While flying in formation in an element of 8 airplanes and gliders at about 2,500 feet, 1 Lt Harvey L Rideout saw that the right engine of airplane of Capt Smith was on fire. The airplane was going down slowly when he noted that 2 men bailed out with open parachutes . The glider cut loose when he was going down. Lt Rideout did not saw either the airplane or the men who parachuted reaching the ground.
It’s reported that all 5 crewmembers managed to bail out and were taken POW.
The 2 men, bailed out with open parachutes were Navigator 1 Lt Richard P Umhoefer and Crew Chief S/Sgt Wilmeth H Harvey. 1 Lt Umhoefer reported later that Radio Operator Sgt George D Mehling Jr also managed to bail out. They landed together in the same field.
The last men who bailed out of the plane were Pilot 1 Lt William H Lewis and Co-Pilot 2 Lt Earl E Putman. Lt Lewis had burns in his face, taken POW and was for a few days together with the crewmembers above in Limburg an der Lahn, Germany. Lt Putman was quite badly burned, also taken POW and sent to a German hospital, receiving treatment for his burns.
Operation: REPULSE
Destination: Bastogne, Belgium
Mission: Glider Tow

noteS/Sgt Wilmoth Harvey was imprisoned at Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow, Pommern, Germany (also known as Dulag Luft XII now Tychowo, Poland)

Unit history of 440th Troop Carrier Group

Extra Link(s)
POW record


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