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O'Rourke Edward

Monuments

King Size monument

Name:
Edward  O'Rourke
Rank:
First Lieutenant
Serial Number:
O-826273
Unit:
565th Bomber Squadron, 389th Bomb Group
Date of Death:
1944-12-25
State:
New York
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Copilot of the B-24 ôKing Size, 42-50612, which took off from Hethel Airbase in England on a mission to bomb an industrial zone in Wahlen-Kall, Germany. After successfully dropping their bombs, the King Size was attacked by German fighters and went into a spin and started burning. This caused them to fall behind their formation, and they were attacked again and crashed. Of the crew of nine, only two survived. O'Rourke went down with the plane and perished in the crash.