Henry S. Maranz entered the military service in New Jersey. He served in the 84th Squadron, 437th Troop Carrier Group as a Technical Sergeant during World War II. TSGT Maranz lost his life on June 6, 1944. He was one the crew of the C-47 Skytrain #42-100803. The crew was taking part in their first combat mission during D-Day over Normandy, France. After all paratroopers bailed out, the aircraft was shot down by the German flak, dove into the ground and crashed in a field near Cherbourg. All four crew members were killed. TSGT Maranz was declared Missing in Action and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
C-47 #42-100803 crew:
Pilot: 1st Lt. Jack A Lawson, KS
Co Pilot: 2nd Lt. Donald W Handegaard, MN
Radio Operator: Sgt. Charles R Kittle, OH
Bombardier: T/Sgt. Henry S Maranz, NJ
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