S/Sgt. Harold D. Bosserman
Harold D Bosserman (Staff Sergeant 13121503). He was a ball turret gunner in the 722nd Bomb Squadon of the 450th Bomb group (15th Air Force).
His crew flew over 50 missions. His plane was shot down on April 29, 1944. The navigator, Frank Ryan, landed in the water and drowned.
Tommy Ryan, the tail gunner, and Edwin Vrla never made it out of the plane. My grandfather named his oldest daughter, Vrla Ryan Bosserman after them (my mother).
I named my daughter Ryan as well.
He was a POW in two camps (one was Stalag Luft II). He is still living and lives with his wife (Elizabeth) in Waynesboro, Va.
The newspaper in Staunton (The Newsleader) recently did two articles about my grandfather on January 8th, 2006. I can't imagine what my grandfather and others like him went through.
Thanks to you all for the freedom you have given me and my family.
Link to Newspaper Article
Thanks again PawPaw!!!
Link To Crew Picture
Article submitted by Ashley Stuart Leach, proud grandson of Harold Bosserman.