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Cpl. Delbert W. Trueman
721st Squadron

Delbert W. Trueman, 721st Squadron Delbert W. Trueman, 721st Squadron

Photographs courtesy of Kim Clarke, granddaughter of Cpl. Delbert W. Trueman, 721st Squadron

Cpl. Delbert Wayne Trueman was a gunner with the 721st Squadron, 450th Bomb Group. He was killed Oct. 17, 1944, on his first combat mission over the skies of Vienna. He was one of six men who died; four others parachuted from their B-24 and were taken prisoners by the German army.

Corporal Trueman died at age 27. He was born in Danville, Illinois, and grew up in Marion, Indiana. At the time of his death, he was married to the former Virginia Vey; together they had a daughter, Judith Ann Trueman.

Corporal Trueman's younger brother, Dale J. Trueman, was killed in a B-24 training accident in California in 1943. They are buried alongside each other in Marion, Indiana.

His service number was 35900811.

His B-24 was serial number 42-51566.

Others who died from his aircraft on Oct. 17:

1st Lt. Leonard Mojica pilot

2nd Lt. Marvin Niederjohn co-pilot

2nd Lt. George Webb - bombardier

S/Sgt Elvin R. Killingsworth gunner

Cpl. Charles Kleinhenz - gunner

Men who survived:

S/Sgt. Richard L. Conkle gunner

T/Sgt Robert A. Davis radio

T/Sgt. Joseph J. Marallo engineer

Cpl. Richard J. Pinardi photographer
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