|Pvt. Glen Erickson was an airman flying B-24s for the 701st Bombardment Squadron like this plane.|
Glenn K. Erickson never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on June 19, 1917 in North Dakota. His father was also born in North Dakota and his mother was born in Minnesota. Three of Glenn's grandparents were born in Norway. His father worked as farmer. Glenn had an older brother, a younger brother and two younger sisters. By 1940 Glenn had completed four years of high school and was living with his uncle while working as a truck driver.
He was a private in the 701st Bombardment Squadron, 445th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force.
On August 26, 1944 the 701st Bomb Squad was part of a 109 bomber mission to bomb the chemical works at Ludwigshafen and marshaling yards at Ehrang and Kons/Karthaus. Despite an escort of 77 P-51s, 53 B-24s returned damaged and seven were lost, including Pvt. Erickson's plane.
His grave is at Kindred Cemetery in Kindred, North Dakota.
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