Rolling Thunder Illinois Chapter 2

Sgt. Francis Wiemerslage – Mission Complete 2021

Date

Oct 23 2024

Time

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Chapter Repatriations

U.S. Army Air Corps Sgt. Francis Wiemerslage

Date of Loss – March 2nd, 1945

Date of Repatriation – October 23rd, 2021

On August 24, 2021, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of Sergeant Francis W. Wiemerslage, missing from World War II.

Sergeant Wiemerslage entered the U.S. Army Air Forces from Illinois and was a member of the 549th Bombardment Squadron, 385th Bombardment Group. On March 3, 1945, he was a gunner aboard a B-17G Flying Fortress (serial number 43-38148) that took part in a bombing mission against enemy targets in Dresden, Germany. While en route to the target, the Flying Fortress was damaged and rendered inoperable by enemy fighter aircraft. Two members of the B-17’s nine-man crew parachuted from the aircraft before it exploded in mid-air and crashed near Zullsdorf, Germany. SGT Wiemerslage and the remaining six crew members died in the incident. SGT Wiemerslage’s remains could not be located immediately following his loss. In September 2019, a set of remains were recovered from a paddock near Zullsdorf. These remains were accessioned into the DPAA laboratory at Offut Air Base in Nebraska, where they were eventually identified as those of SGT Wiemerslage.

Sergeant Wiemerslage is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Hombourg, Belgium.

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