Veterans' Memorial Project

Joe Bertis Bonner

Fairfield, IL

World War II

College: Commerce & Business Administration

Graduation Year: Attended 1943

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Tech Sergeant

Date of Birth: 05/24/1923

Date of Death: 07/07/1944

Sgt. Bonner served with the 8th Air Force, 453rd Bomb Group, 732nd Squadron. He was an engineer on a heavy bomber, a Consolidated B-24H Liberator. It was shot down on a mission over Germany; 2 members of the 10-man crew survived and were taken Prisoner of War; the rest died in the plane crash. Bonner’s plane was nicknamed “Dumbo, the Pistol Packin’ Pachyderm.”

– information taken from and University records

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