Andrew A. Saari

Andrew A. Saari was born 26 Oct 1921 in Norfolk Virginia. His father was Andrew Saari (Editors note:  The name also appears as Saori).  He had one brother.  When he filled out his draft registration, Andrew stated he was working for the U.S. Government, Naval Air Station, Norfolk Virginia.

Sgt. Andrew A Saari, was served with the USAAF in WWII and lost his life when his plane, B17F 42-30800 “Cock O’ The Walk” 452nd Bomb Group crashed near Luther factory at Bienrode, four miles N of Brunswick, Germany. Shot down by a direct Flak hit.

From The Greenville News in South Carolina dated Friday, 22-JUN 1945:

Told by Lieutenant Allen E. Johnson who was the navigator of the B-17 who had just arrived at his home in Philadelphia saying he was killed on that date over Brunswick, Germany.  Johnson stated, “that the crew of ten had just finished dropping their bomb load over Brunswick when flak from a German anti-aircraft gun came in the open door of the fortress from which the bombs were release and exploded terrifically.  He wrote that he looked forward in the fortress and saw the pilot, Lieutenant Colvin and co-pilot Lieutenant Dick West slumped over in their seats dead.  The fortress then burst into flames.”  Lieutenant Johnson and five other members of the crew parachuted safely to the ground and were recently liberated as prisoners of war of the German government.

List of Crew:

  • P Colvin, Jake S. 2nd Lt. 0-460094 KIA
  • CP West, Richard R. 2nd Lt. 0-755813 KIA
  • N Johnson, Allen E. 2nd Lt. 0-692318 EUS
  • B Glass, M. R. Jr. 2nd Lt. 0-682572 EUS
  • TT Rottler, Raymond W. Sgt. 33239371 RMD
  • R Ross, Allen L. Sgt. 18217120 EUS
  • RT Soari, Andrew A. Sgt. 33518425 KIA
  • RWG Mack, William H. S/Sgt. 39106581 EUS
  • LWG Clayton, John W. Sgt. 14049867 KIA
  • TG Justice, Grady C. Sgt. 18214461 EUS

Sgt. Andrew A Saari is buried at Hampton National Cemetery in Hampton City Virginia.

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