669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. Ross Harold Cornell Jr.

Pilot,  O-730870

Prisoner Of War

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 24-Jan-1915, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Entered Military Service: Date: 24-Jan-1942 At: Portland, OR
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 19047597

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 18-Mar-1945
POW Camp: Unknown
Return Date: Before 31-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 23-Oct-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 55253

Died: 21-Jan-2002, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry


Mr Ross H Cornell Jr, 86

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, in Central Bible Church in Portland for Ross H. Cornell Jr., who died Jan. 21 at age 86.

Mr. Cornell was born Jan. 24, 1915, in Portland, where he lived all his life. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1933. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe and was held a prisoner of war by the Germans. He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Purple Heart. After the war, he owned Cornell's Custom Canning in Portland for 34 years until 1980, and remained active in the company until 1994. He was a member of the church for more than 50 years. In 1942, he married Virginia Willott.

Survivors include his wife; son, Stephen; sister, Virginia Martin; and two grandchildren.

Remembrances to Trout Creek Bible Camp in Corbett. Arrangements by Gateway.

Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - Thursday, January 31, 2002

Oregonian, The (Portland, Oregon) 31 January 2002, Ross H. Cornell Jr. Obituary, GenealogyBank.com (https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/100166A44C9100AA-100166A44C9100AA [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)

MACR 13153 Details

A/C Information not Available. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

Four planes were presumed to be lost to flak when they failed to return to base. The planes went down in the vicinity of the PPF IP, northeast of the town of Bingen. Two planes went down in the vicinity of the target. ... No chutes were seen to emerge from any of the planes that were lost. The crews are all listed as MIA. ... #521 received a direct hit on the turn off the target. Both engines were smoking and it was losing altitude but apparently under control. It might have been the plane seen to hit the ground near Johannisberg. After flames broke out in the right engine nacelle, the right wing broke off about 3,000 feet above the ground. The crew included Lt R.H. Cornell, Lt R.E. Enman, and S/Sgt A. Carter.
(416th BG History 1945)

See also Mission # 239

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
WW II Draft Registration
Newspaper Clipping
The Eugene Guard
Lt Ross Cornell And Lt Roland Enman
Lt Ross Cornell, Lt John Blomgren and Lt Roland Enman
Ross Cornell
Ross Cornell
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The Eugene Guard
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The Eugene Guard
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DMV Registration
Death Index
WW II Honoree

See Also:
Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports
POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
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