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Harold German


Date and Place of Birth: 1921 Pilot Mound, Manitoba, Canada
Date and Place of Death:    October 3, 1943 Germany
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Unknown
Rank: Flying Officer
Military Unit: 434 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

Harold German was a well-known athlete in the small community of Pilot Mound, Manitoba.

 Harold W. German was born in Pilot Mound, Manitoba in 1921. He was a well-known local athlete excelling in baseball, tennis and hockey.

German entered military service in 1940. He trained at Toronto, Windsor and Uplands, and was in the first class in the British Air Training plan to receive his wings in October.

He served as a flying instructor in Canada until going overseas in December 1942. Flying Officer German served with 434 'Bluenose' Squadron (RCAF) and was based at Tholthorpe in England, flying night-time bombing raids in a Handley Page Halifax.

In the New Year's honor list of 1943 he was cited for the Air Force medal, receiving his award from the King at Buckingham Palace in February 1943. Eight months later, on October 3, 1943, German was killed when his bomber was shot down.

Harold German is buried at the Hanover War Cemetery in Germany.

Date Added: February 6, 2013

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