Oliver A. Westbrook, Jr.

Service - US Army Air Forces - 419th Bomb Squadron, 301st Bomber Group, Heavy
Rank - First Lieutenant
Born - ca 1921
Died - 16 November 1943
Buried - Memorialized at Rhone American Cemetery in Draguignan, France
Awards - Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters
Township - St. Mary’s, Garner, NC

Before entering the service he lived across the road from the present day Bryan-Lee Funeral Home on Benson Highway. First Lieutenant Westbrook was a pilot of a B-17 and was killed on a flying mission over Istres Le Tube (near Marseilles), France. Flak hit the number four engine, which was then feathered but fire spread across the wing. Enemy fighters then attacked the struggling Fortress and it went into a spin into the water. No one survived. He flew more than 30 combat missions. His wife was Lola Westbrook. After his death, a Memorial Service was held at Garner Methodist Church in Garner, NC.

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