We shall not forget


The Citadel Class of: 1945
Cadet Company: M Company
Age: 22
Born: 23-Jul-22
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Family: Olivia G. Fulmer (mother)
Rank: First Lieutenant
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Forces
Servicenumber: O-691639
Entered the Service from: South Carolina
Function: Bombardier
Company – Squadron: 409th Bomber Squadron
Unit – Group: 93th Bomber Group, Heavy
Plane data:
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
Date of death: 19-Dec-44
Status: KIA
Place of death: RAF Hardwick, Norfolk, England
Spot: Burnt Oak Farm, Aldeburgh, Norfolk, England
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Gravenumber: Plot D Row 7 Grave 18
Cemetery: Cambridge American Cemetery
Biography: Not Available
Other information: Lieut. H.D. Fulmer Killed in Action
Mrs. Henry D. Fulmer of 2700 Wilmot Street has been informed by the war department that her son, First Lieut. Henry David Fulmer, Jr., was killed in action December 19 in England. Lieutenant Fulmer was a bombardier with the Eighth Air force. He had been overseas nine months and had nearly completed his missions.
Besides his mother, he leaves a brother, William Oliver Fulmer [Citadel Class of 1946], also in the air corps, and stationed at Keesler field, Mississippi. Lieutenant Fulmer attended both The Citadel and the University of South Carolina.
– Source: The State, 6 January 1945, p.9.

“On the morning of 19 December at approximately 1000 hours an aircraft piloted by 1st Lt. Robert W. Marx […] crashed near the field a few seconds after leaving the runway. The fog was thick and instruments were used on the take-off. When the aircraft crashed some of the RDX bombs exploded killing the entire crew. The dead are […] 1st Lt. Henry D. Fulmer, Columbia, S.C. […]” – Source: NARA

“RAF Hardwick had a number of fatal crashes involving B-24 Liberators. […] Worst incident was probably the take-off crash on 19 Dec 1944 when a 93BG B-24 hit trees in fog and crashed at the aptly-named Burnt Oak Farm, Aldburgh, just S of the airfield. The bomb-load exploded and all the crew were killed. This crash site is marked by a memorial.” – Source: RAF Hardwick forum

“Remember these men before God with thanksgiving. the gallant crew of B24, #42-50597, of the 93rd BG (transfer from 446th BG) 2ADA, 8th USAAF which crashed in fog during takeoff at Hardwick, England on 19 Dec 1944 in a valiant attempt to deliver air support to the beleaugered [sic] ground forces in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. These men died in the cause of freedom.
1Lt Robert E. Marx, Pilot*
1Lt William H. Young, Co-Pilot*
1Lt John D. Camp, Navigator*
1Lt H. David Fulmer, Jr., Bombadier*
2Lt R.K. Locker*
T/Sgt Frank H. Whitten, Engineer
T/Sgt Benjamin C. Wieland
S/Sgt Fred D. Pettigrew*
S/Sgt Ralph E. Gifford
S/Sgt Robert A. Hughes
S/Sgt Harold Clickman
* Buried at the American Military Cemetery at Cambridge
Lest we forget”
From plaque on memorial cross at Hardwick Field, Source: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/place/135811

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Find A Grave.com, Richland County Public Library

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2 responses

  1. Leslie Lytle May

    David Fulmer was my Godfather. Best friend of my father, Fred S. Lytle.

    July 21, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    • Rebecca G. Fulmer

      David would have been my uncle. I would like to know you. Becky 803.553.8876 in Columbia, S.C.

      May 29, 2017 at 7:15 pm

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