GREER, MARCUS D., Flight Officer, # T-130833, USAAF


Marcus D. Greer was born 1922 in Pennsylvania to Jonah Oscar Greer (1892-1973) (TN) and Lillian Mabel (Fury) Greer (1895-1958). Siblings were Paul Richard Greer (1915-1979), Charles Frederick Greer (1919-1978), and Virginia Lee (Greer) Gura (1930-1995). He was married to Irene E. Greer, 3905 Race Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio.


After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator. He was multi-engine rated and earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 July 1945 a B-24L, # 44-44445, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Hsinching, China, departed the airfield on a gas haul mission to Rupsi, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). There was no radio contact with the B-24 after departure. The B-24 Liberator, unlike its variant, the C-87 Express Liberator, carried a load of fuel for transportation to China; a very dangerous cargo. The aircraft crashed enroute and the crew was killed. After recovery, the remains of the crew (indistinguishable) Burrell, Greer, Schmierer. And Schotter, were buried in a group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 1 September 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 76).


His brother, Paul R. Greer, born 5 November 1915, served in the U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant, from 20 April 1942 to 1 November 1945. He died 19 February 1979 and is buried in the Johnsville Cemetery, Johnsville, Bracken Co., Kentucky.


His brother, Charles F. Greer, born 9 July 1919, served in the U.S. Navy, Lieutenant, from 29 May 1944 to 25 February 1946. He died 4 December 1978.