Date of Birth
Location of Death
Tinian Island, Northern Mariana Islands
Date of Death
Location of Burial
Graceland Cemetery, Racine, WI
More About Staff Sergeant Nelson
Staff Sergeant Nelson enlisted 16 Dec 1941. S. Sgt. Nelson was the central fire control gunner aboard B-29 Superfortress #42-24723, named "Shanghai Lil Ridges Again." He was the sole fatality when the order was given to bail out of the crippled bomber over water after receiving flak damage on a mission over Tokyo. He drowned at sea after parachuting from his aircraft and is now memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, HI.