Gerrit Swier

Gerrit Swier

Male 1915 - 1943  (27 years)

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  • Name Gerrit Swier  [1
    Born 24 Jul 1915  Lebanon, Sioux County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Milit-Beg 20 Mar 1942  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Private, U.S. Army Air Force 
    Milit-End 23 Jun 1943  Island 35, Tipton County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died in line of duty, non-combat
    Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Force 
    Died 23 Jun 1943  Island 35, Tipton County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    • Island 35 is located in the Mississippi River, north of Memphis
    Buried Spring Lake Cemetery, Spring Lake, Ottawa County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • gravemarker
    Person ID I8529  LaZeut
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2020 

    Father Willem (William/Bill) Swier,   b. 29 Dec 1882, Bovenkarspel, Noord-Holland, Nederland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1960, Grand Haven, Ottawa County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Betje (Elizabeth/Lizzie) Van Duyn,   b. 17 Jan 1891, Fountain Prairie Township, Pipestone, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1973, Grand Haven, Ottawa County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 27 Feb 1908  Lebanon, Sioux County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Family ID F568  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Pauline May Page,   b. 31 May 1917, Spring Lake, Ottawa County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 2012, Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 16 Feb 1940  Grand Haven, Ottawa County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 15
    Children 
    +1. G.A. Swier
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F4146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S155] U.S. Census, 1930, (Ancestry: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.).

    2. [S2121] Michigan Marriage Records, 1867-1952, (Ancestry: State of Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, Michigan), Ottawa County Certificates, 1930-1943, marriage license and certificate of marriage.

    3. [S310] Descendants of William Swier (1908-1939), Debra Marcusse, compiler, (unpublished, 2011).

    4. [S211] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, (Ancestry: National Archives, College Park, Maryland).

    5. [S1834] Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1958, (Ancestry: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee), certificate of death.

      Died of tramautic disintegration due to plane crash

    6. [S1805] Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index, 1874-1955, (Ancestry: FamilySearch).

    7. [S5148] Death Notice: Swier, Gerrit, (Detroit Free Press. Detroit, Michigan, 25 Jun 1943, p. 27: accessed 3 March 2020).

      Dyersburg, Tenn. June 24—Second Lieut. Gerrit Swier, 27 years old, whose wife lives as Spring Lake, Mich., was one of five crewmen killed when a Flying Fortress crashed on a Mississippi island Wednesday, the training base here announce Thursday.

    8. [S5149] Death Notice: Swier, Gerrit, (Jackson Sun. Jackson, Tennessee, 27 June 1943, p. 6: accessed 3 March 2020).

      An official Board of Inquiry was continuing its investigation into the crash of a four-motored heavy bomber [B-17 Flying Fortress] from the [Dyersburg] Army Air Base here on Island 35 early Wednesday morning with the loss of five lives….The plane was on a routine bombing mission over the base’s bombing range when it struck a tall tree then burst into flames. Only the tail, which broke off, was not burned. The plane normally carried a crew of 10, but five gunners did not make the fatal flight because of the nature of the mission

    9. [S310] Descendants of William Swier (1908-1939), Debra Marcusse, compiler, (unpublished, 2011).

      d. Covington, Tennessee

    10. [S302] Find A Grave, Memorial# 48787935.

    11. [S2028] Iowa Marriage Records, 1880-1951, (Ancestry: State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa).

    12. [S5113] Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006, (FamilySearch: Grand Rapids Public Library, Michigan), Obituary: Mrs. Elizabeth Swier, Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 16 July 1973.

    13. [S310] Descendants of William Swier (1908-1939), Debra Marcusse, compiler, (unpublished, 2011), p. 1.

      m. 27 Feb 1907 [sic]

    14. [S39] The Swier Family History, Gertrude Swier Korver, compiler, (Thomasville, Pennsylvania: self-published, 1989), pp. 12, 193.

    15. [S1321] Obituary: Hirdes, Pauline Swier, (Klaassen Family Funeral Home. Grand Haven, Michigan: accessed 31 July 2012).


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