In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Forces Flight Officer
Glenn Harrison Allen
Yankton, South Dakota
May 25, 1920 – August 15, 1944
Killed in Action in France
Glenn Harrison Allen was born May 25,
1920, at Viborg, Turner County, South Dakota, to Ralph and Sophia Allen. He had
a brother and two sisters. Glenn graduated from Yankton High School in 1939
before attending Yankton College for two years. His first experience in flight
training was with the Civil Pilot Training program at Yankton in 1940.
Glenn entered active service on March
27, 1942, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served in the ground forces until he
entered flight training in the Air Forces. Training at Mobile, Alabama, and
Stuttgart, Arkansas, Allen was appointed a flight officer on December 16, 1942.
For six months, Fl O Allen served in Alaska, where he “engineered the first
glider transportation of supplies from Anchorage to Kiska.” Allen was sent
overseas on February 27, 1944, to the European theater, and was stationed in
England for the next six months; he “assisted in engineering the organization of
a glider train for the first invasion of France on D-Day, June 6. Then Fl O
Allen was sent to Italy “for a month before the invasion of Southern France.”
Glider Pilot and Flight Officer Glenn
Allen, 92nd Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group, was
killed in action on August 15, 1944, during the Invasion of Southern France.
Glenn Allen is buried at Plot B, Row 4,
Grave 7, Rhone American Cemetery, Draguignan, France. He was awarded the Air
Medal and the Purple Heart.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, South Dakota. Information for this entry was provided by an
application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment and the Yankton Press and
Dakotan, issue 10/3/44.