Jacob Herman III

Jacob Herman III was born on February 1st 1923 to Jacob and Gertrude Herman of Saint Louis, Mo. Jack and his younger brothers Robert and Richard grew up in NY. By 1940, the Herman family had moved to 1357 Taft Road, Teaneck.

During school Jack was quiet, but that didn’t stop him from playing football or being in Hi-Y, theatre club. Jack graduated Teaneck High class of ’40. He wanted to become an engineer once he graduated. Two years later Jack enlisted on December 14th, 1942. Jack’s father was a soldier in his own right, and served with the 47th Infantry during WWI.  However, Jack became an Airman, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant within the 15th Air Force. Jack joined the 767th Bomb Squadron, 461st Bomb Group on June 2nd, 1944. Jack was his air crew’s - Airplane Armorer– Gunner.  The crew flew all over Europe, flying mostly missions targeting Railroad marshalling yard.  They were stationed at Torretta Field near Cerignola, Italy.

On December 17th 1944, Jack’s B-24 joined formation with other planes from Torretta, Italy to complete a mission in Blechhammer, Germany. Jack’s plane was shot down with no survivors. Its last known location was near Muglitz, Germany. His remains are interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Newburgh NY.

High School Yearbook

  1. 1940 Yearbook, Page 35
  2. 1940 Yearbook, Page 67
  3. 1940 Yearbook, Page 88
  4. 1940 Yearbook, Page 112
  5. 1940 Yearbook, Page 118


  1. 1920 United States Federal Census
  2. 1930 United States Federal Census
  3. 1940 United Stated Federal Census
  4. U. S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1953 for Jacob Herman III
  5. New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 (Jacob Hermann, father)
  6. New York, New York Guard Service Cards, 1906-1918, 1940-1948 (Jacob Herrmann, father)

fold3.com (Historical Military Records)

  1. Herman Jacob 3rd
  2. Missing Air Crew Report

461st.org Website

  1. War Department Headquarters Army Air Forces, Washington - The Missing Air Crew Report
  2. Jacob Herman III in group photo
  3. 461st Bombardment Group, 767th Nose Art
  4. 767th Squadron
  5. Missions flown by the 461st

The Fifteenth Air Force Website

  1. Blechhammer - by Duane L. “Sparky” Bohnstedt, 460th Bomb Group Historian