Corporal Silvester D. la Torre of Massachusetts, U.S.A. died in Northern Ireland when B-26B Marauder #41-18072 crashed close to Toome Airfield, Co. Antrim.
Corporal Silvester D. la Torre (31311242) served in 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center, 8th United States Army Air Force during the Second World War. Born in 1924, he was the son of Louis A. la Torre of Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Silvester enlisted on 16th April 1943 at Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and was based at Toome Airfield, Co. Antrim from June 1944 – July 1944. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
La Torre died on American Independence Day, 4th July 1944 while serving as a gunner on B-26B #41-18072. The plane crashed tail first in a peat bog on high ground in Co. Antrim while on a short navigational flight from Toome Airfield.
Burial first took place at Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery, Belfast on 5th July 1944.