Canton Commerical Advertiser - Sept 11, 1945 First Lieut. Wilber E. Longshore, 28, bombardier-navigator, assigned as navigator of a B-24, in the ETO Theater, who was reported missing as of Nov 2, 1943, has been listed as presumably dead, according to a War Department message just received by his wife, who resides at 147 Duane street, Malone. Although the regular navigator on the ship, Lt. Longshore flew this mission as bombardier due to the incapacity of the member of the crew who filled this post.
Investigation by the War Department revealed that Lt. Longshore participated in a mission to Wiener-Neustadt, Austria, and was last seen as the plane went down in the target area after having been damaged in an attack by enemy fighter planes. As no information has since been received to support the presumption of his continued survival, "the department must terminate his absence by a presumptive finding of death," the message continued.
Lt. Longshore entered the medical corps under selective service, in January, 1941, from Brentwood, L.I., and trained for about a year at Fort Hancock, N. J., then went to Fort Dlx, N. J., where he took the cadet board and entered the air corps as an aviation cadet in March, 1942.
He trained at several fields and was commissioned as a bombardier at Kirtland Field, Albuquerque, New Mexico, in January of the next year. Following receipt of his wings, Lt. Longshore, as one of the highest ranking in class, was sent to a navigation school at Selman Field, Monroe, La., and after completion of this course took his tactical training at various points throughout the States and shipped for overseas Sept. 6, 1943. He was based in North Africa.
A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Longshore of Morley, N.Y., Lt. Longshore was graduated from Lisbon High and completed a two-year course in nursing at the Rockland State Hospital in Orangeburg. At the time of his induction, he was employed at the Pilgrim State Hospital in Brentwood.
On Aug. 29, 1936, he was united in marriage with the former Miss Marjorie Morey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Morey, Cooks Corners, who survives, with one son, Wilber E. Longshore, Jr., (Westie). Charles Longshore, Washington street, Malone, is an only brother of the young officer.
Note: 1st Lt. Bombardier Navigator A/C; killed in aerial combat over Austria