TSgt Harry Lewis Katzman, U. S. Air Force (Ret.), 98, of Savannah, Georgia, formerly of Glennville, and widower of Lydia Barbara Benni Katzman, died Sunday morning, November 7, 2021, at Hospice Savannah.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Harry enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on November 14, 1942. He was assigned for combat duty and left Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia, to fly the southern route from Savannah to Brazil to North Africa then to England. Harry and his crew were assigned to the 458th Bombardment group, 753rd Bombardment squadron when they arrived in England and stationed at Horsham St. Faith, Norwich on January 29, 1944. After being injured on his last mission and recovering in the hospital, Harry worked in intelligence in Frankfurt, Germany, until he was discharged on February 13, 1946. He later re-enlisted in July 1946 and became part of the new U.S. Air Force in 1947 as part of the Material Air Transport Command at Rhein Main AB Germany. He served in Strategic Air Command before returning to the U.S. and flying F-102s at Westover Air Force Base and F-104s at Homestead Air Force Base where he retired on December 31, 1963. He later received his Master’s in Education and was a Mission Experience volunteer at the Mighty Eighth Air Force for over twenty years.
Survivors include his daughters, Karma L. Cain, Risha Marie Katzman; brother, Jack Katzman; grandchildren, Joshua Katzman, Jennifer Katzman, Haley Watson, Amy Katzman, Mary Beth Browning and a sister, Gloria Kaplin.
The funeral service, with full military honors, will be held at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, November 10, 2021, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue conducted by Rabbi Robert W. Haas. Private interment will be in Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Glennville, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The National Museum of The Mighty Eighth Air Force – Post Office Box #1992, Savannah, Georgia 31402.