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TSgt HARRY LEWIS KATZMAN, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE (Ret.)

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.

Online Condolences

  1. Sonny Koski says:

    Harry was a true friend and will be missed. Guests to the museum will miss Harry’s mission talks. He could always hold everyone’s attention. I am very blessed to have known and volunteered with Harry for many years. I will forever see him standing in front of groups of people talking to them about his experiences and answering their questions.

  2. George Springer says:

    A true American hero. A National Treasure. A great guy who will be missed so very much.

  3. Donna Garcia says:

    Harry was a very special gentleman, from a true hero to an amazing friend. He was one of the first individuals that I met when I started volunteering at Magnolia Manor. We had a very special connection that I will forever be grateful for. When I met him I was in the process of retiring from the Army and he had shared that his retirement was from the Air Force. After knowing this it was all fun and games from that point on, with our friendly military jokes of what service was better. Short story: for his birthday one year I gave him an Army mug (he loved to have a cup of tea with me after my group fitness class at Magnolia Manor). He asked me what he was supposed to do with this Army mug, and of course I said “enjoy your tea,” and he told me with a straight face that it just wouldn’t taste any good with that Army symbol on it. My heart was shattered when I visited him those last few days of his precious life, but I smile each time I think of the two cardinal birds sitting outside his window at Savannah Hospice. I will forever love and respect this sweet gentleman that I have come to know as family.

  4. National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force says:

    On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the staff and volunteers of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, we would like to extend our deepest condolences for your loss. Please know the passing of your loved one is felt by all those who honor the Greatest Generation and their sacrifices.

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