Salvatore Anthony Trupia

Sgt    12133746    615th
New Jersey
1923 - 1944

Left Waist Gunner aboard 42-31518 (Doolittle's Doughboy's)

Margraten cemetery, Netherlands
Wall of missing

     Salvatore was born 1923, Monmouth, New Jersey.
     In Nov 10, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.

     In 1944 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His last mission, Feb 20, 1944, Target: Leipzig, the plane was attacked by enemy fighters.

     Unfortunately, Salvatore was killed

     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

Individual casualty questionaire

Told by 2nd Lt John Lavie Foster , Bombardier.

- Name of crew member : Trupia , Salvatore Anthony.
- Rank : Sgt.
- Serial number : 12133746
- Position : Left waist gunner.

- Did he bail out ? : No.

- If not, why not ? : He was already dead.

- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : Interphone went out after being hit.

- Was he injured ? : Very badly.

- Where was he last seen ? : In the waist.

- Any heresay information ? : When the engineer went back to see if every one was out , he found the Radio
                                                      man looking back into the waist and saw Trupia laying there dead.
                                                      He was hit in the leg and chest by a 20 mm shell.

- Any explanation of his fate ? : We were being hit incessantly from the rear , it is a wonder all of the fellows
                                                         weren't killed who were in the rear of the ship.

- Total number of missions of above crew member ? : 8

- Date and destinations if possible ? : Jan   21, 1944 Notre Dame de Ferme
                                                                     Jan  29, 1944 Frankfurt on Main
                                                                     Jan  30, 1944 Brunswick
                                                                     Feb   3, 1944 Wilhelmshaven
                                                                     Feb   4, 1944 Frankfurt on Main
                                                                     Feb   5, 1944 Chatearoux
                                                                     Feb 11, 1944 Frankfurt
                                                                     Feb 20, 1944 Leipzig

Mission to Leipzig, germany, Aircraft attacked by enemy fighters, dropped down and out of formation.
Crashed on a field at Pilm, near Magdeburg, Germany.

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