1927 - 1944
ID : 35771995
In service from : West Virginia
Rank : Staff Sergeant
Division : U.S. Army Air Force
615th Bomber Squadron, 401st Bomber Group, Heavy
Died : Thursday 2 Nov. 1944
Location : Henri Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium
Wall of mising
Medals : The Purple Heart and Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
He entered service on August 11, 1943 ( 16 Years old !!! ).
He was a Ball Turret Gunner and flew with the crew of " Wolf pack ".
A B-17G , identification number 43-38159 IY-N.
Nov. 2, 1944, mission 164 , deep in the heart of central Germany, site of Leuna, the world's largest synthetic oil refinery.
It was the primary producer of oil for the Third Reich
Merseburg became Hitler's most fortified stronghold in all Germany, encircled with hundreds of flak battery emplacements.
The 8th Air Force lost 38 B-17's that day.
After the bombs were on their way the plane was hit by flak
Due to lack of space , ball turret gunners could not wear their parachutes.
His chute was in the radio room and he could have reached it between bail out signal, and explosion
Because the plane was hit in engine number 3 and 10 seconds later the plane explode
He was found dead on the crash point site
On Jan. 12, 1945 came a message that the town mayor of Kriegsdorf ( 2 miles east of Merseburg ) had buried him
His ID tag was returned by a farmer who found it on his field close by Kriegsdorf
Standing : Byron Cook - William Brereton - Theodore Monarchy - John Dunn - John Biddle - John Reardon
Kneeling : Herbert Oas Jr. - Thomas "Tommy" Hayes - William Green - William Mencow
Cpl. Albert Monarchy 1923 - ?
Pfc. Antonio Guiseppi Monarchy 1920 - ?
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