Michael R. Walsh

1st Lt    0-676185    612th
New York
1920 - 1944

Navigator aboard 42-37833 (Omar The Dentmaker)


                                                                                          Normandy cemetery, France
                                                                                          Plot : B , Row : 10 , Grave : 13.

     Michael was born in 1920, in Queens, New York.
     He is a graduate of Regis High School.
     He worked for the American Railway Express Company.

     In Mar 17, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.
     He is one of a family of five in the service.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His last mission, March 26, target: Watten , France.
     They were hit by flak over Pas de Calais and exploded.

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

Mission to Watten, France, operation " Crossbow " (Nazi rocket sites), just before bomb run, plane was hit by flak.
Chrashed near Bouquemaison, France.

                         It was on Sunday morning, March 26, 1944, the crew was called to an early briefing.

        L - R, back row: MICHAEL R. WALSH - William M. Rumsey - Donald B. Roberts - Lt. Colonel White.
                    L - R Front row: Harold S. Arnold - William W. Carter - Irving I. Lieberman - Ivan R. Lee.

     The target was Pas de Calais, france and the V-1 installlations from which the Germans launched their
     rocket attacks on Britain.
     It was considered a mild run as serious opposition was seldom encountered recently.

     The crew crossed the channel and headed towards the Initial Point.
     No fighters were in sight, and no flak had been seen.

     It was just as the crew were starting on the bomb run that it happened.
     A shell exploded suddenly inside the plane behind the pilot.
     A single burst of flak had hit them squarly.

     The plane immediately went out of control and according to eyewitnesses from other planes, the plane
     flew upside down and backwards through the formation.

     The plane began to disintregate, wings, engines, etc, breaking off.

     Two crew members bailed out just before the plane exploded.

     A French men, J. Yaequemelle, found the bodies of the eight men, no chutes were open.
     Michael obviously died before coming to earth.
     He was requisitioned to take a wagon and two horses and to take the dead soldiers to the cemetery of
     their village, Bouquemaison, Somme, Picardie, France

     Michael and his mates were buried side by side in their uniforms.

     On June 10, 1945 the bodies of the eight airmen were exhumed by American forces to be buried in
     a military cemetry.

     Michael was buried in the Normandy Cemetery.


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