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Mathew J Pusateri

Military

Assigned to 559BS, 387BG,9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne. Just east of Bastogne set upon and shot down by Me109's, going down with both engines aflame Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11482.

Awards: PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 559th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95869 'Front Burner II'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG,9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne. Just east of Bastogne set upon and shot down by Me109's, going down with both engines aflame 7 x KIA. MACR 11482. ...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ohio, USA 1922

Son of James V and Margaret A Pusateri.

Lived in East Liverpool, OH 43920, USA 1941
Enlisted Miami Beach, FL, USA 20 February 1943
Based Chipping Ongar 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 559BS, 387BG,9AF USAAF.

Died 10 miles past Bastogne, Belgium 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bastogne. Just east of Bastogne set upon and shot down by Me109's, going down with both engines aflame KIA. MACR 11482.

Buried Lemay, MO 63125, USA 1946

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA

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