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Melvin E Baumgartel

Military

Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574
Last seen by Pilot Capt George T. Sterler on flight deck, told to 'unbuckle from co-pilot seat, affix chute and bail out'. Didn't make it out.
Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • John Bedell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 42-5953 'Skin & Bones', would have completed his 25 mission tour with this crew, but was hospitalised due to his sinuses, tour length being extended to 28 whilst he was laid up. Failed to Return (FTR)...

  • Abner Fisch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Charles Goettling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574. His wife Margie gave birth to twin sons Ray and Roy shortly...

  • Evert McMonigle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574. Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • Thomas Montgomery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. KIA. MACR 4574. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Edward Muszynski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4574 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ronald Pearce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574. Awards: DFC AM (4OLC), PH.

  • William Reagin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 1st combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574 Awards: PH.

  • George Sterler

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4574 ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102451

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Slated 385BG, Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-T] Snetterton 7/4/44. Missing in Action Berlin 8 May 1944 with Pilot George T. Sterler, Tail gunner: Edward A. Muszynski (2 Prisoners of War). Co-pilot:...

Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sewickley Heights, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States 9 April 1922

Son of Harry A. and Grace F. Baumgartel.

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA 4 September 1942

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Based Snetterton Heath 1944 – 8 May 1944

Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 12 miles Sth of Hildesheim, Germany 8 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. KIA MACR 4574

Buried 9 May 1944

at the Sehlem cemetery, near Hildesheim, Germany

Buried August 1949

Returned for Internment in US - Source Tribune newspaper.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2020 14:42:54 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

KU-1756 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147874844

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2019 13:25:33 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29031437
https://www.fold3.com/image/541773577
https://www.fold3.com/image/121412766?rec=121412814
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763603?rec=299432696
https://www.fold3.com/record/83817077-melvin-e-baumgartel
https://archive.triblive.com/local/sewickley/remember-when-sewickley-ame...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4574 / MACR 4574; Snetterton Falcons, pg 134 & 146 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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