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Emile Frederick Fritz Jr.

Military

Emile enlisted in Feb 1942 and completed Basic Training at Camp Keesler in Biloxi, Mississippi . This was followed by several weeks of technical training at the Airplane and Engine Mechanics School at Wendover Field, Utah. Emile was selected to play for the Western Army All-Stars football team that toured the country playing exhibition games against NFL teams in 1942 to raise funds for the Army Emergency Relief fund. In the fall of 1942 he shipped to Wendover Army Air Field in Utah and was assigned to the 351st Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group and completed training with them from Nov 1942 to Jan 1943. The 100th sailed for England on the QE2 with 15,000 other soldiers in 1943. The unit was stationed in Thorpe Abbots in eastern England just south of Norwich. He serves as an engine mechanic for Fools Rush In and Heaven Sent. He was promoted to Sergeant in the US Army Air Corps and flew several missions over France. in Aug 1945 he flew back to the US on a B-17 as part of a re-deployment to the Pacific theater and was in Miami on leave when the war ended.

Service

Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron
  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2019 18:09:59 Rfritz405 Changes to unit associations and media associations
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I have the original document

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2019 17:50:55 Rfritz405 Changes to service number and highest rank
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Emile Fritz is was my father. He passed away in 2016.

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2019 17:49:15 Rfritz405 Changes to middlename, firstname, suffix, biography and media associations
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I am the son of Emile Fritz.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:52 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.mcadams.org/fpdb/aux_units.asp / http://www.mcadams.org/fpdb/sqds_name2.asp

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