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T/SGT  Michael A. MATY

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG
SERIAL #: 31337331 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 13716 CR: 13716

Comments1: 7 APR 45 BUCHEN (EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT WILLIAM E. HOWARD P POW 7 APR 45 BUCHEN sn# 0-775364
2ND LT GENARO DELGADO   CP POW 7 APR 45 BUCHEN
2ND LT DOUGLAS R. JONES   NAV POW 7 APR 45 BUCHEN
    CPL MICHAEL MATY   ROG KIA 7 APR 45 BUCHEN
    CPL EDWARD E. HALL   TTE POW 7 APR 45 BUCHEN
    CPL EDWARD T. TRUITT   BTG NOC
    CPL SAMUEL C. LUNSFORD, JR.  TOG POW 7 APR 45 BUCHEN
    CPL RUSSELL E. BOLDING  WG POW 7 APR 45 BUCHEN
    CPL GEORGE F. THOMAS   TG KIA 7 APR 45 BUCHEN

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Goup on 30 Dec 44.
On the 7 Apr 45 Buchen mission, S/Sgt Louis A. Lehrmann from the the C.R. Sanford crew flew in place of Edward Truitt and  was KIA.

EYEWITNESS:  "A/C -# 44-8334 XR-M was attacked by an ME 109.  The #3 engine caught fire and the pilot peeled out of formation to the left and feathered #3 engine.  The fire appeared to go out in the engine but the wheel well was blazing. The bombs were salvoed, the aircraft completed a 180 fegree turn and headed back alone. It was last seen diving into a cloud bank.  There were 40 to 50 enemy fighters in the area."

For most of the crew it was the 21st to 24 th missions,  many of the surviving crewmembers feel Michael Maty, Louis A. Lehrmann and George F. Thomas were murdered by German civilians when they landed.. Lt Howard was captured within 15 minutes of landing.  He ended up in Stalag Luft 1.

  MISSIONS OF 1st LT WILLIAM E. HOWARD (mpf 2002)

1. 20/01/45 BREISAK
2. 21/01/45 MANNHEIM
3. 29/01/45 KASSEL
4. 31/01/45 BREMEN
5. 03/03/45 BERLIN
6. 14/02/45 CHEMNITZ
7. 15/02/45 COTTBUS
8. 19/02/45 MUNSTER
9. 20/02/45 NURNBURG
10. 21/02/45 NURNBURG
11. 25/02/45 MUNICH
12. 26/02/45 BERLIN
13. 03/03/45 BRUNSWICK
14. 04/03/45 ULM
15. 08/03/45 FRANKFURT
16. 12/03/45 SWINEMUNDE
17. 14/03/45 HANOVER
18. 15/03/45 ORANIENBURG
19. 18/03/45 BERLIN
20. 19/03/45 FULDA/JENA
21. 21/03/45 RUHLAND/PLAUEN
22. 24/03/45 ZIEGENHAIN
23. 05/04/45 NURNBURG
24. 06/04/45 LEIPZIG
25 07/04/45 BUCHEN-SHOT DOWN

MEMO 2:

Bailed out, may have been killed by civilians.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Ludwigshaven DATE: 1943-12-30  
AIRCRAFT: (44-8334 ) XR-M CAUSE: EAC & FLAK  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: Wall/Misng CEMETERY: Netherlands Cemetery/Margraten  
ID: 3387