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Melvin Adrian Watson

Military

Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Flight crew for B-24 assembly ship 'First Sergeant', when flares set A/C ablaze, along with pilot received facial burns in the ensuing fire 27-May-44.

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Frederick Angeloch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Butt

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. Flight crew for B-24 assembly ship 'First Sergeant', when flares set A/C ablaze. 27-May-44. Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Faggioli

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. Flight crew for B-24 assembly ship 'First Sergeant', when flares set A/C ablaze, along with pilot received facial burns in the ensuing fire 27-May-44. ...

  • Carson Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, , WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Fuggett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Kelly

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Acy Marchand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. Flight crew for B-24 assembly ship 'First Sergeant', when flares set A/C ablaze. 27-May-44. Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Peters

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Sanford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bessemer, AL 19 September 1916

Son of Charles John and Lillie Leona [Gray] Watson.

Enlisted Maxwell Field, Montgomery, AL 25 March 1942

Maxwell Field Montgomery Alabama

Based Horsham St Faith March 1944 – July 1944

Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 5 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 7 July 2002

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2019 11:27:14 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84019031-melvin-a-watson
https://www.fold3.com/record/626245788-melvin-watson-1916
https://www.fold3.com/image/668098858?terms=paul%20faggioli
https://www.fold3.com/image/605285709?terms=watson,adrian,melvin
https://www.458bg.com/crew53watson.htm
https://www.458bg.com/stories-firstsergeant

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2019 11:24:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84019031-melvin-a-watson
https://www.fold3.com/record/626245788-melvin-watson-1916
https://www.fold3.com/image/668098858?terms=paul%20faggioli
https://www.fold3.com/image/605285709?terms=watson,adrian,melvin
https://www.458bg.com/crew53watson.htm
https://www.458bg.com/stories-firstsergeant

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

458bg.com,Watson crew, crew member list & picture included / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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