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Joseph C Joyce Jr



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  • Winkton

    Military site : airfield
    Prepared as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, the land was released for grazing before it was again selected for aircraft use, and improved for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. Used briefly by the 404th Fighter Group, it was then abandoned,...


Event Location Date
Born Stuart, Virginia 3 April 1921
Enlisted Charleston, West Virginia 3 April 1942

146 lbs

Died Serquex, France 9 May 1944

All three squadrons were airborne, each with a separate site in the triangle Dieppe-Rouen-Neufchatel, 20 miles in from the Channel coast. The 507th and 508th Squadrons reported good hits in and around the "ski-sites" with 500-pound semi-armor piercing bombs, carried with delayed-action fuses to pierce the heavy concrete of the target buildings. But because of an error by the briefing officers in reading a geographical co-ordinate, the 506th searched in vain for its target 15 miles east of its true location, finally dive-bombing the railroad yard at Serqueux, 20 miles northeast of Rouen. Flak was intense over the yard, and Lieut. Joseph C. Joyce Jr., received heavy damage on his plane. According to Capt. Harold W. Freemantle, leading a flight behind Lieut. Joyce, the latter's plane began to lose altitude and throw black smoke. Capt. Freemantle kept his flight over the smoking plane until Lieut. Joyce announced that his engine had cut out completely and he was going to jump.
At the interrogation everyone was confident that Joyce was safe; if not in the hands of the French, nothing worse than in a German "stalag luft". Three days later came a reassuring report from the 50th Fighter Group, flying fighter cover in the target area, that an opened parachute had been sighted. Eight months later a letter from higher headquarters, without details and in cold statistical language, announced a change in Lieut. Joyce's status from "Missing in Action" to "Killed in Action".

Buried Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Plot D Row 8 Grave 39
Normandy American Cemetery
Colleville-sur-Mer, France


Date Contributor Update
23 April 2019 16:19:24 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2015 12:32:28 Lucyd Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, events and unit associations