Military | Major | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...
|Born||Detroit, MI, USA||5 November 1917|
|Died||Messina, Province of Messina, Italy||31 January 1943|
2nd Lieutenant Frank H Woltman was the son of Frank Lincoln Woltman and Anna Eleanor (Sieradzki) Woltman. He attended Indiana University at Bloomington for three years.
On January 31, 1943, Woltman was co-pilot of B-24D #41-11603 named 'Malicious', assigned to the 9th Air Force, 376th Bombardment Group, 513th Bombardment Squadron. Malicious was the lead plane on a combat mission to bomb Messina Harbor in Sicily. Two engines were knocked out of commission by anti-aircraft artillery, but they stayed on their bomb run and hit their target. They were then set upon by German fighter planes and after a running battle, were forced to make a water crash landing into the Tyrrhenian Sea, twenty miles off the coast of Messina, Sicily. Crewmen in other aircraft saw four to six men evacuate the plane into life rafts, but subsequent rescue flights were unable to locate the men.
Woltman's body was recovered by Italian soldiers on a beach near Sicily. None of the rest of the crew was found.
He received the Air medal, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.
"Frank H. Woltman, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the Ninth Air Force in the European Theater of Operations during World War II."
|Buried||South Bend, IN, USA||1948|
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