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Arthur Matt Maatta

Military

Assigned to 527BS 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. Fatally wounded on mission to Coulanges, France. A/C B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' hit in nose by direct flak hit. Severely wounded in both legs and with internal injuries, died of wounds prior to forced landing at base. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6738.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Karl Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Wells

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions, all but 3 of which were in B-17 42-97170. Wheels up landing at night during a training flight on 31-Mar-44 in B-17F 42-29624 'Pappy'. RTD. ...

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97890 'Queen of Hearts' "L'il Satan"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-U] Kimbolton 12/6/44 LIL SATAN; returning from Toulouse flak hit blew off nose 25/6/44 with Karl Becker; Navigator: Bob Evans, Bombardier: Arthur Maataa (2 Killed in...

Missions

  • 142

    25 June 1944
    From his mission list for the 385th/548th, this is mission #142. The target says "French Supply." He was on Peterson's Crew.

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Houghton County, MI, USA 6 December 1918
Enlisted Detroit, MI, USA 3 October 1940
Next of Kin Royal Oak, Michigan 1942

NoK: - Sister Fannie Hendrickson Royal Oak, Michigan

Based Kimbolton April 1944 – 25 June 1944

Assigned to 527BS 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 60000 Beauvais, France 25 June 1944

Fatally wounded on mission to Coulanges, France. A/C B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' hit in nose by direct flak hit. Severely wounded in both legs and with internal injuries, died of wounds prior to forced landing at base. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6738.

Buried 26 June 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery
Plot F Row 6 Grave 26

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2019 16:44:39 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29100248
https://www.fold3.com/record/84339348-arthur-m-maatta
https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=62329
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56291929

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2017 16:23:04 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29100248
https://www.fold3.com/page/529902409_arthur_m%20maatta/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/84339348_arthur_m%20maatta/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56291929

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, 1942-45; p. 161. Combat Chronology  p. 134, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces vol 3 pg 661; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 311 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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