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Joseph F Stritch

Military

Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3-Feb-45 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387.

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • William Feinstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) near Kahlstorf, Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Reynaldo Garcia

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • William Garner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • Marvin Gooden

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • William Logan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier/Togglier | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 26+ combat missions. Shot down near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany, 3-Feb-45, in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • John McCormick

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 26+ combat missions. Involved in the mid-air collision between his B-17 42-97387 'Maude an' Maria' and B-17 43-38697 of (603rd BS) on the 3 February 1945 mission to Berlin. Captured in Kahlstorf, East of Lehmke,...

  • Jack Withrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-97387 'Maude an Maria' crashed near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany 3-Feb-45 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), EAME, PH.

  • Ray Woltman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 26+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kahlstorf, Germany, 3-Feb-45, in B-17 42-97387 'Maude an Maria'. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

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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. ...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97387 "Maude an' Maria"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-H] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; (81m). About an hour after bombs away, B-17 #42-97387 was observed to be involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 #43-38697 (of 603rd BS) on...

Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York, USA 1925

Son of Caroline Stritch.

Based Nuthampstead 1944 – 3 February 1945

Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed In Action (KIA) Kahlstorf, Germany 3 February 1945

near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 42-97387 “Maude an Maria”

Buried Lehmke cemetery, Germany 4 February 1945

at the Lehmke cemetery, Germany

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

After the war, his remains were brought to Belgium. Joseph Stritch rests at Plot D, Row 10, Grave 56

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2021 19:47:17 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56361137/joseph-f-stritch

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2020 14:00:50 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards, events and person associations
Sources

MACR 12214

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2019 10:12:05 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46713496
https://www.fold3.com/record/529853362-joseph-f-stritch
https://www.fold3.com/image/310770618?rec=299522571
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56361137/joseph-f-stritch

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12214 / MACR 12214, Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Streitfeld with picture of some crew members on p. 115 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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