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Louis James Jweid

Military

Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-Apr-44 in B-24 42-73498. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3779.

Obituary: - "Mr. Louis J. Jweid, age 89, of Utica, passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2010, at the St. Lukes Home, with the love and support of his family. Born in Utica on August 4, 1921, Louis was the son of the late George and Zahida (Hallak) Jweid. He was raised and educated in Utica and attended local schools. A proud veteran of World War II, he joined the 8th Army Air Corps late in 1942 and served his country as a B-24 pilot with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, stationed in the European Theater of Operations. He was in the first group of American bombers that raided Berlin. He had participated in 23 missions and was shot down during his 12th mission over Nazi-held territory, taken captive by the Germans, and sent to a prisoner of war (POW) camp. He was awarded both the Silver Star and an oak leaf cluster. On September 28, 1947, he married the former Evelyn G. Casper. It was said of their marriage that the sun rose and set on his Evelyn. She passed away on September 29, 2008, the day after celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary. Louis working career began with the family concern, Jweid & Sons Grocery Store, located on the corner of James St. and Howard Ave. He subsequently became a salesman for various food companies throughout the greater Utica area. He was well-suited for his chosen profession, and he had a natural instinct for relating to people. He was knowledgeable of so many subjects and was an all around gentleman. A quiet man, he always had the needs of his family in his heart and was admired as being a great provider and a hardworking dad. He was most proud of having a respectful family who watched over him to the very end. During his spare time, he enjoyed bowling on area leagues, playing cards, and trying his luck at games of chance. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a former member of the POW Club, and was instrumental in the organization of the Mens Syrian-American Club. He was a parishioner of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Louis is survived by his children and their spouses, Donna Vitagliano of Utica, Elaine Terrell of Riverdale, NY, George and Patricia Jweid of New Hartford, and Joanne and James Millson, Sr. of Clinton; and his grandchildren, including Elise Terrell, David Terrell, James Millson, Jr., Jessica Millson, George Jweid, and Danielle Jweid. Survivors also include his sisters and brothers-in-law, Agnes and Vincent Whitey Cerro, Mary and James Bates, and Jean Zombik; his brother, Francis Jweid; his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, in-laws, Sam Mekel, Roseann Jweid, Elias and Evelyn Casper, and Edward and Joyce Casper; and his loyal former Melrose Ave. neighbors. He was predeceased by his brother, Anthony G. Jr. Jweid; his sisters and brother-in-law, Anna and John Wakeel, and Alice Mekel; and his in-laws, including Robert Zombik. ... Committal prayers and interment will take place graveside at Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors conferred."

Awards: SS, AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Jack Dieterle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    After completing his training as a bomber pilot at Biggs Field in Texas, his squadron, the 566ᵀᴴ BS of the 389ᵀᴴ BG, was established at Hethel Field in Norwich early in 1943. ...

  • Lloyd Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lloyd Herbert Hughes Jr., better known to his friends, as "Pete," flew his fifth mission, as pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber in an attack against the Axis oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. He was killed August 1, 1943 when his plane was severely...

  • Edwin Hunnefeld

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-Apr-44 in B-24 42-73498. Killed in Action (KIA) Germans refused to give him a blood transfusion that could have saved his life. MACR 3779 ...

  • Robert Miller

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 389th Bomb Group

  • Jack Wood

    Military | Major General | Chief of the British-American Air Component, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces Mission to Franc | 389th Bomb Group
    Born in Fairbault, Minn., in 1907, we won his wings by 1929. He rose swiftly through the ranks achieving the rank of Colonel and took command of the 20th Combat Bomb Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The following November he was named executive of the...

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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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

Aircraft

  • 42-73498

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24J # 42-73498 was shot down by an FW-190A6, on, ironically, a raid against an FW-190 factory and airfield at Oschersleben, Germany, 11 April 1944.

Missions

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Utica, New York, USA 4 August 1921

Son of George and Zahida [Hallak] Jweid.

Based Hethel 1943 – 11 January 1944

Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 11 January 1944 – 11 April 1944

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Baled out POW Oschersleben, Germany 11 January 1944

At 11:00 am, he was shot down at 20,000 ft. by an FW-190A2, about 2 minutes before reaching his target at Oschersleben, Germany. Everyone bailed out, 1 KIA and 9 POW. The plane itself crashed a "few miles south of the Achmer Airdrome."

Died 19 August 2010
Buried Calvary Cemetery Utica, Oneida County, NY 22 August 2010

Calvary Cemetery
Utica, Oneida County, New York

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2021 20:11:30 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/672303103
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/uticaod/obituary.aspx?pid=144843345
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/189005321/louis-j.-jweid

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2020 00:55:10 Kickapoo Changes to surname, person associations and unit associations
Sources

American Air Museum In Britain Records

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2019 01:55:56 Dieterle Changes to events
Sources

1942 USAAF Serial Numbers (42-70686 to 42-91973) & MACR 3779 (http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_4.html).

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2019 20:10:28 Dieterle Changes to mission associations
Sources

Casualty Questionaire, Jweid, Louis J., with reference to the Oschersleben Mission of 1944-04-11. Fold III website.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2019 16:54:39 Dieterle Changes to mission associations
Sources

Removed incorrect Oschersleben mission: correct mission (unlisted) is for 1944-04-11. Casualty Questionaire, Jweid, Louis J., with reference to the Oschersleben Mission of 1944-04-11. Fold III website.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2019 04:47:30 Dieterle Changes to awards
Sources

Obituary, Eannace Funeral Home, 19 August 2010.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2019 04:38:49 Dieterle Changes to events
Sources

Casualty Questionaire, Jweid, Louis J., with reference to the Oschersleben Mission of 1944-04-11. Fold III website.
Find a Grave site for Louis Jweid.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2019 04:27:40 Dieterle Changes to events
Sources

Casualty Questionaire, Jweid, Louis J., with reference to the Oschersleben Mission of 1944-01-11. Fold III website.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2019 04:22:26 Dieterle Changes to mission associations
Sources

Casualty Questionaire, Jweid, Louis J., with reference to the Oschersleben Mission of 1944-01-11. Fold III website.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2019 03:53:25 Dieterle Changes to events
Sources

Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2010. Find a Grave website.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2019 03:40:08 Dieterle Changes to service number, highest rank, person associations and place associations
Sources

Casualty Questionaire, Jweid, Louis J., with reference to the Oschersleben Mission of 1944-04-11. Fold III website.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3779 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Robert S. Watson (crew member)

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