Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24432 'Danellen' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by Major 'Pips' Piller, JG26. Crashed in Bernieres-Tosny, France. First American aircraft to crash in Normandy. Parts of aircraft are on display in Museum de Tlosny, Les Andelys, France. Proprietor of museum, Jean Erisay, returned Martin's lighter to family in May 2001.
Units served with
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
Part of 94th Bomb Group.
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17F 41-24432 was assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-F] Denver Aug 42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42; Missing in Action Romilly-sur-Seine 11m 20-Dec-42 (9-man crew) 8KIA 1 POW MACR 5381.
20 December 1942
The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR.
Military site : airfield
Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...
||16 December 1918
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||20 December 1942
Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed near Tosny, France.
||Baltimore National Cemetery, Maryland
Remains repatriated after the war to th United States.