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Neil F Matz


33 missions from 22 Oct 1944 to 12 Mar 1945. Shot down on 24 Dec 1944. Parachuted near Liege, Belgium. Escaped with only a blood blister.

AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Good Conduct Medal/ American Campaign Medal/ ETO Ribbon w/ 3 Battle Stars/ WW II Victory Medal



  • Thomas Chatterton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Spa Belgium in B-17G #44-8614.

  • Howard Turnquist

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down over channel and crashed near Spa Belgium in B-17G 44-8614

Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-8614 Miss Bea Havin

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 2/11/44; Grenier 17/11/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG Lavenham 8/12/44; battle damaged Darmstadt, Ger 24/12/44 fighter JG3, went into spin at 22,000 feet, crashed, multiple chutes; Missing Air Crew Report 12207. Salvaged 28/1/45.

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...


Event Location Date
Born Lattimer, Pennsylvania 21 March 1925


Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 19:51:50 nmatz Changes to person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Neil F Matz

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:29 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / / self MACR 12207