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Roy Emmett Deadman

Military

Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).
Roy Deadman was Assistant Foreign Editor of the Chicago Times in 1940. He was residing in Madison County, Indiana when he enlisted in Chicago, Illinois, on November 25, 1940 as an Aviation cadet. After the war, he changed his name to Emmett Dedmon and pursued a career in journalism, working mostly for the Chicago Sun-Times and later the Chicago Daily News.
He wrote "Duty To Live", a book about his war experiences, published in 1946 by Houghton-Mifflin.
His obituary in the New York Times : http://www.nytimes.com/1983/09/21/obituaries/emmett-dedmon-65-led-2-chic...
A photo of his gravestone : http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=92192753&PIpi=6207...

Service

People

  • James Bloxom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Back injured by opening shock of parachute. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag XVIIB.

  • Clarence Borchardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Charles Cothran

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943 (MACR 197.) Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag XVIIB. Killed during Death March in 1945. The Army recovered his body from a mass grave in Stein, Austria, and established officially that his death came during a...

  • Martin Heathcote

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW) - MACR 197.

  • Robert Katz

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943

  • George Kosturko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943.

  • Joseph Mutz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Oliver Robichaud

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17F #42-5893 'Sad Sax' on 26 July 1943, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Graham Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943.

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5893

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 29/4/43; Tinker 13/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-M] Bassingbourn 24/5/43; transferred 336BS/95BG [ET-F] Horham 16/6/43; 8m, Missing in Action Hannover 26/7/43 with Oliver Robichaud, Co-pilot:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Auburn, Nebraska 68305, United States 16 April 1918

Son of Roy Emmett Deadman and Cora Christine Frank of Pendleton, Indiana.

Based Horham 1943
Became a POW 26 July 1943
Buried 1983

Emmett Dedmon rests at the Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

Died Chicago, IL, USA 18 September 1983

Captain Roy Emmett Deadman had his name changed after the war into Emmett DEDMON.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2018 06:51:56 ED-BB Changes to middlename, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 197 (crew links)

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2014 11:39:32 Lucy May Changes to service number
Sources

Link to enlistment record: http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=13&cat=all&tf=...

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 15:51:59 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment Records
NARA WWII POW Records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 197 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / RE Bloxom

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