2Lt William James Martin - Navigator 42-34346 - KIA 14-10-1943 over Eygelshoven (NL).
Place where 42-3436 crashed on October 14, 1943 - 13.45 h local time.
Tail part in The Netherlands
Nose part in Germany
Missing - nose
- Donald Paul Breeden/co-pilot
Probably interred with Martin and/or Manley
Source: George Kuhl - Wrong Place! Wrong Time! - page 149
KIA - nose
- William James Martin/navigator
- Harvey Arlie Manley/bombardier
KIA - tail
- Leonard Roy Henlin/left waist gunner
- Robert G Wells /right waist gunner
All others POW
- Hosea Crawford
- Dominic Lepore
- Arthur Linrud
- Benjamin Roberts
- Dennis McDarby
Grave of William James Martin - US Cemetery Margraten - grave B/15/19.
He was first buried at the Forrest Cemetery, Merkstein-Germany on October 18th 1943 in grave 514.
Plan of Finkenrath showing the orchard where Mr. Heinz Michels watched the crash and
the place of the crash he and Klara Wauters mention in a book about Finkenrath.
A view of the memorial stone and plaque at the day of the unveiling on 13-10-2018.
Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3436, Killed in Action (KIA).
Buried Netherlands American Cemetery Plot B Row 15 Grave 19.
Born on 16 August 1920 in Denver, Colorado and lived in Paducah - McCracken County - Kentucky.
On November 1, 1943 Lt Martin was reported missing in action since October 14th to his mother, Mrs Gus (Josephine) Davenport.
From The Paducah Sun-Democrat, on November 1, 1943: '"Lt. Martin left the US for England in September. He graduated June 24 at the San Marcos Texas aerial navigation training base and received his wings and commission there. He applied for cadet training while a student at Murray State Teachers college and was ordered to report for duty in December 1942 at Kelly Field San Antonio Texas. Mr Martin was born in Denver (Colorado) and lived in Paducah since 1939. He was employed at the Columbia theater during vacations."
More see http://home.kpn.nl/slang075/breeden-crew-members-42-3436.html
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||Denver Colorado, USA
||16 August 1920
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||14 October 1943
||14 October 1943