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Joseph M Blair

Military

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation were set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines, caught fire, went out of control, crashing 3 km NW of Ahrweiler, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11674.

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Dale Detjens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation were set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines,...

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 391st Bomb Group

    391st Bomb Group

    Group
    "The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11). Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by...

  • 574th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-35010 Jinx, Snakes Revenge

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation was set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines,...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Matching

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1943 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Matching was transferred to the Ninth Air Force and first occupied in January 1944 by the 391st Bomb Group, equipped with B-26s. The station had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tulsa County, OK, USA 1922
Lived in Tulsa, OK, USA 1941
Enlisted Tulsa, OK, USA 11 November 1942
Based Matching 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation were set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines, caught fire, went out of control, crashing 3 km NW of Ahrweiler, Germany. KIA. MACR 11674.

Buried 1945

Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial
Hamm
Canton de Luxembourg
Luxembourg

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2017 18:28:48 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/529936516_joseph_m%20blair/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/84846591_joseph_m%20blair/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/46706060
http://www.b26.com/page/marauder_missions_december_23_1944.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=55963196

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