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Elwin Walter McMahon

Military

Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 15, 2013 :
"In Memory and Honor of Sgt. Elwin Walter McMahon and The Excalibur's Revenge Crew.
Seventy years ago on Sept. 15, 1943, a B-17, The Excalibur's Revenge, along with other bombers, departed from the British Isles on a bombing mission to Paris, France. Just as the planes were over their designated target area, the Excalibur was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and with the exception of one survivor, the plane blew-up and went down in an inferno. My 20-year-old brother, Sgt. Elwin Walter McMahon, the plane's tail gunner, was last seen trying to bail-out... and at that moment his destiny was fulfilled. All of the crew members were products of the Great Depression. So, they had only one resolve... to make this country a better place for the next generation(s). The question that's yet to be answered by this me-myself-and-I generation is... Did they die for a lost cause?"

Service

People

  • Henry Caballero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lawrence Dube

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Frank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Reid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Richardson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Graduated from Hampton High School, Hampton, VA in 1939. While in school he joined the Hampton Battery D National Guard and transferred to the Richmond Light Infantry Blues before enlisting. He was co-pilot of B-17 #42-3437 nicknamed "Excalibus...

  • Rodolphe Richer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Evaded with the help of French civilians and Résistance members - Escape and Evasion Report E&E 255.

  • Joseph Scarano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elmer Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lonnie Turner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-3437 EXCALIBURS REVENGE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/6/43; Dow Fd 22/7/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ- ] Snetterton 27/7/43. Hit by Flak over Paris on 15 September 1943 with Pilot James V. Richardson, Co-pilot: Lawrence Dube, Navigator: Elmer L. Smith, Bombardier: George W. Frank, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Albans, Franklin County, Vermont 23 March 1923
Lived in June 1942

New Haven, Addison County, Vermont

Enlisted 1 October 1942

Rutland, Vermont

Killed In Action (KIA) 15 September 1943

in the crash of B-17 # 42-3437, near St Germain-en-Laye, France

Buried

Initially buried near the crash location, France

Buried

after the war his remains were returned to the USA, where he rests at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in St Albans, Vermont

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2020 11:21:28 ED-BB Changes to awards
Sources

NARA Air Medals

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2020 09:20:12 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

WWII Draft card
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII Casualties from Chittenden County, Vermont
VA Grave Locator

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 15:01:19 ED-BB Changes to service number and events
Sources

Corrected Serice Number. MACR 726 has erroneously 11084076, while NARA's WWII Enlistment records and the WWII Army and Air Corps WWII Casualties for Vermont have 11085076

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 09:11:48 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography and mission associations
Sources

MACR 726

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2017 04:49:40 JoCarter Changes to biography
Sources

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/burlingtonfreepress/obituary.aspx?n=sgt...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 726; Snetterton Falcons, pg 52 and 59

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