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Frank J DeMarco


Shot down by flak on return from a mission to Bernburg, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31612. Crew baled out and pilot made a wheels up landing near Aachen, GR. Killed in Action (KIA). 5th mission over Germany-destination-Bernberg to attack airfield. Suffered chest wound from flak. Crew bailed out. about 15 miles southwest of Cologne, Germany. Pilot crash landed. All captured by Germans. S/Sergeant DeMarco died at the scene, severe chest wounds.

Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31612

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MidContinental Airways Modification Center, Denver 28/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Syracuse 2/1/44; Presque Is 4/1/44; ...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Event Location Date
Born Yonkers, New York 21 July 1907
Died 22 February 1944
Buried Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2657/nephew