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Gilbert E Matthews

Military

Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • William Beggs

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52447, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-51098 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA). Still...

  • Peter Calzonetti

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 42-51098, which collided above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Howard Cohen

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Kelly Crabtree

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Joe Guastella

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Was Pilot of B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Wounded, he was captured and...

  • Norman Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Hal Linder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • John Ruppert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Frank Tatum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 703rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-51098

    B-24 Liberator
    Collided above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. All nine men on board Killed In Action (KIA): Pilot Joe Guestella (Died of wounds...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Troy, Alabama, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 16 August 1944

in the crash of B-24 #42-51098 near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands, E 14 11 17 August 1944

in a common grave at the Mosigkau cemetery

Buried

Gilbert Matthews rests at Plot E, Row 14, Grave 11

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2020 09:19:39 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2020 10:40:14 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8432

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Birsic, ABMC, MACR 8432, 2AD Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8432 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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