|Birth: ||Aug. 5, 1921|
Blue Earth County
|Death: ||Feb. 23, 1945, Germany|
Born as Lyle Arthur Honetschlager, he was the son of Arthur J. Honetschlager and Grace Muriel Adams. After his parents divorced in 1927, Lyle and his mother moved to Sacramento, California. By 1930, his mother had married Charles L. Taggart, and Lyle's last name was changed to Taggart.
After graduating from high school, Lyle attended college for one year, and then enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on Feb. 19, 1943. After being trained to pilot medium bombers, Lyle was attached to the 450th Bomber Squadron, 322nd Bomber Group.
On February 23, 1945, 2nd Lt. Lyle Taggart was co-pilot of the B26 Martin Marauder "War Eagle" on a bombing mission to Zulpich, Germany. The plane left the airfield at Beauvais Tille, France with five other crewmen aboard: 1st Lt. Jack G. Cox, pilot; 2nd Lt. Edward "Murphy" Wallerstein, bombardier; SSgt. John R. Mackett, engineer-gunner, TSgt. Marion T. Evans, radio operator-gunner, and SSgt. Joseph M. Mischik, tail gunner. As the plane approached Zulpich at approximately 4:18 p.m., the cockpit was directly hit by anti-aircraft fire. Witnesses saw the plane crash and explode one mile east of the target and did not see any parachutes. The entire crew perished.
2nd Lt. Lyle Taggart is buried at the U. S. Margraten Cemetery in the Netherlands, along with fellow crew members SSgt. Mischik and 2nd Lt. Wallerstein. The graves of all three men were adopted and are cared for by local Dutch citizens through the Adopt-A-Grave program.
-Biography by Cindy K. Coffin
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot: Plot L, Row 7, Grave 8
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: Jan 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32608458