|Death: ||Sep. 13, 1943|
Radio Op T/Sgt Leslie Martin KIA DFC.
Squadron: 565th BS 389th Bomb Group
Service # 33360580
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Pilot 1st/Lt Elmer K. Rodenberg KIA
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 13-Sep-43
Serial Number: 42-40716
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: R
Aircraft Name: YOURS TRULY
Location: Hethel England
Cause: Crash Landed 5 KIA
Sergent Martin was killed in fatal b24 crash landing at Hethel. Pilot Rodenberg may have been returning from Libya although most of the group had returned days and weeks earlier. I Can find no combat missions for that date in 1943.
Sgt Martin was a recipient of the Distinguished flying cross for his participation in "Operation Tidal Wave" August 1 1943, one of the most daring raids of WW2. With pilot Rodenberg coming in at tree top level the Sky Scorpions destroy the Steaua Romana oil refinery. The refinery does not produce oil for six months.
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Note: Entered the service from Virginia.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot: Plot C Row 1 Grave 56
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56292105
Added: Sep. 20, 2010