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William Edward Metzger
Birth: Feb. 9, 1922
Death: Nov. 9, 1944

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Metzger served as a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 729th Bomber Squadron 452d Bombardment Group. He was awarded his med posthumously for service at Saarbrucken, Germany, on November 9, 1944. His citation reads-On a bombing run upon the marshaling yards at Saarbrucken, Germany, on 9 November 1944, a B17 aircraft on which 2d Lt. Metzger was serving as copilot was seriously damaged by antiaircraft fire. Three of the aircraft's engines were damaged beyond control and on fire; dangerous flames from the No. 4 engine were leaping back as far as the tail assembly. Flares in the cockpit were ignited and a fire roared therein which was further increased by free-flowing fluid from damaged hydraulic lines. The interphone system was rendered useless. In addition to these serious mechanical difficulties the engineer was wounded in the leg and the radio operator's arm was severed below the elbow. Suffering from intense pain, despite the application of a tourniquet, the radio operator fell unconscious. Faced with the imminent explosion of his aircraft and death to his entire crew, mere seconds before bombs away on the target, 2d Lt. Metzger and his pilot conferred. Something had to be done immediately to save the life of the wounded radio operator. The lack of a static line and the thought that his unconscious body striking the ground in unknown territory would not bring immediate medical attention forced a quick decision. 2d Lt. Metzger and his pilot decided to fly the flaming aircraft to friendly territory and then attempt to crash land. Bombs were released on the target and the crippled aircraft proceeded along to Allied-controlled territory. When that had been reached 2d Lt. Metzger personally informed all crewmembers to bail out upon the suggestion of the pilot. 2d Lt. Metzger chose to remain with the pilot for the crash landing in order to assist him in this emergency. With only 1 normally functioning engine and with the danger of explosion much greater, the aircraft banked into an open field, and when it was at an altitude of 100 feet it exploded, crashed, exploded again, and then disintegrated. All 3 crewmembers were instantly killed. 2d Lt. Metzger's loyalty to his crew, his determination to accomplish the task set forth to him, and his deed of knowingly performing what may have been his last service to his country was an example of valor at its highest. (bio by: K) 
 
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 Parents:
  William E. Metzger (____ - 1953)
 
 Sibling:
  Jeanne Elizabeth Metzger Scholfield (1919 - 2011)*
  William Edward Metzger (1922 - 1944)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Lima
Allen County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 17, Lot 29
 
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Record added: Sep 15, 2003
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- Martin W
 Added: May. 27, 2014
Remembering you on this Memorial Weekend 2014
- Lazer
 Added: May. 26, 2014
Thank you for your service to our country. May you rest in peace.
- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: Feb. 9, 2014
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