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Irving J. Balsam
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Birth: 1923
Death: Jan. 7, 1944, France

SSGT, 567 AAF BOMB SQ, 389 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II
ID# 12183535 KIA
Pilot 1/Lt Carl A. Mattson, KIA

Target Ludwigshafen, Germany
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 1851
Serial Number: 42-40747
Aircraft Model B-24D-95-CO
Aircraft Letter:S-
Aircraft Name: HEAVY DATE
Location: Crashed near Chartres, France
Cause: German fighters 4 EVD, 5 KIA, 1 POW

The 389th BG flies home alone over France. German fighters make repeated attacks and the group loses four aircraft.

Assigned target Ludwigshaven Oil Refinery in Germany. Ship attacked by fighters, losing its position in the formation its cockpit on fire HEAVY DATE went into a corkscrew spin. After some of the crew had baled out the a/c exploded and crashed nrear Nancray-sur-Rimarde, 19 miles north-east of Orleans, France. A German Report confirms that they identified S/Sgt Balsam together with 6 unknown airmen in the Cemetery of Vrigny. Another Report lists Lt. Mattson and T/Sgt Neilson and it is assumed they were two of these unknowns. This suggests that in addition to the five crew from this B-24, two other airmen were buried at this time.

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Burial:
Mount Zion Cemetery
Maspeth
Queens County
New York, USA
Plot: Soc.:KREMENITZER; Path:30R; Gate:1; Grave:6; Map:522 (Buried 10/21/1948)
 
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: Nov 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80985162
Irving J. Balsam
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SSGT, 567 AAF BOMB SQ, 389 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II
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 Added: Nov. 12, 2013
 
 
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