|Birth: ||May 13, 1918|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1944, England|
Capt Amoss was the son of William B Amoss and Vinia Amoss. In 1939, at age 20, he was a student at UT Austin. He enlisted Nov. 25, 1940 at Austin, Texas. He was from Shelby County, Texas
Captain: 576th Bomber Squadron 392nd Bomber
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
1/Lt Filkel's crew and aircraft were scheduled as the lead plane for lead block of the 392nd on this mission to Brunswick. According to the Report of Aircraft Accident, "This airplane was the first airplane to take off on a combat mission on the day of the accident. Visibility conditions at take-off was restricted to 600 yds due to haze. The aircraft was last seen to clear the runway and nothing more was known of it until it was reported approximately a half hour later, as having crashed two and one half ( 2 1/2) miles east of the field. The rest of the aircraft made successful take-offs. Due to the restricted visibility conditions, it was impossible to see what happened. The pilot was a lead pilot of exceptional ability. It can be assumed that possibly the instruments 'went out,' but due to the terrific crash, scattering wreckage over a large area, nothing could be determined by examination of the wreckage."
The ship crashed at 0925 hours near Sparrow Green, Gressenhall, Norfolk, killing all aboard including the mission's lead bombardier, Capt Amoss. The aircraft was B-24H Model #42-95222, Call Letter "Q" with no nickname; the ship had completed a total of 33 missions up to this accident. Two crew members are buried at the CAMBRIDGE, England, U.S. National Cemetery: 1/Lt Owen Filkel in Grave E-2-68 and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart; and Capt Ralph T. Amoss in Grave E-1-68, awarded the same citations as 1/Lt Filkel.
For a long time a large patch of scorched earth marked the spot where the ten airmen died, but later a memorial was erected at the Beeston entrance to the 'drome and the great cemetery at Madingley, near Cambridge, may show with white marble headstones the resting place of the crew.
Members of the crew who died with Capt Amoss
1/LT Owen H Filkel (P)
1LT James S Hurd (CP)
1/LT William F McShane (N)
T/S Carl W Jarrett (EnG)
T/S Ralph C Smith (R/O)
TSGT Walter Farnwalt (G)
SSGT Howard Kilpatrick (G)
2/LT John D Coe (NG)
S/S Albert L Hoover (TG)
William B. Amoss (1874 - 1931)
Vinia S Amoss (1877 - 1948)
Note: Entered the service from Texas.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Plot: Plot E Row 1 Grave 68
Maintained by: svanwyk
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56287366