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2Lt Melvin Henry Wagner
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1919
Washington County
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 1944, At Sea

Melvin served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-38143, 49th Bomber Squadron, 2nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Washington County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 4, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Filling Station Attendant and also as Single, without dependents.

Melvin was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-17, while on a mission, collided with B-17 #42-31823 and crashed into the Adriatic Sea off Italy during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-542830

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )


Airmen who perished on B-17 #42-38143:

Babek, James L ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Texas
Bredesen, Robert ~ Sgt, Waist Gunner, Michigan
Chambers, Keith M ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, New York
Delap, Francis D ~ Sgt, Waist Gunner, Nebraska
Goldsmith, Richard ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, Washington
Gricius, Albert D ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Illinois
Lawson, Frederick ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, Illinois
Sokolowski, Adam F ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, Illinois
Wagner, Melvin H ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Ohio
Wolquitt, Harold ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, New York

For airmen who perished on B-17 #42-31823 see:

Kerschner, Elwood J ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, Pennsylvania

( Crew Reports by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

Family links: 
  Perley Henry Wagner (1889 - 1965)
  Cuma E. Wagner (1899 - 1983)
  Melvin Henry Wagner (1919 - 1944)
  Wilmer Dow Wagner (1921 - 1994)*
  Reta M. Wagner Schott (1923 - 2016)*
*Calculated relationship
Wagner, Melvin H - 2 Lt - 49 Bomb Sq 2 Bomb Gp(H) - Ohio
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
Cittą Metropolitana di Roma Capitale
Lazio, Italy
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56315487
2Lt Melvin Henry Wagner
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