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SGT Mark Ross Reynolds, Jr
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Birth: Oct. 24, 1923
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 24, 1945, Germany

From Monte Railsback This is the article I wrote on Mark for the Shellsburg Pride:
The individual we recognize this month who gave his all in the defense of our country is Sergeant Mark Reynolds Jr. who was 21 years old and a tail gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Sergeant Reynolds was the son of Mark and Marie Reynolds and Marie was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary. You may have not known his sisters but most of you know his nephew, Scooby Mullinex who is the son of Mark's sister, Audrey.
Mark's parents were notified that he was missing since 24 March 1945 in a bombing raid over Germany. Sergeant Reynolds was employed by Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, California when he entered service in December 1944. He was home on furlough in December 1944 and went overseas in January 1945. In the last letter received by his parents dated 23 March 1945, he said he had completed 17 missions over Germany and that he had been awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster. It was later learned that Sergeant Reynolds was shot down over Germany on his 18th mission and now lays at rest in the National Cemetery in Keokuk, Iowa. Once again it needs to be noted that the high price this community paid in maintaining our freedom was very high indeed when you compare the number who gave their lives compared to the small population Shellsburg had during the 1940's.

crew only flew on this ship; first and last mission on
B-17 serial #43-38818
524th Bomber Squadron
379th Bomber Group, Heavy
flew out of Kimbolton, England

Airmen who perished on B-17 #43-38818:

Barnett, Bert W, Jr ~ Sgt, Nose Gunner, New York
Fairbanks, Thomas F ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, Kansas
Howell, Sylvester V S ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, New Jersey
Kenan, Milton S ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, North Carolina
Noble, Kenneth R ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Oregon
Reynolds, Mark R, Jr ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, California (home twn Shellsburg, Iowa)
Villasenor, Pablo ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator,
Family links: 
  Mark Ross Reynolds (1895 - 1971)
  Marie Margaret Steward Reynolds (1897 - 1987)
  Eileen Marcella Reynolds Hite (1917 - 2007)*
  Marian Margaret Reynolds (1918 - 2013)*
  Lavon L Reynolds Frank (1920 - 1991)*
  Mark Ross Reynolds (1923 - 1945)
  Connie Ann Reynolds Schulte (1930 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Awarded Purple Heart, Air Medal and One Oak Leaf Cluster
Keokuk National Cemetery
Lee County
Iowa, USA
Plot: D, 289
Maintained by: Mark
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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SGT Mark Ross Reynolds, Jr
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SGT Mark Ross Reynolds, Jr
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