|Death: ||Sep. 6, 1943|
Published in THE DELTA DEMOCRAT-TIMES, GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI, internet edition, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1943, PAGE FIVE
SGT. MALLETTE IS MISSING IN ACTION
Staff Sergeant Wallace Mallette of Stringtown, aerial gunner on an American Flying Fortress, has been missing in action since September 6, 1943, his father, Murray Mallette, was notified late yesterday by the War Department.
Sergeant Mallette entered the Army Air Forces a year ago following his graduation from Benoit high school and has been in the North African area for the past month.
Missing Air Crew Report 2409 relates the fate of B-17F #42-30349, nicknamed "Patricia," from the 563rd Bomb Squadron and states the crew as:
1 Lt. Ray T. Wilken p
2 Lt Warren P. Laws c-p
2 Lt Carl A. Johnson nav
2 Lt Victor A. Sandes bomb
SSgt Lyle K. Merrill eng/tt gun
SSgt Joseph G. Schwartzkopf r/o
Sgt Chester J. Winn rwg
SSgt Wallace Mallette lwg
SSgt Albert A Flynn tail gun
SSgt John C. Eicholtz btg
On September 6, 1943, the 388th Bomb Group put up 21 aircraft from the 563rd Bomb Squadron to assist in this mission. Eleven were shot down and two had mechanical malfunction aborts. Nine of the lost aircraft were downed by fighters and the other two by flak.
As the aircraft approached the target, they were intercepted by a large number of German fighters. The aircraft Mallette was in was struck repeatedly by machine gun and cannon fire, setting it ablaze. The aircraft rolled over and pitched toward the ground in flames. The aircraft crashed near Montgueux, France. Eight of the crew were killed, but two parachuted to safety and then evaded German troops. Lt Laws and Sgt Schwartzkopf were the evadee survivors.
SSgt Wallace Mallette lies in Section 78, Site 186-188, along with two of his fellow crewmen and Joseph Thomas from the Kramer crew and Robert Lee of the Miller crew. These two latter crews were among the losses for the day.
Murray Mallette (1891 - 1966)
Maggie Lee Ready Mallette (1883 - 1926)
Murray Lee Mallette (1919 - 1974)*
Eunice M. Mallette (1920 - 1926)*
Wallace Mallette (1921 - 1943)
Delorice Mallette (1923 - 1926)*
Baby Girl Mallette (1926 - 1926)*
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Plot: SECTION 79 SITE 186-188
Created by: ShaneO
Record added: Nov 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44103132
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