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SSGT James Anton Kviz

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SSGT James Anton Kviz

Birth
Death
22 Sep 1942 (aged 26)
Presque Isle, Aroostook County, Maine, USA
Burial
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot
Section 18
Memorial ID
149734166 View Source

Served as a Staff Sergeant with the 379th
Bomb Squadron, 310th Bomb Group from the
Greenville Army Air Base, South Carolina.

On September 22, 1942, during transit to
Europe, B-25C Mitchell #41-13049 departed
the airfield at Presque Isle, Maine for a
flight leg to Gander, Newfoundland.
Bad weather at Gander forced the group of
bombers to return. But the medium twin
engine bomber crashed, due to a structural
failure, five miles west of Wade, Maine.

That day, two German sympathizers were
arrested at the Presque Isle Army Airfield
for tampering with a B-17.

Another B-25 crashed on the same day,
also from mechanical failure, leading to the belief that both B-25's were the victims of sabotage.

The airmen killed were:

2nd Lt. John F Watson, pilot
2nd Lt. John W Rives
S/Sgt. John S Delano
S/Sgt. Eugene J Crozier
S/Sgt. James A. Kviz
S/Sgt. Richard K Riddle
Sgt. Frederick W Rowbottom

Served as a Staff Sergeant with the 379th
Bomb Squadron, 310th Bomb Group from the
Greenville Army Air Base, South Carolina.

On September 22, 1942, during transit to
Europe, B-25C Mitchell #41-13049 departed
the airfield at Presque Isle, Maine for a
flight leg to Gander, Newfoundland.
Bad weather at Gander forced the group of
bombers to return. But the medium twin
engine bomber crashed, due to a structural
failure, five miles west of Wade, Maine.

That day, two German sympathizers were
arrested at the Presque Isle Army Airfield
for tampering with a B-17.

Another B-25 crashed on the same day,
also from mechanical failure, leading to the belief that both B-25's were the victims of sabotage.

The airmen killed were:

2nd Lt. John F Watson, pilot
2nd Lt. John W Rives
S/Sgt. John S Delano
S/Sgt. Eugene J Crozier
S/Sgt. James A. Kviz
S/Sgt. Richard K Riddle
Sgt. Frederick W Rowbottom


Inscription

SSGT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from Washington; ASN 19059661

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