SSGT Luis Jose Degollado

Laredo, Webb County, Texas, USA
Death 22 May 1944 (aged 24)
Chimbu (Simbu), Papua New Guinea
Burial Laredo, Webb County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 190837200 View Source
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Luis served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on F-7A "Under Exposed" #42-73052, 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 6th Photographic Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Webb County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 26, 1941, prior to the war, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a welder and also as Single, without dependents.

F-7A #42-73052 took off, with a crew of 11 and 2 other F-7As, from Nadzab Airfield, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea on a combat mapping mission over Padaidori Island Group, Biak, Numfor Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia.

Shortly after takeoff they crashed, for an unknown reason, into Mount Wilhelm, Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea. The entire crew was lost in this crash.

Luis was "Killed In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 18057572

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Airmen who perished on F-7A #42-73052:

Barstow, Loren G ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MI
Boudreaux, Stephen J, Jr ~ Sgt, Gunner, LA
Connor, Jack S ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, WA
Degollado, Luis ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, TX
Diamond, Leonard ~ Sgt, Photographer, CT
Dick, George ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, PA
Harvey, George M ~ Sgt, Gunner, PA
Maillie, Edwin P ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, IA
Puck, Douglas H ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, MN
Schmitt, John W ~ Sgt, Gunner, WA
Valentine, Harold M ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, LA

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )



20 COMBAT MAPPING SQ 6 Photograhic GP

Gravesite Details "Flat Granite Marker" ~ Entered the service from Texas.


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 24 Jun 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 190837200
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Luis Jose Degollado (7 Mar 1920–22 May 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 190837200, citing Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Webb County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .