SGT Elwin Walter McMahon

SGT Elwin Walter McMahon

Saint Albans, Franklin County, Vermont, USA
Death 15 Sep 1943 (aged 21)
Burial Saint Albans, Franklin County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 19536012 · View Source
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His next of kin was noted as his aunt, Mrs. Marion Duffy who resided in Burlington, Vermont.

Elwin served as a Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-17F #42-3437, 339th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Chittenden County, Vermont prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 1, 1942 in Rutland, Vermont. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in construction and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17F #42-3437 took off from Station 138, Snetterton Heath, England on a bombing mission targeting the Hispano-Suisa complex near Paris, France. Over their target they were hit by enemy ground anti-aircraft flak and exploded. They crashed near Paris during the war.

Elwin was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was first interred in the New Cemetery at Virofly, Paris and was later repatriated here in 1951.

Service # 11085076

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Airmen who perished on B-17F #42-3437:

Caballero, Henry S ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, NJ
Dube, Lawrence L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Frank, George W ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, IL
McMahon, Elwin W ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, VT
Reid, Donald M ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, MI
Richardson, James V ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, VA
Scarano, Joseph H ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA
Smith, Elmer L ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NC
Turner, Lonnie A ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, SC

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Airmen who survived from B-17F #42-3437:

Richer, Rodolphe H ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA

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Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Barb Destromp for submitting this record for bio updates!

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Military info and newspaper clipping provided by:

Lori Lavallee
Huntington, VT


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  • Created by: Barb Destromp
  • Added: 26 May 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 19536012
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Elwin Walter McMahon (23 Mar 1922–15 Sep 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 19536012, citing Mount Calvary Cemetery, Saint Albans, Franklin County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Barb Destromp (contributor 46785064) .