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SSGT Virgil Edmund Deyo

SSGT Virgil Edmund Deyo

Prattsville, Greene County, New York, USA
Death 24 Jul 1944 (aged 20)
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Plot J, 13597
Memorial ID 2656696 · View Source
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Virgil served as a Staff Sergeant & Waist Gunner on B-24H #42-94905, 846th Bomber Squadron, 489th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Prattsville, Greene County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 1, 1943 in Albany, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, with dependents.

B-24H #42-94905 took off from Station 365, Halesworth, England on a bombing mission over St. Lo, France. They were hit by ground anti-aircraft fire that caused a fire on board and blew part of their left wing off causing them to crash near Saint-Lô, France during the war. Only one crew member was able to parachute out before the crash (see below).

Virgil was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in France and was later repatriated here on June 8, 1950.

Service # 32850955

American Legion Post #1327 in Prattsville, New York was named in his honor.

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-24 #42-94905:

Deats, Raymond C ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NE
Deyo, Virgil E ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, NY
Florcyk, Edwin A ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NJ
Kapnick, Albert W ~ T/Sgt, Waist Gunner, PA
Lovely, Bob H ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, TX
Lowther, William E ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, AL
Moss, Eugene E ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, MO
Pomles, Harry ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MD
Roberts, Gilbert R ~ 1st Lt, Nav/Trning, KS
Scofield, George A ~ Pvt, Ball Turret Gunner, CA

T/Sgt Frank J. Trowbridge was the only survivor of the crash.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2656696
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Virgil Edmund Deyo (22 Dec 1923–24 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2656696, citing Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .