Sgt Michael F Doherty Jr.

Sgt Michael F Doherty Jr.

Maine, USA
Death 6 Dec 1944 (aged 20)
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Plot J, 13871
Memorial ID 2658908 · View Source
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Son of Michael F. Doherty who resided in South Berwick, Maine.

Michael served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24J (#42-78608), 514th Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in York County, Maine prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on April 12, 1943 in Portland, Maine. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a sheet metal worker and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #42-78608, while on a mission to Szombathely, Hungary, was hit by enemy flax and crash landed in Austria during the war.

Michael was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and was later repatriated here on June 22, 1949.

Service # 31321615

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Airmen who perished on B-24J (#42-78608):

Banfield, Tunis G ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, WV
Beck, Donald E ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, WI
Burbick, William ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Doherty, Michael F, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, ME
Elbel, William P ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, PA
Rhyne, Marvin L ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NC
Ross, Edwin S ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IN
Wright, Willard K ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA

2nd Lt. Lonnie O. Hicks (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Marcus J. Fay (Co-Pilot), and T/Sgt. Nolan J. Reech (Radio Operator) all survived the crash landing and became POW's.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )




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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Michael F Doherty Jr. (25 Jun 1924–6 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 2658908, citing Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .