Curtis Charles Mosier
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Curtis Charles Mosier

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Death 25 Feb 1944 (aged 24)
Cenotaph Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 27399424 · View Source
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Ogdensburg Journal - March 17, 1944
Lt Curtis C Moshier, a member of the United States Army Air Forces operating out of England over the European area, was killed in action on Feb 25 over Germany, a telegram from the War Department has notified Mrs. Ulric Doe, 314 St. Lawrence Ave, an aunt of Lt. Moshier.

Although the telegram gave merely the information of his death while flying low over Germany, it stated a letter with further information would follow.

Lt Mosier was the son Mrs. Mabel Mosier, who formerly resided at 912 Mechanic St in this city, and the late Hugh Mosier. His father, an engineer on Great Lake boats, lost is life when scalded in an accident on the lakes during World War I, a short time prior to the birth of Lt Mosier. His mother at present is residing in Manchester, Conn.

A former student at OFA, Lt Mosier took a defense course at the George Hall Trade School in 1940 and then entered the employ of the Curtiss-Wright plane factory at Buffalo, where he was assigned to the drafting department. While residing in Buffalo he married Miss Juanita Stoller of Woodlawn, NY, in October 1941. They resided in Buffalo until he entered the service. Her present address is not known here.

After successfully passing the extensive training for the Army Air Forces, the local flier received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant at the Advanced Flying School, Stockton Field, California in July 1943, and was assigned to active duty. Eventually he reached England where he was a pilot in the heavy bomber group of the Eighth Army Air Force operating out of England and persistently striking hard at the Nazi homeland and occupied countries.

Letters received a short time ago from Lt Mosier stated that at that time he had completed his 17th mission and he said he looked forward hopefully to completing 25 missions after which he expected a furlough home.

Although there is no way of knowing yet, just what happened to Lt. Mosier's plane, the files of The Journal show that on Feb 25 an unparalleled Allied air offensive pounded at Nazi armament factories with a massive fleet of British bombers attacking Augsburg, Germany, after American Flying Fortresses from Britain made the 1,600 mile round trip to Augsburg setting fires which lighted the way for the RAF.

During the day attack, in which Lt. Mosier may have participated, American heavy bombers both in England and Italy struck hard at Regensburg's Messerschmitt factory with 70 U.S. bombers lost. Thirty-one of the American bombers lost were from England and 39 from Italy, dispatches the following day stated. In that attack the Italian-based forces shot down 93 enemy planes at Regensburg, while the fighters accompanying the British based bombers shot down 27 and the number of planes shot down by the bombers flying out of England had not yet been tallied.

Augsbury is 300 miles south-west of Berlin while Regensburg is about 75 miles northeast of Augsburg.

A cousin, Elwyn McCargar failed to return from a bombing mission Feb 20.

Buried in England: Curtis C Mosier gravesite

Gravesite Details Son of Mabel & Hugh, 1st Lt A.A.F.

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  • Created by: Anne Cady
  • Added: 7 Jun 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 27399424
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Curtis Charles Mosier (17 Sep 1919–25 Feb 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 27399424, citing Ogdensburg Cemetery, Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Anne Cady (contributor 46985237) .