2LT Edward J Maloney

2LT Edward J Maloney

Birth
Death 24 Aug 1944 (aged 20–21)
Královéhradecký (Hradec Kralove), Czech Republic
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot E, 155-156
Memorial ID 3302652 · View Source
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Edward J. Maloney, of Ansonia, Connecticut was born 1923. He served with 776th Bomb Squadron, 464th Bombardment Group. On August 24, 1944, B-24 Liberator "The Little Lulu" (tail #42-52479), was shot down while returning to their airbase in Pantanella, Italy. They had just completed a bombing run targeting oil refineries in the territory of Jindrichuv Hradec, Czechoslovakia. The Little Lulu was downed near the village of Vlcice. Killed in the mission were: pilot 1Lt. John H. James, co-pilot 2Lt. Edward J. Maloney, bombadier 2Lt. Edwin G. Durham, Lt. Walter W. Weaver Jr., gunner Sgt. Edward G. Ivan, nose gunner Sgt. Thad J. Watson Sr., Sgt. Felix Bruce Gleason, Sgt. Ralph Robinson, and Sgt. Eugene A. Jeleniewicz. Sgt Thad Watson was credited with shooting shot down FW-190A8 (Wing #681361, II.(Sturm)/JG300 "Wilde Sau", "Yellow 7", pilot Fw. Hubert Engst) from his nose turret during the mission. Of the ten crew members aboard the Little Lulu, only one, radio operator Sgt. John F. D'Amore, was able to exit the plane before it crashed. Both of his legs were broken when he landed. The nearby villagers turned him over to the Germans, in part so that he could receive medical attention. The rest of the crew were buried by the villagers, and later reinterred in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky on 2 Sep 1949. Sgt D'Amore reported that their aircraft was intercepted by a group of Me-109s. Shells struck the nose of the aircraft and it went into a spin. Since there was no effort to recover from the spin, D'Amore believed the pilot and co-pilot had been killed before the plane crashed. Edward J. Maloney's grandmother was recorded as Catherine S. Maloney of Ansonia, Connecticut (MACR-7968-464 and Mission Histories).


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2LT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II


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  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3302652
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Edward J Maloney (1923–24 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3302652, citing Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by truchasnm (contributor 47143330) .