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S/Sgt. Reginald M. Layfield

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S/Sgt. Reginald M. Layfield

Birth
Delaware, USA
Death
25 Jul 1943 (aged 20)
Hamburg, Germany
Burial
Dagsboro, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID
51495787 View Source

Reginald, who resided in Dagsboro, Delaware, served as a Staff Sergeant and Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F #42-5917, 524th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on September 9, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted as being employed as an Office Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17F #42-5917 took off, with a crew of 10, from Kimbolton, England on a bombing mission over Hamburg, Germany.

They were first hit by ground anti-aircraft fire and were then attacked by German Fighter Planes near their target. They ended up crashing near Hamburg with " 4 " crew members lost and " 6 " became POW's.

Reginald was "Killed In Action" in this crash during the War.

He had served in the Air Corps for ten months at the time of his death and was decorated with a Presidential Unit Citation and the Purple Heart.

Service # 12132179

Son of Orville P. M. Layfield and Viola Mears Layfield.

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Airmen who perished on B-17F #42-5917 :

Heslin, John R. ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA
Layfield, Reginald M. ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, DE
Leyh, Ralph H. ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, OH
Tipps, Josh W. ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, TX

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

Reginald, who resided in Dagsboro, Delaware, served as a Staff Sergeant and Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F #42-5917, 524th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on September 9, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted as being employed as an Office Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17F #42-5917 took off, with a crew of 10, from Kimbolton, England on a bombing mission over Hamburg, Germany.

They were first hit by ground anti-aircraft fire and were then attacked by German Fighter Planes near their target. They ended up crashing near Hamburg with " 4 " crew members lost and " 6 " became POW's.

Reginald was "Killed In Action" in this crash during the War.

He had served in the Air Corps for ten months at the time of his death and was decorated with a Presidential Unit Citation and the Purple Heart.

Service # 12132179

Son of Orville P. M. Layfield and Viola Mears Layfield.

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Airmen who perished on B-17F #42-5917 :

Heslin, John R. ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA
Layfield, Reginald M. ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, DE
Leyh, Ralph H. ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, OH
Tipps, Josh W. ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, TX

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 23 Apr 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 51495787
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51495787/reginald-m-layfield: accessed ), memorial page for S/Sgt. Reginald M. Layfield (8 Apr 1923–25 Jul 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 51495787, citing Dagsboro Redmen's Memorial Cemetery, Dagsboro, Sussex County, Delaware, USA; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .