SSgt John J. Masterson

SSgt John J. Masterson

Birth
Death 19 Aug 1943
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56248806 · View Source
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Waist Gunner S/Sgt. John J. Masterson DFC MIA/KIA
Hometown: Ft. Madison, Iowa
Squadron: 513th BS 376th Bomb Group
Service # 17068827
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 1st/Lt. Wayne V. Friberg DFC MIA/KIA

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Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 19-Aug-43
Serial Number: 42-40660
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: A
Aircraft Name: LITTLE RICHARD
Location: Ditched in the Mediterranean
Cause: Crew 7KIA 3POW or RTD
Notes:

Seven of Lt. Fribergs crew flying LITTLE RICHARD are listed as MIA/KIA date August 19 1943. Navigator Kenneth D. Hamilton on this mission survived ditching and spent 18 hours in Mediterranean.

Crew of LITTLE RICHARD
1Lt Wayne V. Friberg Pilot
1Lt Richard F. Hurd Co Pilot
2nd/Lt. George A. Lascurettes Bombardier
2nd/1Lt David O. Schoocraft
T/Sgt. Woodrow W. Johnston Engineer
T/Sgt. Jewett A. Bale Radio Op.
/S/Sgt. Parke L. Hoover Gunner
S/Sgt. John J. Masterson Gunner
S/Sgt. Albert Grosse Gunner

Sgt. Grosse, Sgt. Bale, Sgt. Johnston, Sgt. Masterson, Sgt. Hoover, Lt. George A. Lascurettes, Lt. Kenneth D. Hamilton with pilot 1st/Lt. Wayne V. Friberg and Co Pilot Lt. Richard F. Hurd flew B24 BARREL HOUSE BESSIE in "Operation Tidal Wave" the low level raid on Ploesti oil refinery. They were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor.
B24 42-40660 was piloted by 1st/Lt. Dean Lear in the ploesti raid.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Iowa.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56248806
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt John J. Masterson (unknown–19 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56248806, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .