TSgt Alfred E Montgomery

TSgt Alfred E Montgomery

Birth
Death 31 Jan 1943 (aged 21)
Messina, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Wall of the Missing
Memorial ID 56249125 · View Source
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He was the son of Lonnie and Birdie (Shackelford) Montgomery.

On January 31, 1943, Montgomery was flight engineer on B-24D #41-11603 named 'Malicious', assigned to the 9th Air Force, 376th Bombardment Group, 513th Bombardment Squadron. Malicious was the lead plane on a combat mission to bomb Messina Harbor in Sicily. Two engines were knocked out of commission by anti-aircraft artillery, but they stayed on their bomb run and hit their target. They were then set upon by German fighter planes and after a running battle, were forced to make a water crash landing into the Tyrrhenian Sea, twenty miles off the coast of Messina, Sicily. Crewmen in other aircraft saw four to six men evacuate the plane into life rafts, but subsequent rescue flights were unable to locate the men.

Because his body was never recovered, he's memorialized on the Wall of the Missing.

Montgomery was from Lee County, VA. He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He is also memorialized in Shackleford Cemetery in Virginia.


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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Virginia.

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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56249125
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Alfred E Montgomery (22 Jul 1921–31 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56249125, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .