2Lt Joseph F Taulbee

2Lt Joseph F Taulbee

Birth
Death 31 Jan 1943
Messina, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Wall of the Missing
Memorial ID 56250748 · View Source
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On January 31, 1943, Taulbee was bombardier 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.

Taulbee was from Palm Beach County, FL. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Florida.

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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250748
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Joseph F Taulbee (unknown–31 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250748, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .