SSgt Frank John Martin

SSgt Frank John Martin Veteran

Birth
East Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
26 Sep 1944 (aged 24)
Bremerhaven, Stadt Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany
Burial
Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands GPS-Latitude: 50.8174583, Longitude: 5.8043117
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Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #4337818.

SSgt. Frank J. Martin serial number 31139065, was the ball turret gunner in the "Hurry Home".

He was killed in action September 26, 1944 during mission 648, the bombing of Bremerhaven.

Memorial to the crew of the "Hurry Home":

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=652971

MACR 9401 reports as follows:

MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) 9401 reports that on September 26, 1944, at 1610 hours, the "Hurry Home" took a direct flak hit in the right wing just after bombs away.
Eyewitness statements in the MACR report as follows: "This aircraft flew #3 in the 2nd lead element squadron of the low group of 4A wing. This group bombed Bremerhaven as a last resort target. Aircraft # 818 received a direct flak hit over target just after bombs away. At 1610 hours this aircraft was observed to be on fire with the entire right wing ablaze and part of #4 engine falling away. The aircraft went into a spin and then exploded and disintegrated. It was last seen a few miles north of the spot where it suffered initial damage. 2 to 3 chutes were seen before aircraft exploded."

MACR reports that 3 men were able to escape this aircraft:

1st Lt. Roman Pajakowski navigator
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak pilot
T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr Top Turret

Pajakowski and Dvorak were taken POWs. T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr's body was recovered and was buried October 3, 1944, at Garrison Cemetery Wesermuende-Geestemuende in Section II, Area G, Row 51, Grave #50.

This was part of mission #648 which originated from Rattlesden as part of the Eighth Air Force 447th Bomb Group, 709th bomb squadron operations in the bombing of Bremen.

The bombing of Bremerhaven resulted in damage to U-Boat #3509 which was being constructed at the Schichau Seebeckwerft facility.

The entire crew of the B-17 "Hurry Home" 43-37818 was as follows:
1Lt Robert Chambers Calef, Jr. Pilot, serial number 0821216
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak Pilot,Maj George James Dvorak serial number 0706042.
1st Lt. Roman R. Pajakowski Navigator, serial number 0707974 Roman Robert Pajakowski
1Lt Donald Nicholas Fehrenbach , serial number 0756962
TSGT Paul Redmond Krubel Radio Operator, serial number 11069263
TSGT Galen E Miller, Jr Top Turret, serial number 33574233
SSgt Frank J Martin Ball Turret, serial number 31139065
SSGT Wayne S Thompson Tail Gunner, serial number 38370670
SSGT John Karbowsky Waist Gunner, serial number 33591618

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel and SSgt. Wayne S. Thompson's bodies were recovered near Cuxhaven, Germany, prior to November 3, 1944. They originally had interment at Brockeswald Cemetery Grave #96 D and #97D.

Frank J. Martin was awarded the following medals:
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

NOTE: World War II Draft registration records a full name of Frank John Martin 21 Vale Rd Wakefield, Middlesex, MA
age 21 born in East Boston, MA
occupation: Painter
date of birth 14 Dec 1919
Name and address of relative: Mary Martin of the same address.
White, 5'7" 130 pounds brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion.
dated: 1 July 1941
Local Board #149 Wakefield, MA
Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #4337818.

SSgt. Frank J. Martin serial number 31139065, was the ball turret gunner in the "Hurry Home".

He was killed in action September 26, 1944 during mission 648, the bombing of Bremerhaven.

Memorial to the crew of the "Hurry Home":

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=652971

MACR 9401 reports as follows:

MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) 9401 reports that on September 26, 1944, at 1610 hours, the "Hurry Home" took a direct flak hit in the right wing just after bombs away.
Eyewitness statements in the MACR report as follows: "This aircraft flew #3 in the 2nd lead element squadron of the low group of 4A wing. This group bombed Bremerhaven as a last resort target. Aircraft # 818 received a direct flak hit over target just after bombs away. At 1610 hours this aircraft was observed to be on fire with the entire right wing ablaze and part of #4 engine falling away. The aircraft went into a spin and then exploded and disintegrated. It was last seen a few miles north of the spot where it suffered initial damage. 2 to 3 chutes were seen before aircraft exploded."

MACR reports that 3 men were able to escape this aircraft:

1st Lt. Roman Pajakowski navigator
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak pilot
T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr Top Turret

Pajakowski and Dvorak were taken POWs. T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr's body was recovered and was buried October 3, 1944, at Garrison Cemetery Wesermuende-Geestemuende in Section II, Area G, Row 51, Grave #50.

This was part of mission #648 which originated from Rattlesden as part of the Eighth Air Force 447th Bomb Group, 709th bomb squadron operations in the bombing of Bremen.

The bombing of Bremerhaven resulted in damage to U-Boat #3509 which was being constructed at the Schichau Seebeckwerft facility.

The entire crew of the B-17 "Hurry Home" 43-37818 was as follows:
1Lt Robert Chambers Calef, Jr. Pilot, serial number 0821216
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak Pilot,Maj George James Dvorak serial number 0706042.
1st Lt. Roman R. Pajakowski Navigator, serial number 0707974 Roman Robert Pajakowski
1Lt Donald Nicholas Fehrenbach , serial number 0756962
TSGT Paul Redmond Krubel Radio Operator, serial number 11069263
TSGT Galen E Miller, Jr Top Turret, serial number 33574233
SSgt Frank J Martin Ball Turret, serial number 31139065
SSGT Wayne S Thompson Tail Gunner, serial number 38370670
SSGT John Karbowsky Waist Gunner, serial number 33591618

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel and SSgt. Wayne S. Thompson's bodies were recovered near Cuxhaven, Germany, prior to November 3, 1944. They originally had interment at Brockeswald Cemetery Grave #96 D and #97D.

Frank J. Martin was awarded the following medals:
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

NOTE: World War II Draft registration records a full name of Frank John Martin 21 Vale Rd Wakefield, Middlesex, MA
age 21 born in East Boston, MA
occupation: Painter
date of birth 14 Dec 1919
Name and address of relative: Mary Martin of the same address.
White, 5'7" 130 pounds brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion.
dated: 1 July 1941
Local Board #149 Wakefield, MA

Inscription

SSGT, 447 AAF BOMB GP WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from Massachusetts.


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  • Maintained by: Paul
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: Aug 6, 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56301406/frank_john-martin: accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Frank John Martin (14 Dec 1919–26 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56301406, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands; Maintained by Paul (contributor 48889809).