2Lt Marc F Pitts

2Lt Marc F Pitts

Birth
New York, USA
Death 13 Jun 1943 (aged 20–21)
Germany
Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Plot Plot H Row 11 Grave 13
Memorial ID 56302769 · View Source
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Son of Frederic G. Pitts and Alice Fox Pitts.

Marc, who resided in Wooddale, Delaware, served as a 2nd Lieutenant and Bombardier on B-17 "Skywolf" (#42-5218), 423rd Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on January 20, 1942 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Salesperson and also as Single, without dependents.

This B-17 was assigned to raid U-Boat installations near Bremen and Kiel, Germany during the war.

During this bombing raid Marc, along with 2nd Lt. Joseph Van Troyen, were both "Killed In Action" when they were hit by enemy flak. His B-17 eventually crashed and the rest of the 8 crew members successfully bailed out and became POW's.

Marc had served in the Air Corps for one year and five months at the time of his death and was decorated with an Air Medal and Purple Heart.

Service # O-727656

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Airmen who gave their all on B-17 (#42-5218):

Pitts, Marc F ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, Delaware
Van Troyen, Joseph J ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Canada

Airmen who became POW's from B-17 #42-5218):

Marcotte, William H ~ 1st Lt, Pilot
Carvalho, Joseph M ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator
Dostie, Edward J ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Loveland, Glenn ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Patten, Charles R ~ Capt, Waist Gunner
Huschle, Lawrennce S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Mason, Earl S ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner
Houchens, Mason E ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator

Note: S/Sgt Glenn Loveland managed to later escape and returned to service on August, 1944.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56302769
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Marc F Pitts (1922–13 Jun 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56302769, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .