1Lt. John Bernard Goettke

1Lt. John Bernard Goettke

Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 10 Aug 1944 (aged 21)
Burial Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot Plot L Row 8 Grave 10
Memorial ID 56352503 · View Source
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Battle hardened by the bloody Normandy campaign of July 1944, the 908th met its greatest test at La Marchandais, a small farm in Brittany about 10 km south of the seaport cities of St. Malo and Dinard. There, on August 10, 1944, as the 908th fired its 105mm guns directly into the St. Malo fortifications, the battalion was subjected to fierce German counter-battery fire.

According to the 908th history, early in the morning of the 10th, the Piper Cub that was carrying forward observers 1st Lt. Philip J. Reichert and 1st Lt. John B. Goettke exploded in mid-air, apparently struck by a shell. Both were killed instantly. (They were awarded the Air Medal posthumously.) 1st Lt. Manny Goodridge recalls seeing the plane being hit. The wing broke in the middle and both wing tips folded forward.

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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt. John Bernard Goettke (31 Aug 1922–10 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56352503, citing Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .