1Lt Joseph M Gay, Jr

1Lt Joseph M Gay, Jr

North Carolina, USA
Death 25 Feb 1944 (aged 24–25)
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 7 Grave 41
Memorial ID 56372515 · View Source
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Son of Edna F. Gay who resided in Washington, D.C.

Joseph served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on B-17 #42-30728, 368th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in the District Of Columbia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 26, 1942 in Washington, D.C. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Office Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

Joseph was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was shot down by ME109s and crashed near Sedan, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

He is interred at Epinal "Side by Side" with two other crew members noted below: 1st Lt. Ira L. Gordon and S/Sgt Steve J. Krisko.

Service # O-798480

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Airmen who perished on B-17 #42-30728:

Gay, Joseph M, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, D.C.
Gordon, Ira L ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Krisko, Steve J ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, PA
Nitti, Bernard J ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, NJ

Info on Crew Members being interred "Side By Side" at Epinal submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson

Airmen who became POW's from
B-17 #42-30728:

Brofford, Louis ~ T/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, OH
Danielson, Eric G, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CT
Harmston, Howard ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, MO
Hughes, Paul F ~ Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, PA
Lilja, George E ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, NY
McCauley, Daniel ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett




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