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SSgt Edward F Majeska

SSgt Edward F Majeska

Birth
New York, USA
Death 6 Feb 1944 (aged 35–36)
Villers-Cotterets, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 31 Grave 42
Memorial ID 56373938 · View Source
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Husband of Mary A. Majeska who resided in Brooklyn, New York.

Edward served as a Staff Sergeant & Left Waist Gunner on B-17G (#42-38015), 338th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Kings County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on August 12, 1942 at Fort Jay, Governor's Island, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of paper goods and also as Married.

Edward, and his crew, took off from Snetterton Heath with an assigned target of Romilly-sur-Seine airfield in France. He was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was shot down by fighters, exploding in mid-air with the bomb load, and crashed near Pisseleux, one mile west of Villers-Cotterets, France during the war.

It was also reported that the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with an FW190, which knocked out the No 2 engine and set wing tanks on fire. The FW190 then brushed against another 338th Bomb Squadron aircraft, piloted by Lt Lee Bevers, and exploded.

Edward was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 32426453

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Airmen who perished on on B-17G (#42-38015):

Frank, William M ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, Maryland
Huhtala, Robert J ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, California
Kurtzberg, Jacob ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Pennsylvania
Majeska, Edward F ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, New York
McIver, Oscar S ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Oklahoma
Miner, Robert L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Minnesota
Roever, John L ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Wisconsin
Swientoniowski, Walter B ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, New York
Weiner, William C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, New York

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

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Below report submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

He was serving as the left waist gunner on a B-17G which took off from Snetterton Heath with an assigned target of Romilly-sur-Seine airfield in France. It was shot down by fighters, exploding in mid-air with the bomb load. Crashed near Pisseleux, one mile west of Villers-Cotterets, France. It is reported the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with an FW190, which knocked out the No 2 engine and set wing tanks on fire. It then brushed against and 338th Bomb Squadron aircraft, piloted by Lt Lee Bevers and exploded. 9 KIA 1 POW Six are interred in Epinal.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56373938
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Edward F Majeska (1908–6 Feb 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56373938, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .