1Lt Carl A. Mattson

1Lt Carl A. Mattson

Birth
Death 7 Jan 1944
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot A Row 14 Grave 29
Memorial ID 56374032 · View Source
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Pilot 1/Lt Carl A. Mattson, KIA
Hometown: New Hampshire
Squadron:567th BS 389th Bomb Group
Service: # O-797156
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart


Target Ludwigshafen, Germany
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 1851
Date Lost: 7-Jan-44
Serial Number: 42-40747
Aircraft Model B-24D-95-CO
Aircraft Letter:S-
Aircraft Name:
Location: Crashed near Chartres, France
Cause: German fighters 4 EVD, 5 KIA, 1 POW

The 389th BG flies home alone over France. German fighters make repeated attacks and the group loses four aircraft.

Assigned target Ludwigshaven Oil Refinery, Germany. Hit by fighters, losing its position in the formation its cockpit on fire before going into a corkscrew spin. After some of the crew had baled out the a/c exploded and crashed between and Nancray-sur-Rimarde, 19 miles north-east of Orleans, France. A German Report confirms that they identified S/Sgt Balsam together with 6 unknown airmen in the Cemetery of Vrigny. Another Report lists Lt Mattson and T/Sgt Neilson and it is assumed they were two of these unknowns. This suggests that in addition to the five crew from this B-24, two other airmen were buried at this time.

Note:-P, N, E, RO and LWG were originally interred in Vrigny Cemetery at Mellin, Two were later returned to the US -Krueger to Washington and Sgt to New York. Three were reinterred in Epinal Cemetery, Lt Mattson -A-l4-29, Lt Carrara B-2-68 and T/Sgt Neilson -Sgt Krueger is not listed in the lay-out of Solers Cemetery ,individually or in Group Burials, or as an unknown.

Visit the virtual cemetery of the "MATTSON"" Crew. Click here

Gravesite Details Entered the Service from New Hampshire.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56374032
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Carl A. Mattson (unknown–7 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56374032, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .