TSgt John Basil Blatz


TSgt John Basil Blatz

Crystal City, Jefferson County, Missouri, USA
Death 18 Mar 1944 (aged 26)
Frankfurt am Main, Stadtkreis Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Burial Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot E Row 4 Grave 31
Memorial ID 56652852 View Source
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John served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-17G #42-40054, 562nd Bomber Squadron, 388th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Missouri prior to the war.

John became a Prisoner Of War of the German Army when his B-17 was struck by B-17G #42-37886, which had been badly damaged by German aircraft, which caused them both to crash on March 6, 1944 near Schoonberkerveld, southeast of Emmen, Holland (Netherlands) during the war.

John "Died While A POW" of wounds received in the crash 12 days after becoming a POW.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 37187168

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Airmen who perished on B-17G #42-40054:

Blatz, John B ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MO ~ DOW
DuPrey, John W ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MN
Job, George C, Jr ~ Capt, Co-Pilot, NY
Lechowski, Joseph P ~ 2nd Lt, Tail Gunner, PA
Pfanner, Edwin W ~ S/Sgt, Observer, NJ
Reed, Walter S ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, AR

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Airmen who survived from B-17G #42-40054:

Brown, Paul Eugene ~ Capt, Pilot, POW
Gill, Roland Turner ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, RTD
Joyce, Roy Ellsworth ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, POW
Marcario, William Angelo ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, RTD
Moyer, Elbert Paul ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, POW

RTD = Evaded capture & "Returned To Duty"

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For airmen who perished on B-17G #42-37886 see:

Sweeney, Robert M ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, MD

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


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