Eugene served as a Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-17G #42-102475, 338th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided at 982 Brooks Avenue, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on December 14, 1942 in Rochester, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.
B-17G #42-102475 took off from England on a bombing mission over Karlsruhe, Germany. Right before "bombs away" they collided with B-17 #42-102561 for an unknown reason. It's unclear who collided with who.
Eugene was "Killed In Action" in this crash during the war.
He was originally interred in the Stein Cemetery in France and was later repatriated here.
He was awarded an Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # 12216329
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Airmen who perished on B-17G #42-102475:
Brean, Wilbur M ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, NJ
Egan, Robert F ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NJ
Ellender, John C, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, LA
Faneca, Albert J, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, SC
Fava, Eugene D ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Galbreath, Glen E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, KS
Mangum, Marion J ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, CA
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. William Hill, Gunner: Sgt. Jack M. Dark, and Gunner: Sgt. William F. Brinkley all survived the crash.
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For airmen who perished on B-17G #42-102561 see:
McCulley, George L ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, OK
Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett