SSgt Melvin W Ott

Birth
New York, USA
Death 11 Jun 1944 (aged 19–20)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56753121 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until February 21, 1946.

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Melvin served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on SB-24J #42-100273, 868th Bomber Squadron, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on January 28, 1943 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.

SB-24J #42-100273 took off from Mokerang Airfield on a radar "snooper" bombing mission against Truk. This B-24 was believed to be lost due to either enemy anti-aircraft fire or a night fighter and reportedly crashed on Faleu Island during the war.

Melvin was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 32830456

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Airmen who perished on this SB-24J:

Dyer, Donald W ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, CA
Frank, Charles L, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, CT
Grenz, William E ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, MN
Jones, George M ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, AR
Malinowski, Bernard A ~ S/Sgt, Asst. Engineer, WI
Malley, John E ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, PA
Martin, Walter ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, KY
Mikesell, William W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Ott, Melvin W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Stoller, Seymour J ~ S/Sgt, Radar Operator, NY

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

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56753121
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Melvin W Ott (1924–11 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56753121, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .