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 Irving J. Balsam

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Irving J. Balsam

Birth
Death 7 Jan 1944 (aged 20–21)
France
Burial Maspeth, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot Soc.:KREMENITZER; Path:30R; Gate:1; Grave:6; Map:522 (Buried 10/21/1948)
Memorial ID 80985162 View Source
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
S/Sgt. Irving J. Balsam Gunner KIA
ID# 12183535
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.

The "MATTSON"Crew
1st/Lt Carl A. Mattson Pilot KIA
1st/Lt. Shirley D. Berry Co Pilot EVD
2Lt William J. Carraro Jr. Navigator KIA
2nd/Lt Manuel M. Rogoff Bombardier EVD
T/Sgt. Francis L. Krueger Engineer KIA
T/Sgt. David H. Neilson Radio Op. KIA
S/Sgt. Irving J. Balsam Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Russell L Paquin Gunner EVD
S/Sgt. S/Sgt. Robert E. Rugh Gunner POW
S/Sgt. Warren K. Sutor Gunner EVD


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