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Lieut Frank Harvey Woltman

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Lieut Frank Harvey Woltman

Birth
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death
31 Jan 1943 (aged 25)
Messina, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy
Burial
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID
82771384 View Source

2nd Lieutenant Frank H Woltman was the son of Frank Lincoln Woltman and Anna Eleanor (Sieradzki) Woltman. He attended Indiana University at Bloomington for three years.

On January 31, 1943, Woltman was co-pilot of B-24D #41-11603 named 'Malicious', assigned to the 9th Air Force, 376th Bombardment Group, 513th Bombardment Squadron. Malicious was the lead plane on a combat mission to bomb Messina Harbor in Sicily. Two engines were knocked out of commission by anti-aircraft artillery, but they stayed on their bomb run and hit their target. They were then set upon by German fighter planes and after a running battle, were forced to make a water crash landing into the Tyrrhenian Sea, twenty miles off the coast of Messina, Sicily. Crewmen in other aircraft saw four to six men evacuate the plane into life rafts, but subsequent rescue flights were unable to locate the men.

Woltman's body was recovered by Italian soldiers on a beach near Sicily. None of the rest of the crew was found.

He received the Air medal, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

"Frank H. Woltman, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the Ninth Air Force in the European Theater of Operations during World War II."

2nd Lieutenant Frank H Woltman was the son of Frank Lincoln Woltman and Anna Eleanor (Sieradzki) Woltman. He attended Indiana University at Bloomington for three years.

On January 31, 1943, Woltman was co-pilot of B-24D #41-11603 named 'Malicious', assigned to the 9th Air Force, 376th Bombardment Group, 513th Bombardment Squadron. Malicious was the lead plane on a combat mission to bomb Messina Harbor in Sicily. Two engines were knocked out of commission by anti-aircraft artillery, but they stayed on their bomb run and hit their target. They were then set upon by German fighter planes and after a running battle, were forced to make a water crash landing into the Tyrrhenian Sea, twenty miles off the coast of Messina, Sicily. Crewmen in other aircraft saw four to six men evacuate the plane into life rafts, but subsequent rescue flights were unable to locate the men.

Woltman's body was recovered by Italian soldiers on a beach near Sicily. None of the rest of the crew was found.

He received the Air medal, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

"Frank H. Woltman, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the Ninth Air Force in the European Theater of Operations during World War II."


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  • Created by: dfr
  • Added: 31 Dec 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 82771384
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/82771384/frank-harvey-woltman: accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Frank Harvey Woltman (5 Nov 1917–31 Jan 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 82771384, citing Riverview Cemetery, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209).