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Sgt James Michaud Fitzgerald

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Sgt James Michaud Fitzgerald

Birth
Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Death 21 Jul 1945 (aged 28)
Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Burial Manchester, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Memorial ID 94941758 View Source
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James served as a Sergeant & Right Gunner on B-29 "Indian Maid" (# 42-24809), 482nd Bomber Squadron, 505th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Kennebec County, Maine prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on June 24, 1943 in Portland, Maine. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Manufacturing Foremen and also as Married.

He became a POW of the Japanese Army when his B-29 was shot down by Japanese 'Tony' fighters over Osaka on June 5, 1945.

James was "Executed While A POW" at the Shinodayama Military Parade Ground near Osaka during the war.

Service # 31323581

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Crew of B-29 "Indian Maid" (# 42-24809):

Boulton, Alfred V., FO, Co-Pilot, New York, (MIA)
Drispsa, John, S/Sgt, Engineer, Ohio, (MIA)
Fishkin, Edward, Capt, Pilot, New Jersey, (MIA)
Fitzgerald, James M., Sgt, Right Gunner, Maine, (POW/KIA)
Hannigan, Osmond J., Sgt, Gunner, Minnesota, (POW/DOD)
Kanzler, Joseph C., Sgt, Tail Gunner, New York, (POW/DOD)
Kennedy, Harvey B., Jr., Sgt, Left Gunner, Florida, (POW/KIA)
McIntosh, Gerard J., 2nd Lt, Bombardier, New York, (MIA)
Meehan, John J., 2nd Lt, Navigator, New York, (KIA)
Moore, William H., FO, Radar Operator, Indiana, (MIA)
Sutherland, Henry W., S/Sgt, Radio Operator, California, (POW/DOD)

Sgt Fitzgerald and Sgt Kennedy were both executed by the Japanese on July 21, 1945.

Sgt Hannigan, Sgt Kanzler, and S/Sgt Sutherland were all reported by the Japanese Army as having died of disease on or before August 15, 1945 (V-J Day).

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

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