1LT Marvin F Kamholz

1LT Marvin F Kamholz

Death 21 Jun 1943
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Marvin served as a First Lieutenant and Pilot on B-17 "Shooting Star" #42-30229, 563rd Bomber Squadron, 388th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

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

After picking up new planes in the mid-west the crew eventually made their way to what is now known as the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, New York. During WW II this airport was a joint use airport USAAF and Civil. The crew had named this plane the 'Shooting Star'.

From Buffalo they flew to Gander, Newfoundland. The flight had been delayed an extra day due to a suspected break-in at the air field. They took off from Gander on June 21st for Prestwick, Scotland.

A year later, there was a finding of death. The crew appears on the tablets of the Missing at the East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York. Supposedly, there was a 'thorough' investigation and sabotage was suspected.

Marvin was declared "Missing In Action" in the "Line Of Duty" during the war.

Service # 1699058

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Airmen who perished on B-17 #42-30229:

Eggleton, Robert S ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MA
Fischler, Leonard ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Kamholz, Marvin F ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY
Marko, William ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
May, Richard A ~ 2nd Lt., Bombardier, NC
Metivier, Roland A ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NH
Miller, Robert B ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, PA
Orsulak, Paul J ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Persyn, Earl L ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, MO
Strobel, Otis E ~ 2nd Lt., Co Pilot, NJ

Notes: There is some indication on the MACR & other records that suggest that B-17 #42-30254 (see below) & B-17 42-30229 were somehow sabotaged. Both of the B-17s left Gander on the same day.

It should also be noted that there was a suspected break-in at the Gander Airfield, Newfoundland the day before the B-17s left the field.

A search was conducted for both B-17s until June 25th with no results.

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For the crew of B17 #42-30254 see:

Powley, Herbert F ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, MD

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 28 Sep 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 97946934
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Marvin F Kamholz (unknown–21 Jun 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 97946934, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .