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MC GONAGLE, Joseph Edward

Servicenumber: 35613679




Age: -
Born: -
Hometown: Perry County, Ohio
Family: Ms. Mary H Brown (wife)
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Function: Radio Operator
Regiment: -
Battalion: -
Division – Transport: -
Company – Squadron: 563rd Bomber Squadron
Unit – Group: 388th Bomber Group (Heavy)
Plane data:
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
Serialnumber: 42-30340
Type: B-17F
Nickname: Screaming Red Ass
Target: Berlin Germany
Date of death: 8 March 1944
Status: KIA
Place of death: Crashed west of Magdenburg, Germany
Spot: Not available
Awards: Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot C, Row 31, Grave 6
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Ardennes
Biography: -
Other information: Plane was attacked by Me 109's. When last seen the 3th engine was feathered and both wings were badly shot-up. Very determined enemy fighter oposition, lasting from 1300 till 1345 was met on route to target. 30 to 50 mostly Fw 190's made these attacks mainly from the nose high in a trail of 10 to 12 a/c. They did this to confuse the gunners, as they did not knew which a/c to fire at.

Source of information: Michel Beckers

Photo source: Jac Engels