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  1. Heartfeltzero

    Heartfeltzero Active Member

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    So I have this letter, written by a Lester Eckmann Frankenstein. He served with the 332nd bomb squadron, 94th bomb group as a Navigator on a B-17. According to an old newspaper article I found on Ancestry, Lester received a purple heart after he survived his aircraft being shot down over the English Channel. While searching his records I also found two National Jewish Welfare Board documents. One saying he was indeed wounded. The other saying he was awarded the Purple Heart and Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.


    My only issue is that I’m having trouble finding any information on any details about his aircraft getting shot down. I haven’t been able to find which specific aircraft it was or anything else. I was hoping someone could attempt to help me out. I appreciate any assistance.
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    Thank you.

    someone elsewhere just solved it.


    B-17G-55-BO 42-102574 Florencia
    07/08/44 XM N Barenton, France. Abort - enemy action. Ditched in the English Channel. (No MACR)
    P Skelton, Gwynn E. 1st Lt. O-819195 RTD
    CP Mac Rae, Hugh (NMI) 2nd Lt. O-691108 RTD
    B Boyd, William R. 2nd Lt. O-706793 WIA
    N Snodgrass, James P. Jr. 2nd Lt. O-708577 WIA
    E Wetherington, George D. T/Sgt. 34664525 WIA
    R Matarese, Christopher R. T/Sgt. 32693041 RTD
    BT Frankenstein, Lester E. S/Sgt. 16078659 WIA
    WG Munoz, Francisco P. Sgt. 18047119 RTD
    WG Pazinin, Andrew F. S/Sgt. 36738534 RTD
    TG Di Giovanni, Anthony F. Sgt. 12193131 WIA
     
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