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Saunders John S.

Monuments

B-17 41-24472

Name:
John S. Saunders
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Serial Number:
16044132
Unit:
359th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomb Group
Date of Death:
1942-11-08
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Decoration:
Purple Heart
Comments:

SSgt John S. Saunders, mechanic of the B-17 41-24472, took off from Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, UK at 1030 on a bombing mission over Lille. The plane suffered a direct flak hit on its wing, tearing it off and causing the crew to bail out. Five crewmen died, including Saunders.