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Longoria Efrain

Monuments

B-17 42-107048

 

Name:
Efrain Longoria
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Serial Number:
38365009
Unit:
360th Bomber Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, Heavy
Date of Death:
1944-06-12
State:
Texas
Cemetery:
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Anton
Plot:
R
Row:
Grave:
212
Decoration:
Purple Heart
Comments:

SSgt Efrain Longoria, belly gunner of the B-17 42-107048, took off from station 107 Molesworth, Cambridgeshire, UK on a bombing mission over the Cambrai and Epinoy airfields. The plane was flying in the #2 position, high element, high group. It was hit by flak between the #2 engine and fuselage approximately one minute before bombs away. Another flak burst hit directly in the bomb bay. The entire B-17 burst into flames, nosed down sharply, broken in half near the open bomb bay doors, and lost the left wing. Only SSgt Vallee made it out alive, only to be taken prisoner.