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MAJ  Maurice J. FITZGERALD

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: COM
SERIAL #: O-371839 STATUS: POW
MACR: 05151 CR: 05151

Comments1: 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (CREW 57, A/C#97845: 350TH CO) (EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

Capt James R.Geary                P   POW   24/5/44  BERLIN
Major  Maurice J.Fitzgerald    COMP   POW  "
1st Lt Arthur J.Harris            CP    POW  "        (Flying as Formation Officer at TG)
1st Lt A.Edwin Stern,Jr.     BOM     POW   "
2nd Lt Dort B.Payne          NAV     POW   "
 T/Sgt Louis Paltrineri        ROG     POW(WIA) "     (From the E.McKay crew)
 T/Sgt Francis Acker          BTG     POW      "        (From the E.McKay crew) 
 S/Sgt Carl F.Schuster       TT E     POW     "          (From the E.McKay crew)
 S/Sgt John E.Trout         RWG     POW(WIA) "     (From the E.McKay crew)
 S/Sgt Jack W.Domenig     LWG     POW(WIA) "      (From the E.McKay crew) 

350th Sqdn.  On 24/5/44 this was the lead ship of the Group formation. Major Fitzgerald was C.O. of the 
350th and Capt Geary was a pilot who had completed a tour of operations with the 390th Bomb Group and 
then been assigned to the 100th. Lt.A.J.Harris,as pilot of his own crew had been interned in Sweden on 
20/2/44 with his crew but apparently had gotten back to Thorpe Abbotts by some means. It seems most 
unusual that he would have been allowed to fly over Europe again because,for security reasons,Evadees & 
Internees were invariably sent back to the U.S.A.

This crew bailed out over Ludwigslust,Germany and all were captured.

The 100th lost nine aircraft this day. MIGHTY EIGHTH WAR DIARY (p.249) says "Opposed by some 200 
E/A,100BG became separated from bomber stream by weather and contrails and were subjected to heavy 
attack."

MEMO 2:

350th CO, flying as Command Pilot

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-05-24  
AIRCRAFT: (42-97845) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 1643