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Personnel

S/Sgt

Donald Elroy KUNTZ

Donald E. Kuntz

Courtesy of Kuntz family

Hometown During Time of Service: Marinette, WI
Army Serial Number: 16071915
Enlistment Date: April 1, 1942
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 349th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Waist Gunner
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: KIA
MACR: 04238
CR: 04238
Comments: 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (EXP)

Biography

Born December 16, 1918
Birthplace: Marinette, WI
Repatriated in 1948. Buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Marinette, WI

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Donald Kuntz MIA on Denver DollPrintBay Press Gazette May 17 194412:00 am

Additional Military Documents

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2nd Lt James W. McGuire P KlA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
2nd Lt Randell L. Bradley CP POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
2nd Lt John M. Jones BOM POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL) (flew as Navigator on this mission)
2nd Lt Eluid J. Knapp NAV CPT 24 AUG 44 RUHLAND S-2 AFTER COMPLETION OF TOUR
T/Sgt Frank V. DeGeorge TTE POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL) sn 12148386
T/Sgt Rodney McCaughin ROG KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/Sgt Joseph A. Eck TOG KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/Sgt John R. Ribuffo BTG KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/Sgt Alan R. Dill WG KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/Sgt Donald E. Kuntz WG KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/Sgt John . Sabotka TG KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)

349th Sqdn. Crew joined group in March 1944. See SPLASHER SI (p. 4 Spring 1975) Also see John Miller letter 17/3/81.
McGuire and Eck both buried at Omaha Beach. 12th mission for crew except Eck who was on his 2nd misslon with this crew. MACR #4238, Microfiche #1503, A/C #42-107056 "The Denver Doll".
MEMO: LT JAMES W. McGUIRE BURIED: AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETERY AT OMAHA BEACH GRAVE C-14-23

Jones was the bombardier of this crew but on 28/4/44 he Was flying as navigator. Navigator of this crew when it joined the 100th was Eluid J. Knapp who CPT in Aug. 1944. After completing his tour, Knapp was transferred to S2 (Intelligence). Phone call from Knapp OII 21/5/85...jb

Eyewitness: "A/C #056 recieved a direct flak hit on the # 1 engine. Knocked engine back on wing catching the wing on fire. A/c peeled off into the second element disrupting it and gliding down into the clouds. Two (2) chutes seen. A/C hit at 1020 hours / 4932N and 0130W.
Lt. C.H. Cowan
Lt. R.W. Wright

From statements by John M. Jones and Randell L. Bradley after release from POW camp, it is apparent the A/C exploded before all crew members had sufficient time to bail out. Jones, the Bombardier, flew this mission as the Navigator and broke a leg upon landing. On 02 May 1944, the seven KIAs in this aircraft were buried in the "English Cementary in Cherbourg." This aircraft and that of Col. Kelly and Capt William Lakin were shot down near Tamerville (three (3) miles north of Valognes)

List of Missions of T/Sgt Frank V. DeGeorge (mpf 2001)

1. 1/4/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN
2. 8/4/44 QUACKENBRUCH
3. 10/4/44 MALDEGEM
4. 11/4/44 ROSTOCK
5. 12/4/44 SCHKEUDITZ
6. 13/4/44 AUGSBURG
7. 19/4/44 LIPPSTADT
8. 20/4/44 MARQUENVILLE
9. 25/4/44 DIJON
10. 27/4/44 FLATTENANVILLE
11. 27/4/44 LeCULOT
12. 28/4/44 SOTTEVAST

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Sottevast
Aircraft:
(42-107056)
Date:
1944-04-28
Cause:
Explosion

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT MCGUIRE, James W. P KIA
LT BRADLEY, Randell L. CP POW
LT KNAPP, Eluid J. NAV CPT
LT JONES, John M. BOM POW
T/SGT DEGEORGE, Frank V. TTE POW
S/Sgt MCCAUGHIN, Rodney M. ROG KIA
S/Sgt RIBUFFO, John R. BTG KIA
S/Sgt DILL, Alan R. WG KIA
S/Sgt KUNTZ, Donald WG KIA
Sgt SABOTKA, John W. TG KIA