-Enlisted on September 6, 1941, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
-U.S. Army Air Forces, 730th Bomber Squadron, 452nd Bomber Group, Heavy
-Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold (Moselle), France, A, 15, 54

Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-97525 was on a bombing mission to Berlin, Germany. The plane broke up in mid-air. The tail section broke off and the plane dived in, burning very heavy. The plane was observed to crash and burn with the bombs still in the plane. It crashed at Hebewerk Rothensee, 11km Northwest of Magdeburg, Germany. 2nd Lt Mary was last seen by the pilot, adjusting his chute when the plane broke up. He was initially buried 14 March at the Barleben Cemetery. All other crew members bailed out and were taken prisoner of war.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt Frank S. Stephens
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt William H. Mary Jr.
Navigator, 2nd Lt Irving Levin
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Leon R. Kloeper
Radio Operator S/Sgt Floyd T. Benjamin
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Benjamin W. Robertson
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Earl F. Matthews
Left Waist Gunner, Pvt William D. Strayhorn
Right Waist Gunner, Sgt James F. Leonard
Tail Gunner, Sgt Joseph F. LaFrance

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 21 June 1920
  • Date of death: 8 March 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 730th Bomber Squadron, 452nd Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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