Agee, Douglas H., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1943-1943, M 0611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Saltillo
Last Address
Thorpe Abbotts AB, England

Casualty Date
Oct 08, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Netherlands
Conflict
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Old Saltillo Cemetery - Saltillo, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  2014, World War II Fallen


 Ribbon Bar


Aerial Gunner Badge


 
 Unit Assignments
Advancement Schools and Courses350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, Basic Aerial Gunner Course
  1942-1942, M 0611, 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
  1943-1943, M 0611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity

Douglas Howard Agee was born on August 27, 1920, in Saltillo, Texas, the son of Carl Scott Agee and Mary Ellen Mitchell Agee. Nothing has been found concerning his early childhood, but with the education system in place in Texas at that time (11 grades only), it is possible he graduated Saltillo High School at the age of 16 or 17.

No enlistment data has been found, except one short biography states he enlisted, took basic training, and then was assigned to aerial gunner's school. The first time he appears in the military record, he is assigned to the 350th Bomb Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group at Kearney AAB, Nebraska, prior to departure from the U.S. to England in November 1942.


This crew flew 10 mission as follows: (all 1943)

3 Sept  - target    Paris
6 Sept  -               Stuggart
7 Sept -                Watten
9 Sept -                Beauvais
15 Sept -              Paris
16 Sept -              Bodreaux 
26 Sept  -             Paris
27 Sept  -             Emden
2 Oct -                  Emden
8 Oct -                  Bremen

Bremen was a well-defended target, ringed by many anti-aircraft guns. The first element that bombed on the mission met extensive fire. When the second group made their bomb run, the German gunners had range and altitude calculated, and MacDonald's squadron suffered 7 of 9 aircraft shot down over the target. MacDonald's aircraft was hit in 2 engines, set afire, and was under intensive attack by German fighters who flew through their own flak to bring home the attacks. SSgt Agee was shot in the chest with a 20mm round. Trying to nurse the damaged aircraft home, but still under attack and burning, losing altitude by the minute, Lt. MacDonald and the remaining crew bailed out.

They landed safely and 7 were immediately captured. Two contacted the Dutch Underground, and one of them, Glinchey, evaded for 4 months, but was then captured. Spicer evaded and eventually made it safely to Spain and then England. All the captured fliers were taken to Stalag Luft XVIIB - Stalag 17. All were liberated in May 1945.

According to eyewitnesses, the aircraft made a crash landing, gear up but sliding near the Zuider Zee and came to a stop. The fires spread and ammunition began detonating. A maternity nurse visiting a near-by house ran to the scene and after spotting him, managed to drag Agee's body from the plane. A later German medical report states he was "shot through both lungs and bled to death." Witnesses state the Germans secured the scene, but left Agee's body by the road for 2 days "as a deterrent." A newspaper article later stated he had been buried by German soldiers, and that a minister or priest was present.

SSgt Agee was buried on October 10 at the Reformed Church Cemetery at Beetsterwang, Row 21, Grave 26. He was later interred at the American Cemetery at Margraten, The Netherlands. His remains were sent home and today lie in the Old Saltillo Cemetery in Saltillo, Texas.

  

Comments/Citation

The aircraft commanded by Lt. MacDonald was B-17F #42-30818 nicknamed "Salvo Sal." (One instance of USAAF records state "Salvo Gal.")

Missing Air Crew Report 952 applies, and states the crew was composed of:

1 Lt William H. McDonald     p
2 Lt John L. James, Jr     c-p
2 Lt Carl L. Spicer     nav
2 Lt Frank P. McGlinchey     bomb
SSgt Charles W. Ashbaugh     eng/tt gun
TSgt Fred Pribish     r/o
SSgt Ross W. Detillion    btg
SSgt Douglas H. Agee    lwg
SSgt Victor P. Intoccia   rwg
SSgt Paul G. Sears  tail gun


Credit for the shooting down of this bomber was given to Lt. Franz Ruhl, flying a BF-109G from JG 3/4.


NOTE: In the crew photo, SSgt Agee is third from right, standing.

   
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