Fincher, Emil Enander, Sgt

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 484th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Sergeant

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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cortez
Last Address
Torretto Airfield, Italy

Casualty Date
Dec 09, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Adriatic Sea
Conflict
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenBlanding Veterans Memorial
  1944, World War II Fallen
  2012, Blanding Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Ribbon Bar


Aerial Gunner Badge


 
 Unit Assignments
825th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy484th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, 825th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, 484th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. Emil FIncher was inducted into the Army on 8 November 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

His unit moved to Italy in March-April 1944. based out of Torretto Airfield, Italy. His unit was originally a Pathfinder unit, but did not serve in this capacity. He was serving with the 825th Bomb Squadron, 484th Bomb Group (H), 15th Air Force.

On 9 December 1944, he was one of 10 men killed in action and went missing during Mission 126 to Linz, Austria.  He was a crewman aboard a B-24J (# 44-41120).  This was the only aircraft lost on this mission.  According to reports of the time, the aircraft disappeared into a cloud bank and disappeared, believed to have crashed into the Adriatic Sea.  The mission had been called back within an hour due to poor weather conditions.

His crew is listed under MACR 10248 for that date.

Crew List:  (to be completed)

2nd Lt. Richard J. Helbert, co-pilot
Sgt. Emil Fincher
   
Comments/Citation
Research:Service # 39922366

Notes/Links:

http://www.15thaf.org/49th_BW/484th_BG/Missions/Missions.htm
http://www.rerowland.com/rp/825th.html

http://www.aviationarcheology.org/src/MACRmonthly/44DecMACR.htm (MACR) http://www.usaafdata.com/?q=node/169544
http://wwiiflighttraining.org/cadets/class1944/1944d.php (co-pilot info, and supposition of location of loss)
   
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