McGinnis, Martin S., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1945
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Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Lorraine, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot D, Row 32, Grave 34

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1054, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Notre Dame
  1935-1939, University of Notre Dame
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
According to US Census documents, Martin S. McGinnis was born in 1917 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a son of James B. and Aileen S. McGinnis.  The US Census from 1920 to 1940 show the family residing in Memphis. He graduated from high school, then enrolled in 1935 at Notre Dame University as a member of the Class of 1939.

He enlisted in the US Army Air Forces on February 18, 1941, at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. His enlistment documents confirm nativity and birth year, as well as state he had completed 4 years of college. At the time of enlistment, he was employed as a construction foreman.

He received pilot training and was awarded wings and a commission. Presumably, he was then given advanced training in heavy bombers, as he next appears in the military annals as head of a B-17 combat crew in training at Savannah, Georgia in October, 1944.

He was deployed to England with this crew and flew on 19 credited missions, the first of which was on November 26, 1944. On January 13, 1945, the target was the railroad bridge at Mannheim, Germany.

Just at "bombs away," the aircraft was struck by flak, wounding both the pilot and the tail gunner. The wounded gunner helped McGinnis bail out, then jumped. The remainder of the crew all bailed out from the center fuselage.

German records show that all enlisted men landed safely, and were captured. The records list the three officers as dead. The exact circumstances of death are not available. The dead were buried in German cemeteries. Captain Martin was buried in the Laumersheim Community Cemetery.

After the war, his body was recovered and moved to the American (Lorraine) Cemetery in St Alvolds, France where he lies in Plot D, Row 32, Grave 34. crews
US Census 1920
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


Captain Martin S. McGinnis was the assigned pilot on B-17G # 42-107099, nicknamed "Old 99," assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report was issued. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

Cpt Martin S. McGinnis  p
2 Lt Frederick C. Doscher  c-p
2 Lt Richard M. Emick  nav
Sgt  S.P. Simone  tog
SSgt Robert J. Lyons  eng/tt gun
TSgt Keith R. Muir  r/o
Sgt  Donald L. Beal  btg
SSgt Lois R. Hamilton  wg
Sgt  Lowell F. Stevenson  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

In the crew photo (training), McGinnis is in the front row, at left.

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