Canfield, Marion L., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
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Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Feb 09, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot B, Row 27, Grave 21

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United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
According to census data, Marion Lyle Canfield was born in 1924 to William Ray and Laura Lorraine Dunn Canfield. The US Census 1930 shows the family in Avilla,Kansas, while the US Census 1940 has them living in Little, Oklahoma.

Canfield was inducted into the military on September 20, 1943, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His NARA enlistment papers state he was born in New Mexico in 1924, had completed 3 years of high school, and was single.

He was trained as an aerial gunner and assigned to a B-17 combat crew in training. He deployed to England with this crew in January, 1945. He flew only three credited missions, all with this crew.

On February 9, 1945, Canfield and the crew took part in a raid on the synthetic oil plants at Lutzkendorf, Germany. As the aircraft departed the IP for the bomb run, it hit another aircraft. Although still under control, it dropped from formation and tried to follow. It could not keep up with the formation so the pilot elected to try for the Russian lines, the closest Allied forces.

After a 45-minute flight, the Russian lines were crossed, and the "bail-out" was given. All of the crew did not jump, deeming the altitude to be too low.
Russian troops and survivors retrieved five bodies from the area, either in the wreckage or in the area, dead with unopened parachutes. All were buried with honors in a Russian military cemetery.

After the war, Allied forces recovered the bodies. Sgt Canfield was moved to the American (Ardennes) Cemetery in Belgium, where he lies in Plot B, Row 27, Grave 21. crews
US Census 1930
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Sgt Marion L. Canfield was the assigned ball turret gunner on B-17G # 42-31060, named "Pogue Ma Hone," assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 12245 details the loss of this aircraft/crew. Mission loading lists state the crew was:

1 Lt Alfred K. Nemer  p
2 Lt Odus C. Litzelfelner  c-p
2 Lt Harry W. Schulz  nav
TSgt Howard H. Ganson  tog
Sgt  Floyd S. Bohrer  eng/tt gun
Sgt  Peter M. Volpini  r/o
Sgt  Marion L. Canfield  btg
Sgt  Paul L. Kerr  waist gun
Sgt  Floyd C. Doherty  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Note: Mission loading list has "2 Lt." for Litzelfelner. All other sources indicate "Flight Officer."

In the crew photo, Canfield is in the back row, center.

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