Graf, Fred J., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 1035, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1942
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1035, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1035, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Fred J. Graf, according to census data, was born in Illinois in 1919. His parents were Fred E. and Marie L. Graf. The US Censuses from 1920 to 1940 all show the family living in Chicago, Illinois.

Graf enlisted in the military, according to his records, on December 8, 1941 as a PFC from the National Guard (infantry) in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had completed 1 year of college (unnamed.) He was working as a sales person. The enlistment papers confirm nativity and year of birth.

He was trained as a bombardier, commissioned, and awarded wings in early 1942. He then was deployed to North Africa where he became a member of the B-17 combat crew headed by Lt. Maher. On November 28, 1942, the crew were on a mission to bomb targets in the Bizerte, Tunisia area. Enemy aircraft attacked the aircraft, which was shot down, It plunged into the Mediterranean Sea. There were no survivors, and no bodies were recovered.

Lt Graf is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis. In addition, there is a memory stone marker for him in the Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
US Census 1920
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


Lt Fred J. Graf was the assigned bombardier on B-17F #41-24374, unnamed, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16038 covers this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Robert E. Maher  p
2 Lt Roy C. Tobey  c-p
2 Lt Lee H. Adkins  nav
2 Lt Fred J. Graf  bomb
MSgt Edward C. Shackleton  eng/tt gun
TSgt Frank J. Conlon  r/o
Sgt  Harry R. Alger  wg
Sgt  Max D. McNeil  wg
Sgt Charles R. Goodwin  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Shackleton's middle initial is listed variously as "C," "W," or "O," depending on source.

There is no known crew photo.

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