Patriquin, Louis F., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 748, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
352nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot E, Row 2, Grave 29

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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 748, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to his enlistment file, Louis F. Patriquin was born in Lake County, California in 1908. Nothing related to his early life or parentage has been located.

He enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces on December 21, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. He had completed 4 years of high school, and was a semi-skilled worker in prepared productions .

Patriquin received training as both a flight engineer and as an aerial gunner. He was assigned to the 301st Bomb Group, and deployed to England in 1942. He flew missions over Europe, mainly France, with the Hair crew. He was wounded in action on a mission to Lille, France in October, 1942.

The 301st Bomb Group transferred some of its aircraft to North Africa in November, 1942. The Hair crew was one that was involved. On March 22, 1943, the crew flew a mission against Palermo, Sicily harbor, seeking to destroy the docks and shipping within the harbor.

The aircraft was hit by flak in the left wing, setting the fuel tank ablaze. The fire spread to the interior of the plane, and while it was being fought, the aircraft violently exploded, killing 5 of the crew. At least two were injured in the blast, and made successful parachute landings, but were captured by the Italians. The Italians ignored the prisoner's wounds, and after three days, German medics attended them at a facility on Trimponi Air Field before shipping them to a POW camp.

The body of Patriquin was supposedly buried in a local cemetery before being recovered and moved to an American cemetery, He now lies in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Plot E, Row 2, Grave 29.
NARA Enlistment Records


TSgt Louis Patriquin was the assigned flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F #42-5179, named "Junior," assigned to the 352nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16153 was prepared for this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew was composed of"

1 Lt James M. Hair  p
1 Lt Lonnie L. Miers, Jr.  c-p
1 Lt Alexander Yonych  nav
1 Lt Emmet Cook bomb
TSgt Louis F. Patriquin  eng/tt gun
Sgt  Ervin E. Byrnes  r/o
SSgt Andrew Seman  btg
Sgt  Jimmie McLaughlin  wg
SSgt Douglas Upton  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

In the crew photo of "Holy Joe" in England, 1942, Patriquin is 5th from left.

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