Aguila, Reginaldo, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
418th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Mar 06, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 22, Grave 14

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Reginaldo Aguila was born on February 24, 1926 in Texas. (One source states 1924.) No parentage or census data has been found for him, but the Headstone Inscription Records Card for Burial in Foreign Cemeteries is signed by his sister, Eutolina Doublet.)

Aguila enlisted in San Antonio, Texas, on December 15, 1942. His enlistment records state he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a painter on construction sites. He was selected for flight duty, and trained as an aerial gunner. He was promoted to Sergeant, and assigned to crew training.

The crew deployed to England in February, 1944. On March 6, 1944, the crew was tasked to bomb the industrial area of Berlin, Germany. This was the 1st or 2nd mission for the crew. (Records are not clear.) The inexperienced gunners were not prepared for the numerous enemy aircraft launched at them on this raid. Fire was so heavy that records show that 23 of 38 B-17s were shot down.

Aguila's aircraft, receiving a share of the machine gun and cannon fire poured into the formation, exploded as the bomb load was hit. All the crew were killed by the blast. The dead were recovered from the wreckage which fell near Haseluene, Germany. After the war, the remains were moved to other cemeteries. Sgt Aguila now rests in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium in Plot A, Row 22, Grave 14.
Headstone Inscription Records Card for Burial in Foreign Cemeteries


Sgt Reginaldo Aguila was acting as the ball turret gunner on B-17G # 42-30278, named "Sly Fox," assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 3016 was issued for this loss. Crew listings show the crew was composed of:

2 Lt Zeb Kendall, Jr.  p
2 Lt Edwin J. Loughran  c-p
2 Lt William R. Thorpe, Jr.  nav
2 Lt Clifford L. Gowen  bomb
SSgt Melvin A. Hickman  eng/tt gun
SSgt Leman E. Tutor  r/o
Sgt  Reginaldo Aguila  btg
Sgt  Matthew G. Aven, Jr  wg
Sgt  Raymond L. Bridges  wg
Sgt  Victor Stoffregen  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

There were no survivors.

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