Davis, David M., Jr., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
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Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
418th Bomb Squadron,
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Nov 05, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
English Channel
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
David M. Davis, Jr. was born in Pennsylvania in 1913. His parents were David M., Sr. and Elizabeth E. Davis. Both the US Censuses 1930 and 1940 lists the family as residing in West Mahanoy, Pennsylvania.

Davis was drafted, and inducted into military service on August 25, 1942 at Allentown. He had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a salesperson. He was assigned to the Army Air Forces, and trained as an aerial gunner. He was then assigned to crew training which took him through many stations in Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Tennessee. The crew deployed to England, arriving there in October, 1943.

The first combat mission came on November 3, 1943 - a raid on facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The second mission was scheduled for November 5, 1943 - a bombing strike aimed at the synthetic oil plants at Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The aircraft was hit by flak near the target, rendering one engine, the compass, and the electrical system inoperable. The bombardier salvoed the bomb load to prevent an explosion. The pilot turned to a return course to England, and ordered bail out. Only two crewmen managed to do so. They landed safely, and with the aid of French patriots, evaded until August, 1944, when they managed to return to England.

All the remaining crew was in the aircraft when it vanished. Presumably, it crashed into the English Channel, and all were killed. No remains or wreckage was recovered. Today, Sgt Davis is listed on the Walls of the Missing in the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England. There is a memory stone for him located in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


Sgt David M. Davis, Jr. was acting as a waist gunner on B-17G # 42-37748, unnamed, assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1156 contains details of this loss. Crew rosters and mission lists show the crew as:

2 Lt Thomas R. Martin  p
2 Lt James A. Kennemer  c-p
2Lt James W. McCorley  nav
2 Lt Joseph P. Murphy  bomb
Sgt  Lloyd R. Arnett  eng/tt gun
SSgt Donald H. Allwine  r/o
Sgt  Cosmos J. Braun, Jr.  btg
Sgt  David M. Davis, Jr.  wg
Sgt  Merritt K. Gillespie  wg
Sgt  Laverne E. Clarke  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lts McCorley and Murphy evaded.

In the crew photo, Davis in in the back row, at left.

Sgt Braun, Jr.'s first name is recorded as "Cosmos" in crew roster. All other sources list "Cosmas."

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