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S/Sgt. James P. Madsen Jr.


Born: 4 September 1924 - Leyden Township, Cook County, Illinois

Parents: James P. Madsen Sr. & Helen Madsen

Siblings: 1 sister

Home:

    - 1730 North Seventy-Ninth Avenue - Elmwood Park, Illinois

Education:

    - Concordia High School, River Forest, Illinois

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1944

            - left before class graduated - 29 May 1942

Occupation: cook

Wife: Thelma E. Madsen

Enlisted:

    - U.S. Army Air Corps 

        - 26 October 1942 - Chicago, Illinois

Serial Number: 16144800

Training: Unknown

    - tail gunner

Unit: 

    - 32nd Bomb Squadron, 301st Bomber Group (Heavy), 15th Air Force

        - member of a B17F bomber crew

        - Plane's Army Serial Number:  42-30134

Bombing Missions:

    - 2 November 1943 - began operations

        - Flew missions over these countries

             - Tunisia, North Africa - November 1943

                 - assigned to his unit while it was on rest & relaxation

              - Italy

                  - Unit relocated during December 1943

                  - planes flew out of Cerignola No. 1 Army Airfield

Killed in Action:

    - 25 December 1943 -over Italy

        - unlimited visibility - 12:44 AM

Mission:

        - destroy railroad bridge - Bolzana, Italy

        - dropped bombs over target

        - #2 engine hit by flak from anti-aircraft guns

        - hit a second time by flak in radio room

        - hit a third time near upper ball turret

        - right wing came off

        - plane fell in a spiral from formation at about 10,000 feet per minute

        - at about 10,000 feet the plane disintergrated

        - four of nine crew members escape from plane

Buried:

     - Florence American Cemetery, Via Cassia, Italy

        -Plot:  G  Row:  9  Grave:  2

Medals:

    - Purple Heart

    - Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster


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