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Capt. Roy T. Swangren


Born: 16 August 1920

Parents: Thure J. Swangren & Marie Ziehnert-Swangren

Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother

Home:

    - 614 South Sixth Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Education:

    - Emerson School

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1938

Occupation: mechanic - S. & S. Machine Works

Enlisted:

    - 25 March 1942

        - U.S. Army Air Corps

            - entered service as an enlisted man

            - attended Officer Candidate School

Serial Number: O&676167

Training: 

    - Kelly Army Airfield, San Antonio, Texas

    - Hondo Airfield, Hondo, Texas
        - base was Army Air Corps' largest base for navigator training
        - commissioned 2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 579th Bomb Squadron, 392nd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force

Plane: B-24

Stationed: Wendling Station #118 - Norfolk, England - arrived August 1943

Missions:

    - 9 September 1943 - first mission

    - flew 34 missions over these countries:

        - France

        - Belgium

        - Holland

        - Germany

            - Last Mission: Schwabisch Hall - jet airfield

    - 24 February 1944 - mission over Gotha, Germany

        - 392nd Bombardment Group was awarded Presidential Unit Citation
Promoted: Captain - squadron navigator - June 1944

Killed in Action:

    - 22 March 1945

        - on return from a successful mission

        - flare gun came loose, fell to floor, discharged and set off a box of pyrotechnic

          flares located behind pilot's seat

        - fire and smoke blinded the pilots causing plane to go into a steep dive

        - all the crew except Major Barnes, Capt. Grettum, and Capt. Swangren bailed

           out

        - their bodies were found in wreckage

Buried:

    - Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England

        - Plot:  F  Row:  1  Grave:  25

Medals:

    - Purple Heart

    - Good Conduct

    - Air Campaign

     - European-African Middle East Campaign

    - Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters

    - Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters

    - Presidential Unit Citation

    - Bronze Star

    - Silver Star




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