Joseph Alexander ECK 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER35749064
AGE21 yo
DATE OF BIRTH14 may 1923
STATEClarksburg, Harrison County, WEST VIRGINIA
FAMILYParent: Andrew ECK & Theresa BOUGHNER (Parents immigrated in the USA in 1913)
Sibling : John T, George (enlisted in US Navy the 28/10/1942) Anna, Mary F
Maried:Laura Bell PRITT (17 june 1942 in Lewis, Harrison County, WEST VIRGINIA)
RANKStaff Sergeant
FONCTIONBall Turret Gunner( BTG) of training. TOG during his last flight
JOB before ENLISTEMENTUsed by the company AKRO agate Glass CompagnyMI
DATE of ENLISTEMENT 6 february 1943 to Clarksburg, Harrison County, WEST VIRGINIA
The index card of incorporation mentions 68 inches and 132 pounds
SQUADRON349th BOMB SQUADRON
GROUP100th BOMB GROUP
ARMY8th Air Force
DATE OF DEATH28 april 1944eck joseph a tombe
STATUSKIA – plane explosion
PLACE OF DEATHTamerville 3km NE to Valognes
DATA PLANB17 Flying Fortress type G-35-DL S/M42-107056 « The Denver Doll »
CEMETERY TEMPORARY

Municipal cemetery of Cherbourg

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CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY
GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
G1820
DECORATION
Purple Heart
 
Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Photo FDLM
 
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8AIRFORCE 100bg     349bs
STORY
He does his schooling at  St Mary's high school , until the grammar school level.
Before his enlistment he was employed in a company named AKRO Agate Glass.
He died during a bombing mission on a V2 missile area.
The plane crashed after was hit during his flight by a FLACK. Three crew member was able to go out of the plane before he exploded.
Crash position : 49°32N/01°30O, 5 km of Tamerville.

  The plane had taken off from 139 Thorpe Abbots ,Norfolk,VA.

He was member of two crews, he just flight two times with his last crew and was volonteer for this fatal flight despite the end of his enlistment.  

All the crew was buried in the Cherbourg military cemetary before to be transferred to Colleville.
 
A little article on a local newspaper related to his death :
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Crew of B-17 Fortress

type G-35-DL - s/n 42-107056 XR*O

2ndLieutenant James W Mc GUIRE Pilot  Deceased - Cemetery American Normandy  mcguire james w tombe    
2ndLieutenant Randell L BRADLEY CoPilot  Prisonner
2ndLieutenant John Moye JONES Navigator Prisonner - Oflag 9A/H Spangenberg-Kassel Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 51-09
Staff/Sergeant Joseph A ECK Bomber Deceased - Cemetery American Normandy eck joseph a tombe
T/Sergeant Rodney M MC CAUGHIN Radio Deceased
Tech/Sergeant Frank V DEGEORGE Mechanic Prisonner - Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow
Staff/Sergeant John P RIBUFFO Gunner Deceased
Staff/Sergeant Donald E KUNTZ Gunner Deceased
Staff/Sergeant Alan Raymond DILL Gunner Deceased
Staff/Sergeant John W SABOTKA Gunner Deceased
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INFORMATION SOURCE

Marie-Sophie BOUFFIER

 Alexandre BOUFFIER- Francecrashes39-45.net

PICTURE SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT & Nancy J MORRELL
TRANSLATORRenaud BOUFFIER
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud