Joseph E FEISTL

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICE7021806
AGE24 yo
DATE OF BIRTH23 may 1920
ETATPENNSYLVANIA
FAMILY

Single

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis FEISTL

RANKStaff Sergeant
FONCTIONGunner
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT-PA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT27 january 1940
REGIMENT SQUADRON671st Bomb Squadron (L)
DIVISION GROUP

416th Bomb Group (L)

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ARMY9th US Air Force
DATE OF DEATH23 april 1944feistl joseph e tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATH

Bonnières  PAS DE CALAIS 

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DATA PLAN

Douglas A-20 Havoc (G-30-DO) - serial 43-9707

Douglas A 20G Havoc

MACR 4095 

Mission: Site de V1 à Noball XI/A/85

Take-off: Station 170 de Wethersfield

Station 170 Wethersfield

 Abattu par un coup direct de la flak dans la section tourelle du fuselage - Explose en vol - 11h42

CEMETERY TEMPORARY

Cemtery Temporary of Saint André N°3572

PlotRowGrave
H10190

 

Story of Cemetery temporary

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CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY of Colleville

Map of Normandy American Cemetery

PlotRowGrave
A1042
DECORATION

Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

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416th Bomb Group

671bs
STORY

Joseph lives in Larksville, Pennsylvania, son of Louis and Grace Feistl he has an older sister and a younger brother. After leaving High School, Joseph enlisted in the Air Corps in 1940. He joined Fort Slocum where he followed his training, after which he was posted to Panama in the canal area for two years, but at the Entered the war of the United States it is transferred to the Netherlands Antilles. He is decorated with the Air Medal during a patrol against submarines.

The United States landed in Africa in November 1942 and the situation changes, Joseph is moved to Dakar, Tunis and Alger where he stays until July 1943 and gets his first leave after three and a half years of service !

He stayed in Larksville and joined the 416th Bomb Group based at Laurel Army Airfield in Mississippi in November 1943, the unit was equipped with B-25 bombers, he remained on site until January 1944 and on February 1 the unit was transferred to Station 170 at Wethersfield, Essex, where she was assigned to the 9th US Air Force and was one of the first units to receive Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers. In the first weeks the crews carry out training missions to adapt to the changes between the two types of bombers. From March 1944, the missions are targeted at V1 sites in the north of France.

Joseph begins on March 4, 1944 on mission, this is the second mission of the 416th Bomb Group.

Joseph performs five other missions between the months of March and April.

On March 19, during his third mission, he was wounded without any gravity by projectiles reaching his bomber.

April 23 as the day rises Joseph attends the briefing of his new mission. This is the bombing of a site of V1 "Noball (XI / A / 85)" in the Pas-de-Calais.

feistl emplacement site v1 noball

37 bombers are assigned to the mission, ie 32 A-20G and 5 A-20J.

Feistl formation douglas It is 10:26, the bombers take off and train over the Essex; As the French coast approaches, the Flak is put on alert, it is 11:42 am when the formation is on target, but Joseph's bomber is hit in the fuselage turret by a direct blow from the Flak. feistl Formation euipages Douglas
The bomber explodes and dislocates leaving no hope for the three crew members. Feistl crasch2 It is the first aircraft of the Group to break in two.
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The result of the bombing of this mission will be poor, indeed the other crews seeing bombs fell thought it was the leading aircraft dropping and giving the signal, but it was the bombs of the bomber of Joseph falling after having broken ...

The 416th Bomb Group will perform 285 combat missions recorded until May 3, 1945. The unit will receive the Distinguished Unit Citation.

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Headstone Inscription

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1930 Census

Joseph FEISTL and the press
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Military file of Joseph FEISTL
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Crew of Douglas A-20 Havoc - type G-30-DO - s/n 43-9707 5C*H

Second Lieutenant Joseph T SCHOUTEN Pilot Dead- Cim Am Colleville-sur-Mer O-747902 - AM PH - Chicago, ILLINOIS
S/Sergeant Robert R WILLIAMSON

Mechanic

Gunner

Dead-

Golden Gate Nat Cem. San Bruno, San Mateo Co, CALIFORNIA

19139625 - 26 yo-

Married : Daisy L Williamson, San Leandro, CALIFORNIA

Sergeant Joseph E FEISTL Gunner Dead- Cim Am Colleville-sur-Mer

7021806 - AM+1 -

Son of Grace Feistl, Larksville, PENNSYLVANIA

Douglas A 20G Havoc 1
SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOBruno CADEVILLE - Frédéric LAVERNHE - 416th.com - Francecrashes39-45.net - Findagrave.com
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud