Lewis H UTLEY

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICEO-660533 (12032609)
AGE25 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1919 ILLINOIS
ETATQueens NEW YORK
FAMILYSingle
RANK1st  Lieutenant
FONCTIONNavigator
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT

 

Advertising agents

 

NY
DATE of ENLISTEMENT

24 september 1941 New York City NEW YORK

Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course

Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course, Harlingen

 SQUADRON 423rd Bomb Squadron
 GROUP306th Bomb Group
ARMY8th US Air Force
DATE OF DEATH16 february 1943utley lewis h tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHSt. Nazaire
DATA PLAN

B-17 Fortress - type F-5-VE - s/n 42-5717 RD*F

b17

Macr: 15472

 Mission: Underwater Base Attack St-Nazaire (44)

Shot by fighter and flak around 12:00

Takeoff 09h00 Thurleigh, Bedfordshire UK

 

CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY of St James

Map of St James American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
I1511
DECORATION

Air Medal

Purple Heart

American Campaign Medal

WWII Victory Medal

EAMEC

American Defense Service Medal

Pilot patent

am

Photo FDLM

american campaign medal

victory medal

EAMECampaignMedalOneBronzeStar

AmerDefMedal

aile pilote

 

usaf  8air force  306bg 306bgh 423bs 
306th Bomber Group, Heavy
STORY

WARNER WILLIAM H crew

Crew of 42-5717

Lewis H. UTLEY was born in 1919 in Queens, New York. He enlisted in New York City, New York on September 24, 1941.

His enlistment record states he had completed one year of college (unnamed), was employed as an advertising agent, and was single with no dependents.

Utley was trained as a navigator, and upon completion of this training, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and given further combat crew training on the B-17.

He was deployed to England and eventually assigned to the 423rd Bomb Squadron of the 306th Bomb Group, operating from Thurliegh, England.

The scheduled mission for the 306th Bomb Group on February 16, 1943 called for a bombing strike om the submarine yards and docks at St. Naizare, France. The target was reached and bombed, then the bomber formation was attacked by a number of German fighters.

A head-on attack killed the pilot, and the co-pilot was unable to access the controls and take over. The radio operator was wounded and three gunners were killed.

A fourth gunner bailed out but died. The aircraft suffered an internal explosion which blew the nose of the aircraft off and ejected the bombardier.

The aircraft stalled, went into a tight spin and crashed near Ville de Dan in France.

Two crew members successfully evaded, and the wounded radio operator was captured. The remainig crew were all killed, either in the attack or the crash.

Lt UTLEY was recovered and eventually buried in the Brittany American Cemetery at St. James, France. He lies in Plot J, Row 8, Grave 15.

LtUTLEY  is remembered by a Memorial Plaque in France, and is also on a Memorial Plaque in Newburgh, New York honoring Orange County veterans.


Crew of  B-17 Fortress - type F-5-VE - s/n 42-5717 RD*F


Capitaine

William H

WARNER

Pilot

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James  

2nd Lieutenant

Arnold R

CARLSON

CoPilot

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James  

1st Lieutenant

Lewis H

UTLEY

Navigator

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James  

1st Lieutenant

Robert E

KYLIUS

Bomber

Escape
 

T/Sergeant

Clairborne W

WILSON

Mechanic  / Gunner

Escape
 

S/Sergeant

Colon E

NEELEY

Gunner G

Dead

Cim Zachary Taylor 1369 Kentucky

S/Sergeant

Robert D

KISLING

Gunner V

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James  

S/Sergeant

Walter C

MORGAN

Gunner D

Dead

Cim Zachary Taylor 1369 Kentucky

S/Sergeant

William E

WILLIAMS

Gunner A

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James

T/Sergeant

Eddie Frank

ESPITALLIER

Radio

Prisoner
 
b 17
warner william h b17

 

 

To the crew of B-17F 42-5717 8th Air Force, 306th BG, 423rd BS shot on February 16, 1943 in Guillac MORBIHAN

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