1944 — Italy
321st BOmb Group, 447th Bomb Squad, Mission 22 Jan.'44 (One man KIA)
> 447th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 195/mission 194) Group Mission # 196:
> On the first mission the target was the road junction at Valmontone, Italy.
> 8 of our ships participated. Our squadron was 1st in formation, being led by
> Maj. Sampson. 1 ship, Lt. Knodle pilot, returned early due to generator
> trouble. Results of bombing—poor. The flak was extremely heavy and several of
> our ships were shot up rather badly. “Sophisticated Lady” piloted by Lt.
> Olson returned with a fatal injury to her engineer-gunner, S/Sgt. Delore E.
> Monroe, in all probability he was killed instantly over the target, having
> received two severe flak wounds about the head.
> A/C No. 41-13181--“Sophisticated Lady”
> P: Olson, Robert C. “Ollie”, 1Lt
> CP: Beebe, Harwood (NMI), 2Lt
> N: None
> B: McCormick, Donald P., 1Lt
> E: Monroe, Delore E. (KIA)
> R: Lotito, Rocco A., T/Sgt
> G: Funk, Marvin J., S/Sgt
> F: Vermillion, R. (United Press Corr.)
> Monroe, Delore Elvin, S/Sgt., Engineer-Gunner, Enlistment Service #
> KILLED IN ACTION on 22 January 1944 Over The Target of the Road Junction at
> Valmonte, Italy, Receiving Two Severe Flak Wounds to the Head.