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321stBG,446thBS, Lt Roy N Lee, B-25 321st BG, 446th BS, KIA

Italy

Lt Roy Lee was a Pilot with the 321st Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Squadron, B-25 Medium Mitchell Bombers in the Mediterranean Theatre.  Upon return of a Combat Mission and with gasoline leaking all through the ship, the plane crash landed and exploded on the runway.  All perished.  God Bless our brave men.

  Lt Lee flew Combat in B-25's named "Kay Girl" . . . "Ally Oop". . . "Red Nosed Beckie". . . "Peg O'My Heart" . . . "#41-30293" . . . FLAMINGO is the B-25 that they crashed in.

Lee, Roy N., 2Lt, pilot (0-752422) (2145 Vicksburg Ave, Oakland CA)

(NARA - 39085320 LEE#ROY#N# CA ALAMEDA PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY CA 42)

15 May 44: 446th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 331/mission 330) Group Mission # 290:

Squadron Mission 247

TARGET: Orvieto Station RR Bridge DATE: 15 May 1944

Porto Ferraio, Elba (Alt)

Type of Bombs: 1000 lb. Demo. 446th Planes: 8

Lt. Morris and Lt. Moss led the formation. The first flight reported direct his on the center and both approaches of the bridge. At the alternate, the second flight reported direct hits in the commercial harbor area and on two boats. Flak was heavy, intense and accurate. Lt. Othick’s plane was badly hit over the target and was reported to have made a successful crash-landing on the Island of Pianosa. It is assumed that the crew members were taken prisoners by the enemy. Lt. Sampson’s plane also suffered direct hits from flak and the entire crew wounded by fragments. Heading for the open sea, Lt. Sampson gave the order to bail out, he being the last to leave, after which the plane exploded in mid-air. Air-Sea Rescue were able to pick up all the men. Lt. Walsh crash-landed at the home base, upon hitting the runway, the plane exploded and burned, due to the fact that it was saturated with gasoline from leaking fuel lines. Lt. Walsh was thrown clear of the plane, but died in the hospital from burns received. The other crew members could not be rescued, and all perished in the burning bomber. After an emergency landing Lt. Hodges’ emergency brakes failed while taxiing and the plane crashed into a ditch, collapsing the landing gear. Lt. Vivas returned early with an oil leak in the right engine.

 

15 May 44: 445th BS: War Diary of: Seegmiller, Barnard H., Sgt, armament:

05/15/44: “About 10:00 hours today as a group of us were busy working on my plane we heard a sliding crash and explosion. We knew it was a plane and we started running for the runway, which was obscured, from us by a narrow belt of brush. Along with the first, I emerged from the brush to see the plane just bursting into flames. It had skidded off the runway into a pile of rocks and brush. At first there was no sign of survivors and I began to slacken my pace because the ammunition on the plane had commenced exploding. Then I saw a man fall from the pilot's escape hatch and roll frantically upon the ground very near the flames that were coming from the left engine. He appeared to be only semi-conscious as his efforts to save himself were rather undirected. By that time I was running again and only Art Hanna was ahead of me. I could see the man's clothes were on fire and began encouraging Hanna, who was carrying a coat on his arm, to hurry and attempt to smother the fire with his coat. I had left my shirt at the plane and was quite empty-handed. An ack-ack battery was set up nearer to the crash than we were and one of the boys had arrived on the scene and was trying uselessly to put the fire out with his hands while the poor fellow staggered and rolled, screaming for someone to put the fire out. I called to the ack-ack boy to use his coat, but he was too excited to hear me. All the while I was running as fast as I could and had overtaken Hanna. I could see now that it was the pilot's Mae West that was burning and as soon as I reached the spot I told the other boy to give me his coat, which I practically jerked off him. I used my pocket knife to cut off what was left of the burning Mae West. It was no time until the fire was out but the fellow was severely burned. His hair, eyes and nose were a white crisp. Soon the ambulance arrived and took him away. He was conscious and rational and I thought perhaps he would live, but I have heard several rumors that he died.

By the time we had finished, the plane was almost entirely in flames. However if others had arrived the same time we did I think someone could have been gotten out of the radio compartment. After it was all over it occurred to me that there might have been bombs in the plane. I do not feel that what I did was in any sense heroic or other than anyone else would have done, but I am pleased to think I had presence of mind enough to be of some assistance. There were some who did not go near because of the ammunition that was exploding. I went back this afternoon and saw a great many projectiles and cases that could have given one a nasty wound. The corpses of the other five men were lumped among the still burning ashes, all burned beyond recognition.”

Hanna, Arthur M., Sgt, engineering Seegmiller, Barnard H., Sgt, armament

Walsh, George F., 1Lt, pilot, 446th BS

 

15 May 44: 446th BS: War Diary of: McRae, James Arrington, 2Lt, bombardier (mission 31)

“Pre-briefed 0700 T.O. 0830 Pilot: Hurley CoPilot: Peterson

Ship # 549 Alt 9,800’ Bombs: 4-1000 # Demos Position: 1-4-1

Target: R.R. Bridge, 9 mi. SE Orvieto (42°38’ N - 12° 15’ E). Over target @ 1037, target observed on regular heading, did a 180 and bombed bridge with good results. No flak or fighters. Bad day, 2nd flight hit our alternate target – Elba. Sampson made a crash landing on Pianosa Isle. – all ok. Othick’s crew bailed out, believe all ok. Hodge’s had no brakes, ran off side of runway, landing gear collapsed – crew ok. G. Walsh came in with landing gear not fully retracted, crashed on runway, all of the crew killed, except George, he got thrown clear of plane but badly burnt, is expected to live. (Wilcox, Shellhamer, Lee, Thornton, Orechia).

Went to show, saw ‘Md. Curie’. Flying time 03:45 hrs.”

Hodges, Richard E., 1Lt, pilot Hurley, John R., 1Lt, pilot

Lee, Roy N., 2Lt, pilot Orechia, James R., T/Sgt, radio-gunner

Peterson, Frederick I., 2Lt, pilot Sampson, Allan T., Capt, pilot

Shellhamer, Lawrence, S/Sgt, engineer-gunner Thornton, Edward P., S/Sgt, gunner

Walsh, George F., 1Lt, pilot Wilcox, Harry B., Jr., 2Lt, bombardier

 

16 May 44: 446th BS: War Diary of: McRae, James Arrington, 2Lt, bombardier (mission 32)

“George Walsh died at 0035 hrs. this a.m. Scheduled on a mission today.

Pre-briefed 1000 T.O. 1110 Pilot: Hurley CoPilot: Peterson

Ship # 549 Alt 9,800’ Bombs: 4-1000 # Demos Position: 1-2-1

Target: RR Bridge at Foligno (42° 57’ N - 12° 42’ E). Over target 1255, no fighters or flak. Poor weather. Believe target hit, also some landed in the town. Geo. Walsh & crew buried this a.m. Sampson’s crew which bailed out all ok.

Sacked all afternoon. After supper Chudars & I finished a chest of drawers to hold our clothing, up late arranging our stuff. Looks pretty good. Flying time: 03:00 hrs.”

Chudars, James E., 2Lt, pilot Hurley, John R., 2Lt, pilot

Peterson, Frederick I., 2Lt, pilot Walsh, George F., 1Lt, pilot

On a personal note, George was a friend and Pilot/Co-Pilot to Lt John (NMI) "Jack" Fitzgerald. Jack's son John T Fitzgerald is editing/writing, adding diaries/Logs, Missions, Flight patterns and pictures to the 57th Bomb Wing, 321st Bomb Group Histories.

Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher and 319th and 321st Bomb Group Historian (2007-____ ) and 321st BG History Team Member with John T Fitzgerald and Patti Johnson.  (14 March, 2011)

Lt Roy Lee KIA 321stBG,446thBS, B-25 MTO

Corsica, France

ROY;

Lee, Roy N., 2Lt., Pilot, Enlistment Service # : 39085320   Officer's Service # : 752422    KILLED IN ACTION on 15 May 1944
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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946   Name: Roy N Lee  Birth Year: 1917 
Race: White, citizen (White)  Nativity State or Country: California   State of Residence: California  
County or City: Alameda   Enlistment Date: 5 Jan 1942  Enlistment State: California 
Enlistment City: Presidio of Monterey   Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 
Grade: Private  Code: Private  Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)  Source: Civil Life      
Education: 4 years of high school    Civil Occupation: Skilled mechanics and repairmen, motor vehicles 
Marital Status: Single, without dependents  Height: 69  Weight: 144  
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> California Birth Index, 1905-1995  Name: Roy Lee   Birth Date: 4 Oct 1917   Gender: Male    Mother's Maiden Name: Antonson   Birth County: Alameda
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> U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945   Name: Roy N Lee   Gender: Male    Race: White 
Religion: Protestant    Cemetery Name: California  Disposition: According to next of kin     
Service Branch: Army  Rank: Second Lieutenant    Service Number: 752422  
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> National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.   Registry~NARA~War Department Files   Honoree Hometown Service Source      Roy N. Lee Alameda, CA U.S. Army National Archives 
2 LT Roy N. Lee ID: O-752422   Branch of Service: U.S. Army    Hometown: Alameda, CA
Status: KIA

Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  321st BG Historian

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