WWII KIA B-25 Engineer/Gunner, 321st Bomb Group

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Delore Elvin Monroe, KIA 22 Jan'44 Italy, 321st BG, 447th BS


S/Sgt Delore Monroe lived at Route 1, Stockton, Kansas at Enlistment.  He was an Engineer/Aerial Gunner in the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber in the 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron in the MTO.  Delore was KIA over the Target.

22 Jan. 1944 War Diary;  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 # :37333280 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.

--U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946


--U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945   Name: Delore E Monroe;  Gender: Male;  Race: White;  religion: Protestant   Cemetery Name: Nettuno (Permanent Cemetery), Nettuno, Italy  Grave number: J 15 51  Disposition: According to next of kin  Service Branch: Army; Rank: Staff Sergeant; Service Number: 37333280

--World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas; Name: Delore E Monroe; Inducted From: Kansas; Rank: Staff Sergeant; Combat Organization: 447th Bomber Squadron 321st Bomber; Death Date: 22 Jan 1944; Monument: Sicily & Rome, Italy; Last Known Status: Buried;  U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal

--National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.Registry~NARA~War Department Files Honoree Hometown Service Source Delore E. Monroe Rooks County, KS U.S. Army  National Archives    S SG Delore E. Monroe   ID: 37333280 Branch of Service: U.S. Army Hometown: Rooks County, KS Status: KIA

-- National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.  Registry~NARA~War Department Files Honoree Hometown Service Source     Delore E. Monroe KS U.S. Army Air Forces ABMC Cemeteries  Delore E. Monroe   ID: 37333280 Entered the Service From: Kansas Rank: Staff Sergeant Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 447th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group, Medium Died: Saturday, January 22, 1944 Buried at: Sicily-Rome American Cemetery   Location: Nettuno, Italy Plot: J Row: 15 Grave: 51;  Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart 

--from:  SSgt Delore E Monroe Birth:  unknown Death:  Jan. 22, 1944  Entered the service from Kansas.  Burial: Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial Nettuno, Lazio, Italy World Tree;  Delore Elvin Monroe;  Birth:  1922 - Kansas;  Death:  22 Jan 1944 - Italy

   Parents:  James Daniel Monroe, Blanche Holloway;  Military: Inducted 19 August 1942,   Army 37333280 Registered, order # 10109 Stockton, Rooks Co. (Board # 1) MONROE, DELORE E.  37333280 SSGT  KIA  --

Census Date:  1925/Rooks County Kansas;  Household Member(s):    Blanch M Monroe, 26 Yr.  Head of Household - Madaline Monroe, 4 Yr. Daughter and  Delore Monroe 3 Yr. Son


Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st Bomb Group Historian, 57th Bomb Wing

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