Drake, Euel T.

Date of birth:
October 26th, 1923 (Vinemont/Alabama, United States)
Date of death:
March 23rd, 1945
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Service number 14108227.

Euel T. Drake was killed on 23rd March 1945 during a mission to Brunswick on board of the Boeing B-17 42-39985, "Dutchess of Fubar". The plane was attacked by a group of about 20 Focke Wulff Fw 190 fighters near Rengershausen, Germany. Sergeant Drake was killed by granade fire in his turret (belley turret). The plane was shot down. Of the crew of 10, Drake and sergeant Weltzien were killed. The others were taken prisoner of war after they were able to exit the plane with their parachute.
At first Drakes body was buried at the cemetery of Rengershausen, but on 4th June 1945 his body was reinterred at the Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands, Plot K, Row 17, Grave 4.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
730th Bomber Squadron, 452nd Bomber Group
Details:
This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Purple Heart

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