MATURO, FRANCISCO, Technical Sergeant, # 12028333, USAAF

 

Francisco O. Maturo was born in 1923 in New York. He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 1341. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 August 1944 a B-25H, # 43-4605, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, Feni, Bengal, India, departed its airfield on a low level bombing mission to the railroad from Tentabin to Wunsho, Burma. It was disabled when it was hit by enemy ground fire. Those who reported its crash were 1stLt Carter O. Cooper, 0-794382, 2ndLt Kenneth R. Mang, 0-696117, and 2ndLt Arden Z. Oats, 0-672178. 1stLt Cooper reported that after they bombed and strafed, he saw a B-25 with its right engine on fire losing altitude. It hit trees, crashed and exploded about 4 miles northwest of Kanbalu. 2ndLt Mang reported that after attacking, he heard 1stLt Cooper say, “They’ve got one.” He turned and saw the explosion. 2ndLt Oats reported that he saw the fire aftermath and saw a wing with the American star insignia. Once recovered the remains of the crew (1stLt Lewis B. Hoagland, SSgt. Clarence O. Manny, TSgt. Francisco Maturo, Maj. Warren W. Sutton, & SSgt. George H. Wooodward) were buried together (four caskets with five indistinguishable remains) on 7 September 1949 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia (Sec. 34, Graves 4895, 4896).

 

WOODWARD, GEORGE H., Staff Sergeant, # 33193337, USAAF

 

Inadequate data was available to accurately identify this veteran If you wish to provide assistance, please use the contact page. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain the weapons (armorer) (except bombs) on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 August 1944 a B-25H, # 43-4605, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, Feni, Bengal, India, departed its airfield on a low level bombing mission to the railroad from Tentabin to Wunsho, Burma. It was disabled when it was hit by enemy ground fire. Those who reported its crash were 1stLt Carter O. Cooper, 0-794382, 2ndLt Kenneth R. Mang, 0-696117, and 2ndLt Arden Z. Oats, 0-672178. 1stLt Cooper reported that after they bombed and strafed, he saw a B-25 with its right engine on fire losing altitude. It hit trees, crashed and exploded about 4 miles northwest of Kanbalu. 2ndLt Mang reported that after attacking, he heard 1stLt Cooper say, “They’ve got one.” He turned and saw the explosion. 2ndLt Oats reported that he saw the fire aftermath and saw a wing with the American star insignia. Once recovered the remains of the crew (1stLt Lewis B. Hoagland, SSgt. Clarence O. Manny, TSgt. Francisco Maturo, Maj. Warren W. Sutton, & SSgt. George H. Wooodward) were buried together (four caskets with five indistinguishable remains) on 7 September 1949 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia (Sec. 34, Graves 4895, 4896).