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 Staff Sgt. Orlo A. Montgomery

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PostSubject: Staff Sgt. Orlo A. Montgomery   Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:04 am

Name: Orlo A. Montgomery
Rank: S/Sgt.
Serial # 17089122
Hometown: Denver County, Colorado.
Crew Position: Radio Operator
Carrier Group: 61st
Squadron: 14th
Plane Type: C-47
Plane serial # 42-23638
Memorialized: Tablets of the Missing, Normandy American Cemetery Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

S/Sgt Montgomery was wounded in the plane and believed to be dying. 2nd Lt. Hendry(Navigator) recalled that Montgomery was holding on to his trouser leg, but by the time they bailed out his arms were limp. 1st Lt. Hitztaler (Pilot) was the last to exit the ship. He did not see anyone when he bailed out. However, Hitztaler went out the escape hatch so it is unlikely he could have seen Montgomery. Montgomery's body was found in the wreckage and buried but his grave was not marked properly, hence the MIA listing.

MIA 6/6/44



The missing aircrew report can be viewed here: MACR
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