671st BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Sgt. Joseph E. Feistl

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  7021806

Killed In Action - Apr 23, 1944

671st Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 23-May-1920, Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Entered Military Service: Date: 27-Jan-1940 From: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Buried: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Plot A Row 10 Grave 42

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry     Overseas American Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission Memorial, Certificate
Find-A-Grave (1)     Find-A-Grave (2)

4 Local Men Reported Lost

Staff Sgt. Feistl Had Been With Air Corps Since January, 1940

Four men from this area have been reported missing in action, and another is a prisoner of war, the War Department announced over the week end.


Staff Sgt. Joseph E. Feistl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Feistl, 29 Wst First Street, Larksville.

Pvt Joseph P. Oravic, husband of Mrs. Angeline Oravick, 168 Hazle Street, city.

Tech. Sgt. Vincent J. Bowen, son of Charles W. Bowen, 113 Water Steet, Fairview.

Sgt. Harry E. Galagher, Jr., son of Mrs. Florence Gallagher, 201 North Grant Avenue, Scranton.

Prisoner of war:

Sgt. Leo Connors, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Connors, 7 Green Street, Ashley.

Staff Sgt. Feistl has been missing since April 23 when he participated in a raid over France. He will be 24 years old on May 23.

Sgt. Feistl attended Larksville High School and enlisted in the Air Corps on January 27, 1940. He was trainged at Fort Slocum and later was assigned to Panama for two years. On the outbreak of the war he was transferred to the Dutch West Indies, where he was awarded the Air Medal.

From there he was sent to Dakar, Tunis and Algiers and in July, 1943, he flew from Dakar to Brownsville, Tex., and had his first furlough in three and one-hald years. He was in this country until February when he was sent to England as a turret gunner on a Fortress.

Recently he was wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Sgt. Connnors, missing since February 25, is a prisoner of war of the German Government. He is an aerial gunnner and was listed as missing while bombing German objectives. He has been in the Army Air Corps for five years.

Pvt. Oravic, Sgt. Gallagher and Tech Sgt. Bowen are missing in the European area, the War Department announced.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Plane was hit in turret section of fuselage by direct flak burst

For the first time the crews saw one of their own planes broken in half by flak over the target. The crew, 2nd Lt. Joseph T. Schouten, S/Sgt. Robert R. Williamson, and Sgt. Joseph E. Feistl, are all listed as "Missing in Action".
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 4095 and Mission # 26

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
The Wilkes-Barre Record (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) 08 May 1944, Mon Page 5
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, the Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) 29 Apr 1944, Sat Page 12
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
Headstone Memorial
WW II Service Compensation Application
WW II Service Compensation Application
WW II Service Compensation Application
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
National World War II Memorial Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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