2/Lt. Lawrence J. Berry
338th FS - 21 April 1944 - 05 July 1944 (Killed in Action)
|Score Detail||14 June 1944 Me-109 destroyed (air) Paris|
Born in 1920
28 August 1941 - Enlisted in FT Hayes Columbus, Ohio
Serial no. at Enlistment - 15069920
Home of Record - Toledo, OH
21 April 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
08 June 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
24 June 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
05 July 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 06563
2/Lt. James L. Gerry reported: "I was flying Lt. Berry's wing as Acorn Red 4. We had just strafed a flak tower and pulled up to approximately 600 feet. Lt. Berry saw two gun emplacements side by side at the intersection of two roads off to the left of our course. He did a wing over and came down on them. We both got good hits and as he passed over the target his left engine burst into flames. We were going 300 I.A.S. or better and he stayed at approximately 100 feet or less over the ground on a straight and level course. As he skidded into the ground the left wing came off, then the tail and the entire ship seemed to fall apart and burst into flames. Lt. Berry couldn't possibly have gotten out, although, I did not see the ship come to a complete stop. This took place at approximately 1025 hours, 5 July 1944, about two miles south of Parthenay, France."
German J-1568 reported: "Lightning downed at 1025 over Airfield, Fontenay Le Comte. Pilot, Lawrence J. Berry recovered dead. Aircraft burned 99%. Markings on aircraft couldn't be ascertained. Personal papers of the dead are burned too. Rest of the salvage effects (maps, money, photos) will be sent separately to Office of Appraisal of values, West Oberursel. Place, grave location, date of interment will be reported later."
Lt. Berry was buried on 08 July 44, in the morning, in the cemetery, Notre Dame, of the city of Fontenay Le Comte. He is now buried in Toledo, Ohio.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble
22 July 1944 - (Posthumously) Awarded a 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
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