1/Lt. Vernie B. Greenamyre


(B. Littlefield)

1/Lt. Vernie B. Greenamyre

38th FS - 13 February 1944 - 16 June 1944 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J CG- "Margie Dwaine" (F. Birtciel)

Mission History

48 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
51 24 February 1944 Gotha (Blue 2)
52 25 February 1944 Augsburg (Yellow 2)
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes Born in Brunswick, Nebraska on 17th March 1921
Known as 'Doc'
ASN - O-1541910
13 February 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
March 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
April 1944 - Awarded first Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
13 May 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
29 May 1944 - Appointed Assistant Operations Officer
May 1944 - Awarded second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
May 1944 - Awarded third Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
16 June 1944 -  Hit by flak near Amiens and made prisoner of war (MACR No. 05940) whilst flying P-38J no. 43-28423
1/Lt. Robert A. Rosenburgh reported: "I was flying White number three in Hellcat squadron on a bombing mission to France.  Due to the weather conditions we were unable to bomb our primary target so we proceeded to pick out targets of opportunity.  We found a road with a tank and truck convoy on it which we proceeded to bomb and strafe.  As I pulled up from my bomb run and turned to the right I saw Lt. Greenamyre's plane pouring smoke from the right engine, and then burst into flame.  He at once put the plane in a slight dive and the flame seemed to disappear, but smoke continued to pour out.  At about one thousand feet he left the plane, his parachute opened and I saw him hit the ground."

Passed away on 22 August 2007 in Fort Leavenworth, KS

Awards
Memories Vernie Greenamyre tells his short story: "I was shot down on my 48th mission in a P-38 while strafing and skip bombing ahead of the invasion troops on 16 June 1944.  I was a member of Center Compound, Stalag III and released from Moosburg, Stalag VII (A)."
   

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