POMFRET, Joseph

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POMFRET, Joseph

Servicenumber: O-810214

 

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Age: Not available
Born: 1923, Massachusetts
Hometown: Bristol County, Massachusetts
Family: Joseph Pomfret (father)
Audrey E. Pomfret (mother)
Richard Pomfret (brother)
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Function: Co-Pilot
Regiment: -
Battalion: -
Division – Transport: -
Company – Squadron: 715th Bomber Squadron
Unit – Group: 448th Bomber Group, Heavy
Plane data:
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
Serialnumber: 42-100356
Type: B-24
MACR: 5020
Date of death: 1 April 1944
Status: MIA
Place of death: English Channel, 15 Miles off Dunkirk
Spot: Not available
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Tablets of the Missing
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Ardennes
Biography: -
Other information:

Our ship, 42-100356, was hit by flak while passing over Dunkirk, France on our return from the target. We crashed in the English Channel 15 miles off Dunkirk, France at 1357 hours, 1 April. Two life rafts were floated.
Lt Pomfret, Co-Pilot, was dazed and though clear of the wreckage was unable to reach a raft. Lt Peter A. Wermert, Navigator removed his shoes and swam out to Lt Pomfret. Lt Wermert who himself was injured managed to hold his Co-Pilot above the water for a short time but had to release his hold as he was rapidly losing his strength. This is the last we saw of Lt Pomfret. It is believed that he may have been carried under by the wreckage of the ship.
Sgt Nissen was delirious and half-drowned when we pulled him on the life raft. We did all we could for him under the adverse conditions on the raft. After approximately three hours, Sgt Nissen bitt off the tip of his tongue and shortly thereafter stopped breathing. Artificial respiration at this time failed to revive him. After approximately four hours from the time he drew his last breath, prayers were said and with the consent of all remaining crew members, Sgt Nissen was buried at sea.
Those of us remaining were picked up by a fishing boat, off Dover, England at 1000 hours 3 April 1944 and taken to the hospital at Folkestone, England.
Statement from Robert P. Burkhartsmeier, 2nd Lt, Air Corps, Bombardier, A/C 42-100356.


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