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MADSEN, Howard W

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MADSEN, Howard Walter

Servicenumber: O-688598





Age: 23
Born: 19 October 1920, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 
Hometown: Collingdale, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Family: Otto Madsen (father)
Anna (Skievensen) Madsen (mother)
Paul V. Madsen (brother)
Mervin Madsen (brother)
Mable (Von Zech) Madsen (wife) 
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Function: Bombardier 
Division – Transport:
Company – Squadron: 364th Bomber Squadron
Unit – Group: 305th Bomber Group, Heavy
Plane data: (Serialnumber, MACR, etc.) Serialnumber: 42-40020
Type: B-17G
Destination: Frankfurt, Germany
Mission: Ball Bearing Factory
MACR: 2492 
Date of death: 8 February 1944
Status: FOD/KIA 
Place of death: Near Lassigny, France 
Spot: Not available 
Awards: Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot C, Row 14, Grave 23
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Ardennes
Other information:

2nd Lt Howard W. Madsen volunteered for the U.S. Army in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 11 September 1942.

A graduate of Collingdale High School, class of 1941, where he was active in musical circles and in the student council, he received his training at Camp Barkley, Texas; Fitzsimmons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado and at Greensville, Pennsylvania. He embarked from the United States for Europe in November.
As a member of an Infantry Medical Battalion of a famed armored division, he had seen action in the front lines retrieving wounded soldiers and taking them to hospitals several hundred yards from the front. Prior to entering the Army he was employed by the Guld Refining Company and at the Sharp and Dohme Laboratories, Glenolden, as a laboratory technician.

Statement from Capt George K. Schubert:
"Aircraft seemed to be aborting and something else happened, could have been fighters or flak. No. 2 and No. 3 engines were smoking. One ME-109 was on his tail."

2nd Lt Madsen was first buried at Temporary American Military Cemetery St. Andre Evreux, France Block J, Row 3, Grave 55.

His Pvt brother Paul V. Madsen was killed in action in Belgium on 27 December 1944 and is buried at Mount Zion Cemetery in Collingdale, Pa.

Source of information: Peter Schouteten, Astrid van Erp,,, - WWII Enlistment Record, - Headstone and Interment Record / 1940 Census / Virginia Marriage Records, - WWII Registration Draft Card, - Delaware County Daily Times

Photo source: Peter Schouteten


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