Named WW2 KIA Air Medal – Strauss
Poignant Named WW2 KIA Air Medal (George F. Strauss). Posthumous government hand engraved with name “S.SGT./GEORGE F./STRAUSS/A. C.“. Air Medal is slot brooch. Includes case.
*Artifact(s) come(s) with a packet of printed research paperwork related to George F. Strauss – including (where available) subject’s general vital statistics/subject’s military records/additional insights into subject’s military service. [Please note that this research was performed exclusively by/for Magi Militaria utilizing subscription-based archives, database resources, and other various internet searchable sources – included research may contain records from U.S. government archives, but the information furnished in this packet was not produced via NARA/NPRC information request.]
According to our research, Technical Sergeant George Frederick Strauss (ASN: 33553900), a native of Maryland, served as an Aerial Engineer with the 868th Bombardment Squadron, 43rd Bombardment Group, 13th Air Force during WW2. Strauss’ documented date of death is January 14, 1945, and period newspaper articles state that he was killed in action on a 13th Air Force bomber – along with the entire crew of the bomber he was on – during his 23rd mission. One specific article mentions that he was killed in a plane crash on or around Pitu Airfield on the island of Morotai in the South Pacific.