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Frederick O. Briggs

553rd Bomber Squadron, 386th Bomber Group, Medium

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces

Entered the Service from:

Maine

Died:

7/28/1944

Grave Location:

Plot G, Row 12, Grave 30

1st Lt. Frederick Briggs, on the far left, with the crew of his B-26.

1stLt. Frederick O. Briggs was born in 1918 in Caribou, Maine, to Murray and Velva Briggs. He married Adeline Hedrich on January 1, 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Army nine months later. In June 1943, the 553rdBomber Squadron, flying B-26 Marauder medium bombers, was reassigned to the European Theater of Operations, based at an airfield in Great Dunmow, England. They were engaged in tactical bombardment of enemy targets in German-occupied Europe.

Two Martin B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group cross the French coast during one of their first missions.
Bombs dropped by B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group explode on their target at Dieppe, France during a raid on April 14, 1944.

On July 28, 1944, Briggs and his crew were returning from a mission over the continent to their home base when their aircraft collided with an attacking German FW-190 fighter. Their B-26 went down near Lessard-et-le-Chene, France and Briggs was killed in the crash. He was 26 years old. 

A B-26 Marauder of the 386th Bomb Group bombs railway installations in Normandy during the summer of 1944.

Awards: Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

Frederick O. Briggs is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot G, Row 12, Grave 30.