553rd Bomber Squadron, 386th Bomber Group, Medium
Plot G, Row 12, Grave 30
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.
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.
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.