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Paul L. Dulmage

754th Bomber Squadron, 458th Bomber Group, Heavy

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces

Entered the Service from:

New York

Died:

6/17/1944

Grave Location:

Plot F, Row 27, Grave 31

SSgt. Paul Dulmage, who served in the 458thBombardment Group, was an outstanding athlete and star player on his high school’s football, basketball and baseball teams. In April 1942, at age 22, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a cadet. After training at radio gunnery school, he received the rating of sergeant and the wing (aircrew badge) of radio gunner and was deployed to the European Theater of Operations with the 754thBomber Squadron.

Standing left to right: Staff Sgt. Paul Dulmage, Jerome Caffey, William Rickert, Wesley Darden, Earl Dunaway, Max Detty.

Less than two weeks after D-Day, on June 17, 1944, the crew’s B-24 Liberator named “Miss Pat”,was bombing German defensive positions in Caen to open the way for British 1stCorps. The aircraft was hit by flak in the left wing root and burst into flames. The tail fell off, and one parachute dropped out of the wreckage.  The rest of the aircraft, burning fiercely, fell spinning to the ground. Dulmage was first reported Missing In Action but further information indicated that he was killed in the crash.

Dulmage would have flown a plane similar to the B-24 belonging to the 458th Bomber Group pictured above.

In his hometown of Watertown, N.Y., Dulmage Drive is named in his honor.

Awards: Purple Heart

Paul L. Dulmage is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot F, Row 27, Grave 31.