STAFF SERGEANT MARTIN FRANCIS TROY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

April 12, 1912 (Norwalk, CT) – June 30, 1944; 22 years old; married to the former Gracie Merrill Sugden July 31, 1936 in Pound Ridge, NY
Last local address: 32 Harbor Ave, Norwalk
Enlisted on February 2, 1943
460TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 760TH BOMBER SQUADRON

Awarded the Air Medal (3 times) and the Purple Heart Medal.

From The Norwalk Hour March 30, 1945

Staff Sergeant Martin F. Troy, 33, husband of Grace M. Troy of 102 Harbor Avenue, and son of John L. Troy Sr., of 104 Harbor Avenue, an aerial gunner on a B-24 bomber, was killed in action on a bombing mission in Austria on June 30, 1944, the date on which he was previously reported by the War Department as missing in action. News of Staff Sergeant Troy’s death was received yesterday by his wife, the former Miss Grace Sugden from the War Department. Staff Sergeant Troy, who had been in the service about two years at the time of his death, had been on 38 successful missions and had received the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He was a Norwalk High School graduate and was with Machlett Laboratories at the time of his induction. Mrs. Troy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Sugden Sr. of 288 Ely Avenue. Staff Sergeant Troy is also survived by two brothers, John L. Troy Jr., of Lake Avenue, and Joseph A. Troy, of Devon Avenue; and three sisters, Mrs. Thomas A. Moriarty of 30 Merwin Street, Mrs. Julia Wilcox and Miss Florence Troy of 104 Harbor Avenue.

From several sources: Staff Sgt. Martin F. Troy of Norwalk, Connecticut was found among the wreck of a B-24H “Liberator” bomber #41-29291 in the village of Nemesvita, about 110 miles southwest of Budapest, the capital. He was shot down over Hungary during World War II have been recovered and will be repatriated. Troy was the tail gunner on the bomber nicknamed “Miss Fortune,” which was returning from a mission in Germany to its base in Italy. Troy’s aircraft and three others flew into bad weather and were shot down by German Messerschmitt 110s over western Hungary on June 30, 1944. The plane crashed beside Lake Balaton. The airplane, nicknamed “Miss Liberty” was returning to its base in Italy. Seven of the crewmembers parachuted to safety where they were captured by enemy forces and subsequently released. Three crewmen died in the crash and the remains for two of them were eventually recovered and identified. After 63 years of being listed as ‘killed in action – body not recovered’ he was finally brought home to his family in 2007 and burial took place in November 2008.

Airmen who perished on B-24H #41-29291:

Troy, Martin F ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CT
Waits, Rube J, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, GA
Wheeler, Ralph F ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ

Overview: In the vicinity of the Tapolca Memorial Park in the center of Tapolca, Hungary. Monument: A loosely formed dark stone stele bearing the seal of the US Army. Two American bombers from the 460th Bomb Group got shot down in bad weather over Tapolca on 30 June 1944: A B-24G 42-78258 MACR #6809 and a B-24H 41-29291 MACR #6394. The memorial has Hungarian text and the names of the aviators.
Monument Text: “A ILVILAGHABORUBAN TAPOLCAN ELESETT AMERIKAI KATONAK.” Approximate translation: Tapolca remembers fallen American soldiers
Commemorates:
People:
Hopa J. Arthur, Baylor N. Edvin, Howard S. Gales, Steve A. Narushok, Molson H. Schampin, Howard E. Sexton, Martin F.  Troy, Rube Waits, Richard H. Whitaker

Units:
15th Air Force, 460th Bomb Group, Heavy, 760th Bomber Squadron, 460th Bomber Group – Heavy, 762nd Bomber Squadron, 460th Bomber Group – Heavy, United States Air Force

Wars / Battle:
WWII / Operation Dakota

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/GTs8iL4ihR598yH68

Buried at Arlington National Cemetery; Section 60, Plot 8601.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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