August 16, 2015

The Last Man

The last American combat death in WWII occurred on August 18, 1945, when two US Army Air Corps bombers were attacked by Japanese fighters. The bombers were on a mission to verify Japanese compliance with the terms of the cease fire which the Emperor had announced on August 15th.
Sergeant Anthony J. Marchione—a 20-year-old aerial gunner in the U.S. Army Air Forces—bled to death in a bullet-riddled B-32 Dominator bomber in the clear, bright skies above Tokyo. The young man from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, has the dubious distinction of being the last U.S. service member to die in combat in World War II.
American GI's were still being killed a year or more after the war ended, but these deaths were caused by rouge guerrilla units/individuals who refused to surrender.

The B-32 is not widely known as an American combat aircraft as were the B-17, B-24 and the B-29 bombers.

The Consolidated B-32 Dominator (Consolidated Model 34) was a heavy bomber made for United States Army Air Forces during World War II, and had the distinction of being the last Allied aircraft to be engaged in combat during World War II. It was developed in parallel with the Boeing B-29 Superfortress as a fallback design should the B-29 prove unsuccessful. The B-32 only reached units in the Pacific during mid-1945, and subsequently only saw limited combat operations against Japanese targets before the end of the war. Most of the extant orders of the B-32 were cancelled shortly thereafter and only 118 B-32 airframes of all types were built.


LL said...

That I did not know.

I watched the video. Did the same narrator appear in EVERY news real of WW2?

sig94 said...

LL -I guess so. He narrated like it was his job....

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Interesting info to be sure. What caught my eye / attention in the video was actually at it's start - "North America".

Not incorrect geographically but I was unaware that the term, when describing US moves, armement and/or equipment during this war was used? Granted Canada was an allie but still under British control and to be sure, as historians agree, much distrust between the US and Britain was very real stemming from history and the eventualities at the end of WW1, albeit set aside.

Just seeking info as to the wording is all.