Rousseau, Scott D., S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF 940-Aerial Photographer-Gunner
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF 940, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
Service Years
1943 - 1944

Staff Sergeant



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Home State
Maine
Maine
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kennebec County, Maine
Last Address
B-17G "Miss Behaven"

Casualty Date
Jun 10, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Mediterranean Sea
Conflict
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Florence, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Tablets of the Missing

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AAF Aerial Gunner Wings

 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1943-1944, AAF 940, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
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Last Known Activity
Scott served as a Staff Sergeant on B-17G "Miss Behaven" (#42-37997), 775th Bomber Squadron, 463rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Kennebec County, Maine prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 11, 1943 in Portland, Maine. He was noted as being employed in the manufacture of textiles and also as Single, without dependents.

Scott was declared "Missing In Action" along with the entire crew of his B-17 near Mestre, Italy during the war. The aircraft was brought down by FLAK, crashing into the Adriatic Sea.

Crew:
1st Lt. Howard W. Smith, Pilot
2nd Lt. Frank Gilbert, CP-Navigator
SSgt. Joe Russo, Bombardier
Kent Polkinghorne, Flight engineer/top turret gunner
TSgt. George Wray, Radio Operator
SSgt. Scott Rousseau, Ball turret gunner
TSgt. Grover Jenkins, Waist gunner
Ssgt. Hugh Diggins, Waist gunner
John Palmer,Tail gunner
SSgt. Lloyd Upchurch, Gunner
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56366347

  Statement given by Staff Sgt. Jack Raille: "The first time I noticed Ship No. 48-37997, the whole right wing was leaking gas. There was a trail of black smoke from number 4 engine. I noticed the right wing burning and the plane fell out of formation. A few seconds later the right wing fell off and the ship exploded. I saw 5 chutes open, I believe these to have been blown out of the ship."
   
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Note:

Aircrew listed under Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 5846 for B-17G (#42-37997)

Crew photos:
http://waggonerstrail.blogspot.com/2017/

ith the 775th Bomb Squadron (H), 463rd Bomb Group (H), 5th Bomb Wing, 15th Air Force based out of Celone Army Air Base, near Foggia, Italy. The unit arrived on March 1944.

The bombing target for 10 June was the railroad marshalling yards at Mestre, Italy.

The crew were lost in the crash of their B-17G (tail number 42-37997) after it was was hit by AAA. The aircraft was seen to slide out of formation, black smoke observed to trail from the right #4 engine, roll over on its back and began to spin, when fire brok out in its right wing, causing the wing to break off and the ship to blow up.  Five chutes were seen, but believed by the eye witness to have been blown out of the aircraft. Theirs was the only aircraft lost on that day.

Believed that the ship went down off the coast of Venice in the Adriatic Sea.

Crew:
1st Lt. Howard W. Smith (pilot)
2nd Lt. Frank M. Gilbert (co-pilot)
SSgt. Joseph Russo (navigator)
2nd Lt. Kent Polkinghorne (bombardier)
TSgt. George H Wray (upter turret gunner)
SSgt. Scott T. Rousseau (LT)
TSgt. Grover C. Jenkins (radio operator)
SSgt. Hugh R. Diggins (right waist gunner)
SSgt. John M. Palmer (left waist gunner)
SSgt. Lloyd R. Upchurch (tail gunner)

No search and rescue attempts were made as the aircraft went down in enemy territory.
   
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