|Lt. Joseph Metzger was a B-25 co-pilot in the 447th Bombardment Squadron in Italy.|
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Joseph Earl Metzger never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on June 18, 1918 in Ohio. His parents Jacob and Anna were also both born in Ohio. His father worked as a window trimmer. Joseph had an older sister.
Joseph enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 4, 1939. He achieved the rank of second lieutenant and co-pilot in the 447th Bombardment Squadron, 321st Bombardment Group, 12th Air Force which was equipped with B-25 Mitchells. This unit bombed operational targets from North Africa, to Italy and the Balkans.
On April 28, 1944 Lt. Metzger was part of a seven ship mission to bomb the railroad bridge at Orvieto, Italy. The bombers avoided any enemy fighters but a flak shell killed Lt. Metzger. He was the only casualty on that mission.
His grave is at St. Johns Cemetery, Canton, Ohio.
Last year on this date I profiled B-24 bombardier Adolph Ornstein and the actor Richard Boone. You can read about Adolph here.
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