668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. Lucian James ("Screws") Siracusa

Pilot,  O-797730

Prisoner Of War

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 22-May-1920, Manhattan, New York City, New York

Entered Military Service: Date: 19-Mar-1942 At: New York City, NY
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 12053197

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 27-May-1944
Captured: 27-May-1944, Bertangles, By: Field Gendarmery Unit 467
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
Return Date: 29-Apr-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 2-Jul-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 114832

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry




MACR 5033 Details



Notes:
A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Plane hit by flak while on bomb run. Last seen flying north from Amiens, Fr., with right engine on fire. Plane loosing altitude.

Description:
The majority of box 1 dropped on the No. 4 plane [Lt Siracusa], which, having received a direct hit by flak, salvoed its Bombs 10 seconds before the point for release. Six chutes were seen to come out of the planes flown by Lt Guillon and Lt Siracusa. ... The four crews were: Lt Allen W. Gullion Jr., S/Sgt Grady F. Cope, and S/Sgt Gerald L. Coffey; Lt Lucien J. Siracusa, S/Sgt James M. Hume, and S/Sgt Floyd E. Brown; Lt Harry E. Hewes, S/Sgt Joseph F. Kasper, and S/Sgt Harold E. Boyer; Lt Tommie J. Simms, S/Sgt Julius C. Williamson, and S/Sgt Harry W. Larsen. ... As the chutes from Lt Gullion's and Lt Siracusa's planes floated down, it was reported that light flak was fired at the parachutists from 8000 feet to the ground.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 58




Photos and Documents
Birth Index
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
01-Jul-1941
WW II Draft Registration
01-Jul-1941
Newspaper Clipping
The Record
02-Nov-1942
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Newspaper Clipping
The Record
24-Feb-1943
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MACR Capture document
POW Photos. Identified as Lucian Siracusa by Donna Cox Hill, ww2buddies.com
Newspaper Clipping
The Record
09-Jun-1944
Newspaper Clipping
The Courier News
10-Jul-1944
Newspaper Clipping
The Record
11-Jun-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Record
11-Jun-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Record
09-Jul-1945
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Veteran Voices
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Slidell-Independent
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nola.com
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Times-Picayune




See also:
Siracuse, James
Video interview posted at The Digital Collection of The National World War II Museum


L. James Siracuse – "I KNEW I Wasn’t Coming Back",
Posted by LadyGuice on July 12, 2015, Veteran Voices On-Line
(PDF)
Video clip of Mr. Jim telling about his flight training
Posted by LadyGuice on July 12, 2015, Veteran Voices On-Line


Mandeville man survived horrific conditions as POW in World War II, proud American for 96 years
By Kevin Chiri, July 3, 2016, The Slidell Independent On-Line
(PDF)

Decorated WWII veteran receives POW medal 75 years after he was shot down over France
By Sara Pagones, Apr 5, 2019, TheAdvocate.com On-Line
(PDF)

Shot down over France, North Shore WWII flyer gets POW Medal 75 years later
Bob Warren, Published Apr 5, 2019, The Times-Picayune On-Line
(PDF)

Scalise: This D-Day, We Remember the Heroes of World War II
Congressman Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) Press Release, Published June 6, 2019, The Times-Picayune
(PDF)



See Also:
Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports
POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
POW/E&E Sources, References, Resources