671st BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Lewis Alexander Ashton

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  33464270

Prisoner Of War

671st Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 5-Feb-1923, Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania

Entered Military Service: Date: 26-Feb-1943 At: Wilkes Barre, PA
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 33464270

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 29-Sep-1944
N/A
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
Return Date: 23-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 23-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 41023

Died: 12-Dec-2003, Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry
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Obituary

Lewis A. Ashton, 80, Danville

DANVILLE - Lewis A. "Lew" Ashton, 80, of 1542 Continental Boulevard, died at 1:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2003 at Grandview Health Home, Danville, where he had been a patient for the past six days.

He was form Fec. 5, 1923, in Danville, a son of the late Edwin Curry Ashton and Elizabeth Mabel (Diehl) Ashston Fisher. He was married to the former Celia A. Traugh, who preceded him in death on Nov. 16, 1994.

He was a high school gradaute and served in the Army Air Force. He was a prisoner of war in Stalag Left 4, Germany, during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart after being wounded.

A carpenter in the trades, he served as a supervisor for carpentry on job sites.

He was a member of Danville-Mahoning Lodge No. 224 F&AM, Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Valley of Bloomsburg, Retired Public Employees of Pa, Chapter 13.

He was a life member of the Elks Lodge No. 754, Danville; Disabled American Vets, Catawissa; V.F.W. Post, Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Inc.

Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Dale (Florence) Pritts of Arizona, Mrs. Ray (Marian) Kerweel Jr. of Montgomery, Mrs. Basil (Alda) Miller of Liberty and Mrs. Kenneth (June) Davis of Danville; one brother, Harrison Keith Ashton of Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one stepson, Jame D. Shultz on July 22, 1995; three brothers, Edwin, Roy and Harold "Nick" Ashton; and two sisters, Vera Ashton and Vivian Whalen.

Private services will be held and Lew will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville.

The Danville News (Danville, PA), 16 Dec 2003, Tue, Page 2, Lewis A. Ashton Obituary, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/clip/53241319/obituary-for-lewis-a-lew-ashton/?xid=637 [subscription required] : accessed 11 June 2020)




MACR 9275 Details



Notes:
A/C loss Information not available. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Nickname of A/C: "Snooks"

Description:
Three planes, all from the 671st Bomb Sq (L), were knocked down, and almost simultaneously, at the target. All three were in the same flight. ... The plane piloted by Lt R.W. York with Staff Sergeants L.A. Ashton and H.J. Wilds as gunners was seen at the target, diving and losing altitude.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 149




Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
Baptism Record
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
30-Jun-1942
WW II Draft Registration
30-Jun-1942
L-R: SSgt Lewis Ashton, 1Lt Robert York, SSgt Harley Wilds
SSgt Lewis Ashton
MACR Capture document
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville Morning News
23-Oct-1944
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville Morning News
12-Dec-1944
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville Morning News
12-Dec-1944
Passenger List
23-May-1945
Passenger List
23-May-1945
Newspaper Clipping
Harrisburg Telegraph
01-Jun-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Daily Item
03-Jul-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville Morning News
03-Jul-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville Morning News
13-Oct-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Daily Item
27-Feb-1946
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville Morning News
27-Feb-1946
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville Morning News
19-Mar-1949
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville Morning News
19-Mar-1949
Veteran Compensation Application
Veteran Compensation Application
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville News
08-Apr-1986
Newspaper Clipping
The Danville News
03-May-1991
Newspaper Obituary
16-Dec-2003
Newspaper Obituary
The Danville News
16-Dec-2003
WW II Honoree
WW II Honoree
 
 
 
 
 
 



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