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Moses Joseph Gatewood, Jr. AKA. "MoJo"
Aircraft commander of the "Holy Moses"

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"MoJo" enjoying a well deserved and productive R&R.

"MoJo" enjoying a well deserved and productive R&R with his
brother Dr. T. Schley Gatewood stateside.


Moses J. Gatewood, Pilot; W. Blatchford, Bomb/Nav; R. Haymond, Co-Pilot. Front row left to right - W. Snyder, Engineer/Gunner; William T. O'Brien, Radio Op/Gunner; L. Hughes, Tail Gunner.


Picture taken sometime in the Spring 1944. Back row left to right - Moses J. Gatewood, Pilot; W. Blatchford, Bomb/Nav; R. Haymond, Co-Pilot. Front row left to right - W. Snyder, Engineer/Gunner; William T. O'Brien, Radio Op/Gunner; L. Hughes, Tail Gunner.

"GATEWOOD WAS A U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY GRADUATE, CLASS OF JANUARY 1943. ASSIGNED TO 9TH AIR FORCE, 397TH BOMB GROUP, 597TH SQUADRON AS AIRCRAFT COMMANDER OF A B-26 MARTIN MARAUDER MEDIUM BOMBER NAMED 'HOLY MOSES'. WHILE FLYING ANOTHER AIRCRAFT, THE 'MAMA LIZ', HE WAS SHOT DOWN ON JUNE 24, 1944 OVER WEST SUBURBS OF PARIS SUPPORTING OPERATION OVERLORD. ESCAPED TO SPAIN VIA FRENCH UNDERGROUND AND RETURNED TO BASE IN ENGLAND WITH A NEW CODE SYSTEM FORWARDED BY FRENCH OPERATIVES FOR COMMUNICATING WITH THE FRENCH RESISTANCE. LATER RECOMMENDED FOR A SILVER STAR FOR THIS 2 MONTH EXTENDED MISSION. Remainder of crew were captured and remained POWs till end of war."

 


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