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Finleyville in Washington County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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By Mike Wintermantel, April 13, 2013
1. Citation: Marker
Inscription. "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty against the enemy in connection with a bombing mission over enemy occupied Europe on 20 February 1944. The aircraft on which Sergeant Mathies was serving as engineer and ball turret gunner was attacked by a squadron of enemy fighters with the result that the co-pilot was killed outright, the pilot wounded and rendered unconscious, the radio operator wounded and the plane severely damaged. Nevertheless Sergeant Mathies and other members of the crew managed to right the plane and fly it back to their home station, where they contacted the control tower and reported the situation. Sergeant Mathies and the navigator volunteered to attempt to land the plane. Other members of the crew were ordered to jump, leaving Sergeant Mathies and the navigator aboard. After observing the distressed aircraft from another plane, Sergeant Mathies' commanding officer decided the damaged plane could not be landed by the inexperienced crew and ordered them to abandon it and parachute to safety. Demonstrating unsurpassed courage and heroism, Sergeant Mathies and the navigator replied that the pilot was still alive but could not be moved and they would not desert him. They were then told to attempt a landing. After two unsuccessful efforts the plane crashed in an open
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By Mike Wintermantel, April 13, 2013
2. Citation: Marker
field in a third attempt to land. Sergeant Mathies, the navigator and the pilot were killed.

(signed) Franklin D. Roosevelt
 
Erected 1969 by Peters Creek Historical Society, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 14.962′ N, 80° 1.075′ W. Marker is in Finleyville, Pennsylvania, in Washington County. Marker is on Venetia Road 0.1 miles west of McClelland Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the entrance to Finleville Cemetery, where Archibald Mathies is buried. Marker is in this post office area: Finleyville PA 15332, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mingo Creek Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Cincinnati Mine Disaster (approx. 2 miles away); James Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Fort Cox or Coxes Station (approx. 2.9 miles away); Monongahela (approx. 5.1 miles away); Jackie Ormes (approx. 5 miles away); a different marker also named Monongahela (approx. 5 miles away); Yohogania Courthouse (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Finleyville.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Archibald Mathies grave image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 13, 2013
3. Archibald Mathies grave
In Finleyville Cemetery
Sergeant Mathies' Medal of Honor stone image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 13, 2013
4. Sergeant Mathies' Medal of Honor stone
The Eighth Air Force Historical Society
The Pennsylvania Chapter
Honors one of its own
WWII
Medal of Honor Recipients
S.Sgt. Archibald Mathies
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 13, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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