Theodore “Ted” Griffith Martin was born on 29 September 1922 at Chattanooga, Tenn. to George William Martin and Ella Inez Griffith
He Died non Battle 26 December 1944 at Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

Second Lieutenant Martin served with the 379th Base Unit at Coffeyville Army Airfield,

He was killed, along with two other airmen,when F-10 (B-25) Mitchell #41-29926 crashed while landing at Lunken Field, Cincinnati, Ohio. Two other crewmembers, T/Sgt Edward P. Singer and  Sgt Louis E. Heywood were killed in the crash and six crew members were injured slightly.
The pilot was Capt. Thomas Lambie, Wyoming, Ohio and the Co-pilot Lt. Eugene C. Stano, Detroit.
An army officer telephoned Lt. Martin’s mother soon after the crash and notified her of the death of the young Chattanooga flier. He said the plane was on a training flight and that it crashed into an obstruction at the edge of Cincinnati’s Lunken Field and almost immediately caught fire. He said Lt. Martin’s body will be brought to Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 30 December 1944
Funeral services for Lt. Theodore (Ted) G. Martin, who was killed in an airplane accident Dec. 26 in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be held from the Asbury Methodist Church. Interment will be in Forest Hills Cemetery with full military honors.

A former student at Chattanooga High School where he was band leader for two years. Lt. Martin also attended the University of Chattanooga. At the time of his entry into the army he was a student at the University of Michigan. He received his wings and commission at Luke Field, Ariz., in June of 1944. He was a member of the Ashbury Methodist Church and Delta Chi fraternity.
He is survived by his parents and several uncles and aunts.

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 29 September 1922
  • Date of death: 26 December 1944
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 379th Base Unit
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Forest Hills Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Top Panel
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