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1ST LT THOMAS E. MURPHY - ORIGINAL 100TH PILOT
CREW #22   A/C #42-5864  "PICCADILLY LILY"  PROBABLY THE 100TH MOST FAMOUS A/C

1ST LT THOMAS E. MURPHY P KIA 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT MARSHALL F. LEE CP KIA 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT CHARLES C. SARABUN NAV POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT FLOYD C. PETERSON BOM POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT JOHN J. EHLEN TTE POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT ALBERT C. DAVIS WG CPT 4 OCT 43 HANAU
SGT EMMETT H. EVANS ROG CPT 4 OCT 43 HANAU
S/SGT CLEVELAND D. JARVIS BTG TRANSFERRED TO ARMAMENT JULY 1943
S/SGT MICHAEL ROTZ WG POW 28 MAY 44 MADGEBURG
S/SGT GERALD O. ROBINSON TG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN

ALBERT DAVIS AND EMMETT EVANS, HAVING COMPLETED TOURS WERE REPLACED ON THE 8 OCT 43 BREMEN MISSION BY DERRELL PIEL (ROG OF CREW #26) AND ELDER DICKERSON THE REGULAR WG OF CREW #25. BOTH PIEL AND DICKERSON (ON HIS 25TH MISSION) WERE KILLED BY FLAK. JARVIS'S PLACE IN THE BALL TURRET WAS TAKEN BY S/SGT REED A. HUFFORD WHO BECAME A POW. MICHAIL ROTZ, HAVING BEEN HOSPITALIZED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A JEEP/TRUCK ACCIDENT WAS REPLACED BY S/SGT AARON A. DAVID, WHO WAS KILLED. THERE IS CONFUSION AS TO WHETHER DAVID WAS BLOWN OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT A CHUTE OR HIS CHUTE FAILED TO OPEN.

THIS CREW LED THE 100TH ON THE MISSION TO BREMEN AND CAPT ALVIN L. BARKER. 351ST OPERATIONS OFFICER, FLEW IN THE RIGHT SEAT. MARSHALL LEE THE REGULAR CO-PILOT FLEW AS BTG TO ISSUE REPORTS TO MURPHY AND BARKER. LEE WAS APPARENTLY KILLED AFTER LEAVING THE BALL TURRET IN HOPES OF RENDERING AID TO THE TWO PILOTS, BOTH OF WHOM WERE ALSO KILLED.

SOON AFTER BOMB RELEASE THE PICCADILLY LILY WAS HIT BY FLAK NEAR THE NAVIGATORS STATION CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE FLIGHT DECK AREA AS WELL. THIS SHELL OR OTHERS STARTED A FIRE IN THE #3 ENGINE AND DESTROYED THE SHIPS OXYGEN SYSTEM. WITNESSES INDICATE THE LILY ENTERED A NEAR VERTICAL NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AND EXPLODED WITH ONLY FOUR CHUTES OBSERVED. 

ON 15 OCT 43 AT THE POST CEMETERY, WESERMUENDE, GERMANY, THE REMAINS OF MURPHY, BARKER, LEE, PIEL AND DICKERSON WERE INTERRED IN GRAVES #103 THROUGH 3107. 

THE PICCADILLY LILY WAS IMMORTALIZED BY SY BARLETT AND BEIRNE LAY'S "TWELVE O' CLOCK HIGH." SHE IS THE MOST REMEMBERED BOMBER OF WWII.

MISSIONS OF ALBERT C DAVIS - 1943

1. JUNE 25 BREMEN, GER
2. JUNE 26 LE MANS, FR
3. JUNE 28 ST NAZAIRE, FR
4. JUNE 29 LE MANS, FR
5. JULY 4 LA PALLICE, FR
6. JULY 10 LE BOURGET, FR
7. JULY 24 TRONDHEIM, NOR
8. JULY 25 WARENMUNDE, GER
9. JULY 26 HANOVER, GER
10. JULY 28 OSCHERSLEBEN, GER
11. JULY 29 WARENMUNDE, GER
12. JULY 30 KASSEL, GER
13. AUG 12 BONN, GER
14. AUG 17 REGENSBURG, GER
15. AUG 24 BORDEAUX, FR
16. SEPT 3 PARIS, FR
17. SEPT 6 CONCHES, GER
18. SEPT 7 WATTON, FR
19. SEPT 9 BEDUVAIS TILLE, FR
20. SEPT 15 RENAULT, FR
21. SEPT 16 LA PALLICE, FR
22. SEPT 26 PARIS, FR
23. SEPT 27 EMDEN, GER
24. OCT 2 EMDEN, GER
25. OCT 4 HANAU, GER

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