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LT  Ernest CRIBBS

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM
SERIAL #: O-670021 STATUS: POW
MACR: 02426 CR: 02426

Comments1: 20 FEB 44 STETTIN (FLAK - EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Reginald A. Smith        P POW 20/2/44  TAPS; 1984  TARGET WAS POSEN & SETTIN, FACTORIES
2nd Lt Orlin H. Markussen     CP POW 20/2/44
2nd Lt Gerald C. Scott       NAV POW 20/2/44  TAPS:
2nd Lt Ernest Cribbs         BOM POW 20/2/44
  T/Sgt Thomas M. Egan    TTE POW 20/2/44  TAPS: 1977
  T/Sgt Ira G. Evans          ROG EVADEE 20/2/44
  S/Sgt Edward B. Dyblie    BTG POW 20/2/44
  S/Sgt Edward Britko       LWG POW 20/2/44  TAPS: 1985
  S/Sgt Robert L. Dunbar   RWG POW 20/2/44
  S/Sgt Michael E. Udick       TG POW 20/2/44

418th Sqdn.  A/C #42 37790 "AIN'T MIS BEHAVIN"

"At 1452 hours near the Danish coast Lt. Smith called over VHF saying he was going to  try and reach Sweden.  His a/c was hit over the target area by rockets and was smoking badly, but shortly after the entire crew had to parachute.  The crash was observed by the Germans at the radar station in Skovby, and some of the airmen were taken prisoner of war shortly after landing.  Some managed to hide in the forest near Fjellerup 
parsonage and they were found by the farmer Mr. Rasmus Thrane, who hid them for a while. But they were anxious to reach Sweden so they went for the sea, and they were taken prisoner near Baring beach. Ira Evans hid in the forest and came in contact with the Danish resistance movement.  He reached Sweden on 7/3/44.

A/C crashed at Harslev Mark, 7 km s of Bogense town on NW part of Funen 
Island.

Of interest in this crew's last mission is an article in THE BLOODY HUNDREDTH   (page 141 to 147) by Horace Varian
in which Orlin Markussen relates the story of how he made contact 31 years after the fact with the German fighter pilot
who shot down "AIN'T MIS BEHAVIN" Mar 20th, 1944..

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Posen & Stettin DATE: 1944-02-20  
AIRCRAFT: "Aint Mis Behaven" (42-37790) CAUSE: EAC-FLAK  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Crew Members of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN. Standing: Reginald A. Smith (P), Ernest Cribbs (BOM), Gerald C. Scott (NAV), Orlin Markussen (CP). Bottom Row: Thomas M. Egan (TTE), Edward Dyblie (BTG), Michael E. Udick (TG), Robert L. Dunbar (WG), Ira G. Evans (ROG), Edward Britko (WG). Reginald A. Smith crew. (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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