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S/SGT  Gerald O. ROBINSON

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: 16085214 STATUS: POW
MACR: 00948 CR: 00948

Comments1: 8 OCT 43 BREMEN (1OOTH'S FAMED PICCADILLY LILY)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                          1ST LT THOMAS E. MURPHY
                          ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

CREW #22   A/C #42-5864  "PICCADILLY LILY"  PROABLY THE 100TH MOST FAMOUS A/C

1ST LT  THOMAS E. MURPHY                P;  KIA     8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  MARSHALL F. LEE                  CP;  KIA        "       "       "
2ND LT  CHARLES C. SARABUN            NAV;  POW  "       "       " 
2ND LT  FLOYD C. PETERSON              BOM;  POW  "       "       "
T/SGT   JOHN J. EHLEN                      TTE;  POW  "       "       " TAPS: 1978
S/SGT   ALBERT C. DAVIS                   WG;  CPT 4 OCT 43 HANAU (WON DFC)
SGT     EMMETT H. EVANS                 ROG;  CPT 4 OCT 43 HANAU
S/SGT   CLEVELAND D. JARVIS           BTG;  X-FERRED 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."  WITHOUT A DOUBT SHE IS THE MOST REMEMBERED BOMBER  OF WWII.

MISSIONS for SGT ALBERT C DAVIS & SGT EMMETT H. EVANS    
1943
June 25    Bremen, Ger 
June 26    Le Mans, Fr
June 28    St. Nazaire, Fr
June 29    Le Mans, Fr
July 4      La Pallice, Fr
July 10    Le Bourget, Fr
July 24    Trondheim, Nor
July 25    Warenmunde, Nor
July 26    Hanover, Ger
July 28    Oschersleben, Ger
July 29    Warenmunde, Nor
July 30    Kassel, Ger
Aug 12    Bonn, Ger  (T.O. Wesseling)
Aug 17    Regensburg, Ger
Aug 24    Bordeaux, Fr
Sept 3      Paris, Fr
Sept 6      Conches, Ger  (Stuttgart, Conches, Evreux)
Sept 7      Watton, Fr
Sept 9      Beduvais Tille, Fr
Sept 15    Renault, Fr
Sept 16    La Pallice, Fr  (Bordeaux, Merignac, La Pallice)
Sept 26    Paris, Fr
Sept 27    Emden, Ger
Oct 3       Emden, Ger
Oct 4       Hanau, Ger  (Saarluis, Hanau)

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: Original 100th, Crew #22.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Bremen DATE: 1943-10-08  
AIRCRAFT: "Picadilly Lily" (42-5864) CAUSE: FLAK-Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 4419