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SERIAL #: 15407360 STATUS: EVA
MACR: 00000 CR: 00000

Comments1: 3 SEP 43 BEAUMONT Le ROGER (COL WITH 100TH B-17)




2nd Lt Charles B. Winkelman         P      EVADEE 3/9/43  PARIS     SN# O-738320
2nd Lt Ralph D. Smith                 CP     EVADEE 3/9/43  PARIS     SN# O-801345
2nd Lt William H. Booth            NAV     EVADEE 3/9/43  PARIS     SN# O-800093
2nd Lt Howard M. Harris           BOM     EVADEE 3/9/43  PARIS     SN# O-676325
  T/Sgt Thomas E. Combs         TTE     EVADEE 3/9/43  PARIS     SN# 14134640    Taps 1983
  T/Sgt Jean E. Ray                 ROG      POW     3/9/43  PARIS     SN# 37426256
  S/Sgt Thomas L. Cuccaro       BTG      POW     3/9/43  PARIS     SN# 32437605
  S/Sgt Michael F. Darcy            WG      EVADEE 3/9/43  PARIS     SN# 32443852
  S/Sgt Alfred J. Zeoli               WG      EVADEE 3/9/43  PARIS     SN# 31042353
  S/Sgt Ennis M. Bankhead         TG      KIA       3/9/43  PARIS     SN# 38220710

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined 100th Group on 25/8/43. 
No MACR in national archives files.  A/C #42-30035 "TORCHY"

Crew was on its first mission - Paris.  Apparently a 100th Group a/c came up below the a/c
of this crew and one of its props chewed into the tail assembly killing Bankhead.  In 1981
correspondence with Thomas Combs he explained that he became separated from the rest of
the crew after bail out.  Combs  was aided by French patriots and underground.  Spent 3 months
in Paris then down to southern border and crossed Pyrenees in Dec. and was flown back to
England arriving 3 Jan. 1944 exactly 4 months after being shot down.  Winkelman got back
about 2 months later.

"TORCHY" was the a/c flown overseas by the crew of Sam L. Barr.  It was named after the
wife of James R. Brown, navigator of the crew.

Sgt. Bankhead is buried in the Epinal American cemetary.

I note a little error into Evaders' pages: About crewmen of Torchy serial 42-30035 (E&E167, 258, 259, 271, 272 303, and 468.) I read (^) Dhusson-Longueville, France. Sorry, is not D'Huisson-Longueville but precisely Cerny (91). I was searching about the S/Sgt Ennis Bankhead killed in his turret by propellers of Sunny serial 42-30089 and I hope a marble plate in honor to him. According to witnesses The Torchy was crashed in 48° 28' 11.09'' N / 02° 19' 46.97'' E on juridiction of Cerny…..Jean Robin.

Smith, Ralph Dill, 94, of Brooksville, Fla., died on October 7, 2012 at HPH Hospice, Brooksville. He was born July 21, 1918 in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Mifflin High School. Ralph entered US Air Force (8th Army Air Corp) during WWII as a B17 Bomber Pilot and retired as a 1st LT with a Purple Heart. His veteran organizations are E.T.O 100th Bomb Group 349th, “Bloody Hundredth”, Air Force Escapees Society, Caterpillar Club, and DAV. He piloted WWII-B17 Bombers & B24 Bombers which were shot down Sept. 3, 1943 over France on their 2nd mission and had to escape, by walking, into Spain via the Pyrenees Mountains. He was a Masonic Chandler 138 in London, Ohio, who received his 50 year pin in 1991. Ralph was a part of the Egypt Temple Shrine and The Scottish Rite in Tampa for 52 years. He was an owner of grapefruit and orange groves and joined the Florida Citrus Mutual in 1969. Ralph retired from Central Truck Lines, Tampa, Fla., in 1975. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home with friends and family all over America. He is predeceased by his wife, Kathleen Owens Smith, for 68 years; survived by brother-in-law; Kenneth Owens; nieces; nephews; great-nieces & nephews; and great-great-nieces & nephews. Services will be held Friday, October 12, 2012 from 10:30-11 with a sermon to follow at Hodges Family Funeral Home, Hwy 301, Dade City, Fla. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens, Dade City.



TARGET: Paris DATE: 1943-09-03  
AIRCRAFT: "Torchy" (42-30035) CAUSE: COLLIDED with A/C 42-30089  




Charles B. Winkelman Crew: Standing from left: Thomas E. Combs - TTE, Jean E. Ray - ROG, Thomas Cuccaro - BTG,  Michael F.  Darcy - WG, and Ennis M. Bankhead - TG.  Kneeling: Charles B. Winkelman - Pilot, Ralph D. Smith - CP, William H. Booth - NAV and Howard M. Harris - BOM, This crew was shot down 3 Sep 43 near Paris, France. Seven of this crew evaded capture and returned to Military Control, two were POWs and the Tail Gunner Ennis Bankhead was KIA. This aircraft was involved in the massive collision of 100th aircraft at Paris on 3 Sep 43.   Detailed Information    (100th Photo Archives)

Richard E. Smith   351st   BTG   Ohio   KIA   10 Apr 45   Burg-bei-Magdeburg, AF   Lawrence L. Bazin Crew   (100th Photo Archives)



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