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LT  Edward F. CONNELLY

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP
SERIAL #: O-681959 STATUS: POW
MACR: 01024 CR: 01024

Comments1: 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER, Crews 3rd Mission

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Robert P.Kramer                   P KIA   10/10/43  THIS WAS THE FAMOUS MUNSTER MISSION OF 10 0CT 1943
2nd Lt Edward F.Connelly,Jr.         CP P0W  10/10/43 TAPS: 24 JAN 1981
2nd Lt Hugh S.Geiger,Jr .           NAV POW  10/10/43
2nd Lt Thomas B.Casey,Jr.         BOM POW  10/10/43               ,
T/Sgt Dean O.Todd                      TTE POW   10/10/43
T/Sgt James A.Watkins              ROG POW   10/10/43                             A/C #42 3433 "LEONA"
S/Sgt Donald M.Glaze                BTG KIA     10/10/43                           MACR #1024,Micro fiche 339
S/Sgt George A.White               RWG KIA     10/10/43
S/Sgt Fred B.Moore                 LWG POW   10/10/43 TAPS: 10 MAY 1983
S/Sgt Harvey F.James                 TG POW  10/10/43

350th Sqdn.  This  the 3rd mission for this crew, having flown the first one 4 Oct 43.(Hanua)

SEE: "MUNSTER: The Way It Was" by Ian Hawkins   p.133,134,363,352

Reply from Geiger Oct.1990: Plane named "Leona" after wife of R.P.Kramer.

              From statememts in the MACR file it would appear three men were killed were unable to bail out
prior to the ship entering a spin and finally exploding. Gieger (Lt Hugh E. Gieger, Jr.) said he personally
examined the dogtags and they had the appearance of being burned. Kramer (Lt Robert P. Kramer) was at
the nose exit ready to jump, when he turned back for one last verification all crew members had bailed out. This
gallant action cost the popular Bob Kramer his life.

 German reports pinpoint the crash site and time as 1515 hours 10 Oct 1943 "at Lambeck near
Wulfen, 100 meters north of Schloss Lembeck." Interment was on 14 Oct 1943 at Catholic cemetary, Lambeck
in Row #1 graves 10, 11 and 12.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Munster DATE: 1043-10-10  
AIRCRAFT: "Leona" (42-3433) CAUSE: FLAK-Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 969