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SERIAL #: 13167691 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 03234 CR: 03234

Comments1: 18 MAR 44 MUNICH (COL WITH 42-37913)




DATE: 18 March 1944  350th Sqdn. A/C#42-39830
MISSION: Augsburg/Munich  MACR#3234,Micro-flche#1105

2nd Lt Paul A.Martin P   KIA
1st Lt Thomas Cryan CP  KIA
2nd Lt Albert F.Racz B   KIA
2nd Lt Tom F.Hughes N   KIA
T/Sgt Russell E.LongdonR   KIA
 T/Sgt Levi O.Tonn E   KIA
S/Sgt Richard J.Faulkner BT  EVA  
 S/Sgt Veryl A.Lund    RW  KIA
 S/Sgt Lonnie J.Albin  LW  KIA
 S/Sgt John E.Howley   TG  KIA

The crew joined the 100th on March 10,1944. The crew flew 5 training missions and its exact composition is as above except the origina CP was 2nd Lt Paul Mitchell. It is known that Thomas Cryan was From the crew of Mark Cope. This was the crews first misson.  (mpf nov 2000)

Summary of Eyewitness reports:  "A/C #830 and A/C #913 (Flown by D.J.Stuke) collided over France at 1210 hour near (?) . #830 broke up while #913 pulled away,badly damaged but apparently under control. One chute was seen to come from #830. The ship going down under control had two port engines torn out,and only #4 was operating. The nose of this A/C also was sheared off. The collision resulted when the Group leader aborted and the formation scattered and reformed."

Witnesses: Capt.Lauro,Lt.Gummersall,Lt.Malooly.

  July 1945,Sgt.Faulkner,then at 3718 AAF Base,Denver,Colo.,was interrogated as to the death of Lt.Cryan. He gave the following  information
1.Over the coast of France,Lt.Cryan's bomber(Lt. Paul A. Martin/ Pilot) encountered heavy flak.Formation was broken with lead ship falling out.A new formation was formed with Lt.Cryan's ship as wing man.

2.There was a sudden explosion near Lt.Cryan's A/C.Sgt.Faulkner ,ball turret operator,upon bailing out noticed the ship broken in two sections.Sgt. Faulkner having been in the rear section,and Lt.Cryan's station was in the front section as co-pilot.

3.Sgt.Faulkner became unconscious upon the opening of his chute and did not regain consciousness until after landing when he noticed the front section of the A/C crashed in the woods,surrounded by German soldiers.

4.Sgt.Faulkner was rescued by the French patriots.Having an understanding of the French language,Sgt Faulkner was informed by the French patriots that all remaining crew members were killed in the crash of the A/C.Description by the French patriots of one of the bodies found in the front section of the A/C fitted that of Lt.Cryan."

German records in MACR state that "bodies were thrown from plane . . .badly mutilated . . . identified by I.D. tags." Burial took Place in the French cemetary in Poix de la Somme



TARGET: Munich DATE: 1944-03-18  
AIRCRAFT: "Berlin Playboy" (42-39830) CAUSE: Collision with 42-3791  


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