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MACR PILOT: Capt  Thomas E  Murphy  - O-441010

MACR: 00948 FICHE : 00314

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 351st BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: ENE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Bremen    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-10-08 TIME: 15:22 LOCATION: Bremen, Germany

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-5864

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-64339
B: 41-57909
C: 41-57916
D: 43-56654
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 421556
B: 372060
C: 371743
D: 372098
E: 155780
F: 914219
G: 372317
H: 371353
I: 372140
J: 372011
K: 371932
L: 371858

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 11 PASS: 0 TOTAL: 11

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1 Alvin L Barker Capt O-438502
P2 Thomas E  Murphy Capt O-441010
CP Marshall Lee 2Lt O-671982
NAV (N) Charles C Sarabun 1Lt O-794057
BOM (B) Floyd C Peterson 1Lt O-734734
RAD Derrell C Piel TSgt 37071132
ENG John J Ehlen TSgt 17050885
BAL Reed A Hufford SSgt 13108994
WG (W) Elder D Dickerson SSgt 18129605
WG (W) Gerald O (only) Robinson SSgt 16085214
TG (T) Aaron A David SSgt 18019560

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Howard E Keel 2Lt O-737964
Last sighted
John T Griffin 2Lt O-798489
Last sighted    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
Saw Murphy's ship, #3 engine on fire, 1 minute after bombs were released.  It dove down and exploded.  Four chutes were seen. (Howard E. Keel)

Capt. Murphy's ship was hit in #3 engine.  Was going down under control. At least 5 chutes were seen. (John T. Griffin)
   
   
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: Claude L. Hosford 1st Lt., AC, Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED: 1943-10-12

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

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.