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S/SGT  Lola D. FLORIDA

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TTE
SERIAL #: 33279635 STATUS: POW
MACR: 02564 CR: 02564

Comments1: 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT (FLAK)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW 

2ND LT COY I. MONTGOMERY          P KIA 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
2ND LT ROBERT F. CONNAWAY      CP POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
2ND LT FRANK C LAVER               NAV POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
2ND LT JAMES D. FULTON           BOM POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
T/SGT GEORGE W. BURTON         TTE POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (SEE NOTE BELOW)
 S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA             TTE POW 4 FEB 44  FRANKFURT (with Lt John Brown Crew)
 S/SGT GEORGE D. TOOMEY, JR.  ROG POW 4 FEB 44  FRANKFURT (with Lt John Brown Crew)
    SGT JOHN A. MILLER                WG CPT 17 JUL 44 MONTGOURNEY (NO-BALL)
    SGT EARL W. RITTER               TG POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
    SGT JUNIOR L. BUCHER            WG POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 6 Jan 44  (Crew #40)

For 6 Mar 44 mission see MACR #3014, Microfiche #1019.  They were flying A/C #42-30170 which had flown under three names: Torchy 2nd, HOT SPIT, and MISS CARRIAGE.

On 6 Mar 44, Lt Frank C. Laver was the Navigator and a POW; Sgt Wilbur Trembley, (from Lt Stout Crew) was the ROG and a POW; T/Sgt George W. Burton was the TTE and a POW; S/Sgt Anthony Ruda was the RWG and a POW, and S/Sgt Louis P. Savell was the BTG and a POW 

 Eyewitness Account:  "At 1215 hours just north of Hanover an A/c believed to be #170
 was atttacked by enemy fighters & was shot down. four or five chutes were seen.
 I.D. of this aircraft is not positive, it may have been #051."

      Lt. Chadwick


The Germans buried Lt Montgomery (Coy I.) on 10 Mar 1944, noting the cause of death as crash/ burns...

CREW
2ND LT   JOHN W.BROWN                    P EVADEE 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT   ALBERT F. FITZPATRICK        CP POW  4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT   THEODORE H. KLEINMAN    NAV EVADEE 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT   LAWSON W. CLEMENTS     BOM POW  4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
 S/SGT   CHARLES R. ARMBRUST       WG NOC
 S/SGT   RICHARD F. BRADY            ROG NOC
 S/SGT   LAWRENCE M. PRATT        TTE NOC 
    SGT    MILTON GRABEL                TG KIA  25 MAY 44 BERLIN
    SGT   GORDON F. KEON              BTG POW  4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
   SGT     OWEN D. STOCKTON        WG POW  6 MAR 44 BERLIN


349th Sqdn. Crew joined the 100th Gp on 28 Nov 1943.. Sgt Gordon Keon was the only enlisted man of this crew
 to particiapte in the Frankfurt mission of 4 FEB 44.  Other aboard for this mission and their fate is a follows:
 
 S/SGT GEORGE E. TOOMEY  ROG POW (FROM C.I. MONTGOMERY CREW)
 S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA  TTE POW (FROM C.I. MONTGOMERY CREW)
 S/SGT WILLIAM F. KEMP  WG KIA    (FIRST MISSION)
 S/SGT HAROLD F. JANDERUP  WG POW (from Henry Henington Crew) ( TAPS 25 SEP 69)
 S/SGT RICHARD A. TANGRADI  TG POW 

 Ship suffered severe flak damage and had three engines out over the German-Belgian border. The crew
 with the exception of William Kemp, who was apparently badly wounded, bailed out safely. Gordon Keon had
 a flak wound in one arm.
  
 A statement by Theodore Kleinman after his return say the bail-out occured about 10 miles SSE of Turnhout,
 Belgium and continues:  "After contacting an underground unit I was placed in a house in Turnhout. Several days
 later I was told something in French concerning the rest of the crew. With my meagre understaning of French, Kemp
 was unable to leave th ship due to severe wounds and he went down with the plane. A man was found by the
 Germans in the rear half of the ship with his head badly battered, but alive. I later recieved a report the man with the
 battered head died."

 German records in the MACR file confirm a badly wounded man found in the ship died in the hospital the following day.

MEMO 2:

From C.I. Montgomery Crew, replaced Lawrence M. Pratt

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Frankfurt DATE: 1944-02-04  
AIRCRAFT: "Dobie" (42-39799) CAUSE: FLAK  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 1665