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CAPT  Thomas E. MURPHY

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

SERIAL #: O-441010 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 00948 CR: 00948

Comments1: 8 OCT 43 BREMEN (100TH'S FAMED "PICCADILLY LILY")

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                          CAPT. THOMAS E. MURPHY
                          ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

CREW #22   A/C #42-5864 EP-A  "PICCADILLY LILY"  PROBABLY THE 100TH MOST FAMOUS A/C

CAPT.    THOMAS E. MURPHY                 P;  KIA     8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  MARSHALL F. LEE                    CP;  KIA     8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  CHARLES C. SARABUN            NAV;  POW  8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  FLOYD C. PETERSON              BOM;  POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT   JOHN J. EHLEN                       TTE;  POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN TAPS: 1978
S/SGT   ALBERT C. DAVIS                     WG;  CPT  4 OCT 43 HANAU (WON DFC)
SGT     EMMETT H. EVANS                   ROG;  CPT  4 OCT 43 HANAU
S/SGT   CLEVELAND D. JARVIS             BTG; X-FERRED TO ARMAMENT, JULY 1943
S/SGT   MICHAEL ROTZ                        WG;  POW  28 MAY 44 MADGEBURG (WITH THE L.G. LACY CREW-see below)
S/SGT   GERALD O. ROBINSON               TG;  POW   8 OCT 43 BREMEN

ALBERT DAVIS AND EMMETT EVANS, HAVING COMPLETED TOURS WERE REPLACED ON THE 8 OCT 43 BREMEN MISSION BY DERRELL PIEL (ROG OF CREW #26) AND ELDER DICKERSON THE REGULAR WG OF CREW #25.  BOTH PIEL AND DICKERSON (ON HIS 25TH MISSION) WERE KILLED BY FLAK. JARVIS'S PLACE IN THE BALL TURRET WAS TAKEN BY S/SGT REED A. HUFFORD WHO BECAME A POW. MICHAEL ROTZ, HAVING BEEN HOSPITALIZED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A JEEP/TRUCK ACCIDENT WAS REPLACED BY S/SGT AARON A. DAVID, WHO WAS KILLED.  THERE IS CONFUSION AS TO WHETHER DAVID WAS BLOWN OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT A CHUTE OR HIS CHUTE FAILED TO OPEN. ACCORDING TO SGT DAVID'S SON, HE REPLACED  SGT ROTZ ON JUNE 27, 1943 AND STAYED WITH THE CREW FOR REST OF MISSIONS

THIS CREW LED THE 351ST BS ON THE MISSION TO BREMEN AND CAPT  ALVIN L. BARKER. 351ST OPERATIONS OFFICER, FLEW IN THE RIGHT SEAT. MARSHALL LEE THE REGULAR CO-PILOT FLEW AS BTG TO ISSUE REPORTS TO MURPHY AND BARKER. LEE WAS APPARENTLY KILLED AFTER LEAVING THE BALL TURRET IN HOPES OF RENDERING AID TO THE TWO PILOTS, BOTH OF WHOM WERE ALSO KILLED.

SOON AFTER BOMB RELEASE THE PICCADILLY LILY WAS HIT BY FLAK NEAR THE NAVIGATORS STATION CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE FLIGHT DECK AREA AS WELL.  THIS SHELL OR OTHERS STARTED A FIRE IN THE #3 ENGINE AND DESTROYED THE SHIPS OXYGEN SYSTEM. WITNESSES INDICATE THE LILY ENTERED A NEAR VERTICAL NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AND EXPLODED WITH ONLY FOUR CHUTES OBSERVED.

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.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE 351ST'S S-2 REPORT, ACTUALLY MORE OF A TRIBUTE ON THE LOSS OF THEIR BELOVED "OL'MURPH"
    (copied verbatim with no spelling corrections)       

        THE SECOND CREW LOST OVER BREMEN WAS THAT OF CAPTAIN THOMAS E. MURPHY.  KILLED IN ACTION WERE CAPTAIN MURPHY, CAPTAIN A.L. BARKER, THE SQUADRON OPERATIONS OFFICER, LT M.F. LEE, T/SGT DARRELL C. PEIL AND S/SGT ELDER DICKERSON, T/SGT J.J. PHELAN AND SGT REED S. HUFFORD. S/SGT ARRON A. DAVID WAS NOT ACCOUNTED FOR AND IS LISTED A MISSING AS OF THIS REPORT.
        IN THE TURBLENT, INCESSANT IN THE AIR, HEROES ARE MADE IN ONE SHRILL MOMENT, MADE LEDGENDARY BY SOME FACT OF SELF-SACRIFICE, BY A LATENT ABILITY TO RISE TO SOME EXTRAORDINARY EMERGENCY AT 20,000 FEET.  THEN AGAIN, SOME ARE THERE WHO DO THIER WORK IN CALM PERFECTION, TO WHOM THE FLEETING CHANCE MOMENT OF SUDDEN GLORY NEVER COMES.
        CAPTAIN THOMAS E. MURPHY, THEN LT, FLEW HIS FIRST MISSION ON JUNE 6TH, 1943.  HIS AUSTER, COOL AIR OF DIGNITY MADE AN IMMEDIATE IMPRESSION.  HE WAS QUIET, A GOOD FELLOW WITH A READY SMILE. MEN MET HIM AND LIKED HIM AND THE MEN WHO FLEW WITH HIM SWORE BY HIM.
        ON OCTOBER 8TH, 1943, WHEN A BURST OF FLACK ENDED HIS CAREER AT THE TWENTY-FOUR MISSION MARK, IT SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE THAT "OL MURPH" WAS THROUGH, THAT NEVER AGAIN WOULD HE GIVE HIS SHIP THAT METICULOUS ALL-EMBRACING PRE-FLIGHT IN HIS PASSION FOR PERFECTION.  NEVER AGAIN WOULD HIS QUIET VOICE INSTILL CONFIDENCE IN NERVE-WRACKED MEN.
        AND YET THE STORY OF HIS ABILITY GOES ON. EVEN NOW, WALKING DOWN THE LINE, ANY CREW CHIEF YOU STOP WILL INVARIABLY NAME THE QUIET PILOT FROM WALTHAM, MASS, AS THE FINEST PILOT EVER TO TAKEOFF WITH A 351ST SHIP.  COL TURNER CONSIDERED HIM THE MOST DEPENDABLE "TOP MAN" HE EVER HAD.  THE AIRMAN WORKING FOR CAPTIAN MURPHY FORM M/SGT HERRMAN DOWN LAVISH EVERY SUPERLATIVE IN THE BOOK UPON HIM.
        FOR THE AUGUST 17TH RAID ON REGENSBURG HE RECIEVED THE DFC, BUT NO ONE RAID OR DECORATION COULD POSSIBLY SUM UP OR ATTEST TO HIS SKILL AND DEVOTION TO HIS CREW.  FIVE CHUTES WERE SEEN TO FLOAT AWAY FROM THE STICKENED PICCADILLY LILY, BUT NO SUBSEQUENT WORD HAS EVER BEEN RECIEVED FROM CAPTAIN MURPHY.  HE WAS ALWAYS QUIET. NEVER LIKED TO MAKE A FUSS, NEVER LOST HIS TEMPER AND NO ONE EVER HEARD HIM CURSE. HE WAS PILOT THROUGH AND THROUGH, THE VERY BEST.  THE 351ST SHALL MISS HIM.


MISSIONS OF ALBERT C DAVIS

1943

1. JUNE 25 BREMEN, GER

2. JUNE 26 LE MANS, FR

3. JUNE 28 ST NAZAIRE, FR

4. JUNE 29 LE MANS, FR

5. JULY 4 LA PALLICE, FR

6. JULY 10 LE BOURGET, FR

7. JULY 24 TRONDHEIM, NOR

8. JULY 25 WARENMUNDE, GER

9. JULY 26 HANOVER, GER

10. JULY 28 OSCHERSLEBEN, GER

11. JULY 29 WARENMUNDE, GER

12. JULY 30 KASSEL, GER

13. AUG 12 BONN, GER

14. AUG 17 REGENSBURG, GER

15. AUG 24 BORDEAUX, FR

16. SEPT 3 PARIS, FR

17. SEPT 6 CONCHES, GER

18. SEPT 7 WATTON, FR

19. SEPT 9 BEDUVAIS TILLE, FR

20. SEPT 15 RENAULT, FR

21. SEPT 16 LA PALLICE, FR

22. SEPT 26 PARIS, FR

23. SEPT 27 EMDEN, GER 

24. OCT 2 EMDEN, GER

25. OCT 4 HANAU, GER

1ST LT LUCIUS G. LACY  P POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
2ND LT CLAUDE E. SCHINDLER CP KIA FROM THE R.V.E. MONRAD CREW
2ND LT RAYMOND E. ROSSMAN NAV POW FROM THE C.W WOLDT CREW
2ND LT HERBERT GREENBURG BOM POW FROM THE R.H.HELMICK CREW
T/SGT CLARENCE H. WOOD  ROG POW 
T/SGT SIDNEY A. CARY  TTE POW FROM THE R.V.E. MONRAD CREW
S/SGT CHESTER L. POWELL  BTG KIA FROM THE M.T.RISH CREW
S/SGT JOE FOLSOM   RWG KIA 
S/SGT RAYMOND J. MITCHELL  LWG POW 
S/SGT MICHAIL ROTZ   TG POW FROM THE T. MURPHY CREW (PIC LILY)


In case you'd like to add him to your graves database:
MURPHY, THOMAS E   
 US AIR FORCE 
 WORLD WAR II 
 DATE OF BIRTH: 06/02/1916 
 DATE OF DEATH: 10/08/1943 
 BURIED AT: 
 CALVARY CEMETERY 
 250 HIGH STREET KENNETH ROBERTSON WALTHAM, MA 02453 
 (888) 919-7926 



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Bruce McClelland

MEMO 2:

Original 100th, Crew #22

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Bremen DATE: 1943-10-08  
AIRCRAFT: "Piccadilly Lily" (42-5864) CAUSE: FLAK, Fire & Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 The "PICCADILLY LILY" - Thomas E. Murphy Crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

"PICCADILLY LILY"  with Thomas Murphy's flight and ground crew

The 351st "PICCADILLY LILY" with Thomas Murphy's flight and ground crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 "PICCADILLY LILY" and the Thomas E. Murphy crew in North Africa after the 17 Aug 43 Regensburg Shuttle mission. Also in photo is Beirne Lay Jr. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Ken Lemmons is not first person standing 

 The 351st's Thomas E. Murphy in the cockpit of "PICCADILLY LILY" 25964 EP-A Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Thomas Murphy and members of his crew, along with some locals, in North Africa following the Regensburg mission (from the photo collection of John Luckadoo). 

 Col. Curtis LeMay presenting the DFC to Maj. Flesher - Air Exe. Other DFC's are presented to the crews that flew the Regensburg mission on 17 August 1943. Left to right: William Veal, Jack Kidd, Everett Blakely (blocked by LeMay), John Brady, Jack Justice, Thomas Murphy and Henry Henington. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Lt. Col. Kidd (Group Opns. Officer). Look at that board and the names, you are looking September 3, 1943, from that list the following crews will be missing that day. Winkelman, Fineup, Floyd and not on the board yet is Richard C King. Henington will ditch in the Channel.  (100th Photo Archives) 

 "PICCADILLY LILY" 

Piccadilly Lily with John Herrmann on Hardstand #8. 

Piccadilly Lily on Hardstand #8

General Curtis LeMay, Commander of the 3rd Air Division, presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to members of the 100th Bomb Group for their part in the Regensburg shuttle mission to North Africa on August 17, 1943. Left to Right: Colonel Bill Veal, Colonel Jack Kidd, Major Everett Blakely, Captain John Brady, Lieutenant John Justice, Captain Thomas Murphy, Captain Henry Henington, Captain James Douglass, and Captain Harry Crosby. 

Lt Alvin Barker, Capt. Thomas E. Murphy, Lt Charles Floyd, Capt Sam R. Turner.  From Capt. John "Lucky" Luckadoo photo album.  Courtesy of John Luckadoo and scanned by Matt Mabe. 

 

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