DATE: 18 March 1944 350th Sqdn. A/C#42-39830 "BERLIN PLAYBOY"
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 BOM KIA
2nd Lt Tom F.Hughes NAV KIA
T/Sgt Russell E.Longdon ROG KIA
T/Sgt Levi O.Tonn TTE KIA
S/Sgt Richard J.Faulkner BTG EVA
S/Sgt Veryl A.Lund RWG KIA
S/Sgt Lonnie J.Albin LWG 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."
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