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Personnel

S/Sgt

Richard J. FAULKNER

Richard J. Faulkner

S/Sgt Richard J. Faulkner, BTG on Lt Paul A. Martin Crew and Sole Survivor of Crew, evaded capture

Army Serial Number: 12214475
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Ball Turret Gunner
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: EVA
MACR: 03234
CR: 03234
Comments: 18 MAR 44 MUNICH (MID AIR COLL - 43-39813)

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Richard Faulkner reported MIAPrintThe Skaneateles Press April 194412:00 am
Richard Faulkner safe in EnglandPrintThe Skaneateles Free Press April 21 194412:00 am
Richard Faulkner amazing escape PrintThe Skaneateles Free Press May 12 194512:00 am
Richard Faulkner photo and story of evasionPrintThe Skaneateles Free Press Nov 23 194512:00 am
Richard Faulkner photo receives purple heartPrintThe Citizen March 9 201412:00 am
Richard Faulkner belated honor part 1PrintThe Citizen March 9 201412:00 am
Richard Faulkner belated honor part 2PrintThe Citizen March 9 201412:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

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

"BERLIN PLAYBOY"

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."

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
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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
Memo 2:
Unfortunately I must report the recent passing on Aug. 29th 2014 of Richard J. Faulkner. Richard was a Ball Turret Gunner on the crew of  "Berlin Playboy" of the 350th Sq.  He was also listed in your Evade & Escape section.  Richard was my next door neighbor for 15 years and without exaggeration was one of the best men and human beings I've ever known. I will also post his passing to your taps form, but please check to confirm that I've done this properly.  Thank You       Michael Worden

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Augsburg/Munich
Aircraft:
"Berlin Playboy" (42-39830)
Date:
1944-03-18
Cause:
MID AIR COLL - 43-39813

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt MARTIN, Paul A. P KIA
Lt MITCHELL, Paul L. CP NOC
Lt HUGHES, Thomas Floyd NAV KIA
Lt RACZ, Albert F. BOM KIA
S/Sgt LONGDON, Russell E. ROG KIA
S/SGT TONN, Levi O. ROG KIA
S/Sgt FAULKNER, Richard J. BTG EVA
S/Sgt ALBIN, Lonnie WG KIA
SGT LUND, Veryl A. WG KIA
S/SGT HOWLEY, John E. TG KIA