Big changes have come to Genealogy.com — all content is now read-only, and member subscriptions and the Shop have been discontinued.
 
Learn more


Chat | Daily Search | My GenForum | Community Standards | Terms of Service
Jump to Forum
Home: General Topics: World War II Genealogy Forum

Post FollowupReturn to Message ListingsPrint Message

6 Mar 1944 Lillie Bell Daylight bombing over Berlin Germany
Posted by: Kate Nesbitt (ID *****6494) Date: July 08, 2011 at 15:12:07
  of 22578

453rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 735th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)of the 8th Air Force were based in England. The B-24 Lillie Bell; Serial # 42-52191 completed its mission but was damaged badly by gunfire and ran out of fuel. It ditched in the North Sea on its return to England.

The plane's bombardier, Gerald Joseph "Joe" Cyr of Old Town ME, survived the ditching and continued to fly missions. A second crew member survived the ditching but died shortly after. All other crew members died when the plane ditched.

Crew:

Pilot- 2nd Lt Herman J Meek - Los Angeles CA

Co Pilot- 2nd Lt Robert S McCook - Fountain City TN

Navigator-2nd Lt Joseph G Halliburton - Knoxville, TN

Bombardier- 2nd Lt Joseph G Cyr - Old Town, ME

Radio Operator - T/Sgt Martin L Kiner - Newport, PA

Tail gunner- S/Sgt Donald E Wright - Hudson, MA

Ball Trt - S/Sgt WIlliam J Gricas - Charleroi, PA

Rt W - T/Sgt Thomas Keathley - Lesterville, MO

Lft W - S/Sgt Frank W Le Fever - Glendora, CA

Many of this crew are memorialized at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in Cambridge England.

I realize that some of the crew were young men who did not have wives and children; some were brothers and uncles. Three of the crew listed wives as the contact person.

I hope this information will be helpful to a relative or descendant of these fine men.


Notify Administrator about this message?
Followups:
No followups yet

Post FollowupReturn to Message ListingsPrint Message

http://genforum.genealogy.com/wwii/messages/21639.html
Search this forum:

Search all of GenForum:

Proximity matching
Add this forum to My GenForum Link to GenForum
Add Forum
Home |  Help |  About Us |  Site Index |  Jobs |  PRIVACY |  Affiliate
© 2007 The Generations Network