Francis, Thomas Rex

Individual Personnel Data
Name Francis, Thomas Rex   
Rank First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-663711   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders # 79 dated 28 April 1944, effective 28 April 1944.
Duty Pilot
Last Duty Date 13 May 1944
Results Missing In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands: Tablets of the Missing
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 4813 (49.016 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
1st Lt. Francis, Thomas RexPilotMIA
2nd Lt. Mahoney, Maurice StanleyCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Bowkley, Raymond EdwardBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Barnum, Otto WilliamRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Brannigan, Allen FrancisEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Fiory, William John JosephBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Zordel, Wilbur GodfreyTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Palladino, Joseph AnthonyFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Petrillo, Joseph (NMI)Flexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 4 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
103 8 May 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Co-pilot 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Pilot 42‑97404 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group. Jettisoned incendiaries.
Sortie Report
106 12 May 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑37982 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
107 13 May 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Pilot 42‑97404 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑39888. While formation was under enemy aircraft attack, pulled out of formation to the left and was seen circling under control, with fires under inboard sections and both wings; five chutes emerged; crashed near Loitz, Germany. MACR 4813
Sortie Report

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