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Paul Chryst

Military

Paul Chryst enlisted in the Air Corps in August 1942. After training and his commission as a 2nd Lt he was sent overseas and assigned to the 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron as a Bombardier. He was promoted to 1st Lt and flew 35 combat missions between August and December 1944.
Lt. Colonel Paul Chryst (Ret.) wrote on 2 November 2002 in an e-mail posted at http://www.merkki.com/guestbook2002page4.htm :
“We flew our first mission on 3 August 1944 and the last one on 15 Dec 44. I counted 38 missions total; but the Orderly Room said "only 35 completed". My Pilot Class was 43K; but the PT-17 Stearman (training plane) washed me out. Went on to Aerial Gunnery School and graduated to become the FIRST class of Cadets to wear Gunner's wings then on to Bombardier School. We graduated after 12 weeks bombing and another 6 weeks of DR Navigation. My biggest fear while flying was "bail-out" the small hatch next to the Navigator and being killed by hitting the leading edge of the left elevator. If I made it to the ground, my next worry was being killed by some German civilian. At 6'-2" I weighed 125 lbs. and never would have survived the small rations in POW Camp.”
Paul Chryst’s 30 August 2002 oral history interview in Tacoma, Washington at https://digital.library.shsu.edu/digital/collection/p16042coll1/id/53

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102504 Times A-Wastin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 31/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-D] Bassingbourn 11/5/44. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 24 August 1920

Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Sinodis and Helen (Gardner) Chryst

Lived in 1942

Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Enlisted 11 August 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps, Reading, Pennsylvania

flew on 35 missions 3 August 1944 – 15 December 1944

as a Bombardier in the 401st Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group

Buried 2014

Paul Chryst rests at the Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA

Died 31 July 2014

at the Saratoga Center, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2019 13:59:56 ED-BB Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
https://digital.library.shsu.edu/digital/collection/p16042coll1/id/53
Posting at http://www.merkki.com/guestbook2002page4.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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