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Floyd S Ernst

Military

Private Floyd Stanley Ernst was born and raised in Tomahawk, WI. He joined the Army Air Corps on 11 September 1942, and was stationed in England from July 1943 to his death on 28 January 1944.

On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to abandon ship. Pvt. Ernst and four others perished in the crash. Died, Non-Battle (DNB).

Pvt. Ernst and Sgt. Joseph Rubin were assisting Major Nathan Hylan conduct tests on improvements Dr. Hylan made to the high altitude escape system to improve the crew's survive rate during bailouts. The three men were assigned to the 352nd Fighter Group and were passengers aboard the aircraft.

Crew members T/Sgt. Donald Sherman and 1st Lt. Lon Byram were overcome during the initial explosion and smoke that filled the cabin. Sgt. Rubin and Pvt. Ernst failed to bail out, dying in the crash; and Maj. Hylan's parachute ripped away during deployment, causing him to fall to his death.

Service

People

  • Lon Byram

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Lon J. Byram was the bombardier on the B-24J #42-100001 "Drawers" that crashed on a local training flight on 28 January 1944, killing Lt. Byram and 4 others. ...

  • Alan Green

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD.

  • Halbert Grimm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD.

  • Donald Hickey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD. Earlier on June 25, 1943 on training mission, B24 42-40774 collided with another ac

  • Nathan Hylan

    Military | Major | Flight Surgeon | 352nd Fighter Group
    Maj. Nathan W. Hylan was a respected physician and well-known member of the Derry Flying Club in the small town of Derry, N.H. Like many others during wartime, Hylan traded in his civilian life for military service. He was assigned to the medical...

  • Johnnie Lechmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD.

  • Joseph Rubin

    Military | Sergeant | 352nd Fighter Group
    KIS

  • Joseph Rubin

    Military | Sergeant | Medic | 352nd Fighter Group
    Sgt. Joseph J. Rubin was a passenger on the B-24J #42-100001 "Drawers" that crashed on a local training flight on 28 January 1944, killing Sgt. Rubin and 4 others. ...

  • Donald Sherman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Williams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD.

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Units served with

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron
  • 565th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-100001 Drawers

    B-24 Liberator
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. Five of the crew were killed, and five survived.

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Died Stowlangtoft, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 28 January 1944
Buried Wisconsin 16 July 1948

Tomahawk Greenwood Cemetery in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

Reburied stateside from temporary grave at Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2019 14:46:39 adamandnichole Changes to media associations
Sources

I am a cousin of Pvt. Ernst.

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2019 21:08:18 adamandnichole Changes to person associations
Sources

I am a cousin of Pvt. Ernst.

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2019 21:04:04 adamandnichole Changes to biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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I am a cousin of Pvt. Ernst.

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2019 20:33:19 adamandnichole Changes to service number and role
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I am a cousin of Pvt. Ernst

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2019 20:31:29 adamandnichole Changes to nickname
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I am a cousin of Pvt. Ernst

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 12:20:48 Lucy May Changes to events and place associations
Sources

Added Floyd S Ernst's name to the digital Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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