Francis Thomas Eyre

media-42164.pdf (84.1 KB) Document 42164 1LT Frank Eyre, Bombardier

Items from personal files of COL Frank Eyre (USA Ret) & his son, COL Michael Eyre (USA Ret)

Object Number - Document 42164 - 1LT Frank Eyre, Bombardier

Frank Eyre was from Chicago and was my father. He was in the 453rd BG, 733 Sqdn. His Operations Officer was MAJ Jimmy Stewart. His flight engineer was Edmund Trzcinski- he was the author of "Stalag 17" which became a movie. Dad was the bombardier of the "Ruth Marie" & the "Iron Duke". He was a lead crewmember & flew 30 msns. He retired from the US Army in 1969 as a Colonel. He served in WW2, Korea, & Vietnam.


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Units served with

Colonel Larry Thomas of the 453rd Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Col Larry Thomas 453BG.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


A bomber crew of the 458th Bomb Group with their B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-51110) nicknamed "Top O' the Mark.' The crew are: (back row, left to right) Carl Johnson - Nose Gunner, Chuck Frazer - Gunner, Charles Gretz - Top Turret Gunner, "Bubba" Monroe - Co-Pilot, (front row, left to right) Dick Eselgroth - Navigator, Al Miller - Bombardier, Billy Duke - Pilot "Luke" Lucas - Radio Operator, Baldamore Garcia - Engineer, "Pan" Panarese - Tail Gunner . Image via RM Eselgroth. Written on slide casing: '
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Top O The Mark
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 752nd Bomb Squadron 754th Bomb Squadron

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  • Object Number: Document 42163
  • Description: Operational missions of 1LT Frank Eyre, Bombardier of the "Ruth Marie" and "Iron Duke"
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  • Object Number: Document 42165
  • Description: Standing left is Edmund Trezcynski, Flight Engineer & author of "Stalag 17". He wrote of his experiences as a POW after being shot down in 1944. He...
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  • Object Number: Document 42166
  • Description: Crew of the "Ruth Marie" in winter 1944. 1LT Frank Eyre is wearing ball cap far left, 1st row. Aircraft pilot was 1LT Art O'Donnell.



I am COL Michael A. Eyre; the son of COL Francis T. Eyre.


Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Liberator Men of Old Buc

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