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Jack Woodrow Murphy

Military

Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 ejected by explosion Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7125

"Shot down over Linz, Austria on 7/25/44 on 35th mission. An 88mm anti A/C shell hit & exploded in bomb bay. Set the plane on fire, knocked controls out and blinded me. Killed six of crew including co-pilot. The B-17 slow rolled twice and then went spinning toward the ground I was trapped inside and could not get to the escape hatch. I prayed 'Jesus Help Me' and immediately I heard rivets popping and the right wing tore off and I was thrown out thru the opening. Thank you Jesus."

Awards: DFC, AM(10 OLC),POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Robert Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 unable to escape aircraft Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7125 Awards: PH.

  • Thomas Hammond

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 unable to escape aircraft Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7125 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • John Johnston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 ejected by explosion Killed in Action(KIA) MACR 7125 Awards: AM(2OLC), PH.

  • Richard Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 unable to escape aircraft Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7125 Awards: PH.

  • Edgar Leonhard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 unable to escape aircraft Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7125 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • David Lipow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 unable to escape aircraft Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7125 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Garnel Lockemy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 ejected by explosion Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7125 ...

  • Allen Reedall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 ejected by explosion Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7125 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Irwin Witty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 ejected by explosion Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7125 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 342nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-6183

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/5/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 342BS/97BG Amendola 4/7/44; Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25/7/44 with Jack Murphy, Clark, Liton, Mitty, Lockery, Johnson, Halford, Jones, Randall, crew ejected by explosion 4 x...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Trout Run, PA 15 January 1917

Son of Byand Ramsey Murphy.

Enlisted Wilkes Barre, PA 29 March 1941
Based Amendola 1944 – 25 July 1944

Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF.

Shot down Vicinity of Linz, Austria 25 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Linz tank works 25-Jul-44 ejected by explosion Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7125

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 25 July 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Initially held in Mauthausen death camp, later Stalag Luft I.

Died Hummelstown, PA 20 December 2005
Buried Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA January 2006

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Annville,
Lebanon County, PA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2018 20:06:02 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank and biography
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Date Contributor Update
19 November 2018 14:20:02 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/543893479?terms=Jack%20Murphy
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17946778/jack-w-murphy

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