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Loyson Perry Rankin Jr


Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF.

Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-73428 'Big Nig'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. 10 x KIA MACR 1592 ...

Associated Place

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Lamesa, TX 1 November 1922

Son of Loyson Perry Sr and Alma Rankin.

Based 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF.

Died Houston, TX 7 November 1998


Date Contributor Update
22 January 2021 21:26:14 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations