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Cyril Dorsey Conklin

Military

Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Ludwigshaven in P-51B 42-106640. Went missing in melee with Me109's. Crashed 20 Miles SW Strasbourg at Luxeuil. 27-May-44 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5111.

Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Employed in the oil industry, also worked for Helene Curtis, retiring in 1986.

Service

Units served with

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Krebs, OK 74501, USA 6 March 1923

Son of Charles D and Esther B [McGinnis] Conklin.

Lived in Pittsburg County, OK, USA 1941
Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK, USA 22 January 1941
Based Goxhill 1944 – 28 April 1944

Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Leiston 28 April 1944 – 27 May 1944

Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 27 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Baled out 70300 Luxeuil-les-Bains, France 27 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Ramrod to Ludwigshaven in P-51B 42-106640. Went missing in melee with Me109s. Crashed 20 Miles SW Strasbourg at Luxeuil. 27-May-44 POW. MACR 5111.

Promotion 8 June 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Died Peoria, IL, USA 6 March 1999
Buried 705 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540, USA 9 March 1999

Naperville Cemetery
Naperville,
DuPage County, IL

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2018 10:35:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28628708?terms=Cyril%20D%20Conklin
https://www.fold3.com/record/57452560-cyril-d-conklin
https://www.fold3.com/record/84766592-cyril-d-conklin
http://aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Conklin%2C+Cyril&S...
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74014637/cyril-dorsey-conklin

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2017 12:34:48 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5111 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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