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Daniel T Loyd

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) near Ecouche in P-47 42-25981 - says MACR 5577. US trial papers (case no 11-96) say he was shot to death while prisoner of war at St. Sulpice sur Risle, France, by an SS trooper. In an irregular drum-head court martial he had been charged of having strafed an ambulance and killed two wounded therein (which was untrue). The responsible SS officer was sentenced to death and hanged at Landsberg/Lech on 26/11/1948.

About Daniel Loyd from the book "Mémoires de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale dans
l'Eure" from a French Report, here the translation :

"Report about the murder of Lt D.T. Loyd, Aircraft serial 42-25981 The 10th June
1944 around 09:00am, an American aircraft was shot down by German DCA and
landed in the territory of Bois-Arnault (Eure), in a grassland belonging to Mr Costé.
The pilot : the Lieutenant D.T. LOYD, slightly injured when he force landed, was
captured and put back by Germans workers to a German SS Unit based in Rugles
and which the office was in the factory yard of Fourneau.

At that moment, the SS Officer Hugo Wolf seems to understand to Mr Jules Médo,
living in Rugles, that he will kill the American airman. Germans started to dig a grave
in the garden of Mr Médo. Following several protests and supplications from Mrs &
Miss Médo, the Germans decided to didn't execute their project in Fourneau but
taken Lt Loyd in Saint-Sulpice-sur-Risle, close to the crossroad of the Laigle road
and Butte-aux-Roches road, at the exact place where two of their Officers in convoy
were killed by the machine-gunning from Allied aircrafts.

There, the unfortunate American airman, aged of 21, ace of 16 victories (sic !) was
cowardly killed by H. Wolf, whereas he was a POW and need to be treated like this
with International agreements.

His flight jacket was conserved by a French Underground member, Mr Buchon,
hairdresser in Rugles, but was recovered to the house of XXX(secret in the report)
in Rugles, an Italian, well known for his relations with German Troops.

Officer Hugo Wolf lived in Rugles, he was assigned to the SS Company 58-286 G
(or 58-286 A). The chief of those two Units, Commandant Bremer, owner of the
RitterKreuz (Also known to be the responsible for the murder of the keep-hunter Mr
Franchet and his three sons and the farmer Mr Magnin) was lodged in the Castle of
Lesmeval, commune of Cheronvilliers, close to Rugles (Eure)".

Service

Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hollywood, California
Killed in action 10 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2019 13:16:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Peter Randall - 78th FG D-Day List;

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2019 10:02:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

About Daniel Loyd from the book "Mémoires de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale dans l'Eure" translated from a French Report. From http://www.ulongbeach.com/Loyd.html

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2017 11:11:50 Kauko56 Changes to biography
Sources

R&R paper, 11-96

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2017 11:09:01 Kauko56 Changes to biography
Sources

same as before

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2017 11:08:06 Kauko56 Changes to biography
Sources

Review and Recommendations paper in US case 11-96.

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2015 11:25:33 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
MACR 5577 ;
Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5577 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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