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Old 12th January 2018, 22:01
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Re: 451st BG/726BS - MACR 7211

Alex, still nothing concrete but it does appear that this MACR 7211 crew may have stayed together with 5 of this crew KIA 22 Aug 1944 when 42-52111 was shot down. Still not proof that 42-52111 was the plane from which Cook and McLean jumped but this may make it a more likely candidate.

MACR 7211 remaining crew members and fate (?)

2Lt Maurice J Beaucond, Jr., O-700893 (P) Later 22 Aug 1944 POW https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-...pg=1&rid=43380

2Lt Weldon H Jeffress, O-719850 (CP) Later 22 Aug 1944 KIA https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...don-h-jeffress

2Lt Sidney S Grapey, O-719850 (N) Later KIA (date of death in error likely should be 22 Aug 1944) https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...idney-s-grapey

Sgt William T Gibson, 34650016 (ETTG) enlistment https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-...=1&rid=5048892 Later KIA 22 Aug 1944 https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...liam-t.-gibson

Sgt Oliver H Martin, 38512700 (BTG) enlisted https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-...=1&rid=7381653 No NARA POW record found. This might be our Sgt Martin https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...-holmes-martin (7 Sep 1924 to 27 Dec 1960)

Sgt Billy R Bolin, 38515825 (TG) No NARA record found. WW II Memorial, Billy Ray Bolin http://https://www.wwiimemorial.com/...oreeID=2124523 likely our Sgt Bolin https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...illy-ray-bolin

S/Sgt Willard E Smith, 37657815 (WG) enlistment https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-...=1&rid=6827407 KIA 22 Aug 1944 https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...illard-e-smith

S/Sgt Frank A Johnson, 37666953 (WG) enlistment https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-...=1&rid=6836075 KIA 22 Aug 1944 https://www.wwiimemorial.com/Registr...oreeID=2101161 and https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...rank-a-johnson
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