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2nd Lt. Thomas P. Griffin Crews
723rd Squadron



Thomas Griffin Crew

Back Row. Left to Right:
2nd Lt.John G. Scocos - Bombardier
2nd Lt. Thomas P. Griffin - Pilot
2nd Lt. Herbert K. Morrison - Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. John D. Lawson - Navigator

Front Row. Left to Right:
T/Sgt. Edgar F. Howard - Nose Turret Gunner
S/Sgt. Alexander Banner - Top Turret Gunner
T/Sgt. Frank M. Davis - Right Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. Harry Stewart - Ball Turret Gunner
S/sgt. Francis J. Lyons - Left Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. Ralph C. Scudder - Tail Turret Gunner

Picture provided by Wayne Howard, son of Edgar Howard

Lt. Griffin and his crew arrived in Manduria on 10 March 1944 flying "Little Lady Joyce" 42-52519, affectionately called "Lady". They flew three combat missions in her. The Lady's fourth mission was with a new replacement crew. On 19 March 1944, Little Lady Joyce did not return from a mission to Graz, Austria.
On 4 April 1944 Lt. Griffin and his crew were assigned a new aircraft. They called her Little Lady Joyce II.

The crew, with the exception of Frank Davis who was sick and unable to fly, were shot down over Austria on 24 May 1944.
Harry Stewart is believed to have perished in the aircraft. The remaining crew were captured and endured the death marches as POW's

T/Sgt Howard

Tree dedicated to Edgar Howard in Cottontale Park, Manduria


Banner, Alexander Engineer POW
Clune, Carmel R Gunner POW
Griffin, Thomas P Pilot POW
Howard, Edgar F Gunner POW
Lawson, John D Bombardier POW
Lyons, Francis J Radio POW
Morrison, Herbert K Co-Pilot POW
Scocos, John G Navigator POW
Scudder, Ralph C Jr Gunner POW
Stewart, Harry Gunner KIA


Link to MACR 5433




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