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Alfred Cryer


My first Mission

The crew that I was flying with, the day I was shot down, was not my crew. It was my first mission and I guess it was a crew made up from the pool. The reason we came down near Krakow, Poland was we were heading to a field in Russia. On the second bomb run on the target our ship and the lead ship were hit by anti-aircraft fire. We took hits in the number two and number four engines. Orders were if you were not able to make it back to Italy, you could try for this field in Russia. Our navigator told us when we should be able to see the field, after making a couple of circles and not seeing a field we decided a wheels up crash-landing was the way to go. Only it was occupied Poland, about 35 miles from the front lines.


Held at Stalag Luft 1


Back Row - left to right

S/Sgt. Paul Hanshaw, T/Sgt. Roy Guidry, S/Sgt. William Campbell,T/Sgt. Robert Rogge,Darwin Hansen,John Grubbish

Front Row- left to right

2nd Lt. John Doran, 2nd Lt. Alfred Cryer, Samual Alvino

MACR: 10746

Alfred Cryer

2nd Lt. Alfred J Cryer was assigned to the 301st BG 352nd Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Co-pilot.


Held at Stalag Luft 1


Back Row - left to right

12/26/1944 MIA - B-17G A/C 44-6337

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