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Francis Lewis

Enlisted in the National Guard in 1938. Then into Federal service Dec 40, then at Camp Murry WA, at 21, (No Fly promise to mother is void) applied to Aviation Cadets.

Commissioned 2nd Lt, Pilot Jul 42 and ordered to B-26s at Barksdale and after training took a B-26 to Rabal, assigned to a group near Tunis. Jul 4, flew my first mission as #2 on Gp Cmdrs wing. I was CoPilot in #2. Our CoPilot flew in #6, left rear. We had P-38s for close cover, and Malta Spits above the overcast. #5 aborted at Malta. Then the P-38s vanished, and we had no radio contact. Over Gervini bombs cleared #1, Flak and Fighters hit. COs left wing blew off, #3 banked hard left, #4 spun through the debris, #6 went down. We went up and right. All in 10 seconds. Radios dead, no B-26s in sight, and we were leading (?) group. Spits heard the calls, and prevented disaster. Me? Shocked and of no help to the 1st Pilot. #3 and #4 did get home. P-38s reported 'no enemy encountered'. Wing Commander 'X' led the critique, crying. That helped.

Transferred to the 301st, no objection! Mission #2, Foggia, Aug 25. Mission 51, Steyr on 24 Feb 44.

Eastern Airlines pilot May 45 to May 79.

Francis Lewis

1st Lt. Francis S Lewis was assigned to the 301st BG 419th Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Pilot.

Enlisted in the National Guard in 1938. Then into Federal service Dec 40, then at Camp Murry WA, at 21, (No Fly promise to mother is void) applied to Aviation Cadets.

Commissioned 2nd Lt, Pilot Jul 42 and ordered to B-26s at Barksdale and after training took a B-26 to Rabal, assigned to a group near Tunis. Jul 4, flew my first mission as #2 on Gp Cmdrs wing. I was CoPilot in #2. Our CoPilot flew in #6, left rear. We had P-38s for close cover, and Malta Spits above the overcast. #5 aborted at Malta. Then the P-38s vanished, and we had no radio contact. Over Gervini bombs cleared #1, Flak and Fighters hit. COs left wing blew off, #3 banked hard left, #4 spun through the debris, #6 went down. We went up and right. All in 10 seconds. Radios dead, no B-26s in sight, and we were leading (?) group. Spits heard the calls, and prevented disaster. Me? Shocked and of no help to the 1st Pilot. #3 and #4 did get home. P-38s reported 'no enemy encountered'. Wing Commander 'X' led the critique, crying. That helped.

Transferred to the 301st, no objection! Mission #2, Foggia, Aug 25. Mission 51, Steyr on 24 Feb 44.

Eastern Airlines pilot May 45 to May 79.

The following information on Francis Lewis is gathered and extracted from military records. We have many documents and copies of documents, including military award documents. It is from these documents that we have found this information on 1st Lt. Lewis. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to Francis Lewis's military record please contact us.

  Rank General Order Date Notes Award Ribbon & Device

FRANCIS LEWIS

1LT

GO 28

11/26/1943

 

AM

Air Medal (AM)

FRANCIS LEWIS

1LT

GO 28

11/26/1943

 

AM/OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

FRANCIS LEWIS

1LT

GO 28

11/26/1943

AM/2OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Francis Lewis

1st Lt

126

03/13/1944

 

AM/3OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Francis Lewis

1st Lt

454

05/14/1944

 

AM/6OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Francis Lewis

1st Lt

454

05/14/1944

 

AM/7OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Francis Lewis

1st Lt

454

05/14/1944

 

AM/8OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Francis Lewis

1st Lt

454

05/14/1944

 

AM/4OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Francis Lewis

1st Lt

454

05/14/1944

 

AM/5OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

FRANCIS LEWIS

1LT

729

05/30/1944

 

AM/9OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2/25/1944 PUC

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