Floyd Byerly

1st Lt. Floyd R Byerly was assigned to the 301st BG 32nd Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Pilot.

When crews finished combat training at Dyersburg AAF, they returned to Lincoln, Nebraska where they were assigned a new plane, straight from the factory with only three or four hours of time recorded. They were instructed to go aloft the next morning and calibrate the instruments. It was basically a job for the navigator to accomplish, but the pilots had to follow certain orders from him. Expected time to complete the job was less than four hours.

One of the planes returned much later than the others. Story was, a member of Lt. Cristy's crew came from Kansas and they flew there, buzzed his home, and returned to Lincoln. The story also indicated that they flew so low they ran into scores of grasshoppers which were splattered all over the plane.

Below is the note that was supposedly dropped by Floyd on the family farm in north-western Kansas. They buzzed the farm and then came back and dropped the notes.

Below is a copy of the note


1st Lt. Floyd R Byerly - 301st BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

1st Lt. Floyd R Byerly

Front Row L to R:  Jay W. Cristy - Pilot;  Floyd R. Byerly - Co-pilot; Carl Bass - Nav.; Joseph F. Gehring - Bomb. Back Row L to R: Coit W. Yancey; Harrison E. Mulford - Gunner; James E. Gormley - Eng. ; Victor V. Plendl - Radio;  LeRoy T. Kephart - Ball Turret - 301st BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

Front Row L to R: Jay W. Cristy - Pilot; Floyd R. Byerly - Co-pilot; Carl Bass - Nav.; Joseph F. Gehring - Bomb. Back Row L to R: Coit W. Yancey; Harrison E. Mulford - Gunner; James E. Gormley - Eng. ; Victor V. Plendl - Radio; LeRoy T. Kephart - Ball Turret

Lt. Floyd R Byerly at home - 301st BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

Lt. Floyd R Byerly at home

The following information on Floyd Byerly 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. Byerly. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to Floyd Byerly's military record please contact us.

Rank Order Date Award Ribbon & Device

F/O

31

01/02/1945

AM

Air Medal (AM)

F/O

1484

03/17/1945

AM/1OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2nd Lt

2711

04/24/1945

AM/2OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

3/17/1945 General Orders 1484 AM/OLC

Note to Family dropped from B-17 PDF

Separation report PDF

Departure Orders PDF

Personal Album of Floyd Byerly


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