Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Frank DeSales Murphy

Military

Wounded in Action on 10 October 1943, when his aircraft B-17 Flying Fortress 42-30725 nicknamed "AW-R-Go" was shot down on a mission over Munster. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III, Sagan; Stalag VIIA, Moosburg (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Awards: Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart; POW Medal; ETO Campaign Medal

Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

Service

People

  • Robert Bixler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Clark

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1028 Awards: PH.

  • Charles Cruikshank

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Garrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: DFC, AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • August Gaspar

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glenn Graham

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

  • James Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Orlando Vincenti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1028 Awards: PH.

  • Leonard Weeks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Show more

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30725 'AW-R-GO'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17/7/43; Love Fd 7/8/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-Z] Thorpe Abbotts 3/9/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Capt Chas Cruikshank, Co-pilot: Glen Graham, Navigator: Capt Frank Murphy, Bombardier...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Atlanta, Georgia 9 September 1921
Based Thorpe Abbotts 1943 – 10 October 1943

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 10 October 1943 – 27 January 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Wounded in action 10 October 1943
Baled out POW Munster, Germany 10 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028

Force Marched to Moosburg Moosburg 27 January 1945 – 1 February 1945
Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 1 February 1945 – 29 April 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag VIIa.

Died Atlanta, GA 16 June 2005

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2020 21:15:18 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

CNN article by granddaughter
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=frank-desales-...

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2020 21:11:19 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

CNN article by granddaughter
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=frank-desales-...

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2020 13:55:08 Emily Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Article written by Murphy's Granddaughter, Chloe Melas for CNN, October 2020

MACR

POW Record

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2020 13:41:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

"Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 22:39:53 jmoore43 Changes to awards
Sources

Added the awards mentioned in the "Summary biography" section.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 22:38:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability. Added POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives to the POW event.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001; MACR 1028, self / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1028 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share