10 May, 1944 — Corsica, France
Lewis J Geerling was a Captain in the 57th Bomb Wing, but to his men and staff, he was the "Good Doctor Geerling" and it is believed he was a Surgeon at the Hospital on Corsica. Although we do not yet have a picture of him, nor if he was assigned to as specific Group, we do have memories from the men of the "Good Dr."
Dr. Capt. Lewis J Geerling was the Co-Pilot of a routine Courier Flight on Corsica, (Several Reports list him as Pilot) carrying 57th Bomb Wing Personel and a Red Cross Correspondent Lady, Carolyn Chapin. The ship crash was due to extreme bad weather, the B-25 #42-53371, the 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron Ship, the "Deathwind" was a Combat Veteran and free for use that day.
Wednesday, 10 May 1944
HQ 57th BW: Extracts from Missing Air Crew Report # 16458: Plane B-25 type AP was on a routine training flight, en route to Ghisonaccia, Corsica, on 10 May 1944 when it crashed into a mountain near Sartene, Corsica. A/C No. 42-53371 “Death Wind” (MACR-16458 - crashed into mountain) (formerly 447th BS ship) P Geerlings, Lewis J., Capt, HQ 57th BW - KNB CP Fletcher, Ray F., 1Lt, HQ 57th BW - KNB PAX Elliott, Edwin (NMI), S/Sgt, HQ 57th BW - KNB PAX Chapin, Carolyn, American Red Cross - KNB PAX Loring, Richard H., PFC, HQ 57th BW - KNB None None None
Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com
57th BW Researcher, 321st Bomb Group Historian (2007-20__)
321st Bomb Group Historian (2007- 20__) More info to come.