22 Sept. 1943 — Italy
Pvt. R L "Jack" Loy; B-25 TAIL GUNNER
380th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order ---/mission ---) Group Mission # :
Mission Report # 129 Date- Sep 22 1943
Target- Rd. Bridge & Switchback at 946765 (Just N ofGrottaminarda) Squadron airplanes-12 After the splendid work that our Group performed on the Castelnuovo Rd Jcn. that resulted in the destruction of 1800 M/T trapped on the severed roads, we have gained greater glory in our tactical work. Knowing of its importance, higher Command assigned us to destroy the Rd Bridge & Switchback at 946765 which is just N of Grottaminarda. A perfect piece of bombing was turned in by our bombardiers that resulted in direct hits on the bridge and severance of both the N & S legs of the bridge by our bomb strings. Flak of a “slight growing to moderate” intensity was experienced. It was enough, however, to plant a direct burst of flak in the bombay of Lt. Hanlon’s plane, causing a fire there. The three members of the crew in the rear of the ship, SGTS. MARQUIS, Talley and Pvt. R.L. "JACK" LOY bailed out excited and believing the ship was going down.
380th BS War Diary: Casualty Report:
22 September 1943
On the above day while participating in an operational mission to bomb the Road Bridge north of Grottaminarda, Italy, the following men are reported missing:
Radio Operator- Sgt. E.G. Talley
Upper-Turret Gunner- S/Sgt. W.W., Marquis
Tail-Gunner- Pvt. R.L. Loy
While approaching the target, the bomber piloted by Lieut. Hanlon, was hit by a direct burst of anti-aircraft fire in the bomb-bay section. The three crew members, listed above, in the rear of the aircraft, evidently believed that the plane was going down. Two of the men chuted to safety but the third man was seen to leave the ship without a parachute. The chute he was attempting to put on blossomed open and several seconds later he fell after it. Just which member of the crew that was, is not determined. The pilot was able to pilot the ship back to a friendly airdrome.