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Missing Air Crew Report for 2nd Lt Daniel T Loyd
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Mother's Investigation finds 24 contradictions to Air Force's reports on Son's Death
I was researching some information for my father who was part of the 78th Fighter Group based at Duxford England during WW2. One of the search possibilites in Footnote is the Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR)compiled during the war. If you go to this group and enter 5577 you will find many pages associated with the particular pilot below.
On June 10, 1944, 2nd Lt Daniel T Loyd of the 78th Fighter group, 84th Fighter Squadron was flying a Bomber Escort mission over France when his P-47 was hit by Flak. The report listed him as Missing in Action.
What made this MACR most interesting was that attached to the offical report was a letter from the mother who had done her own investigation into her son's death. There are several contradictions listed in the letter which include how he was killed, how he was shot down, medical examinations of the body and persons who had her son's possesions. It ends as a mystery as the report does not address the mother's letter and I have yet to find if they were able to correctly indentify his body and if it was shipped back to the states.
I contacted a friend in Belgium who was able to find the following:
Here what I found about Daniel Loyd from the book "Mémoires de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale dans l'Eure" from a French Report, here the translation :
Report about the murder of Lt D.T. Loyd, Aircraft serial 42-25981
The 10th June 1944 around 09:00am, an american aircraft was shot down by German DCA and landed in the territory of Bois-Arnault (Eure), in a grassland belonging to Mr Costé. The pilot : the Lieutnant D.T. LOYD, slightly injured when he force landed, was captured and put back by Germans workers to a German SS Unit based in Rugles and which the office was in the factory yard of Fourneau.
At that moment, the SS Officer Hugo Wolf seems to understand to Mr Jules Médo, living in Rugles, that he will kill the American airman. Germans started to dig a grave in the garden of Mr Médo. Following several protests and supplications from Mrs & Miss Médo, the Germans decided to didn't execute their project in Fourneau but taken Lt LOYD in Saint-Sulpice-sur-Risle, close to the crossroad of the Laigle road and Butte-aux-Roches road, at the exact place where two of their Officers in convoy were killed by the machine-gunning from Allied aircrafts.
There, the unfortunate american airman, aged of 21, ace of 16 victories (sic !) was cowardly killed by H. Wolf, whereas he was a POW and need to be treated like this with International agreements.
His flight jacket was conserved by a French Underground member, Mr Buchon, hairdresser in Rugles, but was recovered to the house of XXX(secret in the report) in Rugles, an Italian, well known for his relations with German Troops.
Officer Hugo Wolf lived in Rugles, he was assigned to the SS Company 58-286 G (or 58-286 A). The chief of those two Units, Commandant Bremer, owner of the RitterKreuz (Also know to be the responsable for the murder of the keep-hunter Mr Franchet and his three sons and the farmer Mr Magnin) was lodged in the Castle of Lesmeval, commune of Cheronvilliers, close to Rugles (Eure).
For copy : P. Douilly
- St. Sulpice, France
- 10 Jun 1944