(Information for some of the members of this crew has been prepared from the translation of the crash report found on this website: “Allied Aircraft Tombs On French Soil”, and Pertes U.S.A.A.F. Translation provided by Microsoft.)

References to these men can also be found at The Wartime Memories Project - RAF Hardwick

Crash of Liberator B-24-J, #42-110104 - MACR 5913
13 June 1944, 8th AF / 93rd BG / 330th BS, Mission – Ploermel
Location: Guidel, 9 Km North of Lorient
Ship was hit by flak and possibly involved in a mid-air collision with B-24 #42-95153, Per Diem piloted by Lt. John R. Hoffman. Ship partially evacuated just before explosion in flight.
P – 1st Lt. Albert B. Cool, O-808958, Covington OH, KIA, DFC / AM+3, Buried: Brittany American Cemetery, Saint-James, Plot K, Row 6, Grave 9
CP – F/O Theodore Juraschek,, T-061913, Pittsburgh PA, KIA, AM+3, Buried: Brittany American Cemetery, Saint-James, Plot J, Row 10, Grave 5
N – 1st Lt. John F. Sykes, O-427969, Clearfield PA, KIA, AM+2, Buried: Ardennes American Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condroz, Leige, Belgium, Plot A, Row 39, Grave 57
Radio - T/Sgt. John H. Merlino, San Francisco CA, KIA, Place of Burial: Unknown
S/Sgt. John R. Rudy, 33502427, York PA, Survived/Escaped/Returned
S/Sgt. Thomas C. Sornsin, 16167014, Fargo ND, POW, Stalag Luft 4

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