Facts and Information

JOHN R. KYLER

  • SERIAL NUMBER 32830356
  • DATE OF INDUCTION: 1/27/43
  • DATE OF ENTRY 2/3/43, FORT NIAGARA
  • 92ND BOMB GROUP, 407TH BOMB SQUADRON, 8th AIR FORCE
  • B-17F  BALL TURRET GUNNER
  • TRAINING:  LOWRY FIELD, COLORADO  – 9 WEEKS ARMORER- GUNNERS EXAM 4/27/43
  • GRADUATED LAREDO FIELD, TEXAS, AFTER 6 WEEKS OF TRAINING 8/7/43
  • TAIL NUMBER OF CRASHED BOMBER – 42-30423
  • POW #1277
  • MACR #2237

CREW MEMBERS:

  • PILOT:  LAWRENCE H. COOK, 2ND LT.   SN O-80618
  • CO-PILOT:  ROBERT B. BANGS, 2ND LT.    SN O-754310
  • NAVIGATOR: DONALD H. CAYLOR, 2ND LT.  

      SN O-747079

  • BOMBARDIER: EMMETT H. BELL, 2ND LT.

     SN O-735248

  • TOP TURRET GUNNER:  JOHN BOOTH, S/SGT. 

     SN 13096872

  • BALL TURRET GNR:  JOHN R. KYLER, S/SGT.

     SN 32830356

  • R. WAIST GNR.: JOHN J. ALEXANDER, JR., SGT

     SN 32363852

  • L. WAIST GNR:  MILO E. BLAKELY, SGT.

     SN 39307023

  • TAIL GNR: THOMAS J. MIKULKA, SGT  SN 32720108
  • RADIO OPR: JAY JOYCE, S/SGT SN 35435819
  • SHOT DOWN 2/4/44 ON BOMBING MISSION TO FRANKFURT, GERMANY – 3RD MISSION.
  • BAILED OUT OVER BELGIUM. 
  • BOMBER CRASHED IN KOERSEL, BELGIUM.
  • JOHN KYLER LANDED IN A GARDEN; 
  • WAS TAKEN PRISONER AND HELD IN BELGIUM FOR    2 DAYS
  • WENT THROUGH INTERROGATION IN FRANKFURT – 7 DAYS
  • WAS POW IN STALAG LUFT VI – 2/21/44 TO 7/15/44 – HEYDEKRUG, EAST PRUSSIA
  • STALAG LUFT IV – 7/18/44 – 1/29/45 – GROSS TYCHOW, POMERANIA
  • STALAG LUFT I – 2/8/45 – 5/13/45 – BARTH, GERMANY
  • 21 DAYS OF BOX CAR AND BOAT TRAVEL
  • WAS LIBERATED MAY 1, 1945, BY RUSSIANS AND FLOWN OUT OF BARTH ON MAY 13, 1945; LANDED AT LYONS.  WENT BY TRUCK TO RHEIMS – STAYED OVERNIGHT AND FLOWN OUT OF RHEIMS ON MAY 14TH BY C47 – LANDED IN LEHAVRE, FRANCE; WENT TO CAMP LUCKY STRIKE 20 MILES IN FROM LEHAVRE.
  DAD CANDY
Niagara Falls, New York February 3, 1943 August 27, 2005
(B-17 ride over Niagara Falls)
Podington, England November 15, 1943 September 20, 2006
Koersel, Belgium   February 4, 1944 September 23, 2006
Frankfurt  February 8, 1944 April 26, 2005
October 6, 2007
Oberursel, Germany  February  8-15, 1944 April 27, 2005
October 6, 2007
Heydekrug, East Prussia February 21, 1944 – July 15, 1944 September 24, 2007
(currently Silute, Lithuania) 
Kiefheide, Poland 
(currently Podborsko, Poland) 
July 18, 1944 October 1, 2006
September 29, 2007
Gross Tychow, Pomerania
(currently Tychowo, Poland)  
July 18, 1944 – January 29, 1945  October 1, 2006
September 29, 2007 
Barth, Germany  February 8, 1945 – May 1, 1945 May 1, 2005
September 29, 2006
September 27, 2007

DAD
Lawrence Cook, Pilot – first meeting in training with dad in Ephreta,
Washington                
August 29, 1943

CANDY                        
Met Lawrence in Yucca Valley, California
January 14, 2007

DAD
Bailout
first and last time

CANDY
Bailout
first and last time
May 28, 2006