courtesy of Frances E. Dyer, Upper Darby, PA
Francis E. Dyer enlisted on march 25. 1942, and served with the 782nd BS, 465th BG (H), 55th Wing, 15th AF. He left college to enlist and was assigned to motor operations in QM. He was transferred to the USAAC, was sent to Arnament School at Lowry Field, CO; and Gunnery school iat Harlington, Texas.
He was tail gunner on a B-24 in Italy. They were shot down over Friedrichshafen, Germany by ME-109s and FW-190. He was one of three survivors out of a 10-man-crew. He was imprisoned at Stalag Luft VI (St. Wendel) and Stalag Luft IV and force marched from Feb. 6, 1945 to May 2, 1945. They were liberated on Max 2. 1945.
His awards include the Purple Heart, Air Medel. POW Medal, Gond Conduct Medal. EAME Medal with three stars. American Theater Medal, and WWII Victory Medal. He was discharged on October 15, 1945, as a staff sergeant.
Graduating from Temple University in 1948, Dyer was in the retail business (administrative) for 23 years and eight years in mail order. He married Mary Jane who is deceased (Sep 4, 1979) and then married Teresa on April 16, 1982. His children are: Francis E. Jr., Mary Ellen Crawford, Thomas Leo, Margaret Mary Burghart, Maureen Frances Pollard, Therese Mary Burghart, Maureen Frances Pollard. Therese Mary Mantell, John Joseph, Mary Anne White; step-children, Teresa Noga and Janmes P. Gallagher; and 17 grandchildren.
He passed away in October 1997.