Rockford C. Griffith; fl 1941-1945; USAAF airman; Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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Rockford C. Griffith; fl 1941-1945; USAAF airman; Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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fl 1941-1945

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Major Rockford C. Griffith was born in Forth Worth, Texas. He flew 22 missions as a pilot with the 67th Bomb Squadron. The Griffith Crew comprised R.C. Griffith, David R. Edmonds, John W. Gibboney, Harold H. 'Jack' Harmon, William Kuban, Earl S. Parrish, Abe Sofferman, William Tinsman, Robert B. Weatherwax. Sofferman and Edmonds were killed in action in 1944.

During a mission targetting a twin-engine fighter plant at Lechfeld, Germany, on 13 April 1944, Griffith and tail-gunner Forrest E. Bartay were the only two crew members to evade capture after their aeroplane was forced to make an emergency landing near Dubendorf, Switzerland. Forrest Clark was interned, with other crew members, by the Swiss authorities in the internee camp at Adleboden. In December 1944, after eight months internment, Clark escaped across the French border during the Battle of the Bulge.

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Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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Created on: 03/01/2019 by Catherine.Collins

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