Truman R. Lord is a World War II Missing In Action (MIA) 2LT whose name is engraved on the Tablets of the Missing at the American Cemetery and Memorial Margraten in the Netherlands. His name is adopted by the Stichting Missing In Action (MIA) board.
General information on Lord, Truman R., ASN: O768605:
|Name:||Truman Ray Lord|
|Rank:||2nd Lieutenant (2LT)|
|Status:||Missing in action (MIA)|
|Missing since:||October 11, 1944|
|Unit:||358th Bomber Squadron
303rd Bomber Group, Heavy
|Commemorated:||Tablets of the missing
U.S. Cemetery and Memorial
|Adopted by:||Stichting Missing In Action (MIA) board|
2LT Truman R. Lord Crew - 358th BS - September 6, 1944
Backrow left to right
SGT. Bernard A. Winiger (Engineer - KIA)
SGT. Robert H. Brown* (Waist Gunner - POW)
SGT. Earl G. Hatfield (Radio Operator - KIA)
SGT. William H. Ferguson (Tail Gunner - POW)
SGT. Armin Weiss (Ball Turret Gunner - KIA)
SGT. Oscar D. Stephenson, Jr. (Waist Gunner)
Frontrow left to right
2LT. Truman R. Lord (Pilot - KIA)
2LT. Clifton N. Phillips (Co-Pilot - KIA)
2LT. Arvid Anderson (Navigator - POW)
2LT. Arthur F. Ruiz (Bombardier - KIA)
* Not original crewmember on September 6, 1944
Aircraft was last sighted or contacted at 50º50' - 07º00'E. It was hit by intense and extremely acurate Anti Aircraft gunfire and received a direct hit, pulled engine #1 and #2. There was smoke immidiately. Aircraft pulled to the left and went down in a steep dive. It exploded in mid air at approx. 15,000 ft.
Three chutes were seen at time the aircraft exploded as if men blown out of the aircraft. These chutes opened at the same time and almost immidiately.
The aircraft crashed at 10:17 on October 11, 1944 on the Training Center Wahn in direction to Altherath. The aircraft had 98% damage.