Frammenti di Storia poster—courtesy Matteo Pierro, Salerno 1943 Air Finders
Tomorrow in the commune of Pietragalla, Italy, community members will gather for a memorial service in honor of the crew of the American B-24 bomber known as the Fyrtle Myrtle.
The plane crashed 70 years ago this summer—on July 16, 1943.
The full story of the Fyrtle Myrtle is told on the “B-24 Bomber Fyrtle Myrtle Discovered” post.
Three men survived the crash. Staff Sergeant Edward T. Dzierzynski is listed in the WW II POW database of the U.S. National Archives as having been interned in Camp 59. Although the camp that Staff Sergeant Cyrus F. Johnson Jr. was in is not specified in the database, he likely was held in Camp 59 as well and escaped with Edward Dzierzynski (official records indicate the two men returned to the Allied forces on the same day).
The third survivor, Staff Sergeant Robert E. Dulac, who was badly injured in the crash, was taken to a hospital in Potenza, Italy.
Cyrus F. Johnson is survived by his sons Ron and John Johnson. Lloyd Eldon Kile, who died in the crash, is survived by a nephew, Dennis Heter. I am unaware of any relatives of the other crew members.
Translation of the text of the event poster:
Commune of Pietragalla
Pro Loco Pietragalla
National Association of Families of the Fallen and Missing in the War, Pietragalla Chapter
Salerno 1943 Association
FRAGMENTS OF HISTORY
70 years after the downing of an American aircraft from the skies of Pietragalla
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2013
19:00, PIAZZA MAGGIO
Comune di Pietragalla
Pro Loco di Pietragalla
Associazione e nazionale famiglie dei caduti e dispersi in guerra – Sezione di Pietragalla
Associazione Salerno 1943
FRAMMENTI DI STORIA
A 70 anni dall’abbattimento di un aereo americano nei cieli di Pietragalla
DOMENICA 4 AGOSTO 2013
ORE 19:00 PIAZZA MAGGIO