Lewis Franklin Pardue, Bombardier
Tampla, Fla., July 12 1944 – Five crew members are missing and five others escaped with only minor injuries after parachuting form a Drew Field heavy bomber that was engaged in a combat training flight in the Tiger Lake section of central Florida yesterday, Crew Field public relations offficer announced today.
The missing fliers were listed as
Flight Officer Lawrence E. O’Rourke, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Flight Officer Lewis F. Pardue, Greenville, Tenn.
Cpl. Harry Phillips, Shenandoah, Pa.
PFC John W. Dodd, Washington, D.C.
T/Sgt. Al L. Leazer, Greensboro, N.C.
Other members of the crew who were said to have escaped with only minor injuries were:
Second Lt. Alcot H. Stower, Hampton Falls, N.H.
Second Lt. Carl G. Meeks, Los Angeles
PFC Durand H. Huggins, Gilmer, Texas
Cpl. Leo E. Sullivan, Georgetown, Ark.
PFC Donald E. Gillespie, Arlington, Mass.
An extensive search for the missing men was reported underway.