Scot Herrin was born around 1921 in Tennessee. He was the son of Eugene and Mildred E. Herrin of Johnson City.

He was initially buried at Mirandola Cemetery at Mirandola, Italy and reburied at Florence American Cemetery, Via Cassia, Italy, F, 5, 7. He has a memorial stone in Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, and Herrin Drive in Johnson City was re-named in his honor. He has a memorial plaque on a large rock on Herrin Drive also honoring him.

Aircraft B-25J, with serial number 43-4000 was bombing a target near the Brenner Pass.

Statement from Cpl Delmas E. Collins
I saw A/C 9X 43-4000 get a direct hit in the radio-compartment or bomb bay. It began falling fast and I saw a person fall out and a chute open; probably the tail gunner or radio-gunner. The plane dropped pretty fast and I lost it when we turned. I was flying tail-gunner on no. 6 of the first box, while 9X was flying no. 3 of the second box. This gave my position directly in front of 9X.

S/Sgt Griffin was blown out of the aircraft and was the only survivor. After landing in a wooded area he was taken by some Austrians to a near-by house. Soon after arriving the Germans took him to a German hospital for treatment of his wounds.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt Scott Herrin
Co-Pilot, 1st Lt John H. Butler
Bombardier, 2nd Lt James A. Hurd
Radio Operator/Gunner, Cpl Ralph W. Jeffreys
Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Thomas Manwell
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Lawrence E. Griffin

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