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A display at the entrance to the archive puts visitors in the time period of the 416th. Behind the West Point uniform, Wayne points out the Cramsie
family's Service flag. The blue star represents William's brother, Robert, who also was on active duty during the war. The gold star recognizes that
William was killed in battle following the attack on a V-1 launch area at Bois de Huit Rues.

to his mother sometime before he shipped out overseas.
faster planes such as the Douglas A-20 Havoc flown by the
After the war, she gave it to his brother Robert, also a
416th focused on destroying launch sites for Germany's
WWII veteran. How the ring ended up in a West Coast
V-1 flying bomb - one of the earliest cruise missiles -
pawn shop and later in Wayne and Doris' mailbox remains
which was wreaking havoc on England. Following the
a mystery. What it led to, however, is preserved in great
Allied Forces' landing at Normandy, the four squadrons
detail at the Gainesville archive. Only a handful of the
were then tasked with attacking German military units
bomb group's veterans still make it to the reunions
and bridges.
On April 10, 1944, less than a year after his
and there are fewer every year. That's where the
graduation and less than two months before
archive can serve as a vehicle for honoring them
D-Day, Cramsie took his last flight. Cloud
and their brave deeds during a difficult time,
says Wayne.
cover over the V-1 launch area at Bois de Huit
"The documents themselves, while
Rues made identifying the bomb site difficult,
irreplaceable,
are not the only purpose for
and Cramsie's A-20 was hit by flak from German
Gainesville
the archive's existence," Wayne says. "What
88-millimeter cannons during both passes. As
is most meaningful is what those veterans
the squadron returned home across the English
Channel, other pilots reported seeing Cramsie losing
did and preserving that memory."
altitude before he disappeared down into the clouds. The
The 416th Bomb Group Archive is located at 52 Fourth
pilot managed to send out a request for rescue, but a
St. in Gainesville and is open by appointment. Contact the
transposed coordinate meant that help never arrived. To
archive at 417-499-9831 or archive@416th.com. You can
this day, the search for Cramsie's plane in Bradwell Bay
visit the archive online at www.416th.com and follow them
continues.
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/416th.
Wayne would later determine that Cramsie gave the ring
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