SCHRUMP, FRANK BRADLEY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-703401, USAAF
Frank B. Schrump was born on 13 November 1923 in New Britain, Hartford Co., Connecticut, to Francis Eugene Schrump (1896-1973) (CT) and Minnie M. Schrump (1900-2000) . Siblings included Helen E. (Schrump) Farr (1922-2016), Irma D. (Schrump) Eastwood (1926-2009), Irene Evelyn Schrump (1931-1986), Jeanne Schrump (1935- ). Living with them in 1940 was his paternal grandfather, Adam John Schrump (1867- ) (widower of Harriet Emma (Johnson) Schrump (1868- ).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Binghamton, New York, on 28 August 1942. Trained as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator, he earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 21 November 1944 a B-24J, “Cabin In The Sky,” # 44-40811, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Madhaicanj, India, on a combat mission over Geang Luang. It was seen by 2ndLt John E. Bittner, 0-696419, 2ndLt John J. Probst, 0-703520, and 1stLt John J. Berry, 0-696738, to crash, killing all on board, at about 1650 hours after a fire and explosion occurred in the wing between # 1 and # 2 engines, likely caused by anti-aircraft fire. 1stLt Berry reported that he saw the fire and the B-24 crashed beyond a ridge. 2ndLt Bittner reported that he heard Lt. Miller say, “Mead has an engine on fire.” The left wing seemed on fire, the flames back to the rudder. The B-24 hit the trees and exploded. Bombs then exploded. 2ndLt Probst reported that a puff of smoke appeared near engine # 2. Flames grew and spread to engine # 1. The B-24 hit the ground about 2 ½ miles from the target. It exploded on impact and burned. The bombs then exploded. It was about twenty-five miles southwest of Bhre, Thailand. The remains of the crew were recovered from the crash site but were indistinguishable. They were buried in a group ceremony (Duff, Beutecale, Cochran, Eickhorst, Kooi, Litzell, Mead, Randall, Schrump, Sita, Ullmann) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 22 November 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 93A).