|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1921|
|Death: ||Aug. 8, 1944, France|
Son of Oscar F. & Viola Mabel (Grindstaff) Lollis.
His paternal grandparents were: Patrick Henry Lollis & Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Cunningham) Lollis.
Lt. Patrick Henry Lollis, described by his wife as a "great big lovely Irishman" at 6'4" was the navigator on the Varga Venus a B-17 that was part of the 100th Bombardment Group, 349th Bomber Squadron. He was a member of the Keys Crew, led by pilot John P. Keys. More details can be found about the crew at the 100thbg.com website. Including pictures of the crew and a flight log of their missions. See the press article (at the bottom of this memorial) about the crew when they had to land a badly damaged plane in England. Dispite their situation they still managed to handle it with humor.
There is a monument in Périgny, Calvados, Normandy, France, located about 30 miles southwest of Caen, honoring the crew of the Varga Vensus. The following is a speech about the men of the Keys crew from the dedication of this memorial.
There also is another monument at Arlington National Cemetery with the remains of various crew members of the Keys crew. Links to the crewmembers memorials:
1Lt. John P. Keys, Pilot, KIA.
FO Elvin W. Samuelson, Co-Pilot, KIA.
2Lt. Patrick H. Lollis, Navigator, KIA.
2Lt. Elton Dickens, Bombardier, KIA.
TSgt. Frank O. Thomas, Radio Operator, KIA.
TSgt. Harry D. Park, Top Turret Gunner, KIA.
SSgt. Peter P. Martin, Ball Turret Gunner, KIA.
SSgt. Gilbert A. Borba, Waist Gunner, POW.
SSgt. Joseph A. Costanza, Waist Gunner, NOC.
SSgt. Donald V. Rieger, Tail Gunner, KIA.
Final Rites Wednesday for Lieutenant Lollis
Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the national cemetery at Springfield, Mo., for Lieut. Patrick Lollis, 22 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar F. Lollis, formerly of St. Joseph. Young Lollis was killed in action Aug. 8, 1944, when his bomber was shot down over Caen, France, while serving with the 100th bombardment group. His father, long active in Democratic politics in Buchanan County, was county clerk here and later held a post with the internal revenue office at Kansas City. He now is operating a motor camp at Waynesville, Mo. Lieutenant Lollis entered the service in April, 1942, and was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. His survivors in addition to his parents, include his wife, Mrs. Laura Lollis, Kansas City; a son, Michael Erin Lollis, Kansas City, and two brothers, Conrad J. and Roger A. Lollis, both of Columbia, Mo. (St. Joseph Gazette, St. Joseph, MO, Monday Morning, May 24, 1948, p. 3, Col. 3)
LT. PATRICK H. LOLLIS
The body of 2nd Lt. Patrick H. Lollis, who was killed in the European theater of operations during World War II will arrive in Springfield at 4:35 o'clock this afternoon for reburial. Graveside services will be conducted at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in National cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the grave. Burial will be under direction of Herman Lohmeyer. (Springfield Leader-Press, Springfield, MO, Tuesday, May 25, 1948, p. 12, Col. 3)
Crew Tosses Pants And All To Lighten Limping "Yehudi" By Leo S. Disher, An 8th Air Force Bomber Airdrome, England, June 3.
(U.P.) - The Flying Fortress "Yehudi" was limping home on one good and one disabled engine, rapidly losing altitude, when the pilot, "Lt. John P. Keys, 26, of Elizabethton, Tenn., ordered the crew to "throw out everything that can't shoot." "Throw out the navigator," a voice said over the intercom system. The navigator, Second Lt. Patrick Lollis, of Kansas City, Mo., said, "At first it sounded like a good idea. I got to thinking that I had a pass coming up the next day - so I declined." Tech. Sgt. Frank O. Thomas, 22, Ratland, Vt., threw out his pants, shirt, and underwear, declairing: "My pants and my all, I gave for my country." Staff Sgt. Joseph Constanza, 21, of New York City, got his feet caught in the Fort's slip stream while he was tossing some odds and ends overboard. His buddies pulled him back. The bombardier, Second Lt. Elton Dickens, 28, of Spokane, Wash., said it was "a miracle" that the German fighters in the sky didn't attack. Keys and his co-pilot, Flying Officer Elvin Samuelson, 24, of Montgomery, Ill., finally tossed out all removable guns and the ammunition. That did the trick and the fortress got home. Other members of the crew included Staff Sgt. Gilbert A. Borba, 20, Aramas, Calif., left waist gunner; Staff Sgt. Donald V. Rieger, 19, Lathrop, Calif., tail gunner; Staff Sgt. Harry D. Park, 20, Galesburg, Ill., engineer, and Staff Sgt. Peter Marin, 20, San Franciso, Calif., ball turret gunner. (Tucson Daily Citizen, Tucson, AZ, Saturday, June, 3, 1944, p. 8, Col. 4-7)
I was curious about the name of the above mentioned plane and found out that "Yehudi" is hebrew for "Praise".
Source of full name: 1) 1940 Census: Ward 8, Kansas City, Kaw Township, Jackson Co., Missouri 2) Jackson Co., MO marriage certificate.
Laura Lucille Lady Lilley (1922 - 2009)
2 LIEUT AIR CORPS
WORLD WAR II
OCTOBER 7 1921
AUGUST 8 1944
Springfield National Cemetery
Plot: Section 31 Site 2300
Maintained by: mokennehan
Originally Created by: ShaneO
Record added: Mar 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49561999
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