We shall not forget

PETER FRANKLIN CURETON, JR.

The Citadel Class of: 1940  
Cadet Company: E (Source: Sphinx 1937), G (Sphinx 1939)
Age: 25
Born: 4-Jun-19
Hometown: Greenville County, South Carolina
Family: Peter Cureton, Sr. (father), Josephine Dickson Cureton (mother),
Josephine Hester Cureton (sister)
Rank: First Lieutenant
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Forces
Servicenumber: 0-395681
Entered the Service from: South Carolina
Function: Pilot
Company – Squadron: 427th Bomber Squadron
Unit – Group: 303rd Bomber Group, Heavy
Plane data: B-17G 43-38705 B, no nickname, MACR 11199
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
Date of death: 21-Nov-44
Status: KIA
Place of death: Merseburg, Germany
Spot: Frankleben
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot E Row 8 Grave 9
Cemetery: Lorraine   American Cemetery
Biography: not available
Other information: Business Administration major, member Calliopean Literary Society.
Source: Sphinx 1939

 

“The ‘Reverend,’ as he was fondly called by his friends, was a unique animal among The
Citadel collection. Although he was never known to do anything really bad, he was not
above the common herd and was able to enjoy a good bull session with the frankness of
a layman. Although he has remained a faithful ‘Nubbist’ all these years, he was able to
see a few good points in the other departments and even a few errors in his own field.
With his friendliness and cheerful disposition, he should go far. Watch out for the
women, ‘Reverend,’ and lots of luck to you.”
Source: 1940 Sphinx, South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Charleston, S.C.

Attended The University of the South at Sewanee as a special student in the academic year
1940 – 1941. He took basics courses – English, History, Greek, and Public Speaking. He was
a member of Acolyte Guild and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.
– Source: Cap and Gown 1941 [includes yearbook photo]

1Lt Cureton and his crew took off from Molesworth, England. The target was Merseburg,
Germany. While over Merseburg, they experienced “intense and accurate” anti-aircraft gunfire.
An eyewitness recalled the B-17’s “#3 engine was on fire with flames streaming back to tail.
#2 engine reported to caught fire as A/C went down.” The heavy bomber “slid off to right away
from formation, losing altitude at same time. Salvoed bombs at about 18,500 feet. A/C seemed
to be under control.” “Eight and possibly nine” parachutes were reported to have been seen.
The entire crew of 9 was initially reported as MIA. Later the record was updated to record 8 KIA
and 1 POW. According to German records the plane crashed at 1140 at Frankleben, Nine Otte
Tannenberg with 8 of the crew dead. The 21 November raid was Lt. Cureton’s 28th mission and
his third trip to Merseburg.
– Source: MACR 11199, NARA

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Sphinx 1937/39/40, Registrar’s Office University of The South, Greenville County SC Archives, Find A Grave.com

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