Carl Than Nall, of San Angelo, Texas, was born on February 14, 1921. He was the son of Claude W. Nall and Lou R. Nall.
Carl served in the 565th Bomber Squadron, 389th Bomb Group, as a Second Lieutenant and Co-Pilot on the B-24 #42-100421 'Aphrodite's Disciples' during World War II.
On March 5, 1944, the crew took off from Station 114 airfield in Hethel, England, on a mission to bomb the Bergerac, Cognac, and Mont de Marsan airfields in France. At around 11:30 AM, their plane was shot down by fighters setting the no. 1 engine and a wing on fire. The crew evacuated the airplane at 17,000 feet, and all members survived except for SSgt D'Amore, whose parachute did not open or was killed during an escape attempt. Through the help of the French network, 2Lt Nall was able to evade German capture and return to England on May 17, 1944, via Pyrenees/Spain/Gibraltar.
2Lt Nall returned back to duty and had a long successful USAAF career, eventually retiring as Lt. Colonel. He died on April 19, 1995, at the age of 74, and is now buried in the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas.
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