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LT  Jack L. EPPENDORF

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM
SERIAL #: O-684143 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 08817 CR: 08817

Comments1: 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND (EAC -EXP)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW


2ND LT ROBERT A. WEGRZYNEK            P RFS ILLNESS
2ND LT CHARLES J. GUTEKUNST          CP NOC see note below
2ND LT EDMUND "NED" KAUFFMAN     NAV POW  28 JUL 44  MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY (WITH F.H.MASON CREW, SEE BELOW)
2ND LT JACK . EPPENDORF                BOM KIA 11 SEP 44  RUHLAND, OIL REFINERY
S/SGT GEORGE W. WRIGHT             TTE NOC
S/SGT JAY V. EMRICH                      ROG NOC TAPS: 1988
SGT DALE E. STRAUSBAUGH             BTG NOC
SGT EDWIN J. TYRRELL                    WG NOC
SGT LUTHER A. WISE, JR.                 WG NOC
SGT RINALDO J. BUSSINO                  TG CPT 24 JUL 44 ST LO GROUD SUPPORT

350TH SQDN….CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 09 MAR 1944..  Crew flew a/c" Daisy Mae"

"FLEW FIRST MISSION ON APRIL 11, 1944.  AFTER 10 MISSIONS, LT ROBERT WEGRZYNEK WAS GROUNDED BY A SERIOUS ILLNESS THAT REQUIRED A LONG PERIOD OF RECUPERATION IN A STATESIDE MILITARY HOSPITAL.  WHILE SERVING IN COMBAT, HIS B-17 CREW WAS UNITED IN THEIR BELIEF THAT BOB WAS AN OUTSTANDING LEADER AND EXCEPTIONAL PILOT"…..2ND LT CHARLES GUTEKUNST IN LETTER DATED DEC. 2000 mpf

LT DALE R. MCEWEN TOOK OVER THIS CREW AS FIRST PILOT.  LT KAUFFMAN WAS REPLCED ON THE CREW BY FLIGHT OFFICER ALEXANDER MARUCHESS BOTH MCEWEN AND MARUCHESS WERE FROM LT JAMES NOBLE CREW.

Note:
Michael:  Dale McEwen and I, both co-Pilots, lost our Pilots about the same time. I was in the 350th Sq.and Dale was in the 418th. They
transferred me to the 418th and as Dale had started his checkout as Pilot. I flew as Co-Pilot for him. He was about 6 missions ahead of me.
Jack Eppendorf our 350th Sq Bombardier and Ed Kauffman our Navigator, both on the original Wegrzynek crew, did not transfer to the 418th with me. Jack flew with another crew and was killed. Ed Kauffman went to 8th AF HQ, became a Radar Navigator. He returned and was shot down with Noble Crew on his first flight as a Mickey Navigator. He was a POW. 
 
Insofar as I recall, Dale and I were a "Put together on the spot" crew. Spare Navigators and Bombardiers, those that were available at the time were assigned to fly with us, Except for Lt Ivons and  Lt Maruchess who were originally in the 350th, Lt Ivons was hurt from flack on the mission when Col. Kelly went down (April 28, 1944 to Sottevast). Maruchess was hurt in a B-17 collision and I never saw either one again. I don't recall the names of any otherBombardiers or Navigators. I flew my last 6 missions with various, new crews. I just don't recall Lt.  Anderson and I'm positive Bussino, the Tail Gunner who flew all of his 29 missions with me would not recall him. I'm Sorry I can't be more helpful
 
Chuck Gutekunst
gutecj@comcast.net
948 W, Leatherleaf Dr.
Tucson,  AZ  85755

PROABLY MOST OF THIS CREW COMPLETED TOURS.

FLIGHT RECORD 
RINALDO J. BUSSINO 39550304
350TH SQDN.. 100TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
THORPE ABBOTTS, ENGLAND (STA # 139)

DATE   TARGET        FLT, TIME

5 APR 1944  LOCAL AREA       2:40
9 APR 1944  AIR SEA  RESCUE      4:30
11 APR 1944  POSEN, AC & ROSTOCK, CITY    11:30
12 APR 1944  SCHKEUDITZ, AC FACTORY (RECALL)   3:30
18 APR 1944  GENSHAGEN (BERLIN) AC ENGINES   8:15
19 APR 1944  LIPPSTADT & WERL AF'S     6:45
20 APR 1944  MARQUENVILLE & FLOTTEMANVILLE-HAGUE 5:00
24 APR 1944  FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, AC FACTORY   9:15
28 APR 1944  SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)     5:30
29 APR 1944  BERLIN, CITY      9:30
1 MAY 1944  SAARGUEMINES, MY & WIZERNES (NOBALL  7:15
3 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       4:30
4 MAY 1944  ABORT        2:00
7 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:00
10 MAY 1944  FALLERSLEBEN, MOTOR TRANSP. (RECALL)  3:30
11 MAY 1944  LIEGE, MY       5:00
17 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:30
19 MAY 1944  BERLIN, CITY (RECALL)     2:10
20 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       2:30
22 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       3:20
23 MAY 1944  TROYES, AF       8:00
24 MAY 1944  BERLIN, CITY (SPARE; NO HOLES TO FILL)   3:30
28 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       2:30
31 MAY 1944  OSNABRUCK, MY      8:30
2 JUN 1944  BOULOGNE & PARIS, RAILWAY JUNCTION  4:10
3 JUN 1944  LOCAL AREA       3:00
5 JUN 1944  ABBEVILLE & BOULOGNE     5:30
6 JUN 1944  OUISTREHAM, TOWN     6:30
6 JUN 1944  FALAISE, TOWN      7:30
7 JUN 1944  NANTES, BRIDGE      7:50
10 JUN 1944  MORLAIX, AF      5:30
15 JUN 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:30
20 JUN 1944  FALLERSLEBEN, MT FACTORY    7:00
Flack Leave
7 JUL 1944  MERSEBURG & BOHLEN, OIL REFS   3:20
8 JUL 1944  CLAMECY-JOIGNY, RAILWAY BRIDGE   5:30
10 JUL 1944  LOCAL AREA       5:20
11 JUL 1944  MUNICH, AERO ENGINES     10:20
12 JUL 1944  MUNICH, INDUSTRIAL AREA    9:20
13 JUL 1944  MUNICH, JET ENGINES     8:20
17 JUL 1944  AUXERRE, RAIL BRIDGE     7:45
18 JUL 1944  KIEL, HEMMINGSTADT, OIL (100TH "B")   7:10
19 JUL 1944  SCHWEINFURT & DUREN     7:00
20 JUL 1944  MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY    8:10
21 JUL 1944  REGENSBURG & LUDWIGSHAFEN   7:30
24 JUL 1944  ST. LO, GROUND SUPPORT    6:15
6 AUG 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:00
6 AUG 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:30
7 AUG 1944  LOCAL AREA       2:00

LT DALE R. McEWEN CREW 5/8/44 (APPEARS TO BE A PICK-UP CREW)

LT DALE R. McEWEN  P (FROM LT J.B. NOBLE CREW)
LT CHARLES J. GUTEKUNST CP (FROM LT R.A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
F/O DAYTON W. CAFFERTY NAV (FROM LT GEORGE P. FORY CREW)
LT OSCAR F.  MILLS  BOM (FROM LT E. F. NEU CREW)
T/SGT JAY V. EMRICH  ROG (FROM LT R. A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
T/SGT ALEXANDER L. HUBIAK    TTE (FROM LT HARRY HEMPY CREW)
S/SGT DALE STRAUSBAUGH BTG (FROM LT R.A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
S/SGT EDWIN J. TYRRELL WG (FROM LT R.A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
S/SGT DONALD W. HARRIS TG (FROM LT H.E. BETHEA CR

EMAIL = winmac@prodigy.net
UNAME = Tim Winners
CONNECTION = I am a relative of a 100th veteran
COMMENTS = I have loads of information and photos on the 100th from my father, Robert A. Wegrzynek, aka Bob Winners. We lost my dad May 22, 2000. Would you be interested in any information that we have on him and the group? Thanks so much for putting such a great site together! I called all 5 of my siblings and mom when I saw his picture show up with his co-pilot, Chuck Gutekunst. Thanks again!




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CREW

CAPT. HENRY F. SMITH                   P CPT   DATE & MISSION UNK
1ST LT WESLEY R. CARLTON         CP KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
2ND LT MARK M. HERTZ          NAV/BOM POW   28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG    SN# 0-700104  (see note below)
T/SGT MILTON S. EDELSTEIN      ROG KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
T/SGT HIKE B. BAGDASIAN          TTE KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 
SGT GARNET E. SYMINGTON            BTG CPT   26 AUG 44 BREST (FLEW 18 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW, ORIGINAL CREW LT BETHEA)
S/SGT PAUL J. HAHN                      LWG NOC   (FLEW 12 MISSIONS CAPT SMITH CREW, THEN TO SPARE GUNNERS POOL)
S/SGT WILLIAM U. SCHAEFER      RWG KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
S/SGT GEORGE E. WATROUS         TG KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  

350th Sqdn. Crew as of June 1944. Crew flew 14 mission in A/C 42-31991 MISS-CHIEF .
It appears this crew used a toggelier for many missions until July 18, 1944 when Lt Eppendorf became the permanent bombardier (from Lt Wegrzynek Crew). CAPT SMITH WAS A GROUP COMMAND PILOT FROM JUNE 1944 UNTIL COMPLETION OF TOUR.  He left the Crew after the June 25th Maquis Supply drop and the crew flew three missions with Lt G.W. Clark (original CP with Lt Tiahrt Crew) as pilot before Lt Wesley Carlton took over the Crew.  2nd Lt Hertz shows up in records as flying as the Navigator on this Crew but  left the crew after the July 8, 1944 Clamecy-Joigny mission to become a Pathfinder Bombardier (Lead Crew) with the 100th Bomb Group and the 95th Bomb Group. Capt. Smith became 350th Bomb Squadron Operations Officer in Sept. 1944. 

CREW make up from 30 AUG 44 to 11 SEPT 44 
     MACR #8817, Micro-fiche #3237             A/C #42-97154  Our Baby Hutchie

1ST LT  WESLEY R. CARLTON         P KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
2ND LT EDWARD F. NEU           CP POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  (Pilot of own crew)
1ST LT HUGH R. DAVIDSON    NAV POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  (from Lt Neu Crew)
1ST LT JACK L. EPPENDORF    BOM KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND   (from LT ROBERT A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
T/SGT MILTON S. EDELSTEIN    ROG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 
T/SGT HIKE B. BAGDASIAN       TTE KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
S/SGT RALPH E. JACOBSON     BTG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 
S/SGT WILLIAM U. SCHAEFER     WG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
S/SGT GEORGE E. WATROUS     TG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  

350th Sqdn. Crew as of 30 Aug 44, Jack Eppendorf was orginally on the crew of R.A.Wegrzynek and Ralph Jacobson was on the original crew of L.W. Riegel, Lt Davidson from Lt Neu Crew. 

MISSION LIST OF CAPT. HENRY SMITH AND LT. WESLEY CARLTON

#      DATE                 TARGET                       PILOT/COPILOT      A/C NUMBER             A/C NAME

1.     18/6/44              MITBURG                      LT. SMITH                2102695                NO NAME
                                                                    LT. W. CARLTON-CP
2.     19/6/44              CORME ECLUSE             LT. SMITH                232009                  BLACK CAT 13
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
3.     20/6/44              FALLERSLEBEN              LT. SMITH                231991                  MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
4.     24/6/44              GRAND COURONNE        LT. SMITH                231049                  SUPERSTITIOUS ALOYSIOUS
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
5.     25/6/44              MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP   LT SMITH                 231074                  CAHEPIT
                                                                    LT W. CARLTON-CP
6.      6/7/44               FLEURY                        LT. G.W. CLARK        231991                  MISS-CHIEF
                                                                    LT. W. CARLTON-CP
7.      8/7/44               CLAMECY-JOIGNY         LT. G.W. CLARK        231991                   MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
LT HERTZ LEAVES CREW TO BECOME RADAR/NAVIGATOR

8.    11/7/44               MUNICH                       LT. G.W. CLARK        231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
9.    18/7/44               KIEL                            LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. G.C. MALCOM-CP
LT J.L. EPPENDORF BECOMES BOMBARDIER ON THIS CREW

10.  20/7/44               MERSEBURG                  LT. W. CARLTON       231991                   MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP
11.  21/7/44               REGENSBURG                LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP
12.  24/7/44               ST LO                          LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP
CREW REDUCED TO 9 MEN, S/SGT P.J. HAHN IS TAKEN OFF THE CREW AND SENT TO SPARE GUNNERS POOL 

13.  25/7/44               ST LO                          LT. W. CARLTON        231991                   MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP (Lt Dykeman is KIA on July 29, 1944 with Fitzroy Crew)
14.  31/7/44              MUNICH                        LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU ?-CP
15.    2/8/44             TERGNIER                      LT. W. CARLTON       231991                     MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU ?-CP
16.   3/8/44              TROYES                        LT. W. CARLTON       297924                     PARTY TONIGHT
                                                                  LT. E.F. NEU ?-CP
17.   4/8/44              HAMBURG                      LT. W. CARLTON       338043                     NO NAME                               
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP
18.   5/8/44              MAGDEBURG                  LT. W. CARLTON       231991                     MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
19.   6/8/44              BERLIN                           LT. W. CARLTON      46089                       LEADING LADY       
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
20.   7/8/44              BEAUTOR                       LT. W. CARLTON       337882                    HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
21.  26/8/44             BREST                            LT. W. CARLTON       46089                      LEADING LADY
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
SGT G.E. SYMINGTON COMPLETES 35 MISSIONS AND IS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY S/SGT R.E.JACOBSON

22.  30/8/44             BREMEN                          LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP
23.   8/9/44             MAINZ                            LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
24.   9/9/44             DUSSELDORF                   LT. W. CARLTON       338043                    NO NAME
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP
25.  10/9/44            NURNBURG                      LT. W. CARLTON       338043                    NO NAME
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP  
26.  11/9/44            RUHLAND                        LT. W. CARLTON       297154                    OUR BABY HUTCHIE    (SHOT DOWN)
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP               
                                     

The following is quoted from a letter written by E.F.Neu dated 23 July 1945...pw

"........we were flying in the low squadron numbering twelve aircraft of which 11 were shot down. Our ship was badly hit and on fire.  Lt Carlton, who was flying in the right seat suffered wounds on the right side of his face and head. Lt. Carlton had his chute fastened to his harness the last time I saw him. While I was trying to move the Engineer's (Bagdasian) body from the escape hatch the ship exploded and I came to on the ground. Due to the fire in the bomb bay no one from the front of the ship could go to the rear, also the inter phone was shot out so no communications in the ship was possible.

Lt. Carlton's wounds seemed to be serious from the way he was bleeding. S/Sgt Schaefer and Watrous were in the rear of the ship and due to fire and no inter phone we could not communicate with them, although they were ordered by Lt. Carlton and myself to leave the ship before out inter phone was shot out."

NOTE:

CREW                                                            
DATE: 28 July 1944          350th Sqdn               A/C#42-97555 PATHFINDER "Island F for Fox" on loan from 95th BG
MISSION: Merseburg                                         MACR#7880,Micro-fiche#2890

Capt Floyd H.Mason (349th Ops Officer) COM P  POW
1st Lt James B.Noble                               P   POW
2nd Lt Robert P.Lipps                            CP   POW
1st Lt Edmund J. Kauffman                 RAD/NAV  POW
1st Lt Robert W.Barry                         NAV  POW (WIA)
2nd Lt Marcus M.Hertz                        BOM   POW
 T/Sgt Frank Cruz,Jr.                          TTE   POW
 T/Sgt Russell F.Ellis                           ROG  POW
 S/Sgt Arthur L.Roberts                     RWG  KIA
 S/Sgt William P.McNally                      TG   KIA
 S/Sgt Frederick F.Swartz                   LWG  POW

Of the above,Noble, Cruz, Ellis, Roberts, McNally,and Swartz appear to be from the
original Noble crew. Lipps was from the M.C.Rumley crew. Kaufman from the R.A.
Wegrzynek crew. Barry from the H.E.Bethea crew. Lt Hertz was from Capt. Smith/Lt Wesly Carlton Crew.
 Mason had joined the 100th withhis own crew on 28/11/43 and may have been on his 2nd tour.

Eyewitness Report: " At 0850 hours near 5043N-0802E,A/C #555 nosed down twice
and the group followed.Then the wheels were lowered and fire was seen in the
radio room. Looked as if it might be a flare fire. The A/C peeled off to the
right.A small explosion was seen in the right wing between #3 engine and the
fuselage. Ono man bailed out before the A/C left the formation. The others
followed. Nine chutes were seen to open and the tenth had not opened when the man
disappoared into the undercast. The fire in the A/C appeared to be out when it
plunged into the undercast flying steadily under AFCE control."
EW)


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MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Ruhland DATE: 1944-09-11  
AIRCRAFT: "Our Babe - Hutchie" (42-97154 CAUSE: EAC & Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 1515