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T/SGT  Vern M. BEST

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TTE

Vern M. Best - Original 100th TTE with Mark E. Carnell Crew # 10.      (100th Photo Archives)

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CREW
            
350TH CREW #10  A/C #42-30047 "SWEATER GIRL"
Original Crew, Capt Carnell replaced Capt Carey as 350th Operations Officer when Capt Carey was shot down on July 25, 1943

CAPT    MARK E. CARNELL                      P:  CPT  13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART & BOIS REMPRE (NOBALL)      ORGINAL 100TH PILOT
2ND LT  EDWARD K. MOFFLY                CP:  CPT
1ST LT  ANTHONY C. GOSPODAR        NAV: CPT   11 DEC 43 EMDEN
1ST LT  JAMES P. FITTON                   BOM: CPT
T/SGT   VERN M. BEST                        TTE: CPT
S/SGT   WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS              WG: POW   8 OCT 43 BREMEN (CREW #15 LT BERNIE DeMARCO)
SGT     EDMUND A. OLIVER                 ROG: POW   10 JUL 43 PARIS    (CREW #12 LT CHARLES DUNCAN)
S/SGT   STEVE BOSSER                      BTG: CPT
S/SGT   PAUL A. VRABEC, JR                WG: CPT   24 DEC 43 ST JOSEPH(NOBALL)
S/SGT   FLOYD P. BULLARD                  TG: CPT    24 DEC 43 ST JOSEPH(NOBALL)

NOTE: PAUL VRABEC NOT ONLY COMPLETED 25, BUT VOLUNTEERED AND FLEW FIVE ADDITIONAL MISSIONS.

On 10 July 1943, radio operator Ed Oliver flew with Crew #12 which was lost that day and Oliver became a POW.  He was soon replaced on the crew by George Rudden from Crew #17 which went down over Kiel on 25 July.  On 8 October 1943, William Williams flew with Crew #15 and went down over Bremen.

According  to a letter from Vern Best in 1980, Mark Carnell suffered a broken arm in a bicycle accident on the field and was unable to fly for a considerable length of time.  He was replaced by Bill Desanders whose crew (#17) had been lost on 25 July.  Best also says that Paul Vrabec not only completed  25 missions but volunteered for five additional and finished those.

Missions for Mark Carnell & Crew: 


1.    25 JUN 43  BREMEN                              230068  PHARTZAC
2.    26 JUN 43  LeMANNS                            23279    BADGER BEAUTY
3.    28 JUN 43  ST NAZAIRE  "FLAK CITY"     23279    BADGER BEAUTY
4.    29 JUN 43  LeMANNS                            23279    BADGER BEAUTY
5.     4 JUL  43  LaPALLICE                           230047  SWEATER GIRL
6.   17 JUL  43  HAMBURG                            230047  SWEATER GIRL
7.   24 JUL  43  TRONDHEIM                        230047   SWEATER GIRL
8.   26 JUL  43  HANOVER                           230047   SWEATER GIRL
9.   28 JUL  43  OSCHERSLEBEN                   230047   SWEATER GIRL
10. 29 JUL  43  WARNEMUNDE                    230047   SWEATER GIRL 
At this point, Capt. Mark Carnell brakes his arm and is grounded. While recouperating, he becomes operations office.  Capt Dick Carey, original squadron operations officer  had been shot down with Lt Desanders Crew on 25 July 43 mission to Kiel.  Lt William Desanders takes over the Carnell  crew and fly their first mission together:  
11. 24 AUG 43  CONCHES, EVREUX-FAUVILLE 230380 
12.   3 SEPT 43 PARIS                                 230358  PHARTZAC
13. 23 SEPT 43 VANNES                              230380  LN-P
14. 26 SEPT 43 PARIS                                 230380  LN-P
15. 27 SEPT 43 EMDEN                               23233    OUR BABY 
16.  4 OCT 43   SAARLUIS & HANAU             230725  AW-R-G0  
17.  9 OCT 43   MARIENBURG                      23433    LENA
  
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DATE: 10 July 1943     350th Sqdn.    A/C# 42-30050 "JUDY D"

MISSION: Paris (Le Bourget AF) MACR #268,Micro-fiche 89

1st Lt Charles L.Duncan                P  POW
2nd Lt Archibald L.Robertson       CP  EVADEE
2nd Lt Oliver M.Chiesl            NAV POW
1st Lt William H.Forbes          BOM POW
T/Sgt Ernest De Los Santos    TTE POW
Sgt Edmund A.Oliver             ROG POW (From Capt Mark Carnell's Crew #10)
S/Sgt Gene F.Frank               BTG POW
S/Sgt Bernard L.Hanover        WG  POW
Sgt R.Q."Parrish" Reynolds      WG  POW & ESCAPE 
S/Sgt William D.Whitley           TG  POW

EYE WITNESSES:

Major J.C.Egan - "Duncan's ship went down in France near coast. Saw 8 chutes.Plane broke into flames."

1st Lt.R.C.King - "A/C #050,#1 engine on fire dropped below formation and circled.Six chutes seen all bailed out over land between Dieppe & FeCamp. After six bailed out ship headed approximately 180 degrees True and disappeared in a cloud."

1st Lt. C.R.Biddick - Saw 10 chutes at 27,000 ft. Landed,we think,on the ground . 


CREW

1ST LT BERNARD A. DeMARCO        P POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
F/O JAMES P. THAYER                CP POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
1ST LT JOHN W.DOWNS           NAV POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT FRANCIS C. HARPER      BOM POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
CPL THORNTON STRINGFELLOW  ROG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT BENJAMIN J. BARR          TTE POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT ALBERT M. FREITAS        BTG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST
CPL LEO T. CALLAHAN               WG POW 21 FEB 44 BRUNSWICK
S/SGT HARRY C. CALHOUN         WG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT LEON A. CASTRO              TG APPOINTED AVIATION CADET.

350TH SQDN.  THIS IS AN "ORIGINAL" 100TH CREW.

LEON CASTRO HAD BEEN SHIPPED BACK TO THE STATES FOR CADET TRAINING PRIOR TO 8 OCT 43; HE WAS REPLACED BY JEROME FERROGGIARO FROM THE N.H. SCOTT CREW.  LEO FREITAS AND LEO CALLAHAN WERE RECOVERING FROM WOUNDS RECIEVED ON THE 6 SEP 43 (STUTTGART) MISSION AND WERE REPLACED BY WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS OF CAPT. MARK CARNELL CREW AND WILLIAM R. WOODBURY, A REPLACEMENT GUNNER.

GALE W. (BUCKY) CLEVEN, 350TH CO, FLEW AS COMMAND PILOT.
 
Note from..jb

Flak and Fighters over target. This ship leading the 350th.  Hit by flak & fighters and forced to leave formation. three men
injured, all eleven (11) bailed out and landed near Essen, Germany.  Taken to Frankfurt for interrogartion. Downs (Lt John W. Downs)
says bailed out near Oldenburg. Cleven (Maj. Gale W. Cleven) says bail out near Osnabruck.
  
The following form contents were entered on 23rd Nov 1
Date = 23 Nov 1 19:18:37
subject = 100thBG Question Submission
messages = 286
email = wpf13@hotmail.com
uname = Wally P. Fydenchuk
comments =  I'm researching U.S. citizens who enlisted in the RCAF prior to Pearl Harbor.
As your website lists, Lt Charlie Wilson, Lt Robert Pearson and Capt. Richard Carey, were ex RCAF Americans. Capt. Mark Carnell was another ex RCAF member.  His RCAF service number was C 6873. He was a staff pilot at #4 Wireless School. He transferred to the USAAF May 1942. Two others also served/trained with RCAF  MAGEE CHARLES FULLER, SERVICE NUMBER;  R66199 Enlisted Niagara Falls 8-9-40 and  Michael Garemko completed EFTS training  (basic flight training) before transferring to the US Forces.  Found another Lt Reginald Smith He graduated from No. 5 Service Flying Training School Brantford, Ontario…Wally

Subj: Re: TAPS REPORT  
Date: 7/30/2002 7:01:44 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: dearstew@avci.net 
To: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Dear Michael, 
Thank you for responding.  I only know he joined the Royal Canadian AF after being turned down by the US because of his nearsightedness.  He was raised outside of London, Ontario after his mother's death.  His wife, whom he married after the war, died a couple of years ago.  They had no children.  I do have a picture of him in his USAF uniform, but no other pictures.  I will inquire of my cousins.  He has a sister, Phyllis Ferguson, who lives in Traverse City with her daughter.  She may remember more.  I'll call her tomorrow night & give her your address.  As to his missions, I'm afraid I only remember my mother saying he was on a bombing mission to the Polish oil fields.  But that may not be an accurate rememberance. He stayed in the reserves after the war, and retired a Lt. Col.  We do have a rather funny video of him explaining his efforts (probably in 1985 or 1986) of trying to get to a reunion in England.  My daughter has it now, and is in the process of editing it (It is quite long).  

Sincerely,  Sally Stewart.

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