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S/SGT  Russell O. BEYNE

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

S/Sgt Russell Beyne, WG on Gris Smith Crew. Replaced Sgt.John O'Leary who became TOG on Crew (Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: AIRMAN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

RE: 349th Sqdn Airmen

2nd Lt. William Groover CP 349th Sqdn FEH

S/Sgt. Russell O. Beyne WG  349th Sqdn FEH

Sgt Henry (NMI) Leffew  WG (spare) grounded FEH

A couple of things on these airmen;

I did a search on the 100th BG database
website...Nothing on LEFFEW,had no position for
BEYNE..

My information is incomplete but I have some info for
you.. When my dad was moved to permanent TOGGLIER
position,from WG sometime after hostilities ...Beyne
replaced my dad  in that position...right up until the
end of flying in October 1945...Russell also bunked
with the Gris Smith NCO's crew in Hut #33...Henry
Leffew was a SPARE gunner...in the summer and up to
the end of 1945 the flying CREW assignments were 10
men...9 actually flying,with a 10th person as a
spare,sub.etc...All I know about Henry Leffew was he
was grounded,don't know if he actually flew anytime
with the SMITH crew...Finally William T. Groover was
the CP that replaced Robert Smith Jr. on the SMITH
crew in early June and stayed on the crew up to the
end of flying in Oct. 1945…Jack O'Leary

CREW

1ST LT WILLIAM GRISWOLD SMITH         P FEH  CREW FLYING AT END OF HOSTILITIES
2ND LT ROBERT W. SMITH, JR            CP FEH
2ND LT WILSON P. TURNIPSEED, JR.   NAV FEH
2ND LT PAUL A. WILKERSON            BOM FEH  (became 349th BS Bombardier after 6 missions)
CPL DELOME CUMBAA, JR                 ROG FEH
CPL STANLEY A. SZALWINSKI, JR        TTE FEH  TAPS: 19 SEP 1982
CPL ANTHONY R. RUSSO                  BTG FEH
CPL JOHN J. O'LEARY                        WG FEH  TAPS; 1985
CPL EARL J. BAUGH                            TG FEH

349TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 14 MAR 1945

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

William G. (Gris) Smith Crew. in front of TARGET FOR TONIGHT, left to right: SMITH, GROOVER, ACCINELLI, SZALWINSKI, CUMBAA, O'LEARY, BEYNE, BAUGH, RUSSO
(Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

 

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