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LT  Donald G. BISHOP

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

Les Roediger & Co-Pilot Don Bishop. Photo courtesy of Chriss Cabodi. 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 9 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT LESLIE R. ROEDIGER            P CPT 9 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN, MY (S.T.) TAPS: 1988
2ND LT DONALD G. BISHOP           CP CPT 9 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN, MY (S.T.)
2ND LT JOHN D. CARPENTER         NAV CPT 9 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN, MY (S.T.)
2ND LT RICHARD H. TUNNICLIFF    BOM CPT 9 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN, MY (S.T.)
S/SGT CHARLES H. GARBOROGLIO ROG CPT 9 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN, MY (S.T.)
S/SGT DALE CROSS                      TTE CPT 9 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN, MY (S.T.) TAPS: 1958
SGT WALTER A. STONE                BTG CPT 3 MAR 45 BRUNSWICK, MT FACTORY
SGT ALVY L. WASHINGTON           WG CPT 9 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN, MY (S.T.)
SGT DANIEL J. SULLIVAN               WG POW 5 AUG 44 MADGEBURG (WITH THE CREW OF B.L. SCOTT WHEN HE BECAME A POW. SEE BELOW
SGT FREDERICK J. CROWNER           TG CPT 9 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN, MY (S.T.)

349TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 12 JUN 1944 AND ON AUG 14, 1944 THEY BECAME A PATHFINDER CREW. THEY FLEW A/C 44-8009 "THIS WILL KILL YOU"

June 12-Aug 13,1944 crew was at 100th BG, 349th BS, Thorpe Abbotts. Flew 15 combat missions. 
Aug 14-Oct 12,1944 crew on detached service to 95th Bomb Group, 335th BS Horham as Lead Crew. Flew 13 group leads from Horham
Oct 13-Nov 7,1944 Crew back at Thrope Abbotts, 2 combat missions, (two of them group leads)

Chriss Cabodi Mike/Jan, in looking through Les Roediger's flight records it shows from 12 Jun 44 to 21 Aug 44 as 349th sq 100th gp. Then from 22 Aug 44 to 17 Oct 44 there is an entry showing 335 sq 95th gp - 13 combat missions, 91 combat hours, 13 Gp leads P.F.F. Then back to the 100th from 18 Oct to 20 Nov - 2 Gp leads P.F.F. (21hrs). I assume the 13 missions with the 95th were most likely in 009? Maybe the last two lead missions for the 100th were in it as well after it was redesignated Square D?

Chriss Cabodi Going back to our question about whether he was actually ever at Horham, I found an Air Medal oak leaf cluster citation for 13 Sept 44 that only says Leslie R Roediger 1st Lt 335th Bombardment Squadron 95th Bombardment Group. Also in the Individual Flight Record for August it says Closed - Change of Station and for that period Aug - Oct it says Organization Assigned 100th 349th 
Organization Attached 95th 335th. Any idea if that meant he actually was at Horham for that time period?

Missions of Lt Leslie Rodeiger

Date        Crew Nbr  Mission Nbr   Last Name    Initial      Rank   Position   Aircraft Nbr        Target
7/4/1944        05        152        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        31987        GIEN (RECALLED)
7/6/1944        06        154        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        31987        FLEURY/CREPEUIL
7/7/1944        06        155        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        31723        BOHLEN/MERSEBURG
7/8/1944        06        156        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        31987        CLAMECY-JOLGYN
7/14/1944      06        160        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        31347        SOUTH OF FRANCE
7/17/1944      06        161        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        102416       AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/18/1944      06        162        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        31986        KIEL & HEMMINGSTADT
7/19/1944      06        163        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        97834        SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
7/20/1944      06        164        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        37655        MERSEBURG
7/28/1944      06        168        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        97071        MERSEBURG
8/3/1944        06        172        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        97806        TROYES (RAIL YARD)
8/4/1944        06        173        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        31986        HAMBURG (OIL)
8/5/1944        06        174        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        97806        MAGDEBURG
8/7/1944        06        176        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        37823        BEAUTOR (BRIDGES)
8/13/1944      06        179        ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        98015        NANTES - GASSICOURT

AFTER AUGUST 13TH MISSION, CREW IS REASSIGNED ON DETACHED SERVICE TO 335TH BS, 95TH BG AT HORHAM AS LEAD CREW PFF

8/27/1944        PFF                  ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P                         BERLIN (RECALL)
9/3/1944          PFF                  ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P                         BREST
9/9/1944          PFF        192     ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        PFF            DUSSELDORF
9/11/1944        PFF        194     ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        32009        RUHLAND (OIL)
9/12/1944        PFF        195     ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        35             MAGDEBURG (OIL)
9/13/1944        PFF                  ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P                        SINDELFINGEN
9/15/1944        PFF                  ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        32009       OPERATION FRANTIC- RECALL NO CREDIT FOR MISSION
9/18/1944        PFF        197     ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        32009        WARSAW
9/19/1944        PFF        198     ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        32009        SZOLNOK (FROM RUSSIA)
9/23/1944        PFF                  ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        32009        CREWS RETURN FROM RUSSIAN SHUTTLE 
9/25/1944        PFF        199     ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        32009        LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/26/1944        PFF        200     ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        32009        BREMEN
9/28/1944        PFF        202     ROEDIGER        L.R.        LT        P        32009        MERSEBURG
10/7/1944        PFF                   ROEDIGER       L.R.        LT        P                         BOHLEN & HAMLIN
10/9/1944        PFF                   ROEDIGER       L.R.        LT        P                         WEISBADEN & MAINZ,   

AFTER OCTOBER 12, 1944 CREW IS REASSIGNED FROM HORHAM  BACK TO 100TH BG AT THORPE ABBOTTS

10/30/1944     PFF                   ROEDIGER       L.R.        LT         P                         MERSEBURG
11/9/1944       PFF                   ROEDIGER       L.R.        LT         P                         METZ, SAARBRUCKEN, MY (S.T.)

LETTER FROM R.H. TUNNICLIFF TO jb  DATED 21 OCT 1985:  "OUR CREW ARRIVED IN ENGLAND JUNE 6, 1944 AND AT THORPE ABBOTTS ON JUNE 7TH.  WE FINISHED OUT TOUR ON NOVEMBER 9, 1944.  WE WERE ASSIGNED TO THE 349TH.  AFTER NINE MISSIONS WE WERE MADE A LEAD CREW, CAPT EMILE BORSCH WAS OUT PATHFINDER (MICKEY) OPERATOR.  SULLIVAN WAS ASSIGNED TO ANOTHER CREW IN THE 349TH BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER HIS PILOT'S NAME, HOWEVER THE BOMBARDIER ON THAT CREW WAS ED KONOPACK. WHEN THEY WERE SHOT DOWN ON AUGUST 5, 1944 SULLIVAN AND KONOPACK BECAME POWS. CARPENTER AND I WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE HDQTRS SQDN. AFTER OUT TOUR AND WORKED IN LEAD CREW TRAINING.  ALL THE OTHERS LEFT THE 100TH ON 11 NOV 1944 FOR THE STATES.  I CAME HOME 3 FEB 1945 AND WAS MUSTERED OUT 21 JUL 1945.  I RETURNED TO MY OLD JOB AT SECURITY PACIFIC NATIONAL BANK AND RETIRED AT AGE 61 IN 1978."

SAMMY BARR FLEW WITH US A  COMMAND PILOT SEVERAL TIMES, ONE OF WHICH WAS A SHUTTLE MISSION TO RUSSIA."

IN A QUESTIONAIRE FROM R. H. TUNNICLIFF AUGUST 2000: "WE FLEW LEAD FOR 21 MISSIONS.  DURING OUR 21 LEADS, OUR COMMAND PILOTS WERE COL FRED PRICE, MAJOR LYSTER,MAJOR WALLACE, COL SAMMY BARR, AND A VERY GOOD COMMAND PILOT NAMED CLARK (BELIEVE THIS TO BE STANLY CLARK).    SOME OF OUR MISSIONS WERE JULY 29, 1944 TO MERSEBURG WHEN THE 100TH LOST 8 A/C, SEPTEMBER 11, 1944 TO RUHLAND WHEN 100TH LOST 12 A/C, I WAS GIVEN CREDIT FOR DOWNING AN FW 190 DURING THE ATTACK BY THE LUFTWAFFE.  WE ALSO FLEW THE "FRANTIC 7" SHUTTLE TO DROP SUPPLIES TO PARTISANS IN POLAND ON SEPTEMBER 18TH THEN PROCEEDED ONTO POLTAVA, RUSSIA.  ON SEPTEMBER 19TH WE FLEW TO FOGGIA, ITALY BY WAY OF BUDAPEST WHERE WE BOMBED A BRIDGE.  WE WERE AWARDED AN OLC (OAK LEAF CLUSTER) TO OUR DFC FOR THIS MISSION.  GROUP BOMBARDIER DON VENTRIS ALSO FLEW WITH OUR CREW"

We were able to search and find exact film footage of the German planes and the B-17s that will match Richard Tunnicliff's story as he tells it in detail.  We even found a Focke-Wulf 190 that they had come up on their left side and Richard Tunnicliff shot it down.

Based on a Conversation with Lt Tunnicliff in 2004, the name of their plane "This Will Kill You" was based on the photograph he and Lt Roediger saw in Time magazine which showed a 1000 pound bomb being dropped with the the headline stating "this will kill you".  He also said that Sgt Crowner was the youngest on the crew, only 18 yrs old.  The Co-pilot Lt Bishop served as Formation officer/tailgunner when they became a lead crew.


SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: Wendy S Erickson
EMAIL: nordicson@sbcglobal.net
PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)
INTEREST: I am the veteran's child

---> TAPS REPORT
VETERAN: Richard Harry Tunnicliff
DATE OF DEATH: 02/20/2006
FAMILY CONTACT: Wendy S. Erickson (daughter)
949-640-0888
278 Villa Point Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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CREW

2ND LT BERT L. SCOTT                        P KIA   5 AUG 44 MAGDEBURG
F/O ELMORE W. HARVEY                    CP POW 5 AUG 44 MAGDEBURG
2ND LT EDWARD J. KONOPACK     BOM/NAV POW 5 AUG 44 MAGDEBURG TAPS: 19 MAY 1978
2ND LT AUGUSTUS C. CARAS           NAV CPT   10 OCT 44 COLOGNE
S/SGT BEALER W. MOORE               ROG POW 5 AUG 44 MAGDEBURG
S/SGT LLOYD E. MALTBIE                TTE KIA   5 AUG 44 MAGDEBURG  (see Maltbie record for mission log &  crew diary)
SGT RICHARD L. GOFF                     BTG POW 5 AUG 44 MAGDEBURG  (see Goff record for extensive details, 5 Aug 44 mission)
SGT JAMES J. RAKOSNIK, JR.             RWG POW 5 AUG 44 MAGDEBURG TAPS: 17 MAR 1989
SGT WILLIAM T. NELSON                LWG XFR  was transferred to 97th BG, (see email below)
SGT JOHN K. ESCHBACK                    TG POW 5 AUG 44 MAGDEBURG

349TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 12 JUN 1944.  ON THE MAGDEBURG MISSION OF 5 AUG 44, S/SGT DANEIL J. SULLIVAN WAS ABOARD AS THE NG AND BECAME A POW.  HE WAS FROM THE L.R. ROEDIGER CREW..pw

The following is quoted from Richard L. Goff's 1983 latter to Jim Brown.....pw

"On August 5, 1944 we were on our 14th mission. Just before the target we were forced out of formation by another aircraft. 
At that time we were hit by flak near the upper turret and behind the pilot. The plane began to burn. Just before being hit we had salvoed the bombs. There was a hell of an explosion and then the plane caught fire. We were at 24,000 feet. I managed to get out of the ball. The Waist Gunner and Radio Operator went out of the plane first, then me followed by the Tail Gunner. There was no bail out signal because the plane was destroyed when first hit by flak. I asked John (Eschback), who was the oldest of the crew, he was 30 and I was 19, how we ever survived getting out of the aircraft not to mention the long decent  and the mad people of Magdeburg. He said training and discipline. Everything went like clockwork adn no one lost their head."

Report by Lt. Edward J. Konopack adds that he and F/O Fred W. Harvey were unable to bail out because of the aircraft was in a spin but the ship blew up and they were thrown out by the force of the explosion. Probably the centrifugal force prevented Scott from getting out or he may have been killed by the initial flak hit...

ATTACHED EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTION OF CRASH, FORCED LANDING, OR CUMSTANCES PERTAINING TO MISSING AIRCRAFT

A/C #42-37839, Crew #4, B-17G

"At 1252 hours A/C #839 pulled out to right or was forced out by prop wash. A/C #865 moved up to fill in the formation. Pilot Scott apparently was trying to salvo bombs. About 90 seconds before bombs away (1256 Hours) bombs were salvoed. After dropping about 75 feet all 5 bombs exploded. At the same time it was observed that #2 engine was flaming. Wings and fuselage soon began to flame and two chutes came out the waist door. The A/C continued straight and level going down on fire. It did not explode."


REPORT ON CAPTURE OF MEMBER OF ENEMY AIR FORCE
KU 2654
POST: Hq. Local Air Base A (o) 13/III, Magdeburg - East
PLACE: Madgeburg
DATE:  7 August 1944
REGARDING: Crash: of, probable Fortress II
AT: between Gerwisch and Biederitz, 9 km northeast Madgeburg 5 August 1944, 1245

NAME: (LAST OR SURNAME)  GOFF

FIRST NAME: Richard L.

SERIAL NUMBER: (USA)36 878 674

RSULT: (DEAD OR CAPTURED)  captured

PLACE & TIME OF CAPTURE:  5 Aug 1944, 1410, Madgeburg-"Schrote" Garrison

REPORT ON CAPTURED AIRCRAFT
Form #2  KU 2654
POST:  Hq, Local Air Base A (o) 13/ III, Magdeburg - East
LOCATION:  Magdeburg
DATE:  8 August 1944

DATE & TIME A/C
WAS SHOT DOWN: 5 August 1944, 1255

PLACE OF CRASH: 500 meters south Airfield Madgeburg - East (nearest town)

KIND OF CAPTURE:  unidentifiable
(flak, hunter, night hunter
  emergency landing)

TYPE OF AIRCRAFT: Fortress II

MARKINGS OF CRAFT: unidentifiable
(letters, front and rear of insignia)

ADMITTANCE NO.: 337839 L

EQUIPMENT:  unidentifiable
F.T. Frequencies:  unidentifiable
CONDITION OF A/C: 90 % crash

DELIVERED TO DISTRIBUTORS:
(DULOG - LUFT, ETC)

The signature of the German officers initiating this report is unreadable, his rank was the equivalent of a USSAF 1st. Lt. -- pw


HEADQUARTERS
100TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
Office of the Intelligence Officer
SUBJECT:Report on T/Sgt. Lloyd E. Maltbie, 18193937
To
T/5 James P. Hill, 38182822, 34th Evac. Hosp. (SM). APO 403 % 
Postmaster, New York City, New York
APO 559
31 July 1945

1. All information we have at this Headquarters concerning T/Sgt. Lloyd E. Maltbie, 18193937, is as follows: He was Engineer and Top Turret gunner on a B-17 crew. His pilot was Lt. Bert L. Scott. On the mission of 5 August 1944, he was flying in A/C #639 (last three numbers). This A/C was seen to be in distress just before bombs away over the target of Magdeburg, Germany. It fell out of formation and jettisoned its bombs. Soon after that fire broke out in it's #2 engine, spread into the left wing and seemed to just about cover the entire plane in a very short time. A few chutes were seen in the vicinity, but observing crew members did not know if they came from this A/C. The A/C continued down in a shallow glide and it was believed that all crew members could have bailed out. This happened at 12:52 hours. Anti-aircraft fire was intense and it is possible that Sgt. Maltbie and his pilot, Lt. Scott, were both killed in the A/C. All other mmbers of the crew were prisoners of war and have subsequently been liberated. 

2. The A/C in question must have crashed a few miles from Magdeburg, but there are no reports confirming this fact. It is possible that the battle causality office in Paris had more information. Also the Adjutant General's Office in Washington, D.C. should have further information concerning the two member of this crew who were killed. I regret my inability to give you any definite information, but trust this letter may furnish leads to the answer of all your questions.

Sincerely
Charles w. Terry
Capt., Air Corps.
P.W. Officer


Subj: Re: 100thBG Form Submission 
Date: 7/26/2001 6:35:56 AM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: Gimlet8746 
To: MPFaley 
File: dadb17.jpg (107604 bytes) DL Time (26400 bps): 

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 The 100th legendary Sammy Barr poses with some members of the Leslie Roediger Crew. 349th Sqdn Leslie R. Roediger Crew
This photo courtesy of Chriss Cabodi. The following was written on the back of the
picture, but, unfortunately, the individuals are not identified by position:
(1) Major Barr, Command Pilot
(2) 1st Lt. L. R. Roediger, Pilot
(3) 2nd Lt. Donald G. Bishop, Copilot
(4) 2nd Lt. Jack D. Carpenter, Navigator
(5) 2nd Lt. Richard H. Tunnicliff, Bombardier
(6) 1st Lt. Emil K. Borch, Mickey Operator
(7) T/Sgt. Dale Cross, Engineer
(8) T/Sgt. Charles Garboroglio, Radio
(9) S/Sgt. Alvy L. Washington, Right Waist Gunner
(10) S/Sgt. Frederick J. Crowner, Tail Gunner
 
"Sept 19, 1944. this was the same crew that was on the Warsaw mission.
This was taken just after the landing in Foggia, Italy"

 

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