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LT  David L. BITTMAN

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: BINGHAMPTON, NY

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
1st Lt Charles B.Blanding     P    CPT   16/4/45  ROYAN   SN# O-791324
2nd Lt John A.Clark          CP   CPT     8/3/45 GIESSEN  SN# O-774946 (became CP on Lt W.V. McGuire Crew) see below
2nd Lt David L.Bittman   NAV    FEH        
2nd Lt Alvin H.Belimow   BOM    CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# O-777419
   Cpl 'Robin J.Whybrow   TTE    CPT   16/4/45  ROYAN  SN# 19090172
   Cpl Peter Glanz            ROG    CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# 16113273
   Cpl Wade .Doares.       BTG   CPT    28/2/45 KASSEL SN# 14193851
   Cpl Irvin J.Delaney        WG  FEH                        SN# 39714981
   Cpl William E.Cox         TG   FEH                        SN# 39144905 (taken off Crew, replaced by Sgt Bruce Ellis)
   Cpl Rex D. Thomas       WG  FEH                        SN# 39118852

418th Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 23/9/44.  See p.103 S.O.C
This became a lead crew in November 1944 and Lt John Clark elected not to become a formation officer and continue flying. He was with  Lt Morin's Crew for one mission (Dec 24, 1944) but was permenately transferred to Lt W.V. Mcguire Crew in late Dec 26 1944 and completed his missions with that Crew.  Lt Jack Jenista joined the crew as Navigator when it became a Lead Crew, he flew 18 missions with this Crew. 

Missions of Lt John Alden Clark with Lt Blanding Crew:

1.    09/10/44      MAINZ
2.    12/10/44      BREMEN
3.    14/10/44      COLOGNE
4.    17/10/44      COLOGNE
5.    18/10/44      KASSEL
6.    19/10/44      MANNHEIM
       FLAK LEAVE
7.    30/10/44      MERSEBURG (RECALLED)
8.    02/11/44      MERSEBURG
9.    09/11/44      SAARBRUCKEN
10.  16/11/44      DUREN
11.  21/11/44      OSNABRUCK
Lt Blanding Crew becomes a Lead Crew and Lt Clark is place in Spare or Standby Pilots roster.
This crew was a lead crew and appears on the 3rd Air Division Honor Roll Crew list for March 1945

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Thorpe Abbotts WAAF site: L-R: 418th personnel Tom Beisser, Robert Kirby, Bruce Grueshow, Ed Rosenthal, Dan McKeen, and Dave Bittman (100th Photo Archives) 

Lt Charles Blanding Crew; Lt John Jenista center in parachute harness, to the right was Alvin Belimoe, to the Left is  David Bittman

 

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Crew 1

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