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LT  Mladden D. ZECK

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV

 Mladden Dave Zeck of the Alvin J. Meiklejohn crew Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Alvin J. Meiklejohn 

SERIAL #: O-2060869 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 28 FEB 45 KASSEL (35)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT ALVIN J. MEIKLEJOHN       P CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 0-807488
2ND LT WALTER H. HAMILTON    CP CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 0-770530
2ND LT MLADDEN D. ZECK        NAV CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 0-2060869 ("flew hamburg with another crew" saw piggyback") 
F/O ROBERT   K. WALSH            BOM CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# T-3864
CPL JORGE CABRERA                ROG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 19129533
CPL MERVIN E. LONG               TTE CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 38465995 
CPL RANDOLPH T. ARNOLD       BTG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 312626684
CPL FLOYD E. KELLS                 WG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 15097970
CPL HOWARD J. THAYNE          WG KIA                                   sn# 39923700   (crew took a straw vote and  he lost! He was sent to 15th AF and was shot down and KIA.) 
CPL GEORGE H. BOWLES           TG CPT  28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 39924464

350th sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 23 Sep 1944. 
Plane flown was "Mile High Minnie" The first plane flown by the crew was 231991 Miss Chief"
Crew flew overseas in A/C 43-38501 from Grenier Field on September 7, 1944. Dropped off plane in Wales. Were sent to 100th BG to make up for the losses on Sept 11, 1944 mission to Ruhland.  

Recollections of Lt Zeck:
I flew as Nav with another crew on Hamburg Mission on Dec 31, 1944.  I saw the piggyback incident and watched as the two planes flew towards the same position and pancaked.  They pulled away from the formation and headed back to towards land.  Our TTE would always say "sure wish I had me some buttermilk and chili" and you know what, when I got back to the States I went and had some buttermilk and chili just to see what it tasted like! 
When the Crew had to be reduced to 9 men, we drew staws and Sgt Thayne lost. He was sent to the 15th Air Force and I believe he was shot down. Went back home on Queen Mary  and got the news that Roosevelt had died while they were on the ship.  
Copilot on a mission asked Dan Zeck if he had a spare pair of short because he had just Shit his pants!

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 From the left, Alvin "Mike" Meiklejohn, Robert K, "Bob" Walsh, David Zeck and Walter "Walt" Hamilton Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Alvin J. Meiklejohn 

 Alvin J. Meiklejohn crew: Front row L to R; Alvin J. Meiklejohn, Walter H. Hamilton, Mladden D. Zeck, Robert K. Walsh, Standing; Randolph T. Arnold, Jorge Cabrera, George H. Bowles, Floyd E. Kells, and Marvin E. Long  

 

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