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MAJ  Joseph L. ZELLER

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: LATER COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 418TH

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

CAPT JOSEPH L. ZELLER                 P FEH (CO OF 418TH)
2ND LT WILLIAM L. BOWEN          CP  FEH
2ND LT GEORGE E. BONITZ         NAV EVA 20 JUL 44  MERSEBURG (WITH THE F.C. KINCANNON CREW see below)
F/O D.L. WHITE                       BOM CPT 12 SEP 44  MADGEBURG
S/SGT DANIEL A. LYNCH              TTE CPT 12 SEP 44  MADGEBURG (with Lt Dicket Crew, see below)  TAPS: 14 JAN 1964
S/SGT HARRY J. HENDRICKS         ROG CPT 08 SEP 44  MAINZ
SGT MAX FRIEDMAN                    BTG NOC FLEW MISSSIONS WITH LT SIEWERT     TAPS: 7 MAY 1983
SGT CHARLES L. GRIMES              WG NOC
SGT WILLIAM V. LOMBARDI          WG NOC
SGT WILARD R. FREDERICK              TG NOC      TAPS: 28 AUG 1989

351ST SQDN… CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON  09 MAR 1944.
ZELLER BECAME COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 418TH AFTER MAGEE FULLER WAS LOST ON 20 JUL 44 (MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY)

Capt Joseph L. Zeller Missions: 

March 16, 1944  Augsburg                                                                            42-31708 "Skipper II"
March 18, 1944  Lechfeld,                                                                            42-31708 "Skipper II"  
March 19, 1944  Marquise, Mimmoyeques                                                  42-31708 "Skipper II"  
March 22, 1944  Berlin       (returned with serious battle damage)              42-31708 "Skipper II"
March 23, 1944  Brunswick                                                                          42-31389 " Lucious Lucy"
March 27, 1944  Bordeaux                                                                           42-31708 "Skipper II"
March 28, 1944  Chateaudun                                                                       42-31708 "Skipper II"

It appears that Capt Zeller's Crew became a Lead Crew in April 1944 and Lt Bowen was transferred to the crew of Lt Seymour Eichen

April 11, 1944   Pozen & Rostock    Capt Swartout Command Pilot                     42-31708 "Skipper II"
April 12, 1944   Scheuditz (Recall)   Lt Col William Veal Command Pilot (from 13th CBW)  42-31708 "Skipper II"
May 13, 1944   Osnabruck             Capt Zeller-Com P. Lt Monrad-Pilot                42-31708 "Skipper II"
May 20, 1944   Brussels                 Capt. Zeller-Com P. Lt Monrad-Pilot               42-31708 "Skipper II"
May 28, 1944   Magdeburg            Capt. Zeller-Com P. Lt Monrad-Pilot                42-31708 "Skipper II"                
June 6, 1944    Falaise, D-Day        Capt. Zeller-Lead P.                                          PFF
June 20, 1944  Fallersleben           Capt. Zeller-Com P. Lt Norman P. Scott-Pilot  42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty
June 21, 1944  Ruhland (Russia)     Capt. Zeller-Com P, Capt R.H. Helmick Pilot    42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty
July 3, 1944     Arad (Rumania)      Capt. Zeller-Com P, Capt R.H. Helmick-Pilot    42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty
July 5, 1944     Bezier (from Italy)  Capt. Zeller-Com P, Capt. R.H. Helmick-Pilot    42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty
July 7, 1944     Bohlen                  Capt. Zeller-Com P, Lt Monrad-Pilot                  42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty"
July 13, 1944   Munich                 Capt Zeller-Com P, Lt Cumming-Pilot                 42-31767 'Our Gal Sal"
July 24, 1944   St Lo                    Capt. Zeller-Com P, Lt Giles-Pilot,                     44-6089 "Leading Lady"
July 25, 1944   St Lo                    Capt. Zeller-Com P, Lt Giles-Pilot                      42-97829 "Regal Eagle"
July 29, 1944   Merseburg             Capt. Zeller-Com P                                           PFF
Aug 5, 1944    Magdeburg             Maj. Zeller-Com P (now C.O. 418th BS)             PFF
Aug 8, 1944    St Sylvian               Maj. Zeller-Com P, Lt Ehorn-Pilot                        38015
Sept 1, 1944   Mainz (Recall)         Maj. Zeller-Com P, 
Sept 9, 1944   Dusseldorf             Maj. Zeller-Com P                                              PFF
Sept 30, 1944 Bielefeld                Maj. Zeller-Com P, Lt Seamans-Pilot                  44-8148 "Seamans Demons"


CREW
                                             
DATE: 20 July 1944  418th Sqdn.                      A/C #42-97564  Pathfinder Aircraft

MISSION: Merseburg,Ger.                             MACR #7414,Micro-fiche #2701

Major MaGee C.Fuller           Com. P  POW
  Capt Francis C.Kincannon           P       POW
1st Lt Bernard L.Farnum         CP       POW
  Capt Robert E.Nance        BOM      EVADEE
1st Lt Louis H.Abromowitz     NAV      EVADEE
  Capt Henry C.Griffis       Rad/N    EVADEE (see Hermansen crew/ 350th Sqdn.)
1st Lt George E.Bonitz       NAV      EVADEE (from Capt Zeller Crew)
T/Sgt Daniel B.Deason        TTE       POW
T/Sgt Oscar L.Edge             ROG        POW
 S/Sgt Glen E.Snider           RW       POW
 S/Sgt Vaniel M.Cargile        LW       EVAVEE
 S/Sgt Robert D.Chavez         TG         POW

This A/C  was leading the mission in a Pathfinder ship which accounts for the
seven officers aboard. Major Fuller,who had flown overseas as pilot of a 349th
Sqdn. crew in June 1943, was now C.O. of the 418th.

EYEWITNESS:  "Just as bombs were released A/C #564 received a direct hit by AA fire between #2 engine        
 fuselage.Shell did not explode but a large hole was torn in the wing and gasoline poured from the tanks. #2
 engine feathered and A/C pulled out of formation directing deputy
 leader to take over. A/C fell behind and was escorted by fighters and it
 was reported that #564 was heard to tell fighters over radio that it
 was all-right." This is all the information that interrogation of
 100th "A" Group crews revealed.

From Bottisham (fighter base) to PFF War room to 100th BG the following report was received: "A/C #564 called for fighter support
     after it began to lag and contact was made over channel "C" with the fighters which gave it cover. Subsequentlythe PFF had to crash
      land near Louvain just east of Brusselsand prearranged plan (over channel "C") as soon as the crew had cleared the A/C the fighter
      strafed and set fire to the ship. Fighter did not see PFF explode  but stated definitely that it was afire,and that all the crew was safe.'


CREW

1st Lt. Harvey W. Dickert       O-759430 P CPT Bremen  12 Oct 44
1st Lt. Vernon G. Keilholtz       O-705122 CP CPT Mainz  27 Sep 44
1st Lt. Raymond W. Spahr     O-712932 NAV CPT Ludwigburg 03 Oct 44
1st Lt. John A. Bryce           T-124342 BOM CPT Ludwigshaven 25 Sep 44
T/Sgt Robert J. Levin          16079902 TTE NOC
S/Sgt Michael E. Sweeney     11057006 ROG NOC   
S/Sgt Everett S. Collier         37470894 WG CPT Bremen  12 Oct 44  
S/Sgt Robert B. Patterson    37537192 WG POW  Burg-bei-Magdeburg  10 Apr 45 w/Lt Bazin Crew  (see note below) 
S/Sgt Dale L. Humphrey       39333941 BTG CPT Bremen  12 Oct 44
S/sgt Walter B. Shipman      9705838     TG CPT Bremen  12 Oct 44

351ST SQDN.. JOINED GROUP 29 MAY 44  This Crew flew "MASON AND DIXON"  42-31412 on 28 missions and 7 missions in other a/c.
The  list above is of the crew as it joined the 100th BG. S/Sgt Robert G. Truex and T/Sgt Daniel A. Lynch originally(from Capt Zeller Crew) joined the crew when Sgt Levin and Sgt Sweeney left the crew. Ranks are those crew members held at end of missions.
S/Sgt R.B. Patterson was taken off this crew to reduce to 9 men. He would become a Mickey (radar) operator.  

CREW AS LISTED BELOW APPEARS ON A COMBAT ROSTER OF 03 SEP 44.

LT HARVEY W. DICKERT         P CPT  12 OCT 44  BREMEN 
LT VERNON G. KEILHOLTZ      CP CPT 27 SEP 44 MIANZ
LT RAYMOND W. SPAHR    NAV CPT 03 OCT 44 LUDWIGBURG
F/O JOHN A. BRYCE          BOM CPT 25 SEP 44 LUDWIGSHAFEN
S/SGT ROBERT G. TRUEX  ROG CPT DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
T/SGT DANIEL A. LYNCH   TTE CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN (from Capt Zeller Crew)
S/SGT DALE L. HUMPHREY   BTG CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN
S/SGT EVERETT S. COLLIER WG CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN
S/SGT WALTER B. SHIPMAN TG CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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BURIAL INFORMATION

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PHOTOS:

Capt Joseph Zeller crew. taken Jan.10, 1944. Fonville studio Ardmore Okla.  Front Row L-R 
Cap JOSEPH L. ZELLER -P (CO OF 418TH),  2nd LT WILLIAM L. BOWEN -CP, 2nd LT GEORGE E. BONITZ -NAV, F/O D.L. WHITE- BOM .  Photo courtesy of Dennis L. White, Son of D.L. White. 

 Mirgorod, Russia, July 1944: the American Officer is Joseph Zeller, who one week later would become the 418th's Commanding Officer after Magee Fuller was lost at Merseburg 20 Jul 1944. (100th Photo Archives) 

Newspaper article about a mission to Munich on July 13, 1944 with then Capt. Joseph "Fuzzy" Zeller as command pilot. (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

 Mirgorod, Russia, July 1944: Second from left, Tim Crawley and extreme right Joe Zeller - the others are all Russian military (100th Photo Archives) 

 Shuttle mission to Russia, 21 June 1944 (100th Photo Archives) 
Mirgorod, Russia, July 1944: the American Officer is Joseph Zeller, who one week later would become the 418th's Commanding Officer after Magee Fuller was lost at Merseburg 20 Jul 1944. (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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