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S/SGT  Peter R. ZYSKOWSKI

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: STATUS: WIA
MACR:

Comments1: Wounded twice and then transferred

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW 

   Lt Charles E.Harris              P       CPT   5/8/44 MAGDEBURG
   Lt Manly W.Hall                 CP      CPT 27/8/44 BERLIN
   Lt Lloyd W.Coartney         NAV    CPT   5/8/44 MAGDEBURG
   Lt John E.Dimel,Jr.           BOM    CPT 5/8/44 MAGDEBURG
T/Sgt Leighton B.Gaard       ROG  XFR   Flew 21 Missions- 4/7/44 then transferred to Air Force communications unit in France)
T/Sgt Norman Howden,Jr    TTE   CPT  5/8/44 MAGDEBURG
S/Sgt Kenneth L.Nowland   BTG   XFR   Completed 14 missions with this crew.
S/Sgt Joseph H.Blume        RWG  CPT   5/8/44 MAGDEBURG  
                                                 WIA 22/3/44 ORANIENBURG/BERLIN (PURPLE HEART)
S/Sgt Peter R.Zyskowski     LWG    WIA 22/3/44 ORANIENBURG/BERLIN  (PURPLE HEART)
                                                 WIA 10/4/44 RHEIMS (PURPLE HEART) recovered & then 'transferred
S/Sgt Joseph L.Oyler            TG  SWA 10/4/44 RHEIMS (PURPLE HEART ( Returned To USA after recovery)

Crew,as above, joined the 100th in March 1944.First mission on 19/3/44 418th Sqdn.

T/SGT H.H. GREENFIELD TOOK OVER AS ROG AFTER JULY 4, 1944
S/SGT R.L. SCHELLIN TOOK OVER AS BTG ON JUNE 2, 1944
S/SGT W.R.HEATHMAN FLIES AS REPLACEMENT FOR BLUME ON MARCH 23 & 31, 1944
S/SGT JIM MACK (FROM ROSENTHAL CREW) FLIES AS REPLACEMENT FOR BLUME FROM APRIL 1-10, 1944 
S/SGT JOHN RYBAK TAKES OVER LWG POSITION ON APRIL 24, 1944 
S/SGT ART TIRRELL TAKES OVER AS TG ON APRIL 24, 1944

See C.E.Harris correspondence in 418th file.                         

FOLLOWING IS MISSION LIST OF HARRIS CREW COMPILIED IN 1991 BY COL HARRIS.
 
                             HARRIS CREW
                      MARCH TO AUGUST 1944       

  #   DATE            TARGET          COMMENT                              FLT TIME     
  1    3/19/44         NOBALL                                                         4:00
  2    3/22/44         BERLIN       HIT OVER BERLIN, 88 MM 
                                            THROUGH WING. ZYSKOWSKI & 
                                            BLUME WOUNDED. OXYGEN AND
                                            RADIO OUT. RTN ON DECK.              8:45
  3.   3/23/44         BRUNSWICK       CENTER OF CITY                     7:30
        3/31/44        LUDWIGSHAVEN  (RECALLED)
  4.   4/1/44           RECALL                                                          4:45
  5.   4/8/44          QUACKENBRUCK                                               6:15
        4/9/44          POSEN             (RECALLED)
  6.   4/10/44         RHEIMS, FR.       FIGHTERS, ZYSKOWSKI  
                                                   WOUNDED FOR 2ND TIME.
                                                   RTN ALONE.                            6:00
  7.   4/24/44         FRIEDRICHSHAFEN   GREAT VIEW OF ALPS         9:30      
  8.   4/26/44         BRUNSWICK                                                   7:45
  9.   4/27/44         FRANCE                                                         5:00
 10.   4/27/44         NO-BALL BIRTHDAY PRESENT TWO MISSIONS   6:30
 11.   4/29/44         BERLIN                                                          9:00
 12.   5/1/44  LEAD    CLASSIFIED       MAJOR FULLER (1ST LEAD)    6:30
 13.   5/8/44  LEAD    LA GLACERIE, FR. COM PILOT UNK                 4:50
 14.   5/28/44 LEAD   MADGEBURG    MAJOR FULLER.. DIMEL (BTG)
                                           SHOT DOWN TWO FIGHTERS..          8:15
 15.   6/2/44  LEAD    FR. NO-BALL      COM PILOT UNK                   5:15
 16.   6/6/44  LEAD    D_DAY NORMANDIE  CAPT GORSKI                7:30  
 17.   6/7/44  LEAD    NANTES           COM PILOT UNK                    7:15
 18.   6/18/44 LEAD    BRUNSBUTTELKOOG  CAPT GORSKI               7:30
 19.   6/20/44 LEAD    FALLERSLEBEN     COM PILOT UNK                 7:15
 20.   6/21/44 LEAD    BERLIN (BASDORF) COM PILOT GORSKI; 
                                MAIN GROUP TO RUSSIA; 
                                OUR GROUP A DIVERSION, CAPT GORSKI, 
                                COMMAND PILOT WOUNDED
                                BY FLAK. COURTNEY & DIMEL EARN  DFC.       9:45
 21.   7/4/44             GIEN, FRANCE                                               6:15
 22.   7/7/44             GOTTLINGEN, GER                                        7:14  
 23.   7/8/44  LEAD    Le LENTE, FR.    CAPT HOWARD                     4:15
 24.   7/14/44 PPF     SOUTH FRANCE     FIRST PATHFINDER MISSION,
                                                  MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP.               8:00
 25.   7/19/44 PPF     SCHWEINFURT    LT COL BENNETT                  7:00 
 26.   7/20/44 PFF     MERSEBURG        LT COL ROSENTHAL               8:45  
 27.   7/29/44 PFF     MERSEBURG        MAJOR ZELLER                      8:00
 28.   7/31/44 PFF     MUNCIH              LT COL KIDD                         8:30
 29.   8/5/44  PFF      MAGDEBURG       LT COL ROSENTHAL               7:30
                                        THE END !!!!!!!                                     

NOTE: CAPT KRETOW WAS THE RADAR OPERATOR ON ALL PATHFINDER MISSIONS

BTG'S  who flew with the C.E. Harris crew.. 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 3/19/1944 MARQUISE, MIMMOYEQUES 73 91 133 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 3/22/1944 ORANIENBURG (BERLIN) 73 6986 134 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 3/23/1944 BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM 73 107011 135 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 3/28/1944 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 73 107011 138 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 3/31/1944 LUDWIGSHAFEN/RECALLED 73 106989 139 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 4/1/1944 LUDWIGSHAFEN 73 106989 140 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 4/7/1944 QUAKENBRUCK (SCRUBBED) 73 106989 141 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 4/8/1944 QUACKENBRUCH 73 106989 142 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 4/9/1944 KRZESINKI (POSEN) 73 106989 143 
NOWLAND K.L. SGT BTG 4/10/1944 RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE 73 10986 144 
SCHELLIN R.L. S/SGT BTG 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 73 106986 -132 
SCHELLIN R.L. S/SGT BTG 6/7/1944 NANTES (BRIDGES) 73 106986 -135 
SCHELLIN R.L. S/SGT BTG 6/18/1944 BRUNSBUTTELKOOG 73 106986 -141 
SCHELLIN R.L. S/SGT BTG 6/20/1944 FALLERSLEBEN 73 106986 -143 
SCHELLIN R.L. S/SGT BTG 6/21/1944 BASDORF & RUHLAND 73 106986 -144 
SCHELLIN R.L. S/SGT BTG 7/4/1944 GEIN (RECALLED) 73 106986 152 
SCHELLIN R.L. S/SGT BTG 7/7/1944 BOHLEN/MERSEBURG 73 37636 155 
SCHELLIN R.L. S/SGT BTG 7/8/1944 CLAMECY-JOLGYN 73 37636 156 
SCHELLIN R.L. S/SGT BTG 6/2/1944 BOULOGNE 73 106986 -128 
         
ROG'S  who flew with the C.E. Harris crew..     
GAARD L.E. T/SGT ROG 5/8/1944 BERLIN & LaGLACERIE 73 106986 112 
GAARD L.E. T/SGT ROG 5/28/1944 MAGDEBURG 73 106986 -124 
GAARD L.E.. T/SGT ROG 6/2/1944 BOULOGNE 73 106986 -128 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 3/19/1944 MARQUISE, MIMMOYEQUES 73 91 133 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 3/22/1944 ORANIENBURG (BERLIN) 73 6986 134 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 3/23/1944 BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM 73 107011 135 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 3/28/1944 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 73 107011 138 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 3/31/1944 LUDWIGSHAFEN/RECALLED 73 106989 139 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 4/1/1944 LUDWIGSHAFEN 73 106989 140 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 4/7/1944 QUAKENBRUCK (SCRUBBED) 73 106989 141 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 4/8/1944 QUACKENBRUCH 73 106989 142 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 4/9/1944 KRZESINKI (POSEN) 73 106989 143 
GAARD L.E. SGT ROG 4/10/1944 RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE 73 10986 144 
GREENFIELD H.H. T/SGT ROG 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 73 106986 -132 
GREENFIELD H.H. T/SGT ROG 6/7/1944 NANTES (BRIDGES) 73 6986 -135 
GREENFIELD H.H. T/SGT ROG 6/18/1944 BRUNSBUTTELKOOG 73 6986 -141 
GREENFIELD H.H. T/SGT ROG 6/20/1944 FALLERSLEBEN 73 6986 -143 
GREENFIELD H.H. T/SGT ROG 6/21/1944 BASDORF & RUHLAND 73 6986 -144 
GREENFIELD H.H. T/SGT ROG 7/4/1944 GEIN (RECALLED) 73 6986 152 
GREENFIELD H.H. T/SGT ROG 7/7/1944 BOHLEN/MERSEBURG 73 636 155 
GREENFIELD H.H. T/SGT ROG 7/8/1944 CLAMECY-JOLGYN 73 636 
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LLOYD W. COARTNEY, 90
BORN 20 AUG 1919
DIED 21 JAN 2010
 NAV,418thBS, 
2nd lt. Charles E Harris crew
CPT 8/5/44 MADGEBURG
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Letter to Paul West

12105 Amhassador Drive
#533 
Colorado Springs, CO  80921-3642

November 18, 1993 

Dear Paul:
Was good seeing you again in Little Rock.  But you were so busy that we really didn't have a chance to chat.  Next  time! I'm sure you  know, though, how much we appreciate your interest and what you're doing for the hundredth.
Our crew is trying to "resurrect" the Bastille Day (July 14) parachute mission to the Marquis.   It was our first Pathfinder mission with Mike Crete.  My Navigator, Lloyd Coartney (who was with us in Little Rock) said that "Big Pete" Peterson flew with us that day as the second  navigator; that the PFF went on the blink shortly after take-off, and that he and Pete dead reckoned the mission nearly the entire way due to weather.  As we descended thru the overcast they had it figured that there should be a lake to our right.  There was! We then headed for the open field where the Marquis were waiting This was just west of the Alps.  We made a dry run on the field to make sure we were right, then a 360 and dropped on the next approach.  We're sure that we were the first ones in as there were no signs of prior chutes.  I do remember glancing down and seeing all those brave guys down there.  As I remember, we dropped from about 600 feet.

What none of us can remember is who was our Command Pilot. Having the PFF, (and Big Pete), we think it must have been a
13th Wing lead.  Which brings up, was John Bennett with us? Remember very well that he was with us on the July 19 mission to Schweinfurt, but p. 130-131 of "Century Bombers" tells that the Frenchman- Lt Jean Vallion-- flew with Bennett on the 14th. I'm sure we'd remember him if he'd been with us.  So, if we weren't with Bennett, why did we have PFF and a second Navigator?? Just possibly you have the answer.
I think that I sent you some mission sheets last year, but I have no record, so am enclosing copies of the few I have.

Have ramble on enough.  Dare say you get many requests like this, but you asked for it!!!
If you ever get out this way, be sure and let me know.  We're living in a beautiful retirement center (Liberty Heights), We have guest apts. Here which we'd be glad to reserve for you.  As I write I'm looking out on the AF Academy.  We're on the east side of the Valley; the Academy is on the west side- about a 15 minute ride for us, as we can cut straight across.  There's a lot to see and do here.  Lt Gen. "But" Clark, a prior Supt. Of the Academy, is here with us.  He was the Senior Officer in Stalag 3; was shot down in '42 while flying a  Spitfire with the RAF.
                                     All the best,
                                     Chuck Harris


Orders deploying Harris crew to ETO dated 10 Feb 1944..

SECRET

GRENIER FIELD
       MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE  
STA.    16, NAW,  ATC
                            

 ..
(OPERATIONS ORDERS )
                                                       
NO…………………………………..14

                                                           10 February 1944
   EXTRACT

1. The following named crew WP by air in the aircraft as indicated below at the proper time from Grenier Field, 'Manchester, New Hampshire, via North Atlantic Route to the  European Theater of Operations, London, England, reporting upon arrival to the Commander, 8th Air Force Service Command, Air Transport Command Terminals of Arrival    British Isles, for further assignment and duty with the 8th Air ~orce.

X  PROVISIONAL BOMB GROUP
 Shipment No. FX_  BJ 
Project No. 92419-R
                  APO No. 12760-RJ-55

 B_L7g  -  Crcw #55  #42-31895

Pilot    2nd .Lt. Charles E.,Harris  0-749162
Co-Pilot    2nd Lt.Manly W. Hall, Jr.  0-755578
Navigator    2nd Lt. Lloyd W. Coartney  0-698264
Bombardier    2nd Lt. John E. Dimell, Jr. - 0-685073
Engineer  Sgt..Norman (NMI) Howden, Jr. 11114810
Radio Operator.  Cpl. Leighton B. Gaard    19203172
Arm. Gunner  Sgt. Joscph H. Blume, Jr. .   3Z767743
Career Gunner  Sgt. Joscph L. Oyler     15354702
Career Gunner  Sgt. Pctcr R, Zyskowski    32741614
Career Gunner  Sgt. Kenncth L. Nowland    12169351

 This is- a Permanent change of station.

      Ln lieu of subsistence a flat per diem of seven dollars ($7.00) is Authorized for travel and for periods of temporary duty enroute to final destination when, necessary for officers and flight officers, in accordance with existing law end regulations. Payment of mileage is not authorized. Such times as the individual is billeted and subsisted, as outlined in WD Memorandum K- 35-2-42, September 30, 1942, his per diem will be suspended.

A flat per diem of seven dollars ($7.00) is authorized for enlisted men for travel and for periods of temporary duty enroute to final destination in accordance with existing law and regulations, if travel is performed by air. For travel by rail and for periods of delay enroute to final destination, monetary allowance, in lieu of rations and quarters is prescribed in accordance with AR 35-4520.


SECRET
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MEMO 2:

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