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Black Week – Bremen

Black Week (October 8-14, 1943)
Bremen – 8 Oct 1943

Bremen | Marienburg | Munster | Schweinfurt

350TH BOMB SQUADRON

A/C 42-3233  B-17F- 40-DL  “OUR BABY” LN-R     10 POW

MAJ GALE “BUCK” CLEVEN                                COM P   POW     08 OCT 43         BREMEN

CAPT. BERNARD A. DeMARCO

P

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

F/O JAMES P. THAYER

CP

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

1ST LT JOHN W. DOWNS

NAV

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

1ST LT FRANCIS C. HARPER

BOM

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

T/SGT THORNTON STRINGFELLOW

ROG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

T/SGT BENJAMIN J. BARR

WG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT JEROME FERROGGIARO

TTE

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS

BTG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

SGT HARRY C. CALHOUN

TG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT WILLIAM R. WOODBURY

WG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

350TH SQDN. THIS IS AN “ORIGINAL” 100TH CREW.

LEON CASTRO HAD BEEN SHIPPED BACK TO THE STATES FOR CADET TRAINING PRIOR TO 8 OCT 43; HE WAS REPLACED BY JEROME FERROGGIARO FROM THE N. H. SCOTT CREW. ALBERT FREITAS AND LEO CALLAHAN WERE RECOVERING FROM WOUNDS RECIEVED ON THE 6 SEP 43 (STUTTGART) MISSION AND WERE REPLACED BY WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS OF CAPT MARK CARNELL’S CREW AND WILLIAM R. WOODBURY, A REPLACEMENT GUNNER.

GALE W. (BUCKY) CLEVEN, 350TH CO, FLEW AS COMMAND PILOT ON OCTOBER 8, 1943.

Flak and Fighters over target. This ship leading the 350th. Hit by flak & fighters and forced to leave formation. three men injured, all eleven (11) bailed out and landed near Essen, Germany. Taken to Frankfurt for interrogation. Downs (Lt John W. Downs) says bailed out near Oldenburg. Cleven (Maj. Gale W. Cleven) says bail out near Osnabruck.

 

 A/C 42-30840 LN-O (no name)  B-17F-125-BO   5 POW  5 KIA

2ND LT HERBERT G. NASH, JR

P

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT ROBERT E. SPEAS

CP

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT JOHN P. HART

NAV

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT VERNON N. HOGSETT

BOM

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT THOMAS B. DILTS

ROG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT PATRICK J. NEILON

TTE

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

SGT THADDEUS L. KIRKPATRICK

BTG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

SGT STANLEY NOWAKOWSKI

WG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

SGT GEORGE D. SNYDER

WG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT JOE BOST

TG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

Hogsett (Lt Vernon N. Hogsett) stated after the war, “The engineer (S/Sgt Patrick J. Neilon) and I landed a small pond in a farmyard. With the assistance of German civilians I got Neilon to shore. He complained greatly of back injury, which I believe was caused when bailing out of the plane. There was no external injuries. I pleaded with the Germans to bring a doctor, but I do not believe they understood me. Sgt Neilon lost consciousness immediately and I firmly believe he died before the German Officer in charge took me away with the rest of the crewmembers.

The disabled plane had gone into a uncontrollable dive and apparently Nash, Speas, Dilts and Bost were unable to get out. The plane broke up near the tail wheel and Kirkpatrick actually fell from the ship at that time. Hogsett, after his capture, was taken to the site of the crash and identified the bodies of Nash, Speas, Dilts, and Bost which had been thrown clear of the wreckage.

German records show burial of the five dead at the cemetery of “Hoya/Weser in graves #34, 35, 36, 37 and 38.

 42-3433 “LENA” LN-W (RETURNED EARLY)

2ND LT ROBERT P. KRAMER

P

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT EDWARD F. CONNELLY, JR.

CP

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT HUGH S. GEIGER, JR

NAV

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT THOMAS B. CASEY, JR.

BOM

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT DEAN O. TODD

TTE

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT JAMES A. WATKINS

ROG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT DONALD M. GLAZE

BTG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT GEORGE A. WHITE

RWG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT FRED B. MOORE

LWG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT HARVEY F. JAMES

TG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

 

A/C #42 30318  B-17F-120-BO    “SALVO SAL”      LN-S   8  POW  1 KIA  1 EVA

2ND LT WILLIAM H. MCDONALD

P

POW

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT JOHN L. JAMES, JR.

CP

POW

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT CARL L. SPICER

NAV

EVA

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT FRANK P. MCGLINCHEY

BOM

POW

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

T/SGT FRED PRIBISH

ROG

POW

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

T/SGT CHARLES S. ASHBAUGH

TTE

POW

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT ROSS W. DETILLION

BTG

POW

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT DOUGLAS H. AGEE

LWG

KIA

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT VICTOR P. INTOCCIA

RWG

POW

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT PAUL G. SEARS

TG

POW

10 OCT 43

BREMEN

350th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined 100th Group on 2/8/43.

Tenth mission for crew. Target, Bremen Time 1500 hours approx.Ship was leading 2nd element of the high sqdn. Agee was struck by a 20mm about 30 minutes before crew bailed out over Holland. German Medical Report in MACR says ” . . shot in both lungs and bled to death”. Body was interred on 12/l0/43 at Beetsterswang Cemetery (Friesland) Row 21, Grave 26. All others bailed out over Holland and were taken prisoner. Aircraft crashed near the Zuider Zee in western Holland.

Carl Spicer was helped by Dutch underground and later joined Jack Justice, pilot of the 349th Sqdn. who was shot down on 10/10/43. Also, see p. 109 of “THEY NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD”. McGlinchey and McDonald were on the established escape route to Spain but were captured after more than four months at a Border Post in the Pyrenees. Spicer made it across the Spanish border and eventually returned to England in January 1943. All the POWs survived the war and were returned to military control in May 1945.


A/C #42-30358  B-17F -100-BO    “PHARTZAC”      LN-X    2 POW  8 KIA

1ST LT FRANK H. MEADOWS

P

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT LLOYD W. EVANS

CP

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT FRANK B. BUSH

NAV

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT WILLIAM C. HUBBARD

BOM

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT ROBERT H. WUSSOW

ROG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

T/SGT HAROLD R. JACKSON

TTE

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT RICHARD H. AGOR

BTG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT JAMES F. WARD

WG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

SGT DEXTER B. PATE

WG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT VINCENT D. SAPONE

TG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

This was apparently the seventh mission for all members of this crew with the exception of Bob Wussow & Dexter Pate. Wussow, the radio operator on the original crew #11, was probably about at the end of his tour. Pate was likely a replacement on the crew and the number of his missions is not known.

Lt. Hubbard, after the war, stated; “The reason I cannot answer most of these questions is because our plane had two bombs that failed to release and received a flak hit which caused them to explode. I being lucky enough to get out alive with quite a few injuries that caused me to become unconsious after I pulled the rip cord. One waist gunner (Jim Ward)was blown thru the side of the plane as it exploded. His chute opened and he reached ground.

S. O. C. P. 20/23 has touching story of Agor ordering (in Sept. ) roses to be sent to his mother in Shamokin, Pa for Christmas. They arrived many weeks after his death.

S. O. C. p. 22 “James Ward, a gunner blown out of . Meadows’ ship, pulled the rip cord before his mind blotted out, and Bill Hubbard, descending in his chute, saw Meadow’s Fort drop by a super-highway near Bremen. Hubbard was clapped in “solitary”, and threatened with death unless he would “talk”, but he refused, and the Germans forced him to walk 100 miles to prison. Ward was unconscious 10 days in a hospital. “

The dead of this crew were buried in a cemetery at Waller Friedhof, near Bremen

 42-30047  B-17F -85-BO  “SWEATER GIRL” LN-Q   

2ND LT CHARLES D WALTS

P

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT JEROME H. WALLACE

CP

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT LOUIS H. OSS

NAV

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT RICHARD C. DODSON

BOM

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT TRAVIS L BRUMBEAU

ROG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT CLYDEM. WALKER

TTE

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

SGT HENRY A. GRATZFELD

BTG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT THOMAS F. MURPHY

RWG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

SGT FRANK E. . FETHERSTONE
(SPELLED FETHERSTEN ACCORDING TO WATTS – 1/2001)

LWG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

SGT WILLIAM O. HIGGINBOTHAM

TG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

350th Sqdn. Assigned September 1943.

This was the fourth mission for the crew. Sgt. Walker may have died of wounds in hospital or POW camp. STATMENT (in MACR) BY Lt. Walts “Lt. Oss climbed out nose of plane (it had broken in half) after it had come out of spin over target at 1500 ft. Sgts. Higginbotham & Murphy bailed out before it went into the spin. Sgt. Brumbeau believes he was thrown from plane when it broke in two. Sgt. Murphy wounded by burst of 20mm just as he and Fetherstone were about to jump. Fetherstone probably killed by this burst. Oss recalled seeing Lt. Dodson lying in nose of plane and believed him dead or mortally wounded. “As Walts was crawling to the escape hatch he had to crawl over Lt Whallace and noticed that blood covered his face.

See:MUNSTER: The Way It Was p. 154. This A/C was shot down by Hauptmann ‘Walter Hoeckner of 2 Staffel Jagdgeschwader 1. It was his 60th air victory but he was shot down (forced to bail out) by fire from Walt’s ship. Probably from the BTG gunner Gratzfeld.

Hoeckner fired 320 shells from his four 20 mm cannon, and 202 bullets from his pair of 17 mm machine guns during his attack. With all guns firing accurately, about 70 rounds a second were striking B17 823. On average, 20 hits from a 20mm were sufficient to bring down a Fortress.

Memories from Lt Walts (mpf 2001)

“One of the most haunting memories I have is from being in the barracks on the night after we were on the raid to Bremen. Everyone was shot down from our squadron except us and the emptiness in the barracks that night has stayed with me.

Our Bombardier, Richard Cooper Dodson, always told us he was going to be killed and one night he said to us, “Fellows, if I go down today, I will be happy because I have had a steak” It was either the night he said that or shortly after that he was killed. That memory has stayed with me too.

On this mission to Bremen, when we returned, I noticed a hole in the plane just in back of my head!. One of my friends, Frank Meadows, was in the B-17 in front of us and I saw a German fighter fly right into the nose of his plane and it exploded. I had always thought everyone was killed on that plane but later I learned that two had parachuted to safety, but not Frank.

349TH BOMB SQUADRON

42-30487   B-17F-105-BO    “TORCHY III”      XR-F

FO OWEN D. (COWBOY) ROANE

P

CPT

26 NOV 42

PARIS

2ND LT ARTHUR C. STIPE

CP

CPT

20 OCT 43

DURAN

CAPT OMAR GONZALES

NAV

POW

5 NOV 43

GELSENKIRCHEN

2ND LT CURTIS K. CAMPBELL

BOM

CPT

20 OCT 43

DURAN

T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB

ROG

CPT

19 NOV 43

GELSENKIRCHEN

T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART

TTE

CPT

19 NOV 43

GELSENKIRCHEN

S/SGT ROGER O. STROBLE

BTG

CPT

20 OCT 43

DURAN

S/SGT JAMES JARVIE

RWG

CPT

20 OCT 43

DURAN

T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER

LWG

CPT

13 FEB 44

NO-BALL

S/SGT PATRICK J. HEALY

TG

CPT

20 OCT 43

DURAN

 

42-30154   B-17F      “WAR EAGLE”    XR-H      9  POW   1 KIA

2ND LT ARTHUR H. BECKTOFT

P

POW

8 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT CLIFFORD M. SPENCER

CP

POW

8 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT WALTER NICHOLS, JR.

NAV

POW

8 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT ROBERT L. MILLER

BOM

POW

8 OCT 43

BREMEN

T/SGT ELMER J. WILLIAMS

TTE

POW

8 OCT 43

BREMEN

T/SGT FLOYD A. LOWE

ROG

KIA

8 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT CHARLES E. MARENGO

BTG

POW

8 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT HENRY T. POPIELARSKI

WG

POW

8 OCT 43

BREMEN A/C# 42-30154 WAR EAGLE

SGT EDWARD J. HOFFMAN

WG

POW

8 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT ANDY P. STANLEY

TG

POW

8 OCT 43

BREMEN

 

A/C #42 3229  B-17F -40-DL       “PASADENA NENA”    XR-A  

1ST LT JOHN K. JUSTICE

P

EVA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT JOHN F. SHIELDS

CP

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT PETER BATTISTI

NAV

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT WILLIAM C. BROTHERS

BOM

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT RICHARD E. WHITLOCK

ROG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT JOHN F. MCDONOUGH

TTE

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT STANLEY S. STOPA

BTG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT HARRY HAFKO

RWG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT ROBERT E. BERGENDAHL

LWG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT GAETANO D. SPORTELLI

TG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group in early July 1943

 

 42-30170  B-17F-90-BO     “HOT SPIT”    XR-G

2ND LT EDWARD G. STORK

P

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT JOHN S. MINERICH, JR

CP

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT JOHN J. GIBBONS

NAV

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT ARTHUR C. TWITCHELL JR.

BOM

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT STEFAN C. PALMER

ROG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT LAURENCE WILLEY

TTE

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT PAUL M. CAVENY

BTG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT GORDON W. SHIELDS

RWG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT DOUGLAS C. BROWN

LWG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT IRA G. TURNER

TG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

 

42-5957  B-17F-40-VE “HORNY II”      XR-D

1st LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON

P

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP

CP

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

1st LT. DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER

NAV

CPT

29 NOV 43

BREMEN

1st LT. HOWARD J. KELLY

BOM

CPT

20 JAN 44

BRUNSWICK FROM ORIGINAL SAMMY BARR CREW

T/SGT RUSSELL G. GILBERT

TTE

KIA

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK

ROG

NOC

SGT. ANTHONY E. RUDA

LWG

POW

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

S/SGT GEORGE P. GINEIKIS

RWG

EVA

05 NOV 43

GEISENKIRCHEN

S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON

BTG

CPT

22 DEC 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT CHARLES HANTUSCH

TG

NOC

 

 42-30088   B-17F-85-BO    ” SQUAWKIN HAWK”      XR-E

CAPT ROBERT H. LOHOF

P

POW

03 MAR 44

BERLIN

1ST LT ROBERT L. PHILLIPS, JR

CP

CPT

04 MAR 44

BERLIN

1ST LT WILLIAM E. VADEN

NAV

POW

03 MAR 44

BERLIN

1ST LT PAUL T. DAVIS

BOM

POW

03 MAR 44

BERLIN

T/SGT GUY L. BROWN

ROG

POW

03 MAR 44

BERLIN

T/SGT SIDNEY A. GOLDENBERG

TTE

POW

03 MAR 44

BERLIN

S/SGT VERN R. LINES

BTG

POW

03 MAR 44

BERLIN

S/SGT RICHARD L. DAVID

RWG

POW

03 MAR 44

BERLIN

S/SGT JAMES M. BUTLER

LWG

POW

03 MAR 44

BERLIN

S/SGT GEORGE W. BRIGGS

TG

POW

03 MAR 44

BERLIN

418TH BOMB SQUADRON

 A/C 42-3393  B-17F -50-DL   “JUST-A-SNAPPIN”   LD-Y

MAJ. JOHN B. KIDD

COM PILOT

1ST LT EVERETT E. BLAKELY

P

CPT

2ND LT CHARLES A. VIA, JR.

FO IN TAIL

SWA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

1ST LT HARRY CROSBY

NAV

CPT

GROUP NAVIGATOR

2ND LT JAMES R. DOUGLAS

BOM

CPT

GROUP BOMBARDIER

T/SGT MONROE B. THORNTON

TTE

CPT

T/SGT EDMUND G. FORKNER

ROG

CPT

S/SGT WILLIAM F. MCCLELLAND

BTG

WIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT EDWARD S. YEVICH

WG

WIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT LYLE E. NORD

WG

KIA

29 MAY 44

LEIPZIG

S/SGT LESTER W. SAUNDERS

TG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

 

42-30758 B-17F-120-BO     “ROSIE’S RIVETERS”   LD-W

LT ROBERT ROSENTHAL

P

CPT

08 MAR 44

BERLIN

LT WINIFRED LEWIS

CP

CPT

08 MAR 44

BERLIN

LT RONALD C. BAILEY

NAV

CPT

08 MAR 44

BERLIN

LT CLIFFORD MILBURN

BOM

CPT

08 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT MICHAEL BOCCUZZI

ROG

CPT

08 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT CLARENCE C. HALL

TTE

CPT

08 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT RAY H. ROBINSON

BTG

CPT

08 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT LOREN DARLING

WG

SWA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

SGT JOHN SHAFFER

WG

SWA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

SGT WILLIAM DeBLASIO

TG

CPT

08 MAR 44

BERLIN

 

42-3237  B-17F-40-DL   “STYMIE”    LD-R   (RETURNED EARLY)

1ST LT JOHN F. STEPHENS

P

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

1ST LT HOYT L. SMITH

CP

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT RUDOLPH GRUM

NAV

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT WILLIAM J. MOORE

BOM

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT JOHN SHAY

TTE

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT GEORGE F. KNOLLE

WG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT MAX U. DRUDGE

ROG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT CARL E. BATTIN

BTG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT CASIMIR A. RACZYNSKI

WG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT WILLIAM F. YOUNG

TG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

 

42-30062  B-17F  -85-DL      “TERRY N’ TEN” LD-O (RETURNED EARLY)

CAPT CHARLES B. CRUIKSHANK

P

POW

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

1ST LT GLENN E. GRAHAM

CP

POW

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

CAPT FRANK D. MURPHY

NAV

POW

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

1ST LT AUGUST H. GASPAR

BOM

POW

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT ORLANDO E. VINCENTI

ROG

KIA

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT LEONARD R. WEEKS

TTE

POW

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT ROBERT L. BIXLER

BTG

POW

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT JAMES M. JOHNSON

WG

POW

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT DONALD B. GARRISON

WG

POW

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

SGT CHARLES A. CLARK

TG

KIA

08 OCT 43

MUNSTER

 

42-30152      B-17F-90-BO      “MESSIE BESSIE”       LD-X

LT WALTER L. “BIG CHIEF” MORENO

P

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

LT JOHN W. PHELAN

CP

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

LT WILLIAM L. BAKER

NAV

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

LT PAUL LEDBETTER

BOM

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

SGT ALEXANDER G. LEE

ROG

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

SGT WADE G. DOWELL

TTE

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

SGT NED G. EATON

BTG

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

SGT AFTON C. JOHNSON

WG

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

SGT ALBERT R. HOWELL

WG

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

SGT MARVIN G. BURTON

TG

CPT

31 DEC 43

PARIS

 

 42-30091  B-17F-85-BO    “BLIVIT”       LD-S

CAPT DAVID L. MINER

P

KIA

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

LT HERBERT A. ALF

CP

POW

28 APR 44

SOTTEVAST

LT D. F. BERTHLOF

NAV

NOC

LT GEORGE R. JONES

BOM

KIA

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT WILLIAM C. LIBBERT

ROG

POW

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT ALBERT ZIKORUS

TTE

POW

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT VARDEN I. BUTLER

BTG

KIA

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT SAM PRY

RWG

POW/WIA

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT LEONARD D. MALCUIT

LWG

POW/WIA

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

SGT JUNE E. ROBERSON

TG

POW

06 MAR 44

BERLIN

351ST BOMB SQUADRON

 42-4997  B-17F-40-VE      “HEAVEN CAN WAIT”     EP-F

2ND LT WILLIAM M. BEDDOW

P

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT RICHARD W. BROOKS

CP

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT ISRAEL LEVINE

NAV

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT MILTON E. HARNESS

BOM

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT JOHN T. SULLIVAN

ROG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT DAN Q. JAMES

TTE

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT WALTER E. ZOLDAK

BTG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT SAMUEL M. HICKS

RWG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT ROBERT J. LYNCH

LWG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT RICHARD R. MUNGER

TG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

 

 42-5864  B-17F -30-VE      “PICCADILLY LILY”       EP-A    5  POW  6  KIA

CAPT ALVIN L. BARKER

COM PILOT

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

CAPT. THOMAS E. MURPHY

P

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

2ND LT MARSHALL F. LEE

CP

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

1ST LT CHARLES C. SARABUN

NAV

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

1ST LT FLOYD C. PETERSON

BOM

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

T/SGT JOHN J. EHLEN

TTE

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

S/SGT ELDER D. DICKERSON

WG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

T/SGT DERRELL C. PIEL

ROG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

S/SGT REED A. HUFFORD

BTG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

S/SGT AARON A. DAVID

WG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

S/SGT GERALD O. ROBINSON

TG

POW

08 OCT 43

BREMEN–

THIS CREW LED THE 100TH ON THE MISSION TO BREMEN (AFTER MAJ KIDD AND CAPT BLAKELY LEFT FORMATION DUE TO BATTLE DAMAGE) AND CAPT ALVIN L. BARKER. 351ST OPERATIONS OFFICER, FLEW IN THE RIGHT SEAT. MARSHALL LEE THE REGULAR CO-PILOT FLEW AS BTG TO ISSUE REPORTS TO MURPHY AND BARKER. LEE WAS APPARENTLY KILLED AFTER LEAVING THE BALL TURRET IN HOPES OF RENDERING AID TO THE TWO PILOTS, BOTH OF WHOM WERE ALSO KILLED.

SOON AFTER BOMB RELEASE THE PICCADILLY LILY WAS HIT BY FLAK NEAR THE NAVIGATORS STATION CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE FLIGHT DECK AREA AS WELL. THIS SHELL OR OTHERS STARTED A FIRE IN THE #3 ENGINE AND DESTROYED THE

SHIPS OXYGEN SYSTEM. WITNESSES INDICATE THE LILY ENTERED A NEAR VERTICAL NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AND EXPLODED WITH ONLY FOUR CHUTES OBSERVED.

 

42-30723  B-17F-115-B0    “HOLY TERROR”    EP-D

2ND LT HOWARD KEEL

P

CPT

AWARDED DFC

2ND LT ROBERT K. EDGLEY

CP

CPT

AWARDED DFC

2ND LT ALEXANDER G. PARK

NAV

CPT

25 FEB 44

REGENSBURG

2ND LT RUBEN C. KELSEY

BOM

CPT

25 FEB 44

REGENSBURG

S/SGT THOMAS P. HASTINGS

ROG

CPT

AWARDED DFC

S/SGT GEORGE L. FERRON

LWG

CPT

AWARDED DFC

S/SGT CLAIRE J. PHELAN

BTG

CPT

S/SGT HARRY A. KOERNER

TG

S/SGT FREDERICK A. KORNBLUM

TTE

S/SGT ANDREW J. GUGLIERI

RWG

CPT

 

— AWARDED DFC

 

 42-3474  B-17F-65-DL      “KING BEE”      EP-B

2ND LT MAURICE E. BEATTY

P

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

CAPT JOHN “LUCKY” LUCKADOO

COM PILOT

CPT

13 FEB 44

NO BALL

2ND LT GRADY MOYLE

NAV

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

2ND LT REID E. GRIFFITHS

BOM

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT ALFRED LOGUIDICE

ROG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

T/SGT GEORGE C. BURGESS

TTE

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT MORTON LEVINE

BTG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT ANGELO J. LICATO

RWG

KIA

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT EDWARD C. KARAMOL

LWG

POW

10 OCT 43

MUNSTER

S/SGT JOHN RUPNICK

TG

KIA

11 MAY 44

LUDWIGSHAVEN, MY

 

42-3386  B-17F-50-DL   “MARIE HELENA”      EP-H      10 KIA

2ND LT RAYMOND J. GORMLEY

P

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT EDWARD J. FOX

CP

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT PETER T. MOTTA

NAV

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT WILLIAM J. HEATH

BOM

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

T/SGT DALE A. VON SEGGERN

ROG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

T/SGT JAY B. MCPHEE

TTE

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT DONALD R. HILTON

BTG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT CHARLES PRESLEY

WG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT WILLIAM A. AVERY, JR

WG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

S/SGT CLAY E. RIFE

TG

KIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

From the MACR it would appear that this crew was attacked by E/A and crashed about 20 miles SE of Emden, Germany. Bodies were burnt to 3rd degree and at least one was not identified at the time. An eyewitness statement said: “. . . a red nosed FW 190 crashed into Lt Gormley’s aircraft and both went down in flame. “

42-30796   B-17F-120-BO       “SUNNY II”     EP-K

2ND LT JOHN T. GRIFFIN

P

CPT

2ND LT ELBERT W. JOHNSON

CP

WIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN

2ND LT THOMAS R. KIZAK

NAV

CPT

2ND LT EDWARD L. DUNLAP

BOM

CPT

T/SGT RAYMOND M. HARJO

TTE

WIA

08 OCT 43

BREMEN PURPLE HEART. RETURNED TO STATES

T/SGT ROY O. HOWELL

ROG

CPT

S/SGT PASCAL A. DELPRIORE

BTG

CPT

S/SGT BERBARD G. SIEGEL

WG

CPT

S/SGT SLDNEY L. NICHOLAS

WG

S/SGT DON L. PILGRIM

TG