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CAPT  MARK COPE

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: TWO RIVERS, WI (OPERATIONS OFFICER 350TH)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

LT MARK COPE                              P CPT    WENT ON TO BECOME  350TH SQDN OPS OFFICER
LT THOMAS CRYAN                      CP KIA    18 MAR 44 MUNICH (WITH LT PAUL MARTIN CREW, SEE BELOW)
LT FESTUS E. "Shorty" BRYANT   NAV CPT   19 MAR 44 MARQUISE, MIMOYEQUES (NOBALL)
LT HERBERT G. PRYOR               BOM CPT    4 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT JOHN VERBOVSKI                TTE CPT  19 MAR 44 MARQUISE, MIMOYEQUES (NOBALL)
SGT JOHN C. ELING                    ROG CPT  19 MAR 44 MARQUISE, MIMOYEQUES (NOBALL)
SGT  RICHARD E. DONNELLY       BTG CPT   19 MAR 44 MARQUISE, MIMOYEQUES (NOBALL)
SGT JAMES E. MORRISON           LWG CPT  19 MAR 44 MARQUISE, MIMOYEQUES (NOBALL)
SGT DONALD E. WALKER           RWG WIA   6 MAR 44 BERLIN (received Silver Star for actions March 6, 1944)
SGT RAYMOND A. BRYAN             TG WIA   6 MAR 44 BERLIN (received Purple Heart)

350th Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th in late July or August 1943. Lt. Martin Tashjian flew a few missions with this crew as CP in place of Thomas Cryan.  Crew flew in "Superstitious Aloysious". Elwood "Bud" Frum worked on this plane.
Mark Cope went on to become the 350th Operations  Officer…

MISSIONS OF CAPT. MARK COPE CREW COURTESY OF JOHN ELING: (MAY 2007)

1.         3/11/43        WILHELMSHAVEN
2.       13/11/43        BREMEN
3.       16/11/43        RJUKAN(NORWAY) HYDROELECTRIC POWER
4.       19/11/43        GELSENKIRCHEN & ZUTPHEN, HOLLAND
5.       30/11/43        SOLINGEN
6.       11/12/43        EMDEN
7.       16/12/43        BREMEN
8.       20/12/43        BREMEN
9.       22/12/43        MUNSTER
10.     24/12/43        ST.JOSEPH au BOIS (NOBALL)
11.     31/12/43        PARIS
12.       4/01/44        KEIL
13.     11/01/44        BRUNSWICK AND OSNABRUCK, CITIES
14.     14/01/44        FORET D'HESDIN (NOBALL)
15.     21/01/44        BOIS D'ESQUERDES (NOBALL)
16.     30/01/44        BRUNSWICK
17.       3/02/44        WILHELMSHAVEN
18.       6/02/44        ROMILLY sur SEINE, CONCHES,EVREUX
19.     10/02/44        BRUNSWICK
20.     13/02/44        LIVOSSART & BOIS REMPRE (NOBALL)
21.     29/02/44        BRUNSWICK
22.       2/03/44        CHARTRES, AF
23.       4/03/44        BERLIN
24.       6/03/44        BERLIN
25.      18/03/44       AUGSBURG
26.      19/03/44       MARQUISE, MIMOYEQUES (NOBALL)


Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target

3/4/1944 18 123 MORRISON J.E. S/SGT LWG 231968 BERLIN
3/4/1944 18 123 COPE M. CAPT P 231968 BERLIN
3/4/1944 18 123 TASHJIAN M LT CP 231968 BERLIN
3/4/1944 18 123 BRYANT F.E. LT NAV 231968 BERLIN
3/4/1944 18 123 PRYOR H G LT BOM 231968 BERLIN
3/4/1944 18 123 ELING J.C. T/SGT ROG 231968 BERLIN
3/4/1944 18 123 VERBOVSKI J. T/SGT TTE 231968 BERLIN
3/4/1944 18 123 DONNELLY R.E. S/SGT BTG 231968 BERLIN
3/4/1944 18 123 WALKER D E S/SGT RWG 231968 BERLIN
3/4/1944 18 123 BRYAN R A S/SGT TG 231968 BERLIN

3/6/1944 18 124 BRYAN R A S/SGT TG 237807 BERLIN
3/6/1944 18 124 WALKER D E S/SGT RWG 237807 BERLIN
3/6/1944 18 124 DONNELLY R.E. S/SGT BTG 237807 BERLIN
3/6/1944 18 124 VERBOVSKI J. T/SGT TTE 237807 BERLIN
3/6/1944 18 124 ELING J.C. T/SGT ROG 237807 BERLIN
3/6/1944 18 124 COX A E LT BOM 237807 BERLIN
3/6/1944 18 124 BRYANT F.E. LT NAV 237807 BERLIN
3/6/1944 18 124 TASHJIAN M LT CP 237807 BERLIN
3/6/1944 18 124 COPE M. CAPT P 237807 BERLIN
3/6/1944 18 124 MORRISON J.E. S/SGT LWG 237807 BERLIN

3/16/1944 18 130 TORBETT L D LT BOM 31986 AUGSBURG
3/16/1944 18 130 MORRISON J.E. S/SGT TG 31986 AUGSBURG
3/16/1944 18 130 NEVEU L B S/SGT LWG 31986 AUGSBURG
3/16/1944 18 130 RICHARD J A S/SGT RWG 31986 AUGSBURG
3/16/1944 18 130 DONNELLY R.E. S/SGT BTG 31986 AUGSBURG
3/16/1944 18 130 ELING J.C. T/SGT ROG 31986 AUGSBURG
3/16/1944 18 130 BRYANT F.E. LT NAV 31986 AUGSBURG
3/16/1944 18 130 CRYAN T LT CP 31986 AUGSBURG
3/16/1944 18 130 COPE M. CAPT P 31986 AUGSBURG
3/16/1944 18 130 VERBOVSKI J. T/SGT TTE 31986 AUGSBURG

3/19/1944 18 133 THOMPSON C.H. S/SGT LWG 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 MORRISON J.E. S/SGT TG 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 COPE M. CAPT P 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 GOUGH G.H. LT CP 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 BRYANT F.E. LT NAV 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 TORBETT L.D. LT BOM 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 FLING J.C. T/SGT ROG 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 VERBOVSKI J. T/SGT TTE 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 DONNELLY R.E. S/SGT BTG 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 RICHARD J.A. S/SGT RWG 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES

AS A COMMAND PILOT:

8/15/1944 01 181 MITCHELL R.L. LT TG 38015 VENLO
8/15/1944 01 181 COPE M. CAPT COM 38015 VENLO
8/15/1944 01 181 ANDERSON J.T. LT NAV 38015 VENLO
8/15/1944 01 181 MORGAN G.R. LT BOM 38015 VENLO
8/15/1944 01 181 BRADY R.F. T/SGT ROG 38015 VENLO
8/15/1944 01 181 WESTLAKE G. T/SGT TTE 38015 VENLO
8/15/1944 01 181 NACHATILO L.E. S/SGT BTG 38015 VENLO
8/15/1944 01 181 LEVEE C.S. S/SGT RWG 38015 VENLO
8/15/1944 01 181 EHORN M.A. LT P 98015 VENLO

8/25/1944 31 184 SKELTON H.H. LT BOM 37863 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 31 184 ROWLEY R.B. S/SGT TG 37863 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 31 184 PELA A.S. S/SGT LWG 37863 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 31 184 DEPAUW N.O. S/SGT BTG 37863 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 31 184 BEVAN E. T/SGT ROG 37863 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 31 184 WELTY K.S. LT NAV 37863 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 31 184 COPE M. CAPT COM 37863 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 31 184 GILES J.S. LT P 37863 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 31 184 LEUTHOLD A.G. T/SGT TTE 37863 POLITZ (OIL)


8/30/1944 PFF 187 COPE M. CAPT PFF  BREMEN

9/25/1944 02 199 GUNTER (NAV) C.E. LT RN 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 COPE M. CAPT COM 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 NUNNERY L.E. SGT TG 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 WILCOX D.D. SGT LWG 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 KRETOW M.J. LT MO 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 SPRINGER J.G. S/SGT TTE 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 KNAUFF G.O. S/SGT ROG 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 SEARLE R.R. LT BOM 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 MABY R.L. LT NAV 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 LAFRANCHI M.A. LT CP 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/25/1944 02 199 FORY G.P. LT P 183 LUDWIGSHAVEN

CREW

DATE: 18 March 1944  350th Sqdn. A/C#42-39830
MISSION: Augsburg/Munich  MACR#3234,Micro-flche#1105

 "BERLIN PLAYBOY"

2nd Lt Paul A.Martin      P   KIA
1st Lt Thomas Cryan      CP  KIA
2nd Lt Albert F.Racz       B   KIA
2nd Lt Tom F.Hughes     N   KIA
T/Sgt Russell E.Longdon  R   KIA
 T/Sgt Levi O.Tonn         E   KIA
S/Sgt Richard J.Faulkner BT  EVA  
 S/Sgt Veryl A.Lund      RW  KIA
 S/Sgt Lonnie J.Albin     LW  KIA
 S/Sgt John E.Howley   TG  KIA

The crew joined the 100th on March 10,1944. The crew flew 5 training missions and its exact composition is as above except the origina CP was 2nd Lt Paul Mitchell. It is known that Thomas Cryan was From the crew of Mark Cope. This was the crews first misson.  (mpf nov 2000)

Summary of Eyewitness reports:  "A/C #830 and A/C #913 (Flown by D.J.Stuke) collided over France at 1210 hour near (?) . #830 broke up while #913 pulled away,badly damaged but apparently under control. One chute was seen to come from #830. The ship going down under control had two port engines torn out,and only #4 was operating. The nose of this A/C also was sheared off. The collision resulted when the Group leader aborted and the formation scattered and reformed."

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REFLECTIONS OF MARCH 6, 1944 BERLIN MISSION BY JOHN ELING, MAY 2007

On the night of March 5, 1944 one of our guy goes over to the 350th BS Orderly room to see if there is a mission on for tomorrow.  They post a yes or now on the board and then we know whether we sweat the night out or not.  We're alerted!  In the morning, the charge of Quarters comes comes in, shines his flashlight and says our crew is flying today. We get dressed, head for chow, real eggs, were in for a rough one!  Then we file over to the briefing room. Enlisted men and Officers had separate briefings.  Ours was conducted by gunnery officer Maj. R. Cohen. He had a brown and white cocker spaniel dog.  He pulled back the curtain, BERLIN Again!  We listened to the intellegence reports about flak areas and fighters.  We went and picked up our flight gear and got out orange and Mars Candy bar from the Red Cross Girls.  

We had been hit by fighers and had an engine on fire and our oxygen system knocked out. We had to leave formation and get below 10,000 feet fast.   All I could see were parachutes of all colors blowing back towards Germany.   Cope asked the Navigator (Lt Bryant)  the distance to Sweden or Switzerland but we were in no condition to make either.  We were going to head back to England alone.    My most vivid memory is S/Sgt Walker.  An Me109 hit us with 20mm in the waist and Walker got hit with a piece just under the left eye, his face was just a mass of blood.  The other Waist gunner, Morrison and to go pull our tail gunner Bryan out of the tail due to injuries.  He had been hit twice in the legs by attacking enemy aircraft.  He stayed back there as long as he could take it .  Morrison propped him up by the tail wheel and administered first aid (morphine), then moved into the tail gunner postion.  Wouldn't you know it, we go over Hanover at 7000 feet and they throw up a flak barrage and Bryan get wounded again in the leg! The flak sounded like small pebbles being tossed against the skin of the plane.  The flak was so accurate, I was thinking to myself, " I know were going to blow up, lets get it over with"!   This was a fight for our lives, and T/Sgt Verbovski nails 3 fighters, including the one that got walker in the face.   
 
After the mission, Capt Cope acquired a bottle of liquor for the Crew which we enjoyed, to the very last drop!  A little later in the month,Chief of Staff, 3rd Air Divison,  Gen A.W. Kessner awarded the Siver Star and Purple Heart to S/Sgt Walker.


Last mission: the Chaplain flew with us and got his mae west caught in the bomb bay and it inflated.  When we came over the  base, Cope buzzed the field and those props could not have been more that two feet from the ground! We had just completed our tour and I was going to get killed like this.  A Lt Gough, flying as our CP,  finished his mssions and with us on our last mission

Lt Tashijan was taken off the Crew because on take off one time we had a runaway prop and he did not feather it, which was his job on takeoff

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MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Capt Mark Cope Original Crew Dr. Eling had labeled all the people for me: Front row, left to right: navigator Festus "Shorty" Bryant, pilot Mark Cope, copilot Martin Tashijan, bombardier Herbert G. Pryor. 

Back row, left to right: right waist gunner Donald Walker, tail gunner Ray Bryan, radio operator Jack Eling, ball turret gunner Richard Donnelly, top turret gunner (engineer) John Verbovski, left waist gunner James Morrison

Unidentified member of the Mark Cope Crew. (Could possible be Martin Tashjain) (100th Photo Archives)

Mission Delay: Cloud cover over the target - Lost nine planes yesterday - Same target today, Berlin. Will we make it this time? Will they scrub the mission? What is going through the minds of this crew. The Mark Cope Crew.  (100th Photo Archives)

 Part of the Mark Cope crew: (Left to Right) Herbert G. Pryor, BOM; Thomas Cryan; Original CP; Mark Cope, P, Festus Bryant, NAV and Martin Tashjian, replacement CP. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Mike Cope 

 Mission delayed due to overcast over target. Elwood Frum wonders what they were thinking and talking about. Photo courtesy of Elwood L. Frum 

Capt Mark Cope Original Crew
Dr. Eling had labeled all the people for me:

Front row, left to right: navigator Festus "Shorty" Bryant, pilot Mark Cope,
copilot Martin Tashijan, bombardier Richard Pryer.    Back row, left to
right: right waist gunner
Donald Walker, tail gunner Ray Bryan, radio operator Jack Eling, ball turret
gunner Richard Donnelly,
top turret gunner (engineer) John Verboski, left waist gunner James
Morrison.

Capt Mark Cope Crew 

13th Combat Wing Roster for March 1945

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

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