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T/SGT  Richard O. DETWEILER

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

 T/Sgt. Richard O. Detweiler. Waist Gunner on the original Victor Reed Crew, and then joined Owen "Cowboy" Roane's lead crew as a Waist Gunner and eventually Top Turret Engineer. (100th Photo Archives) 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART & BOSREMPRE - NOBALL

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                 1ST LT VICTOR REED
                 ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

349TH CREW #8   A/C #42-30090  "El P'sstofo"

1ST LT  VICTOR REED                        P:  TRANSFERRED FROM 100TH
F/O     CHARLES A. BROOKS               CP:  CPT,  16/12/43  BREMEN
2ND LT  HOWARD D. BASSETT       NAV:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
2ND LT  JOSEPH P. ARMANINI         BOM:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
T/SGT   GLENN N. ALBRIGHT           TTE:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
S/SGT   RICHARD O. DETWEILER      WG:  CPT, 13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART
T/SGT   JAMES S. DOUGHERTY       ROG:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
S/SGT   RICHARD M. PRICE              BTG:  NOC
S/SGT   THOMAS D. BAER               WG:  KIA,  6 MAR 44 BERLIN WITH LT ALBERT AMIERO CREW
S/SGT   CLIFFORD T. MINER             TG:  NOC

349th Sqdn.  The an "Original" crew that flew over with the group. 
Charlie Brooks became pilot of the crew and completed the tour.  Howard 
Bassett replaced me (J.R. Brown) as navigator of the Sam Barr crew after 
I was wounded 15 Sept. 1943. Joe Armanini had replaced Joe Kelly as bombardier 
of the Barr crew somewhat earlier.

Although no records have been found to substantiate the completion of 
their tours (25 missions) it is certainly a safe assumption that both 
Price and Miiner did become "Lucky Bastards" .

Thomas "Teddy" Baer was with the crew of  Lt.Albert  Amiero when killed over 
Berlin.

MISSIONS OF LT VICTOR REED (mpf 2001)

 DATE  MISSION  A/C # & NAME

1. 29/06/43 LeMANS  230035  TORCHY
2. 04/07/43 LaPALLICE  230042 OH NAUSEA
3. 10/07/43 LeBOURGET  230090 EL P'SSTOFO
4. 17/07/43 HAMBURG  230063 PICKLEPUSS
5. 25/07/43 WESSELING, KIEL 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
6. 26/07/43 HANOVER  230090 EL P'SSTOFO
7. 28/07/43 OSCHERSLEBEN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
8. 29/07/43 WARNEMUNDE 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
9. 12/08/43 WESSELING, BONN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO

"ON THE BONN MISSION 12 AUGUST 1943, LT VICTOR REED'S LIFE WAS SAVED BY A NEAR MIRACLE.  JUST AS THE SHIP LOOSED HER CARGO OF BOMBS ON THE TARGET, A BURST OF FLAK LITTERED THE COCKPIT WITH SLIVERS OF HOT STEEL.  ONE SIZEABLE FRAGMENT PENETRATED REED'S OUTER CLOTHING BUT STRUCK THE SILVER WINGS HE WAS WEARING OVER HIS LEFT SHIRT POCKET.  THE VELOCITY OF THE SHARD WAS SO GREAT AS TO DRIVE THE INSIGNIA THROUGH THE SKIN AND CAUSE SEVER BRUISING OF THE CHEST MUSCLES.  WITHOUT THE WINGS TO DEFLECT IT, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE PIECE OF FLAK WOULD HAVE KILLED OR SEVERLY WOUNDED LT REED.  THIS EPISODE SO UN-NERVED REED, THAT HE WAS UNABLE TO FLY FOR A TIME AND WAS EVENTUALLY TRANSFERRED FROM THE 100TH.

AT ABOUT THIS TIME, "BIG JOE" ARMANINI REPLACED "CRYING JOE" KELLY ON THE SAMMY BARR CREW AND SOME WEEKS LATER HOWARD BASSETT REPLACED JIM BROWN AS NAVIGATOR ON SAMMY BARRS CREW.  T/SGT DOUGHERTY WAS ALSO MOVED TO THE BARR CREW REPLACING MIKE TANOWIGCH AS ROG.

CHARLES BROOKS CONTINUED AS CO-PILOT AND THEN AS A FIRST PILOT.  A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS 1943, 1ST LT BROOKS FLEW HIS 25TH MISSION AS PILOT OF "SQUAWKIN HAWK".

 MISSIONS OF 1ST LT. CHARLES A. BROOKS WITH CREW #8 AND CREW #37


 DATE  MISSION  A/C # & NAME

1. 29/06/43 LeMANS  230035  TORCHY
2. 17/07/43 HAMBURG  230063 PICKLEPUSS
3. 25/07/43 WARNEMUNDE, KIEL 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
4. 26/07/43 HANOVER  230090 EL P'SSTOFO
5. 28/07/43 OSCHERSLEBEN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
6. 12/08/43 WESSELING, BONN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
7. 31/08/43 LeMERUEAUX 
8. 03/09/43 PARIS
9. 09/09/43 BEAUVAIS-TILLE
10. 15/09/43 PARIS
11. 16/09/43 LaPALLICE
12. 23/09/43 VANNES  25861 LADEN MAIDEN
13. 26/09/43 PARIS   25861 LADEN MAIDEN
14. 27/09/43 EMDEN   25861 LADEN MAIDEN
15. 02/10/43 EMDEN   230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
16. 04/10/43 SAARLUIS, HANAU 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
17. 20/10/43 DUREN
18. 03/11/43 WILHELMSHAVEN 
19. 05/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN
20. 07/11/43 DUREN
21. 13/11/43 BREMEN
22. 16/11/43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
23. 11/12/43 EMDEN
24. 12/12/43 KIEL
25. 16/12/43 BREMEN  230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
26. 19/03/44 CROSSBOW

 Snowurl@juno.comuname = Bob Brokspage
100TH BOMB GROUP (H) - AIRCRAFT Page 01url = http://www.100thbg.com/mainmenus/airplanes/airplanes_1.htmposition = 349th Aircraft at Thorpe Abbotts 27 Feb 44. This damage could have been inflicted by fighters. Nothing further is know of this aircraft.change = This Tail section which has been damaged is of the "Squawkin Hawk" 230088 XR-E. I do not know anything of the crew on this mission, but I believe it was the the first plane to survive 50 missions and was flown back to the united states by my father Captain Charles A. Brooks. Who himself survived 26 missions and is a member of the imfamous "LUCKY BASTARD CLUB"

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CREW

2ND LT OWEN D. (COWBOY) ROANE         P CPT 26 NOV 43 PARIS (flew one additional mission on Feb 29, 1944-Brunswick) 
2ND LT ARTHUR C. "BUD" STIPE        CP CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
2ND LT DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER         NAV CPT 29 NOV 43 BREMEN
2ND LT CURTIS K. CAMPBELL         BOM CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB             ROG CPT 16 NOV 43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART             TTE CPT 16 NOV 43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
S/SGT ROGER O. STROBLE              BTG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
S/SGT JAMES JARVIE                   RWG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
S/SGT ARTHUR HAUGE                 LWG NOC  X-FERRED TO BASE MP'S.  Replaced by T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER
S/SGT PATRICK J. HEALY                  TG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN

349th Sqdn.. Crew joined 100th in June 26, 1943 as one of the first replacement crews along with Lt Henry Henington, Lt John Justice and Lt  "Big Chief" Walter Moreno. 

T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER (FROM LT VICTOR REED CREW) REPLACES SGT HAUGE AFTER HE WAS TAKEN OFF FLYING STATUS FOR FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE FRIEND OR FOE. GUESS HE STITCHED ONE OF “COWBOYS” WINGMAN ONE TOO MANY TIMES. SGT. HAUGE IS TRANSFERRED TO THE BASE MP'S. T/SGT DETWEILER WOULD LATER BECOME TOP TURRET ENGINEER WHEN T/SGT STUART COMPLETED HIS MISSIONS.



        08 OCT 43       BREMEN*
        14 OCT 43       SCHWEINFURT* (BLACK THURSDAY)
        18 OCT 43       DUREN
        20 OCT 43       DUREN
        03 NOV 43       WILHEMSHAVEN
        05 NOV 43       GILSENKIRCHEN
        07 NOV 43       DUREN
        11 NOV 43       MUNSTER-RECALL (LEAD CREW WITH COL CHICK HARDING AS COMMAND PILOT) COWBOY MAKES 1S LIEUTENANT
        16 NOV 43       RJUKAN, NORWAY (HEAVY WATER) LEAD CREW WITH COL JOHN BENNETT AS COMMAND PILOT 
        26 NOV 43       PARIS
        29 FEB  44       BRUNSWICK

                          
*CREW THAT FLEW WITH COWBOY ON BREMEN AND SCHWEINFURT MISSIONS

2ND LT OWEN D. (COWBOY) ROANE          P CPT 26 NOV 43 PARIS
2ND LT ARTHUR C. STIPE                  CP CPT  20 OCT 43 DUREN
1ST   LT OMAR GONZALES                NAV POW  5 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN
2ND LT CURTIS K. CAMPBELL             BOM CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB               ROG CPT 16 NOV 43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART               TTE CPT 16 NOV 43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
S/SGT ROGER O. STROBLE               BTG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
S/SGT JAMES JARVIE                      RWG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
T/SGT   RICHARD DETWEILER              LWG CPT 13 FEB 44 NO-BALL 
S/SGT PATRICK J. HEALY                   TG CPT 20 OCT43 DUREN

STARTING 3 NOV 43 2ND LT OWEN D. "COWBOY" ROANE IS A LEAD PILOT. HIS CREW CONSISTS OF:

2ND LT OWEN D. (COWBOY) ROANE     P
F/0  REGINALD A. "SMITTY" SMITH       CP/FORMATION OFFICER (TRANSFERRED FROM RAF) POW 20/2/44  POSEN & SETTIN
CAPT. JOSEPH H. "BUBBLES" PAYNE    NAV  (FROM CAPT. EVE BLAKELY CREW)
CAPT. ROBERT K. PEEL                      BOM  (CAME OVER WITH ORIGINAL CADRE, LEAD BOMBARDIER)
T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB               ROG  (ORIGINAL COWBOY CREW MEMBER)
T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART               TTE  (ORGINAL COWBOY CREW MEMBER)
T/SGT   RICHARD DETWEILER          LWG  (CAME FROM LT VICTOR REED CREW)
           ?                                         BTG
           ?                                        RWG
S/SGT RICHARD TANGRADI               TG  (FROM LT AMIERO CREW)

CREW ON 16/11/43 RJUKAN MISSION-  GROUP LEAD: 
 
COMMAND PILOT:                  MAJ. JOHN M. BENNETT 
LEAD PILOT:                          LT OWEN "COWBOY" ROANE 
CP/FORMATION OFFICER:      F/O REGINALD A. "SMITTY" SMITH  (FLEW IN TAIL)
LEAD NAVIGATOR:                 CAPTAIN JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE
LEAD BOMBARDIER:               CAPTAIN ROBERT PEEL
TOP TURRET ENGINEER:        T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART     
RADIO OPERATOR GUNNER:   T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB  
BALL TURRET GUNNER:             ?      
LEFT WAIST GUNNER:            T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER             
RIGHT WAIST GUNNER:             ?                                         
TAIL GUNNER:                       S/SGT RICHARD TANGRADI ((BUMPED FROM CREW, CP FLEW AS FORMATION OFFICER ON THIS MISSION)

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Oct 14, 1943 Schweinfurt: upon return, the crew took this photo: Standing from left, Curtis Campbell, Owen “Cowboy” Roane, Omar "The Tent Maker" Gonzales, Arthur C. "Bud" Stipe, A. Hauge, James Jarvie;
Kneeling center row from left: Robert A. Stuart,Roger O. Stroble, Patrick J. Healy, Clarence Tomb and Richard Detweiler.
Front row; B.G. Woodie Woodward, George Kennedy, Ray C. Morton - Crew Chief, J, E. Baggett.
Fred Lehman is not pictured.
 

 

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