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LT  Hank A. DIBBERN

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: DATE & MISSION UNK

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

LT CLEMENT H. COWAN                            P NOC
LT HANK A. DIBBERN                              CP CPT
LT FRED W. ROBERTSON                      NAV CPT
LT HAROLD L. HEYNEMAN                     BOM WIA 16 MAR 44 AUGSBURG (FLAK)
T/SGT SHERWYN W. "SPARKY" MEYERS ROG KIA 16 MAR 44 AUGSBURG
T/SGT MURRAY W. HOLDITCH               TTE NOC
S/SGT WILLIAM A. GEIGLE                    BTG NOC
S/SGT  ROBERT PATRICK                     RWG NOC
S/SGT JOHN A. MILLER                        RWG CPT 17 JUL 44 MONTGOURNEY  (fill in gunner for only two missions)
S/SGT ADAM C. STOPPEL                     LWG NOC
S/SGT HORACE R. "SONNY" KEMBLE         TG CPT

Crew joined the 100th BG, 349th BS on 8 Jan 44.  This Crew flew "SPARKY" a/c 231723 XR-R
T/Sgt Meyers was replaced on the Crew by T/Sgt John P. Cooper from Lt RARING CREW

 The following form contents were entered on 6th Aug 2002
EMAIL = Heine48@aol.com
UNAME = James P. Heyneman
CONNECTION = I am a relative of a 100th veteran
COMMENTS = My father Harold L. Heyneman passed away on March 28, 2002 and I have found the mission list for the Clement H. Cowan crew as written by my father and Lieutenant Hank Dibbern, co-pilot on the crew. My father, Lieutenant Harold L. Heyneman was the bombardier on the crew. All the missions listed were flown with Cowan as the pilot until April 29, 1944 when the crew flew with Wilson as pilot then Lunsford and later Trapnell. 

 Date:    Plane Name and #      Target

January 24, 1944      Plane-Section Eight #249  Frankfurt
February 3, 1944     Plane-Laden Maiden II #018  Wilhelmshaven
February 5, 1944,    Plane-Squawkin Hawk #088  Villacoublay
February 13, 1944  Plane-Murderer's Row #239817  No Ball
February 20, 1944  Plane-(unknown),    Posen, Poland
February 21,1944   Plane-Torchy III #4230487  Osnabruck
February 24, 1944  Plane-Section Eight #249  Posen, Poland
February 25, 1944, Plane-(unknown)   Regensburg
February 28, 1944, Plane-(Sparky)#723   No Ball
February 29, 1944, Plane-(Sparky)#723  Brunswick
March 2, 1944, Plane-(Sparky) #723   Chartres (John A. Miller flew as RWG)
March 3, 1944, Plane-(Sparky) #723   Berlin (John A, Miller flew as RWG)
March 6, 1944, Plane-(Sparky) #723   Berlin (Bloody Monday) Lost from the 349th Squadron (Murray, Amiero, Koper and Montgomery)
March 9, 1944, Plane-(Sparky) #723   Berlin
March 15, 1944, Plane-(Sparky) #723   Brunswick
March 16, 1944, Plane-(Section Eight)#249  Augsburg
March 18, 1944, Plane-(Sparky) #723,   Augsburg.      S/Sgt Sherwyn (Sparks) Meyers killed on this mission
March 28, 1944, Plane-(A for Able)#987  Chateaudon.  Sgt. J. P. Cooper new radio operator
April 10, 1944, Plane-(Sparky)#723   Paris (Airfield)
April 24, 1944, Plane-(Sparky)#723   Freidrickshaven 
April 26, 1944, Plane-(Sparky)#723   Brunswick
April 27, 1944, Plane-(Sparky)#723   Cherbourg (Morning)
April 27, 1944, Plane-(Miss Ma Lovin)#788   Near Metz, Leculot, Airfield in France(Afternoon)
April 28, 1944, Plane-(Sparky) #723   Cherbourg (Sottevast-Lost Col Kelly)
April 29, 1944, Plane-(unknown)   Berlin
May 9, 1944, Plane-(unknown)   Laon/Couvron (airfield)
May 12, 1944, Plane-(unknown)   Brux, Czechoslovakia
June 6, 1944, Plane-(unknown)    D-Day (Somewhere in France)
July 11, 1944, Plane-(unknown)   Munich
July 14, 1944, Plane-(unknown)   Nancy, France (Maquis Supply Drop)
July 17, 1944, Plane-(Traps)#977   Auxerre,  Plane caught fire enroute to target. Made it back to England where all bailed out safely.


                              349TH BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (H) ARMY AIR FORCES
                                            Office of the Operations Officer
                                                        APO 569

4 August 1944

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

On 17 July 1944 at 0925 hours the following Combat Crew, assigned to this organization, parachuted from an abandoned B-17G somewhere over England. Aircraft was abandoned account of fire.

1st Lt. Harold L. Heyneman  O-681539        (Navigator/Bombardier)
2nd Lt. Joseph Trapnell IV   O-818761        (Pilot)
2nd Lt. Melvin L. Kodas       O-503283        (Copilot)
T/Sgt Murry W. Holditch     18178502       (Top Turret Gunner)
T/Sgt. John P. Cooper       32931713       (Radio Operator Gunner)
Sgt  Adam C. Stoppel        17088192        (Left Waist Gunner)
S/Sgt. Robert Patrick         14065993        (Right Waist Gunner)
S/Sgt. William A. Geigle      33188079        (Ball Turret Gunner)
S/Sgt. Clare R. Harnden      16084649        (Tail Gunner)
S/Sgt. Byron R. Greene      31289048        (Toggelier)


FRED W. CRAFT JR.                                                                                              
1st Lt.. Air Corps.
Asst Ops Officer.


The aircraft on July 17, 1944 was A/C# 42-102977 was called "TRAPS".


Posted by Jim Heyneman on 9/12/2003, 18:18:18, in reply to "A/C query" 
64.12.96.74

Lt. Trapnell was the new pilot for the original Lt. Cowan crew, 349th Squadron. See Cowan crew details and it will show you the entire crew list for July 17, 1944 and a letter verifying the bailout. As far as details of their bailout, my father Harold Heyneman landed in a tree but was unhurt, Greene landed in a wheat field and broke his ankle, Trapnell, Kodas, Holditch, Cooper, Stoppel, Patrick, Harnden, Geigle all landed safely. The Limey's who found the crew gave them tea and all they wanted to eat. Geigle was presented with a quart of wine by the family where he landed.
On July 14, 1944, AC #102977 was flown by Lt. B.L. Scott and crew on a supply mission for the French underground.
 


Subj: Re: Crew list July 14, 1944  
Date: 5/29/2003 10:37:15 AM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: Heine48 
To: MPFaley 
 
My father was bombardier/navigator qualified (two ratings) When Lt. Fred Robertson the regular navigator was assigned to lead crews my father was assigned on the missions as navigator.

Jim Heyneman  

Subj: 100th BG_Photo_Archivist  
Date: 2/4/2002 7:28:22 PM Pacific Standard Time 
From: Heine48 
To: MPFaley 
 

THE ERROR I AM REPORTING IS OF THE LT. CLEMENT H. COWAN CREW OF THE 349TH SQUADRON PAGE 4, 17TH PICTURE DOWN THE PAGE.  THE PHOTOGRAPH OF LT. CLEMENT H. COWAN CREW IS INCORRECT.  ACCORDING TO MY FATHER HAROLD L. HEYNEMAN WHO IS STILL LIVING ON THIS DATE OF 02-04-02 AND WAS THE BOMBARDIER ON THE CREW TELLS ME THAT THE BOTTOM ROW OF THE PICTURE IS CORRECT, LEFT TO RIGHT (CLEMENT H. COWAN,Pilot, HANK A.DIBBERN,CP, FRED W. ROBERTSON,NAV, HAROLD L. HEYNEMAN,BOM, THE TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT SHOULD BE MURRAY W.HOLDITCH,TTE, WILLIAM A. GEIGLE,BTG, SHERWYN W. MEYERS,ROG, ADAM C. STOPPEL,LWG, ROBERT PATRICK,RWG, AND HORACE R. KEMBLE,TG.  MY FATHER TELLS ME THAT JOHN A. MILLER WAS ORIGINALLY ON 2ND LT. COY I. MONTGOMERY'S CREW BUT WAS THROWN OFF AFTER AN ARGUMENT AND WAS ONLY ON THE COWAN CREW FOR TWO MISSIONS WHILE ROBERT PATRICK WAS ON ANOTHER ASSIGNMENT.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU CAN CONTACT MY FATHER WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE 100TH BOMB GROUP FOUNDATION, AT HIS RESIDENCE OF 827 WRIGHT AVE. TOLEDO, OHIO 43609 OR PHONE 419-382-7551

EMAIL = HEINE48@AOL.COM
UNAME = JAMES HEYNEMAN
CONNECTION = I am a relative of a 100th veteran
COMMENTS = On your crews page, you make note that you only list crew records of the pilots. My father LT. Harold L. Heyneman 349th squadron, Lt. Cowan crew (BOM)told me he flew with many different crews after his Augsburg raid of March 16, 1944 when his radio operator was killed and he never saw Lt.Cowan again after they landed at Thorpe Abbotts. He had been injured (flak). Would you have any additional information concerning my father that is not listed, such as missions, date he completed his missions or anything of regarding his service at Thorpe Abbotts. Thank You

Adam Christ Stoppel, 90, of Aurora passed away on June 21, 2011. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 29th at 10:00 at Olinger…

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Adam C. Stopel, Horace R. Kemble and Hank A. Dibbern in front and Robert Patrick, John P. Cooper and Beryl L. King in rear. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of James P. Heyneman. 

 Hank A. Dibbern, Harold L. Heyneman and Clement H. Cowan standing in front of "Skunk Hollow" their home at Thorpe Abbotts. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of James P. Heyneman. 

 Clement H. Cowan crew. (left to right) Kneeling: William A. Geigle, Horace R. "Sonny" Kemble and Fred W. Robertson. Standing: Adam C. Stoppel, Robert Patrick, Sherwyn W. "Sparks" Meyers, Murray W. Holditch, Harold L. Heyneman and Clement H. Cowan. Hank A. Dibbern took picture. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of James P. Heyneman. 

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

ID: 1290