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T/SGT  Elder D. DICKERSON

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

KIA as a Fill in Gunner on Capt. Thomas E. Murphy's Crew on Oct 8, 1943

SERIAL #: 18129605 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 00948 CR: 00948

Comments1: 8 OCT 43 BREMEN (1OOTH'S FAMED PICCADILLY LILY)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                            LT GLENN W. DYE
                            ORIGINAL 100TH PILOT

CREW #25   351st SQUADRON   A/C #42-30089  "SUNNY"

1ST LT  GLENN W. DYE                      P CPT 16 SEP 43  BORDEAUX
2ND LT  JOHN H. LUCKADOO              CP  CPT 13 FEB 44  LIVOSSART (NO-BALL)
2ND LT  TIMOTHY J. CAVANAUGH     NAV CPT 16 SEP 43 BORDEAUX
2ND LT  FRANCIS C. CHANEY           BOM  CPT 16 SEP 43 BORDEAUX
T/SGT   VICTOR R. COMBS               TTE CPT  16 SEP 43 BORDEAUX
S/SGT   ELDER D. DICKERSON          WG  KIA   8 OCT 43  BREMEN (WITH CREW #22) see below
T/SGT   GEORGE E. FLANAGAN        ROG CPT  16 SEP 43 BORDEAUX
S/SGT   RICHARD B. COOKE              BTG CPT 16 SEP 43 BORDEAUX
S/SGT   DONALD O. ELLIS                 WG CPT 16 SEP 43 BORDEAUX
S/SGT   LEROY E. BAKER                   TG CPT 16 SEP 43 BORDEAUX

THIS WAS THE FIRST CREW OF THE 100TH TO FINISH A TOUR OF 25 MISSIONS.

TIMOTHY CAVANAUGH AND FRANCIS CHANEY WERE BOTH KILLED IN A B-29 TRAINING ACCIDENT SHORTLY AFTER RETURNING TO THE STATES. ELDER DICKERSON, APPARENTLY A MISSION OR TWO BEHIND HIS CREW WAS KIA ON HIS 25TH MISSION WITH CREW #22, CAPT. MURPHY AND THE PICCADILLY LILY.

JOHN LUCKADOO flew 21 missions with this crew then WENT ON TO BECOME THE OPERATIONS OFFICER OF TWO OF THE 100TH'S SQUADRONS; 351STand 350th. 

Plane was named Sunny which was the nickname Lt Dye gave his son Glenn Dye Jr. 
On the way overseas with the original cadre, Glenn Dye was sick and was given drugs.  The crew had to stay in Gandor for 2 weeks while Lt Dye was getting better. It turns out, that after two weeks he was still weak from the drugs and John Luckadoo flew the crew to England.

Missions for Glenn Dye Crew 

   Date                  A/C #           A/C Name              Target
Jun 25, 1943          230051         Nevada Wildcat       Bremen     (Olli Turner flew as Command Pilot, Lucky did not fly mission) 
Jun 26, 1943          23307           Skipper                  LeMans
Jun 28, 1943          23307           Skipper                  St Nazaire (Flak City)
Jun 29, 1943          23307           Skipper                  LeMans     (Lead Crew mission
July 04, 1943                                                          La Pallice
Jul  10, 1943          230089         Sunny                    LeBourget
Jul  14, 1943          230089         Sunny                    LeBourget
Jul  17, 1943          230089         Sunny                    Hamburg
Jul  24, 1943          25865           Janie                     Trondheim  (Lead Crew, w/Olli Turner)
Jul  25, 1943          230089         Sunny                    Warnemunde
Jul  26, 1943          230089         Sunny                    Hanover (Lucky flew as Formation Officer
Jul  28, 1943          25865           Janie                     Oschersleben
Jul  29, 1943          25865           Janie                     Warnemunde
Jul  30, 1943          25865           Janie                      Kassel
Aug 12, 1943         230089         Sunny                    Wesseling
Aug 15, 1943         230089         Sunny                    Merville AF & Lille AF (Lead Crew)
Aug 19, 1943         230089         Sunny                    Woensdrecht
Aug 24, 1943         230089         Sunny                    Conches
Aug 27, 1943         230089         Sunny                    Watten 
Aug 31, 1943         230089         Sunny                    Meulan Les Merueaux 
Sept 03,1943                                                         (Sunny Shot Down with Lt Richard King Crew)
Sept.06,1943        230796        Sunny II*                Stuttgart, Conches, Evreux Airfield (ST)
Sept 07,1943        230796        Sunny II*                Watten-V-Weapons 
Sept 09,1943        230796        Sunny II*                Arth, AF 
Sept 15,1943        230796        Sunny II                  Paris, AC Factory (Renault)
Sept.16,1943        230796        Sunny II                  Bordeaux & LaPallice

*Plane flew on these missions but  cannot confirm 100% it is the plane Glenn Dye Crew Flew on those missions.

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CREW #22   A/C #42-5864 EP-A  "PICCADILLY LILY"  PROABLY THE 100TH MOST FAMOUS A/C

CAPT.    THOMAS E. MURPHY                 P;  KIA     8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  MARSHALL F. LEE                    CP;  KIA     8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  CHARLES C. SARABUN            NAV;  POW  8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  FLOYD C. PETERSON              BOM;  POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT   JOHN J. EHLEN                       TTE;  POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN TAPS: 1978
S/SGT   ALBERT C. DAVIS                     WG;  CPT  4 OCT 43 HANAU (WON DFC)
SGT     EMMETT H. EVANS                   ROG;  CPT  4 OCT 43 HANAU
S/SGT   CLEVELAND D. JARVIS             BTG; X-FERRED TO ARMAMENT, JULY 1943
S/SGT   MICHAEL ROTZ                        WG;  POW  28 MAY 44 MADGEBURG (WITH THE L.G. LACY CREW-see below)
S/SGT   GERALD O. ROBINSON               TG;  POW   8 OCT 43 BREMEN

ALBERT DAVIS AND EMMETT EVANS, HAVING COMPLETED TOURS WERE REPLACED ON THE 8 OCT 43 BREMEN MISSION BY DERRELL PIEL (ROG OF CREW #26) AND ELDER DICKERSON THE REGULAR WG OF CREW #25.  BOTH PIEL AND DICKERSON (ON HIS 25TH MISSION) WERE KILLED BY FLAK. JARVIS'S PLACE IN THE BALL TURRET WAS TAKEN BY S/SGT REED A. HUFFORD WHO BECAME A POW. MICHAEL ROTZ, HAVING BEEN HOSPITALIZED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A JEEP/TRUCK ACCIDENT WAS REPLACED BY S/SGT AARON A. DAVID, WHO WAS KILLED.  THERE IS CONFUSION AS TO WHETHER DAVID WAS BLOWN OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT A CHUTE OR HIS CHUTE FAILED TO OPEN. ACCORDING TO SGT DAVID'S SON, HE REPLACED  SGT ROTZ ON JUNE 27, 1943 AND STAYED WITH THE CREW FOR REST OF MISSIONS

THIS CREW LED THE 351ST BS ON THE MISSION TO BREMEN 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.

MEMO 2:

Original 100th, Crew #25

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Bremen DATE: 1943-10-08  
AIRCRAFT: "Piccadilly Lily" (42-5864) CAUSE: FLAK, Fire & Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 "SUNNY II" Crew; This is the Glen Dye Crew, the first 100th crew to complete a combat tour of 25 missions. This photo includes more than the regular crew. Some standing are ground crew. Kneeling are the 351st Squadron Commander, Ollen Turner, center, with Glen Dye to his left and John Luckadoo on the extreme right. Luckadoo was later to become the Operations Officer of the 351st and then the 350th. This is the only case of the same 100th airman serving as Ops Officer for two Squadron. Standing from left: George E. Flanagan - ROG, Elder D. Dickerson - WG (KIA 8 Oct 43 at Bremen), Richard B. Cooke - BTG, John Parmentier - Crew Chief, Victor R. Combs - TTE, Leroy E. Baker - TG & Donald O. Ellis - WG. Kneeling from left: Francis C. Chaney - BOM, timothy J. Cavanaugh - NAV, Ollen Turner - 351st Squadron Commander, Glen Dye - P & John H. Luckadoo - CP Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Capt Glenn Dye Crew with Sunny II.  Photo courtesy of Guy Davis. 

The first group of 100th Bomb Group personnel to receive the Air Medal (from the collection of John Luckadoo). 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

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