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LT  George J. DOBBELAERE

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

Lt George Dobbelaere, CP on Lt Krauter Crew.  Photo Courtesy of Daughter Diana DeVeaux

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Comments1: OAKWOOD, OH

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MEMO 1:

CREW

1st Lt John H.Krauter                        P  FEH  SN# O-718341
2nd Lt George J.Dobbelaere             CP  FEH
F/0 Fortunato A. "Freddy"Carello     NAV  FEH
2nd Lt Armand M.Archambault        BOM  FEH
 Sgt Daniel F.Balitas                      TTE  FEH
 Cpl Francis E. Burns                     BTG  FEH
 Cpl Irving Goldstein                     ROG  FEH
 Cpl Milton G.Harvey                      WG  FEH
 Cpl Francis T.Meyer                       TG  FEH 

350th Sqdn.  Joined 100th Group on 18/2/45.  This became a lead crew and Maj. David Lyster (350th BS C.O.) flew with this crew several times.  After 10 missions this crew went on Flak Leave to Belfast.  Cpl Francis Meyer was known as the "Black Sheep" of the Crew.

MISSIONS OF LT JOHN H. KRAUTER CREW (COMPILED BY LT KRAUTER AND LT CARELLO TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY)

      DATE          CITY                   TARGET

1.    04/03/45    ULM                   S.T. "MILK RUN" COL SUTTERLIN IN LEAD
2.    07/03/45    SIEGEN               S.T.
3.    09/03/45    FRANKFURT         A/C FACTORY
4.    10/03/45    DORTMUND         MARSHALLING YARDS
5.    12/03/45    SWINEMUNDE      DOCKS
6.    19/03/45    FULDA/JENA        HIT BAUSCH/LOMB OPTICAL WORKS
7.    22/03/45    ALHORN             AIRFIELD
8.    23/03/45    MARBURG            100TH "D" SQUADRON
9.    24/03/45    STEENWIJK        AIRFIELD
10.  24/03/45    ZIEGENHAIN       AIRFIELD
    FLAK LEAVE TO BELFAST, IRELAND
11.  31/03/45    BAD BERKA         OIL REFINERY  100TH "A" GROUP
12.  03/04/45    KIEL                   SUB PENS  C Sqdn. KRAUTER   994  D   hardstand  37 
13.  04/04/45    KIEL                   SUB PENS  D Sqdn. KRAUTER   994  D   hardstand  37
14.  05/04/45    NURNBURG          MARSHALLING YARDS
15.  07/04/45    BUCHEN              OIL STORAGE c Sqdn  KRAUTER  840 H  Hardstand 32  
16.  10/04/45    BRUG-bei-MAGDEBURG
17.  11/04/45    LANDSHUT          ORD DEPOT C Sqdn,  KRAUTER  994 D  Hardstand 37
18.  14/04/45    ROYAN               GROUND DEFENSES, D Sqdn,  KRAUTER  994 D  Hardstand 37
19.  15/04/45    ROYAN               GROUND DEFENSES, B Sqdn, KRAUTER 994D Hardstand 37
20.  16/04/45    ROYAN               GROUND DEFENSES
       19/04/45   Combat Mission SCRUBBED,flew Practice Mission instead KRAUTER 975 Z, Hardstand 27A, D Sqdn,
21.  20/04/45    ORANIENBURG     MARSHALLING YARDS

CHOWHOUNDS:
   5/5/45 CHOWHOUND HILVERSUM  KRAUTER 994D Hardstand 37,  A Sqdn, 
   5/7/45 CHOWHOUND  KRAUTER  994D Hardstand 37, D Sqdn,
LINZ-AUSTRIA:  PICKED UP 15 FRENCH PRISON LABORERS, RETURNED TO ORLY FIELD, PARIS
TRANSPORTED TROOPS TO PORT LEYAUTEY
6/4/45  JUNE 4th GREEN SUPPORT MISSION to North Africa  KRAUTER  260E Hardstand 27, D Sqdn: TRANSPORTED TROOPS TO CASABLANCA, THEN FLEW TO MERRAKECH AT 150 MILES INTO THE DESERT OASIS BASE. STAYED OVERNIGHT AND RETURND TO BASE.

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Hi, I am informing you of the death of my uncle, George Dobbelaere. I found a couple photos of him on your website. He died today NOVEMBER 3, 2010 at the veterans home in Sandusky Ohio. His wife Dottie, died last year. He would have been 90 tomorrow. Thanks for your website, I made my kids look at it tonight.

Bob Richman
Robert.B.Richman.1@nd.edu

GEORGE J. DOBBELAERE   |   Visit Guest Book 
 

GEORGE J. DOBBELAERE, 89, of Defiance, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 at Ohio Veteran's Home in Sandusky, Ohio. He was born Nov. 4, 1920 in Lucas County, Ohio. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he was a pilot in WWII and flew "Flying Fortresses" of the 8th Air Force 100 Bomb Group over Germany from a base in London England. He was an Engineer at John-Manville, Defiance, Ohio, retiring in 1988. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Surviving are two sons, Dan Dobbelaere of Sherwood, Ohio and Scott Dobbelaere of Defiance, Ohio; two daughters, Diana (John) DeVeaux of Defiance, Ohio and Connie (Bob) Garland of Cincinnati, Ohio; three brothers, Morris and Henry, both of Oakwood, Ohio and Bob of Camden, Mich; sister, Doris Richmond of Wolcott-ville, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Wallace) Dobbelaere, Oct. 10, 2008; brothers, Paul and Gerard; one sister in infancy, Mary Louise Dobbelaere. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, 529 Jefferson Ave., Defiance Ohio. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 5, 2010 at the funeral home. Graveside military rites by VFW Post 3360. Burial in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials to Alzheimer's Foundation, St. Mary's Catholic Church or Defiance County Hospice/The Caring Way.

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John H. Krauter Crew (left to right)
Standing: John Krauter (P), George Dobbelaere (CP), Armand Archambault (BOM), Fortunato Carello (NAV)
Kneeling: Francis Burns (BTG), Francis Meyer (TG), Irving Goldstein (ROG), Daniel Balitas (TTE)
Milton Harvey (TG) is not pictured - 100th Bomb Group Photo Archives

 John H. Krauter and George J. Dobbelaere Engine replacement after being shot out. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 F/O Fortunato "Freddy" Carello (NAV), Lt. George Dobbelaere (CP), Lt. John H. Krauter (P), Lt. Armand Archambault (BOM) - Flak leave in Belfast after 10 missions. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 The John H. Krauter crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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