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LT  Francis C. HARPER

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

 Francis C. "Fran" Harper, BOM on the Bernard A. DeMarco crew. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Albert M. Freitas 

SERIAL #: O-731373 STATUS: POW
MACR: 00950 CR: 00950

Comments1: 8 OCT 43 BREMEN (ORG 100TH) (EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT BERNARD A. DeMARCO       P POW 08 OCT 43 BREMAN
F/O JAMES P. THAYER                 CP POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
1ST LT JOHN W.DOWNS            NAV POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT FRANCIS C. HARPER        BOM POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
CPL THORNTON STRINGFELLOW  ROG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT BENJAMIN J. BARR           TTE POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT ALBERT M. FREITAS         BTG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST
CPL LEO T. CALLAHAN               WG POW 21 FEB 44 BRUNSWICK
S/SGT HARRY C. CALHOUN         WG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT LEON A. CASTRO              TG APPOINTED AVIATION CADET.

350TH SQDN.  THIS IS AN "ORIGINAL" 100TH CREW.

LEON CASTRO HAD BEEN SHIPPED BACK TO THE STATES FOR CADET TRAINING PRIOR TO 8 OCT 43; HE WAS REPLACED BY JEROME FERROGGIARO FROM THE N.H. SCOTT CREW.  ALBERT FREITAS AND LEO CALLAHAN WERE RECOVERING FROM WOUNDS RECIEVED ON THE 6 SEP 43 (STUTTGART) MISSION AND WERE REPLACED BY WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS OF CAPT MARK CARNELL'S CREW AND WILLIAM R. WOODBURY, A REPLACEMENT GUNNER.

GALE W. (BUCKY) CLEVEN, 350TH CO, FLEW AS COMMAND PILOT.
 
Note from..jb

Flak and Fighters over target. This ship leading the 350th.  Hit by flak & fighters and forced to leave formation. three men
injured, all eleven (11) bailed out and landed near Essen, Germany.  Taken to Frankfurt for interrogartion. Downs (Lt John W. Downs)
says bailed out near Oldenburg. Cleven (Maj. Gale W. Cleven) says bail out near Osnabruck.

CREW
            
350TH CREW #10  A/C #42-30047 "SWEATER GIRL"

CAPT    MARK E. CARNELL                      P: CPT   ORGINAL 100TH PILOT
2ND LT  EDWARD K. MOFFLY                CP: CPT
1ST LT  ANTHONY P. GOSPODAR        NAV: CPT   11 DEC 43 EMDEN
1ST LT  JAMES P. FITTON                   BOM: CPT
T/SGT   VERN M. BEST                         TTE: CPT
S/SGT   WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS   WG: POW  8 OCT 43 BREMEN (CREW #15 LT BERNIE DeMARCO)
SGT     EDMUND A. OLIVER                ROG: POW   10 JUL 43 PARIS (CREW #12 LT CHARLES DUNCAN)
S/SGT   STEVE BOSSER                     BTG: CPT
S/SGT   PAUL A. VRABEC, JR              WG: CPT   24 DEC 43 ST JOSEPH(NOBALL)
S/SGT   FLOYD P. BULLARD                  TG: CPT       24 DEC 43 ST JOSEPH(NOBALL)

NOTE: PAUL VRABEC NOT ONLY COMPLETED 25, BUT VOLUNTEERED AND FLEW FIVE ADDITIONAL MISSIONS.

On 10 July 1943, radio operator Ed Oliver flew with Crew #12 which was lost that day and Oliver became a POW.  He was soon replaced on the crew by George Rudden from Crew #17 which went down over Kiel on 25 July.  On 8 October 1943, William Williams flew with Crew #15 and went down over Bremen.

Accordinq to a letter from Vern Best in 1980, Mark Carnell suffered a broken arm in a bicycle accident on the field and was unable to fly for a considerable length of time.  He was replaced by Bill Desanders whose crew (#17) had been lost on 25 July.  Best also says that Paul Vrabec not only completed  25 missions but volunteered for five additional and finished those.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Bremen DATE: 1943-10-08  
AIRCRAFT: "Our Baby" (42-3233) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 2191