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LT  Derry D. IRONS

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM
SERIAL #: O-757522 STATUS: RFS
MACR:

Comments1: 14 JUL 44

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

LT JAMES B. NOBLE                     P POW 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
LT DALE R. McEWEN                  CP CPT   7 AUG 44 CLAMECY-JOIGNY
F/O ALEXANDER MARUCHESS    NAV RFS   14 JUL 44 O-B2045261       RUSSIAN SPEAKER & INTERPRETER FOR MAGEE FULLER ON 1ST RUSSIAN SHUTTLE, 
                                                                                                  NEVER MADE IT, ACCIDENT ON RUNWAY. 
LT DERRY D. IRONS                 BOM RFS  14 JUL 44  O-757522
T/SGT RUSSELL F. ELLIS          ROG POW 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
T/SGT FRANK CRUZ                 TTE POW 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
S/SGT CHARLES J. SLAGHT       BTG CPT 11 AUG 44 VILLACOUBLAY, AF
S/SGT ARTHUR L. ROBERTS       WG KIA   28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
S/SGT FREDERICK F. SWARTZ    WG POW 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
S/SGT WILLIAM P. McNALLY       TG KIA   28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG

350th Sqdn..  Crew, as above, listed on Combat Crew Roster of 8 May 1944; 


DATE:     LAST_NAME:  FIRST_NAME:  RANK:  POSITION:            TARGET:         CREW_NBR:         PLANE_NBR:
4/9/1944         NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         KRZESINKI (POSEN)                18                    97534
4/10/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE              18                   97534
4/11/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.           18                   31049
4/12/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         SCHEUDITZ (RECALL)               18                   97534
4/13/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         AUGSBURG                              18                                 
5/1/1944         NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         SAARGUEMINES/WIZERNES       18                  31049
5/7/1944         NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         BERLIN                                   18                  31049
5/8/1944         NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         BERLIN & LaGLACERIE              18                  31049
5/12/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         BRUX, OIL REFINERY                18                  37800
5/13/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         OSNABRUCK                            18                  32009
5/19/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         BERLIN                                    18                 31903
5/20/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         BRUSSELS                                18                 31903
5/24/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         BERLIN                                    18                 31903
5/25/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         BRUSSELS                                18                 31903
6/2/1944         NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         BOULOGNE                              18                 6089
6/6/1944         NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         FALAISE/OUISTREHAM              18                 6089
6/6/1944         NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         FALAISE/OUISTREHAM              38               107233
6/12/1944       NOBLE         J.B.         LT         P         ROSIERES & DUNKIRK                18                  6089
7/6/1944         NOBLE         J.B.         LT         CP       FLEURY/CREPEUIL                     PFF                

on the MERSEBURG mission of 28 Jul 44 the crew flew as a pathfinder with the following crew component...

CREW                                                            
DATE: 28 July 1944          350th Sqdn            A/C#42-97555 Pathfinder
MISSION: Merseburg                                     MACR#7880,Micro-fiche#2890

Capt Floyd H.Mason (349th Ops Officer)  COM P  POW
1st Lt James B.Noble                             P       POW
2nd Lt Robert P.Lipps                           CP       POW
1st Lt Edmund J.Kaufman              RAD/NAV     POW
1st Lt Robert W.Barry                         NAV      POW (WIA)
2nd Lt Marcus M.Hertz                        BOM     POW
 T/Sgt Frank Cruz,Jr.                          TTE      POW
 T/Sgt Russell F.Ellis                           ROG      POW
 S/Sgt Arthur L.Roberts                     RWG      KIA
 S/Sgt William P.McNally                      TG       KIA
 S/Sgt Frederick F.Swartz                   LWG     POW

Of the above,Noble, Cruz, Ellis, Roberts, McNally,and Swartz appear to be from the
original Noble crew. Lipps was from the M.C.Rumley crew. Kaufman from the R.A.
Wegrzynek crew.Barry from the H.E.Bethea crew.  Mason had joined the 100th with
his own crew on 28/11/43 and may have been on his 2nd tour.

Eyewitness Report: " At 0850 hours near 5043N-0802E,A/C #555 nosed down twice
and the group followed.Then the wheels were lowered and fire was seen in the
radio room. Looked as if it might be a flare fire. The A/C peeled off to the
right.A small explosion was seen in the right wing between #3 engine and the
fuselage. Ono man bailed out before the A/C left the formation. The others
followed. Nine chutes were seen to open and the tenth had not opened when the man
disappoared into the undercast. The fire in the A/C appeared to be out when it
plunged into the undercast flying steadily under AFCE control."

On 4/3/46 Capt.Robert W.Barry gave the following statement:

SUBJECT:Casualty Information of Crew Members.
       · . . . .
a. Activities before leaving aircraft: - Captain Mason was the first crew member
to leave the A/C via a front exit.He departed with his harness on, but not
fastened,and his parachute in his left hand,approxlmately 2 1/2 minutes after the
explosion.
Sgt.Roberts,who was the engineer and top turret gunner and not the right waist
gunner(as shown on questionaire),had not left at time of my departure;however,
according to informatlon as given to me by the bombardier,at a subsequent date,
there was no one left in front end of the ship when he left. It can be therefore
assumed that Sgt.Roberts suceeded in bailing out.
Sgt.McNally,being a waist gunner,would bail out via the rear exits. All communi-
cation with the back of the ship had gone dead at the time of the explosion.I
have no way of stating whether this crew member ever left the ship from personal
knowledge.However,from information received from Capt.E.J.Kaufman,Radar Navigator,
McNally bailed out at about the same time as he did.

LT DALE McEWEN BECAME 1S PILOT OF THIS CREW SOMETIME AFTER THEIR 10TH MISSION.  

2ND LT ROBERT A. WEGRZYNEK         P RFS ILLNESS
2ND LT CHARLES J. GUTEKUNST       CP NOC
2ND LT EDMUND J. KAUFMAN         NAV POW    28 JUL 44  MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY (WITH F.H.MASON CREW)
2ND LT JACK . EPPENDORF            BOM KIA      11 SEP 44  RUHLAND, OIL REFINERY
S/SGT GEORGE W. WRIGHT           TTE NOC
S/SGT JAY V. EMRICH                   ROG NOC TAPS: 1988
SGT DALE E. STRAUSBAUGH          BTG NOC
SGT ESWIN J. TYRRELL                  WG NOC
SGT LUTHER A. WISE, JR.              WG NOC
SGT RINALDO J. BUSSINO               TG CPT 24 JUL 44 ST LO GROUND SUPPORT

350TH SQDN....CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 09 MAR 1944..

"FLEW FIRST MISSION ON APRIL 11, 1944.  AFTER 10 MISSIONS, LT ROBERT WEGRZYNEK WAS GROUNDED BY A SERIOUS ILLNESS THAT REQUIRED A LONG PERIOD OF RECUPERATION IN A STATESIDE MILITARY HOSPITAL.  WHILE SERVING IN COMBAT, HIS B-17 CREW WAS UNITED IN THEIR BELIEF THAT BOB WAS AN OUTSTANDING LEADER AND EXCEPTIONAL PILOT".....2ND LT CHARLES GUTEKUNST IN LETTER DATED DEC. 2000 mpf

LT DALE R. McEWEN TOOK OVER THIS CREW AS FIRST PILOT.  LT KAUFMAN WAS REPLCED ON THE CREW BY FLIGHT OFFICER ALEXANDER MARUCHESS BOTH MCEWEN AND MARUCHESS WERE FROM LT JAMES NOBLE CREW.  PROABLY MOST OF THIS CREW COMPLETED TOURS.

FLIGHT RECORD 
RINALDO J. BUSSINO 39550304
350TH SQDN.. 100TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
THORPE ABBOTTS, ENGLAND (STA # 139)

DATE   TARGET        FLT, TIME

5 APR 1944  LOCAL AREA      2:40
9 APR 1944  AIR SEA  RESCUE     4:30
11 APR 1944  POSEN, AC & ROSTOCK, CITY    11:30
12 APR 1944  SCHKEUDITZ, AC FACTORY (RECALL)   3:30
18 APR 1944  GENSHAGEN (BERLIN) AC ENGINES   8:15
19 APR 1944  LIPPSTADT & WERL AF'S    6:45
20 APR 1944  MARQUENVILLE & FLOTTEMANVILLE-HAGUE  5:00
24 APR 1944  FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, AC FACTORY   9:15
28 APR 1944  SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)     5:30
29 APR 1944  BERLIN, CITY      9:30
1 MAY 1944  SAARGUEMINES, MY & WIZERNES (NOBALL  7:15
3 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA      4:30
4 MAY 1944  ABORT       2:00
7 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA      1:00
10 MAY 1944  FALLERSLEBEN, MOTOR TRANSP. (RECALL)  3:30
11 MAY 1944  LIEGE, MY      5:00
17 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA      1:30
19 MAY 1944  BERLIN, CITY (RECALL)     2:10
20 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA      2:30
22 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA      3:20
23 MAY 1944  TROYES, AF      8:00
24 MAY 1944  BERLIN, CITY (SPARE; NO HOLES TO FILL)  3:30
28 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA      2:30
31 MAY 1944  OSNABRUCK, MY     8:30
2 JUN 1944  BOULOGNE & PARIS, RAILWAY JUNCTION  4:10
3 JUN 1944  LOCAL AREA      3:00
5 JUN 1944  ABBEVILLE & BOULOGNE    5:30
6 JUN 1944  OUISTREHAM, TOWN     6:30
6 JUN 1944  FALAISE, TOWN     7:30
7 JUN 1944  NANTES, BRIDGE     7:50
10 JUN 1944  MORLAIX, AF      5:30
15 JUN 1944  LOCAL AREA      1:30
20 JUN 1944  FALLERSLEBEN, MT FACTORY    7:00
7 JUL 1944  MERSEBURG & BOHLEN, OIL REFS   3:20
8 JUL 1944  CLAMECY-JOIGNY, RAILWAY BRIDGE   5:30
10 JUL 1944  LOCAL AREA      5:20
11 JUL 1944  MUNICH, AERO ENGINES    10:20
12 JUL 1944  MUNICH, INDUSTRIAL AREA    9:20
13 JUL 1944  MUNICH, JET ENGINES     8:20
17 JUL 1944  AUXERRE, RAIL BRIDGE     7:45
18 JUL 1944  KIEL, HEMMINGSTADT, OIL (100TH "B")   7:10
19 JUL 1944  SCHWEINFURT & DUREN    7:00
20 JUL 1944  MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY    8:10
21 JUL 1944  REGENSBURG & LUDWIGSHAFEN   7:30
24 JUL 1944  ST. LO, GROUND SUPPORT    6:15
6 AUG 1944  LOCAL AREA      1:00
6 AUG 1944  LOCAL AREA      1:30
7 AUG 1944  LOCAL AREA      2:00

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 2524