COMMENTS & NOTES
ORIGINAL CREW STATESIDE/FIRST REPLACEMENT CREW (from Henry Henington 10/14/2000 mpf)
2nd LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON P CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS SN# 0-734086
2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP CP CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS SN# 0-799103
2nd LT. J. WARD DALTON JR. NAV KIA 24 SEP 1943 EAC/Practice Mission SN# 0-673491
2nd LT. WILLIAM J. MOORE BOM POW 10 OCT 1943 MUNSTER* SN# 0-738783
S/SGT WALLACE J. MEYER TTE POW 22 APL 1944 HAMM* SN# 12030773
T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK ROG NOC SN# 14044111
S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON BTG CPT 22 DEC 1943 MUNSTER SN# 16072304
S/SGT HAROLD F. JANDERUP WG POW 4 FEB 1944 FRANKFURT* SN# 32555990
CPL JAY S. ORTH WG NOC Taken off Crew at Bovingdon SN# 13072260**
S/SGT CHARLES A. HANTUSCH TG NOC SN# 12124607
A/C # 42-30611 "HORNY" XR-D, 349TH SQUADRON, ASSIGNED TO 100TH JUNE 26, 1943. Crew also flew 230023 XR-M "Forever Yours". This plane was named after a famous candy bar during that time and this was painted on the side of the Aircraft in Red lettering in the same fashion as the lettering for the candy bar . This aircraft, contrary to popular belief was never called Horny. (info from Henry Henington to mpf 5/2002)
2nd LT HENINGTON RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS THREE TIMES DURING HIS TOUR OF DUTY (AUGUST 17, 1943, NOV 13,19, 26 1943 COMBINED & UPON COMPLETION OF 25 MISSIONS). TG S/SGT CHARLES A HANTUSCH WOULD ALWAYS SAY "MY GOD, I'M HUNGARY" AFTER BOMBS AWAY.
**S/SGT WILLIAM S. BLEVINS (WG) FLEW ON THIS CREW FOR THE FIRST FIVE MISSIONS AND THEN WAS RFS. ORIGINAL WG (CPL ORTH) TAKEN OFF CREW AT BOVINGDON (NEW CREWS ORIENTATION CENTER)
*LT MOORE WAS FLYING WITH LT JOHN F. STEPHENS (KIESSLING CREW). HE IS REPLACED ON THE HENINGTON CREW BY 1st LT HOWARD J. KELLY FROM THE ORIGINAL SAMMY BARR CREW.
*S/SGT MEYER WAS FLYING WITH LT. FRANK HARTE CREW, HE WAS A TOGG ON THIS MISSION
*S/SGT JANDERUP WAS FLYING WITH THE LT. JOHN BROWN CREW
T/SGT JOHN J. KOVACS ROG WAS ALSO KNOWN TO FLY WITH THIS CREW. ACCORDING TO HENINGTON, HE REMEMBERS KOVACS FLYING MANY MISSIONS WITH HIS CREW. (mpf )
S/SGT RICHARD TANGRADI (from original Lt Amiero Crew flew as a fill in TG on missions)
349TH SQDN.. (following from Jim Brown) "THIS CREW JOINED THE 100TH IN EARLY JULY 1943 AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST FOUR REPLACEMENT CREWS (ROANE, JUSTICE, MORENO AND HENINGTON) TO JOIN THE GROUP. .Of interest is that Jim Brown never considered Cowboy Roane a replacement since his old friend was in the 100th in the states -( Jim maintained until his death that Roane was not a replacement and never should have been listed as such since his crew was only a couple of weeks late in arriving)..pw I HAVE FOUND NO RECORD OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS CREW, BUT DALTON WAS KIA FLYING WITH J.C. GOSSAGE. SEE S.O.C. p. 18/19 and 38. ALSO "BOWMAN'S DIARY (p. 27) NOTES THIS CREW DITCHED ON 3 SEP 1943 (PARIS,BEAUMONT le ROGER, AF (S.T.)) BUT WERE RESCUED AND RETURNED TO THORPE ABBOTTS. THE AIRCRAFT THEY USUALLY FLEW WAS #42-30611, "HORNY". I HAVE DETERMINED THAT LT A. FAHLSTEDT WAS FLYING AS BOMBARDIER WHEN THE DITCHING OCCURRED AND SUFFERED A SEVERE BACK INJURY.." jb
MISSIONS OF 2nd LT HENRY HENINGTON (mpf 10/14/2000 and 1/13/2001)
1 4/7/43 La PALLICE SUB PENS, 10:30hrs, 1 A/C LOST, FLAK & FIGHTERS, My Co-Pilot Homer Tripp
commented "S--t you could get hurt doing this"
2. 17/7/43 HAMBURG AF, 5HRS DID NOT BOMB
3. 24/7/43 TRONDHEIM SUB PENS, 11hrs, LONGEST B-17 MISSION. ATTACKED BY ME 109'S AND LOST
#3 ENGINE 200 MILES PRIOR TO TARGET, RETURNED HOME ALONE
4. 26/7/43 HANOVER 5:30hrs, DID NOT BOMB, FORMATION MIXUP DUE TO WEATHER
5. 28/7/43 OSCHERSLEBEN 5:30hrs, DID NOT BOMB, BAD WEATHER
6. 12/8/43 BONN 5:30hrs, HIT TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY-WESSELING
7. 15/8/43 MERVILLE 4hrs, GROUP HIT BOTH AIRFIELDS
8. 17/8/43 REGENSBURG 11:10hrs, LOST 9 a/c AND LANDED IN ALGIERS WITH ONE ENGINE OUT. (S/Sgt Rich Tangradi flew as TG)
ON AUG 19, FLEW FROM ALGERIA (MY FIRST 3 ENGINE TAKE OFF) TO MARRAKECH MORACCO FOR ENGINE CHANGE. AUG 25 RETURNED TO THORPE ABBOTTS (10HRS) PRESENTED DFC FOR REGENSBURG RAID BY COL LEMAY, COMMANDER 3RD AD.
9. 31/8/43 MEULAN LES MERUEAUX 6hrs, DID NOT BOMB TARGET, AREA OVERCAST
10. 3/9/43 PARIS 5hrs, HIT BY FLAK AFTER BOMB RELEASE, #3 ENGINE ON FIRE, ANOTHER LOST
TURBO AND ANOTHER PROP RAN AWAY, MADE A DIVING SPIRAL TO FOOL FIGHTERS. It WORKED, AT CRITIQUE SEVERAL CREWS REPORTED "THEY SPUN DOWN IN FLAMES". WE WOULD HAVE BAILED OUT, BUT FLAK HIT AND UNPACKED TWO CHUTES. WE CARRIED A SPARE BUT THAT LEFT US ONE SHORT. I GAVE THE CREW THE OK TO BAIL OUT AND THAT I WAS GOING TO DITCH IF IT DIDN'T BLOW UP. STILL ON FIRE, LEVELED AT 4000 FEET, STARTED A SLOW DECENT CROSSING THE COAST NEAR DEPPE AT 500 FEET, AND DITCHED EIGHT MILES OFF SHORE. NO INJURIES, THE AIRCRAFT FLOATED THREE HOURS. SIX CREW MEMBERS WERE PICKED UP BY TWO RAF WALRUS SEAPLANES. THE FOUR REMAINING TO GO IN THE THRID WALRUS, BUT COULD NOT GET AIRBORNE. THE LEFT PONTOON HAD TAKEN WATER AND WE COULD ONLY CIRCLE. WE WERE TAKEN ABOARD A ROYAL NAVY PT BOAT THAT TOOK THE WALRUS IN TOW FOR A SLOW CHANNEL CROSSING. FROM 10 MINUTES AFTER OUR DITCHING TILL THE PT BOAT WAS HALFWAY TO PORT, WE HAD CONSTANT COVER OF 3-5 SPITFIRES. DUE TO HEAVY MISSION COMMUNICATIONS, WE COULD NOT CONTACT OUR BASE. NEXT MORNING, THE RAF FLEW US HOME TO LEARN WE WERE MIA (SHOT DOWN OVER FRANCE).
CREW ON SEP 3, 1943 MISSION TO PARIS A/C 42-30611 "HORNY"
2nd LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON P CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP CP CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
2nd LT. J. WARD DALTON JR. NAV KIA 24 SEP 1943 EAC/Practice Mission
2nd LT. A. FAHLSTEDT BOM SWA 3 SEP 1943 PARIS
S/SGT WALLACE J. MEYER TTE POW 22 APL 1944 HAMM
T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK ROG NOC
S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON BTG CPT 22 DEC 1943 MUNSTER
S/SGT HAROLD J. JANDERUP WG POW 4 FEB 1944 FRANKFURT
S/SGT JOE RAFF WG CPT 30 JAN 1944 BRUNSWICK (FROM Lt AMiERO AND LT DON MOEDE CREW)
S/SGT RICHARD A. TANGRADI TG POW 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT (Flew with Lt John Brown Crew, see note below)
SEPT 9, PROMOTED TO 1ST LT.
WENT ON FLAK LEAVE FOR 7 DAYS
11. 2/10/43 EMDEN 6:15 hrs MY 1ST PFF MISSION
12. 8/10/43 BREMEN 6hrs, 7a/c LOST, 2 ENGINES OUT DUE TO FLAK, HIT BY 109'S AND 190'S. 700 FEET OFF GROUND ON FINAL APPROACH, 3rd ENGINE OUT. LANDED WITH ONE ENGINE. HAD TO LIGHTEN A/C BY THROWING OUT GUNS, AMMO, EVERYTHING.
THE ENGINES DIED ON LANDING ROLL, HAD TO BE TOWED TO HARD STAND
Below list the crew as of October 8, 1943 BREMEN from AAF press release (mpf) flew a/c 25957 "HORNY II"
1st LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON P CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP CP CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
1st LT. DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER NAV CPT 29 NOV 1943 BREMEN
1st LT. HOWARD J. KELLY BOMB CPT 20 JAN 1944 BRUNSWICK (FROM ORIGINAL SAMMY BARR CREW)
T/SGT RUSSELL G. GILBERT TTE KIA 06 MAR 1944 BERLIN
T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK ROG NOC
SGT. ANTHONY E. RUDA LWG POW 06 MAR 1944 BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE P. GINEIKIS RWG EVA 05 NOV 1943 GEISENKIRCHEN
S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON BTG CPT 22 DEC 1943 MUNSTER
S/SGT CHARLES R. HANTUSCH TG NOC
13. 20/10/43 DUREN 7:30hrs, PFF MISSION, LT KELLY IS BOMBARDIER
14. 5/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN 5:30hrs, 1 A/C LOST AND ONE RETURNED WITH ONLY PILOT AND DEAD CO-PILOT
CREW HAD BAILED OUT OVER ENEMY TERRITORY.
15. 7/11/43 DUREN 6hrs, ANOTHER PFF
16. 13/11/43 BREMEN 7:30hrs, PFF MISSION, LOST ONE ENGINE, LT KELLY (BOMB) WOUNDED BY FLAK THE ONLY CREWMEMBER EVER WOUNDED.
17. 19/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN 5:45hrs, PFF MISSION LEAD BY MAJ OLLIE TURNER. ENDED UP LEADING THIS MISSION AFTER PFF ABORTED. ONLY ONE AIRCRAFT IN EACH GROUP WAS PFF EQUIPPED. BIG FLAP AT DIVISION DEBRIEF, MY NAVIGATOR SAID WE (13TH COMBAT WING) HAD NOT BOMBED THE TARGET. THE LT COL. WING LEADER HAD ALREADY BRIEFED THAT THEY HAD. HE BLURTED OUT "THAT’S A LIE!" GENERAL LEMAY SAT HIM DOWN. DIVISION ALREADY HAD UNDERGROUND PHOTOS AND THEY WERE NOT OF THE TARGET. LEMAY CONGRATULATED OUR CREW NOTING THE OFFICERS WERE ALL LIEUTENANTS.
18. 26/11/43 PARIS 6hrs, LOST 1 A/C, FLAK DAMAGE, AWARDED 2nd DFC FOR LAST 3 MISSIONS.
CITATION NOTED MISSIONS FLOWN 13TH, 19TH, 26TH NOV.
19. 29/11/43 BREMEN 6:15hrs, PFF
20. 11/12/43 EMDEN 5:20hrs LOST 1 A/C, FLAK & FIGHTERS
21. 13/12/43 KIEL 7:15hrs, PFF, FLAK & FIGHTERS
22. 22/12/43 MUNSTER 6hrs, PFF, FLAK & FIGHTERS, 1st B-17G ASSIGNED TO 100TH BG
23. 24/12/43 ST JOSEPH NO-BALL-V-1 ROCKET SITES BOMBED FROM 12,000 FEET, SMOKED CIGARETTE ON BOMB RUN. LIGHT
INACCURATE FLAK. ONLY P-51'S AND P-47'S IN AIR
24. 30/12/43 LUDWIGSHAVEN 8hrs, LOST 2 A/C, ONE ENGINE OUT, AND TURBO ON ANOTHER RUNNING ROUGH
25. 31/12/43 PARIS 5:30hrs, FLAK & FIGHTERS, COMPLETED TOUR. FOR COMPLETING 25 MISSIONS, RECEIVED SECOND CLUSTER TO DFC AND THE AIR MEDAL WITH 3 CLUSTERS. I WAS REQUIRED TO STAY THREE MONTHS AND WORK IN GROUP OPREATIONS
In April 1944 I returned to Katherine(my wife) and Drew Field Florida and assigned as section Commander training B-17 crews till the Wars end.
A point of interest; Henington had been missing from the 100th for over 55 years when he called Cowboy Roane in October 2000.The stunned Cowboy was amazed, believing Henington long since dead. Their long converstion took them both back over half a century. Henington had not heard of the 100th Association until then. He has since joined and is anixously awaited by his old comrades at the 100th's 2001 reunion in Omaha, Nebraska..pw
Henry M. Henington
Press release -- December 1943 -- author is unknown
AN EIGHTH AAF BOMBER COMMAND STATION, England: Captain Henry W. Henington, a Flying Fortress pilot from Houston, Texas brought to a thrilling close his operational career in the European Theater of Air War by blasting a German armaments factory in a Paris suburb, on New Year's Eve. (1943)
Henington had been to Paris before but his was his 25th combat mission and there wasn't enough flak in all of Occupied Europe to keep him from returning in time for a well deserved New Years Eve celebration.
The son of Mrs. L.B. Henington, of 1522 Sunset Blvd., Houston, Texas, the 22 year old Fortress pilot, who achieved that ripe old age on Christmas is a former student at the University of Houston and in civilian life a metallurgist. His father, the late L.S. Henington was a well-known World War I fighter pilot.
Henington established himself as one of the top-flight pilots in the hard hitting Eighth Air Force when he flew the Regensburg shuttle from England to Africa and back to England with a pause for bombing at Regensburg, Germany, and, on the return trip, at Bordeaux, France. When his ship the "Horny" landed in Tunisia, after bombing the German Messerschmitt factory at Regensburg, near Munich, there were only five rounds of ammunition left on board and members of the crew had shot down four enemy fighters and damage five others. Despite the savage fighting evidenced by these facts, not a single member of Henington's crew had been wounded and the "Horny" came through it all with only a few minor scratches.
On September 3rd (1943) pilot Henington's skill and courage saved the lives of his crew when their ship ditched in the English Channel after enemy fire had knocked out two engines before the "Horny" could reach her destined target, the Renault factory in Paris. Henington and his entire crew were picked up by a British "Walruses," seaplane of the Air Sea Rescue Forces after they floated some three hours and a half in the cold waters of the channel.
About a month later Captain Henington brought his ship "Horny II" back from a bombing attack on Bremen, Germany with an engine feathered and another smoking. After flak knocked out their #1 engine and #4 engines the crew of "Horny II" began to figure their time had come. Nazi Focke-Wulfe fighters closed in on the crippled Fortress. But Henington dived the bomber 4000 feet through a swarm of German fighters, went into furious evasive action, leveled off and high-tailed her for home. When the "Horny II" hit the runway the two remaining engines quit cold on her -- out of gas. The ground crew had to have the ship towed to her dispersal area.
On the more recent Ludwigshafen mission, Hennington's ship was attacked by white-nosed FW-190's. One of his engines was damaged and he had to feather it and leave formation but evasive action brought him home. That was December 30th, 1943. The next day it was Paris, with smoke and flames fuming up out of a German factory. That was clear sailing and it was mission number twenty-five (25) for pilot Henington and it was New Years Eve -- a great day all around.
2ND LT JOHN W.BROWN P EVADEE 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT ALBERT F. FITZPATRICK CP POW 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT THEODORE H. KLEINMAN NAV EVADEE 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT LAWSON W. CLEMENTS BOM POW 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
S/SGT CHARLES R. ARMBRUST WG NOC
S/SGT RICHARD F. BRADY ROG NOC
S/SGT LAWRENCE M. PRATT TTE NOC
SGT MILTON GRABEL TG KIA 25 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT GORDON F. KEON BTG POW 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
SGT OWEN D. STOCKTON WG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
349th Sqdn. Crew joined the 100th Gp on 28 Nov 1943.. Sgt Gordon Keon was the only enlisted man of this crew
to particiapte in the Frankfurt mission of 4 FEB 44. Other aboard for this mission and their fate is a follows:
S/SGT GEORGE E. TOOMEY ROG POW (FROM C.I. MONTGOMERY CREW)
S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA TTE POW (FROM C.I. MONTGOMERY CREW)
S/SGT WILLIAM F. KEMP WG KIA (FIRST MISSION)
S/SGT HAROLD F. JANDERUP WG POW ( TAPS 25 SEP 69)
S/SGT RICHARD A. TANGRADI TG POW (FROM LT AMIERO CREW)
Ship suffered severe flak damage and had three engines out over the German-Belgian border. The crew
with the exception of William Kemp, who was apparently badly wounded, bailed out safely. Gordon Keon had
a flak wound in one arm.
A statement by Theodore Kleinman after his return say the bail-out occured about 10 miles SSE of Turnhout,
Belgium and continues: "After contacting an underground unit I was placed in a house in Turnhout. Several days
later I was told something in French concerning the rest of the crew. With my meagre understaning of French, Kemp
was unable to leave th ship due to severe wounds and he went down with the plane. A man was found by the
Germans in the rear half of the ship with his head badly battered, but alive. I later recieved a report the man with the
battered head died."
German records in the MACR file confirm a badly wounded man found in the ship died in the hospital the following day.
From Henry M. Henington Crew