COMMENTS & NOTES
1ST LT JAMES W. JOHNSON, JR P FEH
2ND LT ARIEL S. BEAN CP FEH
2ND LT EUGENE A. CARPENTER NAV FEH
S/SGT HOLLY G. HAWORTH ROG FEH
S/SGT LeROY C. ZIMMERMAN TTE FEH
S/SGT DONALD L. HIDER BTG FEH
S/SGT THEODORE R. PARKER WG FEH
S/SGT THOMAS GOLESKI TOG FEH
S/SGT STANLEY L. PODKOWA TG FEH
351ST SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 04 MAR 45
THE NAME OF THEIR AIRCRAFT "THE SUPER GOOSE" 43-39424 (per info from Lt Johnson in Oct 2007) Near the end of our tour we were given a brand new B-17G and told that if we took her up and tested her out, she would be our plane. We flew her on our last two missions and two Chowhounds.
The artwork was suppose to be a Fist with a Thumb straight Up which was designed by the Navigator. According to Lt Johnson, he flew two missions as a CP with other crews before flying his first misson with his own Crew. He said his first mission was to Berlin and he had gas so bad he was afraid to pass gas in fear of soiling his pants. He would never live it down. On his first mission with his Crew, March 18, 1945, he witnessed 3 B-17's get hit by Me252's and go down in flames. He could not believe his aircraft was not hit in the atack. Lt Carpenter was the dry wit of the Crew. Carpenter would say things like, "Hey Lt, you’re here in Combat yet your not old enough to vote" or when flak would come up, he would say "I don't think these people like us over here" and Lt Carpenter would refer to flak as "Black Black Flares"
MISSIONS OF 2ND LT EUGENE A. CARPENTER (mpf 2001)
# Date Target A/C # A/C Name
1. 18/03/45 BERLIN
2. 22/03/45 ALHORN
3. 24/03/45 STEENWIJK 231767 OUR GAL SAL
4. 24/03/45 HAVELTE 231767 OUR GAL SAL
5.. 28/03/45 HANOVER 337815 "YOU CAN'T LOSE"
6. 30/03/45 HAMBURG
7. 31/03/45 ZEITZ
8. 3/04/45 KIEL 337815 "YOU CAN'T LOSE"
9. 4/04/45 KIEL 297126 THE LATEST RUMOR
10. 5/04/45 NURNBURG 48836 ST LOUIS WOMAN
11. 6/04/45 LEIPZIG 297126 THE LATEST RUMOR
12. 7/04/45 BUCHEN 338852 NO NAME
13. 8/04/45 EGER
14. 9/04/45 MUNICH 338963 NO NAME
15.14/04/45 ROYAN 339424 "THE SUPER GOOSE"
16. 15/04/45 ROYAN
17. 16/04/45 POINT DeGRAVE, ROYAN
18. 20/04/45 ORANIENBURG 339424 "THE SUPER GOOSE"
MAY 1, 1945 CHOWHOUND 339424 "THE SUPER GOOSE'
MAY 5, 1945 CHOWHOUND 339424 "THE SUPER GOOSE"
Ariel S. Bean
Ariel S. Bean, 89, of La Grande, died Oct. 29. Viewing will be held at 10 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11, Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, corner of 12th and Gekeler in La Grande. Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.
Ariel was born Feb. 15, 1923, in La Grande, the eldest child of George Ariel and Ellen “Nellie” (Storey) Bean. He attended school in La Grande and Union, graduating from La Grande High School in 1940. Ariel continued his education at what is now known as Eastern Oregon University, earning a BA. He received a master’s degree from the University of Oregon and a DED from Brigham Young University.
Ariel was an Eagle Scout and also earned the Bronze, Gold and Silver Palm scouting awards. He served his country in World War II and received the USAAC medal, the European Theater of Operations medal, while flying a B-17 in the 8th Air Corp, 100th Bomb Group.
Ariel spent his life in service to his church and community. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in the Sunday school program, YMMIA, Elder’s Quorum, High Priest’s group and as genealogy chairman. He was the first bishop of La Grande’s Third Ward, serving from 1970 to 1975. Ariel was also the stake clerk, stake historian and a member of the High Council. As historian he compiled several hundred pages of history, covering the period from 1950 to 2008.
He also served in the LDS Boise Temple from the year it opened, 1985, until 2008.
On April 22, 1948, Ariel married Elaine Roundy, daughter of William A. and Olive Wale Roundy, in La Grande. She died of multiple myeloma in 1980. He married Jean Ilene Ferdinandsen on Sept. 4, 1990, in Rouge River. Jean died in 2003.
Ariel taught in the La Grande School District for 32 years. He taught U.S. and Oregon history, English and journalism. He was advisor to the Tiger Highlights until his retirement in
Ariel’s hobbies included fishing, camping, reading and writing what he would call bad poetry. He enjoyed gardening, growing and sharing his corn and tomatoes. He was generous with his time, visiting widows and the homebound.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Miller earlier this year.
Survivors include his children, Paula Fischer of Farmington, N.M., and Benjamin E. Bean of La Grande; siblings, David S. Bean and Ruth B. Veal, both of La Grande; and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to LDS missionaries.