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T/SGT  Charlie M. BECK

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG

 Charles M. Beck - 351st, ROG Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 15 MAR 45 ORANIENBURG (100TH'S Vice-President - Membership)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Sidney C. Johnson           P    CPT      15/3/45  ORANIENBURG
2nd Lt Williarn J. Duggan          CP    CPT     15/3/45   ORANIENBURG
1st Lt Chester Romanowski      NAV   NOC   REPLACED ON CREW BY M/SGT GORDEN SINCLAIR
    F/O Harry M. Thompson      BOM   CPT      21/3/45   RUHLAND
    Cpl Charles M. Beck, Jr.       ROG   CPT      15/3/45    ORANIENBURG
    Cpl Harry E. Menter            TTE   CPT      15/3/45    ORANIENBURG
    Cpl William G. Weeks          BTG    CPT      15/3/45   ORANIENBURG
    Cpl Edwin R. Hodgson         WG    CPT      15/3/45   ORANIENBURG
    Cpl Francis W. Manser          TG    CPT      15/3/45   ORANIENBURG

351st Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Bomb Group on 28 OCT 44.

This crew flew the Dec 31, 1944 Mission to Hamburg which resulted in the loss of 12 a/c from the 100th Bomb Group.  This crew flew in the lead flight, low squadron, position #2.

Hi Paul (West),
It says that the sidney Johnson crew flew the Hamburg mission on Dec 31,1944 but in Charlie Becks listing of missions, Hamburg is not listed?  Do you know
why?  Was Charlie sick that day, or on leave?  just wondering.  I know That sidney flew that day in Mason and Dixon.

From Paul West:
Mike, They lost an engine at takeoff and returned and landed on three engines. There was not a spare aircraft and they were told to stand down.
This from Charlie, Weeks, and Manser.. Paul

CREW
A/C #43 38124                 MACR #11363,Fiche #4182

Lt Clifton M.Williams              P   KIA   31/12/44 HAMBURG
Lt Kenneth W.Newkirk         CP  KIA "
Lt Richard F.Williams           NAV  KIA "                                      
Lt Lawrence W.Ward         BOM  POW  "                                   
T/S/Sgt Charles J.McGinley  ROG  KIA " 
T/Sgt .Alvin H.Petteys        TTE  KIA "
S/Sgt Lee F.Carpenter        BTG  KIA "
S/Sgt  James H.Murphy        WG  POW  "  TAPS: 1973
  Cpl  Gordon R.Sinclair          TG  CPT  15 /3/45 ORANIENBURG /WITH THE S. JOHNSON CREW AS NAV (see note)

351st Sqdn. Sqdn Diary of Sept.1944 notes this crew as joining the 100th Group in Sept. A Cpl.Harvey J.Lehman was 
on the crew at that time but no further record of him has turned up.

On 31/12/44, S/Sgt Roland L.Douglas,from the crew of Gerald Brown,was flying in place of Gordon Sinclair and was 
made a POW.

Note
Gordon Sinclair was removed from Navigator's school one day short of graduation for some unknown infraction, proably the Training Command acted  a bit over zealous in view of the need for trained Navigators.  The 351st Sqdn. Commander (Harry Cruver, a man known to have had some disagreement with training command personnel during his cadet days) corrected this bit of over zealousness by immediately promoting Sinclair to M/Sgt and  making him the Navigator for the Sidney Johnson crew, where he completed a tour.  This from Charles M. Beck, of the Sidney Johnson crew..pw


Mission Log ; Charles M. Beck                                Clm      A/C Lost    Crew Lost        Results              Mission #

1. 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA, GROUND SUPPORT         0         0              0                 GOOD                 223
2. 26 NOV 44 HAMM, MY                                           0         0              0                 MISSED               225
3. 29 NOV 44 HAMM, MY                                           0         0              0                 MISSED               226
4. 30 NOV 44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY                   0         1             10                POOR                  227
5. 02 DEC 44 KOBLENZ (Recalled with mission credit awarded)
6. 04 DEC 44 GIESSEN, FRIEDBERG                             0         0              0                 POOR                  229
7. 05 DEC 44 BERLIN, TANK WORKS                           0         0              0                  UNK                    230
8. 11 DEC 44 GIESSEN, KOBLENZ                               0         0              0                  FAIR                    231
9. 12 DEC 44 DARMSTADT, MY                                  0         0              0                 HIT TARGET         232
10. 24 DEC 44 BABENHAUSEN,KAISERLAUNTERN         0          0             0                  EXCELLENT          234
11. 25 DEC 44 KAISERLAUTERN, MY                           0         0             0                  EXCELLENT           235
12. 27 DEC 44 FULDA, MY                                         0         0             0                  VERY GOOD          236
13. 28 DEC 44 KOBLENZ                                            0         0              0                  VERY GOOD         237
14. 29 DEC 44 FRANKFURT, MY                                 0          0             1                  VERY GOOD         238
15. 06 JAN 45 GERMERSHEIM & ANNWEILER               0          0             0                  POOR                 217
16. 13 JAN 45 MIANZ, BRIDGE                                   0          0              0                  GOOD                 220
17. 14 JAN 45 DERBEN, OIL STORAGE                        6          0              0                  EXCELLENT         221
18. 17 JAN 45 HAMBURG, OIL REFINERY                     0          0              0                  GOOD                 222
19. 21 JAN 45 MANNHEIM, RR BRIDGE (S.T.)              0          0              0                  UNKNOWN          224
20. 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG, BRIDGE                             0          0              0                  VERY GOOD        225
21. 29 JAN 45 KASSEL, TANK WORKS                        0          0             0                   GOOD                226
22. 03 FEB 45 BERLIN, CITY                                      0          4             36                  GOOD                227
23. 17 FEB 45 FRANKFURT & GIESSEN                       0          0              0                   POOR               233
24. 19 FEB 45 OSNABRUCK & MUNSTER                     0          0              0                   FAIR                234
25. 21 FEB 45 NURNBURG, MY (S.T.)                         0          0              0                   FAIR                 236
26. 22 FEB 45 DONAUESCHINGEN                             0           0              0                   FAIR                 237
27. 23 FEB 45 TREUCHTLINGEN                                0          0              0                   VERY GOOD       238
28. 25 FEB 45 MUNICH, MY                                      0          0              0                   FAIR                 240
29. 26 FEB 45 BERLIN, CITY                                     0          0              0                   GOOD               241
30. 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY                                       0          0              0                   FAIR                242
31. 04 MAR 45 ULM, MY (S.T.)                                 0          0              0                    H2X UNK          245
32. 07 MAR 45 SIEGEN, MY (S.T.)                            0          0               0                   UNK                 246
33. 08 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.)                          0           0               0                   MISSED           247
34. 10 MAR 45 DORTMUND, MY                               0           0               0                   FAIR                249
35. 15 MAR 45 ORANIENBURG, MY                           0           0               0                   MISSED            253

Taps: Charlie Beck

Charles Miller Beck, Jr., born May 29, 1925 in Denver, Colorado, passed away February 22, 1996 in Richardson, Texas. In fond memory of Charles Miller Beck, Jr., his life will be celebrated with a memorial service held at Restland Funeral Home. The service is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 27, 1996, in the RESTLAND MEMORIAL CHAPEL. Retired after over 30 years of service to Rockwell International, Charlie was also an active member of the Bloody 100th Bomb Group Association, which is a highly esteemed organization of WWII Air Corps Veterans. He was an active member and past president of the Hella  Shrine Temple. Charlie is survived by three daughters, Deborah J. Gonzales, Pamela S. Elins, and Katherine A. Beck; sister Betty Scheele of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren are Zack and Taylor Gonzales, Carla and Torrey Pond and Philip Elins, son-in-laws are John S. Gonzales and Martin R. Elins. Charlie will also be fondly remembered by numerous family members and many dear friends, and lastly, his constant canine companion, Angus. 



Meet Your Neighbor
by Nanette Fodell
Staff Writer Plano Star Courier

Tuesday May 10, 1988

 The Bloody Hundredth: Though the infamous bomber group from WW II has been written abut and immortalized with monuments and movies, as the years go on, fewer of us can tell you exactly what the legendary group was.
 Two Planoites know firsthand, Charles M. Beck and Carroll Woldt were members of the 351st Squadron of the 100th Bombardment Group, known as the Bloody Hundredth. The group got its name in an incident that has left the members with an "ill-fated" and "ill-famed" reputation. Charlie Beck explains:
 "in the air, the sign of surrender was to put down your landing gear. It was like a white flag. Now the Germans -- especially members of the Luftwaffe -- were gentleman soldiers. I mean, if a plane was down in enemy territory, they'd salute your officers and all that. Anyway,  one of our bombers signaled that it was in trouble by lowering its gear. Two German fighters came up to escort the plane to a safe landing, and out bomber shot them down.

 "From them on, they were looking for us and sometimes they found us. they'd pass up other bombers, looking for the insignia of the Bloody Hundredth."
 Another legend has -- of 36 planes in a formation on a raid to Berlin -- only one, the Rosie returning. (This is a major error by the Ms Nanette Fodell -- not to uncommon among journalists)  Nearly 800 men were lost from the 100th Bomber Group and many B-17's, the "Flying Fortress."
 Until recently, Woldt and Beck had not idea they had a "brother" from the 100th so close. Virtual neighbors in Plano, the two were stationed at the Thorpe Abbotts base on the North Sea Coast in England within six months of each other.

 Each man was drafted and each ended up in the Army Air Force, Woldt was a pilot, and Beck was a radio/gunner, which meat he sent back signals to the base as to whether his squadron had hit the target. He also operated the guns that stuck out the side of the airplane.
 The squadron flew in wings of possibly 2,000 planes per strike, often hitting enemy targets several times a week. The Americans raided during the day; the English took night duty. Each time the planes went up. lives were on the line. Oddly, though, Woldt and Beck agree that death never entered their minds. "I sure didn't think about it the way I do now," Woldt said. "Possibly it was our youth. And some of it was the Army training. They kept you motivated and thinking of other things."
 "Wonder if was something they put in our food back then?" Beck wondered. "I remember walking out on a catwalk (of a bomber), no parachute or anything. If the bombs stuck, I'd have to go out there and kick them onto the target. I didn't think about death then. But I was nineteen, and was thinking about having fun.

 "I always knew I was coming home. Didn't you?" said Wodlt to Beck. Going home was constantly on their minds at Thorpe Abbotts, said the men. Woldt's plane was named "She Has Ta" by his men. That meant She Has to Get Back," he said.
 Beck flew on Mason & Dixon, a battered B-17 that was eventually scrapped for a newer plane. After completing 35 missions, a tour of duty at Thorpe Abbotts was complete. Beck came back to the states after six months and went to work for Collins Radio Company (based in Richardson, Texas), which was later bought by Rockwell International. Woldt stayed in Paris for the remainder of the war, where he was a pilot for Army Generals. Upon his return to the states, he worked at several jobs until he established himself here in the building industry during the '50s.

 Now, more that 40 years later, the tower at Thorpe Abbotts has been made into a museum by Englishmen, in appreciation of the American effort. Woldt is the liaison for the museum in the United States. Through family connections, Woldt recently found Beck, and the two have spent many hours reminiscing since. Both men are retired and have time to reflex on their experiences and how different they are from the generations that came after them.
 "We've discussed it, and we both agree that we wish young people of today could gain the same appreciation for freedom that we have without having to go through what we went through," said Beck


Note
Gordon Sinclair was removed from Navigator's school one day short of graduation for some unknown infraction, proably the Training Command acted  a bit over zealous in view of the need for trained Navigators.  The 351st Sqdn. Commander (Harry Cruver, a man known to have had some disagreement with training command personnel during his cadet days) corrected this bit of over zealousness by immediately promoting Sinclair to M/Sgt and  making him the Navigator for the Sidney Johnson crew, where he completed a tour.  This from Charles M. Beck, of the Sidney Johnson crew..pw


Mission Log ; Charles M. Beck                                    Clm      A/C Lost    Crew Lost        Results              Mission #

1. 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA, GROUND SUPPORT         0         0              0                 GOOD                 223
2. 26 NOV 44 HAMM, MY                                           0         0              0                 MISSED               225
3. 29 NOV 44 HAMM, MY                                           0         0              0                 MISSED               226
4. 30 NOV 44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY                    0         1             10                POOR                  227
5. 02 DEC 44 KOBLENZ (Recalled with mission credit awarded)
6. 04 DEC 44 GIESSEN, FRIEDBERG                             0         0              0                 POOR                   229
7. 05 DEC 44 BERLIN, TANK WORKS                           0         0              0                  UNK                    230
8. 11 DEC 44 GIESSEN, KOBLENZ                               0         0              0                  FAIR                    231
9. 12 DEC 44 DARMSTADT, MY                                  0         0              0                 HIT TARGET         232
10. 24 DEC 44 BABENHAUSEN,KAISERLAUNTERN         0          0             0                  EXCELLENT           234
11. 25 DEC 44 KAISERLAUTERN, MY                           0         0             0                  EXCELLENT           235
12. 27 DEC 44 FULDA, MY                                         0         0             0                  VERY GOOD          236
13. 28 DEC 44 KOBLENZ                                           0         0              0                  VERY GOOD         237
14. 29 DEC 44 FRANKFURT, MY                                 0          0             1                  VERY GOOD         238
15. 06 JAN 45 GERMERSHEIM & ANNWEILER               0          0             0                  POOR                  217
16. 13 JAN 45 MIANZ, BRIDGE                                  0          0              0                  GOOD                 220
17. 14 JAN 45 DERBEN, OIL STORAGE                       6          0              0                  EXCELLENT          221
18. 17 JAN 45 HAMBURG, OIL REFINERY                    0          0              0                  GOOD                 222
19. 21 JAN 45 MANNHEIM, RR BRIDGE (S.T.)              0          0              0                  UNKNOWN          224
20. 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG, BRIDGE                             0          0              0                  VERY GOOD        225
21. 29 JAN 45 KASSEL, TANK WORKS                        0          0             0                   GOOD                226
22. 03 FEB 45 BERLIN, CITY                                     0          4             36                  GOOD                227
23. 17 FEB 45 FRANKFURT & GIESSEN                       0          0              0                   POOR                 233
24. 19 FEB 45 OSNABRUCK & MUNSTER                     0          0              0                   FAIR                  234
25. 21 FEB 45 NURNBURG, MY (S.T.)                         0          0              0                   FAIR                  236
26. 22 FEB 45 DONAUESCHINGEN                             0           0              0                   FAIR                 237
27. 23 FEB 45 TREUCHTLINGEN                                0          0              0                   VERY GOOD       238
28. 25 FEB 45 MUNICH, MY                                      0          0              0                   FAIR                 240
29. 26 FEB 45 BERLIN, CITY                                     0          0              0                   GOOD               241
30. 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY                                       0          0              0                   FAIR                242
31. 04 MAR 45 ULM, MY (S.T.)                                 0          0              0                    H2X UNK          245
32. 07 MAR 45 SIEGEN, MY (S.T.)                            0          0               0                   UNK                 246
33. 08 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.)                          0           0               0                   MISSED            247
34. 10 MAR 45 DORTMUND, MY                               0           0               0                   FAIR                249
35. 15 MAR 45 ORANIENBURG, MY                           0           0               0                   MISSED            253

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Charles M. Beck - 351st ROG, at completion of tour Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 This USAAF photo most probably was taken in the States for distribution to home town newspapers. 

Mason and Dixon, jacket of Charles M. Beck of the Sidney C. Johnson crew.

 351st Airmen from the Sidney C. Johnson Crew; From left: Harry E. Menter, Charles M. Beck, Jr, William G. Weeks, Francis W. Manser and Edwin R. Hodgson. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Sidney C. Johnson Crew members; From left: Francis W. Manser, Edwin R. Hodgson, Charles M. Beck, Jr. Harry E. Menter and William G. Weeks. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 The Sidney C. Johnson Crew: Standing from left: William J. Duggan, Sidney C. Johnson, pilot, C. Romanowski, and Harry M. Thompson. Kneeling from left: Wiliam Weeks, Charles M. Beck, Francis Manser, Harry Menter and Edwin Hodgson. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 From left: 351st Crewmen, Edwin R. Hodgson, Charles M. Beck, Jr., William G. Weeks and Francis W. Manser. The significance of the poses is unknown. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Charlie Beck and Carroll W. Woldt

 

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