COMMENTS & NOTES
2nd Lt Herbert A.Alf P POW 28/4/44 SOTTEVAST (With Crew ofW.G.Lakin) see Lakin Crew below
1st Lt Kenneth L.Rasmussen CP RFS Medical Reasons (see gordon letter below)
2nd Lt Raymond B.Phaneuf NAV NOC
2nd Lt Albert A.Marchiondo BOM INTERNEE 20/2/44 POSEN & SETTIN (With crew of A.J.Harrls)
Sgt Jimison T.Pyles TTE NOC
Sgt Carmine V.Roberto ROG KIA 29/7/44 MERSEBURG (With crew of W.T.Fitzroy)
Sgt Francis J.Flemm, Jr BTG NOC
Sgt Jerome H.Gordon WG RFS Medical reasons
Sgt Herschel P.Lowe WG CPT 17/7/44 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY (With crew of D.C.Rice) see Rice Crew below
Sgt Joseph C.Krusienskl TG KIA 6/3/44 BERLIN (With crew of D.Radtke)
418th Sqdn. Crew,as above, joined the 100th Group on 1/12/43
It would appear that this crew was "broken up" soon after it came to the 100th. Sgt Roberto sent to Lt John Gibbons Crew.
Letter from Gordon 26/1/91 says Rasmussen .RFS soon after arrival in Eng.
because of ulcers & returned to ZI. Crew then broken up and members flew
as replacements with other crews. Gordon flew 5 missions in three months
then was grounded because of (anoxia?) despite his official protest.
Subj: 100thBG Question Submission
Date: 10/1/2001 8:42:07 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (William Gordon)
To: email@example.comCC: firstname.lastname@example.org
My dad (Jerome Gordon)was in the 100th. He originally was in a crew headed by Herbert Alf but soon after his arrival was transferred to a crew headed by Lt. Dean Radtke. The co-pilot, Robert Digby, was killed in a mission over Ludwigshafen and Radtke was wouned but got the plane back home.I am trying to find any documentation on this crew, the aircraft and mission.There is a small paragraph in the book Century Bombers about the mission and crew but not much info.Any ideas where I might inquire?Thanks.
CAPT DAVID L. MINER P KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
LT HERBERT A. ALF CP POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
LT EARL L. RICHARDSON NAV POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP (FROM THE JACK FLANIGAN CREW)
LT GEORGE R. JONES BOM KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT WILLIAM C. LIBBERT ROG POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT ALBERT ZIKORUS TTE POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT VARDEN I. BUTLER BTG KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT SAM PRY RWG POW/WIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT LEONARD D. MALCUIT LWG POW/WIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT JUNE E. ROBERSON TG POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
418th Sqdn. Letter from Bertholf 8/Sep/88 : Crew joined the 100th in Sept.1943....jb
Flying a/c 42-38059 LD-A. This A/C was leading the high squadron when attacked by fighters.The nose was shot away and other damage
occurred. It was Richardson's belief that as the ship wildly manuevered, Jones slipped or was thrown from the
nose without his chute. Malcuit & Pry both suffered burns about the face and eyes."
Lt Alf was replaced for this mission of 6/3/44 by Lt George E.Kinsella from the T.J.Keilly crew.
Kinsella was KIA. Lt.Alf was flying with Col.Kelly and Capt.Lakin when he became a POW
Alf had arrived at the 100th Group as pilot with his own crew on 1/12/43.
Letter from E.L.Rlchardson dated 8/4/86 says that "Miner's crew was on its 25 misslon. and that he was"flying
as replacement for D.Berthlof,Nav. who was ill with a sinus infection"
Missions of Capt. David Miner (from Bill Thompson's MACR Reports, missing 4 missions from this crew...mpf 2002)
1. 2/10/43 EMDEN
2. 4/10/43 HANAU
3. 8/10/43 BREMEN
4. 9/10/43 MARIENBURG
5. 5/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN
6. 11/11/43 MUNSTER
7. 26/11/43 PARIS
8. 30/11/43 SOLINGEN
9. 5/12/43 BORDEAUX
10. 11/12/43 EMDEN
11. 13/12/43 KIEL
12. 16/12/43 BREMEN
13. 20/12/43 BREMEN
14. 22/12/43 MUNSTER
15. 1/01/44 PARIS
16. 30/01/44 BRUNSWICK
17. 10/02/44 BRUNSWICK
18. 24/02/44 ROSTOCK
19. 25/02/44 REGENSBURG
20. 3/03/44 BERLIN
21. 6/03/44 BERLIN
CREW(28 Apr 44)
COL ROBERT H. KELLY COM KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
CAPT WILLIAM G. LAKIN P KIA 28 APR 44 " " "
LT HERBERT A. ALF CP POW 28 APR 44 " " "
CAPT JOSEPH H. "BUBBLES" PAYNE NAV KIA 28 APR 44 " " "
LT MAURICE H. CAIN BOM POW 28 APR 44 " " "
T/SGT LEO R. CANNON ROG POW 28 APT 44 " " "
T/SGT JAMES C. BROWN TTE KIA 28 APR 44 " " "
S/SGT ALBERT M. FREITAS BTG POW 28 APR 44 " " "
S/SGT JOHN N. SPIKER WG KIA 28 APR 44 " " "
S/SGT JOSEPH A. RICHARD WG POW 28 APR 44 " " "
S/.SGT DELBERT E. BARNHART TG KIA 28 APR 44 " " "
BILL LAKIN WAS FLYING WITH COL ROBERT H. KELLEY WHEN KIA ON 28 APR 44 (SOTTEVAST). KELLEY COMMANDED THE 100TH FOR ONLY A WEEK AND TWO DAYS BEFORE DECIDING TO BUMP THE 100TH'S BEST KNOWN FLIGHT LEADER (JACK SWARTOUT) AND LEAD HIMSELF. THE RESULTS WERE A FOREBODING; TWO AIRCRAFT LOST WHEN THE COLONEL ELECTED TO HOLD THE BOMBS ON THE FIRST RUN AND MADE A SECOND RUN ALONG THE SAME TRACK. COL KELLEY WAS KIA THIS MISSION. (COL KELLEY'S NAME IS OFTEN SEEN SPELLED AS KELLY. I AM NOT SURE WHICH IS CORRECT.THOUGH i BELIEVE IT IS KELLY..pw
This was what can best be called a "pick-up" crew of veteran airmen, with the exception of Col. Kelly fresh from the States and had became the 100th's Commanding Officer only nine days prior to the mission. Joe "Bubbles" Payne was a member of the original air echelon of the Group as were T/Sgt James C. Brown and S/Sgt Albert M. Freitas.
With the exception of Magee Fuller, they were the last of the "Original 100th" to become casualties. T/Sgt Leo R. Cannon joined the Group in August 1943, his orginal crew (F.H. Meadows) was shot down at Bremen 08 Oct 1943. Capt William G. Lakin had been with the Group prior to October 1943.
The following from MACRs: "....On 02 May 1944, at 0730 hours an American Airman was captured by two German soldiers on the street of Rochville, Sottevast, France. The Germans record the following data:
Name: Cain, Maurice # 0-681859. According to his statement he rescued himself from the burning
aircraft on 28 April 1944. Sent to Airbase Command, Paris, France..Date 3 May 1944 @ 1320 hours."
The Originating German Officer is not identified..pw
2nd Lt Donald C.Rice P CPT 17/7/44 MONTGOURNOY (NOBALL)
2nd Lt Joseph S.Farcht CP CPT 25/7/44 ST. LO, GROUND SUPPORT
2nd Lt George E.Owens NAV KlA 18/3/44 GABLINGEN,LECHFELD,AUGSBURG,MUNICH
2nd Lt William Cherry BOM CPT 17/7/44 MONTGOURNOY (NOBALL)
Sgt Philip H.Rowe TTE CPT 17/7/44 MONTGOURNOY (NOBALL)
Sgt Leslie M.Thompson ROG CPT 17/7/44 MONTGOURNOY (NOBALL)
Sgt Robert E.Pryor BTG CPT 31/7/44 MUNICH, AERO ENGINES
Sgt Harry C.Vaughn WG CPT 18/7/44 KIEL, HEMMINGSTADT, OIL (100TH "B")
Sgt William E.Stein WG CPT 31/7/44 MUNICH, AERO ENGINES
Sgt Robert W.Pion TG NOC
418th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44.
George Owens was with the crew of D.J.Stuke on 18/3/44 when killed. Dort Payne flew as
navigator on this crew for a while after Owens was lost.
See SPLASHER SIX (Winter 1984) for story of this crew's A/C "Our Babe" as told by Herschel
Lowe (originally from Lt Herb Alf's Crew) who flew as toggalier.
Also see correspondence with Harry Vaughn in 418th file.