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S/SGT  Francis W. MANSER

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG

 Walt Manser, 351st TG on the Sidney C. Johnson crew. Manser flew 35 missions, all with Sidney 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 15 MAR 45 ORANIENBURG

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

MEMO 2:

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PHOTOS:

 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) 

 William G. Weeks, Unknown, and Francis W. Manser of the Sidney C. Johnson crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Walt & Gladys Manser with Charlie Beck, the ROG on the Sidney C. Johnson crew at the 1995 reunion in Fort Worth, TX 

 

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