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S/SGT  Clifford T. MINER

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: STATUS: NOC
MACR:

Comments1: AIRMAN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                 1ST LT VICTOR REED
                 ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

349TH CREW #8   A/C #42-30090  "El P'sstofo"

1ST LT  VICTOR REED                         P:  TRANSFERRED FROM 100TH
F/O     CHARLES A. BROOKS                 CP:  CPT,  16/12/43  BREMEN
2ND LT  HOWARD D. BASSETT          NAV:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
2ND LT  JOSEPH P. ARMANINI           BOM:    CPT,  24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT   GLENN N. ALBRIGHT             TTE:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
S/SGT   RICHARD O. DETWEILER        WG:  CPT, 13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART
T/SGT   JAMES S. DOUGHERTY         ROG:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
S/SGT   RICHARD M. PRICE                BTG:  NOC
S/SGT   THOMAS D. BAER                WG:  KIA,  6 MAR 44 BERLIN (with  LT ALBERT AMIERO CREW)
S/SGT   CLIFFORD T. MINER               TG:  NOC

349th Sqdn.  This is an "Original" crew that flew over with the group. 
Charlie Brooks became pilot of the crew and completed the tour.  Howard 
Bassett replaced me (J.R. Brown) as navigator of the Sam Barr crew after 
I was wounded 15 Sept. 1943.  Joe Armanini had replaced Joe Kelly as bombardier 
of the Barr crew somewhere around August 15,1943

Although no records have been found to substantiate the completion of 
their tours (25 missions) it is certainly a safe assumption that both 
Price and Miiner did become "Lucky Bastards" .

Thomas "Teddy" Baer was with tne crew of A. Amiero when killed over 
Berlin.

MISSIONS OF LT VICTOR REED (mpf 2001)

 DATE  MISSION  A/C # & NAME

1. 29/06/43 LeMANS  230035  TORCHY
2. 04/07/43 LaPALLICE  230042 OH NAUSEA
3. 10/07/43 LeBOURGET  230090 EL P'SSTOFO
4. 17/07/43 HAMBURG  230063 PICKLEPUSS
5. 25/07/43 WESSELING, KIEL 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
6. 26/07/43 HANOVER  230090 EL P'SSTOFO
7. 28/07/43 OSCHERSLEBEN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
8. 29/07/43 WARNEMUNDE 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
9. 12/08/43 WESSELING, BONN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO

"ON THE BONN MISSION 12 AUGUST 1943, LT VICTOR REED'S LIFE WAS SAVED BY A NEAR MIRACLE.  JUST AS THE SHIP LOOSED HER CARGO OF BOMBS ON THE TARGET, A BURST OF FLAK LITTERED THE COCKPIT WITH SLIVERS OF HOT STEEL.  ONE SIZEABLE FRAGMENT PENETRATED REED'S OUTER CLOTHING BUT STRUCK THE SILVER WINGS HE WAS WEARING OVER HIS LEFT SHIRT POCKET.  THE VELOCITY OF THE SHARD WAS SO GREAT AS TO DRIVE THE INSIGNIA THROUGH THE SKIN AND CAUSE SEVER BRUISING OF THE CHEST MUSCLES.  WITHOUT THE WINGS TO DEFLECT IT, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE PIECE OF FLAK WOULD HAVE KILLED OR SEVERLY WOUNDED LT REED.  THIS EPISODE SO UN-NERVED REED, THAT HE WAS UNABLE TO FLY FOR A TIME AND WAS EVENTUALLY TRANSFERRED FROM THE 100TH.

AT ABOUT THIS TIME, "BIG JOE" ARMANINI REPLACED "CRYING JOE" KELLY ON THE SAMMY BARR CREW AND SOME WEEKS LATER HOWARD BASSETT REPLACED JIM BROWN AS NAVIGATOR ON SAMMY BARRS CREW.  T/SGT DOUGHERTY WAS ALSO MOVED TO THE BARR CREW REPLACING MIKE TANOWIGCH AS ROG.

CHARLES BROOKS CONTINUED AS CO-PILOT AND THEN AS A FIRST PILOT.  A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS 1943, 1ST LT BROOKS FLEW HIS 25TH MISSION AS PILOT OF "SQUAWKIN HAWK".

 MISSIONS OF 1ST LT. CHARLES A. BROOKS WITH CREW #8 AND CREW #37


 DATE  MISSION  A/C # & NAME

1. 29/06/43 LeMANS  230035  TORCHY
2. 17/07/43 HAMBURG  230063 PICKLEPUSS
3. 25/07/43 WARNEMUNDE, KIEL 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
4. 26/07/43 HANOVER  230090 EL P'SSTOFO
5. 28/07/43 OSCHERSLEBEN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
6. 12/08/43 WESSELING, BONN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
7. 31/08/43 LeMERUEAUX 
8. 03/09/43 PARIS
9. 09/09/43 BEAUVAIS-TILLE
10. 15/09/43 PARIS
11. 16/09/43 LaPALLICE
12. 23/09/43 VANNES  25861 LADEN MAIDEN
13. 26/09/43 PARIS   25861 LADEN MAIDEN
14. 27/09/43 EMDEN   25861 LADEN MAIDEN
15. 02/10/43 EMDEN   230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
16. 04/10/43 SAARLUIS, HANAU 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
17. 20/10/43 DUREN
18. 03/11/43 WILHELMSHAVEN 
19. 05/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN
20. 07/11/43 DUREN
21. 13/11/43 BREMEN
22. 16/11/43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
23. 11/12/43 EMDEN
24. 12/12/43 KIEL
25. 16/12/43 BREMEN  230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
26. 19/03/44 CROSSBOW

 Snowurl@juno.comuname = Bob Brokspage
100TH BOMB GROUP (H) - AIRCRAFT Page 01url = http://www.100thbg.com/mainmenus/airplanes/airplanes_1.htmposition = 349th Aircraft at Thorpe Abbotts 27 Feb 44. This damage could have been inflicted by fighters. Nothing further is know of this aircraft.change = This Tail section which has been damaged is of the "Squawkin Hawk" 230088 XR-E. I do not know anything of the crew on this mission, but I believe it was the the first plane to survive 50 missions and was flown back to the united states by my father Captain Charles A. Brooks. who himself survived 26 missions and is a member of the imfamous "LUCKY BASTARD CLUB"

CREW
                     
ORGINAL 100TH PILOT OF 349TH CREW #4, A/C #42-30035 (TORCHY…named after Jim Browns wife's)

1ST LT  SAM L. BARR                           P:  CPT, 14 JAN 44  FORET D' HESDIN (flew 50 missions)  349th Commanding Officer
F/O     DAN BARNA                            CP:  POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (CREW# 7 LT MacCARTER CREW)
2ND LT  JAMES R. BROWN               NAV:  SWA, 15 SEP 43 PARIS  TAPS SEPTEMBER 1993
2ND LT  HOWARD J. KELLY             BOM:  CPT, 30 JAN 44 BRUNSWICK
T/SGT   ROBERT E. CLIFF                 TTE:  CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES
S/SGT   WILLIAM OHL                      WG:  CPT, 24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT   MICHAEL J. TANOWIGCH     ROG:  KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT   MAX RUSS                          BTG:  CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D'ESQUERDES
S/SGT   HOBART SPIRES                  WG:  KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT   JAMES T. HITEN                   TG:  KIA, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES                                

NOTES: SWA DENOTES SEVERELY WOUNDED IN ACTION
THE NAVIGATOR, JAMES R. BROWN, WAS THE 100TH'S REVERED HISTORIAN UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1993
This Crew flew with a few different Co Pilots  Lt Barna, Lt Brooks (Victor Reed Crew),  Lt Jack Boyd (spare CP, ended up CP on Lt Floyd Jr.Crew) and Lt Albert Amiero (info courtesy of Big Joe Armanini)

COL BARR FLEW 50 MISSIONS WITH THE 100TH, SECOND ONLY TO COL "ROSIE" ROSENTHAL'S 52.  HE WAS THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL 100TH AIRMEN TO FLY COMBAT MISSIONS, LEAVING THE 349TH FOR THE HQ DET OF THE 100TH ON 18 JAN 1945.
STARTING FROM THE FIRST MISSION OF 25 JUN 43 UNTIL JAN 45 THE INTREPID MISSISSIPIAN WAS ON COMBAT STATUS.
TO THE DISMAY OF ALL 100TH VETERANS "SAMMY" APPEARED ON THE 1988 TAPS LIST. COL BARR DIED 17 APR 1988 AS THE RESULT OF A MAJOR STROKE.  HE IS MOURNED AND MISSED,   BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THE 100TH. 


349TH CREW #8   A/C #42-30090  "El P'sstofo"

1ST LT  VICTOR REED                        P:  TRANSFERRED FROM 100TH
F/O     CHARLES A. BROOKS                 CP:  CPT,  16/12/43  BREMEN
2ND LT  HOWARD D. BASSETT          NAV:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
2ND LT  JOSEPH P. ARMANINI           BOM:    CPT,  24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT   GLENN N. ALBRIGHT             TTE:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
S/SGT   RICHARD O. DETWEILER        WG:  CPT, 13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART
T/SGT   JAMES S. DOUGHERTY         ROG:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
S/SGT   RICHARD M. PRICE                BTG:  NOC
S/SGT   THOMAS D. BAER                WG:  KIA,  6 MAR 44 BERLIN WITH LT ALBERT AMIERO CREW
S/SGT   CLIFFORD T. MINER               TG:  NOC

349th Sqdn.  This is an "Original" crew that flew over with the group. 
Charlie Brooks became pilot of the crew and completed the tour.  Howard 
Bassett replaced me (J.R. Brown) as navigator of the Sam Barr crew after 
I was wounded 15 Sept. 1943.  Joe Armanini had replaced Joe Kelly as bombardier 
of the Barr crew somewhere around August 15,1943

Although no records have been found to substantiate the completion of 
their tours (25 missions) it is certainly a safe assumption that both 
Price and Miiner did become "Lucky Bastards" .

Thomas "Teddy" Baer was with tne crew of A. Amiero when killed over 
Berlin.

AT ABOUT THIS TIME, "BIG JOE" ARMANINI REPLACED "CRYING JOE" KELLY ON THE SAMMY BARR CREW AND SOME WEEKS LATER HOWARD BASSETT REPLACED JIM BROWN AS NAVIGATOR ON SAMMY BARRS CREW.  T/SGT DOUGHERTY WAS ALSO MOVED TO THE BARR CREW REPLACING MIKE TANOWIGCH AS ROG.

CHARLES BROOKS CONTINUED AS CO-PILOT AND THEN AS A FIRST PILOT.  A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS 1943, 1ST LT BROOKS FLEW HIS 25TH MISSION AS PILOT OF "SQUAWKIN HAWK".

CAPT BARR CREW AFTER SEPTEMBER 15, 1943

1ST LT  SAM L. BARR                           P:    CPT, 14 JAN 44  FORET D' HESDIN (flew 50 missions)  349th Commanding Officer
F/O     DAN BARNA                             CP:  POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (CREW #7)
2ND LT  HOWARD D. BASSETT          NAV:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN (from Victor Reed Crew
2ND LT  JOSEPH P. ARMANINI           BOM:    CPT,  24 FEB 44 POSEN (from Victor Reed Crew)
T/SGT   ROBERT E. CLIFF                 TTE:   CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES
S/SGT   WILLIAM OHL                       WG:   CPT, 24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT   JAMES S. DOUGHERTY         ROG:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN (from Victor Reed Crew)
S/SGT   MAX RUSS                           BTG:  CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D'ESQUERDES
S/SGT   HOBART SPIRES                   WG:  KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT   JAMES T. HITEN                    TG:  KIA, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES


LIST OF MISSIONS FOR LT COL SAM L. BARR  (mpf 2001 from records supplied by Paul Andrews and William Ohl)

1. 25/06/43 BREMEN  A/C 230152 MESSIE BESSIE
2. 26/06/43 LEMANS  A/C 230035 TORCHY
3. 28/06/43 ST NAZAIRE   A/C 230035 TORCHY
4. 10/07/43 LE BOURGET  A/C 230170 TORCHY II
5. 17/07/43 HAMBURG  A/C 230042 OH NAUSEA
6. 24/07/43 TRONDHEIM  A/C 230170 TORCHY II
7. 25/07/43 KIEL   A/C 230170 TORCHY II
8. 28/07/43 OSCHERSLEBEN A/C 230259 DAMIFINO II
9. 12/08/43 BONN   A/C 230170 TORCHY II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
10. 15/08/43 MERVILLE-LILLE A/C 230170 TORCHY II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT, LT ARMANINI JOINS CREW
11. 17/08/43 REGENSBURG  A/C 230170 TORCHY II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
12 03/09/43 PARIS   A/C 230259 DAMIFINO II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
13. 15/09/43 PARIS   A/C 230487 TORCHY III JIM BROWN SWA, REPLACED BY LT HOWARD  BASSETT
14. 16/09/43 BORDEAUX  A/C 25861 LADEN MAIDEN
15. 23/09/43 VANNES  A/C 230154 WAR EAGLE
16. 26/09/43 PARIS   A/C 230487 TORCHY III MAJ WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
      09/10/43 MARIENBURG  A/C 230799 BIGASSBIRD II (returned early, #3 engine problem)
17.  ?
18.  ?
19.  ?
20.  29/11/43  BREMEN
21.  30/11/43  SOLINGEN Lead (with  Maj John Bennett)
22.  22/12/43  MUNSTER (Lead Group in Torchy III)
23.  24/12/43  NO-BALL
24.  05/01/44  NUESS (Lead with Maj John Bennett)
25.  14/01/44  FORET D' HESDIN

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