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T/SGT  Louis PALTRINERI

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG

Louis Paltrineri in 2013. Was ROG on Lt McKay and Capt James Geary Lead Crew. (photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

SERIAL #: 11086814 STATUS: POW
MACR: 05151 CR: 05151

Comments1: 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (CREW 57 PL 97845) (MASS) EAC

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT EDWARD N. McKAY           P CPT 25 APRIL 44 DIJON, FRANCE  SN#0745717
2ND LT THOMAS H. MULLEN      CP CPT 25 APRIL 44 DIJON, FRANCE
2ND LT JACK A. YOUNG          NAV CPT 25 APRIL 44 DIJON, FRANCE
2ND LT STUART W. McFEELY  BOM CPT 25 APRIL 44 DIJON, FRANCE                                TAPS: FEB 1988
S/SGT JOHN E. TROUT           RWG POW/WIA 24 MAY 44 BERLIN /WITH J.R. GEARY CREW  TAPS: 14 APR 1980)
SGT LOUIS P. PALTRINERI       ROG POW/WIA 24 MAY 44 BERLIN /WITH J.R. GEARY CREW
SGT FRANCIS ACKER               TTE POW         24 MAY 44 BERLIN /WITH J.R. GEARY CREW  TAPS: 18 OCT 1971
SGT CARL F. SCHUSTER           BTG POW         24 MAY 44 BERLIN /WITH J.R. GEARY CREW
SGT JACK W. DOMENIG           LWG POW/WIA 24 MAY 44 BERLIN /WITH J.R. GEARY CREW  TAPS 27 SEP 1971
SGT RALPH T. GRAHAM             TG CPT 29 JUNE 44 BOHLEN

350TH SQDN…CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON October 15, 1943
A/C "Big Stoop" #941 (flew last 4-5 missions on this plane) , A/C Alice from Dallas II (flew 15 plus missions).
Crew spent Dec 44 doing practice missions.  C.O. wanted each man to have at least 50 hours of practice missions before going into combat. (Lt McKay march 2001)
  
Crew completed tour, Officers were given new assignments in the States but the enlisted men volunteered for 5 additional missions.
Lt McKay felt the enlisted men should have taken a leave before doing the additional 5 missions.  Lt McKay ended up in the hospital after his last mission with Pneumonia and was moved to a private hospital near High Wycombe.  

On the McKay crew. The enlisted men didn't volunteer for another tour of 25 missions. They agreed to fly another FIVE missions (amounting to another OLC). Lou Paltrineri has told me this several times. The latest time was in June (06) Jack O'Leary. 

Naming the Plane: "The radio operator Sgt Paltrineri named the plane.  During the war Milton Caniff had a cartoon in Stars and Stripes  called Steve Canyon.  One of his girlfriends was called Delta and her bodyguard was called "Big Stoop" and he would rescue her and protect her from danger.  Sgt Paltrineri thought that would make a good name for the plane because the Plane would always bring the crew home from danger.  This was never painted on the plane."  Lt Edward McKay March 2001 (mpf)

  List of Missions for 2nd Lt Edward McKay (mpf 2001)

1. 19/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN -flying with Lt. Herb Devore Crew w/Col. Chick Harding as command pilot
2. 14/01/44 NO-BALL-FRANCE
3. 21/01/44 NO-BALL-FRANCE
4. 24/01/44 FRANKFURT
5.   3/02/44 WILHELMSHAVEN
6.   5/02/44 ROMILLY sur SEINE
7. 13/02/44 NO-BALL-LIVOSSART
8. 24/02/44 ROSTOCK & POSEN
9. 25/02/44 REGENSBURG -(ROG stitched the tail of the horizontal stabilizer)
10. 28/02/44 NO-BALL-FRANCE
11.   2/03/44 CHARTES
12.   3/03/44 BERLIN-weather recall
13. 15/03/44 BRUNSWICK
14. 16/03/44 AUGSBURG
15. 18/03/44 MUNICH
16. 19/03/44 NO-BALL-FRANCE
17. 23/03/44 BRUNSWICK
18. 27/O3/44 BORDEAUX
19. 28/03/44 CHATEAUDUN
  FLAK LEAVE
20. 11/04/44 POSEN & ROSTOCK
21. 12/04/44 LEIPZIG
22. 18/04/44 BERLIN
23. 19/04/44 LIPPSTADT
24. 20/04/44 MARQUENVILLE
25. 25/04/44 DIJON

Lt McKay says that his Lucky Bastard Cirtificate has him completing 26 missions, can only account for 25.

Enlisted men flew the following missions before being shot down:

Date  Aircraft Nbr Target
5/11/1944 31941 LIEGE
5/12/1944 31941 BRUX, OIL REFINERY
5/13/1944 31941 OSNABRUCK
5/20/1944 31412 BRUSSELS
5/24/1944 97845 BERLIN

CREW
Capt James R.Geary                       P   POW        24/5/44 BERLIN
Major  Maurice J.Fitzgerald       COM P   POW       24/5/44 BERLIN
1st Lt Arthur J.Harris                    CP    POW      24/5/44 BERLIN    (Flying as Formation Officer in the Tail)
1st Lt A.Edwin Stern,Jr.            BOM    POW       24/5/44 BERLIN
2nd Lt Dort B.Payne                  NAV   POW       24/5/44 BERLIN
 T/Sgt Louis Paltrineri                 ROG   POW(WIA) 24/5/44 BERLIN   (From the E.McKay crew)
 T/Sgt Francis Acker                   TTE   POW        24/5/44 BERLIN   (From the E.McKay crew) 
 S/Sgt Carl F.Schuster                 BTG   POW        24/5/44 BERLIN   (From the E.McKay crew)
 S/Sgt John E.Trout                  RWG   POW(WIA)  24/5/44 BERLIN   (From the E.McKay crew)
 S/Sgt Jack W.Domenig              LWG  POW(WIA)  24/5/44 BERLIN    (From the E.McKay crew) 

350th Sqdn.  On 24/5/44 this was the lead ship of the Group formation. Major Fitzgerald was C.O. of the 
350th and Capt Geary was a pilot who had completed a tour of operations with the 390th Bomb Group and 
then been assigned to the 100th. Lt.A.J.Harris,as pilot of his own crew had been interned in Sweden on 
20/2/44 with his crew but apparently had gotten back to Thorpe Abbotts by some means. It seems most 
unusual that he would have been allowed to fly over Europe again because,for security reasons,Evadees & 
Internees were invariably sent back to the U.S.A.

This crew bailed out over Ludwigslust,Germany and all were captured.

The 100th lost nine aircraft this day. MIGHTY EIGHTH WAR DIARY (p.249) says "Opposed by some 200 
E/A,100BG became separated from bomber stream by weather and contrails and were subjected to heavy 
attack."

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Edward McKay
   
April 26, 1919 – July 17, 2009 

Our beloved father and grandfather, Edward McKay, age 90, passed away on July 17, 2009. Edward was born April 26, 1919 in Houston, Texas. He was a retired corporate industrial relations officer. He was a World War II veteran serving as a B-17 pilot in the 100th Bomb Group. He flew combat missions in the European Theater from January 1944, until May 1944. He was a member of Williams Memorial United Methodist Church, a past member of the First United Methodist Church of Bryan, Texas for 30 years and a mason. 

He is survived by two sons, David McKay and his wife Elizabeth, of Texarkana, Texas and Michael McKay and his wife Jackie, of Plano, Texas and two grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be 10 AM Monday, at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens with Rev. Danny Wayman officiating. Burial is under the direction of Chapelwood Funeral Home. 

Those wishing to memorialize Mr. McKay may make contributions to First United Methodist Church, 506 East 28th St. Bryan, Texas.

MEMO 2:

KIA/POW notes: WIA.  Had completed a tour on the Edward N. McKay crew and volunteered for second tour.
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Wellesley honors its World War II veterans: Louis Paltrineri

On Sunday, Wellesley will honor the members of The Greatest Generation -- the men and women who fought in World War II. A large contingent of veterans will ride in the parade and serve as grand marshals. Among them will be Louis Paltrineri.

By Staff reports

Posted May. 21, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Updated May 21, 2010 at 9:17 PM 

Wellesley
    During WWII, former Wellesley resident, and native Louis Paltrineri, 85, flew more than 30 missions in B-17s as a radio operator/gunner. Paltrineri flew with the 8th AF, 100th BG, 350 Sqn. Based at Thorpe Abbotts, England. After finishing 25 missions on pilot Ed McKay’s crew, he then flew five more missions along with the other gunners from his crew.
    On May 24, 1944, Paltrineri took off from Thorpe Abbotts for his 30th mission — his sixth to Berlin. He was scheduled to be rotated back home to Massachusetts and his wife, Treva (who was expecting their first child), upon completion of this mission. This B-17 was the lead plane in the formation and was hit and damaged by flak just as they dropped their bombs on Berlin. This caused them to drop out of formation where they became prey to Luftwaffe fighters. They were attacked by FW190s that riddled the B-17 with 20 mm cannon fire. Paltrineri and a waist gunner were wounded. The whole crew managed to bail out over Ludwiglust, Germany, moments before their aircraft exploded.

Paltrineri landed in trees near a German troop train and was captured. After having his wounds treated he was sent to Dulag Luft interrogation center north of Frankfurt. He was then sent to Stalagluft IV in northeast Germany (now part of Poland) near the Baltic Sea.

In February 1945 as the Red Army advanced into Germany, most of the allied POW’s were evacuated ahead of them from many prison camps. Over the next few winter months, Paltrineri and fellow POW’s were forced to travel through Germany. They suffered many hardships as they walked and traveled in railroad boxcars, winding up at Stalag VIIA in Moosburg, Bavaria. This unbelievably overcrowded camp was liberated by Gen. George Patton’s US. 3rd Army in late April 1945.

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LOUIS P. PALTRINERI
1924 - 2015 | Obituary |  
LOUIS P. PALTRINERI Obituary
Paltrineri, Louis P. Died at his home in Holliston, MA on Monday, May 4th at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife, of 71 years, Treva Fay Lynch of Kearney, Nebraska, his children: Christine O'Hara, Eugene Paltrineri, John Paltrineri, David Paltrineri, Pauline Lombardi and Edward Paltrineri, plus 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Louis was born on July 30, 1924, in Wellesley, MA and graduated from Wellesley High School in 1942. He volunteered for the Army Air Corps on his 18 birthday. He served, during WWII as a radio operator on a B-17, flying out of Thorpe Abbots, England, flying thirty combat missions before being shot down, over Germany. He was a POW, until being liberated in 1945. Among his awards were: two Purple Hearts, an Air Medal and a Distinguished Flying Cross. After the War, Louis raised his family in Wellesley and purchased Fiske's General store in Holliston, in 1973. He moved to Holliston in 1977. He was selected the Holliston Citizen of the Year in 1995. Louis loved gardening and spending time with his family. He loved to serenade his wife and family with classic tunes on the organ. He was a devoted Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins fan. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 7th from 4-8 PM at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St (Rt. 16) www.chesmorefuneralhome.com. A funeral mass will take place on Friday, May 8th, at 10:30 AM at St Mary's Church, 708 Washington St., Holliston. A reception will be held, in the church hall, immediately after the ceremony. Louis will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellesley. The family would like to thank MetroWest HomeCare and Hospice for the excellent care and support they gave us through this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701, or the Holliston American Legion, c/o Bobby Blair, 57 School Street, Holliston, MA 01746 or MetroWest HomeCare and Hospice, 200 Nickerson Rd., Marlborough, MA 01752
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TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-05-24  
AIRCRAFT: (42-97845) CAUSE:  

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