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CAPT  Joseph H. PAYNE

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV

 Joseph H. "Bubbles" Payne, NAV on the Everett E. Blakely crew and later became Group Navigator. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

SERIAL #: O-790285 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 04234 CR: 04234

Comments1: 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (Buired Omaha Beach Cemetary)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

    CAPT JOSEPH H. "BUBBLES" PAYNE JR.

BURIED: AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETERY AT OMAHA BEACH

GRAVE F-11-26
        "BUBBLES," ORGINALLY ON BLAKLEY'S CREW IN THE 418TH, BECAME GROUP NAVIGATOR AND WAS SHOT DOWN WITH COL KELLY, THE NEW GROUP COMMANDER, ON KELLY'S FIRST MISSION LEAD. COL KELLY COMMANDED THE 100TH FOR ONE WEEK AND TWO DAYS.  HE WAS LOST ON HIS FIRST MISSION TO SOTTEVAST. AT TAKE-OFF TIME THE NEW COMMANDER ELECTED TO BUMP THE 100TH'S BEST FLIGHT LEADER (CAPT JACK SWARTOUT) AND LEAD HIMSELF. THE RESULTS WERE A DISASTER, TWO SHIPS WERE LOST WHEN THE COL ELECTED TO MAKE A SECOND RUN OVER THE TARGET AT THE SAME ALTITUDE AND ON THE SAME HEADING. AMOUNG THE KIA'S WAS THE 100TH BELOVED LEAD NAVIGATOR JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE; SAID BY HARRY CROSBY AND JIM BROWN TO HAVE BEEN THE BEST.  CROSBY POINTS OUT THAT THIS FROM BROWN, OFTEN CALLED THE 100TH GREATEST NAVIGATOR,  IDICATES THE HIGH SKILL LEVEL OF "BUBBLES" (see below for crew on Sottevast mission)


CREW

1st Lt Everett E.Blakely                          P   CPT
 2nd Lt Charles A.Via,Jr.                      CP  SWA   8/10/43   Bremen
1st Lt Joseph H."Bubbles" Payne Jr.     NAV   KIA   28/4/44 (With crew of W,G.Lakin)  (see below)
 2nd Lt James R.Douglas                    BOM   CPT   Became Group Bombardier
T/Sgt Howard J.Brock                      TTE  POW   17/8/43 (with crew of W.R.Flesh)
T/Sgt Monroe B.Thornton                   WG  CPT
T/Sgt Edmund G.Forkner                   ROG   CPT
S/Sgt John L.Olson                            BTG  Transferred 
S/Sgt Lyle E.Nord                               WG  KIA   29/5/44   (with crew of B.L.Williams) 
S/Sgt Lester W.Saunders                      TG  KIA  8/10/43    Bremen

418th Sqdn.  An ''Original" crew.

Much has been written about this crew. See p.49 of THE BLOODY HUNDREDTH by H.Varian and p.184/195 of FLYING PORTRESS by E.Jablomski for details of the mission of 8/10/43.

On 8/10/43, S/Sgt Edward S.Yevich LWG & S/Sgt W illiam F.McClelland,Bt were aboard in the place of H.J.Brock & J.L.Olson. Both of these men were wounded.See photo of this crew on p.228 of "CONTRAILS"

Lyle Nord was flying as TG on the crew of B.L.Williams on 29/5/44 and was hit in the back by a 20mm. He had flown a total of 27 missions,the last 8 of them with the Williams crew.


CREW(28 Apr 44)

COL  ROBERT H. KELLY                     COM KIA   28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL)
CAPT WILLIAM G. LAKIN                        P KIA   28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL)
LT HERBERT ALF                               CP POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL) flew as formation officer in tail 
CAPT  JOSEPH  H. "BUBBLES" PAYNE JR. NAV KIA    28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL)
LT MAURICE H. CAIN                         BOM POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL)
T/SGT LEO  R. CANNON                     ROG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL
T/SGT JAMES C. BROWN                    TTE KIA   28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL)
S/SGT ALBERTM. FREITAS                  BTG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL)
S/SGT JOHN N. SPIKER                       WG KIA   28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL)
S/SGT JOSEPH  A. RICHARD                WG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL
S/.SGT DELBERT E. BARNHART               TG KIA   28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL) flew in radio room, manned 50 cal. 

350th BS

COL KELLY COMMANDED THE 100TH FOR ONE WEEK AND TWO DAYS.  HE WAS LOST ON HIS FIRST MISSION TO SOTTEVAST. AT TAKE-OFF TIME THE NEW COMMANDER ELECTED TO BUMP THE 100TH'S BEST FLIGHT LEADER (CAPT JACK SWARTOUT) AND LEAD HIMSELF. THE RESULTS WERE A DISASTER, TWO SHIPS WERE LOST WHEN THE COL ELECTED TO MAKE A SECOND RUN OVER THE TARGET AT THE SAME ALTITUDE AND ON THE SAME HEADING. AMOUNG THE KIA'S WAS THE 100TH BELOVED LEAD NAVIGATOR JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE; SAID BY JIM BROWN AND HARRY CROSBY TO HAVE BEEN THE BEST.

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.  Lt Maurice H. Cain was from Lt John P. Gibbons Crew.  

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

EMAIL = cannon@rabun.net
UNAME = Michael A. Cannon
CONNECTION = I am a relative of a 100th veteran
TAPS_PERSON = Leo R. Cannon
TAPS_DATE = October 24, 1997
TAPS_UNIT = 350th
TAPS_POSITION = Radio Operator
TAPS_RELATION = Child
QUESTION = Question: 
FEEDBACK = Feedback:Leo R. Cannon joined his second crew after his 1st was shot down. He was in the hospital with the flue when his 1st crew was shot down. 
 
Mr. Faley
Yes, I do have a copy of my Dad's first crew. He was assigned to this crew when they were first organized in the states. I know that he told me that his second crew was a pick up crew, but I do not know if he had flown with them since his first crew was shot down. His first crew was shot down on their 8th mission. My Dad was shot down on his 14th mission. Therefore he flew 7 mission after his first crew was shot down.  I will send individual pictures of the first crew later. A fact that you may not know. Delbert Barnhart was not the Tail Gunner on the last crew. He was an extra crew member. He was in the Radio Room with my Dad using the gun in that compartment. When the plane was first hit, they both were not hit. They were attempting to get out when the plane was hit a second time. At this time my father was hit. He fell on the floor & Barnhart fell on top of him. When he awoke some time later Barnhart was gone and so was the rest of the plane about six feet from his head. He some how got out of the plane, pulled his rip cord,  made one oscillation & hit the ground. And was later captured by two German officers. Thanks Mike Cannon

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CREW

2ND LT OWEN D. (COWBOY) ROANE         P CPT 26 NOV 43 PARIS (flew one additional mission on Feb 29, 1944-Brunswick) 
2ND LT ARTHUR C. "BUD" STIPE        CP CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
2ND LT DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER         NAV CPT 29 NOV 43 BREMEN
2ND LT CURTIS K. CAMPBELL         BOM CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB             ROG CPT 16 NOV 43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART             TTE CPT 16 NOV 43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
S/SGT ROGER O. STROBLE              BTG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
S/SGT JAMES JARVIE                   RWG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
S/SGT ARTHUR HAUGE                 LWG NOC  X-FERRED TO BASE MP'S.  Replaced by T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER
S/SGT PATRICK J. HEALY                  TG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN

349th Sqdn.. Crew joined 100th in June 26, 1943 as one of the first replacement crews along with Lt Henry Henington, Lt John Justice and Lt  "Big Chief" Walter Moreno. 

Repacments on Lt Roane Crew:  

LT STIPE IS REPLACED ON THE CREW ON BY F/O REGINALD A. SMITH (TRANSFERRED FROM RAF) STARTING WITH 3 NOV 43 MISISON TO WILHEMSHAVEN. HE WOULD LATER TRANSFER TO THE 418TH BS AS A 2ND LT AND COMMAND HIS OWN CREW. LT REGINALD "SMITTY" SMITH WOULD BECOME A POW 20/2/44 ON THE MISSION TO POSEN & SETTIN

2ND LT DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER (NAV) MOVED TO 13TH CBW TO START TEACHING ABOUT RADAR NAVIGATION AND BOMBING. HE WAS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY 1ST LT OMAR "THE TENT MAKER" GONZALES (FORMER GROUP NAVGATOR) STARTING WITH 8 OCT 43 MISSION TO BREMEN.

1ST LT GONZALES IS REPLACED BY LT HOWARD BASSETT (FROM LT VICTOR REED CREW) FOR MISSONS OCTOBER 18-19, 1943, BOTH TO DUREN. CAPT. JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE IS THEN ASSIGNED TO LT ROANE'S LEAD CREW. 

T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER (FROM LT VICTOR REED CREW) REPLACES SGT HAUGE AFTER HE WAS TAKEN OFF FLYING STATUS FOR FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE FRIEND OR FOE. GUESS HE STITCHED ONE OF “COWBOYS” WINGMAN ONE TOO MANY TIMES. SGT. HAUGE IS TRANSFERRED TO THE BASE MP'S. T/SGT DETWEILER WOULD LATER BECOME TOP TURRET ENGINEER WHEN T/SGT STUART COMPLETED HIS MISSIONS.

        MISSION LOG OF CAPT OWEN D. "COWBOY" ROANE:

        04 JUL 43       La PALLICE
        10 JUL 43       La BOURGET
        14 JUL 43       LA BOURGET
        17 JUL 43       HAMBURG
        24 JUL 43       TRONDHEIM
        25 JUL 43       WARNEMUNDE & KIEL
        26 JUL 43       HANOVER
        29 JUL 43       WARNEMUNDE
        12 AUG 43       WESSELING
        15 AUG 43       MERVILLE & LILLE
        17 AUG 43       REGENSBURG
        24 AUG 43       BORDEAUX-MERIGNAC
        31 AUG 43       MEULAN Les MEUREAUX
        02 SEP 43       KERLIN-BASTARD
        03 SEP 43       PARIS & BEAUMONT La ROGER
        06 SEP 43       STUTTGART
        07 SEP 43       WATTEN, V-WEAPONS
        09 SEP 43       BEAUVAIS-TILLE
        08 OCT 43       BREMEN*
        14 OCT 43       SCHWEINFURT* (BLACK THURSDAY)
        18 OCT 43       DUREN
        20 OCT 43       DUREN
        03 NOV 43       WILHEMSHAVEN
        05 NOV 43       GILSENKIRCHEN
        07 NOV 43       DUREN
        11 NOV 43       MUNSTER-RECALL (LEAD CREW WITH COL CHICK HARDING AS COMMAND PILOT) COWBOY MAKES 1S LIEUTENANT
        16 NOV 43       RJUKAN, NORWAY (HEAVY WATER) LEAD CREW WITH COL JOHN BENNETT AS COMMAND PILOT 
        26 NOV 43       PARIS

STARTING 3 NOV 43 2ND LT OWEN D. "COWBOY" ROANE IS A LEAD PILOT. HIS CREW CONSISTS OF:

2ND LT OWEN D. (COWBOY) ROANE     P
F/0  REGINALD A. "SMITTY" SMITH       CP/FORMATION OFFICER (TRANSFERRED FROM RAF) POW 20/2/44  POSEN & SETTIN
CAPT. JOSEPH H. "BUBBLES" PAYNE  NAV  (FROM CAPT. EV BLAKELY CREW)
CAPT. ROBERT K. PEEL                      BOM  (CAME OVER WITH ORIGINAL CADRE, LEAD BOMBARDIER)
T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB               ROG  (ORIGINAL COWBOY CREW MEMBER)
T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART               TTE  (ORGINAL COWBOY CREW MEMBER)
T/SGT   RICHARD DETWEILER          LWG  (CAME FROM LT VICTOR REED CREW)
           ?                                                BTG
           ?                                                RWG
S/SGT RICHARD TANGRADI               TG  (FROM LT AMIERO CREW)

CREW ON 16/11/43 RJUKAN MISSION-  GROUP LEAD: 
 
COMMAND PILOT:                  MAJ. JOHN M. BENNETT 
LEAD PILOT:                          LT OWEN "COWBOY" ROANE 
CP/FORMATION OFFICER:      F/O REGINALD A. "SMITTY" SMITH  (FLEW IN TAIL)
LEAD NAVIGATOR:                 CAPTAIN JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE
LEAD BOMBARDIER:               CAPTAIN ROBERT PEEL
TOP TURRET ENGINEER:        T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART     
RADIO OPERATOR GUNNER:   T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB  
BALL TURRET GUNNER:             ?      
LEFT WAIST GUNNER:            T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER             
RIGHT WAIST GUNNER:             ?                                         
TAIL GUNNER:                       S/SGT RICHARD TANGRADI ((BUMPED FROM CREW, CP FLEW AS FORMATION OFFICER ON THIS MISSION)
*********************************************************************************************************

Payne Family

Mr: Faley
 
The telegram, the news paper clippings and the medals (puerple heart) are all safe and sound. We also have a picture of him in his full uniform. I'l try to get scans and pictures as soon as I can.
 

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From: MPFaley@aol.com
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:02:41 -0500
Subject: Re: Just a Snappin'
To: arp1757@gmail.com; chuck.payne@rocketmail.com
CC: T-zero@comcast.net; mark.payne.pr@hotmail.com; markito787@hotmail.com; michael.c.payne@hotmail.com; Tabexy@hotmail.com; cookieharris@comcast.net; joselq@aol.com; DMotta@raypak.com; cindy@100thbg.com; xr_crew@yahoo.com


If the Family can supply me with enough information, i will promise you Capt Joseph Bubbles Payne will have his own page on the website. Need Photos, Missing in Action telegram, newspaper articles, letters, etc.  Thank you all  for this information below.  I am not sure of the DFC but as lead Navigator, I would have thought he would have received the DFC somewhere.  Definitely the Purple Heart, Air Medal and ETO medals.    
 
Michael P. Faley
100th Bomb Group Historian
100th Bomb Group Photo Archives
13th Combat Wing Historian
Author: High Noon Over Haseluenne
http://www.amazon.com/High-Noon-over-Haseluenne-Bombardment/dp/0764332376/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267605758&sr=8-1
12400 Ventura Blvd
#113
Studio City, CA 91604
email: MPFaley@aol.com
www.100thbg.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=56754531401


 
 
In a message dated 3/6/2010 9:40:04 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, arp1757@gmail.com writes:
Chaz:   I his e-

 

Thanks for the stuff.  I have browsed most of the same info at the 100BG website, but I know we had more – the telegrams of his loss and the related letters, newspaper clippings, etc.  Do you have copies of these?   Please pass along all that you have.  Maybe we can use some on-line repository for this.

 

I presume you saw the reply from Mr. Faley that he sent me last night.  I’d like to share some of Joe’s documents with him to place on the group website.  Perhaps we could eventually set up a page with Joe’s info, like they’ve done for some of the other key players in the 100th.  BTW, I just ordered Mr. Faley’s book from Manganzón.com.  I’ll let you know how it is and pass it along after I’ve read it.

 

I was thrilled to learn that Harry Crosby is still around and available.  I’m sure you’ve read his book “A Wing and a Prayer”.  I recently re-read it and was amazed at how much of Joe is in the book – he’s even in the first scene!  If you haven’t read it, do so now.  Copies abound online for peanuts (I have two of them, one with my annotations).

 

I intend to call Mr. Crosby later today to introduce myself.  Eventually, I would like to set up some sort of audio interview with him just to ask what he remembers of Joe and to try to fill in some of the blanks.  (I won’t pester him on the first call, of course).  You may have seen that the 100th are having a “mini-reunion” in August at the “Gathering of Fortresses” air show in Willow Run, near Detroit.  I am planning to travel there, hoping to meet some of the remaining 100th vets and, perhaps, to sit and chat with Messrs. Faley and Crosby.  Seeing (and hearing) ten or so B-17s doing assembly overhead seems pretty appealing, too!

 

Also, we (the Chesapeake Paynes) will be traveling to France and Spain in June-July.  I have secured permission to divert from Paree for a few days for a pilgrimage to visit Thorpe Abbots and the 100th BG museum in Norfolk, UK, and to Normandy to visit the crash site near Sottevast and Joe’s final home at St. Laurent sur Mer.  Wanna join me? J

 

I have a bunch of questions that I would eventually like to resolve.  Perhaps you have some of the answers.  Please bear with me (this is not a quiz – I’m just hungry for info):

 

I know we had a handful of other artifacts - do you have these?  I remember an Air Medal and a Purple Heart – was Joe also awarded a DFC like Mr. Faley said in his e-mail?

 

What do we know about his service record?  I seem to recall that Joe’s record was lost in the big fire at the NPRC in St. Louis.  According to Wiki, there is some hope of reconstructing some elements of lost records, although this might just be the same basics we already now.  I haven’t pulled this string.

 

Do you have the old book “The Story of the Century” by Nillson?  I remember we used to have it.  I just saw one sell on eBay for $330…

 

Do we have any of Joe’s personal belongings that would have been shipped home after his loss?  I asked Bubba once and I’m pretty sure he said they had given all that stuff away (!) because, I suppose, of the emotional pall it carried.   I hope I misunderstood.  I have never re-visited this with Bubba.  Have you?

 

Do we know Joe’s mission log – number of missions he flew, etc.?  I know these basics (mostly from Crosby’s book and the website) but few details beyond these:

  

-          He was part of the original 100th, 418th Squadron and flew through the first couple of combat missions on Everett Blakley’s crew in “Just a Snappin’/Blakely’s Provisional Group”, B-17F 42-30061 (LD-Q).  Harry Crosby became part of this crew for missions three and beyond after Joe failed to return from pass in Norwich, where he had been visiting his belle, because he was hospitalized with some stomach bug or something.  

-          Joe became part of the Group staff and became 100th Group Nav.

-          He was not part of a regular crew until he was ‘demoted’ to 350th squadron lead Nav flying with Owen “Cowboy” Roane in “Laden Maiden/Torchy III” B-17F 42-30487 (XR-F).  Flew a number of missions there as Sqn. Lead, including the documented mission to blow up the heavy water plant in Norway.

-          He was lost in a B-17G – not with his regular crew -- on 4/28/44 while flying as mission lead.

 

Do we know anything about Joe’s “Land Army Girl” friend in Norwich?

 

Sorry – went long, just wanted to share some of what I’ve learned.

 

Cariños,

Andrés

 

 

 

 

From: Chuck Payne [mailto:chuck.payne@rocketmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 2:33 PM
To: arp1757 (gmail)
Cc: Steve Payne; Mark Payne; Markito Payne; Michael Payne; Betsy McGinnis; Cookie Harris
Subject: Re: Just a Snappin'

 

Andres -

 

Nice letter to Faley.
I'm attaching some of the records I have on Joe's service in Germany, in case you don't have them.  A lot of it comes from the www.100thbg.com web site, and I believe I actually spoke to this Faley guy several years ago.

 Whenever you head south, check out the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum (http://www.mightyeighth.org/), which is right next to Savannah, GA. It's nicely done, and the exhibits include the "Mission Regensburg" print (attached) which shows 'Just a Snappin' with Harry Crosby sitting in the Nav position previously occupied by Joe.

I checked out Faley's book at Amazon. Once you get it let me know if it's worth the $50 investment. The second review references this site: http://www.buffalogal.org/index.htm, which you might want to check it out.

You might also enjoy this book, which I saw at B&N and is currently in my shopping cart waiting for improved liquidity:
Gunner: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Turrets and Gun Positions (Paperback)http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1550464868/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&v=glance
Be on the lookout for another message with links to 60MB of docs and photos related to Joe, B-17s, and the 100th BG.

C.

PS - I'm working on a similar effort for Joe Payne, Sr., but don't have a whole lot yet.

 

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Chuck Payne, PMP

Escape Velocity Media

chuck.payne@rocketmail.com

(954) 816-8122

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From: arp1757 (gmail) 
To: mpfaley@aol.com
Cc: Chuck Payne ; Steve Payne ; Mark Payne ; Markito Payne ; joselq@aol.com; Dan Motta ; arp1757 (gmail) 
Sent: Fri, March 5, 2010 2:00:25 AM
Subject: Just a Snappin'

Michael:

I was amazed to find your tribute to the folks of the 100th, and especially tickled to see my uncle’s bird so well represented in scale.  

I had no idea that you had published a book on the subject.  I found it listed on Amazon and will order a copy from them posthaste… unless you can recommend a better source?

I will find a way to get to Willow Run in August, if only so we can share a beer or two and compare notes.  I wish I could have met Dad’s brother, and perhaps there I’ll have a chance to speak with folks who might have known him.  The sound of 40-some Wright Cyclones overhead is pretty appealing too!  (I can’t begin to imagine the cost of fuel…)

If I have to crawl, I will be there!  

As you can imagine, my interest in Joe’s service and loss is pretty personal.  My dad was only 12 when he lost his older brother and has always been disturbed by this, so much in fact that he has always been reluctant to speak about him.  I understand that Joe’s military service record was lost in the 1973 fire at the NPRC in St Louis .  Therefore, what I know about Joe comes mostly from newspaper clippings and from the snippets that have been preserved in historical gems like Crosby ’s book, on the 100thBG website, etc.

I have been trying to piece together Joe’s wartime service, from his induction into the Army until his loss, including a record of the missions and aircraft he flew.  Perhaps you can offer some insight.

I’ve attached two pictures of my own interpretation of aircraft 42-30061 in some ridiculously small scale – 1:200 or something like that - from a kit that I bought long “before the turn of the century”.  

What is your own connection with the 100th?  Are you the man behind the curtain at www.100thbg.com?

 

I look forward to meeting you in August.

 

Sincerely,

Andrew 

Andrew Payne

Chesapeake, Virginia

arp1757@gmail.com

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA info: Original 100th, Crew #35.  One time Group Navigator. Buried Omaha Beach Cemetery.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Sottevast DATE: 1944-04-28  
AIRCRAFT: (42-107024) CAUSE: FLAK  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: F ROW: 11  
GRAVE: 26 CEMETERY: Normandy Am Cemetery at Omaha Beach  

PHOTOS:

Joseph H. "Bubbles" Payne   350th   NAV   Kentucky   KIA   28 Apr 44   Sottevast (NoBall)   William G. Lakin Crew   Photo courtesy of Andrew Payne (nephew)

 Captain J. H. Payne and T/Sgt. C. E. Battin (100th Photo Archives) 

From left: Robert K. Peel, "Smithy" Smith, Cowboy Roane, Joseph "Bubbles" Payne at that time the 100th's Lead Navigator, and Rich Tangradi.   (100th Photo Archives)

From Left: Joseph H. "Bubbles" Payne, Owen D. "Cowboy" Roane, and Smithy Smith, photograph taken 26 Nov 43 (100th Photo Archives

 From left: Robert K. Peel, "Smithy" Smith, Cowboy Roane, Joseph "Bubbles" Payne at that time the 100th's Lead Navigator, and Rich Tangradi. (100th Photo Archives) 

Everett E. Blakely crew. Standing from left; Lyle Nord, Charles Via, Everett Blakely, Joseph " Bubbles" Payne,Howard Broch Kneeling; Lester Saunders, Edward Yevich and Edmund Forkner. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

Ev Blakely Wedding 
Back row:  Bubbles Payne, Jim Douglass head down, Edward S. Yevich, Monroe Thornton 
Front:  Les Saunders Ev Blakely, Margaret Ann, Lyle Nord

Back Row: Payne, Via, Douglass, Blakely; Front Row: Saunders, Niedermeyer, Nord, Forkner (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Back Row: Bubbles Payne, Ev Blakely, Charles Via, James Douglass, ; Front Row: Saunders, Niedermeyer, Forkner, Nord,   (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

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