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CAPT  Robert K. PEEL

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

Capt Robert Peel, early 100th Group Navigator. (100th Photo Archives)

SERIAL #: O-732655 STATUS: POW
MACR: 03235 CR: 03235

Comments1: 15 MAR 44 BRUNSWICK (ORGINAL 100TH CADRE)(FLAK)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

FLEW OVER WITH ORIGINAL CADRE IN JUNE 1943

CREW #A-4
MAJ    JOHN B. KIDD                        PILOT: CPT
CAPT   OLLEN TURNER                      PILOT: CPT
1ST LT ROBERT K. PEEL                    BOMBARDIER: POW 15 MAR 44 BRUNSWICK
M/SGT  ROBERT E. SPANGLER              LINE CHIEF
M/SGT  ROBERT A. BOYLE                  RADIO
M/SGT  EMMET D. SWANK                  ARMAMENT
SGT    JACK Y. HAMLIN                     S-4 CLERK
1ST LT EDWARD B. COSGRIFF                 STATISTICAL OFFICER
M/SGT  CLAYTON KIRKPATRICK              GROUP S-2
       ATC NAVIGATOR

WAS PART OF LT OWEN "COWBOY" ROANE'S LEAD CREW: 

CAPT PEEL WITH LT ROANE LEAD CREW

        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 1ST 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. EVE 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)

CREW:

    Lt Herbert G.Devore          P          KIA   15/3/44 BRUNSWICK, WAGGUM AC FACTORY (S.T.)       
    Lt Jerry Felsenstein         CP         CPT     6/3/44
    Lt Burton M.Joseph          NAV      POW  15/3/44 BRUNSWICK, WAGGUM AC FACTORY (S.T.) (Severely burned)
    Lt Louis R.Jaebker           BOM      CPT     6/3/44
 T/Sgt Harry S.Lenk             ROG      CPT
 T/Sgt Harrison L.Longhi       TTE      POW    15/3/44 BRUNSWICK, WAGGUM AC FACTORY (S.T.)
 S/Sgt Nicholas Delcimmuto  BTG      KIA      15/3/44 BRUNSWICK, WAGGUM AC FACTORY (S.T.)
 S/Sgt John J.Barry             RWG      KIA      15/3/44 BRUNSWICK, WAGGUM AC FACTORY (S.T.)   
 S/Sgt Darrell R.Dickenson   LWG      KIA      15/3/44 BRUNSWICK, WAGGUM AC FACTORY (S.T.)                     
 S/Sgt Knute Knudson           TG       CPT
                                 A/C #42 39934  "MY ACHING BACK"

350th Sqdn. Crew.. On 15/3/44, Lt.Martin TashJian was flying in the tail as an observer for the Command Pilot and was KIA. Capt.Robert Peel,who had flown overseas with the 100th Group as a bombardier without a crew, was flying as BOM and became a POW. Capt.Roland G. Knight,a pilot who had flown over with the Group unassigned to a crew, was this day flying as Command pilot. He was KIA.  This was the 25th mission for most of the crew.

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: Original 100th, Crew #A4.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Brunswick DATE: 1944-03-15  
AIRCRAFT: "My Achin' Back" (42-39934) CAUSE: FLAK  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

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

 

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Crew 1

ID: 4060