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LT  Jay L. POWELL

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

 Jay L. Powell - 350th Copilot. Detailed Information (Charleen Hill Collection) 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
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Comments1: 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT  STANTON T. LAWRENCE, JR                P CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
2ND LT JAY L. POWELL                                 CP CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
2ND LT ALFRED L. DENKEWALTER                NAV CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
F/O  MARVIN BERG                                    BOM WIA  24 DEC 44   BILBIS (wounded in action) (CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN)
T/SGT ROBERT L. WOLF                             ROG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
T/SGT JOSEPH BODEN                                TTE XFR TO SPARE GUNNERS POOL JAN  45  (COMPLETED 26 MISSIONS AS A FILL IN GUNNER) 
    CPL RAYMOND L. WILSON                       BTG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
    CPL ALEXANDER NAZEMETZ                     WG CPT 14 MAR 45 HANOVER
    CPL ADOLPH W. CARUSO                         WG XFR  TO 15TH A.F. -  ITALY
    CPL RICHARD M. KORPALSKI                      TG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN

350th Sqdn… Joined the 100th on 21 Oct 1944. Flew A/C 43-37994 "My Blue Heaven" LN-O

Crew Changes:
S/Sgt Ray Wilson became the TTE in Mid January when T/Sgt Joe Boden transferred off the crew after a bad disagreement with Lt Lawrence.  Joe Boden flew at least 12 missions with the Lawrence Crew before going into the Spare Gunners pool.  Joe went to his Squadron CO Major John Gibbons every nite of a mission, volunteering to be assigned to a Crew as a spare gunner.  Joe would fly either as a substitute Gunner or as a Spot Jammer.  He would fly a total of 26 missions.   

S/Sgt Wilsons postion at BTG was filled by Ray Austin.

On Nov 30, 1944 this crew landed (42-102958) at LeCulot airfield in Belgium with battle damage.  The crew was  returned to Thopre Abbots and the aircraft was repaired and returned to service.

Remembrances of T/Sgt Joe Boden-July 2012

On Dec 31, 1944-Hamburg mission: T/Sgt Joe Boden was credited with shooting down 1.5 Enemy A/C on Dec 31, 1944 although he should be credited with 2 a/c shot down. According to Joe (July 2012) just after he shot down the two german aircraft, he looked around, all nine of my squadron went down. I didn't see it, German fighter attack was a fly through from six o'clock level, and they went underneath us and got three bombers out of the squadron ahead of us. We lost 12 bombers that day.    At debriefing, our wingman commented that they had not shot at the two fighters I shot down. T/Sgt Joe Boden feels that if he had not shot down those two fighters, both his plane, which was badly shot up,  and his wingman would have been shot down too.

Feb 1945 a ME262 flew through through our squadron, was about 100 feet above me and I could still see it was aluminum, not painted, could see the black swastika and I raised my guns and I had him in my sights for seconds. Doing 28 rounds a second, I figured I put more than 150 rounds into him and he went down.  But my rounds found the cockpit and did not hit oil or the wings and I neve got credit for the 262.    



List of Missions as provided by S/Sgt Alex Nazemetz:

09/11/44 Saarbrucken   6hrs, 8 1,000pound bombs, Metz PT-bad weather, diverted to ST
10/11/44 Weisbaden  6hrs, 36 100lb Gereral purpose bombs
20/11/44 Mersberg/Osnabruck 7hrs, 12 500lb delayed action general purpose bombs
26/11/44 Hamm   6hrs, 6 1000lb Gereral purpose
30/11/44 Merseberg  8hrs, 20 250lb General purpose bombs 
11/12/44 Koblenz   7hrs, 12 500lb General purpose
24/12/44 Biblis   7:30 hrs, 38 100lb General purpose  (Marvin Berg, Bombardier was wounded slightly on this trip)
25/12/44 Kaiserlauten  8hrs, 10- 500lb General purpose, 2 incendiary Clusters
27/12/44 Fulda   8hrs, 12-500lb General purpose
29/12/44 Frankfurt  7hrs, 45min-16-300lb General purpose
30/12/44 Kassel   8hrs, 20-250lb General Purpose
31/1244  Hamburg  7hrs, 20-250lb General Purpose-100th Lost 12 A/C on this mission
02/01/45 Bad Krueznack  7hrs  10-500lb Gerneral purpose, 2 Incendiary Clusters
03/01/45 Fulda   8hrs, 16-300lb General Purpose, 
07/01/45 Colonge   8hrs, 6-1000lb General Purpose
10/01/45 Colonge   6hrs, 30 minutes, 6-1000lb General Purpose
14/01/45 Derben   8hrs, 6-1000lb General Purpose
17/01/45 Hamburg  8hrs, 12-500lb General Purpose
28/01/45 Duisburg  6hrs, 6-1000lb General Purpose
29/01/45 Kassel   7hrs, 30 minutes-chaff only
03/02/45 BERLIN   8hrs, 15 minutes-10 500lb General Purpose
FEB 7-14, 1945    FLAK LEAVE
17/02/45 Frankfurt/Geissen 7hrs, 30 minutes-10-500lb General Purpose
20/02/45 Nuremberg  9hrs-4-Incendiary, 10-250lb General Purpose
21/02/45 Nuremberg  8hrs-5-M-17s, 5-500lb Gereral Purpose
22/02/45 Kritenzen  8hrs, 45mins, 12-500lb General Purpose
25/02/45 Munich   8hrs, 45mins, 6-M-17s & 6-500lb General Purpose
26/02/45 BERLIN   8hrs, 10mins, 6-M-17s, 6-500lb General Purpose
28/02/45 Kassel   6hrs, 14-500lb General Purpose
07/03/45 Siegen   7hrs, 30min-14-500lb General Purpose
09/03/45 Frankfurt  7hrs, 10-M-17s, 18-100lb General Purpose
10/03/45 Dortmund  7hrs, 38-100lb General Purpose
11/03/45 Hamburg  7hrs, 30min.  12-300lb General Purpose
14/03/45 Hanover   7hrs 32-100lb General Purpose-Sgt Nazemetz was wounded by flak over the target just at "Bombs Away" did not fly final two missions with crew.  When the crew visited me at the hospital, they told me about their first sights of new Nazi aircraft -- jets
15/03/45 Oranienburg
17/03/45 Plauen

At the tour's end, our crew looked like this:

S.T. Lawrence          Pilot
Jay L. Powell            Co-pilot
A.L. Denkwalter        Navigator
Marvin Berg              Bombardier
Raymond Wilson       Top turret/ Engineer
Robert Wolf             Radio Operator
Ray Austin                Ball Turret Gunner
Alexander Nazemetz   Left Waist Gunner
Richard Korpalski        Tail Gunner

A. Caruso and I were Left and Right Waist Gunners when we arrived at the 100th. We drew straws when it was determined one waist position could be manned by the Radio Operator during flight. I won that contest and Caruso was shipped elsewhere. I never knew where until I received your note.

I have recorded two names who flew with us as subs,  One is Levin (LEVIN, R.J. S/SGT 351ST TTE) -- he is recorded  as having been credited with an enemy plane shot down on 12/31/44 (Hamburg).  The other is Wenzel (This could be Cpl Alfred L.Wenzelk WG  from the L.D. Ross crew), who I remember as undergoing an appendectomy at the 65th General in mid-March. '45. Ray Wilson is credited with one fighter also.

Marvin Berg was wounded in the hand on Christmas Eve, on our mission to Biblis.

I was wounded over Hanover, March 14, 1945, and did not fly any missions after that. When the crew visited with me in the hospital, I was told I was "excused" from the other two. The wound was a laceration right across the throat -- on the only day I wore the old fashioned throat mike because the mike in my O2 mask was functioning poorly. I still have the mike, which without a doubt saved my life.
    Provided by S/Sgt Alex Nazemetz


REPLY TO: KGAsurlaw@aol.com

SUBMITTER: Anne Lawrence

EMAIL: KGAsurlaw@aol.com

PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)

INTEREST: I am the veteran's relative

  

VETERAN: Stanton T. Lawrence

DATE OF DEATH: 01/10/07 

FAMILY CONTACT: P O Box 258 

White Stone  VA  22578

804-435-1059

MESSAGE: There are a couple of photos on page 14 that identify my father but they are not of him.  Are any of my father's crew members still alive?  Is there a way that I can find out?

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PHOTOS:

Jay L. Powell and the lovely Mrs. Powell in 1945.  Detailed Information   (Charleen Hill Collection)

Jay L. and Emma Powell with their daughter.  Detailed Information   (Charleen Hill Collection)

 J. L. Powell with the Stanton T. Lawrence, Jr. Crew 350th Detailed Information (Charleen Hill Collection) 

 Jay L. Powell and the lovely Mrs. Powell in 1945. Detailed Information (Charleen Hill Collection) 

 Aviation Cadet Jay L. Powell Detailed Information (Charleen Hill Collection) 

 Jay L. Powell - 350th Copilot Detailed Information (Charleen Hill Collection) 

 Unidentified Airman photographed by Jay. L. Powell at Thorpe Abbotts. Anyone who can identify this 100th veteran please contact Michael Faley, 100th Historian, via the Contacts Menu of this web site. (Charleen Hill Collection) 

 Jay L. Powell - 350th Copilot Detailed Information (Charleen Hill Collection) 

 Stanton T. Lawrence 350th Crew: Kneeling from left: Raymond L. Wilson, Adolph W. Caruso, Richard M. Korpalski, Robert L. Wolf, and Alexander Nazemetz. Standing from left: Alfred L. Denkewalter, Jay L. Powell, Stanton T. Lawrence, Jr. and Marvin Berg. Detailed Information (Charleen Hill Collection) 

L-R  Jay L. Powell, and Stanton T. Lawrence, Jr. at Thorpe Abbotts. Detailed Information (Charleen Hill Collection) 

L-R Jay L Powell and Stanton T. Lawrence "home" to Thorpe Abbotts. This is one of the 100th's most poignant photographs. Detailed Information (100th Photo Achives) 

 

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