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T/SGT  Lawrence A. RADKA

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG

Larry Radka, Radio Operator Gunner on Lt Marmorine (courtesy of James M )

SERIAL #: 36480946 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 08819 CR: 08819

Comments1: 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND (EAC) FILL IN ON LT EVERITT CREW

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT WARREN MARMORINE             P CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG
2ND LT EDWARD M. KAMINSKI          CP CPT 29 JAN 45  KASSEL, TANK WORKS
2ND LT ANGELO D. SCOTTY, JR       NAV CPT 28 JAN 45  DUISBURG 
2ND LT EDWARD T. CHAPMAN III     BOM CPT 28 JAN 45  DUISBURG
T/SGT DONALD W. CASE               TTE CPT 28 JAN 45  DUISBURG
S/SGT JOHN F. DARR                   BTG CPT 28 JAN 45  DUISBURG
SGT  LAWRENCE A. RADKA              ROG KIA  11 SEP 44  RUHLAND   (WITH CREW OF O.C. EVERITT)
S/SGT J.S. BURKE                               ROG   CPT   28 JAN 45  DUISBURG  (REPLACED SGT RADKA) 
SGT JOHN W. SUNDQUIST              WG CPT 28 JAN 45  DUISBURG
SGT ALBERT W. MARKUS                WG XFR TRANSFERRED TO 15TH AIR FORCE AT CREW REDUCTION TO NINE MEMBERS
SGT JAMES M. SCHNEIDER               TG CPT 28 JAN 45  DUISBURG

349TH SQDN.. THIS CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 26 AUG 1944.  (CREW #68) This Crew flew many missions in E-Z GOIN
Crew completed tour of 33 mission according to Sgt Case, with Lt Marmorine Completing 35. 

MISSIONS OF LT WARREN MARMORINE CREW:  
#       DATE                                                A/C        TARGET                                                 BOMB LOAD         FLAK         FLYING TIME
1.    9/11/1944 MARMORINE W. LT CP 38313  RUHLAND (OIL)     (WITH LT KEMP CREW)
2.    9/12/1944 MARMORINE W. LT CP 6306    MAGDEBURG (OIL) (WITH LT KEMP CREW)
3.    9/25/1944 MARMORINE W. LT P   38211  LUDWIGSHAVEN                                      12-500lb Demo    Moderate      7:00    
4.    9/27/1944 MARMORINE W. LT P   38011  MAINZ                                                    12-500lb Demo    Moderate      6:15
5.    9/28/1944 MARMORINE W. LT P   31986  MERSEBURG                                            10-500lb Demo    Heavy           8:00
6.    9/30/1944 MARMORINE W. LT P   31347  BIELEFELD                                              12-500lb Gen Prp  Light            6:20
                                                                                       
7.   10/02/1944                                                      KASSEL                                                   12-500lb Gen Prp   Moderate     7:30
8.   10/03/1944                                                      NURNBURG                                              10-500lb Gen Prp   Moderate     8:00
9.   10/09/1944                                                      MAINZ                                                    5-1000lb Gen Prp   Lt & inacc     6:00
10. 10/12/1944                                                      BREMEN                                                  10-500lb Incend.    Moderate     6:45
11. 10/15/1944                                                      COLOGNE                                                16-250lb Gen Prp   Mod & Acc    6:10
12. 10/18/1944                                                      KASSEL                             16-250lb Gen Prp,4-500lb Incend.  Light            8:30 
13. 10/19/1944                                                      LUDWIGSHAVEN                14-250lb Gen Prp, 3-500lb Incend.  Moderate     6:40 
14. 10/26/1944                                                      HANOVER                                                20-250lb Gen Prp.  Hvy & Inacc  7:05
15. 11/02/1944                                                      MERSEBURG                                             20-250lb Gen Prp.  Hvy & Acc.   8:00
16. 11/05/1944                                                      LUDWIGSHAVEN                                       6-1000lb Gen Prp.  Hvy & Acc.   7:15
17. 11/16/1944                                                      AACHEN                                                  32-100lb Frags.      Very Light    7:50
18. 11/21/1944                                                     OSNABRUCK                                             12-500lb Gen Prp    Light           6:30
19. 11/26/1944                                                      HAMM                                                     6-1000lb Gen Prp    Light          5:50
20. 11/29/1944                                                      HAMM                                                     10-500lb Gen Prp    Light          6:00
21. 11/30/1944                                                      MERSEBURG                                             20-250lb Gen Prp   Intense       8:30
22. 12/02/1944                                                      KOBLENZ  (RECALL, GOT CREDIT FOR MISSION)                                        5:35
23. 12/04/1944                                                      GIESSEN                                                  12-500lb Gen Prp.  Moderate    7:30
24. 12/05/1944                                                      BERLIN                                                    20-250lb Gen Prp   Moderate    7:50
     12/18/1944                                                       MAINZ     (HIGH CLOUDS CAUSED ABORT)                                               6:45
25. 12/24/1944                                                      BIBLIS                                                     38-100lb Gen Prp   Heavy         7:40
26. 12/25/1944                                                      KAISERLAUTERN                                       10-500lb Gen Prp   Lt & Acc.    6:50
27. 12/28/1944                                                      KOBLENZ                                                 20-250lb Gen Prp   Lt & Inacc.  6:20
28. 12/29/1944                                                      FRANKFURT                                              20-250lb Gen Prp  Mod & Acc.  7:05
29. 12/20/1944                                                      KASSEL                                                   12-500lb Gen Prp   Moderate     7:00
30.  1/03/1945                                                       FULDA                                                     18-250lb Gen Prp  None           8:05
31.  1/05/1945                                                       FRANKFURT                                               8-500lb Gen Prp  Moderate      8:10
32.  1/10/1945                                                       COLOGNE                                                6-1000lb Gen Prp  Hvy & Acc.    6:00
33.  1/20/1945                                                       HEILBRONN                                             6-1000lb  Gen Prp  None           6:40
34.  1/21/1945                                                       MANNHEIM                                              6-1000lb Gen Prp   Moderate     7:15
35.  1/28/1945                                                       DUISBURG                                               6-1000lb Gen Prp   Hvy & Acc.   5:35 

                                                                                                                                                                                   
---> SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: Scott Marmorine
EMAIL: smarmorine@msn.com
PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)
INTEREST: I am the veteran's child

---> TAPS REPORT
VETERAN: Warren nmi Marmorine
DATE OF DEATH: 07/01/2006
FAMILY CONTACT: 11760 Madison St NE
Blaine MN 55434 763-755-1401
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REPLY TO: eagoser@yahoo.co.uk

SUBMITTER: Eugene A. Goser
EMAIL: eagoser@yahoo.co.uk
PURPOSE: Report a website error
INTEREST: I am the veteran's relative

This is to inform you of an error in the TAPS section of your website.  I've just discovered that my uncle, Donald W. Case, a former member of the crew of Warren Marmorine in the 349th Sqdn. Of the 100th Bomb Group, is listed as deceased on 5/16/72.  In fact, Donald W. Case is alive and very alert.  He celebrated his 90th birthday on December 29, 2006.

Please correct the information on your website as soon as possible.

For confirmation you can contact my uncle here:

Donald W. Case

2112 Osage 4th Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101-8836 

USA (Telephone 573 395 4519) 

Thank you very much.
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CREW
 DATE: 11 Sept.1944  349th Sqdn                      A/C #42-97834  Mud in Yer Eye
 MISSION: RUHLAND                                   MACR #8819,Micro-fiche 3237
 
  1st Lt Orville C.Everitt       P        KIA
  2nd Lt John B.Manniello    CP       POW/WIA
  2nd Lt Warren L.Soden    NAV     POW
  Sgt Edward G.Minton,Sr  TOG      Died of Wounds in POW Hospital
  Sgt Lawrence A.Radka      ROG      KIA (from Lt Marmorine Crew)
  T/Sgt Robert L.Williams   TTE      KIA
  S/Sgt Robert A.Howard    BTG    KIA
  S/Sgt Homer K.Hirsch       WG     KIA
  S/Sgt William E.Kenney    TG      POW/WIA


A statement made 2/8/45 by Sgt.Kenney is as follows:  "We were flying a mission
to Ruhland,Germany in Sept.1944.At about 12:10 English time we were hit by F.W.
190s.Due to oxygen system which was shot out and also serious lung wounds,I was
unconsclous and don't remember how I got out.  I have no knowledge of what happ-
ened at all except hearsay.  I heard in Germany from a fellow flyer that the ship
blew up.Then when I got to France I saw the Navigator Lt.Soden. He said he saw a
ship explode after he bailed out, but he couldn't tell if it was ours."

Lt.Manniello received injuries to the skull and had no memory of any events occur-
ring betwean 5 and 16 Sept.  However, he said as follows in August 1945:   "The
Toggalier,Minton, Edward, Sgt.,occupied the other bed in my room (in Ger. Hosp,)
and gave me the following information.
      1.The pilot, Everitt,Orville C.  Was killed in the plane but everyone else
        bailed out.
      2. We were strafed while floating earthward.
      3. We were attacked by civilians at railroad station in Kemotan, Sudeten-
         land,Germany.
      4. Minton had no knowledge of fate of other members of our crew.  (Minton
         was later officially reported by the German Govt. to have died as a
         result of a fractured spine."

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Jan,

This is incredible.  I mean this is earth shattering for myself and my immediate family.  SGT. Radka was my grandmother Lucille Shields (maiden name Radka)'s brother from Bloomfield, IL.  All I recall is that my grandmother kept a newspaper clipping that announced his death.  She never knew any of the details, but a family legend says that he appeared to her in a dream and saluted as a way of saying goodbye right before they heard he had been killed in action.

I am currently working on a shadow box with all the medals he would of qualified for (the MPR office says his file was destroyed in a fire in 1976), pictures from the 100th and 349th, and his rank.  Do you have a small piece of the plane you'd be willing to ship over?  I will gladly pay for postage and would like to make a donation to both your museum and the 100th in England.  Please let me know how to go about this.

I forwarded this email to my mom and aunt and I am sure you will be hearing much from them soon.

Thank you again and enjoy Easter,

James

----- Original Message -----
From: Jan Zdiarsky 
Date: Friday, March 21, 2008 3:54 am
Subject: RE: Sgt. Radka and Ruhland mission
To: 'JAMES MIERVALDIS' , 'Jan Riddling' , MPFaley@aol.com

Dear James Miervaldis,

please accept best regards from the Czech Republic mountain area called Ore
Mountains, place where your relative, Sgt. Lawrence A. Radka fought his last
fight - on September 11th, 1944.

I am very honored by contacting us and am so glad for your interest and to
have contact to you.

If you take a look on the website suggested by Mike Faley and by me
yesterday, you possible know already, that I am a representative of a museum
dedicated to the air battle of 100th BG and their fighter escort to German
Luftwaffe opposite fighters on their Ruhland mission on September 11th,
1944. And also you possible know already that we are members of the 100th BG
Foundation and thank to this we are very close to its veterans and the great
historical staff, thanks of which your initial message was forwarded to me
by Mike Faley.

I believe you would like to learn some information what we have from our
over 20 years long research on way of this battle and planes shot down while
that battle.
Larry Radka's plane was one of them we know about from initial years,
because it is one of the four Flying Fortresses crashed around my village
Kovarska, which is centre of the battle.

As you know, Larry was ROG of Warren Marmorine crew of the 349th BS and on
September 11th, he flew as replaced Radio operator for Orville C. Everitt's
crew.
It seems, it was his first combat mission...!

Their plane, B-17G 42-97834 XR-J, with nickname "Mud In Yer Eye" was hit in
the initial attack of German special fighter planes Fw 190A-8/R2 called
"Sturmböck" a special variant for attack of bomber formations, equipped by
additional armoring and by 30 mm cannons.
These planes completely with two 30 mm and two 20 mm cannons were very
dangerous.
A frontal attack to the low squadron of the 100th BG combat box shot down
all of the 12 planes, including the XR-J.

That plane did not went down immediately, but lost altitude rapidly and
became to burn. Some crew was able to bail out, before the plane in a wide
turn reached area between towns Weipert (Vejprty) and Schmiedeberg
(Kovarska), where under continuing attack it exploded in mid air.
Its broken parts crashed in the area of a forested slope of Spicak hill. The
front part, still with bombs exploded on impact, making a big crater, which
is there till today. The wreckage was distributed in a wide area. Part of
the crew (Lt. Everitt and one other crew member) was buried in a nearby
village Pleil (heute Cerny Potok), most of the crew, Including Sgt. Radka,
were buried in local cemetery in Schmiedeberg (Kovarska), as I have
mentioned yesterday.
After the war (1945 and 1947) they were moved to US military cemeteries in
western Europe. Later, as being unable to identify individual, were buried
in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis. There is a common grave
of ten men from four crews crashed around Kovarska.
For me was very important to visit that place, which I did in 2000. If you
want, I can send you a photo of the grave. 

The crew is honored in our museum as you may have seen from the website.

If you want, I will be pleased to provide you more information, like the
Missing Air Crew Report for that crew, German KU report about that crash,
more photos from our Museum, especially of the XR-J showcase, photos from
the crashsite as it looks today and if you wish, I can send you a piece from
the particular B-17 on which Sgt. Radka died.

Recently we have a chance to feature the particular B-17 Mud In Yer Eye to
made her painted profile, which is most exact reconstruction how the plane
looks.
The other was a painting (aviation art) with theme of the initial JG 4
attack to the low squadron and the B-17 in focus of the picture is Mud In
Yer Eye.

I am sending you a lower resolution of both pictures in the very next
e-mail. If you wish, I can send you a print of both of them, also as our
publication "Black Monday over the Ore Mountains", where also story of that
crew on that fateful day is described..


I very hope you can once personally visit our museum and possible also the
place of the crash.
As I understand, in summer you are going to Iraq for mission. We will be
thinking of you and looking for your return.

James, please, let me know what is exactly your family relation to Larry
Radka?

In 1997 I had a chance to meet Warren Soden, navigator of the Everitt's crew
and learn directly from him more what happen to them on that day.

For his statement you may have look on following link:
http://www.100thbg.com/mainpages/history/history2/sodenatruhland.htm

That is a letter he sent to one of my colleagues in 1997.

In some 100th BG reunions I have met John F. Darr. He was member of Larry's
crew.
Jan Riddling, the 100th BG historian and membership secretary sure can
provide you with contacts with living Marmorine crew members.

I will be very happy to learn from you more about Sgt. Lawrence A. Radka and
very hope that your family have his photo. This will be very appreciate by
me - for the Museum, also as by the 100th BG Archives generally.
Hope, very hope, with you together we can be able to improve our effort to
honor him and his friends from the crew.

I very appreciate any info about him, his life, family, education,
occupation, his sisters, brothers...

I am looking forward to hear from you!

Very sincerely,

Jan 
(Zdiarsky) 

Museum of Air battle over the Ore Mountains
on September 11th, 1944 in Kovarska
    Ing. Jan Zdiarsky, Ph.D.
    Director of the Museum
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
A. E. Trommer Street 696
43186 Kovarska
Czech Republic
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
WWW.MUSEUM119.CZ

> 
> 
> Jan,
> 
> Thank you very much.
> 
> James
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jan Zdiarsky 
> Date: Thursday, March 20, 2008 11:02 am
> Subject: Sgt. Radka and Ruhland mission
> To: 'JAMES MIERVALDIS' , MPFaley@aol.com
> 
> > Dear James,
> > my name is Jan Zdiarský from the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia).
> > Mike Faley of the 100th BG advised me.
> > Please, expect a longer e-mail from me. Now just a short note
> > - anywhere in your sources must be a mistake, Larry Radka did not 
> died 
> > as a POW, he was killed immediatelly in the crash of their B-17G 
> > 42-97834 and was buried with other victims of the 100th BG that day 
> in 
> > vicinity of my village on a local cemetery in Kovarska (formerly
> > Schmiedeberg)
> > ca 300 yards from my home.
> > It was Edward G. Minton from their crew who died as POW some months 
> later.
> > 
> > Today all the boys from four crews crashed arounf Kovarska are 
> buried 
> > in a common grave on the National Cemetery Jefferson Barracks in St. 
> 
> > Louis, including Sgt.
> > Radka.
> > 
> > I will try to write you a long informative e-mail today later.
> > Meantime, please take a look on our Museum website on address (this 
> si 
> > what suggested Mike Faley):
> > www.museum119.cz
> > 
> > especially on sub-page
> >  
> > Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 2:04 PM
> > To: MPFaley@aol.com
> > Cc: 100bgmm@tiscali.co.uk; Jan Zadarsky
> > Subject: Re: Question about 349th Crews of EZ-Goin and Mud In Yer Face
> > 
> > 
> > Michael,
> > 
> > Thank you very much!  This is an incredible discovery for myself and 
> 
> > my family.  A quick google search of SGT. Radka's serial number 
> > reveals that he was KIA as a POW.  I believe he was in the Stalag 
> Luft 
> > I POW camp; although the information I found was inconclusive.  
> Thank 
> > you again for all your help.
> > 
> > James

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Ruhland DATE: 1944-09-11  
AIRCRAFT: (42-97834) CAUSE: FW 190  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Lawrence Radka (on right)  ROG on Lt Marmorine Crew. (Courtesy of James M.)

Lawrence Radka postcard from Kearny AAF 

Lt Charles E. Baker Crew,  Lt Albert Trommer Crew, Lt Riegel Crew Headstone Memorial 

 

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