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SGT  William L. RENEAU

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT LUCIUS G. LACY                P POW  28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
2ND LT THOMAS R. LESLIE           CP KIA   6 MAR 44 BERLIN (WITH G.BRANNAN CREW)
2ND LT ALBERT FRANKLIN          NAV CPT  24 JUL 44 ST LO GROUND SUPPORT
2ND LT FRANK C. GREGORY        BOM CPT  13 JUL 44 MUNICH
    SGT CLARENCE H. WOOD, JR.   ROG POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
    SGT CHESTER J. CARKNARD      TTE KIA   11 APR 44 ROSTOCK
    SGT RAYMOND J. MITCHELL      BTG POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
    SGT WILLIAM L. RENEAU         WG CPT  5 JUN 44 FALAISE (moved to Lt Massol Crew)
    SGT HERMAN H. HILBURN        WG RFS   MEDICIAL REASONS AFTER SEVEN MISSIONS
    SGT JOSEPH A. HOWELL          TG NOC

351st Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 1 Dec 1943. 

When Sgt Hilburn was RFS after 7 missions, S/Sgt Raymond Mitchell moved to LWG.  By March 1944 S/Sgt Reneau had moved to Lt Massol's Crew as WG and was replaced on the  S/Sgt Joe Folsom had taken over the RWG position.  The BTG position was manned by several different crewman, S/Sgt L. Black, S/Sgt Chester Powell, S/Sgt J.M. Roberts, & S/Sgt C.L. Morrow from the 350th BS. T/Sgt Sidney A. Cary took over the TTE postion when T/Sgt Carknard was KIA on 11 Apr 44.  S/Sgt Joseph A Howell served as TG on this crew until 15 Mar 44 Brunswick Mission then is replaced by S/Sgt Michael Rotz from Capt T.E. Murphy Crew.

On Dec 29, 1943 Capt Jack Swartout took Lt Lacy on a "check flight" in Holy Terror II 42-21062 EP-D and immediately  upon landing on runway 22  the plane swerved to the left caused by the left brake dragging badly. The aircraft went off the runway and nosed over then dropped back driving the tail wheel into the fuselage.  We do not have a full list of missions this crew flew but here are some we are sure of…mpf.

DATE:         TARGET                   AIRCRAFT
03/03/44   BERLIN                      42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
04/03/44   BERLIN                      42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
06/03/44   BERLIN                      42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
15/03/44   BRUNSWICK               42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
16/03/44   AUGSBURG                42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
18/03/44   MUNICH                    42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY                
01/04/44   LUDWIGSHAVEN        42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
09/04/44   POSEN  (RECALL)       42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
10/04/44   RHEIMS                     42-31412 EP-G  MASON AND DIXON
11/04/44   ROSTOCK                  42-39867 EP-E  BOEING BELLE


The crew composition that flew the 28 May 44 Madgeburg mission was vastly different from the above roster; below is the crew as of 7 May 44 mission to Berlin thru the 28 May 44 mission to Madgeburg.  

CREW
1ST LT LUCIUS G. LACY               P POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
2ND LT CLAUDE E. SCHINDLER      CP KIA   28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA FROM THE R.V.E. MONRAD CREW
2ND LT RAYMOND E. ROSSMAN  NAV POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA FROM THE C.W WOLDT CREW
2ND LT HERBERT GREENBURG    BOM POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA FROM THE R.H.HELMICK CREW
T/SGT CLARENCE H. WOOD       ROG POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA 
T/SGT SIDNEY A. CARY           TTE POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA FROM THE R.V.E. MONRAD CREW
S/SGT CHESTER L. POWELL     BTG KIA   28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA FROM THE M.T.RISH CREW
S/SGT JOE FOLSOM             RWG KIA   28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
S/SGT RAYMOND J. MITCHELL   LWG POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA 
S/SGT MICHAEL ROTZ                TG POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA FROM THE T. MURPHY CREW (PICCADILLY  LILY)

EYEWITNESS: "A/C #389 was shot down over the target area at 1405 hours by
              E/A. #4 engine was seen smoking and cockpit was afire.Three
              chutes were seen "

According to Lt.Lacy's statements in MACR, . . . "the electrical system was out,
ship out of control,cables shot away,spun immediately. " . . . . " I fastened my
chute on in air. Seven crew members got out before wings came off."

From statements of Lt.Greenberg in MACR:

"The attack that knocked us out came from High at about 1:00 o'clock. All hits
seemed to concentrate on the starboard side. I would say Lt.Schindler was hit
and killed in the cockpit.He never made a move to get out despite the fact we
were burning fiercely. Our engineer maintains that the last he saw of Schindler
was while the cockpit was burning. Lt Schindler appeared to be slumped in his
seat.His left arm hanging straight down and making no move." Lt.Schindler
was operational from December 1943 til his death. He flew the "Roughest" ones
and was the coolest,calmest co-pilot that ever flew combat."

Sgt.Mitchell last saw Sgt.Folsom lying against the right bulkhead.His head and
face bloody and he made no attempt to leave the ship and was evidently dead.

Sgt.Powell is believed to have been killed in his turret by the fighter pass
that apparently killed Schindler and Folsom.

German report in MACR iB to the effect that  at the crash site 3 dead were found.
Bodies burnt,names unidentifiable.

It appears that this crew had flown about 20/22 missions.

1st Lt Lucius Lacy ended up in Stalag Luft III until the end of the War.

DATE            TARGET                     AIRCRAFT

07/05/44       BERLIN                     42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
08/05/44       BERLIN                     42-31412  EP-G MASON AND DIXON
11/05/44       LIEGE                       42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
12/05/44       BRUX,CZECH              42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY  
19/05/44       BERLIN                     42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY  
24/05/44       BERLIN                     42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY 
28/05/44       MAGDEBURG             42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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