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LT  Albert P. RULE

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV

Lt Albert P. Rule, Navigator on Original Lt Amiero Crew and on Lt Morgan Crew KIA March 6, 1944 over Berlin.   

SERIAL #: O-741753 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 03019 CR: 03019

Comments1: 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (EXP)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Leon R.Morgan               P     CPT 24/4/44 Friedrichshafen
2nd Lt Ralph O.Ward                CP    CPT 24/4/44 Friedrichshafen
2nd Lt Robert E.McCormick     NAV   CPT  24/4/44 Friedrichshafen
2nd Lt Albert P.Rule              BOM    KIA    6/3/44 BERLIN          (With crew of A.F.Amiero) SEE BELOW
 T/Sgt Maynard L.Lobb           TTE   CPT    4/6/44 BOULOGNE    (With Lt Lunsford Crew)
 T/Sgt Tony L.Verdusco         ROG   CPT 24/4/44 Friedrichshafen
S/Sgt David C.Lyon,Jr.           BTG  CPT  24/4/44 Friedrichshafen
S/Sgt Hugo C.Kleckner            WG   CPT   7/6/44 Nantes
S/Sgt Kenneth R.Lash            WG    CPT 24/4/44 Friedrichshafen
S/Sgt Ernest R.Gomez            TG    CPT  24/4/44 Friedrichshafen

349th Sqdn. Crew #42 As above joined the 100th BG in late Nov. 1943 0r 1/12/43
Letter from Leon Morgan of 4/12/87 says Al Rule removed from crew when
toggaliers were being phased in and then flew with lead crews.

A S/Sgt Sam J. Laface,toggalier, is listed on this crew in March 1944.

Morgan has lost track of all crew members except Hugo Kleckner who lives in
Two Rivers,Wisconsin

Letter to Jim Brown (100th Historian from Leon Morgan in 1987)

    Dec. 4, 1987
Dear Jim,

     George Flanagan brought over a copy of your 100th
Bomb Group Comnbat Record with your note attached and asked
that T answer it.

     He confirmed the fact that Tim Cavanaugh was killed in
a crash, but he said Chaney was not.  He said Chaney- was
alive the last time he knew, but he has had no word of his
whereabouts at this time.

     You asked about the date of my crew's arrival at Station/'139.  I can't give you the axact day, but it was in the latter part of November, 1943.

     Members of the original crew were:

     2nd Lt. Leon R. Morgan, pilot
     2nd Lt. Ralph 0. Ward   Co-pilot
     2nd Lt. Robert E. McCormick, navigator
     2nd Lt.  Albert P. Rule, Bombardier
     Maynard L. Lobb Sgt. Engineer
     Sgt. Tony Verdusco.  Radio
     Sgt. Hugo Kleckner  WG
     Sgt. David C. Lyon Jr. BT
     Sgt. Kenneth R. Lash ,Jr. WG
     Sgt. Ernest R. Gomez  TG

     Rule was taken off the crew during the togglier phase of the war and was flying with one of the lead crews
when he went down over Germany. I think he was on the sameplane as Col. Kelly.

     The only member of the crew with whom I am in contact is Hugo Kleckner.  He is living in a house within sightof the house where he was born and grew up in Two Rivers,Wisconsin.  The rest of the gang has vanished into thin air.

     I was fascinated by your description of the exploits of the Squawkin' Hawk.  I flew my first mission in it with Lt.Gossage and my last mission in it over Fredrickshaven, and I saw it lose most of its tail one day over france and still come home safely.  Some of my crew came home with it for the bond tour (June, 1944).

     I hope this information is  helpful to you.

                                       Sincerely,


                                     
                                       Leon R.Morgan


MISSIONS OF CAPT. LEON MORGAN (INCOMPLETE)

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
3/3/1944   42 122 MORGAN L.R. LT P 987 HORNY II BERLIN
3/4/1944   42 123 MORGAN L.R. LT P 957 HORNY II BERLIN
3/6/1944   42 124 MORGAN L.R. LT P 957 HORNY II BERLIN
3/7/1944   42 125 MORGAN L.R. LT P 957 WERL (SCRUBBED)
3/8/1944   42 126 MORGAN L.R. LT P 37783 BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/13/1944 42 128 MORGAN L.R. LT P 957 HORNY II NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/15/1944 42 129 MORGAN L.R. LT P 957 HORNY II BRUNSWICK
3/16/1944 42 130 MORGAN L.R. LT P 957 HORNY II AUGSBURG
3/17/1944 42 131 MORGAN L.R. LT P 957 HORNY II MUNICH
3/18/1944 42 132 MORGAN L.R. LT P 957 HORNY II MUNCIH
3/23/1944 42 135 MORGAN L.R. LT P 607 BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM
4/9/1944   42 143 MORGAN L.R. LT P 31249 MISS CARRIAGE KRZESINKI (POSEN)
4/10/1944 42 144 MORGAN L.R. LT P 31249 MISS CARRIAGE  RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
4/11/1944 42 145 MORGAN L.R. LT P 31249 MISS CARRIAGE  POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.
4/12/1944 42 146 MORGAN L.R. LT P 710 SCHEUDITZ (RECALL)
4/13/1944 42 147 MORGAN L.R. LT P 31249 MISS CARRIAGE  AUGSBURG
4/24/1944   42                                                                                  FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

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CREW

1st Lt Albert F.Amiero              P    KIA   6/3/44 Berlin
F/O Howard L.Kilmer            CP  KIA   6/3/44 Berlin
2nd Lt Albert P.Rule          NAV  KIA   6/3/44 Berlin
S/Sgt Thomas S.Elliott        BOM   KIA   6/3/44 Berlin
T/Sgt John J.Kovacs         ROG  KIA   6/3/44 Berlin
T/Sgt Russell G.Gilbert        TTE   KIA   6/3/44 Berlin
S/Sgt Virgil F.Summers        BTG   KIA   6/3/44 Berlin 
S/Sgt Hobart H.Spires        WG   KIA   6/3/44 Berlin
S/Sgt Owen D.Stockton    WG   POW 6/3/44 Berlin
S/Sgt Thomas D.Baer            TG  KIA   6/3/44 Berlin

349th Sqdn.   See MACR #3019 (Micro fiche #1021).  Flying A/C #42 31731 on 
6/3/44

This appears to be a "pick up" crew. Kilmer joined tne 100th on 26/2/44 as 
an indlvidual. Baer was from the original crew of V.Reed. Kovacs was a 
"spare" on original 100th Air echelon. Stockton was from the crew of 
J.W.Brown. Hobart Spires was from the original crew of Sam L. Barr.
A.P.Rule on original crew of Leon R.Morgan.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-03-06  
AIRCRAFT: "Goin Jessies" (42-31051) CAUSE: EAC & Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 4517