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LT  Daniel L. SCHMUCKER

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV

 Daniel J. Schmucker, 349th NAV with the Cowboy Roane crew. 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 29 NOV 43 BREMEN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT OWEN D. (COWBOY) ROANE         P CPT 26 NOV 43 PARIS (flew one additional mission on Feb 29, 1944-Brunswick) 
2ND LT ARTHUR C. "BUD" STIPE        CP CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
2ND LT DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER         NAV CPT 29 NOV 43 BREMEN
2ND LT CURTIS K. CAMPBELL         BOM CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB             ROG CPT 16 NOV 43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART             TTE CPT 16 NOV 43 RJUKAN, NORWAY
S/SGT ROGER O. STROBLE              BTG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
S/SGT JAMES JARVIE                   RWG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN
S/SGT ARTHUR HAUGE                 LWG NOC  X-FERRED TO BASE MP'S.  Replaced by T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER
S/SGT PATRICK J. HEALY                  TG CPT 20 OCT 43 DUREN

349th Sqdn.. Crew joined 100th in June 26, 1943 as one of the first replacement crews along with Lt Henry Henington, Lt John Justice and Lt  "Big Chief" Walter Moreno. 

Repacments on Lt Roane Crew:  

LT STIPE IS REPLACED ON THE CREW ON BY F/O REGINALD A. SMITH (TRANSFERRED FROM RAF) STARTING WITH 3 NOV 43 MISISON TO WILHEMSHAVEN. HE WOULD LATER TRANSFER TO THE 418TH BS AS A 2ND LT AND COMMAND HIS OWN CREW. LT REGINALD "SMITTY" SMITH WOULD BECOME A POW 20/2/44 ON THE MISSION TO POSEN & SETTIN

2ND LT DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER (NAV) MOVED TO 13TH CBW TO START TEACHING ABOUT RADAR NAVIGATION AND BOMBING. HE WAS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY 1ST LT OMAR "THE TENT MAKER" GONZALES (FORMER GROUP NAVGATOR) STARTING WITH 8 OCT 43 MISSION TO BREMEN.

1ST LT GONZALES IS REPLACED BY LT HOWARD BASSETT (FROM LT VICTOR REED CREW) FOR MISSONS OCTOBER 18-20, 1943, BOTH TO DUREN.

T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER (FROM LT VICTOR REED CREW) REPLACES SGT HAUGE AFTER HE WAS TAKEN OFF FLYING STATUS FOR FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE FRIEND OR FOE. GUESS HE STITCHED ONE OF “COWBOYS” WINGMAN ONE TOO MANY TIMES. SGT. HAUGE IS TRANSFERRED TO THE BASE MP'S. T/SGT DETWEILER WOULD LATER BECOME TOP TURRET ENGINEER WHEN T/SGT STUART COMPLETED HIS MISSIONS.


                                              LT OWEN D."COWBOY" ROANE
                                                 LEDGENDARY 100TH PILOT

ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN OF THE 100TH LONG LIST OF WELL KNOWN AVIATORS. COWBOY FOLLOWED GLEN DYE AS THE SECOND 100TH PILOT TO COMPLETE A TOUR.

EVERY 100TH VETERAN HAS A COWBOY ROANE STORY, RANGING FROM THE FAMOUS "DONKEY" TO ALL SORTS OF OTHERS. HE IS IMORTALIZED BY HIS FAMOUS RADIO TRANMISSION, "COMING IN WITH A FROZEN ASS", WHETHER IT OCCURRED OR NOT, PROBABLY ONLY HE KNOWS FOR SURE, IT IS A PART OF THE 100TH MYSTIC.

HIS FLYING SKILLS WERE GREATLY ADMIRED BY HIS CREW AND OTHERS WHO FLEW WITH THE 100TH. LEADER OF SEVERAL DIFFICULT MISSIONS THAT INCLUDE THE 100TH TRIP TO SCHWEINFURT ON 14 OCT 43, "BLACK THURSDAY" AND THE ATTACK ON HITLER'S HEAVY WATER PLANT AT RJUKAN, NORWAY.  IN HIS BOOK, THE STORY OF THE CENTURY, JOHN NILSSON ERRONEOUSLY CREDITS THIS MISSION LEAD TO SAM BARR, WHILE THE INTREPID MISSISSIPIAN LED SEVERAL OTHER 100TH MISSIONS, THIS NEAR PERFECT ONE WAS
LED BY THE "COWBOY".  HIS MISSION LOG THAT FOLLOWS INCLUDES THE TOUGH TARGETS OF REGENSBURG, BREMEN, SCHWEINFURT, HAMBURG AND OTHERS.

HE IS AN EYE WITNESS TO RICHARD SYNDER'S ("THE MAN ON THE WING") GALLANT BID TO EGRESS 42-5860, COMMANDED BY LT CURTIS. R. BIDDICK, ON THE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBERG MISSION. AFTER RETIRING FROM THE USAF HE PERSUED A SECOND CAREER IN EDUCATION, BECOMING A PROMINENT FIGURE IN HIS AREA.

DR.ROANE IS THE SITTING PRESIDENT OF THE 100TH BOMB GROUP ASSOCITATION (1991-1993) AND THUS WAS THE SPEAKER AT THE DEDICATION OF THE CURTIS LEMAY MEMORIAL AT THORPE ABBOTTS IN JULY 1992. HE WAS ALSO MAYOR OF HIS HOME TOWN, VALLEY VIEW. TEXAS.



        MISSION LOG OF CAPT OWEN D. "COWBOY" ROANE:

        04 JUL 43       La PALLICE
        10 JUL 43       La BOURGET
        14 JUL 43       LA BOURGET
        17 JUL 43       HAMBURG
        24 JUL 43       TRONDHEIM
        25 JUL 43       WARNEMUNDE & KIEL
        26 JUL 43       HANOVER
        29 JUL 43       WARNEMUNDE
        12 AUG 43       WESSELING
        15 AUG 43       MERVILLE & LILLE
        17 AUG 43       REGENSBURG
        24 AUG 43       BORDEAUX-MERIGNAC
        31 AUG 43       MEULAN Les MEUREAUX
        02 SEP 43       KERLIN-BASTARD
        03 SEP 43       PARIS & BEAUMONT La ROGER
        06 SEP 43       STUTTGART
        07 SEP 43       WATTEN, V-WEAPONS
        09 SEP 43       BEAUVAIS-TILLE


 8/10/43  BREMEN 6hrs, 7a/c LOST, 2 ENGINES OUT DUE TO FLAK, HIT BY 109'S AND 190'S.  700 FEET OFF GROUND ON FINAL APPROACH, 3rd ENGINE OUT.  LANDED WITH ONE ENGINE. HAD TO LIGHTEN A/C BY THROWING OUT GUNS, AMMO, EVERYTHING.
THE ENGINES DIED ON LANDING ROLL, HAD TO BE TOWED TO HARD STAND

 Below list the crew as of October 8, 1943 BREMEN from AAF press release (mpf) flew a/c 25957 "HORNY II"

1st LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON   P CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP CP CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
1st LT. DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER NAV CPT 29 NOV 1943  BREMEN (FROM LT OWEN "COWBOY" ROANE CREW)
1st LT. HOWARD J. KELLY BOMB CPT 20 JAN  1944 BRUNSWICK (FROM ORIGINAL SAMMY BARR CREW)
T/SGT RUSSELL G. GILBERT TTE KIA 06 MAR 1944 BERLIN
T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK ROG NOC
SGT. ANTHONY E. RUDA LWG POW 06 MAR 1944 BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE P. GINEIKIS RWG EVA 05 NOV 1943 GEISENKIRCHEN 
S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON BTG CPT 22 DEC 1943 MUNSTER
S/SGT CHARLES R. HANTUSCH  TG NOC

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
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BURIAL INFORMATION

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PHOTOS:

 Colonel Kessler, C.O. 13th Combat Wing, Colonel Chick Harding, C.O. 100th Bomb Group, Lt. Daniel L. Schmucker, Navigator on the Owen "Cowboy" Roane crew. (100th Photo Archives) 

Col. Alfred Krissler, Jr., CO  of the 13th Combat Wing, Col. Neil B. "Chick"  Harding, (center), first CO of the 100th Bomb Group and Daniel L. Schmucker of the Owen D. "Cowboy" Roane crew receiving and award.   Detailed Information    (100th Photo Archives)

John Justice verification letter after evading 

W.C. Gregg, John Luckadoo, Danny Schmucker, and Edward Moffly; photo taken stateside following their return from England (from the collection of John Luckadoo). 

 

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