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M/SGT  Gordon R. SINCLAIR

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV

 Gordon R. Sinclair of the Clifton M. Williams crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Gordon Sinclair (351st) was removed from Navigator's school one day short of graduation for some unknown infraction and joined the 100th as WG with the rank of private, probably the Training Command acted a bit over zealous in view of the need for trained Navigators. The 351st Sqdn. Commander (Harry Cruver, a man known to have had some disagreement with training command personnel during his cadet days) corrected this bit of over zealousness by immediately promoting Sinclair to M/Sgt and making him the Navigator for the Sidney Johnson crew, where he completed a tour. This from Charles M. Beck, of the Sidney Johnson 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 15 MAR 45 ORAIENBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

Lt Clifton M.Williams               P   KIA   31/12/44 HAMBURG
Lt Kenneth W.Newkirk         CP  KIA    31/12/44 HAMBURG
Lt Richard F.Williams           NAV  KIA    31/12/44 HAMBURG                         A/C #43 38124
Lt Lawrence W.Ward         BOM  POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG                      MACR #11363,Fiche #4182
T/S/Sgt Charles J.McGinley  ROG  KIA    31/12/44 HAMBURG
T/Sgt .Alvin H.Petteys        TTE  KIA    31/12/44 HAMBURG
S/Sgt Lee F.Carpenter        BTG  KIA    31/12/44 HAMBURG
S/Sgt  James H.Murphy        WG  POW 31/12/44 HAMBURG
Sgt Harvey J. Lehman          WG   CPT  17/2/45  FRANKFURT & GIESSEN  (Transferred to Lt Streich Crew as BTG)     
  Cpl  Gordon R.Sinclair          TG   CPT  15/3/45  ORANIENBURG /WITH THE S. JOHNSON CREW AS NAV (see note)

351st Sqdn. Sqdn Diary of Sept.1944 notes this crew as joining the 100th Group in Sept.  Cpl.Harvey J.Lehman was 
on the crew at that time but was put on the crew of Lt Frank Streich as BTG when crew was reduced to 9 men.   Sgt Harvey J. Lehman (from Lt Clifton Williams Crew) was transferred to this Crew as BTG and completed tour on 17/2/45 mission to Frankfurt & Giessen.

On 31/12/44, S/Sgt Roland L.Douglas,from the crew of Gerald Brown,was flying in place of Gordon Sinclair and was 
made a POW.

Note
Gordon Sinclair was removed from Navigator's school one day short of graduation for some unknown infraction, probably the Training Command acted  a bit over zealous in view of the need for trained Navigators.  The 351st Sqdn. Commander (Harry Cruver, a man known to have had some disagreement with training command personnel during his cadet days) corrected this bit of over zealousness by immediately promoting Sinclair to M/Sgt and  making him the Navigator for the Sidney Johnson crew, where he completed a tour.  This from Charles M. Beck, of the Sidney Johnson crew..pw


CREW

2nd Lt Sidney C. Johnson            P      CT    15/3/45
2nd Lt Williarn J. Duggan          CP     CT     15/3/45
1st Lt Chester Romanowski     NAV    NC      REPLACED ON CREW BY M/SGT GORDEN SINCLAIR
    F/O Harry M. Thompson      BOM   CT      21/3/45
    Cpl Charles M. Beck, Jr.       ROG    CT      15/3/45
    Cpl Harry E. Menter            TTE    CT      15/3/45
    Cpl William G. Weeks            BTG    CT      15/3/45
    Cpl Edwin R. Hodgson           WG    CT      15/3/45
    Cpl Francis W. Manser            TG     CT      15/3/45

351st Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Bomb Group on 28 OCT 44.

This crew flew the Dec 31, 1944 Mission to Hamburg which resulted in the loss of 12 a/c from the 100th Bomb Group.  This crew flew in the lead flight, low squadron, position #2.

Hi Paul (West),
It says that the sidney Johnson crew flew the Hamburg mission on Dec 31,
1944 but in Charlie Becks listing of missions, Hamburg is not listed?  Do you know
why?  Was Charlie sick that day, or on leave?  just wondering.  I know That
sidney flew that day in Mason and Dixon.

From Paul West:
Mike, They lost an engine at takeoff and returned and landed on three
engines. There was not a spare aircraft and they were told to stand down.
This from Charlie, Weeks, and Manser.. Paul


Mission Log ; Charles M. Beck
Clm      A/C Lost    Crew Lost        Results                    Mission #
1. 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA, GROUND SUPPORT 0 0 0 GOOD  223
2. 26 NOV 44 HAMM, MY   0 0 0 MISSED  225
3. 29 NOV 44 HAMM, MY   0 0 0 MISSED  226
4. 30 NOV 44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY 0 1 10 POOR  227
5. 02 DEC 44 KOBLENZ (Recalled with mission credit awarded)
6. 04 DEC 44 GIESSEN, FRIEDBERG  0 0 0 POOR  229
7. 05 DEC 44 BERLIN, TANK WORKS  0 0 0  UNK  230
8. 11 DEC 44 GIESSEN, KOBLENZ  0 0 0 FAIR  231
9. 12 DEC 44 DARMSTADT, MY  0 0 0 HIT TARGET 232
10. 24 DEC 44 BABENHAUSEN,KAISERLAUNTERN 0 0 0 EXCELLENT 234
11. 25 DEC 44 KAISERLAUTERN, MY  0 0 0 EXCELLENT 235
12. 27 DEC 44 FULDA, MY   0 0 0 VERY GOOD 236
13. 28 DEC 44 KOBLENZ   0 0 0 VERY GOOD 237
14. 29 DEC 44 FRANKFURT, MY  0 0 1 VERY GOOD 238
15. 06 JAN 45 GERMERSHEIM & ANNWEILER 0 0 0 POOR  217
16. 13 JAN 45 MIANZ, BRIDGE   0 0 0 GOOD  220
17. 14 JAN 45 DERBEN, OIL STORAGE  6 0 0 EXCELLENT 221
18. 17 JAN 45 HAMBURG, OIL REFINERY 0 0 0 GOOD  222
19. 21 JAN 45 MANNHEIM, RR BRIDGE (S.T.) 0 0 0 UNKNOWN 224
20. 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG, BRIDGE  0 0 0 VERY GOOD 225
21. 29 JAN 45 KASSEL, TANK WORKS  0 0 0 GOOD  226
22. 03 FEB 45 BERLIN, CITY   0 4 36 GOOD  227
23. 17 FEB 45 FRANKFURT & GIESSEN 0 0 0 0 POOR  233
24. 19 FEB 45 OSNABRUCK & MUNSTER 0 0 0 FAIR  234
25. 21 FEB 45 NURNBURG, MY (S.T.)  0 0 0 FAIR  236
26. 22 FEB 45 DONAUESCHINGEN   0 0 0 FAIR  237
27. 23 FEB 45 TREUCHTLINGEN  0 0 0 VERY GOOD 238
28. 25 FEB 45 MUNICH, MY   0 0 0 FAIR  240
29. 26 FEB 45 BERLIN, CITY   0 0 0 GOOD  241
30. 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY   0 0 0 FAIR  242
31. 04 MAR 45 ULM, MY (S.T.)   0 0 0 H2X UNK 245
32. 07 MAR 45 SIEGEN, MY (S.T.)  0 0 0 UNK  246
33. 08 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.)  0 0 0 MISSED  247
34. 10 MAR 45 DORTMUND, MY  0 0 0 FAIR  249
35. 15 MAR 45 ORANIENBURG, MY  0 0 0 MISSED  253



EYEWITNESS:  "A/C #38124 (flown by Lt Williams) was broken in two by coilision with A/C #42-31066
              which fell on it after A/C 42-31066 uas hit by flak. Both A/C
              went down in flames.One chute was seen."

A/C 42-31066 was flown by the crew of Floyd E. Henderson. see below for Henderson crew roster..

The following is Lt Lawrence Ward's recollection of what occurred (written
probably in late 1945):

"While we were on the bomb run the tail gunner called out an enemy jet high at six o'clock.In answer 
I checked the crew for oxygen and gave orders to all the gunners to be especially alert for enemy fighters.
All action began just as the squadron dropped their bombs.I only had time to say "Bombs Away" when
two terri fic explosions took place;one under the nose in the chin turret,the other some where around 
the center of the ship. The one under the nose was flak,and pieces of metal seemed to fill the air as they
tore thru the plexiglass and aluminum. It was at this moment that I received a hit over the left eye that stunned me. 
From then on,nothing is clear in my mind as to what happened.

We imnediately went into a spin and I remember trying to climb to the escape hatch but I didn't have strength
to overcome the other forces.The plane straightened into a dive and as I disentangled myself from all the 
debris I pulled the red cord on my flak suit,and started again for the hatch. In that one quick moment I
glimpsed the navigator lying on the catwalk on his elbows looking in my direction. This covered a fraction
of a second and then the nose seemed to disintegrate and I passed out.

When I came to I was in the open air and just automatically pulled the ripcordof my parachute. But nothing 
happened except the red handle came out - I threw it away and opened the chute by pulling the flaps 
open.I never remember the jolt of the chute opening - the next thing I knew was that I was dangling by one strap
It was a habit of mine to hook one side of the harness to the chute on the bomb run and it never occurred 
to me to fasten tne other side before opening it. By this time,the bleeding of my wound had stopped - evidently
because the blood over my face had frozen. However,hanging by one strap prevented me from having any control
over myself and I whirled around and around like a top,making me very sick at my stomach.

I made hasty plans as to evading,but when I landed it was within a fenced-in estate on the edge of Hamburg.
I was immediately surrounded by soldiers and civilians  They took me to the Luftwaffe base where three 
others from our squadron were being searched and held. One was my waist gunner and he is the one who 
told me the story of our plane.The other explosion I heard was another plane colliding with us,
slicing our plane in half at the ball turret.

When I was a prisioner,the wound over my eye thawed out and began to bleed again  I tried to get it 
bandaged but to no avail,so I bandaged it with a handkerchief, and it was over a month before it finally healed."

2ND LT FLOYD E. HENDERSON     P        KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
2nd  Lt   Richard W. King            CP        KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
2nd   Lt   George J. Smigo, Jr     NAV     POW 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
S/Sgt  Elmer L. Kovach             TOGG      KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
S/Sgt George J.Robinson            ROG      KIA  31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
 S/Sgt James W.Shepard           TTE       KIA   31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
   Sgt Leo O.Murphy                  BTG    POW 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
   Sgt Fred Horcasitas                 WG       KIA  31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
   Sgt Frank S.Sauls                    TG       POW 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG

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I found for APRIL,1945 a number of DFC's but only a few listed by name in the few pages I printed out.. Awards for April, 94 including AM's
 
DFC's for the 351st April,1945
LC  HARRY F. CRUVER
MAJOR  NEAL P. SCOTT, ( OAK LEAF CLUSTER to DFC)
1ST LT. MELVIN L. KODAS
1ST LT JESSE L. WOFFORD
M/SGT GORDON R. SINCLAIR

MEMO 2:

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