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LT  Frederick G. SPENCE


Thank you for letting me join your group. I look forward to sharing info with the members of this Facebook Group. As a member of the Foundation 'United Adopters of American War Graves' (SVAAO abbreviated in Dutch) see I specialise in USAAF losses and collect info of the brave air crew who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and are buried at the cemeteries at Margraten (Netherlands), Henri-Chapelle and Ardennes (Belgium). During my research I often find new info which is added to our 'Fields of Honor Database'. From now on I will also share my 100 BG info with this group. To start with, I found a photograph which was not yet available in our database and can now be added. See  Source of the photograph: Pilot Class Book 43-H Blackland Army Air field, Arizona. Best regards, Arie-Jan van Hees.

Frederick G. Spence (photo courtesy of Carissa Butler)

MACR: 03023 CR: 03023

Comments1: 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (EAC)




1st Lt Edward Handorf        P    KIA   6/3/44 Berlin
2nd Lt Frederick G.Spence   CP   KIA     " 
2nd Lt John W.Dewey          N     KIA     "
 2nd Lt Norman L.Rasmussen  B    KIA     " 
T/Sgt Henry C.Verdeur       R      KIA     " 
T/Sgt Charles H.Ford       E     KIA     "
S/Sgt Allen D.Horton        BT    KIA     " 
S/Sgt John L.Willsey         RW    POW     "
S/Sgt John J.Gverovich     LW    KIA     " 
S/Sgt Fair C.Lawrence   TG    POW     " (fractured thigh)

35tst Sqdn. Crew,as above,is taken from the MACR. 

On 8/1/44 Lt.Spence,Lt.Rasmussen and Sgts Horton,Willsey,and Gverovich joined the 100th Also in Jan.1944, Lt.Handorf,Lt.Dewey & Sgts 
Verdeur & Ford were assigned to the 351st. On 6/3/44,this crew was flying as Deputy Group 
lead and assumed the lead position when the leader was shot down. The formation was enroute 
home when a ME 109 came in at 1 o'clock low and sprayed front of A/C with 20mm. Wing tanks 
began to burn and Willsey Says he "pulled the emergency bomb bay door release,snapped on my 
chute,and tapped the pilot on the shoulder. He and the co pilot were getting ready to bail 
out. I stepped through the open bomb bay doors and,while still in the prop wash,the air 
craft blew up blowing the TG clear. I delayed opening my chute until going through the last 
layer of clouds about 10,000 feet. The TG & I landed about 60 yards apart. Lawrence had his 
leg broken and told me to try to escape and leave him alone. About 3 hours later I was 
captured by some German civi1ians with shot guns."

Willsey states that this was his ninth mission.



TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-03-06  
AIRCRAFT: "Kind-A-Ruff" (42-38011) CAUSE: ME-109 & Explosion  


PLOT: A ROW: 41  
GRAVE: 52 CEMETERY: Ardennes, Neuville-en-Cond, Belgium  


Frederick G. Spence   351st   CP   Texas   KIA   6 Mar 44   Berlin   Edward Handorf Crew   (100th Photo Archives)

John Dewey, Fair Lawrence, and Frederick Spence (photo courtesy of Carissa Dewey Butler). 



Crew 1

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