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S/SGT  D.E. STRAUSBAUGH

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG
SERIAL #: STATUS: NOC
MACR:

Comments1: 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (CREW 11 PL 32009)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

LT DALE McEWEN BECAME 1S PILOT OF THIS CREW SOMETIME AFTER THEIR 10TH MISSION.  


2ND LT ROBERT A. WEGRZYNEK            P RFS ILLNESS
2ND LT CHARLES J. GUTEKUNST          CP NOC see note below
2ND LT EDMUND "NED" KAUFFMAN     NAV POW  28 JUL 44  MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY (WITH F.H.MASON CREW, SEE BELOW)
2ND LT JACK . EPPENDORF                BOM KIA 11 SEP 44  RUHLAND, OIL REFINERY
S/SGT GEORGE W. WRIGHT             TTE NOC
S/SGT JAY V. EMRICH                      ROG NOC TAPS: 1988
SGT DALE E. STRAUSBAUGH             BTG NOC
SGT EDWIN J. TYRRELL                    WG NOC
SGT LUTHER A. WISE, JR.                 WG NOC
SGT RINALDO J. BUSSINO                  TG CPT 24 JUL 44 ST LO GROUD SUPPORT

350TH SQDN….CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 09 MAR 1944..  Crew flew a/c" Daisy Mae"

"FLEW FIRST MISSION ON APRIL 11, 1944.  AFTER 10 MISSIONS, LT ROBERT WEGRZYNEK WAS GROUNDED BY A SERIOUS ILLNESS THAT REQUIRED A LONG PERIOD OF RECUPERATION IN A STATESIDE MILITARY HOSPITAL.  WHILE SERVING IN COMBAT, HIS B-17 CREW WAS UNITED IN THEIR BELIEF THAT BOB WAS AN OUTSTANDING LEADER AND EXCEPTIONAL PILOT"…..2ND LT CHARLES GUTEKUNST IN LETTER DATED DEC. 2000 mpf

LT DALE R. MCEWEN TOOK OVER THIS CREW AS FIRST PILOT.  LT KAUFFMAN WAS REPLCED ON THE CREW BY FLIGHT OFFICER ALEXANDER MARUCHESS BOTH MCEWEN AND MARUCHESS WERE FROM LT JAMES NOBLE CREW.

Note:
Michael:  Dale McEwen and I, both co-Pilots, lost our Pilots about the same time. I was in the 350th Sq.and Dale was in the 418th. They
transferred me to the 418th and as Dale had started his checkout as Pilot. I flew as Co-Pilot for him. He was about 6 missions ahead of me.
Jack Eppendorf our 350th Sq Bombardier and Ed Kauffman our Navigator, both on the original Wegrzynek crew, did not transfer to the 418th with me. Jack flew with another crew and was killed. Ed Kauffman went to 8th AF HQ, became a Radar Navigator. He returned and was shot down with Noble Crew on his first flight as a Mickey Navigator. He was a POW. 
 
Insofar as I recall, Dale and I were a "Put together on the spot" crew. Spare Navigators and Bombardiers, those that were available at the time were assigned to fly with us, Except for Lt Ivons and  Lt Maruchess who were originally in the 350th, Lt Ivons was hurt from flack on the mission when Col. Kelly went down (April 28, 1944 to Sottevast). Maruchess was hurt in a B-17 collision and I never saw either one again. I don't recall the names of any otherBombardiers or Navigators. I flew my last 6 missions with various, new crews. I just don't recall Lt.  Anderson and I'm positive Bussino, the Tail Gunner who flew all of his 29 missions with me would not recall him. I'm Sorry I can't be more helpful
 
Chuck Gutekunst
gutecj@comcast.net
948 W, Leatherleaf Dr.
Tucson,  AZ  85755

PROABLY MOST OF THIS CREW COMPLETED TOURS.

FLIGHT RECORD 
RINALDO J. BUSSINO 39550304
350TH SQDN.. 100TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
THORPE ABBOTTS, ENGLAND (STA # 139)

DATE   TARGET        FLT, TIME

5 APR 1944  LOCAL AREA       2:40
9 APR 1944  AIR SEA  RESCUE      4:30
11 APR 1944  POSEN, AC & ROSTOCK, CITY    11:30
12 APR 1944  SCHKEUDITZ, AC FACTORY (RECALL)   3:30
18 APR 1944  GENSHAGEN (BERLIN) AC ENGINES   8:15
19 APR 1944  LIPPSTADT & WERL AF'S     6:45
20 APR 1944  MARQUENVILLE & FLOTTEMANVILLE-HAGUE 5:00
24 APR 1944  FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, AC FACTORY   9:15
28 APR 1944  SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)     5:30
29 APR 1944  BERLIN, CITY      9:30
1 MAY 1944  SAARGUEMINES, MY & WIZERNES (NOBALL  7:15
3 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       4:30
4 MAY 1944  ABORT        2:00
7 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:00
10 MAY 1944  FALLERSLEBEN, MOTOR TRANSP. (RECALL)  3:30
11 MAY 1944  LIEGE, MY       5:00
17 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:30
19 MAY 1944  BERLIN, CITY (RECALL)     2:10
20 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       2:30
22 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       3:20
23 MAY 1944  TROYES, AF       8:00
24 MAY 1944  BERLIN, CITY (SPARE; NO HOLES TO FILL)   3:30
28 MAY 1944  LOCAL AREA       2:30
31 MAY 1944  OSNABRUCK, MY      8:30
2 JUN 1944  BOULOGNE & PARIS, RAILWAY JUNCTION  4:10
3 JUN 1944  LOCAL AREA       3:00
5 JUN 1944  ABBEVILLE & BOULOGNE     5:30
6 JUN 1944  OUISTREHAM, TOWN     6:30
6 JUN 1944  FALAISE, TOWN      7:30
7 JUN 1944  NANTES, BRIDGE      7:50
10 JUN 1944  MORLAIX, AF      5:30
15 JUN 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:30
20 JUN 1944  FALLERSLEBEN, MT FACTORY    7:00
Flack Leave
7 JUL 1944  MERSEBURG & BOHLEN, OIL REFS   3:20
8 JUL 1944  CLAMECY-JOIGNY, RAILWAY BRIDGE   5:30
10 JUL 1944  LOCAL AREA       5:20
11 JUL 1944  MUNICH, AERO ENGINES     10:20
12 JUL 1944  MUNICH, INDUSTRIAL AREA    9:20
13 JUL 1944  MUNICH, JET ENGINES     8:20
17 JUL 1944  AUXERRE, RAIL BRIDGE     7:45
18 JUL 1944  KIEL, HEMMINGSTADT, OIL (100TH "B")   7:10
19 JUL 1944  SCHWEINFURT & DUREN     7:00
20 JUL 1944  MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY    8:10
21 JUL 1944  REGENSBURG & LUDWIGSHAFEN   7:30
24 JUL 1944  ST. LO, GROUND SUPPORT    6:15
6 AUG 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:00
6 AUG 1944  LOCAL AREA       1:30
7 AUG 1944  LOCAL AREA       2:00

LT DALE R. McEWEN CREW 5/8/44 (APPEARS TO BE A PICK-UP CREW)

LT DALE R. McEWEN  P (FROM LT J.B. NOBLE CREW)
LT CHARLES J. GUTEKUNST CP (FROM LT R.A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
F/O DAYTON W. CAFFERTY NAV (FROM LT GEORGE P. FORY CREW)
LT OSCAR F.  MILLS  BOM (FROM LT E. F. NEU CREW)
T/SGT JAY V. EMRICH  ROG (FROM LT R. A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
T/SGT ALEXANDER L. HUBIAK    TTE (FROM LT HARRY HEMPY CREW)
S/SGT DALE STRAUSBAUGH BTG (FROM LT R.A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
S/SGT EDWIN J. TYRRELL WG (FROM LT R.A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
S/SGT DONALD W. HARRIS TG (FROM LT H.E. BETHEA CR

EMAIL = winmac@prodigy.net
UNAME = Tim Winners
CONNECTION = I am a relative of a 100th veteran
COMMENTS = I have loads of information and photos on the 100th from my father, Robert A. Wegrzynek, aka Bob Winners. We lost my dad May 22, 2000. Would you be interested in any information that we have on him and the group? Thanks so much for putting such a great site together! I called all 5 of my siblings and mom when I saw his picture show up with his co-pilot, Chuck Gutekunst. Thanks again!W)

MEMO 2:

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ID: 5017