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T/SGT  Wilbur I. TREMBLEY

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG

 Wilbur I. Trembley, Jr. with his bride Frances Leah Knoedler on their wedding day, Sept. 16, 1945. Wilbur was the ROG on the James R. Stout crew. He became a POW while flying with the Coy Montgomery crew on the 6 MAR 44 Berlin Mission. (Courtesy of Kevin M. Herrera, grandson.) Stout crew information | Montgomery crew information 

SERIAL #: 38213628 STATUS: POW
MACR: 03015 CR: 03015

Comments1: 6 MAR 44 BERLIN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

Capt. James R. Stout                  P      CPT   20/5/44 BRUSSELS
1st Lt Robert C. Lunsford III        CP     CPT    6/6/44 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM (1st Pilot on this mission)
1st Lt Robert R. Nelson              NAV   CPT   20/5/44 BRUSSELS
1st Lt Chester G. Polak              BOM   CPT    20/5/44  BRUSSELS
T/Sgt Laurence M. Clegg             TTE  CPT    6/6/44  FALAISE/OUISTREHAM (with Lt R. Lunsford III as Pilot)
S/Sgt Wilbur I. Trembley, Jr.      ROG    POW   6/3/44  BERLIN  (With the Coy I. Montgomery crew)
S/Sgt Daniel E. Greene              BTG    CPT    4/6/44  BOULOGNE (with Lt R. Lunsford III as Pilot)
S/Sgt Paul E. Calkin                  RWG    CPT    2/6/44  BOULOGNE  (with Lt R. Lunsford III as pilot)
S/Sgt Bernard J. McDermott      LWG    CPT   18/9/44  WARSAW (SUPPLIES)
S/Sgt Charles W. Lynch               TG    CPT   26/6/44  DROHOBYCZ

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 15/10/43.  
This crew ditched in the North Sea on 25 Feb. 1944 with a/c  42-38018" .  
 Bowman 28 Feb.  "Stout's crew back on base with good story of rescue.  Bombardier's ribs broken in landing, otherwise all OK. 
Operational Narrative:  Aircraft 018 Ditched and the crew rescued.  Our aircraft lost on e engine just south of Nurnburg and dropped our bombs…Lt Stout, the pilot then joined the 95th Group Formation and flew back too the English Channel where he ditched. All Crew members were rescured"  Crew received six days R & R on 1/3/44.  

Bowman's Diary 30 Jan. 1944 "Takeoff at 0800 for Brunswick…Lt James R. Stout after takeoff this morning, had to feather engine, prepare to land, found landing gear inoperative.  Circled field until 1430 to use up gas, jettisoned bombs and ball turret in channel, and crashed at Honington, all OK."  

Lt R.D. HORNE TOOK OVER AS CP ON THIS CREW ON MAY 8, 1944 MISSION TO BERLIN.
LT LUNSFORD III BECAME A 1ST PILOT AND FLEW SIX MISSIONS 

 Missions of S/Sgt Paul E. Calkin (mpf 2002)

1. 29/11/43 BREMEN
2. 13/12/43 KIEL
3. 30/12/43 LUDWIGSHAFEN
4. 04/01/44 KIEL
5. 07/01/44 LUDWIGSHAFEN
6. 21/01/44 NO-BALL
7. 29/01/44 FRANKFURT
8. 03/02/44 WILHELMSHAVEN
9. 04/02/44 FRANKFURT
10. 05/02/44 VILLACOUBLAY
11. 10/02/44 BRUNSWICK
12. 13/02/44 NO-BALL, PAS De CALIS
13. 21/02/44 BRUNSWICK
14. 25/02/44 REGENSBURG
15. 06/03/44 BERLIN (with Coy I. Montgomery Crew)

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CREW (see graphic fld)

2ND LT COY I. MONTGOMERY            P KIA 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
2ND LT ROBERT F. CONNAWAY          CP POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
2ND LT FRANK C LAVER                 NAV POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
2ND LT JAMES D. FULTON             BOM POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
T/SGT   GEORGE W. BURTON             TTE POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (SEE NOTE BELOW)
 S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA                TTE POW 4 FEB 44  FRANKFURT (with Lt John Brown Crew)
 S/SGT GEORGE D. TOOMEY, JR.       ROG POW 4 FEB 44  FRANKFURT (with Lt John Brown Crew)
    SGT JOHN A. MILLER                   WG CPT   7 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
    SGT EARL W. RITTER                   TG POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
    SGT JUNIOR L. BUCHER               WG POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 6 Jan 44  (Crew #40)

For 6 Mar 44 mission see MACR #3014, Microfiche #1019.  They were flying A/C #42-30170 which had flown under three names: Torchy 2nd, HOT SPIT, and MISS CARRIAGE.

On 6 Mar 44, Lt Frank C. Laver was the Navigator and a POW; Sgt Wilbur Trembley, (from Lt Stout Crew) was the ROG and a POW; T/Sgt George W. Burton was the TTE and a POW; S/Sgt Anthony Ruda was the RWG and a POW, and S/Sgt Louis P. Savell was the BTG and a POW

Eyewitness Account:  "At 1215 hours just north of Hanover an A/c believed to be #170 was atttacked by enemy fighters & was shot down. Four or five chutes were seen. I.D. of this aircraft is not positive, it may have been #051."     Lt. Chadwick

The Germans buried Lt Montgomery (Coy I.) on 10 Mar 1944, noting the cause of death as crash/ burns…
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To whom it may concern,

I have been searching your website for any possible photographs of my grandfather.  He was a member of the 349th squadron, his name is Wilbur I. Trembley Jr., and became a POW on 6 MAR 1944.  From what I can discern from your website he was a crew member on A/C 42-30170.  I have some photos of him in his uniform, but was hoping to find one of him with his crew, and/or aircraft.  If there is any information you could give me it would be greatly appreciated as to how I would go about finding such a photograph.

I myself served nine years in the Air Force, as well as six years in the Army.  I have been working on photograph gallery chronicling the military service history of my family.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Sincerely,

Kevin M. Herrera
nm93lobo@yahoo.com


Mr. Faley,


I was in contact with you several months back inquiring about any photos of my grandfather, Wilbur I. Trembley, and you graciously obliged my request.  In return you asked if I had any photos of my own that I could share with your group, which I do.  I apologize for the tardiness in getting these photos to you, but with nine children things tend to get a little hectic.

Again I apologize for the tardiness of these photos.  The first one is his service picture, my mother is not sure of the date.  The second one is his wedding picture with my grandmother Francis Leah Knoedler, taken Sept. 16, 1945.


Thank you,


Kevin M. Herrera

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: His 1st Mission.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-03-06  
AIRCRAFT: "Pride of the Century" (42-30170) CAUSE: EAC-Crashed at Colnrade  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

S/Sgt Wilbur I. Trembley, Jr.  was the ROG on the James R. Stout crew. He became a POW while flying with the Coy Montgomery crew on the 6 MAR 44 Berlin Mission. (Courtesy of Kevin M. Herrera, grandson.) Stout crew information | Montgomery crew information 

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

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