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S/SGT  Leon A. CASTRO

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG

 Leon A. "Lee" Castro, TG on the Bernard A. DeMarco crew. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Albert M. Freitas 

My Uncle, S/SGT Leo Castro was a tail gunner on Capt Bernard DeMarco's Crew which flew Our Baby 42-3233. Photo Courtesy of Steven Siliceo, nephew of Leon Castro. 

SERIAL #: STATUS: XFR
MACR:

Comments1: APPT AVIATION CADET

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT BERNARD A. DeMARCO           P POW 08 OCT 43 BREMAN
F/O JAMES P. THAYER                     CP POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
1ST LT JOHN W.DOWNS                NAV POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT FRANCIS C. HARPER           BOM POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
CPL THORNTON STRINGFELLOW     ROG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT BENJAMIN J. BARR              TTE POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT ALBERT M. FREITAS            BTG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST
CPL LEO T. CALLAHAN                   WG POW 21 FEB 44 BRUNSWICK
S/SGT HARRY C. CALHOUN            WG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT LEON A. CASTRO                 TG APPOINTED AVIATION CADET.

350TH SQDN.  THIS IS AN "ORIGINAL" 100TH CREW.

LEON CASTRO HAD BEEN SHIPPED BACK TO THE STATES FOR CADET TRAINING PRIOR TO 8 OCT 43; HE WAS REPLACED BY JEROME FERROGGIARO FROM THE N.H. SCOTT CREW.  ALBERT FREITAS AND LEO CALLAHAN WERE RECOVERING FROM WOUNDS RECIEVED ON THE 6 SEP 43 (STUTTGART) MISSION AND WERE REPLACED BY WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS OF CAPT MARK CARNELL'S CREW AND WILLIAM R. WOODBURY, A REPLACEMENT GUNNER.

GALE W. (BUCKY) CLEVEN, 350TH CO, FLEW AS COMMAND PILOT.
 
Note from..jb

Flak and Fighters over target. This ship leading the 350th.  Hit by flak & fighters and forced to leave formation. three men
injured, all eleven (11) bailed out and landed near Essen, Germany.  Taken to Frankfurt for interrogartion. Downs (Lt John W. Downs)
says bailed out near Oldenburg. Cleven (Maj. Gale W. Cleven) says bail out near Osnabruck.

CREW
            
350TH CREW #10  A/C #42-30047 "SWEATER GIRL"

CAPT    MARK E. CARNELL                      P: CPT   ORGINAL 100TH PILOT
2ND LT  EDWARD K. MOFFLY                CP: CPT
1ST LT  ANTHONY P. GOSPODAR        NAV: CPT   11 DEC 43 EMDEN
1ST LT  JAMES P. FITTON                   BOM: CPT
T/SGT   VERN M. BEST                         TTE: CPT
S/SGT   WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS   WG: POW  8 OCT 43 BREMEN (CREW #15 LT BERNIE DeMARCO)
SGT     EDMUND A. OLIVER                ROG: POW   10 JUL 43 PARIS (CREW #12 LT CHARLES DUNCAN)
S/SGT   STEVE BOSSER                     BTG: CPT
S/SGT   PAUL A. VRABEC, JR              WG: CPT   24 DEC 43 ST JOSEPH(NOBALL)
S/SGT   FLOYD P. BULLARD                  TG: CPT       24 DEC 43 ST JOSEPH(NOBALL)

NOTE: PAUL VRABEC NOT ONLY COMPLETED 25, BUT VOLUNTEERED AND FLEW FIVE ADDITIONAL MISSIONS.

On 10 July 1943, radio operator Ed Oliver flew with Crew #12 which was lost that day and Oliver became a POW.  He was soon replaced on the crew by George Rudden from Crew #17 which went down over Kiel on 25 July.  On 8 October 1943, William Williams flew with Crew #15 and went down over Bremen.

Accordinq to a letter from Vern Best in 1980, Mark Carnell suffered a broken arm in a bicycle accident on the field and was unable to fly for a considerable length of time.  He was replaced by Bill Desanders whose crew (#17) had been lost on 25 July.  Best also says that Paul Vrabec not only completed  25 missions but volunteered for five additional and finished those.

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PHOTOS:

 Part of the Bernard A. DeMarco crew: (Left to Right) Harvey Wardell Holloman - crew chief, Leon A. Castro, Albert M. Freitas and Harry C. Calhoun. Casper, Wyoming May 1944 Detailed Information Photos courtesy of Albert Freitas 

 Part of the Bernard A. DeMarco crew: (Left to Right) Standing; Benjamin J. Barr, Leon A. Castro and Leo T. Callahan, Kneeling; Harry C. Calhoun and Albert M. Freitas with "Misty." Photo taken May 1943 in Casper, Wyoming. Detailed Information Photos courtesy of Albert Freitas 

 

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