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M/SGT  Dewey R. CHRISTOPHER

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: GND

 Dewey R. Christopher - Crew Chief (100th Photo Archives) 

Dewey Christopher 2018 with photo taken with Dewey ( standing far left) Skipper and Capt Swartout Crew. Photo by Matt Mabe 

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Comments1: GND PER ON RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION, ORIGINAL 100th

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

Crew Chief for SKIPPER, SKIPPER II, HUMPTY DUMPTY,  received Bronze Star, Polish Medal for dropping supplies 

The information on my late husband, M/Sgt. Wylie B. Harrison which you sent to my grandson Mark Harrison, has been sent on to me. I believe all the information is correct except the statement that he was on the first Russian Shuttle Mission on June 21, 1944. I was sure that he did not go on that mission and I have visited with Dewey  Ray Christopher who confirmed that. Ray went on that mission, but my husband did not. I hope this will help to correct the information on my husband. Alminice Harrison 

From Dewey Christopher on the use of engineering tents by the Hardstands:
"These tents were used to keep out of the elements and were used to clean the guns.  After a mission, the crew would go to debriefing, drop off their flying cloths and then the gunners would return to the hardstand to clean their guns.  They would be clean and oil them and then put them back in the plane. The 50 cal’s were oiled after each mission in order to help keep the parts lasting longer.  The next morning (provided there was a mission) the gunners would return and clean all of the oil out of the guns so they did not freeze up at high altitude.  As for the Tents being used for Bombsight maintenance, Dewey did not recall this being the case; he said that all repairs were done at the Bombsight maintenance building near HQ.  Each squadron had 3-4 people who installed the Bombsight into all the planes.  Each made there way to the respective hardstands accompanied by an armed guard.  Upon return from a mission, the same man along with armed guard would be waiting at the hardstands in a jeep to retrieve the Nordon Bombsight and return it to the Bombsight Maintenance building.  As stated before, this was one of the most guarded secrets of WW2, should a crew crash land, the Bombardier was to make sure the Nordon Bombsight was destroyed, usually with his 45 cal. 

Dewey on the Hang the Expense, Drapers Barn incident:

Very little is known about the following incident.  I was assigned to Hardstand 6 right next to Drapers Farm. When Hang the Expense went through the field and took out the engineering tent, with one wing, there was an additional landmark that was blown over.  It turns out that Hang the Expense also took out the local Outhouse, Latrine, Honey Pot.  A Sgt. Walton in the Armament section of the 351st was using the facilities when Hang the Expense blew through the field and knocked over the latrine. According to reports, Sgt Walton was seen scrambling out of the tipped over outhouse trying to pull up his pants and running for his life.

MEMO 2:

Slight amendment Joe, Bob Spangler was the Line Chief, to which Flight Chiefs reported, and Crew Chiefs reported to the Flight Chiefs. Dad's Flight Chief was Joe Niehaus. And yes, Dad thought the world of Bob Spangler. Bob was especially adept at electronics, which was a really special skill. Paul Acton, notice that Bob's jeep is parked in front of Sunny II.

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 Dewey Christopher - 351st Crew Chief. (100th Photo Archives) 

351st Crew Chiefs. Dewey Christopher, left, and Joseph Picard (from the collection of Bill Carleton). 

Dewey Christopher ground crew. Standing from left, Keith Conklin, Joe Clopton, and Mike Schuster, Kneeling, Dewey Christopher (Crew Chief) (100th Photo Archives) 

 Dewey Christopher ground crew. Left to right: Keith Conklin, Joe Clopton, Dewey Christopher. Mike Schuster is working on top of the engine stand.(100th Photo Archives) 

 Dewey Christopher, 351st Crew Chief, by OUR GAL SAL. 

Dewey Christopher in 2015

 A/C 338852 EP-N landing with flak damage. (Photo courtesy of Ernest Havecker and his family: Eileen Rosenthal and Jodi Womack.) 

"SKIPPER"of the 351st with her Jack R. Swartout crew; Standing from left; Dewey Christopher, Harry A. Bonn, John M. Delaney, Hugh H. Smallwood & Dorsett C. Bennett: Kneeling from left: Arch (Four Mile) Drummond, Ollen Turner, Jack R. Swartout, Albert D. Dahlgren & Leonard P. Bull. This is one of the 100th most famous crews, Swartout, it's pilot, is widely recognized as the 100th greatest combat leader. Detailed Information (from the collection of Bill Carleton)

 338852 EP-N Lt. Edward W. Aubuchon, Jr., aircraft. On March 14, 1945 the aircraft was hit by FLAK. Sgt. Garland Miller-WG was killed. Aubuchon crew information Photo courtesy of Charleen Hill 

 A/C 338852 EP-N after returning to Thorpe Abbotts. The a/c, flown by the Edward Aubuchon, Jr. crew was flying the 14 MAR 45 mission to Seelze when a .88mm shell exploded in the waist resulting in the death of Waist Gunner Garland S. Miller of Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania. Aubuchon crew information 

 A/C 338852 EP-N after returning to Thorpe Abbotts. The a/c, flown by the Edward Aubuchon, Jr. crew was flying the 14 MAR 45 mission to Seelze when a .88mm shell exploded in the waist resulting in the death of Waist Gunner Garland S. Miller of Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania. Aubuchon crew information 

 A/C 338852 EP-N after returning to Thorpe Abbotts. The a/c, flown by the Edward Aubuchon, Jr. crew was flying the 14 MAR 45 mission to Seelze when a .88mm shell exploded in the waist resulting in the death of Waist Gunner Garland S. Miller of Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania. Aubuchon crew information 

 A/C 2107233 EP-N HUMPTY DUMPTY, #3 engine change. (Photo courtesy of Dewey Christopher) 

 A/C 2107233 EP-N HUMPTY DUMPTY, L-R: Mike Schuster and Keith Conklin (Photo courtesy of Dewey Christopher) 

 A/C 2107233 EP-N HUMPTY DUMPTY, Dewey Christopher leaning over put-put, Joe Clopton standing on left and unknown standing on right. (Photo courtesy of Dewey Christopher) 

 HUMPTY DUMPTY A/C 2107233 EP-N on hardstand with Red Cross truck. Note that her rudder is not painted black. (Photo courtesy of Dewey Christopher) 

 SKIPPER II, A/C 231703 EP-N/R with some of her ground crew. (Photo courtesy of Dewey Christopher) 

 SKIPPER II, A/C 231703 EP-N/R on hardstand. (Photo courtesy of Dewey Christopher) 

 SKIPPER A/C 23307 EP-N. (Photo courtesy of Dewey Christopher) 

 A/C 338852 EP-N Humpty Dumpty II flak damage. (Photo courtesy of Ernest Havecker and his family: Eileen Rosenthal and Jodi Womack.) 

 (l-r) Chris Christopher, Grant Harrison, (first name unknown) Clopton, and Mike Schuster 

Hardstand 6 Composite of then and now by Matt Mabe 

Humpty Dumpty II after 88 mm flak hit in waist.  EP-N. 

Humpty Dumpty II EP-N flak Damage. Photo courtesy of KEEVIN T. MORIARTY/Katy Souther. 

Damage from 88mm flak burst in Waist. Photo courtesy of KEEVIN T. MORIARTY/Katy Souther. 

Humpty Dumpty II - Lt Edward W. Aubuchon-1 KIA-88mm flak hit in waist. Photo courtesy of KEEVIN T. MORIARTY/Katy Souther. 

HUMPTY DUMPTY profile by Jan Zdiarsky.  

Skipper II on Hardstand 6.  Dewey Christopher was Crew Chief on this plane 

Humpty Dumpty II 

 

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