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LT  Charles E. ADAMS

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: WITH LT STANLY CLARK CREW

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                                           A/C # 42-31987  "SHILAYEE"
2ND LT MARK V. WILSON                  P    POW     5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
2ND LT CHARLES E. ADAMS              CP    CPT      WITH STANLEY CLARK CREW
2ND LT JOHN T. JOHNSTON             NAV  KIA       5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
2ND LT RALPH A. KROENKE             BOM   KIA       5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
S/SGT EUGENE V. SWEENEY           ROG   POW     5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
S/SGT JOHN W. McAULIFFE             TTE   POW     5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
   SGT DONALD M. ROHASEK           BTG   POW     5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
   SGT WILLIAM E. MORELAND        RWG  POW      5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
   SGT GEORGE B. DONAHUE          LWG   CPT       12 JUL 44  MUNICH    (WITH LT STREED CREW)
   SGT CECIL G. DAVIS                     TG   POW      5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 21 Feb 1944.  
On 5 Jun 1944, Lt. Donald Roth, CP on the F.J. Herres crew, was flying in place of C.E.Adams and was KIA.  S/Sgt Glover Nall, from the J.A. Harrison crew, was flying in place of G.B.Donhoue and became a POW.  On 5 Jun 1944 the Wilson crew was flying a brand new silver B-17G 42-107095, XR-F since they were now a lead Crew.   shilaylee was Lt Wilsons aircraft prior to receiving this new plane.

See MACR #5384; Microfiche # 1957

For most of the crew this was their 25th to 28th mission. This according to "Completion of Sorties" record. 
Mark V. Wilson died 1 Apr 1982 at Ocala, Florida..

Cecil Davis writing in the Fall 1989 Splasher Six.

"Shilayee was no ordinary airplane, Early on our pilot, Mark Wilson, had the ground crew paint white side walls on the tires. Mark said he wanted the plane "to look sharp" and it did. Ernest Lovato painted the Irish name on the nose and the crew's flight jackets because Wilson counted six or seven Irishmen on his crew. Its number was 2317, it's call letter, 'A" for Able'. On the fuselage was 'XR' for the 349th Squadron.

It was in February, 1944, as a replacement crew in the 349th Squadron, that we first met Shilaylee. We flew our first mission in her on February 29th to Brunswick, but it was the missions to Berlin on March 3, 4, 6, and 8 that really broke us in. We got hit so often that the ground crew were grateful for our white side walls. If Mark dropped the wheels down early, it was a sign we were in trouble. The ground crew saw the white wheels and got ready in advance for a lot of work. Shilaylee was a great plane; it brought us back 20 times.

On May 24, we did not fly in Shilaylee because it had a mechanical failure. We flew to Berlin in 'Hard Luck' or 'old 413', the ground crew called it, and on that mission I earned my Purple Heart. After I got out of the hospital our crew was reassembled, and since we were near the end of our tour, we were given a new plane.

On June 5, when we were over Boulogne in our new plane, the aircraft on our right wing was hit by flak and drifted into us. In the crash we lost our co-pilot, navigator, and bombardier. Mark Wilson and I ended up as POWs in Moosburg Stalag VII until Patton liberated us on April 29, 1945

                                            MISSION LOG 

29 FEB 44 BRUNSWICK   
02 MAR 44 CHARTRES, FR
03 MAR 44 BERLIN    
04 MAR 44 BERLIN    
06 MAR 44 BERLIN
08 MAR 44 BERLIN    
15 MAR 44 BRUNSWICK
19 MAR 44 MARQUISE   
22 MAR 44 ORANIENBURG
27 MAR 44 BORDEAUX   
28 MAR 44 CHATEAUDUN, FR
08 APR 44 QUACKENBRUCK, GER 
10 APR 44 MALDEGEM
11 APR 44 ROSTOCK   
12 APR 44 SCHKEUDITZ
13 APR 44 AUGSBURG   
22 APR 44 SOEST
24 APR 44 FRIEDRICHSHAFEN  
28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST
29 APR 44 BERLIN (last mission flying shilaylee)
24 MAY 44 BERLIN  
02 JUN 44 PARIS    
04 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE (DOWNED ON THIS MISSION)

CREW

F/O  CHARLES L. PETERSON         P     KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
2ND LT JAMES D. KEEFFE            CP    KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
2ND LT ELMER H. VISHION         NAV  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
1ST LT JAMES F. JONES             BOM  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT PAUL ZIMA                     ROG  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT CARL J. PHILLIPS             TTG  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT JAMES L. HELLER             BTG  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT ANDREW L. ADDISION       WG  POW 05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT RICHARD J. SAWAYA         WG  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT CORWIN E. ALSPACH         TG   KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE

349th Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 26 may 44

This was the second mission for the above crew;  EYEWITNESS REPORT: A/C #591 (Peterson) was flying right wing on A/C # 095 when 095 (Wilson) was hit by a ground rocket and collided with # 591.  The nose section of # 095 was sheared off, but it appeared to remain under control and peeled out of the formation. Five chutes were seen from # 095 as it "SSS" back toward the channel.  A/C #591 was last sighted about three miles south of Boulogne at 1015 hours.

A/C # 43-37591  MACR #5383, Microfiche # 1957
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Mission list for Lt Mark V Wilson

Date         Crew Nbr    Mission Nbr   Last Name   Initial         Rank     Position    Aircraft Nbr      Target
2/29/1944         04                        WILSON         M.V.         LT         P                        BRUNSWICK   
3/2/1944          04                        WILSON         M.V.         LT         P                          CHARTRES, FR
3/3/1944           04         122         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         170            BERLIN
3/4/1944           04         123         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         31534         BERLIN
3/6/1944           04         124         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         31534         BERLIN
3/7/1944           04         125         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         31534         WERL (SCRUBBED)
3/8/1944           04         126         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         710            BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/13/1944         04         128         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         31534       NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/15/1944         04         129         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         31534       BRUNSWICK
3/19/1944         04         133         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         710         MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/22/1944         04         134         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         127         ORANIENBURG (BERLIN)
3/26/1944         04         136         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         SCHKEUDITZ/JU-88 PLANT
3/27/1944         04         137         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         BORDEAUX/ MERIGNAC
3/27/1944         04         139         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED
4/1/1944           04         140         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         LUDWIGSHAFEN
4/7/1944           04         141         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
4/8/1944           04         142         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         QUACKENBRUCK
4/9/1944           04         143         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         KRZESINKI (POSEN)
4/10/1944         04         144         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
4/11/1944         04         145         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.
4/12/1944         04         146         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         191         SCHEUDITZ (RECALL)
4/13/1944         04         147         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         987         AUGSBURG
4/22/1944         04                       WILSON         M.V.        LT          P                        SOEST
4/24/1944         04                       WILSOM         M.V.        LT          P                        FRIEDRICHSHAFEN  
4/28/1944         04                       WILSON         M.V.        LT          P                         SOTTEVAST
4/29/1944         04                       WILSON         M.V.        LT          P          987            BERLIN (last mission flying shilaylee)
5/19/1944         04         118         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         31981         BERLIN
5/24/1944         04         121         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         30152         BERLIN
5/29/1944         04         125         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         107096       LEIPZIG
5/30/1944         04         126         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         107095       TROYES
6/4/1944           04         130         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         97806         BOULOGNE
6/5/1944           04         131         WILSON         M.V.         LT         P         107095       BOULOGNE(CHG)

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