COMMENTS & NOTES
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
SPECIAL ORDER NUMBER 73
13 MARCH, 1944
2ND LT (1024) CARL K BAKER O-760764-ROSWELL, N.M
2ND LT (1022) CHARLES L EDMONDSON O-819070-LOCKBOUNE, OHIO
CPL (757) DENNY J. HEWITT 15132177
SGT (748) EARL H KESEL 15196729
CPL (612) JOY G. WARD 38345295
PFC (611) GORDON N WICKSTROM 39212934
PFC (611) ARTHUR FITZPATRICK 32941697
CPL (612) ROBERT G "DUTCH". SCHULTZ 35605897
CREW AT THORPE ABBOTTS
2nd Lt Carl K. Baker P CPT 3/3/45 BRUNSWICK
2nd Lt Charles L. Edmondson CP CPT 22/3/45 ALHORN (with Lt A.G. Larsen Crew) SN# 0-819070
2nd Lt Gould Cline NAV NOC MOST LIKELY TAKE OFF CREW AT COMBAT CREW REPLACEMENT CENTER.
S/Sgt Denny J .Hewitt WG CPT 3/3/45 BRUNSWICK (MOVED TO ROG WHEN SCHULTZ WENT TO LT DANIELS CREW)
S/Sgt Earl H. Kesel TTE CPT 3/3/45 BRUNSWICK
Sgt Arthur F. Fitzpatrick BTG NOC
S/Sgt Joy G. Ward WG CPT 3/3/45 BRUNSWICK (added to crew when Hewitt becomes ROG.)
Sgt Robert G. "Dutch" Schultz ROG CPT TRANSFERRED TO LT C.O. DANIELS CREW, FLEW 17 MISSIONS WITH THEM
Cpl Joseph Wastart TG CPT 3/3/45 BRUNSWICK
350th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined 100th Group on 7/9/44
No Navigator or Bombardier. On crew List of 30/9/44 this is shown as crew #34 with some changes: A Lt.W.W.Pinson (from crew of H.E.Holladay) is the NAV, A S/Sgt J. Russell (From Lt Kassebaum Crew) is named as TOG/NG (flew 8 misisons with Baker Crew and CPT) and Sgt.R.G.Schultz is not on crew.
Letter from C.O. Daniels of 28 Sept.1984 says that Sgt.Robert "Dutch" Schultz flew with him but had insufficient missons on 5/3/45 & was assigned to another crew to finish. SGT. WILLIAM KILPATRICK, JR ,WG ON LT C.O. DANIELS CREW WAS REMOVED TO REDUCE TO 9 MAN CREW AND REASSIGNED TO CREW OF C.K. BAKER AND WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION 30 NOV 44 ON 18TH MISSION.
"Attached is a copy of my mission and a picture of the crew. Ward did come on later. "Dutch" Schultz was radio operator that flew over seas with us then he went on the Daniels crew. The last plane we flew on 12/31/44 "Bachlor's Heaven", 44-8284 LN-H, we crash landed at Tibenham, a B-24 base, about 20 miles from the 100 BG. We blew#2 Eng. On take off and flew 7 minutes before crash landing. Crew all got out and was o.k. and flew a mission on 1/3/45.
C. Baker Crew had a navigator, Gould Cline, assigned to him when we went over seas. Gould is from the NW, Idaho. He said, "Idaho had the prettiest girls in the world." I flew my last five missions with Arthur Larsen. My last mission was 3/22/45. On the 3/31/45 his crew went down and there was only one survivor.
Hope this helps. I will not be able to send any more for about one month, my internet helper will be back then. The attached mission is not real good quality, if you can't read it, let me know and I could type it.
Charles L. Edmondson, CP on Lt Baker Crew
1ST LT CHARLES L. EDMONDSON 0-819070
Date Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
9/28/1944 FITZPATRICK A.F. SGT BTG 38436 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 BAKER C.K. LT P 38436 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 WASTART J. CPL TG 38436 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 WARD J.G. SGT RWG 38436 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 KESEL E.H. S/SGT TTE 38436 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 HEWITT D.J. S/SGT ROG 38436 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 RUSSELL W.J. S/SGT TOG 38436 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 EDMONDSON C.L. LT CP 38436 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 PINSON W.W. LT NAV 38436 MERSEBERG
no credit for mission:
9/30/1944 BAKER C.K. LT P 38436 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 EDMONDSON C.L. LT CP 38436 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 PINSON W.W. LT NAV 38436 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 RUSSELL W.J. S/SGT TOG 38436 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 HEWITT D.J. S/SGT ROG 38436 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 KESEL E.H. S/SGT TTE 38436 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 FITZPATRICK A.F SGT BTG 38436 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 WARD J.G. SGT RWG 38436 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 WASTART J. CPL TG 38436 BIELEFELD
2. 10/09/44 MAINZ, GER.
3. 10/12/44 BREMEN, GER.
4. 10/15/44 COLOGNE, GER.
5. 10/17/44 COLOGNE, GER.
6. 10/18/44 KASSEL, GER.
7. 10/19/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, GER.
8. 10/30/44 MERSEBURG, GER, RECALL, GOT CREDIT FOR MISSION
9. 11/02/44 MERSEBURG, GER.
10. 11/06/44 NEUMUNSTER, GER.
11. 11/09/44 SAARBRUCKEN, GER.
12. 11/10/44 MAINZ, GER.
13. 11/16/44 LANGERWEHE (AACHEN AREA)
14. 11/29/44 HAMM, GER.
15. 11/30/44 MERSEBURG, GER.
16. 12/11/44 KOBLENZ, GER.
17. 12/18/44 MAINZ, GER.
18. 12/27/44 FULDA, GER.
19. 12/29/44 FRANKFURT, GER.
20. 01/03/45 FULDA, GER.
21. 01/05/45 FRANKFURT, GER.
22. 01/10/45 DUISBURG, GER.
23. 01/28/44 DUISBURG, GER.
24. 02/06/45 CHEMNITZ, GER.
25. 02/14/45 CHEMNITZ, GER.
26. 02/15/45 COTTBUS, GER.
27. 02/28/45 KASSEL, GER.
28. 03/03/45 BRUNSWICK, GER.
29. 03/10/45 DORTMUND, GER.
30. 03/11/45 HAMBURG, GER.
31. 03/14/45 HANOVER, GER.
32. 03/17/45 PLAUEN, GER.
33. 03/22/45 ALHORN, GER.
Thought you guys might find this interesting. I heard from William J. Russell. He says:
I don't believe I can be of very much help to you, and I am sorry about that. Also I do not have a computer. I was the right waist gunner on Les Kassebaum's crew. We started our combat missions in June 1944, and after 15 combat missions, was taken off my crew and made a spare gunner, as were the 10th man on every crew were of every B-17 in England. The reason being that the machine gun pointing to the tail of the plane wasn't of much use. This was the radio man's gun. So in case of an attack by German fighter planes the radio man would go to the right waist position and man that gun. So the B17s which had a crew of ten were reduced to a crew of nine. All spare gunners only had a chance to fly with another crew, if they happened to be short a man or men because of death or serious injury to anyone or more during combat missions, or drunkenness or any other cause of not being able to fly with their crew.
My crew and all crews at that time had to fly 35 combat missions to be able to leave and come home. Spare gunners could go home after 25 mission because of the infrequency that we flew. I had 15 combat missions with Les Kassebaums crew when I was taken off and made a spare gunner and flew two missions with two different crews whom I can't remember. Then I, as many others were trained as togglers. We did the bombardiers job of dropping bombs etc. we did everything a bombardier did, except use the Norden Bomb Sight. The bombardier in the lead plane used the Bomb sight and also dropped a smoke bomb, which we dropped on.
I now had 15 missions completed with my crew, and two as a spare gunner for a total of 17, at which time I was assigned to Baker's Crew as a toggler, and completed my last 8 missions and came home after 25 missions. I flew four different positions on a B17. Tail gunner, right waist gunner, top turret gunner and toggler.
My original crew finished 35 missions and come home in October of 44. I believe I came home in November after 25 missions.
It could be possible that maybe Dick (Mullaney from Lt Dawson Crew) wound up as I did, as a spare gunner. Maybe I am just guessing, he was never assigned to another crew? Maybe he was? I have no way of knowing. I am ashamed to admit I can't remember Dick. I must have known him for a very short time. I'm sure he was a wonderful young man, and as he mentioned I had 23 missions completed, needing two more to come home. Russ he mentioned could be me? I don't know. I don't know who Pat was? We flew in three plane elements that was wing to wing etc. Merseburg was an Oil Refinery, and a very dangerous Combat mission that really scared all of us.
I am enclosing the address of Lloyd H. Luckow 1171 Olslenway Drive, Houston, Texas 77070-2809. Luke is our navigator and stayed at the base even after I came home. Tell him Bill Russell gave you his address. He may be able to help you? Maybe not at all.
MISSIONS OF T/SGT DENNY J. HEWITT (LUCKY BASTARD CIRTIFICATE SAYS 34 CREDITED MISSIONS)
MISSIONS OF T/SGT DENNY J. HEWITT
1. 9/28/44 MERSEBURG, GER
2 9/30/44 BIELEFELD, GER
3. 10/02/44 KASSEL, GER
4. 10/09/44 MAINZ, GER.
5. 10/12/44 BREMEN, GER.
6. 10/15/44 COLOGNE, GER.
7. 10/17/44 COLOGNE, GER.
8. 10/18/44 KASSEL, GER.
9. 10/19/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, GER.
10 10/30/44 MERSEBURG, GER, RECALL, GOT CREDIT FOR MISSION
11. 11/02/44 MERSEBURG, GER.
12. 11/06/44 NEUMUNSTER, GER.
13. 11/09/44 SAARBRUCKEN, GER.
14. 11/10/44 MAINZ, GER.
15. 11/16/44 LANGERWEHE (AACHEN AREA)
16. 11/29/44 HAMM, GER.
17. 11/30/44 MERSEBURG, GER.
18. 12/11/44 KOBLENZ, GER.
19. 12/18/44 MAINZ, GER.
20. 12/27/44 FULDA, GER.
21. 12/29/44 FRANKFURT, GER.
12/31/44 HAMBURG CRACK UP, CRASH LANDED AT TIBENHAM
21. 01/03/45 FULDA, GER.
23. 01/05/45 FRANKFURT, GER.
24. 01/10/45 COLOGNE, GER.
25. 01/13/45 MAINZ, GER
26. 01/14/45 DERBEN, GER
27. 01/17/45 HAMBURG, GER
28. 01/20/45 HEILBRONN, GER
29. 01/28/44 DUISBURG, GER.
30. 02/06/45 CHEMNITZ, GER.
31. 02/14/45 CHEMNITZ, GER.
32. 02/15/45 COTTBUS, GER.
33. 02/28/45 KASSEL, GER.
34. 03/03/45 BRUNSWICK, GER.
30 NOVEMBER 44- THE 350TH BOMB SQUADRON, CONSISTING OF TWELVE (12) AIRCRAFT, PART OF A GREAT BOMBER FORCE TOOK OFF FROM THORPE ABBOTT AIRFIELD (US) ON AN OPERATIONAL MISSION TO BOMB THE SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERIES AT MERSEBURG, GERMANY. THE SQUADRON, OF WHICH AIRCRAFT NUMBER 436-T WASN AN ELEMENT, AND ON WHICH STAFF SERGEARNT WILLIAM KILPATRICK, JR 42026341, TOGGLIER FLEW AS A MEMBER OF THE CREW, ARRIVED NEAR THE TARGET AT APPROXIMATELY 1300 HOURS AND STARTED THE BOMB RUN. THE FLAK WAS VERY INTENSE AND VERY ACCURATE. S/SGT WILLIAM KILPATRICK, JR WAS HIT IN HIS LEFT ARM AT EXACTLY 1306 HOURS BY A PIECE OF FLAK, THE IMPACT OF THE MISSILE KNOCKING HIM FROM HIS SEAT IN THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT, DISCONNECTING HIS INTERPHONE AND HIS OXYGEN. HOWEVER, WITH WHAT COULD BE TERMED HEROIC DETERMINATION, HE CRAWLED BACK TO HIS POSITION, CONNECTED HIS INTERPHONE AND OXYGEN, AND DESPITE HIS BROKEN ARM AND SERVERE PAIN, PROCEEDED TO CARRY OUT HIS DUTY AND DROP THE BOMBS AT 1310 WHICH WAS SQUADRON BOMBING TIME. S/SGT KILPATRICK WAS GIVEN FIRST AID IMMEDIATELY AND DURING THE JOURNEY HOMEWARD.