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LT  Carl K. BAKER

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: O-760764 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 3 MAR 45 BRUNSWICK

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
SPECIAL ORDER NUMBER 73
13 MARCH, 1944

CREW #3805
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

FILLER CREW
PFC (611) GORDON N WICKSTROM             39212934
PFC (611) ARTHUR FITZPATRICK                32941697
CPL (612) ROBERT G "DUTCH". SCHULTZ     35605897
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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.

Michael,
 
"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

Mission #1
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.

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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.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Jay G. Ward, Ralph R. Kitkowski, Carl Baker and D. J. Hewett bicycling in a taxiway near the 350th area at Thorpe Abbotts. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Part of the Carl K. Baker crew; (left to right), Charles L. Edmondson, Joy Ward, Carl K. Baker, Earl H. Kesel and their crew chief, name unknown. Picture taken in London, England, 1944. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Charles L. Edmondson 

 Carl K. Baker crew - 31 December 1944 at B-24 base Tibenham (left to right) Joseph Wastart, unknown, Earl H. Kesel, unknown, Carl K. Baker, W. W. Pinson, Joy Ward and Denny J. Hewitt. Photo taken as crew was getting ready to dismantle the plane, "BACHELOR'S HEAVEN" (44-8284 LN-H) Photo courtesy of Charles L. Ednomdson - September 2006 

(Article courtesy of Matt Mabe)

"BACHELOR'S HEAVEN"  and her Carl Baker crew on the ground safely after the December 31, 1944 Hamburg mission.  (100th Photo Archives)

Crash site of "BACHELOR'S HEAVEN"  - 350th   (100th Photo Archives)

 

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