COMMENTS & NOTES
1st Lt Harold L.Switzer P FEH FLYING AT END OF HOSTILITIES
2nd Lt Lawrence J.Poksay CP FEH
2nd Lt Floyd D.Seaman NAV FEH
2nd Lt Warren J.Taylor BOM FEH
Sgt Frederick Rogers, Jr. TTE FEH
Sgt Irving Adler ROG FEH
Sgt Daniel A.Radice TG FEH
Sgt Fred B.Wiegman WG FEH See c:\100thbg\airmen\wiegman.sam
Sgt Peter E.Yarnot, Jr. BTG FEH
This crew joined the 100th Group (351&t Sqdn.) on 20/3/45 and on 27/3/45 was
transferred to the 349th Sqdn. Crew flew a/c #48532 KLEEN SWEEP
Original Bombardier for Crew was F/O George Croog who was replaced in Florida by 2nd Lt Warren J. Taylor
whose nickname was "Jay".
Crew formed Plant Park Fl 11/3/44
Trained at McDill Field 11/3/44 to 1/19/45
Staged at Hunter Field GA 1/20/45 to 2/19/45
Dow Field ME 2/19/45 to 2/25/45
Goose Bay Labradore 2/25/45
BW-1 Greenland 2/26/45 to 3/12/45 (plane damaged by wind on 3/1/45
Meeks Field Iceland 3/12/45 to 3/16/45
Valley Wales GB 3/16/45
594th Replacement Center, Stoney England 3/17/45 to 3/20/45
Assigned 100th BG, 351st Squadron, 3/20/45 to 3/27/45
Assigned to 349th Bomb Squadron 3-27/45 to end or War.
Prepared by Peter Yarnot, BTG
Letter from Fred Wiegman 29/12/86: L.J.Poksay remained in AF after WW II
and as a Lt.Col. Or Col. Flew on crew of Presidental A/C Columbine.
Frederick Rogers deceased after Korea or VietNam??
W.J.Taylor flew every mission except Mission #5 to Berg-bei-Magdeburg
F.B.Wiegman became Aerial engineer on Thorpe Abbott flight llne after combat.
Pete Yarnot stayed in service fought in three wars
MISSIONS OF SGT. DANIEL A. RADICE (mpf 2001)
1. 03/04/45 KIEL 6-1000lb BOMBS, 25,000 FT HEAVY FLAK, LOST 1 A/C
2. 04/04/45 KIEL 6-1000lb BOMBS, 24,000 FT HEAVY FLAK,
3. 08/04/45 EGER 10-500lb BOMBS, 2-600lb INC. 15,000 FT MILK RUN
4. 09/04/45 MUNICH 4-1000lb BOMBS, 4-600lb INC. 25,000 FT NO FLAK, NO FIGHTERS
5. 10/04/45 BERG-BEI-MAGDEBURG 8-500lb BOMBS, 4-600lb INC. 19,400 FT ME 262 JETS, LOST 3 A/C *
6. 11/04/45 INGOLSTADT 8-500lb BOMBS, 4-600lb INC. 18,000 FT NO FLAK, NO FIGHTERS
7. 15/04/45 ROYAN 6-NAPALM 15,000 FT NO FLAK, NO FIGHTERS
8. 17/04/45 AUSSIG 12-500lb BOMBS 20,000 FT NO FLAK, NO FIGHTERS
CHOW HOUND MISSIONS
1. 02/05/45 SCHIPOL, HOLLAND WHEATIES LOW
2. 06/05/45 SCHIPOL, HOLLAND WHEATIES LOW (on 6 May the 100th BG went to Alkmaar-Bergen A/F,Hilversum) The 100th only went to Schipol,Holland on 2 May and 7 May…)
3. 07/05/45 SCHIPOL, HOLLAND WHEATIES LOW (LT SWITZER AND OFFICERS ONLY…on the May 7th,1945 mission to Schipol in B-Sqdn SWITZER 532 G Hardstand 15 on "KLEEN SWEEP"…… )
* 10 APR. 1945 "THE ATTACKS ON 3RD AIR DIVISION"
Tactics Report No 15, HQ 8th A.F.
While one 3rd Division force went to Neu Ruppin, a second force split up to bomb airfields at Burg-bei-Magdeburg,
Zerbst, and Brandenburg/Briest. The three Groups which hit Burg-bei-Magdeburg were attacked before the IP by about 12
Me 262' s which squeezed through the escort. Ten Jets broke away from a dogfight behind the bomber formation to attack the
last squadron of the last Group (100th Bomb Group). The e/a closed at low speeds with their jet units off, many of them flying
out through the loose bomber formation. Two straggling B-17's were destroyed; gunners claims were estimated at 3 destroyed
1 damaged- 2 probable. Several Me 262's and a lone FW 190 made individual tail attacks on the Group ahead of that one.
The gunners destroying the FW 190 and damaging two of the Jets without losing a bomber.
One Me 262 made a pass at the lead Group from 7 O'Clock low, opening fire at 800 yards and closing in a slow glide. At
500 yards gunners saw hits on the jet, which did a wingover, crashed into the ground and exploded. The other major attack on
3rd Division Fortresses was sustained by the second Group in the Brandenburg/Briest force. Near the IP bomber crews saw
10-Me 262 at 7 O'Clock heading in the opposite direction. The Jets split into pairs when they were jumped by excorting Mustangs
but some were able to break into the bombers. Two or the Jets flying abreast hit the fourth squadron from 5 O'Clock low. One pressed
home an attack on the No 5 bomber while the other hit the No 6 bomber, both of the bombers and one of the Jets going down.
Another pair of 262's attacked the third Squadron from 6 O'Clock level, beginning their pass at 1500 yards and opening fire at
600 yards. The leader of the 2 e/a was hit and began smoking at 600 yards, but drilled on into within 50 feet of the Forts before
breaking off to the left and going down in flames. The other broke away to the right. These enemy pilots seemed to be firing into
the middle of the Squadron rather than pressing attacks on individual bombers.
At the same time a single engine fighter, probably a ME-109 swooped down on the high squadron from 1 O'clock high
shooting down the squadron leader. A few other Jets breaking away from the battle with P-51's made unsuccessful
attacks on stragglers. Gunners claims for the group totaled 5 Destroyed, 2 damaged.
1. Me 262 seem to be attacking at slower and slower speeds, probably to simplify their own
sighting problems. This gives gunners a better opportunity to exploit the longer effective range of
their caliber .50's.
2. The Jets like to make their attacks during the bomb run or shortly after the bombs away,
while the squadrons are in trail.
3. Me 262s are showing an increasing tendency to pick on stragglers or on bombers slightly
out of formation.
4.There have been several previous reports of conventional fighters attacking from the nose
while Jets are delivering their customary tail attacks. Search of the forward zones cannot be abandoned
during a tail attack.