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MACR: 06542 CR: 06542





1st Lt Andrew J.Gorski            P    NOC   21 JUN 44 BASDORF-BERLIN (LWA by flak in leg) 
2nd Lt Kenneth L.Houghton   CP   POW  25 JUN 44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP ( as pilot of S.T.Major Crew)  
2nd Lt Ray E.Miller               NAV CPT    19 SEPT 44  SZOLNOK, HUNGARY  (with AUSTIN  DUNLOP PFF CREW)
2nd Lt Burton S.Fox            BOM CPT    19 SEPT 44  SZOLNOK, HUNGARY  (with AUSTIN  DUNLOP PFF CREW)
S/Sgt George Jones            TTE  NOC
Sgt Albert M.Caldwell           ROG CPT    3 JAN 45  FULDA
Sgt Joseph J.Parrilla             BTG NOC     Flew 14 missions with Lt Evans Crew
S/Sgt Oscar A.Compton        WG NOC 
Sgt John Rybak                    WG NOC
Sgt Daniel M.Cargile              TG  NOC  (flew with Lt Rice Crew, and went down with Lt Kincannon Crew, flew as WG)

418th Sqdn. This crew,as above,Joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44.  Crew flew Andy's Dandy's named after Capt. Andrew Gorski
Capt. Gorski went on to become 418th Assistant Operations Officer 

Letter from Ray Miller (April 1984)  We had not been a part of the group very long until Andy Gorski was 
moved into squadron ops. Burt Fox had been a bombardier lnstructor and had gone through phase training 
twice. He was a natural for lead crew and insisted that I be his navigator as we were a "team". Gorski did 
not go to Pathfinders but did get some Command pilot time (he got a flak wound in the leg while doing so). 
Burt & I teamed up with Austin Dunlap and completed our tour as , PFF crew. Kenneth Houghton got a crew of 
his own and was shot down but walked out. It was in June 1944 and he has a good story about Gen.Patton and 
his staff. I do not know the fate of the enlisted men of our original crew.

CREW that Lt Ken Houghton took over:

2nd Lt STANLEY T. MAJOR            P     CPT          29/7/44   MERSEBURG
2nd Lt Thornton Bline                   CP   EVADEE     25/6/44   MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
2nd Lt Stanley B.Green              NAV    POW         25/6/44   MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
2nd Lt William A.Lichtenstein      BOM    POW         25/6/44   MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP 
T/Sgt Laverne H.Deatrich            ROG   EVADEE    25/6/44  MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP 
T/Sgt James E.Marion                 TTE    KIA           25/6/44  MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
 S/Sgt Malcolm K.Eckley              LWG   EVADEE     25/6/44  MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP 
Sgt Harold F. Carter                    RWG  NOC
S/Sgt Warren G.Moore                 TG   POW         25/6/44  MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
Sgt John F.Nelson                      BTG   POW         25/6/44  MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP (fill in from 390th BG)

418th Sqdn. CREW ABOVE JOINED 100TH ON 7/4/44 except for Sgt Nelson.   
On June 25, 1944 2nd Lt Kenneth Houghton was pilot of this crew. Lt.Houghton had arrived at the 100 BG on 9/3/44 as CP on the Andrew Gorski crew and became pilot of Lt Major's crew on 14 June 44 after Lt Major was assigned to Squadron Operations. The rest of the above crew (except for Sgt.John Nelson) had all reached the 100th Gp on 7/4/44 as members of the Stanley T.Major crew. Sgt. Nelson was assigned to the 390th Bomb Gp and no doubt was a last minute replacement for this one mission. On 25 June 44 this crew was flying  A/C #42 97859 "Any Gum Chum" . 

Warren G. Moore passed away on 5/1/1991. He was a TG with the 418th Sqdn.. He was with 2nd Lt Kenneth Houghton crew assigned to A/C "Any Gum Chum". Shot down 6/25/1944 and was a POW. Please add him to your Taps. I'm his son Warren G. Moore Jr. 
Thank you,
Warren G. Moore Jr

Missions of co-pilot Lt Thornton Bline sn# 0-815813

1.   25/4/44   DIJON, FR.
2.   26/4/44   BRUNSWICK, GER.
3.   29/4/44   BERLIN, GER.
4.   11/5/44   LIEGE, BEL.
5.   19/5/44   BERLIN, GER.
6.   25/5/44   BRUSSELS, BEL.
7.   28/5/44   MAGDEBURG, GER.
8.   30/5/44   TROYES, FR.
9.   31/5/44   OSNABRUCK, GER.
10.   2/6/44   PARIS, FR.
11.   4/6/44   BOULOGNE, FR.
12.   5/6/44   BOULOGNE, FR.
13.   6/6/44   FALAISE, FR  D-DAY
14.   7/6/44   NANTES, FR. 
15.   8/6/44   TOURS, FR.
16. 14/6/44    LeCULOT, FR.- Lt. Houghton becomes Pilot for this Crew
17. 15/6/44    WILSTER, GER.-Lt. Houghton-pilot
18. 18/6/44    BRUNSBUTTELKOOG, GER. Lt Houghton- pilot
19. 24/6/44    ROUEN, FR. Lt Houghton- pilot 
20. 25/6/44    MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP Lt Houghton-Pilot

A/C#42 97859 "ANY GUM CHUM" LD-T
MACR #6542,Micro fiche #2368

9 NOV 1917- 12 MAY 2010

Hello Sir,
  My name is Jean Pierre, I live in the city of Chartres in France.
  I write a book about the crash and aerial combat in my area during the Second World War.
The 25 juin1944 the B17 42-97859, flown by Lt Kenneth Houghton crashed near the village of La Ferte Vidame (Les Ressuintes).
  This village is located 30 kilometers from Chartres, and the story of this crew will be in my book.
  I found your site, a photograph of the crew.
Will it be possible to obtain authorization to use this photo?
I enclose the address of our website:
  Thank you for your help.
  Jean Pierre



TARGET: Maquis Supply Drop DATE: 1944-06-25  
AIRCRAFT: "Any Gum Chum" (42-97859) CAUSE: FLAK  




 Kenneth L. Houghton crew: Standing (Left to Right) Laverne H. Deatrich, J.H.Gage, Malcolm K. Eckley,George Jones?, Warren G. Moore and James Edward Marion; Kneeling Kenneth L. Houghton, Thornton Bline, Stanley B. Green and William A. Lichtenstein. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Robert Nunez 

Lt Houghton Crew Members Deatrich-ROG, Gage-BTG and Eckley-LWG.  (from the collection of Russell Heckman)

Enlisted me of Lt Houghton Crew.  L-R  Laverne Deatrich , J.H. Gage , Warren Moore "Moe", Malcolm Eckley. Photo courtesy of Mitzi Adams, Daughter of Russell W. Heckman. 



Crew 1

Crew 2

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