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S/SGT  Richard H. AGOR

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG
SERIAL #: 13052841 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 00947 CR: 00947

Comments1: 8 OCT 43 BREMEN (Orignal 100th, Crew #11)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Frank H.Meadows          P    KIA  8/10/43  BREMEN  SN# O-672378
2nd Lt Lloyd W.Evans             CP    KIA  8/10/43  BREMEN  SN# O-677693
2nd Lt FranK B.Bush            NAV    KIA   8/10/43  BREMEN  SN# O-735264
2nd Lt William C.Hubbard     BOM    P0W 8/10/43  BREMEN  SN# O-669408 
T/Sgt Harold R.Jackson        TTE    KIA   8/10/43  BREMEN  SN# 38131435
T/Sgt Leo R.Cannon           ROG     POW 28/4/44 SOTTEVAST(With W.G.Lakin) see NOTE below  SN# 34354823
S/Sgt Richard H.Agor          BTG     KIA   8/10/43 BREMEN  SN# 13052841
S/Sgt James F.Ward           RWG    POW 8/10/43 BREMEN  SN# 32518361
S/Sgt Vlncent D.Sapone       TG     KIA   8/10/43 BREMEN  SN# 12096707         

350th Sqdn.  Joined,as above,the 100th Group on 25/8/43. 
This was the crew's eighth mission. Leo Cannon was replaced for this mission by Sgt.Robert H.Wussow who was KIA. Wussow was from the crew of Lt R.F.Claytor. Also on this 8/10/43 mission was Sgt Dexter B.Pate,LWG, who was KIA.

Apparently 2 bombs hung up in bomb bay over target(Bremen). A/C then hit by direct flak burst which blew 
one waist gunner out of ship. Hubbard later stated that he believed both Meadows & Evans were killed by 
the flak burst and that Bush said; "I'm getting the hell out of this plane" and bailed out of the nose 
hatch. Hubbard further states that he thought Bush''s chute caught fire and burned in midair

Statement of James Ward:  "The reason I cannot answer most of the questions is  because our plane had two 
bombs which failed to release,they were hit by flak,causing the plane to explode. I 
was lucky enough to get out alive with quite a few injuries, which caused me to go unconsious after I 
pulled my rip cord.Therefore I didn't see any more of the crew".

MISSIONS OF LT FRANK MEADOWS:

1.    03/09/43   PARIS        A/C#  230840  LN-O
2.    15/09/43   PARIS        A/C#  230358  LN-X  PHARTZAC
3.    16/09/43   LaPALLICE  A/C#  230047  LN-Q SWEATER GIRL
4.    23/09/43   VANNES     A/C#  230047  LN-Q SWEATER GIRL
5.    27/09/43   EMDEN       A/C#  230047  LN-Q SWEATER GIRL
6.     2/10/43    EMDEN       A/C# 230725  LN-Z  AW-R-GO
7.     4/10/43    HANAU      A/C#  230840 LN-O
8.     8/10/43    BREMEN     A/C#  230358 LN-X PHARTZAC 

CREW

M.A.C.R #947  Micro fiche #313       350th Sqdn.
Mission: Bremen         A/C #42-30358  "PHARTZAC"

Date: 8 Oct.1943

1st Lt Frank H.Meadows     P    KIA
2nd Lt Lloyd W.Evans        CP   KIA
2nd Lt Frank B.Bush        NAV   KIA
2nd Lt William C.Hubbard BOM   POW
S/Sgt Robert H.Wussow  ROG   KIA  From "Original" Crew #11 Lt Roy Claytor
T/Sgt Harold R.Jackson    TTE   KIA
S/Sgt Richard H.Agor       BTG   KIA
S/Sgt James F.Ward        WG   POW
Sgt Dexter B.Pate           WG   KIA
S/Sgt Vincent D.Sapone    TG   KIA

This was the eighth mission for all members of this crew with the exception of Bob Wussow & Dexter Pate. Wussow, the radio operator on the original crew #11-Lt Roy Claytor,was probably about at the end of his tour.Sgt  Pate was likely a replacement on the crew and the number of his missions is not known.

Lt.Hubbard,after the war,stated; "The reason I cannot answer most of these questions is because our plane had two bombs that failed to release and received a flak hit which caused them to explode. I being lucky enough to get out alive with quite a few injuries that caused me to become unconsious after I pulled the rip cord. One waist gunner (Jim Ward)was blown thru the side of the plane as it exploded. His chute opened and he reached ground.

S.O.C. P.20/23 has touching story of Agor ordering (in Sept.) roses to be sent to his mother in Shamokin,Pa for Christmas. They arrived many weeks after his death.

S.O.C. p.22  "James Ward,a gunner blown out of .Meadows'ship,pulled the rip cord before his mind blotted out,and Bill Hubbard,descending in his chute,saw Meadow's Fort drop by a super-highway near Bremen.Hubbard was clapped in "solitary",and threatened with death unless he would "talk",but he refused,and the Germans forced him to walk 100 miles to prison. Ward was unconscious 10 days in a hospital."

The dead of this crew were buried in a cemetary at Waller Friedhof,near Bremen.

Inbox :: Message 
From: Jabo 
To: Michael Faley 
Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:54 am 
Subject: S/Sgt Sapone 8th oct 1943   
Dear Mr. Faley, 

the eye witness report is only a voice report,but here the story which told me Mr. Peper from Fischerhude. 
I have added some suggestions in (). : 

One day in october 1943 (8 th oct ) I was 3 or 4 kilometers west of Fischerhude on a field to look at the cows.I saw a plane that smoked and suddenly it exploded above me.Debri fall down around me like rain.I belive 8 men died. One wrecked part of the aircraft was still at the place where it falled down, all the time untill the end of the war.It looked like something where you can mounted weapons.(Maybe a part from the tail.) I collected cartridges there and wondered ,something smelled but I have not had a idea what it was.After the war I realized it.As they (whoever it was) clean the fields from that what was left from the plane ,they found in or under the wrecked part a body. (S/Sgt Sapone ?) 

Round about 15 minutes after the first plane crashed ,a second one came down in a spin ,touched a high voltage cable and exploded.It crashed between Fischerhude and Surheide.Nothing what was left from the plane was bigger than a car.(Shepherd crew,390th BG,crashed Quelkhorn. I have a photocopy from the photo that shows the crashsite.) 

End of Report. 

 Recived now a page from MACR 783 ( Shepherd,390 BG) that shows a german KU report where 3 airmen reported dead,one of them S/Sgt. Sapone. Sapone coudn´t be the man who was found after the war. Does anybody know where the B-17 # 42-30358 crashed exactly? 

Regards from Germany 

Jabo
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I know a man, who was 17 in 1943.He found in the night after the crash a Flight Jacket at that location where the first aircraft crashed.He show me the jacket, it is a B-3 model,size 36R.One sleeve was damaged and replaced by a new one (other typ of leather )just after the war.But now the best: At one of the rips,to close the jacket at the throat,there was written on a rank and a name,but unreadable.The only thing I was able to read was the rank, a Lt. 
Now it will be nice to know whom jacket it was.Is there a way to find out the size from the officers ? 

Sorry for my simple english but it is 25 years ago that I have learned it at school. 

Regards 

Jens-Michael Brandes 

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 5:00 am    Post subject:      
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NOTE:

CREW (28 Apr 44)

COL  ROBERT H. KELLY                COM KIA    28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
CAPT  WILLIAM G. LAKIN                  P KIA    28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
LT HERBERT A. ALF                         CP POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
CAPT  JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE   NAV KIA    28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL) (BLAKELY CREW, LEAD NAVIGATOR)
LT MAURICE H. CAIN                     BOM POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
T/SGT LEO  R. CANNON                 ROG POW 28 APT 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL) (FROM MEADOWS CREW) 
T/SGT JAMES C. BROWN                TTE KIA    28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/SGT ALBERT M. FREITAS             BTG POW  28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL) (FROM DEMARCO CREW)
S/SGT JOHN  N. SPIKER                   WG KIA   28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/SGT JOSEPH A.RICHARD               WG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/.SGT DELBERT E. BARNHART          TG KIA   28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)

COL KELLY COMMANDED THE 100TH FOR ONE WEEK AND TWO DAYS.  HE WAS LOST ON HIS FIRST MISSION TO SOTTEVAST. AT TAKE-OFF TIME THE NEW COMMANDER ELECTED TO BUMP THE 100TH'S BEST FLIGHT LEADER (CAPT JACK SWARTOUT) AND LEAD HIMSELF. THE RESULTS WERE A DISASTER, TWO SHIPS WERE LOST WHEN THE COL ELECTED TO MAKE A SECOND RUN OVER THE TARGET AT THE SAME ALTITUDE AND ON THE SAME HEADING. AMOUNG THE KIA'S WAS THE 100TH BELOVED LEAD NAVIGATOR JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE; SAID BY JIM BROWN AND HARRY CROSBY TO HAVE BEEN THE BEST.

This was what can best be called a "pick-up" crew of veteran airmen, with the exception of Col. Kelly fresh from the States
and had became the 100th's Commanding Officer only nine days prior to the mission. Joe "Bubbles" Payne was 
a member of the original air echelon of the Group as were T/Sgt James C. Brown and S/Sgt Albert M. Freitas.
With the exception of Magee Fuller, they were the last of the "Original 100th" to become casualties. 
T/Sgt Leo R. Cannon joined the Group in August 1943, his orginal crew (F.H. Meadows) was shot down at Bremen
08 Oct 1943. Capt William G. Lakin had been with the Group prior to October 1943.

The following from MACRs:  "....On 02 May 1944, at 0730 hours an American Airman was captured
by two German soldiers on the street of Rochville, Sottevast, France. The Germans record the following
data: Name: Cain, Maurice # 0-681859. According to his statement he rescued himself from the burning
aircraft on 28 April 1944. Sent to Airbase Command, Paris, France..Date 3 May 1944 @ 1320 hours."
                     The Originating German Officer is not identified..pw

MEMO 2:

Richard Hopkin Agor was born on April 18, 1922 in Shamokin, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Marie Hoover Agor. Both the US Censuses 1930 and 1940 show the family residing in Shamokin.

Agor enlisted in the Army Air Forces in Philadelphia on June 28, 1942. His NARA enlistment record states he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a photographer. He was selected for flight duty, and received training as an aerial gunner. He was then promoted to Sergeant and assigned to an operational unit for crew training. He then deployed in 1943 with this crew to England. He flew 8 missions.

On October 8, 1943, he was selected, along with the crew, to bomb the facilities located at Bremen, Germany. Over the target, two bombs hung-up in the racks and failed to release. A flak shell hit the aircraft, that exploded, throwing two men into open air space.

The two made successful parachute landings, but were captured. Eight dead were recovered from the wreckage. These dead were buried in a local cemetery at Waller Friedlof, near Bremen. After the war, they were retrieved and moved to other cemeteries. SSgt Agor presently lies in the Shamokin Cemetery in Shamokin, Pennsylvania.
	
Comments/Citation
SSgt Richard H. Agor was acting as the ball turret gunner on B-17G # 42-30368, named "Phartzac,"assigned to the 350th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 947 was issued , and pertains to this loss. Crew rosters show the crew was composed of:

1 Lt Frank H. Meadows  p
2 Lt Lloyd W. Evans  c-p
2 Lt Frank B. Bush  nav
2 Lt William C. Hubbard  bomb
TSgt Harold R. Jackson  eng/tt gun
SSgt Robert H. Wussow  r/o
SSgt Richard H. Agor  btg
SSgt James F. Ward  wg
Sgt  Dexter B. Pate  wg
SSgt Vincent D. Sapone  tail gun


Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lt Hubbard and SSgt Ward were the only survivors.

SSgt Wussow was a replacement for Tsgt Leo R. Cannon. Sgt Pate was an addition to the crew.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Bremen DATE: 1943-10-08  
AIRCRAFT: "Phartzac" (42-30358) CAUSE: FLAK - Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 28