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LT  Thornton BLINE

MACR: 06542 CR: 06542

Comments1: 25 JUN 44 MAQUIS ARMS DROP




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" . 

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


1st Lt Andrew J.Gorski                       P  NOC    (LWA) flak in leg on 21/6/44 Basdorf (Berlin)
2nd Lt Kenneth L.Houghton             CP  POW   25/6/44 as pilot of S.T.Major crew.   South of France (Supply Drop)
2nd Lt Ray E.Miller                         NAV CPT
2nd Lt Burton S.Fox                      BOM CPT
S/Sgt George Jones                       TTE   NOC
  Sgt Albert M.Caldwell                   ROG CPT        3/1/45    Fulda
 Sgt Joseph J.Parrilla                       BTG NOC
S/Sgt Oscar A.Compton                  WG  NOC 
 Sgt John Rybak                            WG  NOC
 Sgt Daniel M.Gargile                       TG    NOC

418th Sqdn. This crew,as above,Joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44.

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 (that of Lt Stanley Major) 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.



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 



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