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S/SGT  Stanley A. SZALWINSKI

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TTE

S/Sgt Stanley Szalwinski-TTE on Lt William G. Smith Crew. (Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: LONG ISLAND, NY

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT WILLIAM GRISWOLD SMITH         P FEH  CREW FLYING AT END OF HOSTILITIES
2ND LT ROBERT W. SMITH, JR            CP FEH
2ND LT WILSON P. TURNIPSEED, JR.   NAV FEH
2ND LT PAUL A. WILKERSON            BOM FEH  (became 349th BS Bombardier after 6 missions)
CPL DELOME CUMBAA, JR                 ROG FEH
CPL STANLEY A. SZALWINSKI, JR        TTE FEH  TAPS: 19 SEP 1982
CPL ANTHONY R. RUSSO                  BTG FEH
CPL JOHN J. O'LEARY                        WG FEH  TAPS; 1985
CPL EARL J. BAUGH                            TG FEH

349TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 14 MAR 1945

 MISSION LOG OF THE W. G. SMITH CREW
 
 Mis No#      Date            Target                        A/C No#       

#290           3/30/45       HAMBURG                 43-38602       XR-P    “Grumblin Gremlin II”

#291           3/31/45       ZEITZ                       44-8334        XR-B

#293            4/4/45        KEIL                        43-38602       XR-P….”Grumblin Gremlin II”

#294            4/5/45        NURNBURG               43-38313       XR-S     “Lil   Butch”

#296            4/7/45       BUCHEN                    43-38602       XR-P    “Grumblin Gremlin II”

#297            4/8/45      EGER,Czech.                44-8532       XR-G    “Kleen Sweep”

#298            4/9/45      MUNICH                      44-8532        XR-G    “Kleen Sweep” 

#299          4/10/45   BURG-BEI-MADGEBURG    44-8532        XR-G    “Kleen Sweep”

#300          4/11/45   LANDSHUT                    43-38383      LN-F

#305          4/18/45   STRAUBING                   43-38865      XR-0       “Goin My Way”

All Dutch Food Drop Missions                Some flights to Europe Post-Hostilities

 4/19/45   Combat Mission Scrubbed/                43-38865   XR-O   “Goin My Way”

Practice

5/3/45   CHOWHOUND                                    44-8532   XR-G   “Kleen Sweep”

5/5/45   CHOWHOUND(HILVERSUM)                  44-8532   XR-G   “Kleen Sweep”

5/7/45   CHOWHOUND(SCHIPHOL)                   43-38865   XR-O   “Goin My Way”

5/19/45   DP Ferry from Germany to Paris           43-39424   EP-B

6/3/45     DP Ferry from Austria to Paris              44-8552    XR-D

6/7/45   Food run to Dutch

6/9/45   357th FG Ferry to Munich

6/10/45  Food run to Dutch

6/12/45  Fighter Ferry to Casablanca                 44-8810    XR-L   “Target for Tonight”

6/13/45  Returned to Thorpe Abbotts

              from Port Lyautey

7/15/45  Ferry to Nice, France……………….         44-8810…XR-L…”Target for Tonight”

 

My Dad was based at Thorpe Abbotts from  3/14/45 to 12/8/45 – 100th BG (349thSqdn)

Gris Smith’s crew until he left U.K. on Queen Mary to USA on 12/8/45,arriving USA 12/13/45 

The misson data is courtesy of Mr J.J. O'Leary, Jr.


  Disposition of some100th Aircraft flown by J.J. O'Leary

 #48532 349 XR G   Clean Sweep(Kleen Sweep)
                                             11 10 44 AI 23 10 44 AOS 00 00 44 G
                                             20 05 45 482 BG 28 11 45 Kingman, Arizona
  Indicates the aircraft built 11/10/44 and entered Air Force inventory 23/10/44 
  Overseas unknown month and date in 1944 and was a "G" model. She was tranferred to the 
  482nd Bomb Group 20/05/45 and was returned to the ZI (Kingman, Arizona 28/1145
  # 48810 48810  349 XR L Target for Tonight 
  04/0145 AI 04/unk/45 AOS 00 00 45 "G"
  10/10/45 Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

XR_crew@yahoo.comuname = Jack O'Learycomments 
= RE: Gris Smith Crew photo on page 13,349th Sqdn page…
I would like to see a bit more DETAILED information regarding this crew photo..So use whatever you feel is useful and have space for....this photo was taken at DREW FIELD,FLORIDA (NOW TAMPA INTERNATIONAL)where the crew was first put together..their individual flying records indicate; assigned from late October,1944 until January 24,1945 to 3rd Air Force,Bomber Command,89th Wing,Group CCTS HB,Squardron T,Flight Secion 1, CREW # 11-47...Flying from Nov 1,1944 until Jan 7,1945...52 landings in 31 days of flying..181.50 TOTAL flying HRS...Usual training pattern of many takeoff and landings first three flights,13(in 5.40 hrs),3,and 6,and then 1 per day average 6.00 hrs per...with 2 flights toward end of cycle at 9.05 hrs and 10.40 hrs each...Flying over Gulf of Mexico which could be tricky when flying over water...crew members used phrase to me "one a day in Tampa Bay"...not sure if this AAF base had any MORE crashe!s than usual at a Training base for aircrews!!! Crew cycled out to Savannah Ga (HUNTER Field,AAF)in late January,1945 then traveled to NYC for their Feb,1945 crossing of the Atlantic,via Queen Elizabeth to Scotland,then to Thorpe Abbotts,arriving March 14,1945;flying four practice flights,3/20,3/25,3/27,3/29 before jumping into the fray on their first combat mission,March 30th,HAMBURG...Interesting from Jan 8th,1945 until March 20th...NO FLYING TIME for the crew after such intense training in the States...Jack O'Leary,son of WG John J.O'Leary on the Gris Smith crew


In a message dated 4/18/2003 8:27:22 AM Pacific Daylight Time, john_oleary07@yahoo.com writes:


Subj:One ship down,two chutes opened many years ago,March 30,1945 
Date:4/18/2003 8:27:22 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From:john_oleary07@yahoo.com
To:cumbaade@bellsouth.net, phyllisbaugh8457@aol.com
CC:janr@cei.net, fortress@nortexinfo.net, MPFaley@aol.com
Sent from the Internet 

Hi De and Earl

RE: Your first combat mission,March 30th,1945

Where it's Good Friday today and I TRY to keep from
talking much on this solumn of days I decided to do a
little research on your first combat mission to
HAMBURG,March 30,1945

specificly to follow up Gris Smith's mission log with
his,and your (crews) comments on the mission regarding
the accuracy of the comments.."I was flying the run
and therefore couldn't see much,but out of the corner
of my eye,saw the Squardron on our right in a pretty
thick concentration of flak.Further to the right was a
Yellow Tail outfit.The flak around us was thick,but
that Yellow Tail group was really taking a
beating.Right waist gunner (Sgt.John O'Leary,THE waist
Gunner,9 man crew)reported that one ship went down
with two chutes opened."

Well De they were right on with their observations.

After researching the mission for the day,I found
three  B-17G's  lost on the mission to Hamburg..only
one from a "Yellow Tailed Group...the 486th BG...

The Lt Fredrick Veal crew on their 9th mission...they
arrived at the 486th four days (March 10th)before your
crew did ..

See the 486th BG website for a photo of the crew and a
listing of what happened...

www.486th.org  CLICK on 832th Sqdn artwork...select
VEAL...they were flying in the low low Sqdn #5 when
hit by flak..a wing broke off and a/c went into
dive,shortly after the a/c exploded...two crew were
able to get out...Sgt Robert Herman,was the Tail Gunner that got out and
    became a POW  with Lt. Don Johns,the Nav.
    the other seven are buried at the American Cemetery in
Cambridge..(wish I knew this when I visited in
Sept-Oct 2002,would have looked them up and said a
prayer)

The Veal crew were flying RODNEY THE ROCKS #43-38142
MACR 13550 that crashed in Pinneburg,Germany that
day,an a/c transferred from another Sqdn prviously
named LIL BUTCH...the same nickname as one a/c your
crew flew in the 100th BG...

With all that was going on around them,Gris and Dad
were right on the money in their observations.Just
like they were trained to be by the USAAF..

Best as ever,

Have a good EASTER!

Jack

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

The Griswold Smith Crew (Left to Right)
Standing: DeLome Cumbaa, John J. O'Leary, Earl J. Baugh, Stanley A. Szalwinski, Anthony R. Russo
Kneeling: Gris Smith, Robert Smith, Wilson P Turnipseed, Paul A. Wilkerson

William G. (Gris) Smith Crew. in front of TARGET FOR TONIGHT, left to right: SMITH, GROOVER, ACCINELLI, SZALWINSKI, CUMBAA, O'LEARY, BEYNE, BAUGH, RUSSO
(Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

 

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