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CAPT  Joseph TRAPNELL

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP/P
SERIAL #: O-818761 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 25 DEC 44 KAISERLAUTERN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT WILLIAM F. TERMINELLO, JR.        P CPT 26 OCT 44 HANOVER,TANK WKS & MITBURG, OIL REF
2ND LT JOSEPH TRAPNELL                   CP CPT 25 DEC 44 KAISERLAUTERN, MY  TAPS:1987 
2ND LT STEWART J. GILLISON               NAV EVA 03 FEB 45  BERLIN  FLYING AS COMMAND NAV WITH ERNST CREW
2ND LT FRANK A. RUBICK                   BOM NOC
S/SGT LOUIS QUIJADA                       ROG CPT 10 SEP 44 NURNBURG
S/SGT RUSSELL L. HEGER                    TTE CPT 10 SEP 44 NURNBURG TAPS: 14 FEB 1988
SGT ROBERT J. HANSER                     LWG NOC
SGT JAMES M. JONES                         RWG NOC
SGT THOMAS A. PALMER                     BTG CPT 10 SEP 44 NURNBURG TAPS:  7 NOV  1993
SGT GEORGE J. HARTOS                        TG CPT 10 SEP 44 NURNBURG TAPS: 26 MAR 1971

349TH SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 26 MAY 1944.  CREW FLEW 42-97834 XR-J  AND 42-97770 (PFF-RADAR EQUIPPED A/C STATIONED AT 95TH BOMB GROUP).  ALL A/C FLOWN BY TERMINELLO CREW WERE CALLED  "TERRIBLE TERMITE" BUT NO NOSE ART HAS BEEN FOUND PAINTED ON ANY OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE A-2 JACKET OF LT GILLISON WAS PAINTED WITH THIS NAME AND ARTWORK. 

TRAPNELL LATER HAD HIS OWN CREW. 10 SEP 44 THIS CREW WITH ROSENTHAL AS COMMAND PILOT CRASHED LANDED IN FRANCE..jb
AFTER 9 MISSIONS THIS CREW ASSIGNED TO LEAD CREW TRAINING.  2ND LT JOSEPH TRAPNELL WAS ASSIGNED HIS OWN CREW AND WE LOST TWO GUNNERS (SGT HANSER AND SGT JONES) TO MAKE ROOM FOR A FORMATION OFFICER AND A RADAR OPERATOR (MICKEY).  SGT PALMER AND SGT HARTOS BECAME WAIST GUNNERS ON THE LEAD CREW.   

"AS A PATHFINDER (PFF) CREW, WE WERE STATIONED AT HORHAM (HOME OF THE 95TH BG AND 13TH COMBAT WING HQ).  HORHAM WAS THE ONLY BASE EQUIPPED TO SERVICE THE RADAR EQUIPMENT IN THE 13TH CBW.  ON A MISSION DAY, WE WOULD HAVE TO GET UP EARLY, FLY OVER TO THORPE ABBOTTS, FLY THE MISSION, GO THROUGH DEBRIEFING AND THEN FLY BACK TO HORHAM. THIS MADE FOR A LONG DAY AND WE WERE NOW SEPERATED FROM OUR BUDDIES IN THE 349TH, THIS DID NOT MAKE US HAPPY."  (LOUIS QUIJADA FROM HIS BOOK "RED WHITE AND BLUE PARACHUTES")

MISSION LIST OF S/SGT LOUIS QUIJADA (mpf 2001)

 DATE  MISSION     COMMAND PILOT

1. 02/06/44 BOULOGNE
2. 05/06/44 ABBEVILLE
3, 06/06/44 CAEN, D-DAY
4. 06/06/44 FALAISE
5. 08/06/44 TOURS
6. 12/06/44 ROSIERES/DUNKIRK
7. 15/06/44 WILSTER
8. 18/06/44 BRUNSBUTTELKOOG
9. 19/06/44 CORME ECLUSE
10. 07/07/44 GOTTINGEM
11. 08/07/44 LELENTS
12. 11/07/44 MUNICH
13. 12/07/44 MUNICH
14. 14/07/44 NEUVILLE MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
15. 17/07/44 NO-BALL
16. 04/08/44 HAMBURG
17. 05/08/44 MAGDEBURG     MAJ.   ZELLER
18. 14/08/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN    CAPT. GORSKI
19. 15/08/44 VENLO      MAJ.   ROSENTHAL
20. 24/08/44 RUHLAND     MAJ.   EMBERSON
21. 25/08/44 POLITZ      COL.   PRICE
22. 26/08/44 BREST      COL    TOM JEFFREY
23. 30/08/44 BREMEN
24. 09/09/44 DUSSELDORF
25. 10/09/44 NURNBURG     MAJ. ROBERT ROSENTHAL  

LEAD CREW SEPTEMBER 10, 1944, NURNBURG  PFF A/C 42-97770
 
MAJOR ROBERT "ROSIE" ROSENTHAL  COM P
1ST LT WILLIAM F. TERMINELLO, JR  P
1ST LT MELVIN KODAS    FORMATION OFFICER/TAIL GUNNER
2ND LT STEWART J. GILLISON   NAV
CAPT. WOODROW W.  MCGILL  COM NAV
LT GREGORY MADDOX    RAD
2ND LT FRANK RUBICK    BOM
S/SGT RUSSELL L. HEGER   TTE
S/SGT LOUIS QUIJADA    ROG
SGT THOMAS A. PALMER   WG
SGT GEORGE J. HARTOS   WG
 

100thBG Question Submission messages
 = 240email = m_palmer@mindspring.comuname 
= Mark Palmer comments =  If this is the correct form, please add my father to the list:Thomas A. PalmerTerminello Crew/Terrible TermiteDied: Nov. 7, 1993

When this crew went down on 3/2/45, TARGET: BERLIN
the crew list was as follows:  MACR #12046, A/C#44 8379.  MICRO - FICHE #4417

Maj Robert Rosenthal           Command Pilot     Landed in Russian Lines
Capt John Ernst                        P                  POW
1st Lt Arthur I..Jacobson          CP                  POW  (from Crew of Lt. G. Brown)
1st Lt Stewart J. Gillison      Command NAV      EVA  (from Crew of Lt Terminello)
1st Lt Louis C. Chappel           NAV                 KIA
1st Lt Robert H. Stropp       Radar NAV          Landed in Russian Lines
1st Lt Eugene E. Lockhart     BOM                  KIA
T/Sgt Charles H. Webber     ROG                Landed in Russian Lines 
T/Sgt Dugger C. West        TTE                  POW
S/Sgt Warren Winters         WG                  POW
S/Sgt G.A. Windisch            TG                  Landed in Russian Lines
Ernst's leg amputated  in German Hospital night of 3/2/45 & he was soon exchanged.

See "CONTRAILS" p.131 & S.O.C. p.95. Also p.219/223 of "FLYING FORTRESS" by E.Jablonski.

EYEWITNESS REPORT from MACR #  "A/C #44 8379 was hit by flak,reported to be a ground 
rocket a few seconds before bombs away. A/C continued on run and dropped bombs.  Fire and 
dense white smoke was seen in the fuselage and bomb bay, including the cockpit.  Bomb bay 
doors closed and then reopened.  Pilot opened his window and peeled gently off to the 
right,  directing deputy leader to take over on VHF.   A/C headed NE and flew level for a few 
moments while six members bailed out (3 appeared to come from waist or tail and 3 from 
bomb bay..There was a small explosion in #3 engine nacelle and thd A/C headed down, burning 
and beginning to spin when last seen at 15/000 feet.  Observers believe entire crew had an 
excellent chance to bail out."
 


The following form contents were entered on 7th Aug 3
Date = 7 Aug 3 00:41:02
subject = TAPS REPORT
messages = 1108
EMAIL = jimmylouie@cox.net
UNAME = Susan Dickey
DIED = Stewart James Gillison
DEATH_DATE = March 10, 2003
UNIT = 349th
POSITION = Navigator
RELATION = Child
COMMENTS = My father was a Captain in the USAF, stationed at Thorpe Abbotts in England during WWII.  He participated in the envasions of Normandy and Berlin.  During the latter, he was shot down and spent nearly a month missing in action.  My father was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster,  the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters , and was recommended for the Silver Star (I find no record that he was ever awarded but recommended only).  During his tour, he flew 17 leads including two of the division and eight wing leads.  After his MIA status, he returned to duty and became the 351st Squadron Navigator.  He was prompted to Assistant Group Navigator before returning to the USA


Subj: Re: TAPS REPORT  
Date: 8/6/2003 9:07:56 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: jimmylouie@cox.net 
To: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Michael

I have all and everything you have requested.  Give me a few days to make copies and I can mail what I have to you.  I have all of his missions logs (originals), citations, and miscellaneous other "paper".  I even found the memo authorizing him to receive new clothing on May 1, 1945  because he had been MIA.
 
You are correct.  The listing of POW is incorrect.  According to my father, he bailed out after piece of scrapnel pierced his flight jacket zipper and killed the bombadier next to him.  He tried to stuff his handkerchief in his head wound to stop the bleeding but the bombadier died in his arms before he bailed out.  He said everyone bailed together that was alive at the time.  He landed somewhere in enemy territory alone.  He walked during the night and hid during the day and at sometime met up with a French Resistance soldier who spoke no English but they somehow were able to communicate.  They travelled together I think through Poland (does that make sense) and ended up in Russian hands.  I have a Vgram that he sent to my Grandma from Italy telling her that he was alive.  I have pictures too but I am not sure where they were taken (could be Thorpe Abbotts or not).  
 
I will have to visit Kinkos to make the copies as the flight plans are on large paper and I don't trust leaving them at Kinkos for them to copy and will take the time to do myself as well as make picture copies.  I am more than willing to give you anything I have.  
 
I visited Thorpe Abbotts a few years ago and was amazed at the museum.  Someday I will donate to it as I have my dad's flight jacket (the one with the hole in it from the mission where he was MIA), lots of "paper" and even have a K Ration still in tact!  My mom has his Eisenhower jacket too.  I can't believe they kept all of this as my dad refused to talk about the war to anyone.  I knew very little until recently. 
 
Bill Terminillo, Louis Ouijada, and someone else I did not know have recently called my mom.  
 
I will forward to your address ASAP.  I live in Oceanside CA!!!!  Small world


                              349TH BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (H) ARMY AIR FORCES
                                            Office of the Operations Officer
                                                        APO 569

4 August 1944

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

On 17 July 1944 at 0925 hours the following Combat Crew, assigned to this organization, parachuted from an abandoned B-17G somewhere over England. Aircraft was abandoned account of fire.

1st Lt. Harold L. Heyneman  0-681539        (Navigator/Bombardier)
2nd Lt. Joseph Trapnell IV    0-818761        (Pilot)
2nd Lt. Melvin L. Kodas       0-503283        (Copilot)
T/Sgt Murry W. Holditch      18178502       (Top Turret Gunner)
T/Sgt. John P. Cooper           32931713       (Radio Operator Gunner)
Sgt  Adam C. Stoppel           17088192        (Left Waist Gunner)
S/Sgt. Robert Patrick             14065993        (Right Waist Gunner)
S/Sgt. William A. Geigle      33188079        (Ball Turret Gunner)
S/Sgt. Clare R. Harnden        16084649        (Tail Gunner)
S/Sgt. Byron R. Greene         31289048        (Toggelier)


FRED W. CRAFT JR.                                                                                              
1st Lt.. Air Corps.
Asst Ops Officer.


The aircraft on July 17, 1944 was A/C# 42-102977 was called "TRAPS".

Subj: Re: Crew list July 14, 1944  
Date: 5/29/2003 10:37:15 AM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: Heine48 
To: MPFaley 
 
My father was bombardier/navigator qualified (two ratings) When Lt. Fred Robertson the regular navigator was assigned to lead crews my father was assigned on the missions as navigator.

Jim Heyneman

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 5217