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LT  Wesley R. CARLTON

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP/P
SERIAL #: O-481962 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 08817 CR: 08817

Comments1: 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND (EXP)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

CAPT. HENRY F. SMITH                   P CPT   DATE & MISSION UNK
1ST LT WESLEY R. CARLTON         CP KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
2ND LT MARK M. HERTZ      NAV/BOM POW   28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG    SN# O-700104  (see note below)
T/SGT MILTON S. EDELSTEIN      ROG KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
T/SGT HIKE B. BAGDASIAN          TTE KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 
SGT GARNET E. SYMINGTON            BTG CPT   26 AUG 44 BREST (FLEW 18 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW, ORIGINAL CREW LT BETHEA)
S/SGT PAUL J. HAHN                      LWG NOC   (FLEW 12 MISSIONS CAPT SMITH CREW, THEN TO SPARE GUNNERS POOL)
S/SGT WILLIAM U. SCHAEFER      RWG KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
S/SGT GEORGE E. WATROUS         TG KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  

350th Sqdn. Crew as of June 1944. Crew flew 14 mission in A/C 42-31991 MISS-CHIEF .
It appears this crew used a toggelier for many missions until July 18, 1944 when Lt Eppendorf became the permanent bombardier. CAPT SMITH WAS A GROUP COMMAND PILOT FROM JUNE 1944 UNTIL COMPLETION OF TOUR.  He left the Crew after the June 25th Maquis Supply drop and the crew flew three missions with Lt G.W. Clark (original CP with Lt Tiahrt Crew) as pilot before Lt Wesley Carlton took over the Crew.  2nd Lt Hertz shows up in records as flying as the Navigator on this Crew but  left the crew after the July 8, 1944 Clamecy-Joigny mission to become a Pathfinder Bombardier (Lead Crew) with the 100th Bomb Group and the 95th Bomb Group. Capt. Smith became 350th Bomb Squadron Operations Officer in Sept. 1944. 

CREW make up from 30 AUG 44 to 11 SEPT 44 
     MACR #8817, Micro-fiche #3237             A/C #42-97154  Our Baby Hutchie

1ST LT  WESLEY R. CARLTON         P KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
2ND LT EDWARD F. NEU           CP POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  (Pilot of own crew)
1ST LT HUGH R. DAVIDSON    NAV POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  (from Lt Neu Crew)
1ST LT JACK L. EPPENDORF    BOM KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND   (from LT ROBERT A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
T/SGT MILTON S. EDELSTEIN    ROG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 
T/SGT HIKE B. BAGDASIAN       TTE KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
S/SGT RALPH E. JACOBSON     BTG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 
S/SGT WILLIAM U. SCHAEFER     WG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
S/SGT GEORGE E. WATROUS     TG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  

350th Sqdn. Crew as of 30 Aug 44, Jack Eppendorf was orginally on the crew of R.A.Wegrzynek and Ralph Jacobson was on the original crew of L.W. Riegel, Lt Davidson from Lt Neu Crew. 

MISSION LIST OF CAPT. HENRY SMITH AND LT. WESLEY CARLTON

#      DATE                 TARGET                       PILOT/COPILOT      A/C NUMBER             A/C NAME

1.     18/6/44              MITBURG                      LT. SMITH                2102695                NO NAME
                                                                    LT. W. CARLTON-CP
2.     19/6/44              CORME ECLUSE             LT. SMITH                232009                  BLACK CAT 13
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
3.     20/6/44              FALLERSLEBEN              LT. SMITH                231991                  MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
4.     24/6/44              GRAND COURONNE        LT. SMITH                231049                  SUPERSTITIOUS ALOYSIOUS
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
5.     25/6/44              MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP   LT SMITH                 231074                  CAHEPIT
                                                                    LT W. CARLTON-CP
6.      6/7/44               FLEURY                        LT. G.W. CLARK        231991                  MISS-CHIEF
                                                                    LT. W. CARLTON-CP
7.      8/7/44               CLAMECY-JOIGNY         LT. G.W. CLARK        231991                   MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
LT HERTZ LEAVES CREW TO BECOME RADAR/NAVIGATOR

8.    11/7/44               MUNICH                       LT. G.W. CLARK        231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
9.    18/7/44               KIEL                            LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. G.C. MALCOM-CP
LT J.L. EPPENDORF BECOMES BOMBARDIER ON THIS CREW

10.  20/7/44               MERSEBURG                  LT. W. CARLTON       231991                   MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP
11.  21/7/44               REGENSBURG                LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP
12.  24/7/44               ST LO                          LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP

CREW REDUCED TO 9 MEN, S/SGT P.J. HAHN IS TAKEN OFF THE CREW AND SENT TO SPARE GUNNERS POOL 

13.  25/7/44               ST LO                          LT. W. CARLTON        231991                   MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP (Lt Dykeman is KIA on July 29, 1944 with Fitzroy Crew)
14.  31/7/44              MUNICH                        LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU ?-CP
15.    2/8/44             TERGNIER                      LT. W. CARLTON       231991                     MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU ?-CP
16.   3/8/44              TROYES                        LT. W. CARLTON       297924                     PARTY TONIGHT
                                                                  LT. E.F. NEU ?-CP
17.   4/8/44              HAMBURG                      LT. W. CARLTON       338043                     NO NAME                               
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP
18.   5/8/44              MAGDEBURG                  LT. W. CARLTON       231991                     MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
19.   6/8/44              BERLIN                           LT. W. CARLTON      46089                       LEADING LADY       
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
20.   7/8/44              BEAUTOR                       LT. W. CARLTON       337882                    HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
21.  26/8/44             BREST                            LT. W. CARLTON       46089                      LEADING LADY
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
SGT G.E. SYMINGTON COMPLETES 35 MISSIONS AND IS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY S/SGT R.E.JACOBSON

22.  30/8/44             BREMEN                          LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP
23.   8/9/44             MAINZ                            LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP 
24.   9/9/44             DUSSELDORF                   LT. W. CARLTON       338043                    NO NAME
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP
25.  10/9/44            NURNBURG                      LT. W. CARLTON       338043                    NO NAME
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP  
26.  11/9/44            RUHLAND                        LT. W. CARLTON       297154                    OUR BABY HUTCHIE    (SHOT DOWN)
                                                                   LT. E.F. NEU-CP               
                                     

The following is quoted from a letter written by E.F.Neu dated 23 July 1945...pw

"........we were flying in the low squadron numbering twelve aircraft of which 11 were shot down. Our ship was badly hit and on fire.  Lt Carlton, who was flying in the right seat suffered wounds on the right side of his face and head. Lt. Carlton had his chute fastened to his harness the last time I saw him. While I was trying to move the Engineer's (Bagdasian) body from the escape hatch the ship exploded and I came to on the ground. Due to the fire in the bomb bay no one from the front of the ship could go to the rear, also the inter phone was shot out so no communications in the ship was possible.

Lt. Carlton's wounds seemed to be serious from the way he was bleeding. S/Sgt Schaefer and Watrous were in the rear of the ship and due to fire and no inter phone we could not communicate with them, although they were ordered by Lt. Carlton and myself to leave the ship before out inter phone was shot out."

NOTE:

CREW                                                            
DATE: 28 July 1944          350th Sqdn               A/C#42-97555 PATHFINDER "Island F for Fox" on loan from 95th BG
MISSION: Merseburg                                         MACR#7880,Micro-fiche#2890

Capt Floyd H.Mason (349th Ops Officer) COM P  POW
1st Lt James B.Noble                               P   POW
2nd Lt Robert P.Lipps                            CP   POW
1st Lt Edmund J.Kaufman             RAD/NAV  POW
1st Lt Robert W.Barry                         NAV  POW (WIA)
2nd Lt Marcus M.Hertz                        BOM   POW
 T/Sgt Frank Cruz,Jr.                          TTE   POW
 T/Sgt Russell F.Ellis                           ROG  POW
 S/Sgt Arthur L.Roberts                     RWG  KIA
 S/Sgt William P.McNally                      TG   KIA
 S/Sgt Frederick F.Swartz                   LWG  POW

Of the above,Noble, Cruz, Ellis, Roberts, McNally,and Swartz appear to be from the
original Noble crew. Lipps was from the M.C.Rumley crew. Kaufman from the R.A.
Wegrzynek crew. Barry from the H.E.Bethea crew. Lt Hertz was from Capt. Smith/Lt Wesly Carlton Crew.
 Mason had joined the 100th withhis own crew on 28/11/43 and may have been on his 2nd tour.

Eyewitness Report: " At 0850 hours near 5043N-0802E,A/C #555 nosed down twice
and the group followed.Then the wheels were lowered and fire was seen in the
radio room. Looked as if it might be a flare fire. The A/C peeled off to the
right.A small explosion was seen in the right wing between #3 engine and the
fuselage. Ono man bailed out before the A/C left the formation. The others
followed. Nine chutes were seen to open and the tenth had not opened when the man
disappoared into the undercast. The fire in the A/C appeared to be out when it
plunged into the undercast flying steadily under AFCE control."

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Ruhland DATE: 1944-09-11  
AIRCRAFT: "Our Babe - Hutchie" (42-97154) CAUSE: EAC & Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 754