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Group History

Black Week - Bremen

Black Week (October 8-14, 1943)
Bremen - 8 Oct 1943

Bremen  |  Marienburg  |  Munster  |  Schweinfurt

 

350TH BOMB SQUADRON

CAPT. BERNARD A. DeMARCO P POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
F/O JAMES P. THAYER CP POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
1ST LT JOHN W. DOWNS NAV POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT FRANCIS C. HARPER BOM POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
CPL THORNTON STRINGFELLOW ROG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT BENJAMIN J. BARR TTE POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT ALBERT M. FREITAS BTG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST WITH LT. LAKIN/COL KELLY
CPL LEO T. CALLAHAN WG POW 21 FEB 44 BRUNSWICK WITH LT. FLETCHER
S/SGT HARRY C. CALHOUN WG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT LEON A. CASTRO TG -- -- APPOINTED AVIATION CADET

350TH SQDN. THIS IS AN "ORIGINAL" 100TH CREW.

LEON CASTRO HAD BEEN SHIPPED BACK TO THE STATES FOR CADET TRAINING PRIOR TO 8 OCT 43; HE WAS REPLACED BY JEROME FERROGGIARO FROM THE N. H. SCOTT CREW. ALBERT FREITAS AND LEO CALLAHAN WERE RECOVERING FROM WOUNDS RECIEVED ON THE 6 SEP 43 (STUTTGART) MISSION AND WERE REPLACED BY WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS OF CAPT MARK CARNELL'S CREW AND WILLIAM R. WOODBURY, A REPLACEMENT GUNNER.

GALE W. (BUCKY) CLEVEN, 350TH CO, FLEW AS COMMAND PILOT ON OCTOBER 8, 1943.

A/C 42-3233 "OUR BABY" LN-R

Flak and Fighters over target. This ship leading the 350th. Hit by flak & fighters and forced to leave formation. three men injured, all eleven (11) bailed out and landed near Essen, Germany. Taken to Frankfurt for interrogartion. Downs (Lt John W. Downs) says bailed out near Oldenburg. Cleven (Maj. Gale W. Cleven) says bail out near Osnabruck.

2ND LT HERBERT G. NASH, JR P KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT ROBERT E. SPEAS CP KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT JOHN P. HART NAV POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT VERNON N. HOGSETT BOM POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT THOMAS B. DILTS ROG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT PATRICK J. NEILON TTE KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
SGT THADDEUS L. KIRKPATRICK BTG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
SGT STANLEY NOWAKOWSKI WG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
SGT GEORGE D. SNYDER WG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT JOW BOST TG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN

A/C 42-30840 LN-O (no name)

350TH SQDN. . THIS WAS THE THIRD (3) MISSION FOR THIS CREW; THEIR FIRST WAS TO PARIS 01 OCT 1943 AND THEIR SECOND WAS EMDEN ON 02 OCT 43.

Hogsett (Lt Vernon N. Hogsett) stated after the war, "The engineer (S/Sgt Patrick J. Neilon) and I landed a small pond in a farmyard. With the assistance of German civilians I got Neilon to shore. He complained greatly of back injury, which I believe was caused when bailing out of the plane. There was no external injuries. I pleaded with the Germans to bring a doctor, but I do not believe they understood me. Sgt Neilon lost consciousness immediately and I firmly believe he died before the German Officer in charge took me away with the rest of the crewmembers.

The disabled plane had gone into a uncontrollable dive and apparently Nash, Speas, Dilts and Bost were unable to get out. The plane broke up near the tail wheel and Kirkpatrick actually fell from the ship at that time. Hogsett, after his capture, was taken to the site of the crash and identified the bodies of Nash, Speas, Dilts, and Bost which had been thrown clear of the wreckage.

German records show burial of the five dead at the cemetery of "Hoya/Weser in graves #34, 35, 36, 37 and 38.

On October 8, 1943 Lt Kramer Crew flew: 42-3433 "LENA" LN-W (RETURNED EARLY)

2ND LT ROBERT P. KRAMER P KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT EDWARD F. CONNELLY, JR. CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT HUGH S. GEIGER, JR NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT THOMAS B. CASEY, JR. BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT DEAN O. TODD TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT JAMES A. WATKINS ROG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT DONALD M. GLAZE BTG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT GEORGE A. WHITE RWG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT FRED B. MOORE LWG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT HARVEY F. JAMES TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

 

2ND LT WILLIAM H. MCDONALD P POW 10 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT JOHN L. JAMES, JR. CP POW 10 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT CARL L. SPICER NAV EVA 10 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT FRANK P. MCGLINCHEY BOM POW 10 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT FRED PRIBISH ROG POW 10 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT CHARLES S. ASHBAUGH TTE POW 10 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 33292542
S/SGT ROSS W. DETILLION BTG POW 10 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT DOUGLAS H. AGEE LWG KIA 10 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT VICTOR P. INTOCCIA RWG POW 10 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT PAUL G. SEARS TG POW 10 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 15337608

MACR #952, Micro fiche #315
A/C #42 30318 "SALVO SAL" LN-S·

350th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined 100th Group on 2/8/43.

Tenth mission for crew. Target, Bremen Time 1500 hours approx.

Ship was leading 2nd element of the high sqdn. Agee was struck by a 20mm about 30 minutes before crew bailed out over Holland. German Medical Report in MACR says " . . shot in both lungs and bled to death". Body was interred on 12/l0/43 at Beetsterswang Cemetery (Friesland) Row 21, Grave 26. All others bailed out over Holland and were taken prisoner. Aircraft crashed near the Zuider Zee in western Holland.

Carl Spicer was helped by Dutch underground and later joined Jack Justice, pilot of the 349th Sqdn. who was shot down on 10/10/43. Also, see p. 109 of "THEY NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD". McGlinchey and McDonald were on the established escape route to Spain but were captured after more than four months at a Border Post in the Pyrenees. Spicer made it across the Spanish border and eventually returned to England in January 1943. All the POWs survived the war and were returned to military control in May 1945.

M. A. C. R #947
Mission: Bremen
A/C #42-30358 "PHARTZAC" LN-X
Date: 8 Oct. 1943

1ST LT FRANK H. MEADOWS P KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT LLOYD W. EVANS CP KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT FRANK B. BUSH NAV KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT WILLIAM C. HUBBARD BOM POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT ROBERT H. WUSSOW ROG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN ON "ORIGINAL" CREW #11
T/SGT HAROLD R. JACKSON TTE KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT RICHARD H. AGOR BTG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT JAMES F. WARD WG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
SGT DEXTER B. PATE WG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT VINCENT D. SAPONE TG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN

This was apparently the seventh mission for all members of this crew with the exception of Bob Wussow & Dexter Pate. Wussow, the radio operator on the original crew #11, was probably about at the end of his tour. 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 cemetery at Waller Friedhof, near Bremen.

October 8, 1943 this Crew flew 42-30047 "SWEATER GIRL" LN-Q

2ND LT CHARLES D WALTS P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER SN# O-796466
2ND LT JEROME H. WALLACE CP KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT LOUIS H. OSS NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT RICHARD C. DODSON BOM KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT TRAVIS L BRUMBEAU ROG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT CLYDEM. WALKER TTE KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT HENRY A. GRATZFELD BTG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT THOMAS F. MURPHY RWG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT FRANK E. . FETHERSTONE
(SPELLED FETHERSTEN ACCORDING TO WATTS – 1/2001)
LWG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT WILLIAM O. HIGGINBOTHAM TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

350th Sqdn. Assigned September 1943.

This was the fourth mission for the crew. Sgt. Walker may have died of wounds in hospital or POW camp. STATMENT (in MACR) BY Lt. Walts "Lt. Oss climbed out nose of plane (it had broken in half) after it had come out of spin over target at 1500 ft. Sgts. Higginbotham & Murphy bailed out before it went into the spin. Sgt. Brumbeau believes he was thrown from plane when it broke in two. Sgt. Murphy wounded by burst of 20mm just as he and Fetherstone were about to jump. Fetherstone probably killed by this burst. Oss recalled seeing Lt. Dodson lying in nose of plane and believed him dead or mortally wounded. "As Walts was crawling to the escape hatch he had to crawl over Lt Whallace and noticed that blood covered his face.

See:MUNSTER: The Way It Was p. 154. This A/C was shot down by Hauptmann 'Walter Hoeckner of 2 Staffel Jagdgeschwader 1. It was his 60th air victory but he was shot down (forced to bail out) by fire from Walt's ship. Probably from the BTG gunner Gratzfeld.

Hoeckner fired 320 shells from his four 20 mm cannon, and 202 bullets from his pair of 17 mm machine guns during his attack. With all guns firing accurately, about 70 rounds a second were striking B17 823. On average, 20 hits from a 20mm were sufficient to bring down a Fortress.

Memories from Lt Walts (mpf 2001)

"One of the most haunting memories I have is from being in the barracks on the night after we were on the raid to Bremen. Everyone was shot down from our squadron except us and the emptiness in the barracks that night has stayed with me.

Our Bombardier, Richard Cooper Dodson, always told us he was going to be killed and one night he said to us, "Fellows, if I go down today, I will be happy because I have had a steak" It was either the night he said that or shortly after that he was killed. That memory has stayed with me too.

On this mission to Bremen, when we returned, I noticed a hole in the plane just in back of my head!. One of my friends, Frank Meadows, was in the B-17 in front of us and I saw a German fighter fly right into the nose of his plane and it exploded. I had always thought everyone was killed on that plane but later I learned that two had parachuted to safety, but not Frank.

349TH BOMB SQUADRON

CREW FLEW 42-30487 "TORCHY III" XR-F ON OCTOBER 8, 1943

2ND LT OWEN D. (COWBOY) ROANE P CPT 26 NOV 42 PARIS
2ND LT ARTHUR C. STIPE CP CPT 20 OCT 43 DURAN
1ST LT OMAR GONZALES NAV POW 5 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN
2ND LT CURTIS K. CAMPBELL BOM CPT 20 OCT 43 DURAN
T/SGT CLARENCE R. TOMB ROG CPT 19 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN
T/SGT ROBERT A. STUART TTE CPT 19 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN
S/SGT ROGER O. STROBLE BTG CPT 20 OCT 43 DURAN
S/SGT JAMES JARVIE RWG CPT 20 OCT 43 DURAN
T/SGT RICHARD DETWEILER LWG CPT 13 FEB 44 NO-BALL
S/SGT PATRICK J. HEALY TG CPT 20 OCT 43 DURAN

CREW FLEW 42-30487 TORCHY III XR-F ON OCTOBER 8, 1943

2ND LT ARTHUR H. BECKTOFT P POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT CLIFFORD M. SPENCER CP POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT WALTER NICHOLS, JR. NAV POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT ROBERT L. MILLER BOM POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT ELMER J. WILLIAMS TTE POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT FLOYD A. LOWE ROG KIA 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT CHARLES E. MARENGO BTG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT HENRY T. POPIELARSKI WG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN A/C# 42-30154 WAR EAGLE
S/SGT EDWARD J. HOFFMAN WG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT ANDY P. STANLEY TG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN

 

1ST LT JOHN K. JUSTICE P EVA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT JOHN F. SHIELDS CP KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT PETER BATTISTI NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT WILLIAM C. BROTHERS BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT RICHARD E. WHITLOCK ROG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT JOHN F. MCDONOUGH TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT STANLEY S. STOPA BTG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT HARRY HAFKO RWG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ROBERT E. BERGENDAHL LWG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT GAETANO D. SPORTELLI TG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group in early July 1943.
On October 8, 1943 they were flying A/C #42 3229 "PASADENA NENA" XR-A.

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943, THIS CREW FLEW 42-30170 "HOT SPIT" XR-G

2ND LT EDWARD G. STORK P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 0-798606
2ND LT JOHN S. MINERICH, JR CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 0-681162
2ND LT JOHN J. GIBBONS NAV KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 0-747157
2ND LT ARTHUR C. TWITCHELL JR. BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 0-673968
T/SGT STEFAN C. PALMER ROG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 11091522
T/SGT LAURENCE WILLEY TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 32359864
S/SGT PAUL M. CAVENY BTG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 16073771
S/SGT GORDON W. SHIELDS RWG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 32491477
S/SGT DOUGLAS L. BROWN LWG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 32532820
S/SGT IRA G. TURNER TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER sn# 13117331

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 THIS CREW FLEW 42-5957 "HORNY II" XR-D

1st LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON P CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP CP CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
1st LT. DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER NAV CPT 29 NOV 43 BREMEN
1st LT. HOWARD J. KELLY BOM CPT 20 JAN 44 BRUNSWICK FROM ORIGINAL SAMMY BARR CREW
T/SGT RUSSELL G. GILBERT TTE KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK ROG NOC -- --
SGT. ANTHONY E. RUDA LWG POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE P. GINEIKIS RWG EVA 05 NOV 43 GEISENKIRCHEN
S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON BTG CPT 22 DEC 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT CHARLES HANTUSCH TG NOC -- --

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 THIS CREW FLEW 42-30088 " SQUAWKIN HAWK" XR-E

CAPT ROBERT H. LOHOF P POW 03 MAR 44 BERLIN
1ST LT ROBERT L. PHILLIPS, JR CP CPT 04 MAR 44 BERLIN
1ST LT WILLIAM E. VADEN NAV POW 03 MAR 44 BERLIN
1ST LT PAUL T. DAVIS BOM POW 03 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT GUY L. BROWN ROG POW 03 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT SIDNEY A. GOLDENBERG TTE POW 03 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT VERN R. LINES BTG POW 03 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT RICHARD L. DAVID RWG POW 03 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT JAMES M. BUTLER LWG POW 03 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE W. BRIGGS TG POW 03 MAR 44 BERLIN

418TH BOMB SQUADRON

CREW ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 MISSION TO BREMEN: A/C 42-3393 LD-Y "JUST-A-SNAPPIN"

MAJ. JOHN B. KIDD COM PILOT -- -- --
1ST LT EVERETT E. BLAKELY P CPT -- --
2ND LT CHARLES A. VIA, JR. CP SWA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
1ST LT HARRY CROSBY NAV CPT -- GROUP NAVIGATOR
2ND LT JAMES R. DOUGLAS BOM CPT -- GROUP BOMBARDIER
T/SGT MONROE B. THORNTON TTE CPT -- --
T/SGT EDMUND G. FORKNER ROG CPT -- --
S/SGT WILLIAM F. MCCLELLAND BTG WIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT EDWARD S. YEVICH WG WIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT LYLE E. NORD WG KIA 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
S/SGT LESTER W. SAUNDERS TG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943, THIS CREW FLEW 42-30758 "ROSIE’S RIVETERS" LD-W

LT ROBERT ROSENTHAL P CPT 08 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT WINIFRED LEWIS CP CPT 08 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT RONALD C. BAILEY NAV CPT 08 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT CLIFFORD MILBURN BOM CPT 08 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT MICHAEL BOCCUZZI ROG CPT 08 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT CLARENCE C. HALL TTE CPT 08 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT RAY H. ROBINSON BTG CPT 08 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT LOREN DARLING WG SWA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT JOHN SHAFFER WG SWA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT WILLIAM DeBLASIO TG CPT 08 MAR 44 BERLIN

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 THIS CREW FLEW 42-3237 "STYMIE" LD-R (RETURNED EARLY)

1ST LT JOHN F. STEPHENS P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
1ST LT HOYT L. SMITH CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT RUDOLPH GRUM NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT WILLIAM J. MOORE BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT JOHN SHAY TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT GEORGE F. KNOLLE WG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT MAX U. DRUDGE ROG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT CARL E. BATTIN BTG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT CASIMIR A. RACZYNSKI WG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT WILLIAM F. YOUNG TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 THS CREW FLEW 42-30062 "TERRY N’ TEN" LD-O (RETURNED EARLY)

CAPT CHARLES B. CRUIKSHANK P POW 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER
1ST LT GLENN E. GRAHAM CP POW 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER
CAPT FRANK D. MURPHY NAV POW 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER
1ST LT AUGUST H. GASPAR BOM POW 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT ORLANDO E. VINCENTI ROG KIA 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT LEONARD R. WEEKS TTE POW 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ROBERT L. BIXLER BTG POW 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT JAMES M. JOHNSON WG POW 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT DONALD B. GARRISON WG POW 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT CHARLES A. CLARK TG KIA 08 OCT 43 MUNSTER

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 THIS CREW FLEW 42-30152 "MESSIE BESSIE" LD-X

LT WALTER L. "CHIEF" MORENO P CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
LT JOHN W. PHELAN CP CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
LT WILLIAM L. BAKER NAV CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
LT PAUL LEDBETTER BOM CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
SGT ALEXANDER G. LEE ROG CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
SGT WADE G. DOWELL TTE CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
SGT NED G. EATON BTG CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
SGT AFTON C. JOHNSON WG CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
SGT ALBERT R. HOWELL WG CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS
SGT MARVIN G. BURTON TG CPT 31 DEC 43 PARIS

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943, THIS CREW FLEW 42-30091 "BLIVIT" LD-S

CAPT DAVID L. MINER P KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT HERBERT A. ALF CP POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST
LT D. F. BERTHLOF NAV NOC -- --
LT GEORGE R. JONES BOM KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT WILLIAM C. LIBBERT ROG POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT ALBERT ZIKORUS TTE POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT VARDEN I. BUTLER BTG KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT SAM PRY RWG POW/WIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT LEONARD D. MALCUIT LWG POW/WIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT JUNE E. ROBERSON TG POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN

351ST BOMB SQUADRON

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 CREW FLEW 42-4997 "HEAVEN CAN WAIT" EP-F

2ND LT WILLIAM M. BEDDOW P KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT RICHARD W. BROOKS CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT ISRAEL LEVINE NAV KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT MILTON E. HARNESS BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT JOHN L. SULLIVAN ROG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT DAN Q. JAMES TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT WALTER E. ZOLDAK BTG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT SAMUEL M. HICKS RWG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ROBERT J. LYNCH LWG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT RICHARD R. MUNGER TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 CREW FLEW 42-5864 "PICCADILLY LILY" EP-A

CAPT ALVIN L. BARKER COM PILOT KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
CAPT. THOMAS E. MURPHY P KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
2ND LT MARSHALL F. LEE CP KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
2ND LT CHARLES C. SARABUN NAV POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
2ND LT FLOYD C. PETERSON BOM POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
T/SGT JOHN J. EHLEN TTE POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
S/SGT ELDER D. DICKERSON WG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
T/SGT DERRELL C. PIEL ROG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
S/SGT REED A. HUFFORD BTG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
S/SGT AARON A. DAVID WG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--
S/SGT GERALD O. ROBINSON TG POW 08 OCT 43 BREMEN--

THIS CREW LED THE 100TH ON THE MISSION TO BREMEN (AFTER MAJ KIDD AND CAPT BLAKELY LEFT FORMATION DUE TO BATTLE DAMAGE) AND CAPT ALVIN L. BARKER. 351ST OPERATIONS OFFICER, FLEW IN THE RIGHT SEAT. MARSHALL LEE THE REGULAR CO-PILOT FLEW AS BTG TO ISSUE REPORTS TO MURPHY AND BARKER. LEE WAS APPARENTLY KILLED AFTER LEAVING THE BALL TURRET IN HOPES OF RENDERING AID TO THE TWO PILOTS, BOTH OF WHOM WERE ALSO KILLED.

SOON AFTER BOMB RELEASE THE PICCADILLY LILY WAS HIT BY FLAK NEAR THE NAVIGATORS STATION CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE FLIGHT DECK AREA AS WELL. THIS SHELL OR OTHERS STARTED A FIRE IN THE #3 ENGINE AND DESTROYED THE

SHIPS OXYGEN SYSTEM. WITNESSES INDICATE THE LILY ENTERED A NEAR VERTICAL NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AND EXPLODED WITH ONLY FOUR CHUTES OBSERVED.

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 THIS CREW FLEW 42-30723 "HOLY TERROR" EP-D

2ND LT HOWARD KEEL P CPT -- AWARDED DFC
2ND LT ROBERT K. EDGLEY CP CPT -- AWARDED DFC
2ND LT ALEXANDER G. PARK NAV CPT 25 FEB 44 REGENSBURG
2ND LT RUBEN C. KELSEY BOM CPT 25 FEB 44 REGENSBURG
S/SGT THOMAS P. HASTINGS ROG CPT -- AWARDED DFC
S/SGT GEORGE L. FERRON LWG CPT -- AWARDED DFC
S/SGT CLAIRE J. PHELAN BTG CPT -- --
S/SGT HARRY A. KOERNER TG -- -- --
S/SGT FREDERICK A. KORNBLUM TTE -- -- --
S/SGT ANDREW J. GUGLIERI RWG CPT   -- AWARDED DFC

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 THIS CREW FLEW 42-3474 "KING BEE" EP-B

2ND LT MAURICE E. BEATTY P KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
CAPT JOHN "LUCKY" LUCKADOO COMP CPT 13 FEB 44 NO BALL
2ND LT GRADY MOYLE NAV KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT REID E. GRIFFITHS BOM KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT ALFRED LOGUIDICE ROG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT GEORGE C. BURGESS TTE KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT MORTON LEVINE BTG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ANGELO J. LICATO RWG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT EDWARD C. KARAMOL LWG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT JOHN RUPNICK TG KIA 11 MAY 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, MY

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 THIS CREW FLEW 42-3386 "MARIE HELENA" EP-H
MACR #949, Micro fiche #314

2ND LT RAYMOND J. GORMLEY P KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT EDWARD J. FOX CP KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT PETER T. MOTTA NAV KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT WILLIAM J. HEATH BOM KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT DALE A. VON SEGGERN ROG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT JAY B. MCPHEE TTE KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT DONALD R. HILTON BTG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT CHARLES PRESLEY WG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT WILLIAM A. AVERY, JR WG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT CLAY E. RIFE TG KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN

From the MACR it would appear that this crew was attacked by E/A and crashed about 20 miles SE of Emden, Germany. Bodies were burnt to 3rd degree and at least one was not identified at the time. An eyewitness statement said: ". . . a red nosed FW 190 crashed into Lt Gormley's aircraft and both went down in flame. "

ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 THIS CREW FLEW 42-30796 "SUNNY II" EP-K

2ND LT JOHN T. GRIFFIN P CPT -- --
2ND LT ELBERT W. JOHNSON CP WIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT THOMAS R. KIZAK NAV CPT -- --
2ND LT EDWARD L. DUNLAP BOM CPT -- --
T/SGT RAYMOND M. HARJO TTE WIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN PURPLE HEART. RETURNED TO STATES
T/SGT ROY O. HOWELL ROG CPT -- --
S/SGT PASCAL A. DELPRIORE BTG CPT -- --
S/SGT BERBARD G. SIEGEL WG CPT -- --
S/SGT SLDNEY L. NICHOLAS WG -- -- --
S/SGT DON L. PILGRIM TG -- -- --