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Group History

Black Week - Marienburg

Black Week (October 8-14, 1943)
Marienburg - 9 Oct 1943

Bremen  |  Marienburg  |  Munster  |  Schweinfurt

 

According to Frank Murphy’s Book "Luck of the Draw"…"as a result of the costly Bremen mission the previous day, during which 7 aircraft were missing in action, a further 6 sustained significant battle damage and one later had to be salvaged, the 100th could assemble only seventeen serviceable aircraft for the Marienburg operation. We would be the high group in the Combat Wing behind the 390thBG, who would follow the 385th and 94th BG’s. Crew 31 would lead the 100th BG with Col "Chick Harding" flying in our airplane which was M’lle Zig Zig (230830). " The 100th Bomb Group lost no A/C on this mission.

Here are the Crews and Aircraft flown that day in take off order (from Paul Andrews’ appendix in Frank Murphy’s book "Luck of the Draw")

LEAD SQUADRON

A/C 42-30830 LD-U M’lle Zig Zig 418th BS

COL NEIL B. "CHICK" HARDING COM/P -- -- GROUP C. O.
CAPT CHARLES B. CRUIKSHANK P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
1ST LT GLENN E. GRAHAM CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
CAPT. FRANK D. MURPHY NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
1ST LT AUGUST H. GASPAR BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT ORLANDO E. VINCENTI ROG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT LEONARD R. WEEKS TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ROBERT L. BIXLER POW POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT JAMES M. JOHNSON WG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT DONALD B. GARRISON WG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT CHARLES A. CLARK TG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

A/C 42-3237 LD-R " STYMIE" 418th BS

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

A/C 42-6087 LD-Z "ROYAL FLUSH" 418TH BS * (see note below)

LT ROBERT ROSENTHAL P -- -- FLEW 52 MISSIONS (SEE NOTES BELOW)
LT WINIFRED LEWIS CP CPT 8 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT RONALD C. BAILEY NAV CPT 8 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT CLIFFORD MILBURN BOM CPT 8 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT MICHAEL BOCCUZZI ROG CPT 8 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT CLARENCE C. HALL TTE CPT 8 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT RAY H. ROBINSON BTG CPT 8 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT LOREN DARLING WG SWA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT JOHN SHAFFER WG SWA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER RETURNED TO STATES
SGT WILLIAM DeBLASIO TG CPT 8 MAR 44 BERLIN

*Interesting note: This crew flew Royal Flush on this mission and the following day to Munster. Their assigned plane, Rosie’s Riveters 230758 LD-W was damaged on the October 8th mission to Bremen. This Crew’s first three missions with the 100th BG were Bremen, Marienburg and Munster, three of the toughest and longest of the Air War. On the Munster mission on October 10, 1943, this would be the ONLY 100BG crew to return to Thorpe Abbotts.

A/C 42-30723 EP-D "SEXY SUZY, MOTHER OF TEN" 351ST BS

2ND LT MAURICE E. BEATTY P KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT JAMES B. DABNEY, JR CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
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 (S. T. )

351st Sqdn. This crew joined 100th Group on 6/9/43 On 10/10/43, Sgt John Rupnick was replaced by Sgt. Smith J. Young who was KIA. Young was an original member of the crew of V. E. Fienup.

A/C 42-30090 XR-B "EL P’SSTOFO" 349TH BS

CAPT ROBERT H. LOHOF P POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN
1ST LT ROBERT L. PHILLIPS, JR CP CPT 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
1ST LT WILLIAM E. VADEN NAV POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN
1ST LT PAUL T. DAVIS BOM POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT GUY L. BROWN ROG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT SIDNEY A. GOLDENBERG TTE POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT VERN R. LINES BTG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT RICHARD L. DAVID RWG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT JAMES M. BUTLER LWG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE W. BRIGGS TG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN

349th Sqdn. Arrived at 100th Bomb Group in September 1943.
G. W. Briggs died in POW camp 6 Apr 45 - no cause is given

A/C 42-30023 XR-M "FOREVER YOURS" 349TH BS

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

349th Sqdn. Assigned to 100th Bomb Group on Sept. 26, 1943 from the 96th Bomb Group. Composition of this crew taken from MACR #1022, Microfiche #338.

Two days before their final mission, this crew had limped home from Germany on one engine in the a/c "Miss Carriage/Hot Spit" (Bremen). The first crew in the 8th Air Force to accomplish this task, 400 miles back to England on one engine.

HIGH SQUADRON:

A/C 42-3433 LN-W "LENA" 350TH BS

THIS IS BILL DESANDERS 2ND CREW. HE TOOK OVER CAPT MARK CARNELL’S CREW WHEN MARK BROKE HIS ARM.

1ST LT. WILLIAM D. DESANDERS P CPT 13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART (NO-BALL)
2ND LT EDWARD K. MOFFLY CP CPT -- --
1ST LT ANTHONY P. GOSPODAR NAV CPT 11 DEC 43 EMDEN
1ST LT JAMES P. FITTON BOM CPT -- --
T/SGT VERN M. BEST TTE CPT -- --
S/SGT WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS WG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN (SEE NOTE)
T/SGT GEORGE RUDDEN ROG NOC -- --
S/SGT STEVE BOSSER BTG CPT -- --
S/SGT PAUL A. VRABEC, JR WG CPT 24 DEC 43 NO-BALL
S/SGT FLOYD P. BULLARD TG CPT 24 DEC 43 NO-BALL

NOTE – S/SGT WILLIAMS: CREW #15 LT BERNIE DeMARCO. DO NOT KNOW WHO REPLACED SGT WILLIAMS ON THE MISSION TO MARIENBURG)

A/C 42-30062 LD-O "TERRY N’ TEN" 418TH BS

2ND LT RICHARD B. ATCHISON, JR. P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT WILLARD SECOR CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT KENNETH BARON NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT SOL GOLDSTEIN BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT RUSSELL W. BENNETT TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT ELDER E. LISCH ROG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT GEORGE J. BRASSELL BTG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ELLLOT O. PREBLE WG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT WESTLEY M. FIELD WG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT VAN T. WRIGHT TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

350th Sqdn. Crew, as above , joined 100th Group on 25/8/43.

On 10/10/43 a S/Sgt CLARENCE C. COMBS was BTG in place of Sgt Brassell and was KIA.

A/C 42-6094 LD-Q NO NAME 418TH BS

CAPT DAVID L. MINER P KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT HERBERT A. ALF CP POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST
LT D. 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

418th Sqdn. Letter from Bertholf 8/Sep/88 : Crew joined the 100th in Sept. 1943.

LOW SQUADRON:

A/C 42-30799 XR-L "BIGASSBIRD II" 349TH BS.
BELIEVE THIS CREW WAS DEPUTY LEAD FOR THIS MISSION

1ST LT SAM L. BARR
349TH COMMANDING OFFICER
P CPT 14 JAN 44 FORET D’HESDIN SEE NOTES
F/O DAN BARNA CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER CREW #7
2ND LT HOWARD D. BASSETT NAV CPT -- --
2ND LT JOSEPH P. ARMANINI BOM CPT -- --
T/SGT ROBERT E. CLIFF TTE CPT 21 JAN 44 BOIS D’ESQUERDES
S/SGT WILLIAM OHL WG CPT 24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT MICHAEL J. TANOWIGCH ROG KIA 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT MAX RUSS BTG CPT 21 JAN 44 BOIS D’ESQUERDES
S/SGT HOBART SPIRES WG KIA 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT JAMES T. HITEN TG KIA 21 JAN 44 BOIS D’ESQUERDES

This crew flew #1 position of the Low Squadron, but returned early due to low oil pressure in the #3 engine.

NOTES: COL BARR FLEW 50 MISSIONS WITH THE 100TH, SECOND ONLY TO COL "ROSIE" ROSENTHAL'S 52. HE WAS THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL 100TH AIRMEN TO FLY COMBAT MISSIONS, LEAVING THE 349TH FOR THE HQ DET OF THE 100TH ON 18 JAN 1945. STARTING FROM THE FIRST MISSION OF 25 JUN 43 UNTIL JAN 45 THE INTREPID MISSISSIPIAN WAS ON COMBAT STATUS. TO THE DISMAY OF ALL 100TH VETERANS "SAMMY" APPEARED ON THE 1988 TAPS LIST. COL BARR DIED 17 APR 1988 AS THE RESULT OF A MAJOR STROKE. HE IS MOURNED AND MISSED, BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THE 100TH.

A/C 42-3534 XR-L "OL DAD" 349th BS

1ST LT MAGEE C. FULLER P POW 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT WINTON MacCARTER CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT HAROLD L. WEACHTER NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT GEORGE H. ZIEGLER BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT JACK C. ROGERS TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ROBERT W. SANDY ROG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ALEXANDER F. SAWICKI BTG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT COSIMO A. DeMONICA WG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT RAYMOND J. MANLEY TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT GEORGE W. EASTERWED WG RFS JULY 1943 GROUNDED

349th Sqdn. Original Crew #7

On 10 Oct 43 (Munster) Winton MacCarter had already became the 1st pilot for the crew and Lt Dan Barna (From Lt Barr Crew took over as CP). MacCarter was flying in 42-30090 XR-B "El P'sstofo" on October 10, 1943. Fuller later became the 418th Commanding Officer. He went down with the F. C. Kincannon crew at Merseburg 20 Jul 44. Magee became the last original 100th airmen to become a POW.

After a few missions Magee Fuller was made Operations Officer of the 349th - Later transferred to the 418th as Commanding Officer of the 418th Sqdn. He went down with crew of F. C. Kincannon on 20/7/44.

A/C 42-3229 XR-A "PASADENA NENA" 349TH BS

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. It was one of the first four replacement crews of the Group. The other three were Lt Henry Henington, F/O Owen "Cowboy" Roane, and Lt Walter "Chief" Moreno. Medals Awarded Lt Justice: DFC, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

MACR #1021, Microfiche #338, A/C #42 3229 "PASADENA NENA" XR-A.

A/C 42-3271 EP-L "NINE LITTLE YANKS AND A JERK" 351st BS

LT. ROBERT L. HUGHES P
LT. DONALD S. DAVIS CP
LT. LEONARD A. WICKENS NAV
LT. RICHARD E. ELLIOTT BOM
T/SGT GERALD GULICH TTE
T/SGT JOSEPH E. BOYLE ROG
T/SGT HORACE BARNUM BTG
S/SGT TALMAGE P. BUNTIN WG
S/SGT ROBERT L. MCKIMMY TG
SEE NOTES WG

351ST SQDN. . CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH GP ON 14 JUL 43; THIS WAS THE 351ST'S FIRST REPLACEMENT CREW. SECOND WG FOR BOTH THE MARIENBURG AND SCHWEINFURT MISSIONS IS UNKNOWN AT THIS POINT IN TIME. THE ORIGINAL TTE SGT JAMES ANGEL WAS GROUNDED AND T/SGT GULICH (WG AT THE TIME ON THE CREW) REPLACED HIM.

A/C 42-30734 EP-G "SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS" 351ST BS

2ND LT CHARLES H. THOMPSON P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT ROSS McEUEN CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT EDWARD R. JONES NAV KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT WILLIAM J. SPROW, JR BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT JACK STERN ROG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT RICHARD E. DERBY TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT JESSE W. COOK, JR BTG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT CHARLES L. NESSEL RWG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT FLOYD M. CAHALL LWG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT DONALD E. LEECH TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

351ST SQDN. . CREW JOINED THE 100TH IN AUGUST 1943, A VERY EARLY REPLACEMENT CREW. THEY WERE FLYING THEIR FIFTH MISSION ON 10 OCT 43.

A/C 42-3307 EP-N "SKIPPER" 351ST BS

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

351st Sqdn. Sgt James says that the crew joined the 100th Bomb Group "first part of September 43".

SPARES

A/C 42-3413 LN-V "HARD LUCK" 350TH BS

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

350th Sqdn. This the 3rd mission for this crew, having flown the first one 4 Oct 43. (Hanau)

A/C 42-30823 LN-F "INVADIN’ MAIDEN" 350th BS

2ND LT CHARLES D WALTS SN# 0-796466 P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
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 TAPS: 1987 ROG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT CLYDE M. WALKER TTE KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT HENRY A. GRATZFELD BTG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT THOMAS F. MURPHY TAPS: 30 OCT 1975 RWG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT FRANK E. . FETHERSTONE
SPELLED FETHERSTEN ACCORDING TO LT WALTS 1/2001
LWG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
SGT WILLIAM O. HIGGINBOTHAM TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

 

350th Sqdn. Assigned September 1943.