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Black Week (October 8-14, 1943)

Bremen - 8 Oct 1943

 

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
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

 

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 -- -- --

 

Marienburg - 9 Oct 1943

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.

Munster - 10 Oct 1943

The 1943 Munster Bombing Raid (offsite link)

The Group put up 18 aircraft along with 2 from the 390th BG to make it an even 20. Six Aircraft aborted over the sea, one of which being a 390th a/c. That left 13 100th Bomb Group aircraft to carry on towards Munster. Here is the fate of those 13 Crews.

A/C 42-30830 "M’lle Zig Zig" LD-U

1ST LT JOHN D. BRADY P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT JOHN L. HOERR CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT DAVID SOLOMON NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT HOWARD B. HAMILTON BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ADOLPH BLUM TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT HAROLD E. CLANTON WG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT SAUL LEVITT ROG XFR -- TO "YANK" MAGAZINE STAFF
PVT ROLAND D. GANGWER BTG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT JAMES A. McCUSKER WG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT GEORGE J. PETROHELOS TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

CREW FLEW MOST MISSIONS IN "PADDLEFOOT'S PROXY" 25863 LD-V

NOTES:

T/SGT JOSEPH E. HAFER REPLACED SAUL LEVITT AS ROG AFTER LEVITT WAS INJURED IN JEEP ACCIDENT. SAUL LEVITT WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE STAFF OF "YANK" MAGAZINE UPON HIS RECOVERY. HAFER WAS TAKEN PRISONER. LT DAVID SOLOMON, THE REGULAR NAVIGATOR ON CREW #29 REPLACED HARRY CROSBY FOR THIS MISSION AND WAS TAKEN PRISONER AS WELL.

CREW #32 LED THE 10 OCT 43 MISSION AND MAJ JOHN C. EGAN, THE 418TH CO, FLEW IN THE CO-PILOT'S SEAT. NEAR THE I. P. "MLLE ZIG ZIG" (A/C #42-30830; THEY WERE NOT FLYING "SKIPPER" THIS MISSION) WAS HIT BY FLAK KILLING SGT CLANTON AND BADLY WOUNDING HOWARD HAMILTON AND ROLAND GANGWER. THE SURVIVING CREW MEMBERS SUCCEEDED IN BAILING OUT AND WERE TAKEN PRISONER. HAMILTON AND GANGWER SPENT A LONG TIME IN THE HOSPITAL.

A/C 42-30090 "EL P’sstofo" 349th XR-B

2ND LT WINTON MacCARTER P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT DAN BARNA CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER FROM LT. SAM BARR CREW
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 ROY D. GRAFF WG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

On 10 Oct 1943 (Munster) Winton MacCarter had already taken over the crew and was flying as first pilot with Lt Dan Barna ( from Sammy Barr Crew) as CP. Was flying in 42-30090 XR-B "El P'sstofo" on October 10, 1943

A/C 42-30087 "SHACK RAT" 351ST EP-M

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 MIORTON 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 SMITH J. YOUNG TG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

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 42-3433 "LENA" 350TH LN-W
MACR #1024, Micro fiche 339

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)

SEE: "MUNSTER: The Way It Was" by Ian Hawkins p. 133, 134, 363, 352

Reply from Geiger Oct. 1990: Plane named "Leona" after wife of R. P. Kramer.

From statements in the MACR file it would appear three men were killed were unable to bail out prior to the ship entering a spin and finally exploding. Gieger (Lt Hugh E. Gieger, Jr. ) said he personally examined the dog tags and they had the appearance of being burned. Kramer (Lt Robert P. Kramer) was at the nose exit ready to jump, when he turned back for one last verification all crew members had bailed out. This gallant action cost the popular Bob Kramer his life.

German reports pinpoint the crash site and time as 1515 hours 10 Oct 1943 "at Lambeck near Wulfen, 100 meters north of Schloss Lembeck. " Interment was on 14 Oct 1943 at Catholic cemetery, Lambeck in Row #1 graves 10, 11 and 12.

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

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" (Bremen). The first crew in the 8th Air Force to accomplish this task, 400 miles back to England on one engine.

A/C 42-30823 "INVADIN MAIDEN" 350TH LN-F
MACR 1025, Microfiche #339

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 CLYDEM. 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
SPELLING 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.

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. Watts "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.

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

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.

see page 154/155 of "MUNSTER: THE WAY IT WAS" BY IAN HAWKINGS.

This crew was on its fifth mission. Apparently after reaching the I. P. this A/C received a head-on attack by enemy a/c and Edward Jones was severely wounded by a 20mm. Almost simultaneously there was a direct flak hid in the waist and both waist gunners killed or severely wounded. Bail out order given but evidently not all got our before ship exploded.

Lt. Sprow shoved Lt. Jones out of nose escape hatch after pulling his rip cord. Several men blown out when plane exploded and their chutes opened.

One crewman later reported as follows: "The Germans threw his body (Jones') into a truck transporting us to a jail. He was all shot up and he was white-I presume he had bled to death. "

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

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". Tenth mission for crew. A/C#42 30723 "SEXY SUZY MOTHER OF TEN"

. Levine is not listed in S. O. C. as either KlA, MlA, or POW. The MACR notes that Levine and Zoldak were "Determined Dead" the others are noted as "Killed In Action".

Letter from Dan James (7/3/84) says that crew joined the 100th Group "first part of Sept. " Sgts Hicks & Lynch were replacements on crew. They replaced T/Sgt Jones P. Ingram and another man I do not remember. " James adds, "Our plane was downed by a German fighter. " jb

Statement by Milton E. Harness: "Co-pilot (Richard W. Brooks). West Roxbury, Mass. , said Pilot had chute on and did not appear to be injured, but we think it likely the plane exploded in mid-air, as the oxygen system was afire and there appeared to be a gasoline fire in the bomb bay. Bill (William M. Beddow) probably was killed in the plane. Plane was on bombing run and time about 1500 hours. "

A/C 42-30047 "SWEATER GIRL" 350TH LN-Q

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 CLARENCE C. COMBS 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.

Note George Brassell was KIA on the 100th's second Munster mission with crew of T. F. Goupill when killed and is buried in Cambridge cemetery.

Statement by Kenneth Baron "I was wounded during an attack by an enemy a/c before I bailed out, sustaining a penetrating wound Of the right thigh which broke the femur. Due to possible shock I have no clear recollection Or the mission nor of most events until I was picked up on the ground by the Germans I do know we flew along the Rhine river some distance from its mouth and that we dropped our bombs I do not recall seeing the target, although we were in large formation when we were subjected to an intense and accurate flak attack and when we were attacked by large numbers Or enemy a/c/

When I bailed out, I was the first person to leave by the lower nose exit because I recall releasing the door by means Or the emergency release handle The bombardier was immediately behind me, preparing to bail out, but once I left the ship I did not see him again, nor did I see the ship after I left it It was flying straight and level at that time to the best Of my knowledge I executed a delayed jump in order to reach ground more quickly and I opened my chute at what I estimated to be 5000 ft During my descent I could recall seeing no aircraft of any sort "

Apparently for over a year there was much confusion as to the exact fate of this crew A German Major had taken the dog tags from several crew members when they were captured and later reports from German sources claimed that Atchison, Secor and Bennett were KIA and buried near Munster (dog tags had been switched in some manner).

The crew this day was flying B-17F 42-30047 "Sweater Girl" LN-Q instead of their regular B-17F "Terry n'Ten" 42-30062, LD-O which was named by Lt Atchison for his wife. The crew was assigned Terry n'Ten on September 16, 1943. On October 10, 1943 the target was MUNSTER, just after the bomb run, the 100th was hit by fighters, and intense flak with one ME 109 colliding with Lt William Beddow's aircraft "Sexy Susy, Mother of Ten" 42-30723 EP-D which had completed only 6 mission prior to October 10th. The collision occurred on Lt. Beddows left wing with flames erupting throughout the plane. The bailout order was given and 4 men got out, the plane exploded in mid air after going into a steep spiral killing Lt Beddow and 5 of his crew. It has been speculated that "Sweater Girl" also was damaged by this midair collision but surviving crew members report that the aircraft was under heavy flak followed by fighter attacks and was severly damaged before the crew was ordered to bail out. There is no mention from Crew reports that their plane sustained any damage from Lt Beddow's mid-air collision with the Me109. According to eye witness accounts, Lt Atchison was hit in No 2 Engine, it must have been an oil line because oil was pouring out in a stream. All the officers along with the TTG and TG were fortunate in escaping the severly damage B-17 but unfortunately, the rest of the crew perished when the plane crashed a few miles north of Munster at Ostberven near the Dormund-Ems canal. (mpf 6/2001)

A/C 42-30725 "AW-R-GO" 350TH LN-Z
Time: 1500/1530
A/C last seen: Munster
Cause:EAC

CAPT CHARLES B. CRUIKSHANK P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
1ST LT GLENN E. GRAHAM CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
1ST LT FRANK D. MURPHY NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
CAPT 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 BTG 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

ORIGINAL 418TH Crew on 21st mission. Weeks said that Vincenti bailed out of bomb-bay with chute afire. Had been fighting fire in radio room.

Garrison saw both James Johnson & Robert Bixler wounded and in waist of plane. Plane blew up and Garrison blown out. Ship had dropped bombs on target.

Weeks said; "Germans said Vincenti's chute had burned in the descent and that he was dead before hitting the ground. Bixler said Germans had shown him Vincenti's dog tags and told him that he was dead. "

Johnson said he was blown out of ship and his chute opened at about 5, 000 ft. Clark couldn't seem to get his escape hatch open and was probably killed when plane blow up. Fighter attack caused fire in ship.

German Records show :Sgt. Charles A. Clark interred on 11 Oct 1943 at Lienen Cemetary/Wesph. Northwestern third of cemetery, southern grave. O. E. Vincenti northern grave (probably entirely burnt since Id tag was found burnt , too. )

Mrs. Agnes Clark 603 Laurel Ave. Highland Park, Ill.

A/C 42-3237 STYMIE 418TH LD-R

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

AFTER SEVERE FLAK DAMAGE AND ATTACKS BY FIGHTERS THE PILOTS MADE A SUCCESSFUL BELLY LANDING. MAX DRUDGE WAS WOUNDED IN THE RIGHT WRIST AND HAND BY A 20-MM AND T/SGT BATTIN SUFFERED A BROKEN ARM, THE REMAINDER WERE NOT INJURED AND ALL BECAME POWS.

A/C 42-3229 "PASADENA NENA 349TH XR-A
MACR #1021, Microfiche #338

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

This mission to Munster on 10/13/43 was the 17th for this crew; its first was to Kiel on 25/7/43. Lt. Shields was wounded about the head by 20mm fire but did bail out. A notation on a German report in MACR says his body was found about 100 meters from the crash point on 10 November. Jack Justice is of the belief that, if the German report is factual, Shields was sheltered by friendly Dutch in the area immediately after he landed but that he finally died of his wounds and the Dutch, fearing the Germans would discover they had aided him placed his body near the crash site to be found by the Germans. Sportelli's remains were apparently found in the a/c debris he had not bailed out. It is probable that he was killed or very badly wounded by 20 mm fire. He and Shields were buried at Ede Cemetery in Row C, Graves #1 & 2. Justice was taken in by the Dutch Resistence forces and, after many months, returned to Thorpe Abbotts. He has written a very interesting account of his life as an evadee. See also Ian Hawkins book on Munster raid. . . pw

A/C 42-6087 "ROYAL FLUSH" 418TH LD-Z

LT ROBERT ROSENTHAL P CPT -- FLEW 52 MISSIONS
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 8 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT JOHN SHAFFER WG SWA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER RETURNED TO STATES
SGT WILLIAM DeBLASIO TG CPT 8 MAR 44 BERLIN

The only crew to return from the mission with two engines shot out and two crew members seriously wounded.

Schweinfurt (Black Thursday) - 14 Oct 1943

OCTOBER 14, 1943, SCHWEINFURT "BLACK THURSDAY"

100TH BOMB GROUP CREWS THAT FLEW MISSION (8 CREWS TOTAL)
4 CREWS FLEW WITH 95TH BG (LEAD BY LT ROBERT HUGHES)
4 CREWS FLEW WITH 390TH BG (LEAD BY LT OWEN "COWBOY’ ROANE

Crews That Flew With 95th Bomb Group
Note: We are still looking for the names of the two other crews that flew with Lt. Robert Hughes and the 95th Bomb Group.

The crew of Nine Little Yanks and A Jerk on 14 October 1944

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

 

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   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 RFS   MEDICAL AFTER RJUKAN MISSION
S/SGT FREDERICK A. KORNBLUM TTE RFS   MEDICAL AFTER RJUKAN MISSION
S/SGT ANDREW J. GUGLIER RWG CPT -- AWARDED DFC

351st Sqdn. Crew 25, Crew as above joined the 100th Bomb Group on 25/9/43

14/10/43 SCHWEINFURT-"Black Thursday", flew with the 95th BG that day because 100th could only put up 8 aircraft after the Munster Mission. We "flew Heaven Can Wait" I have memories of seeing more B-17's shot down than I had ever seen or would ever see again. Both myself and BTG got credit for shooting down 2 enemy fighters. Mine was a FW190…. . 2nd Lt Ruben C. Kelsey

Capt Frank G. Lauro

P

CPT

080/4/44

Quakenbruck

TAPS: 1978

Lt. Emanuel E. "Joe" Greasamar

CP

CPT

08/04/44

Quakenbruck

--

Lt. Emery Horvath

NAV

CPT

08/04/44

Quakenbruck

--

Lt. Walter Green

BOM

CPT

27/04/44

Thionville,LeCulot

--

T/Sgt Nelson King

ROG

RFS

29/11/43

Bremen

Frostbite (Awarded Silver Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal)

T/Sgt Dewey Thompson

TTE

CPT

08/07/44

Quakenbruck

--

T/Sgt Murray Schrier

BTG

CPT

08/04/44

Quakenbruck

--

S/Sgt William R. Heathman

RWG

CPT

08/04/44

Quakenbruck

--

S/Sgt Gerald A. Will

LWG

CPT

08/04/44

Quakenbruck

--

S/Sgt Authur R. Tirrell

TG

CPT

21/06/44

Basdorf

(Finished as TG with Capt. Chuck Harris crew)

 418th Sqdn. The Crew joined the 100th BG in Sept. 1943   

The crew named their A/C NELSON KING in honor of their Radio operator T/Sgt Nelson King who on 29 Nov 43 removed his gloves while in flight to assist the BTG with an iced up oxygen mask.  A few second's later, King's walk around oxygen bottle froze up and in an effort to save S/Sgt Schrier, his hands were neglected.  He lost several tips of several fingers to frostbite.

Crews That Flew with 390th Bomb Group
Note: The 390th Bomb Group received the Distinguished/Presidential Citation for the Schweinfurt mission. As a result, the four 100th Bomb Group crews also received this award and were entitled to wear the Oak Leaf Cluster on the ribbon they had previously received for Regensburg (17 Aug 43).

2ND LT OWEN D. (COWBOY) ROANE P CPT 26 NOV 43 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 DETTWEILER LWG CPT 13 FEB 44 NO-BALL
S/SGT PATRICK J. HEALY TG CPT 20 OCT 43 DURAN

 

CAPT ROBERT H. LOHOF P POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN
1ST LT ROBERT L. PHILLIPS CP POW 3 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 KIA 3 MAR 44 BERLIN

(G. W. Briggs died in POW camp 6 Apr 45 - no cause is given)

LT WILLIAM G. LAKIN P KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST
LT KEITH A. SPRAGUE CP CPT 25 FEB 44 REGENSBURG
LT ROBERT G. MILAM NAV CPT 28 FEB 44 MARQUENVILLE
LT DUNCAN L. McCORMAC BOM CPT 28 FEB 44 MARQUENVILLE
SGT JAMES W. CUNNINGHAM TTE CPT 28 FEB 44 MARQUENVILLE
SGT EUGENE E. BEISTER ROG CPT 28 FEB 44 MARQUENVILLE
SGT CLARENCE A. BUTTS BTG CPT 28 FEB 44 MARQUENVILLE
SGT ALFRED J. MICHINI WG CPT 28 FEB 44 MARQUENVILLE
SGT DANIEL F. FEAGINS WG CPT 28 FEB 44 MARQUENVILLE
SGT THOMAS A. KENDALL TG CPT 28 FEB 44 MARQUENVILLE

 

2ND LT DONALD M. MITCHELL P CPT 29 JAN 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT YANDELL S. WARREN CP CPT 25 FEB 44 REGENSBURG
2ND LT CARL M. DAVIDSON NAV CPT 29 JAN 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT EARL G. HAFEN BOM CPT 29 JAN 44 FRANKFURT
T/SGT JOHN J. BOGGS TTE RFS -- --
T/SGT JOHN K. BEARD ROG -- -- FROM CREW OF LT. DUNCAN
T/SGT CHARLES A. MABEY BTG -- -- --
S/SGT FAY A. HULSEY WG -- -- --
S/SGT HAROLD F. HODGDON WG CPT 29 JAN 44 FRANKFURT
S/SGT DONALD A. McALLISTER TG CPT 29 JAN 44 FRANKFURT

350th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined 100th Group on 25/8/43. In a letter of 28/11/83, Don Mitchell states: "Of our original crew four of the original crew members four were replaced after the first few missions by T/Sgt Charles N. Mabey- TTE, T/Sgt John K. Beard- ROG, Woodrow W. McCurry- WG, and S/Sgt Fay A. Hulsey WG. These four finished their combat tours, but, am not sure of the dates on any of them. " Actually, John Beard was on the "Original" crew of C. L. Duncan. He had not flown when the Duncan crew went down on 10/7/43.