Eighth Air Force base contacts in England

 

EIGHTH AIR FORCE BASE CONTACTS IN ENGLAND

Eighth Air Force

BG/FG Airfield contacts in England

 

FIRST AIR DIVISION

 

 

1st Air Division Headquarters Heritage Society

 http://firstairdivision.webs.com 
The official web site for the 1st Air Division Headquarters Heritage Society
UK contact: Jeff Hawley Email: 
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Airfields & Aviation Memorials by Richard Flagg:

 http://www.ukairfields.org.uk/
He titles his work Remembering the past - "Airfields & Aviation Memorials" - researching old airfields and aviation memorials of the UK

 

91st BG

Bassingbourn Tower

Chris and Amy Murphy

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Tel: +44 1763 243 500

website: www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk


92nd Bomb Group

Podington

Gerry Darnell-airfield point of contact

 

HISTORIAN / ARCHIVIST

92nd Bomb Group

Gregory Alexander

2164 Mease Drive

Branson West, MO 65737

417.272.1426

 

 HISTORIAN / 92nd Bomb Group (UK)

Robert Hutchings

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303rd Bomb Group

Molesworth

Robin Beeby

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Gary L. Moncur

303rd Bomb Group Historian

"The Molesworth Pilot" Editor

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4483 Palmer Drive

West Valley City, UT 84120

www.303rdBG.com

 

Molesworth access

historian Mr. Peter Park at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


305th Bomb Group

Chelveston

Ian White

305th BGMA UK Contact

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24 Pipit Rise

Bedford, Bedfordshire

MK41 7JS. England

 

Ian D. White

Vice President

305th BGMA UK-EU Contact

Group Historian

Hon Life Associate Member


306th BG   Airfield Museum
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Website: http://www.306bg.co.uk/

Thurleigh

Ralph Franklin

National School Cottage, Mill Hill

Keysoe, Beds MK44 2HP

Telephone 011-44-1234-708715


379th Bomb Group

Kimbolton

Chris Chandler

https://www.facebook.com/chris.chandler.982


381st Bomb Group

Ridgewell

Chris Tennet Historian for the Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Museum and am always happy to be contact for Ridgewell Airfield/381st Bomb Group

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landline 011+44 1787 375139

Email would be my preferred method of contact,

 

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384th BG   Airfield
Grafton Underwood Airfield on the UK Control Towers Website: 
http://www.controltowers.co.uk/G/GraftonUnderw.htm
Offical 384th Contact: Matt Smith 
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Other Contact: Bernard Bigley 
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Other Contact: Guy Muller 
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Other Contact: Nigel Labrum 
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Matt Smith

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10a Main Street

Clopton

Northamptonshire

NN14 3DZ

England


398th Bomb Group

Nuthampsted

Marilyn Gibb Rice and Geoff Rice (398th BGMA President) and her husband are domiciled here in the UK and they take care of all the 398th visitors -

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401st Bomb Group

Deenthorpe

Paul Bellamy

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457th Bomb Group

Glatton

Jerry Wright

Glatton Airfield Contact

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Tim Newell-Historian

Phone:

From States: 011 44 1487 830450

From UK: 01487 830450

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482nd Bomb Group (P)

Alconbury

Paul Bellamy

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Ray Corby was/is the UK 482BG contact,

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SECOND AIR DIVISION

 

 

44th Bomb Group

Shipdham

UK Representative:

Steve Adams

28 Bassingham Road

Norwich, England NR3 2 QT

Phone: 011-44-1603-400221

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93rd Bomb Group

Hardwick Airfield

Contact

Colon Mann

Lunesdale ,swanton road Dereham Norfolk NR20 4PS

Tel 01362 691819

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Historian:

Don Morrison

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1375 west comet rd

Clinton oh 44216


389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition Hethel.

www.hethel389wordpress.com

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Text Anne

07860580377


392nd Bomb Group

Wendling

 Contact:  John Gilbert

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 446th BG   Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum:
Website: 
http://www.aviationmuseum.net/

448th BG   Seething Airfield:
Website: 
http://www.flyseething.talktalk.net/

466th BG Attlebridge:  Contact: Paul Hindle Visitor Center at Airfield.

Call 859-314-1936  - Chris Brassfield

 

489th BG   Halesworth Airfield Museum:
Website: 
http://www.halesworthairfieldmuseum.org.uk/museum/

492nd Bomb Group, 801st BS

Harrington Airfield

The Carpetbaggers

Roy Tebbutt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fred West. Tel 01536 711556

 

THIRD AIR DIVISION

 

34th Bomb Group

Mendlesham Airfield Association

E-mail

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Post

Valor to Victory Museum

Ashlea, Norwich Road

Brockford Street

Stowmarket

Suffolk

IP14 5PE

United Kingdom

 


94th BG Rougham Tower Museum and Base: Rougham

Contact: Ted Coleman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tele: 011+44+9737139

Website: http://www.rougham.org/

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95th Bomb Group

Horham Airfield Red Feather Club

James Mutton

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Tele: 011 +44+1728860930

 

Alan Roper

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Tele:011+44+1379 676623

 

95th BG Hospital Museum:

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Website: http://www.hexpek.co.uk/95thbghm/index.htm

 


96th Bomb Group

Snetterton Heath Museum

Geoff Ward-Group Historian & Base contact

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100th Bomb Group

Thorpe Abbotts Tower Museum

Ron & Carol Batley

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Tele: 011 44 1379 740708

 

Debra Hubbard- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

011+44+7964073750


385th Bomb Group

Great Ashfield

Ian McLachlan

385th BG Historian

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388th BG Museum and Airfield

Knettishall

Contact: Dave Sarson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

388th Bomb Group Collection

Contact: Hillside Farm, Market Weston, Diss, IP22 2NX,

tele: 011+ 44+1359 221147

 


390th Bomb Group

Parham Airfield

Tim Brett

 

The 390th Bomb Group Memorial Air Museum

Parham Airfield Museum

Parham

Framlingham

Suffolk

England

IP13 9AF

Telephone: 011+44+1728 621373 (please email in closed season)

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Sian & Tony Francis

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447th Bomb Group

Rattlesden

Roger Watts 011-44-144-973-6687

Ernest Osborne 011-44-128-476-2899

 


452nd Bomb Group

Deopham Green Airfield

Website: http://452ndbombgroupassociation-deophamgreen.org/history/

 


486th Bomb Group

Sudbury Airfield

&

487th Bomb Group

Lavenham Airfield

 Contact The Swan in Lavenham.


490th BG   Airfield
Contact: Des Buck 
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490th Bomb Group

Eye Airfield

Eric Swain Historian

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0208 653 3428

24 Waddington Way

Upper Norwood

London

SE19 3XJ

UK

 

Base Contacts

Clive Stevens

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07799476169 mobile

Willow Cottage

Brome

Eye,

Suffolk

IP23 8AL, United Kingdom

 

Jackie Aling

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01379 871 577

2 Langton Green,

Eye,

Suffolk

IP23 7HL


Fersfield Airfield

Colin Noble,

Willow Bank Farm,

Airfield Road, Fersfield, Norfolk.


493rd Bomb Group

Debach Airfield:

493rd Bomb Group Museum

Grove Farm

Clopton

Woodbridge

Suffolk

IP13 6QS

England

 

Mobile Tel.011+44+7850 078 432

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Website; http://www.493bgdebach.co.uk/contact-us.php


 

FIGHTER GROUPS

 

20th Fighter Group

Mike Murray

www.20thfightergroup.com

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07989 503 509

4 Sycamore Close

King's Cliffe

Northamptonshire

PE8 6WZ

-Can help with King's Cliff so either 20th Fighter Group,

very early 56th Fighter Group

very overlooked 347th Fighter Squadron, 350th Fighter Group!

 


56th Fighter Group

Buzz Took - 56th Museum at Halesworth

Nigel Julian- Historian

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Website: http://www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/


78th Fighter Group

Duxford

Chris Reynolds


55th FG at Nuthamstead

Russ Abbey

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352nd Fighter Group

 Bodney

Bodney is now a closed base owned by the government and you must get special permission to enter.  

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361st Fighter Group

Bottisham airfield

Jason Webb

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OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACTS IN UK:

 

FOTE- Friends of the Eighth

Ron MacKay

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Imperial War Museum Duxford

Roger Freeman Collection

Roger Freeman photo collection

Project Leader, American Air Museum in Britain

 

IWM Duxford

Tel: +44 (0)1223 497209

http://www.iwm.org.uk/

http://projects.americanairmuseum.com/

 

Lucy May Maxwell

Research Officer, American Air Museum

IWM Duxford

01223 497 533

http://www.iwm.org.uk/

http://projects.americanairmuseum.com/

 


Peter Randall

US 8th Air Force Little Friends Site

www.littlefriends.co.uk

Also hosting the Official Site of the

Fighting Scouts of the 8th Air Force

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Malcolm Osborn

Loss of the 8th and 9th Air Forces in WW2

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East Anglia Books

Marilyn Bishop

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Proprietor

EAST ANGLIA BOOKS

PO Box 12408

Stansted, Essex

Tel: 44 (0) 1279 813791

Website: www.eastangliabooks.com

 

m.me/eastangliabooks

 

Call +44 1279 813791

Original 100th

On 25 May 1943, Army Air Base Headquarters, Kearney, Nebraska issued Special Order #103 directing movement of the Flight Echelon of the 100th Bombardment Group (H) to Bangor, Maine and thence to England. After seven months of organization, combat training (to use the term somewhat loosely) and some just plain rusting away, we finally were going to war.

Also, but certainly unsuspected by any member of the Group, the 100th was now launched on its flight into history as the "Bloody Hundredth" one of the most famed Air Force units of World War II. The purpose of these few pages is not to expound on the great combat records established by the 100th. That has been adequately accomplished in other places. Rather, our intent is to demonstrate the price, in human terms, of these proud records.

Further, our consideration here is with only those air crew personnel who flew overseas with the Group  the "Original" 100th. In no way do we wish to suggest that somehow the "original" members of the 100th deserve to be set apart from those who followed. These later crews flew to the same targets, faced the same fears, bailed out in the same skies, and died the same deaths. They had the same share of heroes and the same share of goats.

It is known that at least 450 replacement crews served with the 100th during the 22 months of its operational status. But it is beyond the scope of this modest effort to trace the fate of these some fourthousand men.

The movement overseas was made by forty aircraft. Five planes were flown by the Group and Squadron commanders and carried an assortment of maintenance and other ground personnel plus a few unassigned combat crew members. The remaining thirty five planes were manned by their regular crews.

In early June the Group settled into its new home at Thorpe Abbots (Station #139) and on 25 June the 100th flew its first combat mission.. This resulted in the loss of three crews of the 349th squadron. By 14 October, exactly 109 days after this initiation into aerial warfare, 27 of these original 35 crews had been lost. No complete crew of ten finished a tour of twentyfive missions although parts of eight crews did so.

What follows is a brief summary of these crews and their fate. These men were my friends and comrades in arms. I will be forever proud to have known them and to have shared a great experience with them. It is to these men that this small booklet is respectfully dedicated.

Explanatory Notes

KIA Killed in action
KIC Killed in crash (not caused by enemy action).
SWA Severe wound in action (Wound sufficient to cause removal from flying status).
WIA Minor wound in action (Probably many such wounds were incurred but no complete records of such are extant).
IIC Injured in crash
POW Prisoner of War (Usually for the duration of the war although some with severe injuries were returned in exchanges).
EVADEES (EVA) Men who bailed out over enemy territory, or crashed landed, but evaded capture and returned to Allied control. Usually with help of the French undergound.
NTERNEES (INT) Men who crash landed in, or bailed out over, neutral countries usually Switzerland or Sweden.
M.A.C.R. Missing Air Crew Report. Such a report was made for every aircraft and crew missing in action. Copies of these reports are on file in the National Archives, Washington, D.C. These reports with accompanying papers and documents are of utmost value to the researcher or historian.
Crew Positions: It should be understood that considerable swapping of positions occurred among crew members. We have designated positions as they appear in S.O. #103. Thus, we may show someone as a Tailgunner although he may have traded positions with a Waistgunner, etc. during the operational tour.

SCORE CARD FOR THE ORIGINAL AIR ECHELON OF THE 100th:

Killed in action 77
Severely wounded 7
Killed in crash 7
Injured in crash 3
Prisoners of war 148
Internees 17
Evadees 17
Completed Tour 57
Transferred 4
Grounded 3
Appointed Aviation Cadet 2
No Record found 19
Total 361


For those interested in percentages, it may be noted that the first seven of the above categories total 276. Thus, 77% of the original 100th Bomb Group became casualties ofwar. All but a very few of these occurred in less than four months of combat time.

This may be one reason why someone once said, "If the guy tells you he flew with the 100th, be nice to him. He deserves it!"
 

HEADQUARTERS AIRCRAFT

Crew # A1 -- Aircraft #4258544

Col Howard M. Turner Pilot -- -- Transferred to Wing June 1943
1st Lt Roland T. Knight Pilot KIA 15 March 1944 Brunswick
1st Lt Qmar Gonzales Navigator POW 5 November 1943 Gelsenkirchen
1st Lt Harry H. Tomlin Bombardier -- -- --
Capt Robert D. McLain Group S4 -- -- --
M/Sgt John H. Poppe Flight Chief -- -- --
T/Sgt Charles F. Wright Radio -- -- --
S/Sgt Thomas A. Madel Radio -- -- --
2nd Lt Stanley J. Miller Bomb Sight Maint. -- -- --
M/Sgt Edwin S. Seidel Flight Chief -- -- --

Crew # A2 Aircraft #425861"Stud Duck"

Major William W. Veal Pilot -- -- Transferred to Wing Autumn 1943
Capt Albert C. Persons Pilot CPT -- --
M/Sgt Ralph Richards Line Chief -- -- --
M/Sgt Elwood E. Park Flight Chief -- -- --
T/Sgt Que E. Booth Armament -- -- --
T/Sgt Elmer Most Bomb Sight Maint. -- -- --
1st Lt Alfred A. Fahlstedt Bombardier CPT -- --
M/Sgt Marvin Williams Group S3 -- -- --
Cpl John J. Kovacs Radio KIA 6 March 1944 Berlin
-- -- ATC Navigator -- -- --

 Crew # A3 -- Aircraft #4229738

Major Gale W. Cleven Pilot POW  8 October 1943 Bremen
Capt Richard A. Carey Pilot POW  25 July 1943 Warnemunde/Kiel
M/Sgt Louis A. Hays Parachute Rigger -- -- --
M/Sgt Harry H. McMillion Line Chief -- -- --
M/Sgt Albert S. Strain Flight Chief -- -- --
M/Sgt William M. Jackson Radio -- -- --
T/Sgt Lawrence Bowa Bomb Sight Maint. -- -- --
Major Laurence S. Jennings Group Surgeon -- -- --
2nd Lt Robert V. Kaiser CoPilot -- -- --

Crew # A4 -- Aircraft #425865 -- "Janie"

Major John B. Kidd Pilot -- -- --
Capt Ollen Turner Pilot CPT -- --
1st Lt Robert K. Peel Bombardier POW 15 March 1944 Brunswick
M/Sgt Robert E. Spangler Line Chief -- -- --
M/Sgt Robert A. Boyle Radio -- -- --
M/Sgt Emmet D. Swank Armament -- -- --
Sgt Jack Y. Hamlin S4 Clerk -- -- --
1st Lt Edward B. Cosgriff Statistical Off. -- -- --
M/Sgt Clayton Kirkpatrick Group S2 -- -- --
-- -- ATC Navigator -- -- --

Crew # A5 -- Aircraft #425863" -- Paddlefoot's Proxy"

Major Robert E. Flesher Pilot -- -- --
Capt Albert M. Elton Pilot CPT -- --
T/Sgt Loyd C. Cresap Bomb Sight Maint. -- -- --
M/Sgt Gene A. VanGemert Line Chief -- -- --
M/Sgt William R. Shultz Flight Chief -- -- --
M/Sgt Joseph E. Hafer Radio POW 10 October 1943 Munster
S/Sgt Rex F. Creitz Bomb Sight Maint. -- -- --
W/O Ralph L. DeLong Group S1 -- -- --
2nd Lt Jack C. Boyd COPilot KIA 3 Sept. 1943 Beaumont le Roger AF
-- -- ATC Navigator -- -- --

 

THE 349th SQUADRON
Major William W. Veal, Commander (Retired a Major General 1975)

Crew #1 -- Aircraft #4229986 -- M.A.C.R. #269

Capt Oran E. Petrich P KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
2nd Lt Bluford B. Mullins CP KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
1st Lt Edward N. Jones N KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
1st Lt Louis B. Grate B      
T/Sgt Max P. Brim E KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Joseph D. Bieu WG KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
T/Sgt Edward J. Zerblis R KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Henry H. Rutherford BT KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Pete S. Villalobes, Jr. WG KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt James M. Strong, Jr. TG KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen

A complete and exact sequence of events on this mission, the first flown by the 100th, is most difficult to determine. Of the 30 men comprising crews #1, 2 and 3, only five survived the mission and, of these, Nick Demchak is the only one who could be located by this writer.

Demchak and I agree that the 100th on this day never completed a proper assembly. At the time of leaving the English coast, the 349th, flying low squadron, was perhaps a mile to the rear of the lead squadron led by Major Flesher of the 418th. Both the lead and high squadrons seemed scattered all over the sky and a true Group combat formation never existed. The atrocious weather had a part in this situation, but perhaps a larger role was that of the questionable judgment of the Group leader.

 At a point a little north of the East Frisian islands, Crew #1, leading the first element, disappeared into the undercast and was not seen again. No doubt it fell victim to enemy fighters as did crews #2 and 3.

Louie Grate, regular bombardier on this crew, for same reason did not fly this first mission. His place was taken by Lt. Stanley Morrison (KIA) who was the regular bombardier of Crew #29 of the 418th Squadron. No further record of Grate's service with the 100th has been found.

 

Crew #2 -- Aircraft #423260 -- M.A.C.R. #271

1st Lt Alonzo P. Adams III P KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
F/O George Z. Krech CP KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
2nd Lt Nicholas Demchak N POW 25-Jun-43 Bremen
2nd Lt Jesse D. Gurley B KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
T/Sgt John K. Sullivan E KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Edmonde J. Walker WG KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
T/Sgt James D. Purcell R KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt John G. Kruzich BT KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Norman Asbornsen WG KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Bryant Hutchinson TG KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen

This aircraft was flying on the wing of Crew #1. According to Nick emchak, sole survivor, they were jumped by fighters about 20 miles north of the Frisian islands. His statement follows: "My mind is a complete blank from the time we got the bailout signal until I regained consciousness on a German boat. Lt. Gurley was in the nose of the ship and not hurt when we received the signal to bail outI was firing my gun and did not hear the signal but Gurley informed me. I believe Adams and Krech were severely wounded or killed by a burst of machine gun fire which came quite close to me and from the angle appeared to enter the cockpit. Directly after that, the bailout signal was given. I believe the plane exploded at that moment and the rest of the crew were killed by the explosion or rendered unconscious and unable to operate chutes. The German boat that picked me up said they did not see anyone else."

 

Crew #3 -- Aircraft #4230038 -- M.A.C.R. #270

1st Lt Paul J. Schmalenbach P KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
F/O George W. Cox CP KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
1st Lt John F. Brown N POW 25-Jun-43 Bremen
2nd Lt Jack L. Clark B KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
T/Sgt Eugene M. Beck E KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
Pvt Anthony J. Russon WG KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen
T/Sgt Frank J. Podbielski R POW 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Norman C. Goodwin BT POW 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt William C. Lucas WG POW 25-Jun-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Lewis W. Priegel TG KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen

According to a German report this plane was shot down "into the sea 20 km North of angerooge"  one of the Frisian Islands  and Norman Goodwin was recovered from the sea, taken to a hospital on the island of Norderney where an "amputation of his left thigh" was performed. Goodwin was subsequently returned to the U.S.

John Brown was also picked up from the sea and sent to a hospital at Sanderbusch. Both Frank Podbielski and William Lucas were "recovered by a Coastguard boat at 1000 hours and transferred to DulagLuft, Oberursel on 26 June 1943."

A statement made by Frank Podbielski in which he described the final minutes of his aircraft says, in part, "After 30 minutes of combat action, the top turret guns were silent. T/Sgt. Beck could have been wounded or killed. Sgt. Goodwin lay wounded on the floor of radio room, Sgt. Russo lay wounded to the right of the ball turret after administering first aid to Goodwin."

 

Crew #4 -- Aircraft #4230035 -- "Torchy"

1st Lt Sam L. Barr P CPT 14-Jan-44 --
F/O Dan Barna CP POW 10-Oct-43 Munster (With Crew #7)
2nd Lt James R. Brown N SWA 15-Sep-43 Paris
2nd Lt Howard J. Kelly B CPT 30-Jan-44 --
T/Sgt Robert E. Cliff E CPT 21-Jan-44 --
S/Sgt William Ohl WG CPT -- --
T/Sgt Michael J. Tanowigch R KIA 6-Mar-44 Berlin
S/Sgt Max Russ BT CPT 21-Jan-44 --
S/Sgt Hobart Spires WG KIA 6-Mar-44 Berlin
S/Sgt James T. Hiten TG CPT 21-Jan-44 --

The composition of this crew, lead crew of the 349th, was to change considerably in the six months following its first mission of 25 June 1943. After a few missions, Joe Kelly had an extended period of illness during which he was replaced by "Big Joe" Armanini from Crew #8. This writer was severely wounded on a milk run to Paris (my life was saved by Anmanini's prompt, effective, but damn clumsy first aid) and that was the last mission I flew. Howard Bassett from Crew #8 replaced me as navigator. Dan Barna went to Crew #7 and was with that crew on the terrible Munster mission.

Mike Tanowigch and Hobart Spires finally made it to Berlin (with other crews) but their luck ran out and they did not make it back.

Everyone knows the story of Sammy Barr, the stocky, lionhearted Mississippian. Utterly fearless and grimly determined, Sam continued to fly combat missions long after he could have stopped. After becoming Squadron commander of the 349th, he continued until he had 50 missions to his credit  second only to Robert Rosenthal's 52.

One of the most loved and respected flyers of the 100th, Sam continued with the Air Force after WW II  saw active service in Korea  and finally retired as a Colonel about ten years ago. Although suffering a partial loss of speech and some paralysis, the aftermath of a severe stroke, Sam continues life with the same imdomitable spirit he shower during his career with Eighth A.F.

The planes flown by this crew: Torchy, Torchy 2nd, and Torchy 3rd, were named after the redheaded wife of this writer whom all the crew had come to know when she stayed briefly at Sioux City, Pierre, South Dakota, and Kearney, Nebraska. Torchy 3rd came to her end in April 1944 when ditched in the English Channel by a crew piloted by James Stout.
 

Crew #5 -- Aircraft #4230002 -- "Damdifino" -- M.A.C.R. #682

1st Lt Glen S. Van Noy P POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt James B. Evans CP POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
1st Lt Kenneth G. Allen NAV POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt William H. Couch BOM POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/Sgt William R. Stewart TTE POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
Col William L. Kennedy RWG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt George P. Gineikis RWG EVA 5-Nov-43 Gelsenkirchen
T/Sgt William W. Crabb LWG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt James D. Gibson ROG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Joe F. Hruskocy BTG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Samuel J. Cusmano TG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg

On the Regensburg mission this crew was leading the second element of the 349th squadron, which, led by Veal and Barr, was the high squadron. Their aircraft this day was #4230042, "Oh Nausea". About an hour before takeoff, a Colonel William L. Kennedy had replaced George Gineikis as a waist gunner. Kennedy was an armorer and gunnery expert who was soon to return to the U.S. and, before his return, wanted to get some firsthand experience as to exactly what problems our gunners were facing in combat. Of Kennedy, Bill Crab was later to say, "He kept squeezing off one round at a time and I remember thinking, 'My God! a short burst is one thing but this is ridiculous."' The Colonel became a POW with the rest of the crew.

Soon after crossing the enemy coast, a fighter pass knocked out one engine and at the target a second engine was lost. Under almost constant attack, Crabb (in the ball turret this day) ran out of ammo before reaching Regensburg although he had started the mission with 1100 rounds for one gun and 900 for the other. Realizing that they probably could not reach Africa, the decision was made to try for Sicily which, according to the morning briefing, was supposed to fall to the Allies that day. It did.

One bomb had hung up over the target and Couch tried to release it over a small airfield near the Brenner pass but it wouldn't go. Later it was released manually over the Mediterranean. Van Noy went down to about 500 feet and the crew began to throw out everything detachable to lighten the ship. Eeven shoes were discarded. Such efforts were of no avail however for a third engine went out about 90 miles north of Sicily and Van Noy and Evans made a perfect landing on the deep blue sea. One crew member was to say, "Van Noy never could land an airplane except when it really counted."

The crew got into the two five man dinghies and a smaller one with "lots of rations, radio, etc." "Oh Nausea" floated about an hour and a half before she finally sank and the crew was picked up by Germans in a flying boat the next morning.

Bill Couch probably had the biggest feet in the Eighth A.F. and one of the Germans, noticing the shoeless Couch, remarked that, "No shoes in Italy will fit that man."

On 28 June 1943, Crew #5 had nearly had it's luck run out when, during the mission to St. Nazaire, one engine was disabled. Van Noy, unable to maintain formation, had gone down to the deck and flew back to England at an average altitude of 50 feet.
 

Crew #6 -- Aircraft #423229

1st Lt Woodrow B. Barnhill P KIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts
2nd Lt Carl F. Hudson CP KIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts
2nd Lt William H. Carr N KIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts
1st Lt Winifred L: Rucker B KIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts
T/Sgt Peter Contos E KIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts
S/Sgt Newton E. Harris, Jr. WG KIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts
T/Sgt Edward D. Johnson R KIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts
Sgt Frank M. Opala BT IIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts
S/Sgt Vincent S. Noel WG IIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts
S/Sgt Peter S. Russell, Jr. TG IIC 16-Jul-43 Thorpe Abbotts

On 16 July 1943, this crew took off on a practice mission but crashed near the rectory at Dickleburgh a moment or two after taking off. The official report of the crash reads as follows:

"On 16 July 1943, B17F, serial number 4230305, took off from Station #139 on a local formation practice mission. Weather was clear and visibility unlimited. Takeoff was at 1006 local time. After takeoff, the aircraft entered a right bank almost immediately. The bank continued, and the aircraft lost altitude until ground impact. Duration of the flight did not exceed 30 seconds. Three crew embers in the rear of the aircraft survived with injuries. The other seven crew members received fatal injuries, and the aircraft was destroyed."

Ken Everett, who has been most active in the efforts to restore the Control Tower at Thorpe Abbotts and who now lives near the tower, was a 12yearold at the time of this crash but remembers it vividly. He says, "I recall the plane passing overhead very low and then hitting trees about 200 yards away. The dead were buried at the U.S. cemetery at Madingly near Cambridge."

In a letter to this writer dated 30 November 1978, Vince Noel stated as follows: "Peter Russell and I did survive the crash and fire but, due to our severe injuries, we were removed from flying status. At my request I was permitted to remain with the 349th until June 1945 and then returned to the U.S." Noel made no mention as to what happened to Frank Opala, the third injured man.

Loss of this crew coupled with the loss of three others  four crews in three weeks  plunged the squadron into bitter gloom.
 

Crew #7 -- Aircraft #42 30042 -- "Oh Nausea" -- M.A.C.R.#1020

1st Lt Magee C. Fuller P POW 20-Jul-44 Merseburg
2nd Lt Winton L. MacCarter CP POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
2nd Lt Harold L. Weachter N POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
2nd Lt George H. Ziegler B POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
T/Sgt Jack C. Rogers E POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt Robert W. Sandy R POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt Alexander F. Sawicki BT 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 -- 01-Jul-43 GROUNDED

After a few missions, Magee Fuller was made operations officer of the 349th and was later transferred to the 418th where he became Squadron Commander. Magee appears to be the last of the original air crewmen of the 100th to be lost to enemy action.

When Fuller left the crew, MacCarter became first pilot and Dan Barna roved over from Crew #4 to become copilot. George Easterwed was grounded for some reason soon after the group arrived in England and his place on the crew was filled by S/Sgt. Roy B. Graff, a Minnesota boy from a Provisional Group. Both Barna and Graff became POWs on the Munster mission.

On the terrible Munster mission, Aircraft #4230090, "El P'sstofo", was swarmed by fighters and #1 engine began to burn. The fire quickly spread to the left wing and gas tank. The entire crew bailed out successfully and were immediately taken prisoner. The enlisted men spent the remainder of the war in Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria.

In 1973, one of Ray Manley's sons graduated from the Air Force Academy. Perhaps the Air Force fever continues from generation to generation.

 

Crew #8 -- Aircraft #4230090 -- "El P’sstofo"

1st Lt Victor Reed P -- -- TRANSFERRED FROM 100th GROUP
F/O Charles A. Brooks CP CPT Dec-43 --
2nd Lt Howard D. Bassett N CPT 14-Jan-44 --
2nd Lt Joseph P. Armanini N CPT -- --
T/Sgt Glenn N. Albright E CPT -- --
S/Sgt Richard 0. Detweiler WG CPT -- --
T/Sgt Joseph S. Dougherty R CPT -- --
S/Sgt Richard M. Price BT -- -- --
S/Sgt Thomas D. Baer WG KIA 6-Mar-44 Berlin
S/Sgt Clifford T. Miner TG -- -- --

On the Bonn mission of 12 August 1943, Vic Reed's life was saved by a near "miracle". Just as the ship loosed her cargo of bombs on the target, a burst of flak littered the cockpit with slivers of hot steel. One sizeable fragment penetrated Reed's outer clothing but struck the silver wings he was wearing over his left shirt pocket. The velocity of the shard was so great as to drive the insignia through the skin and cause severe bruising of the chest muscles. Without the wings to deflect it, there was no doubt that the piece of flak would have killed or severely wounded the pilot. This episode so unnerved Reed that he was unable to fly for a time and was eventually transferred from the 100th.

At about this time, "Big Joe" Armanini replaced "Crying Joe" Kelly on Crew #4 and, some weeks later, Howard Bassett was to replace this writer as navigator on Crew #4. Joe Dougherty also moved to Crew #4 about this time to take the place of Mike Tanowigch.

Charles Brooks continued as a copilot and then as a first pilot, a few days before Christmas 1943, he flew his 25th mission as the pilot of "Squawkin Hawk". At the time this is written, no record has been found as to the final status of Richard Price and Cliff Miner but it is assumed that they both completed 25 missions.

Thomas "Teddy" Baer, as a member of the crew of Lt. Albert Amiero, was killed over Berlin on 6 March 1944.

 

Crew #9 -- --Aircraft #4230088 -- "Squawkin Hawk"

1st Lt Summer H. Reeder P CPT -- --
F/O Harry E. Edeburn CP KIA 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
2nd Lt Russell W. Engel N SWA 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart.
2nd Lt Peter F. Delao B SWA 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
S/Sgt Harold L. Pope E EVADEE 5-Nov-43 Gelsenkirchen
Pvt Orrin W. Furlong WG -- -- --
T/Sgt Connor D. Brewster R KIA 5-Nov-43 Gelsenkirchen
S/Sgt Francis G. Dolsen BT POW 5-Nov-43 Gelsenkirchen
S/Sgt James Marasco WG POW 5-Nov-43 Gelsenkirchen
S/Sgt Robert M. Lovin TG CPT 29-Jan-44 --

On 6 September 1943, just as "Squawkin Hawk" began her bomb run, four fighters attacked from head on and high. 20mm shells riddled the nose and cockpit. One shell entered Edeburn's chest at the right shoulder, exploded as it exited his back, and pierced a hole in the armor plate of his seat back. Reeder was wounded in the head and body by flying fragments from the same shell and the oxygen system was badly damaged.

Other 20mms entering the nose compartment tore out one eye of Russ Engel and badly wounded Pete Delao in his head and body. The engineer Harold Pope, succeeded in salvoing the bomb load and Reeder dived into a lower formation seeking protection.

Pope and Connor Brewster (who was himself to die two months later) were able to get Edeburn out of his seat and into the hatchway but in a few minutes he was dead. Engel, though bleeding profusely from his empty eye socket, managed to get into the copilot's seat where he rendered what aid he could to Reeder in flying the ship. Brewster administered first aid to both wounded men.

Although still under fighter attack but lacking oxygen, Reeder dove toward the deck and, in a scattered cloud formation, played hare and hounds with the pursuing fighters until, short of gas, they finally left him.

Suffering gravely from their wounds and unsure of the proper heading to fly, they somehow reached the Channel coast and crossed to southern England. There, spotting an RAF fighter base, Reeder put "Squawkin Hawk" down on a grass runway, without benefit of brakes as the hydraulic system had been shot out.

For both Russ Engel and Pete Delao the war was over. After extended hospital stays in England they were returned to the U.S. for further treatment. The Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to both Reeder and Engel and, posthumously, to Harry Edeburn.

Reeder recovered from his wounds and later became C.O. of the 349th Squadron. On 19 March 1945, having returned to the U.S., Summer Reeder lost his life when a C54 on which he was flying as a student pilot crashed into the ocean off the coast of Florida.

On the mission to Gelsenkirchen in November, Connor Brewster, Francis Dolsen, James Marasco and Harold Pope were in the ship piloted by Lts. W. Flesh and J. Gossage. Having sustained such severe battle damage that he believed the plane could not reach England, Flesh gave the bailout order and all the crew but he and Gossage jumped. Recovering some control of the aircraft, the pilot and copilot were able to reach England and set the shattered and burning plane down.

Brewster was apparently killed when his chute failed and Dolsen and Marasco were taken prisoner. Pope was able to avoid capture and, with help of the underground, got back to England.

The badly damaged "Squawking Hawk", strange as it may seem, was repaired and restored to combat status. She became the first B17 of the 100th Group to fly 50 missions. With every square inch of her outer skin covered with names and autographs of men of the 100th, she was flown back to the U.S. to take part in a War Bond tour.

 

THE 350th SQUADRON
Major Gale W. Cleven, C.O., POW 8 October 1943 Bremen

Crew #10 -- Aircraft #4230047 -- "Sweater Girl''

Capt Mark E. Carnell P CPT -- --
2nd Lt Edward K. Moffly CP CPT -- --
1st Lt Anthony C. Gospodar N CPT 11-Dec-43 --
1st Lt James P. Fitten B CPT -- --
T/Sgt Vern M. Best E CPT -- --
S/Sgt William J. Williams WG POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen (with Crew#15)
Sgt Edmund A. Oliver R POW 10-Jul-43 Paris (with Crew#12)
S/Sgt Steve Bosser BT CPT 1944 --
S/Sgt Paul A. Vrabec, Jr. WG CPT 24-Dec-43 --
S/Sgt Floyd P. Bullard TG CPT 24-Dec-43 --

On 10 July 1943, radio operator Ed Oliver flew with Crew #10 which was lost that day and Oliver became a POW. He was soon replaced on the crew by George Rudden from Crew #17 which went down over Kiel on 25 July. On 8 October 1943, William Williams flew with Crew #15 and went down over Bremen.

According to a letter from Vern Best in 1980, Mark Carnell suffered a broken arm in a bicycle accident on the field and was unable to fly for a considerable length of time. He was replaced by Bill Desanders whose crew (#17) had been lost on 25 July. Best also says that Paul Vrabec not only completed 25 missions but volunteered for five additional and finished those.

 Anthony Gospodar is now a practicing attorney in Breckenridge, Minnesota; and Vern Best is living in Glendale, Arizona.

 

Crew #11 -- A/C #425862 -- "Duration + 6" -- M.A.C.R. #678

1st Lt Roy F. Claytor P EVA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt Raymond J. Nutting CP EVA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt Oscar C. Amison, Jr. N POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt Kenneth R. Lorch B POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/Sgt John W. Burgin E EVA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Charles K. Bailey WG EVA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/Sgt Steven S. Kopczewski R KIA 25-Jul-43 Keil (with Crew #17)
S/Sgt Robert H. Wussow BT KIA 8-Oct-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Joseph E. Kehoe WG -- -- --
S/Sgt Edward A. Musante TG KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg

On the Regensburg mission this crew was the lead crew of the second element of the low squadron. Wingmen were Ronald Braley and Thomas Hummel, both of whom also went down.

At 1020 a swarm of fighters attacked the low squadron over eastern Belgium and so severely damaged the aircraft that Claytor sounded the bailout alarm. Eight of the men aboard got out safely but Musante's chute caught on the horizontal stabilizer and, when the plane exploded in midair, or when it crashed, he was killed. A William M. Hinton, who was flying in place of Robert Wussow, apparently did not bail out he may have stayed too long to assist Musante  and was killed. Both Hinton and Musante were given a military funeral and were buried 20 August 1943 "on the Airdrone St. Trond." Hinton in grave #287 and Musante in grave #268.

Two other replacements flying on the crew that day were, William M. Quinn as radio operator and Clifford R. Starkey as tail gunner. Starkey became a POW but Quinn evaded capture and made it back to England.

Claytor, Nutting, Burgin and Bailey also were successful in evading capture and, after months with the underground, got back to England. Kenny Lorch was finally made a POW after hiding out nearly eight months.

It was the 10th mission for most of the crew but only number two for Hinton.p>When questioned, after the war, as to Musante, Claytor had this to say: "He was a strange boy and was frequently given to air sickness. I think he was actually afraid of the air. However, I mentioned having him removed from the crew several times but he always persuaded me to keep him. He seemed to be brave and courageous except I believe he had an inherent fear of the air. I admired him very much and have never seen him fail in anything but I do believe he was afraid to bail out."

 Charles Bailey's statement as regards Musante was as follows: "Musante was the RWG and I was the LWG. I always took a personal interest in him because I was older then he, and he seemed to depend on me to a great extent. He always had trouble hearing over the intercom and I always made it a point to be sure that he always understood the commands given over the intercom so when the pilot gave the command to bail out I checked with Musante and he started making preparations to bail out. We both went to the escape hatch and I pulled the emergency release, and Musante stepped up to jump, but for somee reason he changed his mind, and motioned for me to jump first. Because two engines were on fire, and the plane seemed to be going down fast, I. couldn't see any reason to waste more time, so I jumped. After my chute opened, I .tried to keep my eye on the plane to see how many chutes opened but all I could ever see was eight chutes.

The underground organization that helped me told me that one of the crew members was killed when the plane went down because his chute hung on the plane and from their description I knew it was Musante."

 

Crew #12 -- Aircraft #4230050 -- "Judy E" -- M.A.C.R, #268

1st Lt Charles L. Duncan P POW 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF
2nd Lt Archibald L. Robertson CP EVA 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF
1st Lt Oliver M. Chiesl N POW 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF
1st Lt William H. Forbes B POW 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF
T/Sgt Ernest De Los Santos E POW 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF
S/Sgt Bernard I. Hanover WG POW 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF
Pvt John K. Beard R CPT 24-Jan-44 --
S/Sgt Gene F. Frank BT POW 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF
S/Sgt George R. Appleton WG -- -- --
S/Sgt William D. Whitley TG POW 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF

Apparently George Appleton did not fly to England with this crew. The last page of Special Order #103 (which sent the 100th on its way overseas on 25 May 1943) shows one T/Sgt. James C. Brown assigned to Crew #12 apparently to replace George Appleton. Brown was KIA 28 April 1944 in aircraft flown by W. G. Lakin and Colonel Robert Kelly. Soon after arrival in England, it seems that Sgt. Parrish Reynolds joined the crew to replace Brown and Reynolds was flying as a waist gunner on 10 July. He became a POW.

Edmund Oliver from Crew #10 was flying as radio man in place of John Beard and became a POW.

According to Bill Forbes, the "Judy E" (named for Duncan's little daughter) was returning from the target when jumped by FW 190s. This was about at the channel coast near Dieppe and with #1 engine and the wing on fire Duncan gave the bailout order. All got out safely, but Ollie Chiesl was stuck in the nose escape hatch briefly and Forbes had to jump on him with both feet to kick him loose.

Bernard Hanover had been the first man in the 100th Group to be awarded a Purple Heart when he suffered a slight hand wound from flak over St. Nazaire on 28 June 1943. However, the honor of earning the first Purple Heart in the 100th Group has to go to one of the members of the three crews from the 349th Squadron who were lost on 25 June 1943.

 

Crew #13 -- Aircraft #4230068 -- "Phartzac"

1st Lt Norman H. Scott P -- -- --
2nd Lt Kenneth O. Blair CP -- -- --
1st Lt Donald L. Strout N -- -- --
1st Lt Norris G. Norman B -- -- --
T/Sgt James E. Parks E -- -- --
S/Sgt Blazier Paddy WG -- -- --
T/Sgt Norman M. Smith R KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Lewis D. Miller BT -- -- --
Pvt Britton I. Smith WG -- -- --
CP1 Jerome E. Ferroggiaro TG POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen

No record of the members of this crew, except for Ferroggiaro, following the Regensburg mission have been found. Several 100th Group vets who were on the base at the time, dimly recall that the crew was broken up and that some of the members may have gone to another group.

On the now famous Regensburg shuttle mission, this crew, with Squadron C.O. “Bucky” Cleven, led the low squadron of six aircraft. Only two of the six reached North Africa and "Phartzac", the aircraft flown by this crew, was badly mauled as detailed in the often quoted article, "I Saw Regensburg Destroyed" by Colonel Beirne Lay, Jr. (Saturday Evening Post, November 6, 1943):

"...Now, nearing the target, battle damage was catching up with him (Clever) fast. A 20mm. cannon shell penetrated the right side of his airplane and exploded beneath him, damaging the electrical system and cutting the top turret gunner in the leg. A second 20mm entered the radio compartment, killing the radio operator, who bled to death with his legs severed above the knees. A third 20mm. shell entered the left side of the nose, tearing out a section about two feet square tore away the right-hand-nose-gun installations and injured the bombardier in the head and shoulders. A fourth 20mm shell penetrated the right wing into the fuselage and shattered the hydraulic system, releasing fluid all over the cockpit. A fifth 20mm shell punctured the cabin roof and severed the rudder cables to one side of the rudder. A sixth 20mm shell exploded in the-#3 engine, destroying all controls to the engine. The engine caught fire and lost its power, but eventually the fire went out ...."

Exactly what transpired in the cockpit at this point is probably known only to Bucky Cleven and Norm Scott. Beirne Lay admitted in his article that the situation was such that abandonment of the plane was justified and that Scott and others wanted to bail out. According to Tay however, Cleven "using blunt language" overruled the bailout idea and "the B17 kept on".

This incident has been referred to in many WW II books and articles over the past 40 years and often the details have been warped and twisted. In one rather wellknown case it was inplied that Scott panicked and that Cleven's words to him were, "You sonofabitch, you're going to sit there and fly this airplane."

It does seem to us most unfortunate that somehow Scott and his crew have been painted with a derogatory brush. Testimony from those involved is very badly needed. We wish it were forthcoming.

 

Crew #14 -- A/C #423232 -- "Flak Happy" -- M.A.C.R. #676

1st Lt Ronald W. Hollenbeck P POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
F/O John L. Williams CP POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt Harold L. Weintraub N POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt Zeak M. Buckner, Jr. B POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/Sgt Rush S. Mintz E POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt William A. Rouse WG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/Sgt Emile A. Reimherr R POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt John Q. Paciotti BT POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Glen H. Keirsey WG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Thomas E. Flounders TG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg

On the Regensburg mission, this crew was flying as left wingman to Norm Scott and "Bucky" Cleven who led the low squadron. Bennie Demarco was flying as right wingman and gives this account: "B17 #232 was hit in Bomb Bay and jettisoned its bombs fifteen minutes before the target. The bombs fell in a wooded area. It stayed with formation until we circled at Verona to pick up stragglers where it continued on Route alone. No. 4 engine feathered as aircraft pulled away. It appeared that one of the crew was injured and was being worked on in nose of aircraft. It is thought that this aircraft may have landed in Sardinia."

Glen Keirsey was taken prisoner but eventually escaped and made his way back to England. On 22 June 1944 in a statement to Military Intelligence Service ETO Glen gave the following statement:

"On August 17, 1943, at about 1300 hours near Ghedi, Italy and at approximately 3000 feet I bailed out. The ship had #3 and #4 engines shot out  the former was windmilling. The entire crew bailed out safely and the plane crashed into a mountain. The enlisted men all escaped from Camp 54, but Reimherr, Mintz, Paciotte and Flounders were soon recaptured. Rouse was not recaptured until 27 February 1944."

A 1979 letter from Bill Rouse reads as follows:

"August 17, 1943 (Regensburg), we were low squadron trail group. We made it over target, one engine out, badly shot up. We tried to go on to North Africa. We could not keep up with formation. All alone we tried for Switzerland. We were forced to bail out as we were unable to make Switzerland. We bailed out as soon as we cleared down to 3,500 feet over Milano, Italy. All of the crew were able to get out. We were picked up by German and Italian troops. I ended up in Camp 54 (POW) then escaped. I was picked up six months later and sent to Germany. I finally escaped in April 1945 and went back to England. I stayed in the Air Force for over 30 years and retired at Eglin A.F.B. Florida."

 

Crew #15 -- A/C #423233 -- "Our Baby" -- M.A.C.R. #950

1st Lt Bernard A. DeMarco P POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
F/O James P. Thayer CP POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
1st Lt John W. Downs N POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
2nd Lt Francis C. Harper B POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
T/Sgt Benjamin J. Barr E POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
Cpl Leo T. Callahan WG POW 21-Feb-44 Brunswick
Cpl Thornton Stringfellow R POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Albert M. Freitas BT POW 28-Apr-44 Sottevast-Noball
S/Sgt Harry C. Calhoun WG POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Leon A. Castro TG -- -- Appointed Aviation Cadet

On the Bremen mission Leo Callahan, Albert Freitas and Leon Castro had been replaced by Jerome Ferroggiaro (from Crew #13), William J. Williams (from Crew #10), and William R. Woodbury (a replacement gunner).

The crew, with "Bucky" Cleven, Squadron Commander, aboard, was leading the 350th on the mission and was hit by flak and fighters over the target. All eleven aboard reached the ground safely but three suffered slight injury on landing. Stringfellow's parachute canopy caught in a tree and his body swung into the trunk of the tree causing fracture of several ribs.

Several farmers with pitchforks were soon at the tree and escorted Thornton to a nearby village where the rest of the crew were gathered. The enlisted men spent the balance of the war at Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria where they were later joined by Leo Callahan and Albert Freitas.

Site of the crew's capture was Essen/Assen, Germany, not far from Oldenburg. For most of the crew, it was the 16/18 mission.

Sometime before this final mission, Leon Castro, tail gunner, had been appointed an Aviation Cadet and returned to the U.S.A. for training.

 

 Crew #16 -- A/C #4230070 -- "Tweedle O' Twill" -- M.A.C.R. #679

1st Lt Ronald W. Braley P POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd St Walter Trenchard CP POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt John E. Fawcett N POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
1st Lt Thomas D. Carlton B POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/Sgt Joseph E.   POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Charles C. Grissom WG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/Sgt James R. Bair R KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Donald G. Ruggles BT POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Elm E. White WG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Phil W. Ong TG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg

Riddled by 20mm shells and with #1 engine and tail section on fire, the crew, except for Sgt. Bair, bailed out near Tauberbischofsheim (a suburb of Wurzburg) about 125 miles before the target.

The radio operator, James Bair, had been wounded earlier, over Holland when the first wave of fighters struck, but was still firing his guns when struck in the chest by a 20-mm and instantly killed. Following his capture, Sgt. Grissom was taken by the Germans to the wreckage of the aircraft and identified Bair's remains by a belt buckle and a Catholic medal.

Ong was wounded in lower back by flak and Elmo White had a bullet wound through his leg. Trenchard suffered a broken ankle and Sgt. Grissom a fractured vertebrae. All recoverd from their injuries.

This crew, flying as wingman in the second element of the low squadron, was truly "tailend Charlie" on the Regensburg mission and was almost constantly under enemy fighter attack for over an hour before having to abandon the aircraft.
 

Crew #17 -- A/C #425867" -- Alice From Dallas" -- M.A.C.R. #117

1st Lt William D. Desanders P CPT 1944 --
2nd Lt William J. Styles CP POW 25-Jul-43 Warnemunde Keil
2nd Lt Calvin H. Defevre N KIA 25-Jul-43 Warnemunde Keil
2nd Lt William E. Griffith B KIA 25-Jul-43 Warnemunde Keil
T/Sgt Lester I. Berg E KIA 25-Jul-43 Warnemunde Keil
S/Sgt Charles J. Mayville WG KIA 25-Jul-43 Warnemunde Keil
T/Sgt George L. Rudden R CPT -- (With Crew #10)
S/Sgt Norman C. Eddy BT KIA 25-Jul-43 Warnemunde Keil
Pvt Robert D. Lepper WG POW 25-Jul-43 Warnemunde Keil
S/Sgt Maynard T. Parsons TG POW 25-Jul-43 Warnemunde Keil

On July 25, 1943, Bill Desanders was either ill or on leave and Captain Richard Carey, Operations Officer of the 350th, flew in his stead and became a POW. Another replacement on the crew this day was T/Sgt. Steven S. Kopczewski, the regular radio operator on Crew #11. He was killed in action.

Unable to bomb Warnemunde, the primary target, the Group flew to Keil where intense flak was met. Plane was so damaged by flak that Captain Carey decided to ditch in the sea. All crew except for pilot and copilot were in radio room when ship hit the water.

Apparently, Parsons and Lepper, both of whom were wounded, got out of the overhead hatch but the others in the radio noon were trapped and went down with the ship which rapidly sank. A subsequent report by William Styles said that, "Griffith was struggling to get out of hatch as the plane was sinking, that is the last I saw of him."

During a search for survivors, Danish fishermen found the body of Sgt. Kopczewski but, after making certain of death, left it in the water.

Carey, Styles, Lepper and Parsons were picked up by a Danish fishing boat and the latter two were taken to a hospital in Schleswig. It was mission #8 for this crew who were flying in "Duration Plus Six" and not their regular plane, "Alice From Dallas".


 Crew #18 -- A/C #42 5878 -- M.A.C.R. #843

1st Lt Harold B. Helstrom P POW 4-Oct-43 Hanau
F/0 Hubert E. Trent CP EVA 4-Oct-43 Hanau
2nd Lt Harold E. Curtice N POW 4-Oct-43 Hanau
2nd Lt Hilbert W. Phillippe B POW 4-Oct-43 Hanau
T/Sgt Robert C. Giles E EVA 4-Oct-43 Hanau
Pvt Joseph Shandor WG EVA 4-Oct-43 Hanau
T/Sgt Carroll F. Haarup R EVA 4-Oct-43 Hanau
S/Sgt Charles C. Sprague BT CPT 1944 --
S/Sgt Charles E. Crippen WG POW 4-Oct-43 Hanau
S/Sgt Thomas F. Mezynski TG EVA 4-Oct-43 Hanau

On this mission to Hanau, Sgt. Sprague's position was taken by S/Sgt. William D. Edwards who became a POW.

The Missing Air Crew Report does not disclose the reason that this ship left formation. An eyewitness, 2nd Lt. W. G. Lakin, statesin the M.A.C.R. as follows:

"Captain Helstrom's ship was last seen as the Group formation dispersed to go down through the undercast just off the coast of England Southwest of London on the route back. The ship peeled off in a normal manner and seemed under perfect control."

In a phone conversation with the writer in 1980, Joe Shandor related that enemy action had knocked out one engine of their ship and damaged another and that they crash landed near Caen, France.

All ten of the crew got out safely and they burned the aircraft. Joe was hidden by the French undergound until January 1944, and then walked over the Pyrenees into Spain and thence to England.

Giles, Haarup and Mezynski also were successful EVAs. Phillippe was loose in France for a long period of time but was finally captured by the Germans.

Joe Shandor has written a very interesting account of his experiences with the French underground and his eventual return to Thorpe Abbotts. He is a current member of the 100th Bomb Group Association, and anyone interested should contact him.

 

THE 351st SQUADRON
Major John B. Kidd, C.O. (Retired as a Major General)

Crew #19 -- Aircraft #42 30080 -- "High Life"

1st Lt Donald K. Oakes P INT 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
F/O Joseph C. Harper CP INT 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt Hiram E. Harris, Jr. N INT 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt Howard G. Ball B POW 3-Mar-44 Berlin
T/Sgt George W. Elder E INT 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Nolan D. Stevens WG INT 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/Sgt James P. Scott R INT 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Leslie D. Nadeau BT INT 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Leonard P. Goyer WG INT 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
Cpl Vincent E. McGrath TG INT 17-Aug-43 Regensburg

On a mission to Le Bourget AF in Paris on 10 July, Hiram Harris and Howard Ball were wounded when the ship was attacked by fighters. Harris' wound did not require hospitalization but Ball was in the hospital for a long period of time, and upon discharge, went to another crew. This crew was lost and Ball became a POW. Ball's place on Crew #19 was taken by 2nd Lt. Lloyd A. Hammarlund who was INT with the others.

This is believed to be the first American bomber to have landed in Switzerland but it was followed by many more before war's end.

Some time before reaching the target, according to a statement made by Oakes, "A 20-mm shell exploded in the number three nacelle, cutting the throttle cable and starting a heavy oil leak. I then feathered the prop. The ball turret gunner then advised me there was a heavy oil leak in the number two engine. The plane could not keep up with the formation and I landed the plane at the nearest field, wheels up, on the belly. We did not have time to burn the plane as it was immediately surrounded by soldiers. Myself and the rest of the crew were INT."

On page 69 of The Mighty Eighth, by Roger A. Freeman, there is a good photo of "High Life" at rest on the Swiss air field. According to Joe Harper, the plane took its name from the very popular beer.

The February, 1983 issue of "Splasher Six" contains a very fine story of this crew's last mission by Jim Scott.
 
Crew #20 -- Aircraft #42 30051
1st Lt Robert C. Pearson P POW 4-Jul-43 La Pallice
2nd Lt Melville G. Boyd, Jr. CP POW 4-Jul-43 La Pallice
1st Lt Bruce T. Rinker N POW 4-Jul-43 La Pallice
2nd Lt John L. Dunbar B EVA 4-Jul-43 La Pallice
T/Sgt Jack M. Goss E POW 4-Jul-43 La Pallice
S/Sgt Lonnie B. Rutledge WG POW 4-Jul-43 La Pallice
T/Sgt Randall G. Villa R POW 4-Jul-43 La Pallice
Sgt Everett J. Moore BT POW 4-Jul-43 La Pallice
S/Sgt John T. Westwood WG POW 4-Jul-43 La Pallice
S/Sgt Albert N. Purcell TG POW 4-Jul-43 La Pallice

On this mission, the fifth flown by the Hundredth, this crew became the fourth loss of the Group.

Lt. Thomas E. Murphy gave the following eyewitness account:

"#1 (Pearson) of 2nd Element approximately three miles from target and slightly behind other formation. The formation turned slightly to left but Pearson turned slightly to the right and down. #2 & 3 A/C of this Element followed, throttled back and over ran Pearson. He motioned for #2 & 3 A/C to go ahead. This left #2 & 3 in rear of formation and these A/C proceeded to catch up. All during this time Pearson had bomb bays open. Pearson descended turning and heading west over water. All engines were turning. No props feathered or engines smoking. He descended very rapidly."

Lt. Victor Fienup, also an eyewitness, stated, "I saw 051 release bombs short of target, do a 180 degree turn and lose altitude. Reason unknown."

In a letter dated 9 February 1980, Albert Purcell sheds greater light on the problems met with over La Pallice:

"...As we started our bomb run, both inboard engines went out at the same time, which accounted for our loss of altitude so fast. Jack Goss (our engineer) told me later that the two engines lost power at the sane time for no apparent reason. We dropped our bombs over the water and, as I understood, we were trying to make it to Spain. At this point ME 109s attacked us from the rear and knocked out another engine  with only one left we were ordered to bail out. We did shoot down two MEs.

After the tail gunner, I was the third or fourth man out. As I floated down, I watched the plane crash and burn on the small island (Ile D' Oleron). Pearson landed in the water, Boyd broke an arm landing, Dunbar was lucky, the French hid him and he escaped capture. I had just enough time to roll up my chute before being picked up. The rest of the crew were picked up along with me. As for the engine failure, Jack Goss gave me details at the time and strongly believed our fuel had been somehow sabotaged."

In The Story of the Century, page 132, Jack M. Goss appears in the list of those killed in action. This is obviously an error. He, with the other enlisted men of the crew, was a kriegie in Stalag 17 B. John Dunbar did get back to England via the Pyrenees and Spain.
 

Crew #21 -- Aircraft #42 30086 -- "Blackjack"
1st Lt Victor E. Fienup P POW 3-Sep-43 Paris Renault plant
2nd Lt Eugene V. Mulholland CP EVA 3-Sep-43 Paris Renault plant
1st Lt Paul Pascal N EVA 3-Sep-43 Paris Renault plant
2nd Lt Blanton G. Barnes B POW 3-Sep-43 Paris Renault plant
T/Sgt Roy A. Evenson E POW 3-Sep-43 Paris Renault plant
Pvt Marvin Miller WG KIA 3-Sep-43 Paris Renault plant
S/Sgt Walter L. Probst R CPT -- --
S/Sgt Norman D. Kreitenstein BT EVA 3-Sep-43 Paris Renault plant
S/Sgt Smith J. Young WG KIA 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt Charles T. Daniels TG KIA 3-Sep-43 Paris Renault plant

On 3 September 1943, Walter Probst was replaced by T/Sgt Charles F. Wright and Smith Young was replaced by S/Sgt. Robert H. Brown. Both Wright and Brown succeeded in bailing out and became POWs. Walter Probst subsequently completed his tour of 25 missions but Smith J. Young was killed in action on the Munster mission of 10 October 1943.

Young was flying with the crew of Lt. Maurice Beatty and his body was found in the Waal River near Doornenburg, Holland. He was buried at Doornenburg cemetery "community Bemmel" on 13 October in "7th raw, 8th grave."

As the 100th reached Paris, it was found that the primary target, the Renault Works, was obscured. Flak was very heavy and the group lead was knocked out of formation. His place was taken by the deputy leader and the formation proceeded to the secondary target  Beaumont Le Roger AF  about 60 miles west of Paris.

There are conflicting accounts as to exactly what occurred but the consensus seems to be that, while on the bomb run, the plane flown by Lt. Richard King (Crew #26) received a direct flak burst amidships and suddenly moved upward striking the ship of Crew #23 which exploded.

Crew #21 may have been involved in this mid air collision as one of its crew men stated that "the ship on our right wing crashed into our tail surfaces". This may have caused the` death of tail gunner, Marvin Miller. With the plane uncontrollable, Fienup gave the bail out order and all except Miller got out. Daniels was badly wounded prior to jumping and an eyewitness saw one chute from this plane "burst intro flames". Germans also said that "Daniels had come down without a full chute. He was buried in the Souvernix Francais Evreux cemetery Grave 220, Row 7."
 
Crew #22 -- Aircraft #42 5864 -- "Piccadilly Lily"
1st Lt Thomas E. Murphy P KIA 8-Oct-43 Bremen
2nd Lt Marshall F. Lee CP KIA 8-Oct-43 Bremen
2nd Lt Charles C. Sarabun N POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
2nd Lt Floyd C. Peterson B POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
T/Sgt John J. Ehlen E POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen
S/Sgt Albert C. Davis WG CPT -- --
Sgt Emmett H. Evans R CPT -- Transferred to Armament July 1943
S/Sgt Cleveland D. Jarvis BT   -- --
S/Sgt Michael Rotz WG POW -- --
S/Sgt Gerald O. Robinson TG POW 8-Oct-43 Bremen

A few days before this October 8th mission, Al Davis and Emmett Evans had finished their tour of 25 missions and were replaced on this mission by Derrell Piel, the radio operator of Crew #26, and Elder Dickerson, the regular waist gunner of Crew #25, both of whom were killed by flak.

For Piel, who had lost his crew on 3 September, this was about the sixteenth mission and for Dickerson, whose crew had finished its 25 missions, it was the 25th.

Cleveland Jarvis had gone AWOL on 15 July and was in the Brig for a time. When released he was transferred to Armament and replaced on the crew by Reed Hufford. Hufford bailed out and was taken prisoner. Michael Rotz had been injured in a truck/jeep accident in June and was hospitalized for a month or so. His place on the crew was taken by S/Sgt. Aaron A. David. There is some confusion as to whether David jumped without a chute or whether he was blown out of the aircraft and his chute failed to open. After release from POW camp, Robinson stated, "I was in a truck in Bremen that night when the Germans picked up quite a few dead Americans. Can't say for sure, but believe Sgt. David was one of them."

This crew led the 100th on the mission and Captain Alvin L. Barker, at that time 351st Squadron Operations Officer, flew in the left hand seat. Marshall Lee flew as the ball turret man to better observe the formation and report to Murphy and Barker. Lee apparently was killed after leaving the ball turret to go to the aid of the pilot and co pilot.

A minute or two after bomb release, the ship was hit by flak which damaged the navigator's compartment and caused fire in #3 engine and failure of oxygen system. "The ship went into a steep dive and exploded   four chutes were seen."

On 15 October at the Post cemetery, Wesermuende, Germany, the remains of Murphy, Barker, Lee, Piel and Dickerson were interred in graves 103 through 10

Crew #23 -- Aircraft #42 30059 -- "Barker's Burdens" -- M.A.C.R. #685

1st Lt Alvin L. Barker P KIA 08-Oct-43 Bremen (With Crew #22)
2nd Lt Charles W. Floyd, Jr. CP KIA 03-Sep-43 Paris
2nd Lt Robert N. Rosenburg N POW 03-Sep-43 Paris
2nd Lt Frank C. Coon B POW 03-Sep-43 Paris
T/Sgt Willis H. Stroud E      
S/Sgt Edwin I. Morgan WG POW    
T/Sgt Theodore W. Price R KIA 03-Sep-43 Paris
S/Sgt Robyn P. Fulton BT POW 06-Mar-43 Berlin (With G. W. Brannan crew)
S/Sgt John K. Williams WG KIA 03-Sep-43 Paris
S/Sgt John M. Neal TG KIA 03-Sep-43 Paris

On 3 September 1943, clouds obscured the primary target, the Renault plant in Paris, so the formation proceeded to its secondary target   the Beaumont le Roger Airdrome. There are conflicting accounts as to exactly what occurred, but the consensus seems to be that, while on the bomb run, the plane flown by Richard King (Crew #26) received a direct flak burst amidships and suddenly moved upwards striking the tail section of the ship flown by Crew #23. King's ship then rapidly lost altitude and the plane carrying Crew #23 exploded in mid air. One or more bombs released by Floyd's plane may have struck King's aircraft.

Of interest in this regard is the following statement given by Robert Rosenburg many months after the event:

"The target, the Renault Works at Paris, was hidden by cloud when our group reached the target area. Flak was relatively heavy and fairly accurate. Our Group commander was knocked out of the formation and during the ensuing period in which the deputy commander moved into the group lead our plane was hit in the number three engine. Through skillful flying, Lts. Floyd and Boyd were able to keep control and maintain our position, No. 3, low squadron, low group. As we proceeded away from the target area to the secondary target at Evreux, German fighters joined the attack. We reached Paris at 0845 but did not leave until almost 0900. The fighters succeeded in sending many bullets through the plane without causing any injury to any crew members or any material damage to the plane.

"At about 0920 I began re loading the nose guns from the ammunition case on which I was sitting while the bombardier kept a sharp lookout. I had finished loading two of the guns when the pilot began to say something over the intercom. Before he could finish speaking, he, the copilot and bombardier apparently saw German fighters re foaming to renew the attack. I began firing the right nose gum at an incoming fighter and while so engaged felt the plane jump violently. Observers whom I met later tell me that a plane salvaged its bombs from the high squadron just before it blew up.. One of the bombs hit our already damaged and feathered #3 engine and caused our plane to maneuver into the plane of the flight leader (This was Lt. V. Fienup--Crew #21), from which plane, already on fire, the crew members were bailing out. Our plane was now out of formation with the left wing tip and right mid-wing section ablaze. The pilot and co-pilot were still fighting and managing to retain a modicum of control. German fighters were closing in on us and everybody was concentrating on returning the fire of these oncoming ships. Word came across the intercom to abandon ship but before I could make a move, the ship seemingly exploded. I recovered consciousness four days later. We were not permitted any freedom while in the hospital at Paris but from what little I could learn, the bombardier, Frank C. Coon, and I were the only survivors. All the while we were imprisoned, we fruitlessly sought to learn of some small word of the fate of the rest of the crew."

Frank Coon was also blown out of the ship but recovered in time to pull the ripcord of his chute.

When Al Barker, regular pilot of this crew, was made Squadron Operations Officer, Charles Floyd moved from the co pilot's seat and Jack Boyd, who had flown overseas with the Group as a spare, became the co pilot. Boyd was KIA.

On 3 Sept. 1943, S/Sgt. Earl Griggs and Sgt. Dale Huffer were flying in place of regular crewmen, Willis Stroud and Robyn Fulton, and both were KIA.

Lt. Peter Theodore, Assistant Station Gunnery Officer and a very early member of the 100th Group, was under no duty or obligation to fly combat missions but he firmly believed that only by knowing at first hand the problems encountered by combat crew gunners could he be of help to them and gain their trust and respect. This was his fourth mission and he had demonstrated great courage and coolness in action. Flying in the position normally manned by Sgt. Edwin I. Morgan, Theodore was KIA.

Crew #24 -- Aircraft #42 30057 -- "Raunchy" -- M.A.C.R. #689

1st Lt Sam R. Turner P INT 6-Sep-43 Switzerland
2nd Lt William R. Freund CP INT 6-Sep-43 Switzerland
2nd It Morris Weinberg N INT 6-Sep-43 Switzerland
2nd Lt Vance R. Boswell B INT 6-Sep-43 Switzerland
T/Sgt Harold W. Smith E INT 6-Sep-43 Switzerland
S/Sgt Carter F. Thornton WG INT 6-Sep-43 Switzerland
T/Sgt Carmine A. Gallo R INT 6-Sep-43 Switzerland
S/Sgt Joseph F. Moloney BT KIA 6-Sep-43 Switzerland
S/Sgt Dewitt J. Weir WG INT 6-Sep-43 Switzerland
S/Sgt Norman F. Brett TG -- -- --

For the mission of 6 Sept 1943, Norman Brett's place was taken by Sgt. James E. Speakman who became an Internee. No further knowledge of Brett has come to light.

Sam Turner made the following statement regarding his crew's last flight:

"I crash landed on Lake Constance on 6/9/43 at 1030 hours approximately 1 1/4 miles from land. The plane remained afloat for about four minutes. The life rafts failed to work properly. The plane was completely demolished. After the plane crashed, I saw the ball turret gunner, who had been killed by a 20-mm shell. He was left in the plane. On 5/10/43 the plane was raised by the Swiss and the ball turret gunner was removed and buried."

Turner was slightly wounded in the chest by a 20-mm fragment. He was returned to the U.S. in March 1944.

Vance Boswell was more severely wounded and lost the use of his left arm and the sight in his left eye. He attempted escape from Switzerland but was captured and imprisoned for six months. A subsequent escape attempt was successful and he reached Thorpe Abbotts in February 1945. The irony was that a few weeks after his second escape, all internees were released and returned to their forces.

Morris Weinberg stated that Moloney was hit by a 20-mm between the shoulder blades sometime before reaching Switzerland. He was buried at Bad Ragaz and later removed to the American cemetery at Munsterlingen.

This was the crew's sixteenth mission.

Crew #25 -- Aircraft #42 30089 -- "Sunny"

1st Lt Glenn W. Dye P CPT 16-Sep-43 --
2nd Lt John H. Luckadoo CP CPT -- --
2nd Lt Timothy J. Cavanaugh N CPT -- --
2nd Lt Francis C. Chaney B CPT -- --
T/Sgt Victor R. Combs E CPT 16-Sep-43 --
S/Sgt Elder D. Dickerson WG KIA 8-Oct-43 Bremen (with Crew #22)
T/Sgt George E. Flanagan R CPT 16-Sep-43 --
S/Sgt Richard B. Cooke BT CPT 16-Sep-43 --
S/Sgt Donald O. Ellis WG CPT -- --
S/Sgt Leroy E. Baker TG CPT -- --

This was the first crew of the 100th Group to finish its tour of 25 sorties and qualify as "Lucky Bastards."

It is understood by this writer that Tim Cavanaugh and Francis Chaney were both killed in the crash of a B 29 not long after their return to the U.S.

Elder Dickerson was apparently a mission or two behind the rest of his crew. As the bitter ironies of war will have it, Elder was killed while on his 25th mission.

Crew #26 -- Aircraft #42 3234 -- "Little Mike" -- M.A.C.R. #684

1st Lt Richard C. King P KIA 3-Sep-43 Paris
F/O George D. Brykalski CP KIA 3-Sep-43 Paris
2nd Lt Ernest Anderson N POW 3-Sep-43 Paris
2nd Lt Edward H. Hovde B POW 3-Sep-43 Paris
T/Sgt Trafford L. Curry E EVA 3-Sep-43 Paris
S/Sgt Rudolph H. Harms BT KIA 3-Sep-43 Paris
T/Sgt Derrell C. Piel R KIA 8-Oct-43 Bremen (With crew #22)
S/Sgt Barney M. Sutton WG -- -- (See Below)
S/Sgt Donald E. Wise TG KIA 3-Sep-43 Paris
S/Sgt Heber Hogge, Jr WG POW 3-Sep-43 Paris

Barney Sutton had flown six or seven missions when he recieved an appointment as an Aviation Cadet and was returned to the U.S. for training. He became a Navigator and returned to the Eighth Air Force for duty with the 398th Bomb Group.

In a letter to this writer in 1979 Sutton had this to say: "The esprit de corp of the 398th was nothing to match that of the 100th. However, at that time the 100th had been shot down twice, and I feel sure the 398th had suffered also."

Sutton was replaced on the crew by Sgt. James M. Sides who became a POW on 3 September 1943. Derrell Piel was on sick leave on 3 September 1943 and his place was taken by T/Sgt. Robert L. McKnight from Crew #27. McKnight was KIA. Heber Hogge is authority for information that Edward Hovde was wounded in the left leg and had it amputated at the hip.

The .following statement was made by Trafford Curry who evaded capture and returned to England in early 1944:

"I was in the top turret at the time we were hit amidships by flak from the Paris area. Our A/C left the formation in a steep dive and when it leveled off several thousand feet below, I came out of my turret to see what was taking place. I quickly observed that the A/C was burning both in the bomb bay and the navigator's compartment. The A/C was very badly damaged and the fires were too far advanced to be extinguished. I put on my chute and when given the bail out order I tried to go out the navigator's hatch, but changed my mind when I saw the fire and smoke in that part of the A/C. I then went to the bomb bay and jumped through the flames that practically covered that area of the A/C.

Just before I jumped, I looked back and saw Lt. King and his copilot . adjusting their chutes. After my chute opened I saw several other chutes come from my A/C, but never knew who they were. The A/C disappeared still in level flight and I learned later that it crashed in a field several miles away, still in level flight but exploded soon after. I was not able to obtain any information about any of my crew members."

See Crew #21 and 23 (M.A.C.R. #685 & 686) for more information on this mission. Apparently there was contact made by three, and possibly four, of the 100th's A/C but the details are lacking.

Crew #27 -- Aircraft #42 30087 -- "Shack Rat"

1st Lt Jack R. Swartout P CPT -- --
F/0 Arch Drummond CP CPT -- --
2nd Lt Leonard P. Bull N CPT -- --
2nd Lt Albert D. Dahlgren B CPT -- --
T/Sgt Dorsett C. Bennett E CPT -- --
S/Sgt Hugh H. Smallwood WG CPT -- --
T/Sgt Robert L. McKnight R KIA 3-Sep-43 Paris (with Crew #26)
S/Sgt Harry A. Bonn BT CPT -- --
S/Sgt Joseph W. Weatherley WG (See Below) -- --
S/Sgt John M. Delaney TG CPT -- --

This was one of a very few crews from the "Original" 100th Group to finish its tour nearly intact.

After a few missions, Joe Weatherly had a recurrence of stomach ulcers and, as a consequence, removed from flying status. McKnight had the misfortune of serving as a substitute on the wrong day.

Arch Drummond eventually flew as pilot of his own crew.

 

THE 418th SQUADRON

Major Robert E. Flesher, Commander

Crew #28 -- Aircraft #42-30064 -- "Wild Cargo"

1st Lt Curtis R. Biddick P KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg (With Crew #30)
2nd Lt Hoyt L. Smith CP POW 10-Oct-43 Munster (With Crew #29)
2nd Lt Paul S. Warner N -- -- (See Below)
1st Lt Dan B. McKay B POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg (With Crew #30)
S/Sgt Glover E. Barney E POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg (With Crew #36)
T/Sgt Ross H. Breckeen WG -- -- --
T/Sgt Joseph P. Eigen R POW -- --
S/Sgt Roy L. Schellin BT SWA 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF
S/Sgt John O. Stireman WG SWA 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF
S/Sgt Alfred J. Vickers TG SWA 10-Jul-43 Paris Le Bourget AF

It appears that for some reason Lt. Paul Warner was grounded at Bangor, Maine and did not fly to England with the 100th.

On 17 August 1943, Bill Flesh, Pilot of Crew #30, was on pass in London so Curtis Biddick flew in his stead. Paul Englert, Bombardier of Crew #30, stayed at home so that Dan McKay could fly with his regular pilot.

Crew #29 -- Aircraft #42 3237 -- "Stymie" -- M.A.C.R. #1030

1st Lt Ernest A. Kiessling P -- -- (See Below)
F/O John F. Stephens CP POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
1st Lt David Solomon N POW 10-Oct-43 Munster (With Crew #32)
2nd Lt Stanley O. Morrison B KIA 25-Jun-43 Bremen (With Crew #1)
T/Sgt John Shay E POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt George F. Knolle WG POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
T/Sgt Max U. Drudge R POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt Frank S. Mazarka BT (See Below)    
S/Sgt Casimir A. Raczynski WG POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt William F. Young TG POW 10-Oct-43 Munster

On the first mission flown by the 100th Group on 25 June 1943, Louis Grate, regular bombardier of Crew #l, 349th Squadron, was replaced by Stanley Morrison. The occasion for this exchange is not apparent but it was unusual as exchange of personnel between squadrons was a rarity. Morrison's spot on his crew was filled by Lt. William J. Moore who became a POW on 10 October 1943.

David Solomon moved to Crew #32 to replace Harry Crosby when Crosby became Group Navigator and Lt. Rudolph Grum replaced Solomon on this crew. Grum became a POW on 10 October 1943.

Max Drudge and Carl E. Battin are authority for the information that Frank Mazarka did not actually fly overseas with the Group but was replaced on the crew by T/Sgt. Carl Battin several days prior to the overseas flight. Evidently S.O. #103 is, in this instance, erroneous. Battin became a POW on 10 October 1943.

In a 1979 letter to this writer, Max Drudge also stated that Ernest Kiessling "was grounded after 3 or 4 missions due to a surgical operation performed in England and John Stephen took over as pilot." It was probably at this time that Lt. Hoyt L. Smith came to the crew as co pilot from, his similar position with Crew #28.

After severe damage by flak and fighters it seems this crew made a belly landing. Max Drudge had been wounded by a 20-mm in his right wrist and hand and Battin had suffered a broken arm but the rest of the crew were unhurt.

Crew #30 Aircraft -- #42 30066 -- "Mug Wump" -- M.A.C.R. #675

1st Lt William R. Flesh P -- -- --
F/O Richard L. Snyder CP KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt John C. Dennis N POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
1st Lt Paul R. Englert B POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart (With Crew #33)
T/Sgt Lawrence E. Godbey E KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Charles F. Vielbig WG -- -- --
T/Sgt Robert R. DeKay R KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Walter Halunka BT POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt William M. Blank WG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Clarence R. Bowlin TG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg

On 17 August 1943, Bill Flesh was on leave in London and Curtis Biddick, pilot of Crew #28, replaced him. Biddick's regular bombardier, Dan McKay also replaced Paul Englert for this mission. Biddick was KIA and McKay, badly burned, became a POW.

Howard J. Brock, from Crew #35, flew in place of Charles Vielbig and was taken prisoner.

About 40 miles northwest of Regensburg, the A/C was hit in the right front of the nose and fuselage by a 20-mm burst which resulted in an oxygen fire and wounded Godbey in the shoulder and hip. Biddick and Snyder may have been wounded at that time also. The fire in the cockpit was very intense and Snyder was seen to crawl out of his window. He seems to have slipped off the wing and been hit by the horizontal stabilizer and reports as to whether his chute opened or not are conflicting. In his classic story of the Regensburg raid, Beirne Lay mentions this incident though he does not identify Snyder.

Many months later, this statement was given by John Dennis:

"The occupants of the nose, that is, the bombardier and I, were shut off by the oxygen blaze from others of the crew. The interphone was inoperative after the hit. Except for the co pilot we have no actual knowledge of the fate of the deceased members of the crew. All information is offered second hand. We (the bombardier and I) were both afire shortly after the hit making observation of secondary importance. I assume the fire was intense directly to the rear of the pilot and copilot forcing the latter out the. window, and trapping the pilot because of his size. It may be that the pilot was burned in making has way back to bail out. The bombardier and I saw what we believe to have been a foot above us in the hatch but since we were ablaze in making an exit through the fire it was but a fleeting and unreliable observation."

Both Dennis and McKay were badly burned and in hospital in Frankfort for many weeks. Some evidence indicated that Robert DeKay either delayed his jump too long and had been killed when the ship exploded or perhaps his chute did not open.

Crew #31 -- Aircraft #42 30062 -- "Bastard's Bungalow" -- M.A.C.R. #1028

1st Lt Charles B. Cruikshank P POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
2nd Lt Glenn E. Graham CP POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
1st Lt Frank D. Murphy N POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
2nd Lt August H. Gaspar B POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
T/Sgt Leonard R. Weeks E POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt James M. Johnson WG POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
T/Sgt Orlando E. Vincenti R KIA 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt Robert L. Bixler BT POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt Charles A. Clark WG KIA 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt Donald B. Garrison TG POW 10-Oct-43 Munster

On this, the 21st mission for the crew, fighter attack, after bombs were away, caused severe fire in area of radio room. Apparently Vincenti was fighting the fire and was badly burned. He may have bailed out with chute aflame. Garrison saw both James Johnson and Robert Bixler wounded and in waist of plane. Ship blew apart throwing Garrison out.

Apparently Clark was having difficulty getting his escape hatch open (he was flying as tail gunner) and was probably killed when plane blew apart.

German records show that Sgt. Charles A. Clark was interred on 11 October 1943 at Lienen Cemetery/Wesph., Northwestern third of cemetery, southern grave.

O. E. Vincenti northern grave " (probably entirely burnt since ID tag was found burnt too)".

Crew #32 -- Aircraft #42 30071 -- "Skipper"

1st Lt John D. Brady P POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
2nd Lt John L. Hoerr CP POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
2nd Lt Harry H. Crosby N CPT -- --
2nd Lt Howard B. Hamilton B POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
Pvt Adolph Blum E POW 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt Harold E. Clanton WG KIA 10-Oct-43 Munster
S/Sgt Saul Levitt R -- -- Transferred to "Yank" Magazine staff
Pvt Roland D. Gangwer BT 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

Early in October this crew, with 18 or 19 missions to its credit, was slated for some well earned and needed R&R. However, the loss of seven crews over Bremen on 8 October, left the group short of combat airmen and orders for Crew 32's rest leave were cancelled.

Some weeks prior to this, Saul Levitt had been injured in a jeep/truck accident on base and upon recovery was transferred to the staff of Yank magazine. Saul later had a brilliant career as a writer. His career was ended by a fatal heart attack in 1977 at age 66. Saul was replaced on the crew by T/Sgt. Joseph E. Hafer who had flown overseas with the 100th as an un assigned crewman.

For some reason Harry Crosby did not fly with the crew on the Munster mission and his place was taken by David Solomon, the regular navigator on Crew #29.

Crew #32 led this 10 October mission and Major John C. Egan, the 418th C.O., flew in the right hand seat.

At about the I.P. the aircraft, "Mlle Zig Zig" (they did not fly "Skipper" this day) was hit by flak which killed Sgt. Clanton and badly wounded Howard Hamilton and Roland Gangwer.

The crew, including John Egan, Sgt. Hafer and Lt. Solomon, succeeded in bailing out and became prisoners. Hamilton and Gangwer spent :many weeks in the hospital.

A post war statement by John Brady reads, "Sgt. Clanton's body was brought into Munster by the Germans two days later. My copilot and I carried his body around for the Germans and the last place I saw him was in a demolished garage where he was to be prepared for burial."

Of the 13 Hundredth Group aircraft to reach the I.P. this day, 12 were lost to enemy action and only one, that flown by Rosie Rosenthal, returned to Thorpe Abbotts.

Crew #33 -- Aircraft #42 5860 -- "Escape Kit" -- M.A.C.R. #688

1st Lt Edgar F. Woodward, Jr. P POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
F/O John H. Thompson CP POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
2nd Lt Emanuel A. Cassimatis N POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
2nd Lt Robert E. Dibble B KIA 15-Aug-43 Merville AF, France
T/Sgt Frank Danella E POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
S/Sgt Donald H. Fletcher WG POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
T/Sgt Melvin E. Gaide R POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
S/Sgt George A. Janos BT POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
S/Sgt Charles J. Griffin WG POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart
S/Sgt William D. Brooks TG POW 6-Sep-43 Stuttgart

On 6 September 1943, Lt. Paul L. Englert whose crew (#30) had gone down on the Regensburg mission was flying with this crew as bombardier and is listed as a POW.

Records do not reveal exactly what happened to this crew and their plane but the following eyewitness reports are found in the Missing Aircrew Report:

"Saw Woodward's ship going down at 4830 N 0803 E at 0929. #2 engine was windmilling. Everything else seed to be OK."

Walter U. Moreno, 1st Lt.

"Saw Capt. Woodward's A/C turn out of formation under control and headed for Switzerland. Nothing seemed wrong with A/C."

John D. Brady, 1st Lt.

"A/C #402 at 0930 approximately 2 miles north of Strasbourg salvoed bombs into woods. Headed south and went under cloud deck. All engines turning over. No E/A or AA at this time."

Gale W. Clevin, Maj.

Crew #35 -- Aircraft #42 30061 -- "Just-a- Snappin"

1st Lt Everett E. Blakely P CPT -- --
2nd Lt Charles A. Via, Jr. CP SWA 8-Oct-43 Bremen
1st Lt Joseph H. Payne N KIA 28-Apr-44 Sottevast (Noball)
2nd Lt James R. Douglass B CPT -- --
T/Sgt Howard J. Brock E POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg (With Crew #30)
T/Sgt Monroe B. Thornton WG CPT -- --
T/Sgt Edmund G. Forkner R CPT -- --
S/Sgt John L. Olson BT   -- --
S/Sgt Lyle E. Nord WG KIA 29-May1-944 Leipzig
S/Sgt Lester W. Saunders TG KIA 8-Oct-43 Bremen

A 1981 letter to this writer from Malcolm Maddran (Crew #36) indicated that John L. Olson, after flying a number of missions with this crew, may have been transferred to another Group.

 Crew #36 -- Aircraft #42 30063 -- "Picklepuss" -- M.A.C.R. #677

Capt Robert M. Knox P KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt John 0. Whitaker CP KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt Ernest E. Warsaw N POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2nd Lt Edwin F. Tobin B POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/Sgt Carl T. Simon E POW 16-Sep-43 Bordeaux (With Crew of R.H. Wolff)
S/Sgt Malcolm K. Maddran WG -- -- (See Below)
T/Sgt Walter Paulsen R POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Frank W. Tychewicz BT KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Joseph F. Laspada WG KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/Sgt Henry A. Norton TG KIA 17-Aug-43 Regensburg

While in Puerto Rico during his first hitch in the Air Corps, Malcolm Maddran had contracted amoebic dysentary and this disease continued to plague him while with the 100th. At the time of Regensburg he was in hospital and, after flying to Schweinfurt in October 1943, he was grounded.

On 17 August 1943, Maddran was replaced on the crew by Sgt. Alexander Markowski who was KIA. Carl Simon was replaced by Glover Barney, regular engineer of Crew #28, who became a POW.

Shot down by an enemy fighter, the aircraft crashed at "Herbesthal Lontzen  500 meters W Schmalgraf". The six dead were interred at the Cemetery of Honor, Eupen in Section 16, Graves 218, 219, 220, 221, 222 and 232.

Much has been written about the "Legend" of the 100th Bomb Group being "picked on" or singled out by the Luftwaffe for punishment because a 100th Group B 17 had, during the Regensburg raid, pulled out of formation with battle damage and then lowered its wheels in a supposed token of surrender. Then, when approached by several Luftwaffe fighter aircraft, its gunners were supposed to have opened fire and shot down several of the German planes.

It has been widely reported (even by a crew member) that the aircraft in question was that of Robert Knox.

Most of us who were active with the 100th Group at the time of the Regensburg mission realized the silliness of this fanciful tale and it is finally being exposed as the fairy tale that it is. In his forthcoming book about the Regensburg/Schweinfurt mission, Martin Middlebrook gives the true facts of the situation which may have given rise to the "Legend".

Middlebrook has located and interviewed the B 17 pilot (not from the 100th Group) who was involved in a "wheels down" incident during the mission and, perhaps of greater importance in putting the Legend to rest, he has located and interviewed the German fighter pilot who shot down "Picklepuss", aircraft #42 30063.

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.

1141st Quartermaster Co. Log

 

1141st Quartermaster Co. (AVN) - Company Log - 1942 to 1945

By Vernon F. Sheedy - April, 1982

 

Edited by: Marion D. Fulton and Edward J. Conway

Published by: John H. Scharding and Jane Scharding Koziel

 

APRIL 1942: Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana (Permanent Station):

 

20 April 1942 Det. 1st QM Co. (Sup)(Avn) and Det. 1st QM Co. (Sup)(Avn) 98th Air Base Group disbanded and activated the 188th QM Plat. Serv Center (Avn) PP #3, Special Order #105, Hqs. Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana dated 20 April 1942, pursuant to General Order #67, Hqs. 3rd Air Force, Tampa, Florida dated 16 April 1942. 2nd Lt. Emmett G. Scharding, 0-299027, was appointed Commanding Officer. The following named men activated the organization:

 

1141st Original Members

 

S/Sgt. Edward J. Stokoski, 6916837

Sgt. Jess T. Blaine, 15011759

Cpl. William A. Bland, 15011794

Cpl. Rudolph C. Pardue, 15054397

Cpl. John P. Wainscott, 36008515

Pfc. 3rd C1 Sp Marion D. Fulton, 33109712

Pvt. 5th C1 Sp Samuel J. Gentle, 15087998

Pvt. 6th C1 Sp Leo S. Hays, 36008487

Pvt. Marion L. Aimone, 36312562

Pvt. John J. Addis, 15085901

Pvt. Gilbert W. Alexander, 15087581

Pvt. Dale L. Barthel, 36312614

Pvt. Malcolm E. Bell, 32202576

Pvt. John Bigas, 32202021

Pvt. William E. Blankenship, 15087990

Pvt. Millard E. Browning, 15087951

Pvt. William R. Buchanan, 34120094

Pvt. Howard G. Buesing, 32202559

Pvt. Harold W. Caldwell, 34176114

Pvt. Edward J. Conway, 15088006

Pvt. Walter M. Curtin, 36312511

Pvt. James R. Dolan, 32202875

Pvt. James E. Emerson, 15057652

Pvt. Martin Flanagan, 11037735

Pvt. Peter Fondulas, 32202986

Pvt. James Freed, 15087992

Pvt. Earl J. Gray, 36312447

Pvt. Orville M. Heard, 34059883

Pvt. William R. Henes, 32203516

Pvt. James R. Hochadel, 15087602

Pvt. Joseph G. Hodkinson, 11042388

Pvt. Ira Hollaway, 34185672

Pvt. Joseph E. Kazzerek, 32188886

Pvt. Joseph Kolar, 33118200

Pvt. Albert C. Kolb, 36312390

Pvt. Fred Kornblut, 31063470

Pvt. Clarence F. Johnson, 36312474

Pvt. Sebastiano Leonardo, 33118071

Pvt. Allen L. Loomis, 13039415

Pvt. Clarence E. Lutzinger, 13031680

Pvt. James E. Lynch, 32203049

Pvt. Joseph B. Lynch, 32203273

Pvt. Patrick P. MacLaugahton, 13045840

Pvt. Augustus J. Marshall, 32203106

Pvt. Lawrence E. May, 32203200

Pvt. Robert H. McLaughlin, 13046117

Pvt. Joseph J. Markoya, 31037373

Pvt. Frank J. Meady, 31037404

Pvt. Frank A. Michorski, 36311812

Pvt. James I. Mileato, 36312631

Pvt. Codrea Muntean, 15011916

Pvt. Robert V. Nolan, 36312401

Pvt. John S. Oblak, 36312385

Pvt. Robert H. O'Connell, 36312465

Pvt. Joseph J. Pacyga, 36007581

Pvt. Harold R. Pedigo, 36311817

Pvt. Roy 0. Poynter, 15087584

Pvt. Thomas P. Philbin, 35280657

Pvt. Kenneth J. Redman, 36312457

Pvt. Walton Rogers, 15073075

Pvt. Frank J. Salvos 31060154

Pvt. Henry W. Schrader, 15072624

Pvt. Willie J. Sexton, 15054559

Pvt. Vernon F. Sheedy, 36312408

Pvt. John E. Sipes, 15087588

Pvt. Anthony Smida, 13039352

Pvt. Alfred T. Snawder, 15087579

Pvt. Wendyl Sowl, 15086024

Pvt. Oscar Sokolinsky, 12039140

Pvt. Aloysius J. Spitz, 36312411

Pvt. Harry E. Ticew 33092232

Pvt. Lawrence W. Tippett, 13042793

Pvt. Lawrence V. Ware, 15011808

Pvt. Philip Wasserstrom, 15085900

Pvt. Eugene M. Wojtaszek, 15085886

Pvt. Isaac R. Woodward, 33122443

Pvt. Glenn C. Woolcox, 36312500

 

MAY 1942_-Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana:

 

16 May 1942, we had a Company Party at the movies Legion Club Room. It was strictly a stag party. Phil Wasserstrom was at the head of the committee seeing he knew about everyone in Fort Wayne, so that way the party

 

didn't cost our outfit very much. Had plenty of beer and eats for all. Lt. Scharding really showed the boys how to drink in fact he had to be driven back to the Base. Towards the end of the party Stokoski was mopping the floor and Dolan coming right along behind spilling beer all over it again. There was so much beer on the floor at times you could almost swim The Legionnaires furnished a couple silent movies for entertainment and it sure was something to watch the Count and his women.

 

Sgt. John P. Wainscott married Miss Mary Erickson at the Methodist Church, Garrettt Indiana. S/Sgt. Fulton was beat man and Miss Dorothy Wagner was bridesmaid.

 

27 May 1942, the entire organization moved into bivouac area known as "Camp Scharding", located approximately one mile South East of Baer Field, and moved back to Baer Field on 30 May 1942. The object of this bivouac was to acquaint the men and train them with Field conditions.

 

30 May 1942, Lt. Scharding and 25 of the boys drove Jeeps in the Memorial Day Parade in downtown Fort Wayne. They use to get out on the runway with the Jeeps at night quite often and practice driving in formation. The Friday night before the Memorial Day Parade they really had a time going over the obstacle course near Camp Scharding.

 

During our stay at Baer Field personnel of organization were placed on jobs in the Quartermaster Offices and Warehouses for training purposes to acquaint them with designated jobs which they were expected to perform in the Field.

 

While stationed at Baer Field we sort of got acquainted with Army life because most of us were new to it then. Fort Wayne was a swell town for soldiers. Eddie Stokoski really had a nice setups with Sally's car on the Base all the time. Lt. Scharding had quite the time keeping Jimmy Dolan out of trouble. Can remember the morning early just before we left that Marshall, Fulton and I tried to be M.P.'s and get Jimmy out of the clink in Fort Wayne. Nearly got ourselves in there instead. If you want to find out how the "night spots" ran in Fort Wayne then ask Lee Hayes especially the Mecca Club. Hayes, Wainscott, Bluene, Sexton and Stokoski knew Fort Wayne like a book after being there nearly a year. Lt. Scharding and Lt. Roos really were well known while there. Major Douglas was Base Quartermaster and took fairly good care of our outfit.

 

Pvt. James Emerson caused our outfit many problems. Most of the guys felt sorry for him. but he brought most of his problems on himself. He owed Sheedy $60, and Conway took him up to the Base Hospital before we left to get the money. Guess he owed a few of the other guys in the outfit.

 

JUNE l942--MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida (Temporary Change of Station):

 

1 June 1942, 188th QM Plat Serv Center (Avn) transferred from Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana to Mac Dill Field, Tampa, Florida PP #1, Special Order #143, Hqs. Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana dated 29 May 1942, in compliance with letter Hqs. 3rd Air Force, 3 A.F. 370.3 dated 24 May 1942. One Officer and seventy-two Enlisted Men departed 1900 hours 1 June 1942 from Baer Field and arrived MacDill Field 1000 hours 4 June 1942. Morale excellent. Movement was made via Troop Train. Tec 4 Heard, Pvt. Emerson, Pvt. Meady and Pvt. Sokolinsky were sick in Base Hospital, so will Join us at a later date. Pvt. Buesing was on Detached Service B. & C. School Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. The ride on the troop train was the first for all of Us as a Company and was something new. We really had the time with our mascot "Stinky" along. Conway sure did have a good time coming down, the reason was that he had been working hard and needed the rest. The first night we were on our was he took off his pants and shirt from then on went around in the car with his shorts and tee shirt on and wore dark glasses. Finally shaved and straightened around the morning before we landed in Tampa.

 

16 June 1942, organization received six Enlisted Men from Hqs. Wilmington Army Airport PP #3* Special Order #93, Hqs. Wilmington Army Airport, Wilmington, N. C. dated 16 June 1942.

 

Pvt. Nicholas W. Agatheas 32288316

Pvt. Richmond 0. Ramage 15114784

Pvt. Robert H. Reder 32374641

Pvt. John J. Schneggenburger 32284371

Pvt. Howard M. Towner 12080851

Pvt. Bert E. Waite 32284443

 

17 June 1942, the following named Enlisted Men were transferred to the 179th QM Plat Serv Center (Avn) Fort Myers Florida PP #18, Special Order #168 Hqs. Army Air Base, MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida dated 17 June 1942.

 

Sgt. Jess T. Blaine 15011759

Tec 4 John S. Oblak, 36312385 (In Charge)

Cpl. William A. Bland 15011794

Cpl. Rudolph C. Pardue 15054397

Tec 5 Joseph E. Kaczerek 32188886

Tec 5 Albert C. Kolb 36312390

Tec 5 Robert V. Nolan 36312401

Tec 5 Willie J. Sexton 15054559

Tec 5 Philip Wasserstrom 15085900

Pfc. Dale L. Barthel 36312604

Pfc. Malcolm E. Bell 32202576

Pfc William E. Blankenship 15087990

Pfc. Clarence F. Johnaon 36312474

Pfc. Lawrence E. May 32203200

Pfc.. Frank A. Michorski, 36311812

Pvt. John J. Addis 15085901

Pvt. Gilbert A. Alexander 150&

Pvt. Marion L. Aimone 36313562

Pvt. John Bigas 32202021

Pvt. Harold W. Caldwell 34176114

Pvt. James R. Dolant 32202875

Pvt. Martin Flanagan 11037735

Pvt. Peter Fondulas; 32202986

Pvt. James Freed 15087992

Pvt. James R. Hochadel 15087602

Pvt. Joseph G. Hodkinson 11042388

Pvt. Ira Hollaway 34185672

Pvt. Joseph Kolar 33118200

Pvt. James E. Lynch 32203049

Pvt. Joseph B. Lynch 32203273

 

JUNE 1942--MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida:

 

17 June 1942 Contd:

 

Pfc. Codrea Muntean, 15011916

Pfc. Robert H. O'Connell, 36312465

Pfc.. Harold R. Pedigo, 36311817

Pfc. Kenneth J. Redman, 36312457

Pfc. Henry W. Schrader, 15072624

Pfc. Lawrence V. Ware, 15011808

Pfc. Isaac R. Woodward, 33122443

Pfc. Eugene M. WoJtaszek, 15085$86

Pfc. Glenn C. Woolcox, 36312500

Pvt. Clarence E. Lutzinger, 13031680

Pvt. Joseph J. Markoya, 31037373

Pvt. Robert H. McLaughlin, 13046117

Pvt. Roy 0. Poynter, 15087584

Pvt. Walton Rogers, 15073075

Pvt. John E. Sipes, 15087588

Pvt. Anthony Smida, 13039352

Pvt. Alfred T. Snawder, 15087579

Pvt. Lawrence W. Tippett, 13042793

 

18 June 1942, the following named Enlisted Men were assigned this organization from the 171st QM Plat Serv Center (Avn) the 784th QM Co. (TRK) and the 785th QM Co. (TRK):

 

Tec 5 Perry A. Burnette, 7084607

Tec 5 Russell E. Motter, 13002095

Pfc. James E. Clappe, 36167205

Pfc. Joseph D. Bogan, 33138495

Pfc. Donald C. Gorman, 16061534

Pfc. James H. Griffin, 35261158

Pfc. Angel Reyes, 32198084

Pfc. Joel A. Silk, 12057536

Pvt. Sylvester L. Aleski, 33134041

Pvt. Theodore N. Archer, 12034713

Pvt. Sidney C. Baileys, 35207870

Pvt. Isadore Bolot, 32284077

Pvt. Robert B. Bunsold, 37155237

Pvt. John E. Catlett, 331221705

Pvt. John R. Droll, 35307868

Pvt. Elmo J. Fagg, 14092095

Pvt. Donald J. Fike, 39087491

Pvt. Kenneth W. Geiger, 16048962

Pvt. Alexander Goldman, 32203713

Pvt. Sam Gross, 12043563

Pvt. James B. Harrison, 33069114

Pvt. Anthony J. Hilinski, 11064688

Pvt. Milton Kaplan, 12037499

Pvt. Sidney Katz, 32236654

Pvt. George W. KreJci, 37190332

Pvt. Thomas LaRocca, 18114626

Pvt. Samuel L. Lester, 38047455

Pvt. John E. Louden, 33144137

Pvt. Garneth C. Mathis, 37179533

Pvt. Victor R. Marrello, 32236539

Pvt. Louis R. Marzec, 32197811

Pvt. Edward J. McManus, 33144312

Pvt. Joseph P. Messmer, 37179608

Pvt. Frank J. O'Keefe, 37138911

Pvt. Charles H. Ostrander, 35300876

Pvt. Gerald Pasma, 36172818

Pvt. William F. Patton, 13036108

Pvt. Lawrence A. Polly, 13035952

Pvt. Victor Ranowicz, 32197622

Pvt. Henry P. Schlegel, 32189973

Pvt. Oscar Sokolinsky, 12039140

Pvt. Glenn K. Smogard, 37173717

Pvt. Roy L. Sievers, 36056996

Pvt. James M. Sparks, 38094832

Pvt. John W. Tomb, 35355315

Pvt. John IM. Turner, 34196845

Pvt. John A. Wahrer, 32235985

Pvt. Lester F. Wilder, 35456710

 

MacDill Field. Tampa. Florida:

 

Organization trained under the O.T.U. Training Program for overseas duty, at least that is what they told us anyway. We lived in tents and the area was called "Boom Town". The open air mess hall was terrific with rats running around under the floor. Most of the guys ate what they could get at the small Post Exchange in "Boom Town" or else rode the trolley out to the hospital mess. Plenty of bandaged hands or arms at that time to get you through. It rained most every day we were there and our clothes were damp all the time. It was something to try and crawl into your sack under the net without letting a couple dozen mosquitoes come in with you. The sand fleas sure would work on your joints and knuckles. The last night at "Boom Town" we all slept by a big fire cause the mosquitoes were flying in formations and bugs were so bad. Most of us went to St. Petersburg, Florida swimming a few times on the Army convoys, or else to Sulfur Springs in Tampa on a pass. The only good thing about MacDill Field was the EM's Service Club and that was really alright. They put out a very good meal which you couldn't get at the mess halls. The beer halls was always occupied by some of our boys each night. Ask Buck why we was going down the street towards the area hollering "no more" to Conway, Stokoski, Hays and the rest of the guys. We were only stationed at MacDill Field for three weeks but it was a three weeks that none of us shall ever forget.

 

An incident that happened at MacDill Field should be noted. Alton & Sheedy thought Lt. Scharding was going to be Court Martialed - here is how it happened: Hqs called Lt. Scharding to come down to discuss with them about splitting our outfit. This really set the "Old Man" off because he felt he had us trained after "Camp Scharding" at Baer Field and we were ready to head overseas.

 

Well the "Old Man" really told this Major off at Hqs - all the time Fulton is trying to get the "Old Man" out of the office before he would be "Court Martialed" It just made him furious to have his outfit split.

 

June 1942 -- Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho traveled Change of Station): ,25 June 1942, 188th QM Plat Serv Center (Awn) transferred from MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida to Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho PP #6* Specs Order #118, Hqs 29th Bombardment Group (H), MacDill Field dated 19 June 1942, pursuant to authority PP #25, Special Order #169, Hqs, MacDill Field dated 18 June 1942. One Officer and eighty-one Enlisted Men departed MacDill Field 1600 hours 25 June 1942 via troop train and arrived Gowen Field 1400 hours 29 June 1942. Morale excellent. This train ride made the second one in the month of June for our outfit. We traveled approximately 5000 mile in the month of June passing through 14 states Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Idaho. The boys all wanted to bring our mascot "Stinky" along so we smuggled her on the train. This was another wild time and it was a good thing the record chests or footlocker with the typewriter in it weren't checked cause someone would have gotten into trouble. Lt. Scharding got a delay in route to stop off and see his wife.

 

16 July 1942 188th QM Plat Serv Center (Avn) was redesigned 188th QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) PP #1, General Order #69, Section I, Hqs. Army Air Forces, Air Service Command, Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio dated 16 July 1942.

 

20 July 1942: 2nd Lt. Emmett G. Scharding, 0-299027, promoted to 1st Lt. per Special Order #163, War Department dated 29 June 1942.

 

22 July 1942: the following named men of this organization were given promotions per Company Order #3 dated 22 July 1942.

 

Sgt. Conway promoted to Staff Sergeant (A/lst Sgt. ) Pvt. Browning promoted to Tec 5 Grade

 

13 August 1942, the following named Enlisted Man of this organization is reduced to the grade of Private per Company Order #4 dated 13 August 1942. Tec 5 Perry A. Burnotte 7084607

 

18 August 1942 the following named Enlisted Man of this organization is to be A/1st Sgt. until further notice per Company Order #5 dated 18 August 1942. Tec 3 Marion D. Fulton 33109712

 

31 August 1942 the following named Enlisted Man of this organization is to be A/lst Sgt. until further notice per Company Order #6 dated 31 August 1942. Tec Augusta J. Marshall 32203106

 

AUGUST 1942- Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho: 21 August 1942, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization are transferred in grads to Hqs & Hqs Sqd, 39th Service Group, Gowen Field effective 1 September 1942 per Company Order #7 dated 31 August 1942, pursuant to Verbal Order of the Commanding Officer, Hqs. IV Air Service Area Command, 1330 J Street, Sacramento, California.

 

T/Sgt. Edward J. Stokoski (052) 6916837

Tec 5 Joseph J. Pacyga (821) 36007581

Pvt. Sam Gross (368)12043563

Pvt. John E. Catlett (055) 33122705

Pvt. Perry A. Burnetee (245) 7084607

Pvt. Kenneth W. Geiger (245) 16048962

 

SEPTEMBER 1942:

 

1 September 1942, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization are promoted to grades indicated per Company Order #8 dated 1 September 1942.

 

Cpl. Sheedy promoted to Tec 4 Grade. Pfc. Clappet Kornblutt, Philbin, Salvo, Silk, Sowl, Spitz and Tice promoted to Tec 5 Grade. Privates Bolot, Droll, Fagg, Fike, Harrison, Henes, Katz, Krejci, Loomis, Louden, Marrello, Firzec, McManus, Meady, Ostrander, Pasma, Ramage, Ranowicz, Schlegel, Sievers, Sparks and Turner promoted to Private First Class.

 

5 September 1942, organization was assigned to the 83rd Service Group, Lubbock Texas per Section V-1 General Order #104 Hqs. Army Air Force, Air Service Command Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio dated 5 September 1942.

 

13 September 1942, the following named Enlisted Man of this organization is to be A/lst Sgt. until further notice per Company Order #9 dated 13 September 1942. Tec 5 Leo S. Hays 36008487.

 

11 September 1942, the following named Enlisted Men were assigned this organization as Recruits from Fort Thomas, Kentucky. A basic training program of eight weeks was set-up for the recruits and conducted by Officer Candidate School applicants (Bunsold, Gray, and Curtin) waiting to be called under the direction of S/Sgt. Wainscott.

 

Pvt. John E. Alexander 35470865

Pvt. John E. Artimez, 35442989

Pvt. George Bader, 35470707

Pvt. Delbert E. Barnhart, 35471387

Pvt. Leonard E. Bowling, 35442480

Pet. Albert Bowen, 35443065

Pvt. Robert W. Brown, 35442939

Pvt. Roscoe A. Champ. 35442937

Pvt. Jones C. Hopper, 35471369

Pvt. Henry E. Lewis, 35442897

Pvt. Carl R. Linkenhokers 35442933

Pvt. Okey W. Long, 35442802

Pvt. George A. McNeel, 35443035

Pvt. William Melvin, 35507319

Pvt. William H. Moore, 35442912

Pvt. David R. Myers, 35470683

 

SEPTEMBER ;1942- Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho

 

14 September 1942 Cont'd:

 

Pvt. Loren L. Childero, 35442420

Pvt. Arthur V. Congrove, 35442921

Pvt. John J. Gorboy, 35471331

Pvt. Elva J. Crook, 35442754

Pvt. Charles A. Daugherty, 35470931

Pvt. Omer L. Daugherty, 35470923

Pvt. Robert C. Dillon, 354713?l

Pvt. Troy Eaater, 35471386

Pvt. Jaaes E. Eaton, 35442899

Pvt. Rufus J. Elliott, 35443038

Pvt. Jacob Gadberry, 35471347

Pvt. Harold L. Glorius, 35471351

Pvt. Elmo L. Hayos, 35442632

Pvt. Irwin J. Hehman, 35471267

Pvt. John Hodor, 35442761

Pvt. Robert M. Myers, 35443048

Pvt. Roy E. Robinson, 35442805

Pvt. Mack Rosenfeld, 35443074

Pvt. Harry Seibert, 35470675

Pvt. Adrian M. Sellers, 35470758

Pvt. Lloyd G. Sims, 35442801

Pvt. Garland W. Spurlock, 35443071

Pvt. Edward G. Terhune, 35470789

Pvt. Brady N. Terrell, 35442877

Pvt. Arthur C. Thompson, 35443054

Pvt. Arthur E. Troxell, 35471309

Pvt. Siegel L. Tschappat, 35442788

Pvt. Elmo R. Turner, 35443039

Pvt. Melvin G. Von Bargen , 35471329

Pvt. James W. Weilford, 35443049

Pvt. Ira Wharton. 35442911

 

16 September 1942 = the following named Enlisted Men of this organization are promoted to the grade indicated per Special Order #154, Hqs. IV Air Service Area Command, 133 J. Street, Sacramento, California

 

dated 16 September 1942.

 

S/Sgt. Conway, Tec 3 Fulton, Tec 4 Marshall and Tec 5 Hays promoted to Technical Sergeant. Sgt. Wainscott and Tec 4 Buchanan promoted to Staff Sergeant.

 

27 September 1942, the following named Enlisted Man of this organization is to be A/1st Sgt. until further notice per Company Order #10 dated 27 September 1942. T/Sgt. Edward J. Conway 15088006.

 

29 September 1942: the following named Enlisted Men were transferred in grade to Fort McClellan, Sacramento, California on or about this date.

 

Pvt. William F. Patton 13036108

Pvt. Lawrence A. Polly 13035952

Pvt. Howard M. Towner 12080851

 

OCTOBER 1942

 

7 October 1942, 2nd Lt. Roland L. Banks, 0-15757102 assigned this organization PP #20, Special Order # 237, Hqs. Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma dated 30 September 1942.

 

OCTOBER 1942--Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho:

 

2nd Lt. Harold H. Krinke, 0-1574921, assigned this organization PP #1, Special Order #38 Hqs. QNC Officer Candidate School, QM Replacement Hqs. Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyo. dated 29 September 1942.

 

14 October 1942, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization are promoted to grade indicated per Company Order #11 dated 14 October 1942.

 

Tec 5 Salvo and Tec 5 Spitz promoted to Sergeant. Tec 5 Clappe, Tec 5 Kornblut and Tec 5 Philbin promoted to Tec 4 Grade. Pfc. File, Hernes, Marrello and Pasma promoted to Tec 5 Grade. Pvt. Ballys and Mathis promoted to Private First Class.

 

Boise, Idaho was one of the nicest places we have been stationed. The people of the town sure did treat a soldier swell in fact you could call it a perfect "Soldier's" Town". Most all of the boys could tell you some tales or happenings concerning themselves while stationed there. A fellow could go horseback riding, bowling, dancing, drinking etc. Quite a few of them went jack-rabbit hunting with the .22 Cal. Rifles and it was sure great sport to take a shot at those big ones. Everyone was placed on jobs in the Quartermaster Offices and Warehouses for training purposes. A physical training program consisting of the obstacle course, hikes, commando tactics etc. were carried on throughout each week. Most of the fellows will tell you of the hike to mile high with full field equipment on. We had some good days on the rifle range and especially the day before we left were on the range and every man shot close to 60 rounds. Buck and Browning always had good meals for us whenever we were on a hike or on the range.

 

We had some favorite boys do weekly marching in our outfit. Patton and Polly marched around the square across from the barracks from the last of July to about the end of September, with full Field Pack leggings Gas Mask and Rifle, except for a few days off between the time it would take them to screw-off again. The boys at first use to feel sorry for them but when they would finish one week of marching and right away go out and get into trouble again, well, didn't pay any attention to them after that. Hays and Curtin were in charge of them and that was really a tough Jobs keeping them on the ball, Some of the other boys hit the square too if they screwed-off too many times.

 

Gentle, Sowl, Henes, Tice and Meady spent over a month on the Bombing Range at Mountain Home, Idaho. When it came time to come back to the outfit from DS they wanted to stay longer. Gentle was brown as a Negro when they came back and Sowl was stuttering something terrific and it sure did sound funny to hear him talk at first. All five of them stated they enjoyed it very much and would like another crack at it sometime.

 

OCTOBER 1942 Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho:

 

We had one Company Party while here and held it at the Elks Club Ballroom. Bob Bunsold was an Elk member, so had some good contacts to make it a success. As usual a wild time was had by all. Had a terrific time getting the boys to bed after coming back to the barracks.

 

Lt. Scharding and 18 of us fellows made a commando raid on Lt. Farrell's Ordnance outfit. We set up the rules of the warfare the day before they went out to bivouac. We had a map of the section of country they world be in, so had to find them and attack. We left the Base at 1830 hours ink a 2½ ton truck to get our bearings. Lt. Scharding split us up into 3 patrols and he went back and forth between the 3 to see how each was progressing. After finding the section they were in he set us out to attack from 3 sides. We wore our leggings, Gas Mask and carried the Springfield and small bag of flour as a grenade. When we found them they were on an inland in the Boise River. Conway's outfit found the only place to cross that was knee deep. Hays and Fulton's outfits had to cross the river where it was over their waist. Conway and I captured Lt. Farrell as he was taking Agatheas back to his outfit and held him prisoner the rest of the evening. The Ordnance boys had beer for everyone after it was all over. Both outfits argued that they won, but naturally each one would. They had some good camouflage, but wasn't such a good place to set-up a maintenance shop.

 

OCTOBER 1942 -- Field, Pendelton, Oregon (Temporary Change of Station).

 

15 October 1942 188th QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) transferred from Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho to Pendleton Field, Pendleton, Oregon PP #I, Special Order #1, this organization Gowen Field dated 13 October 1942 pursuant to authority, Letter, 370-5, Hdqs, IV Air Service Area Command dated 13 October 1942. Three Officers and one hundred and eighteen Enlisted Men departed Gowen Field, 0600 hours 15 October 1942 via motor convoy and arrived Pendleton Field 1800 hours 15 October 1942. Distance traveled 270 miles. Morale excellent. We really had a hectic ride over the mountains coming up here and those Negro drivers are nothing but "cowboys". 28 October 1942, the following named Officers assigned this organization from Officer Candidate School, Camp Lee Va. PP #49, Special Order #197, Hqs. Camp Lee, dated 14 October 1942.

 

2nd Lt. Leonard H. Schlather 0-1580279

2nd Lt. Hugh F. Senneff 0-1580304

 

NOVEMBER 1942

 

6 November 1942, Tec 5 Gentle from duty to Detached Service, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho PP #22, Special Order #63, Hqs. Pendleton Field dated 2 November 1942.

 

The following named Enlisted Men of this organization transferred to the QM Section, Hq & Hq Sqd, 83rd Serv Gp PP #1, Special Order #47, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 6 November 1942.

 

Pfc. Garneth C. Mathis 37179533 Pvt. Robert B. Bunsold, 37155237 Pfc. Charles H. Ostrander, 35300876 Pvt. Glenn K. Smogard, 37173717 Pfc. Henry P. Schlegel, 32189973 Pvt. John A. Wahrer, 32235985

 

7 November 1942 Pvt. Charles A. Daugherty from duty to furlough 14 days. Tec 5 Gentle from detached Service Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho to duty.

 

8 November 1942 the following named Enlisted Men of this organization transferred to the 175th QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn), Pendleton Field PP #2, Special Order #68 Hqs. AAB, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 7 November 1942.

 

Tec 5 Joel A. Silk 12057536

Pvt. Theordore Archer 12034713

Pvt. Alexander Goldman 32203713

Pvt. Jos

 

Tec 4 Clappe, Pfc. Fagg, Pfc. Sparks and Pvt. Leater are granted permission to ration separately PP #18 Special Order #74 Hq. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 13 November 1942.

 

15 November 1942: the following named Enlisted Man is transferred in grade. Aberdeen Proving Ground Aberdeen, Maryland PP #4, Special Order #75, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 14 November 1942.

 

Tec 4 Earl J. Gray 36312447

 

The following named Officers are transferred to 102nd QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) Lowry Field, Colorado PP #6 Special Order #75, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 14 November 1942.

 

2nd Lt. Leonard H. Schlather 0-1580279

2nd Lt. Hugh F. Senneff 0-158030L

 

16 November 1942, under the provisions of AR 615-5 and upon the recommendation of this organization commander the following named Enlisted Man is reduced to the grade of Pvt. (without prejudiced) per Company Order #12 dated 16 November 1942.

 

Pfc. Allen L. Loomis 13039415.

 

17 November 1942 -- the following named Enlisted Men were transferred to the 177th QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) this Station PP #4, Special Order #532 Hqs. 83rd Service Group, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 17 November 1942.

 

Pfc. James M. Sparks 38094832

Pvt. Sylvester L. Aleski 33134041

Pvt. Anthony J. Hilinski 11064688

Pvt. Carl R. Linkenhoker 35442933

Pvt. William H. Moore 35442912

Pvt. Garland W. Spurlock 35443071

 

18 November 1942, under the provisions of AR 615-5 and upon the recommendation of their organization commander the following named Enlisted Men are reduced to the grade of Pvt. (without prejudiced) per Company Order #13 dated 17 Novembers 1942.

 

Pfc. Victor Ranowicz 32197622

Pfc. Angel Reyes 32198084

 

NOVEMBER 1942-Pendleton Field, Pendleton, Oregon: 18 November 1942 the following named Enlisted Men are transferred to the 1989th QM Co. (Trk) 330th Serv Gp, this Stations PP #1 Special Order #54 Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 18 November 1942.

 

Pvt. Albert Bowen 35443065 (521)

Pvt. Allen L. Loomis 13039415 (245)

Pvt. Elso R. Turner 35443039 (521)

Pvt. Jacob Gadborry 354713L7 (521)

Pvt. Milton Kaplan 12037499 (245)

Pvt. Samuel L. Lester 38047455 (245)

Pvt. Thomzs LaRocca 18114626 (521)

 

The following named Enlisted Men are transferred to the 162nd QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) 330th Serv Gp, this Station, PP #2 Special Order #54 Hqs.. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 18 November 1942

 

Pvt. Angel Reyes 32198084

Pvt. Arthur Co. Thompson 35443054

Pvt. David R. Myers 35470683

Pvt. Leonard E. Bowling 35442480

Pvt. Loren L. Childers 35442420

Pvt. John J. Schneggenburger 32284371

Pvt. Victor Ranowicz 32197622

 

2 November 1942 Pvt. Daugherty, C. A. from furlough, 14 days to duty. T/Sgt. Marshall authorized to ration separately PP E18 Special Order 77 Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 16 November 1942.

 

2S November 1942 under the provisions of AR 615-5 and upon the recommendation of their organization commander, the following named Enlisted Men are reduced to the grade of Pvt. (without prejudice) PP #2 Special Order #58 Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 25 November 1942.

 

Tec 4 Orville M.. Heard 34059883

Tec 5 Russell E. Motter 13002095

 

27 November 1942, 2nd Lt. Krinke is appointed Supply Officer 188th QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) 83rd Serv Gp PP #2* Special Order #59 Hqs.. 83rd Serv Gp ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 27 November 1942.

 

2nd Lt. Banks i8 appointed Administrative Officers 188th QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) 83rd Serv Gp PP #32 Special Order 59 Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 27 November 1942.

 

Pvt. Glorius from duty to furlough, 10 days

 

NOVEMBER 1942 Field, Pendleton, Oregon:

 

28 November 1942 the following named Enlisted Men are transferred to the 1989th QM

 

Co. (Trk), this Station, PP #12, Special Order #88, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 27 November 1942.

 

Pvt. Orville M. Heard 34059883

Pvt. Russell E Motter

Pvt. George A. McNeil 35443035

Pvt. John E. Artimez 35442989

Pvt. Okey W. Long 35442808

 

December 1942

 

l December 1942 the following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization from QM Section Hq & Hq Sqd, 83rd Serv Gp PP #2, Special Order #63, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 1 December 1942.

 

Pvt. Vorhies J. Ardoin 38187851 (Sick in Hospital)

Pvt. Charles A. Hoy 39027965

Pvt. Vern M. Kindred 37332019

Pvt. Edward J. Kolke 36513127 (On furlough)

 

Pvt. Dillon granted permission to ration separately PP #5, Special Order #90, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 29 November 1942.

 

4 December 1942, Pvt. Glorius was married to Miss Mary Louise Schwieter at Reading, Ohio. He was home on furlough at the time and did things up right. Congratulations to you Harold

 

5 December 1942 Lt. Scharding, T/Sgt. Hays and Tec 5 Sowl from duty to Detached Service Gowen Field, Boise Idaho PP #20 Special Order #94 Hqs Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 3 December 1942.

 

2nd Lt. Verne S. Hillyard, 01581180 assigned this organization from Hq & Hq Sqd 83rd Serv Gp PP #1 Special Order #67 Hq. 83rd Serv Gp ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 5 December 1942.

 

6 December 1942 the following named Officers assigned this organization from Hq & Hq Sqd, 83rd Serv Gp PP #1 and #2 Special Order #68 Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 6 December 1942.

 

2nd Lt. Emery Albertson 0-1574619

2nd Lt. Jerry J. Rosenthal 0-1581348

 

7 December 1942 2nd Lt. Robert A. Thompson. 0-1581421 assigned this organization PP #6 Specials Order #2329 Hqs. IV Air Service Area Command, 1330 J Street, Sacremanto, California dated 3 December 1942.

 

December 1942 -- Pendleton Field, Pendleton, Oregon:

 

December 1942, Lt. Scharding, T/Sgt. Hays and Tec 5 Sowl from Detached Service, Gowen, Field, Boise, Idaho, to duty.

 

8 December 1942 Tec 5 Gentle Prom duty to Detached Service, Gowen Field, Bosie, Idaho PP #7, Special Order #97, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 6 December 1942.

 

Pvt. Glorius Prom furlough 10 days, to duty.

 

December 1942 the following named Enlisted Men transferred as Cadre to the 1060th QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) Pendleton Field, Oregon PP #21, Special Order #99, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 8 December 1942.

 

S/Sgt. John P. Wainscott 36008515

Tec 4 James E. Clappe 36167205

Pfc. Roy L. Sievers 36056996

Pvt. Vorhies J. Ardoin 38187851

Pvt. Charles A. Hoy 39027965

Pvt. Edward C. Terhune 35470789

 

10 December 1942, Tec 5 Gentle from Detached Service Gowen, Field, Boise, Idaho to duty.

 

12 December the following named Enlisted Men assigned to this organization this Hq & Hq Sqd Section, 83rd Serv Gp PP #7, Special Order #73, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 11 December 1942.

 

Pvt. Russell S. Colton 31171640

Pvt. Coleman F. Grealish 31202178

Pvt. Kolke from furlough, 17 days, to duty.

 

14 December the following named enlisted Men are transferred in grade to QM Co. Dep Subs (Avn) AAB, Ephrata, Washlngton PP #19 Special Order #103 Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 12 December 1942.

 

Pvt. Russell S. Colton 31171640

Pvt. Coleman F. Grealish 31202178

 

15 December 1942 2nd Lt. Albertson transferred to Hq & Hq Sqd 83rd Serv Gp PP #3 Special Order #75 Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 15 December 1942.

 

DECEMBER 1942--Pendloton Field, Pendleton Oregon. 15 December 1942 So much of Par. 1 Special Order #67 Hq. 83rd Serv Gp as reads "2nd Lt. Verne S. Hillyard, 015811B0 QMC is relieved from assignment with Hq & Hq Sq. and assigned to 188th QM Co. Service Group 83rd Serv Gp is amended to read "2nd Lt. Verne S. Hillyard 0-1581180 QMC, pending issuance of permanent Orders is temporarily relieved from assignment with Hq & Hq Sq. and temporarily assigned to 188th QMC Co. Serv Gp 83rd Serv Gp, PP #2, Special Order #75, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 15 December 1942.

 

So such of Par. 2 Special Order #68 Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp as reads 2nd Lt. Jerry J. Rosenthal, 0-1581348 QMC, is relieved from assignment with 1970th QM Co. (Trk) 83rd Serv Gp, and assigned to 188th QM Co. Serv Gp. is amended to read 2nd Lt. Jerry J. Rosenthal 0-1581348 QMC, pending issuance of permanent orders is relieved from assignment with 1970th QM Co. (Trk) 83rd Serv Gp and temporarily assigned to 188th QM Co. Serv Gp PP #4, Special Order #75 Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 15 December 1942.

 

16 December 1942 2nd Lt. Banks from duty to Detached Service Camouflage School, March Field California PP #6 Special Order #103 Hqs,, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 12 December 1942.

 

20 December 19422 Tec 5 Curtin promoted to grade of Sgt. PP #1, Special Order #78, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 19 December 1942.

 

The following named Enlisted Man transferred in grade to Chemical Warfare OCS, Edgewater Arsenal Md. PP #13 Special Order #110 Hqs.. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 19 December 1942.

 

Sgt. Walter M. Curtin 36312511

 

Curtin was really a happy boy When these orders came through cause bad been sweating it out for about six months at that time His orders gave him a delay in route, so he got to spend a few days at Christmas time with Shirley (future wife to-be). All the follows were sure glad to see him got the call but were sad to see him leave.

 

21 December 19u2 the following named Officer assigned this organization PP #4 Special Order #248 Hqs. N Air Service Area Commands 1330 J Street, Sacramenta, Calif. dated 19 December 1942.

 

2nd Lt. Thomas A. Robinson 01584B13

 

22 December 19A2 2nd Lt. Robinson pending issuance of permanent orders is temporarily relieved from assignment with this organization and temporarily assigned to the 2005th QM Co. (Trk) Avn, 83rd Serv Gp PP #2 Special Order #80 Hqs.. 83rd Serv Gp. ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 21 December 1942.

 

25 December 1942, made the first Christmas in the Army for most all of the boys, except a few of the older boys, such as Wainscott, Fulton, Mays and Meady. Quite a few of the boys tried to call home, but couldn't get through very well. We had a Christmas tree set up in the barracks, which sorter brought the Christmas spirit out of you. The dinner wasn't any too good but couldn't be helped with the Mess setup at this Base. We all wondered just where we would be a year from today, best thought was to be back home with the folks.

 

So much of Par. 2, Special Order #80, Hqs, 83rd Serv Gp., as reads, "2nd Lt. Robinson temporarily assigned to the 205th QM Co. (Trk) Ann, 83rd Serv Gp, is amended to read, "temporarily assigned to the 1970th QM Co. (Trk) Avn, 83rd Serv Gp, PP #7, Special Order #81, Hqs, 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 23 December 1942.

 

2nd Lt. Verne S. Hillyard is relieved from temporary assignment with this organization and pending issuance of permanent orders, is temporarily assigned to the 1970th QM Co. (Trk) Avn, 83rd Serv Gp, and appointed CO, vice 2nd Lt. Floyd Inyeard, O-1576172, QMC, relieved PP #9 Special Order #81, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 22 December 1943.

 

The following Enlisted Men transferred in grade to Det. #13, 905th QM Co Serv (Avn) PP #7, Special Order #113, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 22 December 1942.

 

Pvt. Vern M. Kindred 37332019

 

26 December 1942, 2nd Lt. Thompson is relieved from temporary assignment with 1970th QM Co. (Trk) Avn, 83rd Serv Gp, and reassigned to this organization PP #5, Special Order #82 Hqs. 83rd Service Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 24 December 1942.

 

28 December 1942, T/Sgt. Hays is granted permission to ration separately PP #13, Special Order #116, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 25 December 1942.

 

January 1943 -- Pendleton Field, Pendleton, Oregon.

 

5 January 1943, the following named Officers and Enlisted Men form duty to Detached Service, Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado PP #4, Special Order #5, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 5 January 1943.

 

2nd Lt. Harold H, Krinkle O-1574921

Sgt. Aloysius F. Spitz 36312411

Tec 4 Thomas F. Philbin 35280657

Pfc. Edward J. McManus 33144312

Pfc. Frank J. Meady 31037404

 

In order to see and learn functions of this organization in connection with the 83rd Serv Gp, three sections were put into operation while stationed at Pendleton Field. The Service Center Supply Section operated under a temporary set-up under the Group QM. Many errors were made by which many improvements took place. The Class III Supply Section operated from a tent where the issue of gasoline and oil was made to all vehicles of the Group. The Class I Supply Section worked in connection with the Commissary on the breakdown of rations to the various mess halls on the Base. Through the operation of these Sections, much knowledge was gained by the men of how their duties were to be performed in a field of combat.

 

Pendleton, Oregon was a different town for soldiers. It was far from a "soldier's town", for instance the prices were sky high, people rather distant and the Air Base being on top of a small mountain didn't help matters any. Some of the boys use to go to La Grande, Oregon or Walla Walla, Washington on pass because both were within 50 miles of Pendleton. We had one Company Party while there and it went off with a bang and what a bang!!! Had a bunch of the civilian nurses from the hospital there with a married couple a chaperons. It was held in the Veterans of Foreign War Lodge. Plenty of beer and eats for all.

 

2nd Lt. Banks returned from Detached Service, Camouflage School, March Field, California, to duty.

 

January 1943 -- Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado (Temporary change of station):

 

8 Jan 1943, 188th QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) transferred from Pendleton Field, Pendleton, Oregon to Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado PP #1, Special Order #7, Hqs. Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 7 January 1943. pursuant to authority Confidential Letter, 370.5 Hqs. IV Air Service Area Command, 1330 J Street, Sacramento, California dated 4 January 1943. Morale excellent. One Officer & four EM departed 5 January 1943 as advanced party and Pvt. Terrell, Absent Sick, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho waiting discharge.

 

8 January 1943, La Grande, Oregon. Organization departed Pendleton Field via troop train, arrived La Grande, Oregon 2400 hours. Distance traveled, 74 miles. Morale superior.

 

9 January 1943, Pocatello, Idaho. Left La Grande, Oregon 0001 hours; arrived Laramie, Wyo. 2400 hours. Distance traveled, 436 miles. Morale superior.

 

10 January 1943, Larmie, Wyo. Left Pocatello, Idaho 0001 hours; arrived Larmie, Wyo. 2400 hours. Distance traveled, 495 miles. Morale superior.

 

11 January 1943, Pueblo, Colorado. Left Larmie, Wyo. 0001 hours; arrived Pueblo, Colorado 1430 hours. Distance traveled, 277 miles. Morale superior. Organization attached to 360th Base Hqs. & Air Base Sqdn. for rations only.

 

The following named Officer and Enlisted Men returned from Detached Service, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado to duty.

 

2nd Lt. Harold H. Krinke 0-1574921

Sgt. Aloyaius J. Spitz 36312411

Tec 4 Thomas P. Philbin 35280657

Pfc. Edward J. McManus 33144312

Pfc. Frank J. Meady 31037404

 

17 January 1943, T/Sgt. Hays and T/Sgt. Marshall authorized to ration separately. PP #12, Special Order # 16, Hqs. AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 17 January 1943.

 

20 January 1943, Tec 4 Sheedy, Tec 5 Browning, Tec 5 Tice, Pfcs Bolot, Droll, Leonardo. Marzec, Meady, Ramage, Pvt Agatheas, Pvt Reder, Pvt Waite from duty to furlough, 7 days. All the boys had been sweating out the furloughs and now things look fairly good for all.

 

23 January 1943, Special Order #80, PP #2, dated 21 December 1942 and Special Order #81m PP #7 dated 23 December 1942m Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, Pendleton Field. Oregon pertaining to 2nd Lt. Robinson, O-1584813 are revoked in their entirety by Special Order #11, PP #2 & #3, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 21 January 1943.

 

25 January 1943, The following named Enlisted Man. presently sick, Station Hospital, transferred to Fitzsimmons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado for further observation and treatment PP #1, Special Order #23, Hqs. AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 25 January 1943.

 

T/Sgt. Edward J. Conway 15088006

 

26 January 1943, 2nd Lt. Rosenthal is designated to accompany the remains of the late 2nd Lt. Martin J. Walden, O-1551329, to Brooklyn, NY, PP #7, Special Order #26, Hqs. AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 26 January 1943.

 

Pvt. Bader from duty to A.W.O.L.

 

27 January 1943, the following named Enlisted Man assigned this organization PP #3 Special Order #24, Hqs. 18th Replacement, Wing Salt Lake City, Utah dated 24 January 1943 .

 

Tec 5 John Richmond 37096661

 

Tec 4 Sheedy, Tec 5 Browning, Tec 5 Tlce, Pfc. Bolot, Pfc. Drollt Pfc Leongrdos Pfc. Mezec Pfc. Meady, Pfc. Ramage, Pvt. Agatheas, Pvt. Reder and Pvt. Wait from furlough, 7 day, to duty.

 

T/Sgt. Hays reduced to the grade of Private PP #1 Special Order #15 Hq. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 26 January 1943.

 

The following named Officers and Enlisted Hen from duty to Detached Service La Jara, Colorado PP #12 Special Order #26 Hq,. AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 26 January 1943.

 

 

 

2nd Lt. Robert A. Thompson 01581421 2nd Lt. Thomas A. Robinson 01584813 T/Sgt. Augustus J. Marshall 32203106 Tec 5 Wendyl Sowl 15086024 Pvt. Kiva J. Crooks 35442754 Pvt. Arthur V. Congrove 35442921 Pvt. Harold L. Glorius 35471351 Pvt. Jones C. Hopper 35 471369

 

28 January 1942 Pvt.. Bader from A.W.O.L. to duty 2200 hours. Pvt. Hays from separate rations to ration with organization. Pvt. Myers from duty to furlough, 7 days

 

FEBRUARY l943--Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado:

 

February 19L3 the following named Enlisted Man transferred in grade to QM section, Hq Sqd, 83rd Serv Gp AAB, Pueblo, Colorado PP #1 Special Order #192 Hqs.. 83rd Serv Gp ASC, AAB, Pueblos Colorado dated 1 February 1943.

 

Tec 5 John Richmond 37096661

 

T/Sgt. Marshall from Detached Service. La Jara, Colorado to duty.

 

2 February 1943 Sgt. Spitz, Tec 4 Kornbult, Tec 4 Philbin, Tec 5 Fike, Tec. 5 Marrello, Pfc.. Bogan, Pfc.. Fagg, Pfc.. Harrison, Pfc. Katz, Pfc. McManu and Pvt. Wilder from duty to furloughs 7 days.

 

Pvt. Brady N. Terrell, 35442877 from Absent Sick Station Hospital, Gowen Field, Boise Idaho to Medical Discharge PP #12 Special Order #3652 Hqs. AAB, Gowen Field, Boise Idaho dated 31 December 1942.

 

February 1943 the following named Officers and Enlisted Men fro Detached Service, La Jara, Colorado to duty.

 

2nd Lt. Robert A. Thompson 01581421 2nd Lt. Thomas A. Robinson 01584813 T/Sgt. Augustus J. Marshall 32203106 Tec 5 Wendyl Sowl 15086024 Pvt. Kiva J. Crooks 35442754 Pvt. Arthur V. Congrove 35442921 Pvt. Harold L. Glorius 35471351 Pvt. Jones C. Hopper 35 471369

 

2nd Lt. Rosenthal from Detached Service, Brooklyn, NY to duty.

 

6 February 1943, Pvt. Myers granted 10 day extension on furlough.

 

8 February 1943 So much of remark of 25 December 1942 pertaining to 2nd Lt. Hillyard, as reads, 2nd Lt. Hillyard, 01581180 pending issuance of permanent orders is relieved from temporary assignment with this organization and is temporarily assigned to the 1970th QM Co. (Trk) Avn, 83rd Serv Gp. this Station PP #9 Special Order #81 Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pendleton Field, Oregon dated 23 December 1942 is revoked.

 

9 February 1943, the following named Officers transferred to Hq & Hq Sqd, 330th Serv Gp, Pendleton Field, Oregon.

 

2nd Lt. Verne S. Hillyard 01581180

2nd Lt. Thomas A. Robinson 01584813

 

Sgt. Spitz, Tec 4 Kornblut, Tec 4 Philbin, Tec 5 Fike, Tec 5 Marrello, Tec 5 Mileato, Pfc. Bogan, Pfc. Fagg, Pfc. Harrison, Pfc. Katz, Pfc. McManus and Pvt. Wilder from furlough, 7 days to duty.

 

FEBRUARY 1943 Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado:

 

10 February 1943 Privates Alexander Congrove, Omer L. Daugherty, Eaton, Hayes, Hodor, Lewis, Robinson, Seibert, Seller, Sims and Tschappat from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

11 February 1943 the following named Officer and Enlisted Men from duty to Detached Service, Bay Field, Colorado.

 

2nd Lt. Roland L. Bank 01575710

Tec 5 Gerald Pasma 36172818

Tec 5 Harry E. Tice 33092232

Pfc. Donald C. Gorman 16061534

Pfc. Sebastiano Leonardo 33118071

Pfc.. John E. Louden 33144137

Pfc. Louis R. Marsec 32197811

Pvt. Delbert E. Barnhart 35474387

Pvt. John J. Corboy 34571221

Pvt. Frank J. O'Keefe 37138911

Pvt. Ira Wharton 35442911

 

13 February 1943 Pfc.. Krejci reduced to grade Of Private per Company Order 1 dated 13 February 1943.

 

17 February 1943, Privates Alexander Congrove, Omer L. Daugherty, Eaton, Hayes, Hodor, Lewis, Robinson, Seibert, Seller, Sims and Tschappat from duty to furlough, 7 days to duty.

 

18 February 1943 Privates Barnhart, Brown, Ghamp, Gorboy, Crooks, Dillon, Easter, Hehman, Hopper, Melvin, Rosenfeld and Wharton from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Private Hays promoted to Corporal PP #2 Special Order #31 Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 18 February 1943.

 

19 February 1943 S/Sgt. Buchanan from duty to furlough, 7 days. Pvt. Myers from furlough 17 days, to duty.

 

22 February 1943, Tec 5 Marrello from duty to Detached Service, Mancos, Colorado as of 21st.

 

2nd Lt. Thompson appointed on Court-Martial Board for the 83rd Serv Gp PP #7, Special Order #34, Hqs, 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 22 February 1943.

 

25 February 1943, S/Sgt. Buchanan and Privates Barnhart, Brown, Ghamp, Gorboy, Crooks, Dillon, Easter, Hehman, Hopper, Melvin, Rosenfeld and Wharton from furlough, 7 days to duty.

 

27 February 1943, Pvt. Melvin granted 5 day extension on furlough (7 days) at Flatwood, Kentucky as of the 25th.

 

28 February 1943, the following named Officer and Enlisted Man from Detached Service, Mancos, Colorado to duty.

 

2nd Lt. Roland L. Bank 01575710

Tec 5 Gerald Pasma 36172818

Tec 5 Harry E. Tice 33092232

Pfc. Donald C. Gorman 16061534

Pfc. Sebastiano Leonardo 33118071

Pfc.. John E. Louden 33144137

Pfc. Louis R. Marsec 32197811

Pvt. Richard J. O'Keefe 37138911

 

Tec 5 Tice was operated on for appendicitis in a civilian hospital while or Detached Service at Mancos, Colorado. He really had it nice because all the young girls would bring him candy, flowers, ice cream, cigarettes etc. and visit him every day. All the boys that were up there really did enjoy it and would like to have some more DS up in that country from the way they were treated.

 

March 1943:

 

1 March 1943, the following named Enlisted Men were promoted to the grades indicated PP #2, Special Order #37, Hqs, 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 1 March 1943.

 

T/Sgt. Fulton promoted to M/Sgt.

Tec 4 Sheedy promoted to T/Sgt.

Sgt. Salvo & Spitz promoted to S/Sgt.

Tec 5 Gentle & Cpl. Hays promoted to Sgt.

Tec 5 Pasma, Sowl & Tico promoted to Tec 4

Pvt. Tachappat promoted to Corporal.

Pfc. Baily, Bolot, Griffin, Leonardo, Louden, McManus and Meady promoted to Tec 5 Grade.

 

The following named Enlisted Men were promoted to PFC. per Company Order #2, dated 22 February 1943.

 

Privates, Alexander, Barnhart, Congrove, Corboy, Crooks, Eaton, Glorius, O'Keefe, Seibert, Sellers, Tomb, VonBargen, Waite, Wharton and Wilder.

 

March 1943, Army Air Base, Pueblo,

 

Colorado:

 

2nd Lt. Krinke from duty to Detached Service to Camouflage School. Woodward, Oklahoma as if 25 February 1943.

 

2 March 1943, Pfc. Von Bargen and Privates Elliott, Troxell and Weiford from duty to furlough, 7 days. Pvt. Melvin from furlough, 12 days to duty.

 

6 March 1943, Tec 5 Tice from duty to furlough, 10 days. Tice got 10 days because of his operation for appendicitis while on DS.

 

7 March 1943, 2nd Lt. Roland L. Banks, 01575710, promoted to 1st Lt. PP #15, Special Order #63, War Department, Washington, D.C. dated 4 March 1943.

 

8 March 1943, Tec 4 Pasma from duty to Detached Service to Camouflage School. Woodward, Oklahoma.

 

9 March 1943, Pfc. O'Keefe reduced to the grade of Private per Company Order #3, dated 9 March 1943.

 

Pfc. Von Bergen and Privates Elliott, Troxell and Weiford from furlough, 7 days, to duty.

 

2nd Lt. Krinke from Detached Service to Camouflage School. Woodward, Oklahoma to duty.

 

11 March 1943, T/Sgt. Conway, who was transferred to Fitzsimmons General Hospital, transferred to this organization from Fitzsimmons General Hospital, PP #5 Special Order #69 Hqs. Lowry Field, Denver, Colorado dated 10 March 1943.

 

16 March 1943 T/Sgt. Conway from duty to furlough, 15 days. Conway got 15 days because of being sick and laid up on recommendation of the Medical Doctor of the Group. It is rumored that he had a whole month cause seemed like he was gone that long. Of course he will tell you he needed it after the "Battle of Fitzsizmon", S/Sgt. Salvo, Tec 4 Sowl, Tec 5 Henes, Pfc. Corman and Pvt. Krejci from duty to furlough, 7 days. Tec 4 Tice from furlough, 10 days to duty.

 

19 March 1943, Tec 4 Pasma, from Detached Service, Camouflage School, Woodward, Oklahoma to duty.

 

21 March 1943, Tec Pasma from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

49 Enlisted Men and four Officers left Pueblo, Colorado at 1300 hours via motor convoy. Arrived in vicinity of Fowler, Colorado at 1430 hours. Set up overnight bivouac area Which consisted of setting-up tents, mess tents, digging latrine trench and fixing guard around the Camp for the night.

 

22 March 1943, Officers and Enlisted Men practiced skirmishes, camouflage discipline, first aid, field sanitation, defense against air and ground attack etc. Colonel Eck gave us a mock strafing with a "Cub" and came right in the middle of our dinner. We all had to take to the ditches and loose half of our meal. Four Officers and 49 Enlisted Men left bivouac area at 1730 hours via black-out convoy. Arrived Army Air Base, Pueblos, Colorado at 1930 hours 22 March 1943.

 

23 March 1943 S/Sgt Salvo, Tec 4 Sowl, Tec 5 Henes, Pfc. Gorman and Pvt. Krejci from furlough, 7 days, to duty. Salvo wired in for an extensions but a telegram was sent back to him collect stating things were SNAFU and he should return immediately. When Salvo arrived back he was one browned-off boy.

 

Sgt. Hays promoted to S/Sgt. as of the 17th. S/Sgt Hays promoted to T/Sgt. PP #3, Special Order #52, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 22 March 1943.

 

25 March 1943, 2nd Lt. Krinke from duty to Detached Service, Camouflage School, March Field, California.

 

27 March 1943, S/Sgt. Buchanan married Miss Wilda Lowden, 316 Ash Street, Trinidad, Colorado in First Christian Church, Pueblo, Colorado. Quite a few of the boys attended. M/Sgt. Fulton was best man and Mrs. Ruth Wright (sister of bride) of Denver, Colorado was bridesmaid. S/Sgt. & Mrs. Buchanan went to Denver Colorado on their honeymoon.

 

28 March 1943, Tec 4 Pasma from furlough, 7 days to duty.

 

30 March 1943, Pvt. Irwin J. Hehman, 35471267, given Honorable Discharge PP #7, Special Order #86, Hqs. Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado dated 27 March 1943.

 

31 March 1943, T/Sgt. Conway from furlough, 15 days (?), to duty.

 

April 1943

 

2 April 1943, Tec 4 Sowl, Tec 5 Leonardo, Tec 5 Marrello and Tec 5 Meady from duty to Detached Service, Omaha, Nebraska.

 

2nd Lt. Thompson from duty to leave, 10 days, PP #3, Special Order #58, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, Pueblo, Colorado dated 1 April 1943.

 

5 April 1943, M/Sgt Fulton, T/Sgt. Hays, T/Sgt. Marshall, Sgt. Gentle, Tec 5 Bailys, Tec Griffin, Tec 5 Louden, Pfc. Tomb, Pfc. Turner and Private O'Keefe from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

6 April 1943, Tec 4 Sowl, Tec 5 Leonardo, Tec 5 Marrello and Tec 5 Meady from Detached Service, Omaha, Nebraska to duty.

 

2nd Lt. Rosenthal from duty to leave, 10 days, PP #1, Special Orders #61, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 4 April 1943.

 

7 April 1943, s/Sgt. Buchanan authorized to ration separately PP #2, Special Order #96 Hqs. Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado dated 6 April 1943.

 

Pvt. Hayes from duty to Absent Sick, Camp Carson, Colorado (LD).

 

8 April 1943, Tec 4 Philbin promoted to Tec 3 Grade.

 

Lt. Colonel Eck relieved of command and Lt. Colonel Dungan assumed command of the 83rd Serv Gp.

 

9 April 1973, Pvt. Kolke from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

1st Lt. Scharding from duty to leave, 10 days, PP #3, Special Order #63, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 7 April 1943.

 

1st Lt. Scharding, Emmett G., 0-299027, promoted to Captain PP #15, Special Order #63, War Department, Washington dated 6 April 1943. The 83rd Headquarters wired Capt. Scharding the good news because he had already left on his 10 day leave.

 

The following orders from Hqs. Oklahoma City Air Depot Control Area Command, Tinker Field, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma were received on or about 7 April 1943. transferring Capt. Scharding, but he turned them down to stay with the organization.

 

Special Order #57, PP #1, Hqs. OCADCAC, Tinker Field, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma dated 29 March 1943. 1ST LT. EMMETT G. SCHARDING, 0-299027 QMC 83rd Sv Gp, Pueblo, Colorado, is relvd from further asgmt and dy therewith, is asgnd 44th Sv Gp, ASTS, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and placed on DS as QM Officer, Gp Hq, 44th Sv Gp, AAFSAT, Orlando, Florida, reporting 3 April 1943 to Registrar, AAFSAT, Academic Training Center thereat, for purpose of pursuing Key Personnel Course for period of 39 days, upon comp of temp dy, retn to proper sta. Dependents will not accompany or join officer while on DS. Travel of dependents, packing and ship of household effects are not auth except as provided in Cir 261 as amended by Cir 279 WD 1942. WP. TDN. FD 34 P 434-02 A 0425-23. Travel by mil ap auth. Per diem of $6.00 auth for travel by air. Dy being of an exceptional nature requiring more than 72 hours, delay of 30 days auth. Ltr, II ASAC, 12 July 1942 and ASC Reg 35-5, 29 January 1943.

 

11 April 1943, 2nd Lt. Krinke from Detached Service, March Field, California to duty.

 

May 1943 -- Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado:

 

1 May 1943, the following named Enlisted Man transferred in grade to 482nd Base Hq & Air Base Sqd, Hill Field, Ogden, Utah PP #4, Special Order #82, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 30 April 1943.

 

Pvt. Elmo L. Hayes (252) 35442632

 

2 May 1943, Tec 4 Kornblut from duty to Detached Service, Boston, Mass, PP #1, Special Order #84, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 2 May 1943.

 

3 May 1943, Pfc. Wilder from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

4 May 1943, the following named Enlisted Man promoted to the grades indicated PP #11, Special Order #85, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 3 May 1943.

 

Tec 5 Bailys promoted to Tec 4 Grade.

Pfc. Faggs, Tomb and Waite and Pvt. O'Keefe promoted to Tec 5 Grade.

 

The following named Enlisted Men promoted to Pfc. per Company Order #4, dated 3 May 1943.

 

Pvts. Brown, Hoder, Melvin, Kolke, Rader, Rosenfeld and Weiford.

 

The following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization from Hq, AAB, Hill Field, Ogden, Utah PP 10, Special Order *85, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 3 May 1943.

 

Tec 5 Allen G. Reich (345) 36192651

Pfc. Howard A. Kessler (252) 38096138

Pfc. Woodrow W. McCurry (521) 38177127

Pfc. Thomas K. Ramage (323) 19171591

 

5 May 1943, 188th QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) redesigned to 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) per General Order #28, Hqs. Ogden Air Depot Area Command, Hill Field, Ogden, Utah dated 1 May 1943.

 

 May 1943, the following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization from Hq. AAB, Hill Field, Ogden, Utah PP #2, Special Order #88, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 6 May 1943.

 

Pfc. Hector A. Gallo (055) 32516406

Pfc. Gordon F. Johnson (055) 16125235

Pfc. Harold B. Streitenberger (055) 15319155

Pvt. John J. Tracy (055) 11044725

 

April 1943 -- Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado;

 

11 April 1943, Pvt. George Bader, 35470707, given Honorable Discharge PP #34, Special Order #99, Hqs. Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado dated 9 April 1943.

 

12 April 1943, Pvt. Jones C. Hopper, 35471369, transferred to unassigned and attached to the 360th Base Hq & Air Base Sqd, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado PP #34, Special Order #101, Hqs. Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado dated 11 April 1943.

 

M/Sgt Fulton, T/Sgt Hays, T/Sgt Marshall, Sgt. Gentle, Tec 5 Bailys, Tec 5 Griffin, Tec 5 Louden. Pfcs Tomb, Turner and Pvt O'Keefe from furlough, 7 days to duty.

 

13 April 1943, 2nd Lt. Thompson from leave, 10 days, to duty.

 

15 April 1943, 2nd Lt. Krinke from duty to leave, 7 days, PP #3, Special Order #66, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 11 April 1943.

 

Pvt. Hayes from Absent Sick, Camp Carson, Colorado to sick on station.

 

Pvt. Kolke from furlough, 7 days to duty.

 

16 April 1943, 1st Lt. Banks from duty to leave, 10 days.

 

2nd Lt. Rosenthal from leave, 10 days to duty.

 

19 April 1943, Capt. Scharding from leave 10 days to duty.

 

22 April 1943, 2nd Lt. Krinke from leave, 7 days to duty.25 April 1943, 1st Lt. Banks from leave 10 days, to duty.

 

28 April 1943, the following named Enlisted Men transferred to the 401st Service Squadron, Wendover, Utah PP #1, Special Order #78, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB Pueblo, Colorado dated 20 April 1943.

 

Tec 5 James I. Mileato (055) 36312631

Pfc. James S. Eaton (194) 35442899

Pfc. Sidney Katz (232) 32236654

Pfc. Richmond O. Ramage (055) 15114784

Pfc. John M. Turner (345) 34196845

Pfc. Nicholas W. Agatheas 32288316

Pfc. Roscoe A. Champ (252) 35442937

Pfc. Omer L. Daugherty (252) 35470923

Pfc. George W. Krejci (186) 37190332

Pfc. Henry E. Lewis (186) 35442897

 

MAY 1943--Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado:

 

6 May l943, the following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization from Hq. 303rd Serv Gp, AAB, Casper, Wyoming PP #3, Special Order #88, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 6 May 1943.

 

Tec 5 Michael S. Chuey (252) 35393531

Tec 5 Lonnie A. Terry (252) 15057684

Pfc. Erling M. Johansen (186) 39171083

Pvt. Heberts Albert J. (323) 38194301

 

The following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization from Hqs 303rd Serv Gpt AAB, Casper, Wyoming PP #4, Special Order #88, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gps ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 6 May 1943.

 

Pfc. Floyd A. Andreatta (186)35393494

Pfc. Samuel Calabrette (186)35393579

Pfc. Eugene Carbone (186)35393602

Pfc. Theodore L. Davis (186) 35528167

 

9 May 1943, 2nd Lt. Thompson from duty to Detached Service, Staten Island, N.Y. reporting upon arrival there at to Initial Gp Div. Adm. Bldg, Staten Island Terminal, Staten Island, N.Y. PP #2, Special Order #89, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 7 May 1943.

 

Tec 5 McManus promoted to Corporal PP #4, Special Order #90, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated May 1943.

 

10 May 1943 the following named Enlisted Men transferred to the 482nd Base Hq & Air Base Sq, Hill Field, Ogden, Utah PP #50 Special Order #90, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 8 May 1943.

 

Pfc. Erling M. Johansen (345) 39171083

Pfc. Thomas K. Ramage (323) 19171591

Pfc. Wilder from furlough, 7 days, to duty.

 

11 May 1943, the following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization from Hqs 303rd Service Groups AAB, Casper, Wyoming PP #1, Special Order #91, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 10 May 1943.

 

Pfc. Edward J. Hoffman (186) 35393543

Pfc. Stephen S. Kotick (186) 35393537

 

12 May l943, the following named Enlisted Man transferred in grade to 482nd Base Hq & Air Base Sqs Hill Field, Ogden, Utah PP #2, Special Order 892, Hqs. 83rd Serv Gp, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 11 May 1943.

 

Pvt. Howard D. Kessler (252) 38096138

 

MAY 1943--Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado:

 

The operation Of the different Sections was put into action shortly after arriving at AAB, Pueblo, Colorado. Class I Supply Section worked in connection with Base Commissary for sometime. Upon installation of Field Rations they operated a separate unit supplying three mess halls which fed the entire Group. Daily reports breaking down and distribution of rations was their objective and their duty in the Field.

 

The Class III Supply Section worked in connection with the Base Gas Station until permission was given to set-up a Depot for which they operated. Daily report were maintained and a weekly report submitted to the Group Commanding Officer.

 

The Service Center Supply Section (Class II & IV) operated from an office in one of the QM Warehouses, supplying the men of the Group. Some changes were made and amplified system installed. Above regular supplies, memorandum receipts were kept on property obtained and distributed for use in different organizations of the Group. Records and files were kept of transactions going through this office.

 

All personnel have fired Springfield Cal. .30 on prescribed course and 50% of personnel have qualified. All personnel have fired the Carbine Cal. 30.

 

Pueblo was another one of those "Soldier's Towns" for many various reasons. Don't believe there V8 a fellow in the outfit that liked leaving Pueblo. A fellow could go bowling, swimming, horseback riding dancing (Hotel Whitman or Arcadia) roller skating and the movies also plenty of women around and lots of bars to hang out in. We played quite a bit of basketball while there in the Y.M.C.A. in Pueblo. Most all outfit on the Base were in the league. We got to go swimming during the winter months in the pool at the Y.M.C.A. Hays, Buchanan, Seibert, Philbin, Fulton, Browning, Gentle and Sheedy played most of the time.

 

We had our last Company Party in the States Wednesday 27 April 1943 in the Union Hall, Bessmer, Bessmer was out in the steel mill section and quite rugged too. Conway, Glorius, Seibert, McManus and Marshall were on the Committee and did a very good job, but the best part about it was they were all oiled pretty good by the time it got under way. If you want to get the inside dope ask Gentle about his marathon around the bar. There wasn't enough girls, so the boys went out on the street and invited a bunch in, so before the evening was over a good time was had by all. Was really funny getting Conway down the stairs and out to the Base, but made it for about the 100th time.

 

Jim Gentle & Pee Wee felt at this time we had put E. J. Conway to bed 300 days out or the possible 395 days we have been in the Army to date.

 

May 1943 -- Camp Shank, New York (Permanent Change of Station):

 

16 May 1943, 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) transferred from Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colorado to Camp Shank, New York PP #2, Special Order #95, Hqs. 83rd Service Group, ASC, AAB, Pueblo, Colorado dated 14 May 1943. Four Officers and seventy-five Enlisted Men departed AAB, Pueblo, Colorado at 1000 hours via Troop Train, 16 May 1943 and arrived Camp Shank, New York at 0330 hours, 19 May 1943. Morale was excellent. Lt. Thompson and Tec 4 Kornblut have gone ahead on the advance party. Organization traveled 2029 miles.

 

16 May 1943, Kansas City, Mo. Organization departed AAB, Pueblo, Colorado 100 hours via Troop Train; arrived Kansas City, Mo. 2400 hours. Distance traveled 540 miles. Morale excellent.

 

17 May 1943, Decatur, Indiana. Left Kansas City, Mo. 0001 hours; arrived Decatur, Indiana 2400 hours. Distance traveled 654 miles. Morale excellent.

 

18 May 1943, Kingston, N.Y. Left Decatur, Indiana 0001 hours; arrived Kingston, N.Y. at 2400 hours. Distance traveled 805 miles. Morale excellent.

 

19 May 1943, Camp Shank, N.Y. Left Kingston, N.Y. at 0001 hours; arrived Camp Shank, N.Y. at 0330 hours. Distance traveled 60 miles. Morale excellent.

 

20 May 1943, 2nd Lt. Thompson from Detached Service, Staten Island, N.Y. to duty.

 

Tec 4 Kornblut from Detached Service, Boston, Mass to duty.

 

21 May 1943, 2nd Lt. Thompson from duty to Detached Service, Staten Island, N.Y.

 

22 May 1943, 2nd Lt. Thompson from Detached Service, Staten Island, N.Y. to duty.

 

The final physical inspection was given Officers and Enlisted Men by Medical Officers of Camp Shank, New York and notification in writing to that affect was given the Company Commander. It wasn't much of an inspection and if a guy was thinking of getting on Limited Service with that inspection they wouldn't have a chance cause ran us through like a bunch of sheep. Didn't take over five minutes for the whole outfit to go through.

 

From 19 May to 22 May 1943, organization was inspected by Inspecting Officers of Camp Shank to determine status of equipment and records. Our Company was well equipped before landing there and didn't have much to do. That is one reason why we were shipped out as soon as we were. The few items that we were short were requisitioned and acquired before departing. It did work Salvo, Marshall, Conway, Fulton and Gentle the day and night before we left. We had the Company Records inspected at Headquarters before leaving and they were found in order.

 

Organization was alerted a few hours after arriving at Camp Shank so that meant no passes to New York for some night life. It would have been fun to get into New York and all the boys were anxious to go, but no soap. Camp Shank wasn't so good as an Army Camp because of its size and the number of men on it. Had more women working on this Post than we had soldiers on the Air Base at Pueblo. They did have a couple of nice Service Clubs where you could get a good steak and that is what most of the boys did the night before we left. The afternoon before we left most everyone ate a quart of ice cream because no one knew when they would get any again. T/Sgt. Marshall and Cpl. Marrello would liked to have gotten out because lived very near Camp Shank, but the best advice for them is to take their TS slips to the Chaplain.

 

May 1943 -- Overseas Duty (0001 hours, 23 May 1943); The following named Officers (5) and Enlisted Men (76) departed Camp Shank, New York at 2135 hours via train and arrived P.O.E. at 0030 hours, 23 May 1943. Boarded ferry for Staten Island at 035 hours, 23 May 1943 and boarded the S.S. Mariposa at 0100 hours, 23 May 1943. It was a really funny feeling going through the POE, with the band playing and a few people standing around watching. They rushed us through so fast though, that it didn't give us too much time to know what was going on around us. The Red Cross women were there to give us coffee, doughnuts, cigarettes, gum, etc.

 

Capt. Emmett G. Scharding O-299027

1st Lt. Edward L. Banks O-1575710

2nd Lt. Harold H. Krinke O-1574921

2nd Lt. Jerry J. Rosenthal O-4581348

2nd Lt. Robert A. Thompson O-1581421

M/Sgt. Marion D. Fulton 33109712

T/Sgt. Edward J. Conway 15088006

T/Sgt. Leo S. Hays 36008487

T/Sgt. Augustus J. Marshall 32203106

T/Sgt. Veron F. Sheedy 36312408

S/Sgt. William R. Buchanan 34120094

S/Sgt. Aloysius J. Spitz 36312411

Tec 3 Thomas P. Philbin 35280657

Sgt. Sanuel J. Gentle 15087998

Tec 4 Sydney C. Bailys 35307870

Tec 4 Fred Kornblut 31063470

Tec 4 Gerald Pasma 36172818

Tec 4 Wendyl Sowl 15086024

Tec 4 Harry E. Tice 33092232

Cpl. Edward J. McManus 33144312

Cpl. Siegel L. Tschappat 35442788

Tec 5 Isadore Bolot 322840077

Tec 5 Millard E. Browning 15087951

Tec 5 Michael S. Chuey 35393531

Tec 5 Elmo J. Fagg 14092095

Tec 5 Donald J. Fike 39087491

Tec 5 Jmaes H. Griffin 35261158

Tec 5 William R. Henes 32203516

Tec 5 Sabastiano Leonardo 33118071

Tec 5 John E. Louden 3144137

Tec 5 Victor R. Marrello 32236539

Tec 5 Fank J. Meady 31037404

Tec 5 frank J. O'Keefe 37138911

Tec 5 Allen G. Reich 36192651

Tec 5 Lonnie A. Terry 15057684

Tec 5 John W. Tomb 35255315

Tec 5 Bert E. Waite 32284443

Pfc. John E. Alexander 35470865

Pfc. Floyd A. Andreatta 35393494

Pfc. Delbert E. Barnhart 35471387

Pfc. Robert W. Brown 35442939

Pfc. Joseph D. Bogan 33138495

Pfc. Samuel Calabrette, 35393579

Pfc. Eugene Carbone 35393602

Pfc. Arthur V. Congrove 35442921

Pfc. John J. Corboy 35471221

Pfc. Elva J. Crooks 35442754

Pfc. Theordore L. Davis 35528167

Pfc. John R. Droll 35307868

Pfc. Harold L. Glorius 35471351

Pfc. Donald C. Gorman 16061534

Pfc. James B. Harrison 33069114

Pfc. Edward J. Hoffman 35393543

Pfc. John Hodor 35442761

Pfc. Gordon F. Johnson 16125235

Pfc. Edward J. Kolke 36513127

Pfc. Stephen S. Kotick 35393537

Pfc. Louis R. Marzec 32197811

Pfc. Woodrow W. McCurry 38177127

Pfc. William Melvin 3550719

Pfc. Robert H. Reder 32374641

Pfc. Mack Rosenfeld 35443074

Pfc. Harry Seibert 35470675

Pfc. Adrian M. Sellers 35470758

Pfc. Harold R. Streitenberger 15319155

Pfc. Melvin G. Von Bargen 35471329

Pfc. James W. Weiford 35443049

Pfc. Ira Wharton 355442911

Pfc. Lester F. Wilder 35456710

Pvt. Charles A. Dougherty 35470931

Pvt. Robert C. Dillon 35471381

Pvt. Troy Easter 35471386

Pvt. Rufus J. Elliott 35443038

Pvt. Hector A. Gallo 32516406

Pvt. Albert J. Hebert 38194301

Pvt. Robert M. Myers 35443048

Pvt. Roy E. Robinson 35442805

Pvt. Lloyd G. Sims 35442801

Pvt. John J. Tracy 11044725

Pvt. Arthur E. Troxell 35171309

 

23 May 1943, Embarked out of New York POE aboard the S.S. Mariposa at 0730 hours.

 

24 May to 31 May 1943, Traveling aboard the S.S. Mariposa for foreign service. Until we landed in England there was every kind of rumor about where we were going. The Mariposa was a good ship and in it's peace time days would have been nice to travel on, but right now it is carrying twice its normal capacity. We slept in shifts, half the Company on B deck for 12 hours and the other half on E deck in staterooms. Food was fairly good if there wouldn't have been so much noise and they were always hurrying us along. Most of the boys were surprised when we left without being in a convoy or at least having an escort. All the way over we looked for "friendly" aircraft and enemy subs. You could always find some of the boys up on the deck looking out across the water for a little "tube" sticking out of the water, but didn't see any. Salvo and Alexander were the only two that got real seasick, but quite a few of the other boys would get that way once in a while. "Available" sure wasn't available during this trip.

 

June 1943 -- Overseas Duty, Station 167, Ridgewell: 1 June 1943, five Officers and seventy-six Enlisted Men debarked from troop transport S.S. Mariposa at 1830 hours, Liverpool, England. Had to march form the dock to the railroad station with full pack, rifle, etc. Our first look at England was rather bad, because right down around the docks is where they got hit from the Blitz the most. Boarded train for Station 167, Ridgewell at 2030 hours. Arrived at Station 167 at 0600 hours 2 June 1943. It took 8 days and 18 hours to cross the big pond.

 

2 June 1943, 2nd Lt. Thompson transferred to Hqs, IV Bomber Wing, Marks Hall per VOGG, IV Bomber Wing. Things were much different than we had anticipated over here and before we could even get settled they took one of our Officers out of the Company and gave us warning that we would have to send one Officer and 20 Enlisted Men on Detached Service to another station nearby.

 

3 June 1943, the following named Officer and Enlisted Men form duty to Detached Service, Station 150, Boxted per VOGG, Hqs, IV Bomber Wing, Marks Hall and traveled via motor convoy. They only gave us one 2½ ton truck for the 20 men and one officer, so was really crowded with all the baggage. Packed in like sardines for sure.

 

2nd Lt. Jerry J. Rosenthal O-1581348

Tec 4 Fred Kornblut 31063470

Tec 4 Wendyl Sowl 15086024

Tec 5 Michael S. Chuey 35393531

Tec 5 Elmo J. Fagg 14092095

Tec 5 Victor R. Marrello 32236539

Tec 5 Allen G. Reich 36192651

Pfc. Joseph D. Bogan 33138495

Pfc. Samuel Calabrette, 35393579

Pfc. Eugene Carbone 35393602

Pfc. Arthur V. Congrove 35442921

Pfc. John J. Corboy 35471221

Pfc. Theordore L. Davis 35528167

Pfc. John R. Droll 35307868

Pfc. John Hodor 35442761

Pfc. Harold R. Streitenberger 15319155

Pfc. Mack Rosenfeld 35443074

Pvt. Charles A. Dougherty 35470931

Pvt. Albert J. Hebert 38194301

Pvt. Lloyd G. Sims 35442801

Pvt. John J. Tracy 11044725

 

2nd Lt. Krinke from duty to Detached Service, Station 150, Boxtd per VOGG, Hqs, IV Bomber Wing, Marks Hall.

 

5 June 1943, Cpl. Tschappet from duty to Station Sick Quarters. (LD)

 

6 June 1943, Pfc. Wharton from duty to Station Sick Quarters (LD).

 

9 June 1943, Pfc. Wharton from Station Sick Quarters to duty (LD).

 

When arriving at Station 167 we had to get the Base ready for the Group coming in. Was quite a job to get sufficient rations, Class II & IV supplies coming in. Also had to start storing coal and coke for the winter months, which put Class III in operation too.

 

12 June 1943, the following named Enlisted Men from Detached Service, Station 150, Boxtd to duty.

 

Tec 4 Fred Kornblut 31063470

Tec 4 Wendyl Sowl 15086024

Tec 5 Michael S. Chuey 35393531

Tec 5 Elmo J. Fagg 14092095

Tec 5 Victor R. Marrello 32236539

Tec 5 Allen G. Reich 36192651

Pfc. Joseph D. Bogan 33138495

Pfc. Samuel Calabrette, 35393579

Pfc. Eugene Carbone 35393602

Pfc. Arthur V. Congrove 35442921

Pfc. John J. Corboy 35471221

Pfc. Theordore L. Davis 35528167

Pfc. John R. Droll 35307868

Pfc. John Hodor 35442761

Pfc. Harold R. Streitenberger 15319155

Pfc. Mack Rosenfeld 35443074

Pvt. Charles A. Dougherty 35470931

Pvt. Albert J. Hebert 38194301

Pvt. Lloyd G. Sims 35442801

Pvt. John J. Tracy 11044725

 

The boys had a good time while down there and were only three miles from Colchester. That is considered one of the best towns around these parts too. From all reports there was plenty of nice girls to keep them company.

 

14 June 1943, the following named Officers from Detached Service, Station 150, Boxtd to duty.

 

2nd Lt. Harold K. Krinke O-1574921

2nd Lt. Jerry J. Rosenthal O-1581348

 

15 June 1943, Cpl. Tschappat from hospital to duty (LD).

 

20 June 1943, 1st Lt. Banks from duty to hospital (LD), Evacuation Hospital No. 12, Braintree.

 

Our stay at Station 167. Bridgewell was rather short, but none of the boys minded moving at all. Capt. Scharding had made a visit to Station 139 and talked with the old bunch from the 83rd Serv Gp, who got us moved up there.

 

23 June 1943, four Officers and seventy-six Enlisted Men departed from Station 167 Ridgewell at 1300 hours via motor convoy and arrived at AAF Station 139 Thorpe Abbotts at 1600 hours, 23 June 1943. Distance traveled 58 miles. 1st Lt. Banks was shown on the Morning Report as Absent Sick, Evacuation Hospital No. 12 Braintree and would Join the Company later.

 

2nd Lt. Thompson reassigned to this organization from Hq. IV Bomber Wing per VOCG, Hq. IV Bomber Wing.

 

25 June 1943, the following named Officer and Enlisted Men from duty to Detached Service, Station 119, Horham per TWX U 636 Cs Hqs. IV Bomber Wing dated 24 June 1943 and are to be known as Det. "A", 1141st QM Co. Serv Gps (Avn),

 

2nd Lt. Robert A. Thompson, 0-1581421

Pfc. Gordon E. Johnson, 16125235

Pfc. Edward J. Kolke, 36513127

Pfc. Harry Seibert, 35470675

Pfc. Adrian M. Sellers, 35470758

Pfc. Harold R. Streitenbergor, 15319155

Pfc.. Melvin G. VonBargen, 35471329

Pvt. Charles A. Daugherty, 35470931

Pvt. Hector A. Gallo, 32516406

Pvt. Albert J. Hebert, 38194301

Pvt. Roy E. Robinson, 35442805

Pvt. Arthur E. Troxell, 35471309

T/Sgt. Edward J. Conway, 15088006

S/Sgt. Aloysius J. Spitz, 36312411

Tec 4 Fred Kornblut, 31063470

Corp. Edward J. McManus, 33144312

Corp. Siegel L. Tschappat, 35442788

Tec 5 Elmo J. Fagg, 14092095

Tec 5 John E. Louden, 33144137

Tec 5 Allen G. Reich, 36192651

Tec 5 Bert E. Waite, 32284443

Pfc. Joseph D. Bogan, 33138495

Pfc. Donald C. Gorman, 16061534

 

27 June 1943, 1st Lt. Banks from Absent Sick, Evacuation Hospital No. 12 Braintree to duty.

 

28 June 1943, the following named Officer and Enlisted Men from duty to Detached Service, Station 153, Framlingham PP #2, Special Order #19, Hqs, AAF Station 139, APO 634 dated 27 June 1943 and are to be known as Det "B", 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn).

 

1st Lt. Roland L. Banks

T/Sgt Leo S. Hays, 36008487

Tec 4 Sydney C. Bailye, 35307870

Tec 4 Sydney C Bailys 35307870

Tec 4 Harry E. Tice, 33092232

Tec 5 Isadore Bolot, 32284077

Tec Donald J. Fike, 39087491

Tec 5 Victor R. Marrello, 3223653

Tec 5 Frank J. Meady, 3103740

Tec 5 John W. Tomb, 35255315

Pfc. Samuel Calabrette. 35393579

Pfc. Eugene Carbone, 35393602

Pfc. James B. Harrison, 33069114

Pfc. John J. Corboy, 35471221

Pfc. John R. Droll, 35307868

Pfc. Stephen S. Kotick, 35393537

Pfc. William Melvin, 35507319

Pfc. Robert H. Reder, 32374641

Pfc. Mack Rosenfeld, 35443074

Pfc. Ira Wharton, 35442911

Pvt. Robert C. Dillon, 35471381

Pvt. Russ J. Elliott, 35443038

Pvt. Robert M. Myers, 35443048

Pvt. John J. Tracy, 11044725

 

JUNE 1943--Overseas Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts

 

29 June l943 S/Sgt. Buchanan from duty to hospital (LD).

 

6 July 1943 5/Sgt. Buchanan from hospital to duty (LD).

 

7 JULY 1943 Pfc. Wilder from duty to hospital (LD).

 

10 JULY 1943 Pfc. Crooks from duty to hospital (LD).

 

13 JULY 1943, Pfc. Crooks from hospital to duty (LD).

 

20 JULY 1943 Pfc. . Wilder from hospital to duty (LD).

 

AUGUST 1943

 

2 August 1943, the following named Officer and Enlisted Men from Detached Service, Station 153, Framlingham to duty per VOCO, Hq. IV Bomber Wing.

 

Pfc. Droll, Absent Sick, 12th Evacuation Hospital, APO 527 (LD).

1st Lt. Roland L. Banks. 0-1575710

T/Sgt Leo S. Hays, 36008487

Tec 4 Sydney C, Bailys, 35307870

Tec 4 Harry E. Tice, 33092232

Tec 5 Isadore Bolot, 32284077

Tec 5 Donald J. Fike, 39087491

Tec 5 Victor R. Marrello, 32236S39

Tec 5 Frank J. Meady, 31037404

Tec 5 John W. Tomb, 35255315

Pfc. Samuel Calabrette, 35393579

Pfc. Eugene Carbone, 35393602

Pfc. James B. Harrison, 33069114

Pfc. John J. Corboy, 35471221

Pfc. John R. Droll, 35307868

Pfc. Stephen S. Kotick, 35393537

Pfc. William Melvin, 35507319

Pfc. Robert H. Reder, 32374641

Pfc. Mack Rosenfeld, 35443074

Pfc. Ira Wharton, 35442911

Pvt. Robert C. Dillon, 35471381

Pvt. Russ J Elliott, 35443038

Pvt. Robert M. Myers, 35443048

Pvt. John J. Tracy, 11044725

The following named Officer and Enlisted Men from duty to Detached Service, Station 119, Horham, Det. "A", 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp. (Avn) PP #1 Special Order #55, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 2 August 1943.

 

1st Lt. Roland L. Banks. 0-1575710

T/Sgt Leo S. Hays, 36008487

Tec 4 Sydney C, Bailys, 35307870

Tec 4 Harry E. Tice, 33092232

Tec 5 Isadore Bolot, 32284077

Tec 5 Donald J. Fike, 39087491

Tec 5 Victor R. Marrello, 32236S39

Tec 5 Frank J. Meady, 31037404

Tec 5 John W. Tomb, 35255315

Pfc. Samuel Calabrette, 35393579

Pfc. Eugene Carbone, 35393602

Pfc. John J. Corboy, 35471221

Pvt. Rufus J. Elliott, 35443038

Pfc. William Melvin, 35507319

Pfc. Robert H. Reder, 32374641

 

AUGUST 1943--Overseas Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts

 

3 August 1943, Pfc. Droll, Absent Sick, 12th Evacuation Hospital, APO 527 to absent sick 36th Station Hospital, APO 469 (LD).

 

Under the provisions Of AR 600-68, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization are awarded the Good Conduct Medal PP #9, Special Order #562 Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 3 August 1943.

 

M/Sgt. Fulton, T/Sgt. Marshall, T/Sgt. Sheedy, S/Sgt. Buchanan,

 

S/Sgt. Salvo, Tec 3 Philbin, Sgt. Gentle, Tec 4 Pasma, Tec 4 Sowl, Tec 5 Browning, Tec 5 Griffin, Tea 5 Henes, Tec 5 Leonardo, Tec 5 O'Keefe, Tec 5 Terry, Pfc. Marzec, Pfc. McCurry and Pfc. Wilder.

 

11 August l943, Pfc. Hodor reduced to the grade of Private per Company Order dated 11 August 1943.

 

14 August 1943 Pfc. Rosenfeld from duty to Absent Sick 2nd General Hospital, APO 647 (LD). Seems that Mack is having the same old trouble with his Metatarsal.

 

21 August l943 under the provisions of AR 600-68, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization are awarded the Good Conduct Medal PP #2 Special Order #70, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 21 August 1943.

 

Tec 5 Bolot, Tec 5 Chuey, Tec 5 Meady, Pfc. Alexander, Pfc. Andreatta, Pfc. Barnhart, Pfc. Brown, Pfc. Congrove, Pfc. Crooks, Pfc. Droll, Pfc. Glorius, Pfc. Harrison, Pfc. Hoffman, Pfc. Kotick, Pfc. Rosenfeld, Pfc.

 

Weiford, Pvt. Dillon, Pvt. Easter, Pvt. Hodor, Pvt. Myer, and Pvt. Sims.

 

27 August 1943, Pfc. Droll, now Absent Sick, 36th Station Hospital, transferred to Det. of Patients, 36th Station Hospital, APO 6490 U. S. Army PP #6, Special Order #742 Hqs. Station 139 APO 634 dated 26 August 1943.

 

The following named Enlisted Men placed on Temporary Duty with Station Gunnery School PP #2, Special Order #74, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 26 August 1943.

 

Pfc. Edward J. Hoffman 35393543

Pfc. Woodrow W. McCurry 38177127

 

28 August 1943, the following named Enlisted Men placed on Detached Service with Station Gunnery School PP #8, Special Order #76 Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 28 August 1943.

 

Tec 4 Wendyl Sowl 15086024

Pfc. Delbert E. Barnhart 35471387

Pfc. Arthur V. Congrove 35442921

 

SEPTEMBER 1943--Oversea, Duty, Station 13, Thorpe Abbotts:

 

2 September 1943, the following named Enlisted Men placed on Detached Service, Prov Gunnery school, Snettisham, Norfolk PP #7, Special Order #78, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 30 August 1943.

 

Tec 4 Wendyl Sowl 15086024

Pfc. Delbert E. Barnhart 3S471387

Pfc. Arthur V. Congrove 35442921

Pfc. Edward J. Hoffman 35393543

Pfc. Woodrow W. McCurry 38177127

 

The two Officers and thirty-six Enlisted Men of this organization on Detached Service at Station 119 and known as Det. "A", 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) are dropped from Detached Service on Morning Report and transferred to Station 119 Per VOCO, Hqs. IV Bomber Wing.

 

3 September 1943, 2nd Lt. Harold H. Krinke, 0-1574921, promoted to 1st Lt. PP #11, Special Order #246, Hqs. ETO USA dated 3 September 1943.

 

A Company Party and Dance was held with the 418th Bomb Sqd in the Old Officers Club. Beer, coca cola, sandwiches, cake and doughnuts were served. Music was furnished by the Base orchestra for dancing. WAAC's WAAFI's, Land Army Girls and civilian girls from surrounding villages were invited. Entertainment consisted of Jitterbug Contest, Waltz Contest and Pfc. Alexander putting on an old time Square Dance. Our 1st Sgt. had to be escorted to his Hut at an early stage of the Party due to the fact that there was too much mild and bitter" floating around.

 

7 September l943, the following named Enlisted Men transferred in grade to Air Corps and a signed to the 349th Bomb Sqd, 100th Bomb Group, this Stations PP #3, Special Order #86, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 7 September 1943.

 

Tec 4 Wendyl Sowl 15086024

Pfc. Arthur V. Congrove 35442921

Pfc. Edward J. Hoffman 35393543

 

The following named Enlisted Men transferred in grade to Air Corps and assigned to the 350th Bomb Sqds l00th Bomb Group, this Stations PP #3, Special Order #86, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 7 September 1943.

 

Pfc. Delbert E. Barnhart 35471387

Pfc. Woodrow W. M¢Curry 38177127

 

Pfc. Rosenfeld from Absent Sick 2nd General Hospital APO 647 to duty {LD). Everyone is hoping that they fixed his Metatarsal this time.

 

SEPTEMBER l943--Oversea, Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts, 100th Bomb Group.

 

17 September 1943, Pfc. Bogan, Det. "A", 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) transferred to 334th Bomb Sqd., 95th Bomb Group PP#1, Special Order #113, Sq.. 95th Bomb Group, APO 634, Station 119 dated 17 September 1943.

 

24 September 1943, Remark of 3 September 1943, pertaining to 2nd Lt. Krinke, 0-1574921, which reads, 2nd Lt. Krinke promoted to lst Lt. is revoked and should read, 2nd Lt. Harold H. Krinke, 0-1574921 promoted to 1st Lt. PP #15, Special Order #160, War Department dated 9 June 1943. Lt. Krinke's promotion was put in before leaving the State, but was never heard from so was put into ETO Headquarters. It took three and a half months for the Special Order from War Department to catch up with Lt. Krinke.

 

Tec 4 Baily, Det. "A", 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn), Station 119, transferred in grade to Hq & Hq Sqds 49th Sers Gp, QM Section PP #5, Special Order #120, Hqs. 95th Bomb Group, Station 119, APO 634 dated 24 September 1943.

 

27 September 1943, 2nd Lt. Robert A. Thompson, 0-1581348, Det., 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn), Station 119, promoted to 1st Lt. per Special Order #270 Hqs, ETO USA dated 27 September 1943.

 

29 September l943, Pfc. Rosenfeld from duty to Sick Quarter (LD).

 

30 September 1943, Pfc. Rosenfeld from Sick Quarters to duty (LD). Didn't take to repair the Metatarsal this time, but could have been some other reason maybe?

 

OCTOBER l943

 

l October 1943, Organization started using new Morning Report, W.D., A.G.O. NO. 1 dated 1 July 1943.

 

The following named Enlisted Men promoted to Pfc. per Company Order #7 dated 1 October 1943.

 

Privates Dillon, Easter, Hodor, Myers and Sima.

 

2 October 1943, Sgt. Barnhart, Sgt. McCurry and Sgt. Bogan (Det. "A"), former of this organization who transferred to Air Corps as Aerial Gunner went on their first mission over Emden, Germany and returned none the worse. Most of the boys were along the runway "sweating" them in.

 

4 October 1943, Pfc. Rosenfeld from duty to Absent Sick, 2nd General Hospital, PP #1, Special Order #110, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 4 October 1943.

 

Pfc. Gallo, Det. "A" 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn), transferred in grade to Air Corps unassigned and attached to 12th Replacement Control Depot, Station 591 pending transportation to the United States for Aviation Cadet Training PP #4, Special Order #274, Hqs. 8th Air Force dated 4 October 1943.

 

ctober 1943, Overseas Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts 100th Bomb Groups.

 

 

 

5 October 1943 -- the following named Enlisted Men promoted to Technical Sergeant PP #13, Special Order #111, Hq., Station 139, APO 634 dated 5 October 1943. T/5gt. Philbin was promoted in accordance with Change No. 1 to T/O 10-437 dated 19 June 1943.

 

Tec 3 Thomas P. Philbin 35280657

 

Pvt. Daugherty, Det. "A" 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn), transferred to Hq & Hq Sqd QM Station, 49th Serv Gp, Station 119 PP #2. Special Order #130, 95th Bomb Group, Station 119, APO 634 dated 5 October 1943.

 

6 October 1943, the following named Enlisted Men of Det. "A", 1l41st QM Co. promoted to the grade indicated PP #2, Special Order #131 Hqs.. 95th Bomb Group, Station 119, APO 634 dated 6 October 1943.

 

Tec 5 Fagg and Tec 5 Louden promoted to Technician 4th Grade.

 

7 October 1943, our Class III Supply Section, Gas and Oil, have really beautified their place of business, with the great help of Crooks and Marzec who planted a "Christmas Tree" in front of their office. Now if you were to ask Dillon about this situation, he could give you full details on this matter. All kidding aside they really do have a nice looking place.

 

8 October 1943, A Company Party and Dance was held in the Old Officer's Club with the Hq & Hq Sqd, 83rd Serv Gp and 98th Serv Sqd. The Det. "A" fellows attended very nearly in full strength and all seemed to have a good time. Conway was off on a good one and all the boys have fun with him. There was plenty of beer, coca cola, food and cigarettes for all. The food was good according to the way the English girls dug in. At 2400 hours there wasn't a sign of anything left. Gus Marshall did a very excellent job on the food committee keeping all the tables filled. The Century Bombers played for the dancing. The big trouble with the parties is loading the trucks with the girls when it is time for them to go home, usually takes about a half hour to get all the GIs out of the trucks before they leave the Base.

 

9 October 1943, the following named Enlisted Men of Det. "A", 1141st QM Co. are promoted to Pfc. PP #2, Special Order #134, Hqs. 95th Bomb Group, Station 119, APO 634 dated 9 October 1943.

 

Privates Elliott, Hebert, Robinson, Tracy and Troxell.

 

11 October 1943, Pfc. John R. Droll, 353078682 assigned to this organization from 10th Replacement Depot, WBS, SOS ETO, APO 874 PP #1, Special Order #219 Hqs. 10th Replacement Depot, APO 874 dated 8 October 1943.

 

OCTOBER 1943--Oversea Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts, 100th Bomb Groups:

 

6 October l943, the Mayor of Dickleburgh, Marsec and one of his Aldermen, are getting to the council meeting each night. Alderman Crooks had a little accident the other night while returning from a council meeting. They have been digging a ditch along the perimeter and so in the blackout Crooks rode off the side. If there had been any ladies around they sure would have been embarrassed to tears at such language.

 

17 October 1943, Pfc. Myers transferred to 351st Bomb Sqd. 100th Bomb Group Order #22, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 13 October 1943.

 

18 October 1943, the following named Officer placed on Temporary Duty, Station 136 with 1152nd QM Co. Serv Gp (Awn) PP #11, Special Order #27, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 634 dated 13 October 1943.

 

2nd Lt. Jerry J. Rosenthal 0-1581348

 

19 October 1943, Pfc. Rosenfeld from Absent Sick, 2nd General Hospital, APO 647 to duty (LD). Again we had Metatarsal trouble, but should be all taken care of this time.

 

26 October 1943, a great thing happened. T/Sgt. Marshall received a cablegram from home saying his wife had a baby boy born at 0300 hours, 21 October 1943. One thing they did do right was name him James Joseph and not Augustus after his Old Man. In a letter received a few days later it was found to be a 9 lb. boy. Great work Gus and Looks like another "Blimp" for the Army of 1965 huh? All the boys in the Commissary are much relieved since that telegram arrived cause Marshall was sort of on edge "sweating the cablegram out".

 

27 October l943, under the provisions of AR 600-68 the following named Enlisted Men, Det. "A", l141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) were awarded the Good Conduct Medal PP #1, General Order #4, Hqs. 95th Bomb Group, Station 119 APO 634 dated 27 October 1943.

 

T/Sgt. Conway, T/Sgt. Hays, S/Sgt. Spitz, Tec L Fagg, Tec 4 Louden, Tec 4 Kornblut, Tec 4 Tice, Corp. McManus, Corp. Tschappat, Tec 5 Fike, Tec 5 Marrello, Tec 5 Reich, Tec 5 Tomb, Tea 5 Waite, Pfc. Calabrette, Pfc. Carbone, Pfc. Corboy, Pfc. Elliott, Pfc. Gorman, Pfc. Hebert, Pfc. Kolke, Pfc. Melvin, Pfc. Reder, Pfc. Robinson, Pfc.. Seibert, Pfc. Sellers, Pfc. Tracy, Pfc. Troxell, Pfc. Von Bargen and Pfc. Wharton.

 

31 October 1943, another month gone by and another payday. Everyone in the army naturally likes to see this day come around. It means crap games, poker games, a trip to Harleston, Dickleburgh or some of the other surrounding villages to spend a few shillings or more, most always more too. It also means that five months ago tomorrow we landed in "Merry Ole England".

 

1 November 1943, the 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) redesigned to 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp Avn (RS) per Section II, General Order #186, Hqs. VIII Bomber Command, APO 634 dated 1 November 1943. A final roster and initial roster was submitted to Hqs. VIII Bomber Command. All the fellows hated to see this happen because it meant a break-up of our Company and losing the Det. "A" fellows. The only good thing about this split-up was it made rating, open both here and at Station 119.

 

2 November 1943 Capt. Scharding made a letter of recommendation for promotion of Enlisted Men Of this organization before too many rated men came in as replacements.

 

The following named Enlisted Man assigned this organization from AAF Station 110 PP #13, Special Order #45, Hqs. 1st Bomb Division dated 30 October 1943.

 

T/Sgt. Olle R. Weedn 38086867

 

5 November 1943, the following named Enlisted Men are promoted to the grades indicated PP #1, Special Order #141, Hqs. 1st Bomb Division dated 30 October 1943.

 

Sgt. Gentle and Tec 4 Pasma promoted to Tec 3 Grade. Tec 5 Henes promoted to Sergeant. Tec 5 Browning promoted to Tec 4 Grade. Pfc. Andreatta and Pfc. Glorius promoted to Corporal. Pfc. Crooks and Pfc. Marzec promoted to Tec 5 Grade.

 

Pfc. Bogan, now S/Sgt. Aerial Gunner, formerly a member of Det. "A", 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn) and then transferred to 334th Bomb Sqd., 95th Bomb Group was transferred in grade to Air Corps unassigned and attached to 12th Replacement Control Depot, Station 591 pending transportation to the United States for Aviation Cadet Training PP #9, Special Order #302, Hqs. 8th Air Force dated 5 November 1943.

 

9 November 1943, 2nd Lt. Jerry J. Rosenthal, O-l581348, now on Temporary Duty with 1211th QM Co. Serv Gps Avn (RS) (formerly 1152nd QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn)), transferred to 1211th QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS) PP #4, Special Order #50, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 634 dated 7 November 1943.

 

11 November 1943, Armistice Day. Lt. Keith Murray, bombardier on a B-17, (former member of the Det. 1st QM Co. (Sup) (Avn)) who was shot down over France on Labor Day, returned through the French Underground to his Base today, AAF Station 119, 95th Bomb Group. He won't say much about his trip, but if you read between his sentences can Just about figure the experiences he has been through.

 

12 November 1943, another Company Party and Dance held with the 98th Service Sqd. and Hq & Hq Sqd, 83rd Serv Gp in the Old Officers Club. As usual had plenty of the "mild and bitters", coca cola, eats and girls. The Century Bombers furnished the music for dancing and they are really getting good. Lt. Banks, Lt. Keith Murray, Conway, Tschappat, Tice and Kolb were our guests for the evening.

 

16 November 1943, we received Change No. 1 to T/O 10-437 (RS) dated 19 June The change makes the A/1st Sgt. a T/Sgt. instead of S/Sgt.

 

20 November 1943, the following named Enlisted Man assigned this organization from 17th Replacement Control Depot (Avn) PP #1, Special Order #13, Hqs, 8th Air Force , APO 635 dated 16 November 1943.

 

Pfc. Ervin A. Constant 39390621

 

21 November 1943, the following named Enlisted Man assigned this organization from 17th Replacement Control Depot (Avn) PP #1, Special Order #13, Hqs, 8th Air Force , APO 635 dated 16 November 1943.

 

Pvt. Maurice R. Anetil 31268769

 

22 November 1943, S/Sgt. Salvo from duty to Sick Quarter (LD). Looks sort of bad after just returning from a pass to London, doesn't it?

 

23 November 1943, all personnel of the Base were restricted until further notice by the Base Commander, Colonel Harding.

 

24 November 1943, the following named Officer assigned this organization PP #10, Special Order #67, Hqs, 3rd Bomb Division, APO 634 dated 24 November 1943.

 

2nd Lt. Henry H. Sine, Jr. O-1594484

 

The following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization PP #1, Special Order #13, Hqs, 8th Air Force Replacement Depot, APO 635 dated 16 November 1943.

 

Tec 5 John P. Harndan 111161898

Tec 5 Angelo J. Parenti 32374916

Pfc. Ruben E. Wuoti 36418671

 

At this time shall give a short summary of our former boys, who are now Aerial Gunners on a B-17. To date Sgt. McCurry is leading with seven missions. Sgt. Barnhart is second with three missions. S/Sgt. Congrove, S/Sgt. Sowl and Sgt. Myers haven't been on one as yet but are expecting it soon. Sgt. Hoffman went on his first mission 8 October 1943 and was shot down, so to date they have heard no news about him or any of the other crew members. He is considered as "Missing In Action". We all hope he is just a Prisoner of War and nothing worse than that. Seems funny to know he is down over there some where, but that is the way it goes.

 

25 November 1943, Thanksgiving Day and here we are in the ET0. This makes the second Thanksgiving away from home for most of us and the first one over here. We really did have a good meal, which consisted of turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, pickles, salad, bread, butter, coffee, sugar and milk. The Base being Restricted at this time, the follows couldn't do much celebrating. The Aero Club had a G.I. program so some of the boys attended. Philbin after eating his turkey dinner (and it was a big one too) took a plane ride with Sgt. McCurry on the "Practice Mission". First time he has been up in the ET0. This was of course, in addition to his other duties.

 

The second night in the Company Lt. Sine sort of went on a spree and had quite the time with the fellows at the Huts. He had Levi, Bonny and a few more lined up in the Orderly Room showing them how to fix bayonets before going over the top. He kept sending one of the fellows after the lst. Sgt., but Tom just stayed in the Sack. The reason he wanted to see the 1st Sgt. was to inspect the Court-Martial files. To this date there has been no Court-Martials. About 0415 hours Lt. Sine made an Inspection of the Huts with the Charge of Quarters to see if the men were warm and comfortable, so he said. Said he wanted to take care of his men. He stopped and asked Bob Dillon why he was sleeping on top of his OD's when he was cold. All this commotion Just about caused Philbin's" blood vessel" to explode.

 

26 November 1943, S/Sgt. Salvo from Sick Quarters to duty (LD). Philbin thought it was about time for him to quit the "Gold-bricking" and get back to work. One reason why "Curly" didn't stay longer was the lack of Nurses around Sick Quarters. New don't take this to heart "Curly" cause we are just kidding.

 

Philbin And Salvo suggested we have the nicknames of all the fellows in the Company, so here goes: Fulton - Pop; Marshall- Blimp or Round-Man; Philbin-Pitman or Coo; Sheedy - Pee Wee; Woedn--Ray; Buehanan--Buck or Red-head; Salvo - Curly or Baldy; Gentle-Long Drink of Water or Boogey; Pasma- Father; Henes- Littlo Willie; Browning - Brownie; Andreatt Andy; Gloriue--Hound Dog or Lover; Bolot - Izzy; Griffin--Duck-butter; Harnden--Johnnie; Leonardo--Benny; Crooks--The Alderman or Old Man; Chuey - Mike; Maraec--The Mayor; or Lefty; Meady - Mead, O'Keefe-Mickey; Parenti - Angie; Terry - Lon; Alexander - Levi or Available; Brown_-Bob; Constant--Pop II; Dati _ Mother; Dillon,-Uncle Cay; Droll - Pretty Boy, Spareribs; Easter- Fong Troy; Harrison,-Jim; Hodor-Meat; Kotick--Grandmother; Rosenfeld_-Metatarsol; Sims - London Kid or Little Lloyd or Air Raid Shelter; Weiford - Hatfield: Wilder--Senator; Wuoti- Stormy: Anctil- Frenchy or Romeo.

 

November 1943 Overseas Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts 100th Bomb Groups

 

27 November 1943, another telegram received today by Capt. Scharding who by the way is still in a daze over Little Jerry, from "Bill" stating more details about "Little Jerry". He was born 23 November 1943 in Methodist Hospital Memphis, Tennessee and baptized "John Howard" Both "Little Jerry" and "Bill" are getting along fine.

 

29 November 1943 web were notified by Division QM that within the next month we probably would have to furnish a cadre from our Company.

 

Benny Leonardo had a very good idea today. Ho suggested web sort of adopt little Joyce Riches, four year old girl, that lives near the QM Warehouse, for Christmas Day. All the fellows gladly agreed so now arrangements are being made.

 

30 November 1943 Pay Day, one of the most important days in a man's Army as would say, quote, "How much do I get" A collection was taken for the Christmas Party to be held for all the young children near our Base.

 

Leonardo Philbin and Parenti cycled to Dickleburgh to help Mayor Marzec and Alderman Crooks at their Council Meeting. Always a big one on the last day of the month. Returning to the Base was sort of hard for all of them because too many of those dark and light ales under your belt makes cycling in the Blackout tough.

 

1 December 1943, Private Anctil promoted to Pfc. per Company Order #8 dated 1 December 1943.

 

3 December 1943, In Hut #6 tonight something happened that is one for the books. Actil, Weiford, Rosenfeld, Bolot and Gentle were playing poker with the lights out. The best part was they had Terry holding a flashlight so they could see to play. At the first of the month you are liable to see anything going on such as that though.

 

Capt. Scharding made an Interrogation Officer PP $14, Special Order #165, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 2 December 1943.

 

5 December 1943, T/Sgt. Congrove and T/Sgt. Scowl made their first mission today. When talking to them after the mission they said it wasn't too bad. Of course it was a first good mission, cause they didn't run into any fightersand not much flak.

 

6 December 1943, Lt. Keith Murray was over to see us before leaving for London. He will get his orders in London and then go back to the good old U.S.A. Lots of luck to you Keith.

 

11 December 1943, was the starting of the 1141st basketball team in the ETO. Special Services are now arranging to have the gym ready for the game. There will be a base league with each outfit having a team in it. The Blister Hanger is being used for a gym.

 

13 December 1943, S/Sgt. McCurry made his 10th mission today and S/Sgts Congrove and Sowl made their fourth mission. All the boys have really been sweating them in.

 

14 December 1943, the coke situation on the Base was at an all time low. If you ask Lt. Krinke or Leonardo they will give you the inside dope on how to straighten it our or die trying.

 

17 December 1942, Pfc. Jim Harrison was stopped by the M.P.'s for driving up a one way street near the Commissary on the 15th of December. Today he had to report to the Provost Marshall at 1300 hours and work for two and a half hours under the supervision of an M.P. Sgt. This form of punishment is something new to everyone on the base and is not going to be tolerated.

 

18 December 1943, Marshall was not feeling so well today and the main reason was a slight case of the GI's.

 

The mail was really plentiful with most everyone receiving some. The morale hit a new high, which makes the atmosphere much better around here.

 

19 December 1943, Pfc. Alexander from duty to Sick Quarters (LD). For the present "Available" is and will be "Unavailable".

 

21 December 1943, Mayor Marsec and Alderman Crooks missed their first council meeting in Dickleburgh in quite sometime. Most of the fellows were surprised to see them around the Huts after 1900 hours. Imagine the "Pubs" sort of missed them too.

 

22 September 1943, the Orderly Room and Supply Room now in Hut No. 8 will be moved to Hut No. 4. Half the building will be converted into a Day Room for our Company. Plans are being made for a Christmas tree with our home-made decorations on it and also to have it in order for our Christmas Party.

 

23 December 1943, Philbin and Salvo have moved into the new building for Orderly Room and Supply Room, also had started to arrange the Day Room, when in walked the Old Man. Well he didn't like the arrangement, so commenced to tell them how to fix it. We all know how he is about small matters, for instance ask the Service Center. If Philbin ever came close to blowing his top, he sure did today. He was going around for two days with a puss a mile long. Capt. Scharding is sort of leery about going near the Day Room now. He didn't mean to hurt "Tommie's" feelings and feels sort of guilty. Well this is the ETO and anything can happen.

 

24 December 1943, Christmas Eve, but really doesn't seem like it when away from home like this. Most all of the fellows either went to Protestant Services at 2000 hours or else to Midnight Mass.

 

25 December 1943, Christmas Day in the ETO. Hope this will be the last one too. This makes the second Christmas away from home for most of us and the first one in the ETO. We had an excellent dinner and for proof that it was good, no one did any beefing about it. The following is the menu for Christmas dinner:

 

Roast Turkey

Potatoes and Gravy

Dressing and Cranberry Sauce

Pickles, Peas, and Corn

Bread, Butter, Jam, Cakes and Cookies

Coffee, Milk and Sugar

Three Kinds of Pies

 

Leonardo, Philbin and Marshall brought our little adopted girl, Joyce Riches, to the Day Room for the Party. She had two of her girl friends and her Mother with her because she was too bashful to come by herself. It really was something to see how happy she was with the money, candy, etc. It made all the fellows feel good seeing her happy and sort of gave them the Christmas Spirit.

 

Pfc. Alexander from Sick Quarters to duty (LD). So now "Available" is back for duty.

 

27 December 1943, Lt. Krinke finally admitted that his sifter for coke wouldn't work or function so good. He has abandoned the idea of using it at the present time.

 

Levi left his little dog in the Hut over night, so in the morning there was a very nice mess on the floor, enough to make Tom raise the roof. A notice went up immediately stating no dogs would be allowed in the Huts over night.

 

29 December 1943, this morning everyone was out of bed and at the Mess Hall by 0630 hours. The reason for the big rush was of the rumor spread around the night before that there would be fresh eggs at breakfast. To everyone's surprise they did have fresh eggs.

 

We received some correspondence concerning Pvt. William F. Patton, 13036108, whom we transferred out of the Company while stationed at Boise, Idaho. They requested information to enter in his Service Record. Seems he went AWOL from McClelland Field, California and took his Service Record. Of course he denied taking it. While AWOL he was convicted by Civil Court and sentenced to one year at the County Farm, City of Danville, Virginia. He must have escaped from the County Farm because he was picked up by the M.P.'s and returned to Ft. Lee, Virginia. They are trying to gather enough information together to either Court-Martial or Discharge him from the Army.

 

30 December 1943, under the provisions of AR 600-68, the following named Enlisted Men are awarded the Good Conduct Medal PP #3, Special Order #191, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 30 December 1943.

 

Tec 5 Harnden, Tec 5 Parenti, Pfc. Constant, Pfc. Davis and Pfc. Wuoti.

 

31 December 1943, New Year's Eve in the ETO. Most all of the fellows cycled to Harleston or Dicklebourgh to help bring the New Year in. Seems from all reports that they did the job first-rate. A year ago this time we were sitting at Pendleton Field, Oregon waiting to move to AAB, Pueblo, Colorado, also wondering where we would be year from that time. Little did we know that they would have us over hear in the ETO.

 

Pfc. Davis started to work in the office 30 November 1943.

 

1 January 1944, New Years Day spent very quietly in the ETO. The main question in most everyone's mind was where we would be a year from this date.

 

3 January 1944, the Air Inspector and his Staff from 2rd Bomb Division inspected the QM Warehouse this morning. This afternoon they inspected the Orderly Room and Commissary.

 

4 January 1944, the Beer Hall in he Post Exchange building opened for business today. From all reports it is going to be a nice place for the fellows to spend some leisure time after evening chow. You know, over a glass of good English Ale plenty of rumors can be started. Our boys will be well represented each night. They have named the Beer Hall, "Sad Sack's Shack". Really are some nice pictures on the blackout blinds and good morale builders too.

 

9 January 1944, Pfc. Rosenfeld transferred to the 28th Sta. Compl Sqd, this Station, PP #9, Special Order #8, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 8 January 1944.

 

10 January 1944, the following promotions were given to members of this organization PP #17, Special Order #10, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 10 January 1944.

 

S/Sgt. Buchanan promoted to T/Sgt.

Tec 5 Griffin promoted to Sergeant

Tec 5 Leonardo promoted to Sergeant

Pfcs Alexander, Dillon, Hodor and Weiford promoted to Tec 5 Grade.

 

11 January 1944, the following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization PP #18, Special Order #5, Hqs. 8th Air Force Replacement Depot, APO 635 dated 5 January 1944. Tec 4 Carl W. Wood, 11046495, is on the orders, but at present time sick in hospital and will join organization at a later date.

 

S/Sgt. Leland R. Smith, 6238106

Sgt. Ralph E. Gies, 18000603

Sgt. Edmund S. Wagner, 36323284

Cpl. William A. Roden, 33407091

Cpl. Martin M. Wright, Jr., 31134666

Pfc. Carl E. Pirtle, 37661470

Pfc. Emil S.Gola, 32185265

Pfc. Joseph O. Uhlman, 35469921

Pvt. William R. Burke, 15098747

Pvt. Alfred J. Dumolien, 16145112

Pvt. Donald B. Smyers, 36341413

Pvt. Wade H. Stapleton, 33225558

 

13 January 1944, 2nd Lt. Sine appointed Base Salvage Officer PP #3, Special Order #12, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 13 January 1944.

 

1141st basketball team played a practice game with the 1776th Ord. Co. in the Corn Hall, Harleston and lost by a score of 28 to 19.

 

14 January 1944, our 12 new boys, who joined the organization 13 January, really had a workout on the load of coke at Diss Station. They did a good job unloading it and made the boys from the Bomb Squadrons look sick.

 

15 January 1944, 2nd Lt. Sine received Secret Orders to leave immediately. His authority for leaving was Secret Letter, Hqs. 8th Air Force dated 10 January 1944. On 4 December 1943, a letter written by Lt. Sine to the C.O. requesting transfer to the Infantry. It was approved by Capt. Scharding and forwarded through channels. At the time the letter was instigated the Personnel Officer of the base and Capt. Scharding both stated it would probably take six months to be approved, if at all, but to everyone's surprise it came through in a month and six days.

 

16 January 1944, Capt. Scharding appointed Quartermaster vice Major Rambo PP #9, Special Order #15, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 16 January 1944.

 

Capt. Scharding appointed Station Sales Officer PP 10, Special Order #15, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 16 January 1944.

 

Major Benjamin P. Rambo, O-292645, M/Sgt. Robert B. Bunsold, 37155267, S/Sgt. Garneth C. Mathis, 31779533 and Cpl. Nicholas J. Cantanzaro, 31123142 really departed this station in a hurry. They were transferred to the Hq & Hq Sqd. 83rd Serv Gp, and had orders to leave immediately.

 

17 January 1944, furloughs were authorized by the Base Commander. Pfc's Davis and Kotick from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

18 January 1944, Capt., Scharding appointed Purchasing and Contracting Officer PP #5, Special Order #17, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 18 January 1944.

 

2nd Lt. Sine departed this morning for Ipswich to get his proper traveling orders. From what he said sure hated to leave the outfit and all the fellows.

 

1st. Lt. Jerry J. Rosenthal (just made 1st.) was over for a short visit today and was looking fine.

 

20 January 1944, Capt. Scharding appointed President of the Post Exchange Council vice Major Rambo PP #11, Special Order #19, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 20 January 1944.

 

The following named Enlisted Men of this organization transferred in grade to the 83rd Sta. Compl Sqd, Station 142, APO 634 PP #10, Special Order #19, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 634 dated 19 January 1944.

 

T/Sgt. Ollie R. Weedn, 38086867

S/Sgt. Leland R. Smith, 6238106

Tec 5 Isadore Bolot, 32284077

Tec 5 Lonnie A. Terry, 15057684

Pfc. Lester F. Wilder, 35456710

 

20 January 1944, The Headquarters Office of the Company moved from Commissary Building to the QM Warehouse.

 

21 January 1944, Capt. Scharding appointed Rail Transportation Officer PP #6, Special Order #20, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 21 January 1944.

 

The following named Enlisted Man assigned this organization PP #18, Special Order #5, Hqs. 8th Air Force Replacement Depot dated 5 January 1944.

 

Tec 4 Carl W. Wood

 

22 January 1944, Pfc. Brown from duty to Sick Quarters (LD).

 

23 January 1944, everyone surprised to see 2nd Lt. Sine back today. He was dropped from the morning report on 18 January 1944, so was not shown again, but Headquarters of the Station said to just consider him a visitor. He stayed 5 days in Ispwich waiting for transportation, but the ETO couldn't get any at the present time.

 

24 January 1944, we some news concerning and ex-188th man today. Philibin received a letter from Cpl. Larry May, stating he would tie the knot with an English lassie on 4 March 1944. T/Sgt. John Oblak, Pfc. O'Connell, Pfc. Woolcox, Pfc. Redman and Cpl. Sexton have tied the knot with English girls too. These boys believe in all out Anglo-American relationship.

 

2nd. Lt. John D. Clinkman, O-1578274, who was transferred to the 28th Sta. Compl. Sqd Control Depot, Station 156, 9th Air Force PP #1, Special Order #20, Hqs. 8th Air Force dated 22 January 1944.

 

25 January 1944, Pfc. Davis and Pfc. Brown returned from 7 day furlough to duty. Tec 4 Browning, Tec 5 Meady and Tec 5 O'Keefe from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

26 January 1944, 1st Lt. Krinke from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #3, Special Order #24 Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated January 1944.

 

27 January 1944, 1st Lt. Banks, M/Sgt. Conway, S/Sgt. Tice, S/Sgt. Tschappat, S/Sgt. Lockhart and Cpl. Valentine transferred from 1210th QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS), Station 119, APO 634 to 85th Sta. Compl. Sqd., Station 137, APO 634 PP #9 and #12, Special Order #26, Hqs, 3rd Bomb Division dated 26 January 1944. Lt. Banks, Conway, Tice and Tschappat were former members of Det. "A". 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp (Avn).

 

28 January 1944, Pfc. Brown from Sick Quarters to 231st Station Hospital, Absent Sick (LD).

 

Lt. Krinke from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

29 January 1944, Pfc. Uhlman from duty to Sick Quarters (LD).

 

30 January 1944, Chicken in the ETO. Today makes the third straight Sunday we have had chicken and does bring the morale to a higher notch, also it is rumored that we will have it every Sunday from now on.

 

31 January 1944, another mouth and another payday gone by. Today finishes our eighth month in the ETO.

 

1 February 1944, the following named Officer assigned this organization from the 1138th QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS), Station 408, APO 634 PP #14, Special Order #30, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division dated 30 January 1944.

 

2nd Lt. Wallace S, Moore, O-1590673

 

Tec 4 Browning, Tec 5 Meady and Tec 5 O'Keefe returned from 7 day furloughs to duty. Tec 5 Marsec, Pvt. Dumolien and Pvt. Stapleton from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

2 February 1944, Pfc. Uhlman from Sick Quarters to duty (LD).

 

3 February 1944, we had to ex-188th men visit us today, Clarence F. Johnson (not Tec 4) and Codrea Muntean (now Sgt.) who left the 188th QM Plat. Serv Center (Avn) in June 1942, while we were stationed at MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida. They went overseas to the ETO her in September 1942 and have been here ever since. It was swell to visit with them and hear all of all the other fellows that left us in June 1942. While here the boys had them visit our "Sad Sack's Shack."

 

4 February 1944, 2nd Lt. Moore appointed Base Salvage Officer PP #1, Special Order #33, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 5 February 1944.

 

5 February 1944, under the provisions of AR 600-38, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization are awarded the Good Conduct Medal PP #2, Special Order #34, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 5 February 1944.

 

S/Sgt. Smith, Sgt. Gies, Sgt. Wagner, Cpl. Wright. Pfcs.Gola and Uhlman, Pvts. Burke, Dumolian, Smyers and Stapleton.

 

Today was the first basketball game of the season for our team. We played the 869th Chemical Co. and won by a score of 9 to 8. Lt. Krinke, in addition to his other duties, is appointed Manager and Coach.

 

FEBRUARY 1944 Overseas Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts, 100th Bomb Group.

 

6 February 1944 Under the provisions of AR 600-38, the following named Enlisted Man of this organization is awarded the Good Conduct Medal PP #8 Special Order #35, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 6 February 1944.

 

Pfc. Carl E. Pirtle

Pfc. Brown from Absent Sick, 231st Station Hospital to duty (LD).

 

February 1944 the 1141st basketball team lost to the Base Officers team by a score of 32 to 18.

 

8 February 1944 Tec 5 Marzec Private Dumolien and Private Stapleton returned from 7 day furlough to duty. S/Sgt. Salvo, Sgt. Wagner, Cpl. Andreatta and Pfc. Wuoti from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

9 February 1944 the following named Enlisted Men of this organization placed on Temporary Duty with 76th Station Compl Sqd. Station 174, APO 634 PP #3 Special Order #39, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division dated 8 February 1944.

 

Sgt. Edmund S. Wagner,36323284 (Now on 7 day furlough)

Tec 5 Angelo J. Parenti, 32374916

Pfc. John R. Droll, 35307868

Pvt. Alfred J. Dumolien, 16145112

Pvt. Donald B. Smyers, 36341413

 

The following named Enlisted Men of this organization placed on Temporary Duty with 85th Station Compl Sqd. Station 137, APO 634 PP #4, Special Order #39, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division dated 8 February 1944.

 

Cpl. William A. Roden, 33407091

Cpl. Martin M. Weight, Jr., 31134666

Tec 5 Michael S. Chuey, 35393531

Tec 5 Frank J. Meady, 31037404

Pfc. Robert W. Brown, 35442939

Pfc. Theodore L. Davis, 35528167

Pfc. James B. Harrison, 33069I14

Pf¢. Stephen S. Kotick, 35393537

Pfc, Troy Easter, 35471386

 

We were ordered by 3rd Bomb Division to send 14 men on Temporary Duty, but in time they will help to activate new organizations. It should be a break for some of them and that was the only reason the Captain let them go. We all hated to see them leave but it has happened to us too many times.

 

11 February 1944, Company Party and Dance held with the 456th Sub Depot

 

(Old 98th Serv Sqd) in the Old Officers Club commencing at 1930 hours. It has been three months since we have had a party 80 everyone was in the mood. As always we had plenty of beer, coca cola, sandwiches, cake and cookies. also plenty of girls for dancing too. The Dickleburgh gals were in full strength too, filling pockets and all with food.

 

FEBRUARY Overseas Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts, 100th Bomb Groups

 

12 February 1944, all the fellow, are wondering about Mayor Marzec and Alderman Crooks, they hake been missing the regular Council Meetings in Dickleburgh lately. Must be Ruby is objecting huh?

 

13 February 1944, we had some very good strawberry ice today made by "Napie" of the Officers Club. That really is a treat in the ETO and was the first ice cream most of the fellows had tasted since leaving the States.

 

2nd Lt. Peckney, stationed at QM Depot, Q-140, APO 558 was in to visit us today. He use to works in the RTO at Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana when we were stationed there in 1942, and at that time he was an Enlisted Man. He said that "Camp Scharding", was now a railroad siding yard and not used for camping out anymore. Still will be known to us as "Camp Scharding".

 

14 February 1944, the following promotions were given to members of this organization PP #6, Special Order #44, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 14 February 1944.

 

Tec 5 O'Keefe promoted to Sergeant.

Pfc. Sims promoted to Tec 5 Grade.

 

The 1141st basketball team played the 349th Bomb Sqd and lost the second game in the league by a score of 46 to 18. To date we haven't been going so good but with practice should improve.

 

The Red Cross Aero Club had a dance for our Company and the 1776th Ord. Co. They served coca cola, sandwiches and cakes. The Century Bombers furnished music for dancing.

 

15 February 1944, S/Sgt. Salvo, Sgt. Wagner, Cpl. Andreatta and Pfc. Wuoti returned from 7 day furlough to duty. Tec 3 Pasma and Pfc. Anctil from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

17 February 1944, the following named Officer assigned this organization from the 1230th QN Co. . Serv Gp, Avn (RS) PP #5, Special Order $45, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 634 dated 14 February 1944.

 

2nd Lt. Kenneth W. Thorpe, 0-1586973

 

18 February 1944, the following named Officer transferred from this organization to the 1152nd QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS). Station 155, APO 634 PP #1, Special Order #45, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 634 dated 14 February 1944.

 

2nd Lt. Wallace S. Moore, 0-1590673

 

19 February 1944, we had orders for 2nd Lt. Sine to leave for Liverpool immediately, in order to catch a boat at 1440 hours, 20 February 1944. This makes the second time he has departed from the Station.

 

February 1944 Overseas Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts, 100th Bomb Group:

 

20 February 1944, 2nd Lt. Thorpe from duty to Sick Quarters (LD).

 

We had a telephone call from Tivetshall RTO stating 2nd Lt. Sine was on his way back here because he missed the boat at Liverpool by an hour. No one was very surprised about it though cause he got a late start and didn't think he would make it to Liverpool on time.

 

22 February 1944, Tec 3 Pasma and Pfc. Anctil returned from 7 day furlough Tec 5 Dillon from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

23 February 1944 2nd Lt. Thorpe from Sick Quarters to duty (LD).

 

24 February 1944 2nd Lt. Thorpe from duty to Absent Sick, 231st Station Hospital (LD).

 

The following named Enlisted Men of this organization were given promotions to the grade indicated per Company Order #1 dated 24 February 1944.

 

Private Burke and Private Stapleton promoted to Pfc.

 

25 February 1944, the following named Enlisted Men, now on Temporary Duty with 76th Station Compl Sqd., Station 174 APO 634, transferred to newly activated 1237th QM Co. Serv Gp Awn (RS), PP #20, Special Order #55, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 634 dated 24 February 1944.

 

Sgt. Edmund S. Wagner, 36323284

Tec 5 Angelo J. Parenit, 32374916

Pfc. John R. Droll, 35307868

Pvt. Alfred J. Dumolien, 16145112

Pvt. Donald B. Smyers, 36341413

 

The following named Enlisted Men, now on Temporary Duty with 85th Station Compl Sqd, Station 137, APO 635, transferred to the newly activated 1238th QM Co. Serv Gp, Awn(RS), Station 137, APO 634 PP #21, Special Order #55, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division APO 634 dated 24 February 1944.

 

Cpl. William A. Roden, 33407091

Cpl. Martin M. Wright, Jr., 31134666

Tec 5 Michael S. Chuoy, 35393531

Tec 5 Frank J. Meady, 31037404

Pfc. Robert W. Brown, 35442939

Pfc. Theodore L. Davis, 35528167

Pfc. James B. Harrison, 33069114

Pfc. Stephen S. Kotick, 35393537

Pfc. Troy Easter, 35471386

 

The 1141st basketball team lost a close game to the 456th Sub Depot by a score 32 to 30.

 

FEBRUARY 1944—Overseas Duty, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts, 100th Bomb Group:

 

26 February 1944, Pfc. Pirtle stated working in the Orderly Room today.

 

28 February 1944, Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, London PP #1 Special Order # 6, Hqs. Station 139, APO 634 dated 27 February 1944.

 

29 February 1944, Tec 5 Dillon returned from furlough, 7 days to duty.

 

T/Sgt. Marshall, T/Sgt. Philbin and Sgt. Leonardo from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Another month gone by, which means another Payday. Everyone has been remarking how the time has been flying by. Gentle was in today to see if he could sign the payroll for March already. Sgt. McCurry came into the office today wanting Sheedy to take a plane ride while they slow-timed the engines. Really was a beautiful day to go up too, cause could get a good look at England from the air.

 

Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, London to duty.

 

MARCH 1944

 

1 March 1944, the 1141st basketball team played the last game in the league against the 1276th M.P. Co. and as usual we lost by a score of 30 to 20. It was a fairly close game, but we just couldn't get going. The main thing about the games was the good exercise that we did get, which was worth it.

 

2 March 1944, S/Sgt. McCurry finished his 25 missions today. All the boys sure were happy about it but not half as happy as Mac was He sure was a relieved man and could tell it by looking at him. First thing he did was wire his wife that he was through and started thinking about going home. T/Sgt. Congrove made his

 

18th today. T/Sgt. Myers made his 14th and T/Sgt. Sowl was brought back after taking off on his 15th mission and taken to the hospital. S/Sgt. Barnhart is still at the same place as he was four months ago 6.

 

3 March 44, we received some bad news today about S/Sgt. Congrove. Report has it that his crew went down in Sweden or thereabouts, 80 we all are hoping they landed safe and sound. This was his 19th mission and only had 6 more to go.

 

The Old Man received four shots in the arms and is feeling rather low from the effects.

 

6 March 1944, Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #5 #62 Hqs. Station 139 APO 634 dated 4 March 1944.

 

7 March 1944, T/Sgt. Marshall, T/Sgt. Philbin and Sgt. Leonardo returned from furlough to duty. Tec 5 Crooks from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

9 March 1944, the following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization from Hq & Hq Sqd, 3rd Bomb Division APO 634 PP #20 Special Order #68 Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 634 dated 8 March 1944.

 

Pfc. Herbert M. Meyers, 32500285

Pvt. William M. Douglas, 34807643

Pvt. William G. Jarrell, 14049842

Really had a funny thing happen today. Gentle was riding his bicycle near the QM Warehouse, all the time trying to run me off the road. It so happened that "Fat Boy" Marshall was riding along behind when Gentle stopped sideways in the road with his bicycle leaning half over. Marshall couldn't stop, so ran right over his back wheel bending it in half. Gentle was so dumbfounded he couldn't say a word.

 

10 March 1944, 2nd Lt. Sine received orders again to proceed to Hqs. CBS, London for his transportation. No one thought a thing of him leaving cause has been returning each time after leaving to get his transportation.

 

This morning the Company area was in an uproar with everyone up early. The reason for everyone up so early was of the rumor spread around last night by the Commissary boys that we would have two fresh eggs per man for breakfast. That is enough to drive anyone from his warm sack.

 

13 March 1944 Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #5 Special Order #68, #68 Hqs. Station 139 APO 634 dated 11 March 1944.

 

2nd Lt. Thorpe from Absent Sick, 231st Station Hospital to Absent Sick, 7th General Hospital, APO 514 (LD) per Letter, 7th General Hospital dated 2 March 1944.

 

14 March 1944 Tec 5 Crooks returned from 7 day furlough to duty. Cpl. Glorius, Tec 5 Weiford and Pfc. Constant from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

15 March 1944 S/Sgt Bob Myers dropped in the office today after returning from his 17th mission, which was Brunswick. He seemed in pretty good spirits, but mentioned that it wouldn't be so bad to be back in the 1141st again.

 

17 March 1944, S/Sgt McCurry was in to say good-bye to all the fellows before leaving for the States. He finished on the 2nd of March He couldn't even sit down and talk to us ho was so excited about getting home to see his wife and two boys.

 

18 March 1944, 2nd Lt. Sine has been gone 8 days 80 he must have gotten the necessary for his Secret Orders. There still is a chance that he could return again. We hope some one has picked him up on their morning report cause he was here on this Post from 23 January 1944 and just considered a visitor.

 

19 March 1944, S/Sgt. Pasma returned from a 48 hour pass with a friend of his from his home town, Sgt. Lee Stad. Pirtle was talking to him and found out that he is stationed the same Camp as a friend of his from Bloomfield, Iowa. Sgt. Stadt is in the Mechanized Calvary and said we really had it nice here compared to what they have. They had it worse in the States while training than we have here now so guess we can't kick too much.

 

20 March 1944, 1st Lt. Krinke from duty to Detached Service, London PP #12

 

Special Order #75 Hqs. Station 139 APO 634 dated 18 March 1944.

 

Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #3 Special Order #76 Hqs. Station 139 APO 634 dated 19 March 1944.

 

21 March 1944 Cpl. Glorius, Tec 5 Weiford and Pfc. Constant returned from 7 day furlough to duty. Tec 5 Siss from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Sgt. Henes from Detached Services Isleworth to duty.

 

22 March l944, our APO Number was changed from 634 to 559 per USSTAF Regulation No. 80-2 dated 7 March 1944.

 

1st Lt. Krinke from Detached Service London to duty.

 

Pvt. Douglas from duty to Sick Quarters (LD Undetermined).

 

23 March 1944, Sgt. Henes from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

2nd Lt. Thorpe, Absent Sick, 7th General Hospital, APO 138 transferred to Det. of Patients, 7th General Hospital PP #2 Special Order #79 Hqs. Station 139 APO 559 dated 22 March 1944.

 

25 March 1944 another day gone by and no mail. The morale has hit an all time low; the only mail coming in is a few V-Mail. Pirtle has been catching the devil from all the fellows when returning from the Post Office empty handed. It does seem funny the way mail has been lately. We go for quite sometime without any and then all of a sudden it comes through in a bunch.

 

27 March 1944, Tec 5 Weiford from duty to Detached Service, Is1eworth PP #5, Special Order #82 Hqs. Station 139 APO 559 dated 25 March 1944. Henes being on furlough, Hatfield had to take the run this week, but didn't mind too much.

 

Capt. Scharding received a letter of Commendation, for the entire Company, from Colonel HARDING dated 26 March 1944. Following is letter and 1st Ind. from Capt. Scharding to the men.

 

 

 

HEADQUARTERS AAF STATION # 139

 

APO #559

 

26 March l944

 

SUBJECT: Commendation.

 

TO : Captain E. G. Scharding, Quartermaster, AAF Station 139.

 

"1. It has been brought to my attention, through recent inspections and by members of my staff, that the Quartermaster Section is functioning in a superior manner.

 

2. This is not only gratifying to me personally, but indicates excellent leadership and understanding on your part, and hard work and complete cooperation on the part of the other officers and of the enlisted men of your section.

 

3. I wish to commend you and the officers and enlisted personnel of the Quartermaster Sections and to express the hope that the standard which you have set will be maintained.

 

4. A copy of this letter has been placed in you 201 File.

 

NEIL B. HARDING,

Colonels Air Corps,

Commanding.

 

1st Ind.

 

28 March 1944

 

TO: Enlisted Men of 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp. Avn(RS).

 

"1. Though the above is addressed to me, it is really intended for you men. My part is small in comparison to the fine showing you have made in doing an outstanding service. I add my appreciation to the Colonel's Commendation to you.

 

E. G. SCHARDING

Capt. QMC

Commanding

 

 

 

28 March Tec 5 Tec 5 Sims returned from 7 day furlough to duty. Sgt. Gels, Tec 4 Wood and Pfc. Uhlman from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

30 March 1944, Sgt. Henes returned from 7 day furlough to duty.

 

31 March 1964 the following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization PP #10, Special Order #90 Hqs. 3rd Bomb Divisions APO 634 dated 30 March 1944.

 

Pvt. Oscar C. Brokschmidt, 35216321

Pvt. Salvatore A. DePaola,32888430

Pvt. Wilbur J. Roofener, 38467116

 

Pvt. Douglas from Sick Quarters to Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital, APO 551 (LD Undetermined).

 

Plenty of excitement on the Base this morning around 0430 hours when a German JU88 (they think anyway) followed the Pathfinder in and dropped two 500 pounders on the runway. The first bomb woke most everyone up but the second one brought everyone out of their sacks in a hurry. The whole Base was ups so it caused a long chow line, also had "hot cakes too, to make matters worse. It sure didn't take Crooks and Burke long to head for shelter cause Griffin was knocked over when they went through the door.

 

"The Prisoner of War Fund Smoker" was held in Hangar No. 1 tonight. Had boxing matches wrestling girl singer from Scotland and Century Bombers for entertainment. The four Bomb Sqds. had stands raffling things off such as silk stockings, lipsticks etc. Also sold beer and sandwiches for everyone, if you could get near to buy them. They raffled the silk stockings and lipsticks off and some guys paid as high as 10 lbs. for a pair of stockings and 5 lbs.. for a lipstick. Mighty expensive to make the girl feel good isn't it? From all reports the Base made their quota that was set-up by 3rd Bomb Division. Most all of our boys went cause we had two boys that went down after going into Gunnery.

 

APRIL 1944

 

1 April 1944, the following named Enlisted Man assigned this organization, PP #10 Special Order #90 Hqs. 3rd Bomb Divisions APO 559 dated 30 March 1944.

 

Pvt. Karl W. Rohrer, 13137743

 

Private William G. Jarrell promoted to Pfc. per Company Order #2 dated 1 April 1944.

 

2 April 1944, Lt. Thompson and T/Sgt. Spitz of the 1910th QM, Station 119 were up to pay a visit today. First time Lt. Thompson has been here in sometime now.

 

3 April 1944, Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #7 Special Order #86, Hqs. Station 139 APO 559 dated 1 April 1944.

 

4 April 1944, Sgt. Gies, Tec 4 Wood and Pfc. Uhlman returned from 7 day furlough to duty. Sgt. Griffins, Pfc. Burke and Pfc. Pirtle from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Sgt. Henes from Detached Service,furlough, Isleworth to duty.

 

At 1000 hours today the Base was officially Restricted from 24 hour passes and 7 day furloughs much to the grief of quite a few fellows. Six hour passes are still in effect.

 

5 April 1944, the following named Officer assigned this organization PP #27 Special Order #94 Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 559 dated 3 April 1944.

 

1st Lt. Robert P. Joyce, 0-1574458

 

Orders were issued from our Headquarters today stating that Harlaston would be "Off-Limits" to all personnel from this Station because the Colored boys took over. Diss was taken from the "Off-Limits" list for personnel of this Station even though the Negroes were still there. Of course the white boys had trouble the first night there. When any of the fellows go down to Diss, the boys usually call them "Negro Lovers cause all the girls in Diss have been going out with the Negroes.

 

6 April 1944, the following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization PP #30 Special Order #95 Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 559 dated 4 April 1944.

 

Pvt. Eugene L. Clark, 38407504

Pvt. George C. Cudd, 34777911

Pvt. Albert J. Pferrman, 35805942

Pvt. Everett F. Thompson, 35869831

 

Capt. Scharding received a letter from 2nd Lt. Sine giving us his new address and also stating things were going fairly good with him. His address as follows:

 

2n Lt. Henry H. Sine, Jr. ,O-1594484

400th Repl. Company, 1st Repl Depot

APO 761, U.S. Army

 

7 April 1944, 2nd Lt. Thorpe, who was transferred to the Det. of Patients, 7th General Hospital from out organization, was transferred to the 12th Repl. Control Depot, APO 365, U.S. Army PP #6, Special Order #72, Hqs. 7th General Hospital, APO 138, U.S. Army dated 30 March 1944.

 

9 April 1944, Easter Sunday in the ETO and the first one for all the fellows. We had a very delicious dinner, in fact just about compared with our Christmas dinner. The sun was out most all day, so made a fellow lonesome for home and everything that goes with it.

 

10 April 1944 the American Red Cross had a Field Day near the Aero Club Enlisted Men of the Base.

 

They served free drinks and food. Also had competition in sports, such as 100 yard dash, high jump, broad jump etc.

 

11 April 1944 Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service Isleworth PP #8 Special Order #95 Hqs. Station 139 APO 559 dated 9 April 1944.

 

Sgt. Griffin, Pfc. Burke and Pfc. Pirtle returned from 7 day furlough to duty.

 

12 April 1944, Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

All personnel of this Station are Restricted to the Base from 2359 hours, 12 April 1944 to 2400 hours, 13 April 1944. That meant Restriction from going off for business and six hour passes too.

 

13 April 1944, under the provisions of AR 600-68, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization awarded the Good Conduct Medal PP ;f5 Special Order #9, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 12 April 1944.

 

Pfc. Anctil, Pfc. Jarrell, Pfc. Meyers and Pvt. Rohrer.

 

Private Douglas from Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital, APO 551 to duty (NLD 35-1440)

 

14 April 1944, the Restriction was lifted from the Base at 2400 hours, 13 April 1944 as far as going off Base for business during the day and 6 hour passes in the evening.

 

15 April 1944, 1st Lt. Joyce appointed Base Salvage Officer PP #112 Special Order #101, Station 139, APO 559 dated 15 April 1944.

 

Hodor heard from his sister, whoa said that she had heard from Allen Loomis (former member of 188th QM) and he is "Somewhere in China." From the sound of his letter the conditions in China are not too good. Give us the ETO anytime.

 

6 April 1944, we had some visitors to see us, former members this organization Conway, Davis and Harrison, now of the 1238th QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS). First time they have been up in quite sometime.

 

17 April 1944, Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #3 Special Order #102

 

Hqs. Station 139 APO 559 dated 16 April 1944.

 

18 April 1944, 1st Lt. Joyce and 1st Lt. Krinke appointed to verify "Cash on Hand" at Base Post Office 20 April 1944 PP #13 Special Order #104 Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 18 April 1944.

 

Sgt. Henes from Detached Serv ice, Isleworth to duty.

 

19 April 1944, Colonel Harding was relieved as Commander of this Group and Colonel Kelly was appointed Base Commander.

 

20 April 1944, marked the second year since this organization activated 188th QM Plat Serv Center (Avn) at Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana. There are 10 if the original fellows and Captain Scharding left who started this Company. We have seen quite a number of fellows come and go since the start.

 

21 April 1944, Tec 4 Wood released from Special Duty with Station Salvage and resigned Special Duty with Station Billeting PP#6, Special Order #106, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 20 April 1944.

 

Had a bad accident today when a B-17 and a B-24 crashed in the air. It happened so near the base quite a few of the boys went to see it. Could see parachutes flying all over the sky.

 

22 April 1944, Station Headquarters announced that 18 hour passes were in effect this date, which brought a cheer from all the boys.

 

24 April 1944, Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Islworth PP#2, Special Order #108, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 22 April 1944.

 

The following named Enlisted Men of this organization transferred to 1227th QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS), Station 116, APO 559 PP#5, Special Order #113, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 50 dated 22 April 1944.

 

Pvt. Oscar C. Brokachmidt, 35216321

Pvt. Salvatore A. DePaola, 32888430

Pvt. William M. Douglas, 34807643

Pvt. Wilbur J. Roofener, 38467116

 

Tec 5 Alexander and Tec 5 Hodor assigned Special Duty with the Station Motor Pool PP#11, Special Order #110, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 24 April 1944.

 

Private Thompson from duty Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital, APO 551 (LD).

 

25 April 1944, Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, Islworth to duty.

 

27 April 1944, another plane accident today when a B-24 crashed in a field just back of Site #6. After the crash you could find pieces of sheep all over the field.

 

28 April 1944, S/Sgt. Barnhart, formerly of this organization, now a Gunner, went down with Colonel Kelly's ship today. That made his 8th mission. Barney makes the third one down from out outfit that went over to Gunnery.

 

24 hour passes were authorized, effective today by the Station Commander.

 

29 April 1944, Tec 5 Dillon and Pfc. Jarrell from duty with organization to Special Duty with Station Gunnery.

 

T/Sgt. Sheedy from duty to Sick Quarters (LD).

 

30 April 1944, another payday has rolled around. This day will usually find most all the fellows in good spirits.

 

1 May 1944, Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #6, Special Order #115, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 29 April 1944.

 

2 May 1944, Sgt. Hanes from Detached Service to duty.

 

5 May 1944, 141st QM Co. Serv Gp. Avn (RS) reorganized 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS) PP #1, General Order #96, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division APO 559 dated 5 May 1944.

 

6 May 1944, Colonel Kelly is "Missing in Action", so Lt. Colonel Jeffrey, O-023400, is assigned Commanding Officer of this Station.

 

7 May 1944, the following named Enlisted Man assigned this organization from the 330th Station Compl Sqd, Station 152 PP#6, Special Order #125, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division APO 559 dated 4 May 1944.

 

Pvt. William W. Ely, 3543335

 

8 May 1944, T/Sgt. Sheedy from Sick Quarters to duty (LD).

 

Sgt. Hanes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #1, Special Order #122, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 6 May 1944.

 

9 May 1944, Sgt. Hanes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

T/Sgt. Sheedy from duty to Sick Quarters (LD).

 

12 May 1944, Lt.. Krinke had a bad fall from Mike's horse in the pasture next to the QM warehouse. Seems he wanted to take a ride, so jumped on, but landed too far back and next thing he landed on is face on the ground. Few scratches and bruises, but no broken bones. Then our Jockey-boy Griffin made a bridle from some rope in the Warehouse and rode the horse around the pasture, much to Lt. Krinke's discomfort..

 

13 May 1944, the following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization from the 1239th QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS), Station 174, APO 559 PP #28, Special Order #127. Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 559 dated 6 May 1944

 

Tec 5 Lonnie A. Terry, 15057684

Pvt. Ernest F. Bahr. 32995811

 

T/Sgt Sheedy from Sick Quarters to Absent Sick, 213st Station Hospital, APD 598 (LD).

 

Our Softball team played Horham in a game in Diss and were beaten by a score of 6 to 5. It was played for an attraction to "Salute the Soldier" week in Diss.

 

15 May 1944, Sgt. Hanes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

18 May 1944, Station Headquarters put out an order for our Company to furnish three guards a night at a four hour stretch. Everyone from M/Sgt. on down would pull it.

 

19 May 1944, Pvt. Thompson from Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital, APO 551 to duty (LD).

 

A Company Party was held in the Old Officer's Club with the 456th Sub-Depot. As usual we had plenty of the "mild and bitters", eats, coca cola, and girls for dancing. The Century Bombers furnished the music for dancing and were better than ever. This was the first party in about three months for out Company, so the boys let themselves go for a good time, which they most always do.

 

20 May 1944, Pfc. Jarrell and Pvt. Bahr from duty with organization to Special Duty with 1285th M.P. Co. PP #1, Special Order #136, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 20 May 1944.

 

21 May 1944, the 1141st softball team played with the 350th Bomb Squadron, but got beat by a score of 5 to 4 in a very close game.

 

22 May 1944, Sgt. Hanes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #4, Special Order #136, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 20 May 1944.

 

23 May 1944, Sgt. Hanes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

Station Headquarters issued orders for everyone on the Base to carry their guns during working hours, with one clip full of ammunition.

 

23 May 1944, makes one year on Foreign soil for this Company and it does seem like a long time ago. None of the boys shall forget the day we walked on the S.S. Mariposa.

 

29 May 1944, Gentle and Marshall spent a 23 hour pass with Conway and the boys at Station 137, Lavenham.

 

30 May 1944, 1st Lt. Krinke from duty to Detached Service, Stone PP #5, Special Order #145, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 28 May 1944.

 

Sgt. Hanes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #4, Special Order #144, Hqs Station 139, APO 559 dated 28 May 1944.

 

31 May 1944, Sgt. Hanes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

Another payday has rolled around. Doesn't seem possible the month of May had gone already.

 

1 June 1944, makes on year in the ETO for this Company. Most everyone is wondering where we will be a year from this date.

 

Lt. Krinke from Detached Service to duty.

 

2 June 1944, Tec 5 Hodor from duty to Sick Quarters (LD).

 

4 June 1944, Great news came today over BBC telling about the fall of Rome by the 5th Army. Sure does make a fellow feel good to read and hear about these victories.

 

5 June 1944, Sgt. Hanes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #12, Special Order #150, Hqs Station 139, APO 559 dated 4 June 1944.

 

Pvt. Rohrer transferred to 350th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group PP #8, Special Order #151, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 4 June 1944.

 

Station Headquarters issued orders this morning authorizing 24 hour passes within a 23 mile limit. At 1700 hours the whole Base was restricted.

 

6 June 1944, D-DAY has finally arrived after hearing about it so long. All the fellows were sure happy to know that the invasion Day had arrived. Lots of arguing and bets were made concerning it. Now the bets are to see how long it will take the Allies to whip Germany.

 

Sgt. Hanes from Detached Service to duty.

 

6 June 1944 Cont'd, S/Sgt. Bob Myers finished his 30 missions today. That finishes all of our six boys that went into Gunnery September 1943. Sgt. Hoffman is a prisoner of war of the Germans, S/Sgt. Barnhart hasn't been heard from since going down with Colonel Kelly's ship, S/Sgt. Sowl has been grounded for an indefinite period and also reduced to Private, for what reason no one seems to know, but he was and that is the Army for you. S/Sgt. McCurry has written to us from the U.S. stating he was on a three week furlough with his wife in Miami Beach, Fla., and on the government too. The first sentence in his letter was, quote, "You would never know this is the Army," and also said give him any part of the U.S. instead of the ETO.

 

7 June 1944, Tec 5 Hodor from Sick Quarters to duty (LD).

 

Marshall, Salvo and Meyers had quite the experience while on guard duty early this morning. A German plane made a couple of passes at the field, pouring some lead around. Between the gunfire from the plane, from the AA Gunners and ground personnel with their carbines, tracers and bullets were flying everywhere. Guess you would call it a 4th of July fireworks, Marshall, Salvo and Meyers had to hit the runway and mighty quick too.

 

8 June 1944, Station Headquarters issued orders that the restriction was lifted for 6 hour passes.

 

The boys went "Pubbing" tonight and had Marshall so loaded he couldn't cycle home. That is something very unusual too, because he is always able to come in on his own power. Always a first time for everything, eh Gus.

 

9 June 1944, Sheedy from Absent Sick, 231st Station Hospital, APO 598 to duty.

 

10 June 1944, there was a voluntary contribution taken up from the boys during the past week to by a barrel of "Mild and Bitter". The beer was for a party to celebrate being in England one year and had it in the day room. Also had chicken, sandwiches, cookies, cake and coca cola. Clark, Andreatta, O'Keefe, Cudd and Salve sort of kept things in an uproar with Marshall, Philbin, Crooks, Dillon, Harnden (bartender), Wuoti and Burke helping out. All the boys had a good time watching, if not in on it. O'Keefe had a couple of speeches during the evening, but had a hard time getting the floor.

 

12 June 1977, Sgt. Henes, M/Sgt. Fulton and T/Sgt. Sheedy f from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #8, Special Order #157m Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 10 June 1944.

 

The following named Enlisted Man of this organization transferred to the 350th Bomb Sqd, 100th Bomb Group PP #6, Special Order #158, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 11 June 1944.

 

Pfc. William G. Jarrell, 14049842

 

13 June 1944, Sgt. Henes, M/Sgt. Fulton, T/Sgt. Sheedy from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

15 June 1944, Conway and Tschappat were up today for a visit on their 24 hour pass.

 

16 June 1944, the Sergeant's Club had its informal opening tonight. A meeting was held about two months ago with Major Utley to form the club. It was decided to charge a fee of three pounds to join now and everyone coming into the Club later would pay four pounds. A fairly good crowd turned out for the affair. The Club is really something with it's "Western Style" bar. The logs around the bar make it look good. The lounge really does look good with half bombs, made by the 1776th Ord. boys, hanging from the ceiling to make indirect lighting. Also have lamps made out of bombs, by the writing tables. Real nice over stuffed chairs for comfortable resting in the evening, should say half overstuffed.

 

17 June 1944, the Restriction was lifted at 1900 hours by Station Headquarters allowing six hour passes.

 

18 June 1944, another order from Station Headquarters issued stating 24 hour passes would be authorized.

 

The 1141st softball team played a practice game with Hqs. Det. 100th and the final score was 18 to 7 in our favor. Gentle was the hero of the game with 2 home runs and all the fellows played a good game.

 

19 June 1944, 1st Lt. Joyce from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #3, Special Order #165, Hqs Station 139 APO 559 dated 18 June 1944.

 

Sgt. Henes, S/Sgt. Salvo and Cpl. Andreatta from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #3. Special Order #165, Station 139, APO 559 dated 18 June 1944.

 

20 June 1944, Sgt. Henes, S/Sgt. Salve and Cpl. Andreatta from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty. This made Henes 18th trip to Isleworth and he says he could make the trip by truck with his eyes closed.

 

Station Headquarters issued orders at 1830 hours today that the Base was Restricted.

 

21 June 1944, 1st Lt. Joyce from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

Station Headquarters issued orders that Restriction was lifted at 1200 hours. Both 6 and 24 hour passes are authorized.

 

22 June 1944, Tec 5 Alexander and Tec 5 Hodor awarded the Driver's Badge PP #7, Special Order #168, Hqs Station 139, APO 559 dated 21 June 1944.

 

22 June l944 Cont'd, Fulton, Salvo, Hodor and Sheedy paid a visit to Dephan Green at the Air Base to see Jess Blaine, Albert Kolb and Caldwell. It was first time we have seen those three fellows in over two years. Really was something to get to talk with them for awhile. All three of them are getting along fine, but would like to get back to the U.S.

 

23 June l944, the Sergeants Club had its formal opening with a dance, plenty of eats, scotch and beer. The Century Bombers furnished the music and were sure good. We had 25 WAC's from 3rd Bomb and civilian girls, so a good time was had by all.

 

48 hour passes were authorized today per 8th Air Force TWX D-652-53 dated 22 June 1944, so 12 of the fellows were allowed to go to London or thereabouts.

 

Gentle had his hair clipped down to about a quarter of an inch, so the fellows now call him "The Monk" or "Boogie" for sure.

 

One year ago today we moved from Station 167, Ridgewell to Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts. Doesn't seem possible that a year has gone by in such a hurry. We have been living in the same huts at Site #6 all this time too.

 

24 June l944 we had word today, through the "Grapevine", that 1st Lt. Banks was promoted to Captain effective 15 June 1944.

 

25 June 1944 Pfc. Stapleton from duty to Absent Sick, 231st Station Hospital APO 872, U. S. Army (LD). Stapleton had some tough luck when he fell off his bicycle near Watton, Norfolk with Gies. When he fell his sun glasses gave him a severe cut on the side of the right eye, so that is how he happens to be Absent Sick. The boys all accused him of everything, but he says no soap.

 

Sims can tell you quite a story about the Air Raid Shelters in London. From his say so it is a very nice place to sleep when the "Flying Bombs" are coming over. Guess he spent most of his 48 hour pass in an Air Raid Shelter, so could be called Lloyd "Air Raid Shelter" Sims.

 

12 more of the fellows left on a 48 hour pass to London today.

 

26 June 1944 Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #10 Special Order #171, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 24 June 1944.

 

27 June 1944 48 hour passes ceased to be today by order of Station Headquarters.

 

Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

27 June 1944 Cont'd, the Base Adjutant's Office issued the Unit Citation Ribbons to each outfit. S/Sgt. Salvo, our very able Supply Sergeant, issued them to us today. The ribbon is issued to all units of the 100th Bomb Group in accordance with Section XII.- 2., General Order #36, War Department dated 1 May 1944, as Stated below:

 

 

 

(G. O. 36)

WAR DEPARTMENT

Washington 25 D. C., 1 May 1944

 

 

General Orders)

 

No. 36 )

 

XII BATTLE HONORS. - 2. As authorized by Executive Order No. 9396 (sec. Is Bull. 22 WD, 1943) superseding Executive Order No. 9075 (sec. III, Bull. II, WD, 1942), the following unit is cited by the War Department under the provisions of section IV, Circular No. 333, War Department, 1943, in the name of the President of the United States as public evidence of deserved honor and distinction:

 

The 3d Bombardment Division (H) (then the 4th Bombardment Wing (H) )is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action against the enemy on 17 August 1943. This unprecedented attack against one of Germany's most important aircraft factories was the first shuttle mission performed in this theater of operations and entailed the longest flight over strongly defended enemy territory yet accomplished at that date. For 4 hours the formation was subjected to persistent savage assaults by large forces of enemy fighters. During this bitterly contested aerial battle 140 German fighter aircraft were definitely destroyed and many more damaged. Despite desperate attempts by the enemy to scatter the bombers the groups of the 3d Bombardment Division (H) maintained a tight, defensive formation and, coordinating as a perfectly balanced team, fought their way to the assigned target at Regensburg. Though weary after hours of grueling combat the bombardiers released their bombs accurately on the target and wrought vast destruction on an aircraft factory of vital importance to the enemy's war effort. The high degree of success achieved is directly attributable to the extraordinary heroism, skill, and devotion to duty displayed by members of this unit. Their actions on this occasion uphold the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.

 

By order of the Secretary of War:

 

OFFICIAL:

 

ROBERT H. DUNLOP,

Brigadier General,

Acting The Adjutant General.

 

G. C. MARSHALL,

Chief of Staff.

 

28 June l944, there has been quite a few "latrinegram" rumors going around about where and when we might move. One rumor had it the 100th would go to Nebraska because someone said they had a sign back at Carnie, Nebraska which read, Welcome back 100th Bomb Group. Those kind of rumors bring up the morale, but one like China or India take it a way down.

 

June 1944, Lt. "Rosie" Rosenthal brought the 1211th QM Co. softball team over to play a game against our team tonight. They beat us in 8 innings by a score of 4 to 3. Was a very good game, close all the way through. We were all surprised when Jimmy Dolan came up with them. He was transferred into the 1211th QM Co. a week before. He hadn't changed very much at all in the last two years. Sure was a lot to talk about with him and heard about more of the 48 fellows that left us. Marshall and Dolan especially had quite the confab and arranged to meet in Norwich on the following Saturday night.

 

30 June 1944, and another month has gone by, which also means another pay table.

 

Had rumors floating around this morning that we would be paid in American money. Even had calls come to the QM Office to see whether we had ordered khakis and "Chop Sticks"

 

1 July 1944, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization promoted to Pfc. per Company Order #3 dated 1 July 1944.

 

Private Eugene L. Clark, 38407504

Private George C. Cudd, 34777911

Private Albert J. Pferrman, 35805942

Private Everett F. Thompson, 35869831

 

Station Headquarters issued orders today that we would not carry our guns from this date.

 

We had the USO show "Off Limits" here tonight and it was very good. Two nice looking American girls along with the G.I.'s

 

2 July l944, Hodor, Gentle, Fulton, Philbin and Sheedy paid a visit to Capt. Banks, Conway, Tschappat, Tice, Mike Chuey, Meady, Kotick, Davis, Waite and the other boys at Lavenham, Suffolk. They have a fairly good set-up now and very good for the length of time that the Base has been in operation.

 

July 1944, 1st Lt. Krinke from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #3 Special Order, #178 Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 2 July 1944.

 

Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Islevorth PP #4, Special Order

 

#178, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 2 July 1944.

 

4 July 1944, makes the second one in the ETO for about half the Company and the first one for the new boy in the organization. As in all other holidays it didn't seem different from any other day and we carried on the same as any other day. 1141st softball team played the Hqs. Det., 100th and beat them by a score of 4 to 2 in 8 innings. The Base had free beer and sandwiches up near the diamond for all personnel on the Base.

 

Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

O'Keefe, Glorius swept and mopped their office this afternoon for a change. Guess miracles never cease, or else the heat was too much for them. They will tell you that they do this always, but don't let them kid you.

 

5 July 1944, 1st Lt. Krinke from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

Sims has been spreading rumors that we would be home by this Christmas of 1944. Philbin believes he will be home in time to decorate the Christmas tree. Lets hope they are right.

 

6 July 1944, Pfc. Stapleton from Absent Sick, 231st Station Hospital, APO 598 to duty (LD).

 

Pfc. Pirtle from duty to Sick Quarters (LD). Pirtle went to the Dentist at 1330 hours for an appointment and really got worked on for sure. He was in he chair for 3½ hours having a wisdom tooth pulled, so after that he had to be put in Sick Quarters.

 

Capt. Scharding appointed President Of the Post Exchange Council PP #5 Special Order #182, Hqs. Station 139, AP0 559 dated 6 July 1944.

 

7 July 1944, this morning at 0830 hours eight teams inventoried the Base. Each team consisted of one Enlisted Man and one or more Officers. The teams consisted of the following Officers and Enlisted Men.

 

Lt. Krinke, Lt. Terhune and T/Sgt. Philbin, Post, Exchange, Special Service, Station Sick Quarters and 869th Chemical Co.

Lt. Murphy, Lt. Kibble and S/Sgt. Salvo --Site No. 6.

Capt. Scharding, T/Sgt. Sheedy and Cpl. Hodor -- The Perimeter.

Capt. Allen, Lt. Williams, and M/Sgt. Fulton-Site No. 1.

Capt. McLain, Lt. Stephens, Lt. Vail and S/Sgt. Gentle -- Site No. 2.

Capt. Gather, Lt. Currie and T/Sgt. Mbrshall--Site No.3

Lt. Ga1lagher, Lt. Paul and Sgt. O'Keefe -- Site No.4

Lt. Olson, Lt. Joyce and Cpl. Glorius--Site No. 5.

 

Everyone pitched in and helped go through the WAAF Site No. 1. Sure were plenty of rumors going around after the inventory was taken.

 

7 July 1944 Cont'd, the Gas Station boys had a little beer party of their own in the "Park" back of the Station. Also has some duck along with the beer. Latest thing in their department is the purchase of a goat by them to keep the grass down. Jerry said they would be soon cutting the grass, so he got the goat to do the job. They did have some ducks and chickens running around, but as you see they had a feast. What next? Burke took the goat to the Station Sick Quarters for registration and they about fell over when he brought it in.

 

Station Headquarters issued orders today that we would only furnish one guard a night from this date.

 

10 July 1944, Pfc. Pirtle from Sick Quarters to duty (LD).

 

The inventory of the Base was finished today and now the job of getting all the M/R's typed-up and signed is for Marshall. Get on the move Gus my boy.

 

10 July 1944, Sgt. Hanes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #4, Special Order #183, Hqs. Station 139, APO #559 dated 8 July 1944.

 

Under the provisions of AR 600--68, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization are awarded the Good Conduct Medal PP #5, Special Order #185, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 10 July 1944.

 

Pvt. Clark, Pvt. Cudd, Pvt. Pferrman, Pvt. Thompson.

 

11 July 1944, Sgt. Hanes from Detached Service Isleworth to duty.

 

14 July 1944, Private Behr, now on Special Duty with 1285th M.P. Co., transferred to the 1285th M.P. Co., this Station PP #9. Special Order #189, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 14 July 1944.

 

15 July 1944, mail has been very poor for the last week, which always does bring the morale down. The boys are all sweating it out.

 

16 July 1944, Private Ely's discharge papers were started through channels today.

 

17 July 1944, Sgt. Hanes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #5, Special Order #190, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 16 July 1944.

 

The following named Enlisted Man assigned this organization from Det "A", 1245th QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS), PP #2, Special Order #197, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division, APO 559 dated 15 July 1944.

 

Pvt. George C. Holmberg, 35218717

 

17 July 1944 Cont'd, the 1141st softball team played their first game of the league against the 1285th M.P. Co. and beat them by a score of 13 to 2. We were minus three of out best players with Glorius, Andreatta and Burke working or on pass. Browning, Terry and Harnden did a good job in their places though. As usual Clark pitched a good game, striking out 14 men and walking five. Wood knocked a home run in the last of the sixth with 2 on base to help matters out.

 

18 July 1944, Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

The 1141st volley ball team played the 456th Sub Depot and beat them 2 out of 3 games for the first win of the league.

 

At 2230 hours tonight a "Flying Bomb" hit near the base. The best of it was they called Red Alert, but no more than got red called over the Tannoy and the explosion came. Salve sure did get out in a hurry with his equipment on. He was shooting crap and all the boys that were there say it was the fastest they have seen "Commando" Salvo move.

 

Tec 5 Alexander from duty to Sick Quarters (LD).

 

19 July 1944, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization are reclassified as shown below PP#12, Special Order #193, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 19 July 1944.

 

M/Sgt. Fulton from 502 to 821.

T/Sgt. Philbin from 585 to 502.

Tec 3 Gentle from 835 to 821.

Tec 3 Pasma from 835 to 821.

Sgt. Gies from 193 to 194.

ec 4 Browning from 835 to 821.

Tec 5 Harnden from 193 to 194.

Pfc. Constant from 521 to 590.

 

M/Sgt. Fulton and Tec 5 Weiford went out with the Base Rifle team to compete against a British Home Guard team near Harleston.

 

There is rumors around that Pfc. Meyers received a letter from "Ike" today with a promotion to a new rank of Tec 6 Grade. Guess he was talking to the A/1st Sgt. about a promotion, so it came through channels. The stripe is a Pfc. chevron with "T" in it.

 

About two months ago we wrote a letter to Command Performance requesting they have the Andrew Sisters sing "Begin the Beguine" for the QM boys at APO 559. This afternoon Command Performance was rebroadcast over BBC and they had Dinah Shore sing instead of the Andrew Sisters, which was quite all right. They read the nicknames we had signed to it and when they did read "Duckbutter" Griffin everyone in the Studio audience laughed, so Griffin was made a hit on radio.

 

20 July 1944, Sgt. Henes hit a spot in the "Hash Marks" of the Stars and Stripes today. That makes about the third time something has appeared in the paper by him.

 

21 July 1944, Tec 5 Alexander from Sick Quarters to duty (LD).

 

The 1141st softball team played a game with the 351st Bomb Sqd and won by a score of 3 to 2. Was a very close game all the way through.

 

22 July 1944, the 1141st volley ball team had a game with the 1285th M.P. Co. and won on a forfeiture.

 

All the boys chipped in for a barrel of beer to have a party in the Day Room tonight. As usual most of the boys got feeling high and had a good time, O'Keefe got up on the box to make a speech several different times and one thing is certain, you have never heard a good speech until you hear him give one, especially with about nine "Mild and Bitters" under his belt to help out. They were up until all hours of the morning arguing about everything in general. Hut No. 3 had a "Hill Billy" program going on until 0300 hours.

 

23 July 1944, makes it fourteen months on Foreign Service for the Company, and those months went by in a hurry it seems.

 

Captain Scharding received a letter from 2nd Lt. Sine today wanting to know how everything was going with all the boys. We wrote a letter to him and all signed it in answer to his letter. None of the boys that knew "Chief Wahoo" will ever forget the funny incidents that happened while he was with us. His new address is as follows;

 

2nd Lt. Henry H. Sine, Jr., O-1594484

Co. L, 179th Infantry

APO 45, U.S. Army

 

24 July 1944, Sgt. Henes from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP#6, Special Order #197, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 23 July 1944.

 

1st Lt. Krinke from duty to Detached Service, London PP #1, Special Order #198, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 24 July 1944.

 

25 July 1944, Tec 5 Alexander from duty to Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital, APO 551 (LD). Again Available is Unavailable.

 

The Gas Station boys have quite a time with their Nanny Goat. it isn't safe to leave any paper laying around because she will eat them up. They keep her out in the little "Park" back of the Station most of the time. If it were a Billy Goat would sure be mean as the devil the way they treat it. Most everyone is wondering what they will come out with next over there and those boys of Jerry's can be expected to do anything. A good foursome, Burke, Dillon, Crooks and Marsec.

 

26 July 1944, 1st Lt. Krinke from Detached Service to duty.

 

Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

The 1141st softball team had a game with the 28th Station Compl Sqd, and won on forfeiture.

 

Organization received a letter from Station Ordnance stating the Carbines in our Company were in excellent condition from their last inspection.

 

27 July 1944, the 1141st volley ball team had a game with the 100th Bomb Group Hqs., and won by forfeiture.

 

S/Sgt. Bob Myers left today for he 12th RCD and will go home from there. He was really happy about going home to see his wife and his folks too. We sure were glad to have him finish his missions and get back on the right side of the pond. Now we will have to wait and see what he has to say about the USA after getting back.

 

28 July 1944, the 1141st softball team played a game with the 349th Bomb Squadron and got beat by a score of 5 to 2. Really should have won the game, but too many errors.

 

Captain Scharding appointed to investigate and report upon the incidence of injuries sustained by Cpl. Roy W. Webb, 350th Bomb Squadron PP #15, Special Order #201, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 27 July 1944.

 

The following named Enlisted Men assigned this organization from Hqs. 8th Air Force Repl. Control Depot PP #2, Special Order #208, Section I, Hqs. 8th Air Force Repl. Control Depot APO 635 dated 26 July 1944. The ten boys left that started the outfit were sure surprised to see J.B. Lynch (Ex-188th Man). We received a teletype yesterday saying Sgt. J.B. Lynch and four other Enlisted Men would be in today. We all wondered if it could be the J.B. Lynch that was with us in Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana and then left us in Tampa, Florida 19 June 1942. J.B. was sure surprised to find out it was our outfit he was assigned to, because he didn't know we had changed from the 188th QM to 1141st QM.

 

Sgt., Joseph B. lynch, 32203273

Sgt. Eugene Nettleton, 32265973

Cpl. Fred Lachman, 39249446

Pfc. Charles S. Hale, Jr., 34363173

Pvt. Hubert B. Hall, 16134394

 

The Sergeant's Club had a dance in the lounge of the Club with the Century Bombers furnishing the music. Had plenty of food, beer, and scotch, also 25 WAC's, some ATC girls and civilian girls for dancing. A good time was had by all.

 

29 July 1944, Tec 5 Alexander from Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital, APO 551 to duty (LD).

 

The 1141st volley ball game with 1776th Ord. Co. was postponed because of bad weather.

 

30 July 1944, Lt. Joyce appointed "Soldier Voting Officer" for out organization PP #18, Special Order #204, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 30 July 1944.

 

Lt. Joyce, Hodor, Salvo, Fulton, Philbin and Sheedy paid a visit to the boys of the 1238th and 1237th QM Co. at Lavenhan and Sudbury this afternoon. First time we have seen Droll, Paranti, Wagner, Dumolian and Hosford of the 1237th in quite a sometime.

 

Private Ely's discharge papers came back from 3rd Bomb Division. Captain Hosford sent them to Ely's Draft Board for approval in accordance with Par. 42, Change 17, AR 615-360.

 

31 July 1944, Sgt. Henes from Detached Service, Isleworth PP #13, Special Order #203, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 29 July 1944.

 

Another month gone by and another payday rolls around again. This payday the 8th Air Force Bond Drive was on its way, starting 29 July 1944 and running to 3 September 1944, inclusive. Lt. General Doolittle calls it the 8th Air Force Victory Squadron and you get a card signed by him, when purchasing a bond. The favorite slogan around here is , "Did you sign the book."

 

1 August 1944, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization assigned to Special Duty as indicated below PP #5, Special Order #206, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 1 August 1944.

 

Sgt. Joseph B. Lynch, 32203276 - Station Defense

Cpl. Fred Lachman, 39249446 - Station Defense.

Sgt. Eugene Nettleton, 32265976 - Motor Pool.

2 August 1944, Our softball game with Hqs. 100th Bomb Group was postponed until a later date.

 

Philbin received a couple of letters from the Chaplain today and was really in the dumps after reading them. He can't understand what he meant by wondering if the two soldiers in the picture with Pitman were her brothers.

 

3 August 1944, 1st Lt. Joyce and Sgt. Gies from duty to Detached Service, Wakefield PP #7, Special Order #207, Hfqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 2 August 1944.

 

The volley ball team won a forfeiture from the Finance Section. Seems like most of our games are won on forfeiture, but none of the outfits, but one would play.

 

4 August 1944, the 1141st softball team played the APU 592 and Finance Section combined and won by a score of 6 to 2.

 

The Station had bond rally in the Blister Hanger tonight to help raise the quota of $85,000 for our Base. They auctioned off whisky, beer, lipstick, boxes of candy, wrist watches, fountain pens. cigars. eggs. baseball autographed by the "Brooklyn Dodgers" and free cokes for the Duration. Colonel Jefrey bought a bottle of bourbon for $240. and charged Lt. Colonel Price $100. for one shot.

 

Tec 5 Alexander from duty to Sick Quarters (LD).

 

5 August 1944, 1st Lt.. Joyce and Sgt. Gies from Detached Service, Wakefield to duty at 2000 hours. From all reports they had very good trip and not GI's in that country make it quite alright. They took in a couple of dances and there were on six GI's in the place, so you can see it would be a good place to take a furlough.

 

6 August 1944, Tec 3 Pasma from duty to Detached Service, 14 days, SOS, QM Depot, Q-107, APO 554 PP #3, Special Order #208, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 3 August 1944.

 

We had a $50.00 War Bond raffle at 4 Shilling a chance. Raffled it off today in the QM Warehouse and Leonardo won it. Lt. Krinke held the box and Lt. Joyce drew and Philibin called out the number.

 

7 August 1944, the 1141st softball team played the 869th Chemical Co. and lost by score of 1 to 0. It was by far the best game of the year on this Station, nip and tuck all the way through. The game went six inning without a score for either side. First of the seventh they got their one run and last of the 7th we had two men on base, but their pitcher turned up the steam and got out of the hole by striking out the last man up to end the ball game. Clark struck out 12, walked 3; and allowed 3 hits. Their pitcher struck out 12; walked 2; and allowed no hits.

 

8 August 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #8, Special Order #211, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 8 August 1944.

 

The following named Enlisted Man transferred to the 28th Station Compl Sqd. this Station PP #14, Special Order #213, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 8 August 1944.

 

Sgt. Joseph B. Lunch, 32203273

Tec 5 Alexander from Sick Quarters to duty.

 

9 August 1944, Sgt. Denes and Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty. "Doodlebugs" weren't too bad in London this trip, so they say.

 

The 1141st softball team played the 418th Bomb Sqd. and won by a score of 5 to 4. Clark pitched another good game, striking out 9; walking 2; and allowing 2 hits. Box Score -- 1141st - 5 runs; 9 hits; 5 errors. 418th -- 4 runs;2 hits; 3 errors. So far in the league we have played six games; won 4 and lost 2. Have a postponed game with Hqs. 100th to be made up.

 

10 August 1944, Pfc. Thompson from duty to Special Duty with Station Post Exchange PP #6, Special Orders #215, Hqs. Station 139, APR 559 dated 11 August 1944.

 

11 August 1944, M/Sgt. Fulton and T/Sgt. Marshall from duty to Detached Service, 212 N.U. Wembley PP #1, Special Order #216, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 11 August 1944.

 

We had the softball game with the 350th Bomb Sqd. postponed as they couldn't get enough men to play.

 

12 August 1944, M/Sgt. Fulton and T/Sgt. Marshall from Detached Service, 212 N.U. Wembley to duty.

 

13 August 1944, Marshall blew his top about the M/R's today. All the "Old Man" has to do is ask him when he will have the finished and he just goes up in the air. Marshall likes to rass and irritate all of us, but it takes the "Old Man" to give him the business, which is what he likes. Too bad "Blimp", isn't it?

 

The 1141st softball team played the Hqs. Det., 100th BG the makeup game and won by a score of 14 to 5. Burke knocked a home run with two on, Clark knocked a home rum, Wood knocked a home run and Gentle knocked a home run. Clark struck out 7; walked 3; and allowed 4 hits. We got 14 hits.

 

14 August 1944, Sgt. Denes and Tec 5 Weiford from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #9, Special Order #217, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 12 August 1944.

 

Captain Scharding appointed Deputy Voting Officer for our organization PP #11, Special Order #219, Hqs Station 139, APO 559 dated 14 August 1944.

 

The 1141st softball team played the 1776th Ord. and they beat us by a score of 9 to 1, which was really humiliating. We had to hang our heads in shame after that one cause all the boys were off the beam.

 

15 August 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service Isleworth to duty.

 

The radio brought good news today at 1230 hours when they announced the invasion of Southern France.

 

We gave Voting Cards (USWBC Form No. 1) to all Officers and Enlisted Men of the organization at the paytable, 31 July 1944, and had them turned in today to be sent out, but only 17 fellows filled them out.

 

16 August 1944, Had a dance at the Sergeant's club tonight. A Negro orchestra played for the dance because our Century Bombers are on tour at the present time. The Colored boys were good and really put out the jive. Had plenty of eats, also beer and scotch. Always some big-heads the next morning after a night like this. Had WAC's and civilian girls for the dance.

 

17 August 1944, Pfc. Stapleton from duty to Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital, APO 587.

 

18 August 1944, We all sure had a treat tonight when they had Billy Conn's boxing show here to help out the 8th Air Force War Bond Drive. It was something to see him box and the general opinion was that he is very good. Naturally the boys had a round-table discussion on who can whip who now, Conn or Lewis and that is quite the question so it seems. They raffled off a pair of boxing gloves autographed by Billy Conn, which went for #600.

 

Seems about time we had a little story on Griffin's "Blusenose". To keep you straight, it is the Stationary Supply Room that he guards it with his life. Jim has him so well trained you sigh a Tally-out for anything down to a pencil. Everyone gives Griff the razz about it once in a while. If you want to cross :Duckbutter" just bring up the "Blueroom."

 

19 August 1944, Tec 5 Pasma from Detached Service, SOS, QM Depot, Q-107, APO 554 to duty. Pasma had a good time while there, enjoying visiting with all the boys from the other QM outfits like ours of the Division. He was down there for 14 days school to learn the operation of a Depot in all Classes of QM property.

 

They called a Red Alert over the Tannoy at 1500 hours today, but the Buzz bomb had crashed before we heard the alert.

 

20 August 1944, S/Sgt. Salvo from duty to Detached Service, 14 day SOS, QM Depot, Q-107, APO 554 PP #3, Special Order #225, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 20 August 1944.

 

21 August 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service Isleworth to duty.

 

Guard Duty was stopped by order of Major Utley effective this date and really made the boys feel good. Most everyone on the Base was beefing about it and there really wasn't any sense to it, but who are we to know.

 

Seven (7) day furlough authorized effective today per authority, letter Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 21 August 1944. Seems funny to have furloughs again, but didn't do any good for our company cause no one had any money.

 

Seems the morale on the Base was rather high today with the announcement of no more Guard Duty and seven day furloughs in effect.

 

We had to take shots today, a booster Typhus and Cholera. The fellows that didn't have Cholera before coming over had to take the series of two shots, one week apart. There will be sore arms from them for sure, at least the Medics say so and they ought to know.

 

22 August 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec Weiford from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

To this date S/Sgt. Jarrell has 11 missions and S/Sgt. Rohrer has 12. At the present they aren't assigned to a crew cause the ones they were flying with have finished, but both expect to get back to flying soon and want to finish up. We haven't heard anything on Barnhart yet, but are hoping for the best.

 

Pfc. Meyers from duty to Sick Quarters (LD). Seems the shots were too much for Herb, so they put him in bed overnight. Most all the fellows had a fever and sore arms from the shots. This booster Cholera is one of the toughest shots since we have been getting them too.

 

A P-47 crashed on the perimeter this afternoon and just missed the "Checkered Wagon" by two feet or more and right near the crashed Lib near the end of the runway. The pilot was supposed to have bailed out but no one knows for sure yet. (22 August 1944)

 

23 August 1944, Pfc. Meyers from Sick Quarters to duty (LD).

 

Today makes one year and three months on Foreign Service for the outfit. Much longer and we will be getting ETO happy for sure.

 

Great news today when the BBC stated Paris was liberated by Army of the Interior. The news sounds good and keeps us in good spirits.

 

24 August 1944, We have been getting Ice Cream for dinner every Thursday for the past two months. It is really a treat to get in the ETO too.

 

The following is a list of the 3rd Bomb Division Station numbers and location of each"

 

Station 116, Klevdon Hall, Suffolk (Camp Blainey)

Station 134 -- Eye, Suffolk

Station 136 -- Knettishall, Suffolk

Station 137 -- Lavenham, Suffolk

Station 138 -- Snetterton Heath, Suffolk

Station 139 -- Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk

Station 142 -- Deopham Green, Norfolk

Station 152 -- Debach, Suffolk

Station 153 -- Framlingham, Suffolk

Station 155 -- Great Ashfield, Suffolk

Station 153 -- Mendlesham. Suffolk

Station 174 -- Sudbury, Suffolk

Station 468 -- Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk

 

25 August 1944, Clark was picked to play on Station 139's all-star softball team in the 8th Air Force tournament.

 

T/Sgt. Spits and S/Sgt. Tomb were up from Horham (1210th QM Co.) for a visit tonight. Lots of the old times were talked over. The boys down there at Horham have a pretty nice set-up, so they say. They were telling us about S/Sgt. Tracy finishing his 33 missions and had gone home. He got a piece of flak through his bad right leg, so couldn't fly any more missions after 33. Guess he was really limping around down there after getting the flak and you will remember the bad limp he had before going into gunnery.

 

26 August 1944, Under the provisions of AR 600-68 as amended, the following named Enlisted Men of this organization awarded the Good Conduct Medal PP #6, Special Order #231, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 26 August 1944.

 

Sgt. Nettleton, Cpl. Lachman, Pfc. Hale and Pvt. Holmberg.

 

Some of us fellows had 3-pence bracelets ordered from a fellow at Watton Air Base. I met this fellow while in the hospital and that is how it was we were getting them. Well, it took him a little over a month to send then and they didn't satisfy the boys, especially Gentle and Marshall, who will naturally beef at anything. They cost us 15 shillings, but wish he would have charged 11 lbs, and then he would have had something to beef about, I mean Gentle of course.

 

All the boys around the QM Warehouse and of course the other Sections have been wishing the "Old Man" would take a leave cause we think he needs one. Lt. Krinke decided it would be a good idea to fix up a mock order and put it in his basket. You should have seen the expression on his face when he did read it. Sometimes the situation around here gets as far gone as the time when he was sweating out :Little Jerry" coming into the world, so you can plainly see why we advised a leave. Following is a copy of "Special Order" as written;

 

 

 

Restricted

 

HEADQUARTERS ARMY AIR FORCE STATION NO. 139, APO 559

 

Extract 26 August 1944

 

Special Orders

 

Number 231

 

8. A lv of absence for a period of thirty (30) days, is granted CAPT. E.G. SCHARDING, O-299027, 1141st QM Co. Serv Gp, Avn (RS), eff o/a 1 Sept 44, for purpose of visiting a lake near Norwich. (Auth: AR 605-115).

 

By order of Lt. Col. JEFFREY

 

HORACE L. VARIAN, JR.

Captain, Air Corps,

Adjutant.

 

 

 

27 August 1944, O'Keefe, Anctil, Philbin, Hodor, Hall, Pasma, Buchanan and Sheedy paid a visit to the 65th General Hospital to see Stapleton and on the way over dropped in to see Salvo at QM-107. Salve was getting along fine, so he said. Stapleton is getting along fine after his operation, but they had him flat on his back.

 

28 August 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #13, Special Order #232, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 27 August 1944.

 

Lt. Sokolow, Tice, Waite and Chuey of the 1238th QM Co. at Lavenham were over to see us this morning. It was the first time any of them had been up to see us in sometime, so we showed them the new theater and the NCO Club.

 

The 1141st softball team won a game from the 28th Station Compl Sqd. on a forfeiture.

 

29 August 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

1st Lt. Krinke from duty to Leave, 7 days, Edinburgh, Scotland PP #16, Special Order #232, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 27 August 1944.

 

Had a dance at the Sergeant's Club tonight and it turned out a huge success, even though it was so late in the month and all the guys broke. A G.I. Orchestra from 3rd Bomb Division furnished the music. We had 43 WAC's from 2nd and 3rd Bomb Division, also quite a number of civilian girls for dancing. As usual plenty of beer and scotch. Signals were mixed up, so didn't have any eats this time.

 

Capt. Scharding had his plate taken out in the front of his mouth at the 65th General Hospital today, so looked quite different with a couple teeth missing. When he talks he lisps his words and makes you laugh to hear him.

 

30 August 1944, The "Flying Yanks" put on a Musical Show tonight in the Base Theater and were very good from all reports.

 

O'Keefe returned from a 48 hour pass in London and had a good rumor with him. Talked with Easter from the 1238th and he said they had a rumor on their Base about the "Point System", so he gave Mickey the full details. Seems if you have 54 points you go back home and here is how it works. One point for every month in the Army, two points for every month Overseas and six points for a married man. Quite the system, but at that rate we all would be going home. Nice morale builder though.

 

31 August 1944, Another payday has arrived, which means another month gone by and they do go fast too. We had a very good USO show here tonight, no name, but an All Girl Orchestra with Rudy Sinitra directing. They went over with a bang and all the boys enjoyed seeing some nice looking American girls for a change.

 

We had four Buzz Bombs hit near the Base early this morning and brought some of the boys out of their sacks. It is hard to say how close they really were, but close enough to make you stop and think.

 

1 September 1944, Tec 5 Terry, Pfc. Gola and Pfc. Meyers from duty to furlough, 7 days. They had London and Scotland on their furloughs, so intended on doing some traveling.

 

We had some very good entertainment on the Base tonight. Major GLENN MILLER, "The Moonlight Serenader" and the American Supreme Allied Command Band were here for a 1½ hours concert in Hanger No. 2 to help celebrate the ending of the 8th Air Force Bond Drive. Had personnel from three other Bases and two Hospitals near-by over too and was a good thing they had seats for 2000. He really has a good orchestra, quite a few from his old civilian band and some from top name bands now in the U.S. The following were in his band in civilian life:

 

Lt. Don Haynes, Miller's representative.

S/Sgt. Trigger Albert, Base Fiddle.

M/Sgt. Jake Zarchy, First Trumpet.

S/Sgt. Jimmy Priddy, First Trombone.

T/Sgt. Jerry Bray, Arranger.

 

The following are the ones who played in top named bands now playing in the U.S.:

 

T/Sgt. Ray McKinley, Drummer - Own band

Sgt. Carmen Mastren, Guitar - Tommy Dorsey

Sgt. Johnny Desmond, Vocalist - Gene Krupa

Sgt. Bobby Nichols, Trumpet - Vaugh Monroe

 

The twenty piece string section, former soloists and members of Philadelphia, Boston and Cleveland Symphonies weren't able to be here.

 

Had a letter from Lt. Sine written "Somewhere in Southern France" dated 20 July 1944. Says he received the letter from us and was glad to hear everything was going fine. Said to tell everyone hello. Wanted to know if Marshall made Mayor yet of Dickleburgh and Philbin Mayor of Harleston. Said Leonardo shouldn't be too busy with his business at that time cause it was so warm. He was in Italy and visited Rome before going into Southern France with the invasion forces. He mentioned the weather was very nice there, people nice too. Said they received wine and flowers from the girls all the way up.

 

2 September 1944, S/Sgt. Salvo from Detached Service, SOS, QM Depot Q-107, APO 554 to duty. From all reports Salve had a fairly good time during the 14 days there. Said the Irish workers went on strike cause they didn't get potatoes for one meal. The last Sunday he was there they were all in their quarters, which was blocked off by the Chapel. Church was in progress and they couldn't get out to go for fried chicken, so as soon as it was over Salvo parades out of the room and got in the church line with his mess gear. He got to the door, shook hands with the Chaplain and walked right on into the Mess. Valentine (1238th QM) and Caldwell (1230th QM) and the other boys really gave him the razz for it, but Salvo didn't care cause was mainly interested in fried chicken.

 

Have a little story to tell about Anctil that happened sometime ago. Chuck Finnegan, War Correspondent from Boston, Mass., was on the Base and interviewing boys from that section of the U.S. He went to the Commissary and had a talk with Frenchy about the Army and such. Today Frenchy received a letter from his Mother with a clipping from the paper back home. It told about what he thought of the Army etc., so shall quote it here for you. All the boys have been asking him if he is a 30 year man and when the "Old Man" asked him about it, he blew his top. Everyone seems to think he would make a typical 30 year man too.

 

"Likes Army life"

 

Like Sam Lima, Anctil is enthused about Army life.

 

"This is fun," he beamed. "Plenty of company and the work's not hard. I've gone from 122 pounds at induction to 145, and feel great.'

 

"Not only that, but I found a sweetheart when I was stationed at Drew Field, Tampa. Her name is Celia Fernandes, and I'm going to marry her when I get home."

 

Last night before the Major Glenn Miller show started Capt. Hollingsworth had a Nurse from the 65th General Hospital come up on the stage and draw the numbers for the winners in the 8th Air Force War Bond Drive. Sgt, Nettleton was the only one from our outfit to win. Below is the list of winners on the Station as published in a Memorandum from Station Hqs. dated 2 September 1944.

 

 

 

HEADQUARTERS

 

AFF STATION 159

 

APO #559

 

 

 

TO: All Station Personnel.

 

1. Following are the winners of the War Bond Prizes in the 8th Air Force War Bond Drive on this Station.

 

A. Enlisted Men -- (Individual Bombardment Squadrons drawing included)

 

7 day furlough plus 20 lb expenses (donated by Officers and Sergeants Clubs) -- S/Sgt. Frank M. Opala - 340th Bomb Sq.

 

7 day furlough - (highest EM Bond purchaser) - 1st/Sgt. Alexander Alchin - 28th Station Complement Sq.

 

7 day furlough - S/Sgt. Bambing - 869th Chemical Co.

 

7 day furlough - T/4 Altman - 1776th Ordnance Co.

 

4 day pass - Cpl. E. S. Randall - Hq. Detachment 100th Bomb Group.

 

4 day pass - Pfc. Gang - 28th Sta. Comp. Sq.

 

48 hour pass - Sgt. E. Nettleton, 1141st QM Co.

 

48 hour pass - M/Sgt. Hamilton - Hq. Det. 100th Bomb Group.

 

48 hour pass - Pfc. McCarthy, 1776 Ord. Co.

 

48 hour pass - Sgt. R. Parrotte - 2110th Fire Fighting Platoon.

 

24 hour pass - Pfc, Hudson, 869th Chem. Co.

 

24 hour pass - Sgt. Morris - Hqs. Det. 100th Bomb Group.

 

24 hour pass - S/Sgt. Burke - 1776 Ord. Co.

 

24 hour pass - Cpl. L. Guilette 2110th Fire Platoon.

 

B. Officers - (All Station Officers)

 

7 day leave - Lt. Walter E. Harmon - 351st Bomb Squadron.

 

4 day pass - Lt. Francis J. Waldman - 351st Bomb Squadron.

 

48 hour extra pass - Major J. Zeller - 418th Bomb Squadron.

 

2. Following are the Station's contestants for the GRAND PRIZES offered by the 8th Air Force.

 

1st - Sgt. E. Nettleton, 1141st QM Co.

 

2nd - Capt. Charles E. Harris, 418th Bomb Squadron.

 

3rd - Capt. W. W. Mc Gill, Hqs. 100th Bomb Group.

 

3. Prizes for the individual Bomb Squadrons are posted on the Squadron Bulletin Board - Prizes for all other Organizations of this Station are included in Paragraph 1 a. above.

 

4. Drawings for the prizes were held in the organization areas during the afternoon of 1 September 1944 and at the Glenn Miller Show, 1 September 1944.

 

For the Commanding Officer

 

/a/ Horace L. Varian, Jr.

 

/6/ HORACE L. VARIAN, JR.

Captain, Air Corps

Adjutant

 

 

 

3 September 1944, the Officers and Enlisted Men of the 1141st QM Co. contributed the following towards our Base's quota of $85,000. in the 8th Air Force Bond Drive.

 

Quota for this org. ($30. per man) $1470.00

 

Total Cash Bond Sold $2165.00

 

Payroll Deduction $ 420.00

 

Total $2585.00

 

Amt over quota: $1115.00

 

Percentage for org. 165%

 

Cpl. Glorius from duty to Detached Service, Com Z Depotm Q-107, APO 554 PP #6 Special Order #238, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 2 September 1944.

 

4 September 1944, Sgt Henes and Tec5 Weilford from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #4, Special Order #238, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 2 September 1944.

 

"Duckbutter" has been tearing around the QM Warehouse with a pretty sore neck. Has a bad looking boil and we have been trying to talk him into going to Sick Call. He is afraid they will put him in Sick Quarters. Have to add "Stiff Neck" to his nice nickname that he has now. He usually always gives you a nice answer when you call him "Stiff Neck" too.

 

It has been suggested that we have a list of the Officer's Duties, also a list of each Section of the Company, its functions and Enlisted Men working there:

 

Capt. Scharding: Station Quartermaster; Purchasing and Contracting Officer; Rail Transportation Officer; Station Sales Officer; Class I Supply Officer; Company Commander; Post Exchange Concil President; Special Interrogator (S-2) and Officer Club Concil.

 

1st Lt. Joyce: Station Salvage Officer; Class III Supplies; Company Adjutant; Company Supply Officer; Company Defense Officer; Voting Officer.

 

1st Lt. Krinke: Station Property Officer; Class II & IV Supplies; Company Gas Officer and Company Censor.

 

The Headquarters Section has; 1/Sergeant, Supply Clerk, Administrative Clerk, Company Clerk and Cooks. The following men work in this Section: T/Sgt. Philbin (502, A/1st Sgt.) T/Sgt Sheedy (821), S/Sgt. Salvo (821), Pfc. Pirtle (405), Pvt. Ely (060) and Pvt. Holmberg (835).

 

The Class I Supply Section (Commissary) is the food Department. They have a very good set-up for supplying the four Mess Halls of the Base. The following men work in this Section: T/Sgt. Buchanan (NCOIC) Sgt. Browning, Cpl. Andreatta, Pfc. Anctil, Pfc. Pferrman, Pfc. Uhlman and Pvt. Hall.

 

The Class II & IV Supply Section is located in the Old Mess Hall in WAAF Site No.1. There are three offices and warehouses in the one building. The Station Quartermaster is the large office in front. They take care of the ordering of supplies, reports, etc. for the Base QM. The following men work in this Section; M/Sgt. Fulton and T/Sgt. Marshall. The Rail Transportation Office takes care of Requisitions, Travel Warrants, Furlough Rations, etc., and the office is under the supervision of M/Sgt. Fulton. The following men work in this Section; T/Sgt. Sheedy and Pfc. Pirtle. The warehouse had one whole section of the building. Their duties consist of breaking down requisitions, M.I.A. clothing and equipment, salvage clothing, shoe repair, laundry and dry cleaning, cleaning and preserving material, etc. We have one of the best run and nicest looking Warehouses in the ETO according to reports from the higher-ups. As Jim will tell you, "I don't run it, it runs its self," The following men work in this Section; Sgt. Henes, Sgt. Gies, Cpl. Hodor, Cpl., Terry, Cpl. Weiford, Pfc's Clark and Stapleton.

 

The Class III Supply Section, Gas & Oil, is located in one section of the Motor Pool. Their duties are along the same line as an ordinary gas station in civilian life. Order and supply gas & oil for all vehicles on the Base and turn reports in to the Station Quartermaster when required. The Section runs along very smoothly. Jerry has quite the time with his boys and you are liable to hear or see anything from them. The following men work in this Section; S/Sgt. Gerald Pasma (NCOIC), Cpl. Crooks, Cpl. Dillon, Cpl. Marsec, and Pfc's Burke and Meyers.

 

The Class III Supply Section, coal & coke, is located at the Compound across from the Aero Club. Their duties consist of supplying Mess Halls, Ablution and Sites with coal & coke, which is quite the job. During the summer they have a let up but oh, for the winter time. Benny has quite the set-up, having two tents, one for his office and one for work shop where he keeps all the tools, junk, etc. Had quite a time getting it to look like it does now, but really has the place on the beam. Henes painted a sigh for the office tent calling it "Gremlin Manor", which fits perfect. The Old Man, Lt. Krinke and Lt. Joyce hit there around 1000 hours and 1500 hours every day to get their coffee. The following men work in the Section; Sgt. Leonardo (NCOIC) Cpl. Alexander, Pfc's. Constant, Cudd, Gola, Hale and Wuoti.

 

Cpl. Harnden is in charge of the Base Salvage, having a detail from the outfits of the Base, and works in conjunction with Leonardo, because the Salvage Yard is in the same area as the Coal Compound.

 

Sgt. Wood is assigned to Special Duty with Station Billeting Office and is in charge of billeting new Officers assigned this Station and transient Officers.

 

Sgt. Nettleton is assigned to Special Duty with Station Motor Pool for the present time.

 

Pfc. Thompson is assigned to Special Duty with the Station Post Exchange and does have a pretty good set-up. Says he likes the work OK.

 

Cpl. Lachman is assigned to Special Duty with Station Defense and lives out near Battle Headquarters.

 

5 September 1944, Sgt. Denes and Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service to duty.

 

1st Lt. Krinke from 7 day leave, Edinburgh, Scotland to duty. From what he says Scotland is the place to spend a furlough or leave, some very interesting things to see up that way.

 

WAR BOND CAMPAIGN RESULTS, The following are the percentages of War Bond Sales in each organization on the Station based on the present strength of the organization @ $30. each man per Century Bulletin No. 380 dated 5 September 1944.

 

 

 

BOMB SQUADRONS

 

350th 172%

 

351st 152%

 

349th 143%

 

418th 73%

 

 

 

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

 

216th Finance Det., 592%

 

2110th FF Platoon, 367%

 

Hq. Det 100th BG, 312%

 

28th Sta Comp Sqd, 200%

 

1776th Ordnance Co., 167%

 

1141st QM Company, 165%

 

1285th MP Company. 145$

 

592nd APU, 109%

 

869th Chemical Co., 97%

 

 

 

The total War Bond sales on the Station in the Eighth Air Force Campaign, which closed at 2400 hours, 2 September 1944, was $125,870.

 

The percentage of War Bond individual purchasers on the Station was 39%. The Station has achieved total sales of 148% of it's quota, which was $85,000.

 

All the boys are still after the "Old Man" to take his leave, cause figure he is war weary and needs the rest, but he can't see it that way and thinks we are trying it get rid if him, for seven days, now how could he think such a thing!!!

 

The "Old Man" was looking for Marshall today and where do you think he was -- no it couldn't be another pass, could it? Quoting the Old Man, "Every time I turn around Marshall is on pass."

 

6 September 1944, Had grand opening in the Base Theater of the 35 millimeter movie machine tonight and sure does work OK. The have been using the 16mm machine so long it is hard to get use to the idea of having this perfect set-up. The floor being elevated and seats with backs on them, well it's just too good to be true. Can remember back when you would go to a show and have the machine break down two or three time or the film break.

 

We had an Ex-83 Serv Gp Officer in today to see us, Capt. Roberts, formerly Commanding Officer of the 119th Ordnance Co., but he is now with the Air Service Command at Station 138. He married and English girl about six or eight months ago and seems to be very happy about the whole thing.

 

Conway dropped in to see us today ont he way back to his Base. Said he was going to scout Scunt Thorpe for a 7 day furlough. Don't think he even knows where it is located and most of the fellows are betting he won't get out of London once he hits there.

 

7 September 1944, Tec 5 Terry, Pfcs. Gola and Meyers from 7 day furlough to duty. All three of them went to Scotland and had a good time. Terry and Gola came back to London for two days before the furlough ended.

 

M/Sgt. Fulton, T/Sgt. Buchanan and T/Sgt. Sheedy from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

They had a dance at the Sergeant's Club tonight. Had WAC's and civilian girls for dancing. The Century Bombers furnished the music. There was plenty of eats, beer and scotch on hand as usual.

 

10 September 1944, 1st Lt. Krinke from duty to Detached Service, London pp #2, Special Order #245, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 10 September 1944.

 

11 September 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #3, Special Order #244, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 9 September 1944.

 

12 September 1944, 1st Lt. Krinke from Detached Service, London to duty.

 

Sgt. Denes and Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

13 September 1944, Philbin and Marshall had quite the time in Norwich last night on the liberty run. Seems Lt. Joyce was along too and from all reports they missed getting off the train at Diss. Philbin and Marshall got off at Stowmarket and came back, but Lt. Joyce missed getting off and ended up in Ipswich. Two days later Company Punishment came out on the Bulletin Board with a weeks Restriction to Base for Marshall and Philbin. Lt. Joyce also arrived back the next morning too. The boys sure did give Marshall and Philibin the razz about being restricted. You can see what these "Mild and Bitters" will do to a guy.

 

15 September 1944, M/ Sgt. Fulton, T/Sgts. Buchanan and Sheedy from 7 days furlough to duty. All three went to Edinburgh, Scotland and came back to London for two days before returning to Base. Scotland is rally the place to see.

 

Sgt. O'Keefe, Tec 5 Marzec and Pvt. Holmberg from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

16 September 1944, Cpl. Glorius from Detached Service, Com Z Depot, Q-107, APO 554 to duty. He worked in the Subsistence, Clothing & Equipment and Cleaning & Preserving Sections. Says they don't work you too hard, in fact was a nice rest for two weeks.

 

17 September 1944, Very good news this afternoon over the BBC, when they announced at 1545 hours about the 1st Allied Airborne Army landing in Holland. Things do look good now and that sort of helps the morale out.

 

1st Lt. Joyce from duty to Detached Service, 14 days, Com Z Depot, Q-107, APO 554 PP #12, Special Order #260, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 16 September 1944.

 

Sgt. Nettleton from duty to Detached Service, 14 days, Com Z Depot, Q-107, APO 554 PP #12, Special Order #250, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 15 September 1944.

 

Another nice Sunday in the ETO and these are the kind of days what make a fellow want to go home for sure. It was quite the sight to see all the C-47's going across the sky returning from Holland.

 

18 September 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth, PP #2, Special Order #251, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 16 September 1944.

 

The Base is getting ready for the big two day Party celebrating the completion of 200 missions by the 100th and is supposed to be quite the affair.

 

The song "I'll Walk Alone" has played on the American Forces Network, Duffel Bag Program, for 21 days straight and sung by Lilly Ann Carroll with Louie Prima's orchestra. it is the favorite of Pirtle, Jim, Duckbutter, Sims, Mickey, Glorius, Gies and all the other boys. Duckbutter swoons every time he hears it on the radio.

 

The following letter was sent through distribution to all organizations of the 100th Bomb Group.

 

 

 

HDQRS.. 3D BOMBARDMENT DIVISION

 

Office of the Commanding General

 

APO #559

 

16 September 1944

 

200.6

 

SUBJECT : Commendation

 

TO : Commanding Officer, 100th

 

Bombardment Group (H)

 

APO #559

 

1. I wish to extend my most hearty congratulations to all personnel of your station on completion of the 200th mission performed by the Group. During the last 100 missions, your organization has participated in operations which have materially contributed to the successful outcome of the war. Prior to 6 June 1944, you were primarily engaged in defeating the German Air Force and in preparing for the assault on the continent. Subsequent to 6 June 1044, you have supported the ground operations and have intensified the operations against strategic targets in the German homeland. These last 100 missions have been carried out in 151 days, and the delivery of that number of effective attacks in such a short period is a tribute to the teamwork and coordination of your personnel.

 

2. Please extend to all Officers and Men on your station my appreciation for the outstanding work which they have done. Their achievements reflect the highest credit upon themselves and the Army Air Forces as a whole.

 

/a/ E. E. Partridge

 

/t/ E. E. PARTRIDGE

 

Major General, U.S. Army

 

Commanding

 

 

 

19 September 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service Isleworth to duty.

 

T/Sgt.Marshall and Tec 5 Terry from Detached Service , Castle Bromwich, Birmingham and Stone PP #6, Special Order #253, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 18 September 1944. A miracle was performed this morning when they got Marshall out of bed at 0600 hours. Most of the boys in his hut thought a Buzz Bomb must have hit near-by when they saw him up.

 

1st. Lt. Krinke from duty to Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital, APO 587, (LD). Burke had to go to the 65th General Hospital this afternoon and tried to see Lt. Krinke, but they said he had the mumps and was in an isolation ward. The "Old Man" is sweating it out now to see whether he will come down with them.

 

20 September 1944, All personnel of the Base had to attend a meeting in the Sub Depot Hanger No.1 last night at 1930 hours. It was concerning the big Party of the 30th of September and the Chaplains wanted to make a speech about the 2000 women that are supposed to be on the base for two days. It was put to a vote whether to have the girls at the party and most every one was in favor of it, in fact three quarters of the personnel were in favor of it.

 

The 1141st QM Co. has been in operation for two years and five months and still has the same Commanding Officer since it was activated. Also ten Enlisted Men of the original fellows left. Image there are very few outfits like that anywhere.

 

It was rumored around the base that two or three Buzz Bombs passed over here early this morning, and to back that rumor up, the BBC said on the news broadcast that the Germans sent some over.

 

Dillen and Crooks and some of the other boys made a trip to Dickleburgh, as usual had a tough time cycling back to the base. From the way it looks Mayor Marzec and Alderman Crooks lost out in the last election, cause they haven't been going to Dickleburgh quite so often. Philbin and Marshall can leave the base now after their week restriction.

 

The following is the contents of a booklet from Hqs. 8th Air Force, England dated 15 September 1944 on the War Bond Drive.

 

THE BOND-DRIVERS' JUBILEE--Dedicated to the winners of honors and prizes in the Eighth Air Force "VICTORY SQUADRON" War Bond Drive.

 

The Eighth Air Force "Victory Squadron" War Bond Drive !!

 

1. When was it? 29 Aug. - 2 Sept. 1944.

 

2. What were its purpose?

 

a. To foster spirit and unity in the 8th.

 

b. To increase soldier's savings

 

3. Was the War Bond Goal reached? Yes, the announced goal of $6,000,000 was exceeded by approximately $3,000,000.

 

4. What Command exceeded it's goal by the greatest amount? 8th Air Force Service Command reached 156.2% of it's quota - Commanded by Brig. General Donald R. Goodrich. War Bond Officer: Captain William E. Park.

 

5. What Command won second honors: Eighth Fighter Command, with 154.5%, Commanded by Brig. General Francis H. Griswold. War Bond Officer; Capt. James E. Blake.

 

6. What Station exceeded it's quota by the greatest amount? A.A.F. 136, of the 3rd Bomb Division with 276%. Commanded by Col. William B. David. War Bond Officer: Major Donald C. Samuel.

 

7. Who was the runners-up? A.A.F. 152, with 230%; A.A.F. 367, with 209.4%; A.A.F. 105, with 203.4% and A.A.F. 104, with 203.2%.

 

8. What was the largest individual purchase? $30,350. invested by Cpl. Irvin J. Brod.

 

9. How many Stations of the Command failed to reach their assigned quota? NONE!!!, every Station in the 8th Air Force exceeded it's quota.

 

PROGRAM

 

Abbey Lawn 1715 hour here

 

THE U.S. ARMY BAND

 

Playing the type of music for which it is famous !!!

 

PRESENTATION OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

 

Brigadier General J. A. Samford, Deptuty Commander for Administration, representing Lieutenant General James H. Doolittle, Commanding the 8th Air Force, acknowledges the outstanding campaign contribution of the one Command and one Station.

 

PRESENTATION OF THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

The winner completing his call and talking with the person of his choice in America.

 

PRESENTATION OF 2ND GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

The wheel of chance whirls ... someone wins a personal appearance on a radio broadcast to the Unites States.

 

PRESENTATION OF 3RD GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

Eight young men meeting eight young ladies ... "Dinner at Eight," with Bebe Daniels to follow.

 

FINALE OF THE U. S. ARMY BAND.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT; Too much credit cannot be given to the many individuals, staff sections, and Army units, whose enthusiastic assistance in the organization of the "Victory Squadron" War Bond Drive made the endeavor possible. Nevertheless, it is with pride and admiration that the deepest tribute of all is tendered to those who understood the mission with characteristic spirit and determination, and who obliterated the campaign target, as they have obliterated so many other targets ..... to the men and women of this great Air Force.

 

21 September 1944, T/Sgt. Marshall and Tec 5 Terry from Detached Service, Castle Bromwich and Stone to duty.

 

Pfc. Stapleton from Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital, APO 587 to duty.

 

Again last night we has some Buzz Bombs over the Base and land near here. Makes a guy sit up and take notice.

 

22 September 1944, Sgt. O'Keefe, Tec 5 Marzec and Pvt. Holmberg from 7 day furlough to duty. O'Keefe and Marzec went to Torquay, England near Exeter. They sure did build it up as the place to go, had good eats, lots of scotch, nice sleeping accommodations and not many GIs there. To get more details about the 7 days have a confidential talk with Mickey and Lefty. Holmberg went to London and had quite a story to tell.

 

Tec 3 Gentle, Tec 4 Browning and Tec 5 Alexander from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Philbin had quite a discussion with the "Old Man" today and from it he has decided to call him "Daddy" instead of "Old Man" after the lecture he received.

 

Conway dropped in today to see us. Had to come up for some rations cards. He was telling us that he, Easter and Kotick would be going home sometime soon, cause their Personnel Officer called for a list of fellows over thirty-five years of age. We told him not to build too many hopes on such things. He still going to Scunt Thorpe on his furlough. His signature now is M/Sgt. Edward J. Conway, Good Conduct Medal, ETO Ribbon w/3 stars and Presidential Citation.

 

When you want to bring Pirtle to the boiling point, just ask him if he all the filling done -- AR's, WD Circulars, USSTAF Regulations, 8th Air Force Memorandums, etc., in fact he is know as "Filling Pirtle."

 

23 September 1944, The report on Lt. Krinke having mumps was false, cause we called him at the 65th General Hospital and he doesn't have them, so isn't in insolation ward. His sister had called him last night, so gave her his number.

 

Henes had quite the masterpiece. Had a picture taken down in London of himself with a fatigue hat and coat on and holding a book entitled "Post War Laundry" by A. Wringer.

 

"Papie" Fulton had some mail from his "Dot" and what do you think he said, "You know what? She loves me." and that is what he always says everytime a blue and white envelope comes through.

 

Lt. Cohen, who was Finance Officer at Great Ashfield, was transferred to this Base and Capt. Isaacman has been transferred to Mendlesheim. Lt. Cohen is an Ex-83rd Serv Gp Officer.

 

24 September 1944, Sims has finally declared he would like to be a thirty year man and asked for an application to re-enlist after the Duration plus six months. "I like this Army life," Sims said. Congratulations Sims on your being so patriotic.

 

They had a tea dance at the Sergeant's Club from 1700 to 2200 hours tonight. Plenty of scotch, beer and eats on hand, in fact Marshall and Salvo made over 500 sandwiches. When the party was over you couldn't find anything to eat after those civilian gals got through going through the sandwiches, cookies, cake, etc.. The WAC's and civilian girls were in full force and the Century Bomber furnished the music for dancing. A good time was had by all from all reports.

 

25 September 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #1, Special Order #258, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 23 September 1944.

 

The main topic on the Base and probably in the whole ETO at the present time is the Demobilization Program the War Department has out, especially after last weeks Yank came out with the full details. Everyone is confused about the whole thing and no one seems to know what it is all about. When the discharge is in our pocket we shall believe we have been demobilized. There are plenty of discussions and arguments about the whole plan around the huts at night.

 

We had one Buzz Bomb go over last night around 2200 hours and two more Red Alerts this morning early.

 

We really had a good shake-up tonight around 1900 hours when the Germans let a V-2 rocket land about two miles from here, near where the Colored boys are stationed. Of course there was plenty of rumors flying about as to what it was, some thought a B-24 or English plane had crashed, some thought a Buzz Bomb landed. It sure did make the fellows get on the move when it hit, cause some went under the beds and others just stood in their tracks not knowing what to do.

 

Burke and some of the boys were talking last night about an incident that happened two months ago or so, when O'Keefe was on a pass in London. As anyone knows, anyone can get on a box in Hyde Park, London and give a speech. Well Mickey got on his box and started giving a speech, but hadn't gone very far when some Major came along and put a halt to it. The boys did get quite a laugh from that and gave him the razz.

 

26 September 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

3rd Bomb Division Special Order #266 dated 22 September 1944 came through and had S/Sgt. Blaine and Tec 4 Kolb (Ex-188th Men) going back to the US. They are both married, have one child and have been over here in the ETO two years, so that is how they were sent back on the rotation plan.

 

1st Lt. Krinke from Absent Sick, 85th General Hospital, APO 587 to duty.

 

27 September 1944, Pfc. Stapelton from duty to furlough.

 

Talked to S/Sgt. Jarrell today and he has 22 missions and S/Sgt. Rohrer has 12. Jarrell hopes to finish soon and orders. is trying to got on crew.

 

1st Lt. Krinke went to London on business for the big two day Party this coming week-end, but was not on orders.

 

We had three explosions today at different times and lt. is rumored that the V-2 is going again.

 

Our Dear 1/Sgt. Sgt. Philbin made a very broad statement today when he told us he wanted to stay in England for quite awhile. Seeing that he was born in Liverpool says he would like to go back there and open up a "Fish and Chip" Joint. He would really hit the spot there if he had a mustache and got a nice big pipe. According to the Yank he can be discharged right here on the spot, so we shall see about it. Could it be he has had trouble with the fairer sex in the U.S.?

 

28 September 1944, We have been watching the program Duffel Bag on American Forces Network for the request Gentle sent in. Ho wanted the song "I'll Walk Alone" played for Sgt. Duckbutter Griffin cause everytime Duckbutter hears it he swoons.

 

The following named Enlisted Man of this organization promoted to Sergeant as of the 25 September 1944 PP #1, Special Order #263, Hqs. Station 139, AP0 559 dated 28 September 1944.

 

Tec 5 Elva J. Crooks

 

1st Lt. Krinke returned from his London trip today and seems that he took care of all the business for the party.

 

29 September 1944, Another payday has rolled around., We were paid today instead of the 30th because of the party.

 

Tec 3 Gentle, Tec 4 Browning and Tec 5 Alexander from 7 days furlough to duty. They spent their 7 days in London and vicinity. All three of them came back with souvenirs, etc., to send home. From what they said really had a good time and saw quite a few late shows.

 

The following named Enlisted Man of this organization transferred in grade to the Det A. 1285th M.P. Co., Station 139, PP #6, Special Order #264, Hqs Station 139, APO 559 dated 29 September 1944.Pvt. George C. Holmberg

 

Sgt. Crooks had to attend a Security Lecture in Lt. Col. Jeffrey's office today at 1000 hours. Everyone had to have one before going back to the US. There isn't a guy in the outfit that wouldn't like to be getting a Security Lecture today.

 

Four Buzz Bombs went over early this morning and on was only about 150 feet in the air. It even shook the Huts a little bit when it went over. The new name for this place is now "Buzz Bomb Alley". Had two more during the day and one after chow tonight.

30 September 1944, 1st Lt. Joyce from Detached Service, Com 2 Depot, Q-107, APO 554 to duty. He didn't have much to say about his 14 days Detached Service, but did state it was a nice rest for sure. cause there wasn't much to do over there. He did invite a few of the girls from the offices to the party.

 

Sgt. Nettleton from Detached Service, Com 2 Depot, Q-107, APO 554 to duty. He had about the same thing to say as Lt. Joyce - was just a good rest.

 

Three Buzz Bombs went over today and landed somewhere near here. This place is really getting to be "Buzz Bomb Alley" for sure. One of these days we are going to be getting nervous in the service.

 

S/Sgt. Jarrell told us today he had 25 missions in and thought he was finished, but didn't know for sure.

 

200 MISSION PARTY -- Today was the beginning of our big two day party in celebration of 200 missions completed by the 100th Bomb Group. The party commenced at 1000 hours with the Carnival in progress and the Special Service had a field meet going from 1000 to 1500 hours, consisting of the following; 100 yd. dash, football punt, distance: horseshoe pitching, 2 man team; three legged race, 25 yds.; barrack bag race, 25 yds., football pass, backward race, box race, tether ball, jeep race - 2 men pushing and one riding, 50 yds., 50 yd. dash, bicycle race around the perimeter, broad jump......etc. The Carnival was open until 1830 hours and was quite the affair, of course nothing as good as in the USA. ... About two weeks ago we sent invitations to all the old members of the Company to attend. They started rolling in around 1500 hours today, Philbin had double-decker bunks set up in the Day Room for at least 25 f ellows.

 

The following Officers and Enlisted Men attended the party.

 

1238th QM Co., Avn (BS): Capt. Banks, M/Sgt. Conway, T/Sgts. Tice and Tschappat, Sgt. Chuey, Cpls. Brown, Davis, Easter, Meady, Roden, Wright and Kotick.

 

1237 QM Co., Pfcs. Droll & Dumolein.

 

1239th QM Co., T/Sgts. Weedn & Smith, Sgt. Bolet and Cpl. Wilder.

 

1210th QM Co., T/Sgt. Hays, S/Sgt. Tomb, Sgt. Melvin, Cpls. Corboy, Daugherty, Wharton and Pfc. Streitenberger.

 

1211th QM Co., Pvt.. James R. Dolan.

 

Hq & Hq Sqd. 3rd Bomb Division, Cpl. Mack Rosenfeld.

 

Gentle's hometown buddy, Whittaker, from Lavenham, AAF Station 137 was over too. Buchanan's buddies, Weber and Carmine, from QM Depot, Q-107 were over for Saturday night and Sunday.

 

They all started right in with our boys to make a time of it. Around 1630 hours Lt. General Doolittle and Major General Partridge arrived with an escort to Lt. Colonel Jeffrey's Headquarters in the Carnival area. General Doolittle inspected a Platoon of M.P.'s on duty and then autographed 10 shilling notes for quite a few of the boys. At 1710 hours the big barbecue was in progress. The meat would have been delicious if it had been cooked better. It was really something to see the girls dig into the steaks, buns, ice cream and hot-dog, etc. The dancing started in the No. 2 hanger at 1900 hours for the Enlisted Men with "The Century Bombers" and "Flying Yanks" furnishing the music. They had around 1,500 women on the base, WAC'S, ATS, WAAF''s, WREN's and civilian girls from London, Newmarket, Norwich, Lovestoft, Yarmouth, Cambridge, Ipswich, Bungay, Harleston, Diss, etc. The dance lasted until 0130 hours for the Enlisted Men. The Officer's dance was in the Ground Officer's Club and no one seems to know when it ended.

 

Marshall had quite the time getting Conway back from the dance to our site, which is a good two miles. Finally had to call the Medics and get and ambulance. Conway was really going and seemed like old times having him here. With Hays, Marshall, Conway and Dolan together, well it really was a raring foursome.

 

1 October 1944, The Party is still in progress today. Of! course most = until time to go to Protestant Services at 1000 hours or Mass at 1100 hours. Quite a few of the boys after getting up just started right out celebrating again. Had ad real good dinner of steak which went overt O.K.. with the GIs and women. The Carnival didn't open up until 1000 hours this morning and would close down at 1600 hours this afternoon. Had a Tea Dance at the Sergeant's Club from 1400 to 1600 hours this afternoon for all 1st Three Grades and anyone below that rank that had a date. Tonight after chow some of the boys in our outfit and the old members went down to the Four-Horseshoes (Pub) near here and made their own party.

 

The 1776th Ord. won the Field Meet on Sat which brought them five barrels of beer as prizes The Party was a fairly good success from what everyone says. The following are figures of what it took to make this Party: 40,000 cookies, 21,000 rolls, a cake weighing overt 200 lbs. 33 gallons oaf Ice cream 5500 lbs. steak, 3405 lbs. pork loin and 935 lbs. hot dogs. It was estimated the Party cost between $12,000 and $15,000 Quite a few of the boys lost their canteen cups during the course of the Party.

 

It was really swell to have seen and talked with quite a few of the old members of this Company. Would be nice to have a reunion of everyone that was in this organization after the duration or would it?

 

We had a letter from McCurry today and ho is Still at MacDill Field Tampa, Florida, living in Tampa with his wife. Seems to be getting along O.K.. now and sweating out the end of this thing. Had been in the hospital with a sore back, but was back on duty when writing this letter.

 

The little Emerson radio I bought from a lady on the Base in July 1943 has been running now for on year and four months. We have had two speakers on it, one to the QM Warehouse and one to the Rail Transportation Office for nearly a year now.

 

2 October 1944, S/Sgt. Salvo, Cpl. Andreatta and Pfc. Wuoti from duty to furlough 7 days.

 

Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth PP #8, Special Order #264, Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 29 September 1944.

 

Tec 5 Sims from duty to Detached Service, 14 days, Com Zone Depot Q-107, APO 554 PP #8, Special Order #265, Hqs Station 139, APO 559 dated 2 October 1944.

 

The following named Enlisted Man of this organization transferred to the CP, 70th Repl. Depot, AAF, reporting to the CO, AAF Station 579, without delay to await transportation to the Zone of the Interior for implementation of Very Heavy Bombardment Program PP #2, Special Order #278, Hqs. 3rd Bomb Division APO 559 dated 26 September 1944.

 

Sgt, Elva J. Crooks, 35442745

 

2 October 19 The follows were all glad to see Crooks got his chance to go home. He got to see quite a few of the boys before leaving when they were up to tee two Party. Mickey O'Keefe is sweating out going home now.

 

...Summary of softball season for 1944. Games win 8" games lost 6. We played six games in the league, winning 4 and losing 2. :Lover" Glorius states that we will have a much better team next year, but where will we be playing is the question, China, India or some Pacific island.

 

3 October 1944, Pvt. Ely's discharge papers came back today from his draft board with a disapproval on them. Guess he will have to sweatout the over 38 rotation plan.

 

Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

Pvt. Ely from duty to AWOL 0001. Seems he got pretty well oiled at the party and took off cause last he was seen was Sunday morning.

 

We had two more explosions during the day. Everyone is arguing whether they were V-2's or Buzz Bombs.

 

We had another loud explosion tonight and as always it was a question whether it was V-2 or a Buzz Bomb. Whatever it makes you sit up and take notice alright.

 

4 October 1944, Pfc. Stapleton from 7 days furlough to duty. Stapleton took his furlough right at this time because of his recent operation and couldn't do much work. Spent his seven days between Grimsby and London.

 

My radio broke down this morning, so Lt. Krinke took it to the radio shop on the base. They tested the tubes and it was the tube 50L6GT. The "Old Man" had the radio apart about 8 months ago and said then the tube was weak and we should get a new one.

 

They have been trying to get all the women off the base since the party last weekend and finally succeeded today. Of course the big majority had left on Sunday night, but some of the girls from London were still around.

 

We had another explosion around 1500 hours this afternoon. Also an explosion at 1740 hours, but again no one knew definite whether it was Buzz Bomb or V-2. One thing for sure they shake the building around here.

 

5 October 1944, Today seemed to be the worst yet for the V-2 or Buzz Bombs...explosions at 0130, 1100, 1615 and 2000 hours.

 

6 October 1944, Lt. Joyce from duty to Detached Service, London PP #11, Special Order #268,Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 5 October 1944.

 

Tec 3 Pasma, Tec 5's Harnden and Hodor from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Again today we had explosions at 0930 and 1450 hours...making us Buzz Bomb happy.

 

7 October 1944, Capt. Scharding sent out WD, AGO Form #45 (Descriptive list of absentees wanted by the US Army) on Pvt. Ely today after his being gone 5 days per ETO Cir #95.

 

Explosions today...0800, 0930 and 1030 -- thought to have been V-2's.

 

8 October 1944, 1st Lt. Joyce from Detached Service to duty.

 

They had a Tea Dance at the Sergeant's Club today from 1700 to 2200 hours. WAC's and civilian girls were there for dancing. The Century Bombers furnished the music.

 

Pvt. Ely from AWOL to arrest in confinement, Station Guard House, 1300 hours 8 October 1944. Philbin happened to be going to Diss around 1230 hours and say Ely standing by the Four Horseshoes Pub. He stopped and told Ely that he would see him back to the Guard House. The best part about it was Philbin asked Ely for two pence to call the Guard House ... so they could pick him up. All the boys have been razzing him about being the "meanest First Sergeant" in the ETO. It was suggested we send the incident into the Stars and Stripes to be printed in the column Hash Marks ...

 

Pirtle was on Guard Duty from 1800 to 2200 tonight and at 2000 hours he said a Buzz Bomb went over, Red Alert called...

 

The World Series being on, all the boys have their ears right up to the radios these nights, so they won't miss a play. ...Betting pools...

 

Talked to S/Sgt. Jerrell tonight and he has finished 29 missions, so is through, but if he wants his D,F.C. will have to fly one more mission. Said he thought he might try it before going home.

 

9 October 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weiford from duty to Detached Service Isleworth...

 

Pfc. Hale place on Special Duty with De. A, 1285th M.P. Co. this station for approximately four days...

 

Capt. Scharding put in Court-Martial Charges on Pvt. Ely this morning. Extracts of Morning Report of 3 and 8 October 1944 and Certificates were submitted. This is the first Court-Martial for the company since it was activated.

 

S/Sgt Salve, Cpl. Andreatta and Pfc. Wuoti from 7 days furlough to duty. Salve went to London, Southampton and Bournemouth. From what he says Bournemouth is the place to go for a good vacation. Imagine he could give you some of the finer details about it when talking in private with him. Andreatta spent a couple of days in Reading visiting with some buddies from his home town and the rest of the time in London. Wuoti spent all 7 days right in London. They ran into quite a few of the old boys while down there.

 

We has more Buzz Bombs or V-2's at 0039, 0530 and two at 1045 hours today.

 

10 October 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weilford from Detached Service. Isleworth to duty.

 

Most all of the boys were up or at least laid in bed and heard the three Buzz Bombs go over this morning around 0500 hours. It is a funny feeling to lay there and wonder whether they will keep going or not.

 

Courts and Boards Offices talked to Capt. Scharding about Ely and have decided to try and have him discharged as a Section 8, so the Court Marshall charges have been dropped for the present time. It will at least keep the Company clear of Court Martial records.

 

All the fellows were sorry to hear that 1st Sgt. "Pat" Patterson of the 456th Sub Depot having a heart attack this morning. Most of us have known Pat for about two years now and he is one swell fellow.

 

11 October 1944, Sgt. Jerrell was in today and said he finished his missions on Monday, 9 October 1944, and was in for the DFC, also going home sometime during the next month. S/Sgt. Rohrer has 12 missions yet, but will not fly on the crew that Jarrell finished up with.

 

12 October 1944, Pvt Ely from Arrest in Confinement to Absent Sick, 65th General Hospital APO 587.

 

Clark had a letter from the Red Cross today wishing him a happy birthday and it was signed by Betty, Dot and Hilda. He sure took a beating over that and would like to catch the guy that signed his name on the Bulletin Board at the Red Cross.

 

One of the main topics of discussion around here now, along with Demobilization is the "Army of Occupation." Most all the fellows are wondering who will be picked for that. Now take Terry and Gies for instance, they would like to join up for the Army of Occupation, if there is enough guys like that over here, then maybe the rest of us fellows can go back to the good Ole USA.

 

13 October 1944, Tec 3 Pasma, Tec 5's Harnden and Hodor from 7 days furlough to duty. Pasna spent most of his time in Torquay, which is like a summer resort back home. He agreed with O;Keefe and Marzec about it being the best place to go for a furlough. Harnden spent most of his time in Cambridge and Bedford. A buddy of his from back home, Charlie O'Connor is stationed at Kettering, near Cambridge, so he spent quite a bit of time with him. Hodor spent all his time in London and came back to Camp two days early. Guess it must have been too much for him...

 

Sgt. Leonardo, Tec 5 Dillon and Pfc. Anctil from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Friday the 13th today, and most everyone took it easy, seeing they didn't want anymore bad luck for themselves...being in the ETO is enough.

 

14 October 1944, Had three Buzz Bombs go over around 2145 hours last night and they were very low. Another one came over at 03330 hours this morning and was really low and going slow, too darn low and slow.

 

Tec 5 Sims from Detached Service, 14 days, Com Zone Depot, Q-107, APO 554 to duty. To hear him talk you would think they worked him to death, cause said he didn't have time to even think, but seeing we know Sims we knew better than that and from what the other boys that have been there said, it isn't too hard. Sims met a "limey" over there by the name of John Sims and really thought that was great. Lloyd C. would make a typical "limey" alright.

 

Lt. Krinke's sister, who is in the American Red Cross at a General Hospital over here in the ETO, arrived her last night for a three day visit. She was down at the QM Warehouse "inspecting Installations" for awhile today and Lt. Krinke introduced her to quite a few of the fellows. She told us about coming over on the "Mariposa", which is quite the coincidence, cause that is the ship Lt. Krinke and the rest of us came over on. She has only been over around a month and one half now, but doesn't mind the ETO too much,

 

Tonight around 2000 hours when Pirtle and I were coming from the Sergeant's club we saw quite a bit of ack ack going up in the air over near Great Yarmouth, at least in that general direction, and watched until we saw a big explosion. They must have hit a Buzz Bomb because there was a big explosion in the air. Really was a sight to see.

 

15 October 1944, Sgt. Gies from duty to Detached Service, 14 days, Com Zone Depot, Q-107, APO 554 PP #6, Special Order #277 Hqs. Station 139, APO 559 dated 14 October 1944.

 

The Base Officers had a Tea Dance in the Officer's Club today from 1700 to 2200 hours. It worked out just right for Lt. Krinke's sister by coming this weekend. From all reports a good time was had by all, which is always the case.

 

Conway called today and was telling us about his furlough. Said he and Tschappet went to Scunt Thorpe and stayed there 7 days. Scunt Thorpe has a population of 50,000 or more and is really alright so Ed says. Ed and Tschappet saw four other GI's besides themselves the whole 7 days. From what he said they sure did have a good time and if you know Conway...could understand alright.

 

We have been talking about V-2 landings around here lately, but to date the British Air Ministry have not released to the Press that the Germans are using it. We know for sure that one V-2 landed in England, because it really shook all of us.

 

We were talking today how swell it will be to be back home and won't have to lay in bed in the morning listening to the roar of the motors from the B-17's when taking off and overhead forming formations. Sometimes they start "Warming up" the engines at 0300 hours and the noise keeps up until around 0800 hours.

 

16 October 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weilford from duty to Detached Service Isleworth. (Pick up Laundry)

 

We received a change of address card from Cpl. Crooks, which read, 509 Cemetery Road, Martins Ferry, Ohio, so guess he must be shipping back home very shortly.

 

The following named Enlisted Men of this organization gave a pint of blood to the Medical Organization on the base today, which was to be flown to the Western Front within 24 hours, to be given to the wounded.

 

M/Sgt. Fulton, T/Sgts. Marshall, Philbin and Sheedy, Sgt. Nettleton, Cpls. Harnden and Lachman and Pfcs. Clark, Cudd, Gola and Wuoti.

 

Conway and Sara up to see us today for a short time, they didn't have much to say -- going along just the same as we are here.

 

17 October 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weilford from Detached Service, Isleworth to duty.

 

"Mickey" O'Keefe had three teeth pulled today and it really did put him out of circulation for a couple of days.

 

S/Sgt. Pasma gave a pint of blood to the Medical Organization on the Base today, because he wasn't here on the tenth...

 

T/Sgt. Marshall was appointed :House Manager" of the NCO Club today...

 

Philbin picked up a phonograph record player from Special Services today, most of the fellows are going to buy a couple of records a piece to build up the stock.

 

18 October 1944, we had two explosions at 2200 hours tonight and everyone figures they were V-2's.

 

The following is a letter from Hq 8th Air Force date 4 October 1944, distributed to all organizations and it's members on this station:

 

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH AIR FORCE

 

Office of the Commanding General

 

APO 634

 

4 October 1944

 

SUBJECT: Commendation

 

TO : Commanding Officer, All Organizations, Eighth Air Force

 

It is indeed most gratifying for me to transmit to you and the members of your command the attached letter, both of which are self explanatory.

 

I feel sure that each member of this Air Force will be proud of these letters and I know that we all realize the responsibility which rests upon us in rendering support to the forces under General Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander.

 

It us my wish that this correspondence be reproduced by Station Commanders for Organizations Commanders and copies be furnished then for distribution to each member of their command.

 

J. H. Doolittle

 

Lt. Gen. Commanding

 

2 incls:

 

#1 - Letter from Gen Eisenhower to Gen Spaatz.

 

#2 - Letter from Gen Spaatz to Gen Eisenhower.

 

SUPREME HEADQUARTERS

 

ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

 

Office of the Supreme Commander

 

28 September 1944

 

Dear Gen Spaatz;

 

By direction of the Combined Chief's of Staff the U.S. Strategic Air Forces are no longer operationally responsible to the SHAEF Headquarters. Nevertheless this whole Command will continue with entire confidence to look to Gen Doolittle and the Eighth Air Force for the same type of prompt and effective cooperation as that organization has constantly exhibited throughout the preparatory stages of the invasion as well as during it's actual execution.

 

The Strategic Air Forces have not only answered every call made upon them, cheerfully, promptly and effectively, but have taken the lead in discovering new means and methods whereby they could help toward the attainment of common objectives.

 

I hope that every member of the Strategic Air Forces may have personal assurance of my lasting gratitude and will realize that this whole command feels indebted to them for examples of unexcelled courage, skill and perfection in cooperation.

 

With warm personal regards,

 

Dwigth D. Eisenhower

 

 

 

HEADQUARTERS

 

UNITED STATE STRATEGIC AIR FORCES IN EUROPE

 

Office of the Commanding General

 

APO 633

 

30 September 1944

 

Dear General Eisenhower;

 

The expression of your organization for the work of the Strategic Air Forces contained in your letter of September 28th will be deeply appreciated by every Officer and Man in that organization. You knew, I am sure, how much I personally value the commendation you have given to the personnel under my command.

 

During all the long days of the Air assault against Germany leading up to the invasion itself, you appreciation of the values of strategic bombing made it possible for us to do this part of our job. I am sure I express the feelings of my entire command when I say that they are proud to have been able to make this contribution to the success of your ground forces.

 

By decision of the Combined Chiefs of Staff the Strategic Air Forces are no longer operationally responsible to you. Regardless, however, of any chain of command which may be set up, I know that you realize that you can count not only the same full measure of support you have enjoyed in the past, but that the strategic forces under my command will redouble their efforts to see that every possible support is given to your forces.

 

Every member of the Strategic Air Force will be proud to receive your expression of gratitude which I am passing on to them.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carl Spaatz

 

 

 

19 October 1944, Station 137, Lavenham, had quite a time yesterday when a Buzz Bomb landed right beside their base and shook things up. Conway called and told us about it and from his report it was rather close.

 

Cpl. Kotick, 1238th QM Co., Lavenham, former member of this organization, received orders to go home for over-age. Really seems funny to see a guy going home that has been over here the same length of time we have, but that is the Army. All the boys were glad to hear he got to go.

 

They have a drive on the Base now concerning proper dress. So many Officers each day are out to see if everyone is dressed in the proper military manner.

 

All the Officers on the Base have been kidding Capt. Scharding about the "Invasion Wire" around the Coal Compound next to the QM Warehouse. The call it "Scharding's Beach=head."

 

20 October 1944, Sgt. Leonardo, Tec 5 Dillon and Pfc. Anctil f rom 7 days furlough to duty. Seems Benny and Dillon went to Durham, England and really had a good time. "French" spent most of his time in Norwich because he sort of has some interest in a Bus Company there. To hear the full story have a confidential chat whit him.

 

T/Sgts. Marshall and Philbin from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

The following is a piece from the column "Hash Marks" of the Stars and Stripes today and we all believe it concerns our First Sergeant.

 

"The QM boys had a man AWOL, see, and their 1/Sgt., on his way to town saw this AWOL, standing along the road, not harming anybody, only waiting for a hitchhike in a nice way. Well, OK -- It's the Army -- the AWOL gets picked up by the 1/Sgt. But this 1/Sgt. didn't have a twopence to phone the base for the MP's to come after the AWOL. So, he, and this is the word of the QM boys, who ought to know, to throw the AWOL in the clink the 1/Sgt. asks the AWOL for twopence. We are waiting, QM boys:

 

1. To hear exactly what the AWOL replied to the 1/Sgt.

2. To print it.

 

Twenty-two of us received shots today, Cholera, Typhus and some Tetanus. There will be some sore arms after this for sure.

 

Pvt. William W. Ely, 35453335, transferred to Det. of Patients, 65th General Hospital PP #1, Special Order #276, Hq 65th General Hospital dated 17 October 1944. Ely was quite the problem to the organization. He joined the outfit 7 May 1944 and had quite a bad record to start out with. Had six Court Martial; one year and four months bad time to make up and hadn't been paid since 31 October 1942. Capt. Scharding had a talk with him the first day and he promised then he would stay on the beam. He started cooking in the Ground Officer's Mess and really did some good work, but that is the best Mess on the base to work in. He got to drinking too much and they finally had to move him to the EM Consolidated Mess so he wouldn't get near the liquor. During this period Ely had been Restricted to the Base one week for an offense and received one week of hard labor for an offense. The downfall for Ely was the 200 Mission Party. He went AWOL on Monday after the party and didn't show up until six days later when Philbin found him down by the Four Horseshoes. Put him in the Guard House and was to get a Court-Martial, but they finally sent him to the 65th General Hospital for observation on Section VIII.

 

21 October 1944, we haven't had an explosion in the last couple of days, so maybe we can rest a little easier.

 

The weather has been terrific lately, raining day in and day out, with some fog along with it. Makes a fellow lonesome when the rain falls on these tin roofs.

 

22 October 1944, the NCO Club had a Tea Dance commencing at 1700 hours. The usual amount of food, coca cola, beer and scotch on hand for the GI's and girls to consume.

 

Salvo, Pasma, Hodor, Dillon, Marzec and Myers went down to Horham this afternoon to watch the demonstration of the bazooka.

 

Capt. Banks and Conway were up to see us today. Conway is growing a mustache now and says he is going to let it grow until the let him go home,

 

23 October 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weilford from duty to Detached Service, Isleworth.

 

You could tell winter was coming on because today coke was officially put in use...

 

24 October 1944, Sgt. Henes and Tec 5 Weilford from Temporary duty Isleworth to duty.

 

We had another Carbine inspection today. Have been having one a month.

 

We had touch football practice tonight before it got dark. The following men played....

 

The whole Base was restricted from 0600 hours today.

 

25 October 1944, The restriction was lifted at 2400 hours today. The main reason for the restriction was picking up AWOL's and deserters...

 

Tonight around 2000 hours you could see anti-aircraft gunners shooting at the Buzz Bombs coming over the Coast. We saw one Buzz Bomb hit in the air and explode -- really made a big flash.

 

Tec 3 Pasma from duty to Temporary Duty, AAF Station 520, Melton Mowbray. Attend bazooka school.

 

26 October 1944, Lt. Krinke, Gentle and Hodor went hunting today. Lt. Krinke knows some farmer nearby with quite a bit of land for them to roam on.

 

Capt. Scharding took a day off and went to Lavenham, AAF Station 137, with Capt. Murphee to pay them a visit. First time he left the base in quite a while. All the boys do agree he needs a leave for recuperation very much.

 

We had another practice session of touch football tonight and most all the boys turned out. Gets dark so quick not it is hard to get much done when going out after chow.

 

27 October 1944, T/Sgts. Marshall and Philbin from 7 days furlough to duty. They took a trip to Belfast, Ireland and really had a good time. Only took 17 hours to get there, which was good time. They can tell you some interesting tales of their adventure if you get them cornered.

 

Cpl. Glorius, Tec 5 Weilford and Pfc. Constant from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Weiford had a letter from Bob Myers. He was at home in West Virginia on three week furlough with is wife. Really having a great time, so he said.

 

28 October 1944, Tec 3 Pasma from Temporary duty, Station 520, Melton Nowbray, Leicester to duty. Jerry said the school was fairly good and they did show them all plenty about the bazooka.

 

Sgt. Gies from Detached Service, QM depot, Q-107 to duty. Ralph worked in the clothing and equipment warehouse most all the time while there. From what he said, had a good time, into Ispwich every night during the week, back to the Base here on the week-end and into Stowmarker one night. He could probably tell you more of the finer details if you ask him.

 

S/Sgt. Jarrell was into the office today to get his travel warrant to Stone. Was really happy about going home.

 

29th October 1944, They had a Tea Dance at the Officer's Club tonight, commencing at 1700 hours.

 

1141st touch football team had a practice game with the 350th Bomb Squadron, which was called off because of rain, after a half hour of playing. They were ahead 12 to 0 at the time.

 

30 October 1944, Sgt. Henes and Sgt. Griffin from Temporary Duty, Isleworth to duty.

 

The warehouse boys worked until 2100 hours tonight on the turning in of Articles. All outfits had to turn in Articles, which were to be sent to the Continent for immediate issue.

 

Another payday - most of the guys will be saving their money for Christmas.

 

Looks like there will be no touch football because it is so hard to get all the fellows together.

 

1 November 1944, T/Sgts. Philbin and Sheedy from duty to TD, Nottingham & Stoke-on-Trent.

 

2 November 1944, ...Wendy Sowl had some bad news today when he received a cablegram stating his Father was killed in the big explosion in Cleveland, Ohio. Sure hit the family hard, leaving his Mother and five younger brothers and sisters under 15 years of age at home. All the boys felt pretty upset over this situation.

 

3 November 1944, T/Sgts. Philbin and Sheedy from TD, Nottingham & Stoke-on-Trent to duty. Sheedy had a terrible time getting Tom back to the base because his eyes had strayed towards a cute little "milk maid."

 

Tec 4 Wood from duty to furlough, 7 days. Cpls. Glorius, Tec 5 Weilford & Pfc. Constant from 7 day furlough to duty.

 

4 November 1944, Tec 5 Sims & Pfc. Pirtle from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

Three Buzz Bombs went over around 1930 hours..

 

5 November 1944, Tea Dance at the Sgts. Club tonight. Letter from John Oblak - he is fine - wife and baby doing fine. None of the old guys with him.

 

6 November 1944, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

Capt. Scharding off to Q-105 for a meeting on Depot changing.

 

7 November 1944, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weiford from TD, Isleworth to duty. Capt. Scharding from duty to TD Watford & London. Finally leaving the base for the first time in 8 months.

 

8 November 1944, Kornblut & Pike paid us a visit today. All the guys enjoyed visiting with them.

 

Capt. Scharding from TD Watford & London to duty. He just couldn't stay away from the base too long.

 

9 November 1944, it tried to snow today. We had four explosions tonight near our base. We are getting and office - Scharding Contracting Co., Ltd. did the work.

 

10 November 1944, Sgt. Wood from 7 day furlough to duty. Sgts. Henes, Gies and Pfc. Uhlman from duty to furlough, 7 days at Tarquay.

 

One Buzz Bomb around 1930 hours, shook the buildings.

 

11 November 1944, Tec Sims, Pfc. Pirtle from 7 days furlough to duty - had been in London. Needed to get back to the base for a rest.

 

Armistice Day today. Hays, Daughtery & Marrello came up today to visit the boys. Everyone enjoyed visiting with them. We are always happy to see any of the boys we started out with.

 

12 November 1944, Browning, Sheedy, Clark & O'Keefe went to Lavenham Station 137 to visit some of the guys.

 

13 November 1944, Sgt. Griffin & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

14 November 1944, Sgt. Griffin & Tec 5 Weilford from TD, Isleworth to duty. Lt. Joyce's specialist No. changed to 4419 80 #301.

 

Explosions at 1900 hours - had seven Buzz Bombs over today. One went over very low and fast. Buchanan received the Bronze Star from 3rd Air Division.

 

15 November 1944, the movie "Target for Today" was shown today.

 

16 November 1944, T/Sgt. Marshall from duty to TD, London. The "Old Man" wanted to know what in the hell Marshall was doing in London.

 

Hale & Nettleton put in for a transfer to the Infantry today.

 

17 November 1944, T/Sgt. Marshall from TD London to duty. Sgts. Henes, Gies and Pfc. Uhlman from 7 days furlough to duty.

 

Hale & Nettleton transfer to the Infantry approved by Capt. Scharding.

 

18 November 1944, Our group pictures and pictures of each section taken today. Buchanan gets the Bronze Star at 1630 hours today at Hdqrs. Three cheers for good Ole Buck.

 

Working on the new club called the "Big Top."

 

19 November 1944, Tea Dance at the Sgts. Club from 1700 to 2200 tonight. Sgt. Griffin & Pfc. Burke from duty to furlough, 7 days.

 

20 November 1944, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth. M/sgt. Fulton from duty to TD, Burtonwood, Warrington.

 

21 November 1944, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weiford from TD, Isleworth to duty. Sun was out today and the first time we have seen the sun in ten days.

 

Two V-2's landed around 1000 hours and really shook the area. We were all glad to hear them, otherwise we might not be here.

 

22 November 1944, M/Sgt. Fulton from TD Warrington & Burtonwood to duty.

 

23 November 1944, We have been one year & six months on foreign service, one year and a month at Station 139. Two explosions this afternoon. Jerry Scharding, Jr. is one year old today.

 

Ordered a tube for the community radio October 5th and it arrived today. Works OK and the boys in the other huts were happy. We have some of the other huts hooked up to the radio in the Orderly Room,

 

THANKSGIVING DAY - Second one for all of us. We hope to be home a year from now.

 

24 November 1944, We had a visitor today, none other than Capt. R. L. Banks. We enjoyed visiting with him. Capt. Scharding to London on TD, rumors flying around that a new service group will be formed.

 

25 November 1944, Sgt. Griffin & Pfc. Burke from 7 day furlough to duty = London was good to them. Pfcs. Cudd, Pferrman and Thompson from duty to 7 day furlough.

 

Lt. R. Thompson, Calabretti, M. Von Sargen & Sailor came up to see us today. It is always nice to see some of the gang we started out with.

 

26 November 1944, Tea Dance at the Officer's Club tonight.

 

27 November 1944, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

28 November 1944, Lt. Krinke's papers went in today. Jim Weifod received letter from the Red Cross for his birthday.

 

29 November 1944, Set up a Day Room for Warehouse. Cpl. Glorius from duty to Sick Qtrs..

 

Committee met for the Christmas Party - Burke, O;Keefe, Anctil, Harnden, Philbin and Sheedy.

 

30 November 1944, WHOOPEE = IT IS PAYDAY AGAIN. Collection for Christmas Party. Shots today for all the men - Typhus and Typhoid.

 

1 December 1944, nine explosions between 1200 and 1300. Rohrer finished 25 missions yesterday. 1141st in England 18 months today. E. J. Conway was up for visit today, the "Bealer Boys" were not with him. Letter from McMurray today, Pvt. Hall promoted to Pfc.

 

2 December 1944, painting the Orderly Room with first coat today. Pfcs. Cudd, Pferrman and Thompson from 7 day furlough to duty. Pfcs. Hall & Clark from duty to 7 day furlough.

 

3 December 1944, finished painting Orderly Room today except for trim. Tea Dance at Club at 1700 hours. Van Bargen & Seibert were up to visit us today. Cpl. Glorius from Sick Quarters to duty.

 

4 December 1944, painted the Day Room today. Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

5 December 1944, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weiford from TD, Isleworth to duty.

 

6 December 1944, our 1/Sgt. Thomas F. Philbin is still alive after his many, many bicycle trips to the local pub - he has his bicycle trained to head for Site 6.

 

7 December 1944, Tec 5 Hodor reduced to Private.

 

9 December 1944, Pfcs. Clark & Hall from 7 day furlough to duty. Sgt. Nettleton and Pfc. Clark from duty to 7 day furlough.

 

10 December 1944, dance at the Officer's Club. Buzz Bomb went over base at 1845 hours.

 

11 December 1944, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth. Lt. Joyce appointed Ass't Transportation Officer. Held a meeting for Christman Party to be held Dec. 23.

 

12 December 1944, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weiford from TD, Isleworth to duty. Explosions late last night and early this morning. Three explosions tonight around 0800 hours. We had a card from Wainscott, he met Kate in Rome.

 

13 December 1944, thickest fog we have seen in 18 months today. Our planes couldn't land on the base and had to go to another airfield.

 

14 December 1944, a couple of explosions today. Getting the Big Top Club ready to open.

 

15 December 1944, land mine and booby trap demonstration = most of the boys attended = really exploded the mines - sounded like a V-2.

 

16 December 1944, Capt. Scharding from duty to TD, Warrington. Lt. Krinke went to see his sister. A basketball league was formed on the base for all outfits able to participate.

 

17 December 1944, Tea Dance at the Sgt's Club. All quiet on the "Western Front" - Capt. Scharding and Lt. Krinke on TD at this time.

 

18 December 1944, Capt. Scharding from TD, Warrington to duty. Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

Six Buzz Bombs early this morning and it is a funny feeling to lay in bed and hear them go over. One landed very close to the base.

 

19 December 1944, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weiford from TD, Isleworth to duty. Another meeting was held tonight for the party on Dec. 23rd.

 

20 December 1944, Tec 5 Weiford had a letter from Bob Myers and some pictures from Florida. He was sent there for R&R after completing his missions.

 

Buck gave the boys 5 gallons of chocolate ice cream for the Christmas Party.

 

21 December 1944, Party in Norwich - Frenchy, Salvo, Tom, Buck, Fulton and Sheedy attended.

 

22 December 1944, Pfc. Pirtle duty to Sick Quarters (LD). First basketball practice tonight.

 

23 December 1944, Tonight we had our Christmas Party.

 

24 December 1944, last day for food from Q-107. Midnight Mass for the Catholics and service for the Protestants at 2000 hours.

 

25 December 1944, CHRISTMAS DAY. Second in the ETO for all of us. We wonder were we will spend Christmas 1945.

 

We drew supplies from Q-106.

 

Col. Bouchard's quarters burned down at 2000 hours.

 

26 December 1944, Grand Opening of the Big Top Club. Quite a party - the base orchestra played.

 

27 December 1944, Red Cross Dance. Most of the boys attended.

 

Rumors on new Service Group still floating around.

 

28 December 1944, USO show tonight. They are always good shows. Still had big frost on the ground and it is cold for England. Pfc. Pirtle from Sick Quarters to duty.

 

29 December 1944, dance at the NCO Club. The base orchestra played.

 

30 December 1944, dance at Officer's Club - base orchestra played..

 

21 December 1944, celebrating New Year's Eve. Last Payday of 1944 and everyone is happy on payday. Took up a collection for Red Cross today.

 

1 January 1945, everyone hoping to be home on the first of January 1946.

 

M/Sgt. Fulton, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

2 January 1945, M/Sgt. Fulton, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weiford from TD, Isleworth to duty. Had a rest for one week, Boxing Day, etc.

 

Lt. Krinke appointed Mess Officer to straighten things out - they were in a hellava mess.

 

3 January 1945, first basketball game with Hq. 100th - called off because of an alert.

 

Four Buzz Bombs, low and close by. Did not land though.

 

4 January 1645, heavy snow tonight = nothing like this last year.

 

5 January 1945, 3rd Division redesigned 3rd Air Division effective 1 January 1945.

 

Capt. Scharding appointed to Special Court Marital Board.

 

6 January 1945, Pvt. Hodor promoted to Pfc. The "Old Man" received some advertising on his "Negro Grease". Philbin had a letter from Jarrell at home in Charlotte, N.C. Basketball game with Hq 100th tonight - make up game.

 

7 January 1945, dance at the Big Top Club tonight. Capt. Roberts was here overnight visiting. Pfc. Hale from duty to Sick Quarters.

 

8 January 1945, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth. T/Sgt. Marshall from duty to TD, London.

 

9 January 1945, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weiford from TD, Isleworth to duty.

 

10 January 1945, T/Sgt. Marshall from TD London to duty. Pfc. Hale from Sick Quarters to duty.

 

Restricted to the base today. Plane crashed in the bomb dump - explosions all day. We had two inches of snow yesterday and today.

 

11 January 1945, Sgt. Nettleton from duty to Sick Quarters - hit by a truck, not hurt too bad, so they say.

 

12 January 1945, 48 hour restriction lifted today, the boys were happy to hear that news...

 

13 January 1945, Buzz Bomb over field at 0630 hours. We were standing in chow line watching it go over.

 

Sgt. Nettleton from Sick Quarters to duty (LD).

 

14 January 1945, dance at Officer's Club tonight.

 

General Order #43, Hq 3rd Air Division, dated 12 Jan 1945 - received citation.

 

15 January 1945, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weilford from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

16 January 1945, Sgt. Henes & Tec 5 Weiford from TD, Isleworth to duty.

 

Rumored that Lt. Rosenthal made Capt. - someone must be crazy, that was the concessus of the boys.

 

17 January 1945, Capt. Scharding & Lt. Krinke loaded 40 cases, 10 units per carton early today.

 

18 January 1945, letter from McMurray today. He is in Panama City, Florida training gunners to the fly the "Big" ones. The "Old Man" changed personnel on their jobs effective 19th. Called out again to load 10 in/ Rations but scrubbed. Kolbe up tonight to visit. The rumor flying around that Bogan went down on his 29th mission in the South Pacific on a B-26. Elliott did not go down.

 

19 January 1945, the rumor was out that the 83rd Serv Gp, was wiped out or captured in the Battle of the Bulge. Salvo had a letter from Lt. Gray from Netherland East Indies. The wind was really strong last night - 60 miles per hour and we thought everything would blow away. Bicycles were grounded.

 

A V-2 landed near the base around 2000 hours, brought everyone out of bed in a hurry.

 

20 January 1945, snow again last night and this morning - really slippery, try riding your bike on that stuff...

 

We saw another Contrail from a V-2, so the boys say.

 

Lt. Krinke had to verify the cash on hand at the Post Office. They are using him for everything anymore. He always handles it very nicely.

 

21 January 1945, dance at the Sgt's. Club tonight, The base orchestra played -- as usual the boys had a good time.

 

Buzz Bomb over the field at 0800 hours. We are getting use to them now and always hope they just continue on their journey -- leave us alone.

 

The basketball schedule all off -- something always comes up to cancel the game.

 

22 January 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

Cold today, in fact all the pipes were frozen, the huts were mighty cold.

 

23 January 1945, letter from Clarence Johnson with 1071st QM Co. Serv Gp Avn - Bigas, Aimoe, Rogers and Flanagan in the same outfit.

 

Sgt. Henes called to tell us that the truck broke down and they would be delayed. Had to volunteer for donation of pint of blood today.

 

24 January 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD, Isleworth to duty. They did not mind the truck being broke down, gave them another night in London, we needed the laundry though.

 

Leo Hays & Daugherty came up to visit us today. All is fine with them.

 

25 January 1945, really cold this morning. Frost covered everything; snow, fog. According to our English friends this is the worse winter in five years.

 

Examination for the guys heading for the Infantry. Lt. Joyce was to verify the cash at Finance Office. He likes doing that for sure. No extra pay though.

 

26 January 1945, Leo Hays told us today that he was being transferred to the Infantry.

 

Conway and Sara were up today for a visit. We all went down to Horham tonight to visit the guys at that base.

 

Cpl. Dill from duty to Sick Quarters (LD).

 

27 January 1945, big problem with the coke supply -- everyone calling that they are cold. We were told that we have to cut down on the supply to the huts. The Flying Officers were burning the chairs and anything else that would burn. We always managed to have enough for our huts because we were the suppliers.

 

Sgt. Henes was featured in the Advertiser's Weekly.

 

28 January 1945, the 8th Air Force in operations three years today.

 

Big Top Club had a dance for both NCO's and Big Top Members. Tea dance at the Officer's Club.

 

We had three inches of snow today..

 

29 January 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD, Isleworth. Cpl. Dillon from Sick Quarters to duty. Sgt. Nettelton and Pfc. Wuoti transferred to the Infantry.

 

The coke situation really getting tough - memorandum from Hqrs. stating it has to be rationed even more. Leonardo's crew are not safe anymore - the personnel of the base ready to destroy them account of no coke.

 

The word was out that Browning had to jump from the truck on the way to E. Harling. The base orchestra played in the Mess Hall from 1630 to 1745 today. Need something to make the food better, that is for sure.

 

30 January 1945, Sgt. Henes called from London to tell us the laundry was not ready. He was chuckling all the time because that meant another night in London. Everyone has to take a physical at 1630 hours.

 

We had a blizzard here this morning.

31 January 1945, always nice when payday rolls around. Poker games and craps flourish after payday. Buchanan, Philbin, Burke, Salvo, Leonardo, Wood, Browning, Gentle, Marshall, Henes, Griffin and Sheedy put in three years service this month.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

A plane crashed on the field today and shook all the buildings. We thought the Germans had landed.

 

1 February 1945, a plane crashed around 1350 hours, not on our field this time.

 

Chaplain Phillips transferred to another base near Chelmsford. Col. Utley took one barracks away from us, which meant 13 men to a hut now.

 

Letter from John Waiscott today = he is running Class II & IV Depot. Sic explosions tonight - from an English plane possibly.

 

The snow is all gone today, thank the Lord. It does not stay too long which is fine with us.

 

2 February 1945, Colonel Jeffrey released as Commanding Officer and Colonel Sunderland takes over per G.O. #1, dated 2 February 1945.

 

Explosion around 2115 = we didn't know what it was. Did shake things up around here though.

 

3 February 1945, Sgt. Henes hit "Hash Marks" column in the Stars and Stripes - below:

 

Report from Sgt. Bill Henes" "After trying for two solid days to time and adjust an engine without succeeding a disgusted motor pool mechanic took a piece of chalk and scribed on the hood; 'Missing in Action.' "

 

Rosie's Riveters, commanded by Major Rosenthal, went down today over Berlin on his 53rd (sic 52nd) mission. Rosenthal is a legend here at Station 139 and the entire base felt bad about this.

 

4 February 1945, party at Big Top Club. Century Bombers played for dancing. (We really did fight, sic, the war even though we had parties - contrary to some who might think we did nothing. The planes went up most every day on missions.)

 

5 February 1945, Hoder & Capt. Murphee from duty to TD, Burton on Trent to pick up a load of Field Jackets. Sgt. Henes and Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

6 February 1945, sex morals & VD lecture at 1900 hours today for everyone. Six explosions at 0930 hours - we didn't know if a plane or what. We had good news that the Americans had taken Manila.

 

Hodor & Capt. Murphee from TD Burton on Trent to duty. Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

7 February 1945, Lt. Krinke from duty to TD, Wembly, approx. 2 days.

 

Explosions around 0500 hours...try to sleep through something like that.

 

8 February 1945, explosion early this morning - V-2 we suspect. Lt. Krinke from TD, Wembly to duty.

 

Letter from Netteton - he says the Site 6 boys are still together.

 

Explosions this afternoon around 1500 hours.

 

9 February 1945, getting ready for the big inspection tomorrow by Colonel Utley.

 

10 February 1945, the big inspection by Col. Utley went off at 1000 hours today. It was not tough at all and we had no problems.

 

Lt. Krinke appointed VD Control Officer for the base.

 

12 February 1945,

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

We all gave blood today. Tom Philbin always stays close to me because they give us a shot of Old Grandad, so Tom would always get mine.

 

We had more explosions today, getting used to them now.

 

13 February 1945, early this morning we had four explosions that really shook the huts..

 

Sgt. Henes called and said the laundry was not ready, would be back tomorrow. We all wonder how come the laundry is so late each time - could it be that Wm. R. needs an extra day in London?

 

14 February 1945, Marshall had a card from Congrove. He didn't have much to say, at Fefangernenummer 2454 Lager Begenchnyny M. Strass Lager Luft 3.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.

 

Inspection by General today. Major General Partridge, Lt. Col. Utley inspected this QM Office and Warehouse and passed us with flying colors. This was the first QM inspected by a General in the 3rd Air Division. We also had a general inspection on the line.

 

15 February 1945, Troy Easter stopped by for a visit today. The guys were happy to see Troy.

 

Letter from 127th Hospital on Griffin Blood Type "A".

 

16 February 1945, Lt. Krinke's sister arrived tonight for a two day visit.

 

Starting night school - Capt. Hollingsworth in charge.

 

17 February 1945, explosion around 0945 hours, a plane crashed near the base.

 

Letter from Lt. Sine and he is doing fine. Tom Philbin was hoping that he would return to instruct us on the bayonet.

 

Received a letter from Headquarters on the Inspection - we passed OK.

 

18 February 1945, Tea Dance at NCO Club tonight from 1900 to 2200 hours.

 

19 February 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

20 February 1945, Capt. Scharding told Col. Utely we had no one to send to the Infantry.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.

 

21 February 1945, Pfc. Thompson & Pfc. Gola from duty to Sick Quarters, 65th General Hospital.

 

23 February 1945, explosion at 1000 hours this morning - plane of V-2.

 

Gentle & Browning saw Calabrette & Tomb - they are going to the Infantry.

 

24 February 1945, vapor trail from V-2 around 0830 hours. Few minutes like jagged lightning.

 

Letter from McCurry, still at Panama City, Florida.

 

25 February 1945, Tea Dance at Officer's Club. We had an eight girl show at the NCO Club tonight. Pfc. Thompson from sick quarters to duty.

 

26 February 1945, fellows reclassified on S.O. #55 dated 26 February 1945.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD, Isleworth, appox 2 days.

 

Professor Scharding starting his class of 45 tonight.

 

27 February 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

Pfc. Stapleton taken off the Infantry list.

 

28 February 1945, we had shots today, one each for all of us. Capt. Scharding from duty to TD, G. Barry Wales approx. 4 days - he finally too off from the base.

 

Payday - short month and we beat the Gov't for a change.

 

1 March 1945, The Old Man received a letter from Air Inspector on Carbines. Our weapons were in good shape,

 

Cpl. Terry & Pfc. Meyers from duty to furlough, 7 days. Sgt. Henes made "Hash Marks" today.

 

2 March 1945, rocket vapor trail in the East around 0745 hours.

 

Capt. Scharding from TD Barry Wales to duty.

 

3 March 1945, Red Alert tonight at 0960 hours. First one in a long while, at least four weeks. Red Alert at 0100 hours - German plane dropped bombs near Eye and strafed Botsdale.

 

4 March 195, Tea Dance at Big Top Club tonight.

 

Red Alert - German planes dropped bombs - we heard 10 explosions. Alexander, Philbin, Sheedy, Leonardo, Pirtle & Gentle went to the 65th at Lavenham.

 

5 March 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD, Isleworth.

 

Drawing for a GI to go to Paris on a 48 hour pass. Browning won the prize....

 

Lt. Krinke from duty to TD, London.

 

6 March 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty. Red Alert this morning. We received a commendation from the Air Inspector on the Station Salvage Dept.

 

Lt. Krinke from TD London to duty. A V-2 landed near Lt. Krinke while in London and really shook the usually calm Lt.

 

7 March 1945, if you want to get the full details about the "Mahotgus" still in the bathroom of Capt. Scharding & Lt. Krinke's quarters you will have to sit down with them and they will tell you from start to finish. We always hoped that the Air Inspector would not want to check their quarters out because they would both have been Court Martialed. They have had the still in operation for sometime. The first batch of it was tried out by a few of the boys. Tom Philbin drank a few glasses of it and did not wake up for three days. In fact we thought for sure we would have to take him to sick quarters to have his stomach pumped out. Lt. Joyce did not fare quite so bad, he was out for one and one half days. Philbin claims that the Old Man and Lt. Krinke were trying to poison him. From that time on the boys would cut the stuff in half before they used it. The consensus from everyone is that if the still blew up it would sound like a V-2 landing.

 

8 March 1945, "Blimp" Marshall was down to Orderly Room today giving us his usual words of wisdom. Sgt. O'Keefe from duty to 7 days furlough. Tec 5 Terry & Meyers from 7 days furlough to duty.

 

9 March 1945, Tec 5 Terry from duty to Sick Quarters (LD). T/Sgt. Marshall from duty to TD London.

 

V-2 around 0730 hours - vapor trails.

 

10 March 1945, Sgt. Hulin married Mary today in London. Salvo, Marshall and Philbin attended the wedding.

 

12 March 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth. Tec 5 Terry from sick quarters to duty. T/Sgt. Marshall from TD London to duty.

 

13 March 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

14 March 1945, inspected by Major Grisswell, 3rd Air Division. Major Erb came alone on the inspection. They told Capt. Scharding that his unit would receive a plaque. The gave the 1141st a compliment, which pleased the Old Man.

 

15 March 1945, Sgt. O'Keefe from 7 days furlough to duty, saw Ireland & London. M/Sgt. Fulton & T/Sgt. Buchanan from duty to 7 days furlough. Controversy on Travel Warrants. Lt. Moore promoted to Captain.

 

16 March 1945, Enlisted Men's council formed today.

 

17 March 1945, ST. PATRICK'S DAY - Ask Philbin & Lt. Joyce on the celebration for the day.

 

Red Alert tonight at 0930 hours. The Germans dropped four bombs nearby.

 

18 March 1945, Tea Dance at Club...

 

Three days travel authorized for furloughs.

 

19 March 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.. Red Alert early this morning and another at 0915 hours - Buzz Bomb.

 

20 March 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty. Free travel Warrants effective today for passes and furloughs. Spits & McManus up to visit us today. They were telling us that Leo Mays is rifleman with the infantry. Kornblut and Fike were up to visit us today, they brought us some ice cream.

 

Tomb and Calabretta have ended up in the Infantry.

 

21 March 1945, Lt. Krinke duty to TD London. Red Alert last night from 2030 to 2200 hours = bombs dropped at Framlingham and Great Ashfield.

 

22 March 1945, Tec Gentle, Tec 4 Browning and Tec 5 Alexander from duty to 7 days furlough. Lt. Krinke from TD London to duty. M/Sgt. Fulton and T/Sgt. Buchanan from 7 day furlough to London and Ireland to duty.

 

Rocket trail this morning - O'Keefe out of the sack at 0600 hours.

 

23 March 1945, Lt. Joyce, Capt. Scharding and Pfc. Hale had pictures taken by PRO for their home town newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

24 March 1945, received two new men today. Pfc. Gola from sick to duty.

 

Issued 100 warrants yesterday.

 

25 March 1945, Mann, Gray & Ferreri assigned per SO #80.

 

26 March 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

27 March 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

28 March 1945, Sgt. Henes had a letter from Rohrer - he is on 30 day furlough at home - flew home on a C-54 - wrote from Miami Beach, Fla.

 

Pfc. Stapleton from duty to 7 days furlough. We had a letter from Mathis - he is in the hospital.

 

29 March 1945, The "Mahotgus Still" went dry and the owners (Capt. Scharding and Lt. Krinke) decided to let it stay dry. The boys had mixed emotions about the end of the still, but all good things must come to an end.

 

30 March 1945, the Enlisted Man's Council held a meeting today. Commendation on inspection of rifles from Air Inspector dated 29 March 1945.

 

Tec 3, Gentle, Tec 4, Browning and Tec 5 Alexander from 7 days furlough to duty.

 

31 March 1945, ANOTHER PAYDAY. ONE DAY A MONTH ALL THE BOYS ENJOY.

 

We went through the gas chamber today.

 

Capt. Scharding bought a half barrel of beer for the Company and it was enjoyed. Troy Easter joined our party. Lt. Joyce was appointed to inventory the Officer's Club...

 

Rumor has it a new still - "Maghotus Two" had been born.

 

1 April 1945, EASTER SUNDAY - Most of the boys went to church. All wish they were home - maybe next year at this time we will all be home. Also today is April Fool's Day.

 

2 April 1945, we were restricted from travel between 29 March to 4 April 1945 because of English holidays. Lt. Krinke appointed Advisement Officer.

 

The time moves up 1 hour at 0200 hours this morning.

 

3 April 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

Had a letter from John Oblak - said some of the old guys are on the Continent. We had to issue 350 travel warrants today.

 

Conway was up to visit us today. He had a letter from Hays and he is still in England.

 

4 April 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty. Three day passes available today.

 

Capt. Scharding and T/Sgt. Sheedy from duty to TD Liverpool, Stone and Birmingham.

 

5 April 1945, Stapleton from furlough 8 days to duty. Salvo, Glorius and Marzec from duty to furlough 8 days.

 

6 April 1945, meeting of the Enlisted Man's Council at 1600 hours.

 

7 April 1945, Capt. Scharding and Sheedy from TD Liverpool, Stone and Birmingham to duty.

 

8 April 1945, Tea Dance at the NCO Club tonight.

 

9 April 1945, Lt. Krinke from duty to TD, AAF Station 116. Eight new Enlisted Men assigned to our outfit today. Cpl. Bacchi assigned to our outfit.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

10 April 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty. Pfc. Stapleton transferred to the Infantry. Seven of the nine new men assigned special duty.

 

11 April 1945, rumor of new Service Group coming into effect soon.

 

12 April 1945, Sgt. Leonardo, Tec 5 Dillon and Pfc. Anctil from duty to 7 day furlough.

 

13 April 1945, Cpl. Glorius and Tec 5 Marzec from 7 day furlough to duty. Glorius went to Blackpool and Marzec to London and Birmingham. Today is Friday the 13th - no bad luck.

 

Letter from McCurry and he is still in Florida = 338 Bonita Ave., Panama City, Florida.

 

We received word that President Roosevelt died. Quite a shock to the soldiers.

 

Meeting of the Enlisted Man's Council regarding the 300 Missions Party.

 

Wm. R. Henes has the Meritorious Service Plaque just about completed.

 

14 April 1945, S/Sgt. Salvo from 7 day furlough in London and Southampton to duty.

 

Lt. Krinke from TD, Hq 3rd Air Division to duty.

 

300 Mission Party called off because of President Roosevelt's death. To be rescheduled later.

 

15 April 1945, Sgt. Pasma at Brokdish Church at 1830 hours in honor of President Roosevelt's Memorial Services. The flag will be at Half Staff, 30 days. A trip to Paris coming up next Tuesday, but only Bomb Squadron personnel can go - no support units will be included.

 

The 1141st QM Co. disbanded I, GO #52, Hq, 8th AF, dated 12 April 1945. This was a sad day for all of us because we would like to have finished our time with 1141st...

 

16 April 1945, personnel from the 1141st QM Co. transferred to Hq & Hq Sqd 412th Air Serv Gp per SO Hq, dated 16 April 1945.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

17 April 1945, 662nd Air Material Sq activated per Section 11, GO #52. Hq. 8th AF dated 12 April 1945. Capt. Scharding assumed command today. Seven Officers and 130 Enlisted Men - we all remained in Site #6.

 

Two explosions this morning - B-24's. Three explosions this afternoon - shook the buildings.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

18 April 1945, moving into huts and changing around in Site #6 - had to move into a new Orderly Room.

 

19 April 1945, T/Sgt. Marshall and Pfc. Constant duty to 8 days furlough. 662nd Air Mat. Sq. baseball team beat Base Hq hardball team in a practice game.

 

Big explosion at 2250 hours - everyone was of the opinion it was a V-2.Message from General Spaatz - Strategic Air War over 16 April 1945. Sic 20 April 1945.

 

20 April 1645, Sgt. Leonardo and Pfc. Anctil from 8 day furlough to duty.

 

21 April 1945, story on our Sections at Station 139 - Air Corps Tech Supply, Ord., Ammo, QM Hq. Section.

 

Capt. Scharding ready to leave for Paris - no transportation as yet.

 

22 April 1945, today starts the 300th Mission Week Celebration.

 

Capt. Scharding to Paris...

 

23 April 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth. Mysterious hole in the field across from Site $6. No one seems to know what it is but some kind of explosion.

 

Party at Big Top Club...

 

24 April 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

25 April 1945, party at NCO Club..

 

26 April 1945, lots of work taking place = painting Day Room, fixing the Orderly Room.

 

USO Show - all British - held tonight. Indirect lighting for Day Room being completed by Schroeder, Budka and Patrash. Sgt. Leonardo working on completion of the Orderly Room.

 

28 April 1945, lots of snow this morning - off and on all day - only good thing it will not last too long.

 

29 April 1945, Capt. Scharding from TD Paris to duty. Cold all day, wind blowing. Rumors flying around here fast and thick - going home, etc., the boys must be smoking the wrong kind of tobacco.

 

30 April 1945, PAYDAY under the old 1141st QM Co. today. Last one with 1141st QM CO. involved.

 

Lots of snow this morning - approx. 2 inches. The English do not seem to like us to have so much snow in April.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

662nd Air Material Sq Officer's Specification Numbers changed.

 

1 May 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

Officer's assigned Squadron Duty per Sq. Order #2 dated 1 May 1945.

 

2 May 1945, Ground Officers start P.T. tonight from 6 to 9. Lt. Krinke appointed Station QM Property Officer.

 

3 May 1945, Meyers duty to DS Det. "A".

 

4 May 1945, We heard Congrove was in England.

 

5 May 1945, the 662nd Air Mat. Sq. had Physical Exams today.

 

6 May 1945, Sgt. Lobpries duty TD AAF Station F-139.

 

Our planes flying mercy missions over Holland to drop rations. Hitler released the water in the dams and flooded Holland.

 

7 May 1945, M/Sgt. Fulton duty TD, Nottingham. Our planes flew more mercy missions over Holland to drop rations and anyone of the men who wanted to could fly on these missions.

 

We had a letter from Crooks - he was at Ft. Meyers, Florida.

 

Peace rumor all day. The Base Hq put out a restriction for all at noon today. No one could leave the base unless authorized by Base Commander.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

8 May 1945, T/Sgt. Marshall from duty to TD London.

 

VE DAY - Everyone happy - still restricted to base.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty. That Marshall was lucky to be on TD London, so he would be there to see the big celebration.

 

9 May 1945, The Base Restriction was lifted at 0001 hours today - HOLIDAY FOR THE ENTIRE BASE - everyone out celebrating VE Day.

 

M/sgt. Fulton TD Nottingham to duty. Papie was happy because now he could go home, marry Dot and have their first baby in nine months. He has been telling us for the last six months what his plans are. We hope that Dot is in agreement when he lands in Kennett Square, Pa.

 

10 May 1945, Sgt. Lopries TD AAF Station F-159 to duty. T/Sgt. Marshall from TD London to duty. Marshall said you would not believe what went on in London when VE Day celebration started.

 

11 May 1945, points system announced by the 8th AF, Everyone figuring how many points they have - want to go home.

 

Aiello, Henes, McCowan, Sims and Pirtle form duty to 8 days furlough.

 

12 May 1945, Lt. Krinke appointed Station P.& C. Officer.

 

Gies, Harnden, Weiford and Gola from 9 day furlough to duty.

 

13 May 1945, our planes flew over Holland again and more of our guys went along.

 

14 May 1945, Cpl. Andreatta and 1st Sgt. Philbin from duty to TD Isleworth. That was a switch to have the 1st Sgt. take the laundry to London.

 

15 May 1945, we had a new sign for Site $6 - West Point of the Air Force. Harrison called - going away and not home - unhappy as hell.

 

16 May 1945, restricted from travel on trains except a 20 mile limit. M/Sgt. Fulton duty to TD Nottingham. Sgt. Pasma from duty to 9 day furlough, Lopries and Uhlman from duty to 8 day furlough.

 

M/Sgt. Conway up to visit us today. He is very happy with VE Day and wants to go home.

 

662nd baseball team beat the 350th Bomb Sq. 16 to 9.

 

17 May 1945, Lt. Krinke appointed Station Sales Officer and RTO Officer. It seems he is getting all of the jobs now. He just smiles and carries on - with his feet up on his desk - let Papie take care of things he says.

 

M/Sgt. Fulton from TD Nottingham to duty.

 

18 May 1945, Sgt. Henes from duty to 8 days furlough.

 

19 May 1945, we are to have inspections each Saturday of the area and the huts.

 

Party at the NCO Club 1830 to 2330 hours.

 

21 May 1945, no more censorship of mail effective this date by order of the Commanding Officer, Station 139.

 

22 May 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

662nd lost the volleyball game to 350th Bomb Sq. - all three games.23 May 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

WE HAVE BEEN ON FOREIGN SERVICE TWO YEARS TODAY,

 

24 May 1945, Lopries, Uhlman from 8 days furlough to duty. S/Sgt. Gentle from duty TD Birmingham and Castle Bronwich. T/Sgt. Marshall from duty to TD London.

 

25 May 1945, Sgt. Pasma from 9 day furlough to duty.

 

26 May 1945, dance at the Officer's Club tonight. Still celebrating the VE Day announcement.

 

T/Sgt. Marshall from TD London to duty. S/Sgt. Gentle from TD Birmingham and Castle to duty.

 

28 May 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

Started Military Training today - Team 17 & 18 - train for 3 weeks.

 

662nd softball team lost to 350th by a score of 3 to 1 tonight.

 

29 May 1945, letter from Nettleton today. He made it in the Infantry - our military training called off until Saturday and Sunday.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.

 

We had word tonight that Sgt. Barnhart was killed outright when his plane went down. The guys are still very upset about his girl friend back in Ohio who forced him to go into B-17 gunnery just to get a rating.

 

30 May 1945, 869th Chemical Co. beat 662nd softball team 10 to 2.

 

31 May 1945, Payday once more - we hope not too many more in the ETO. 662nd won a volleyball game from the 418th - 3 out of 4 games.

 

1 June 1945, Andreatta, Burke and Thompson from duty to 9 days furlough. Fulton, Philbin, Sheedy and Salvo to Horham for visit with the boys.

 

2 June 1945, Wendy Sowl left Station 139 for home today.

 

3 June 1945, John Harnden has quite a story to tell about the fall from the Command Car.

 

Lots of talk about the point system for going home, conclusion - SNAFU.

 

4 June 1945, Lt. Kibble promoted to Capt. Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

5 June 1945, Quite a few of the Enlisted Men leaving for home on new point system. Sgt. Henes & Sgt. Griffin from duty TD Isleworth to duty. Capt. Kibble and M/Sgt. Fulton duty to TD Nottingham.

 

Cudd and Pferrman from duty to 9 day furlough.

 

A plaque given to Capt. Scharding by Colonel Sutterlin at Hq today.

 

6 June 1945, Holiday for Allied Forces today. Skeleton crews working on the base and in our outfit.

 

Tom Philbin's brother, Jim was here visiting. They enjoyed seeing each other and had a great time.

 

7 June 1945, started the Physical Training program today. Lt. Joyce and Lt. Felt took Capt. Scharding out to the "Cherry Tree."

 

Capt. Kibble and M/Sgt. Fulton from TD Nottingham to duty. T/Sgt. Marshall from duty to TD London.

 

8 June 1945, 1st Sgt. Philbin from duty to 8 days furlough - the gang here have a pool on where he is going to end up this time - only the Lord knows.

 

9 June 1645, T/Sgt. Marshall from TD London to duty. Dance at the Officer's Club tonight.

 

10 June 1945, Andreatta, Burke and Thompson from 9 day furlough to duty.

 

11 June 1945, the outfit fires on the range today. must be getting ready to go to the Pacific Theater.

 

S/Sgt. Gentle, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth. 662nd softball team beat 351st Bomb Sq. 5 to 3.

 

12 June 1945, S/Sgt. Gentle, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

13 June 1945, 662nd softball team beat 348th Bomb Sq. 7 to 5.

 

Capt. Kibble assigned to the 412th..

 

14 June 1945, Cudd & Pfreeman from 9 days furlough to duty. 1st Sgt. Philbin from 8 day furlough to duty, he made id back OK, We all sweated him out this time.

 

15 June 1945, Squadron party tonight - 3 barrels of beer...

 

16 June 1945, review by General Huglin today near the Control Tower - all men had to be there. T/Sgt. Marshall from TD London to duty.

 

17 June 1945, 662nd softball team lost to Eye by 8 to 5.

 

Five men from the 662nd shot against British Home Guard today and beat them 168 to 165.

 

Conway, Tschappet, Davis and Brown up to visit the gang. A wild time was had by all.

 

18 June 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

19 June 1945, 662nd volleyball team beat 859th 3 games out of 4.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty. Capt. Scharding, Lt. Krinke and Levi from duty to TD Bristol and Taunton.

 

20 June 1945, we were instructed to send the old records of the 1141st to Belgium...

 

21 June 1945, Capt. Scharding, lt. Krinke and Lt. Joyce detailed to A.C. PP 14, SO 165, Hq. ETO 14 June 1945.

 

22 June 1945, Capt, Scharding, Lt. Krinke and Levi from TD Bristol and Taunton to duty.

 

23 June 1945, Pasma and Gies transferred to 390th Bomb Sq. per SO 163. Marshall, Glorius, Terry and Constant transferred to 493rd per SO 163.

 

Burke from 8 days furlough to duty.

 

Lt. Colonel Wallace assumed command of the 100th Bomb Group today.

 

26 June 1945, Cpl. Andreatta, Pfc. Pferrman and Kiel from duty to TD Isleworth..

 

26, 27,28,29 June 1945, nothing to report.

 

30 June 1945, Payday - lots of poker and crap games today.

 

2 July 1945, Commendation to 662nd from Major Rovegno for June 1945.

 

Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

4 July 1945, skeleton crew working today - everyone celebrating the 4th of July.

 

5 July 1945, Thompson out of hospital, lost part of a finger in a motorcycle accident.

 

9 July 1945, Capt. Scharding awarded the Bronze Star. Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

10 July 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.

 

11 July 1945, Buzz Hall transferred to the 412th.

 

19 July 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

17 July 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.Lt. Krinke from TD Isleworth to duty.

 

 

 

21 July 1945, BIG DAY FOR RANK "CURLY" SALVO - he married Pam today at 1400 hours in Welling outside of London. The boys gave him 32 lbs. for a wedding present. We all were in attendance, at least all the guys still here. Pam sure was a fine bride and all the fellows like her.

 

22 July 1945, Salvo from duty to 8 day furlough - now what did he need a furlough for!

 

23 July 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

24 July 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.

 

30 July 1945, Salvo from 8 day furlough to duty - what a happy man.

 

31 July 1945, Payday, we all hope there won't be too many more in his man's army.

 

1 August 1945, should make a note of a conversation we all had shortly after VE Day. Fulton, Buck, Gentle, Marshall, Salvo, Browning, Leonardo, Levi, Henes, Philbin and Pee Wee all agreed that one of our best highlights thru our service time was at CAMP SCHARDING. We did not understand what the Old Man was trying to do to us, but it really helped us throughout our service days.

 

Lt. Colonel Harry F Cruver appointed Commanding Officer of Serv Gp. - Major Rovegno transferred.

 

2 August 1945, Lopries married Miss Rae L. Stewart today, The boys gave him 28 lbs. 10 shillings for a present.

 

7 August 1945, Lt. Joyce transferred to 339th Ftr Gp.

 

Sgt. Henes, Harrison & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

8 August 1945, Gola from TD Birmingham to duty. Sgt. Henes, Harrison & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.

 

9 August 1945, Lt. Krinke transferred to 479th Ftr Gp SO 204. We are losing all of the original guys now and it shouldn't be too long until the end.

 

11 August 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth...

 

14 August 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.

 

15 August 1945, VJ Day declared at 1245 hours today. Passes for all today and tomorrow...

 

16 August 1945, everyone still celebrating

 

Sgt. Gentle, Feliciano and Harrison from TD Thatcham to duty.

 

20 August 1945, Pfc. Burke from duty to TD London.

 

Capt. Scharding, Gentle, Leonardo, Page, Dillon, Harnden, Moore and Feliciano from duty to TD G-45.

 

21 August 195, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

22 August 1945, Pfc. Burke from TD London to duty. Capt. Scharding, Gentle, Dillon and Feliciano from TD G-45 to duty.

 

24 August 1945, would you believe it, Capt. Scharding promoted to Major effective 16 August 1945. This is something he should have had in 1944, but it kept being delayed; as usual the is the way promotions for the Officers go. Lt. Krinke should have been a Capt. long ago.

 

25 August 1945, Leonardo, Page, Harnden and Moore from TD G-45 to duty.

 

26 August 1945, S/sgt. Gentle, Moore, Dillon and Feliciano from duty to TD G-45.

 

27 August 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

28 August 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.

 

S/Sgt. Gentle, Dillon, Moore and Feliciano from TD G-45 to duty. Gennario from duty to TD Depot O-675.

 

30 August 1945, Gennario from TD Depot O-675 to duty.

 

31 August 1945, another Payday and we are still here.

 

1 September 1945, Cpl. Taylor from duty to Sick Quarters - accident.

 

2 September 1945, Uhlman from duty to Sick Quarters.

 

3 September 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty to TD Isleworth.

 

4 September 1945, Sgt. Henes & Cpl. Andreatta from duty TD Isleworth to duty.

 

Cpl. Taylor from Sick Quarters to duty.

 

6 September 1945, Burke and Leonardo from duty to TD G-40.

 

10 September 1945, Uhlman from Sick Quarters to duty. Sgt. Henes, Cp;. Andreatta and Harrison from TD Tooting to duty.

 

14 September 1945, Major Scharding and Nance from duty TD Isleworth and Thatcham.

 

S/Sgt. Gentle promoted to T/Sgt., Andreatta promoted to Sgt. and Gola promoted to Cpl.

 

17 September 1945, Major Scharding and Nance from TD Isleworth and Thatcham to duty.

 

18 September 1945, Fulton, Henes, Harrison and Pferrman from TD Tooting to duty.

 

20 September 1945, ASR scores changed today for all Officers and Enlisted Men.

 

Davis, Andreatta and Harrison from duty to TD Wembley.

 

21 September 1945, Sgt. Henes, Sgt. Andreatta and Harrison from duty TD Tooting.

 

!First Sgt. Philbin transferred to 645th Air Mat. Sq per SO 242 and on his way home to the states.

 

M/Sgt. Fulton and T/Sgt. Buchanan transferred to 446th A.S.Sq per SO 242. Sure hated to see those guys go - but time is getting short. Anyway Papie had to get home so he could get married and start his family as he always predicted. Buck wants to get home and see Billie also.

 

26 September 1945, Sgts. Henes, Andreatta and Harrison f rom TD Tooting to duty.

 

27 September 1945, Burke and Clark from duty to TD Aintree Ord. Sept O-629.

 

Sgt. Andreatta, Cpl. Gola & Pfc. Harrison from duty to TS Tooting.

 

29 September 1945, Sgts.Andreatta, Cpl Gola and Pfc. Harrison from TD Tooting to duty.

 

30 September 1945, another Payday - still here.

 

1 October 1945, Sgt. Henes. Sgt. Andreatta & Pfc. Harrison from duty to TD Tooting.

 

2 October 1945, Sgt. Henes, Sgt. Andreatta & Pfc. Harrison from TD Tooting to duty.

 

3 October 1945, Col. Criswell paid a visit to our Orderly Room today and all was well.

 

4 October 1945, Sgt. Henes. Sgt. Andreatta & Pfc. Harrison from duty to TD Tooting.

 

5 October 1945, Major Scharding & Sgt. Cheek from duty to TD Tooting, London and Thatcham.

 

6 October 1945, Sgt. Henes, Sgt. Andreatta & Pfc. Harrison from TD Tooting to duty.

 

Pool on "Cockerial Spanie" and how many pups she would have...

 

8 October 1945, Sgt. Henes. Sgt. Andreatta & Pfc. Harrison from duty to TD Tooting.

 

The pups were born and Salvo won the pool.

 

9 October 1945, Sgt. Henes, Sgt. Andreatta & Pfc. Harrison from TD Tooting to duty.

 

11 October 1945, Sgt. Andreatta, Cpl. Gola & Pfc. Harrison from duty to TD Chatcham & Tooting.

 

13 October 1945, Sgt. Andreatta, Cpl. Gola and Pfc. Harrison from TD Chatcham and Tooting to duty.

 

15 October 1945, Sgt. Henes. Sgt. Andreatta & Pfc. Harrison from duty to TD Tooting.

 

16 October 1945, Sgt. Henes, Sgt. Andreatta & Pfc. Harrison from TD Tooting to duty.

 

17 October 1945, 15 Enlisted Men transferred to 878th; 14 EM transferred to the 351st Bomb Squadron; 3 EM transferred to the 350th Bomb Squadron and a like number transferred from the named Bomb Squadrons to the 662nd.

 

18 October 1945, Lt. Garvan, Lt. Tolliver, Burke, Aiello, Harris, Henning, Leonardo, Gola, Harrison, Marzec and Taylor on advanced party.

 

20 October 1945, Sgt. Andreatta, Browning & Henes duty TD Station 139.

 

21 October 1945, Lt. Garvan, Lt. Tolliver, Burke, Aiello, Harris, Henning, Leonardo, Gola, Harrison, Marzec and Taylor from advanced party to duty,

 

One Officer and 38 Enlisted Men departed this Station at 1330 hours and arrived Station F157 at 1430 hours...

 

21 October 1945, just about lost Major Scharding as CO, boys signed a partition to get him back.

 

24 October 1945, Sgt. Andreatta from TD Station 130 to duty with 662nd.

 

26 October 1945, Sgt. Browning and Sgt. Henes from TD Station 139 to duty with 662nd.

 

31 October 1945, Another Payday - this should be the last one or so we think.

 

1 November 1945, 662nd released assignment 3rd Air Division and assigned VIII Ftr Comd per Section I, GO 41 Hq 8th Ftr Comd dated 20 October 1945.

 

7 November 1945, 25 Enlisted Men transferred to 434 Ftr Sq. 479th Ftr Gp, Station 377 per SO 250, Par 5.

 

32 Enlisted Men transferred to Hq & Base Sv Sq, 418th Air Sr Gp., Station F157 PP 7, SO 350.

 

50 Enlisted Men trfd to 880th Air Mat Sq

 

7 Enlisted Men trfd to 836 Air Engr Sq

 

Major Scharding trfd to 836th.

 

We never did hear whether Lt. Krinke made Capt. = probably did before he was discharged.

 

The 662nd remained at Station 139 and we heard that they went to Munich, Germany for Occupation duty. All of the old guys went to other outfits to go home. This is the end for active duty for all of us who started at Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana.