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March 4, 1944 Berlin Crews

100th Bomb Group “A” Group over the target: flying with 95th Bomb Group became the first 8th Air Force Groups over Berlin.

LEAD SQUADRON:

A/C #42 39934 “MY ACHING BACK”
Capt Magee Fuller Command Pilot

LT HERBERT G.DEVORE P KIA 15 MAR 44
LT JERRY FELSENSTEIN CP CPT 6 MAR 44
LT BURTON M.JOSEPH NAV POW 15 MAR 44
LT LOUIS R.JAEBKER BOM CPT 6 MAR 44
T/SGT HARRY S.LENK ROG CPT 15 MAR 44
T/SGT HARRISON L.LONGHI TTE POW 15 MAR 44
S/SGT NICHOLAS DELCIMMUTO BTG KIA 15 MAR 44
S/SGT JOHN J.BARRY RWG KIA 15 MAR 44
S/SGT DARRELL R.DICKENSON LWG KIA 15 MAR 44
S/SGT KNUTE KNUDSON TG CPT 15 MAR 44

350th Bomb Squadron

A/C 23413 “HARD LUCK”

2ND LT RANDELL T. CHADWICK P NOC
2ND LT WILLIAM T. “BUZZ” FITZROY CP POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
(OWN CREW)
2ND LT JACK E. LONGENECKER NAV CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
2ND LT JOSEPH A. CARTY BOM CPT 19 JUL 44 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
S/SGT EDWIN E. POSTEL TTE CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
S/SGT JOHN J. GOOD ROG CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
SGT GEORGE A. BENEDICT BTG CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
SGT DELBERT J.H.BRUNS RWG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST. LO
SGT AUSTIN B. ROBERTS TG CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
SGT PHILIP K. TROETSCHEL WG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST. LO

350th Bomb Squadron

A/C 42-39872, “RUBBER CHECK”

LT GRANACK FRANK A. P POW
LT DUNHAM ROBERT L. CP POW
LT GEISLER MURRAY NAV POW
LT KAWIECKI JOSEPH F. BOM POW
T/SGT SCOTT GRANT H.L. ROG KIA
T/SGT STEARNS HAROLD TTE POW
S/SGT RODGERS LLOYD H. JR. BTG POW
S/SGT BROWN GLENN D. RWG KIA
S/SGT HARRELL EDWIN T. LWG POW
S/SGT CHRISTIAN GEORGE C. TG POW

350th Sqdn. This crew joined the 100th Group on 28/11/43.

On March 4, 1944, T/Sgt Harold Stearns shot down the first fighter over BERLIN in a daylight attack. The 100th BG was flying with the 95th BG when a recall was heard. Elements of the 95th BG and 100th BG felt this recall was a German ploy since it was not given correctly and continued with the Mission to Berlin.

A/C 42-38197, “HALF AND HALF”

LT JOHN LAUTENSCHLAGER P POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT WILLIAM J. SUGG CP POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT LELAND C. FINK NAV POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
LT DAVID ROLNICK BOM POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT ROBERT T. BASHAW TTE POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT JOHN STRYJESKI ROG KIA 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT HAROLD L. SHELDON BTG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT SAMUEL WILENSKY WG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT COLBERT W. GRAHAM WG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT HOGAN FUSSELL TG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN

350th SQDN,, CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED thE 100th ON 28 NOV 1943.

A/C 232009 “BUFFALO GAL”

2ND LT DELBERT S. PEARSON P POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
2ND LT WILBERT D. LUND CP POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
2ND LT STANLEY P. GORSKI NAV NOC
2ND LT LESTER N. SMIth BOM POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
T/SGT NUNZIATO SANSEVERO ROG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
T/SGT ERNEST J. RENE TTE POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
S/SGT FRANCIS X. KERIN BTG NOC
S/SGT BRADFORD F. TRUESDELL RWG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
S/SGT HAROLD J. SCRIVENER LWG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE P. ZIGO TG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN

350th SQD…CREW JOINED thE 100th ON 01 DEC 1943.

A/C 231534 “SHILAYEE”

2ND LT MARK V. WILSON P POW 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
2ND LT CHARLES E. ADAMS CP CPT WIth LT. CLARK CREW
2ND LT JOHN T. JOHNSON NAV KIA 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
2ND LT RALPH A. KROENKE BOM KIA 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
S/SGT EUGENE V. SWEENEY ROG POW 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
S/SGT JOHN W. McAULIFFE TTE POW 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
SGT DONALD M. ROHASEK BTG POW 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
SGT WILLIAM E. MORELAND RWG POW 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
SGT GEORGE B. DONAHUE LWG NOC
SGT CECIL G. DAVIS TG POW 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 21 Feb 1944.

It was in February, 1944, as a replacement crew in the 349th Squadron, that we first met Shilaylee. We flew our first mission in her on February 29th to Brunswick, but it was the missions to Berlin on March 3, 4, 6, and 8 that really broke us in. We got hit so often that the ground crew were grateful for our white side walls. If Mark dropped the wheels down early, it was a sign we were in trouble. The ground crew saw the white wheels and got ready in advance for a lot of work. Shilaylee was a great plane; it brought us back 20 times.

HIGH SQUADRON:

A/C 231968 “MISS IRISH”

LT MARK COPE P CPT
LT thOMAS CRYAN CP KIA 18 MAR 44 MUNICH
LT FESTUS BRYANT NAV CPT
LT HERBERT G. PRYOR BOM CPT
SGT JOHN VERBOVSKI TTE CPT
SGT JOHN C. ELING ROG CPT
SGT RICHARD E. DONNELLY BTG CPT
SGT JAMES E. MORRISON WG CPT
SGT DONALD E. WALKER WG WIA 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT RAYMOND BRYAN TG WIA 6 MAR 44 BERLIN

350th Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th in late July or August 1943.

Mark Cope went on to become the 350th Operations Officer.

A/C 231049 SUPERSTITIOUS ALOYSIOUS

2ND LT FRANCIS J. MALOOLY P POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
2ND LT ROBERT W. BAILIE CP POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
2ND LT CHARLES H. MAUVAIS NAV POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
2ND LT RALPH W. GUIDA BOM POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
T/SGT ROBERT C. BARRIE ROG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
S/SGT ARthUR J. PERRY TTE POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT NELSON AS. PARDEE BTG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT WILLARD H. MILLER RWG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT LEONARD W. YEAGER LWG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT LORENZO GENOVESE TG POW 24 MAY 44 BERLIN

350th SQDN…CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED thE 100th ON 21 FEB 1944. OFTEN APPEARS ON COMBAT CREW ROSTERS AS CREW # 12. thEY WERE LOST ON thEIR 26th MISSION–EIGHT OF WHICH WERE TO BERLIN (There were actually nine, the 03 Mar 1944 one was recalled; it is likely in view of the fact Malooly flew 7:00 hrs that day, they came very close or may have actually bombed Berlin. By all accounts this crew must be credited with eight (8) and likely nine (9) Berlin bombings. I know of no other 100th crew that made as many trips to the dreaded “Big B”)…paul west

A/C 239830 “BERLIN PLAYBOY”

2ND LT JOHN P. GIBBONS P CPT 14 APR 45 ROYAN FLEW TWO TOURS
2ND LT ROBERT DYKEMAN CP KIA 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (FITZROY CREW)
HANGED BY CIVILIANS
2ND LT EVERETT M. JOHNSON NAV CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
2ND LT MAURICE H. CAIN BOM POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST(WIth LAKIN AND KELLY)
PVT EDWARD WALKER, JR ROG KIA 19 MAR 44 Maquis / MIMOYEQUES (NO BALL)
S/SGT IRA L. ARNOLD TTE KIA 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (FITZROY CREW)
HANGED BY CIVILIANS
SGT BERNARD L. SPRAGG BTG POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (FITZROY CREW)
SGT MYRON J. ETTUS RWG CPT
SGT FRANK W. BUSCHMEIER LWG POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (FITZROY CREW)
SGT ARCHIE W. BUNTING TG RFS

350th SQDN… CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED thE 100th ON 24 FEB 1944.

A/C 42-38016 SEATON’S SAD SACK
MACR #3024 Micro-fiche # 1022

1ST LT STANLEY M.SEATON P POW 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
2ND LT WILLIAM F.CLAYTON CP POW 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
2ND LT CHARLES F.DEWOLFE,JR NAV POW 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT GEORGE N.OFIESH TOG POW 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT JOSEPH A.JUDD ROG POW 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT PETER A.HOGAN TTE POW 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT ROBERT H.COOK BTG POW 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGTARthURJ.LABREQUE RWG POW 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT LOYDELL MALONE LWG POW 4 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT LEMING HULL TG KIA 4 MAR 44 BERLIN

350th Bomb Squadron

This plane apparently damaged by enemy a/c and crew, except possibly Sgt.Hull, bailed out over village of Kesseling (District of Ahrweiler) and became POWs.

From a German report the following is quoted: “On 4 Mar 1944 at 1500 hours, a four engine enemy aircraft crashed ,approximately 1 kl north of the village of Kesseling (District of Ahrweiler). The a/c exploded on the ground when it crashed. It burned completely and could not be salvaged. Type unknown. Leming Hu11,35671600 T 43 S Sgt DEAD. The rest of the crew bailed out and were captured. They were sent to Stulag (Luft) Oberursel on 5 Mar 1944.

A/C 231249 “MISS CARRIAGE”

2ND LT COY I. MONTGOMERY P KIA 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
2ND LT ROBERT F. CONNAWAY CP POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
2ND LT FRANK C LAVER NAV POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
2ND LT JAMES D. FULTON BOM POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT GEORGE W. BURTON TTE POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
(SEE NOTE BELOW)
S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA TTE POW 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT (JOHN BROWN CREW)
S/SGT LOUIS P. SAVELL BTG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE D. TOOMEY, JR. ROG POW 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT (JOHN BROWN CREW)
SGT JOHN A. MILLER WG CPT 17 JUL 44 MONTGOURNEY
SGT EARL W. RITTER TG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT JUNIOR L. BUCHER WG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 6 Jan 44

LOW SQUADRON:

A/C 231735 “LUCKY LEE”

2ND LT GEORGE W. BRANNAN P POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
2ND LT BURTRAM B. ALLEY, JR CP RFS MEDICAL
2ND LT CLYDE f. DALE NAV KIA 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
2ND LT LOUIS J. DENISCO BOM POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
T/SGT WILLIAM F. TEAFF ROG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (SEE NOTE)
T/SGT WALTER AUSTIN TTE POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
SGT CHARLES R. ELLIOTT BTG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (SEE NOTE)
SGT ARthUR J. PALLAS WG CPT
SGT ORVILLE A. KNAPP WG NOC/SWA 30 DEC 43 LUDWIGSHAVEN
SGT ROBERT L. GREENLEAF TG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN

351st Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Gp on 1 Dec 1943.

T/Sgt William F. Teaff died as a POW, 12 JUL 44 from rheumatic fever.
Sgt Arthur J. Pallas flying as WG on Mar 6, 1944.

On 6 Mar 44 Lt Thomas Leslie from the crew of L.G. Lacy replaced Lt Alley and was KIA (Buried in Oldenburg, Grave 277). Sgt Robyn Fulton (on his 17th mission) of the C.W.Floyd crew flew as BTG. Sgt Elliott, the crews regular BTG, flew as a WG. Sgt Howard T. Larimore (on his 15th mission) flew as WG in place of Orville A. Knapp and became a POW. According to Lt Brannan, the crew flew 13 missions. Brannan says he lost three planes during his time with the 100th BG.