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Original 100th Group Navigators

by Jim Brown
Jim Brown was the 100th’s revered Historian, until his death and amassed most of the 100th data we have today. He is mourned but not forgotten by the 100th….pw

349TH SQDN.
NAVIGATOR CREW PILOT REMARKS BY JIM BROWN
Edward N. Jones Oren Petrich KIA 25 Jun 43 Bremen
Nicholas Demchak Alonzo P. Adams III POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
John F. Brown Paul J. Schmalenbach POW
James R. Brown Samuel “Sammy” L. Barr WIA (Deceased Sept 1993—-)
Kenneth G. Allen Glen Van Noy POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
William H. Casrr Woodrow B. Barnhill KIA 16 Jul 43 Practice Mission
Harold L. Weachter Magee C. Fuller POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
Howard D. Bassett Victor Reed CPT (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
Russell W. Engel Summer H. Reeder POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
350TH SQDN.
NAVIGATOR CREW PILOT REMARKS BY JIM BROWN
Anthony C. Gospodar Mark E. Carnell CPT (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
Oscar C. Amison, Jr. Roy F. Claytor POW (TAPS 1968)
Oliver M. Chiesel Charles L. Duncan POW (Not Located)
Donald L. Strout Norman H. Scott CPT (TAPS 1972)
Harold L. Weintraub Ronald W. Hollenbeck POW (Not Located)
John W. Downs Bernard A. DeMarco POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
John E. Fawcett Ronald W. Braley POW (TAPS 1973)
Calvin H. Defevre William D. DeSanders KIA 25 Jul 43 WARNEMUNDE
Harold E. Curtice Harold B. Helstrom POW (10OTH ASSOC MEMBER)
Hiram E. Harris, Jr. Donald K. Oakes INT (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
351ST SQDN.
NAVIGATOR CREW PILOT REMARKS BY JIM BROWN
Bruce T. Rinker Robert C. Pearson POW (Not Located)
Paul Pascal Victor E. Fienup EVA (TAPS 1957)
Charles C. Sarabun Thomas E. Murphy POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
Robert N. Rosenburg Alvin L. Baker POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
Morris Weinberg Sam R. Turner INT (Not Located)
Timothy J. Cavanaugh Glen W. Dye KIC (1944 IN USA)
Ernest Anderson Richard C. King POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
Leonard P. Bull Jack R. Swartout CPT (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
418TH SQDN.
NAVIGATOR CREW PILOT REMARKS BY JIM BROWN
Name Unknown Curtis R. Biddick
David Solomon Ernest A. Kiessling POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
John C. Dennis William R. Flesh POW (TAPS___)
Frank D. Murphy Charles B. Cruikshank POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
Harry H. Crosby John D. Brady CPT (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
Emanuel A. Cassismatis Edgar F. Woodward, Jr. POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)
Joseph H. “Bubbles” Payne Everett E. Blakely KIA (28 Apr 44 Sottevast)
Ernest E. Warsaw Robert M. Knox POW (100TH ASSOC MEMBER)

Note to Harry Crosby from Jim Brown:

Harry:
During out Phase training in the U.S., Paul Warner was the Navigator on the Biddick crew. However, at Bangor, Maine, on our way overseas, Warner became ill and was replaced. The name of his replacement is unknown.

Five Headquarters B-17s flew overseas and four of them had ATC Navigators. The 5th aircraft was navigated by Omar Gonzales and piloted by Col. Howard Turner. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get those living together for a photograph at St. Louis.

Until I prepared this list I had not realized that Bassett, Gospodar, Strout, Bull & Crosby were the only ones of the 36 navigators who were not casualties in WW II. Gonzales was a POW. 14 percent survived.

Jim Brown
Group Historian