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Personnel

Sgt

Harold R. DORR

Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Waist Gunner

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: XFR
Comments: TO PFF(482ND) APR 44 AFTER 13 MISSIONS

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2nd Lt Truman Hermansen P
2nd Lt CLifford W.Sellon CP
2nd Lt Henry C.Griffis NAV EVADEE
2nd Lt Jerry E.Brian BOM
S/Sgt George A.Keller TTE
Sgt Emil Dihlmann ROG
Sgt Robert N.LaRue BTG
S/Sgt James D.Madden WG
Sgt Harold R.Dorr WG
Sgt Burke D.Hyatt TG

350th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 28/11/43

A letter from Hermansen (April 1984) says that after 13 missions with the 100th Group, the crew (minus Griffis) was transferred to the 482BG as a Pathfinder crew. They continued at Alconbury until 29 May 1945 when all came back to the U.S. together. According to Sgt Burke Hyatt, the crew had "Werewolves" painted on their jackets.

Griffis "was shot down over lowlands of Holland and escaped the Germans through help of patriots who hid him in a room above an Inn until liberated by the Allies." He returned to Thorpe Abbotts briefly before returning to the States. See info below.

Crew of Lt Truman Hermansen when transferred to 482nd Bomb Group, 812 Bomb Squadron, Alconbury ( Lt Griffis transferred out of 482nd BG back to 100th BG so he could complete his missions sooner. S/Sgt George A. Keller is replaced by Sgt Palmer at 482nd BG, reason unknown)mpf 2001

Lt Truman Hermansen P
Lt Clifford W. Sellon CP
Lt Harry Sparrow NAV
Lt Jerry E. Brian BOM
T/Sgt Burke D. Hyatt TTE
Sgt Emil Dihlmann ROG
Sgt W. Palmer BTG
S/Sgt James D. Madden WG
Sgt Robert N. LaRue WG
Sgt Harold R. Dorr TG

CREW
Pathfinder Aircraft

DATE: 20 July 1944 418th Sqdn. A/C #42-97564

MISSION: Merseburg,Ger. MACR #7414,Micro-fiche #2701


Major MaGee C.Fuller Com. P POW
Capt Francis C.Kincannon P POW
1st Lt Bernard L.Farnum CP POW
Capt Robert E.Nance BOM EVADEE
1st Lt Louis H.Abromowitz NAV EVADEE
Capt Henry C.Griffis Rad/NAV EVADEE (see Hermansen crew/ 350th Sqdn.)
1st Lt George E.Bonitz NAV EVADEE
T/Sgt Daniel B.Deason TTE POW
T/Sgt Oscar L.Edge ROG POW
S/Sgt Glen E.Snider RW POW
S/Sgt Vaniel M.Cargile LW EVAVEE
S/Sgt Robert D.Chavez TG POW

This A/C was leading the mission in a Pathfinder ship which accounts for the
seven officers aboard. Major Fuller,who had flown overseas as pilot of a 349th
Sqdn. Crew in June 1943, was now C.O. of the 418th.

EYEWITNESS: "Just as bombs were released A/C #564 received a direct hit by AA fire between #2 engine and fuselage.Shell did not explode but a large hole was torn in the wing and gasoline poured from the tanks. #2 engine feathered and A/C pulled out of formation directing deputy
leader to take over. A/C fell behind and was escorted by fighters and it was reported that #564 was heard to tell fighters over radio that it was all-right." This is all the information that interrogation of 100th "A" Group crews revealed.

From Bottisham (fighter base) to PFF War room to 100th BG the following report was received: "A/C #564 called for fighter support
after it began to lag and contact was made over channel "C" with the fighters which gave it cover. Subsequentlythe PFF had to crash
land near Louvain just east of Brusselsand prearranged plan (over channel "C") as soon as the crew had cleared the A/C the fighter
strafed and set fire to the ship. Fighter did not see PFF explode but stated definitely that it was afire,and that all the crew was safe.

Photos

Truman Hermansen Crew

Truman Hermansen Crew (left to right) Standing: J. Brian (B), T. Hermansen (P), C. Sellon (CP), H. Griffis (N) is not pictured. Kneeling: H. Dorr (TG), E. Dihlmann (R), J. Madden (WG), R. LaRue (WG), W. Palmer (BT), B. Hyatt (E) This photo was taken at Alconbury, 482nd BG after the crew was transferred there to become a Pathfinder Crew. Photo courtesy of Sgt Burke Hyatt.

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT HERMANSEN, Truman P XFR
LT SELLON, Clifford W. CP XFR
CAPT GRIFFIS, Henry C. NAV EVA
LT BRIAN, Jerry E. BOM XFR
T/SGT DIHLMANN, Emil ROG XFR
SGT LARUE, Robert N. BTG XFR
SGT DORR, Harold R. WG XFR
T/SGT KELLER, George A. WG XFR
S/SGT MADDEN, James D. WG XFR
S/SGT HYATT, Burke D. TG XFR