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Personnel

Lt

Paul R. ENGLERT

Army Serial Number: O-731040
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 418th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Bombardier

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 00688
CR: 00688
Comments: 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART(WITH CREW #33) (ENG OIL PROBLEM)

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW
LT WILLIAM R. FLESH Original 100th BG Crew, 418th SQ

CREW #30 A/C #42-30066 "MUG WUMP" MACR #675

1ST LT WILLIAM R. FLESH P; See notes & crew listed below
F/O RICHARD L. SNYDER CP; KIA 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT JOHN C. DENNIS NAV; POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
1ST LT PAUL R. ENGLERT BOM; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART(with Crew#33, Lt Woodward )
T/SGT LAWRENCE E. GODBEY TTE; KIA 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
T/SGT ROBERT R. DEKAY ROG; KIA 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT WALTER HALUNKA BTG; 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
S/SGT CHARLES F. VIELBIG WG SEE NOTES

MISSIONS OF LT WILLIAM FLESH CREW:

JUNE 26, 1943 LeMANS a/c 230066 MUGWUMP (NO CREDIT FOR MISSION,PLANES RETURNED DUE TO WEATHER)
JUNE 28, 1943 ST. NAZAIRE (FLAK CITY) a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JUNE 29, 1943 LeMANS a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JULY 4, 1943 LaPALLICE a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JULY 10, 1943 LeBOURGET a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JULY 17, 1943 HAMBURG a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
AUG 17, 1943 REGENSBURG a/c 25860 ESCAPE KIT

ON REGENSBURG MISSION, LT WILLIAM FLESH WAS ON LEAVE AND LT CURTIS BIDDICK, OF CREW #28 REPLACED HIM. BIDDICK'S REGULAR BOMBARDIER, LT DAN McKAY REPLACED LT PAUL ENGLERT. LT BIDDICK WAS KIA AND McKAY, BADLY BURNED, WAS A POW.
T/SGT HOWARD J. BROCK OF CREW #35 (LT BLAKELY CREW), FLEW FOR CHARLES VIELBIG AND WAS TAKEN PRISONER.

ABOUT FORTY MILES NORTHWEST OF REGENSBURG THE AIRCRAFT WAS HIT IN RIGHT SIDE OF THE NOSE AND FUSELAGE BY 20-MM ROUNDS, WOUNDING GODBEY AND STARTING AN INTENSE OXYGEN SYSTEM FIRE IN THE FLIGHT DECK AREA. THE CO-PILOT RICHARD SNYDER WAS SEEN STANDING ON THE WING, APPARENTLY HAVING EGRESSED THE AIRCRAFT THROUGH A HOLE IN THE FUSELAGE. IT IS THOUGHT THAT HE HIT THE STABLIZER WHEN HE LEFT THE WING, AT ANY RATE HIS BODY WAS LOCATED SOME THREE MONTHS LATER HANGING IN HIS CHUTE HARNESS FROM A TREE BRANCH. THIS IS THE INCEDENT MENTIONED BY BEIRNE LAY IN HIS ARTICLE ON THE REGENSBURG MISSION. OWEN "COWBOY" ROANE ALSO REPORTED SEEING SNYDER'S GALLANT BID TO ESCAPE THE DOOMED "ESCAPE KIT."(42-5860) LT ROANE REPORTED SEEING SNYDER CLIMB OUT ON THE WING AND REACH BACK INSIDE FOR HIS CHUTE PACK, PROABLY THE HOLE IN THE FUSELAGE WAS TOO SMALL TO GET THROUGH WEARING A CHUTE PACK. SNYDER BUCKLED ON HIS CHUTE WHILE STANDING IN THE FIRE RAGING ON THE WING. THE FACT HE DID NOT SURVIVE DOES NOT DIMISH HIS VALIANT EFFORT. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BY THE 100TH.

(mpf) I think that Lt William Flesh took over the crew of Capt. Sumner Reeder after Reeder and his officers were injured on Sept 6, 1943 mission.

CREW

Mission: Gelsenkirchen
Date: 5 Nov 1943 349th Sqdn..

William R. Flesh P CPT
John G.Gossage CP POW Mar 44 Berlin
Omar Gonzales NAV POW (Group Navigator)
James J. Lux BOM POW
Conner D. Brewster ROG KIA (From S. Reeder crew)
Harold L. Pope TTE EVADEE (From S. Reeder crew)
Francis G. Dolsen BTG POW (From S. Reeder crew)
George P. Gineikis WG EVADEE (From G. Van Noy crew)
Leon E. McDonald WG POW
James Marasco TG POW (From S. Reeder crew)


Operations Report says: "Plane was hit in #! engine after bombs away. All crew members
except Pilot and Co-pilot bailed out, on orders, over the target area."
Flesh and Gossage managed to fly the ship back to England.

NOVEMBER 1943. MISSION GILSENKIRCHEN."SQUAWKIN HAWK" PILOTED BY WILLIAM FLESH AND CO-PILOTED BY JOHN GOSSAGE, LOST IT'S CREW, INCLUDING OMAR GONZALES, 'ONCE GROUP NAVIGATOR' WHEN AFTER SUSTAINING HEAVY BATTLE DAMAGE, THEY WERE ORDERED TI BAIL OUT AND EVERYBODY EXCEPT THE PILOTS JUMPED. ON RECOVERING CONTROL, LIEUTENATN FLESH AND GOSSAGE BROUGHT THE SHATTERED PLANE BACK, TO LAND AT TANGMERE IN KENT.UNFORTUNATELY, THE RADIO OPERATOR, CONNOR BRESTER WAS KILLED WHEN HIS PARACHUTE FAILED TO OPEN. THE ENGINEER HAROLD POPE AVOIDED CAPTURE AND AIDED BY THE UNDERGROUND MANAGED TO GET BACK TO ENGLAND. WAIST GUNNER GEORGE GINEIKIS, ALSO BECAME AN EVADEE. THE REST WERE TAKEN PRISONER OF WAR.THIS FORTRESS WAS REPAIRED AND RETURNED TO COMBAT STATUS. THE BADLY DAMAGED "SQUAWKIN HAWK" WAS REPAIRED AND RESTORED TO OPERATIONS. SHE BECAME THE FIRST 100TH AIRCRAFT TO COMPLETE 50 MISSIONS. WITH HER SKIN AUTOGRAPHED BY THE MEN OF THE 100TH, SHE WAS FLOWN BACK TO THE STATES FOR A WAR BOND TOUR.

Lt Flesh was xfer to the 482nd Bomb Group at Alchonbury on November 26, 1943 with the Crew of Lt Ford/Lt Brooks


CREW
1ST LT EDGAR F. WOODWARD, JR.

CREW #33 A/C #42-5860 "Escape Kit" MACR #688

1ST LT EDGAR WOODWARD, JR P; INT 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
F/O JOHN H., THOMPSON CP; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
2ND LT EMANUEL A. CASSIMATIS NAV; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
2ND LT ROBERT E. DIBBLE BOM; KIA 15 AUG 43 MERVILLE AF
S/SGT FRANK DANELLA TTE; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
T/SGT MELVIN E. GAIDE ROG; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT GHARLES J. GRIFFIN WG; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT GEORGE A. JANOS BTG; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT WILLIAM D. BROOKS TG; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT DONALD H. FLETCHER WG; POW 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART

NOTES: THIS IS AN "ORIGINAL CREW" OF THE 100TH BOMB GROUP.

ON 6 SEP 43, LT PAUL L. ENGLERT WHOSE CREW (#30 Lt William Flesh) WAS LOST ON THE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG MISSION AS BOMBARDIER AND BECAME A POW.

Crew #33 418th Sqdn. MACR #688 Microfiche #227

Mission: Stuttgart A/C#'42-30402 (POONTANG)
Date: 6 Sept.1943
Time. 0930

Capt.Edgar F.Woodward,Jr. P INTERNEE
F/O John H.Thompson CP POW
2nd Lt Emanuel A.Cassimatis NAV POW
1st Lt Paul L,Englert BOM POW
T/Sgt Frank Danella TTE POW
T/Sgt Melvin E.Gaide ROG POW
S/Sgt George A.Janos BTG POW
S/Sgt Donald H.Fletcher RWG POW
S/Sgt Charles J.Griffin LWG POW
S/Sgt William D.Brooks TG POW

Eyewitness accounts:

"Saw Woodward's ship going down at 4830N-0803E at 0929 #2 engine was windmilling. everything else seemed to be OK."
Walter U. "Chief" Moreno 1st Lt.

"Saw Capt. Woodward's A/C turned 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 a woods. Headed south and went under cloud deck.All engines turning over. No E/A or AA at this time."
Gale W.Cleven,Major, 350th BS C.O.

A letter from D.H.Fletcher of 25/1/84 states that on the way into the target, an oil leak in #2 engine. Woodward could then have aborted,but decided to press on.Somewhere near the IP oil pressure went to zero and prop would not feather - cylinder head temp. went sky high. If engine seized and prop came off it could have been disastrous to ship.It was decided to head south for Switzerland. When they believed themselves over Switzerland,the crew bailed. It turned out that only Woodward, who remained with aircraft until the crew had successfully bailed out, landed in Switzerland,the others in Germany.
Memo 2:
Original 100th, Crew #30, replaced Robert E. Dibble (WIA 26 Jul 43).  Pilot feared engine would seize, Crew tried to jump

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Stuttgart
Aircraft:
"Poontang" (42-30402)
Date:
1943-09-06
Cause:
Lost Oil Pressure

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt FLESH, William R. P XFR
F/O SNYDER, Richard L. CP KIA
LT DENNIS, John C. NAV POW
LT ENGLERT, Paul R. BOM POW
T/Sgt GODBEY, Lawrence E. TTE KIA
T/Sgt DeKAY, Robert R. ROG KIA
S/SGT HALUNKA, Walter BTG POW
S/SGT BLANK, William M. WG POW
S/SGT VIELBIG, Charles F. WG NOC
S/SGT BOWLIN, Clarence R. TG POW
2nd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt WOODWARD, Edgar F. P INT
LT ENGLERT, Paul R. BOM POW