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Personnel

S/Sgt

Patrick F. FRITZSIMMONS

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

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: KIA
Comments: 2 NOV 44

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2ND LT DAVID G. RAIFORD P FEH Became a Lead Pilot, Jan 45
2ND LT ROBERT J. WENDLING CP CPT 20 APR 45 ORANIENBURG, MY
2ND LT JORDAN L. BROWNING NAV CPT 20 APR 45 ORANIENBURG, MY
F/O FRITZ KRETZSCHMAR BOM CPT 20 APR 45 ORANIENBURG, MY (joined Lt Hansen Crew in Jan 45)
CPL GEORGE RUBIN ROG FEH sn#12176656
CPL EDWARD D. WATKINS TTE FEH TAPS: 19 MAY1984
CPL ROBERT H. CHERRY BTG FEH
CPL GERALD D. SKEETERS WG FEH TAPS: 06 MAR 1965
CPL HEINZ A. WOLF WG FEH (joined Lt Hansen Crew in Jan 45)
CPL PATRICK F. FITZSIMMONS TG KIA 02 NOV 1944 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 15 SEP 1944.
T/Sgt George Rubin would become a Mickey Operator and states that he flew 20 Missions. Two known missions of the above crew were Nov 2, 1944-Merseburg and Dec. 31, 1944-Hamburg. A/C flown 231991"Raiford's Raiders"

4/22/94
In view of the fact both Kretzschmar and Wolfe are known to have come from this crew, it is logicial to
assume the co-pilot Bob Wendling also joined your crew (Lt Hansen) as well. You will note that the crew roster for
the Raiford crew also lists Fritz Kretzschmar as a Bombardier, agreeing with your recollection.
The fact this crew joined the 100th a little over two weeks after your crew and they may have missed some missions during
the transfer from Raifords's to your crew could account for the fact Wendling and Kretzschmar completed their tour in April
45 instead of the eariier date you finished. I think Wolf fllew the 20 Apr 45 Oranienburg missions but may have been
behind them in total mission count and as result is carried as FEH (Flying at end of hostilities) rather than completing a tour.
(unknown who sent this but believe it was Sgt L.J. Edwards, Lt Hansen Crew…mpf)

In January 1945 Lt David Raiford received all the enlisted men from Lt Charlie "Hong Kong" Wilson’s Crew. This crew would eventually become a Lead crew consisting at different times of the crew listing below; Sgt Hoffpauir transferred to the 15th Air Force when they changed over to a lead crew and Sgt Jay Kendell moved from BTG to Waist Gunner.

Lt RaifordsLead Crew after Jan 1945:

Lt David G. Raiford Lead Pilot
Lt Robert Wendling Co-Pilot/Formation Officer
Capt Ross Chenney Lead Navigator (from original crew of Lt Armstrong)
2nd Lt Charles J. Scott moved up to Lead NAV (FEH) (from original crew of Lt McNab)
1st Lt Douglas S. Eden moved up to Lead BOM (FEH) (from original crew of Lt McNab) sn# 0-1997861
1st Lt Paul R.Ruth,Jr. Lead Bombardier (from original crew of Lt Fellows)
2nd Lt Harry Tennenbaum Mickey Operator (from Lt Shaddix original Crew)
1st Lt Earl Frye Radar/Nav (flew with Lt Seamans lead crew and Assigned Group Radar Officer on 8 Apr 1945)
2nd Lt James M. Pivonka Mickey Operator (from Lt Dawson Crew)
ENLISTED MEN ARE FROM LT CHARLES "HONG KONG" WILSON'S CREW.ASSIGNED TO LT RAIFORD BEGINNING OF JAN 1945.
T/Sgt EMERY N. CASTLE ROG FEH sn# 37523614
T/Sgt NORMAN G. NANCE TTE FEH sn# 19171578
Sgt JAY D. KENDELL BTG FEH moved to WG when became Lead Crew sn# 39908662
Sgt GEORGE L. PESLER WG CPT 24 MAR 45 STEENEIJK/ ZIEGENHAINE sn# 35051164
Sgt ARCHIE E. HOFFPAUIR WG FEH Transferred to 15th Air Force when became lead Crew sn# 38266722
S/Sgt JACK R. DeBORDE TG FEH flew 10 missions as formation officer. sn# 39615579

Missions of S/Sgt Jack Deborde with Lt Raiford Crew/Lead Crew

06 JAN 45 ANNWEILER
10 JAN 45 COLOGNE
14 JAN 45 DERBEN
28 JAN 45 DUISBURG
03 FEB 45 BERLIN
06 FEB 45 CHEMNITZ
21 FEB 45 NURNBURG
24 FEB 45 BREMEN
26 FEB 45 BERLIN
03 MAR 45 BRUNSWICK
10 MAR 45 DORTMUND
11 MAR 45 HAMBURG
14 MAR 45 HANOVER
17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
19 MAR 45 JENA
22 MAR 45 ALHORN
28 MAR 45 HANOVER
31 MAR 45 BAD BERKA
09 APR 45 MUNICH
15 APR 45 ROYAN
17 APR 45 AUSSIG

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Merseburg
Aircraft:
"Raiford's Raiders" ( 42-31991)
Date:
1944-11-02
Cause:
FLAK

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Capt RAIFORD, David C. P FEH
Lt WENDLING, Robert J. CP CPT
LT BROWNING, Jordan L. NAV CPT
F/O KRETZSCHMAR, Fritz BOM CPT
T/SGT WATKINS, Edward D. TTE FEH
T/SGT RUBIN, George L. ROG FEH
S/SGT CHERRY, Robert H. BTG FEH
S/SGT SKEETERS, Gerald D. WG FEH
S/Sgt WOLF, Heinz A. WG FEH
S/SGT FITZSIMMONS, Patrick F. TG KIA
S/SGT FRITZSIMMONS, Patrick F. TG KIA