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Personnel

Lt

William R. FLESH

Army Serial Number: O-725595
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 418th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Pilot
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: XFR
CR: 99908
Comments: 5 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN (RTN WITH P & CP ONLY)

Media Articles

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William Flesh drops clothes to familyPrintSt Louis Post-Dispatch June 5 194312:00 am
William Flesh gets his bomber homePrintSt Louis Post-Dispatch Nov 11 194312:00 am
William Fresh and John Gossage treetop fliersPrintSt Louis Post-Dispatch Dec 4 194312:00 am
William Flesh home after two tours of dutyPrintThe News-Times April 19 194512:00 am

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 LT 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 LT COL. BEIRNE LAY IN HIS ARTICLE "I SAW REGENSBURG DESTROYED" IN THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, NOV 43. 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, PROBABLY 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.

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Interview with Frank Dolsen BTG on Lt Sumner Reeder Crew ( 2009 by MPF):
"A few days after the Stutgartt we were sent to a "flak house" in the south of England When we returned to the base Maj Veal came by and asked us if we wanted to continued to fly our missions or be taken off combat status. Orrin Furlong took the offer and was moved to Ground duties. Maj Veal explained that he was putting together pick up crews and said he would keep the Reeder enlisted men together if we continued to fly. We decided we would continue flying missions and Leon MacDonald (spare gunners pool) took Furlong's place at WG. I always respected Maj Veal for coming to us and offering us the option. We were given new officers and Lt Flesh was the Pilot. We had a S/Sgt Charles Ping fly with us as a TG on a few missions but he RFS after a few missions. I remember once we came down through the soup out over the North Sea and came right out on top of two German Mine sweepers who through up some flak at us. Ping freaked out and had to be held down in the Radio room until the plane landed. Our enlisted men were bunked with the enlisted men from Lt Jack Justice crew."

(mpf) Lt William Flesh took over the crew of Capt. Sumner Reeder after Reeder and his officers were injured on Sept 6, 1943 mission to Stuttgart. The makeup of Lt Flesh Crew after Sept 6, 1943 contained the following members.

Lt William Flesh P (XFR to 482nd Bomb Group at Alconbury)
Lt John Gossage CP (POW Mar. 3, 1944 BERLIN)
Lt James Lux BOM (from Lt Raring Crew)
Lt Omar Gonzales NAV
T/Sgt Harold Pope TTE (From S. Reeder crew)
T/Sgt Connor Brewster- ROG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Frank Dolson BTG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Orrin Furlong WG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Robert Lovin WG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Charles Ping TG RFS


MISSION LIST OF LT FLESH CONTINUED:

SEPT. 23, 1943 VANNES a/c 230799 BIGASSBIRD II
SEPT. 26, 1943 PARIS a/c 230799 BIGASSBIRD II
OCT. 4, 1943 HANAU a/c 25861 LADEN MAIDEN
NOV. 5, 1943 GELSENKIRCHEN (info below) a/c 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK

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

William R. Flesh P CPT
John G.Gossage CP POW Mar 3,1944 Berlin
Omar Gonzales NAV POW (Group Navigator)
James J. Lux BOM POW (from Lt Raring Crew)
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. MacDonald WG EVADEE
James Marasco TG POW (From S. Reeder crew)

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 TO BAIL OUT AND EVERYBODY EXCEPT THE PILOTS JUMPED. ON RECOVERING CONTROL, LIEUTENANTS FLESH AND GOSSAGE BROUGHT THE SHATTERED PLANE BACK, TO LAND AT RAF TANGMERE IN KENT.UNFORTUNATELY, THE RADIO OPERATOR, CONNOR BREWSTER 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.


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SUBMITTER: Michael Moores LeBlanc
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Message: I was checking details about the Wm R. Flesh crew 349 BS, FTR 5 Nov '43 and note an error in your information.
S/Sgt Leon E. 'Al' MacDonald, 32287971 was not a Pow. He is listed as E&E 256 and was the 208th evader helped by the famous Comete line, crossing into Spain on 27 Nov 43, together with fellow crew man George Gineikis….Michael LeBlanc


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.

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Lt Flesh was xfer to the 482nd Bomb Group at Alconbury on November 26, 1943 with the Crew members of Lt Ford/Lt Brooks/Lt Reed see below:

CREW
2ND LT GEORGE W. FORD P POW 26 NOV 43 BREMEN (with Lt Earl Williams Crew)
2ND LT AMERICUS V. COMBS CP XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
2ND LT GLENN M. LASHBROOK NAV XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
2ND LT NATHAN COOPER BOM XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
T/SGT JOHN J. MURPHY ROG XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
SGT KENNTH C. STROUGH BTG XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (moved to WG)
SGT JACK KOSSIN WG XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
SGT JOHN P. WILLIAMS TG XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
S/SGT RICHARD M. PRICE BTG X-FER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (original cadre on Victor Reed Crew)
T/SGT GLENN N. ALBRIGHT TTE X-FER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (original cadre on Victor Reed Crew)

349th Sqdn.

Crew, as above, arrived 349th sqdn. 12 Sep 1943 according to Glenn Lashbrook. He also states that a day or two after arriving, Lt George Ford was replaced as first pilot on the Crew by Lt Charles A. Brooks from the Crew of Lt Victor Reed. Lt Ford was shot down with the Crew of Lt Earl Williams (see note below)

1ST LT VICTOR REED P: TRANSFERRED FROM 100TH
F/O CHARLES A. BROOKS CP: CPT, 16/12/43 BREMEN (took over Lt Ford Crew)
2ND LT HOWARD D. BASSETT NAV: CPT, 14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
2ND LT JOSEPH P. ARMANINI BOM: CPT, DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
T/SGT GLENN N. ALBRIGHT TTE: X-FER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (original cadre on Victor Reed Crew)
S/SGT RICHARD O. DETWEILER WG: CPT, 13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART
T/SGT JAMES S. DOUGHERTY ROG: CPT, DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
S/SGT RICHARD M. PRICE BTG: X-FER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (original cadre on Victor Reed Crew)
S/SGT THOMAS D. BAER WG: KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN WITH LT ALBERT AMIERO CREW
S/SGT CLIFFORD T. MINER TG: NOC

349th Sqdn. This is an "Original" crew that flew over with the group.
Charlie Brooks became 1st pilot on the Lt George W. Ford Crew and
completed the tour.

MISSIONS OF 1ST LT. CHARLES A. BROOKS WITH CREW #37 (Copilot Lt Combs)


DATE MISSION A/C # & NAME

12. 23/09/43 VANNES 25861 LADEN MAIDEN
13. 26/09/43 PARIS 25861 LADEN MAIDEN
14. 27/09/43 EMDEN 25861 LADEN MAIDEN
15. 02/10/43 EMDEN 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
16. 04/10/43 SAARLUIS, HANAU 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
17. 20/10/43 DUREN
18. 03/11/43 WILHELMSHAVEN
19. 05/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN
20. 07/11/43 DUREN
21. 13/11/43 BREMEN
22. 16/11/43 RJUKAN, NORWAY

WARTIME DIARY OF GLENN M. LASHBROOK (NAV. ON LT FORD CREW)

June 19, 1943
Graduated Mather Field, Calif. -- Class of 43-9 and given 10 day delay and 3 days travel time before reporting to first duty station.

July 2, 1943
Reported to 330th Bombardment Group, Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas - - Group did not need any navigators.

July 4, 1943
Re-assigned and reported to 333rd Bomb Gp, Dalhart Air Force Base, Dalhart, Texas.

July 5, 1943
Assigned to 466th Bomb Gp Squadron, Savoie Provisional Group as Navigator on Lt George Ford's crew, flying B-17s. Crew was then near end of second phase of it's training.

August 17, 1943
Left Dalhart for Scott Field, Illinois after having 8 day leave, which was spent in Santa Ana, Calif. with Barbara. (Wife of Glenn Lashbrook)

August 22, 1943
Left Scott Field for Dow Field, Bangor, Maine after completion of staging. Day before leaving, Mom, Dad, Irene, Richard, Isabel and Allan came down and we drove to St. Louis..Flying time to Dow Field: 6½ hours.

August 25, 1943
Left Dow Field for Goose Bay, Laborador. Uneventful flight of 4½ hours. Pilot did let-down on Goose Bay radio because of heavy undercast and the country looked very green and beautiful when we broke through. Goose Bay is a combination American - Canadian field, many different uniforms were in evidence. The BOQ was very good.

August 26, 1943
Left Goose Bay for Bluie West One on Greenland. Shot one sun line, the only celestial work on the whole trip, the rest DR from a flight plan with use of radio beams for course corrections. Arrived at Bluie West One, a small field at the end of a fjord, and all the enlisted men crowded into the nose for a good look. We received orders to proceed to Meeks Field, Iceland. Arrived Meeks Field after 10 hours in the air and it was dark so the lights were a welcome sight.

August 27, 1943
Flew from Meeks Field to Prestwick, Scotland by way of Stonoway, an uneventful 4 hour flight. Used Air Transport Command's book on the trip across and it provided great circle courses, distances, and variation so that it was only necessary to apply metro data to figure a flight plan.

August 28, 1943
Reported to Combat Crew Replacement Center No. #11 Bovingdon, near London after an all night trip from Scotland on the train.

September 12, 1943
Reported to the 100th Bombardment Group at Thorpe Abbotts near Diss. Norfolk. Assigned to the 349th Bombardment Squadron. Commanding Officer, Major Veal. Crew given a new first pilot, F/O Charles Brooks.

September 23, 1943
Flew as spare on raid to Vannes, France. Couldn't find group and returned to base from Portland Bill. Given credit for a combat mission through a clerical error.

September 24, 1943
On blind -- bombing practice mission over the North Sea. Were led too close to the Frisian Islands and ME-109s and FW-190s attacked the formation catching it completely off guard. 100th lost one ship (Gossage) and half the crew drowned when jumping into water. British E-Boat happened to be passing to raid the Dutch Coast and took five survivors with them.

September 26, 1943
Mission to Paris. Unable to bomb due to heavy undercast and jettisoned bombs in English Channel. Saw first flak from Amiens and Abbeville.

September 27, 1943
Mission to Emden. Flew on left wing of Col. Harding who was in a Pathfinder ship -- we were second ship over target. P-47 support very effective and saw no enemy fighters, although some ships in succeeding combat wings were lost. Bombing results were not too good, but mission was a great success for first long range support of fighters.

October 2, 1943
Emden again. Not in such good position and encountered fighter opposition. Didn't get to bombing altitude until reaching I.P.

October 4, 1943
Started to Frankfurt but never found it and bombed Saarlautern by mistake. Lead Navigator brought us back by way of Paris but weren't fired at. Reached England in a very lost condition.

October 9, 1943
Mission to Marienberg in East Prussia. Flew with Magee Fuller as first pilot and were in the air 11 hours, but never over 13,000 feet. Focke-Wolf assembly plant almost completely destroyed - considered a most outstanding job of precision bombing. When the 100th reached the target huge columns of smoke were rising, but groups incendiaries missed target anyhow.

October 20, 1943
Mission to Duren, Germany. Flew as high as 30,000 feet to rise above 10/10 cloud cumulo-Nimbus clouds above the Continent. Was very miserable from bends. Flak holes in ship.

November 3, 1943
Pathfinder mission to Wilhelmshaven. Good results.

November 5, 1943
Pathfinder mission to Gelsenkirchen in Ruhr Valley. Missed target completely. Encountered heavy flak and got small holes in wings.

November 7, 1943
Pathfinder mission to Duren

November 13, 1943
Pathfinder mission to Bremen. Equipment in lead ship went out and finally crossed unto Denmark near Island of Sylt. Turned back and encountered considerable fighter opposition. Jettisoned bombs in North Sea. Came back single ship with new crew on our right wing. Terrific headwinds so did considerable sweating before English Coast was sighted. Did a lousy job of navigating and was glad to get a QDM from the base.

November 16, 1943
Raid on power station at Rjukan, Norway, a ten hour mission. Led second element in lead squadron. Capt Barr led group (The 100th was led by Owen "Cowboy" Roane on this mission) Capt Payne "Bubbles" and Capt Peel were lead Navigator and Bombardier and both did excellent jobs and the mission was a success. Forced to climb to 18,000 feet just off English Coast to go above a front upon returning.

November 26, 1943
Day after Thanksgiving. Moved from the 100th to the 482nd Bomb Gp at Alconbury, Huntingdonshire. Assigned to the 812th Squadron to learn "Mickey" system (H2X) of Pathfinder navigation. Lt Flesh became first pilot of the old 100th crew.
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This Crew was assinged to the 482nd Bomb Group on Nov 26, 1943. This Crew was at 482nd Bomb Group for Two months training, flew no misisons and were transferred to the 303rd Bomb Group, 427th Bomb Squadron on Jan 25, 1944. Lt Combs (Bom) stayed at Alconbury when the crew was transferred Lt Lashbrook (Nav) also stayed at Alconbury to become a Radar operator and the Bombardier. Lt Flesh bailed out a crew over Gelsenkirken Nov 5, 1943 and then brought the plane back to base empty. That was the last straw for Flesh with the 100th BG. First the Regensburg Mission (crew shot down, and he was hung over) and then this mission where he bales out Omar "The Tent Maker" Gonzalas and all the enlisted men of Sumner Reeders Crew from a damaged aircraft only to regain control of it and bring it back to Thorpe Abbotts (with Lt Gossarge as CP). Flesh was making up for past errors while in the 303rd. Where he completes his mission and signs up for a second tour.

WILLIAM R. FLESH CREW - 427th BS
(Assigned 427BS: 25 January 1944)

1Lt William R. Flesh (P),
2Lt Americus V. Combs III (CP),
1Lt Robert V. Doyle (NAV),
1Lt John J. Reeder (BOM)
T/Sgt Glenn N. Albright (TTE),
T/Sgt John J. Murphy (ROG),
S/Sgt Richard M. Price (BTG),
S/Sgt Kenneth C. Strough (LWG),
S/Sgt Jack Kossin (RWG),
S/Sgt John P. Williams, Jr. (TG)


Thirty-Four Dispatched (32 credited) missions flown by 1Lt William R. Flesh: As Combat Crew Pilot: with 303rd Bomb Group
# DATE TARGET
102 Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
103, Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
104(A), Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
114, Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France
115, Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
118, Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
119, Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
122, Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany
123, Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France
126, Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany
127, Mar 24, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
129, Mar 27, 1944 Chartres, France
130, Mar 28, 1944 Dijon/Longvic, France
132, Apr 09, 1944 Marienburg, Germany
133, Apr 10, 1944 Brussels/Evere, Belgium
134(A), Apr 11, 1944 Sorau, Germany
135 Apr 13, 1944 Schweinfurt, Germany ,
257, Oct 15, 1944 Cologne (Köln), Germany
261, Oct 22, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
262, Oct 25, 1944 Hamm, Germany
263, Oct 26, 1944 Munster, Germany
264 Oct 30, 1944 Hamm, Germany

As Lead Crew CoPilot and Pilot:
206 Jul 18, 1944 Peenemunde, Germany
210, Jul 23, 1944 Creil, France
211(AS),Jul 24, 1944 St. Lo, France
218, Aug 04, 1944 Peenemunde, Germany
222, Aug 07, 1944 Chartres/St. Ouen, France
223, Aug 08, 1944 Caen, France
225, Aug 11, 1944 Brest, France
227, Aug 13, 1944 Eureux-Bernay, France
233, Aug 27, 1944 Esbjerg, Denmark
240 Sep 11, 1944 Lutzkendorf, Germany
Note: Additional missions, of which we have no record, were flown as a 305th BG(H) Lead Crew Pilot
(A) Mission aborted - no credit --- (AS) Credited abortive sortie - no bombs dropped
For mission dates and targets see the missions list.

Crew Notes - Missions flown as a combat crew:
Pilot, CoPilot and Enlisted Crewmen flew combat missions, on detached service, with the 305th BG(H), who was providing Lead Crews to 1st Division Bomb Groups - We have no record of these missions. 1Lt William R. Flesh (P) - All missions as a combat crew pilot. Completed combat tour on 13 April 1944. Volunteered for a second combat tour as a Lead Crew Pilot.

2Lt Americus V. Combs, III (CP) - Missions flown: As Flesh Crew CoPilot -

# DATE TARGET
102 Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
103, Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
104(A), Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
115, Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
118, Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
119, Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
122, Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany
123, Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France
As 1st Pilot -
135, Apr 13, 1944 Schweinfurt, Germany
136, Apr 18, 1944 Oranienburg, Germany
138. Apr 20, 1944 Sottevast, France Completed 30 mission combat tour

1Lt Robert V. Doyle (N) - Missions Flown: William R. Flesh crew - Seven missions (assigned when crew was transferred to 303rd BG)
# DATE TARGET
102 Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
103, Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
104(A), Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
115, Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
118, Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
With George W. Shope, Jr Crew - Six missions 53, 54, 55, 56, 57(A), 59); Howard C. Ness Crew - 5 missions (72, 73, 74, 77, 78); Seven Other Pilots - Nine missions (51, 60, 63, 64, 65, 69, 114, 117, 118). First mission (51) 17 July 43. Completed 25 mission combat tour - mission 118 - 6 March 1944.

1Lt John J. Reeder (B) - Missions Flown: William R. Flesh Crew - Five missions (assigned when crew was transferred to 303rd BG)
# DATE TARGET
102 Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
104(A), Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
115, Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
George W. Shope, Jr. Crew - six missions (53, 54, 55, 56, 57(A), 59); Howard C. Ness Crew - five missions (72, 73, 74, 77, 78); Four other Pilots - five missions (51, 63, 64, 114, 117). First mission (51) 17 July 1943. Completed 25 mission combat tour - mission 117 - 4 March 1944.

T/Sgt Glenn N. Albright (E) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - Ten missions

# DATE TARGET
102 Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
103, Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
104(A), Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
114, Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France
115, Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
118, Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
119, Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
122 Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany Completed 25 mission combat tour on 18 March 1944.

T/Sgt John J. Murphy (R) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - Fourteen missions

# DATE TARGET
102 Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
103, Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
104(A), Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
114, Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France
115, Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
118, Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
119, Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
122 Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany
123, Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France
126, Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany
127, Mar 24, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
129 Mar 27, 1944 Chartres, France Completed 25 mission combat tour

S/Sgt Richard M. Price (BTG) - Mission flown: William R. Flesh crew - Nine missions

# DATE TARGET
102 Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
103, Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
104(A), Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
114, Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France
115, Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
118, Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
119, Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany Completed 25 mission combat tour

S/Sgt Kenneth C. Strough (LWG) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - Eleven missions

# DATE TARGET
102 Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
103, Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
104(A), Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
114, Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France
115, Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
119, Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
122 Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany
123, Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France
126, Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany
Other Pilots
125,
126 Completed combat tour on 23 March 1944.

S/Sgt Jack Kossin (RWG) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - Fourteen missions

# DATE TARGET
114, Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
118, Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
119, Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
122, Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany
123, Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France
126, Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany
127, Mar 24, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
129, Mar 27, 1944 Chartres, France
130, Mar 28, 1944 Dijon/Longvic, France
132, Apr 09, 1944 Marienburg, Germany
133, Apr 10, 1944 Brussels/Evere, Belgium
134(A), Apr 11, 1944 Sorau, Germany
135 Apr 13, 1944 Schweinfurt, Germany ,
Other Pilot - one mission
137 Apr 19, 1944 Kassel, Germany Completed combat tour

S/Sgt John P. Williams (TG) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - 12 missions

# DATE TARGET
102 Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
103, Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
104(A), Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
114, Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France
115, Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
116, Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
118, Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
119, Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany
122 Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany
123, Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France
126, Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany Completed combat tour
Other pilots - two missions 123, 126

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 FLESH, William R. P XFR
Lt GOSSAGE, John G. P POW
Capt GONZALES, Omar NAV POW
Lt LUX, James J. BOM POW
T/Sgt POPE, Harold L. TTE EVA
T/Sgt BREWSTER, Connor D. ROG KIA
S/SGT DOLSEN, Francis G. BTG POW
S/SGT GINEIKIS, George P. WG EVA
Sgt MACDONALD, Leon E. WG EVA
S/Sgt PING, Charles J. TG RFS
3rd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt FLESH, William R. P XFR
LT COMBS, Americus V. CP XFR
T/SGT ALBRIGHT, Glenn N. TTE CPT
T/SGT MURPHY, John J. ROG XFR
S/SGT PRICE, Richard M. BTG XFR
S/SGT STROUGH, Kenneth C. BTG NOC
SGT KOSSIN, Jack WG NOC
S/SGT WILLIAMS, John P. TG XFR