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Rudolph GRUM

Rudolph Grum

Rudolph Grum NAV on the John F. Stephens crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

Army Serial Number: O-749387
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 418th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Navigator
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 01030
CR: 01030
Comments: 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (CRASHE LANDED AALTEN, HOLLAND)

Media Articles

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Rudolph Grum with photo commissionedPrintDetroit Free Press July 1 194312:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2nd Lt. John J. "Skippy" Flanigan P CPT ?/2/44 Taps 1976 sn#O-797503
2nd Lt. Douglas E.Dunsdon CP CPT sn#O-801641
2nd Lt. Earl L.Richardson BOM POW 6/3/1944 BERLIN (with D. Miner) See Below
2nd Lt. Rudolph Grum NAV POW 10/10/1943 MUNSTER (with J.F.Stephens) See Below
T/Sgt. Guy M.Tuccero TTE CPT
S/Sgt. Adam E. "Rudy" Rutkowski ROG CPT
S/Sgt. Guerino "Bill" Melchiorre BTG CPT
S/Sgt. Frederick D."Farmer"Brown WG CPT
S/Sgt Salvatore J. Luistro WG CPT
S/Sgt. Jack J.Strang TG CPT

Crew,as above,joined the 100th BG (418th Sqdn.) 3/9/43. Crew flew in "Royal Flush" for 19 missions.

Sgt Carl "Rosie" Platkin, from Replacement Gunners Pool flew a few missions with this Crew

2nd Lt Richardson flew his 24th mission with Lt Riley on a makeup crew. On March 6, 1944 2nd Lt Richardson flew his 25th mission with Lt David Miner Crew, which also included 2nd Lt George E.Kinsella (from Lt Reily"s Crew) and was shot down. Richardson was POW and Kinsella was KIA. See details below.

Subj: The Paddlefoot
Date: 12/12/2002 10:17:16 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: dovejoint@hotmail.com
To: mpfaley@aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Hello Mike,
Here is the info from the report of Paddledoot's Proxy as told by Capt.
Elton:

I took off at 1833, September 6, 1943 to slow time a new engine(no. 3).
The others aboard were 910 Pilot and Co-Pilot of a replacement crew. (2) Our
squadran line chief (engineering).
At 1925 I attempted to contact the tower for landing instruction and found
my radio out. I then attempted to get visual (green light) by flying over
the field gear down. The right gear would not extend either electrically or
manually. As darkness was approaching I knew that I hed to set it down
shortly, regardless of the full gas load ( approxamatly 1600 Gls.) I fired
a red-red flare on those dry run approaches and dropped a note to the man on
the tower. When I sure that all on the ground was ready, ambulances,
fire-truck, and men in asbestos suits, I landed the ship on the grass
paralleling our E-W runway. Nothing unusual happened.

John B. Kidd added the following:

A report from the squadran engineering officer stated that the upper
limit switch failed to operate causing the motor to burn out, and the clutch
to freeze. This prevented the gear from being lowered by the hand crank.
No responsibility can be placed upon the crew due to the mechanical nature
of the failure. I witnessed the landing which was excellent.

The report listed J.J Flannigan (CP), G.A. VanGemert (E), and D.E.
Dunsdon (CP) as the other crew members with Capt. Elton. It also stated
that the aircraft was recovered by the 98th Service Squadran. The accident
happened Sept. 6, 43 and the report was stamped as received by Headquarters
Flight Control Command in Winston-Salem, NC on Oct. 2, 43. The report
totaled 9 pages…Jeff DeLong


Letter from Earl Richardson to Jim Brown Aug.1983 says of his final rnission . . . ."The
pilot and co-pilot caught the fire of the first fighter out of the sun, directly into the
windshield. I believe 3 gunners and myself got out. I regained conscious,jumped thru the
nose opening and the B-17 hit the ground at the same time the chute opened. You got to have
faith!"


September 16, 1943: Bordeaux/Merignac & La Pallice (A/C 23508 - Bastard's Bungelow II)
September 23, 1943: Vannes (A/C 26087 - Royal Fush)
September 27, 1943: Emden, Port (A/C 26087 - Royal Flush)
October 2, 1943: Emden. Docks (A/C 26087 - Royal Flush)
October 4, 1943: Saarluis & Hanau (A/C 26087 - Royal Flush)
October 10, 1943: Munster (A/C 26094 - No Name) REM
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From the Daughter of S/Sgt Guerino Melshiorre:

Subj: RE: 100thBG Feedback Form
Date: 2/26/2002 6:12:47 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: d.aubrey@att.net
To: MPFaley@aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Michael,

I spoke to my father about the war and needless to say he gave me little information. He does not have a list of the missions he and the crew flew. However, he did remember that they thought they would be the next ones down during one mission. They ran into some difficulty (what it was???) and the plane next to them left them a stray. He said that he would never forget the US plane that left. It was called the "Big Dick". He also remembered one mission where they flew to bomb a German airfield and another was in Norway. During another mission, or one of these, he remembered that all the planes disappeared and they continued to the mission destination. He does recall at one time a lead plane, right in front of them, exploding in mid-air and during another instance, a fully loaded plane crashing and exploding upon take-off at the airfield in England.

I know these are only pieces of info, but this is the best I could do at this time. Dad prefers talking about all the places he saw prior to going overseas and the fun time the crew had and what the men did when they were drunk. It appears the crew got soused to relieve a lot of the tension. He also spoke about travelling around England on bicycles since that was the only mode of transportation.

The info I have on Dad from his discharge papers and certificates is as follows:

- Inducted on Set. 9, 1942 and began service on Sept. 24, 1942, Fort Jay, NY.
- Recognition and Citations:
American Theater - Europe-Africa-Middle Eastern with 1 Bronze Star
Good Conduct Medal, June 15, 1945
Air Medal, October 2, 1943
Distinguished Flying Cross, February 26, 1944
1st OLCAM, November 29, 1943
2nd OLCAM, December 19, 1943
3rd OLCAM January 19, 1944
- Badges
AAF Tech. Badge (Ap. Mech.)
AAF Air Crew Member Badge (Wings)
- Departed to EAMET on August 19, 1943 arriving August 22, 1943
- Returned to US on March 25, 1944 arriving April 3, 1944
- Technical Training and Certificates
Aerial Gunnery, Kingman Arizona May 10, 1943
AP Mech, Lincoln, Nebraska February 15, 1943
B-17 Specialist, Long Beach, California March 23, 1943
Altitude Training, Ephrata, Washington June 3, 1943
- Flight Engineer (he says Asst. Engineer) and operated 50 Caliber gun turrets
- Also was a military instructor in the states
- Discharged October 30, 1945

He remembers flying to Europe from New Founland to Ireland. When the crew got to Ireland, there were no military personnel to give them their orders. They had to wait a few days. Once they got their orders, he recalls that the crew was required to take additional training courses, however, he wasn't requested to do so. He doesn't know why. So as they trained, he slept and was woken up at 3:00 a.m. to fly. That was his first mission. What it was, I don't know. They were stationed in England.

I have a number of photos, certificates and some memorabilia scanned. Dad was able to identify some of the men in the photos, however, not all. One of the photos is not of his crew. It is the crew of "Bastard's Bungalow". On the back of this photo is written "Raid on Kiel", December 13, 1943, S/Sgt. Leroy E. Leist. I will send some of this info to you. Do you want it in BMP or PDF format?

I also have to apologize. My last e-mail stated that Dad met with Jack Strang in NY. It wasn't Jack he met, it was the pilot of the "Royal Flush", Flannigan. Dad said that he was already married and had kids when they flew in Europe.

I hope this info helps in identifying some of the missions. If you obtain any info, I would appreciate it if you could forward it to me. By the way, what is "OLCAM"?

Dale


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CREW

CAPT DAVID L. MINER P KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
LT HERBERT A. ALF CP POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
LT EARL L. RICHARDSON NAV POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP (FROM THE JACK FLANIGAN CREW)
LT GEORGE R. JONES BOM KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT WILLIAM C. LIBBERT ROG POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT ALBERT ZIKORUS TTE POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT VARDEN I. BUTLER BTG KIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT SAM PRY RWG POW/WIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT LEONARD D. MALCUIT LWG POW/WIA 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP
SGT JUNE E. ROBERSON TG POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP

418th Sqdn. Letter from Bertholf 8/Sep/88 : Crew joined the 100th in Sept.1943....jb
Flying a/c 42-38059 LD-A. This A/C was leading the high squadron when attacked by fighters.The nose was shot away and other damage
occurred. It was Richardson's belief that as the ship wildly manuevered, Jones slipped or was thrown from the
nose without his chute. Malcuit & Pry both suffered burns about the face and eyes."

Lt Alf was replaced for this mission of 6/3/44 by Lt George E.Kinsella from the T.J.Reilly crew.
Kinsella was KIA. Lt.Alf was flying with Col.Kelly and Capt.Lakin when he became a POW
Alf had arrived at the 100th Group as pilot with his own crew on 1/12/43.

Letter from E.L.Rlchardson dated 8/4/86 says that "Miner's crew was on its 25 misslon. and that he was"flying
as replacement for D.Berthlof,Nav. who was ill with a sinus infection"

Missions of Capt. David Miner (from Bill Thompson's MACR Reports, missing 4 missions from this crew...mpf 2002)

1. 2/10/43 EMDEN
2. 4/10/43 HANAU
3. 8/10/43 BREMEN
4. 9/10/43 MARIENBURG
5. 5/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN
6. 11/11/43 MUNSTER
7. 26/11/43 PARIS
8. 30/11/43 SOLINGEN
9. 5/12/43 BORDEAUX
10. 11/12/43 EMDEN
11. 13/12/43 KIEL
12. 16/12/43 BREMEN
13. 20/12/43 BREMEN
14. 22/12/43 MUNSTER
15. 1/01/44 PARIS
16. 30/01/44 BRUNSWICK
17. 10/02/44 BRUNSWICK
18. 24/02/44 ROSTOCK
19. 25/02/44 REGENSBURG
20. 3/03/44 BERLIN
21. 6/03/44 BERLIN


Subj: RE: 100thBG Feedback Form
Date: 12/27/2003 9:25:07 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: mroe21877@comcast.net
To: MPFaley@aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)

There are three pictures.

On the 418th link 2nd page of pics 22nd down with the subtitle “Eighteen mostly unidentified airmen pose with ROYAL FLUSH”
The first person on the left in the middle row is my grandfather William Groenendaal. (to the left of the person in the goggles)
This same pic is under the aircraft link with the subtitle “ROYAL FLUSH
418th aircraft”
Also on page 4 of pics under 418th with subtitle “John J. Flanigan crew with ground crew “

NEXT PIC

On page 5 of pics under the 418th
4rd pic from bottom with subtitle “Photograph identified as, Gronendyle, Peal, Roach and Burns, April 1944. (100th Photo Archives)
upper left is William Groenendaal (close)


Thanks

Mike
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CREW THAT FLEW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER MISSION

1ST LT JOHN F. STEPHENS P POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
1ST LT HOYT L. SMITH CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT RUDOLPH GRUM NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (from Lt Flanigan Crew)
2 ND LT WILLIAM J. MOORE BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT JOHN SHAY TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT GEORGE F. KNOLLE WG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT MAX U. DRUDGE BTG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT CARL E. BATTIN ROG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT CASIMIR A. RACZYNSKI WG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT WILLIAM F. YOUNG TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

DAVID SOLOMON (NAV) MOVED TO CREW #32, REPLACING HARRY CROSBY WHEN CROSBY BECAME GROUP NAVIGATOR. LT RUDOLPH GRUM REPLACED SOLOMON ON CREW #29 AND BECAME A POW ON 10 OCT 43.

ERNEST KIESSLING WAS GROUNDED AFTER THREE OR FOUR MISSIONS FOR SURGURY AND JOHN STEPHENS TOOK OVER AS PILOT, LIKELY THIS IS WHEN LT HOYT L. SMITH BECAME THE CO-PILOT COMING FROM CREW #28. HE BECAME A POW ON 10 OCT 43 ALONG WITH STEPHENS.

T/SGT CARL E. BATTIN REPLACED S/SGT FRANK S. MAZARKA PRIOR TO THE CREWS OVERSEAS FLIGHT AND WAS TAKEN PRISONER ON 10 0CT 43.

AFTER SEVERE FLAK DAMAGE AND ATTACKS BY FIGHTERS THE PILOTS MADE A SUCCESSFUL BELLY LANDING. MAX DRUDGE WAS WOUNDED IN THE RIGHT WRIST AND HAND BY A 20-MM AND T/SGT BATTIN SUFFERED A BROKEN ARM, THE REMAINDER WERE NOT INJURED AND ALL BECAME POWS.



CREW COMBAT MISSIONS
B17F 23237 "Stymie"


- Mission Date Flt Time Target Results
Number

1. 6/22/43 4:00 Diversion, North Sea Completed a.b.
2. 6/25/43 5:00 Bremen, Subyards Abortive c.d.
3. 6/28/43 5:45 St Nazaire, Subpens Completed
4. 6/29/43 5:40 LeMans, Aero Engines Completed
5. 7/4/43 11:00 LaPallice, Harbor Completed
6. 7/10/43 5:30 LeBourget, Air Field Abortive
7 7/14/43 5:45 LeBourget, Air Field Abortive
8 7/25/43 7:35 Warnemunde, Aircraft Fac Completed
9. 7/29/43 7:20 Warnemunde, Aircraft Fac Completed
10. 7/30/43 6:10 Kassel Aircraft Factory Completed
11. 8/12/43 5:00 Wesseling, Synthetic Oil Completed
12. 8/14/43 3:50 Diversion, North Sea Completed
13. 9/6/43 9:15 Stuttgart, Ball Bearings Completed
14. 9/7/43 3:30 Watten, V-weapons Completed
15. 9/7/43 4:00 Beauvais-Tille, Air Field Completed
16. 9/15/43 6:45 Paris, Aircraft Factory Completed
17. 9/27/43 5:45 Emden, Port Completed
18. 10/2/43 6:00 Emden, Docks Completed
19. 10/4/43 6:05 Hanau, Rubber Works Completed
20. 10/9/43 10:15 Marienburg, Aircraft Fac Completed
21. l0/l0/43 --- Munster, Marshalling Yards Crash Landed, near Borken, Ger (e)
Memo 2:
Replaced David Solomon when he moved to Crew #32.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Munster
Aircraft:
"Stymie" (42-3237)
Date:
1943-10-10
Cause:
EAC-FLAK-Crash Landed

Photos

Rudolph Grum

Rudolph Grum NAV on the John F. Stephens crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
CAPT FLANIGAN, John J. P CPT
LT DUNSDON, Douglas E. CP CPT
Lt GRUM, Rudolph NAV POW
LT RICHARDSON, Earl L. BOM POW
T/SGT TUCCERO, Guy M. TTE CPT
T/SGT RUTKOWSKI, Adam E. ROG CPT
S/SGT MELCHIORRE, Guerino BTG CPT
S/SGT BROWN, Frederick D. WG CPT
S/SGT LUISTRO, Salvatore J. WG CPT
S/SGT STRANG, Jack J. TG CPT
2nd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt STEPHENS, John F. CP/P POW
Lt SMITH, Hoyt L. CP POW
Lt GRUM, Rudolph NAV POW
LT MOORE, William J. BOM POW
T/Sgt SHAY, John TTE POW
T/Sgt BATTIN, Carl E. ROG POW
T/Sgt DRUDGE, Max U. BTG POW
S/Sgt KNOLLE, George F. WG POW
S/Sgt RACZYNSKI, Casimir A. WG POW
S/Sgt YOUNG, William F. TG POW