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Personnel

Lt

Kenneth L. HOUGHTON

Army Serial Number: O-806987
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 418th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Copilot/Pilot

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: EVA
MACR: 06542
CR: 06542
Comments: 25 JUN 44 MAQUIS ARMS DROP, FLAK

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

1st Lt Andrew J.Gorski P NOC 21 JUN 44 BASDORF-BERLIN (LWA by flak in leg)
2nd Lt Kenneth L.Houghton CP POW 25 JUN 44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP ( as pilot of S.T.Major Crew)
2nd Lt Ray E.Miller NAV CPT 19 SEPT 44 SZOLNOK, HUNGARY (with AUSTIN DUNLOP PFF CREW)
2nd Lt Burton S.Fox BOM CPT 19 SEPT 44 SZOLNOK, HUNGARY (with AUSTIN DUNLOP PFF CREW)
S/Sgt George Jones TTE NOC
Sgt Albert M.Caldwell ROG CPT 3 JAN 45 FULDA
Sgt Joseph J.Parrilla BTG NOC Flew 14 missions with Lt Evans Crew
S/Sgt Oscar A.Compton WG NOC
Sgt John Rybak WG NOC
Sgt Daniel M.Cargile TG NOC (flew with Lt Rice Crew, and went down with Lt Kincannon Crew, flew as WG)

418th Sqdn. This crew,as above,Joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44. Crew flew Andy's Dandy's named after Capt. Andrew Gorski
Capt. Gorski went on to become 418th Assistant Operations Officer

Letter from Ray Miller (April 1984) We had not been a part of the group very long until Andy Gorski was
moved into squadron ops. Burt Fox had been a bombardier lnstructor and had gone through phase training
twice. He was a natural for lead crew and insisted that I be his navigator as we were a "team". Gorski did
not go to Pathfinders but did get some Command pilot time (he got a flak wound in the leg while doing so).
Burt & I teamed up with Austin Dunlap and completed our tour as , PFF crew. Kenneth Houghton got a crew of
his own and was shot down but walked out. It was in June 1944 and he has a good story about Gen.Patton and
his staff. I do not know the fate of the enlisted men of our original crew.


CREW that Lt Ken Houghton took over:

2nd Lt STANLEY T. MAJOR P CPT 29/7/44 MERSEBURG
2nd Lt Thornton Bline CP EVADEE 25/6/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
2nd Lt Stanley B.Green NAV POW 25/6/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
2nd Lt William A.Lichtenstein BOM POW 25/6/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
T/Sgt Laverne H.Deatrich ROG EVADEE 25/6/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
T/Sgt James E.Marion TTE KIA 25/6/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
S/Sgt Malcolm K.Eckley LWG EVADEE 25/6/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
Sgt Harold F. Carter RWG NOC
S/Sgt Warren G.Moore TG POW 25/6/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
Sgt John F.Nelson BTG POW 25/6/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP (fill in from 390th BG)

418th Sqdn. CREW ABOVE JOINED 100TH ON 7/4/44 except for Sgt Nelson.
On June 25, 1944 2nd Lt Kenneth Houghton was pilot of this crew. Lt.Houghton had arrived at the 100 BG on 9/3/44 as CP on the Andrew Gorski crew and became pilot of Lt Major's crew on 14 June 44 after Lt Major was assigned to Squadron Operations. The rest of the above crew (except for Sgt.John Nelson) had all reached the 100th Gp on 7/4/44 as members of the Stanley T.Major crew. Sgt. Nelson was assigned to the 390th Bomb Gp and no doubt was a last minute replacement for this one mission. On 25 June 44 this crew was flying A/C #42 97859 "Any Gum Chum" .

Warren G. Moore passed away on 5/1/1991. He was a TG with the 418th Sqdn.. He was with 2nd Lt Kenneth Houghton crew assigned to A/C "Any Gum Chum". Shot down 6/25/1944 and was a POW. Please add him to your Taps. I'm his son Warren G. Moore Jr.
Thank you,
Warren G. Moore Jr
wmoore48@q.com

Missions of co-pilot Lt Thornton Bline sn# 0-815813

1. 25/4/44 DIJON, FR.
2. 26/4/44 BRUNSWICK, GER.
3. 29/4/44 BERLIN, GER.
4. 11/5/44 LIEGE, BEL.
5. 19/5/44 BERLIN, GER.
6. 25/5/44 BRUSSELS, BEL.
7. 28/5/44 MAGDEBURG, GER.
8. 30/5/44 TROYES, FR.
9. 31/5/44 OSNABRUCK, GER.
10. 2/6/44 PARIS, FR.
11. 4/6/44 BOULOGNE, FR.
12. 5/6/44 BOULOGNE, FR.
13. 6/6/44 FALAISE, FR D-DAY
14. 7/6/44 NANTES, FR.
15. 8/6/44 TOURS, FR.
16. 14/6/44 LeCULOT, FR.- Lt. Houghton becomes Pilot for this Crew
17. 15/6/44 WILSTER, GER.-Lt. Houghton-pilot
18. 18/6/44 BRUNSBUTTELKOOG, GER. Lt Houghton- pilot
19. 24/6/44 ROUEN, FR. Lt Houghton- pilot
20. 25/6/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP Lt Houghton-Pilot

A/C#42 97859 "ANY GUM CHUM" LD-T
MACR #6542,Micro fiche #2368

TAPS
KENNETH LEROY HOUGHTON, 92
9 NOV 1917- 12 MAY 2010
LAST RESIDENCE 94112 SAN FRANCISCO area
546-01-8163


Hello Sir,
My name is Jean Pierre, I live in the city of Chartres in France.
I write a book about the crash and aerial combat in my area during the Second World War.
The 25 juin1944 the B17 42-97859, flown by Lt Kenneth Houghton crashed near the village of La Ferte Vidame (Les Ressuintes).
This village is located 30 kilometers from Chartres, and the story of this crew will be in my book.
I found your site, a photograph of the crew.
Will it be possible to obtain authorization to use this photo?
I enclose the address of our website:
http://forcedlanding.pagesperso-orange.fr/index.htm
Thank you for your help.
Cordially
Jean Pierre
noeljean@libertysurf.fr

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Maquis Supply Drop
Aircraft:
"Any Gum Chum" (42-97859)
Date:
1944-06-25
Cause:
FLAK

Photos

Kenneth L. Houghton crew

Kenneth L. Houghton crew: Standing (Left to Right) Laverne H. Deatrich, J.H.Gage, Malcolm K. Eckley,George Jones?, Warren G. Moore and James Edward Marion; Kneeling Kenneth L. Houghton, Thornton Bline, Stanley B. Green and William A. Lichtenstein. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Robert Nunez

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT HOUGHTON, Kenneth L. CP/P EVA
CAPT GORSKI, Andrew J. P NOC
LT MILLER, Ray E. NAV CPT
CAPT FOX, Burton S. BOM CPT
S/SGT JONES, George TTE NOC
T/Sgt CALDWELL, Albert M. ROG CPT
S/SGT PARRILLA, Joseph J. BTG NOC
S/SGT COMPTON, Oscar A. WG NOC
Sgt RYBAK, John WG NOC
S/SGT CARGILE, Daniel M. TG EVA
2nd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT HOUGHTON, Kenneth L. CP/P EVA
Lt BLINE, Thornton CP EVA
LT GREEN, Stanley B. NAV POW
LT LICHTENSTERN, William A. BOM POW
T/Sgt MARION, James E. TTE KIA
T/Sgt DEATRICH, Laverne H. ROG EVA
S/SGT GAGE, John H. BTG NOC
S/Sgt ECKLEY, Malcolm K. WG EVA
S/Sgt MOORE, Warren G. TG POW