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Personnel

T/Sgt

Boris A. BELLES

Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 418th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Top Turret Gunner / Engineer

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: CPT
Comments: 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG & LUDWIGSHAFEN

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2ND LT JAMES E.SCHWANK P CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG & LUDWIGSHAFEN SN 0-753932
2ND LT TIMOTHY J. CROWLEY CP CPT 31 JUL 44 MUNICH, AERO ENGINES SN 0-697340
F/O RUDOLPH E. BATTISTA NAV CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO, GROUND SUPPORT SN T123917
2ND LT THOMAS A. McKENZIE BOM CPT 31 JUL 44 MUNICH, AERO ENGINES SN 0-757541
SGT BORIS A. BELLES TTE CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG & LUDWIGSHAFEN SN 39320213
SGT LLOYD H. WEAVER ROG CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG & LUDWIGSHAFEN SN 18187930
SGT JOSEPH R. CURTIN BTG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO, GROUND SUPPORT SN 12169728
SGT WILLIAM E. HILL WG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO, GROUND SUPPORT SN 35722147
SGT CHARLES C. SEGREST, JR WG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO, GROUND SUPPORT SN 18158187
SGT ROBERT H. WALSH TG CPT 31 JUL 44 MUNICH, AERO ENGINES SN 19116961

418TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 17 MAR 1944..see "CONTRAILS" page. 83
Crew flew in Miss Chief. A-2 jacket were painted "Schwanks Yanks"

Below is a list of the bombing missions my father has recorded in his
diary. Though some of the spelling may be incorrect, it is the best
transcription we are able to compile. Gary L. Hill (3/22/00)

> Mission #. Target Kind of Target Date

> 1 Ludwigshafen, Ger. Chemical & Synthetic Oil Plant 04-01-44(recall)
> 2 Rheins, France. Air Drome 04-10-44(recall)
> 3 Rostock, Ger. Marshalling Yards 04-11-44(excellent)
> 4 Augsburg, Ger. Messerschmett Factory 04-13-44(excellent)
> 5 Schweinfurt, Ger. FW. Factory 04-12-44(recall)
> 6 Werl, Ger. Fighter Base 04-19-44(excellent)
> 7 Flottensam, Fr. NoBall 04-20-44(excellent)
> 8 Hamm, Ger. Marshalling Yards 04-22-44(excellent)
> 9 Fredwickshaven, Ger. F.W. Factory 04-24-44(excellent)
> 10 Cheroburg, Fr. NoBall 04-28-44(overcast)
> 11 Berlin, Ger. Center of Town R.R. Station 04-29-44(excellent)
> 12 France NoBall; constructions/quarry/R.R. 05-01-44(overcast)
> 13 Berlin, Ger. Center of Town 05-07-44(excellent)
> 14 Laon, Fr. Air Field 05-09-44(excellent)
> 15 Leige, Bel. Marshalling Yards 05-11-44(destroyed)
> 16 Bruz, Czech. Synthetic Oil Factory 05-12-44(destroyed)
> 17 Osnobruk, Ger. Marshalling Yards 05-13-44(destroyed)
> 18 Brussels, Bel. Marshalling Yards 05-20-44(undercast)
> 19 Troy, Fr. Marshalling Yards 05-23-44(undercast)
> 20 Berlin, Ger. Unknown 05-24-44(excellent)
> 21 Merseburg, Ger. Synthetic Oil 05-28-44(unknown)
> 22 Leipsig, Ger. Junkers Exp. Lab & Factory 05-29-44(excellent)
> 23 Troys, Fr. Repair Houses/Marshalling Yards 05-30-44(excellent)
> 24 Boulogne, Fr. Coast Artillery 06-02-44(excellent)
> 25 Cheroburg, Fr. Coast Artillery 06-06-44(excellent)
> 26 Cheroburg, Fr. German Defenses 06-06-44(excellent)
> 27 Boulogne, Fr. Artillery, Coast Defense 06-11-44(unknown)
> 28 Hannover, Ger. Refinery, Synthetic 06-15-44(unknown)
> 29 Rhuland, Ger. Synthetic Oil Refinery 06-21-44(unknown)
> 30 Drohobysc, Pol. Synthetic Oil Refinery 06-26-44(unknown)
> 31 Arad, Rom. Marshalling Yards 07-03-44(unknown)
> 32 Besiers, Fr. Marshalling Yards 07-05-44(unknown)
> 33 Munich, Ger. Robot Plane Factory 07-11-44(185 FLAK)
> 34 Ludgwigshafen, Ger. City 07-21-44(175 FLAK)
> 35 Battle Line, Fr. German Troops 07-25-44(unknown)


Subj: 100th_Photo_Archivist
Date: 4/21/2003 12:21:42 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: JOEC409@cs.com
To: MPFaley

Mr. Faley my name is Joe Curtin ,my Father Joseph R. Curtin ,was the Ball turret Gunner on LT. James Schwanks 'plane MISS CHIEF. I have several photos of the plane and crew that are not on your site .I came upon the site by accident , and sat in awe for over two hours finding out things Inever knew .Unfortunately my Father passed away in 1996,leaving behind many memories .I also have Bendix Turret Manuals,other photos from turret school,and his A2 Jacket with "Schwanks Yanks" on the back and the 100th on the front.Is it possible to get copies of these photos to you?Please send reply Thank You. Joseph P. Curtin joec409@cs.com

EMAIL = laviniah@earthlink.net
UNAME = Gary Hill
CONNECTION = I am a relative of a 100th veteran
COMMENTS = My father William E. Hill FLEW WITH THE 100 bg 418 bs, OUT OF Thrope Abbotts. Aircraft was 42-31895, named Miss Chief. I wish to update the file that my father died 3 Maarch 1965. Taps was performed. He was still in the USAF as a Chief Master Sgt.He died at Sheppard AFB. I have a picture of the crew at the aircraft, I would enjoy sending it and the names of the crew. I also have my fathers diaries. Please let me know if you would be interested in any of these items.

Photos

James E. Schwank crew

James E. Schwank crew. Kneeling from left; James E. Schwank Timothy J. Crowley, Rudolph E. Battista and Thomas A. McKenzie, Standing; Voris A. Belles, William E. Hill, Lloyd H. Weaver, Joseph R. Curtin, Robert H. Walsh and Charles C. Segrest, Jr. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT SCHWANK, James E. P CPT
Lt CROWLEY, Timothy J. CP CPT
LT BATTISTA, Rudolph E. NAV CPT
SGT STROBLE, Austin O. TOG/NG NOC
Lt MCKENZIE, Thomas A. BOM CPT
T/SGT BELLES, Boris A. TTE CPT
T/SGT WEAVER, Lloyd H. ROG CPT
S/SGT CURTIN, Joseph R. BTG CPT
S/SGT HILL, Wiliam E. WG CPT
SGT SEGREST, Charles C. WG CPT
S/Sgt WALSH, Robert H. TG CPT