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Personnel

Lt

Jack E. LONGENECKER

Hometown During Time of Service: Kansas City, MO
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Navigator
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: CPT
Comments: 21 JULY 44 REGENSBURG

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Jack Longeneker graduatesPrintJoplin Globe April 22 194412:00 am
Jack Longenecker writes of Berlin missionPrintThe Akron Beacon March 7 194412:00 am
Jack Longenecker returns from overseasPrintJoplin Globe Aug 11 194412:00 am
Jack Longenecker tells of landing in KievPrintThe Kansas City Star Sept 1 194412:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2ND LT RANDALL T. CHADWICK P NOC
2ND LT WILLIAM T. "BUZZ" FITZROY CP POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (OWN CREW)
2ND LT JACK E. LONGENECKER NAV CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
2ND LT JOSEPH A. CARTY BOM CPT 19 JUL 44 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
S/SGT EDWIN E. POSTEL TTE CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
S/SGT JOHN J. GOOD ROG CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
SGT GEORGE A. BENEDICT BTG CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
SGT DELBERT J.H.BRUNS RWG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO
SGT AUSTIN B. ROBERTS LWG CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG (finishes missions as TG on Lt Fitzroy Crew)
SGT PHILIP K. TROETSCHEL TG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO (flew 5 missions as LWG on Lt Fitzroy Crew)

350th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 24 Feb 1944. Crew Flew A/C 42-31537, LN-S RANDIE LOU
Crew Rosters of Mar 3 & 4, 1944 shows Lt Kroske (from Lt Gough Crew) flying as co-pilot of this crew.

Missions for Capt. Randall Chadwick

Date Aircraft Nbr & Name Target
1. 3/3/1944 3413 LN-V HARD LUCK BERLIN- Lt Kronske is copilot
2. 3/4/1944 3413 LN-V HARD LUCK BERLIN- Lt Kronske is copilot
3. 3/6/1944 3413 LN-V HARD LUCK BERLIN- Lt Cryan is copilot (from Capt. Mark Cope Crew)
3/13/1944 39830 NOBALL (SCRUBBED)- Lt Gough is Pilot
3/15/1944 31968 BRUNSWICK-Lt Kronske is Pilot)
3/16/1944 3413 LN-V HARD LUCK AUGSBURG- Lt Kronske is Pilot and finishes his tour.
3/31/1944 31981 LN-E LUDWIGSHAFEN/RECALLED
4. 4/1/1944 3413 LN-V HARD LUCK LUDWIGSHAFEN
4/7/1944 3413 LN-V HARD LUCK QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
5. 4/8/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU QUACKENBRUCK
6. 4/9/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU KRZESINKI (POSEN)
7. 4/10/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
8. 4/13/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU AUGSBURG
9. 5/20/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU BRUSSELS
10. 5/23/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU TROYES
11. 5/24/1944 31220 LN-P FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II BERLIN
12. 5/27/1944 31537 LN-S RANDEI LOU STRASBOURG
13. 5/28/1944 102695 LN-F MAGDEBURG
14. 5/29/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU LEIPZIG
15. 5/31/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU OSNABRUCK
16. 6/2/1944 31987 LN-A THE LITTLE SKIPPER BOULOGNE
17. 6/5/1944 31220 LN-P FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II BOULOGNE
18. 6/6/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU OUISTREHAM
19. 6/6/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU FALAISE
20. 6/7/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU NANTES (BRIDGES)
21. 6/8/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU TOURS (BRIDGES)
22. 6/20/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU FALLERSLEBEN
23 6/21/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU RUHLAND-START OF RUSSIAN SHUTTLE, RAN OUT OF GAS, LANDED NEAR KIEV

Note: This is Lt William Fitzroy's original crew, which was shot down at Merseburg 29 Jul 44.

Lt. William T. "Buzz" Fitzroy P POW was on 35th mission
Lt. Robert Dykeman CP KIA Killed by German civilians, hanged (from Lt Gibbons Crew)
Lt. Floyd F. Hartman NAV POW (from 2nd Lt.Martin Tashjian Crew)
T/Sgt Floyd O. Douglas TOGG KIA Killed by German civilians, hanged (from 2nd Lt.Martin Tashjian Crew)
T/Sgt Carmine V. Roberto ROG KIA Killed by 20mm shell (from Lt Gibbons Crew)
T/Sgt Ira L. Arnold TTE KIA Killed by German civilians, hanged (from Lt Gibbons Crew)
S/Sgt Bernard L. Spragg BTG POW (from Lt Gibbons Crew)
Sgt Frank W. Buschmeier WG POW (from Lt Gibbons Crew
Sgt Joseph P. O' Donnell TG POW (from Lt Shelly Crew)

This appears to be a "Pick - Up" crew. A/C 42-31537 LN-S "Randie Lou" Plane was named by Lt Randell Chadwick after his Daughter (she was named after Randell and his Wife Louise "Randie Lou")

W.T. FITZROY STATED HE SAW 12 AMERICANS HANGED AND SHOT BY THE GERMANS ON 29 JUL 44; AMONG THEM WERE DYKEMAN, ARNOLD, AND FLOYD DOUGLAS.

Lt Dykeman, T/Sgt Arnold, Buschmeier, T/Sgt Carmine Roberto, Sgt Frank Buschmeier and S/Sgt Bernard Spragg were from Lt John P.Gibbons crew. Lt Hartman and T/Sgt Douglas from Lt Martin Tashjian Crew, Sgt O'Donnell from Lt J.M.Shelly crew and of course Fitzroy was the original co-pilot of the Randel T. Chadwick crew when it joined the 100th on 24 Feb 1944.

On July 29, 1944, for the second day in a row, B-17's set out for the oil plant at Merseburg. The formation was led by 1st Lt Herbert Howard and Austin Dunlap on a faulty course which went over Leipzig. The 100th "A" Group followed the 390th BG. The formation flew on a southernly course towards Merseburg and was hit in a barrage of extremely heavy flak. In the next few minutes, the low squadron of the 100th Lead was hard hit, losing 5 of 6 B-17's. Crew members believe FW 190's and ME 109's wee radioing the formations altitude while flying in their own flak. The "A" Group dropped wide, "B" Group hit the target. The entire low squadron of the 100th "A" Group failed to return. There was a 6 8/10th's cloud cover at the target. The lead A/C was hit by flak before the target causing a formation breakup and many stragglers. All were presumable lost to enemy fighters after passing over targets of opportunity. Witnesses: Lt Kasselbaum and Lt George Allen reported Lt Fitzroy's A/C blowing up after being hit. German records indicate that 5 bodies were recovered.

EYEWITNESS: "No specific information concerning the loss of this A/C is available. The formation leader for this squadron suffered flak damage prior to the target and was forced to jettison his bombs. This may have led to the beaking up of the formation for all became more of less stragglers. All were lost, presumaby to E/A after passing over the target of opportunity."
Floyd F. Hartman

Hartman's statement also indicates S/Sgt Carmine V. Roberto was killed before the crew bailed out over Leipzig at approx. 1045 hours. Lt Fitzroy stated that he had seen 12 Americans Hanged and shot by Germans on the 29th of July, 1944. Lt Dykeman, T/Sgt Douglas and T/Sgt Ira Arnold were among them

Missions of Lt Fitzroy from Ops.
Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
3/13/1944 51 128 FITZROY W T LT CP 39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED) Lt Gough is Pilot
1. 3/15/1944 51 129 FITZROY W T LT CP 31968 BRUNSWICK Lt Kronske is Pilot
2. 3/16/1944 51 130 FITZROY W T LT CP 3413 AUGSBURG Lt Kronske is Pilot
3/31/1944 51 139 FITZROY W T LT CP 31981 LUDWIGSHAFEN/RECALLED
3. 4/1/1944 51 140 FITZROY W T LT CP 3413 LUDWIGSHAFEN
4/7/1944 51 141 FITZROY W T LT CP 3413 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
5. 4/8/1944 51 142 FITZROY W T LT CP 31537 QUACKENBRUCK
6. 4/9/1944 51 143 FITZROY W T LT CP 31537 KRZESINKI (POSEN)
7. 4/10/1944 51 144 FITZROY W T LT CP 31537 RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
8. 4/13/1944 51 147 FITZROY W T LT CP 31537 AUGSBURG
9. 5/20/1944 51 119 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 BRUSSELS
10. 5/23/1944 51 120 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 TROYES
11. 5/24/1944 51 121 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31220 BERLIN
12. 5/27/1944 51 123 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 STRASBOURG
13. 5/28/1944 51 124 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 102695 MAGDEBURG
14. 5/29/1944 51 125 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 LEIPZIG
15. 5/31/1944 51 127 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 OSNABRUCK
16. 6/2/1944 51 128 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31987 BOULOGNE
17. 6/5/1944 51 131 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31220 BOULOGNE
18. 6/6/1944 51 -132 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 OUISTREHAM
19. 6/6/1944 51 -132 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 FALAISE
20, 6/7/1944 51 -135 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 NANTES (BRIDGES)
21. 6/8/1944 51 -136 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 TOURS (BRIDGES)
22. 6/20/1944 35 -143 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 FALLERSLEBEN
23 6/21/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU RUHLAND (START OF RUSSIAN SHUTTLE) ran out of gas and landed near Kiev.
Aircraft and Crew returned by Air Transport Command (ATC)
24. 7/13/1944 35 159 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
25. 7/17/1944 35 161 FITZROY W.T. LT P 32009 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY Lt Fitzroy's 1st mission as Pilot
26. 7/18/1944 35 162 FITZROY W.T. LT P 102958 KIEL & HEMMINGSTADT
27. 7/19/1944 35 163 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
28. 7/20/1944 35 164 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 MERSEBURG
29. 7/21/1944 35 165 FITZROY W.T. LT P 32009 REGENSBURG
30. 7/24/1944 35 166 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
31. 7/25/1944 35 167 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
32. 7/28/1944 35 168 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 MERSEBURG
33. 7/29/1944 35 169 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 MERSEBURG Shot Down

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS LT WILLIAM FITZROY:
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
AIR MEDAL WITH 3 OAK LEAF CLUSTERS
DISTINGUISHED UNIT CITATION (BERLIN MISSIONS MARCH 4-8, 1944)
3 BATTLE STARS TO ETO RIBBON
AIR OFFENSIVE EUROPE
NORMANDY CAMPAIGN
NORTHERN FRANCE CAMPAIGN

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CREW

2ND LT JOHN P. GIBBONS P CPT (FLEW TWO TOURS - CPT SECOND TOUR IN APR 1945)
2ND LT ROBERT DYKEMAN CP KIA 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (Hanged by Civilians)
2ND LT EVERETT M. JOHNSON NAV CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
2ND LT MAURICE H. CAIN BOM POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (WITH CAPT LAKIN AND COL KELLY)
2ND LT STERLING B. BLAKEMAN BOM NOC
PVT EDWARD WALKER, JR ROG KIA 19 MAR 44 MARQUIS/ MIMOYQUE (NO BALL)
S/SGT IRA L. ARNOLD TTE KIA 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (hanged by Civilians)
SGT BERNARD L. SPRAGG BTG POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
SGT MYRON J. ETTUS RWG CPT
SGT FRANK W. BUSCHMEIER LWG POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
SGT ARCHIE W. BUNTING TG RFS REMOVED FROM FLYING STATUS

350TH SQDN… CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 24 FEB 1944.
DYKEMAN, ARNOLD, BUSCHMEIRER, AND SPRAGG WERE WITH THE CREW OF W.T. FITZROY ON 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG MISSION.

IN MARCH 1944 DURING A NOBALL MISSION, AN 88MM MADE A DIRECT HIT AND TORE THE ENTIRE FLOOR AND RIGHT SIDE OF THE RADIO ROOM AWAY. ED WALKER WAS BLOWN OUT BY THE EXPLOSION. S/SGT CARMINE ROBERTO REPLACED ED WALKER ON THIS CREW AND WAS KIA WITH THE W.T. FITZROY CREW ON 29 JUL 44.

Photos

Jack E. Longenecker

Newspaper Article about Lt Longenecker returning home. (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

Lt Chadwick Crew Officers

Joseph A. Carty, Randell T. Chadwick, Jack E. Longenecker and William T. Fitzroy of the Randell T. Chadwick crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT FITZROY, William T. CP/P POW
Capt CHADWICK, Randall T. P CPT
Lt LONGENECKER, Jack E. NAV CPT
LT CARTY, Joseph A. BOM CPT
T/SGT POSTEL, Edwin E. TTE CPT
T/SGT GOOD, John J. ROG CPT
S/SGT BENEDICT, George A. BTG CPT
S/SGT BRUNS, Delbert J. WG CPT
S/SGT ROBERTS, Austin B. WG CPT
S/SGT TROETSCHEL, Philip K. TG CPT