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Personnel

S/Sgt

James D. MADDEN

Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Waist Gunner

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: XFR
Comments: TO PFF(482ND) APR 44 AFTER 13 MISSIONS

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2nd Lt Truman Hermansen P
2nd Lt CLifford W.Sellon CP
2nd Lt Henry C.Griffis NAV EVADEE
2nd Lt Jerry E.Brian BOM
S/Sgt George A.Keller TTE
Sgt Emil Dihlmann ROG
Sgt Robert N.LaRue BTG
S/Sgt James D.Madden WG
Sgt Harold R.Dorr WG
Sgt Burke D.Hyatt TG

350th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 28/11/43

A letter from Hermansen (April 1984) says that after 13 missions with the 100th Group, the crew (minus Griffis) was transferred to the 482BG as a Pathfinder crew. They continued at Alconbury until 29 May 1945 when all came back to the U.S. together. According to Sgt Burke Hyatt, the crew had "Werewolves" painted on their jackets.

Griffis "was shot down over lowlands of Holland and escaped the Germans through help of patriots who hid him in a room above an Inn until liberated by the Allies." He returned to Thorpe Abbotts briefly before returning to the States. See info below.

Crew of Lt Truman Hermansen when transferred to 482nd Bomb Group, 812 Bomb Squadron, Alconbury ( Lt Griffis transferred out of 482nd BG back to 100th BG so he could complete his missions sooner. S/Sgt George A. Keller is replaced by Sgt Palmer at 482nd BG, reason unknown)mpf 2001

Lt Truman Hermansen P
Lt Clifford W. Sellon CP
Lt Harry Sparrow NAV
Lt Jerry E. Brian BOM
T/Sgt Burke D. Hyatt TTE
Sgt Emil Dihlmann ROG
Sgt W. Palmer BTG
S/Sgt James D. Madden WG
Sgt Robert N. LaRue WG
Sgt Harold R. Dorr TG

CREW
Pathfinder Aircraft

DATE: 20 July 1944 418th Sqdn. A/C #42-97564

MISSION: Merseburg,Ger. MACR #7414,Micro-fiche #2701


Major MaGee C.Fuller Com. P POW
Capt Francis C.Kincannon P POW
1st Lt Bernard L.Farnum CP POW
Capt Robert E.Nance BOM EVADEE
1st Lt Louis H.Abromowitz NAV EVADEE
Capt Henry C.Griffis Rad/NAV EVADEE (see Hermansen crew/ 350th Sqdn.)
1st Lt George E.Bonitz NAV EVADEE
T/Sgt Daniel B.Deason TTE POW
T/Sgt Oscar L.Edge ROG POW
S/Sgt Glen E.Snider RW POW
S/Sgt Vaniel M.Cargile LW EVAVEE
S/Sgt Robert D.Chavez TG POW

This A/C was leading the mission in a Pathfinder ship which accounts for the
seven officers aboard. Major Fuller,who had flown overseas as pilot of a 349th
Sqdn. Crew in June 1943, was now C.O. of the 418th.

EYEWITNESS: "Just as bombs were released A/C #564 received a direct hit by AA fire between #2 engine and fuselage.Shell did not explode but a large hole was torn in the wing and gasoline poured from the tanks. #2 engine feathered and A/C pulled out of formation directing deputy
leader to take over. A/C fell behind and was escorted by fighters and it was reported that #564 was heard to tell fighters over radio that it was all-right." This is all the information that interrogation of 100th "A" Group crews revealed.

From Bottisham (fighter base) to PFF War room to 100th BG the following report was received: "A/C #564 called for fighter support
after it began to lag and contact was made over channel "C" with the fighters which gave it cover. Subsequentlythe PFF had to crash
land near Louvain just east of Brusselsand prearranged plan (over channel "C") as soon as the crew had cleared the A/C the fighter
strafed and set fire to the ship. Fighter did not see PFF explode but stated definitely that it was afire,and that all the crew was safe.
Memo 2:
	
In Memory of
James Daniel MADDEN
Obituary

James Daniel Madden passed away on Friday the 3rd of June, 2016 in Pueblo, Colorado. James was born on November 15, 1916 in Menominee, Michigan to Daniel and Frances Madden. James and his siblings, Katherine (Kay), Patrick (Pat), Grace and Helen enjoyed a loving family life with their parents in Minocqua, Wisconsin. James joined the Army Air Corp on November 10, 1939 and served as a top turret gunner and engineer on a B-17 bomber, or Flying Fortress. He was assigned to Crew 51, Squadron 350 of the 100th Bomb Group. Our Dad flew 21 missions and was awarded the following service medals/citations: Air Offensive Europe, Normandy, Rhineland; Distinguished Unit Badge; American Theatre Ribbon; European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon; four Bronze Stars; Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters; American Defense Service Ribbon; and the World War II Victory Medal. Having completed only 5 missions, the following was reported in the local Wausau, Wisconsin newspaper: 'Tech. Sgt. James D. Madden, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Madden, who is the top turret gunner on an Eighth AAF Flying Fortress, has been credited officially with the destruction of a Nazi fighter during an aerial battle over Berlin recently, according to word received from a bomber station in England. The press dispatch said Sgt. Madden downed the Nazi plane in a battle in which the Forts slugged it out with the luftwaffe while dropping tons of bombs on the important Erkner ball-bearing works in Berlin.' After heroically serving his country James (Jim) returned home and married his sweetheart, Rita Irene Deininger on June 29, 1946. He was excitedly looking forward to celebrating his 70th anniversary this month. Jim especially enjoyed sharing his Irish heritage through song, and his family always enjoyed listening to his many colorful jokes and stories. Several weeks ago Jim was paid a special tribute in Pueblo, CO for being a 2016 centenarian and wrote: "My time on earth has been and is more than wonderful. I hope the future generations are blessed with peace and joy like I have." He is survived by his wife Rita and children (spouses): Daniel (Kim), John (Annette), Guy (Karen), Mary (Bob Barry), Timothy and Cathy. His grandchildren are James, Jonathan, Elyse, Amy, Declan, Emily, Jillian, Renee, Nathan, Sarah and Dillon. He was also mindful of all 18 great-grandchildren. He left a great legacy, many stories, and a loving family. Husband, father, patriarch and friend, "James Daniel Finnegan Hogan Himself Madden Jr." will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace. Services will be on Friday, June 24th, beginning with a Mass at St. James Catholic Church, 1314 Newport St., Denver, CO at 11:00am (303-322-7449) and interment with Military Honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO at 2:30pm in Staging Area B (303-761-0117).

Photos

Truman Hermansen Crew

Truman Hermansen Crew (left to right) Standing: J. Brian (B), T. Hermansen (P), C. Sellon (CP), H. Griffis (N) is not pictured. Kneeling: H. Dorr (TG), E. Dihlmann (R), J. Madden (WG), R. LaRue (WG), W. Palmer (BT), B. Hyatt (E) This photo was taken at Alconbury, 482nd BG after the crew was transferred there to become a Pathfinder Crew. Photo courtesy of Sgt Burke Hyatt.

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT HERMANSEN, Truman P XFR
LT SELLON, Clifford W. CP XFR
CAPT GRIFFIS, Henry C. NAV EVA
LT BRIAN, Jerry E. BOM XFR
T/SGT DIHLMANN, Emil ROG XFR
SGT LARUE, Robert N. BTG XFR
SGT DORR, Harold R. WG XFR
T/SGT KELLER, George A. WG XFR
S/SGT MADDEN, James D. WG XFR
S/SGT HYATT, Burke D. TG XFR