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Personnel

S/Sgt

John F. NELSON

Army Serial Number: 39040050
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Ball Turret Gunner

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 06542
CR: 06542
Comments: 25 JUN 44 MAQUIS ARMS DROP (FLAK) fill in from 390th BG

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

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" .

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

SEE ALSO CARDS OF S.T.MAJOR AND A.J.GORSKI.

ANDREW GORSKI CREW
1st Lt Andrew J.Gorski P NOC (LWA) flak in leg on 21/6/44 Basdorf (Berlin)
2nd Lt Kenneth L.Houghton CP POW 25/6/44 as pilot of S.T.Major crew. South of France (Supply Drop)
2nd Lt Ray E.Miller NAV CPT
2nd Lt Burton S.Fox BOM CPT
S/Sgt George Jones TTE NOC
Sgt Albert M.Caldwell ROG CPT 3/1/45 Fulda
Sgt Joseph J.Parrilla BTG NOC
S/Sgt Oscar A.Compton WG NOC
Sgt John Rybak WG NOC
Sgt Daniel M.Gargile TG NOC

418th Sqdn. This crew,as above,Joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44.

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 (that of Lt Stanley Major) 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.


>
>
> subject: 100th Bomb Group TAPS Report Form
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> email: david.skomsvold@sbcglobal.net
>
> realname: Kathy Skomsvold
>
> relationship: I am the veteran's child
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> vet_name: John F. Nelson
>
> vet_died: 10/22/93
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> family_contact: Kathleen L. Skomsvold
> 310 Windham St. Apt. A
> Santa Cruz, CA 95062
>
> comments: Dad was on "Any Gum Chum" # 42-97859 that was shot
> down over France on June 24, 1944. He was in Luft #4 POW camp
> for almost a year.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
South of France
Aircraft:
(42-97859)
Date:
1944-06-25
Cause:
FLAK

Photos

Gale W. Cleven, 350th CO with his Orderly Room Personnel

Gale W. Cleven, 350th CO with his Orderly Room Personnel. This photo was taken in 1945 upon Cleven's return to Thorpe Abbotts. The personnel with Bucky are from left Nelson, Zinkine, Williams, and Spence (100th Photo Archives)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt MAJOR, Stanley T. P CPT
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 NELSON, John F. BTG POW
SGT CARTER, Harlod F. WG NOC
S/Sgt ECKLEY, Malcolm K. WG EVA
S/Sgt MOORE, Warren G. TG POW