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Personnel

Lt

Walter NICHOLS

Army Serial Number: O-749448
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 349th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Navigator

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 00953
CR: 00953
Comments: 8 OCT 43 BREMAN (EAC)

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

DATE: 24 Sept.1943 349th Sqdn. A/C #42-30259 Damifino II

TARGET: Practice Mission MACR #778 (Micro-fiche #257)

2nd Lt John G.Gossage P Rescued & later a POW (3/3/44) Berlin
2nd Lt William S. Grier CP KIA
2nd Lt Walter Nichols Jr NAV POW 8/10/43 Bremen (with Lt Becktoft Crew) SEE MEMO BELOW
2nd Lt Theodore J.Don BOM Rescued & CPT sn# 0-676883
T/Sgt William S.Humphrey TTE Rescued & later a POW (3/3/44)
S/Sgt Ralph Schulte RWG KIA
T/Sgt Michael W.Gillen ROG Rescued & CPT
S/Sgt Francis J.DeCooman BTG KIA
S/Sgt Bruce E.Alshouse TG Rescued & CPT (1994 President of the 100th BG Association)
S/Sgt Clyde O.Lovell LWG KIA

This crew joined the 100th Group in August 1943 a few days after the Regensburg raid of 17/8/43.(17 Aug 43). Flying with the Crew on the Sept 24, 1943 mission was 2nd Lt Ward Dalton(Nav) in place of Lt Nichols and was KIA.

CREW

2nd Lt Arthur H.Becktoft P POW 8/10/43 Bremen
2nd Lt Clifford M.Spencer CP POW 8/10/43 Bremen
2nd Lt Wayne A. Fuess NAV NOC (original Navigator on Crew)
2nd Lt Walter Nichols,Jr. NAV POW 8/10/43 (from crew of Lt John Gossage)
2nd Lt Robert L.Miller BOM POW 8/10/43 Bremen
T/Sgt Elmer J.Williams TTE POW 8/10/43 Bremen
T/Sgt Floyd A.Lowe ROG KIA 8/10/43 Bremen
S/Sgt Charles E.Marengo BTG POW 8/10/43 Bremen
S/Sgt Henry T.Popielarski WG POW 8/10/43 MACR#42 30154
S/Sgt John P. Wargo WG CPT 6/18/44 BRUNSBUTTELKOOG
' S/Sgt Andy P.Stanley TG POW 8/10/43

349th Sqdn. A/C 42-30154 "War Eagle" XR-H Crew joined the 100th in Sept 3, 1943

This was the 6th or 7th mission for this crew except for Sgt.Hoffman (Edward J. Hoffman, Jr.) was on his first mission, he had been a member of the quartermaster unit, but insisted on volunteering as a gunner)who was a replacement on this mission. He replaced John P. Wargo. Plane was flying #3 in third element of the high squadron. Had released bombs on target when it was apparently attacked. Floyd Lowe hit between shoulder blades by a 20mm probably died instantly. All others bailed out and were immediately picked up by the Germans.

Letter (29/3/84) from C.E.Marengo indicates that his crew joined the 100th in Sept 1943. Sgt. John P. Wargo was their regular WG but replaced by Hoffman on 8/10/43. Wargo CT on 18/6/44. Cliff Spencer died 1983 in CA of cancer. Lost track of other crew members. Says Nichols may have been a "new" navigator on crew.

Of the 8 OCT 43 mission Marengo has this to say: "We were hit by ME 109s out of the sun. One took part of our tail off and hit #3 engine which burned. I called the pilot and advised him of the fire, but nothing was done. When the fire burned through the wing and they saw it they dove the plane to put out the fire. Part of the tail came off and we went into a spin. the order to b ail out was given and I got out the ball and started for the door. then went back for my chest pack. Plane was nose down when I went out hooking the right chute clasp as I went. There was a waist gunner still near his gun when I left. I had never worn the harness before as I had swapped mine (which was too big) with another guy the day before, his was too small. Fate is I wore the smaller harness and am still alive. Floyd Lowe was hit in the back with a 20mm during the attack and was gone. The co-pilot was the stick that fateful day and two 17s were knocked out ahead of us and one exploded - left nothing but dust ..."

Crew on October 8, 1943

2nd Lt Arthur H.Becktoft P POW 8/10/43
2nd Lt Clifford M.Spencer CP POW 8/10/43
2nd Lt Walter Nichols,Jr. N POW 8/10/43
2nd Lt Robert L.Miller B POW 8/10/43
T/Sgt Elmer J.Williams E POW 8/10/43
T/Sgt Floyd A.Lowe R KIA 8/10/43
S/Sgt Charles E.Marengo BT POW 8/10/43
S/Sgt Henry T.Popielarski WG POW 8/10/43 MACR 953 42 30154 WAR EAGLE
S/Sgt Edward J. Hoffman Jr. WG POW 8/10/43
S/Sgt Andy P.Stanley TG POW 8/10/43
Memo 2:
Mission List for WAR EAGLE XR-H  and Lt Arthur Becktoft Crew

September 3, 1943, Becktoft Crew arrives at Thorpe Abbotts
10-14 days of Orientation Missions around England

Date & Target: Aircraft: Status Crew
6/9/1943 Stuttgart War Eagle XR-H REM UNK
7/9/1943 Watton War Eagle XR-H P UNK
9/9/1943 Beauvais AF War Eagle XR-H P UNK
15/9/1943 Paris War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft
16/9/1943 La Pallice War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft
23/9/1943 Vannes AF War Eagle XR-H REM Lt Arthur Becktoft
27/9/1943 Emden War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft
2/10/1943 Emden War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft
4/10/1943 Hanau War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft
8/10/1943 Bremen War Eagle XR-H FTR Lt Arthur Becktoft

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Bremen
Aircraft:
"War Eagle" (42-30154)
Date:
1943-10-08
Cause:
EAC

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt GOSSAGE, John G. P POW
LT GRIER, William S. CP KIA
LT MCNEILL, Bertrand D. CP POW
LT NICHOLS, Walter NAV POW
F/O WARNER, Edward A. NAV POW
LT DON, Theodore J. BOM CPT
T/SGT COOPER, Arthur A. TTE POW
T/SGT HUMPHREY, William S. TTE POW
T/SGT GILLEN, Michael W. ROG CPT
S/SGT DECOOMAN, Francis J. BTG KIA
S/SGT WOODERSON, Thomas R. BTG POW
S/SGT GREGG, James W. WG POW
S/Sgt LOVELL, Clyde WG KIA
S/Sgt POLANICK, Michael G. WG POW
S/SGT SACKRIDER, Donald B. WG POW
S/Sgt SCHULTE, Ralph WG KIA
S/SGT ALSHOUSE, Bruce E. TG CPT
S/SGT CONGROVE, Arthur V.R. TG POW