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Personnel

S/Sgt

Stanley L. PODKOWA

Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 351st Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Tail Gunner

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: FEH
Comments: BUFFALO, NY

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW:

1ST LT JAMES W. JOHNSON, JR P FEH
2ND LT ARIEL S. BEAN CP FEH
2ND LT EUGENE A. CARPENTER NAV FEH
S/SGT HOLLY G. HAWORTH ROG FEH
S/SGT LeROY C. ZIMMERMAN TTE FEH
S/SGT DONALD L. HIDER BTG FEH
S/SGT THEODORE R. PARKER WG FEH
S/SGT THOMAS GOLESKI TOG FEH
S/SGT STANLEY L. PODKOWA TG FEH

351ST SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 04 MAR 45
THE NAME OF THEIR AIRCRAFT "THE SUPER GOOSE" 43-39424 (per info from Lt Johnson in Oct 2007) Near the end of our tour we were given a brand new B-17G and told that if we took her up and tested her out, she would be our plane. We flew her on our last two missions and two Chowhounds.

The artwork was suppose to be a Fist with a Thumb straight Up which was designed by the Navigator. According to Lt Johnson, he flew two missions as a CP with other crews before flying his first misson with his own Crew. He said his first mission was to Berlin and he had gas so bad he was afraid to pass gas in fear of soiling his pants. He would never live it down. On his first mission with his Crew, March 18, 1945, he witnessed 3 B-17's get hit by Me252's and go down in flames. He could not believe his aircraft was not hit in the atack. Lt Carpenter was the dry wit of the Crew. Carpenter would say things like, "Hey Lt, you’re here in Combat yet your not old enough to vote" or when flak would come up, he would say "I don't think these people like us over here" and Lt Carpenter would refer to flak as "Black Black Flares"

MISSIONS OF 2ND LT EUGENE A. CARPENTER (mpf 2001)

# Date Target A/C # A/C Name
1. 18/03/45 BERLIN
2. 22/03/45 ALHORN
3. 24/03/45 STEENWIJK 231767 OUR GAL SAL
4. 24/03/45 HAVELTE 231767 OUR GAL SAL
5.. 28/03/45 HANOVER 337815 "YOU CAN'T LOSE"
6. 30/03/45 HAMBURG
7. 31/03/45 ZEITZ
8. 3/04/45 KIEL 337815 "YOU CAN'T LOSE"
9. 4/04/45 KIEL 297126 THE LATEST RUMOR
10. 5/04/45 NURNBURG 48836 ST LOUIS WOMAN
11. 6/04/45 LEIPZIG 297126 THE LATEST RUMOR
12. 7/04/45 BUCHEN 338852 NO NAME
13. 8/04/45 EGER
14. 9/04/45 MUNICH 338963 NO NAME
15.14/04/45 ROYAN 339424 "THE SUPER GOOSE"
16. 15/04/45 ROYAN
17. 16/04/45 POINT DeGRAVE, ROYAN
18. 20/04/45 ORANIENBURG 339424 "THE SUPER GOOSE"

MAY 1, 1945 CHOWHOUND 339424 "THE SUPER GOOSE'
MAY 5, 1945 CHOWHOUND 339424 "THE SUPER GOOSE"

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT JOHNSON, James W. P FEH
LT BEAN, Ariel S. CP FEH
LT CARPENTER, Eugene A. NAV FEH
S/SGT GOLESKI, Thomas TOG/NG FEH
S/SGT ZIMMERMAN, Leroy C. TTE FEH
T/SGT HAWORTH, Holly G. ROG FEH
S/SGT HIDER, Donald L. BTG FEH
S/SGT PARKER, Theodore R. WG FEH
S/SGT PODKOWA, Stanley L. TG FEH