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Jay L. POWELL

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Jay L. Powell - 350th Copilot. Detailed Information (Charleen Hill Collection)

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

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: CPT
Comments: 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2ND LT STANTON T. LAWRENCE, JR P CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
2ND LT JAY L. POWELL CP CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
2ND LT ALFRED L. DENKEWALTER NAV CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
F/O MARVIN BERG BOM WIA 24 DEC 44 BILBIS (wounded in action) (CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN)
T/SGT ROBERT L. WOLF ROG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
T/SGT JOSEPH BODEN TTE XFR TO SPARE GUNNERS POOL JAN 45 (COMPLETED 26 MISSIONS AS A FILL IN GUNNER)
CPL RAYMOND L. WILSON BTG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
CPL ALEXANDER NAZEMETZ WG CPT 14 MAR 45 HANOVER
CPL ADOLPH W. CARUSO WG XFR TO 15TH A.F. - ITALY
CPL RICHARD M. KORPALSKI TG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN

350th Sqdn… Joined the 100th on 21 Oct 1944. Flew A/C 43-37994 "My Blue Heaven" LN-O

Crew Changes:
S/Sgt Ray Wilson became the TTE in Mid January when T/Sgt Joe Boden transferred off the crew after a bad disagreement with Lt Lawrence. Joe Boden flew at least 12 missions with the Lawrence Crew before going into the Spare Gunners pool. Joe went to his Squadron CO Major John Gibbons every nite of a mission, volunteering to be assigned to a Crew as a spare gunner. Joe would fly either as a substitute Gunner or as a Spot Jammer. He would fly a total of 26 missions.

S/Sgt Wilsons postion at BTG was filled by Ray Austin.

On Nov 30, 1944 this crew landed (42-102958) at LeCulot airfield in Belgium with battle damage. The crew was returned to Thopre Abbots and the aircraft was repaired and returned to service.

Remembrances of T/Sgt Joe Boden-July 2012

On Dec 31, 1944-Hamburg mission: T/Sgt Joe Boden was credited with shooting down 1.5 Enemy A/C on Dec 31, 1944 although he should be credited with 2 a/c shot down. According to Joe (July 2012) just after he shot down the two german aircraft, he looked around, all nine of my squadron went down. I didn't see it, German fighter attack was a fly through from six o'clock level, and they went underneath us and got three bombers out of the squadron ahead of us. We lost 12 bombers that day. At debriefing, our wingman commented that they had not shot at the two fighters I shot down. T/Sgt Joe Boden feels that if he had not shot down those two fighters, both his plane, which was badly shot up, and his wingman would have been shot down too.

Feb 1945 a ME262 flew through through our squadron, was about 100 feet above me and I could still see it was aluminum, not painted, could see the black swastika and I raised my guns and I had him in my sights for seconds. Doing 28 rounds a second, I figured I put more than 150 rounds into him and he went down. But my rounds found the cockpit and did not hit oil or the wings and I neve got credit for the 262.



List of Missions as provided by S/Sgt Alex Nazemetz:

09/11/44 Saarbrucken 6hrs, 8 1,000pound bombs, Metz PT-bad weather, diverted to ST
10/11/44 Weisbaden 6hrs, 36 100lb Gereral purpose bombs
20/11/44 Mersberg/Osnabruck 7hrs, 12 500lb delayed action general purpose bombs
26/11/44 Hamm 6hrs, 6 1000lb Gereral purpose
30/11/44 Merseberg 8hrs, 20 250lb General purpose bombs
11/12/44 Koblenz 7hrs, 12 500lb General purpose
24/12/44 Biblis 7:30 hrs, 38 100lb General purpose (Marvin Berg, Bombardier was wounded slightly on this trip)
25/12/44 Kaiserlauten 8hrs, 10- 500lb General purpose, 2 incendiary Clusters
27/12/44 Fulda 8hrs, 12-500lb General purpose
29/12/44 Frankfurt 7hrs, 45min-16-300lb General purpose
30/12/44 Kassel 8hrs, 20-250lb General Purpose
31/1244 Hamburg 7hrs, 20-250lb General Purpose-100th Lost 12 A/C on this mission
02/01/45 Bad Krueznack 7hrs 10-500lb Gerneral purpose, 2 Incendiary Clusters
03/01/45 Fulda 8hrs, 16-300lb General Purpose,
07/01/45 Colonge 8hrs, 6-1000lb General Purpose
10/01/45 Colonge 6hrs, 30 minutes, 6-1000lb General Purpose
14/01/45 Derben 8hrs, 6-1000lb General Purpose
17/01/45 Hamburg 8hrs, 12-500lb General Purpose
28/01/45 Duisburg 6hrs, 6-1000lb General Purpose
29/01/45 Kassel 7hrs, 30 minutes-chaff only
03/02/45 BERLIN 8hrs, 15 minutes-10 500lb General Purpose
FEB 7-14, 1945 FLAK LEAVE
17/02/45 Frankfurt/Geissen 7hrs, 30 minutes-10-500lb General Purpose
20/02/45 Nuremberg 9hrs-4-Incendiary, 10-250lb General Purpose
21/02/45 Nuremberg 8hrs-5-M-17s, 5-500lb Gereral Purpose
22/02/45 Kritenzen 8hrs, 45mins, 12-500lb General Purpose
25/02/45 Munich 8hrs, 45mins, 6-M-17s & 6-500lb General Purpose
26/02/45 BERLIN 8hrs, 10mins, 6-M-17s, 6-500lb General Purpose
28/02/45 Kassel 6hrs, 14-500lb General Purpose
07/03/45 Siegen 7hrs, 30min-14-500lb General Purpose
09/03/45 Frankfurt 7hrs, 10-M-17s, 18-100lb General Purpose
10/03/45 Dortmund 7hrs, 38-100lb General Purpose
11/03/45 Hamburg 7hrs, 30min. 12-300lb General Purpose
14/03/45 Hanover 7hrs 32-100lb General Purpose-Sgt Nazemetz was wounded by flak over the target just at "Bombs Away" did not fly final two missions with crew. When the crew visited me at the hospital, they told me about their first sights of new Nazi aircraft -- jets
15/03/45 Oranienburg
17/03/45 Plauen

At the tour's end, our crew looked like this:

S.T. Lawrence Pilot
Jay L. Powell Co-pilot
A.L. Denkwalter Navigator
Marvin Berg Bombardier
Raymond Wilson Top turret/ Engineer
Robert Wolf Radio Operator
Ray Austin Ball Turret Gunner
Alexander Nazemetz Left Waist Gunner
Richard Korpalski Tail Gunner

A. Caruso and I were Left and Right Waist Gunners when we arrived at the 100th. We drew straws when it was determined one waist position could be manned by the Radio Operator during flight. I won that contest and Caruso was shipped elsewhere. I never knew where until I received your note.

I have recorded two names who flew with us as subs, One is Levin (LEVIN, R.J. S/SGT 351ST TTE) -- he is recorded as having been credited with an enemy plane shot down on 12/31/44 (Hamburg). The other is Wenzel (This could be Cpl Alfred L.Wenzelk WG from the L.D. Ross crew), who I remember as undergoing an appendectomy at the 65th General in mid-March. '45. Ray Wilson is credited with one fighter also.

Marvin Berg was wounded in the hand on Christmas Eve, on our mission to Biblis.

I was wounded over Hanover, March 14, 1945, and did not fly any missions after that. When the crew visited with me in the hospital, I was told I was "excused" from the other two. The wound was a laceration right across the throat -- on the only day I wore the old fashioned throat mike because the mike in my O2 mask was functioning poorly. I still have the mike, which without a doubt saved my life.
Provided by S/Sgt Alex Nazemetz


REPLY TO: KGAsurlaw@aol.com

SUBMITTER: Anne Lawrence

EMAIL: KGAsurlaw@aol.com

PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)

INTEREST: I am the veteran's relative



VETERAN: Stanton T. Lawrence

DATE OF DEATH: 01/10/07

FAMILY CONTACT: P O Box 258

White Stone VA 22578

804-435-1059

MESSAGE: There are a couple of photos on page 14 that identify my father but they are not of him. Are any of my father's crew members still alive? Is there a way that I can find out?

Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt LAWRENCE, Stanton T. P CPT
LT POWELL, Jay L. CP CPT
LT DENKEWALTER, Alfred L. NAV CPT
F/O BERG, Marvin BOM CPT
T/SGT BODEN, Joseph TTE XFR
T/SGT WOLF, Robert L. ROG CPT
S/SGT WILSON, Raymond L. BTG CPT
S/SGT AUSTIN, Raymond WG SWA
S/SGT CARUSO, Adolph W. WG XFR
S/Sgt NAZEMETZ, Alexander WG CPT
S/SGT KORPALSKI, Richard M. TG CPT