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Personnel

Maj

Sumner H. Reeder

B-17 Pilot | Operations Officer | Squadron Commander
Hometown During Time of Service: Saint Louis, MO
Army Serial Number: 0-729903
Enlistment Date: January 19, 1942
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location: Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
Unit: 349th Bombardment Squadron
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Position: Pilot
Beginning Date of 100th Service: November 28, 1942
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: June 9, 1943 - July 19, 1944

Aircraft

Serial #: 42-30088
Name: Squawkin Hawk
Aircraft Note: Squawkin Hawk became the first 100th aircraft to complete 50 missions. With her skin autographed by the men of the 100th, she was returned to the States on May 17, 1944 for a war bond drive. After that, she was kept stateside as a training aircraft and eventually ended up at Walnut Ridge, AK. where she was scrapped.

Contrary to historical references and stories about the Sept 6, 1943 Mission to Stuttgart, The Sumner Reeder crew maintains that the plane they flew on Sept 6, 1943 was not Squawkin Hawk but another aircraft. Squawkin Hawk was being repaired and the crew took another B-17F.

Other Associated Aircraft

Serial #: 42-5957
Name: Horny II
Aircraft Note: This aircraft was unnamed when flown in combat for the first time by the Reeder crew on the 6 Sept 43 Stuttgart mission who referred to it unofficially as “Squawkin Hawk II.” It later become Horny II.

Changes in Rank

1st Lieutenant
Promoted in June 1943
Captain
Promoted in October 1943. As of January 1944, Capt Reeder was Operations Officer for the 349th Bomb Squadron.
Major
Promoted in May 1944. Major Sammy Barr relinquished command of the 349th to Maj Reeder and headed stateside for r&r before returning for a second tour of duty. When Maj Sumner Reeder completed his missions Maj Sammy Barr returned and replaced him as the 349th squadron C.O.

Additional 100th Service Notes

Wounded in action
September 6, 1943
On the 6 Sep 43 mission to Stuttgart as "Squawkin Hawk II" began the bomb run, four fighters attacked from twelve o'clock high. 20 mm shells riddled the nose section and the cockpit. The co-pilot, F/O Edeburn, was killed and Reeder was wounded. Fragments from the shell hitting Edeburn also damaged the ship's oxygen system. Other rounds entered the nose compartment, severely wounding, Russell Engel, the navigator, who lost an eye. Peter Delao, the bombardier, received severe head and body wounds. The engineer, Harold Pope, succeeded in salvoing the bombs and Reeder dived into a lower formation seeking protection. Pope managed to help Engel in the co-pilot seat, where despite his wounds he aided Reeder with flying "Squawkin Hawk II.” Lacking oxygen Reeder descended to minimum terrain clearance altitude. Suffering gravely from wounds and unsure of correct headings for home, they somehow reached England where Reeder landed the "Squawkin Hawk II”on a grass runway at an RAF fighter strip. For both Russ Engel and Pete Delao the war was over. After extended hospital stays in England they were returned to the U.S. The Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to both Reeder and Engel as well as posthumously to Harry Edeburn (who was awarded the medal due to his continued effort to return to the controls and help his injured pilot fly the damaged plane even though he himself was dying from the wounds he sustained from the 20 mm). Reeder recovered from his wounds and later became C.O. of the 349th.
Status: CPT
CR: 99906
Comments: 6 SEP 43 CONCHES (LNDS AT RAF BASE-DAMAGED) AWARDED DSC

Service Status After Leaving the 100th

Assigned
September 1, 1944
Assigned in Sep 1944 (exact day unknown)
to the Ferry Command; sent to Homestead Army Air Force
Killed in Service
March 19, 1945
Having completed his tour and returned to the states, Major Sumner Reeder was killed in a C-54 training accident off the Florida coast, Monroe County
Florida, USA

Awards and Commendations (in the order received)

Air Medal

With Oak Leaf clusters

Purple Heart

For wounds received on the 6 Sep mission to Stuttgart

Group Citation

Presidential Distinguished Unit Citations for August 1943 Regensburg and March 1944 Berlin missions

Distinguished Flying Cross

For completion of combat tour

Distinguished Service Cross

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sumner H. Reeder, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 349th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 September 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Reeder on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces. - Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 16 (1944)

Summary of Missions (partial listing)

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Mission order
(for this person)
Mission Date / Target Aircraft (serial # and name) Crew Position Mission note
1 1943-06-29 / Le MANS, AERO ENGINES 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
2 1943-07-04 / La PALLICE, HARBOR (COWBOY 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
3 1943-07-14 / Le BOURGET (PARIS) AF 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
4 1943-07-10 / Le BOURGET (PARIS) AF 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
5 1943-07-17 / HAMBURG, AERO ENGINES 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
6 1943-07-24 / TRONDHEIM, SUB PENS 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
7 1943-07-29 / WARNEMUNDE, AC FACTORY 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
8 1943-07-30 / KASSEL, AC FACTORY 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
9 1943-08-12 / WESSELING, SYNTHETIC OIL, BONN (ST) 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
10 1943-08-19 / WOENSDRECHT, AF (HOLLAND) 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
11 1943-08-24 / CONCHES, EVREUX-FAUVILLE 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
12 1943-09-03 / PARIS,BEAUMONT le ROGER, AF (S.T.) 42-30088 Squawkin Hawk Pilot
13 1943-09-06 / STUTTGART,CONCHES,EVREUX, AF 42-5957 Horny II Pilot (Unnamed plane was unofficially designated Squawkin Hawk II for this mission and later named Horny II)

LT SUMNER REEDER WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION ON THIS MISSION AND FOR HIS HEROIC EFFORTS THIS DAY, RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS.
14 1944-01-07 / LUDWIGSHAVEN, CHEMICALS Pilot (1ST MISSION BACK AFTER WOUNDS SUFFERED ON SEPT 6, 1943. CAPT REEDER FLEW A PFF AIRCRAFT
WHICH WAS CONSIDERABLY SHOT UP.) CAPT REEDER IS NOW OPERATIONS OFFICER 349TH BS.
15 1944-02-25 / REGENSBURG, AC FACTORY Pilot
16 1944-04-18 / GENSHAGEN (BERLIN) AC ENGINES Pilot
17 1944-04-27 / THIONVILLE AF, LeCULOT AF (ST) 2ND Pilot
18 1944-05-09 / LAON/COUVRON AF, LAON/ATHIES Pilot (FLEW AS AIR COMMANDER OF 13TH COMBAT WING)
19 1944-05-12 / BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH) Pilot
20 1944-05-23 / TROYES, AF Pilot
21 1944-05-28 / GERA, CITY & MAGDEBURG, OIL REF Pilot
22 1944-07-07 / MERSEBURG & BOHLEN, GOTTINGEN Pilot
23 1944-07-13 / MUNICH, JET ENGINES Pilot

Biography

Born August 8, 1917
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Graduated from Roosevelt High School, East Chicago, Indiana, Class of 1935

Employed by Western Electric as a telephone equipment serviceman prior to entering the Army Air Corps.

Married to Evelyn Boersig

Sumner Reeder with Wife Evelyn

Sumner Reeder with Wife Evelyn (courtesy of Sister Betty Reeder Hauck)

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Charles Ping - Sumner Reeder tells of Stuttgart missionPrintEvening star (Wash DC) April 21 194412:00 am
Harry Edeburn Sumner Reeder describes of air battle part 1PrintThe Jeffersonian Democrat Sept 30 194312:00 am
Harry Edeburn Sumner Reeder write of air battle part 2PrintThe Jeffersonian Democrat Sept 30 194312:00 am
Sumner Reeder Heroicly clam action by fort crewPrintBig Spring Daily Herald March 22 194412:00 am
Sumner Reeder four crewmen decorated PrintPort Arthur News March 23 194412:00 am

Additional Military Documents

Sumner Reeder

Official report on Crash that killed Major Sumner Reeder. (courtesy of Sister Betty Reeder Hauck)

Tribute

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum
Uniform on display in the Squawkin Hawk exhibit maintained at the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW 
1ST LT SUMNER H. REEDER
ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

349TH CREW #9 A/C #42-30088 "SQUAWKIN HAWK"

1ST LT SUMNER H. REEDER P: CPT 13 JUL 44 MUNICH (DSC and Purple Heart for Sept 6, 1943 mission)
F/O HARRY EDEBURN CP: KIA, 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART (DSC and Purple Heart for Sept 6, 1943 mission. F/O Edeburn got the bullet proof glass for Squawkin Hawk from Supply Depot)
2ND LT RUSSELL W. ENGEL NAV: SWA, 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART (DSC & Purple Heart for Sept 6, 1943 mission. Lt Engel First mission is flown with Lt Van Noy as a fill in on 25 JUN 43 mission to Bremen)
2ND LT PETER F. DELAO BOM: SWA, 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART (Purple Heart for Sept 6, 1943 Mission
S/SGT HAROLD L. POPE TTE: EVAD 5 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN (DFC for Sept 6, 1943 mission)
PVT ORRIN W. FURLONG LWG: RFS (moved to Ground position after 6 Sept 43 Stuttgart Mission)
T/SGT CONNOR D. BREWSTER ROG: KIA , 5 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN (CHUTE FAILED TO OPEN)
S/SGT FRANCIS G. DOLSEN BTG: POW, 5 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN
S/SGT JAMES MARASCO TG: POW, 5 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN
S/SGT ROBERT M. LOVIN RWG: CPT 29 JAN 44 FRANKFURT

MISSIONS OF CAPT SUMNER H. REEDER AND HIS CREW

1. 29/06/43 LeMANNS A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
2. 04/07/43 LaPALLICE A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
3. 10/07/43 LeBOURGET A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
4. 14/07/43 LeBOURGET A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
5. 17/07/43 HAMBURG A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
6. 24/07/43 TRONDHEIM A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
7. 29/07/43 WARNEMUNDE A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
8. 30/07/43 KASSEL A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
9. 12/08/43 BONN (S.T.) A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
10. 19/08/43 WOENSDRECHT A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
11. 24/08/43 CONCHES A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
12. 03/09/43 PARIS A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
13. 06/09/43 STUTTGART A/C 25957 HORNY II XR-D (FIRST MISSION FOR THIS PLANE)
LT SUMNER REEDER WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION ON THIS MISSION AND FOR HIS HEROIC EFFORTS THIS DAY, RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS. "From Somewhere in England"

"ON THE 6 SEP 43 MISSION TO STUTTGART AS "SQUAWKIN HAWK" BEGAN THE BOMB RUN, FOUR FIGHTERS ATTACKED FROM TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH. 20 MM SHELLS RIDDLED THE NOSE SECTION AND THE COCKPIT. THE CO-PILOT, F/O EDEBURN, WAS KILLED AND REEDER WAS WOUNDED. FRAGMENTS FROM THE SHELL HITTING EDEBURN ALSO DAMAGED THE SHIP'S OXYGEN SYSTEM. OTHER ROUNDS ENTERED THE NOSE COMPARTMENT, SEVERLY WOUNDING, RUSSELL ENGEL, THE NAVIAGATOR, WHO LOST AN EYE. PETER DELAO, THE BOMBARDIER, RECEIVED SEVERE HEAD AND BODY WOUNDS. THE ENGINEER, HAROLD POPE, SUCCEEDED IN SALVOING THE BOMBS AND REEDER DIVED INTO A LOWER FORMATION SEEKING PROTECTION. POPE MANAGED TO HELP ENGEL IN THE CO-PILOT SEAT, WHERE DESPITE HIS WOUNDS HE AIDED REEDER WITH FLYING "SQUAWKIN HAWK. LACKING OXYGEN REEDER DECENDED TO MIMINUM TERRAIN CLEARANCE ALTIITUDE. SUFFERING GRAVELY FROM WOUNDS AND UNSURE OF CORRECT HEADINGS FOR HOME, THEY SOMEHOW REACHED ENGLAND WHERE REEDER LANDED THE "SQUAWKIN HAWK ON A GRASS RUNWAY AT A RAF FIGHTER STRIP. FOR BOTH RUSS ENGEL AND PETE DELAO THE WAR WAS OVER. AFTER EXTENDED HOSPITAL STAYS IN ENGLAND THEY WERE RETURNED TO THE U.S. THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS WAS AWARDED TO BOTH REEDER AND ENGEL AS WELL AS POSTHUMOUSLY TO HARRY EDEBURN (who was awarded the medal due to his continued effort to return to the controls and help his injured pilot fly the damaged plane even though he himself wasy dying from the wounds he sustaine from the 20 mm.) . REEDER RECOVERED FROM HIS WOUNDS AND LATER BECAME C.O. OF THE 349TH. ON 19 MAR 44, HAVING COMPLETED HIS TOUR AND RETURNED TO THE STATES, SUMNER REEDER WAS KILLED IN A C-54 TRAINING ACCIDENT OFF THE FLORIDA COAST.
THE BADLY DAMAGED "SQUAWKIN HAWK" WAS REPAIRED AND RESTORED TO OPERATIONS. SHE BECAME THE FIRST 100TH AIRCRAFT TO COMPLETE 50 MISSIONS. WITH HER SKIN AUTOGRAPHED BY THE MEM OF THE 100TH SHE WAS FLOWN BACK TO THE STATES FOR A WAR BOND TOUR. "

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Interview with Frank Dolsen (oct 2007 by MPF):
"A few days after the Stutgartt we were sent to a "flak house" in the south of England When we returned to the base Maj Veal came by and asked us if we wanted to continued to fly our missions or be taken off combat status. Orrin Furlong took the offer and was moved to Ground duties. Maj Veal explained that he was putting together pick up crews and said he would keep the Reeder enlisted men together if we continued to fly. We decided we would continue flying missions and Leon MacDonald (spare gunners pool) took Furlong's place at WG. I always respected Maj Veal for coming to us and offering us the option. We were given new officers and Lt Flesh was the Pilot. We had a S/Sgt Charles Ping fly with us as a TG on a few missions but he RFS afer a few missions. I remember once we came down through the soup out over the North Sea and came right out on top of two German Mine sweepers who through up some flak at us. Ping freaked out and had to be held down in the Radio room until the plane landed. Our enlisted men were bunked with the enlisted men from Lt Jack Justice crew."

(mpf) Lt William Flesh took over the crew of Capt. Sumner Reeder after Reeder and his officers were injured on Sept 6, 1943 mission to Stuttgart. The makeup of Lt Flesh Crew after Sept 6, 1943 contained the following members.

Lt William Flesh P (XFR to 482nd Bomb Group at Alconbury and ended up at 303rd BG)
Lt John Gossage CP (POW Mar. 3, 1944 BERLIN)
Lt James Lux BOM
Lt Omar Gonzales NAV
T/Sgt Harold Pope TTE (From S. Reeder crew)
T/Sgt Connor Brewster- ROG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Frank Dolson BTG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Orrin Furlong WG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Robert Lovin WG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Charles Ping TG RFS


MISSION LIST OF LT FLESH CONTINUED:

SEPT. 23, 1943 VANNES a/c 230799 BIGASSBIRD II
SEPT. 26, 1943 PARIS a/c 230799 BIGASSBIRD II
OCT. 4, 1943 HANAU a/c 25861 LADEN MAIDEN
NOV. 5, 1943 GELSENKIRCHEN (info below) a/c 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK

Mission: Gelsenkirchen
Date: 5 Nov 1943 349th Sqdn..
CREW:

William R. Flesh P CPT
John G.Gossage CP POW Mar 3,1944 Berlin
Omar Gonzales NAV POW (Group Navigator)
James J. Lux BOM POW
Conner D. Brewster ROG KIA (From S. Reeder crew)
Harold L. Pope TTE EVADEE (From S. Reeder crew)
Francis G. Dolsen BTG POW (From S. Reeder crew)
George P. Gineikis WG EVADEE (From G. Van Noy crew)
Leon E. MacDonald WG EVADEE
James Marasco TG POW (From S. Reeder crew)

NOVEMBER 1943. MISSION GILSENKIRCHEN."SQUAWKIN HAWK" PILOTED BY WILLIAM FLESH AND CO-PILOTED BY JOHN GOSSAGE, LOST IT'S CREW, INCLUDING OMAR GONZALES, 'ONCE GROUP NAVIGATOR' WHEN AFTER SUSTAINING HEAVY BATTLE DAMAGE, THEY WERE ORDERED TO BAIL OUT AND EVERYBODY EXCEPT THE PILOTS JUMPED. ON RECOVERING CONTROL, LIEUTENANTS FLESH AND GOSSAGE BROUGHT THE SHATTERED PLANE BACK, TO LAND AT RAF TANGMERE IN KENT.UNFORTUNATELY, THE RADIO OPERATOR, CONNOR BREWSTER WAS KILLED WHEN HIS PARACHUTE FAILED TO OPEN. THE ENGINEER HAROLD POPE AVOIDED CAPTURE AND AIDED BY THE UNDERGROUND MANAGED TO GET BACK TO ENGLAND. WAIST GUNNER GEORGE GINEIKIS, ALSO BECAME AN EVADEE. THE REST WERE TAKEN PRISONER OF WAR.THIS FORTRESS WAS REPAIRED AND RETURNED TO COMBAT STATUS. THE BADLY DAMAGED "SQUAWKIN HAWK" WAS REPAIRED AND RESTORED TO OPERATIONS. SHE BECAME THE FIRST 100TH AIRCRAFT TO COMPLETE 50 MISSIONS. WITH HER SKIN AUTOGRAPHED BY THE MEN OF THE 100TH, SHE WAS FLOWN BACK TO THE STATES FOR A WAR BOND TOUR.


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SUBMITTER: Michael Moores LeBlanc
EMAIL: mmleblanc@sympatico.ca
PURPOSE: Submit general feedback
INTEREST: I am researching WW2 history
MESSAGE
Message: I was checking details about the Wm R. Flesh crew 349 BS, FTR 5 Nov '43 and note an error in your information.
S/Sgt Leon E. 'Al' MacDonald, 32287971 was not a Pow. He is listed as E&E 256 and was the 208th evader helped by the famous Comete line, crossing into Spain on 27 Nov 43, together with fellow crew man George Gineikis….Michael LeBlanc

Operations Report says: "Plane was hit in #! Engine after bombs away. All crew members
except Pilot and Co-pilot bailed out, on orders, over the target area."
Flesh and Gossage managed to fly the ship back to England.

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Subj: Re: Question from eBay Member
Date: 5/24/2003 4:13:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: squawk6980@yahoo.com
To: MPFaley@aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)


Hello Mike, Here is the list of missions, sorry for the delay! These are listed in the order written in the book! Berlin-2, Bremen-2, Brux, Hamburg, Krusnohori, Munster, Magdeburg, Regensberg, Ruhland, Stuttgart, Schmiedeberg, Paris, and Zeitz! Looks like there may have been one more that was erased! The artwork in the book shows 16 bombs, one that almost looks like half a mission? And 13 enemy A/C kills. I know that the missions were raised in late June, or July, 44 to 35! I belive Maj. Reeder completed in mid July, 44.I have heard that Squawkin Hawk was at a base in New Mexico for a time in August 44! Do you know if this aircraft was scrapped, or crashed? Did this aircraft have nose art on both sides? I appreciate your help! Cheers! Michael Minovich

SQUAWKIN HAWK WAS RETURNED TO THE STATES ON MAY 17, 1944 FOR A WAR BOND DRIVE. AFTER THAT, SHE WAS KEPT STATESIDE AS A TRAINING AIRCRAFT AND EVENTUALLY ENDED UP AT WALNUT RIDGE, AK. WHERE SHE WAS SCRAPPED. EVERY PHOTO WE HAVE OF THIS AIRCRAFT SHOWS NOSE ART ONLY ON THE PILOTS SIDE. EVERY CREW SHOT AND PUBLICITY PHOTO IS TAKEN FROM THE PILOTS SIDE WHICH LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THERE WAS ONLY NOSE ART ON ONE SIDE. ALSO, SOME OF THE NAMES YOU HAVE LISTED FROM REEDERS BOOK DO NOT CORRESPOND WITH THE TIME FRAME HE SERVERED. OTHERS WE CANNOT PINPOINT THE EXACT DATE. BELOW ARE 24 MISSIONS THAT HE DEFINITELY FLEW ON. THESE ARE COURTESY OF OUR DATABASE, PAUL ANDREWS APPENDICES IN FRANK MURPHY’S BOOK “LUCK OF THE DRAW”, AND THE 349TH BOMB SQUADRON DIARY.

REGARDS,
MICHAEL FALEY
100TH BOMB GROUP PHOTO ARCHIVES
100TH BOMB GROUP HISTORIAN

MISSIONS OF CAPT SUMNER REEDER

1. 29/06/43 LeMANNS A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
2. 04/07/43 LaPALLICE A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
3. 10/07/43 LeBOURGET A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
4. 14/07/43 LeBOURGET A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
5. 17/07/43 HAMBURG A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
6. 24/07/43 TRONDHEIM A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
7. 29/07/43 WARNEMUNDE A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
8. 30/07/43 KASSEL A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
9. 12/08/43 BONN (S.T.) A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
10. 19/08/43 WOENSDRECHT A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
11. 24/08/43 CONCHES A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
12. 03/09/43 PARIS A/C 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
13. 06/09/43 STUTTGART A/C 25957 HORNY II XR-D
LT SUMNER REEDER WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION ON THIS MISSION AND FOR HIS HEROIC EFFORTS THIS DAY, RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS.
14. 07/01/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN (1ST MISSION BACK AFTER WOUNDS SUFFERED ON SEPT 6, 1943. CAPT REEDER FLEW A PFF AIRCRAFT
WHICH WAS CONSIDERABLY SHOT UP.) CAPT REEDER IS NOW OPERATIONS OFFICER 349TH BS.
15. 25/02/44 REGENSBURG
16. 18/04/44 BERLIN
19/04/44 CAPT REEDER BECOMES COMMANDING OFFICER OF 349TH BS
17. 27/04/44 LeCULOT
MAY 1944 CAPT REEDER IS PROMOTED TO MAJOR.
18. 09/05/44 LEON (FLEW AS AIR COMMANDER OF 13TH COMBAT WING)
19. 12/05/44 BRUX (CZECH)
20. 23/05/44 TROYES
21. 28/05/44 MAGDEBURG
22. 06/06/44 D-DAY- LEAD 100TH “B” GROUP
23. 07/07/44 BOHLEN, MERSEBURG
24. 13/07/44 MUNICH
BY JULY 19, 1944 MAJ SUMNER REEDER HAD COMPLETED HIS MISSIONS AND IS REPLACED AS SQUADRON C.O. BY MAJ SAMMY BARR. MAJ BARR HAD RELINGUISHED COMMAND OF THE 349TH TO MAJ REEDER WHEN HE WENT STATESIDE FOR R&R BEFORE RETURNING FOR A SECOND TOUR OF DUTY.

ON MARCH 19, 1945 MAJOR REEDER WAS LOST OFF THE COAST OF THE COAST, EAST OF ROCK HARBOR, FLORIDA WHEN A C-54 WITH REEDER FLYING AS A STUDENT CO-PILOT CRASHED FROM UNKNOWN CAUSES.
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REEDER, SUMNER H. DSC
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sumner H. Reeder, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 349th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 September 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Reeder on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 16 (1944)

*EDEBURN, HARRY E. (KIA) DSC
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harry E. Edeburn (T-060794), Flight Officer, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Co-Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 349th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 September 1943, against enemy targets in European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Flight Officer Edeburn on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 97 (1943)
Home Town: Brookville, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Air Medal, Purple Heart

ENGEL, RUSSEL W. DSC
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Russel W. Engel, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 349th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 September 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Engel on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 96 (1943)

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Memo 2:
 - No MACR.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Aircraft:
C-54A, No. 72264
Date:
1945-03-18
Cause:
Training accident

Photos

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Maj Reeder, Sumner P CPT
F/O EDEBURN, Harry CP KIA
Lt ENGEL, Russell W. NAV SWA
Lt DELAO, Peter F. BOM SWA
T/Sgt POPE, Harold L. TTE EVA
T/Sgt BREWSTER, Connor D. ROG KIA
S/SGT DOLSEN, Francis G. BTG POW
S/SGT FURLONG, Orrin W. WG RFS
S/Sgt LOVIN, Robert M. WG CPT
S/Sgt MARASCO, James TG POW
S/Sgt PING, Charles J. TG RFS