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Personnel

S/Sgt

Weston H. RODKEY

Army Serial Number: 33255613
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 349th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Radio Operator / Gunner

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 04166
CR: 04166
Comments: 22 APR 44 HAMM

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

1st Lt Frank W.Harte P KIA 22/4/44 HAMM
2nd Lt John J.Coppinger CP POW 22/4/44 HAMM THE ENTIRE CREW WAS ON THIS MISSION
2nd Lt Carl F.Conley NAV KIA 22/4/44 HAMM
T/Sgt Wallace J.Meyer TOGG POW/ WIA 22/4/44 HAMM (From Lt Henington Crew)
T/Sgt Weston H.Rodkey ROG POW 22/4/44 HAMM (From the R.C.Koper crew)
T/Sgt Paul V.Carlson TTE POW/WIA 22/4/44 HAMM
S/Sgt Felix W.McIntosh BTG POW 22/4/44 HAMM
S/Sgt Thomas C.McDonald RWG KIA 22/4/44 HAMM MACR #4166,Micro fiche #1475
S/Sgt Edward T.Coley LWG POW/WIA 22/4/44 HAMM A/C #42 37783 "DOBIE"
S/Sgt George W.McMullin TG POW 22/4/44 HAMM

349th Sqdn. Crew,as above, taken from the MACR. This was the ninth mission for this crew. Plane was named after Frank Harte's Girlfriend.

It appears that on 22/4/44, fighters damaged this A/C,particularly #3 engine,and it began to lag.
Witnesses saw the crew attempting to jettison equipment from a/c. It appears that all ten men did
bail out although Sgt.McDonald was badly wounded before leaving the ship. Some of the crew felt that Lt
Harte & Lt Conley may have been killed by German civilians or soldiers after they landed.

MISSIONS OF LT FRANK HARTE CREW

1. 18 MAR 44 AUGSBURG
2. 22 MAR 44 BERLIN
3. 27 MAR 44 BORDEAUX
4. UKN ROUEN (POSSIBLY 19 MAR 44 TO MARQUISE, MIMMOYEQUES)
5. 28 MAR 44 CHATEAUDUN, AF
6. 11 APR 44 POSEN
7. 13 APR 44 AUGSBURG
8. 20 APR 44 FLOTTEMANVILLE
9. 22 APR 44 HAMM


CREW

6 March 1944 349th Sqdn A/C #42-31051 "Goin Jessies"

TARGET: BERLIN Source: Film Causalty Report
MACR #3016

Lt. Robert C. Koper P KIA
Lt. Gordon C.Lien CP POW
Lt. George H.Wing NAV KIA
Lt. Thomas O.Drinkwater BOM POW
S/S Michael J.Tanowigch ROG KIA
Sgt Charles P.Corea TTE POW
Sgt Charles J.Luquette BTG KIA
Sgt Bernard Sundin TG KIA Low group in wing
Sgt Arthur Frankel LWG KIA
Sgt Ralph V. Zarzecki RWG KIA

When this crew joined the 100th GP, the Radio operator was Sgt Weston H, Rodkey. S/Sgt. Mike Tanowigch who was flying in place of Rodkey on 6/3/43 had flown overseas with Crew #4 piloted by Sam L.Barr. Except for Tanowigch, the crew was flying its 5th mission having joined the 100th BG, 349th BS on 24/2/44. S/Sgt Rodkey was shot down with the Crew of F.W. Harte on 22/4/44 and became a POW.

An eyewitness report stated as follows: "At 1213 hours just north of Hanover an A/C which may have been #051 was attacked by enemy fighters and was shot down.Four or five chutes were seen. Identity of this A/C not deflnite. It may have been confused with A/C #170."

"THE STORY OF THE CENTURY" on p.44 states: "Bob Koper ordered his crew to 'bail' and was alone in his ship when it blew up."

Missions flown by Lt Koper Crew

1. 28/02/44 REGENSBURG
2. 29/02/44 BRUNSWICK
3. 2/03/44 CHARTES
4. 3/03/44 BERLIN
5. 6/03/44 BERLIN (SHOT DOWN)


Weston H. Rodkey

21 January 1915 ---- TAPS 24 October,2000
Mission Viejo,Orange,California

349th BS, ROG on the 2nd Lt. Robert C. Koper crew

T/Sgt. Rodkey flying with/shot down with the F.W. Harte crew on the 22 April,1944 mission to HAMM aboard ship 42-37783

T/Sgt Rodkey,POW
Memo 2:
POW/KIA notes: Crews 9th Mission.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Hamm-Ruhr Valley
Aircraft:
"Dobie II" (42-37783)
Date:
1944-04-22
Cause:
EAC

Photos

Robert C. Koper

Robert C. Koper, center, with Wes Rodkey far right and Charles P. Corea far left. Crew flew "GOIN' JESSIES" Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Robert C. Koper, Jr.

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt HARTE, Frank W. P KIA
Lt COPPINGER, John J. CP POW
Lt CONLEY, Carl F. NAV KIA
Capt KING, Beryl L. NAV CPT
T/SGT ECK, Joseph A. TOG/NG KIA
T/Sgt CARLSON, Paul V. TTE POW
T/SGT GLASSER, Louis P. ROG EVA
S/SGT RODKEY, Weston H. ROG POW
S/SGT MCINTOSH, Felix W. BTG POW
SGT COLEY, Edward T. WG POW
S/SGT MCDONALD, Thomas C. WG KIA
S/SGT MCMULLIN, George W. TG POW