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Personnel

S/Sgt

Paul Gregory SEARS

Hometown During Time of Service: Somerset, KY
Army Serial Number: 15337608
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Tail Gunner
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 00952
CR: 00952
Comments: 8 OCT 43 BREMEN (FLAK - CL)

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Paul SearsPrintPaducah Sun Democrat Dept 7 194312:00 am
Paul Sears shoots down first planePrintThe Mayfield Messenger Sept 11 194312:00 am
Paul Sears POW PrintThe Winchester Sun Nov 16 194312:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2nd Lt William H.McDonald P EVA/POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# O-672372
2nd Lt John L.James,Jr. CP POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# O-802401
2nd Lt Carl L.Spicer NAV EVADEE 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# O-671130
2nd Lt Frank P.McGlinchey BOM EVA/POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# O-676329
T/Sgt Fred Pribish ROG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 16101002
T/Sgt Charles S.Ashbaugh TTE POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 33292542
S/Sgt Ross W.Detillion BTG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 39455581
S/Sgt Douglas H.Agee LWG KIA 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 18124795
S/Sgt Victor P.Intoccia RWG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 32435988
S/Sgt Paul G.Sears TG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 15337608

MACR #952,Micro fiche #315
A/C #42 30318 "SALVO SAL" LN-S

350th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined 100th Group on 25/8/43.
Tenth mission for crew. Target,Bremen Time 1500 hours approx.

Ship was leading 2nd element of the high sqdn. Agee was struck by a 20mm about 30
minutes before crew bailed out over Holland. German Medical Report in MACR
says " . . Shot in both lungs and bled to death".Body was interred on
12/l0/43 at Beetsterswang Cemetary(Friesland) Row 21,Grave 26.

Douglas H. Agee
100th Bomber Group
350 SALVO SAL

Correction: Agee was struck by a 20mm about 30 minutes before crew bailed out over Holland. German Medical Report in MACR says " . . shot in both lungs and bled to death". Douglas Agee was buried on October 11th, 1943 at the Reformed Church at Beetsterzwaag and after war at the beginning of November 1945 reburied at the American War Cemetery Margraten (province Limburg), the Netherlands. The remains of SSGT Douglas H. Agee were returned to the U.S. for interment at a private cemetery in the state of Texas.

All others bailed out over Holland and were taken prisoner..Aircraft crashed near the
Zuider Zee in western Holland.

Carl Spicer was helped by Dutch underground and later joined Jack Justice,pilot
of the 349th Sqdn. Who was shot down on 10/10/43. Also,see p.109 of "THEY
NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD". McGlinchey and McDonald were on the established escape route to Spain but were captured after more than four months at a Border Post in the Pyrenees. Spicer made it across the Spanish border and eventually returned to England in January 1943. All the POWs survived the war and were returned to military control in May 1945.

Missions Flown by the Crew:
1/9/43 Paris
6/9/43 Stuttgart
7/9/43 Watten
9/9/43 Beauvais-Tille
15/9/43 Paris
16/9/43 Bordeau/LaPallice
26/9/43 Paris
27/9/43 Emden-Port
2/10/43 Emden-Port
8/10/43 Bremen-shot down

"Missions of Salvo Sal" by T/Sgt Charles S. Ashbaugh

September 3, 1943: (1) Target Renault Plant Paris, because of bad weather, bombed secondary. Beaumont le Roger
September 4, 1943 Briefied for a raid on another plant in Paris but mission scrapped before take off
September 6, 1943 (2) Taget Ball bearing plant Stuttgart Germany. Ashbaugh shot down our first German fighter, a ME109.
Unable to bomb initial target. Bombed Secondary target northwest of Paris, Nine hour flight
September 7, 1943 (3) Target-Mystery fortifications at Watton France
September 9, 1943 (4) Double raid scheduled. AM raid on airfield at Beauvais, France. PM took off for another airfield target in
Belgium but after climbing to altitude, weather closed in and mission scrubbed.
September 15, 1943 (5) PM Mission Target Renault plant in Paris. Tonight we got together and named our B-17-"Salvo Sal"
September 16, 1943 (6) Target-Assembly plant at Bordeaux, France. Target obscurred and secondary target hit U-Boat instillations at
La Pallice, France. Twelve hour flight.
September 18, 1943 Briefed for a target deep in Germany but mission scrubbed just before take-off because of weather.
September 19, 1943 First 48 hour pass
September 23, 1943 Target-Airfield in Lorient, France. Just as we were about to leave the English coast, Detillion passed out
in the ball turret and we unable to get him out. Aborted. Detillion okay.
September 25, 1943 Target-Stuttgart, Germany. Weather closed in and mission scrubbed just before take-off.
September 26, 1943 (7) Target-Paris. Target areas completely covered over by clouds. Bomb load dropped in channel on way back.
September 27, 1943 (8) Target-Emden, Germany. Our group initiated the Pathfinder set up with the Colonel in the lead ship.
September 29, 1943 Whole crew (except ball turret gunner) received the Air Medal.
October 2, 1943 (9) Target-Emden, Germany
October 8, 1943(10) BREMEN-----------------------------------------------


From Ron from the Neathelands 10/23/05

2 min after the bombing the plane was hit by flak beside the radio room no 2 engine was hit they having trouble to hold in to formation and after 15 min they were attacked by fighters first the fighters came from 3 o clock and later from 9 o clock en they damaged the plane very badly
Sgt Douglas Agee was shooting a German down en was later hit by 20 mm shells An other engine was hit and was on fire and the losing height

This is what a Dutch eye witnesses reported

We saw a bomber who was attacked by a fighter at about a high of 800 mtr We could see clearly that someone was firing from the bomber and how the fighter was hit. The fighter made a crash-landing on the land of the farmer van de Velde Later we saw some parachutes coming from the bomber. Above Nijeberkoop the crew baled out. The plane landed just to north of Lippenhuizen

Here is the story of one who hides Lt McDonald

When he landed with his chute he hides it. The underground contact him in a field just south of Lippenhuizen. And let them stay there until it was dark. Then they get him to bring him in to safety and was brought to a church. After 2 days he was brought to the house of Klaas Kerkstra
There was a a judisch girl (Reina Speelman) who was also hide from the Germans and she speak English so the can speak together. In that time we had him to learn to ride a bicycle. On a evening we brought him to Drachten and from there we was transported to the south on a escape line.

Lt Spicer and lt McGlinchey were walking to whole night until they reached a farm in the morning. They waited until the farmer leave the farm
Then they make contact with the farmer who invited them in his house. They were getting a warm meal and a place to sleep. That evening a teacher was visit the both men who speaks English. The next day the were brought to Wolvega, to a church tower and stay there for a time

Then they were picked up in a taxi by Tiny Mulder from Drachten. 2nd Lt Spicer was brought to the family Van De Velden. Later the 3 men were brought by Tiny Mulder by train to Ermelo and from there McDonald and McGlinchey going to Erp to the family Otten. On 19 January both Americans were brought on a bicycle to Sevenum were they were hide by Piet en Jan Vermeeren who runs the post office. How long they stay there in not know but later they were moved on the escape line to Belgium.

McDonald and McGlinchey were later in the Pyrenees lost in a snowstorm and runs into a German patrol and became POW after a heavy interrogation. Spicer has the luck to reach Spain and on the evening before Christmas day he left Gibraltar and the next day he reaches England
Memo 2:
Paul Sears Oral History given to Jessica Provenz in Sept. 2014

Paul was 18 years old when he joined
He had a brother in the service so he volunteered

On joining the 100th:
Rumors floating around it was not the group to join. “Playboys”

On Thorpe Abbotts:
Arrived August 14th, 1943 -- Flew to UK on Friday the 13th (superstitious)
2 weeks of training over “the Wash,” a body of water over NE of England (post Regensburg they had extra formation training)
He was there 7 weeks -- only off base one time

On UK:
Different money systems, different customs
September 3, 1943 -- His first mission -- 3 out of 6 planes went down (life became very real that day)

On Missions:
Tail Gunner on “Salvo Sal”-- ammunition already filled / bombs already loaded / All he did preflight was check equipment
Flew 10 missions (aborted 11th mission when someone passed out)
October 8, 1943 -- Bremen was his last mission

On Parachuting at Bremen:
No practice/preparation given for jumping out of planes
Takes a minute to bail out
Picked up his shoes on the way out, but the shoes fell from the impact of the chute opened. He was given wooden clogs (when he got to camp, he eventually got walking shoes by Red Cross)
They landed spread out over 3-4 miles
Sears landed in a field -- 2 German soldiers with guns pointed at him and there was an 8 year old boy who acted as translator

On Interrogation at Dulag Luft:
Enlisted men were told to give only Name / Rank / Serial #
4X8 room
Slept on a Shelf
Threadbare blanket
Cool room - slept in a ball
Food once a day
Black bread / soup / something that resembled coffee

On Cattle Cars to Camp:
Freight Cars for animals -- 8 horses (or 40 men) 50-60 men were in it
Took 3.5 days

On Stalag 17B for Enlisted men:
40,000 POWs were there with an outlying work camp with another 20,000
Worst of the POW camps -- he was there for 17 months
Went to the POW hospital for pleurisy, his roommate died within 15-20 minutes. It was “not encouraging”
Received one package and no letters during his entire imprisonment.

April 8, 1945 -- evacuated camp
200 mile march from Gniexendorf to Bavaria
They would marched 3-4 days and rest a day
Sleep out in the open 4 out of 5 nights
A lot of people escaped and lost their lives in doing so
April 26, 1945 -- arrived at Bavaria
May 3, 1945 -- Liberated
June 3, 1945 -- Home

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Bremen
Aircraft:
"Salvo Sal"  (42-30818)
Date:
1943-10-08
Cause:
FLAK-Crash Landed

Photos

Paul Sears

POW Dog Tag and Caterpillar Club Card of S/Sgt Paul Sears of Lt William McDonald Crew, shot down Oct 8, 1943 (100th BG Archives)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT MCDONALD, William H. P POW
Lt JAMES, John CP POW
Lt SPICER, Carl L. NAV EVA
LT MCGLINCHEY, Frank P. BOM POW
T/Sgt ASHBAUGH, Charles S. TTE POW
T/Sgt PRIBISH, Fred ROG POW
S/SGT DETILLION, Ross W. BTG POW
S/Sgt AGEE, Douglas H. WG KIA
S/SGT INTOCCIA, Victor P. WG POW
S/Sgt SEARS, Paul TG POW