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Personnel

S/Sgt

Smith J. YOUNG

Army Serial Number: 15066384
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 351st Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Tail Gunner

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: KIA
MACR: 01026
CR: 01026
Comments: 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (EXP)

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

CREW #21 A/C #42-30086 "BLACKJACK"; THIS WAS AND "ORIGINAL 100TH CREW".

1ST LT VICTOR E. FIENUP P; POW 3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
2ND LT EUGENE V. MULHOLLAND CP; EVA 3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
1ST LT PAUL PASCAL NAV; EVA 3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
2ND LT BLANTON G. BARNES BOM; POW 3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
T/SGT ROY A. EVENSON TTE; POW 3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
S/SGT MARVIN E. MILLER WG; KIA 3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
S/SGT WALTER L. PROBST ROG; CPT Replaced by C.F. Wright
S/SGT NORMAN D. KREITENSTEIN BTG; EVA 3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
S/SGT CHARLES T. DANIELS TG; KIA 3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
S/SGT ROBERT H. BROWN WG POW 3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
S/SGT SMITH J. YOUNG WG; KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (Replaced by Robert H. Brown on the 3 Sep 43 Paris Mission)
(see memo below)

351ST SQDN.. ORIGNAL CREW..

MISSIONS OF LT VICTOR FIENUP CREW:

1. 04/07/43 LaPALLICE a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
2. 10/07/43 LeBOURGET a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
3. 14/07/43 LeBOURGET a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
4. 17/07/43 HAMBURG a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
5. 24/07/43 TRONDHEIM a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
6. 25/07/43 KIEL a/c 23271 NINE LITTLE YANKS AND A JERK
7. 26/07/43 HANOVER a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
8. 29/07/43 WARNEMUNDE a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
9. 30/07/43 KASSEL a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
10. 12/08/43 WESSELING a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
11. 15/08/43 MERVILLE a/c 25865 JANIE
12. 17/08/43 REGENSBURG a/c 230086 BLACK JACK
13. 03/09/43 PARIS a/c 25865 JANIE

ON 3 SEP 43, WALTER PROBST AND SMITH YOUNG WERE REPLACED BY T/SGT CHARLES F. WRIGHT AND S/SGT ROBERT H. BROWN RESPECTIVELY. BOTH WRIGHT AND BROWN BAILED OUT SUCCESSFULLY AND BECAME POWS ALONG WITH BARNES AND FIENUP. PROBST COMPLETED HIS TOUR BUT SMITH J. YOUNG WAS KILLED ON THE MUNSTER MISSION FLYING WITH THE LT MAURICE BEATTY CREW. HE WAS BURIED 13 OCT 43 IN THE DOORNENBURG CEMETERY, DOORNENBURG, HOLLAND--ROW #7, GRAVE #8.

THERE ARE CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS AS TO WHAT OCCURED, THE CONSENSUS APPEARS TO BE THAT WHILE ON THE BOMB RUN, THE PLANE FLOWN BT LT RICHARD KING (CREW 26) RECIEVED A DIRECT FLAK HIT AMIDSHIPS THUS MOVING UPWARD STRIKING THE SHIP OF CREW #23 (CHARLES FLOYD) WHICH EXPLODED.

FIENUP'S CREW #21 MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MID-AIR AS A CREW MAN LATER STATED, "THE SHIP ON OUR RIGHT CRASHED INTO OUR TAIL, PROABLY KILLING MARVIN MILLER."

WITH THE PLANE UNCONTROLLABLE, FIENUP GAVE THE BAIL-OUT ORDER AND ALL EXCEPT MILLER GOT OUT. DANIELS WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED PRIOR TO THE BAIL-OUT ORDER. A EYEWITNESS SAW ONE CHUTE BURST INTO FLAMES. THE GERMANS THOUGHT THAT DANEILS HAD COME DOWN WITH A DAMAGE CHUTE. HE WAS BURIED IN THE SOUVERNIX FRANCAIS EVREUX CEMETERY; GRAVE #220 ROW #7.

Crew #21 M.A.C.R. #686

Mission: Paris - Renault Plant
Aircraft #42-5865 "JAINE"
3 Sept.1943
351st Sqdn.
Time 0925
A/C last seen: 10 mi. SE of Paris
Cause: Flak

1st Lt Victor E.Fienup P POW
2nd Lt Eugene V.Mulholland CP EVADEE
1st Lt Paul Pascal NAV EVADEE
2nd Lt Blanton G.Barnes BOM POW
T/Sgt Charles F.Wright ROG POW
T/Sgt Roy A.Evenson TTE POW
S/Sgt Nolan D.Kreitenstein BTG EVADEE
Sgt Marvin Miller TG KIA
S/Sgt Charles T.Daniels WG KIA
S/Sgt Robert H.Brown WG POW

Of the above,Sgt.Wright was a replacement for S/Sgt Walter L,Probst and Sgt. Brown a replacement
for S/Sgt Smith T.Young. Eyewitness Report: "Just before reaching Paris,observed Fienup's ship
with #4 engine afire. Saw 3 or 4 men bail out and chutes opened. Ship was going down but seemingly
under control." There actually appears to have been a mid-air collision between 3 Or 4 ships of
the 100th on this mission. An A/C did strike the tail section of this plane and this may have
killed or wounded Miller. Wright's statement at end of the war says that Daniels was badly
wounded by flak & Wright helped him put on his chute. Wright believod Daniels waa probably "blown
out of the ship when it exploded". A 351st crewman said he saw a chute break into flames
and "Germans said that Daniels had come down without a full chute. Brown was wounded and
in a field hospital. Daniels buried in the Souvernix Francais Evreux cemetary -Row 7,grave 200.


CREW

2nd Lt Maurice E. Beatty P KIA 10/10/43 MUNSTER
2nd Lt James B.Dabney,Jr. CP POW 10/10/43 MUNSTER
2nd Lt Grady Moyle NAV KIA 10/10/43 MUNSTER
2nd Lt Reid E.Griffiths BOM KIA 10/10/43 MUNSTER
T/Sgt Alfred Loguidice ROG KIA 10/10/43 MUNSTER
T/Sgt George C.Burgess TTE KIA 10/10/43 MUNSTER
SJSgt Miorton Levine BTG KIA 10/10/43 MUNSTER
S/Sgt Angelo J.Licato RWG KIA 10/10/43 MUNSTER
S/Sgt Edward C.Karamol LWG POW 10/10/43 MUNSTER
S/Sgt John Rupnick TG KIA 11/05/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, MY (S.T.) with Lt Jack Hunter Crew

351st Sqdn. This crew joined 100th Group on 6/9/43

On 10/10/43, Sgt John Rupnick was replaced by Sgt.Smith J.Young who was KIA. Young was an original member of the crew of V.E.Fienup.
This crew,on its tenth mission,was leading the 2nd flight of the low squadron. From Dabney's statement,it appears that the plane exploded; he says "S/Sgt.Karamol was blown out of the ship like myself while at his position as waist gunner." German document says place of crash was "Vynen near Xanten" at 15.15 hours.

S.J.Young's body was recovered from the Waal river near Arnhem in Holland the next day. A.J.Licato's body was also found the next day in Dutch waters. All those killed, except for Young were buried on 13 Oct 1943 at Muenchen-Gladbach Cementary in graves 349 - 355.

According to a letter of 11/11/85 from William Rupnick,brother of John Rupnick, John was wounded on the Bremen raid of 8/10/43 and hospitalized for several months thus he was not with his crew when it was lost. John Rupnick was flying with the crew of Lt. Jack Hunter on May 11, 1945 when he was KIA.

Micro fiche #340 MACR # 1026
A/C #42-30087 "SHACKRAT"

MISSIONS OF LT MAURICE BEATTY

1. 16/09/43 BORDEAUX A/C 42-30087 "SHACK RAT"
2. 23/09/43 VANNES A/C 42-30087 "SHACK RAT"
3. 26/09/43 PARIS A/C 42-3386 "MARIE HELENA"
4. 27/09/43 EMDEN A/C 42-30087 "SHACK RAT"
5. 02/10/43 EMDEN A/C 42-30087 "SHACK RAT"
6. 04/10/43 HANAU A/C 42-30796 "SUNNY II"
7. 08/10/43 BREMEN A/C 42-3474 "KING BEE"
8. 09/10/43 MARIENBURG A/C 42-30723 "HOLY TERROR"
9. 10/10/10 MUNSTER A/C 42-30087 "SHACK RAT" SHOT DOWN

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Munster
Aircraft:
"Shackrat" (42-30087)
Date:
1943-10-10
Cause:
Explosion

Burial Information:

Plot:
B
Grave:
15
Row:
30
Cemetery:
Ardennes, Neuville-en-Cond, Belgium

Photos

Smith J. Young 351st TG

Smith J. Young 351st TG North Carolina KIA 10 Oct 43 Munster Maurice E. Beatty Crew (100th Photo Archives)

Lt Victor Fienup Crew

Victor Fienup Crew from the 351st. Standing from left: Walter L. Probst, Smith J. Young, Norman D. Kreitenstein, Roy A. Evenson, Charles T. Daniels: Kneeling from left: Blanton G. Barnes, Paul Pascal, Victor Fienup and Eugene V. Mulholland. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt FIENUP, Victor E. P POW
LT MULHOLLAND, Eugene V. CP EVA
LT PASCAL, Paul NAV EVA
Lt BARNES, Blanton G. BOM POW
S/SGT BROWN, Robert H. TTE POW
T/SGT EVENSON, Roy A. TTE POW
T/SGT KREITENSTEIN, Nolan D. TTE EVA
T/Sgt PROBST, Walter L. ROG CPT
S/SGT WRIGHT, Charles F. ROG POW
SGT MILLER, Marvin E. WG KIA
S/SGT DANIELS, Charles T. TG KIA
S/SGT YOUNG, Smith J. TG KIA