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Personnel

Maj

Joseph L. ZELLER

Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 351st Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Pilot

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: FEH
Comments: LATER COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 418TH

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

CAPT JOSEPH L. ZELLER P FEH (CO OF 418TH)
2ND LT WILLIAM L. BOWEN CP FEH
2ND LT GEORGE E. BONITZ NAV EVA 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (WITH THE F.C. KINCANNON CREW see below)
F/O D.L. WHITE BOM CPT 12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG
S/SGT DANIEL A. LYNCH TTE CPT 12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG (with Lt Dicket Crew, see below) TAPS: 14 JAN 1964
S/SGT HARRY J. HENDRICKS ROG CPT 08 SEP 44 MAINZ
SGT MAX FRIEDMAN BTG NOC FLEW MISSSIONS WITH LT SIEWERT TAPS: 7 MAY 1983
SGT CHARLES L. GRIMES WG NOC
SGT WILLIAM V. LOMBARDI WG NOC
SGT WILARD R. FREDERICK TG NOC TAPS: 28 AUG 1989

351ST SQDN… CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 09 MAR 1944.
ZELLER BECAME COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 418TH AFTER MAGEE FULLER WAS LOST ON 20 JUL 44 (MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY)

Capt Joseph L. Zeller Missions:

March 16, 1944 Augsburg 42-31708 "Skipper II"
March 18, 1944 Lechfeld, 42-31708 "Skipper II"
March 19, 1944 Marquise, Mimmoyeques 42-31708 "Skipper II"
March 22, 1944 Berlin (returned with serious battle damage) 42-31708 "Skipper II"
March 23, 1944 Brunswick 42-31389 " Lucious Lucy"
March 27, 1944 Bordeaux 42-31708 "Skipper II"
March 28, 1944 Chateaudun 42-31708 "Skipper II"

It appears that Capt Zeller's Crew became a Lead Crew in April 1944 and Lt Bowen was transferred to the crew of Lt Seymour Eichen

April 11, 1944 Pozen & Rostock Capt Swartout Command Pilot 42-31708 "Skipper II"
April 12, 1944 Scheuditz (Recall) Lt Col William Veal Command Pilot (from 13th CBW) 42-31708 "Skipper II"
May 13, 1944 Osnabruck Capt Zeller-Com P. Lt Monrad-Pilot 42-31708 "Skipper II"
May 20, 1944 Brussels Capt. Zeller-Com P. Lt Monrad-Pilot 42-31708 "Skipper II"
May 28, 1944 Magdeburg Capt. Zeller-Com P. Lt Monrad-Pilot 42-31708 "Skipper II"
June 6, 1944 Falaise, D-Day Capt. Zeller-Lead P. PFF
June 20, 1944 Fallersleben Capt. Zeller-Com P. Lt Norman P. Scott-Pilot 42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty
June 21, 1944 Ruhland (Russia) Capt. Zeller-Com P, Capt R.H. Helmick Pilot 42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty
July 3, 1944 Arad (Rumania) Capt. Zeller-Com P, Capt R.H. Helmick-Pilot 42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty
July 5, 1944 Bezier (from Italy) Capt. Zeller-Com P, Capt. R.H. Helmick-Pilot 42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty
July 7, 1944 Bohlen Capt. Zeller-Com P, Lt Monrad-Pilot 42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty"
July 13, 1944 Munich Capt Zeller-Com P, Lt Cumming-Pilot 42-31767 'Our Gal Sal"
July 24, 1944 St Lo Capt. Zeller-Com P, Lt Giles-Pilot, 44-6089 "Leading Lady"
July 25, 1944 St Lo Capt. Zeller-Com P, Lt Giles-Pilot 42-97829 "Regal Eagle"
July 29, 1944 Merseburg Capt. Zeller-Com P PFF
Aug 5, 1944 Magdeburg Maj. Zeller-Com P (now C.O. 418th BS) PFF
Aug 8, 1944 St Sylvian Maj. Zeller-Com P, Lt Ehorn-Pilot 38015
Sept 1, 1944 Mainz (Recall) Maj. Zeller-Com P,
Sept 9, 1944 Dusseldorf Maj. Zeller-Com P PFF
Sept 30, 1944 Bielefeld Maj. Zeller-Com P, Lt Seamans-Pilot 44-8148 "Seamans Demons"


CREW

DATE: 20 July 1944 418th Sqdn. A/C #42-97564 Pathfinder Aircraft

MISSION: Merseburg,Ger. MACR #7414,Micro-fiche #2701

Major MaGee C.Fuller Com. P POW
Capt Francis C.Kincannon P POW
1st Lt Bernard L.Farnum CP POW
Capt Robert E.Nance BOM EVADEE
1st Lt Louis H.Abromowitz NAV EVADEE
Capt Henry C.Griffis Rad/N EVADEE (see Hermansen crew/ 350th Sqdn.)
1st Lt George E.Bonitz NAV EVADEE (from Capt Zeller Crew)
T/Sgt Daniel B.Deason TTE POW
T/Sgt Oscar L.Edge ROG POW
S/Sgt Glen E.Snider RW POW
S/Sgt Vaniel M.Cargile LW EVAVEE
S/Sgt Robert D.Chavez TG POW

This A/C was leading the mission in a Pathfinder ship which accounts for the
seven officers aboard. Major Fuller,who had flown overseas as pilot of a 349th
Sqdn. crew in June 1943, was now C.O. of the 418th.

EYEWITNESS: "Just as bombs were released A/C #564 received a direct hit by AA fire between #2 engine
fuselage.Shell did not explode but a large hole was torn in the wing and gasoline poured from the tanks. #2
engine feathered and A/C pulled out of formation directing deputy
leader to take over. A/C fell behind and was escorted by fighters and it
was reported that #564 was heard to tell fighters over radio that it
was all-right." This is all the information that interrogation of
100th "A" Group crews revealed.

From Bottisham (fighter base) to PFF War room to 100th BG the following report was received: "A/C #564 called for fighter support
after it began to lag and contact was made over channel "C" with the fighters which gave it cover. Subsequentlythe PFF had to crash
land near Louvain just east of Brusselsand prearranged plan (over channel "C") as soon as the crew had cleared the A/C the fighter
strafed and set fire to the ship. Fighter did not see PFF explode but stated definitely that it was afire,and that all the crew was safe.'


CREW

1st Lt. Harvey W. Dickert O-759430 P CPT Bremen 12 Oct 44
1st Lt. Vernon G. Keilholtz O-705122 CP CPT Mainz 27 Sep 44
1st Lt. Raymond W. Spahr O-712932 NAV CPT Ludwigburg 03 Oct 44
1st Lt. John A. Bryce T-124342 BOM CPT Ludwigshaven 25 Sep 44
T/Sgt Robert J. Levin 16079902 TTE NOC
S/Sgt Michael E. Sweeney 11057006 ROG NOC
S/Sgt Everett S. Collier 37470894 WG CPT Bremen 12 Oct 44
S/Sgt Robert B. Patterson 37537192 WG POW Burg-bei-Magdeburg 10 Apr 45 w/Lt Bazin Crew (see note below)
S/Sgt Dale L. Humphrey 39333941 BTG CPT Bremen 12 Oct 44
S/sgt Walter B. Shipman 9705838 TG CPT Bremen 12 Oct 44

351ST SQDN.. JOINED GROUP 29 MAY 44 This Crew flew "MASON AND DIXON" 42-31412 on 28 missions and 7 missions in other a/c.
The list above is of the crew as it joined the 100th BG. S/Sgt Robert G. Truex and T/Sgt Daniel A. Lynch originally(from Capt Zeller Crew) joined the crew when Sgt Levin and Sgt Sweeney left the crew. Ranks are those crew members held at end of missions.
S/Sgt R.B. Patterson was taken off this crew to reduce to 9 men. He would become a Mickey (radar) operator.

CREW AS LISTED BELOW APPEARS ON A COMBAT ROSTER OF 03 SEP 44.

LT HARVEY W. DICKERT P CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN
LT VERNON G. KEILHOLTZ CP CPT 27 SEP 44 MIANZ
LT RAYMOND W. SPAHR NAV CPT 03 OCT 44 LUDWIGBURG
F/O JOHN A. BRYCE BOM CPT 25 SEP 44 LUDWIGSHAFEN
S/SGT ROBERT G. TRUEX ROG CPT DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
T/SGT DANIEL A. LYNCH TTE CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN (from Capt Zeller Crew)
S/SGT DALE L. HUMPHREY BTG CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN
S/SGT EVERETT S. COLLIER WG CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN
S/SGT WALTER B. SHIPMAN TG CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN

Photos

Joseph Zeller Crew

Capt Joseph Zeller crew. taken Jan.10, 1944. Fonville studio Ardmore Okla. Front Row L-R Cap JOSEPH L. ZELLER -P (CO OF 418TH), 2nd LT WILLIAM L. BOWEN -CP, 2nd LT GEORGE E. BONITZ -NAV, F/O D.L. WHITE- BOM . Photo courtesy of Dennis L. White, Son of D.L. White.

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
MAJ ZELLER, Joseph L. P FEH
Lt BOWEN, WILLIAM L. CP CPT
LT BONITZ, George E. NAV EVA
F/O WHITE, D.L. BOM CPT
S/SGT LYNCH, Daniel A. TTE CPT
T/SGT HENDRICKS, Harry J. ROG CPT
SGT FRIEDMAN, MAX BTG NOC
SGT GRIMES, Charles L. WG NOC
SGT LOMBARDI, William V. WG NOC
S/SGT FREDERICK, WILLARD R. TG NOC