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Oliver M. CHIESL

Lt. Oliver "Ollie" Chiesl, NAV

Lt. Oliver "Ollie" Chiesl, NAV on Lt. Charles L. Duncan crew. They were shot down on 10 July 1943 and he became a POW. He wrote a book about his experiences in Stalag Luff III called "Clipped Wings". Detailed Information (Photo courtesy of Naomie Chiesl.)

Army Serial Number: O-731267
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Navigator

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 00268
CR: 00268
Comments: 10 JUL 43 LeBOURGET (EAC) Original 100th, Crew #12.

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

"ORIGINAL 100TH BG 350TH BS CREW"

1ST LT CHARLES L."SCOTTY" DUNCAN P: POW 10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
2ND LT ARCHIBALD L. ROBERTSON CP: EVA 10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
1ST LT OLIVER M. CHIESL NAV: POW 10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
1ST LT WILLIAM H. FORBES BOM: POW 10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
T/SGT ERNEST De Los SANTOS TTE: POW 10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
S/SGT BERNARD I. HANOVER WG: POW 10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
T/SGT JOHN K. BEARD ROG: CPT 29 JAN 44 FRANKFURT
S/SGT GENE F. FRANK BTG: POW 10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
S/SGT GEORGE R. APPLETON WG: NOC DID NOT FLY OVERSEAS WITH CREW
S/SGT WILLIAM D. WHITLEY TG: POW 10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET

DATE: 10 July 1943 350th Sqdn. A/C# 42-30050 "JUDY E"

MISSION: Paris (Le Bourget AF) MACR #268,Micro-fiche 89

1st Lt Charles L."Scotty"Duncan P POW
2nd Lt Archibald L.Robertson CP EVADEE
2nd Lt Oliver M.Chiesl NAV POW
1st Lt William H.Forbes BOM POW
T/Sgt Ernest De Los Santos TTE POW
Sgt Edmund A.Oliver ROG POW (From Capt Mark Carnell's Crew #10)
S/Sgt Gene F.Frank BTG POW
S/Sgt Bernard L.Hanover WG POW
Sgt Parrish Reynolds WG POW & ESCAPE
S/Sgt William D.Whitley TG POW

EYE WITNESSES:

Major J.C.Egan - "Duncan's ship went down in France near coast. Saw 8 chutes. Plane broke into flames."

1st Lt.R.C.King - "A/C #050,#1 engine on fire dropped below formation and circled.Six chutes seen all bailed out over land between Dieppe & FeCamp. After six bailed out ship headed approximately 180 degrees True and disappeared in a cloud."

1st Lt. C.R.Biddick - Saw 10 chutes at 27,000 ft. Landed,we think,on the ground .

Parrish Reynolds (Sgt Robert Quientin "Parrish" Reynolds) was a replacement for Sgt Clifford Starkey and Sgt. Oliver was replacing T/Sgt John K.Beard. Apparently, S/Sgt George Appleton (original WG on Duncan Crew) did not fly to England with this Crew and was replaced by a T/Sgt James C. Brown (Special order #103, last page, May 25, 1943). Sgt Brown was in the 418th ground crew in October 1942 at Boise, Idaho. Sgt. Brown was KIA April 28, 1944 in aircraft flown by Capt W. G. Lakin and new C.O. Col. Robert Kelly. Soon after arrival in England, it seems that Sgt Brown was put into a gunners pool and did not fly one mission with this Crew. A Sgt Clifford Starkey flew as WG on the first two missions with Lt Duncan then was replaced on the June 28, 1943 mission to St Nazaire by Sgt Reynolds. Sgt Reynolds was flying as a waist gunner on July 10, 1943. He was briefly a POW but somehow managed to escaped. After many months, he was returned to England with the help of the French Underground.

Bill Forbes told this writer(1979)the "Judy D." was named for 1st Lt Charles Duncan's infant daughter. The crew was returning from the target when jumped by FW 190s. Engine and wing on fire. No chance to get to England or crash land in channel so bailed out. Ollie Chiesl became stuck in escape hatch & Forbes had to literally kick him out."

" The "Judy D." was named for 1st Lt Charles Duncan's infant daughter but photo evidence shows this aircraft was painted Judy E, not Judy D…mpf 2007)

Navigator Oliver M.Chiesl wrote a book published in 1948 entitled "Clipped Wings" ,experiences as P.O.W in Stalag Luft 3.
Interesting note: B-17 42-30050 was later dispayed in a German museum near Paris (forward section).

S.O.C. p.7 states that Bernard Hanover was the first man in the 100th to get a Purple Heart (St.Nazaire 28 June 1943). However, the first 100th man to WIN a Purple Heart had to be from one of the three crews of the 349th Sqdn. That went down on 25/6/43.

Mission List of 1st Lt Charles Duncan

June 25, 1943-Bremen
June 26, 1943-LeMans
June 28, 1943-St Nazaire (nick named Flak City) first mission of Sgt Parrish Reynolds
June 29, 1943-Le Mans
July 10, 1943-LeBourget(Paris)


westmoho@hotmail.com
Posted by Judith Duncan West on 6/5/2002, 9:07 am , in reply to "Re: Oliver M.Chiesl"66.91.116.32
I am the daughter of Lt. Charles L. Duncan, the pilot of the plane with Ollie Chiesl. The plane was named after me as I had just been born. This is the first time I have seen any information about this plane and it is quite exciting for me. Both my father and Ollie have died but I seem to remember something about a book. They kept in touch over the years and when my father died Ollie sent a remarkable tape to my mother where he spoke of times they all shared and went on to discuss the crash over France. I have often felt that this should be shared but did not know where to send it.My Father spent the remainder of the war in Stalag Luft III and later at Moosberg. How he got there how he got home and anything in between we can only piece together. He did spend one week immediately after the crash in the French countryside hidden by a farm family until it became too dangerous for them. After his release he returned to the town and was taken to the crash site where he found a piece of the plane. Our family would be grateful for any information you might have.

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Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by
Michael Chiesl (Mike_85@yahoo.com) on Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 01:36:13
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subject: 100th Bomb Group Membership Form

realname: Michael Chiesl
email: Mike_85@yahoo.com
new_address: 18 Leisure Lane
The Woodlands, TX
77380
phone: 619-990-4429

comments: Hello!
My name is Lt Michael Chiesl, I am the grandson of Oliver Chiesl, Navigator on the Judy E of the 350th. I am currently on deployment in Iraq and would LOVE to receive information about your next scheduled reunion - hopefully I can make one once I am back in the states.

Thanks!!
Lt Mike Chiesl
Memo 2:
Chiesl was stuck in escape hatch and was literally kicked out by Forbes.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
LeBourget
Aircraft:
"Judy E" (42-30050)
Date:
1943-07-10
Cause:
EAC

Photos

Olver Chiesl

Article on Oliver Chiesl (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt DUNCAN, Charles P POW
Lt ROBERTSON, Archibald CP EVA
LT CHIESL, Oliver M. NAV POW
Lt FORBES, William H. BOM POW
T/SGT De Los SANTOS, Ernest TTE POW
T/SGT BEARD, John K. ROG CPT
S/Sgt FRANK, Gene BTG POW
S/SGT APPLETON, George R. WG NOC
S/Sgt REYNOLDS, Parrish WG EVA
SGT HANOVER, Bernard L. TG POW
S/Sgt WHITLEY, William D. TG POW