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34th Bomb Group Mission Diary for JUNE 1944: Missions #9-#28

Compiled by Gary L. Ferrell

 

Missions as a B-24 Group in June 1944

 

Date & Mission Number                                     Target

 

June 4, 1944

Mission #9                                                            Bretigny

Command Pilot: WACKWITZ. 12 aircraft dispatched to this French airfield with 36 tons of bombs and all 12 bombed the primary target. No planes received damage.

Planes and crews:

42-94799 E/F 18BS Ralls (lead)

41-29542 B/L 18BS Hartley Rough House Kate (deputy lead)

42-94762 B/K 18BS Kiley The Uninvited

42-94815 B/B 18BS Coupland Frivolous Sal

42-94889 B/O 18BS Salveson Patches

42-94879 B/D 18BS Pedigo Collapsible Susie

42-94766 L/F 18BS Brain Crow's Nest

42-94768 B/N 18BS Blackburn

41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

42-94782 B/G 18BS Gipson Off Limits

42-94904 B/P 18BS Paulnock Belle of the Brawl

42-94794 B/I 18BS Harris Bachelor's Baby

42-94757 B/Q 18BS Harre The Dugan Wagon (Airborne spare - returned early)

 

June 6, 1944

Mission #10                                                         Caen

Command Pilot: GERHART. 24 planes were dispatched with 72 tons of bombs to Caen France in support of the D-Day landings. Two aircraft aborted. Due to 10/10 clouds and D-Day channel traffic, the group was forced to return with all bombs still aboard. One plane crashed along the coast when it ran out of fuel with 8 crewmen KIA and 1 Missing in Action. The 34th had been one of the first groups airborne. Roger Freeman Mighty Eighth War Diary on page 259 states that going out one 34BG plane crashed at Corfe Castle with 10 killed. (It was early morning, before 10 AM, but they were returning.)

Planes and crew:

41-29542 B/L 18BS Ralls Rough House Kate

42-94813 B/A 18BS Hartley unknown name

42-94815 B/B 18BS Dees Frivolous Sal

41-29572 B/E 18BS Brain Scotty (#1)

42-94794 B/I 18BS Harris Bachelor's Baby

42-94879 B/D 18BS Pedigo Collapsible Susie

42-94919 E/R 7BS McAllister

42-94757 B/Q 7BS Terry The Dugan Wagon

41-28838 E/C 7BS Doell Misery Agent         MIA (see below)

41-28851 E/M 7BS Hayes The Near Sighted Robin

42-94908 E/E 7BS Boshears Tiger Rag

42-52696 E/N 391BS Swenson Cookie’s Wailing Wall

42-94748 L/P 391BS Ray Undecided

42-94878 L/Q 391BS Meyer

41-28820 L/L 391BS Stewart Four-Five Time

41-29599 L/B 391BS Erwin Boots

42-94780 L/M 391BS Becker Smitty

41-29518 L/H 391BS Cliff Picadilly Lucy

42-94930 E/S 4BS Isrealson

42-94893 D/E 4BS Notman Hell's Belle

41-29555 D/I 4BS Armstrong Powerful Katrinka

41-29567 D/B 4BS Cook Bambi

42-94811D/K 4BS Thrun Tommy Thumper II

41-29560 D/L 4BS Marks Rat Poison

42-52752 L/E Harre unknown name (Airborne spare)

42-94904 B/P Salveson Belle of the Brawl (Airborne spare)

41-29557 E/L McDermott Shadrach (Airborne spare)

42-94755 D/D Timblin Weary Willie (Airborne spare)

42-52768 E/K (scheduled for Hayes but replaced)

42-94775 D/G unknown name  (ground spare)

42-94799 E/F (ground spare)

42-94762 B/K The Uninvited (ground spare)

42-94849 L/J Paulnock Maid of Fury (ground spare)

42-52755 D/F (ground spare)

41-28851 E/M Avriett The Near Sighted Robin (ground spare – taken over by Hayes)

 

B-24H 41-28838 E/C Misery Agent Crash-landed at Corfe Castle in the "Olde Woode" With 7BS Pilot: Doell. All 9 KIA.

KIA DOELL HERMAN H (P)                             2 LT            7          O-687561                        NJ

KIA DUNCAN LEWIS A (CP)                           2 LT            7          O-700422                        TX

KIA SWARTHOUT ROBERT K (B)                 2 LT            7          O-697786                        DETROIT MI

KIA CURTIN WILLIAM D (E)                          S/SGT         7          39038488

KIA DROZDEK VINCENT C (NG)                    S/SGT         7          36648028                        IL

KIA RAINEY ALVIN T (R)                                S/SGT         7          18137983                        LA

KIA HELGET JEROME (BT)                              SGT            7          37542521                        M1LWAUKEE MN

KIA PRICE WILLIAM E (WG)                          SGT            7          18109226                        OK

KIA STANCATI ARTHUR A (TG)                  SGT            7          15342096                       

 

NOTE: Bob Gross, the Navigator, was not on the plane for this mission.

 

DOELL HERMAN H is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-1-30.

DROZDEK VINCENT C is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, G-1-157.

DUNCAN LEWIS A is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, F-4-95.

RAINEY ALVIN T is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, E-6-41.

SWARTHOUT ROBERT K is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, F-6-72.

 

Mission #11                                                         Lisieux

Command Pilot: CONLEY. 28 planes dispatched, with 75 tons of bombs, to Lisieux, France and again failed to bomb. This second mission of the day went much like the first. Weather again was 10/10.

Planes and crew:

42-94849 L/J 391BS Blair Maid of Fury

42-94799 E/F 7BS Bush

41-29559 E/P 7BS Alexander Belchin’ Bessie

42-94766 L/F 391BS Daniels Crow's Nest

44-40436 L/D 391BS Culver Nancy

42-52738 L/O 391BS Eastman Wilson

42-94782 B/G 18BS Gipson Off Limits

44-40468 B/H 18BS Kiley Mean Kid

41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

44-40421 B/F 18BS Coupland

44-40328 L/K 391BS Hanson This Above All

42-94904 B/P 18BS Salveson Belle of the Brawl

42-94775 D/G 4BS Mackey unknown name

42-94762 B/K 4BS Heath The Uninvited

42-94787 D/C 4BS Hollowell Set 'em Up (with Pavlicek as CP)

42-52770 D/N 4BS Johanson

42-52707 D/P 4BS Lewis Open Season

42-94911 D/Q 4BS Dreher Sweet Souix

41-28877 E/I 7BS Gardner, H. Sooner

44-40463 D/A 7BS Tuttle

42-52751 E/O 7BS Dean

44-40482 B/M 7BS Holmes unknown name

42-94869 D/J 4BS Halbert Male Call

41-29510 D/V 4BS Runyan

41-29557 E/L 7BS McDermott Shadrach  (Airborne spare)

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Avriett Umbriago (Airborne spare)

42-52752 L/E 18BS Harre unknown name (Airborne spare)

42-94889 B/O Patches (scheduled for Salveson but replaced)

41-28851 E/M The Near Sighted Robin (ground spare)

42-94768 B/N (ground spare)

42-52755 D/F (ground spare)

44-40323 L/A (ground spare)

42-50585 L/G (ground spare)

44-40438 D/M unknown name (ground spare)

41-29566 D/O War Eagle (ground spare)

 

Mission #12                                                         Lisieux

Command Pilot: EATON. 67 planes were dispatched, with 69 tons of bombs, to Lisieux, France on this third mission of the day.  Seven planes aborted or did not bomb. This third mission finally saw two Squadrons drop 56 tons on Lisieux with no losses. 57 planes bombed the primary target, 3 bombed targets of opportunity, 3 bombed targets of last resort, while 7 failed to bomb. 5 bombers received battle damage.

Planes and crew:

42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner. M. Collapsible Susie

42-94889 B/O 18BS Salveson Patches

41-29542 B/L 18BS Hartley Rough House Kate  Young (CA)

42-94782 B/G 18BS Gipson Off Limits

42-94904 B/P 18BS Paulnock Belle of the Brawl

44-40468 B/H 18BS Dees Mean Kid

42-94768 B/N 391BS Foster

42-94748 L/P 391BS Blair Undecided

42-94766 L/F 391BS Meyer Crow's Nest

41-29561 L/C 391BS Cliff

41-29599 L/B 391BS Irwin (or Erwin) Boots

42-52738 L/O 391BS Eastman Wilson

42-52752 L/E 391BS Culver unknown name

42-94755 D/D 4BS Timblin Weary Willie

42-94893 D/E 4BS Notman Hell's Belle

42-94869 D/J 4BS Halbert  Male Call

42-94811D/K 4BS Thrun  Tommy Thumper II

42-52707 D/P 4BS Lewis Open Season

42-94911 D/Q 4BS Dreher Sweet Souix

41-29555 D/I 4BS Armstrong Powerful Katrinka

44-40463 D/A 7BS Tuttle

41-29602 L/I 7BS Hayes

42-52751 E/O 7BS Dean

41-29559 E/P 7BS Alexander Belchin’ Bessie

42-94757 B/Q 7BS Terry The Dugan Wagon

42-94930 E/S 7BS Hardison

41-29566 D/O War Eagle (ground spare – lead)

41-29602 L/I (ground spare – taken over by Hayes)

42-94768 B/N (ground spare – taken over by Foster)

41-29572 B/E Scotty (#1) (ground spare)

42-94904 B/P Belle of the Brawl (scheduled for Tuttle but replaced)

42-52768 E/K (scheduled for Hayes but replaced)

 

June 7, 1944                                                       

Mission #13                                                         Tours

This was the "Intruder" mission.

Command Pilot: GARRETT. 26 planes were dispatched to Tours, France with 78 tons of bombs. Two planes aborted. One plane dropped one bomb on the primary target by mistake. This plane and 12 others bombed the secondary target, dropping 3.25 tons of bombs (Underwood says 39 tons), while 13 failed to bomb. On return to base at dusk, the 34BG lost four planes to enemy fighters, ME-410s or Ju-88s, within the base traffic pattern. One crashed into the Personal Equipment Building. One crashed just outside the base. One crash-landed at Eye. The fourth crew bailed out several miles south of the base. Of the 36 crewmen, 12 were killed; at least eight others wounded and one was listed Missing in Action.

Planes and crews:

41-29566 D/O 4BS Isrealson War Eagle

42-94799 E/F 4BS Mackey The Paper Doll

42-94911 D/Q 4BS Dreher Sweet Souix Crashed

41-29567 D/B 4BS Cook Bambi

42-94755 D/D 4BS Timblin Weary Willie

42-94787 D/C 4BS Pavlicek Set ‘em Up

41-29510 D/V 4BS Simpson

44-40463 D/A 4BS Marks Jerk’s Beserks

42-52755 D/F 4BS Wright Percolatin’ Pete

42-52770 D/N 4BS Johanson

44-40328 L/K 391BS Stewart This Above All

42-94780 L/M 391BS Becker Smitty

42-94930 E/S 18BS Laskin Kisco Kid

42-94919 E/R 18BS Lindstrom

41-28877 E/I 18BS Gardner Sooner

41-29572 B/E 18BS Brain Scotty (#1) (Lost – see below)

41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

42-94824 E/Q 18BS Dees Umbriago

44-40436 L/D 18BS Paulnock Nancy

41-29561 L/C 18BS Coupland

42-94768 B/N 18BS Kiley Betty Jane

41-29559 E/P 18BS Harris Belchin’ Bessie

42-52696 E/N 391BS Hanson Cookie’s Wailing Wall Crash-landed at Eye

42-52768 E/K 391BS Daniels

42-94878 L/Q 391BS Cliff; Airborne Spare

42-52738 L/O 391BS Eastman Wilson Airborne Spare. Shot down over Mendlesham on return.

 

B-24H 41-29572 B/E Scotty (#1) Crash near Ipswich. With 18BS. Pilot: Brain. Salvaged June 10, 1944. See 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945 p.42 for this crew’s story as told by Don McCarthy titled “Black Tuesday.”

RTD BRAIN STANLEY M (P)                           2 LT            18        O-808941

RTD BUENGER ROBERT L (CP)                       2 LT            18        O-816784

RTD STEVENS RICHARD H (N)                       2 LT            18        O-702977

RTD McCARTHY DON (B)                               LT               18       

WIA CRAFT JUNIOR (E)                                   S/SGT         18        17120772

KIA STYGALL STUART A (R)                         S/SGT         18        32834063        NY

KIA TIPTON ERNEST A (BG)                           SGT            18        39555066

RTD SCHOPF PAUL (TT)                                  SGT            18        33501053

RTD DAVIDS ALBERT J (NG)                          CPL             18        15127022

KIA NOWAKOWSKI CHESTER F (TG)         SGT            18        36852722        MI

 

NOWAKOWSKI CHESTER F is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-4-1.

STYGALL STUART A is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, A-7-25.

 

B-24H 42-52738 L/O Wilson Shot down over Mendlesham on return and crashed (into the Personal Equipment Building?). With 391BS. Pilot: Eastman. 9 Killed , 1 bailed out and Returned to Duty. Salvaged with battle damage.

KIA EASTMAN HAZEN D (P)                         2 LT            391      O-687012        ID

KIA ARTHALD PAUL W (CP)                         2 LT            391      O-817371        OK

KIA MEAD LEROY W                                       2 LT            4          O-698030        SHARON OK

KIA MUCHA GEORGE (E/TT)                          T/SGT        391      13006740        PA

KIA KRUSE ROBERT F (R)                               T/SGT        391      32674261

KIA BAIRD EVERETT C                                    S/SGT         391      39179807

KIA KLINE CHARLES D                                    SGT            391      13070469

KIA VAN HORNE LESLIE                                 S/SGT         391      13083785        PA

RTD IRWIN EDWIN J                                        S/SGT         391     

NOTE:    Irwin also spelled Erwin in some places.

 

The crew loading lists do not include Minge, Wilson, or Kline, but does include Lt. Mead.

(Minge, the Navigator, did not fly this mission and survived the war. Wilson & Kline apparently did fly the mission and were killed.)

 

ARTHALD PAUL W is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, C-1-55.

EASTMAN HAZEN D is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, C-4-55.

MUCHA GEORGE is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, A-6-25.

VAN HORNE LESLIE is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, A-3-22.

 

B-24H 42-94911 D/Q Sweet Souix crash landed near Wethering StelI. With 4BS Pilot: Dreher. Salvaged with battle damage

RTD DREHER, WILMER J (P)                           2 LT            4          O-811349

RTD ROWLEY FRANCIS (CP)                          2 LT            4          O-817535

KIA GRABOWSKI ANTONI H (N)                  2 LT            4          O-703730        MA

RTD HUMPHREY KEN (B)                                2 LT            4          O-698014

RTD BLACKMAN JACK F (E/TT)                   S/SGT         4          38217676

RTD FORISTER CARROLL E (R)                      S/SGT         4          37601087

KIA JOHNSON WILLARD (BT)                       S/SGT         4          14135578        AL

RTD RESCHKE WILLIAM R (WG)                  SGT            4          12031572

RTD GOLDEN J (NT)                                          SGT            4

KIA ERISH ROBERT D (TG)                              SGT            4          16166484

 

GRABOWSKI ANTONI H is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-3-37.

JOHNSON WILLARD D is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-5-35.

 

B-24H 42-52696 E/N Cookie’s Wailing Wall  Crash-landed near Eye. With 391BS Pilot; Hanson. No crew losses.

RTD HANSON OSCAR T (P)                            1 LT            391      O-1699379

RTD KEIRN ROY C (CP)                                     1 LT            391      O-1169594

RTD TOPPING DONALD C (N)                        2 LT            391      O-703344

RTD LIPSCOMB LINDSAY (B)                         2 LT            391      O-696233

RTD SCHULL PAUL A (E)                                 S/SGT         391      17059298

RTD SIMPSON GEORGE H (R)                         SGT            391      35252969

RTD BROWN SIDNEY C (gunner)                   SGT            391      31313627

RTD BURTON JOE N (gunner)                         SGT            391      34687605

RTD BUTTERBAUGH RAYMOND L (G)        SGT            391      35097767

RTD JOHNSON     (gunner)                                                   391

 

These are not shown on the crew loading lists for this mission.

KIA GUYNN KENNETH E                                 SGT            4          33647896

 

June 8, 1944

(See June 6th above. Stancati was on the Doell crew lost on June 6th. )

 

KIA STANCATI ARTHUR A                           SGT            7          15342096

 

June 9, 1944

B-24H 42-52696 E/N Cookie’s Wailing Wall salvaged with battle damage from June 7th crash-landing at Eye.

 

June 10, 1944

B-24H 41-29572 B/E salvaged after June 7th crash-landing.

 

June 11, 1944                                                     

Mission #14                                                         Fleurs

Command Pilot: EATON. 41 aircraft dispatched to bomb Fleurs airport. Underwood says 39 planes were airborne with 50.2 tons of bombs and one plane aborted.  Weather was bad so no bombs were dropped. No losses.

Planes and crews:

44-40328 L/K 391BS Baker This Above All (Lead of Lead Squadron)

44-40323 L/A 391BS Bower (deputy lead)

42-94828 L/Q 391BS Becker

42-94771 L/N 391BS Erwin

42-94766 L/F 391BS Daniels Crow's Nest

41-28820 L/L 391BS Culver Four-Five Time

41-29518 L/H 391BS Meyer Picadilly Lucy

42-94849 L/J 391BS Foster Maid of Fury

42-52752 L/E 391BS Cliff unknown name

41-28878 B/J 391BS Stewart The Heavenly Body

42-94904 B/P 391BS Brown Belle of the Brawl

42-94782 B/G 391BS Hollowell Off Limits

42-94845 E/G 7BS Bush Miz-Pah (Lead of High Squadron)

42-94930 E/S 7BS Hardison (deputy lead)

44-40470 E/A 7BS Swenson Worry Bird

41-28851 E/M 7BS Smith, J. C.  The Near Sighted Robin

42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver 

42-94799 E/F 7BS Tuttle

41-28877 E/I 7BS Gardner Sooner

42-52768 E/K 7BS Hayes

42-94794 B/I 7BS Holmes Bachelor's Baby

42-94879 B/D 18BS Alexander Collapsible Susie

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Avriett

42-52751 E/O 7BS Dean

44-40438 D/M 4BS Cook unknown name (Lead of Low Squadron) (took over as pilot of the Heath crew for this mission)

42-94775 D/G 4BS Notman unknown name  (deputy lead)

44-40443 D/H 4BS Armstrong

42-94811 D/K 4BS Thrun Tommy Thumper II

41-29602 L/I 4BS Halbert

42-52707 D/P 4BS Lewis Open Season

41-29566 D/O 4BS Runyan War Eagle

41-29561 L/C 4BS Marks

42-94889 B/O 4BS Pavlicek Patches (Not on the Formation Chart, which shows Paulnock in this position.)

42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hell's Belle

42-94755 D/D 4BS Timblin Weary Willie

42-52755 D/F 4BS Wright (incorrectly shown on a couple of forms as 2775)

44-40482 B/M 7BS McDermott unknown name (Airborne spare)

44-40267 B/R 4BS Johanson (Airborne spare)

44-40468 B/H 4BS Dees Mean Kid (Airborne spare)

42-94768 B/N (scheduled for Alexander, but replaced)

44-40463 D/A (scheduled for Johansen, but replaced by 42-94880 E/H, which was also replaced)

42-94880 E/H Misschief (scheduled for Johansen but replaced by 44-40267 B/R)

41-29510 D/V (scheduled for Paulnock but did not fly)

42-94748 L/P Undecided (lead ground spare – not used)

44-40421 B/F (lead ground spare – not used)

44-40436 L/D Nancy (ground spare – not used)

42-94815 B/B Frivolous Sal (ground spare – not used)

41-29557 E/L (ground spare – not used)

 

KIA PARRISH HARRY L                                                      PFC     18                    33273282        PA

 

PARRISH HARRY L is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, D-1-85.

 

June 12, 1944                                                     

Mission #15                                                         Beauvais, Tille

Command Pilot: WACKWITZ. 37 planes were dispatched (Underwoos says 39 with 107 tons of bombs and two planes aborted).  60 tons of bombs were dropped on the primary target at Beauvais, France. (Underwood says 93 tons.) Score: good.

Planes and crew:

42-94930 E/S 7BS McAllister (Lead of Lead Squadron) (shown incorrectly on one form as 301)

44-40454 E/G 7BS Terry Betta Duck (deputy lead)

41-29557 E/L 7BS Brown Shadrach

41-28851 E/M 7BS Smith, J. C.  The Near Sighted Robin             (Aborted - pilot sick)

42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver 

42-52752 L/E 7BS McDermott unknown name

41-28877 E/I 7BS Gardner Sooner

42-94908 E/E 7BS Holmes Tiger Rag

42-94799 E/F 7BS Tuttle

41-29602 L/I 7BS Dean

42-94880 E/H 7BS Hollowell Misschief

44-40470 E/A 7BS Swenson Worry Bird

44-40443 D/H 4BS Mackey (Lead of High Squadron)

44-40463 D/A 4BS Isrealson (deputy lead)

42-94869 D/J 4BS Halbert Male Call

44-40438 D/M 4BS Johanson unknown name

41-29566 D/O 4BS Runyan War Eagle

41-28820 L/L 4BS Marks Four-Five Time       (Aborted)

42-52755 D/F 4BS Wright

42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hell's Belle

42-94766 L/F 4BS Timblin Crow's Nest

42-94775 D/G 4BS Armstrong unknown name

42-94771 L/N 4BS Pavlicek

42-94811 D/K 4BS Thrun Tommy Thumper II               

41-29542 B/L 18BS Ralls Rough House Kate (Lead of Low Squadron)

44-40267 B/R 18BS Hartley (deputy lead)

44-40482 B/M 18BS Blackburn unknown name

42-94782 B/G 18BS Gipson Off Limits

42-94757 B/Q 18BS Harre The Dugan Wagon

41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

42-94762 B/K 18BS Kiley The Uninvited

42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

42-94889 B/O 18BS Salveson Patches

42-94815 B/B 18BS Coupland Frivolous Sal

44-40468 B/H 18BS Dees Mean Kid

42-94904 B/P 18BS Pedigo Belle of the Brawl

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Avriett Umbriago (Airborne spare -Flew the mission)

42-52707 D/P 7BS Alexander Open Season (Airborne spare - Flew the mission)

42-94878 L/Q 18BS Paulnock (Airborne spare - Flew the mission)

42-94813 B/A 391BS Baker unknown name (lead spare - not used)

44-40421 B/F 7BS Hayes (ground spare - not used)

44-40323 L/A 391BS Foster (ground spare - not used)

42-94849 L/J (unused ground spare)

42-94748 L/P Undecided (unused ground spare)

 

June 14, 1944                                                     

Mission #16                                                         Cambrai-Epinoy

Command Pilot: LeBAILLY. The 34th lead the 93rd Wing attack. 39 planes were dispatched with 90.75 tons of bombs. Two planes aborted. 36 aircraft made the bomb run through 9/l0ths clouds dropping 60.9 tons. Group summaries indicate that 15 planes bombed the primary target at Cambrai-Epinoy, France and 10 planes bombed the primary target at Donain, France. 4 planes were battle damaged and 2 crewmen WIA. Score: poor. Heavy flak at Antwerp, Belgium damaged 12 aircraft, one of which, 44-40468 Mean Kid crash-landed at Manston. Pilot Laskin was severely injured and two others were slightly injured.

Planes and crew:

44-40323 L/A 391BS Ray (Lead of Lead Squadron)

44-40436 L/D 391BS Blair Nancy (deputy lead)

41-29518 L/H 391BS Hanson Picadilly Lucy

42-94771 L/N 391BS Erwin

42-94869 D/J 391BS Culver Male Call

42-94849 L/J 391BS Foster Maid of Fury

42-94755 D/D 391BS Meyer Weary Willie

41-29599 L/B 391BS Stewart Boots

42-94766 L/F 391BS Becker Crow's Nest

42-94878 L/Q 391BS Daniels

44-40441 D/N 4BS Pavlicek Floogie Boo

42-52707 D/P 4BS Lewis Open Season

44-40276 E/D 7BS Bush (Lead of High Squadron)

42-94930 E/S 7BS McAllister (deputy lead)

42-94880 E/H 7BS Hollowell  Misschief

41-28851 E/M 7BS Hayes The Near Sighted Robin

42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver 

42-94893 D/E 7BS Dean Hell's Belle (Aborted - Engine problems)

41-28877 E/I 7BS Gardner Sooner

42-94908 E/E 7BS Holmes Tiger Rag

42-94799 E/F 7BS Tuttle

42-94845 E/C 7BS Alexander Miz-Pah

44-40049 D/I 7BS McDermott

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Avriett Umbriago

44-40482 B/M 18BS Lindstrom unknown name (Lead of Low Squadron)

44-40468 B/H 18BS Laskin Mean Kid (deputy lead) Crash-landed at Manston, UK. (see below)

42-94904 B/P 18BS Paulnock Belle of the Brawl

42-94762 B/K 18BS Kiley The Uninvited

42-52755 D/F 18BS Blackburn

42-94889 B/O 18BS Salveson Patches

41-29542 B/L 18BS Dees Rough House Kate

42-94813 B/A 18BS Harris unknown  name (listed incorrectly as 4819)

42-94815 B/B 18BS Harre Frivolous Sal

42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

42-94811D/K 18BS Pedigo  Tommy Thumper II

42-94782 B/G 18BS Gipson Off Limits

42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name  (spare)

41-29557 E/L 7BS Bown Shadrach (spare)

41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body (spare)

41-29602 L/I scheduled for Becker but not used this mission.

44-40328 L/K Heath This Above All  (ground spare - not used)

41-29566 D/O War Eagle scheduled for Pavlicek but not used this mission.

42-52752 L/E unknown name scheduled for Culver but not used this mission.

41-28820 L/L Four-Five Time scheduled for Hanson but not used this mission.

 

B-24H 44-40468 B/H Mean Kid crash-landed at RAF Manston. With 18BS. Pilot: Laskin. Picture in Roger Freeman,  The Mighty Eighth, p.156. Story of this mission told by Sam Laskin in 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.41 and by John Wolf on pp.41-42. LT Laskin received the Silver Star for this mission.

WIA LASKIN SAM L (P)                                   LT               O-440829 serious wounds (Awarded Silver Star)

RTD LIAN (CP)                                                                       

RTD ORR CURTIS (N)                                        LT

RTD MOLLENBERG (N2)

RTD PEARCE ROBERT (B)                                LT

RTD OYSTER JACK (R)                                     SGT

RTD HUEBLER ROBERT (E)                             SGT

RTD PUSKA (BT)

RTD SNYDER (TG)

RTD DENTER (NG)

RTD WOLF JOHN (WG)                                    SGT

 

June 17, 1944                                                     

Mission #17                                                         Laval

Command Pilot: BOYD. 37 planes dispatched (Underwood: 39) with 113 tons of bombs and 37 planes dropped 110 tons on the primary target. 19 aircraft were damaged by flak but none were lost and no crewmen were injured. Score: good.

Planes and crew:

41-29542 B/L 18BS Ralls Rough House Kate (Lead of Lead Squadron)

44-40267 B/R 18BS Hartley (deputy lead)

42-94757 B/Q 18BS Harre The Dugan Wagon

42-94771 L/N 18BS Harris

42-94815 B/B 18BS Coupland Frivolous Sal

42-94782 B/G 18BS Gipson Off Limits

42-94748 L/P 18BS Pedigo Undecided

42-94889 B/O 18BS Salveson Patches

41-29599 L/B 18BS Dees Boots

42-94762 B/K 18BS Paulnock The Uninvited

42-52752 L/E 18BS Blackburn unknown name

42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

44-40470 E/A 7BS Hardison Worry Bird (Lead of High Squadron)

44-40276 E/D 7BS McAlister (deputy lead)

42-94845 E/C 7BS Swenson Miz-Pah

41-28851 E/M 7BS Smith, J. C.   The Near Sighted Robin

42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver 

41-29557 E/L 7BS Brown Shadrach

42-94766 L/F 7BS Hayes Crow's Nest

42-94930 E/S 7BS Tuttle

44-40454 E/G 7BS Holmes Betta Duck

41-28877 E/I 7BS Alexander Sooner

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Avriett Umbriago

42-94880 E/H 7BS Hollowell Misschief

44-40441 D/N 4BS Notman Floogie Boo (Lead of Low Squadron)

44-40438 D/M 4BS Heath unknown name (deputy lead)

42-94869 D/J 4BS Halbert Male Call

42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hell's Belle

42-94755 D/D 4BS Timblin Weary Willie

44-40049 D/I 4BS Armstrong

42-94849 L/J 4BS Cook Maid of Fury

42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

42-94811 D/K 4BS Thrun Tommy Thumper II

42-52755 D/F 4BS Wright

41-29566 D/O 4BS Runyan War Eagle

42-52707 D/P 4BS Lewis Open Season

41-29602 L/I 7BS McDermott (Airborne spare)

41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body (Airborne spare)

41-28820 L/L 4BS Pavlicek Four-Five Time (Airborne spare)

44-40463 D/A Isrealson (ground spare- lead)

42-94780 L/M Brain Smitty (ground spare)

44-40482 B/M Dean unknown name (ground spare)

44-40421 B/F Gardner (ground spare)

44-40443 D/H (ground spare)

 

June 20, 1944                                                     

Mission #18                                                         Misburg

Command Pilot: GARRETT. 35 planes dispatched and 35 aircraft dropped 103.75 tons on the target. 15 aircraft damaged by flak, but none lost. One crewman was WIA. Score: good to very good.

Planes and crew:

42-50585 L/G 4BS Mackey (Lead of Lead Squadron)

44-40463 D/A 4BS Isrealson (deputy lead)

44-40049 D/I 4BS Armstrong

44-40476 B/I 4BS Wright unknown name (Aborted - #4 turbocharger out)

42-94787 D/C 4BS Pavlicek Set 'em Up

42-52707 D/P 4BS Lewis Open Season

41-29566 D/O 4BS Cook War Eagle

42-94811D/K 4BS Thrun Tommy Thumper II

42-94755 D/D 4BS Timblin Weary Willie

42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

42-94869 D/J 4BS Halbert Male Call

42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hell's Belle

44-40482 B/M 391BS Baker unknown name (Lead of High Squadron)

44-40436 L/D 391BS Bower Nancy (deputy lead)

42-94757 B/Q 391BS Meyer The Dugan Wagon

42-94771 L/N 391BS Erwin

41-28820 L/L 391BS Hanson Four-Five Time

42-94879 B/D 391BS Becker Collapsible Susie

42-94766 L/F 391BS Daniels Crow's Nest

42-94782 B/G 391BS Foster Off Limits

42-94813 B/E 18BS Brain Skotty

42-94748 L/P 391BS Stewart Undecided

42-94919 E/R 7BS McDermott

44-40486 B/C 18BS Pedigo Cokey Flo

44-40276 E/D 7BS Bush (Lead of Low Squadron) 2 Lt. Charles A. Cook SWA, taken to 65th General Hospital.

44-40454 E/G 7BS Terry (deputy lead) Betta Duck

42-94880 E/H 7BS Hollowell Misschief

41-28851 E/M 7BS Smith, J. C.  The Near Sighted Robin

42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver 

42-94799 E/F 7BS Tuttle

41-28877 E/I 7BS Gardner, H. Sooner

42-94908 E/E 7BS Holmes Tiger Rag

44-40303 E/K 7BS Hayes Turgo Joe

41-29557 E/L 7BS Brown Shadrach

42-94815 B/B 7BS Alexander Frivolous Sal

42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

44-40441 D/N 4BS Johanson Floogie Boo  (Airborne spare - returned early)

42-94889 B/O 18BS Salveson Patches (Airborne spare)

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Avriett Umbriago (Airborne spare)

44-40470 E/A Bice Worry Bird (ground spare-lead)

42-52752 L/E Culver unknown name (ground spare)

42-94762 B/K The Uninvited (ground spare)

42-94845 E/N Miz-Pah (ground spare)

44-40208 L/C (ground spare)

44-40328 L/K (scheduled for Baker, but replaced)

 

41-28849 Fightin’ Rebel With 7BS, crash-landed. Salvaged on July 19, 1944.

 

KIA HICKS CARL K                                           T/SGT        18        3450935?

 

(Second mission of the day)

Mission #19                                                         Haute de Cote, Blanchemont

Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 47 planes dispatched. 32 planes bombed the primary target. 10 planes in four Squadrons bombed the secondary target, Haute de Cote, but aim was off. 5 planes failed to bomb. A total of 107.7 tons were dropped. 17 aircraft damaged by flak, but none lost. Score: poor.

Planes and crew:

44-40276 E/D 7BS McAllister (Lead of A Squadron)      Major damage

44-40470 E/A 7BS Hardison Worry Bird (Deputy Lead)                     Plane salvaged from damage. 2 KIA, 1WIA.

42-94799 E/F 7BS Tuttle

42-94880 E/H 7BS Smith, J. C.  Misschief

42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver 

41-29557 E/L 7BS Brown Shadrach

41-28877 E/I 7BS Gardner Sooner

42-94908 E/E 7BS Holmes Tiger Rag

44-40303 E/K 7BS Hayes Turgo Joe

42-94845 E/N 7BS Alexander Miz-Pah

42-94919 E/R 7BS McDermott                            Major damage.

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Avriett Umbriago

44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley (Lead of B Squadron)

44-40323 L/A 18BS Lindstrom (Deputy Lead)

42-94762 B/K 18BS Kiley The Uninvited

42-94782 B/G 18BS Gipson Off Limits

44-40486 B/C 18BS Pedigo Cokey Flo

42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

44-40476 B/I 18BS Harris unknown name

44-40320 B/N 18BS Blackburn Generator Jennie

42-94815 B/B 18BS Coupland Frivolous Sal

41-29542 B/L 18BS Dees Rough House Kate

44-40441 D/N 18BS Paulnock Floogie Boo

42-94813 B/E 18BS Harre Skotty

44-40463 D/A 4BS Heath (Lead of C Squadron)

44-40461 D/G 4BS Notman (Deputy Lead)

44-40049 D/I 4BS Armstrong

41-28878 B/J 4BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

42-94811 D/K 4BS Bice Tommy Thumper II

41-29566 D/O 4BS Pavlicek War Eagle

42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hell's Belle

44-40421 B/F 4BS Marks

44-40443 D/H 4BS Halbert

44-40438 D/M 4BS Wright unknown name

42-52707 D/P 4BS Timblin Open Season

44-40454 E/G 4BS Cook Betta Duck

42-50585 L/G 391BS Blair (Lead of D Squadron)

44-40328 L/K 391BS Baker (Deputy Lead) This Above All 

42-94889 B/O 391BS Foster - Richie Patches

42-94771 L/N 391BS Erwin

42-94780 L/M 391BS Becker Smitty

41-28820 L/L 391BS Culver Four-Five Time

41-29599 L/B 391BS Meyer Boots

44-40436 L/D 391BS Hanson Nancy

42-94766 L/F 391BS Daniels Crow's Nest

42-94748 L/P 391BS Stewart Undecided

42-94878 L/Q 391BS Whited

44-40208 L/C 391BS Nigg

41-29567 D/B Bambi (scheduled for Cook but replaced)

42-52752 L/E unknown name (scheduled for Culver but replaced)

41-29602 L/I (ground spare)

44-40454 E/G Betta Duck (ground spare)

 
44-40470 E/A 7BS Pilot: Hardison  Crash landed at Woodchurch on return from this mission and was salvaged. 2 KIA, 1WIA. 

KIA HARDISON, JOSEPG H. 1 LT 7 O-793764

KIA BACKMAN WILLIAM B                          S/SGT         7          14178361

 

June 22, 1944                                                     

Mission #20                                                         Touman-en-Brie

Command Pilot: WACKWITZ. 39 planes were dispatched. 38 bombed the primary target, with 94.25 tons, while one plane failed to bomb. This mission was to the marshalling yards with a number of good hits. 16 aircraft received minor damage, 4 received major damage. Two group aircraft were lost on this mission one of which crash-landed and the other battle damaged plane was abandoned over the English coast. 1 LT Guy Gipson crash-landed on the coast in 42-94782 Off Limits with minor injuries to four crewmen. The second plane was severely damaged in the nose. The bombardier was killed, the co-pilot and navigator baled out over enemy territory and the pilot, Hayes was severely wounded. The Engineer, T/SGT Alvin Gibbons, took over the plane and flew it back to England. The remaining crew baled out over the English coast. Roger Freeman relates these stories in Mighty Eighth War Diary, pp.275-76.

Planes and crew:

44-40323 L/A 391BS Ray (lead)

44-40436 L/D 391BS Bower Nancy (deputy lead)

44-40208 L/C 391BS Nigg

42-94845 E/N 391BS Culver Miz-Pah

42-94818 E/B 391BS Daniels Captain John Silver 

42-94748 L/P 391BS Meyer Undecided (incorrectly listed as 4747 L/P)

44-40476 B/I 391BS Hanson unknown name

42-94780 L/M 391BS Becker Smitty

42-94880 E/H 7BS Hollowell Misschief

41-28877 E/I 7BS Gardner, H. Sooner

44-40303 E/K 7BS Hayes Turgo Joe

41-29557 E/L 7BS Brown Shadrach

44-40421 B/F 18BS Hartley (lead)

44-40482 B/M 18BS Blackburn unknown name (deputy lead)

42-94815 B/B 18BS Coupland Frivolous Sal

44-40486 B/C 18BS Pedigo Cokey Flo

42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

42-94813 B/E 18BS Brain Skotty

42-94782 B/G 18BS Gipson Off Limits Crash-landed (see below)

41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

42-94762 B/K 18BS Kiley The Uninvited

41-29542 B/L 18BS Dees Rough House Kate

42-94757 B/Q 18BS Harre The Dugan Wagon

44-40320 B/N 18BS Hart Generator Jennie

44-40463 D/A 4BS Isrealson (lead)

44-40443 D/H 4BS Mackey (deputy lead)

42-94755 D/D 4BS Timblin Weary Willie

42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hell's Belle

44-40049 D/I 4BS Armstrong

42-94787 D/C 4BS Halbert Set 'em Up

42-94811D/K 4BS Thrun Tommy Thumper II

42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

44-40441 D/N 4BS Wright Floogie Boo

41-29566 D/O 4BS Runyan War Eagle

42-52707 D/P 4BS Lewis Open Season

44-40420 D/Q 4BS Bice Fast Company

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Swenson Umbriago

42-94908 E/E 7BS Holmes Tiger Rag

42-94799 E/F 7BS Tuttle

42-94845 E/N Miz-Pah (scheduled for Culver but replaced)

41-28820 L/L Four-Five Time scheduled for Hanson but replaced

42-94775 D/L unknown name  (scheduled for Marks but replaced)

44-40461 D/G Foster (ground spare)

41-29599 L/B Beyer Boots (ground spare)

41-29602 L/I Marsden (ground spare)

44-40476 B/I Whited unknown name (ground spare)

 

B-24H 42-94782 B/G Off Limits crash-landed at Dungeness. With 18BS. Pilot: Guy Gipson. See 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.54 for the story “The Story of the B-24 Liberator Off Limits and Its Flight Crew” by Alvin D. Lichtenstein and “Flight and Ground Crew of the B-24 Off Limits” on the same page. The crew chief of Off Limits was Ray Summa, assisted by Junius Cobb. Photo in Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary, p.276.

RTD GIPSON GUY MAURICE (P)                    1 LT            18        O-523179

RTD DRAPER FRANKLIN A (CP)                   LT               18        O-687684

RTD PARISEAU RAYMOPND F (N)               LT               18        O-814394

RTD LICHTENSTEIN ALVIN D (B)                  2 LT            18        O-698156

RTD LISOWSKI JOSEPH W (NT)                    SGT            18       

RTD STEVENS WILLIAM P (TT)                     SGT            18        17161686

RTD PETERS RICHARD J (R)                           T/SGT        18        12035627

RTD PENDOWSKI EDWARD S (BT)              S/SGT         18        20646023

RTD MANN DONALD E (WG)                         S/SGT         18        39612122

RTD SWICK GIDEON W JR (TG)                     SGT            18        16152009

 

B-24J 44-40303 E/K Turgo Joe salvaged with battle damage. F/O Hayes pilot, was flying 4-2 position in the lead squadron at 20,000 feet when hit by flak over Le Harve, France. It is reported that the whole nose blew off and two engines were hit and the whole forward part of the ship was peppered with flak. Practically all the front portion of the plane was blown out except the nose turret and the back of the pilot’s seat. The pilot was injured in the leg. The top turret gunner, S/Sgt. Arthur J. Duffelmeier, the Navigator, 2 Lt. Stanley A. Maw, and the Co-pilot, 2 Lt. Lloyd Anderson either bailed out or were blown from the plane. The Bombardier, 2 Lt. Henry S. McPherson was killed by flak but his body remained in the plane. The other three landed in France. All the controls were gone except the aileron. The engineer locked the rudder. The hydraulic system was out as was the oxygen system, the autopilot compass, and the autogyro and the plane was also running out of fuel. The injured pilot decided to crash land on English soil and the Engineer, T/SGT Alvin Gibbons, assisted in flying the plane back to England. After the remainder of the crew had bailed out over the English coast, the Engineer assisted the pilot in jumping, then trimmed the plane for the crash landing and was then the last to leave the plane. Six crewmen were hospitalized, which includes everyone that made it back to England. At the time it was know that McPherson had been killed but the fate of the other three was still unknown.

WIA HAYES MARVIN G (P)                             F/O             7          T-122252        13

MIA ANDERSON LLOYD (CP)                         2 LT            7          O-817368        13

MIA MAW STANLEY A (N)                            2 LT            7          O-704648        13

KIA McPHERSON HENEY S (B)                       2 LT            7          O-698028        13            SHARON OK

RTD BOWERS CECIL G (R)                               T/SGT        7                                  13           

RTD GIBBONS ALVIN J (Eng.)                         T/SGT        7          39908817        13

RTD GRAY ROBERT (BT)                                 S/SGT         7                                  13

RTD MURPHY RALPH E (TG)                          S/SGT         7                                  13

RTD ROCKEY ROBERT R (NG)                        S/SGT         7                                  13

MIA DUFFELMEIER (TT)                                 S/SGT         7          36445679        13

 

Haynes was admitted to 98th General Hospital.

Gibbons was admitted to the base hospital at Aldeymaster.

One man was at Reddington Farms near Chedfield and three men wee at Longwood House.

 

June 23, 1944

Mission #21                                                         Coulommiers

Command Pilot: BROPHY. 12 planes dispatched and 11aircraft dropped 27.1 tons on this airfield through 7/10 to 9/10 cloud. Score: poor.

Planes and crew:

44-40276 E/D 7BS Bush

44-40454 E/G 7BS Terry Betta Duck

42-94908 E/E 7BS Holmes Tiger Rag (aborted with #3 prop governor and tachometer malfunction)

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Tuttle Umbriago

42-94813 B/E 7BS Hollowell Skotty

44-40486 B/C 7BS Gardner Cokey Flo

41-29557 E/L 7BS Brown Shadrach

41-28851 E/M 7BS Smith, J. C.  The Near Sighted Robin

42-94879 B/D 7BS Swenson Collapsible Susie

41-28878 B/J 7BS McDermott The Heavenly Body

42-94762 B/K 7BS Nigg The Uninvited

44-40320 B/N 7BS Culver Generator Jennie

41-29542 B/L 7BS Daniels Rough House Kate (Airborne spare)

 

John Sloyne-Smith and the other crew of B-24J 42-50539 Sultry Sue arrive to join the 18BS/34BG.

 

June 24, 1944                                                     

Mission #22                                                         Chateaudun

Command Pilot: EATON. 26 planes dispatched. 22 planes bombed the primary target, dropping 57.2 tons, while 4 planes failed to bomb. The 34BG flew lead for the 93rd Wing. The target was another airfield. Score: very good.

Planes and crew:

44-40463 D/A 4BS Isrealson

44-40461 D/G 4BS Heath

41-29567 D/B 4BS Lundeen Bambi (Aborted - #3 engine)

42-94787 D/C 4BS Pavlicek Set 'em Up

42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hell's Belle

44-40049 D/I 4BS Armstrong

44-40420 D/Q 4BS Halburt Fast Company

42-94811 D/K 4BS Thrun Tommy Thumper II

44-40443 D/H 4BS Marks

42-52755 D/F 4BS Wright

44-40441 D/N 4BS Johanson Floogie Boo

42-52707 D/P 4BS Lewis Open Season

44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls

44-40267 B/A 18BS Blackburn

41-29599 L/B 18BS Coupland Boots

42-52752 L/E 18BS Gardner unknown name

41-29602 L/I 18BS Harris (Aborted – supercharger)

42-94762 B/K 18BS Parrish The Uninvited

42-94878 L/Q 18BS Dees

44-40320 B/N 18BS Little Generator Jennie (Aborted – Generator out)

41-29566 D/O 18BS Salveson War Eagle

42-94904 B/P 18BS Paulnock Belle of the Brawl

42-94930 E/O 18BS Harre

42-94813 B/E 18BS Hart Skotty (Aborted – Supercharger pulsating)

44-40486 B/C 391BS Erwin Cokey Flo

42-94879 B/D 391BS Stewart Collapsible Susie

 

Mission #23                                                         Beaumetz les Aires

 

Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 26 planes dispatched. 12 aircraft bombed this airfield, dropping 30.25 tons, while 14 failed to bomb. One plane did not return, crashing into the English Channel. There is no Missing Air Crew Report for this mission and no deaths reported on this date, so the crew apparently was recovered from the English Channel and returned to duty. I have not found a B-24 serial number listed as either lost r salvaged on this date. Score: poor to fair.

Planes and crew:

44-40454 E/G 7BS McAllister Betta Duck (lead)

44-40276 E/D 7BS Bush (deputy lead)

42-94893 D/E 7BS Tuttle Hell's Belle

42-52755 D/F 7BS Gardner

42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

42-94908 E/E 7BS Holmes Tiger Rag

41-28851 E/M 7BS Smith, J. C.  The Near Sighted Robin

42-94818 E/B 7BS Swenson Captain John Silver 

44-40049 D/I 7BS Hollowell

41-29557 E/L 7BS Brown Shadrach

42-52707 D/P 7BS Alexander Open Season

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Avriett Umbriago

42-50585 L/G 391BS Bower (lead)

44-40328 L/K 391BS Baker This Above All (deputy lead)

44-40461 D/G 391BS Culver

44-40443 D/H 391BS Daniels Jerk's Berserk

44-40420 D/Q 391BS Whited Fast Company

42-94811 D/K 391BS Foster Tommy Thumper II

44-40267 B/A 391BS Irwin or Erwin)

41-29599 L/B 391BS Nigg Boots

41-29542 B/L 391BS Little Rough House Kate

44-40441 D/N 391BS Stewart Floogie Boo

42-94757 B/Q 391BS Hart The Dugan Wagon

41-29566 D/O 391BS Runyan War Eagle

44-40486 B/C 18BS Harris Cokey Flo (Airborne spare)

44-40476 B/I 18BS Brain unknown name (Airborne spare)

44-40482 B/M Ray unknown name (ground spare – lead)

44-40443 D/H McDannold (ground spare taken over by Daniels)

44-40461 D/G Mardson  (or Marsdon) (ground spare taken over by Culver)

42-52752 L/E unknown name scheduled for Culver but replaced

42-94766 L/F Crow's Nest scheduled for Daniels but replaced

 

June 25, 1944                                                     

Mission #24                                                         St Avord

Command Pilot: BURTON. 13 aircraft dispatched, 11 aircraft dropped 26 tons on the primary target, 2 aircraft had mechanical failure. Score: excellent.

Planes and crew:

44-40443 D/H 4BS Notman (lead)

44-40463 D/A 4BS Heath (deputy lead)

42-94818 E/B 4BS Pavlicek Captain John Silver 

42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hell's Belle

44-40049 D/I 4BS Armstrong

42-94908 E/E 4BS Halbert Tiger Rag (Aborted – mechanical)

42-94824 E/Q 4BS Thrun Umbriago

42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

41-28878 B/J 4BS Wright The Heavenly Body

44-40441 D/N 4BS Johanson Floogie Boo

42-52707 D/P 4BS Lewis Open Season

42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie (Aborted – mechanical)

42-94766 L/F 18BS Salveson Crow's Nest (Airborne spare - flew the mission)

 

Mission #25                                                         Esternay, Etampes Mondesir

Command Pilot: LeBAILLY. 24 aircraft dispatched to Etampes. 12 bombed at Esternay and 12 bombed at Etampes. A total of 12 tons were dropped. 11 planes received flak damage. One plane, 42-94849 Maid of Fury, 1 LT Dean, pilot, ditched in the English Channel. The pilot, and two or three other crewmen, rescued by a British destroyer. The remaining crewmembers listed as Missing in Action. Freeman says three were saved.

Planes and crew:
44-40454 E/G 7BS McAllister Betta Duck (lead)

44-40276 E/D 7BS Bush (deputy lead)

44-40441 D/N 7BS Holmes Floogie Boo

42-94893 D/E 7BS Tuttle Hell's Belle               Aborted but then took off again in 44-40049

44-40049 D/I 7BS Tutle                                        Second plane used on this mission

42-94766 L/F 7BS Hollowell Crow's Nest

41-29599 L/B 7BS Gardner Boots

41-29557 E/L 7BS Brown Shadrach

41-28851 E/M 7BS Smith, J. C.  The Near Sighted Robin

42-52755 D/F 7BS Swenson

42-94849 L/J 7BS Dean Maid of Fury          LOST (see below)

42-94818 E/B 7BS Alexander Captain John Silver 

42-94762 B/K 7BS Avriett The Uninvited

42-94780 L/M 7BS Nigg Smitty (Airborne spare)

42-94878 L/Q 7BS Whited (Airborne spare)

44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls (lead)

44-40482 B/M 18BS Lindstrom unknown name (deputy lead)

42-94815 B/B 18BS Coupland Frivolous Sal

42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

42-94813 B/E 18BS Brain Skotty

44-40476 B/I 18BS Harris unknown name

41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

41-29542 B/L 18BS Dees Rough House Kate

44-40320 B/N 18BS Little Generator Jennie

44-40486 B/C 18BS Paulnock Cokey Flo

42-94757 B/Q 18BS Harre The Dugan Wagon (incorrectly listed as 753)

42-52707 D/P 18BS Hart Open Season

42-94787 D/C Set 'em Up (scheduled for Holmes but replaced.)

42-50585 L/G (ground spare – lead)

44-40049 D/I Gallagher (ground spare taken over and flown by Tuttle)

 

B-24H 42-94849 L/J  Maid Of Fury Missing in Action in English Channel. With 7BS. Pilot: Dean.

                Missing Air Crew Report # 7372. 5 Killed in Action, 4 Returned to Duty.

RTD DEAN DAVID R (P)                                   1 LT            7          O-742071        PASADENA CA

KIA FARRIS HARRY C JR (CP)                        2 LT            7          O-683021        EL PASO TX

RTD PALMER KENNETH W (N)                     2 LT            7          O-755027

KIA LECKENBY STEPHEN D (B)                     2 LT            7          O-755027        TACOMA WA

RTD HOLT LESLIE C (TT)                                 S/SGT         7          14162069

KIA MAURER RAYMOND G (R)                     T/SGT        7          36283677        MILWAUKEE WI

RTD HAYES CLIFFORD T (WG)                      SGT            7          19102963

KIA KORDES LAWRENCE P (TG)                   S/SGT         7          15076714        WARREN OH

KIA GIBSON WILLIAM G (NG)                       S/SGT         7          32711948        BROOKLYN NY

 

GIBSON WILLIAM G is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, A-5-1. (6-25-44)

KORDES LAWRENCE P is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, F-7-81 (6-25-44)

LECKENBURY STEPHEN D is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-7-15. (6-25-44)

FERRIS HARRY C JR is listed on the Wall of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. (6-26-44)

MAURER RAYMOND G is listed on the Wall of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. (6-26-44)

 

June 27, 1944                                                     

Mission #26                                                         Beauvoir

Command Pilot: FANDEL. 12 planes dispatched. 9 planes dropped 22.5 tons on the primary target while 3 failed to bomb due to mechanical failure. Cloud was 9/10. Score: poor.

Planes and crew:

42-50585 L/G 391BS Blair

44-40328 L/K 391BS Baker This Above All

42-94780 L/M 391BS Becker Smitty

41-29599 L/B 391BS Stewart Boots

42-94878 L/Q 391BS Whited

44-40476 B/I 391BS Meyer unknown name

42-94766 L/F 391BS Erwin Crow's Nest

44-40208 L/C 391BS Nigg

41-28820 L/L 391BS Hanson Four-Five Time

44-40486 B/C 18BS Pedigo Cokey Flo

42-94813 B/E 18BS Salveson Skotty

42-94762 B/K 18BS Kiley The Uninvited

42-94879 B/D 18BS Little Collapsible Susie (Airborne spare)

44-40276 E/D Bush (ground spare – lead)

42-94904 B/P Boshears Belle of the Brawl (ground spare)

41-28878 B/J 7BS Smith, J. C.  The Heavenly Body (ground spare)

 

B-24H 41-29566 D/O War Eagle salvaged

 

June 28, 1944                                                     

Mission #27                                                         Coulommiers

Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. 12 planes were dispatched and all 12 failed to bomb. The 34th BG Squadron flew with the 92nd Wing, providing the Low Squadron with Lead and High Squadrons coming from the 486th BG. Mission was Recalled in mid-channel.

Planes and crew:

44-40463 D/A 4BS Isrealson

44-40438 D/M 4BS Mackey unknown name

42-94775 D/L 4BS Bice unknown name

44-40441 D/N 4BS Wright Floogie Boo

42-94818 E/B 4BS Simpson Captain John Silver 

42-94787 D/C 4BS Pavlicek Set 'em Up

42-94908 E/E 4BS Thrun Tiger Rag

42-94869 D/J 4BS Halbert Male Call

42-94755 D/D 4BS Timblin Weary Willie

44-40049 D/I 4BS Armstrong

42-94757 B/Q 4BS Harre The Dugan Wagon

41-29567 D/B 4BS Lewis Bambi (took off but quickly aborted)

44-40461 D/G 4BS Lewis (his third plane this mission)

41-29542 B/L 4BS Dees Rough House Kate (Airborne spare)

42-52707 D/P Open Season (scheduled for Lewis but replaced)

41-29567 D/B Lundeen Bambi (ground spare but taken over by Lewis, then Aborted.)

44-40461 D/G (ground spare - Lead; 2nd spare taken over by Lewis)

 

June 29, 1944                                                     

Mission #28                                                         Fallenleben

Command Pilot: GARRETT. The 34BG flew lead for the 93rd Wing. 38 planes were dispatched. 31 aircraft dropped 76.5 tons on the primary target while 7 failed to bomb. Score: good.

Planes and crew:

44-40438 D/M 4BS Mackey unknown name (One crewmember Wounded. Major damage to the plane)

44-40461 D/G 4BS Notman (One crewmember Wounded. Major damage to the plane.)

41-29567 D/B 4BS Lundeen Bambi

42-94787 D/C 4BS Pavlicek Set 'em Up

44-40208 L/C 4BS Simpson

44-40049 D/I 4BS Armstrong

42-94869 D/J 4BS Halbert Male Call

41-29599 L/B 4BS Thrun Boots (Jettisoned – bomb bay doors wouldn’t open. Minor damage)

42-52755 D/F 4BS Wright (Aborted – supercharger)

42-94775 D/L 4BS Lewis unknown name  (Salvoed bombs on open field - #2 engine feathered)

44-40441 D/N 4BS Bice Floogie Boo

42-94755 D/D 391BS Hanson Weary Willie

44-40276 E/D 7BS Bush

44-40454 E/G 7BS Terry Betta Duck

42-52752 L/E 7BS Brown unknown name

42-94766 L/F 7BS Boshears Crow's Nest

41-29602 L/I 7BS Tuttle

42-94880 E/H 7BS Hollowell Misschief

41-28877 E/I 7BS Gardner, H. Sooner

41-28851 E/M 7BS Smith, J. C.  The Near Sighted Robin

42-94854 E/N 7BS Swenson (Lost #3 engine – Jettisoned bombs because of falling behind)

42-94748 L/P 7BS Alexander Undecided (Aborted - #3 engine)

42-94824 E/Q 7BS Avriett Umbriago

42-94908 E/E 7BS McDermott Tiger Rag (Aborted – engines)

44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

44-40482 B/M 18BS Lindstrom unknown name

42-94815 B/B 18BS Coupland Frivolous Sal

44-40486 B/C 18BS Pedigo Cokey Flo

42-94813 B/E 18BS Brain Skotty

44-40476 B/I 18BS Harris unknown name

42-94762 B/K 18BS Kiley The Uninvited

41-29542 B/L 18BS Dees Rough House Kate

41-28878 B/J 18BS Little The Heavenly Body

42-94904 B/P 18BS Paulnock Belle of the Brawl

42-94757 B/Q 18BS Harre The Dugan Wagon

42-94889 B/O 18BS Hart Patches

44-40421 B/F Meyer (Airborne spare)

42-94780 L/M Becker Smitty (Airborne spare)

42-50585 L/G Richart (ground spare – lead)

42-94878 L/Q Barbera (ground spare)

42-94879 B/D Collapsible Susie (ground spare)

42-94930 E/O (ground spare)

 

B-24H 42-52707 D/P Open Season salvaged with non-battle damage, following a Taxiing accident.