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34th Bomb Group Combat Mission Diary: OCTOBER 1944 Missions #71-#85

compiled by Gary L. Ferrell

 

Missions as a B-17 Group in October 1944

 

October 2, 1944  

Mission #71         Wiesbaden

Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 36 plane dispatched. 31 planes dropped 69 tons on the primary target. 5 planes failed to bomb. One plane lost to flak. 9 crewmen were Missing in Action. 34 Credit Sorties. According to a quote in 34th

Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.26, Only 2 aircraft bombed the primary target, Kassel. On Wiesbaden a

pathfinder run was made with visual sighting just prior to release. Score: poor on both targets.

Planes and crew:

44-8150 H/R 7BS Baker

44-8160 H/L 7BS Israelson

43-38363 E/F 7BS Richardson

43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

43-38391 E/J  7BS Harmon

43-38286 E/T 7BS Zarfoss

43-38419 E/E 7BS Weaver

43-38265 E/I 7BS McCage

44-8320 E/G 7BS Gipson

44-8309 E/H 7BS Henderson

43-38367 E/L 7BS Ames

43-38280 E/M 7BS Austin

43-38292 B/A 4BS Notman

44-8328 L/C 4BS Halbert

43-38342 H/B 4BS Anderson

43-38403 H/K 4BS Thrun

43-38392 B/E 4BS Bice

44-8283 B/G 4BS Allenman

43-38374 B/X 4BS Talbott

43-38386 E/K 4BS Heiby

43-38331 B/Y 4BS Runyan

43-38332 B/Q 4BS Baskin

44-8263 E/Y 4BS Gardner

43-38326 B/U 4BS Pelszynski

43-38268 B/N 4BS Ratcliff

43-38372 L/A 391BS Hanson

43-38380 L/B 391BS Bower

44-8327 L/R 391BS Culver

44-8271 L/O 391BS Nigg

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Whited Queenie

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

43-38059 L/M 391BS Palmer

43-38351 L/F 391BS Scharmen

43-38343 L/I 391BS Freidel

43-37864 L/E 391BS Richart

43-38257 L/T 391BS Nash

43-38113 E/S 391BS Murphy Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38138 B/I 391BS Goss Ole-Timer

44-8170 H/M Ray (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8158 H/F McNulty (PFF) flew with 490BG

43-38353 E/A (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38325 E/B (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8282 H/I (unused ground spare)

43-38406 H/J (unused ground spare)

44-6465 E/O Fancy Nancy (unused ground spare)

 

B-17G 43-38265 E/I Missing in Action Kassel. Received a direct flak hit just behind the wing. The plane caught fire and the tail began to twist off. Aircraft dove out of formation and fell apart at about 10,000 feet. Crashed Muenchenhof, Germany?. With 7BS. Pilot: McCage. Missing Air Crew Report # 9369. 9 Killed in Action.

KIA McCAGE WILLIAM T  (P)                        1 LT        7              O-697365                MURRAY KY                       25

KIA SMITH LOUIE M  (CP)                              2LT         7              O-820088                WASHINGTON DC             21

KIA KILLOREN EUGENE R (N)                        2 LT        7              O-712587                APPLETON WI                    25

KIA BOATRIGHT WILLIAM G (B)                 F/O         7              T-123903                HOUSTON TX                     14

KIA SEATON CARLTON G (TT)                     T/SGT    7              39554587                CULVER CITY CA               21

KIA CUMMINGS JOSEPH B (R)                       T/SGT    7              32839914                BUFFALO NY                      22

KIA CAMP CHARLES E (W)                            S/SGT     7              34624578                GUNTOWN MI                    20

KIA PETERSON HARRY M (TG)                     S/SGT     7              39129436                SANTA ROSA CA              27

KIA BURNS BERNARD J (NG)                         S/SGT     7              33575034                CLEVELAND OH                 22

 

October 3, 1944  

Mission #72         Nurnburg

Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 35 planes dispatched. 33 planes dropped 80 tons on the primary target while 2 failed

to bomb. 33 Credit Sorties. According to 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.26, they bombed secondary

target. Results unobserved.

Planes and crew:

44-8170 H/M 18BS Ray (PFF)

43-38380 L/B 18BS Lindstrom

44-8283 B/G 18BS Gardner

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Baskin

43-38286 E/T 18BS Gipson

43-38268 B/N 18BS Ratcliff

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Perry

43-38374 B/X 18BS Parkhurst

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemingway

43-38300 B/P 18BS Harris, R. N.

43-38138 B/I 18BS Talbott Ole-Timer

43-38392 B/E 18BS Richardson, L. S.

44-8160 H/L 391BS PFF Israelson

44-8328 L/C 391BS Blair

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-38351 L/F 391BS Nigg

43-37864 L/E 391BS Richart

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

43-38059 L/M 391BS Palmer

43-38222 L/H 391BS Nash (Whited, R. N.)

43-38403 H/K 391BS Culver

43-38326 B/U 391BS Pelszyski

44-8327 L/R 391BS Livingston

43-38188 H/C 4BS Johanson

43-38353 E/A 4BS Runyan

43-38402 L/P 4BS Halbert

43-38382 L/Q 4BS Thrun Queenie

43-38363 E/F 4BS McDannold

43-38257 L/T 4BS Alleman

43-38391 E/J  4BS Vick

44-6465 E/O 4BS Anderson Fancy Nancy

44-8263 E/Y 4BS Finch

43-38342 H/B 4BS Bice

43-38113 E/S 4BS Winsor Wee Willie's Wolves

44-8320 E/G 4BS Heiby

43-38367 E/L 4BS Ames

44-8158 H/F Bruck (PFF) flew with 493BG

44-8138 H/T Thom (PFF) flew with 493BG

43-38416 E/C (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8282 H/W (unused ground spare)

43-38406 H/I (unused ground spare)

44-8271 L/O (unused ground spare)

 

October 4, 1944

Mission Scrubbed

44-8170 H/M scheduled for McNulty to fly with 490BG

44-8150 H/R scheduled for Manlove to fly with 490BG

 

October 5, 1944

Mission #73         Munster

Command Pilot: BOYD.  36 planes dispatched. 35 planes dropped 102 tons on the primary target. One plane failed to

bomb. 35 Credit Sorties. (Cleveland Romero #3. Flak hole through the left wing Tokyo tank.)

Planes and crew:

44-8170 H/M 4BS Israelson

43-38372 L/A 4BS Hanson

43-38382 L/Q 4BS Whited Queenie

43-38351 L/F 4BS Marsden

43-38257 L/T 4BS Beyer

43-37864 L/E 4BS Palmer

44-8327 L/R 4BS Livingston             (Major damage)

43-38415 L/G 4BS Sheridan

43-38422 L/J 4BS Culver

44-8271 L/O 4BS Halbert

43-38222 L/H 4BS Bowen

43-38378 L/K 4BS Murphy

44-8681 C/C 7BS Mawer

43-38416 E/C7BS McAllister

43-38299 L/U 7BS Gibson

43-38286 E/T 7BS Harmon

44-8309 E/H 7BS McDannold

44-6465 E/O 7BS Carter Fancy Nancy

43-38113 E/S 7BS Henderson Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38263 E/N 7BS Richardson

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Weaver

43-38367 E/L 7BS Heiby

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Pavlicek (Major damage)

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38343 L/I 7BS Vick

43-38409 B/B 18BS Ralls

44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland

43-38292 B/A 18BS Gipson

43-38373 B/J 18BS Parrish

43-38300 B/P 18BS Kiley

43-38268 B/N 18BS Ratcliff

43-38392 B/E 18BS Richardson

43-38374 B/X 18BS Parkhurst

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Kimmerle

44-8282 B/V 18BS Perry

43-38138 B/I 18BS Goss Ole-Timer

43-38326 B/U 18BS Pelszynski

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemingway

43-38325 E/B Iverson (Monitor aircraft)

44-8160 H/L Brunk (PFF) flew with 493BG

44-8138 H/T Thom (PFF) flew with 493BG

44-8158 H/F McNulty (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8150 H/R Manlove (PFF) flew with 490BG

43-38353 E/A (scheduled for McAllister but replaced.)

44-8320 E/G (scheduled for Gibson but replaced.)

43-38363 E/F (scheduled for Richardson but replaced.)

43-38331 B/Y (scheduled for Perry but replaced.)

 

Killed ROTTMAN JEROME C                           2 LT        7              O-773450                BALTIMORE MD

 

October 6, 1944

Mission #74         Berlin

Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 36 planes dispatched. 30 planes dropped 73 tons on the primary target, while 6 planes failed to bomb. 34 Credit Sorties. Two crewmembers were listed as Wounded in Action. One plane lost due to flak. Target was an ordnance depot and visual bombing with good results.

Planes and crew:

44-8150 H/R 7BS Ray (PFF)

43-38416 E/C 7BS Bush

 

44-8320 E/G 7BS Gipson      Major damage

43-38391 E/J  7BS Harmon  One crewmember wounded

43-38363 E/F 7BS Richardsen

43-38113 E/S 7BS Heiby Wee Willie's Wolves

44-8309 E/H 7BS Henderson

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38342 E/Q 7BS Vick        Jettisoned bombs. Salvaged. Three wounded. (looks like some listed as missing as well.) (Navigator 2 Lt Philip S. Podulka O-722361 Lightly Injured in Action and send to 65th General Hospital.)

43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers Major damage

43-38367 E/L 7BS Weaver   Major damage

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Runyan    Bombs jettisoned. #3 engine trouble.

44-8140 H/K 18BS Baker (PFF) Jettisoned bombs. #2 turbocharger.

43-38325 E/B 18BS Dees     Major damage. One wounded. (Nose Gunner S/Sgt Harold M. Fondren 15327449 Lightly Wounded in Action and sent to 65th General Hospital.)

43-38373 B/J 18BS Parrish   Aborted. #3 engine out.

44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland               Major damage.

43-38300 B/P 18BS Kiley

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Bouldin                Major damage.

43-38138 B/I 18BS Goss Ole-Timer      Aborted with a sick man.

43-38374 B/X 18BS Parkhurst

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Kimmerle             Major damage.

43-38268 B/N 18BS Ratcliff

43-38326 B/U 18BS Pelszynski

43-38304 B/L 18BS Talbott

43-38392 B/E 18BS Richardson          Major damage.

44-8328 L/C 391BS Johanson

43-38380 L/B 391BS Marsden

43-38422 L/J 391BS Nash

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Whited Queenie

43-38257 L/T 391BS Beyer 

43-38406 L/W 391BS Palmer

44-8327 L/R 391BS Livingstone

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

43-37864 L/E 391BS Bowen

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

43-38343 L/I 391BS Halbert

43-38299 L/U 391BS Timblin

43-38386 E/K 391BS Pavlicek             Aborted #2 engine. Major damage. Jettisoned bombs.

44-8160 H/L Manlove (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8170 H/M McNulty (PFF) flew with 490BG

43-38222 L/H (scheduled for Nash but replaced)

43-38353 E/A (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38188 B/D (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8282 B/V (unused ground spare)

43-38402 L/P (unused ground spare)

 

October 7, 1944

Mission #75         Merseburg

Command Pilot: LeBAILLY. 33 planes dispatched. 29 planes dropped 70 tons on the primary target, while 4 failed to bomb. 29 Credit Sorties. One plane lost due to flak. 9 crewmen were Missing in Action.

Planes and crew:

44-8140 H/I 18BS Israelson (PFF)

44-8158 H/F 18BS Ray (PFF)

43-38392 B/E 18BS Coupland

44-8328 L/C 18BS Kiley       Shot down. See below.

43-38326 B/U 18BS Parrish

43-38304 B/L 18BS Harris

43-38410 B/C 18BS Parkhurst             Aborted. Oxygen leak.

44-8321 B/F 18BS Perry       Major damage.

43-38268 B/N 18BS Ratcliff Major damage.

44-8271 L/O 18BS Gardner  Aborted mechanical.

44-8282 B/V 18BS Lerch      Major damage.

43-38351 L/F 18BS Kimmerle              Major damage. One wounded.

43-38292 B/A 391BS Lindstrom         Major damage.

43-38380 L/B 391BS Marsden

43-38222 L/H 391BS Nash

43-38377 C/F 493BG Bephome

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Whited Queenie

…….216 C/O 493BG Butts

44-8282 C/H 493BG Myers

43-38257 L/T 391BS Beyer

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

43-37864 L/E 391BS Timblin               Aborted

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

43-38402 L/P 391BS Feldman

43-38422 L/J 391BS Halbert

43-38416 E/C 7BS Bush       Major damage.

44-8309 E/H 7BS McDannold             Major damage.

43-38391 E/J  7BS Gibson

43-38113 E/S 7BS Winaro Wee Willie's Wolves   Major damage.

43-38363 E/F 7BS Richardson            Major damage.

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Carter      Landed away at Boxstedt

43-38286 E/T 7BS Zarfoss   Aborted mechanical, one engine out.

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright      Major damage.

43-38367 E/L 7BS Finch       Major damage.

43-38299 L/U 7BS Henderson           

43-38433 B/R 7BS Runyan  Major damage.

43-38406 L/W 7BS Alleman

43-38188 B/D 7BS Heiby     MIA. See below.

44-8170 H/M McNulty flew with 490BG (PFF)

44-8156 H/V Rodmeyer flew with 490BG (PFF) (not on 490BG formation chart, perhaps with 493BG?)

43-38138 B/I Ole-Timer (scheduled for Kiley but replaced.)

43-38374 B/X (scheduled for Parkhurst but replaced.)

43-38409 B/B (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8150 H/R (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38353 E/A (unused ground spare)

 

B-17G 44-8328 L/C Missing in Action Merseburg flak. This aircraft received a direct flak hit in the tail just after bombs away which sheared the tail section from the plane. The tail gunner was thrown free but his chute was not seen to open. The aircraft went into a dive straight down and was seen to crash. Crews reported at least two chutes that could have come from this plane. Crashed Merseburg. With 18BS. Pilot: Kiley. Missing Air Crew Report 9341. 3 Killed in Action, 6 Prisoner of War.

POW KILEY WARREN J (P)                              1 LT        18            O-807458                CHICAGO IL                         33

KIA BAILEY DAVE H JR (CP)                          1 LT        18            O-817373                LAFAYETTE LA                 34

POW STEINER HAROLD A JR (N)                  1 LT        18            O-712690                BEAL NJ                                24

POW COVINGTON KENNETH I (B)                1 LT        18            O-697723                PENOLA VA                         31

KIA FRICK WILLIAM R (E/TT)                       T/SGT    18            34645251                BLYTHEWOOD SC             33

POW CURTIN LEO A JR (R)                             T/SGT    18            34706383                EAST OCEAN VIEW VA   34

POW BARRY WILLIAM J (BT)                        S/SGT     18            20223438                NORTH BERGEN NJ           31

KIA DYER FREDERICK R (TG)                         S/SGT     18            32488801                RIVERTON NJ                      33

POW MONGEON OMER G (WG)                     S/SGT     18            31258541                MONEBURG MA                34

 

NOTE: CURTIN died November 29, 1944 as a POW.  CURTIN was awarded the DFC, AM/3OLC, & PH.

 

CURTIN LEO A JR is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, K-26-36. (Date of death listed: 7 Oct 44.)

 

B-17G 43-38188 B/D Missing in Action, Merseburg flak. On the return, the aircraft was trailing the formation by about 20 miles with one or two engines out and airspeed at 125 KPH, when the pilot contacted the Group leader to ask for fighter support and permission to land at a friendly field on the continent. Permission was granted and fighters dispatched. Different crews monitoring the VHF heard the pilot contact the fighters and heard the fighters reply that they would follow him to a friendly field. The pilot was heard on VHF to state he was heading for Eindhoven, Holland. Unknown if he reached Eindhoven. Later learned that he forced-landed at Zutphen, Holland. With 7BS. Pilot: Heiby. Missing Air Crew Report # 9549. 2 Killed in Action, 7 Prisoner of War.

KIA HEIBY JAMES A  (P)                                 2 LT        7              O-820745                BUCYRUS OH                      7

POW KREBAUM WILLIAM J (CP)                 2 LT        7              O-823883                DETROIT MI                        8             

POW GEIST MEYER J (N)                                  2 LT        7              O-2058461              BROOKLYN NY                   7

POW KUBLY ALVIN R (B)                                2 LT        7              O-717997                WATERTOWN WI             8

POW WEST LOUIS E (E/TT)                             SGT        7              39277653                SAN DIEGO CA                   7

POW MOORE WILEY M JR (R)                        SGT        7              14180709                ASHEVILLE NC                   8

KIA BETTERTON HUBERT M JR (W)            SGT        7              16167678                HARTSELLE AL                  7

POW RILEY WILLIS R (BT)                              SGT        7              15375543                LEBANON OH                     7

POW COATES EVERETTE F (TG)                    SGT        7              33851578                WAKE VA                            7

 

NOTE: 2 LT Alvin R. Kubly was Returned to Duty March 28, 1945.

                Sgt Wiley M. Moore, Jr. was returned to Military control April 18, 1945.

 

October 9, 1944

Mission #76         Mainz

Command Pilot: YOUNG. 13 planes dispatched. 12 planes dropped 30 tons on the primary target. 12 Credit Sorties. Target was the marshalling yards.

Planes and crew: A 34BG Composite Squadron flying with 388BG as Low Squadron.

43-38410 B/C Ralls

43-38353 E/A Notman          Slight damage. One wounded.

43-38138 B/I Goss Ole-Timer

43-38338 B/M Gardner, M.

44-8309 E/H Mowers

43-38222 L/H Anderson      Aborted. Sick bombardier.

43-38343 L/I Friedel (incorrected shown as L/T)

43-38059 L/M Palmer

43-38392 B/E Lerch

43-38367 E/L Ames

43-38257 L/T Feldman

43-38433 B/R Bouldin

43-38326 B/U Talbott

44-8140 H/K Fisher (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8150 H/R Thom (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8147 with 493BG (PFF)

44-8138 with 493BG (PFF)

43-38380 L/B McAllister – Brophy    Wing Monitor aircraft

43-38409 B/B (unused ground spare – lead)

44-6465 E/O Fancy Nancy (unused ground spare)

43-38422 L/J (unused ground spare)

43-37864 L/E (unused ground spare)

 

 

October 14, 1944

Mission #77         Cologne

Command Pilot: GARRETT. 35 planes dispatched. 34 planes dropped 88 tons on the primary target and 1 failed to bomb. 34 Credit Sorties. Marshalling yards were the target of pathfinder bombing. Results unobserved.

Planes and crew:

44-8140 H/I 391BS Baker (PFF)

43-38372 L/A 391BS Hanson

43-38222 L/H 391BS Nash

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Whited Queenie

43-38257 L/T 391BS Beyer                  Aborted, sick man. Brought back bombs.

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-38422 L/J 391BS Feldman

43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

44-8327 L/R 391BS Halbert

43-38059 L/M 391BS Palmer

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

44-8237 H/I 7BS Bower (PFF)

43-38353 E/A 7BS McAllister

43-38286 E/T 7BS Zarfoss

43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

44-8309 E/H 7BS McDannold

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Alleman

44-6296 E/R 7BS Iverson

44-8271 L/O 7BS Austin

43-38419 E/E 7BS Weaver

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

43-38365 L/S 7BS Winsor

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

44-8356 H/C 18BS Heath (PFF)

43-38410 B/C 18BS Dees

43-38374 B/X 18BS Baskin

43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner

43-38326 B/U 18BS Gipson

44-8321 B/F 18BS Talbott

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bouldin

43-38300 B/P 18BS Harris

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Kimmerle

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemingway

43-37864 L/E 18BS Timblin

43-38392 B/E 18BS Richardson

43-38268 B/N 18BS Ratcliff

44-8170 H/M McNulty (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8158 H/F Fisher (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8150 H/R Kermode (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8138 H/T Thom (PFF) flew with 493BG

44-8147 H/S Rodmeyer (PFF) flew with 493BG

44-8246 H/E Bruck (PFF) flew with 493BG

43-38325 E/B (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38380 L/B (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38331 B/Y (unused ground spare)

43-38373 B/J (unused ground spare)

43-38299 L/U (unused ground spare)

44-8283 B/G (unused ground spare)

 

October 15, 1944

Mission #78         Cologne

Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 23 planes dispatched. 20 planes dropped 60 tons on the primary target and three failed to bomb. One plane lost: crashed on take-off. 20 Credit Sorties. 7 crewmembers were injured in the crash and 2 were killed. Two of the injured apparently died later of their injuries. Marshalling yards again the target of pathfinder bombing. Results unobserved.

Planes and crew:

44-8140 H/I 18BS Ray (PFF)

43-38292 B/A 18BS Hartley

43-38392 B/E 18BS Richardson          Major damage.

43-38374 B/X 18BS Baskin

43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner               Major damage.

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemingway

43-38300 B/P 18BS Harris              Major damage.

43-38326 B/U 18BS Lerch

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bouldin                Major damage.

43-38138 B/I 18BS Goss Ole-Timer

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Hofmann

44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

44-8356 H/C 391BS Blair (PFF)

43-38380 L/B 391BS Marsden

44-8327 L/R 391BS Livingston

43-38222 L/H 391BS Nash

43-38372 L/A 391BS Beyer Major damage.

43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen            Aborted – mechanical – BT sick

43-38343 L/I 391BS Feldman               Aborted – mechanical – #3 engine out

43-38268 B/N 391BS Dixon Crashed on take off. See below. 2 Killed. 7 seriously injured.

43-38059 L/M 391BS Palmer

44-8321 B/F 391BS Talbott

43-37864 L/E 391BS Bowen

43-38299 L/U 391BS Timblin               carried leaflets

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

43-38325 E/B Bush & Brophy            WING Weather & Monitor aircraft

44-8158 H/F Fisher (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8147 H/S McNulty (PFF) flew with 490BG

43-38409 B/B Kermode flew with 490BG

43-38409 B/B (ground spare – lead, taken by Kermode to 490BG)

43-38410 B/C (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38415 L/G (unused ground spare)

43-38406 L/W (unused ground spare)

 

B-17G 43-38268 B/N crashed on take-off with 2 killed and 7 seriously injured.

SWA DIXON ROBERT E (P)                             2 LT        18            O-825123

LWA GOODELL ROBERT B JR (CP)                2 LT        18            O-713735

LWA STEELE DONALD F (N)                          2 LT        18            O-2060207

LIA SUBJECT PAUL R (B)                                 2 LT        18            O-718162

KIA FREY EMIL A JR (E)                                   S/SGT     18            32460861                NJ

LIA ROSE JOSEPH J (R)                                     PVT        18            35058165                (Recommended for Soldiers Medal)

LIA JONES MILLARD G (BT)                           SGT        18            6393199                  (Recommended for Soldiers Medal)

LIA BEATSON DOUGAL M (WG)                   S/SGT     18            32359737

KIA WOLFE RICHARD F (TG)                         S/SGT     18            37471833                NE

 

FREY EMIL A JR is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, D-1-37.

WOLFE RICHARD F is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, D-2-37.

 

Those officers and enlisted men not killed were admitted 15 Oct 1944 to 65th General Hospital. It is believed that two more men died later of their injuries and that the rest were eventually rotated back to the USA. It is known that Millard Jones was hospitalized for three years.

 

October 16, 1944

B-17G 43-38268 B/N salvaged with battle damage

 

October 17, 1944

Misson # 79          Cologne

Command Pilot: FANDEL. 30 planes dispatched. 28 planes dropped 59 tons on the primary target and 2 planes failed to bomb. 29 Credit Sorties. One plane lost due to flak and 10 crewmembers were listed as Missing in Action. Marshalling yards once again the target of pathfinder bombing.  See 34th Bpmbardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.46 for the story “Memorable Experience” by John F. Kantorak about the LT MOWERS crew experience on this mission.

Planes and crew:

44-8147 H/S 7BS Israelson  Major damage. BARCLAY (WG), slightly wounded.

43-38353 E/A 7BS McAllister             MIA. See below.

43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers Jettisoned bombs due to malfunction.

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Richardson

43-38286 E/T 7BS McDannold

43-38325 E/B 7BS Iverson

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin

43-38113 E/S 7BS Winsor Wee Willie's Wolves

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Alleman

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

44-8356 H/C 391BS Heath

43-38380 L/B 391BS Johanson

43-38406 L/W 391BS Felker

43-37864 L/E 391BS Bowen

43-38222 L/H 391BS Nash   Major damage.

43-38343 L/I 391BS Fridel

43-38257 L/T 391BS Timblin

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

44-8327 L/R 391BS Livingston         Major damage.

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Halbert Queenie

43-38059 L/M 391BS Palmer

43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

43-38292 B/A 18BS Lindstrom

43-38410 B/C 18BS Dees

43-38374 B/X 18BS Lerch

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Gardner

43-38373 B/J 18BS Harris    Aborted. #4 prop ranaway.

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Talbott

43-38304 B/L 18BS Goss

44-8304 C/P 493BG Schottelkorb flew with 493BG

43-38304 493BG Hardesty flew with 493BG

44-8312 Another GP Hill

43-38223 Another GP Windinger Days Pay

43-38228 Another GP Lewis

…….216 Another GP Butts

44-8202 H/N Manlove (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8212 H/B Kermode (PFF) flew with 490BG

43-38372 L/A (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38416 E/C (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38365 L/S (unused ground spare)

43-38299 L/U (unused ground spare)

44-8320 E/G (unused ground spare)

43-38419 E/E (unused ground spare)

 

B-17G 43-38353 E/A Lili Marlene With 7BS Missing in Action Cologne flak. At 0915 hours there was a small fire in #1 engine. Some crews reported seeing trailing vapor which would indicate the wing tanks were on fire. After 3-5 minutes the plane peeled out of formation and into a shallow dive in an apparent attempt to put out the fire. Following this maneuver black smoke issued from the engine (#1). When last seen, it was trailing smoke, but seemed under control and holding altitude at 17,000 feet. At 1012 hours, near Liege, a B-17 was observed flying at 12,000 feet with #1 engine on fire and escorted by 5 P-51 fighters. This could possibly be the same aircraft. Crashed Ahrweiler, Germany. Pilot: Capt. McAllister. Missing Air Crew Report # 9468. 1 Killed in Action, 9 Prisoner of War including George H. Carroll, wounded in parachute. See 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945 pp. 43-44 where George Ritchie tells in a story titled “The Not So Great Escape” about his experience as a Prisoner of War following this mission and his eventual escape.

POW McALLISTER WALTER L (P)                CAPT     7              O-441022                BALTIMORE MD                24

POW CHAMPION ANDREW S (CP)               1 LT        7              O-796306                MAYWOOD NJ                   18

POW BALDEA ELI JR (N)                                 1 LT        7              O-703163                EAST CHICAGO IL             24

POW RITCHIE GEORGE J (B)                            1 LT        7              O-697760                FLUSHING NY                     27

POW SMITH ROBERT C (E/TT)                       T/SGT    7              35048367                WELLINGTON OH              24

KIA SEARS REEDY A (R)                                  T/SGT    7              34507119                FRANKLIN TN                    24

POW CARROLL GEORGE H (BT)                     S/SGT     7              38387965                GILBERT LA                         25

POW COON WILLIAM C JR (WG)                  SGT        7              16160658                ANN ARBOR MI                 19

POW GRAFF OTTO R (TG)                               S/SGT     7              32765713                KEANSBURG NJ                 24

POW DOMINO JOSEPH F JR (NG)                  S/SGT     7              33599945                PERKASIC PA                     23

 

On 44-8147 H/S, piloted by Israelson

WIA BARCLAY (WG)

 

(In another plane?)

POW SAGAN

 

October 18, 1944

44-8356 H/C McNulty (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8200 H/H Fisher (PFF) flew with 490BG

 

October 19, 1944

Mission # 80        Mannheirn

Command Pilot: BRUNK. 26 planes dispatched. 26 planes dropped 59 tons on the primary target. 26 Credit Sorties. One plane was lost due to flak and 10 crewmen were listed as Missing in Action. Pathfinder bombing of another marshalling yard. Cleveland Romero #4.

Planes and crew:

43-38409 B/B 391BS Johansen

43-38300 B/P 391BS Halbert

43-38059 L/M 391BS Palmer

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

43-38422 L/J 391BS Nash

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

44-8327 L/R 391BS Livingston

43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmon

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-37864 L/E 391BS Bowen

43-38138 B/I 391BS Feldman Ole-Timer

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

44-8321 B/F 391BS Kimmerle

43-38410 B/C 7BS Hartley

43-38416 E/C 7BS Iverson

43-38113 E/S 7BS Winsor Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38331 B/Y 7BS Richardsen

44-8309 E/H 7BS Mowers

44-8283 B/G 7BS Carter

43-38304 B/L 7BS Hemingway

43-38373 B/J 7BS Zarfoss

43-38367 E/L 7BS Ames

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38326 B/U 7BS Bouldin

43-38380 L/B Capt Young & Dees     Weather & Monitor aircraft

43-38423 L/N Scharmen       Leaflets only

43-38372 L/A (scheduled for Johansen but replaced)

43-38409 B/B (scheduled for Halbert but replaced)

43-38257 L/T (scheduled for Feldman but replaced) (iincorrectly shown as 256 L/T)

43-38325 E/B (scheduled for Iverson but replaced)

43-38419 E/E (scheduled for Richardsen but replaced)

44-6296 E/R (scheduled for Carter but replaced)

 

B-17G 43-38300 B/P Mail Call Missing in Action flak, Mannheim. Received a direct flak hit in #2 engine and wing tank, starting a fire. Cowling a prop may have fallen off. Plane peeled out of formation to the left under the formation and appeared still under control as it entered the clouds 2000 feet below the formation. One man was seen to bail out, but chute was not seen to open before he entered the clouds. Crashed Ludwigshaven. With 391BS. Pilot: Halbert. Missing Air Crew Report # 9467. 9 Killed in Action, 1Prisoner of War.

KIA HALBERT CHARLES J (P)                        1 LT        391          O-810142                SAN BEMTO TX                 33

KIA RAGLAND JACK W (CP)                         1 LT        391          O-817522                ROSELLE PARK NJ             33

KIA GRIBBROCK THOMAS H (N)                  1 LT        391          O-703733                ROCHESTER NY 30

KIA GOETSCHIUS JOHN D (B)                        2 LT        391          O-698005                BERGANFWLD NJ              29

KIA DROST ALVIN G D (TT)                           T/SGT    391          38267367                SULPHUR LA                       33

KIA FREDRICKSON LAWRENCE A (R)        T/SGT    391          36210788                MADISON WI                     33

KIA FLAHARTY JACK L (BT)                         S/SGT     391          32830737                BUFFALO NY                      27

KIA MARKES MANUEL J JR (Photographer)     S/SGT     18            39692531                BAKERSFWLD CA             18

KIA MINICK JOHN (TG)                                   S/SGT     391          33354315                MARION TERR PA             32

POW FIX LEONARD E. (WG)                           SGT        391          35097231                INDIANAPOLIS IN             32

 

NOTE: Fix has stated that there were eleven people on board that day. Fix states that Markes was a cameraman on this mission.

 

FLAHARTY JACK L is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-28-13.

GRIBBROCK THOMAS H is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, C-8-20. (Awarded DFC AM/3OLC)

MARKES MANUEL J JR is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, K-31-14.

 

October 22, 1944

Mission #81         Munster

Command Pilot: LeBAILLY. 23 planes dispatched. 20 planes dropped 48 tons on the primary target and three failed to bomb. 21 Credit Sorties. Target was highway junctions. Pathfinder bombing. Results unobserved. Cleveland Romero #5.

Planes and crew:

44-8112 H/D 18BS Baker (PFF)

44-8237 H/I 18BS Bower (PFF)

43-38415 L/G 18BS Sheridan               Aborted – losing oil in #4. Brought back bombs.

43-38326 B/U 18BS Gardner, M.

44-8282 B/V 18BS Lerch

43-38373 B/J 18BS Baskin

43-38304 B/L 18BS Bouldin

43-38392 B/E 18BS Richardson

44-8283 B/G 18BS Ratcliff

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Kimmerle

43-38138 B/I 18BS Goss Ole-Timer

43-38059 L/M 18BS Palmer

43-38416 E/C 7BS Bush

43-38292 B/A 7BS Gipson   Aborted – mechanical. Jettisoned bombs.

43-38222 L/H 7BS Felker     Aborted - #3 prop ran away. Brought back bombs.

43-38286 E/T 7BS Zarfoss

44-8309 E/H 7BS Richardson

43-38419 E/E 7BS Weaver

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Alleman

43-38257 L/T 7BS Murphy

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38422 L/J 7BS Finch

43-38299 L/U 7BS Ames

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38406 L/W 7BS Carter

44-8158 H/F McNulty (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8212 H/B Manlove (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8263 E/Y (scheduled for Finch but replaced)

43-38410 B/C (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38325 E/B (unused ground spare - lead)

44-8327 L/R (unused ground spare)

43-38365 L/S (unused ground spare)

43-38367 E/L (unused ground spare)

 

October 25, 1944

Mission #82         Hamburg

Command Pilot: CREER. 36 planes dispatched. 33 planes dropped 81 tons on the primary target and 3 failed to bomb. 34 Credit Sorties. Target was the oil works. Pathfinder bombing. Results unobserved. (Cleveland Romero #6. Second time Chaff planes were used, very good results, flak concentrated below the bomber stream.) See 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.44 for the story “Oct. 25, 1944 Mission” told by Milton Braveman, which tells of two crews piloted by Bowen and Jim Sheridan that carried chaff on this mission. Bowen’s plane was damaged, losing two engines and was escorted back to England by Sheridan, who received a DFC for this mission. The next day, Milton Braveman and another Navigator, Sid Doppelt, are assigned to the 482BG for a month of Mickey training.

Planes and crew:

44-8200 H/H Bower & Young Chaff plane

43-38331 B/Y Sheridan Chaff plane   Sheridan awarded DFC.

44-8140 H/I 7BS Ray (PFF)

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ralls        Major damage.

43-38286 E/T 7BS Zarfoss

44-8309 E/H 7BS McDannold

43-38363 E/F 7BS Richardson, Z.

44-6296 E/R 7BS Mowers    Aborted – oxygen system out.

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38386 E/K 7BS Iverson

43-38113 E/S 7BS Winsor Wee Willie's Wolves  Major damage.

43-38367 E/L 7BS Carter

44-8237 H/I 391BS Blair (PFF)

44-8235 H/X 391BS Heath (PFF)

43-37864 L/E 391BS Dunham

43-38222 L/H 391BS Nash   Major damage.

43-38257 L/T 391BS Timblin

43-38423 L/N 391BS Feldman             Major damage.

44-8327 L/R 391BS Livingston                         Major damage.

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs Major damage. Oliver (E) wounded. Perevia (BT) passed out, lack of oxygen.

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Felker Queenie

43-38059 L/M 391BS Palmer

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley        Major damage.

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38409 B/B 18BS Hartley

43-38410 B/C 18BS Perry

44-8282 B/V 18BS Lerch      Major damage.

43-38338 B/M 18BS Baskin Major damage.

43-38374 B/X 18BS Gardner, M.

43-38326 B/U 18BS Bouldin

44-8320 E/G 18BS Harris

43-38138 B/I 18BS Goss Ole-Timer

44-8283 B/G 18BS Ratcliff

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Kimmerle

44-8321 B/F 18BS Hofmann

43-38392 B/E 18BS Richardson, L.     Aborted – mechanical.

43-38419 E/E 18BS Weaver Bombardier slightly wounded. Did not bomb. Bomb bay doors bent.

44-8158 H/F Fisher (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8202 H/N Kermode (PFF) flew with 490BG

43-38372 L/A (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38325 E/B (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38380 L/B (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8212 H/B (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38304 B/L (unused ground spare)

43-38403 E/Z (unused ground spare)

43-38406 L/W (unused ground spare)

43-38422 L/J (unused ground spare)

 

BOWEN (P)

 

SHERIDAN JIM (P)                             Awarded DFC

BRAVEMAN MILTON (N)

 

October 26, 1944

Mission #83         Hannover

Command Pilot: SIMPSON. 13 planes dispatched. 13 planes dropped 29 tons on the primary target. 13 Credit Sorties. Target was the tank works. Pathfinder bombing. Results unobserved.

Planes and crew:

43-38372 L/A 391BS Notman

43-38423 L/N 391BS Sheridan

43-38391 E/J  391BS Dunham

43-37864 L/E 391BS Bowen

43-38257 L/T 391BS Nash   Leaflets only

43-38422 L/J 391BS Ettlebrick

43-38059 L/M 391BS Palmer

43-38299 L/U 391BS Feldman

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

43-38113 E/S 391BS Isaacs Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38406 L/W 391BS Livingston

43-38367 E/L 391BS Timblin

43-38416 E/C Dees & Garrett              Weather and Monitor aircraft

44-8170 H/M McNulty (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8158 H/F Manlove (PFF) flew with 490BG

43-38325 E/B (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38410 B/C (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38138 B/I Ole-Timer (unused ground spare)

43-38304 B/L (unused ground spare)

43-38326 B/U (unused ground spare)

 

October 27, 1944

B-17G 44-8356 Salvaged. Later repaired at flown back to US 9-10-45.

NOTE: Really? It was still flying on missions with the 34BG.

 

October 28, 1944

Mission #84         Hamm

Command Pilot: GARRETT. 36 planes dispatched. All 36 planes bombed, dropping 104 tons on the primary target. 36 Credit Sorties. Target was the marshalling yards. Pathfinder bombing. Results unobserved.

Planes and crew:

44-8235 H/X 18BS Ray (PFF)

43-38292 B/A 18BS Lindstrom

44-8321 B/F 18BS Knowlton

43-38222 L/H 18BS Kimmerle

43-38304 B/L 18BS Ratcliff

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Bouldin

43-38326 B/U 18BS Lerch

43-38374 B/X 18BS Hofmann

43-38138 B/I 18BS Goss Ole-Timer

44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

44-6296 E/R 18BS Harris

43-38392 B/E 18BS Gardner

44-8356 H/C 7BS Heath (PFF)

43-38416 E/C 7BS Bush

43-38363 E/F 7BS Alleman

44-8309 E/H 7BS McDannold

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin

43-38113 E/S 7BS Winsor Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38419 E/E 7BS Weaver

44-8320 E/G 7BS Mowers

43-38382 L/Q 7BS Barbaras Queenie

43-38286 E/T 7BS Zarfoss

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Henderson

43-38367 E/L 7BS Ames

43-38372 L/A 391BS Hanson

43-38380 L/B 391BS Sheridan

43-38422 L/J 391BS Ettlebrick

43-38351 L/F 391BS Marsden

43-37864 L/E 391BS Bowen

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

44-8327 L/R 391BS Feldman

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

44-8271 L/O 391BS Beyer

43-38415 L/G 391BS Timblin

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-38373 B/J 391BS Benedict

44-8252 H/J Manlove (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8150 H/R Kermode (PFF) flew with 490BG

43-38325 E/B (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38410 B/C (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8138 H/T (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38423 L/N (unused ground spare)

43-38059 L/M (unused ground spare)

43-38406 L/W (unused ground spare)

 

October 30, 1944

Mission #85         Re-called from target area due to inclement weather

Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 37 planes dispatched. All 37 failed to bomb due to the re-call. 35 Credit Sorties. Cleveland Romero #7.

Planes and crew:

44-8237 H/I 391BS Israelson (PFF)

43-38380 L/B 391BS Gipson

43-38378 L/K 391BS Dunham

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-38422 L/J 391BS Ettlebrick

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38059 L/M 391BS Feldman

44-8327 L/R 391BS Beyer

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

43-38222 L/H 391BS Felker

44-8352 H/G 18BS Bower (PFF)

43-38410 B/C 18BS Dees

43-38392 B/E 18BS Bouldin

43-38374 B/X 18BS Baskin

43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner

44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

43-38373 B/J 18BS Benedict

44-8321 B/F 18BS Ratcliff

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemmingway

43-38326 B/U 18BS Lerch

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Kimmerle

43-38351 L/F 18BS Hofmann

43-37864 L/E 18BS Knowlton

43-38292 B/A 7BS Hartley

43-38325 E/B 7BS Pelszynski

43-38363 E/F 7BS Alleman

43-38286 E/T 7BS Zarfoss

44-8309 E/H 7BS McDannold

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

43-38113 E/S 7BS Winsor Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38419 E/E 7BS Weaver

44-6465 E/O 7BS Carter Fancy Nancy

43-38391 E/J 7BS Henderson              Carried long time fused bombs which were jettisoned.

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin

43-38138 B/I 7BS Goss Ole-Timer

44-8212 H/B Fisher (PFF) flew with 490BG 

44-8252 H/J Kermode (PFF) flew with 490BG

44-8138 flew with 493BG

44-8246 flew with 493BG

44-8235 H/X (scheduled for Israelson but replaced)

43-38423 L/N (scheduled for Feldman but replaced)

43-38334 E/A (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38416 E/C (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38406 L/W (unused ground spare)

43-38403 E/Z (unused ground spare)

43-38367 E/L (unused ground spare)

 

Killed OSTROWSKI EDWARD                        S/SGT     391          37553987                WV