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34th Bomb Group Combat Mission Diary: DECEMBER 1944 Missions #96-106

compiled by Gary L Ferrell

 

Missions as a B-17 Group in December 1944

 

December 1, 1944

B-17G 43-38351 L/F "Snake Bit" Salvaged after battle damaged required forced landing in Belgium on Nov. 25th.

 

December 4, 1944

Mission #96         Fulda, Friedberg

Command Pilot: FANDEL. 37 planes dispatched. 35 planes dropped 94 tons on the primary target and 2 failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. (Cleveland Romero #13. Heated suit shorted out and almost froze. Had to put legs in bombsight heater.)

Planes and crew:

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

44-8441 H/S 18BS Bower (PFF)

44-8283 B/G 18BS Kyser

43-38373 B/J 18BS Richardson, L.

43-38374 B/X 18BS Kimmerle

44-8321 B/F 18BS Jones      Maher (BT) had frostbitten right foot. Cause not ascertained.

43-38402 L/P 18BS Goss

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bouldin

43-38326 B/U 18BS Ratcliff Aborted – mechanical.

44-8282 B/V 18BS Lerch

43-38338 B/M 18BS Hofmann

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

44-8202 H/W 7BS Blair (PFF)

43-38410 B/C 7BS Ralls

43-38286 E/T 7BS Zarfoss

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

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

44-8309 E/H 7BS Carter

44-8320 E/G 7BS O’Grady   Major damage

43-38280 E/M 7BS Alling

44-6465 E/O 7BS MacTaggart Fancy Nancy

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Davis

43-38419 E/E 7BS Weaver

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Vick

43-38372 L/A 391BS Notman

43-38416 E/C 391BS Richardson, Z.

43-38365 L/S 391BS Friedel

43-38222 L/H 391BS Murphy             Aborted – mechanical.

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Sheridan Queenie

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

44-8327 L/R 391BS Baker

43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

43-38299 L/U 391BS Timblin

43-38593 B/R 391BS Hanson              (from the 493BG)

43-38756 B/S 391BS Simson               (from the 493BG)

43-38190 B/M 391BS Jones                (from the 493BG)

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

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

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

43-38325 E/B Iverson & Cook            Weather and Monitor aircraft

43-38415 L/G (scheduled for Sheridan but replaced)

43-38292 B/A (unused ground spare – lead)

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

44-8397 H/E (unused ground spare – PFF)

 

December 5, 1944

Mission #97         Berlin

Command Pilot: BRUNK.  38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 82 tons on the primary target while one plane dropped 3 tons on a target of opportunity. 38 Credit Sorties. One plane was lost due to flak, but no crewmembers were listed missing, wounded, or killed. See 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.46 “Memories” by Darrel Bulis, for the story of how this was the first mission for LT Sheelsey’s crew before they were officially combat qualified and without having ever done any practice bombing at “The Wash”  (Cleveland Romero #14. “Lost #2 engine on return.” He saw lots of enemy fighter opposition but apparently none of them attacked the 34BG.)

Planes and crew:

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

43-38410 B/C 7BS Lindstrom

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ames

43-38286 E/T 7BS Gibson

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

43-38419 E/E 7BS Sheesley

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin

44-8309 E/H 7BS Carter

43-38280 E/M 7BS Alling

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Vick

43-38113 E/S 7BS Davis Wee Willie's Wolves      Leaflets only.

44-8112 H/D 391BS Blair (PFF)

43-38372 L/A 391BS Johanson

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

43-38402 L/P 391BS Murphy

43-38423 L/N 391BS Friedel

44-8327 L/R 391BS Baker, L.

43-38257 L/T 391BS Latz

43-38365 L/S 391BS Timblin

43-38331 B/Y 391BS Blum

43-38374 B/X 391BS Felker

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Sherman Queenie

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

44-8176 H/Q 18BS Bower (PFF)

43-38325 E/B 18BS Iverson

43-38409 B/B 18BS Nass

43-38373 B/J 18BS Richardson

43-38338 B/M 18BS Hofman

44-8321 B/F 18BS Kimmerle

44-8282 B/V 18BS Lerch

43-38433 B/R 18BS Peede

44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

43-38135 A/B 18BS McGee (From 490BG flew with Low Squadron)

43-38094 A/N 18BS Hann (From 490BG flew with Low Squadron)

43-38134 A/O 18BS Spiegal (From 490BG flew with Low Squadron)

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemmingway

44-8482 H/A (unused ground spare – PFF)

44-8441 H/S (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38292 B/A (unused ground spare – lead)

 

Evidently leading the 490BG formation. Did not fly with the 34BG formation on this date.

B-17G 44-8140 H/K Missing in Action Berlin flak. Crashed Gross Zerlang, Germany. With 4BS. Pilot: Kermode.

Missing Air Crew Report # 11046. 10 Killed in Action, 1 Prisoner of War.

POW KERMODE DONALD J (P)                      CAPT     4              O-808428                ALHAMBRA CA

KIA GREGORY RALPH E JR (ComP)               CAPT     490BG     O-382940                WINNETHKA IL

KIA MEADOWS MARTIN F (CP)                   1 LT        4              O-816537                MACON GA

KIA WOOD WILLIAM F (N)                            1 LT        4              O-700093                WHEATON IL

KIA HILLWEG CHARLES U (B)                       1 LT        4              O-690568                ROCKFORD IL

KIA UPSHAW CHARLES C (MO)                   2 LT        4              O-762839                HIGH POINT NC

KIA MAYER CLEMENTS T (E/TT)                 T/SGT    4              16131401                GREEN BAY WI

KIA BRUCE JAMES L  (R)                                 T/SGT    4              38366314                CORPUS CHRISTI TX

KIA CALDWELL JOHN T (WG)                       S/SGT     4              33570000                DUBOIS PA

KIA DORR EARL L  JR (TG)                              S/SGT     4              31293194                PROVIDENCE RI

KIA MEYER WALTER A JR (Gunner)            S/SGT     4              17097867                OMAHA NE

 

December 6, 1944

Mission #98         Merseburg

Command Pilot: FREEMAN. 35 planes dispatched. 34 planes dropped 82 tons on the primary target and 1 plane dropped 3 tons on a target of opportunity. 35 Credit Sorties. Cleveland Romero #15.

Planes and crew:
44-8176 H/Q 391BS Baker (PFF)

43-38410 B/C 391BS Johanson

44-8327 L/R 391BS Felker

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

43-38423 L/N 391BS Sheridan

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L. Queenie

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38403 E/Z 391BS Baker, L.

44-6296 E/R 391BS Daniels

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

43-38292 B/A 18BS Dees

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

43-38386 E/K 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38373 B/J 18BS Kimmerle

43-38392 B/E 18BS Richardson

44-8321 B/F 18BS Ratcliff

43-38304 B/L 18BS Nass

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bouldin

43-38286 E/T 18BS Mote

44-8263 E/Y 18BS Goss       Jettisoned bombs 2 miles NW of IP, #2 engine out.

43-38338 B/M 18BS Hofman               Major damage

44-8282 B/V 18BS Lerch

43-38416 E/C 7BS Iverson

43-38402 L/P 7BS Hartley

43-38280 E/M 7BS Alling

43-38378 L/K 7BS Henderson            Three men wounded.

43-38419 E/E 7BS Gibson

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

44-8320 E/G 7BS McLean

44-8309 E/H 7BS Carter

43-38263 E/N 7BS James

43-38239 Begman/B 493BG Baugman               (From 493BG)

43-38235 Compan/R 493BG Brady     (From 493BG)

43-38226 Compan/B 493BG Sharp     (From 493BG)

44-6465 E/O 7BS Davis Fancy Nancy

43-38391 E/J  (scheduled for Henderson but replaced.)

43-37864 L/E (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8112 H/D (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38332 B/Q (unused ground spare)

 

December 11, 1944

Mission #99         Giesen

Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 40 planes dispatched. 39 planes dropped 78 tons on the primary target and 1 plane dropped 2 tons on a target of opportunity. 40 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

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

43-38409 B/B 18BS Lindstrom

44-8282 B/V 18BS Peede

43-38373 B/J 18BS Kyser

44-8321 B/F 18BS Lerch

43-38326 B/U 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38392 B/E 18BS Hemingway

43-38433 B/R 18BS Harris

43-38338 B/M 18BS Hofmann

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Nass

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

44-8482 H/A 7BS Perry (PFF)

43-38416 E/C 7BS Gipson

43-38286 E/T 7BS Raver

43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

44-8320 E/G 7BS McLean

43-38391 E/J  7BS Finch

43-38419 E/E 7BS O’Grady

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

44-6465 E/O 7BS MacTaggart Fancy Nancy

43-38374 B/X 7BS Weaver

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

43-38403 E/Z 7BS James

43-38367 E/L 7BS Peterson

43-38372 L/A 391BS Johanson

43-38402 L/P 391BS Felker

43-37864 L/E 391BS Daniels

43-38299 L/U 391BS Feldman

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs

43-38257 L/T 391BS Sherman

43-38380 L/B 391BS Friedel

44-8327 L/R 391BS Ettlebrick

43-38343 L/I 391BS Hammersley

43-38386 E/K 391BS Latz

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L.  Queenie

43-38423 L/N 391BS Timblin

44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38292 B/A (unused ground spare – lead)

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

43-38280 E/M (unused ground spare)

44-8309 E/H (unused ground spare)

43-38410 B/C (unused ground spare)

 

December 12, 1944

Mission #100       Darmstadt

Command Pilot: LeBAILLY. 40 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 100 tons on the primary target and 3 planes failed to bomb. 38 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8457 H/G 7BS Blair (PFF)

…….252 H/J 7BS Perry (PFF)

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin

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

44-8320 E/G 7BS McLean

43-38419 E/E 7BS Finch       Jettisoned bombs – malfunction.

43-38391 E/J  7BS O’Grady

43-38263 E/N 7BS Alling

43-38987 E/F 7BS Gibson

43-38286 E/T 7BS Raver

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Sheesley

44-6296 E/R 7BS Giardini     Aboted – Exhaust stack #4

44-8202 H/W 18BS Pelszynski (PFF)

43-38372 L/A 18BS Livingston

43-37864 L/E 18BS Sherman

43-38257 L/T 18BS Feldman

43-38415 L/G 18BS Sheridan

43-38222 L/H 18BS Sproul

44-8327 L/R 18BS Daniels

43-38423 L/N 18BS Jones

43-38299 L/U 18BS Ettlebrick

44-8309 E/H 18BS Hammersley

44-8598 E/A 18BS Blum

43-38365 L/S 18BS Isaacs

43-38343 L/I 18BS Friedel    Leaflets only.

43-38410 B/C 391BS Gipson

43-38367 E/L 391BS Felker

43-38331 B/Y 391BS Hemingway

43-38292 B/A 391BS Rainey

43-38338 B/M 391BS Hofman

44-8283 B/G 391BS Harris

43-38373 B/J 391BS Nass

43-38392 B/E 391BS Richardson

44-8282 B/V 391BS Lerch

43-38374 B/X 391BS Mote

43-38326 B/U 391BS Peede Aborted - #4 engine & loss of oil & fire

43-38433 B/R 391BS Bouldin

43-38332 B/Q 391BS Kyser

43-38416 E/C Day & Richey               Weather and Monitor Aircraft

44-8170 H/M (unused ground spare – PFF)

44-8235 H/X (unused ground spare – PFF)

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

43-38367 E/L (unused ground spare)

43-38280 E/M (unused ground spare)

 

December 13, 1944

B-17G 44-8147 H/S  Salvaged on the Continent after damage from the 30-11-44 mission with another group. (See above)

 

December 15, 1944

Mission #101       Hannover

 

Command Pilot:HERSHENOW. 40 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 100 tons on the primary target and 3 planes failed to bomb. 39 Credit Sorties. One plane was lost to flak but no crew losses were listed. The lost plane is most likely the one that landed in Belgium. Cleveland Romero #16.

Planes and crew:

44-8482 H/A 391BS Baker (PFF)

43-38410 B/C 391BS Lindstrom

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-38402 L/P 391BS Ettlebrick

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38991 L/Z 391BS Sherman

44-8271 L/O 391BS Isaacs                   Jettisoned bombs due mechanical problem

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L.  Queenie

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

43-38953 B/D 391BS Anderson

43-38222 L/H 391BS Hansen

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

43-38416 E/C 18BS Benedict

43-38409 B/B 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Gibson

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bouldin

44-8282 B/V 18BS Lerch

44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

43-38374 B/X 18BS Mote

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

44-8321 B/F 18BS Goss

43-38392 B/E 18BS Richardson

43-38338 B/M 18BS Kyser

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

43-38325 E/B 7BS Hartley

43-38406 L/W 7BS Kimmerle              Missing. (Landed in Belgium) See below.

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin

43-38372 L/A 7BS Henderson

43-38987 E/F 7BS O’Grady

43-38367 E/L 7BS Ames

43-38286 E/T 7BS Raver

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

44-8320 E/G 7BS MacTaggart

43-38263 E/N 7BS Carter

43-38403 E/Z 7BS James

44-6296 E/R 7BS Sheesley

43-38419 E/E 7BS Weaver

43-37864 L/E (scheduled for Ettlebrick but replaced.)

43-38391 E/J  (scheduled for Henderson but replaced.)

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

 

B-17G 43-38406 L/W Battle damaged at Hannover and force landed at Melsbroek Airfield, Belgium. With 7BS. Pilot: Kimmerle. No Missing Air Crew Report. Badly damaged by strafing on the ground at Brussels 1-1-45. Salvaged 2-1-45.

 

December 16, 1944

B-17G 44-8598 E/A crash-landed and salvaged. With 7BS. Pilot: unknown.

 

December 24, 1944

Mission #102       Frankfurt

Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 59 planes dispatched. 57 planes dropped 110 tons on the primary target. 2 planes failed to bomb. 59 Credit Sorties. Four or five planes were damaged in runway collision upon return from the mission. This was due to the fact that a number of planes from another group landed at Mendlesham because their field was socked in. This left the 34th BG planes circling and waiting to land until very nearly out of fuel, necessitating very close landings, one behind the other, eventually resulting in the collisions. (Cleveland Romero #17. “5 crack-ups on end of runway. 377 group diverted here.”)

Planes and crew:

44-8235 H/X 4BS Ray (PPF)

44-8150 H/R 4BS Benedict (PPF)

43-38338 B/M 18BS Nass (slight battle damage)

43-38433 B/R 18BS Richardson, L

43-38991 L/Z 18BS Jones, W. S.

44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemmingway

43-38374 B/X 18BS Mote

43-38372 L/A 18BS Keyser

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede (serious battle damage)

43-38382 L/Q 18BS Gustofson Queenie  (slight battle damage)

44-8237 H/I 4BS Perry (PPF)

44-8112 H/D 4BS Richardson, Z. C. (PPF)

43-38286 E/T 7BS Raver  (slight battle damage)

43-38325 E/B 7BS McLean

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

43-38280 E/M 7BS Roscher (slight battle damage)

44-8397 H/E 7BS Barbaras (Major damage due to landing collision, new wing & stabilizer)

43-38987 E/F 7BS Finch

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

43-38416 E/C 7BS Gibson  (serious battle damage, aborted short of IP with 2 engines shot out)

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Vick (serious battle damage - collision on runway)

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin (slight battle damage)

44-8309 E/H 7BS Carter (did not bomb, rack malfunction)

44-8457 H/G 4BS Iverson (PPF)

44-8158 H/F 4BS Dunham (PPF)

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

43-38422 L/J 391BS Ettlebrick (Salvaged - landing accident)

43-37864 L/E 391BS Felker

43-38222 L/H 391BS Latz (serious battle damage; crashed on landing, some crew injured in crash)

44-6296 E/R 391BS Isaacs (slight battle damage)

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

43-38402 L/P 391BS Sherman (slight battle damage)

43-38409 B/B 391BS Hansen (jettisoned 2 bombs in Channel; brought back 2)

43-38410 B/C 18BS Goss

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy             Leaflets only.

44-8356 H/C 4BS Pelszynski (PPF)

44-8441 H/S 4BS Evans (PFF)

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

43-38367 E/L 7BS Ames

44-8320 E/G 7BS O'Grady (slight battle damage)

43-38419 E/E 7BS Giardini

43-38380 L/B 391BS Schaus (slight battle damage)

44-8327 L/R 7BS MacTaggart 

43-38292 B/A 18BS Kimmerle (apparently landed away at Station 153, 490BG)

43-38326 B/U 18BS Ratcliff

43-38953 B/D 391BS Blum (slight battle damage)

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton (slight battle damage)

44-6465 E/O 391BS Baker Fancy Nancy (Bombed with 1st Division, 92BG)

44-8176 H/Q 7BS Weaver   (a standby crew flying the only other ground spare not alreaady used)

…….198 B/Z Tigges            (A War Weary)

…….431 E/W Landry          (A War Weary)

44-8482 H/A Caspari & Smith            Weather and Monitor Aircraft

44-8252 PFF Flew with 490BG

44-8170 PFF Flew with 490BG

44-8375 PFF Flew with 490BG

44-8202 PFF Flew with 490BG

B-17G 43-38222 L/H on return from Darmstadt collided with other B-17s on landing and salvaged 24-12-44.

With 391BS. Pilot: Latz. (Photo at Air Force Museum "A1 B-17G/pho/186"; copy in my file)

B-17G 43-38422 L/J on return from Darmstadt collided with other B-17s on landing and salvaged 24-12-44.

With 391BS. Pilot: Ettlebrick.

B-17G 44-8397 H/E Battle damaged at Darmstadt and salvaged. With 4BS. Pilot: Barbaras.

 

December 27, 1944

Mission #103       Andernach

Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 36 planes dispatched. 35 planes dropped 93 tons on the primary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 35 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:
44-8457 H/G 7BS Bower (PFF)

43-38325 E/B 7BS Benedict

43-38280 E/M 7BS Austin

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

43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

44-8309 E/H 7BS MacTaggart

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38987 E/F 7BS O’Grady

43-38367 E/L 7BS Ames

43-38286 E/T 7BS Raver

44-6296 E/R 7BS Sheesley

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

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

43-38991 L/Z 391BS Sain

43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

43-38415 L/G 391BS Sheridan

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson          Aborted - mechanical

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L.  Queenie

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

43-37864 L/E 391BS Felker

43-38365 L/S 391BS Latz     Aborted - mechanical

43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

44-8327 L/R 391BS Blum

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

44-8356 H/C 18BS Perry (MH)

43-38410 B/C 18BS Day

43-38326 B/U 18BS Ratcliff

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey

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

43-38374 B/X 18BS Mote

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemingway

43-38373 B/J 18BS Gustofson            Major damage

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Mann

43-38338 B/M 18BS Nass

44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams  Aborted – mechanical.

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bouldin                Leaflets only.

44-8441 H/S Richardson, Z. C. & Hershenow  Weather and Monitor Aircraft

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

44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38331 B/Y (unused ground spare)

43-38391 E/J (unused ground spare) (incorrectly shown as E/N)

43-38386 E/K (scheduled for Austin but replaced.)

 

December 28, 1944

Mission #104       Neuwied

Command Pilot: CREER. 38 planes dispatched. 38 planes dropped 108 tons on the primary target. 38 Credit Sorties. Cleveland Romero #18.

Planes and crew:

44-8356 H/C 4BS Ray (PFF)

44-8237 H/I 4BS Blair (PFF)

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

44-8271 L/O 391BS Ettlebrick                             Slight damage

43-38372 L/A 391BS Sheridan

43-38257 L/T 391BS Baker

43-37864 L/E 391BS Felker

43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul                Jettisoned 4, brought back 2 due to mechanical problems

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38378 L/K 391BS Murphy

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Friedel Queenie

44-8320 E/G 391BS Blum

44-8235 H/X 4BS Perry (PFF)

43-38325 E/B 18BS Hartley

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Goss

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemingway

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

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

43-38338 B/M 18BS Nass

43-38953 B/D 18BS Gustofson                           Leaflets only.

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Kyser

43-38326 B/U 18BS Ratcliff

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bouldin

43-38374 B/X 18BS Mote

44-8176 H/Q 4BS Iverson (PFF)

43-38991 L/Z 7BS Alling

43-38987 E/F 7BS Wright

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

43-38280 E/M 7BS Vick

44-6465 E/O 7BS James Fancy Nancy

43-38367 E/L 7BS Giardini

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

43-38386 E/K 7BS Weaver

44-8309 E/H 7BS Carter

43-38263 E/N 7BS Roscher

43-38286 E/T 7BS Raver

44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

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

44-8457 H/G (unused ground spare – PFF)

44-8283 B/G (unused ground spare)

 

December 30, 1944

Mission #105       Kassel

Command Pilot: BRUNK. 37 planes dispatched. 36 planes dropped 86 tons on the secondary target while 1 plane dropped 2 tons on a target of opportunity. 37 Credit Sorties.

 

Planes and crew:

44-8441 H/S 4BS Baker (PFF)

43-38292 B/A 18BS Kimmerle

43-38953 B/D 18BS Gustofson

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

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bouldin

43-38326 B/U 18BS Ratcliff

43-38304 B/L 18BS Hemingway

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

44-8283 B/G 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38374 B/X 18BS Mote

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Mann

44-8457 H/G 4BS Richardson (PFF)

43-38325 E/B 7BS Gibson

43-38286 E/T 7BS Raver

43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

44-8320 E/G 7BS McLean

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin

44-8309 E/H 7BS Giardini    Aborted

43-38367 E/L 7BS Ames

44-8263 E/Y 7BS O’Grady

43-38419 E/E 7BS Roscher  Aborted

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38391 E/J  7BS Sheesley

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

44-8112 H/D 4BS Pelszynski (PFF)

43-38410 B/C 391BS Daniels

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L.  Queenie

43-38372 L/A 391BS Ettlebrick

43-38257 L/T 391BS Sheridan

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

43-38380 L/B 391BS Sherman

43-38378 L/K 391BS Blum

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-37864 L/E 391BS Hensen

43-38332 B/Q 391BS Isaacs

43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

44-8237 H/Q (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38991 L/Z (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8282 B/V (unused ground spare)

43-38338 B/M (unused ground spare)

43-38987 E/F (unused ground spare)

 

December 31, 1944

Mission #106       Misburg

Command Pilot: FREEMAN. 37 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 86 tons on the primary target. 37 Credit Sorties. One plane, 43-38423, was lost to flak and 9 crewmembers were listed as Missing in Action.

Planes and crew:

44-8237 H/I 4BS Ray (PFF)

43-38402 H/P 7BS Gibson

44-8309 E/H 7BS Raver

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

43-38415 L/G 7BS Vick

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38987 E/F 7BS Sheesley

44-8320 E/G 7BS McLean

43-38280 E/M 7BS Giardini

43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

43-38367 E/L 7BS James

43-38386 E/K 7BS Austin

44-8457 H/G 4BS Iverson (PFF)

43-38325 H/B 391BS Sain

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L. Queenie

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38343 L/I 391BS Ettlebrick

44-8327 L/R 391BS Roscher

43-38380 L/B 391BS Latz

43-38257 L/T 391BS Hansen

43-37864 L/E 391BS Isaacs

43-38372 L/A 391BS Sherman

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hamersley

43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul                MIA. See below.

43-38378 L/K 391BS Blum

44-8356 H/N 4BS Perry (PFF)

43-38991 H/Z 18BS Hartley

43-38953 B/D 18BS Lerch

43-38332 B/Q 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams (incorrectly listed as 382 but with R/T of B/G)

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

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bouldin

43-38304 B/L 18BS Goss     Aborted.

43-38374 B/X 18BS Gustofson

43-38326 B/U 18BS Mann

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

43-38416 H/C Dunham & Hershenow               Weather and Monitor Aircraft

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

44-8441 H/S (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38292 H/A (unused ground spare – lead)

 

B-17G 43-38423 L/N missing in Action Hamburg flak. Aircraft received a direct flak hit and left formation, jettisoning bombs, Number 1 & 2 props were feathered and #2 engine was on fire. Fire also observed coming from open bomb bay doors. Last seen in a left hand spiral at 10,000 feet. At least two men bailed out but no chutes seen. Crashed Tossener Dike, Holland? With391BS. Pilot: Sproul, Missing Air Crew Report # 11372. 3 Killed in Action. 6 Prisoner of War. See 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.45-46, where Fred LaMaster tells of this mission and his Prisoner of War experiences in a story called, “Shot Down.”

POW SPROUL C CRANFORD (P)                    2 LT        391          O-825703                                                                8

KIA FRYER AUSTIN F (CP)                              2 LT        391          O-777519                TX                                          8

POW MARTIN REX H (N)                                 2 LT        391          O-2064627              BURBANK CA                     13

KIA FLANIGAN WILLIAM F (B)                    2 LT        391          O-557155                                                                15

POW SPENCE GUILFORD (E/TT)                    SGT        391          92931847                FREWSBURG NY                8

KIA COLE LeROY H (R)                                     SGT        391          14132291                                                                8

POW KRYSTOF JOSEPH P (BT)                       SGT        391          31379590                                                                7

POW SIEMSEN ALAN D (WG)                        SGT        391          38540767                                                                7

POW LeMASTER FRED Y (TG)                        SGT        391          34814455                                                                7

 

COLE LeROY M is buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery, O-17-14.

FRYER AUSTIN F is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-40-18.

 

(Not in 43-38423)

KIA KEIRN ROY C                              -               SGT                                                        PA