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34th Bomb Group Combat Mission Diary: MARCH 1945 Missions #133-#155

compiled by Gary L Ferrell

 

Missions as a B-17 Group in March 1945

 

March 1, 1945

Mission #133       Ulm

Command Pilot: SMITH. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 117 tons on the secondary target. 37 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8670 H/K 7BS Iverson (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 7BS Davis

43-39179 E/A 7BS McLean

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-38987 E/F 7BS Vick

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

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

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

44-6465 E/O 7BS McCutchan Fancy Nancy

44-8731 H/H 391BS Sain (PFF)

44-6822 H/E 391BS Jones J. L.

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Evans Queenie

43-38415 L/G 391BS Schifferer   Aborted - internal failures #2 & #4 engines.  Elect. system out. Landed at B-50.

43-38789 L/F 391BS Sherman

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-38378 L/K 391BS Schaus

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38365 L/S 391BS Greogory

43-38257 L/T 391BS Tyson

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

43-37864 L/E 391BS Delain

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

44-6820 H/C 18BS Jones, W. S.

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Hemingway

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

43-38338 B/M 18BS Bennett

43-39071 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

43-38953 B/D 18BS Fiedler

43-38334 E/D 18BS Myers

44-8309 E/H 18BS Kennedy

43-38971 B/A 18BS Mann

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

44-8556 H/F (unused ground spare - PFF)

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

43-38991 H/Z (unused ground spare - lead)

44-8629 L/D (unused ground spare)

43-38380 L/B (unused ground spare)

43-38325 E/B (unused ground spare)

43-38391 E/J  (unused ground spare)

 

B17G 43-38403 E/Z salvaged with battle damage at Lodz, Poland where it crash-landed following the 26-2-45 Berlin mission.

 

March 2, 1945

Mission #134       Dresden

Command Pilot: YOUNG. 38 planes dispatched. 38 planes dropped 92.25 tons on the secondary target. 38 Credit Sorties. This was the first mission opposed by enemy fighters, but no losses occurred as a result. 34BG gunners did claim 3 enemy fighters destroyed, 2 probables and 8 damaged. Sturdivan in The Red-Tailed Devils from Mendlesham, p.75, states the claims as 8 destroyed, 7 probables and 5 damaged. Photos of the planes show that "Butch," "Ol'Buddy " and "Sweet Seventeen" each made one enemy fighter claim. Hal Province #1.

Planes and crew:

44-8670 H/K 391BS Richardson, Z. C. (PFF) Major damage. Landed in Belgium. S/Sgt Frey (RW) KIA.

43-38959 H/R 391BS Jones, J. L.

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum                    Landed in Belgium & brought back Richardson crew. Initial E/A claims: 1-0-0.  Credits: 0

43-38380 L/B 391BS Sherman             Initial E/A claims: 1-0-0. Credit 1 destroyed to Robinson (WG)

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Schaus Queenie

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz                     Initial E/A claims: 3-1-1. Credits: none.

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth                  Slight damage

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

44-8629 L/D 391BS Kramschuster     Slight damage

43-38257 L/T 391BS Wilcox                Slight damage. Credit 1 damaged to Archer (BT)

44-8356 H/N 18BS Alling (PFF)

43-38991 H/Z 18BS Jones, W. S.        Slight damage. Initial E/A claims: 2-0-0. Credit 1 destroyed to Allen (E/TT)

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior                  Initial E/A claims: 1-0-0. Credit 1 damaged to Reo (WG)

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass                       Initial claim shows none. Credit 1 destroyed to Roe (E/TT)

43-39071 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach

43-38373 B/J 18BS Raymond

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Bennett

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler                   Initial E/A claims: 0-0-2. Credits: none

43-38953 B/D 18BS Fiedler

43-38216 B/O 18BS Kennedy Tempest Turner             Initial E/A claims: 1-0-0. Credit 1 damaged to Lombard (E/TT)

43-38971 B/A 18BS Mueller

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Mann                     Slight damage. Initial E/A claims: 1-0-0. Credits: none.

43-38338 B/M 18BS Myers

44-8731 H/H 7BS Benedict (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 7BS Davis

43-38286 E/T 7BS McLean                  Slight damage. Initial E/A claims: 1-0-0. Credits: none.

43-38987 E/F 7BS Vick                         Initial E/A claims: 0-0-1. Credits: none.

43-38386 E/K 7BS Rocher                   Slight damage. Initial E/A claims: 1-0-1. Credit 1 damaged to Johnson (TG)

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.                Initial E/A claims: 1-0-0. Credit 1 damaged to Graham (TG)

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright                      Slight damage. Initial E/A claims: 2-0-1. Credit 1 damaged to Alexander (E/TT)

43-38334 E/D 7BS Hicks                      Slight damage. Initial E/A claims: 1-0-0. Credit 1 probably destroyed to McArdle (TG)

43-38416 E/C 7BS O’Grady                 Initial E/A claims: 1-0-0. Credit 1 damaged to Wyder (WG)

43-38391 E/J  7BS Martin, S.

43-39179 E/A 7BS James                     Slight damage

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart         Major damage. Initial E/A claims: 2-0-0. Credit 1 probably destroyed to Reed (BT)

43-38325 E/B 7BS Sheesley                Leaflets only. Slight damage. Initial E/A claims: 2-0-0. Credits: none.

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

44-8556 H/F  (unused ground spare – PFF lead)

44-6822 H/E (unused ground spare – Visual lead)

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

43-38365 L/S (unused ground spare)

43-37864 L/E (unused ground spare)

43-38299 L/U (unused ground spare)

 

On B-17G 44-8670 H/K Piloted by Z. C. Richardson

KIA FREY JOHN H (WG)                                   S/SGT     4              35871095                CINCINNATI OH

 

March 3, 1945

Mission #135       Biddeld, Dedenhausen

Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 38 planes dispatched. 23 planes dropped 80.5 tons on the primary target while 13 planes dropped 49 tons on targets of last resort (LR), and 2 planes failed to bomb. 38 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

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

44-8457 H/G 18BS Sain (PFF)

43-38953 B/D 18BS Hemingway

43-39071 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach

43-38971 B/A 18BS Mueller

44-8321 B/F 18BS Feidler

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Myers

43-38409 B/B 18BS Kennedy

43-38216 B/O 18BS Bennett Tempest Turner

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior   

43-38373 B/J 18BS Raymond

44-8112 H/D 7BS Daniels (PFF)

43-38334 E/D 7BS Hicks

44-6820 H/C 7BS McLean

43-38987 E/F 7BS Vick

44-6939 E/P 7BS Roscher

43-38386 E/K 7BS Sheesley

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

44-6465 E/O 7BS McCutchan Fancy Nancy

44-8320 E/G 7BS Couse

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

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-38391 E/J  7BS Martin, S.

44-8556 H/F 391BS Dunham (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 391BS Jones, J. L.

43-38789 L/F 391BS Waarvick

43-38380 L/B 391BS Sherman

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

43-38299 L/U 391BS Carmen

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

43-38972 L/C 391BS Evans

44-8731 H/H (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8356 H/N (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38991 H/Z (unused ground spare - lead)

44-6929 B/Q (unused ground spare)

44-8271 L/O (unused ground spare)

43-38433 B/R (unused ground spare)

 

March 4, 1945

Mission #136       Recalled from target area

Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. 38 planes dispatched. One plane dropped 3 tons on a target of last resort (LR) and 37 failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. 2 planes were lost to unknown circumstances over France and 17 crewmembers were listed as Killed in Action and one Wounded in Action.

Planes and crew:

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

44-6822 H/E 7BS McLean

43-38334 E/D 7BS Hicks

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

44-6296 E/R 7BS O'Grady

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

44-6465 E/O 7BS Sheesley Fancy Nancy

44-8320 E/G 7BS Martin, R.

43-38391 E/J  7BS Martin, S.

44-8112 H/D 391BS Livingston (PFF)               Aborted - #3 engine out.

43-38991 H/Z 391BS Jones, J. L.

43-38343 L/I 391BS Waarvick

43-37864 L/E 391BS Sherman

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Carmen Queenie

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

43-38380 L/B 391BS Latz

43-38257 L/T 391BS Tyson

43-38299 L/U 391BS Delain Outstanding???

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

44-8556 H/F 18BS Alling (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38433 B/R 18BS Hemingway

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

43-38338 B/M 18BS Mueller               MIA. Collision. See below.

43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

43-38409 B/B 18BS Kennedy

43-38216 B/O 18BS Myers Tempest Turner

43-38953 B/D 18BS Bolsher

43-39071 B/K 18BS Parsons               MIA. Collision. See below.

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Springer

43-38373 B/J 18BS Edwards

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior  Leaflets only          

44-8327 L/R (scheduled for Sherman but replaced)

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

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

43-38959 H/R (unused ground spare - lead)

44-8321 B/F (unused ground spare)

43-38113 E/S Wee Willie's Wolves (unused ground spare)

44-8309 E/H (unused ground spare)

 

B-17G 43-39071 B/K Collided with aircraft 338 during assembly. One plane came down into the other from above. The tail came off the lower aircraft and half of the wing exploded, the two sections falling seperately. The upper aircraft lost a wing tip and spun out of control into the clouds. One chute reported.  With 18BS. Pilot: Parsons.  No Missing Air Crew Report. 9 Killed in Action.

KIA PARSONS DEAN M (P)                             2 LT        18            O-778933

KIA WEBB KENNETH R  (CP)                          2 LT        18            O-781723

KIA HEYN ROBERT W (N)                               F/O         18            T-134698                OH

KIA LEWIS PAUL T JR (Tog)                           SGT        18            33746644

KIA MIERLY HARRY R (E)                               SGT        18            33758788

KIA COHEN MILTON S (R)                              SGT        18            36589718

KIA MORGAN NORMAN L (BT)                    SGT        18            38608770                TX

KIA CLAYTON VIRGIL R (WG)                       SGT        18            39726440

KIA GROSS MARK S (TG)                                SGT        18            37625231

 

HEYN ROBERT W is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, B-25-4.

MORGAN NORMAN L is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, C-19-97.

 

B-17G 43-38338 B/M Collided with aircraft 071during assembly. One plane came down into the other from above. The tail came off the lower aircraft and half of the wing exploded, the two sections falling seperately. The upper aircraft lost a wing tip and spun out of control into the clouds. One chute reported.  With 18BS. Pilot: Mueller. No Missing Air Crew Report. 8 Killed in Action, 1 Injured.

KIA MUELLER JAMES P (P)                            1 LT        18            O-770733

KIA ARTRUC ARTHUR H (CP)                       2 LT        18            O-829391                RI

KIA CIAGNE JOHN J (N)                                   F/O         18            T-132857                MI

KIA HARVEY PHILLIPS J (Tog)                       SGT        18            15343740

KIA FARNSWORTH LOREN E (E)                  S/SGT     18            39325816

KIA ZEROTT FRANCES R (R)                          S/SGT     18            37287354                MN

KIA GREZELAK KAIMIERZ J (BT)                 SGT        18            36689901

KIA HAUGEN JOHN D (WG)                            SGT        18            39208961

Injured KIPPEN (TG) His would have been the one chute seen.

 

ARTRUC ARTHUR H is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, E-10-37.

CIAGNE JOHN J is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, B-21-51.

ZEROTT FRANCIS R is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, B-22-8.

 

March 7, 1945

Mission #137       Dattein

Command Pilot: FANDEL. 44 planes dispatched. 43 planes dropped 125 tons on the primary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 44 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8237 H/I 391BS Dunham

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

44-8235 H/X 391BS Pelszynski

43-38972 L/C 391BS Garman

43-38257 L/T 391BS Sherman

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-38378 L/K 391BS Waarvick

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38299 L/U 391BS Arand

43-38402 L/P 391BS Feldman

44-8482 H/A 18BS Livingston

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Hemingway

43-38959 H/R 18BS Jones, W. S.

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bolser

44-6840 B/E 18BS Springer

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy

44-6938 B/C 18BS Edwards

43-38373 B/J 18BS Myers

44-8556 H/F 7BS Richardson

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

43-38991 H/Z 7BS Davis

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-38391 E/J  7BS Dold

44-8320 E/G 7BS Sheesley

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-38334 E/D 7BS Hicks

44-6465 E/O 7BS Couse Fancy Nancy

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

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

44-8457 H/G Alling               Chaff

43-38216 B/O Nass Tempest Turner               Chaff

43-38987 E/F Martin, S.       Chaff

43-39179 E/A James             Chaff

44-8321 B/F Mann                Chaff

43-38382 L/Q Delain Queenie            Chaff

44-8327 L/R (scheduled for Hansen but replaced)

44-8441 H/S (scheduled for Richardson but replaced)

44-8356 H/N (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare - lead)

44-8309 E/H (unused ground spare)

43-38365 L/S (unused ground spare)

44-8271 L/O (unused ground spare)

43-38380 L/B (unused ground spare)

 

 

March 8, 1945

Mission #138       Dortmund

Command Pilot: BRUNK. 38 planes dispatched. 35 planes dropped 118.25 tons on the primary target and 3 planes failed to bomb. 35 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #2.

Planes and crew:

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

43-37960 B/L 18BS Hemingway

44-8176 H/Q 18BS Alling (PFF)          Aborted -#1 engine out.

43-38971 B/A 18BS Butler

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

43-39183 B/K 18BS Bolser

43-38373 B/J 18BS Myers

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

44-8321 B/F 18BS Edwards Aborted - #2 engine out.

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

44-6840 B/E 18BS Springer

44-8605 B/H 18BS Bennett

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

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-38410 H/J 7BS Davis

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

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

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

43-38987 E/F 7BS Reid

44-6296 E/R 7BS Ferard       Landed at A-74. #1 & #3 out. Crew OK. Engine changes required.

43-38391 E/J  7BS Schell

44-8441 H/S 391BS Benedict (PFF)

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

44-6820 H/C 391BS Jones, J. L.

43-38257 L/T 391BS Hansen

43-38380 L/B 391BS Sherman

43-38365 L/S 391BS Waarvick            Aborted - #1 engine out.

43-38343 L/I 391BS Wilcox

43-38299 L/U 391BS Gregory

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Kramschuster Queenie

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38378 L/K 391BS Evans

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

44-8327 L/R 391BS Werth

43-38972 L/C (scheduled for Wilcox but replaced)

44-8356 H/N (unused ground spare - PFF)

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

43-38959 H/R (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38216 B/O Tempest Turner (unused ground spare)

43-38334 E/D (unused ground spare)

43-39179 E/A (unused ground spare)

 

March 10, 1945

Mission #139       Soest

Command Pilot: YOUNG. 38 planes dispatched. 35 planes dropped 87.75 tons on the primary target and 3 planes failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

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

44-8731 H/H 7BS Alling (PFF)            Aborted - mechanical.

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

44-8320 E/G 7BS Wright

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38286 E/T 7BS Schell

43-39179 E/A 7BS Couse

44-6465 E/O 7BS McCutchan Fancy Nancy

43-38391 E/J  7BS Sheesley

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

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

44-8556 H/F 391BS Benedict (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 391BS Schaus

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

43-38299 L/U 391BS Gregory

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Evans Queenie

44-8327 L/R 391BS Sherman

43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

44-8356 H/N 18BS Livingston (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38912 B/I 18BS Mann     Aborted- mechanical.

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

44-6938 B/C 18BS Fielder

43-38373 B/J 18BS Myers

43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

44-8605 B/H 18BS Butler

43-38216 B/O 18BS Edwards Tempest Turner

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Hall

44-6840 B/E 18BS Springer

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy              Leaflets only.

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

44-8237 H/I (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38959 H/R (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38409 B/B (unused ground spare)

43-39183 B/K (unused ground spare)

43-38367 E/L (unused ground spare)

43-38416 E/C (unused ground spare)

 

March 11, 1945

Mission #140       Hamburg

Command Pilot: RICHEY. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 106 tons on the secondary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #3.

Planes and crew:

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

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

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

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

43-37864 L/E 391BS Wilcox

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

43-38257 L/T 391BS Kramschuster

43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

43-38365 L/S 391BS Waarvick            Aborted - #3 engine out.

44-6887 L/G 391BS Gregory

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

43-38959 H/R 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38912 B/I 18BS Mann

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

43-38409 B/B 18BS Hall

43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

44-8605 B/H 18BS Bennett

44-6840 B/E 18BS Springer

43-38216 B/O 18BS Novicki Tempest Turner

43-39183 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach

44-6938 B/C 18BS Mehling

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

44-8556 H/F 7BS Daniels (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 7BS Davis

43-38280 E/M 7BS Martin, S.

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

44-8309 E/H 7BS Wright

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

44-8320 E/G 7BS Sheesley

43-38367 E/L 7BS McCutchan

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

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

43-38416 E/C 7BS Schell

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

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

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38373 B/J (unused ground spare)

44-8282 B/V (unused ground spare)

43-38334 E/D (unused ground spare)

43-38343 L/I (unused ground spare)

 

March 12, 1945

Mission #141       Sweinmunde

Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 89.5 tons on the secondary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #4.

Planes and crew:

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

44-8482 H/A 18BS Livingston (PFF)

43-38912 B/I 18BS Mann

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

44-8605 B/H 18BS Bolser

44-8321 B/F 18BS Fiedler

43-38433 B/R 18BS Hall

44-6840 B/E 18BS Springer

43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

43-38409 B/B 18BS Mehling

44-8282 B/V 18BS Novick

44-8441 H/S 7BS Pelszynski (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 7BS Davis

43-38280 E/M 7BS Martin, S.

43-38367 E/L 7BS Dold

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

44-8320 E/G 7BS Sheesley

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

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

43-38334 E/D 7BS Schell

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ferand    Aborted - #3 engine out.

44-6465 E/O 7BS McCutchan Fancy Nancy

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

43-38410 H/J 391BS Waarvick

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Smith Queenie

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-37864 L/E 391BS Gregory

43-38299 L/U 391BS Delain

43-38343 L/I 391BS Wilcox

44-6887 L/G 391BS Baker

43-38402 L/P 391BS Feldman

43-38257 L/T 391BS Tyson

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

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

44-8556 H/F (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-6820 H/C (unused ground spare - lead)

44-6983 B/C (unused ground spare)

43-39183 B/K (unused ground spare)

43-38365 L/S (unused ground spare)

43-38987 E/F (unused ground spare)

 

March 14, 1945

Mission #142       Misburg

Command Pilot: FREEMAN. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 126 tons on the primary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. 1 crewmember listed as Wounded in Action.

Planes and crew:

44-8731 H/H 7BS Dunham (PFF)

44-8176 H/Q 7BS Moore (PFF)

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

43-38391 E/J  7BS Martin, S.

44-6465 E/O 7BS McCutchan Fancy Nancy

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

43-38991 H/Z 391BS Waarvick

43-38365 L/S 391BS Tyson

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38402 L/P 391BS Werth

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

44-8283 B/G 391BS Schaus Aborted - Top turret dome blown out.

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

43-38299 L/U 391BS Baker

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

44-8271 L/O 391BS Gregory

43-37864 L/E 391BS Kramschuster

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

44-6822 H/E 18BS Scherkenbach

43-39183 B/K 18BS Butler

44-6840 B/E 18BS Springer

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Novicki

43-38433 B/R 18BS Hall

43-38216 B/O 18BS Bolster Tempest Turner

44-8605 B/H 18BS Bennett

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

44-8321 B/F 18BS Fielder

43-38912 B/I 18BS Mann

44-8282 B/V 18BS Edwards

44-8327 L/R (scheduled for Schaus but replaced)

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

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

44-6820 H/C (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38325 E/B (unused ground spare)

43-37960 B/L (unused ground spare)

 

March 15, 1945

Mission #143       Oranienburg

Command Pilot: SMITH. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 110 tons on the primary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

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

44-8441 H/S 391BS Gustafson (PFF)

43-38257 L/T 391BS Tyson

43-38365 L/S 391BS Smith

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Gregory Queenie

44-8629 L/D 391BS Feldman

44-8556 H/F 18BS Alling (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 18BS Scherkenbach

43-38912 B/I 18BS Mann

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy

43-39183 B/K 18BS Butler

43-38216 B/O 18BS Thaete Tempest Turner

43-38373 B/J 18BS Myers

44-8283 B/G 18BS Feidler

44-8282 B/V 18BS Edwards

44-8605 B/H 18BS Bolser

43-38971 B/A 18BS Hall

43-38409 B/B 18BS Bennett

43-38953 B/D 18BS Novicki

44-8176 H/Q 7BS Benedict (PFF)       Aborted - #1 engine out.

44-6820 H/C 7BS Davis

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-39179 E/A 7BS Schell

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

43-38391 E/J  7BS Martin, S.

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

44-6465 E/O 7BS McCutchan Fancy Nancy

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

44-8237 H/I (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8731 H/H (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38959 H/R (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38325 E/B (unused ground spare)

43-37864 L/E (unused ground spare)

44-6938 B/C (unused ground spare)

 

March 17, 1945

Mission #144       Bitterfeld

Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 108 tons on the secondary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

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

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

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Novicki

43-38373 B/J 18BS Myers

43-38971 B/A 18BS Mann

43-38912 B/I 18BS Pierre

43-38433 B/R 18BS Bolser

44-8282 B/V 18BS Edwards

44-8321 B/F 18BS Fiedler

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy

44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling Aborted - #3 engine out plus other problems.

44-8605 B/H 18BS Bennett

44-8235 H/X 7BS Daniels (PFF)

44-6822 H/E 7BS Davis

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, S.

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

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

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

43-38334 E/D 7BS Sheesley

44-6465 E/O 7BS McCutchan, D. Fancy Nancy

44-8731 H/H 391BS Benedict (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 391BS Scherkenbach

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

43-38402 L/P 391BS Schifferer

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38299 L/U 391BS Sykes

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Gregory Queenie

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-38365 L/S 391BS Kramschuster

43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

43-38257 L/T 391BS Latz     Leaflets only.

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

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

44-8839 H/L (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38991 H/Z (unused ground spare - lead)

44-6929 B/Q (unused ground spare)

44-6840 B/E (unused ground spare)

 

March 18, 1945

Mission #145       Berlin

Command Pilot: RICHEY. 38 planes dispatched. 34 planes dropped 94.75 tons on the primary target and 4 planes failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #5.

Planes and crew:

44-8441 H/S 7BS Pelszynski (PFF)

44-8839 H/L 7BS Thompson

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.                Major damage.

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini   Major damage.

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

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

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

43-38391 E/J  7BS Dold

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

43-38416 E/C 7BS Sheesley

44-8320 E/G 7BS Ferand

44-8457 H/G 391BS Sain (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 391BS O'Grady

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

43-38299 L/U 391BS Kramschuster

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Gregory Queenie

43-38365 L/S 391BS Wilcox                Engine failure – jettisoned bombs

43-38257 L/T 391BS Tyson

43-38402 L/P 391BS Baker

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

44-8482 H/A 18BS Hanchar (PFF)

43-38991 H/Z 18BS Scherkenbach

44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling Aborted - #3 engine trouble – jettisoned bombs.

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete   Aborted - couldn't stay with the formation – jettisoned bombs

43-38912 B/I 18BS Myers    MIA. See below.

44-8321 B/F 18BS Edwards Aborted - #4 turbo out – jettisoned bombs

43-38216 B/O 18BS Bolser Tempest Turner

44-6840 B/E 18BS Springer

43-38971 B/A 18BS Rawson

43-38409 B/B 18BS Pierre

43-39183 B/K 18BS Bennett

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy              Leaflets only.

44-8629 L/D (scheduled for Kramschuster but replaced)

44-8282 B/V (scheduled for Edwards but replaced)

44-8605 B/H  (scheduled for Bennett but replaced)

44-8356 H/N (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8556 H/F (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38386 E/K (unused ground spare)

 

B-17G 43-38912 B/I “Old Times” Battle damaged at Berlin and force landed behind Russian lines at Melaszewicze, Poland and salvaged. With 18BS. Pilot: Myers. No Missing Air Crew Report.

MIA MYERS RAYMOND D (P)                        1 LT        18            O-509595

MIA CARDIFF DONALD G (CP)                      2 LT        18            O-928649

MIA FELTOVICH STEPHEN JR (N)                 F/O         18            T-132902

MIA GILREATH JAMES H JR (Tog)               S/SGT     18            34658993

MIA JETTON RAYMOND L (E)                       S/SGT     18            38468994

MIA CONNOR JOHN P (R)                                S/SGT     18            35059196

MIA COSTELLO HUGO D (BT)                        SGT        18            31373930

MIA LEE JOSEPH W (WG)                                SGT        18            38240076

MIA BROWN TOULMIN H (TG)                     SGT        18            38616329

 

March 19, 1945

Mission #146       Jena

Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 38 planes dispatched. 35 planes dropped 97.25 tons on the primary target and 3 planes failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #6.

Planes and crew:

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

44-8556 H/F 391BS Sain

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

43-38257 L/T 391BS Latz

43-38402 L/P 391BS Werth

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Sykes Queenie

43-38299 L/U 391BS DeLain

43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

44-8327 L/R 391BS Evans

43-37864 L/E 391BS Wilcox

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

44-6822 H/E 18BS Springer

44-6938 B/C 18BS Rawson

43-39183 B/K 18BS Thaete

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy

43-38373 B/J 18BS Fiedler

44-6840 B/E 18BS Mehling

44-8605 B/H 18BS Bennett

43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond            Aborted #2 engine out

43-38433 B/R 18BS Buchanan

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

43-38409 B/B 18BS Pierre

44-8282 B/V 18BS Edwards

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

43-38410 H/J 7BS O’Grady

43-38391 E/J 7BS Martin, S.

44-6939 E/P 7BS Giardini

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

43-38334 E/D 7BS Sheesley                Jettisoned bombs and returned with #1 engine out

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ferard     Aborted 35 miles off coast on course with #3 turbo out

43-38991 E/Z 7BS Martins, R. Sweet Seventeen

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

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

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

44-8237 H/I (unused spare (PFF)

43-38959 H/R (unused spare) (visual lead)

43-38343 L/I (unused spare)

43-38216 B/O Tempest Turner (Unused spare)

43-38331 B/Y (unused spare)

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

 

March 20, 1945

Mission #147       Hamburg

Command Pilot: CREER. 25 planes dispatched. 24 planes dropped 69 tons on the primary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 24 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8457 H/G 18BS Dunham (PFF)

44-8556 H/F 18BS Livingston (PFF)

43-38343 L/I 18BS Mehling

43-39183 B/K 18BS Tigges

44-6938 B/C 18BS Thaete

44-8605 B/H 18BS Springer

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Rawson

43-38216 B/O 18BS Edwards Tempest Turner

43-38409 B/B 18BS Pierre

43-38373 B/J 18BS Mann

43-38257 L/T 18BS Buchanan

44-6887 L/G 18BS Raymond

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

43-38959 H/R 7BS McLean

43-38380 L/B 7BS Martin, S.

44-6939 E/P 7BS Giardini

43-38416 E/C 7BS Sheesley

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

43-38386 E/K 7BS Roscher Landed at Eye. Plane salvaged. Credit: Scheinost (E/TT) 1 probably destroyed.

43-38382 L/Q 7BS Couse Queenie

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

44-6465 E/O 7BS Curtiss Fancy Nancy     Aborted - #1 & #3 engines out.

43-38991 E/Z 7BS MacTaggart Sweet Seventeen

43-38789 L/F 7BS Schell

43-37864 L/E 7BS Ferand

43-38433 B/R (scheduled for Mehling but replaced)

43-38367 E/L (scheduled for Couse but replaced)

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

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

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare - lead)

 

B-17G 43-38386 E/K crash-landed at Eye Airfield, UK on return. Pilot: Roscher. Nothing reported on the crew.

 

 

March 21, 1945

Mission #148       Marx

Command Pilot: YOUNG. 38 planes dispatched. 38 planes dropped 129 tons on the primary target. 38 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #7.

Planes and crew:

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

44-8176 H/Q 7BS Moore (PFF)

43-38391 E/J  7BS Martin

43-38367 E/L 7BS Sheesley

44-8320 E/G 7BS Curtiss

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

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

43-38286 E/T 7BS Schell

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ferard

43-39179 E/A 7BS McCutchin

44-8356 H/N 391BS Daniels (PFF)

44-6822 H/E 391BS Waarvick

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

43-38299 L/U 391BS DeLain

43-38972 L/C 391BS Sykes

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Wilcox Queenie

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

44-8629 L/D 391BS Evans

43-38257 L/T 391BS Tyson

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

43-38959 H/R 18BS Butler

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Springer

43-38953 B/D 18BS THaete

44-8605 B/H 18BS Tigges

44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

44-8282 B/V 18BS Edwards

43-38373 B/J 18BS Pierre

44-8321 B/F 18BS Mann

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy              Leaflets only.

43-39183 B/K 18BS Rawson

44-6840 B/E 18BS Novicki

43-38402 L/P 18BS Buchanan

43-38991 E/Z Sweet Seventeen (scheduled for Schell but replaced)

43-38433 B/R (scheduled for Buchanan but replaced)

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

44-8731 H/H (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38365 L/S (unused ground spare)

 

B-17G 43-38386 E/K salvaged with battle damage from the crash landing at Eye on 20Mar45.

 

March 22, 1945

Mission #149       Rittingen

Command Pilot: SMITH. 38 planes dispatched. 36 planes dropped 105 tons on the primary target and 2 planes failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #8.

Planes and crew:

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

44-8731 H/H 391BS Thompson (PFF)

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38343 L/I 391BS Evans   Aborted - #1 engine. Returned load.

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Sykes Queenie

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

44-8629 L/D 391BS Schaus

43-38299 L/U 391BS DeLain

43-38789 L/F 391BS Feldman

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

43-38410 H/J 18BS Scherkenbach

44-8605 B/H 18BS Mann

43-39183 B/K 18BS Butler

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

43-38433 B/R 18BS Rawson

44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

44-8282 B/V 18BS Edwards

43-38953 B/D 18BS Novicki

43-38409 B/B 18BS Pierre

43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy

44-8321 B/F 18BS Buchanan

44-8176 H/Q 7BS Gustofson (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 7BS Davis

43-39179 E/A 7BS Curtiss

43-38991 E/Z 7BS Schell Sweet Seventeen

43-38367 E/L 7BS Giardini

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38280 E/M 7BS Stemen

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

43-38391 E/J  7BS Martin, S.

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse     Leaflets only.

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ferand    Aborted - #3 engine. Returned load.

44-8309 E/H 7BS McCutchan

44-8320 E/G 7BS Schroeder

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

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

44-6822 H/E (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38972 L/C (unused ground spare)

43-38257 L/T (unused ground spare)

43-38402 L/P (unused ground spare)

44-6840 B/E (unused ground spare)

 

March 23, 1945

Mission #150       Geisecke

Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. 38 planes dispatched. 38 planes dropped 81.4 tons on the primary target. 38 Credit Sorties. One plane was lost and 9 crewmembers were listed as Missing in Action. Hal Province #9.

Planes and crew:

44-8457 H/G 18BS Livingston (PFF)

44-6822 H/E 18BS Scherkenbach

44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

44-8321 B/F 18BS Novicki

43-39183 B/K 18BS Butler

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy

44-6840 B/E 18BS Mann

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

44-8605 B/H 18BS Buchanan Homesick Angel

43-38971 B/A 18BS Bolser  MIA. See below.

44-8731 H/H 7BS Sain (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 7BS Giardini

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-38991 E/Z 7BS Schell Sweet Seventeen

43-39179 E/A 7BS Curtiss

44-8320 E/G 7BS Schroeder

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-38367 E/L 7BS Ferand

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

44-8282 B/V 7BS Chapman

43-38113 E/S 7BS Peterson Wee Willie's Wolves   Landed in France.       

43-38987 E/F 7BS Sheesley

43-38280 E/M 7BS Thonander

44-8556 H/F 391BS Alling (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 391BS Waarvick

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

43-38380 L/B 391BS Schaus

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38402 L/P 391BS Evans

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

44-8629 L/D 391BS Wilcox

43-38378 L/K 391BS Sykes

43-38257 L/T 391BS Tyson Leadlets only.

43-38299 L/U 391BS DeLain

43-38789 L/F 391BS Feldman

43-38972 L/C 391BS Kramschuster

44-6820 H/O (scheduled for Giardini but replaced)

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

44-8327 L/R (scheduled for Schaus but replaced)

44-8237 H/I (unused ground spare - PFF)

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

43-38433 B/R (unused ground spare)

 

B-17G 43-38971 B/A Missing in Action Holswickede, Germany, flak and mid-air collision. This plane was hit by flak just after bombs away and three to four feet of the left wing tip was torn away. The plane peeled away from the formation to the left and collided with a B-17 from the 447BG.  That 447BG plane was in a three plane element flying with the 487BG that had been on a collision course with the 34BG on the bomb run. These three planes had also just released bombs and were peeling away when the collision occurred. Both planes crashed. Two chutes were seen but it uncertain from which plane they came. Crashed Hamm. With 18BS. Pilot: Bolser. Missing Air Crew Report # 13598. 9 Killed in Action.

KIA BOLSER MYRON A (P)                             2 LT        18            O-777096                AVON KS                              10

KIA MAILLARD ROGER E (CP)                       F/O         18            T-5011                                                                    10

KIA LANCASTER HOMER B (N)                    F/O         18            T-134826                ECKHART MINES MD      11

KIA ESHLEMAN JAY D (Tog)                         SGT        18            33501052                QUARRYVILLE PA             10

KIA JERRIS THOMAS W (TT)                         S/SGT     18            32674898                ROCHESTER NY                  9

KIA HECKMAN JOHN M (R)                           S/SGT     18            15359109                                                                10

KIA STAMOS DONALD S (BT)                       SGT        18            39419699                ACAMPO CA                      10

KIA FROST RUSSELL D (TG)                           SGT        18            36752634                DEERFIELD IL                      9

KIA PEGG ALBERT O (WG)                              SGT        18            39726438                SAN PEDRO CA                  9

 

FROST RUSSELL D is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, D-1-23.

STAMOS DONALD S is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, A-38-43.

 

(On another plane?)

KIA GARMAN WAYNE C                                S/SGT     7             36657733                STERLING IL

 

March 24, 1945

Mission #151       Zwischenahn

Command Pilot: RICHEY. 38 planes dispatched. 36 planes dropped 120.75 tons on the primary target and 2 planes failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #10.

Planes and crew:

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

44-8235 H/X 7BS Thompson (PFF)

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-39179 E/A 7BS Curtiss

43-38991 E/Z 7BS Schell Sweet Seventeen

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38286 E/T 7BS Sheesley

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ferard

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

43-38280 E/M 7BS McCutchan

43-38367 E/L 7BS Chapman

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

44-8556 H/F 391BS Hanchar (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 391BS Waarvick

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38402 L/P 391BS Schaus

43-38972 L/C 391BS Kramschuster

43-37864 L/E 391BS Evans

43-37960 B/L 391BS Sykes

44-8629 L/D 391BS Wilcox

43-38299 L/U 391BS DeLain

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Gregory Queenie

43-38789 L/F 391BS Feldman

43-38380 L/B 391BS Tyson

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

43-38410 H/J 18BS Scherkenbach

44-6840 B/E 18BS Mann

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

44-8605 B/H 18BS Bennett Homesick Angel

43-38409 B/B 18BS Buchanan

43-38433 B/R 18BS Raymond

44-8282 B/V 18BS Edwards

44-8321 B/F 18BS Fiedler

43-39183 B/K 18BS Butler

44-8283 B/G 18BS Hamilton

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

43-38378 L/K (scheduled for Sykes but replaced)

43-38257 L/T (scheduled for Tyson but replaced)

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

44-8839 H/L (unused spare) (PFF)

44-6822 H/E (unused spare) (visual lead)

44-8320 E/G (unused spare)

 

B-17G 44-8605 B/H Homesick Angel Battle damaged by mid-air collision during mission in support of "Operation Varsity," the

American and British forces crossing of the Rhine River. With 18BS. Pilot: Bennett. The plane was salvaged 25-3-45.

(NOTE: This report, from Roger Freeman’s The B-17 Flying Fortress Story, is incorrect. See below.)

 

March 25, 1945

3rd Air Division units, including the 34BG were recalled shortly after take-off due bad weather and the increasing possibility of adverse conditions upon return. Upon take-off one 34BG plane crashed near the base killing the crew of 9 airmen, according to Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary.

 

B-17G 44-8605 B/H Homesick Angel crashed shortly after take-off for the cancelled mission. (5 photos in the 26 March 1945 file.)

KIA BENNETT LESTER S JR (P)                      1 LT        18            O-767466

KIA KARGER HENRY S (CP)                            2 LT        18            O-720082 (listed as dying March 26, 1945)

KIA BERTINO LOUIS J (N)                               2 LT        18            O-1312870

KIA LEWMAN KENNETH W (Tog)               SGT        18            39341658

KIA DILLEY ROGER R (R)                                 T/SGT    18            32924461

KIA PICKETT OCKO P (E)                                T/SGT    18            36876916

KIA VERMAN RALPH C (BG)                          SGT        18            16275224

KIA JOHNSON WILLIAM T (WG)                  S/SGT     18            15140404

 

KIA KORDAS CHESTER J (TG)                       SGT        18            20630647

 

BENNETT LESTER S JR is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, A-1-26.

JOHNSON WILLIAM T is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, A-6-16.

               

March 26, 1945

Mission #152       Planen

Command Pilot: BRUNK. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 107.5 on the primary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 38 Credit Sorties. During assembly a 34BG plane collided with a 452BG plane, both crashing killing both crews.

Planes and crew:

44-8731 H/H 391BS Pelszynski (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 391BS Waarvick

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38299 L/U 391BS DeLain

43-38257 L/T 391BS Tyson

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

43-38789 L/F 391BS Feldman

43-38365 L/S 391BS Gregory

43-38972 L/C 391BS Kramschuster

43-38402 L/P 391BS McCutchan, H.  Lost – collision over U.K.

44-8457 H/G 18BS Livingston (PFF)

44-6822 H/E 18BS Sherkenbach

44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

43-38433 B/R 18BS Nass     Aborted mechanical - #4 engine

44-8282 B/V 18BS Novicki

44-8321 B/F 18BS Fiedler

43-37960 B/L 18BS Mann

43-39183 B/K 18BS Butler

44-6840 B/E 18BS Raymond

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

43-38409 B/B 18BS Pierre

43-38373 B/J 18BS Rawson

44-8556 H/F 7BS Sain (PFF)

43-38391 E/J 7BS Martin, S.

43-38410 H/J 7BS McLean

43-38286 E/T 7BS Schell

43-39179 E/A 7BS Curtiss

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

44-6296 E/R 7BS Chapman  Landed in France

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38367 E/L 7BS Peterson

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

44-8320 E/G 7BS Schoeder

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ferard

44-8237 H/I (unused spare) (PFF)

44-8356 H/N (unused spare) (PFF)

43-38991 E/Z Sweet Seventeen (unused spare) (visual lead) (Shown incorrectly as E/A)

43-38216 B/O Tempest Turner (unused spare)

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

44-8629 L/D (scheduled for McCutchan but replaced)

 

B-17G 43-38876 Crashed (five photos in the file.) (This was the 452BG plane.) All killed.

 

B-17G 43-38402 L/P Mid-air collision with a 452BG B-17 during assembly. Planes crashed at Framsden and Crettingham, UK. With 391BS. Pilot: unknown. No Missing Air Crew Report. All Killed. Plane salvaged 26-3-45.

KIA McCUTCHAN HUGH H (P)                      2 LT                        O-833338

KIA HOLT JAMES A (CP)                                 2 LT                        O-206431

KIA BOWERS JULIUS H (N)                             F/O                         T-134854

KIA SHEETZ PAUL E (Tog)                              SGT                        19206188

KIA SERVO BERT W (R)                                   SGT        391          12227238                NY

KIA DALTON THOMAS J (E)                          SGT                        16145958

KIA LAMKIN JOHN B (BG)                              SGT                        16219524

KIA ARMSTRONG HOWARD J (WG)           SGT        391          36866087                MI

KIA MELTZ IRWIN (TG)                                   SGT                        34793201

 

ARMSTRONG HOWARD J is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-3-4. (or dod of  25 Mar 1945)

SERVO BERT W is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-2-4.

 

March 28, 1945

Mission #153       Hannover, Mindem

Command Pilot: FANDEL. 38 planes dispatched. 36 planes were airbourne. 31 planes dropped 89.75 tons on the secondary target and 5 planes failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #11.

Planes and crew:

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

44-8457 H/G 18BS Hanchar

43-39183 B/K 18BS Mann

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete   Serious battle damage

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner            Some battle damage

43-38373 B/J 18BS Rawson

43-38409 B/B 18BS Pierre

43-37960 B/L 18BS Novicki

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges Jettisoned some bombs, brought rest back – mechanical trouble.

44-8321 B/F 18BS Fiedler

43-38433 B/R 18BS Hamilton

44-8235 H/X 7BS Daniels (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 7BS Davis

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-38991 E/Z 7BS Schell Sweet Seventeen

43-39179 E/A 7BS Curtiss

43-38280 E/M 7BS Dold

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse     Some battle damage

43-38391 E/J 7BS Martin, S.

44-6465 E/O 7BS Sheesley Fancy Nancy

43-38286 E/T 7BS Peterson Aborted - #2 engine out. #4 manifold pressure low.

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ferard

43-38367 E/L 7BS Schoeder                Aborted – couldn’t find formation. Bummer!

44-8556 H/F 391BS Sain (PFF)            Jettisoned load – mechanical?

44-6822 H/E 391BS Waarvick

44-8271 L/O 391BS Arand

43-38299 L/U 391BS DeLain               Some battle damage

44-6887 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38257 L/T 391BS Tyson Aborted - #2 engine out

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

43-38378 L/K 391BS Sykes Serious Battle damage

43-38789 L/F 391BS Feldman              Serious Battle damage

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Gregory Queenie

44-8629 L/D 391BS Wilcox  Some battle damage

43-38372 L/A 391BS Evans

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

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

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

43-38959 H/R (unused spare) (visual lead)

43-38365 L/S (unused spare)

44-6840 B/E           (unused spare)

44-8282 B/V (unused spare)

 

March 30, 1945

Mission #154       Hamburg

Command Pilot: YOUNG. 38 planes dispatched. 36 planes dropped 102 tons on the primary target and 2 planes failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8556 H/F 7BS Dunham (PFF)

44-8176 H/Q 7BS Carman (PFF)

44-6465 E/O 7BS Martin, S. Fancy Nancy

44-6296 E/R 7BS Schell        Aborted - #2 engine out, returned with bombs.

43-39179 E/A 7BS Curtis

43-38280 E/M 7BS McCutchan

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ferard

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, S.

43-38367 E/L 7BS Peterson

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

44-8320 E/G 7BS Schroeder

44-8731 H/H 391BS Alling (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 391BS Waarvick

44-8271 L/O 391BS Tyson

43-38365 L/S 391BS Bass

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38343 L/I 391BS Gast

43-38972 L/C 391BS Kramschuster

43-38299 L/U 391BS DeLain

43-38380 L/B 391BS Grisham

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn          Credit 1 damaged shared by Kling (WG) and Needham (BT).

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Gregory Queenie

43-38789 L/F 391BS Lankford

44-8629 L/D 391BS Dwyer  Aborted – jettisoned bombs.

44-8235 H/X 18BS Moore (PFF)         S/Sgt James A. Butz 36686085 (BT) WIA

43-38959 H/R 18BS Scherkenbach

44-8283 B/G 18BS Hamilton                Bombs would not salvo. Dropped 6, jettisoned 4, returned 2.

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

43-39183 B/K 18BS Butler

44-8282 B/V 18BS Edwards

43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

43-38953 B/D 18BS Novicki

43-38373 B/J 18BS Rawson

43-37960 B/L 18BS Kennedy              Carried leaflets only.

43-38409 B/B 18BS Pierre

44-8321 B/F 18BS Fiedler

44-6938 B/C 18BS Mann

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

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

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare – visual lead)

44-6939 E/P (unused ground spare)

44-6887 L/G (unused ground spare)

43-38433 B/R (unused ground spare)

 

March 31, 1945

Mission #155       Brandenburg

Command Pilot: SMITH. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 70.3 tons on the primary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #12.

Planes and crew:

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

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

43-38372 L/A 391BS Evans

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38378 L/K 391BS Waarvick

43-38410 B/H 391BS Wilcox               Aborted. Had changed planes and could not catch the formation.

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-38365 L/S 391BS Bass

43-38380 L/B 391BS Feldman

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Gregory Queenie

43-38299 L/U 391BS Lankford

44-8271 L/O 391BS Dwyer

44-8482 H/A 18BS Gustofson (PFF)

43-38959 L/H 18BS Scherkenbach

44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

44-6840 B/E 18BS Raymond

43-39183 B/K 18BS Butler

43-38953 B/D 18BS Novicki

43-38373 B/J 18BS Rawson

43-38409 B/B 18BS Pierre

43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

44-6938 B/C 18BS Mann

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Kennedy

44-8321 B/F 18BS Fiedler

43-38433 B/R 18BS Edwards

44-8839 H/L 7BS Thompson (PFF)

44-6822 E/E 7BS Giardini

44-8309 E/H 7BS Martin, R.

43-38286 E/T 7BS Schell

43-39179 E/A 7BS Curtiss

44-6465 E/O 7BS McCutchan Fancy Nancy

44-8282 B/V 7BS Chapman

43-38391 E/J  7BS Martin, S.

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38987 E/F 7BS Couse

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

44-8320 E/G 7BS Schroeder

43-38416 E/C 7BS Ferand

44-6887 L/G (scheduled for Wilcox but replaced)