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44-6939 Mizpah

B-17G-70-DL

 

December 26, 1944 Delivered to Lincoln

January 10, 1945 to Dow Field

January 21, 1945 Assigned to 7th Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

From Carl B. Stemen, Pilot, 34th BG:

My crew told me to have my wife "Peg" name the plane. She chose the name MIZPAH, which means, "May the Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent one from another." When Chaplain Eller saw the name he said that this plane would always come back and he would like to sneak on board and fly with us. He was correct and I always repeated the 23rd Psalm to myself as we flew to our target. It seemed as if I always came to the part "yea though I walk through the valley of death," when we would be at our IP. The Lord was with us for in all the missions we flew, I was the only one hit, but we all came back safely.

 

MISSION LIST

 

Mission #128 February 22, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #129 February 24, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen           

Mission #130 February 25, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Weaver

Mission #131 February 26, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #132 February 27, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #133 March 1, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #135 March 3, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Roscher

Mission #137 March 7, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #138 March 8, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #139 March 10, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #140 March 11, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #141 March 12, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #142 March 14, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Giardini

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Giardini

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #151 March 24, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #152 March 26, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #154 March 30, 1945 44-6939 E/P (unused ground spare)

Mission #155 March 31, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #156 April 3, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #157 April 4, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Gregory

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 44-6939 E/P (scheduled for Stemen but replaced)

Mission #159 April 7, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Blomquist

Mission #160 April 8, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Blomquist

Mission #161 April 9, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Blomquist

Mission #162 April 10, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #163 April 11, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #164 April 14, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #165 April 15, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #166 April 16, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #168 April 18, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #169 April 19, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #171 May 1, 1945 44-6939 E/P  7BS Stemen

Mission #172 May 2, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #173 May 3, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #174 May 5, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS McWilliams

Mission #175 May 6, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Couse

Mission #176 May 7, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Hanlon

 

MISSION DETAILS

 

Mission #128 February 22, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #129 February 24, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen             Aborted and jettisoned bomb load, returned and took again in aircraft 309.

Mission #130 February 25, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Weaver

Mission #131 February 26, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #132 February 27, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #133 March 1, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #135 March 3, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Roscher

Mission #137 March 7, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #138 March 8, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #139 March 10, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #140 March 11, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #141 March 12, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #142 March 14, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Giardini

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Giardini

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #151 March 24, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #152 March 26, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #154 March 30, 1945 44-6939 E/P (unused ground spare)

Mission #155 March 31, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #156 April 3, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #157 April 4, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Gregory

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 44-6939 E/P (scheduled for Stemen but replaced)

Mission #159 April 7, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Blomquist Took off 0906 landed 1704.

Mission #160 April 8, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Blomquist

Mission #161 April 9, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Blomquist

Mission #162 April 10, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #163 April 11, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #164 April 14, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #165 April 15, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #166 April 16, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #168 April 18, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #169 April 19, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #171 May 1, 1945 44-6939 E/P  7BS Stemen

Mission #172 May 2, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #173 May 3, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

Mission #174 May 5, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS McWilliams

Mission #175 May 6, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Couse

Mission #176 May 7, 1945 44-6939 E/P 7BS Hanlon

 

44-6939 Mizpah

B-17G-70-DL

June 24, 1945 Returned to US: Bradley

Flown to the US by the Kenny crew #32-34. See Microfilm reel B0115, p. 1514.

Kenny, James T.                                   1Lt          O-800366                Pilot                        1091

Meullerschoen, George J.                   2Lt          O-777769                Co-Pilot                  1091

Gombos, William                                  2Lt          O-2074396              Nav                         1034

Waite, Ernest K.                                   S/Sgt      37520041                Radio Op               757

McElyea, Ira C.                                     Sgt          38480532                Engr                        748

Cain, Francis X. Jr.                               Sgt          12228698                Passenger              612

Snow, Raymond H.                              Sgt          38627421                Passenger              611

Beugler, James W.                               Sgt          39043555                Passenger              612

Smith, Roy H.                                        Sgt          39727462                Passenger              611

Ulam, Kenneth                                      T/Sgt      13089506                Passenger              750

Betts, Elwyn V.                                     Sgt          32373400                Passenger              911

Shaw, John F. Jr.                                  Cpl          38392537                Passenger              911

Mooers, John E.                                   Cpl          33452236                Passenger              911

Manjarrez, Robert                                Cpl          35582147                Passenger              911

Thompson, Harry                                 Sgt          39110610                Passenger              911

Iverson, Claud R.                                 Cpl          39917726                Passenger              809

Gardner, Merlin M.                              S/Sgt      37207448                Passenger              911

Ruzzi, Erminio V.                                   Cpl          33596106                Passenger              911

Dove, Ronald E.                                   Cpl          13125312                Passenger              911

Green, John M.                                     Sgt          18171043                Passenger              911

 

June 25, 1945 to South Plains

December 10, 1945 to RFC Kingman.