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42-94930 Kisco Kid

B-24H-20-FO

 

A 34th BG Original

 

MISSION LIST

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 42-94930 E/S 4BS Isrealson (lead)

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 42-94930 E/S 391BS Baker

Mission #10 June 6, 1944 42-94930 E/S 4BS Isrealson

Mission #12 June 6, 1944 42-94930 E/S 7BS Hardison

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 42-94930 E/S 18BS Laskin

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 42-94930 E/S 7BS Hardison (deputy lead)

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 42-94930 E/S (scheduled for McAllister but replaced)

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 42-94930 E/S 7BS McAllister (deputy lead)

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 42-94930 E/S 7BS McDermott (or 44-40049 D/I)

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 44-40049 D/I probably used by McDermott. Two crews could not fly 42-94930.)

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94930 E/S 7BS Tuttle

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 42-94930 E/O 18BS Harre

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 42-94930 E/O (ground spare)

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Armstrong

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean (Airborne spare)

Mission #32 July 8, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean (Airborne spare)

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 42-94930 E/O Dean

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 42-94930 E/O 391BS Richart

Mission #35 July 14, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 42-94930 E/O Sheridan (ground spare)

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Holmes, T.  (Plane exploded)

 

MISSION DETAILS

                     May 24, 1944 42-94930 E/S Kisco Kid

On 34BG Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #1 at 2140 hours.

 

                     May 25, 1944 42-94930 E/S Blair

Took off at 1615 hours on a local flight.

Landed 1715 hours.


Mission #5 May 28, 1944 42-94930 E/S 4BS Israelsen

Took off at 1020 hours from Hardstand #1.

Flew Lead of Lead Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1501 hours from 22,000 feet.

Slight damage reported.

Landed 1803 hours.

Israelsen (P)

Col. Bostrom (Command Pilot)           93rd Wing Staff

Lt. Reed (N)                                           4th Squadron Staff

Kleinfall (N2/NG)

Campbell (B)

Younker (R)

Markham (E/LW)

Abraham (BG)

Bice (TG)                               Lt.

Barclay (TT)

Bercut (RW)                          T/Sgt      93rd Wing Staff

 

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 42-94930 E/S 391BS Baker  

Took off at 0731 hours from Hardstand #1.

Flew lead of Lead Squadron (391st)

Carried 10 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the primary target of Politz at 1233 hours from 22,000 feet.

Slight flak damage: to right and left vertical stabilizers, bomb bay doors and right front fuselage.

Landed 1645 hours.

Baker, William V. (P)

Fandel (Command Pilot)      Maj.

Nigg, Stanley A. (CP)

Helland, Phillip C.  (N)

Minge (N2)

Bussell (B)

Baniak, Leo (Radio Op)

Maddox, Wilfield L. (E)

Alsbury  (G)

Harper, Thoedore M. (G)

DiNenno, A. (G)

 

Mission #10 June 6, 1944 42-94930 E/S 4BS Israelsen

Took off at 0242 hours.

Flew Lead of 4th Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 1049 hours.

Israelsen, O. A. (P)                               Capt.

Burton, H. C. (Command Pilot)           Col.

Bice, R. G., Jr. (CP)                               2nd Lt.

Kleinfall, C. W. (N)                               1st Lt.

Reed, J. R. (N)                                       1st Lt.

Jones, S. J. (B)                                      2nd Lt.

Markham, C. J.  (E)                               S/Sgt

Van Buskirk, W. F. (R)                         T/Sgt

Barclay, C. E. (G)                                  S/Sgt

Abraham, W. (G)                                  Sgt

Baglio, S. (G)                                         (no rank given)

 

Mission #12 June 6, 1944 42-94930 E/S 7BS Hardison

Took off at 1704 hours.

Flew Lead of High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary but no time or altitude report.

No damage report.

Landed 2342 hours.

 

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 42-94930 E/S 18BS Laskin Kisco Kid

Took off at 1707 hours.

Flew Lead of High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Secondary but no time and altitude report.

Slight to Major damage reported.

Landed at Thurligh.

Laskin (P)

Simpson (Command Pilot) (from Staff)

Lain (CP)

Orr (N)   

Mollenberg (N2) (from crew #49)

Pierce (B)

Oyster (R)

Huebler (E)

Denter (G)

Wolf (G)

Snyder (G)

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 42-94930 E/S 7BS Hardison

Took off at 0441 hours.

Flew position 1-2, Deputy Lead, of High Squadron

Carried 24 250 lb GP bombs. Brought back all bombs to base due to 10/10 cloud coverage of target.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 1028 hours.

Hardison (P)

Stringham (CP)

Metz (N)

Priddy (N2)

Shore (B)

Price (R)

Johnson (E)

Hayes (G)

Furr (G)

Blackman (G)

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 42-94930 E/S (scheduled for McAllister but replaced)

 

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 42-94930 E/S 7BS McAllister (deputy lead)

Took off at 0331 hours.

Flew Deputy Lead, position 1-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on TO at 0808 hours from 19,000 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 0936 hours.

McAllister (P)

Whited (CP)

Baldea (N)

Jorgenson (PN)

Ritchie (B)

Sears (R)

Smith (E)

Carroll (G)

Graff (G)

Coon (G)

Domino (G)

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94930 E/S 7BS Tuttle

Took off at 1645 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2023 hours from 18,000 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 2258 hours.

Tuttle (P)

Strong (CP)

Gullace (N)

Chatoin (R)

Henry (E)

Pell (G)

Touhill (G)

Marshall (G)

Havron (G)

 

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Took off at 0508 hours.

Flew position 4-3 in Low Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0915 hours from 22,000 feet.

Slight damage reported.

Landed 1138 hours.

Dean (P)

Ferris (CP)

Palmer (N)

Maurer (R)

Holt (E)

Kordes (G)

Gibson (G)

Hayes (G)

Furr (G) (from Crew #18)

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

Took off at 1504 hours.

Was to fly position 3-2 in Low Squadron but Aborted.

Carried a K-20 and a K-24 camera but no pictures due to the abort.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base.

No damage report.

Landed 1744 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Baglio (TG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 42-94930 E/O 18BS Harre

Took off at 0434 hours.

Flew in High Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0817 hours from 21,300 feet.

Minor damage reported.

Landed 1017 hours.

Harre (P)

Donkle (CP)

Maddux (N)

Walsh (B)

Stuart (R)

Cessna (E)

Kohler (BG)

Horton (TG)

Keyser (NG)

Cernak (G)

 

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Took off at 1636 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 24 250 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1943 hours from 22,750 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 2104 hours.

Dean (P)

Ferris (CP)

Palmer (N)

Leckenby (B)

Maurer (R)

Holt (E)

Kordes (BG)

Miller (TG)

Gibson (NG)

Hayes (G)

 

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

Took off at 0426 hours.

Flew with the 34th BG Squadron, flying with two 493rd BG Squadrons.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0825 hours from 19,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1046 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Baglio (TG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 42-94930 E/O (ground spare)

 

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Armstrong

Took off at 1001 hours.

Flew position 1-3 in Group B with target of Haute Cote.

Carried 18 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base due to 10/10 undercast and failure of GH equipment in the Lead plane.

No damage reported.

Landed 1518 hours.

Armstrong (P)

Burton (CP)

Coyle (N)

Andorn (B)

Cook (R)

Radomski (E)

Sobran (BG)

Souder (TG)

Titony (NG)

Barre (G)

 

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean (Airborne spare)

Mission #32 July 8, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean (Airborne spare) (Bombs released prematurely)

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 42-94930 E/O Dean

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 42-94930 E/O 391BS Richart

Mission #35 July 14, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 42-94930 E/O Sheridan (ground spare)

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

                           Slight flak damage.

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Dean

Internal failure #2 engine. Inspected and changing engine.

 

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 42-94930 E/O 7BS Holmes, T.  (Plane exploded)

Holmes (P)

Granger (CP)

Grzelak (N)

Lambert (B)

Gibbs (R)

Ivey (E)

Berry (BG)

Peterson (TG)

Jensen (NG)

Weaver (G)

 

B-24H 42-94930 E/O Kisco Kid was hit by flak on the bomb run causing considerable damage to the fuselage and wings. Right after bombs away, another flak burst cut the rudder control cables and damaged #1 engine. The pilot headed directly for England but kept bearing left due to #1 engine being out. As the ship came over the Southern tip of England, still bearing left toward the open sea, the crew was ordered to bail out, the pilot and navigator being the last ones out. The plane exploded just before hitting the ground at West Malling. With 7BS. Pilot: Holmes. Unnumbered Missing Air Crew Report. All but two crewmembers were wounded or injured and four were seriously wounded but the four are not identified.

WIA HOLMES GERALD E (P)                          2 LT            7          O-686475                                                23

OK GRANGER DALE G (CP)                             2 LT            7          O-700446                                                23

WIA GRZELAK CHARLES (N)                         2 LT            7          O-703736                                                18

WIA LAMBERT HENRY K (B)                         2 LT            7          O-695504                                                17

WIA KIVETT IVEY (E/TT)                                 S/SGT         7          34665578                                                23

OK GIBBS CLAUDE H (R)                                 T/SGT        7          37399246                                                23

WIA BERRY EDWARD G (BT)                         SGT            7          38450659                                                23

WIA PETERSEN HARRY M (TG)                     SGT            7          39129436                                                23

WIA WEAVER LEE R (WG)                              SGT            7          38341486                                                23

WIA JENSEN HENRY (NG)                               SGT            7          39119209                                                23

 

Petersen and Weaver were reported July 29th as being in 91st General Hospital. Holmes and Grzelak were reported July 30th at British Hospital, Pembery Hospital, Tenbridge Wells, Kent.