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Buchanan crew

 

Mission List

 

CREW #81; 18th Squadron (as of March 2, 1945)

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 43-38433 B/R 18BS Buchanan

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 43-38257 L/T 18BS Buchanan

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 43-38402 L/P 18BS Buchanan

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 44-8321 B/F 18BS Buchanan

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 44-8605 B/H 18BS Buchanan Homesick Angel

Mission #151 March 24, 1945 43-38409 B/B 18BS Buchanan

Mission #153 March 28, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner      Some battle damage

Mission #154 March 30, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #155 March 31, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #156 April 3, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #157 April 4, 1945 43-38415 B/A 18BS Buchanan

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #159 April 7, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #160 April 8, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #161 April 9, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #164 April 14, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #165 April 15, 1945 43-39183 B/K 18BS Buchanan

Mission #167 April 17, 1945 43-38410 B/H 18BS Buchanan

Mission #168 April 18, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #169 April 19, 1945 43-39183 B/K 18BS Buchanan

Mission #171 May 1, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #172 May 2, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #173 May 3, 1945 43-37960 B/L 18BS Buchanan

Mission #174 May 5, 1945 43-37960 B/L 18BS Buchanan

Mission #175 May 6, 1945 43-38410 B/H 18BS Buchanan

Mission #176 May 7, 1945 43-38410 B/H 18BS Buchanan

Mission #177 May 15, 1945 43-38216 B/O Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission and Crew Details

 

Mission Notes are from Lester Thompson as recorded in MM, June 1988, page 16.)

CREW #81; 18th Squadron (as of March 2, 1945)

Buchanan (P)

Thompson (CP)

Shein (N)

Blaine (B)

McLeod (R)

Moon (E)

McAndrew (TG)

Clausen (BG)

Kikielski (G)

 

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 43-38433 B/R 18BS Buchanan

 

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 43-38257 L/T 18BS Buchanan

"Through heavy flak and hit by fighters. Came home leading a group of cripples. We started on one guy's wing and he came came back on ours." Les Thompson

 

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 43-38433 B/R (scheduled for Buchanan but replaced)

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 43-38402 L/P 18BS Buchanan

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 44-8321 B/F 18BS Buchanan

 

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 44-8605 B/H 18BS Buchanan Homesick Angel

"Navigator got his in the fanny with a piece of flak. He accused bombardier of kicking him. The piece that hit him was off the plane flying right wing on us. That plane went down and took another Fort with him." Les Thompson

 

Mission #151 March 24, 1945 43-38409 B/B 18BS Buchanan

Mission #153 March 28, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner      Some battle damage

Mission #154 March 30, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

"Heaviest flak yet. Flak came through windshield between pilot and co-pilot. Glass blinded us a moment. Co-pilot finally got eyes cleared enough to handle the Tempest until Jerry could get his eyes cleared out. Shaky's cigarette case got hit so he didn't have any smokes on the way back. He really sweated that one out." Les Thompson

 

 

Mission #155 March 31, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

 

Mission #156 April 3, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

"Target is two big German Battleships. Flak meager to moderate." Les Thompson

 

Mission #157 April 4, 1945 43-38415 B/A 18BS Buchanan

"Flak gunners better after yesterday's practice." Les Thompson

 

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

"Takeoff was made in pouring rain. Climbed through 25,000 feet of solid overcast. The buncher was not working and we flubbed around an hour trying to assemble. Finally, just joined any old group and went in. Heavy flak as we left target. Had to drop down under the weather to come back home. Saw many ruined German towns on the way back." Les Thompson

 

Mission #159 April 7, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

"Hit enemy coast at 15,000 feet so they could pick us up on radar and know our altitude. Picked up our fighter escort and headed back into target. We were hit by conventional fighters. Our group got 3. We didn't lose a ship." Les Thompson

 

Mission #160 April 8, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

 

Mission #161 April 9, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

"We got hit by 262 jets. They came through our formation so fast we didn't have time to call them out. Germans held their fire thinking we were coming over the heart of the city. We dropped our bombs and made out turn before they realized what was happening and started shooting." Les Thompson

 

Mission #164 April 14, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

 

Mission #165 April 15, 1945 43-39183 B/K 18BS Buchanan

"Helped the French take a pocket so they could open the port at Bordeaux." Les Thompson

 

Mission #167 April 17, 1945 43-38410 B/H 18BS Buchanan

Mission #168 April 18, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Mission #169 April 19, 1945 43-39183 B/K 18BS Buchanan

"Long haul. Hit by jets. Cookie manning guns with no pants on. Bombed the Germans that day with GI greetings. Spot Jammer ran around the radio room at 20,000 feet wearing nothing but an oxygen mask." Les Thompson

 

Mission #171 May 1, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Took off 0744 hours from hardstand #13.

Flew position 2-2 in C Squadron

Dropped 90 cases of 10 in 1 at 0918 hours from 500 feet.

Landed 1058 hours.

Buchanan (P)

Thompson (CP)

Shein (N)

McLeod (R)

Moon (E)

McAndrew (TG)

Ford (Tog)

Thompson (Photographer)

"Dropped food on roofs, through greenhouses, etc. One of the biggest thrills of my life." Les Thompson

 

Mission #172 May 2, 1945 43-38216 B/O 18BS Buchanan Tempest Turner

Took off 1123 hours from hardstand #13.

Flew position 3-1 in A Squadron.

Dropped 90 cases of 10 in 1 rations at 1335 hours from 350 feet.

Landed 1512 hours.

Buchanan (P)

Thompson (CP)

Shein (N)

McLeod (R)

Moon (E)

McAndrew (TG)

Cobb (X)

Squires (X)

"Took off in blinding snow storm. Lost an engine as we left the English coast. Went around on three. Te Old Tempest Turner - best 3 engine Fort in the 8th!" Les Thompson

 

Mission #173 May 3, 1945 43-37960 B/L 18BS Buchanan

Took off 0847 hours from hardstand #17.

Dropped 3 sets of Br. Rations at 1004 hours from 800 feet.

Carried K-20 camera.

Landed 1112 hours.

Buchanan (P)

Thompson (CP)

Shein (N)

Blaine (B)

McLeod (R)

Moon (E)

Diamond (X)

Rite (X)

Hildebrant (X)

"Food drop from 250 feet." Les Thompson

 

Mission #174 May 5, 1945 43-37960 B/L 18BS Buchanan

Took off 0856 hours from hardstand #17.

Flew with 18th Squadron.

Dropped 3 sets of rations at 1012 hours from 300 feet.

Landed 1120 hours.

Buchanan (P)

Thompson (CP)

Shein (N)

Blaine (B)

McLeod (R)

Moon (E)

Maj. Morgan (X)

Capt Hegeman (X)

T/Sgt Mason (X)

"Food drop at 50 feet. Used church steeple for pylon." Les Thompson

 

Mission #175 May 6, 1945 43-38410 B/H 18BS Buchanan

Took off 1357 hours from hardstand #17.

Flew with 18th Squadron.

Dropped 3 sets of rations at 1456 hours from 400 feet.

Landed 1629 hours.

Buchanan (P)

Thompson (CP)

Shein (N)

Blaine (B)

McLeod (R)

Moon (E)

Wright (X)

Duley (X)

 

Mission #176 May 7, 1945 43-38410 B/H 18BS Buchanan

Took off 1302 hours from hardstand #9.

Flew with 18th Squadron.

Dropped 3 sets of rations (213 sacks) at 1408 hours from 400 feet.

Landed 1505 hours.

Buchanan (P)

Thompson (CP)

Shein (N)

Blaine (B)

McLeod (R)

Moon (E)

Haferkafp (X)

Rowen (X)

Zeman (X)

"Food drop - Went down to 20 feet altitude to see the country." Les Thompson

 

Mission #177 May 15, 1945 43-38216 B/O Buchanan Tempest Turner

Took off 0558 hours.

Landed at Horsching AF and picked up 30 French former POWs.

Discharged 30 French former POWs at Chartres (A-40)

Landed 1723 hours.

No crew loading lists.

"P.O.W. mission. Returned French slave laborers to Paris." Les Thompson (On his mission list he gives the date as May 11, 1945.)

 

43-38216 Tempest Turner

B-17G-80-BO

June 26, 1945 Returned to the US to Bradley.

Flown to the US by the Buchanan crew #10-34. See Microfilm reel B0115, p.1538.

Buchanan, Gerald W.                          1Lt          O-780509                Pilot                        1091 B-17 Pilot

Thompson, Lester E.                           1Lt          O-929668                Co-Pilot                  1091 B-17 Pilot

Shein, Stanley S.                                  F/O         T-134778                Nav                         1034 Navigator

McLeod, James W., Jr.                        T/Sgt      16123869                Radio Op               757 Radio Operator- Mechanic-Gunner

Moon, Walter H., Jr.                            T/Sgt      13123502                Engr                        748

Blaine, Benjamin P., Jr.                        1Lt          O-929849                Bomb                      1035

McAndrew, Joseph L.                         S/Sgt      12072262                Gunner                   612

Schmidt, Joseph J.                               S/Sgt      37703112                Gunner                   612

Kukielski, Leonard J.                           S/Sgt      36679812                Gunner                   612

Squires, Clarence W.                           S/Sgt      37211276                Crew Chief             750

Sinnott, Lawrence N.                           S/Sgt      37160449                Passenger              747

Legg, Howard S.                                   Sgt          39127612                Passenger              686

Knox, Kenneth D.                                Sgt          18070471                Passenger              405 Clerk-Typist

Carnahan, Frederick W.                      Sgt          17162128                Passenger              911

Whitcomb, Carroll C., Jr.                     S/Sgt      19092662                Passenger              678

Ferraro, William R.                               Sgt          33696727                Passenger              809

Haferkamp, Bernard C.                        Cpl          38436129                Passenger              911

Hendrix, walter A.                                Cpl          34406802                Passenger              911

Vasquez, Rumaldo Jr.                          Sgt          18199672                Passenger              060

Smelley, D. O.                                       Pvt          38220060                Passenger              060