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Hansen, AM crew

 

Mission List

 

CREW #53; 18th Squadron

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 41-28840 B/R 18BS Hansen Smoky  Slight damage.

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Hansen The Heavenly Body

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 41-28840 B/R 18BS Hansen Smoky

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 42-94904 B/P 18BS Hansen Belle of the Brawl

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 41-28840 B/R 18BS Hansen Smoky MIA

 

Mission and Crew Details

 

CREW #53; 18th Squadron

HANSEN ARTHUR M (P) (1024)                      2 LT        18            O-699979

BOYLE GEORGE F (CP) (1024)                           2 LT        18            O-816779

ZEMELMAN NATHANIEL O (N) (1034)        2 LT        18            O-699301

KOCK STEPHEN (B) (1035)                               2 LT        18            O-694914

ELMO SALVATORE S (AEG) (748)                  S/SGT     18            31279796

SIMS PAUL E (ROG) (757)                                 S/SGT     18            15277744

ANTANOVICH ALEX JR (AG) (612)               SGT        18            33423824

THOMAS JAMES E (BG) (611)                         SGT        18            19104980

SXARAS ADOLPH JR (BG) (611)                     SGT        18            12168814

 

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 41-28840 B/R 18BS Hansen Smoky

Took off at 0547 hours from Hardstand #15.

Flew position 4-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0859 hours from 13,800 feet.

"Too much smoke to get good observation. Pattern good."

Slight damage.

Landed 1142 hours.

Hansen (P)                      

Boyle (CP)

Koch (B)

Sims (R)

Elmo (E)

Layman (NG)

Szards (TG)

Antonovitch (BG)

Thomas (TT) (an add on)

Werner (G) (from crew #47 Dees)

Zemmelman (N) (an add on)

 

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 41-28840 B/R (Scheduled for Hansen, but replaced.) Smoky

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Hansen The Heavenly Body

Took off at 0508 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in High Squadron. In position 2-3 over the target.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the secondary target at 0929 hours from 21,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1046 hours.

Hansen, A. M. (P)          

Boyle, G. F. (CP)

Zemmelman, N. O. (N)

Koch, S. (B)

Sims, P. N. (R)

Elmo, S. S. (E)

Layman, W. E. (NG)

Szaras, A. (TG)

Antanovitch, A. (BG)

Thomas, J. M. (G)

 

                     May 24, 1944 Hansen

Crew Status Report 1000 hours.

Crew #53, 18th Squadron

Hansen (P)                            2 Lt         OK

Boyle (CP)                             2 Lt         OK

Zemelman (N)                       2 Lt         OK

Koch (B)                                2 Lt         OK

Sims (R)                                 S/Sgt      OK

Elmo (E)                                 S/Sgt      DNIF on one list (Not sure what this means)

Layman (NG)                         Sgt          OK

Szaras (TG)                            Sgt          OK

Antonovitch (BG)                Sgt          OK

Thomas (G)                           Sgt          OK

 

Mission #3 May 25,1944 Hansen

Listed as a Ground Spare crew without an assigned plane.

Hansen, A. M. (P)          

Boyle, G. F. (CP)

Sims, P. N. (R)

Elmo, S. S. (E)

Layman, W. E. (NG)

Szaras, A. (TG)

Antanovitch, A. (BG)

Wingo, T. E. (G) (from crew #48)

 

                     May 27, 1944 Hansen

Crew Status Report 1800 hours.

Elmo (E)                                 S/Sgt      DNIF

 

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 41-28840 B/R 18BS Hansen Smoky

Took off at 1028 hours from Hardstand #15.

Flew position 1-3 in High Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1500 hours from 22,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1810 hours.

Hansen, A. M. (P)          

Boyle, G. F. (CP)

Zemelman, N. O. (N)

Sims, P. N. (R)

Elmo, S. S. (E)

Antanovitch, A. (NG)

Szaras, A. (TG)

Layman, W. E. (BG)

Thomas, J. M. (G)

 

                     May 28, 1944 42-94883 B/N Hansen

Took of at 2048 hours on a local flight.

Landed 2153 hours.

 

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 42-94904 B/P 18BS Hansen Belle of the Brawl

Took off at 0751 hours from Hardstand #13.

Flew position 3-1 in Low Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary but no drop report.

Slight flak damage: to leading edge of wing, right side.

Landed 1634 hours.

Hansen, A. M. (P)          

Boyle, G. F. (CP)

Zemelman, N. O. (N)

Koch (B)

Sims, P. N. (R)

Elmo, S. S. (E)

Layman, W. E. (NG)

Antanovitch, A. (BG)

Thomas, J. M. (G)

Sweeney, T. H. (TG) (from another crew)

 

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 41-28840 B/R 18BS Hansen Smoky MIA

Took off at 0653 hours from Hardstand #15.

Flew position 2-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1110 hours.

Missing in Action. Aircraft fell 1,000 feet below formation at the IP with #2 engine feathered. After releasing bombs on target at 1110 hours, aircraft left formation with #2 engine feathered and #1 engine smoking. Aircraft was last observed at 1135 hours, position 5236N-0635E, at an altitude of between 5,000 and 10,000 feet on a magnetic heading of 250 degrees with four P-47s in escort. Aircraft was last observed under control, no chutes appeared.

Hansen (P)                      

Boyle (CP)

Koch (B)

Sims (R)

Elmo (E)

Layman (NG)

Szaras (TG)

Antanovitch (BG)

Thomas (G)

 

B-24H 41-28840 B/R Smoky Missing in Action believed near Rotterdam. Crashed at Rheine. With 18BS. Pilot: Hansen

Missing Air Crew Report # 5238. 8 Prisoner of War, 1 Evaded. (The name had not been painted on the plane as yet.)

POW HANSEN, ARTHUR M (P)                      2 LT            18        O-699979                        BROOKLYN NY

POW BOYLE GEORGE F (CP)                            2 LT            18        O-816779                        FREEHOLD NJ

POW KOCH STEPHEN (B)                                2 LT            18        O-694914                        NEW YORK NY

POW ELMO SALVATORE S (TT)                    S/SGT         18        31279796                        NEW HAVEN CT

POW SIMS PAUL N (R)                                     S/SGT         18        15277744                        VIENNA WV

EVD ANTANOVICH ALEX (BT)                      SGT            18        33423824                        COKESBURG PA

POW THOMAS JAMES E (WG)                      SGT            18        19104980                        TULARE CA

POW SZARAS ADOLPH JR (TG)                    SGT            18        12168814                        BUFFALO NY

POW LAYMAN WILLIAM E (NG)                  SGT            18        19103290                        ELCENTRO CA

 

NOTES: Layman was returned to Military Control April 16, 1945.

Antanovich evaded capture, contacted the underground and was eventually escorted out through Spain. He arrived months later back at Mendlesham to find all his posessions gone. He was rotated back to the states. (see Sturdivan, p.15.)