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Laskin crew

 

MISSION LIST

 

CREW #43; 18th Squadron

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 41-29542 B/H 18BS Laskin Rough House Kate

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 41-29542 B/H 18BS Laskin Rough House Kate

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 41-29542 B/H 18BS Laskin Rough House Kate

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 41-29542 B/H 18BS Laskin Rough House Kate     Slight damage.

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 42-94757 B/M 18BS Laskin The Dugan Wagon

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

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 44-40468 B/H 18BS Laskin Mean Kid (deputy lead) Crash-landed at Manston, UK.

 

MISSION AND CREW DETAILS

 

CREW #43; 18th Squadron

LASKIN SAM L (P) (1024)                                 1 LT        18            O-440829

LAIN ELMER T (CP) (1024)                               1 LT        18            O-386909

ORR CURTIS E (N) (1034)                                  2 LT        18            O-703295                ???

PEARCE ROBERT C (B) (1035)                          2 LT        18            O-703295                ???

HUEBLER ROBERT O (AEG) (748)                   S/SGT     18            32720094

WOODS WILLIAM JR (ROG) (757)                 S/SGT     18            16087353

DENTER JOHN J (AG) (612)                              SGT        18            32856371

WOLF JOHN E (BG) (611)                                  CPL         18            13075161

PUSKA CLARENCE J (BG) (748)                      SGT        18            16014002

 

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 41-29542 B/H 18BS Laskin Rough House Kate

Took off at 0507 hours from Hardstand #13.

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

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the secondary target at 0929 hours from 22,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1100 hours.

Laskin, S. L. (P)

Lain, E. T. (CP)

Orr, C. N. (N)

Mollenberg, E. P. (PN) (from crew #49)

Pearce, R. C. (B)

Oyster, J. B . (R)

Huebler, R. O. (E)

Denter, J. J. (TG)

Puska, C. J. (BG)

Wolf, J. E. (G)

 

                     May 24, 1944 Laskin

Crew Status Report 1000 hours.

Crew #43, 18th Squadron

Laskin (P)                              1 Lt         OK

Lain (CP)                                1 Lt         OK

Orr (N)                                    2 Lt         OK

Pearce (B)                              2 Lt         OK

Oyster (R)                              S/Sgt      OK

Huebler (E)                            S/Sgt      OK

Denter (TG)                           Sgt          OK

Snyder (TG)                          Sgt          OK

Puska (BG)                            Sgt          OK

Wolf (G)                                 Sgt          OK

 

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 41-29542 B/H 18BS Laskin Rough House Kate

Took off at 0452 hours.

Flew Deputy Lead, position 1-2 in Lead Squadron

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Secondary target at 0919 hours from 17,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1056 hours.

Gyro compass out. Inspected and replaced.

Laskin (P)

Lain, E. T. (CP)

Eaton, J. J. (Command Pilot)               Maj.

Orr, C. N. (N)        

Mollenberg, E. P. (N) (from crew #49)

Pearce, R. C. (B)

Oyster, J. B . (R)

Huebler, R. O. (E)

Wolf, J. E. (G)

Puska, C. J. (BG)

Snyder, A. W. (TG)

 

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 41-29542 B/H 18BS Laskin Rough House Kate

Took off at 1026 hours from Hardstand #13.

Flew Lead of High Squadron.

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

No damage reported.

Landed 1811 hours.

Laskin (P)

LeBailly (Command Pilot)

Mollenberg (N2) (from crew #49)

Lain, E. T. (CP)

Orr, C. N. (N)        

Pearce, R. C. (B)

Oyster, J. B . (R)

Huebler, R. O. (E)

Wolf, J. E. (BG)

Puska, C. J. (NG)

Denter (TG)

 

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 41-29542 B/H 18BS Laskin Rough House Kate    

Took off at 0749 hours from Hardstand #14.

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

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1235 hours from 21,500 feet.

Slight damage.  #4 cylinder, #2 engine blown. Inspected and being repaired.

Landed 1626 hours.

Laskin (P)

Lain (CP)

Orr (N)   

Mollenberg (N2) (from crew #49)

Rankin (B) (from Staff)

Oyster (R)

Huebler (E)

Snyder (TG)

Puska (BG)

Wolf (NG)

Denter (G)

 

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 42-94757 B/M 18BS Laskin The Dugan Wagon (#1)

Took off at 0652 hours from Hardstand #13.

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

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1107 hours from 23,000 feet. (actually gives time as 1207 but surely incorrect.)

Slight damage reported.

Landed 1300 hours.

#2 supercharger fluctuates. Inspected & repaired.

Laskin (P)

Lain (CP)

Orr (N)   

Mollenberg (N2) (from crew #49)

Pearce (B)

Oyster (R)

Huebler (E)

Denter (NG)

Snyder (TG)

Puska (BG)

Wolf (G)

 

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 #16 June 14, 1944 44-40468 B/H 18BS Laskin Mean Kid (deputy lead)

Took off at 0338 hours.

Flew as Deputy Lead, position 1-2 of Low Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Jettisoned all bombs.

Major battle damage reported from flak over Antwerp.

One crewman wounded.

Crash-landed at RAF Manston, UK at 0955 hours.

Laskin, Sam L. (P)                 1 Lt         O-440829                SWA and at Manston British Hospital.

Lian (CP)

Orr (N)

Mollenberg (N2)

Pearce (B)

Oyster (R)

Huebler (E)

Puska (BG)

Snyder (TG)

Denter (NG)

Wolf (G)

 

B-24H 44-40468 B/H Mean Kid crash-landed  at RAF Manston. With 18BS. Pilot: Laskin. Picture in Roger Freeman,  The Mighty Eighth, p.156. Story of this mission told by Sam Laskin in 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.41 and by John Wolf on pp.41-42. Lt. Laskin received the Silver Star for this mission.

WIA LASKIN SAM L (P)                                   1 Lt               O-440829 serious wounds (Awarded Silver Star)

RTD LIAN (CP)                                                                       

RTD ORR CURTIS (N)                                        Lt

RTD MOLLENBERG (N2)

RTD PEARCE ROBERT (B)                                Lt

RTD OYSTER JACK (R)                                     Sgt

RTD HUEBLER ROBERT (E)                             Sgt

RTD PUSKA (BT)

RTD SNYDER (TG)

RTD DENTER (NG)

RTD WOLF JOHN (WG)                                    Sgt