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Mehling crew

 

Mission List

 

CREW #63; 18th Squadron (as of March 2, 1945)

Mission #140 March 11, 1945 44-6938 B/C 18BS Mehling

Mission #141 March 12, 1945 43-38409 B/B 18BS Mehling

Mission #144 March 17, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling            Aborted - #3 engine out plus other problems.

Mission #145 March 18, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling            Aborted - #3 engine trouble – jettisoned bombs.

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 44-6840 B/E 18BS Mehling

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 43-38343 L/I 18BS Mehling

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #152 March 26, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #155 March 31, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #156 April 3, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #157 April 4, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling MISSING. See below.

 

Mission #176 May 7, 1945 43-37960 B/L 18BS Mehling

Mission #177 May 15, 1945 44-8282 B/V Mehling

 

Mission and Crew Details

 

CREW #63; 18th Squadron (as of March 2, 1945)

Mehling (P)

Huntley (CP)

Britton (N)

Harris (B)

Share (R)

Niatias (E)

Deines (G)

Lampey (G)

Morgan (G)

 

Mission #140 March 11, 1945 44-6938 B/C 18BS Mehling

Mission #141 March 12, 1945 43-38409 B/B 18BS Mehling

Mission #144 March 17, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling            Aborted - #3 engine out plus other problems.

Mission #145 March 18, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling            Aborted - #3 engine trouble – jettisoned bombs.

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 44-6840 B/E 18BS Mehling

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 43-38433 B/R (scheduled for Mehling but replaced)

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 43-38343 L/I 18BS Mehling

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #152 March 26, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #155 March 31, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #156 April 3, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #157 April 4, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling MISSING. See below.

 

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 B-17G 44-8283 B/G “Dinah-Mite” Missing in Action Nuremburg flak. At bombs away, one bomb hug up on one end of the shackle. The plane left formation and began trailing behind, eventually losing sight of formation due to low visibility. Crossing the coast 5-7 miles East of Dunkirk, flak and machine gun fire hit the plane, seriously wounding Harris (B). A fire broke out behind #2 engine and the left alerion was shot out. Share (R) was also wounded. Ditched in the English Channel. At ditching Harris (B) was either dead or near dead. Huntley (CP) apparently never managed to get out. Deines (WG) got out but was holding on the tail section and would not release, saying he could not swim, even though he was wearing a MaeWest. He went down with the tail, still holding on. With 18BS. Pilot: Mehling. No Missing Air Crew Report. 3 Killed in Action, 6 rescued from the Channel and 5 returned to duty. Share (R) was severely wounded and lost his right leg as a result.

MEHLING GEORGE (P)                                       LT

KIA HUNTLEY WENDELL M (CP)                  2 LT        18            O-2063534

RTD BRITTON HARRISON (N)       

KIA HARRIS RUSSELL L                                  2 LT        18            O-2071975              MI

RTD NIATAS STEPHEN (TT)

WIA SHARE JACK (R)                                      SGT        18            32678875               

RTD LAMPREY ROBERT (BT)

KIA DINNIS ALBERT E (WG)                          SGT        18            19202185

RTD MORGAN LOU (TG)

 

S/Sgt Share was admitted to 105th British General Hospital in Ostend, Belgium.

 

Mission #176 May 7, 1945 43-37960 B/L 18BS Mehling

Took off 1256 hours from hardstand #17.

Flew with 18th Squadron.

Dropped 3 sets of rations (213 sacks) at 1401 hours from 250 feet.

Landed 1455 hours.

Mehling (P)

Tennent (CP)

Britton (N)

Stone (B)

Stoutsenberger (R)

Niatias (E)

Brewer (X)

Wilson (X)

Nixon (X)

 

Mission #177 May 15, 1945 44-8282 B/V Mehling

Aircraft #282 shown on Take off and Landing chart. Aircraft #326 (43-38326) shown on after mission report.

Took off 0616 hours.

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

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

Landed 1907 hours.

No crew loading lists.