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Simpson crew

 

MISSION LIST

 

CREW #5; 4th Squadron Hellís Belle

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #4 May 27, 1944 42-94787 D/C 4BS Simpson

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 41-29510 D/V 4BS Simpson

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #27 June 28, 1944 42-94818 E/B 4BS Simpson Captain John Silver

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 44-40208 L/C 4BS Simpson

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 42-94893 D/E Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40438 D/C 4BS Simpson unknown name

 

CREW #5; 4th Squadron (as of July 28, 1944)

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 42-94787 D/T 4BS Simpson

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 44-40486 E/W 4BS Simpson Cokey Flo

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 42-94755 D/U 4BS Simpson Weary Willie

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Simpson

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 42-94942 D/O 4BS Simpson Me Worry II

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 42-52755 D/F 18BS Simpson

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 44-40049 D/I 4BS Simpson

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 42-94869 D/J 4BS Simpson

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 41-29542 D/X 4BS Simpson Rough House Kate

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 42-94824 E/R 4BS Simpson Umbriago

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 42-94869 D/J 4BS Simpson

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40421 B/C 4BS Simpson

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 44-40458 D/Q 4BS Simpson Picadilly Tilly

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 42-94869 D/J 4BS Simpson (slight battle damage)

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 43-38380 L/B Simpson & Iverson               Weather and Monitor aircraft

 

MISSION AND CREW DETAILS

 

CREW #5; 4th Squadron Hellís Belle

SIMPSON, ROBERT F JR (P) (1024)                 2 LT        4              O-808599

BYRD JAMES E (CP) (1024)                               F/O         4              T-610609

HOGAN THOMAS J (N) (1034)                         2 LT        4              O-702431

JONES SEAMANS J (B) (1035)                         2 LT        4              O-695369

COLLIER CLYDE E (AEG (748)                          S/SGT     4              18190940

VAN KIRK CHARLES R (ROG) (757)               S/SGT     4              32496891

BAKER MARION (AG) (612)                            SGT        4              33631390

TOBIASON HENRY T (BG) (611)                      CPL         4              37170282

STARZEE JOSEPH B (BG) (611)                        SGT4      4              36600808

 

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0521 hours from Hardstand #10.

Flew position 3-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on Primary at 0859 hours from 14,500 feet.

Poor results. "Concentration short and long. Smoking (heavy) bombs in area short of our target and to right of 486th target."

Slight damage reported.

Landed 1154 hours.

Pilotís and top fluorescent light inoperative. Inspected and repaired.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Jones (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker (G)

(only 8 men on the crew loading list. The Navigator wasn't scheduled but the Ball gunner, Curry, was supposed to fly but failed to show up.)

 

†††††††††††††††††††† May 24, 1944 Simpson

Crew Status Report 1700 hours.

Crew 5; 4th Squadron

Simpson, R. (P)†††††††††††††††††††† OK

Byrd, J. (CP)††††††††††††††††††††††††† OK

Hogan, T. (N)††††††††††††††††††††††† OK

Jones, S. (B)††††††††††††††††††††††††† OK

Van Kirk, C. (R)†††††††††††††††††††† OK

Collier, C. (E)†††††††††††††††††††††††† OK

Tobiason, H. (NG)††††††††††††††† OK

Starzec, J. (TG)††††††††††††††††††††† OK

††††††††††††††††† (BG)††††††††††††††††††††† none listed

Baker, M. (G)†††††††††††††††††††††††† OK

 

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0511 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in Low Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Did not drop. Brought all bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 1049 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Hogan (N)

Jones (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Spivak, (BG) (from crew #8)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #4 May 24, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hell's Belle

(Stat sheet shows 4787 D/C - Obviously an error. 893 also listed in error as E/N on the Formation Charts.)

Took off at 0838Flew position 2-3 in High Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1356 hours from 21,900 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1613 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Ely (N) (from crew #8)

Jones, S. (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Lynch (BG) (from crew #10)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

†††††††††††††††††††† May 27, 1944 Simpson

Crew Status Report 1400 hours.

Ball Gunner position is vacant

 

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 1037 hours from Hardstand #10.

Flew position 4-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1458 hours from 21,800 feet.

Slight damage reported.

Landed 1801 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Hogan (N)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Lynch (BG) (from crew #10)

Starzee (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (TT)

 

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0705 hours from Hardstand #10.

Flew position 3-3 in High Squadron.

Carried a K-20 camera.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1108 hours from 23,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1306 hours.

Manifold pressure gauge fluctuates; flight controls grabbing & sticking. Inspected & repaired.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Jones (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Abraham (BG) (from crew #1)

Starzec (TG)

Baker (G)

 

††††††† ††††††††††††May 31, 1944 41-29572 B/E Simpson Scotty

Took off at 1909 hours on a local flight.

Landed 2156 hours.

 

††††††††††††††††††††† June 1, 1944, Special Order #118, par. 11 & 12

2 Lt Thomas J Campbell, O-733529, is relieved from Crew #1, Israelsen, and assigned to Crew #5, Simpson.

2 Lt Seamons J Jones, O-695369, is relieved from Crew #5, Simpson, and assigned to Crew #1, Israelsen.

 

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 41-29510 D/V 4BS Simpson

Took off at 1652 hours.

Flew position 3-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. No drop report due to landing away from the base.

Landed at Little Walden.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campbell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Starzec (G)

Tobiason (G)

Baker (G)

Black (G) (from crew #15)

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0449 hours.

Flew position 4-1 in Low 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 1017 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campbell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Brady (BG) (from crew #2)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0517 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 24 250 lb bombs. Dropped 16 bombs on the Primary at 0911 hours from 22,500 feet. Jettisoned 8 bombs.

Carried a K-24 camera.

No damage reported.

Landed 1124 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campbell (B)

Stoltz (R)††††††††††††††† (from crew #16, Lewis)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzeck (TG)

Baker (G)

NOTE: The Ball Gunner, Crosby, was to fly the mission, but did not show up.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††† June 17, 1944 44-40303 Simpson Turgo Joe(MUST BE A DIFFERENT PERSON)

Took off at 1517 hours for local flight to Wharton.

Must have gotten back quick as Simpson took off again at 1642 on the mission.

No Landing time shown.

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 1642 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in Low Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2023 hours from 17,500 feet.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 2315 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campbell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0451 hours.

Flew position 4-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0916 hours from 23,000 feet.

Slight damage reported.

Landed 1133 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campbell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Hensler (BG) (no assigned crew)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 1802 hours.

Flew position 3-1 in Group C (4th)

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2059 hours from 22,900 feet.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 2226 hours.

No Crew Loading List available.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††† June 22, 1944 44-40267 B/A Simpson(MUST BE A DIFFERENT PERSON)

Took off at 1415 hours on a flight to Whorton.

No landing time reported.

Simpson (P)†††††††††† Capt.

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 1459 hours.

Flew position 1-3 in Low Squadron.

Carried 46 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1918 hours from 19,500 feet.

Minor damage reported.

Landed 2206 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Lawler, E. J. (BG) (a write-in)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

†††††††††††††††††††††† June 23, 1944 41-29566 D/O Simpson War Eagle

Took off at 1655 hours on a flight to Lympe.

Landed 1955 hours.

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0443 hours.

Flew in Lead Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0818 hours from 22,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1006 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Hensler (BG) (a write-in)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0425 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 19,300 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1039 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Hensler (BG) (a write-in)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

†††††††††††††††††††††† June 27, 1944 42-94889 B/O Capt. Simpson Patches ††††††††††††† (A Different pilot?)

Took off at 1557 hours.

Landed 1725 hours.

 

Mission #27 June 28, 1944 42-94818 E/B 4BS Simpson Captain John Silver

Took off at 0412 hours.

Was to fly position 2-1 in Low Squadron (Lead and High Squadron were from the 486th BG) but aborted.

Carried 24 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base.

Aborted - #4 engine feathered.

No damage reported.

Landed 0527 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Hensler (BG) (a write-in)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 44-40208 L/C 4BS Simpson

Took off at 0528 hours.

Flew position 4-3 in Lead Squadron.

Landed 1220 hours.

Air Speed indicator inoperative. Inspected and replaced.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Hensler (BG) (a write-in)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0535 hours.

Flew position 3-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 20 250 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0910 hours from 23,800 feet.

No damage reported

Landed 1007 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Hensler (BG) (a write-in)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 42-94893 D/E Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 1020 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in High Squadron, A Group.

Landed 1607 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Hensler (BG) (a write-in)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 42-94893 D/E 4BS Simpson Hellís Belle

Took off at 0459 hours.

Flew position 2-3 in Low Squadron.

Carried 20 250 lb GP bombs. Did not drop due to 10/10 cloud. Brought all bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 0945 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Burnett (BG) (a write-in)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

†††††††††††††††††††††† July 12, 1944 44-40267 B/A Simpson

Took off at 1401 hours on a local flight.

Landed 1517 hours.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††† July 14, 1944 41-28878 Simpson

Took off at 1332 hours on a flight to East Fortune.

Landed 2050 hours.

 

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40438 D/C 4BS Simpson unknown name

Took off at 0525 hours.

Flew position 4-1 in High Squadron on 34BG.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Secondary at 0859 hours from 21,000 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Carried a camera.

Landed 1020 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

CREW #5; 4th Squadron (as of July 28, 1944)

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

†††††††††††††† (N)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

†††††††††††††† (BG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 42-94787 D/T 4BS Simpson

Took off at 0502 hours.

Flew position 1-3 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base due to weather.

No flak damage reported.

Landed 0938 hours.

Top turret dome cracked; check #3 engine. Inspected and repaired.

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Kappele (N) (a write-in)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 44-40486 E/W 4BS Simpson Cokey Flo

Took off at 0455 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0848 hours from 20,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1036 hours.

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Kappele (N) (a write-in)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 42-94755 D/U 4BS Simpson Weary Willie

Took off at 0934 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 20 250 lb bombs. Dropped on Primary at 1309 hours from 22,600 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 15443 hours.

#1 carb air temp gauge inoperative. A-5 aileron control out. Inspected and repaired.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campbell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (G)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Simpson

 

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 42-94942 D/O 4BS Simpson Me Worry II

Took off at 1605 hours.

Landed 2106 hours.

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 42-52755 D/F 18BS Simpson

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 44-40049 D/I 4BS Simpson

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 42-94869 D/J 4BS Simpson

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 41-29542 D/X 4BS Simpson Rough House Kate

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 42-94824 E/R 4BS Simpson Umbriago

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 42-94869 D/J 4BS Simpson

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40421 B/C 4BS Simpson

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 44-40458 D/Q 4BS Simpson Picadilly Tilly

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 42-94869 D/J 4BS Simpson (slight battle damage)

Simpson, R. F. (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Tobiason (NG)

Starzec (TG)

Baker, M. L. (G)

 

CREW #

 

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 43-38380 L/B Simpson & Iverson               Weather and Monitor aircraft