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Sproul crew

 

Mission List

 

Mission #96 December 4, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

Mission #100 December 12, 1944 43-38222 L/H 18BS Sproul

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul      Jettisoned 4, brought back 2 due to mechanical problems

Mission #105 December 30, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

Mission #106 December 31, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul      MIA. See below.

 

Mission and Crew Details

 

Mission #96 December 4, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

Mission #100 December 12, 1944 43-38222 L/H 18BS Sproul

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul      Jettisoned 4, brought back 2 due to mechanical problems

Mission #105 December 30, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul

Mission #106 December 31, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Sproul      MIA. See below.

 

Mission #106 December 31, 1944 B-17G 43-38423 L/N missing in Action Hamburg flak. Aircraft received a direct flak hit and left formation, jettisoning bombs, Number 1 & 2 props were feathered and #2 engine was on fire. Fire also observed coming from open bomb bay doors. Last seen in a left hand spiral at 10,000 feet. At least two men bailed out but no chutes seen. Crashed Tossener Dike, Holland? With391BS. Pilot: Sproul, Missing Air Crew Report # 11372. 3 Killed in Action. 6 Prisoner of War. See 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.45-46, where Fred LaMaster tells of this mission and his Prisoner of War experiences in a story called, “Shot Down.”

POW SPROUL C CRANFORD (P)                    2 LT        391          O-825703                8

KIA FRYER AUSTIN F (CP)                              2 LT        391          O-777519                8              TX

POW MARTIN REX H (N)                                 2 LT        391          O-2064627              13            BURBANK CA

KIA FLANIGAN WILLIAM F (B)                    2 LT        391          O-557155                15

POW SPENCE GUILFORD (E/TT)                    SGT        391          92931847                8              FREWSBURG NY

KIA COLE LeROY H (R)                                     SGT        391          14132291                8

POW KRYSTOF JOSEPH P (BT)                       SGT        391          31379590                7

POW SIEMSEN ALAN D (WG)                        SGT        391          38540767                7

POW LeMASTER FRED Y (TG)                        SGT        391          34814455                7