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Question about MACR 12109 from Footnote Team
Question about MACR 12109

However this MACR is not related to my own "highlighted" search area see image below
50x50 mi square around Vollenhove, Netherlands
You can call that '50x50' project "Challenge I - Jack Edward Gibbs -
Map - Western Europe
50x50 mi search area - The Netherlands Target - Crash location - #44-6863
Search area "50x50", Netherlands - Target: Vienna, Austria ( MACR 12109 ) -

Download 50x50 mi grid as kmz file for Google Earth display

Solving this fuzzy "puzzle" is for me an extra challenge
using my "swiss-knives" and search experience as good partners
I will called it "Challenge II - MACR 12109"

MACR - Missing Air Crew Report -

15th Air Force 463rd - Bomber Group - tail - Y
463rd Bomb Group - 772nd Bomb Squadron - 5th Bomb Wing - 15th Air Force

B-17 Flying Fortress - 463rd Bombardment Group - 772nd BS - 773rd BS - 774th BS - 775th BS
Constituted as 463rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943
Activated 1 Aug 1943. Moved to Italy, Feb-Mar 1944
Inactivated in Italy on 25 Sep 1945

MACR 12109 - page 02 - crop
Crop of page 2 - crew names and ASN - Army Serial Number

MACR 12109 - page 08 - 09 - crop
Crop of page 8 and 9 with 4 EUS - Evacuated United States -

With the names of Whitman, Drake, Driver and Anderson
I did start searching in my known archives, AAD, WWIIMemorial, ABMC and FOOTNOTE

AAD
AAD

ABMC
ABMC

ACCIDENT REPORT
ACCIDENT REPORT

FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE

WWII-MEMORIAL
WWII-MEMORIAL


MACR 12109 - page 07 - crop
Crop of page 7 - crew names and ASN - Army Serial Number

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Location: Celone, Italy - APO 520 - 15th A.F.
Target: Vienna, Austria

TUESDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 1945 AMERICAN THEATER
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF):
In the Vienna area of Austria, 640+ B-17s and B-24s with fighter support hit
the S ordnance depot, S and SE goods yards and depot, C repair shops, and Matzleinsdorf marshalling yard
(source: http://asisbiz.com/il2/USAAF_Chronology/USAAF_Chronology_1945.html)
Southeast Goods Depot - 450th BG - 772nd BS
(source: www.450thbg.com)

Weather-clear, Visibility-good
Date: 13 Feb 45 - 1225 - last known position: 48°15'N 16°20'E
Aircraft: B-17G - Serial number ? #44-6863 ? ( #44-6163 in MACR seems to be a mistake)
Crash location: East of Wiener-Neustadt, Austria - near Schützen-am-Gebirge -

MACR 12109 - page 05 - crop - statement
- Crop of page 05 - MACR 12109 -
Statement-14 Feb 1945 - 772nd BS - 463rd BG - APO 520 - Ship ? #44-6163 ?

With help of Mrs. Driver, see italic text,
I was able to put it for 100% together with names and numbers
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Crew: B-17G - ?#44-6863? - 13rd Feb 1945 - Mission: Vienna - #166 BG Mission
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O-818258 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Philip Kelley Whitman - POW - EUS -

O-824729 - 1st Lt. - Co-pilot - Leon Lewis Drake Jr. - POW - Stalag VII A - EUS -

O-723 504 - 1st Lt. - Navigator - Ferdinand Charles Thiel Jr., Evansville, IN - KIA -

O-721911 - 1st Lt. - Bombardier - Robert L. Stricker , Newport City, KY - KIA -

34701274 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert Haynie Driver, Gordo, AL - POW - EUS -

7086387 - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - James E. Sanders, Tremont, MS - KIA -

31289647 - S/Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - James Thomas McPadden , RI - FOD -

34701250 - S/Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Charles J. McDonald , Monroeville, AL - KIA -

36871278 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Lester W. Smith, Detroit, MI - KIA - cemetery Neupre-BE - A-34-30

36872525 - S/Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Charles W. Anderson Jr., Detroit, MI - POW - EUS -
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12136674 - O-818258 - Pilot - 1st Lt. - Philip Kelley Whitman - Age 25 - POW - EUS -
born 05 May 1919, Zion, IL
Enlistment: 04 Sep 1942, Newark, NJ - Residence: Hudson Co., NJ - Nativity: IL - Marital Status: Single
Son of Mr. Guy F. Whitman (father) and Mrs. Anna Whitman (mother), 2903 Gideon Ave, Zion City, Lake Co., IL
Mr. Guy Whitman (Head-51, IA) and Mrs. Anna Whitman (Wife-44, IN) - info US Census 14 Apr 1930 -
Siblings: David A. (M-12, NE), Ruth M. (F-9, IL), Esther M. (F-3 6/12, IL),
Isabel R. Marteneau (step-sister) (F-16, IL) and Eleanor A. Marteneau (step-sister) (F-14, IL)
Mrs. Virgina E. Whitman (wife) - born 01 Nov 1922, NJ - died 28 Jun 2009, Fair Lawn, Bergen Co., NJ - Age 86
1st Lt. Philip K. Whitman became first pilot on his 13th mission

'Mugshot' - O-818258 - Pilot - 1st Lt. - Philip Kelley Whitman
'Mugshot' - O-818258 - Pilot - 1st Lt. - Philip Kelley Whitman
Dulag-Luft - Oberursel - Frankfurt-am-Main - Feb/Mar 1945
image via Kurt Spence

- O B I T U A R Y -
Virginia E. Whitman (née Wesp), Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Sunday, 28 Jun 2009
She was born in Englewood, NJ and raised in Closter, Virginia
School teacher with the Borough of Fair Lawn Board of Education for 38 years
Beloved wife of Philip K. Whitman. Loving mother of Jerrold D. Whitman,
Jacalyn C. McQuiston, and Judith A. Whitman
Cherished grandmother of four

Name: Philip K. Whitman - 19 Jun 2012
My name is Philip K. Whitman,
and I am puzzled as to why there seems to be some sort of puzzle
according to statement under 'Drake' and my picture on page 11
I could probably shed some light on some uncertainty indicated in your work
I am impressed as to the amount of information you have been able to obtain,
but I would like to mention a few thing that could stand correcting
You can call me collect. I am home most of the time
I am 93 years old so time is of the essence!
Thank you,
Philip K. Whitman

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According Philip K. Whitman:
"I didn't really bail out, while on my belly near the escape hatch, which was kind of frozen
I was literaly blow out when the ship exploded and lost my electric warming boots
I did land in a pine tree, to get out I had to cut off the parachute with my knife
and fell into two feet of snow, I made from my "Mae-West" some kind of shoes
At a farm I met two Frenchmen, they gave me shoes ( a bit small ), futher something to eat and cigarettes
they told me that two man had land in a lake, they had no change to survive
I was captured om 15 Feb 1945. Two or three nights in Wiener-Neustadt
Later I saw Drake (P), Driver (TTG/ENG) and Anderson (TG), the other six I have never seen again
from here we were transfered to Dulag West at Frankfurt am Main and further on"

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info Philip K. Whitman (by phone) - 20 Jun 2012

14188801 - O-824729 - 1st Lt. - Co-pilot - Leon Lewis Drake Jr. - Age 20 - POW - Stalag VII A - EUS -
born 28 Jul 1924, GA - died 31 Jul 2011, Lake City, FL - Age 87
Enlistment: 01 Feb 1943, Miami Beach, FL - Residence: Polk Co., FL - Nativity: GA - Marital Status: Single
Son of Mr. Leon L. Drake and Mrs. Elizabeth W. Drake, William Street, Oxford, Granville Co., NC (address 10 Apr 1930)
Mr. Leon L. Drake Sr. (Head-31, GA) and Mrs. Elizabeth W. Drake (Wife-29, GA)
Siblings: Harry E. Drake (M-1 9/12, GA) and Neva D. Drake (F-3/12, NC)

'Mugshot' - O-824729 - 1st Lt. - Co-pilot - Leon Lewis Drake Jr.
'Mugshot' - O-824729 - 1st Lt. - Co-pilot - Leon L. Drake Jr.
Dulag Luft - Oberursel - Frankfurt-am-Main - Feb/Mar 1945
image via Kurt Spence

Officers - Original crew - Thiel (N) - Harris (P) - Drake (CP) - Stricker (B) -
Officers - Original crew
l-r: Thiel (N) - Harris (P) - Drake (CP) - Stricker (B)
image via Pamela Vander Meulen née Anderson - 28 Jun 2012
Have to verify this with Lt. Col. Joseph "Joe" K. Harris - info PATS - 29 Jun 2012
Verification by Lt. Col. Joseph "Joe" K. Harris - 01 Aug 2012
14098709 - O-823575 - Joseph K. Harris Jr. - born Apr 1924, GA - Enlistment: 20 Oct 1942 - (info AAD-archives)
Army Serial Numbers - confirmed by Lt. Col. Joseph "Joe" K. Harris - via Bill Andrews (son-in-law) - 14 Jan 2013

O-823575 - Joseph K. Harris - U.S. Army Air Forces - Hometown: Atlanta, GA
HONORED by Harris B. Andrews, Grandson
SERVED AS A B-17 PILOT WITH 772ND BOMB SQUADRON, 463RD BOMB GROUP IN FOGGIA, ITALY
FLEW 35 MISSIONS
source: wwiimemorial
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35496331 - O-723504 - 1st Lt. - Navigator - Ferdinand C. Thiel Jr., Evansville, IN - KIA -
born 13 Aug 1921, IN - died 13 Feb 1945, Austria - Age 23
May 1950 - Found in an isolated grave - Civilian Cemetery at Schützen-am-Gebirge, Austria
Grave is located near cemetery wall - witness: Martin Horvath, Schützen-am-Gebirge, Austria
reinterred as unknown X-8359 - U.S. National Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium - Plot: KK - Row: 4 - Grave: 77
Final interment - 1951: Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, IN, USA
Decorations: Purple Heart (posthumous), and Air Medal with one Oak-Leaf Cluster
Enlistment: 03 Oct 1942, Evansville, IN - Residence: Vanderburgh Co., IN - Nativity: IN - Marital Status: Single
Son of Ferdinand W. Thiel and Mrs. Bernadette A. Thiel née Gootee, 1602 East Indiana St., Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IL
Mr. Ferdinand W. Thiel (Head-30, born 10 Sep 1899, IN) - died Apr 1981, Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN - Age 81
and Mrs. Bernadette A. Thiel (Wife-29, abt. 1901, IN) - info US Census 18 Apr 1930 -
No Siblings - 18 Apr 1930 -

Mrs. Bernadette A. Thiel (mother) née Gootee - born 26 Aug 1900, IN - died 05 Oct 1971 - Age 71
married 26 Jun 1920 to Ferd Tiehl - ( Ferdinand W. Thiel )
daughter of Charley Gootee and Annie Mary Lents

Evansville Press - December 1950
Evansville Press - December 1950
source local.evpl.org - 09 Jul 2012

WAR II Flier's Body Located After 6 Years
A six year search has ended
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The body of First Lieut. Ferdinand C. Thiel Jr., was found in an unmarked grave
in a civilian cemetery near Vienna, Austria.
Lieutenant Thiel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand C. Thiel Sr., of 403 Richardt Ave,
was believed killed Feb. 13, 1945.
He was navigator of a Flying Fortress making its 38th mission over Austria
and Air Force authorities reported the bomber shot down near Vienna.
The body will be returned to Ziemer Funeral Home here Sunday.
Army registration authorities found the unmarked grave and decide it was, a military mans's.
The body was taken to an American military cemetery in Belgium where identification was made.
Lieutenant Thiel entered service in October, 1942,
and was stationed at Foggia, Italy, with the 15th Air Force.

Graduated in 1939
He was awarded the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and a Presidential Unit citation.
A post-humously awarded Purple Heart was given his parents.
A 1939 Central High School graduate, he was employed in the timekeeping department
of the Old Sunbeam Electric Manufacturing Company before entering service.
He was activive in city musical circles and was a member of Charlie Brown's orchestra.
Aunts and uncles also survive.
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transcript - Evansville Press - December 1950 - source local.evpl.org

21 Jul 1943 13 Mar 1945

THIEL, SGT. TECH. FERD Jr.
20 W. Eichel Ave. - July 21, 1943 - WWII
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Sergt. Technician Ferd Thiel Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Thiel, 20 W. Eichel Ave,
has been transferred to Xavier University, Cincinnati, from Sheppard Field, Tex.
He is a 1939 graduate of Central High School, where he was a band member
and participated in national music competition.
Before his aviation cadet appointment, he was stationed with the tank destroyers at Camp Hood, Tex.
He was a Sunbeam payroll department employe until his service entry, Oct., 1942.
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transcript - Evansville Press - 21 Jul 1943 - source local.evpl.org

THIEL, FIRST LT FERD C.
20 W. Eichel Ave. - Mar 13, 1945 - WWII
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UNACCOUNTED FOR
First Lieut. Ferd C. Thiel has been missing in action over Austria since Feb. 13.
Since he joined the 15th Air Force in Italy last August.
He has been awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Entering a tank destroyer unit October, 1942, Lieut. Thiel last transferred to the Air Forces
was commissioned last April at San Marcos, Texas.
Lieut. Thiel is a Central High School graduate and former employe of Sunbeam.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferd. W. Thiel Sr., 20 W. Eichel Ave.
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transcript - Evansville Press - 13 Mar 1945 - source local.evpl.org

14 Jan 1944 19-jul-1944 18 Dec 1944

THIEL, FERDINAND CHARLES JR. - 20 W. Eichel Ave - 14 Jan 1944 - WWII
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Ferdinand Charles Thiel Jr.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Thiel, 20 W. Eichel Ave
has entered advanced aerial navigation training
at the San Marcos, Tex. Army Air Forces school.
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Crop of crew photo - 1st Lt. - Navigator - Ferdinand C. Thiel Jr.
1st Lt. - Navigator - Ferdinand C. Thiel Jr.
- Crop of crew photo - 16 Jul 1944, Sioux City, IA -
crew photo via Mrs. Ronie B. Driver - 24 Jul 2012

THIEL, LT FERD C. - 20 W Eichel Ave - 19 Jul 1944 - WWII
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Second Lieut. Ferd C. Thile, 20 W. Eichel Ave
is training for combat at Sioux City, Iowa, as a navigator.
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THIEL, LT FERDINAND C. - 20 W. Eichel Ave - 18 Dec 1944 - WWII
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The War Deparment Unit Citation was presented to two Evansville men
In a Flying Fortress group which continued on alone to a succesful attack
when all other groups turned back because of adverse weather conditions.
Awarded were First Lieut. Ferdinand C. Thiel, 20 W. Eichel Ave, a navigator
and a turret specialist Corp. Edgar Jerome Kohmescher, R.R. 3, Washington Avenue
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transcript - Evansville Press - 14 Jan 1944, 19 Jul 1944 and 18 Dec 1944
- source local.evpl.org -


FOIA - IDPF - Thiel - request 02 Jul 2012 - expecting Dec 2012- received PDF - 161 pages - 03 Jan 2013
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15119163 - O-721911 - 1st Lt. - Bombardier - Robert L. Stricker - Newport City, Campbell Co., KY - KIA -
born 06 Oct 1924, Newport, KY - died 13 Feb 1945, Austria - Age 20
07 Oct 1948 - Found in an isolated grave - Civilian Cemetery at Schützen-am-Gebirge, Austria
reinterred as unknown X-7918 - U.S. National Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium - Plot: II - Row: 8 - Grave: 194
Final interment - 31 Apr 1950: Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Campbell Co., KY
Enlistment: 22 Oct 1942, Lexington, KY - Residence: Newport, Campbell Co., KY - Nativity: KY - Marital Status: Single
Son of Mr. Clarence Stricker Sr. and Mrs. Fr(i)eda Stricker, 1123 Columbia Street, Newport, Kentucky, USA
US Census 08 Apr 1930: Clarence Stricker (Head-37/28 abt. 1893, KY) and Mrs. Freda Stricker (Wife-31/23 abt. 1899, IL)
Address 08 Apr 1930: 745 Liberty St., Newport City, Campbell Co., Kentucky, USA
Siblings: Clarence Stricker Jr. (M-7 abt. 1923, KY), Rosemary Stricker (F-4 months abt. 1929, KY)
Raymond D. Stricker (brother) - born abt. 1934, KY - died 6 Nov 2010, Erlanger, KY - Age 76
and Jerome "Jerry" A. Stricker (brother) - born abt. 1937, KY

Bob Stricker - High School graduation - 1942 2Lt. Robert L. Stricker - commissioning 1944 2Lt. Robert L. Stricker - commissioning 1944
Bob Stricker - High School graduation - 1942 - - - - - - 2Lt. Robert L. Stricker - commissioning 1944 - - - - - -
images courtesy Jerry Stricker (brother) - 09 Jul 2012

Address change - 01 Feb 1950 - Clarence E. Stricker Sr. (father)
Address change - 01 Feb 1950 - Clarence E. Stricker Sr. (father)
source Stricker's IDPF - "293" file

Schutzen Cemetery report
Schutzen Cemetery report
source Stricker's IDPF - "293" file

Rites for Newport Hero to be Monday 31 Apr 1950 - 1st Lt. - Bombardier - Robert L. Stricker
Rites for Newport Hero to be Monday - 31 Apr 1950 - O-721911 - 1st Lt. Robert L. Stricker
clip from the KY Post 28 Apr 1950 - via findagrave - by Vicki Cannon

FOIA - IDPF - Stricker - request 02 Jul 2012 - expecting Dec 2012- received - PDF - 144 pages - 03 Jan 2013
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34701274 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert Haynie Driver, Gordo, AL - POW - EUS -
born 23 Dec 1920, AL - died 05 Jul 2002, Gordo, Pickens Co., AL - Age 81
Enlistment: 15 Jan 1943, Fort McClellan, AL - Residence: Mobile Co., AL - Nativity: AL - Marital Status: Married
Husband of Mrs. Ronie B. Driver (born abt. 1925)

Robert H. Driver and crew mates - 463BG - 772BS - B-17 #48385 in background
Robert H. Driver and crew mates - 463BG - 772BS - B-17 #44-8385 in background
image via Mike Driver (son) - 28 Jun 2011
Try to get better scans of these b/w photos - PATS - 17 Jun 2012
Got 100% scan - 1200dpi - of #44-8385 image - see Anderson section - PATS - 28 Jun 2012
B-17 #44-8385 is NOT "Dixie Queen" .... #44-6547 is "Dixie Queen" - PATS - 27 Jun 2012
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T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert H. Driver - near Top Turret T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert H. Driver - portrait
T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert H. Driver
images via Mrs. Ronie B. Driver (wife) - 07 Jul 2012 (r) - 24 Jul 2012 (l)

Tail #44-6547 with 5 Airmen - Tail Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. Charles W. Anderson Jr. - 2nd right
Tail #44-6547 with Airmen - Tail Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. Charles W. Anderson Jr. - 2nd right
l-r: Jim McPadden, Emil Barney, Charles McDonald, Charles Anderson, Robert Driver
image via Pamela Vander Meulen née Anderson (daughter) - 27 Jun 2012

Crew Joe Harris - 463BG - 772BS - - - 'Xerox scan'
Crew Joe Harris - 463BG - 772BS
image via Mike Driver (son) - 28 Jun 2011
Note: Joe Harris and Emil Barney did belong to original crew - info PATS
Try to get better scans of this b/w photo - PATS - 17 Jun 2012
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Crew Joe Harris - 463BG - 772BS - - - Scan of photo print
Crew Joe Harris - 463BG - 772BS
image via Mrs. Ronie B. Driver (wife) - 07 Jul 2012
Scan of photo print - info PATS - 07 Jul 2012
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Crew Joe Harris - 463BG - 772BS - - - Scan of original
Crew Joe Harris - 463BG - 772BS - Sioux City Army Air Base - 16 Jun 1944
image via Mrs. Ronie B. Driver (wife) - 24 Jul 2012
Scan of original - info PATS - 26 Jul 2012
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Writing by Bob Driver on back - 'Graduated Combat flight training at Sioux City Army Air Base on July 16, 1944'
Writing by Bob Driver on back
"Graduated Combat flight training at Sioux City Army Air Base on July 16, 1944"
image via Mrs. Ronie B. Driver (wife) - 24 Jul 2012

Crew Joe Harris - 463BG - 772BS
Crew Joe Harris - 463BG - 772BS
standing l-r: Joseph K. Harris (P), Leon L. Drake Jr. (CP), Ferdinand C. Thiel Jr. (N), Robert L. Stricker (B)
front kneeling l-r: Charles Waldo Anderson Jr. (TG), Charles J. McDonald (WG), Robert H. Driver (ENG), Emil B. Barney (BTG)
James Thomas McPadden (TTG) and James E. Sanders (RO)
image source: Larry Anderson (son) via Pamela Vander Meulen née Anderson (daughter) - 08 Jul 2012
It seems that the copies of Driver and Anderson do vary - info PATS - 14 Jul 2012
Move cursor over image for comparison
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16187849 - S/Sgt. Emil B. Barney Crop of crew photo - Ball Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. Emil B. Barney
16187849 - S/Sgt. - Emil B. Barney - Hammond, IN
BALL TURRET GUNNER ON A B-17
WOUNDED IN ACTION WHILE STATIONED IN FOGGIA, ITALY
Emil B. Barney - born 09 Oct 1925, IN - died 26 Jan 1995, IN - Age 69
left image via Bruce J. Barney (son) - source: wwiimemorial
right image - Crop of crew photo - 16 Jul 1944, Sioux City, IA -
crew photo via Mrs. Ronie B. Driver - 24 Jul 2012

16 Nov 1944 - Crew Reinsch - B-17G #44-6406 - Target: Insbruck - Base: Celone, Italy - info PATS - 05 Jun 2012
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7086387 - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - James Evans Sanders - Tremont, Itawamba Co., MS - KIA -
born 08 Mar 1922, Tremont, MS - died 13 Feb 1945, Austria - Age 22 - (22 years, 11 months, 05 days)
Oct 1948 - Found in an isolated grave - Civilian Cemetery at Schützen-am-Gebirge, Austria
reinterred as unknown X-7919 - U.S. National Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium - Plot: II - Row: 8 - Grave: 193

Crop of crew photo - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - James Evans Sanders
T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - James Evans Sanders
- Crop of crew photo - 16 Jul 1944, Sioux City, IA -
crew photo via Mrs. Ronie B. Driver - 24 Jul 2012

7086387 - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - James Evans Sanders 7086387 - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - James Evans Sanders
7086387 - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - James Evans Sanders
left image 'original' via Pamela Vander Meulen née Anderson - 28 Jun 2012
right image done by PATS - 29 Jun 2012

Dec., 1944 - Sgt. James E. Sanders, 22, radio operator-gunner,
son of Mrs. Mattie S. Sanders of Tremont, is a member of the 15th AAF bombardment group,
who was presented the blue battle streamer for
"outstanding performance of duty in the armed conflict with the enemy," at an airbase in Italy during a former review.
Sgt. Sanders attended Tremont High School, and joined the AAF on 28 Jun 1940
Home: Regional: U.S. States: Mississippi: Itawamba County
source: genforum.genealogy.com/ms/itawamba/messages/39018.html - by Wayne Loden - 12 Apr 2012


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Mr. Fint W. Sanders - born 1892, Itawamba Co., MS - died 1937, Tremont, Itawamba Co., MS - Age ~45
Ms. Mattie S. Evans - born 1895, Itawamba Co., MS - died 1983, Tremont, Itawamba Co., MS - Age ~88
marriage: Abt. 1912 in Tremont, Itawamba Co., MS
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James Evans Sanders - born 08 Mar 1922, Tremont, Itawamba Co., MS - died 13 Feb 1945, Austria - Age 22
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Burials: Asbury Cemetery, Itawamba Co., MS
- info Donald Pate - 03 Jun 2012


FOIA - IDPF - Sanders - request 15 Jan 2013 - received 06 Dec 2013 - PDF - 181 pages
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36871278 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Lester William Smith, Detroit, MI - KIA - cemetery Neupre-BE - A-34-30
born 21 Apr 1923 - died 13 Feb 1945, Austria - Age 21
Oct 1948 - Found in an isolated grave - Civilian Cemetery at Schützen-am-Gebirge, Austria
reinterred as unknown X-7920 - U.S. National Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium - Plot" II - Row: 8 - Grave: 196
Son of Mr. Lee Smith (father) and Mrs. Mary Gail Smith (mother) née Dudley, 6397 Rosemont Street, Detroit, Wayne Co., USA
Siblings: Gladys (F), Dorothy (F), Bernice (F), Russell (M), Robert Lee (M), Shirley (F), James (M), Lois (F) and Gerald (M)

LESTER W. SMITH
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army Air Forces - HOMETOWN: Detroit, MI
HONORED BY: Mrs. Russell Smith, Brother
SERVED AS RADIO, GUNNER ON A B-17. KILLED IN ITALY. SHOT DOWN, CAPTURE
- info - wwiimemorial.com -
Killed in Austria - info PATS - 10 Jun 2012

36871278 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Lester William Smith - NOSE GUNNER pin
36871278 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Lester William Smith 36871278 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Lester William Smith 36871278 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Lester William Smith
36871278 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Lester William Smith
images via Gail Huber (niece) - 26 Jun 2012

36871278 - S/Sgt. - Lester William Smith - Ardennes Cemetery, Belgium 36871278 - S/Sgt. - Lester William Smith - Ardennes Cemetery, Belgium
36871278 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Lester William Smith - Ardennes Cemetery, Belgium
images via Gail Huber (niece) - 09 Mar 2013

FOIA - IDPF - Smith - request 15 Jan 2013 - received 06 Dec 2013 - PDF - 150 pages
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34701250 - S/Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Charles James McDonald - Monroeville, AL - KIA -
born 31 Dec 1920, AL - died 13 Feb 1945, Austria - Age 24
Oct 1948 - Found in an isolated grave - Civilian Cemetery at Schützen-am-Gebirge, Austria
reinterred as unknown X-7919 - U.S. National Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium - Plot II - Row: 8 - Grave: 195
Buried: Baptist Cemetery - McDonald plot, Monroeville, AL
Enlistment: 15 Jan 1943, Fort McClellan, AL - Residence: Monroe Co., AL - Nativity: AL - Marital Status: Separated, with dependents
Son of Mr. Tom R. McDonald (father) and Mrs. Viola McDonald (mother), Monroeville, Monroe Co., AL
Siblings - four brothers: Alvin B. McDonald , Clyde McDonald , Clinton McDonald , Cecil E. McDonald

Crop of crew photo - S/Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Charles James McDonald Airman First Class (A1C) uniform - Charles James McDonald - via Mary Voigt
S/Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Charles James McDonald
- Crop of crew photo - 16 Jul 1944, Sioux City, IA -
crew photo via Mrs. Ronie B. Driver - 24 Jul 2012
A1C portrait photo - courtesy Mrs. Lillie S. Mcdonald (sister-in-law) - via Mrs. Mary Voigt - 21 Oct 2012

Dear PATS,
After visiting with my great aunt, Lillie McDonald, I have a little more info for you.
Charles graduated from Monroe County High School prior to entering the service.
He was divorced at the time of his death and had a daughter, Charlene, 3-4 years old.
The "J" in his name stands for James.
He was born December 31, 1920 and died February 13, 1945, making him 24 years old at time of death.
He is buried in Monroeville, AL in the McDonald plot in the Baptist Cemetery.
I have 1 picture which I am sending you.
If I get any more pics in the next week or so, I will forward them as well.
Mary Voigt - 21 Oct 2012
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US Census 15 Apr 1930
Monroeville Town, Monroe County, Alabama
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Tom R. McDonald - Head 46/23 - born abt. 1884, AL - Occupation: Butcher, Meats
Viola McDonald - Wife 49/26 - born abt. 1881, AL
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Alvin B. McDonald - Son 20 - born 10 Sep 1909, AL - died 29 Sep 1996, Monroeville, AL - Age 87
Clyde McDonald - Son 18 - born abt. 1912, AL
Clinton McDonald - Son 14 - born 10 Apr 1916, AL - died 01 Oct 1982, Monroeville, AL - Age 66
Charles J. McDonald - Son 9 - born 31 Dec 1920, AL - died 13 Feb 1945, Austria - Age 24
Cecil E. McDonald - Son 4 - born 30 Apr 1925, AL - died 01 Jul 1993, Monroeville, AL - Age 68
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- info 15th US Census 1930 - AAD Archives - Internet searches

All are deceased - info Mrs. Lillie S. McDonald (sister-in-law) - 29 Jun 2012
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FOIA - IDPF - McDonald - request 15 Jan 2013 - received 06 Dec 2013 - PDF - 150 pages
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31289647 - S/Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - James Thomas McPadden - RI - FOD -
born 27 Feb 1923, NY - died 13 Feb 1945, Austria - Age 21
May 1950 - Found in an isolated grave - Civilian Cemetery at Schützen-am-Gebirge, Austria
Grave is located near cemetery wall - witness: Martin Horvath, Schützen-am-Gebirge, Austria
reinterred as unknown X-8360 - U.S. National Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium - Plot: KK - Row: 4 - Grave: 78
1951 - permanently interred: Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA - Plot: O 0 35362
Home residence: East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA
Enlistment: 03 Feb 1943, Providence, RI - Residence: Kent Co., RI - Nativity: NY - Marital Status: Single
Son of Mr. James McPadden (father) - 250 E 237th Street, Bronx 66, New York
Brother of Mrs. Anne M. Graus (sister) - 250 E 237th Street, Bronx 66, New York
Sibling: Anne O'Connor née McPadden (sister) born abt. 1922 - died 28 Dec 2011, NY - Age 89

31289647 - S/Sgt. - Left  Waist Gunner - James Thomas McPadden - in front of B-17G 31289647 - S/Sgt. - James Thomas McPadden - Tombstone - Long Island National Cemetery
31289647 - S/Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - James Thomas McPadden
left image via Pamela Vander Meulen née Anderson - 27 Jun 2012
right image via findagrave by GLENN - 18 Jun 2012

31289647 - S/Sgt. - James Thomas McPadden 31289647 - S/Sgt. - James Thomas McPadden - crop of 'Dixie Queen' image
31289647 - S/Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - James Thomas McPadden
images via Pamela Vander Meulen née Anderson - 28 Jun 2012

JAMES THOMAS MCPADDEN
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army Air Forces - HOMETOWN : Bronx, NY

HONORED BY: Mrs. Anne O'Connor, Sister
LEFT WAIST GUNNER ON B-17 AIRCRAFT, 463RD BOMB GROUP, 772ND SQUADRON,
15TH AIR FORCE IN THE EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS
FLEW 49 MISSIONS AND WAS SHOT DOWN OVER VIENNA, AUSTRIA ON HIS 50TH MISSION ON 2/13/45

HONORED BY: Francis Marc, Buddy
FLEW AS GUNNER ON B-17 IN THE 8TH AIR FORCE
- info - wwiimemorial.com -

O'CONNOR — Anne (née McPadden) age 89, on December 28, 2011
Beloved wife of the late Timothy
Loving mother of Marianne (Bill) Klingenberg, Barbara Brown, James, Elizabeth and Laure (Kevin) Koehler
Cherished grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren
- source: New York Daily News - obituaries -

FOIA - IDPF - McPadden - request 02 Jul 2012 - expecting Dec 2012- received - PDF - 141 pages - 03 Jan 2013
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36872525 - S/Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Charles Waldo Anderson Jr., Detroit, MI - POW - EUS -
born 11 Oct 1921, Detroit, MI - died 19 Jun 1977, Pontiac, Oakland Co., MI - Age 55
Son of Mr. Charles Waldo Anderson Sr. (father) and Mrs. Sarah Melissa Anderson (mother) née Barnhill, Detroit, MI
Marriage 28 Jun 1941, Toledo, Lucas Co., OH: Mr. Charles Waldo Anderson Jr. and Ms. Mearle Marguerite Masters
Enlistment: 1942
Siblings: Robert C. Anderson (M-11 abt. 1919, MI) and Frederick W. Anderson (M-3 abt. 1927, MI)
Resting place: White Lake Cemetery, White Lake Twp, MI, USA

S/Sgt. Charles Waldo Anderson Jr. - via Leslie's web page - 28 Jun 2011 S/Sgt. Charles Waldo Anderson Jr. - via Pamela - 04 Jul 2012 S/Sgt. Charles Waldo Anderson Jr.
S/Sgt. - Charles Waldo Anderson Jr.
courtesy Leslie Vander Meulen (granddaughter) - 28 Jun 2011
info: Patti Louise Niederer née Anderson (daughter) “My Parents’ Story” 1978
update images (1200 dpi) via Pamela Vander Meulen née Anderson (daugther) - 04 Jul 2012

5 Airmen behind Tail #44-8385 - S/Sgt. Charles W. Anderson Jr. - center
5 Airmen behind Tail #44-8385 - S/Sgt. Charles W. Anderson Jr. - center
l-r: McDonald, McPadden, Anderson, Sanders, Driver
image via Pamela Vander Meulen née Anderson (daughter) - 28 Jun 2012
Other airmen unknown at the moment .... any help is appreciated - PATS - 29 Jun 2012
Verification by Lt. Col. Joseph "Joe" K. Harris - 01 Aug 2012

Airmen - photo - Anderson is 2nd right on back row
l-r back : Robert Stricker, Emil Barney, James McPadden, Charles Anderson, Joe Harris
l-r front : Robert Driver, Charles McDonald, James Sanders
image via Pamela Vander Meulen née Anderson (daughter) - 28 Jun 2012
Have to verify this with Lt. Col. Joseph "Joe" K. Harris - info PATS - 29 Jun 2012
Verification by Lt. Col. Joseph "Joe" K. Harris - 01 Aug 2012

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Pilot 1st Lt. Philip K. Whitman flew that day, 13 Feb 1945, for the 1st time which this crew
I was asked to volunteer .... I said: "I don't volunteer, give me an order"
... "ONLY IDIOTS DO VOLUNTEER" ...

source - 1st Lt. Philip K. Whitman - 20 Jun 2012

Engine #4 did have a direct hit with 88mm AA, it did damage #3, which got on fire later
All happening on 31000 ft
The ship crashed near Wiener-Neustadt, Austria (Schützen near Hungarian border)
source - 1st Lt. Leon L. Drake - 28 Apr 2008

Signature of Philip K. Whitman - MACR 9120
Signature of Philip K. Whitman - Ship #836 - in a statement 19 Oct 1944
Ship #44-6419, missing in action 17 october 1944 - see MACR 9120 - pages 2-3

!!! EXTRA NOTES !!! DISCREPANCIES !!! EXTRA NOTES !!!

44-6163 (381st BG, 533rd BS, *Passaic Warrior*) retired to Kingman, AZ Nov 28, 1945
MACR 12109 wrongly lists this plane as being lost over Austria Feb 13, 1945,
but the plane that was lost was actually 44-6219

44-6219 (463rd BG, 772nd BS) hit by AAA and crashed N of Schutzen am Gebirge, Austria Feb 13, 1945
MACR 12109. All bailed out but 6 crew killed by civilians. 4 POW
The MACR wrongly lists this as being 44-6163

44-8163 (463rd BG, 772nd BS) lost Feb 13, 1945 over Austria
2 KIA, 4 murdered after being captured, 4 survived
MACR 12109 (lists the plane as 44-6163, but this appears to be a mistake)
info: http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1944_1.html

Nazi Crimes on Trial - 'Dachau Trials'
Trials by U.S. Army Courts in Europe 1945 - 1948
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
File Number: US008
Review date: 01 Jun 1947
Case Nr.: 5-144 (US vs. Franz Hofbauer et al) - 30 Jan 1947
Crime Category: War Crimes
Accused: Hofbauer, Franz - 25 Years; Rath, Oswald - 25 Years
Court: Military Commission at Salzburg, Austria - 29/30 Jan 1947
Country where the crime had been committed: Austria
Crime Location: Schuetzen-am-Gebirge, Eisenstadt district
Crime Date: 13/14 Feb 1945
Victim: POW’s - Nationality: American
Agency: Camp staff; Reich Labor Service (RAD Reichsarbeitsdienst) Eisenstadt
Subject of the proceeding: The accused - RAD camp guards - participated in the shooting
of four unknown members of the United States Army, who had parachuted from their airplanes.
Two of them were captured and interrogated immediately.
They were then shot under the pretense that they were trying to escape.
The third was captured the next morning and brought back to headquarters
where he was also interrogated and killed.
The fourth was captured the following morning and was returned to his landing spot
to retrieve equipment he had buried.
He was shot and killed under the pretense that he was trying to escape.
source: www1.jur.uva.nl/junsv/JUNSVEng/DTRR/files/us008.htm

US008
Beginn des Prozesses: 30. Januar 1947
Die beiden Angeklagten, Mitglieder des Reichsarbeitsdienstes Eisenstadt,
nahmen vier US-Soldaten bei Schützen am Gebirge gefangen, verhörten diese, folterten sie,
und töteten sie, unter dem Vorwand, sie hätten einen Fluchtversuch geplant.
Diese 4 Morde ereigneten sich in der Zeit vom 13. Februar bis 14. Februar 1945.
Die Angeklagten und ihre Urteile:
Franz Hofbauer, (25 Jahre)
Oswald Rath, (25 Jahre)
source: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_der_Dachauer_Prozesse

Pilot Hunt
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Contemporary history. In the last months of the Second World War shot down US pilots
were systematically abused and killed. Mostly by members of the SS
From Adelheid Woelfl for the Austrian weekly political journal "Profil"
Translated by Martin Rosenkranz and Georg Mader

February 13., 1945: Four pilots land at Schützen-am-Gebirge in the Burgenland
The Oberfeldmeister of the Reicharbeitsdienst (work service) gives order to his subordinates:
"You proceed a 100 steps, and there the pilots are to be shot immediately"
The dead ones finger-rings, boots and wrist-watches are removed
info: http://www.airpower.at/news01/1228_pilothunt/

13 Feb 1945 - Ermordung von vier US-Fliegern in Schützen-am-Gebirge (Burgenland)
durch Angehörige des Reichsarbeitsdienstes (RAD)
Quellen: US-Militärgericht Salzburg: Ordner Nr. US 008; Beginn der Verhandlungen: 1.6.1947;
Prozeß-Nr. 5-144; der/die Angeklagten: Hofbauer, Franz u.a.;
Tatort: Schützen-am-Gebirge, Disrict Eisenstatt; Datum der Tat: 13/14 Feb 1945

13 February 1945 - B-17 44-8163 of 772nd Bomb Sq/463rd Bomb Gp 15th A.F.
was shot down over Austria. Of the 10 airmen-only 4 were captured and survived the war
Of the other 6: Two were found dead on the ground. 4 were captured and murdered
44-8163 was assigned to the 772BS/463rdBG

!!! EXTRA NOTE !!! DISCREPANCIES !!! EXTRA NOTE !!!
- info PATS - 07 Jan 2013



B-17G - ?#44-6863? - 13 FEB 1945 - EAST OF WIENER-NEUSTADT - CREW 10

12136674 - O-818258 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Philip Kelley Whitman - POW 14188801 -O-824729 - 1st Lt. - Co-pilot - Leon Lewis Drake Jr. - POW - Stalag VII A 35496331 - O-723504 - 1st Lt. - Navigator - Ferdinand C. Thiel Jr., Evansville, IN - KIA 15119163 - O-721911 -  1st Lt. - Bombardier - Robert L. Stricker , Newport City, Campbell Co., KY - KIA 34701274 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert Haynie Driver, Gordo, AL - POW
7086387 - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - James Evans Sanders, Tremont, MS - KIA 36871278 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Lester William Smith, Detroit, MI - KIA 34701250 - S/Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Charles J. McDonald , Monroeville, Monroe Co., AL - KIA 31289647 - S/Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - James Thomas McPadden , RI - FOD 36872525 - S/Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Charles Waldo Anderson Jr., Detroit, MI - POW

6 KIA - 4 POW

WHITMAN - DRAKE JR. - THIEL JR.(†) - STRICKER(†) - DRIVER
SANDERS(†) - SMITH(†) - MCDONALD(†) - MCPADDEN(†) - ANDERSON JR.

Spoke with Whitman and Drake Jr.

Contact Driver is pending - 28 Apr 2008 - PATS
Contact Drake is pending - 28 Apr 2008 - PATS
Contact Whitman is pending - 20 Nov 2010 - 19 Jun 2012 - PATS
Contact Anderson is pending - 28 Jun 2011 - 12 Jun 2012 - PATS
Contact Stricker is pending - 02 Jun 2012 - PATS
Contact Barney is pending - 08 Jun 2012 - PATS
Contact Harris is pending - 08 Jun 2012 - PATS
Contact McPadden is pending - 16 Jun 2012 - PATS
Contact Smith is pending - 24 Jun 2012 - PATS
Contact McDonald is pending - 29 Jun 2012 - PATS
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IDPF - Individual Deceased Personnel File - aka - "293" File
FOIA - Freedom Of Information Act

Last update "Challenge II" - 22 Apr 2014 - PATS




Glad I did respond to this request of Footnote, another 'puzzle' with unexpected results
Whitman and Drake, taken POW, are part of my "Challenge III" - "175" POW-id photos -

1st Lt. Philip K. Whitman 1st Lt. Leon L. Drake
1st Lt. Philip K. Whitman - 1st Lt. Leon L. Drake
O-818258 - 1st Lt. Philip K. Whitman O-824729 - 1st Lt. Leon L. Drake

The "175" POW id-images are from "171" Airmen, four do have an extra front & side view
Photos are taken at "Dulag-Luft, West" - early 1945 -
Most are from the USA (145), further Poland (1), South-Africa (2), Australia (3),
New-Zealand (1), England (10) and Canada (9)

69 'snapshots' - 67 POW - Dulag-Luft West - 1945
67 - POW - Dulag-Luft West - 1945 - 69 Mugshots
- images received from Kurt Spence - source National Archives II at College Park, MD, USA -

My name is Kurt Spence and I am a historian and genealogist and have been working on my Spence family history.
Nov 2007, I was in the National Archives in College Park, MD looking for a couple of my ancestors
who were prisoners-of-war during World War II.
I did not find my ancestors but I happened to discover, hidden away in a small box,
175 photographs of 171 different POW's.


With 6 crashes - Feb 1945 - in Holland

- and 19 related POW's till now -

Map - The Netherlands
Brielle - Haringvliet - 14th Feb 1945 - B-24J - #44-40109 IJmuiden - North Sea - 16th Feb 1945 - B-17G - #43-38187 Wormerveer - 14th Feb 1945 - B-17G - #43-38405 50 x 50 mi search area - Vollenhove - center Lochem - Exelsebrug - 26 Feb 1945 - P-51D - #44-13846 Hardenberg/Rheezerveen - 16th Feb 1945 - B-17G - #42-97869 Emmen - Valthe - 16th Feb 1945 - B-24H - #42-95080
Map of the Netherlands - 6 crash locations - 50x50 mi search area
One crash - Hardenberg/Rheezerveen - is just inside 50x50mi grid
Move cursor over image for more info
- Click on location - STAR - for this section -

Download 50x50 mi grid as kmz file for Google Earth display

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SGLO - T5254

14th Feb 1945 - B-17G - #43-38405 - YB-D - Wormerveer/Westzaan polder - 11:00
351st BG - Triangle 'J' - 508th BS - 1st Lt. C. E. Ash - MACR #12334
1 KIA - 8 POW



351BG patch 508BS patch Triangle J 8th-air-force-patch
351st BG - Triangle 'J' - 94th CBW - 508th BS - YB - 1st Div - 8th Air Force

B-17G 43-38405 YB*D in flight
B-17G 43-38405 YB*D in flight
- image via Cees - "Roodkapje" -

B-17G - #43-38405 - YB-D - 1st Division, 8th AF was airborne from AAF STA 110, Polebrook, Northhamptonshire, UK
for a mission to Dresden, Germany. Shot down by AA at IJmuiden, Netherlands

tail-wreck-b17g-43-38405

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Crew: B-17G - #43-38405 - 14th Feb 1945 - Mission: Dresden
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19190696 - O-926050 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Curtis Edward Ash - Santa Clara, CA - POW - Hospital Heiloo

19181784 - O-774922 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Ned L. Benedict - Los Angeles, CA - POW - Hosp. Apeldoorn

14044401 - O-776547 - 1st Lt. - Navigator / Togglier - Robert William Hays - Monroe County, IN - KIA

11140785 - Sgt. - Nose Turret Gunner - Arthur A. Nicholas - Suffolk County, MA - POW

13067999 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert B. Pierce - Du Bois, PA - POW - Hosp. Apeldoorn - Stalag 11B

13170985 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Ward E. Brady - Allegheny, PA - POW - St. Joseph's Hospital, Apeldoorn

35917673 - Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - John R. Norbo - Lyndhurst, OH - POW

39909100 - Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Kenneth Graser - Willard, Box Elder County, UT - POW

37707945 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Louis Dewayne Anderson - Weld County, CO - POW
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19190696 - O-926050 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Curtis Edward Ash - Santa Clara, CA - POW - Hospital Heiloo
born 20 Jun 1924, OR - died 8 Jan 1984 - Age 59
Son of Mrs. Bernice A. Ash (mother), 2030 109th Avenue, Oakland, California
Enlistment: 28 Nov 1942, San Farancisco, CA - Residence: Santa Clara Co., CA - Nativity: OR - Marital Status: Single

Pilot - 1st Lt.  Curtis E. Ash
1st Lt. Curtis E. Ash
- via Lynn Ash, daughter - 04 Aug 2009 -

" I don't have a lot of information cause my dad didn't talk about it much
We did know he was shot down and POW and held in an abandoned windmill, if I remember correctly
My dad retired in 1969 at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, NH after 25+ years of service
He is resting peacefully at Arlington National Cemetery in DC "
- info Lynn Ash, daughter - 22 Jul 2009 -

19181784 - O-774922 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Ned L. Benedict - Los Angeles, CA - POW - Hosp. Apeldoorn
born 1923, CA - died 1988 - Age ~65
Son of Mr. Glenn E. Benedict (father), 2006 W. 80th Street, Los Angeles, California
Enlistment: 01 Dec 1942, Los Angeles, CA - Residence: Los Angeles Co., CA - Nativity: CA - Marital Status: Single

US 15th Census 10 Apr 1930
adress: 2006 W. 80th Street, Los Angeles, California
Glenn E. Benedict - Head - 39/22 - born abt. 1891, KS
Agnes Benedict - Wife - 39/22 - born abt. 1891, CA
Lauretta Benedict - daughter - F-12 - born abt. 1918, CA
Ned L. Benedict - son - M-6 - born 1923, CA

Co-Pilot - 2nd Lt. Ned L. Benedict
2nd Lt. Ned Benedict

14044401 - O-776547 - 1st Lt. - Navigator / Togglier - Robert William Hays - Monroe County, IN - KIA
buried at Grave number 28 - Cemetery Assendelft - 17 feb 45 - reinterred Indiana, USA
born 1917, IN
Husband of Mrs. Jean C. Hays (wife), 411 East Lafayette Street, Dothan, Alabama
Enlistment: 19 Sep 1942, Chicago, IL - Residence: Marion Co., IN - Nativity: IN - Marital Status: Married

Grave 28 - 1st Lt. Robert William Hays - cemetery Assendelft
Grave 28 - 1st Lt. Robert William Hays - cemetery Assendelft

11140785 - Sgt. - Nose Turret Gunner - Arthur A. Nicholas - Suffolk County, MA - POW
born 13 Nov 1925, MA - died 23 Feb 2003, MA - Age 77
Son of Mrs. Victoria Nicholas (mother), 41 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Enlistment: 13 Nov 1943, Fort Devens, MA - Residence: Suffolk Co., MA - Nativity: MA - Marital Status: Single
Husband of Mrs. Aferdity Loretta Nicholas - born 06 Apr 1926 - died 20 Jul 1998 - Age 72
last known address: Somerville, MA
Enlistment on his 18th Birthday - info PATS - 14 Jul 2012

Grave marker - TEC5 - Arthur A. Nicholas
Grave marker - TEC5 - Arthur A. Nicholas
Burial - section 25 site 608 - Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Barnstable Co., MA, USA
findagrave - by Christine S. - 13 Jul 2012

13067999 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert B. Pierce - Du Bois, PA - POW - Hosp. Apeldoorn - Stalag 11B
born 14 Sep 1922, PA - died 3 Jan 1995, Du Bois, Clearfield, Pennsylvania - Age 72
Husband of Mrs. Marcella Pierce (wife), 14 Overdorf Avenue, Du Bois, Pennsylvania
Enlistment: 18 Apr 1942, Harrisburg, PA - Residence: Undefined Code - Nativity: PA - Marital Status: Single
Stalag 11B Fallingbostel Prussia (Work Camps) 53-09

13170985 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Ward E. Brady - Allegheny, PA - POW - St. Joseph's Hospital, Apeldoorn
born 1924, PA
Son of Mrs. Rosalie Brady (mother), 1211 Jancey Street, Pitssburg, Pennsylvania
Enlistment: 12 Dec 1942, Pittsburg, PA - Residence: Allegheny Co., PA - Nativity: PA - Marital Status: Single

35917673 - Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - John R. Norbo - Lyndhurst, OH - POW
born 26 Aug 1925, IL - died 21 Nov 1998, OH - Age 73
Nephew of Mr. Edward E. Norbo (uncle), 1560 Biltmore Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio
Enlistment: 30 Sep 1943, Cleveland, OH - Residence: Undefined Code - Nativity: IL - Marital Status: Single

39909100 - Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Kenneth Graser - Willard, Box Elder County, UT - POW
born 23 Aug 1923, Perry, UT - died 05 Feb 1980, Ogden, UT - burial: 8 Feb 1980, Willard, UT - Age 56
Son of Mrs. Jennie D. Graser (mother), Route Two, Brigham City, Utah
Enlistment: 05 Feb 1943, Salt Lake City, UT - Residence: Box Elder Co., UT - Nativity: UT - Marital Status: Single

37707945 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Louis Dewayne Anderson - Weld County, CO - POW
born 19 Jan 1923, CO - died Nov 1988, Phillips Ranch aka Pomona, Los Angeles, California - Age 65
Son of Mr. James F. Anderson (father), 1019 9th Street, Greeley, Colorado
Enlistment: 20 Dec 1943, Denver, CO - Residence: Weld Co., CO - Nativity: CO - Marital Status: Separated, with dependents

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37707945 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Louis Dewayne Anderson
37707945 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Louis Dewayne Anderson - Greeley, Weld County, CO - POW
37707945 - Sgt. - Louis Dewayne Anderson

Wreck-43-38406-via-cees-roodkapje
Wreck - tail section - of B-17G #43-38405 - Wormerveer
Wreck-43-38406-via-cees-roodkapje Wreck-43-38406-via-cees-roodkapje
Wreck-43-38406-via-cees-roodkapje Wreck-43-38406-via-cees-roodkapje
#43-38406 - Noorderveld, Wormerveer
- source Cees - "Roodkapje" -
More details of this crash can be found here
bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/571448

8 mm film - 1:05 min - by Mr. Desmet 8 mm film - 0:55 min - by Mr. H. C. Teer
Click on image or on video links below

!!! Check 8 mm film - Crashed bomber Noorderveld - 1:05 min !!! by Mr. Desmet
!!! Check 8 mm film - Crashed bomber Noorderveld - 0:55 min !!! by Mr. H. C. Teer
uploaded by "sasroodkapje" - 27 Jul and 14 Nov 2007
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SGLO - T5254

B-17G - #43-38405 - 14 FEB 1945 - WORMERVEER - CREW 9

19190696 - O-926050 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Curtis Edward Ash - Santa Clara, CA - POW - Hospital Heiloo 19181784 - O-774922 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Ned Benedict - Los Angeles, CA - POW - Hosp. Apeldoorn 14044401 - O-776547 - 1st Lt. - Navigator / Togglier - Robert William Hays - Monroe County, IN - KIA 11140785 - Sgt. - Nose Turret Gunner - Arthur A. Nicholas - Suffolk County, MA - POW 13067999 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert B. Pierce - Du Bois, PA - POW - Hosp. Apeldoorn - Stalag 11B
13170985 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Ward E. Brady - Allegheny, PA - POW - St. Joseph's Hospital, Apeldoorn 35917673 - Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - John R. Norbo - Lyndhurst, OH - POW 39909100 - Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Kenneth Graser - Willard, Box Elder County, UT - POW 37707945 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Louis Dewayne Anderson - Weld County, CO - POW

1 KIA - 8 POW

ASH - BENEDICT - HAYS(†) - NICHOLAS - PIERCE
BRADY - NORBO - GRASER - ANDERSON


Contact Brady is pending - 18 Oct 2008 - PATS
Contact Graser is pending - 18 Oct 2008 - PATS
Contact Anderson is pending - 27 Nov 2008 - PATS
Contact Ash is pending - 21 Jul 2009 - PATS

Last update - 22 Apr 2014 - PATS



*** Haringvliet / Brielle ***



SGLO - T5256

14th Feb 1945 - B-24J - #44-40109 - RR-H+ - Haringvliet/Brielle - 16:30
389th BG - Circle 'C' - 566th BS - 1st Lt. J. Weiss - MACR #12340
1 KIA - 8 POW



389th BG patch 566th BS patch Circle C 8th-air-force-patch
389th BG - Circle 'C' - 2nd CBW - 566th BS - RR - 2nd Div - 8th Air Force

B-24J-RR-H+
B-24J - #44-40109 - RR-H+ was hit over the target
with #4 engine on fire and a wounded men in the waist it did a request
for fighter escort to France. After they got the fire out it was falling back and losing altitude
At 15:45 he called with 2AD Sea Rescue, saying he had 15 gallons left
and was just off the Dutch coast and being fired upon
He was told to steer South to friendly territory, this was acknowledged
No further contact was obtained

#44-40109 - locations - radio contact
Map and info from MACR #12340 - page 3 and 17

B-24J RR-H+ - artist impression by kees Stoutjesdijk - 2008
B-24J-RR-H+
- artist impression by Kees Stoutjesdijk - 2008 -

All crew mebers bailed-out near Oostvoorne, Tail gunner Brown was killed,
while descending in his chute, by German Marines
The German commandant told that he would be buried in the vicinity of Oostvoorne
Place of interment for the 8 POW's was Dulag Luft West

Crew #139 - Weiss -
 image and info via Clyde Hicks
01 - Navigator - 2nd Lt. Ira Lloyd Simpson 02 - Bombardier - ?/Lt - Harry Hackler 03 - Co-Pilot - 2nd Lt. Gerald Schaeffer 04 - Pilot - 1st Lt.  Julius Weiss 05 - Engineer - T/Sgt. - Robert Thomas Osborne 06 - Radio Operator - T/Sgt. - Clyde Franklin Hicks Jr. 07 - Right Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. - Harry Glenn Jones 08 - Tail Turret Gunner - Sgt. - John Edmond Brown 09 - Nose Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. - Carl Eugene Brewer 10 - Ass. Engineer / Waist Gunner - T/Sgt. - Alexander John Kissimon
Crew 139 - 389th BG - 566th BS
Ira Simpson, Harry Hackler, Gerald Schaeffer, Julius Weiss
Robert Osborne, Clyde Hicks, Harry Jones, John Brown, Carl Brewer, Alexander Kissimon
Italic - Not on crew of 14th Feb 1945

- image and info via Clyde F. Hicks Jr. -

Crew #139 - Weiss -
 image via Charlie Brewer
01 - Navigator - 2nd Lt. Ira Lloyd Simpson 02 - Bombardier - ?/Lt - Harry Hackler 03 - Co-Pilot - 2nd Lt. Gerald Schaeffer 04 - Pilot - 1st Lt.  Julius Weiss 05 - Engineer - T/Sgt. - Robert Thomas Osborne 06 - Radio Operator - T/Sgt. - Clyde Franklin Hicks Jr. 07 - Right Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. - Harry Glenn Jones 08 - Tail Turret Gunner - Sgt. - John Edmond Brown 09 - Nose Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. - Carl Eugene Brewer 10 - Ass. Engineer / Waist Gunner - T/Sgt. - Alexander John Kissimon
Crew 139 - CAAB - 15 June 1944 - 389th BG - 566th BS
Move cursor over photo/faces for names
- image via Charlie Brewer -

Sgt. John Brown near right waist Carl Brewer, Ira simpson, John Brown, Clyde Hicks
enjoying SCHENLEY
John Brown next to the waist of plane
- left image via Kees - Correspondence Mr. H. van der Graaf -
Carl Brewer, Ira Simpson, John Brown and Clyde Hicks enjoying "SCHENLEY"
- right image via Charlie Brewer -


S/Sgt. - Carl Eugene Brewer
Carl Eugene Brewer
- image courtesy Mr. Charles Brewer, Brother -
- www.wwiimemorial.com -

17169052 - S/Sgt. - Carl Eugene Brewer, Independence, Jackson County, MO
KIA - 3 Feb 1945 - while onboard of B-24J - #42-50551 - RR-D+ - "Delectable Doris"
shot down by Flak near Ohlendorf/Salzgitter, Germany
Crew "Bonnar" - 9 men - 7 KIA - 2 POW - see MACR #12370
Those killed were buried at Ohlendorf/Salzgitter cemetery
S/Sgt. Brewer is reinterred, plot 2-756, at Forth Smith National Cemetery, Arkansas



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Last update - 07 Mar 2009 - PATS


Questionnaire - Harry G. Jones - knowledge S/Sgt. Brewer
- clip from MACR #12370 -
S/Sgt. Harry G. Jones became aware of his former nose-gunner, while in Wetzlar- Dulag Luft West
The two POW, only survivors of Bonnar's crew - a/c #42-50551 - MACR #12370, were
33557700 - Left Waist Gnr. - S/Sgt. - Billy Errol Wiedman - b. 1 Mar 1921 - d. 23 Oct 1991
11084499 - O-833951 - Co-pilot - 1st Lt. - John Warren Merrill - b. 12 Nov 1923 - Worcester, MA
Bomber Pilot, 389th Bomb Group, 566th Squad, 2nd Division, 8th Air Force
18 Missions, POW, Germany, February 3, 1945
- additional info Merrill - wwiimemorial site -

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Crew: B-24J - #44-40109 - 14th Feb 1945 - Mission: Magdeburg
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O-558545 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Julius (nmi) Weiss - Philadelphia, PA - POW

O-2000237 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Gerald (nmi) Schaeffer - Chicago, IL - POW

O-2000254 - 2nd Lt. - Navigator - Ira Lloyd "Bud" Simpson - Jackson, MS - POW

36555308 - S/Sgt. - Nose Turret Gunner - George Earl Loeser - Detroit, MI - POW

34245496 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert Thomas Osborne - Lake Worth, FL - POW

13100446 - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Clyde Franklin Hicks Jr. - Berwick, PA - POW

13088501 - S/Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Harry Glenn Jones - Meadville, PA - POW

34735728 - S/Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - Monroe William Gray - Dandridge, TN - POW

31257981 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - John Edmond Brown - Worcester, MA - KIA
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O-558545 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Julius (nmi) Weiss - Philadelphia, PA - POW
born 2 Oct 1921, Philadelphia, PA - died 19 Dec 1945 - Age 23

O-2000237 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Gerald (nmi) Schaeffer - Chicago, IL - POW
born 5 May 1924, Chicago, IL - died 7 Oct 1998, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida - Age 74

O-2000254 - 2nd Lt. - Navigator - Ira Lloyd "Bud" Simpson - Jackson, MS - POW
born 11 Mar 1924, Jackson, MS - died 21 Nov 2003, Dallas, TX - Age 79

Card -  Ira L. 'Bud' Simpson
Card - Ira L. "Bud" Simpson - from Mr. H. van der Graaf correspondence
- via Kees Stoutjesdijk -

36555308 - S/Sgt. - Nose Turret Gunner - George Earl Loeser - Detroit, MI - POW
born 30 Jun 1914 in Detroit, MI - died 18 Mar 1977, Orlando, orange Co., FL - Age 62
Married to Dolores V. Loeser and lived in Detroit, MI

34245496 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert Thomas Osborne - Lake Worth, FL - POW
born 26 Jul 1921, Florida - Son of Rupert S. and Agnes Osborne of Lake Worth, FL
Attended high school for one year
Enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on 4 August 1942 at Camp Blanding, FL
He was married to Sara. He died on 16 January 1983 in Palm Beach County, FL - Age 61

13100446 - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Clyde Franklin Hicks Jr. - Berwick, PA - POW
born 9 Apr 1923, New Jersey - Son of Clyde F. and Elizabeth Hicks
Graduated from high school
Enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on 23 July 1942 in Wilkes Barre, PA
Married with Joyce C. Hicks and lives in Berwick, Columbia County, PA

13088501 - S/Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Harry Glenn Jones - Meadville, PA - POW
born 26 March 1922 in Pennsylvania
Enlisted on 13 February 1943 at Fort Meade, MD
His wife was Audray B. Jones and they lived in Meadville, PA

34735728 - S/Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - Monroe William Gray - Dandridge, TN - POW
born 5 Aug 1924 - Son of George and Flora Gray of Jefferson County, TN
Attended high school for one year
Enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on 4 June 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, GA
He lived in Dandridge, TN - Gray died in September 1980 in Orangevale, CA - Age 56

S/Sgt. - Monroe William Gray
S/Sgt. - Monroe William Gray - 1924-1980
S/Sgt. Monroe W. Gray, also a qualified flight engineer, flew for the 1st time with this crew
He flew 34 missions as a nose-gunner with his original crew, because a waist gunner
was needed for crew Weiss, he was scheduled to fly this mission in order to get in
his 35 missions and could get back to the USA
His own crew made their 35th mission back safely
The other new member for this day was S/Sgt. Loeser

34735728 - S/Sgt. - Monroe William Gray - original crew
kneeling - left front
S/Sgt. Monroe William Gray's ( kneeling left front ) original crew - he flew 34 missions with them -
They are posing in front of #42-50551 - "Delectable Doris" - Charlie Brewer's plane of 3 Feb 1945
photo via Kees - photo send by Gray 22 May 1968 to Mr. van der Graaf (local historian)

31257981 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - John Edmond Brown - Worcester, MA - KIA
born 24 Jan 1923 - Son of John F. Brown and Mary M. Brown ( née Callan )
Army - Active duty began 26 Dec 1942 at Fort Devens, MA
Burried on 16 Feb 1945 - Age 22 - at the local cemetery of Rockanje, NL
6 Mar 1946, reinterred Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, NL
- finally reinterred Worcester, Massachusetts, USA -
- info date Rockanje / Margraten via Kees Stoutjesdijk -

S/Sgt. John E. Brown - Cemetery - Worcester, MA
S/Sgt. John E. Brown - 1923 - 1945
Son of PVT. John F. Brown and Mary M. Brown ( née Callan )
St. John’s Cemetery - Calvary Section, Range 4, Lot 31 - Worcester, MA
- note - in the MACR - there is written Mother Mary E. Brown - PATS

There is a Memorial Square for S/Sgt. John E. Brown in Worcester, MA, USA
at the corner of May & Lovell streets - John's residence was 270 Lovell St. -
- info City of Worcester - photo via St. John's Cemetery

Memorial Square - S/Sgt. John E. Brown - Worcester, MA S/Sgt. John E. Brown - Worcester, MA Memorial Square - S/Sgt. John E. Brown - Worcester, MA
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JOHN E. BROWN SQUARE
in memory of
S/Sgt. John E. Brown
Born: January 24, 1923
Killed over Rockanje, Holland
February 14, 1945
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- info via Worcester Public Libary - photos via Kees Stoutjesdijk
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13088501 - Right Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. - Harry Glenn Jones 13100446 - Radio Operator - T/Sgt. - Clyde Franklin Hicks Jr. 34245496 - Engineer - T/Sgt. - Robert Thomas Osborne 34735728 - Left Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. - Monroe William Gray 36555308 - Nose Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. - George Earl Loeser
13088501 - Right Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. - Harry Glenn Jones - Heathville, PA - POW
13100446 - Radio Operator - T/Sgt. - Clyde Franklin Hicks Jr. - Berwick, PA - POW
34245496 - Engineer - T/Sgt. - Robert Thomas Osborne - Lake Worth, FL - POW
34735728 - Left Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. - Monroe William Gray - Dandridge, TN - POW
36555308 - Nose Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. - George Earl Loeser - Detroit, MI - POW
13088501 - S/Sgt. - Harry Glenn Jones 13100446 - T/Sgt. - Clyde Franklin Hicks Jr. 34245496 - T/Sgt. - Robert Thomas Osborne 34735728 - S/Sgt. - Monroe William Gray 36555308 - S/Sgt. - George Earl Loeser

INFO PANEL - B-24J - #44-40109 - HARINGVLIET - MIDDELHARNIS
INFO PANEL - B-24J - #44-40109 - HARINGVLIET - MIDDELHARNIS
via Kees Stoutjesdijk - 08 May 2011

A detailed Dutch compilation of this crash is on the link below
http://www.wo2go.nl/14_februari_1945.html
!!! Link is temporary in construction mode !!!
!!! Check http://www.wo2go.nl - info PATS - 16 Jun 2012 !!!




SGLO - T5256

B-24J - #44-40109 - 14 FEB 1945 - HARINGVLIET - CREW 9

O-558545 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Julius (nmi) Weiss - Philadelphia, PA - POW O-2000237 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Gerald (nmi) Schaeffer - Chicago, IL - POW O-2000254 - 2nd Lt. - Navigator - Ira Lloyd 'Bud' Simpson - Jackson, MS - POW 36555308 - S/Sgt. - Nose Turret Gunner - George Earl Loeser - Detroit, MI - POW 34245496 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Robert Thomas Osborne - Lake Worth, FL - POW
13100446 - T/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Clyde Franklin Hicks Jr. - Berwick, PA - POW 13088501 - S/Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Harry Glenn Jones - Meadville, PA - POW 34735728 - S/Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - Monroe William Gray - Dandridge, TN - POW 31257981 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - John Edmond Brown - Worcester, MA - KIA

1 KIA - 8 POW

WEISS - SCHAEFFER - SIMPSON - LOESER - OSBORNE
HICKS Jr. - JONES - GRAY - BROWN(†)

Spoke with Hicks Jr.

Contact Hicks is pending - 9 Jul 2008 - PATS
Contact Brewer is pending - 9 Jul 2008 - PATS
Contact Kissimon is pending - 9 Jul 2008 - PATS

Last update - 22 Apr 2014 - PATS



*** IJmuiden / North Sea ***



SGLO - T5262

16th Feb 1945 - B-17G - #43-38187 - "Carrie B. III" - IN-C - IJmuiden/North Sea - 12:00
401st BG - Triangle 'S'- 613rd BS - 1st Lt. J. N. Donalson - MACR #12446
9 POW



401st BG 613 BS patch Triangle S 8th-air-force-patch
401st BG - Triangle 'S'- 94th CBW - 613rd BS - IN - 1st Div - 8th Air Force

movement-orders - 2 Jan 1945
- Movement orders - 2 Jan 1945 - to oversea destination -
- via Toni Ann Geren, daughter - 3 Mar 2009 -

1st mission of this crew ( with regular pilot Lt. Geren ) was 14 Feb 1945 - #207 Mission Dresden
2nd mission of this crew ( with pilot Lt Donalson ) was 16 Feb 1945 - #209 Mission Gelsenkirchen

"Carrie B. III" was hit by flak and lost an engine over the target
landed in the North Sea off the coast of Holland - near IJmuiden -
All crew members survived, spent over 12 hours in a single 5-man raft,
before drifting ashore - near breakwater IJmuiden - and taken POW's
- . - . -
After one night in IJmuiden they were transfered (truck, bus and foot) to Amsterdam (small warehouse)
20 Feb 1945 - All with two armed guards ( foot and rail ) to Oberursel Dulag Luft interrogation center - 24 Feb 1945
fingerprinted, photographed and interrogated at great length
Two days later - 26 Feb 1945 - to a Dulag Luft transit camp near Wetzlar
Here they were alllowed to bathe and were issued clean, dry clothing, courtesy of the International Red Cross
stayed here till 2 March 1945 - Arrived 5 March 1945 in Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser
and were forced to march 4 April 1945 towards Stalag VII A Moosburg - arriving 20 April 1945
Liberated 29 April 1945 - 14th Armored Division
- POW STORY - as recalled by Bill Jeffers - via Gerald Harvey

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Crew: B-17G-80-BO - #43-38187 - 16th Feb 1945 - Mission: Gelsenkirchen
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18161773 - O-710455 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Jeff N. Donalson - Tulsa, OK - POW

O-801929 - 2nd Lt. - Co-Pilot - Charles Richard Wilson - Monrovia, CA - POW

O-2072764 - 2nd Lt. - Navigator - William Wade "Bill" Jeffers - Glen Allen, VA - POW

34546656 - S/Sgt. - Togglier - Richard Lee Summers - Miami, Dade County, FL - POW

17136337 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Gerald Scott Harvey - Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, MO - POW

37402761 - S/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner (Waist Gunner) - William Owen Streuter - Saint Louis, MO - POW

36641610 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Adelbert David Shereck - Chicago, IL - POW

33683670 - S/Sgt. - Waist Gunner (Top Turret Gunner) - Michael (nmi) Gagich - Sharon, Mercer County, PA - POW

38569129 - S/Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Jack Miller Harrington - Oklahoma, OK - POW
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18161773 - O-710455 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Jeff N. Donalson - Tulsa, OK - POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg
born 5 Jun 1923 - died 25 May 2007, Henderson, Clark, Nevada - Age 83
Son of Mrs. Sara N. Donalson (mother), 602 South Quaker Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Enlistment: 22 Oct 1942, Tulsa, OK - Residence: Tulsa Co., OK - Nativity: TX - Marital Status: Single

18161773 - O-710455 - 1st Lt. (Lt. Col.) - Pilot - Jeff  N. Donalson
Jeff N. Donalson - 602 S. Quaker, Tulsa, Okla.
source: Ellington Field, TX - Class 44B - page 25
via Toni Ann Geren - 14 May 2013

18161773 - O-710455 - 1st Lt. (Lt. Col.) - Pilot - Jeff  N. Donalson - image by LKat Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX - image by DonZas (†)
18161773 - O-710455 - 1st Lt. (Lt. Col.) - Pilot - Jeff N. Donalson
Burial: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
© 2011 LKat on Find A Grave. Used with permission

O-801929 - 2nd Lt. - Co-Pilot - Charles Richard Wilson - Monrovia, CA - POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg
born 16 Dec 1921 - die 10 Oct 1953 - Age 31
Son of Mr. Don Elbert Wilson Sr. and Mrs. Enna Catherine Wilson née Miller
Sibling: Don Elbert Wilson Jr. (born 1920 - died 1997 - Age ~77)
Husband of Mrs. Patricia L. Wilson (wife), 1625 Alamitas Avenue, Monrovia, California
Nickname "Chuck" - died late 40's - early 50's while flying a spotter plane
for a fishing fleet off the coast of California. He crashed into the sea [info via Bill Jeffers]

Hey!
Was looking into Charles Richard Wilson records tonight.
Have a photo that my dad labeled "roommate Charles Wilson" which I thought was from the air lift.
I sent it to Bill Jeffers for confirmation and he said it wasn't Charles "Chuck" Wilson from the crew.
They were standing in front of a B-17 however and can't find any records of my dad flying B-17's
during the airlift. So I am totally confused about this photo just where it was and when it was.
Bill did tell me my dad and Charles were room-mates at Dyersburg TN.
So now wondering if that is where it was taken and maybe Bills recollection off?
If I don't figure this out, no one else will!

Anyway, thru searching on Ancestry hoping someone had some info I did find his exact death date
and his parents, which after checking your site, you did not have.
Source from US Veterans Gravesites 1775-2006.
He died 10 Oct 1953 but wasn't buried until the Oct 21st?
From your site, info from Bill, he died in an air accident.
Maybe they didn't find him for some days?
He was buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in California.
Nothing on Find-a-Grave for that cemetery though.
His parents were Don Elbert Wilson and Enna Catherine Miller.
Census records 1930 and 1940.
He had 1 brother Don Elbert Jr. Wilson born in 1920. Don Jr. died in 1997.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
info via Toni Geren - 27 May 2013


O-2072764 - 2nd Lt. - Navigator - William Wade "Bill" Jeffers - Glen Allen, VA - POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg
born 27 Sep 1923, VA
Son of Mr. George Linwood Jeffers (father), R. F. D. # 2, Box 143, Glen Allen, VA

2nd Lt. George Linwood Jeffers - Father in Field Artillery uniform - Xmas 1917 2nd Lt. William Wade 'Bill' Jeffers - 1944
2nd Lt. George Linwood Jeffers (Father) - 1917 . . . 2nd Lt. William Wade 'Bill' Jeffers - 1944
- via Bill Jeffers - 12 Jan 2013

2nd Lt. William Wade 'Bill' Jeffers - 2009 O-2072764 - William Wade Jeffers - 26 Feb 1945
Bill Jeffers - POW #10576 intake snap - Dulag-Luft - 26 Feb 1945
- via Bill Jeffers - 18 Apr 2009

Bill Jeffers with Toni Geren - 401st BG Reunion, 16 Aug 2013, Urbana, OH
Bill Jeffers with Toni Geren - 401st BG Reunion, 16 Aug 2013, Urbana, OH
- via Toni Geren - 18 Sep 2013

34546656 - S/Sgt. - Togglier - Richard Lee Summers - Miami, Dade County, FL - POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg
born 16 Oct 1924, OH - died 11 Mar 2005, Gulfport, MS - Age 80
Enlistment: 27 Feb 1943, Camp Blanding, FL - Residence: Dade Co., FL - Nativity: OH - Marital Status: Single
Attended college for one year
Son of Mrs. C. W. Furry (mother), 2541 Palmetto Road, Miami, FL

37402761 - S/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner (Waistgunner on 16 Feb 1945) - William Owen Streuter - Saint Louis, MO - POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg
born 12 Jun 1921, Saint Louis, MO - died 27 Jul 2003, Collinsville, Madison, IL - Age 82
Enlistment: 8 Dec 1942, Jefferson Barracks, MO - Residence: St. Louis City Co., MO - Nativity: MO - Marital Status: Single
Husband of Mrs. Florence M Streuter (wife), 2823A University Street, Saint Louis, MO
Son of Mr. Owen Streuter, 3617 North Twentieth Street, Saint Louis, MO
William Streuter is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO - Plot: F 0 564

'Bill' Streuter with his son Mark - 1945
Bill Streuter with his son Mark - 1945
source Mark Streuter (son) - via Jack Luehrs - 26 Jun 2012

37402761 - S/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - William Owen Streuter Sgt. William Owen Streuter - 1921 - 2003
Sgt. William Owen Streuter - liberated POW - St. Louis area men - Star-Times photo
left top image - 37402761 - S/Sgt. - Eng/TTG - William Owen Streuter
right top image - Sgt. William Owen Streuter - 1921 - 2003
bottom image - Liberated POW - St. Louis area men - Star-Times photo
source: Ancestry - via Toni Geren - 03 Jul 2012 - 08 May 2013
!!! Ancestry contributor !!!
When you read this, please contact me for details - PATS - 09 May 2013


You are 100% correct on the names, ranks, Ser numbers of our crew
The positions are correct for that particular mission,
but only because Mike Gagich and Bill Streuter traded positions just for that day
- info Bill Jeffers, (Navigator on 16 Feb 1945) - 23 Jun 2012 -


17136337 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Gerald Scott Harvey - Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, MO - POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg
born 2 May 1925, Saint Joseph, MO - died 01 Jan 2013, Chillicothe, MO - Age 87
Enlistment: 26 Mar 1943, Kansas City, Kansas - Residence: Buchanan, MO - Nativity: MO - Marital Status: Single
Son of Scott A. Harvey (father) and Gertrude L. Harvey (mother), 1206 South 29th Street, Saint Joseph, MO
Married - 10 Aug 1946 - Ms. Eunice Pearl Listrom (born 19 Aug 1926 - died 16 Mar 2012 - Age 85)

Clip  Sedalia, MO - 19 Sep 2001
- Gerald Harvey, Sedalia, MO - Clip 19 Sep 2001 -
Gerald Harvey training waist-gunner
- Gerald Harvey in training as waist gunner -
- via Gerald Harvey - 27 Feb 2009 -

36641610 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Adelbert David Shereck - Chicago, IL - POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg
born 19 Dec 1924, Chicago, IL - died Sep 1972, IL - Age 47
Son of Mrs. Rose R. Shereck (mother), 2032 S. Union Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

33683670 - S/Sgt. - Waist Gunner (Top Turret Gunner on 16 Feb 1945) - Michael (nmi) Gagich - Sharon, Mercer County, PA - POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg
born 31 Jul 1925, Sharon, PA - died 23 Jan 2014, Butler, PA - Age 88
Enlistment: 22 Sep 1943, Erie, PA - Residence: Mercer Co., PA - Nativity: PA - Marital Status: Single
S/Sgt. Michael Gagich is given as Engineer while in US - see crew photo DAAF - 1944 -
Son of Mr. Joseph Gagich (father) and Anne Gagich (mother), 91 Willow Street, Sharon, PA
Attended Sharon High School for two years and married 15 Feb 1947 to Ms. Rosaline Marie Necaster.
Mrs. Rosaline Marie Gagich née Necaster passed away 29 Jun 2011 - Age 86

38569129 - S/Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Jack Miller Harrington - Oklahoma, OK - POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg
born 12 Nov 1925, Oklahoma, OK - died 9 Dec 1999 - Age 74
Enlistment: 16 Feb 1944, Oklahoma City, OK - Residence: Oklahoma Co., OK - Nativity: OK - Marital Status: Single
Son of Mrs. M. M. Harrington (mother), 214 Northwest 9th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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17136337 - Radio Operator - S/Sgt. - Gerald Scott Harvey 33683670 - Waist Gunner - (Top Turret Gunner on 16 Feb 1945) - S/Sgt. - Michael Gagich 34546656 - Toggalier - S/Sgt. - Richard Lee Summers 36641610 - Ball Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. - Adelbert David Shereck
17136337 - Radio Operator - S/Sgt. - Gerald Scott Harvey - Saint Joseph, MO - POW
33683670 - Waist Gunner (Top Turret Gunner on 16 Feb 1945) - S/Sgt. - Michael (nmi) Gagich - Sharon, PA - POW
34546656 - Bombardier - S/Sgt. - Richard Lee Summers - Miami, FL - POW
36641610 - Ball Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. - Adelbert David Shereck - Chicago, IL - POW
17136337 - S/Sgt. - Gerald Scott Harvey 33683670 - S/Sgt. - Michael Gagich 34546656 - S/Sgt. - Richard Lee Summers 36641610 - S/Sgt. - Adelbert David Shereck

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Crew #8549 - Lt. Thurman Matson Geren
Crew #8549 - Pilot Geren - taken at training - DAAF - Dyersburg, TN - 1944
back l-r: S/Sgt. Michael Gagich, S/Sgt. Gerald S. Harvey, S/Sgt. William R. Borree, S/Sgt. Adelbert D. Shereck, S/Sgt. Jack M. Harrington
front l-r: 1st Lt. Thurman M. Geren, 2nd Lt. Charles R. Wilson, 2nd Lt. William W. Jeffers, F/O. Harry E. Cobb
S/Sgt. Richard Summers and S/Sgt. William Streuter are not on this photo - info by PATS
Bombardier F/O. Harry E. Cobb and Armor Gunner S/Sgt. William R. Borree were reassigned - info by Bill Jeffers
- move cursor over image for full photo - info PATS -

- Lt. Jeff N. Donalson was substituting 16 Feb 1945 for regular pilot Lt. Thurman M. Geren -
- who was in the base infirmany with influenza -
- info narrative Bill Jeffers - via Gerald Harvey - 27 Feb 2009 -
- photo via Toni Ann Geren, daughter [ Footnote ] - names via Gerald Harvey, Bill Jeffers and Toni Geren-

1st Lt. Thurman Matson Geren - US Air Corps 1st Lt. Thurman Matson Geren - US Air Corps
- 1st Lt. Thurman Matson Geren -

2nd Lt. Geren was shot down 5th of April 1945 on his 18th mission [ Mission #242 - Ingolstadt ]
he was able to bring his 'cripple' B-17G - #44-6113 IN-R "The Bandwagon No.2" behind friendly lines
All did bail out, vicinity Saarbrücken, before it crashed due his battle damage
The injured gunner's parachute was tied to the static line and was dropped toward the grond

Flight Engineer, Sgt. David M. Lesher, already wounded in the plane was found dead on the ground
17098029 - Sgt. David M. Lesher - Hometown: Lancaster County, NE - Status: KIA - info AAD Archives -
born 24 Aug 1921 - died 5 Apr 1945 - Age 23 - ; home in 1930: Muscatine, Muscatine County, IA
Son of Mr. Leland H. Lesher and Mrs. Alice L. Lesher
buried 15 Dec 1948 - Plot D, 180 - Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee County, IA
- info Findagrave - info Ancestry via Toni Ann Geren -



Pilot Geren was awarded 19 Apr 1945 with the "Distinguished Flying Cross"
He holds also the Air Medal and one Oak Leaf Cluster

Thurman Matson Geren, born 25 Nov 1915, Leipsic, OH, died 9 Apr 2005, Toledo, Lucas Co., Ohio - Age 89
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Webster Geren, Delta, OH
buried 11 Apr 2005 in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio
- info / photos via Toni Ann Geren, daughter - 3 Mar 2009 -

The Bandwagon No.2 - 4 Nov 1944 - UK - 401st BG
- clip 'nose-art' The Bandwagon No.2 - 4 Nov 1944 - UK -
- see photo nr. B-65433A.C. - 401st Bomb Group -
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32076932 - O-?????? - Co-pilot - 2nd Lt. Eugene B. Colliss, Westville, NJ
born 20 Sep 1920, PA ,died 12 Nov 2011, Westville, NJ - Age 91
Enlistment: 27 Jul 1942, Camden, NJ - Residence: Westville, Gloucester Co., New Jersey - Marital Status: Single
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Bombardier/Navigator - 2nd Lt. James E. Deyo, Oelwein, IA
born 7 Jan 1919, died 27 Apr 2008, Highlands Ranch, Douglas County, CO - Age 89
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
HOMETOWN: Oelwein, IA
ACTIVITY DURING WWII
U.S. ARMY - FINANCE DEPARTMENT. ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY;
U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES BOMBARDIER-NAVIGATOR, B-17
SHOT DOWN OVER GERMANY, PARACHUTED TO SAFETY ALTHOUGH INJURED
Honored by: James Deyo, Son - source: wwiimemorial.com
- . - . -

Geren family Jeffers family Streuter family
Shereck family Gagich family
Crew family photos - Geren, Jeffers, Streuter, Shereck and Gagich
photos via Toni Ann Geren (daughter) - 26 Apr 2013

Ex-Pow National conference Tulsa - 14 Sep 1991
Ex-Pow National conference - 14 Sep 1991, Tulsa, OK
l-r: Jeff Donaldson, Gerald Harvey, Jack Harrington and Bill Jeffers
photo via Toni Ann Geren (daughter) - 11 Mar 2014

SGLO - T5262

B-17G - #43-38187 - 16 FEB 1945 - IJMUIDEN/NORTH SEA - CREW 9

1st Lt. - Pilot - Jeff N. Donalson - Tulsa, OK - POW 2nd Lt. - Co-Pilot - Charles Richard Wilson - Monrovia, CA - POW 2nd Lt. - Navigator - William Wade 'Bill' Jeffers - Glen Allen, VA - POW S/Sgt. - Togglier - Richard Lee Summers - Miami, Dade County, FL - POW S/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner (Waist Gunner on 16 Feb 1945) - William Owen Streuter - Saint Louis, MO - POW
S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Gerald Scott Harvey - Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, MO - POW S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Adelbert David Shereck - Chicago, IL - POW S/Sgt. - Waist Gunner (Top Turret Gunner on 16 Feb 1945) - Michael (nmi) Gagich - Sharon, Mercer County, PA - POW S/Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Jack Miller Harrington - Oklahoma, OK - POW

9 POW

DONALSON - WILSON - JEFFERS - SUMMERS - STREUTER
HARVEY - SHERECK - GAGICH - HARRINGTON

Spoke with Harvey, Gagich and Jeffers

Contact Harvey is pending - 17 Oct 2008 - PATS
Contact Gagich is pending - 17 Oct 2008 - PATS
Contact Jeffers is pending - 17 Oct 2008 - PATS
Contact Geren is pending - 17 Oct 2008 - PATS
Contact Donalson is pending - 17 Jun 2012 - 03 Dec 2013 - PATS
Contact Streuter is pending - 22 Jun 2012 - PATS

Last update - 22 Apr 2014 - PATS



*** Hardenberg / Rheezerveen ***



SGLO - T5263

16th Feb 1945 - B-17G - #42-97869 - "Maid to Order" - IY-A - Hardenberg/Rheezerveen - 14:30
401st BG - Triangle 'S' - 94th CBW - 615th BS - 1st Lt. E. A. Hansen - MACR #12444
3 KIA - 1 EVD - 5 POW



crash in the Colenbrandersbos at Rheezerveen - just inside my 50x50 mi search area -

401st BG 615 BS patch Triangle S 8th-air-force-patch
401st BG - Triangle 'S'- 615th BS - IY - 1st Div - 8th Air Force

Crew 15- 401st BG - 615th BS - 13 Dec 1944
Photo A-66264A.C - Crew 15 - 401st BG - 615th BS - 13 Dec 1944 at an Air Force base in England
Standing: (left to right) - Sgt. Wade T. Brunson, Sgt. Leroy M. McKnight
Kneeling: Sgt. Raymond A. Miller, Sgt. James L. Morrison, Lt. Coates,
Lt. Morton Greenberg, Sgt. Ferguson and 1st Lt. Ernest A. Hansen
This was not the same crew that flew to Gelsenkirchen - 16 Feb 1945
The Co-Pilot was Joseph S. Chuderewicz, not Coates, the Radio Operator was Joseph V. Del Torto
and the Waist Gunner was Alonzo Karcher
All returned except for Del Torto, Brunson, and Hansen
- photo via Footnote - The National Archives - crew info by Jinny -
- NARA Reference Number: 342-FH-3A11061-A66264AC -

The aircraft B-17G-35-VE - #42-97869 - "Maid to Order" aka "Hula Girl" - piloted by Lt. Ernest A. Hansen,
was hit in the right wing, which caught on fire
The crew bailed out over Holland, but three members of the crew, were killed
One crew member, Sgt. R. A. Miller, the Engineer, evaded capture,
but the remaining crew members were POW's

19162208 - O-772360 - Pilot - 
1st Lt. - Ernest Arden 'Ernie' Hansen - KIA 32940850 - Radio Operator - 
S/Sgt. - Joseph Vincent Del Torto - KIA 17155093 - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner 
T/Sgt. - Raymond Anthony Miller - EVD 38555031 - Ball Gunner Gunner - 
S/Sgt. - Wade Travis Brunson - KIA 36751903 - Waist Gunner - 
S/Sgt. - Alonzo Albert Karcher - POW
Hansen - Del Torto - Miller - Brunson - Karcher
- - KIA - - - KIA - - - EVD - - - KIA - - - POW - -
- images via Andy Swinnen -

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Crew: B-17G-35-VE - #42-97869 - 16 Feb 1945 - Mission: Gelsenkirchen
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19162208 - O-772360 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Ernest Arden "Ernie" Hansen - DFC - Fortuna, Humboldt County, CA - KIA

T-4671 - F/O. - Co-Pilot - Joseph Stephen "Fats" Chuderewicz - Pittsburg, PA - POW - Stalag Luft 3

O-1997849 - 1st Lt. - Navigator - Morton "Morty" (nmi) Greenberg - New York, NY - POW

17181731 - S/Sgt. - Togglier - James Lowry Morrison - Grinnell, Powshiek County, IA - POW - Stalag VII A

17155093 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Raymond Anthony Miller - West Union, Todd County, MN - EVD

32940850 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Joseph Vincent Del Torto - Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, NY - KIA

38555031 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Wade Travis Brunson - Travis County, TX - KIA

36751903 - S/Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Alonzo "Lonnie" Albert Karcher - Dahlgren, Harrison County, IL - POW

34795493 - S/Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Leroy Miles Mc Knight - Marion County, AL - POW
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19162208 - O-772360 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Ernest Arden "Ernie" Hansen - DFC - Fortuna, Humboldt County, CA - KIA
born 18 Jun 1922 - died 16 Feb 1945, Hardenberg, NL - Age 22
Son of Mr. Ernest H. Hansen (father) and Mrs. Verna Ruth Hansen (mother), P.O. Box 34, 562 Main Street, Fortuna, California
Enlistment: 15 Oct 1942, Los Angeles, CA - Residence: Humboldt Co., CA - Nativity: CA - Marital Status: Single
Religion: Protestant - initial buried 18 Feb 1945 - Grave No. 1 - Achterveld Civillian Cemetery, Dedemsvaart, Holland
reinterred: Netherlands American Cemetery - Margraten, NL - Plot: BBB Row: 3 Grave: 61
final burial, Ocean View Cemetery, Eureka, California, USA
DFC - 30 Nov 1944
Address parents in 1949: 76 Spruce Road, Fairfax, Marin County, California

1946 - Statement burgomaster of Avereest - via Alderman J. Wolthuis
"Parachute did not open after he left the plane"

1st Lt. Ernest Arden 'Ernie' Hansen 1st Lt. Ernest Arden 'Ernie' Hansen
1st Lt. Ernest Arden "Ernie" Hansen
- images via Herman Redder - 10 Dec 2010

Newsclip - Hero Home - Lt. Ernest A. Hansen
Newsclip - Hero Home - Lt. Ernest A. Hansen
- via Herman Redder - 10 Dec 2010

headstone - 1st Lt. Ernest A. Hansen
Ernest A. Hansen - 1922 † 1945 -
1st Lt. U.S. Air Force W.W. II
In loving memory of Audrey Hansen Bell, only sister
reinterred USA - Ocean View Cemetery, Eureka, CA

T-4671 - F/O. - Co-Pilot - Joseph Stephen "Fats" Chuderewicz - Pittsburg, PA - POW - Stalag Luft 3
born 7 Mar 1922 - died 29 Sep 1999, Gibsonia, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania - Age 77
buried at St Stanislaus Cemetery, Pittsburg, PA
Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Chuderewicz (mother) née Wisniewski, 3017 Brereton Avenue, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Peter Paul Chuderewicz (father) - born 24 Apr 1892 - died Jun 1964 - Age 72
Elizabeth (Elzbieta) Chuderewicz (mother) - born 31 Jul 1893, Pittsburgh (Polish Hill) - died Oct 1978 - Age 85
Siblings: Harry (M-15), Lucy (F-13), Esther (F-10), Leonard (M-5), Norman (M-2) and Sylvia (F-10/12)
Married: 26 Jul 1947 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Pittsburgh (Polish Hill), Allegheny, PA
Children (4): Stephen "Steve" J. Chuderewicz - born 8 Jan 1954 - died in accident
Joseph "Joe" Chuderewicz - born 6 May 1956 - died Nov 1978 - Age 22
Russell P. Chuderewicz - born 2 May 1958 and daughter - born 19..
Stephen and Joseph both killed in an accident
- info US Census 10 April 1930 - and post by David Wolf on 28 Dec 2003 at ancestry.com -

Co-Pilot - F/O. - Joseph Stephen 'Fats' Chuderewicz Co-Pilot - F/O. - Joseph Stephen 'Fats' Chuderewicz
Co-Pilot - F/O. - Joseph Stephen 'Fats' Chuderewicz
- images via Russell P. Chuderewicz - 17 Nov 2010

Memorial -  F/O. - Joseph S. Chuderewicz
Memorial - F/O. - Joseph Stephen 'Fats' Chuderewicz
- image via Richard Frollini, Saint Stanislaus Cemetery - 24 Nov 2010

O-1997849 - 1st Lt. - Navigator - Morton "Morty" (nmi) Greenberg - New York, NY - POW
born 2 Nov 1922 - died 17 Feb 2003, Manhattan, New York, New York - Age 80
Son of Mr. Sol Greenberg (father), 911 Walton Avenue, Bronx 52, New York, New York

1st Lt. Morton Greenberg in flight
1st Lt. Morton Greenberg in flight
- image via Herman Redder - 10 Dec 2010

17181731 - S/Sgt. - Togglier - James Lowry Morrison - Grinnell, Powshiek County, IA - POW - Stalag VII A
born 1925, MO
Son of Mr. Lloyd F. Morrison (father) and Edna B. Morrison, 1109 Main Street, Grinnell, Iowa
Enlistment: 15 Jan 1944, Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA - Residence: Poweshiek Co., IA - Nativity: MO - Marital Status: Single
They moved to Washington, IA where his father was manager of the local telephone company in 1930
Morrison graduated from high school

S/Sgt. - James Lowry Morrison
S/Sgt. - James Lowry Morrison
- image via Herman Redder - 10 Dec 2010

17155093 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Raymond Anthony Miller - West Union, Todd County, MN - EVD
born 13 Nov 1922, MN - died Jan 1983, Orlando, Orange, FL - Age 60
Son of Mrs. Mary A. Miller (mother), Box 15, West Union, Minnesotta

He was hidden in the woods for the night and the next day received help
E&E #2954 - Escape and Evasion report (17 pages)
Enlistment: T/Sgt. 20 Oct 1945, Laredo AAF, TX - Residence: Todd Co., MN - Nativity: MN - Marital Status: Single
2nd Enlistment for Hawaiian Department

E S C A P E - A N D - E V A S I O N - R E P O R T
H E L P E R S
HEINDRICK BOS [HENDRIK BOS], Kerkenveld, C 197, Hoogenveen [HOOGEVEEN], Holland (V-1558)
Food and shelter (fed in barn) , best of treatment 17 Feb - 8 Apr 1945
Wife and 5 children - ANNIE 20; RULOF [ROELOF] 14; GERICHTE [GRIETJE] 11; HANK [HENK] 9; and BERTHA 7
cycled to Allies at night, rejoined allied forces
Canadian 18th Armored Car Division [Regiment], 8 Apr 1945, near Dedemsvaart, Holland
- info 13 April 1945 - Escape and Evasion report #2954 -
Not 'Division' but 'Regiment' - info Herman Redder - 21 Nov 2010
Canadian 18th Armoured Car Regiment - aka - 12th Manitoba Dragoons
between brackets - [CORRECT NAME] - info PATS -

T/Sgt. - Raymond Anthony Miller - around 1960
T/Sgt. - Raymond Anthony Miller - 1960
- image via Herman Redder - 10 Dec 2010

32940850 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Joseph Vincent Del Torto - Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, NY - KIA
born 1925 - died 16 Feb 1945, Hardenberg, NL - Age 20
Son of Mrs. Anna Del Torto (mother), 30 Lent Street, Poughkeepsie, New York
Enlistment: 25 Jun 1943, Utica, NY - Residence: Dutchess Co., NY - Nativity: NY - Marital Status: Single
Initial buried isolated grave - 20 Feb 1945 - Public Cemetery Hardenberg - Plot: 2 Grave: 7
buried as Unknown X-2026 (Margraten) - Plot: VV Row: 11 Grave: 266
Netherlands American Cemetery - Margraten, NL - Plot: K Row: 16 Grave: 8

Joseph Vincent Del Torto - in yearbook Class of 1943 S/Sgt. - Joseph Vincent Del Torto S/Sgt. - Joseph Vincent Del Torto
S/Sgt. - Joseph Vincent Del Torto
- images via Herman Redder - 11 Dec 2010

Grave of S/Sgt. Joseph Vincent Del Torto at Margraten, NL
S/Sgt. Joseph Vincent Del Torto
Netherlands American Cemetery - Margraten, NL - Plot: K Row: 16 Grave: 8
- image via Andy Swinnen - 20 May 2013

38555031 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Wade Travis Brunson - Travis County, TX - KIA
born 17 Feb 1925, TX - died 16 Feb 1945, Hardenberg, NL - one day before Age 20
Son of Mrs. Annie E. Cheek (mother), 517 South Third Street, Waco, Texas
William Isaac Brunson (father), General Delivery, Conroe, Texas
Donald R. Brunson (brother), General Delivery, Conroe, Texas
Enlistment: 30 Jul 1943, Fort Sam, Houston, TX - Residence: Travis Co., TX - Nativity: TX - Marital Status: Single
Initial buried isolated grave - 20 Feb 1945 - Public Cemetery Hardenberg - Plot: 2 Grave: 6
buried as Unknown X-2025 (Margraten) - Plot: VV Row: 11 Grave: 265
Netherlands American Cemetery - Margraten, NL - Plot: B Row: 10 Grave: 1
Air Medal with ribbon, 2 citations

S/Sgt. Wade Travis Brunson
S/Sgt. Wade Travis Brunson
- image via Andy Swinnen - 20 May 2013

Here is a picture of Wade during his training, front row, 2nd from left
S/Sgt. Wade Travis Brunson - front row, 2nd left
S/Sgt. Wade Travis Brunson - front row, 2nd left
- image via Andy Swinnen - 20 May 2013

Grave of S/Sgt. Wade Travis Brunson at Margraten, NL
S/Sgt. Wade Travis Brunson
Netherlands American Cemetery - Margraten, NL - Plot: B Row: 10 Grave: 1
- image via Andy Swinnen - 20 May 2013

36751903 - S/Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Alonzo "Lonnie" Albert Karcher - Dahlgren, Harrison County, IL - POW
born 20 Mar 1924 - died 18 Sept 1988, Decatur, Macon, Illinois - Age 64
Son of Mr. Anton Karcher (father), Route Number Three, Dahlgreen, Illinois
He was married to Rita M. Karcher who was born in 1928. They lived in Decatur, IL

S/Sgt. - Alonzo 'Lonnie' Albert Karcher
S/Sgt. - Alonzo 'Lonnie' Albert Karcher
- image via Andy Swinnen -

Alonzo 'Lonnie' Albert Karcher S/Sgt. Alonzo 'Lonnie' Albert Karcher S/Sgt. Alonzo 'Lonnie' Albert Karcher
S/Sgt. - Alonzo 'Lonnie' Albert Karcher
- images via Herman Redder - 11 Dec 2010

34795493 - S/Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Leroy Miles Mc Knight - Marion County, AL - POW
born 7 Oct 1919, AL - died 3 Feb 1974, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia - Age 54
Husband of Mrs. Tommie K. McKnight (wife), Linden, Alabama
Enlistment: 02 Nov 1943, Camp Blanding,FL - Residence: Marion Co., AL - Nativity: AL - Marital Status: Married
Graduated from high school
Married on 6 August 1949 in Jefferson County, AL. He lived in Millport, AL
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see also: www.remember-our-heroes.nl/us_mission209.htm
- details at site of Andy Swinnen -


17181731 - Togglier - S/Sgt. - James Lowry Morrison 34795493 - Tail Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. - Leroy Miles Mc Knight 36751903 - Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. - Alonzo Albert Karcher
17181731 - Togglier - S/Sgt. - James Lowry Morrison - Grinnell, IA - POW
34795493 - Tail Gunner - S/Sgt. - Leroy Miles Mc Knight - Linden, AL - POW
36751903 - Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. - Alonzo Albert Karcher - Dahlgren, IL - POW
17181731 - S/Sgt. - James Lowry Morrison 34795493 - S/Sgt. - Leroy Miles Mc Knight 36751903 - S/Sgt. - Alonzo Albert Karcher
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Crash site - memorial placed by Herman Redder Crash site - memorial placed by Herman Redder
This is the crash site and a little monument was made by Herman Redder



SGLO - T5263

B-17G - #42-97869 - 16 Feb 1945 - HARDENBERG/RHEEZERVEEN - CREW 9

19162208 - O-772360 - 1st Lt. - Pilot - Ernest Arden 'Ernie' Hansen - Fortuna, Humboldt County, CA - KIA T-4671 - F/O. - Co-Pilot - Joseph Stephen Chuderewicz - Pittsburg, PA - POW - Stalag Luft 3 O-1997849 - 1st Lt. - Navigator - Morton (nmi) Greenberg - New York, NY - POW 17181731 - S/Sgt. - Togglier - James Lowry Morrison - Grinnell, Powshiek County, IA - POW - Stalag VII A 17155093 - T/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Raymond Anthony Miller - West Union, Todd County, MN - EVD
32940850 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Joseph Vincent Del Torto - Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, NY - KIA 38555031 - S/Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Wade Travis Brunson - Travis County, TX - KIA 36751903 - S/Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Alonzo Albert 'Lonnie' Karcher - Dahlgren, Harrison County, IL - POW 34795493 - S/Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Leroy Miles Mc Knight - Marion County, AL - POW

3 KIA - 1 EVD - 5 POW -

HANSEN(†) - CHUDEREWICZ - GREENBERG - MORRISON - MILLER
DEL TORTO(†) - BRUNSON(†) - KARCHER - MC KNIGHT


Name: Herman Redder - 17-18 Nov 2010
Hello Teunis,
Many thanks for your photos of Co-Pilot Chuderewicz, this was always my greatest wish
Last month I met Togglier James Morrisson in Germany, he is the last living crew member
of the "Maid to Order" - B-17G-35-VE - #42-97869. James will be 85 in December
Made a small booklet over this crash - "De fatale missie van de Maid to Order"
I admire your effort and persistence, oh boy ..... what a huge historical material on your pages
Thanks for the E&E #2954 - Escape and Evasion report - of Top Turret Gunner / Engineer Raymond Miller
I never saw these reports
Kind regards
Herman Redder, Dedemsvaart

* * * CREW HANSEN * * * COMPREHENSIVE STORY ABOUT "MAID TO ORDER" * * *
Order - 'De fatale missie van de Maid to Order'
book orders - English/Dutch - 4th print Aug 2010 - € 17 - author: H. A. Redder +31(0)523-613574
- . - . - 72 pages - . - . -

Last update - 22 Apr 2014 - PATS



*** Valthe/Nieuw-Weerdinge ***



SGLO - T5264

16th Feb 1945 - B-24H - #42-95080 - "Super Wolf" - Q2-V 'bar'- Valthe/Nieuw-Weerdinge - 15:30
467th BG - Circle 'P'- 790th BS - 2nd Lt. J. D. Mullican - MACR #12425
1 KIA - 9 POW



467bg-patch 467bg-790bs-patch Circle P 8th-air-force-patch
467th BG - Circle 'P'- 96th CBW - 790th BS - Q2 - 2nd Div - 8th Air Force

Crew #53 Mullican
Crew #53 - Mullican
Left to right standing: William H. Willis, Carl R. Pratt, Walter M. Sies, Matt J. Brletich, Mervyn Levin, Leonard E. Tomaski
Bottom: Boneau (did not travel to UK), William J. Caselton, John D. Mullican, Jay S.Young
- image via Andy Wilkinson - 467th BG archive -
- Photo taken at Chatham Field, GA - 1944 - info Tomaski -

Target for "Super Wolf" this day were the marshaling yards near Osnabruck, Germany
Coming back from the target the ship was damaged by flak
Near Emmen, Province of Drenthe, Holland the entire crew bailed out
The aircraft crashed near Valthe/Nieuw-Weerdinge at 15:30
Engineer Sies was the sole casualty due to parachute failure
The remaining 9 crew were captured and became POW

Co-pilot Young, injured/unconcious, was brought to the hospital in Emmen
He was liberated from hospital Emmen - 11 April 1945
Navigator William "Bill" Caselton evaded capture for over a week and was sheltered
by local Dutch folk. He was captured including those people who had sheltered him
Fortunately all survived the War

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Crew: B-24H-25-FO - #42-95080 - 16th Feb 1945 - Mission: Osnabruck
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13118521 - O-837912 - 2nd Lt. - Pilot - John Dennis "Moon" Mullican - Rock Island, TN - POW

13178294 - O-2063747 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Jay S. Young - Pen Argyl, PA - POW - Hospital Emmen

12175928 - T-132852 - F/O. - Navigator - William John Caselton - Washington, DC - POW

32956496 - Sgt. - Nose Turret Gunner - William H. Willis - Dover, DE - POW

36457521 - Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Walter Murphy Sies - Kalamazoo, MI - KIA

13045340 - Sgt. - Radio Operator - Mervyn (nmi) Levin - Philadelphia, PA - POW

31299537 - S/Sgt. - RCM Operator - Francis William Connor Jr. - Haverhill, MA - POW

33806907 - Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Carl R. Pratt - Coatesville, PA - POW

37570442 - Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - Matt James Brletich - Keewatin, MN - POW

36627461 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Leonard Edward "Lum" Tomaski - Momence, IL - POW
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13118521 - O-837912 - 2nd Lt. - Pilot - John Dennis "Moon" Mullican - Rock Island, TN - POW
born 21 August 1922, TN - died 22 June 2007, McMinnville, TN - Age 84
Son of Mrs. Clara W. Mullican (mother), Route #2, Rock Island, Warren Co., Tennessee
Enlistment: 13 Oct 1942, Richmond, VA - Residence: Undefined Code - Nativity: TN - Marital Status: Single
Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12

13178294 - O-2063747 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Jay S. Young - Pen Argyl, PA - POW - Hospital Emmen
born 29 Jul 1923, PA - died 28 Aug 2004, Pen Argyl, Northampton, Pennsylvania - Age 81
Husband of Mrs. Irene A. Young (wife), 116 Applegate Avenue, Pen Argyl, Northhampton Co., Pennsylvania
Enlistment: 15 Dec 1942 - Residence: Northhampton Co., PA - Nativity: PA - Marital Status: Single

12175928 - T-132852 - F/O. - Navigator - William John Caselton - Washington, DC - POW
born 7 Aug 1923 - died Jul 1970 - Age 46
Son of Mr. Cartner W. ?. Caselton (father), 2745 29th Street NW, Washington, DC
Enlistment: 26 Oct 1942, New York City, NY - Residence: District of Columbia - Nativity: NJ - Marital Status: Single

32956496 - Sgt. - Nose Turret Gunner - William H. Willis - Dover, DE - POW
born 1925, Delaware
Son of Mr. Joseph H. Willis (father), 12 Clara Street, Dover, Kent Co., Delaware
Enlistment: 20 Aug 1943, Camden, NJ - Residence: Kent Co., DE - Nativity: DE - Marital Status: Single
Attended high school for three years. His wife is Betty. He lives in Dover, DE

Willis was on his 3rd mission - Interned in a Camp near Wetzlar ( Dulag Luft )
later the crew was transfered to a POW camp near Nuremberg ( Stalag XIII D )
With Allied armies closing in on the city, the POW's were marched to Stalag VII-A ( Moosburg)
An American plane - P-47 - once strafed the group during that march, 'TP' laid out in a field
spelling out "POW" were prevented them from follow up attacks
Liberated 29th of April 1945, he finally returned to Dover, DE in June 1945
Promoted to Staff Sergeant, willis was discharged in November 1945
- source The Dover Post - Wednesday - 23 May 2007 -

36457521 - Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Walter Murphy Sies - Kalamazoo, MI - KIA
born 1911, Michigan - died 16 Feb 1945 - Valthe, The Netherlands - Age 34
Husband of Mrs. Thelma Louise Sies (wife), 1162 Dayton Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Enlistment: 22 Mar 1943, Kalamazoo, MI - Residence: Kalamazoo Co., MI - Nativity: MI - Marital Status: Married
Netherlands American Cemetery - Margraten, NL - Plot: K Row: 16 Grave: 12

Mrs. Thelma Louise Sies (widow) - remarried to Mr. Bastiaan "Buzz" John Stryd
Grandpa "Buzz", as we called him, was from Holland
Both of them are buried in Hanford, California where he owned and operated a large orchard
Walter Murphy Sies - before the war, he was an engraver for Brown Paper Co. in Kalamazoo
He was a highly skilled artist and cartoonist. Somewhere I have one of his cartoons
he sent his mother for Christmas via V-mail. It shows an airman with a 'Lindy' hat towing a 500# bomb
On the bomb are the words, "for Adolf". The header for the card reads, "Hauling in the Old Yule Log"
My mother recently gave me his journal from when he was "wooing" my grandmother
It really has helped add dimension to my picture of what my grandfather was like
Marc Kodiak Hassett (formerly LeJarett) (cousin) - 12 Nov 2010 -

13045340 - Sgt. - Radio Operator - Mervyn (nmi) Levin - Philadelphia, PA - POW
born 1922, Pennsylvania
Son of Mr. Nathan Levin and Mrs. Lena Levin (mother), 5544 Osage Avenue, Philadelphia Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Enlistment: 22 Dec 1941, Philadelphia, PA - Residence: Philadelphia Co., PA - Nativity: PA - Marital Status: Single
Graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor

31299537 - S/Sgt. - RCM Operator - Francis William Connor Jr. - Haverhill, MA - POW
born 9 May 1924, Massachusetts - died 5 Jun 2002, Barefoot Bay, Brevard, Florida - Age 78
Son of Mrs. Francis W. Connor (mother), 43 Lewis Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts
Enlistment: 25 Feb 1943, Boston, MA - Residence: Essex Co., MA - Nativity: MA - Marital Status: Single
Graduated from high school

33806907 - Sgt. - Right Waist Gunner - Carl R. Pratt - Coatesville, PA - POW
born 1925, Pennsylvania
Son of Mrs. Catherine M. Pratt (mother), Rural Delivery Number One, Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Enlistment: 18 Dec 1943, New Cumberland, PA - Residence: Undefined Code - Nativity: PA - Marital Status: Single
Attended high school for three years. Upon his liberation, Pratt was staged at Camp Philip Morris
near Le Harve, France and returned home on 9 December 1945 aboard the USS 'Argentina'
He married Helen M.

37570442 - Sgt. - Left Waist Gunner - Matt James Brletich - Keewatin, MN - POW
born 5 Apr 1923 - died 8 Oct 1984, Minnesota - Age 61
Son of Mr. John Brletich (father), Box 250, Keewatin, Minnesota
Matt Brletich did have Croatian roots, he was bilingual - info Tomaski

36627461 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Leonard Edward "Lum" Tomaski - Momence, IL - POW
born 26 Aug 1920, Momence, Illinois - died 10 Aug 2009 - Age 88
Son of Mrs. Mary Tomaski (mother), 622 Maple Street, Momence, IL

Taken POW - from Emmen by night train to Frankfurt am Main for interrogation
Then again by train with a German escort to Wetzlar-Giessen - Dulag Luft Wetzlar ( 3/4 days )
April 8 or 9 they went by boxcars to Stalag XIII D Nuremberg (Oflag 73) Bavaria 49-11
Like nose gunner Willis he was also marching to Stalag VII A, when a P-47 did strafed
the group, he broke his collarbone in the stampede for forest cover
Liberated - 29 April 1945 - by 14th Armored Division. He returned back via hospital ship to the States at Camp Kilner, NJ
then went to Fort Sheridan, IL. Wanted treatment for his frostbitten feet, but instead he
got 90 days of R & R, so he went home to Momence, Il. He was discharged Oct. 29 1945 as a Sergeant
Nuremberg, Nurnberg - it's the same place - 08 Nov 2008 - PATS
- source - Leonard "Lum" Tomaski and Frank B. Johnson -
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Enlistments of Brletich and Tomaski not in on-line AAD-archives


13045340 - Radio Operator - Sgt. - Mervyn Levin 31299537 - RCM Operator - S/Sgt. - Francis William Connor Jr. 32956496 - Nose Turret Gunner - Sgt. - William H. Willis 33806907 - Right Waist Gunner - Sgt. - Carl R. Pratt 37570442 - Left Waist Gunner - Sgt. - Matt James Brletich
13045340 - Radio Operator - Sgt. - Mervyn (nmi) Levin - Philadelphia, PA - POW
31299537 - RCM Operator - S/Sgt. - Francis William Connor Jr. - Haverhill, MA - POW
32956496 - Nose Turret Gunner - Sgt. - William H. Willis - Dover, DE - POW
33806907 - Right Waist Gunner - Sgt. - Carl R. Pratt - Coatesville, PA - POW
37570442 - Left Waist Gunner - Sgt. - Matt James Brletich - Keewatin, MN - POW
13045340 - Sgt. - Mervyn Levin 31299537 - S/Sgt. - Francis William Connor Jr. 32956496 - Sgt. - William H. Willis 33806907 - Sgt. - Carl R. Pratt 37570442 - Sgt. - Matt James Brletich

SUPER WOLF
"SUPER WOLF" - Nose art -
- image via Andy Wilkinson - 467th BG archive -



SGLO - T5264

B-24H - #42-95080 - 16 FEB 1945 - VALTHE/NIEUW-WEERDINGE - CREW 10

Pilot - 2nd Lt. John Dennis 'Moon' Mullican - Rock Island, TN - POW Co-pilot - 2nd Lt. Jay S. Young - Pen Argyl, PA - POW - Hospital Emmen Navigator - F/O. - William John Caselton - Washington, DC - POW Nose Turret Gunner - Sgt. - William H. Willis - Dover, DE - POW Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Sgt. - Walter M. Sies - Kalamazoo, MI - KIA
Radio Operator - Sgt. - Mervyn (nmi) Levin - Philadelphia, PA - POW RCM Operator - S/Sgt. - Francis William Connor Jr. - Haverhill, MA - POW Right Waist Gunner - Sgt. - Carl R. Pratt - Coatesville, PA - POW Left Waist Gunner - Sgt. - Matt James Brletich - Keewatin, MN - POW Tail Turret Gunner - Sgt. - Leonard Edward 'Lum' Tomaski - Momence, IL - POW

- 1 KIA - 9 POW -

MULLICAN - YOUNG - CASELTON - WILLIS - SIES(†)
LEVIN - CONNOR Jr. - PRATT - BRLETICH - TOMASKI

Spoke with Tomaski

Contact Tomaski is pending - 19 Oct 2008 - PATS
Contact Willis is pending - 19 Oct 2008 - PATS
Contact Sies is pending - 12 Nov 2010 - PATS

Last update - 22 Apr 2014 - PATS



*** Lochem/Exelsebrug ***



SGLO - T5323

26 Feb 1945 - #44-13846 - 1st Lt. R. D. Whitley - P-51D - MC-C - Lochem/Exelsebrug - 14:45
- 20 FG - 79 FS - MACR #12767
1 POW



20th Fighter Group

20th FG 79th FS 8th-air-force-patch
20th FG - - - - - - 79th FS - - - - - 8th Air Force

MC-C and MC-Rbar on the ramp at Kings Cliffe, UK
MC-C and MC-R on the ramp at Kings Cliffe, UK
- photo Capt. Donnellan - via www.littlefriends.co.uk -

Airborne from King's Cliffe, UK on 26 Feb 1945 for a Bomber Escort - destination Berlin
Weather 10/10 cloud, good visibility under overcast
Lt Whitley was forced to land 15 km East of Zutphen, The Netherlands
P-51D-NA - #44-13846 - MC-C with nickname "Li'l Bit" was out of gasoline
Eyewitness O-2057617 - 2nd Lt. James W. Hahn - #44-11347 had radio contact
after his emergengy landing, told he was OK and also waved to Lt. Hahn
Later captured and taken POW - Plane was damaged for 55% ( German records )

In German records H 183 J-3137, they give markings MC-C with 27479 under C
see images below
Markings - according German records

Markings - according German records

" The confusion of the 27479 is this......... this is a portion of the
contractor's number which the Germans copied from the cockpit dataplate of the a/c
The full c/n would read 109-27479 and corresponds exactly with the a/c s/n 44-13846
The Germans sometimes erroneously used this number as the a/c s/n when
that # was fully destroyed in the crash of the a/c "

- info by Ted Damick, MI - the very best of all Mustang researchers -
- via Peter Randall, UK - US 8th Air Force Little Friends Site - www.littlefriends.co.uk -


19173332 - O-710804 - Fighter Pilot - 1st. Lt - Ralph Dahlstrom Whitley - Los Angeles, CA - POW
Enlistment: 14 Nov 1942, Santa Ana AAB, California - Nativity: Washington - Residence: Los Angeles Co., CA - Marital Status: Married
Birth: 16 Nov 1915 - Washington, USA - Death: 22 Nov 1980 - Los Angeles, California, USA - Age 65
Residence: 1920 - Seattle, King Co., Washington
- info birth/death from Phillip Rector -

O-710804 - Fighter Pilot - 1st. Lt - Ralph Dahlstrom Whitley
O-710804 - Fighter Pilot - 1st. Lt - Ralph Dahlstrom Whitley - POW
O-710804 - 1st. Lt - Ralph Dahlstrom Whitley

1st. Lt - Ralph Dahlstrom Whitley - with ground crew
O-710804 - Fighter Pilot - 1st. Lt. - Ralph Dahlstrom Whitley - with ground crew
- photo via Footnote - The National Archives -

'Mae-west' of Whitley wearing by Capt. Robert P. Stutz
'Mae-west' of Whitley wearing by Capt. Robert P. Stutz
- photo via Footnote - The National Archives -

SGLO - T5323

P-51D - #44-13846 - 26 FEB 1945 - LOCHEM/EXELSEBRUG - CREW 1

Fighter Pilot - 1st. Lt - Ralph Dahlstrom Whitley - POW

- 1 POW -

WHITLEY


Last update - 11 Aug 2013 - PATS


Following crashes are outside Holland

- . - . - . - . - . -

*** Sundern / Gütersloh ***

7 mi East of Herzebrock-Clarholz ( partner city of Vollenhove )


16th Feb 1945 - B-17G - #43-38698 - Sundern / Gütersloh - 13:45
452nd BG - Square 'L' - 45th CBW - 731 BS - 2nd Lt. Frank S. Payne - MACR #12447
9 POW



Place of departure: Deopham Green (USAAF Station 142), England
Bombing mission - Target or intended destination: Hamm (Germany )
Weather conditions - time of crash - 8 to 10/10 coverage
Shot down by Flak near Hamm - Engine #3 was poring oil and was feathered
Another hit behind Engine #4 did start a fire and was feathered too
Crashed at Sundern ( 5 km SE of Gütersloh ) - damaged 95%
All (9) did bail out and were taken POW
Pilot Payne ( wounded ) was hospitalized in Reserve Lazarett Gütersloh
Germans thought first - as written in KU 3698 report - that a 10th crew member was killed
around 20 Feb 1945 - all captured are transfered in boxcars to Dulag Luft West (interrogation center), Oberusel
All Sergeants (6) to Dulag Luft Wetzlar, Nürnberg/Nuremberg Stalag XIII-D and finally Moosburg Stalag VII-A
Liberated 29th April 1945

Crew #7952 - Lt. Frank S. Payne
Crew #7952 - Pilot Payne - taken at training - DAAF - Dyersburg, TN - Oct 1944
back l-r: Robert F. Koontz, Richard Wasniak, Paul E. Grisham, Arthur Staton Jr., Donald E. Wolf
front l-r: Frank S. Payne, Robert W. Stuber, Clinton W. Day, and Robert McGann
- courtesy Lt. Frank S. Payne - via Kurt Spence -
Robert McGann (Bombardier) taken of crew - Nov 1944
Lyle F. Varnum not on picture

452BG Square L 731st BS 8th-air-force-patch

452nd BG - 45th CBW - Square 'L' - 731st BS - 7D - 3rd Div - 8th Air Force
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Crew flying B-17G - #43-38698 7D-? - 16th Feb 1945 - Mission: Hamm
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19102618 - O-778672 - 2nd Lt. - Pilot - Frank Scott Payne - Union County, OR - POW
born 1921, MO
Enlistment: 22 May 1942, Le Grande, OR - Residence: Union Co., OR - Nativity: MO - Marital Status: Single
Mr. Ben F. Payne (father) (Head-50 abt.1880, MO) and Mrs. Mae Payne (mother) (Wife-45 abt.1885, MO)
Siblings: Alfred (M-20), Irene (F-16), Ben Jr. (M-15), Gladys (F-10), Betty Jean (F-5) and Doris (F-2)
- US Census 5 Apr 1930 - Sherman County, Oregon -
Address - 1945 : Mrs. Lilian J. Payne (Wife), 1212 Willow Street, La Grande, Oregon
Did bail out as last (#9) and landed in Rheda on the RR tracks ( near underpass Nonenstraße )
wounded - Reserve Lazarett Gütersloh - KU 3698
Rheda info via Hans-Dieter Musch, Gütersloh - 27 Nov 1997

2nd Lt. Frank Scott Payne with his wife Lilian - 1945
2nd Lt. Frank Scott Payne with his wife Lilian - 1945

O-928484 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Robert 'Bob' Wallace Stuber - ?county?, ?state? - POW - Stalag Luft 3
born 1921
Address - 1945 : Mrs. Maxine M. Stuber (Wife), Box 112 San Juan, Capistrano, California
Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
Bailed out as #8

T-132247 - F/O. - Navigator - Clinton W. Day (io) - ?county?, ?state? - POW - Stalag Luft 3
born 19 Jan 1924, Vincennes, IN
Address - 1945 : Mrs. Mary D. Day (Wife), 10225 Pillot Street, Houston, Texas
Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
Left the plane together with Grisham from the front escape hatch, captured immediately
Bailed out as #2

37533107 - S/Sgt. - Togglier - Paul Edmund Grisham - Glasgow, Howard, MS - POW - Stalag VIIA - Moosburg
born 18 Oct 1924, Glasgow, MS - died: 23 Feb 1988, Glasgow, Howard, Missouri - Age 63
Address - 1945 : Mrs. Agatha A. Grisham (Wife), Rural Route Number One, Forrest Green, Missouri
Left the plane from the front escape hatch, captured immediately and put in a local jail at Beckum
Bailed out as #1

17070895 - S/Sgt. - Top Turret Gunner - Lyle Frank Varnum - Marshall Co., IA - POW - Stalag VIIA - Moosburg
born 08 May 1923, Van Nuys, CA - died 15 Aug 1990, Iowa City, IA - Age 67
Enlistment: 03 Nov 1942, Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA - Residence: Marshall Co., IA - Nativity: CA - Marital Status: Single
Address - 1945 : Mrs. Margaret L Varnum (Wife), 223 Broadway Street, Clayton, New Mexico
Bailed out as #7

Son of Raymond and Gretchen Fox Varnum. He married (2nd marriage) Darlene Matson, 05 Aug 1966 in Illinois
resident of Keystone, IA formely of Marshalltown, IA
Occupation: Truck driver - retired Jan 1990
- info obituary Lyle Frank Varnum - via Kurt Spence

37665177 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Arthur (nmi) Staton Jr. - Calhoun Co., IA - POW - Stalag VIIA - Moosburg
born 31 Aug 1923, Auburn, IA
Enlistment: 12 Mar 1943, Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA - Residence: Calhoun Co., IA - Nativity: IA - Marital Status: Single
Address - 1945 : Mr. Arthur Staton Sr. (Father), Rural Free Delivery #1, Auburn, Iowa
Bailed out (#6) after Don Wolf (#4) and Bob Koontz (#5)

35229150 - Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Robert 'Bob' Fisher Koontz - Bluffton, Hancock Co., OH - POW - Stalag VIIA - Moosburg
born 07 May 1925, Bluffton, OH - died 12 Oct 2003, Lima, Allen Co., OH - Age 78
Enlistment: 20 Sep 1943, Toledo, OH - Residence: Hancock Co. - Nativity: OH - Marital Status: Single
Address - 1945 : Mr. Thomas J. Koontz (Father), Rural Route #1, Bluffton, Ohio
After fire near Engine #4 Bob Koontz bailed out (#5) after Don Wolf (#4) and before Arthur Staton (#6)
Radioman Arthur Staton did see Don Wolf in Beckum, four days later he was reunited with Bob Koontz in Oberusel
Son of Thomas J. and Lula Fisher Koontz. On May 19, 1950, he married Barbara Bauman
Note: Bluffton is in two counties - Allen and Hancock - info PATS

Mr. Koontz retired as owner of East Side Laundry, Lima, and had worked at RUSCO Industries, Pandora.
He was a member of Forest Park United Methodist Church.
He had been a member of Lost Creek Country Club. He was a graduate of Mount Cory High School.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, where he had been a prisoner of war.
He enjoyed drawing and golf.
- info obituary Robert Fisher Koontz - via Kurt Spence

Sgts. Don Wolf and Bob Koontz, Deopham Green, Dec 1944
Sgts. Don Wolf and Bob Koontz - Dec 1944
731 SQ 452 BG, Deopham Green, England
- courtesy Lt. Frank S. Payne - via Kurt Spence -

16192210 - Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Donald 'Don' Edward Wolf - Milwaukeee Co., WI - POW - Stalag VIIA - Moosburg
born 05 Dec 1924, Milwaukee, WI
Enlistment: 25 Jan 1944, Fort Sheridan, IL - Residence: Milwaukee Co., Wi - Nativity: Michigan - Marital Status: Single
Address - 1945 : Mrs. Helen Szwanka (Mother), 2678 South 29th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bailed out as #4

35922924 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Richard 'Dick' (nmi) Wasniak - Cuyahoga Co., OH - POW - Stalag VIIA - Moosburg
born 21 Nov 1921, OH - died 20 May 2003, St. Johnsbury, Caledonia, Vermont - Age 81
Enlistment: 01 Dec 1943, Cleveland, OH - Residence: Cuyahoga Co., OH - Nativity: OH - Marital Status: Single
Son of Paul and Gertrude Wasniak - ( Paul's parents - born Poland )
Siblings: Paul S. Jr., Bernard J., Virginia and Lois - info Census 1930
Address - 1945 : Mrs. Gertrude Wasniak (Mother), 2231 West 89th Street, Cleveland, Ohio
Bailed out as #3
Dick Wasniak is captured 19 Feb 1945 and joined Paul Grisham in a local jail in Beckum
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- info - MACR and AAD Archives -
Bail out order based on statements - Frank S. Payne and Arthur Staton Jr.

37533107 - Togglier  - S/Sgt. - Paul Edmund Grisham 17070895 - Top Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. - Lyle Frank Varnum 37665177 - Radio Operator - S/Sgt. - Arthur (nmi) Staton Jr.
37533107 - Togglier - S/Sgt. - Paul Edmund Grisham - POW
17070895 - Top Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. - Lyle Frank Varnum - POW
37665177 - Radio Operator - S/Sgt. - Arthur (nmi) Staton Jr. - POW
37533107 - S/Sgt. - Paul Edmund Grisham 17070895 - S/Sgt. - Lyle Frank Varnum 37665177 - S/Sgt. - Arthur (nmi) Staton Jr.

35229150 - Ball Turret Gunner - Sgt. - Robert Fisher Koontz 16192210 - Waist Gunner - Sgt. - Donald Edward Wolf 35922924 - Tail Turret Gunner - Sgt. - Richard (nmi) Wasniak
35229150 - Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Robert Fisher Koontz - POW
16192210 - Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Donald Edward Wolf - POW
35922924 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Richard (nmi) Wasniak - POW
35229150 - Sgt. - Robert Fisher Koontz 16192210 - Sgt. - Donald Edward Wolf 37665177 - Sgt. - Richard (nmi) Wasniak
- images via Kurt Spence - 16 Oct 2009 -

B-17G - #43-38698 7D-? - 16 FEB 1945 - SUNDERN/GÜTERSLOH - CREW 9

2nd Lt. - Pilot - Frank Scott Payne - Union County, OR - POW Co-pilot - Robert 'Bob' Wallace Stuber - county, state - POW F/O. - Navigator - Clinton W. Day (io) - county, state - POW S/Sgt. - Togglier - Paul Edmund Grisham - Glasgow, Howard, MS - POW S/Sgt. - Top Turret Gunner - Lyle Frank Varnum - Marshall Co., IA - POW
S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Arthur (nmi) Staton Jr. - Calhoun Co., IA - POW Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Robert 'Bob' Fisher Koontz - Bluffton, Hancock Co., OH - POW Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Donald 'Don' Edward Wolf - Milwaukeee Co., WI - POW Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - Richard 'Dick' (nmi) Wasniak - Cuyahoga Co., OH - POW

9 POW

PAYNE - STUBER - DAY - GRISHAM - VARNUM
STATON JR. - KOONTZ - WOLF - WASNIAK



Last update - 22 Apr 2014 - PATS




408 Squadron - Halifax Mk.II - RG472 - EQ-T


Halifax Mk.II - RG472 - EQ-T was airborne - 07:21 - 2 Mar 1945 from Linton-on-Ouse, UK
Homebound, when hit by Flak which killed F/Sgt. Paxton and F/Sgt. Street
The other crew members bailed out just moments before the aircraft exploded
and fell near Bad Godesberg on the West bank of the Rhine, SE of Bonn, Germany
The two airmen killed, P/O. J. G. Paxton and P/O. J. Street, were first buried at Bad Godesberg
Their graves are now located in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium
F/O. V. D. J. Mousseau, F/O. H. R. Sproule, Sgt. A. D. Dennis and F/Sgt. V. T. Hunt
were confined in Hospital due injuries until Liberation
F/O. J. E. Moran was interned in Camp L1. No POW No.

(RCAF casualty list 1162, issued 8 April 1945.)
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Herbert Reuben Sproule, Los Angeles, California
James Edward Moran, Toronto, Ontario
Vincent Deleacey R. Mousseau, Campbell's Bay, Quebec
Vernon Thomas Hunt, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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Sgt. Dennis does not appear in this list
However, an article accompanying this casualty list states that one of the members
of this crew had been a prisoner for only six days before being liberated by American forces
so this probably refers to Dennis because at the time this list was published
the other six men were still "missing", their fates unknown
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- info RCAF casualty list 1162 - by Ken MacLean, ON - 27 Oct 2008 -
- .- . - . -

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Crew - Halifax Mk.II - RG472 - EQ-T - 02 March 1945 - Operation Cologne
2 KIA - 5 POW
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J/38517 - F/O. - Pilot - Herbert Reuben Sproule - RCAF - Inj - POW

J/408885 - F/O. - Navigator - James Edward Moran - RCAF - POW

R/190773 - J/95397 - P/O. (F/Sgt.) - W.Op. / Air Gunner - James Gordon Paxton - RCAF - KIA

R/93738 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - A. D. Dennis - RCAF - Inj - POW

J/48099 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - Vincent Deleacey R. Mousseau - RCAF - Inj - POW

R/277649 - J/95496 - P/O. (F/Sgt.) - Air Gunner - John Street - RCAF - KIA

R/266809 - F/Sgt. - Air Gunner - Vernon Thomas Hunt - RCAF - Inj - POW
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For the order I did follow the original "printed" version of the "Loss card" - not the written index !!!
PILOT, NAV., W.OP., F.E., B.A., A.G., A.G.

Loss Card - RG472 - EQ-T - Sproule
Loss Card - RG472 - EQ-T - Sproule - via www.lancasterbombers.net
- - - Reproduced here by kind permission of "www.lancasterbombers.net" - - -

!!! Army Serial numbers need to be verified !!!
!!! Hard to read from "Loss Card" !!! - 22 Jun 2013 - PATS

J/38517 - F/O. - Pilot - Herbert Reuben Sproule - RCAF - Inj - POW

J/38517  - F/O. - Herbert Reuben Sproule - RCAF
Solved nr. 164 out of 171
J/38517  - F/O. - Herbert Reuben Sproule - RCAF
Service number / J 38517 as written on "id-sign"
This number belongs to F/O. Herbert Reuben Sproule, RCAF
Shot down near Bad Godesberg, SE of Bonn, Germany - 02 Mar 1945
while on a raid with 408 (RCAF ) Squadron - Halifax II RG472 - EQ-T - against Cologne

J/408885 - F/O. - Navigator - James Edward Moran - RCAF - POW

J/408885 - F/O. - James Edward Moran - RCAF
Solved nr. 165 out of 171
J/408885 - F/O. - James Edward Moran - RCAF
Service number / Je 40885 as written on "id-sign"
This number belongs to F/O. James Edward Moran, RCAF
Shot down near Bad Godesberg, SE of Bonn, Germany - 02 Mar 1945
while on a raid with 408 (RCAF ) Squadron - Halifax II RG472 - EQ-T - against Cologne
- info by Hugh A. Halliday, Ottawa, ON, Canada -

R/190773 - J/95397 - P/O. - Wireless Operator /Air Gunner - James Gordon Paxton -
RCAF - Age 23 - KIA - ref. 2726677
Grave VII. A. 10. - Hotton War Cemetery ( South of Liege ), Belgium
born 7 Jan 1922 - died 02 Mar 1945, Bad Godesberg, Germany - Age 23
Son of James and Ida Gladys Paxton, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

R/93738 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - A. D. Dennis - RCAF - Inj - POW

J/48099 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - Vincent Deleacey Romeo Mousseau
- RCAF - Age 28 - Inj - POW

MOUSSEAU, Vincent D. Romeo - RCAF Veteran World War II - POW
Graduate of McGill University
born 21 May 1917 - died 04 Mar 2005, Shawville, Quebec - Age 87
Predeceased by his loving wife Phyllis Mears
and his parents Thomas H. Mousseau and Maud Thomas
Survived by a brother Edward and sister-in-law Olive McKee
Predeceased by brothers Cletus, Elwood, Joseph, Albert and William (Billy)
and by sisters Vivian, Monica, Anteresa, Melba, Marion and Rita
Will be missed by many cherished nieces, nephews and friends.

R/277649 - J/95496 - Air Gunner - P/O. - John Street - RCAF - Age 19 - KIA - ref. 2726803
Grave VII. A. 11. - Hotton War Cemetery ( South of Liege ) , Belgium
born 14 May 1925 - died 02 Mar 1945, Bad Godesberg, Germany - Age 19
Son of John and Keziah Street, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

R/266809 - F/Sgt. - Air Gunner - Vernon Thomas Hunt - RCAF - Age 19 - Inj - POW
born 18 Jun 1925 - died 14 Sep 2010, Peterborough, ON - Age 85
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HALIFAX Mk.II - RG472 - EQ-T - 02 MAR 1945 -
BAD GODESBERG - CREW 7

J/38517 - F/O. - Pilot - Herbert Reuben Sproule - RCAF - Inj - POW J/408885 - F/O. - Navigator - James Edward Moran - RCAF - POW R/190773 - J/95397 - P/O. (F/Sgt.) - W.Op. / Air Gunner - James Gordon Paxton - RCAF - Age 23 - KIA R/93738 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - A. D. Dennis - RCAF - Inj - POW
J/48099 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - Vincent Deleacey Romeo Mousseau - RCAF - Age 28 - Inj - POW R/277649 - J/95496 - P/O. (F/Sgt.) - Air Gunner - John Street - RCAF - Age 19 - KIA R/266809 - F/Sgt. - Air Gunner - Vernon Thomas Hunt - RCAF - Age 19 - Inj - POW

2 KIA - 5 POW

SPROULE - MORAN - PAXTON(†) - DENNIS
MOUSSEAU - STREET(†) - HUNT


Last update - 10 Feb 2014 - PATS



150 Squadron - Lancaster Mk.I - PD421 - IQ-F


When lost this aircraft had a total of 61 hours
Lancaster Mk.I - PD421 - IQ-F was airborne from Hemswell, UK
Crashed at Hagen (Westfalen), where those killed were initially buried
Later, Sgt. F. J. Howell, Sgt. E. R. Edwards, Sgt. T. W. Heron were
buried at Reichswald Forest War cemetery, Germany
while Sgt. W. Hastings and Sgt. T. W. Heron are commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial, UK
Two others beside Moresby did survive, their name / aircrew positions not determined
- Those are Gage and Horsley (RNZAF) - info PATS
Sgt. Henry Gage captured, brought to police prison in Hagen at 07:20am - 21 Feb 1945
next day transfered to Airfield Dortmund-Wambel - III Group / NJG 1 at that time -
Crash location: Hagen-Wehringhausen - near "Hinnenwiese" - info via Horst Klötzer

Crew Moresby - 1945
back-l-r: William Hastings, William Heron, Ivan Horsley
front-l-r: Henry Gage, Fairfax Moresby, Ernest Edwards
- photo courtesy Amanda Thompson (daughter of Henry Gage) -
- research by Linda Ibrom -
- bombercrew.com -
Fred Howell not on this photo - info PATS

I believe the discrepancy with the crew identification may be because
you misunderstood my previous emails. The crew are top row,
from the left, William Hastings, William Heron, Ivan (a New Zealander).
Bottom row from the left, Henry Gage, Fairfax Moresby (a New Zealander) and Ernest Edwards.
Frederick Howell another member of the crew is not in the photo.
I hope this clears up the discrepancy.
Best wishes, Amanda Thompson - 04 Mar 2014
??? Discrepancy ??? --- My listing is the same as yours - info PATS
Error is given by researcher Linda Ibrom on Bombercrew (see link above)
Thomas Heron, Ivan Horsley, William Hastings are switched !!!

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Crew - Lancaster Mk.I - PD421 - IQ-F - 20/21 Feb 1945 - Operation Dortmund
4 KIA - 3 POW
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NZ-429763 - F/O. - Pilot - Fairfax "Tiger" Moresby - RNZAF - Age 23 - POW

1685876 - Sgt. - Navigator - William Hastings - RAFVR - Age 35 - KIA

NZ-4211814 - F/Sgt. - W.Op. / Air Gunner - Ivan Albert Horsley - RNZAF - Age 25 - POW

1837105 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Frederick John "Taffy" Howell - RAFVR - Age 20 - KIA

1800886 - Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - Ernest Reginald "Reg" Edwards - RAFVR - Age 30 - KIA

1591235 - Sgt. - Mid Upper Gunner - Thomas William "Bill" Heron - RAFVR - Age 20 - KIA

1587070 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - Henry Albert John Gage - RAFVR - Age 21 - POW
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For the order I did follow the original "printed" version of the "Loss card" - not the written index !!!
PILOT, NAV., W.OP., F.E., B.A., A.G., A.G.

!!! Crew positions need to be verified - 22 Jun 2013 - PATS !!!

Loss Card - PD421 - ..-. - Moresby
Loss Card - PD421 - ..-. - Moresby - via www.lancasterbombers.net
- - - Reproduced here by kind permission of "www.lancasterbombers.net" - - -

NZ-429763 - F/O. - Pilot - Fairfax "Tiger" Moresby - RNZAF - Age 23 - POW

NZ-429763 - F/O. Fairfax Moresby - RNZAF
Service number / NZ-429763 as written on "id-sign"
Solved nr. 151 out of 171
NZ-429763 - F/O. Fairfax Moresby - RNZAF
This number belongs to F/O. Fairfax (nmi) Moresby, RNZAF
Captain of 150 Sqn Avro.683 Lancaster PD421
Shot down at Hagen on a raid against Dortmund - 20/21 Feb 1945
Served in RNZAF - 22 Aug 1942 to 21 May 1946
He was safely back in UK on 8 May 1945
Born, Raetihi 19 Nov 1921, he died on 24 May 1972 - Age 50
and is buried in Karori Cemetery, Wellington, NZ
- Info by Errol Martyn , NZ -

1685876 - Sgt. - Navigator - William Hastings - RAFVR - Age 35 - KIA
- ref. 1799629 - commemorated on Panel 275 of the Runnymede Memorial, UK
Son of David and Bessie Milligan Hastings, UK
husband of Dorothy Hastings ( née Hilton ), of Hellesdon, Norfolk, UK

NZ-4211814 - F/Sgt. - W.Op. / Air Gunner - Ivan Albert Horsley - RNZAF - Age 25 - POW

NZ4211814 - F/Sgt. Ivan Albert Horsley, WOp/AG, POW (was on his first operation)
- info F/Sgt. Horsley by Errol Martyn, NZ - 27 Oct 2008 -

$21.73 - Forgotten Funds - Ivan Albert Horsley - 06 Mar 1950, Page 13
$21.73 - Forgotten Funds - Ivan Albert Horsley - 1950
Winnipeg Free Press, Monday, 06 Mar 1950, Page 13

1837105 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Frederick John Howell - RAFVR - Age 20 - KIA
- ref. 2055639 - Grave 18 F 3 - Reichswald Forest War cemetery, Germany
born 3rd Qtr. 1924, Newport, Monmouthshire, UK
Son of Frederick James Howell and Gladys Howell ( née Birch ), of Newport, Monmouthshire, UK

1800886 - Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - Ernest Reginald Edwards - RAFVR - Age 30 - KIA
- ref. 2031135 - Grave 18 F 4 - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
born 3rd Qtr. 1914, district Kingston, Middlesex, UK
Son of Francis Albert and Mabel Emily Edwards ( née Hart), UK - marriage 2nd qtr. 1909
husband of Margaret Annie Edwards, of Isleworth, Middlesex

1591235 - Sgt. - Mid Upper Gunner - Thomas William Heron - RAFVR - Age 20 - KIA
- ref. 1799979 - commemorated on Panel 275 of the Runnymede Memorial, UK
born 4th Qtr. 1924, district Tynemouth, county of Northumberland
Son of William and Eliza Morgans Campbell Heron ( née Connor ), of Cambois, Northumberland, UK
Brother of George Heron - 1922 - and Norman M. Heron - 1928

1587070 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - Henry Albert John "Peter" Gage - RAFVR - POW

Sergeant Henry Gage - RAFVR
Sergeant Henry Gage - RAFVR
- photo courtesy Amanda Thompson -
- via www.bombercrew.com - Linda Ibrom -

Captain Fairfax Moresby was the best Man
at my Uncle Henry Albert John Gage's wedding ( Known as Peter )
Gage was his rear gunner and shot down with Moresby on the Dortmund raid
This was Peters first & only raid
Peter survived and was shipped around various POW camps until liberated on 28 April 1945
from camp 7A Moosburg. He had been forced marched with other airmen without proper
food, clothing or foot ware from camp to camp

Peter was Sergeant 1587070 RAF - His wife was a WAAF, Blanche Lilian Barnes
Henry married 3rd January 1945 - Age 21 - with
Blanche - Age 22 - at the Parish Church of St. John the Devine at Fishponds, Bristol, UK
"Peter" Henry Albert John Gage - died early 80's - Age 59

The other crew member not named is Ivan ............ ( surname unknown yet ), another "Kiwi"
He was probably the Navigator ( W.Op. / Air Gunner - info Errol Martyn ) of Lancaster PD421 -
Bill Heron was the Mid Upper Gunner, Fairfax's nick name was "Tiger"

A write up of Henry Gage by researcher Linda Ibrom on Bombercrew is here:
- bombercrew.com -

born 12 Mar 1923, mother's surname Gibson, district Bristol, UK
Son of Albert H. G. Gage and Gertrude S. Gibson - marriage 4th Qtr. 1915, Bristol, UK
Brother of Iris G. Gage - 1916

Henry Gage and daughter Susan - 1947 Henry and Blanche Gage
Henry Gage / daughter Susan / unknown / . . . . . . . . . . . . wife Blanche / Henry . . . . . . . . . .
- photos courtesy Amanda Thompson (daughter) -

Marriage 1st Qtr. 1945 - Mr.Henry A. J. Gage with Ms. Blanche L. Barnes - district: Bristol, UK
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Birth 1st Qtr. 1947 - Susan B. Gage - mother's surname: Barnes - district: Bristol, UK
Birth 4th Qtr. 1950 - Amanda J. Gage - mother's surname: Barnes - district: Bristol, UK
Birth 4th Qtr. 1952 - Joanna R. Gage - mother's surname: Barnes - district: Bristol, UK
Birth 4th Qtr. 1960 - Michael P. Gage - mother's surname: Barnes - district: Bristol, UK
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Death 3rd Qtr. 1982 - Henry Albert J. Gage - district: Bristol, Gloucestershire Co., UK
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- info by Keith Sampson (nephew) - 26 Oct 2008
- additional info via FreeBMD and Findmypast - 11 Feb 2014


In 2006 parts of Lancaster Mk.I - PD421 - IO-F were found in 'Stadtwald von Hagen'
by Horst Klötzer.
Salvage was done from 2007 to early 2009. No human remains were found so far
Last two burned engines of the Lancaster were dug out March 2009
Findings will be on display in 2010 - Landesmuseum Herne - info by Horst Klötzer - 05 May 2009
More details can be found here: - Westfaelische Geschichte ( in German )
or see Spiegel On-line : - Das Rätsel der Lancaster ( in German )
- .- . - . -



LANCASTER Mk.I - PD421 - IQ-F - 21 FEB 1945 -
HAGEN - CREW 7

NZ-429763 - F/O. - Pilot - Fairfax 'Tiger' Moresby - RNZAF - Age 23 - POW 1685876 - Sgt. - Navigator - William Hastings - RAFVR - Age 35 - KIA NZ-4211814 - F/Sgt. - W.Op. / Air Gunner - Ivan Albert Horsley - RNZAF - Age 25 - POW 1837105 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Frederick John 'Taffy' Howell - RAFVR - Age 20 - KIA
1800886 - Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - Ernest Reginald 'Reg' Edwards - RAFVR - Age 30 - KIA 1591235 - Sgt. - Mid Upper Gunner - Thomas William 'Bill' Heron - RAFVR - Age 20 - KIA 1587070 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - Henry Albert John Gage - RAFVR - Age 21 - POW

4 KIA - 3 POW

MORESBY - HASTINGS(†) - HORSLEY(†) - HOWELL(†)
EDWARDS(†) - HERON(†) - GAGE


Contact Gage is pending - 26 Oct 2008 - PATS

Last update - 04 Mar 2014 - PATS



AUS-406552 - F/O. Gordon Battley Swift - RAAF AUS-415177 - Pilot - F/Lt. John James Osmond - RAAF AUS-424159 - Pilot - F/Lt. Colin Denley - RAAF
Three Australian service numbers as written on "id-sign"
/ AUS-406552, AUS-415177, / AUS-424159
AUS-406552 - Fighter Pilot - F/O. Gordon Battley Swift - RAAF AUS-415177 - Pilot - F/Lt. John James Osmond - RAAF AUS-424159 - Pilot - F/Lt. Colin Denley - RAAF
AUS-406552 - F/O. Gordon Battley Swift
AUS-415177 - F/Lt. John James Osmond
AUS-424159 - F/O. Colin (nmi) Denley
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More info about these 3 AUS numbers is welcome
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175 Squadron - Typhoon Mk.Ib - 2 TAF



F/O. Gordon Battley Swift
in his Typhoon Mk.Ib from 2 TAF, 175 Squadron
did crash 8 mi NE of Bocholt, Germany on the 24th Feb 1945
Statement - F/O. - Gordon Battley Swift
statements of Gordon Battley Swift
Statement - F/O. - Gordon Battley Swift
"I landed by parachute (in daylight) in a tree"..... "surrounded by Dutchmen"
Might be a crash on Dutch soil ?

F/O. - Gordon Battley Swift was born 13 Aug 1920, Subiaco, WA, Australia
discharged 28 Nov 1945

TYPHOON MK.Ib - 2 TAF - 24 FEB 1945 -
BOCHOLT - CREW 1

AUS-406552 - Fighter Pilot - F/O. - Gordon Battley Swift - RAAF - POW

1 POW

SWIFT


Last update - 03 Jul 2013 - PATS


35 Squadron - Lancaster Mk.I - ME535 - TL-O



Lancaster Mk.I - ME335 - TL-O was airborne - 20:26 - 21 Feb 1945 from Graveley, UK
F/O. B. W. Golden is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
F/Sgt. Spedding and W/O. Perry had their awards Gazetted 24 Jul 1945 and 19 Jan 1945 respectively
It is believed that F/Lt. Osmond had flown around 70 operational tours
ME335 was one of two No.35 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation, other is ME367
F/O. J. J. Osmond, W/O. G. A. Perry, W/O. A. C. Aston ( also as A. E. Aston ) - DFC Gazetted,
F/Sgt. J. K. Spedding - ( DFM Gazetted 24 Jul 1945 )
F/O. A. W. Wolk and Sgt. B. J. B. Carr were confined to Hospital because of their injuries
until Liberated. No. POW Nos. issued. Spedding and Carr returned to England 11 May 1945

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Crew - Lancaster Mk.I - ME535 - TL-O - 21 Feb 1945 - Operation Duisburg
1 KIA - 6 POW
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415177 - F/Lt. - Pilot - John James Osmond - RAAF - DFC - Inj - POW

439508 - F/O. - Navigator - Albert Western Wolk - RAAF - Inj - POW

1577476 - W/O. - Wireless Operator - Archibald Clarence Aston - DFC - RAFVR - Inj - POW

1685592 - F/Sgt. - Flight Engineer - James Keith Spedding - DFM - RAFVR - Inj - POW

1802655 - Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - B. J. B. Carr - RAFVR - Inj - POW

179878 - F/O. - Air Gunner - Bert William Golden - DFC - RAFVR - KIA

427728 - W/O. - Rear Air Gunner - Geoffrey Arnold Perry - DFM - RAAF - Inj - POW
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For the order I did follow the original "printed" version of the "Loss card" - not the written index !!!
PILOT, NAV., W.OP., F.E., B.A., A.G., A.G.

Loss Card - ME335 - TL-O - Osmond
Loss Card - ME335 - TL-O - Osmond - via www.lancasterbombers.net
- - - Reproduced here by kind permission of "www.lancasterbombers.net" - - -

415177 - F/Lt. - Pilot - John James Osmond - RAAF - DFC - Inj - POW

409832 - F/O. Robert Mackay Hilliard - DFC - RAAF - who flew with F/O. Osmond
between Jul 1943 and Oct 1944, reports that F/Lt. Osmond
commenced operational flying in Jul 1943 with No.466 Sqdn
before being posted for PFF duties with No.35 Sqdn
21st Feb 1945 - Airborne with Lancaster Mk.I - ME335 - TL-O, 35 Sqdn
at 20:26 from Graveley, UK. And was with ME467 one of the two 35 Sqdn Lancaster
lost on this operation against Duisburg
Soon after returning to Western Australia,
he was sadly killed in a motor-cycle crash - Jan 1946

F/Lt. John James Osmond was born 2 Oct 1921, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
discharged 11 Dec 1945, DFC

439508 - F/O. - Navigator - Albert Western Wolk - RAAF - Inj - POW
born 20 Oct 1915, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Enlistment: 03 Jul 1943, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Next of Kin : Albert Wolk
Date of Discharge: 30 Oct 1945

1577476 - W/O. - Wireless Operator - Archibald Clarence Aston - DFC - RAFVR - Inj - POW
Archibald Clarence Aston - DFC - born 07 Jul 1923 - died 01 May 2010 - Age 86

1685592 - F/Sgt. - Flight Engineer - James Keith Spedding - DFM - RAFVR - Inj - POW

1802655 - Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - B. J. B. Carr - RAFVR - Inj - POW

It's Bernard John Bedford Carr - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 01 Jul 2013

AIR78-28-0-2 - ID - 1802655 - Bernard John Bedford Carr
AIR78-28-0-2 - page 267
1802655 - Bernard John Bedford Carr
info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 01 Jul 2013

179878 - Flying Officer - Air Gunner - Bert William Golden - DFC - RAFVR - Age 28 - KIA
- ref. 2031672 - Grave 15. D. 14. - Reichswald Forest War cemetery, Germany
Son of Edgar Walter and Violet Mary Golden, of Thetford, Norfolk, UK

427728 - W/O. - Rear Air Gunner - Geoffrey Arnold Perry - DFM - RAAF - Inj - POW
born 13 Feb 1921, Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Enlistment: 13 Sep 1942, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Next of Kin: Albert Perry
Date of Discharge : 04 Dec 1945
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LANCASTER Mk.I - ME535 - TL-O - 21 FEB 1945 -
DUISBURG - CREW 7

415177 - F/Lt. - Pilot - John James Osmond - RAAF - DFC - Inj - POW 439508 - F/O. - Navigator - Albert Western Wolk - RAAF - Inj - POW 1577476 - W/O. - Wireless Operator - Archibald Clarence Aston - DFC - RAFVR - Inj - POW 1685592 - F/Sgt. - Flight Engineer - James Keith Spedding - DFM - RAFVR - Inj - POW
1802655 - Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - Bernard John Bedford Carr - RAFVR - Inj - POW 179878 - F/O. - Air Gunner - Bert William Golden - DFC - RAFVR - KIA 427728 - W/O. - Rear Air Gunner - Geoffrey Arnold Perry - DFM - RAAF - Inj - POW

1 KIA - 6 POW

OSMOND - WOLK - ASTON - SPEDDING
CARR - GOLDEN(†) - PERRY


Last update - 05 Jul 2013 - PATS


578 Squadron - Halifax Mk.III - NA618 - LK-N



Halifax Mk.III - NA618 - LK-N was airborne - 21:54 - 20 Feb 1945 from Burn, UK
to bomb the Rhenania Ossag synthetic oil refinery in the Reisholz district
Attacked by a Ju88 and exploded in mid-air
The two airmen killed, Sgt. W. Bean and F/Sgt. C. G. Jerram,
are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany

W/O. Mason was flying as the Mid Under Air Gunner and is reported to have been badly injured
Apart from this NCO, the rest of the crew had arrived on the Squadron 24 Nov 1944
NA618 was one of two No.578 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation. Other was NR191

F/Lt. C. Denley, F/Sgt. J. A. Cahill, F/Sgt. F. E. Mayer, Sgt. J. P. Maguire, W/O. J. Mason and W/O. J. Ford were confined in Hospital due injuries until Liberation. No POW Nos.
F/O. C.Denley (also reported as I.Denby / I. Denley ) was also confined in Hospital
due injuries until Liberation. No PoW No.

Sitting on 500lbs under our Halifax bomber at Burn, Yorkshire
- Sitting on 500lbs under our Halifax bomber at Burn, Yorkshire -
back row l-r: Jim Cahill, Jerry Jerram, "Lofty" Bean, Colin Denley
front row l-r: Frankie Mayer, Don Ford, Joe Maguire
- photo courtesy Chele Ford ( daughter ) - 21 Mar 2009 -

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Crew - Halifax Mk.III - NA618 - LK-N - 20 Feb 1945 - Operation Düsseldorf
2 KIA - 6 POW
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424159 - F/Lt. - Pilot - Colin Denley - RAAF - Inj - POW

1583749 - F/Sgt. - Navigator - F. E. "Frankie" Mayer - RAFVR - Inj - POW

428680 - W/O. - Wireless Operator - Donald "Don" James Ford - RAAF - Inj - POW

3040397 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Walter "Lofty" Bean - RAFVR - KIA

1603310 - F/Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - Cecil George "Jerry" Jerram - RAFVR - KIA

R224478 - J93604 - F/Sgt. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - James "Jim" Alexander Cahill - RCAF - Inj - POW

1596957 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - J. P. "Joe" Maguire - RAFVR - Inj - POW

1800438 - W/O. - Mid Under Air Gunner - J. Mason - RAFVR - Inj - POW
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For the order I did follow the original "printed" version of the "Loss card" - not the written index !!!
PILOT, NAV., W.OP., F.E., B.A., A.G., A.G.

Loss Card - NA618 - LK-N - Denley
Loss Card - NA618 - LK-N - Denley - via www.lancasterbombers.net
- - - Reproduced here by kind permission of "www.lancasterbombers.net" - - -

424159 - F/Lt. - Pilot - Colin Denley - RAAF - Inj - POW
F/Lt. Colin (nmi) Denley was born 2 Mar 1922, Granville, NSW, Australia
discharged 14 Nov 45
died 26 April 2010 - Age 88

1583749 - F/Sgt. - Navigator - F. E. Mayer - RAFVR - Inj - POW
French Navigator - info Colin Denley and Chele Wickramasinghe

It's Francis Edward Mayer - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 01 Jul 2013

AIR78-105-0-2 - ID - 1583749 - Francis Edward Mayer
AIR78-105-0-2 - page 56
1583749 - Francis Edward Mayer - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 01 Jul 2013

428680 - W/O. - Wireless Operator - Donald James Ford - RAAF - Inj - POW
Donald James Ford, Mosman, NSW, Australia - Stalag Luft 3 then Stalag VII/A. - POW No. 11172
born 21 May 1923 - date of discharge 26 Oct 1945
- info via Chele Ford ( daughter ) - 21 Mar 2009 -

Crew with Halifax bomber at Burn, Yorkshire
- Crew with Halifax bomber at Burn, Yorkshire -
l-r: Jim Cahill, Joe Maguire, "Lofty" Bean, Colin Denley, Don Ford, Jerry Jerram, Frankie Mayer
- photo courtesy Chele Ford ( daughter ) - 21 Mar 2009 -

3040397 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Walter Bean - RAFVR - Age 19 - KIA
- ref. 2036824 - Grave 29. D. 18. - Reichswald Forest War cemetery, Germany
Son of Arthur and Jennie Bean, of Wetwang, Yorkshire, UK

1603310 - F/Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - Cecil George Jerram - RAFVR - Age 23 - KIA
- ref. 2055853 - Grave 18 F 18 - Reichswald Forest War cemetery, Germany
born - 4th Qtr. 1921 - mother's surname Stenner - district Reading, UK
Son of Mr. George W. Jerram and Mrs. Emma Jerram ( née Stenner )
marriage - 2nd Qtr. 1921, Reading, UK
Brother of Basil C. Jerram - 1923, Edna D. Jerram - 1925 and Jean M. Jerram - 1928
( all born district Wokingham, UK )

R224478 - J93604 - F/Sgt. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - James Alexander Cahill - RCAF - Inj - POW
born 26 April 1917

1596967 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - J. P. Maguire - RAFVR - Inj - POW

It's Joseph Patrick Maguire - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 01 Jul 2013

AIR78-102-0-1 - ID - 1423381 - Joseph Patrick Maguire
AIR78-102-0-1 - page 115
1596967 - Joseph Patrick Maguire - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 01 Jul 2013

1800438 - W/O. - Mid Under Air Gunner - J. Mason - RAFVR - Inj - POW
W/O. Mason was added to the crew for extra gunfire support
The Germans had developed a manoeuvre from under the plane

It's John Mason - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 01 Jul 2013

AIR78-104-0-1 - ID - 1423381 - John Mason
AIR78-104-0-1 - page 1158
1800438 - John Mason - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 01 Jul 2013

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- detailed info - ASN - birth Cahill -
- by Hugh Halliday, ON - 01 Nov 2008 -
- additional info - ASN - Mayer, Maguire and Mason from "Loss Card" - 01 Jul 2013 -



HALIFAX Mk.III - NA618 - LK-N - 20 FEB 1945 -
xxxxx - CREW 8

424159 - F/Lt. - Pilot - Colin Denley - RAAF - Inj - POW 1583749 - F/Sgt. - Navigator - Francis 'Frankie' Edward Mayer - RAFVR - Inj - POW 428680 - W/O. - Wireless Operator - Donald 'Don' James Ford - RAAF - Inj - POW 3040397 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Walter 'Lofty' Bean - RAFVR - KIA
1603310 - F/Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - Cecil George 'Jerry' Jerram - RAFVR - KIA R224478 - J93604 - F/Sgt. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - James 'Jim' Alexander  Cahill - RCAF - Inj - POW 1596957 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - Joseph 'Joe' Patrick Maguire - RAFVR - Inj - POW 1800438 - W/O. - Mid Under Air Gunner - John Mason - RAFVR - Inj - POW

2 KIA - 6 POW

DENLEY - MAYER - FORD - BEAN(†)
JERRAM(†) - CAHILL - MAGUIRE - MASON

Spoke with Denley

Contact Denley is pending - 30 May 2008 - PATS
Contact Ford is pending - 21 Mar 2009 - PATS
Contact Bean is pending - 25 Mar 2009 - PATS

Last update - 11 Feb 2014 - PATS


578 Squadron - Halifax B.Mk.III - NR191 - LK-K



Serial Range NR169 - NR211. 43 Halifax Mk.III
Part of a batch of 200 HP Halifax B.Mk.III - NP930-NP976; NP988-NP999;
NR113-NR156; NR169-NR211; NR225-NR258; NR271-NR290
Delivered by English Electric Co. (Salmesbury & Preston) between 15 Oct 1944 and 4 Nov 1944
NR191 was one of two No.578 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation
Other lost was NA618. NR191 was initially issued to No.192 Sqdn
Airborne - 21:47 - 20 Feb 1945 from Burn, Yorkshire, UK
to attack the Rhenania Ossag synthetic oil refinery located in the Reisholz district
Shot down by a Ju88. Crash-site - same area as Halifax NA618 -
Those killed are now buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
All had arrived on the Squadron 3 Oct 1944

Sgt. J. Benson, F/Sgt. N. Earnshaw and Sgt. G. D. Gibb were confined to Hospital
due to injuries until Liberation. No POW Nos. issued

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Crew - Halifax B.Mk.III - NR191 - LK-K - 20 Feb 1945 - Operation Düsseldorf
3 KIA - 4 POW
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187060 - F/O. - Pilot - R. Carabine - RAFVR - POW

157335 - F/O. - Navigator - H. E. J. Perry - RAFVR - KIA

1423381 - F/Sgt. - Wireless Operator - N. Earnshaw - RAFVR - Inj - POW

1594230 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - J. Benson - RAFVR - Inj - POW

157178 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - J. R. M. Mills - RAF - KIA

1307324 - Sgt. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - P. Blake - RAFVR - KIA

1053212 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - G. D. Gibb - RAFVR - Inj- POW
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For the order I did follow the original "printed" version of the "Loss card" - not the written index !!!
PILOT, NAV., W.OP., F.E., B.A., A.G., A.G.

Loss Card - NR191 - LK-K - Carabine
Loss Card - NR191 - LK-K - Carabine - via www.lancasterbombers.net
- - - Reproduced here by kind permission of "www.lancasterbombers.net" - - -

!!! Army Serial numbers need to be verified !!!
!!! Hard to read from "Loss Card" !!! - 22 Jun 2013 - PATS

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187060 - F/O. - Pilot - R. Carabine - RAFVR - POW



187060 - Pilot - F/O. Ronald Carabine - RAFVR
F/O. Ronald (nmi) Carabine
Initially evaded until captured near Bruhl - 28 Feb 1945 -
interned in Camps Stalag XIII D-Nurnberg / Stalag VII A - Moosburg (Isar) - POW No. 11232

Ron Carabine at time of 578 Sq. History was living in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, UK
- info - by John Larder via Rafcommands Forum -

157335 - F/O. - Navigator - Hugh Ernest James Perry - RAFVR - Age 22/23 - KIA
- ref. 2041065 - Grave 27 A 17 - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
born - 1st Qtr. 1922 - mother's surname Phelp - district Richmond Sry., Surrey, UK
Son of Mr. Ernest Perry and Mrs. Margaret L. Phelp - marriage 1st qtr 1920 - Chelsea, UK
brother of Arthur Perry ( 1st Qtr. 1924 )

1423381 - F/Sgt. - Wireless Operator - N. Earnshaw - RAFVR - Inj - POW

It's Norman Earnshaw - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 23 Jun 2013

AIR78-49-0-2 - ID - 1423381 - Norman Earnshaw
AIR78-49-0-2 - page 218
1423381 - Norman Earnshaw - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 23 Jun 2013

1594230 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - J. Benson - RAFVR - Inj - POW

It's Jack Benson - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 01 Jul 2013

AIR78-14-0-1 - ID - 1594230 - Jack Benson
AIR78-14-0-1 - page 44
1594230 - Jack Benson - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 01 Jul 2013

157178 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - John Robert Moffatt Mills - RAF - Age .. - KIA
- ref. 2040413 - Grave 27 A 16 - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
of Biggin Hill, Kent, UK - Commemorated on the Village War Memorial aka Cudham War Memorial

1307324 - Sgt. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - Philip Blake - RAFVR - Age 23 - KIA
- ref. 2036982 - Grave 27 A 15 - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
Son of David and May Blake, of Edinburgh, UK

1053212 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - G. D. Gibb - RAFVR - Inj- POW

It's George Dunn Gibb - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 01 Jul 2013

AIR78-78-0-2 - ID - 1053212 - George Dunn Gibb
AIR78-78-60-0-2 - page 887
1053212 - George Dunn Gibb - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 01 Jul 2013

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HALIFAX B.Mk.III - NR191 - LK-K - 20 FEB 1945 -
xxxxx - CREW 7

187060 - F/O. - Pilot - Ronald Carabine - RAFVR - POW 157335 - F/O. - Navigator - Hugh Ernest James Perry - RAFVR - Age 22/23 - KIA 1423381 - F/Sgt. - Wireless Operator - Norman Earnshaw - RAFVR - Inj - POW 1594230 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Jack Benson - RAFVR - Inj - POW
157178 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - John Robert Moffatt Mills - RAF - Age .. - KIA 1307324 - Sgt. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - Philip Blake - RAFVR - Age 23 - KIA 1053212 - Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - Gordon Dunn Gibb - RAFVR - Inj- POW

3 KIA - 4 POW

CARABINE - PERRY(†) - EARNSHAW - BENSON
MILLS(†) - BLAKE(†) - GIBB


Last update - 03 Jul 2013 - PATS



102694V - Captain - Hardy Theodore Snyman - SAAF 103109V - Captain - Terence Anthony Harris - SAAF
Two South African service numbers as written on "id-sign"
/ 102694V, / 103109V
102694V - Captain - Hardy Theodore Snyman - SAAF 103109V - Captain - Terence Anthony Harris - SAAF

102694V - Captain - Hardy Theodore Snyman - 1 Squadron SAAF
Shot down by Flak in Northern Italy on 20 February 1945 and captured, released 8 May 1945
Later served as a Pilot in 2 Squadron SAAF "Flying Cheetahs" during the Korean War
25 July 1951 - he had to bail out from his Mustang "339", F-51D - 44-73688
when it was hit by AA, Snyman was rescued by a SA-16 amphibious aircraft
and retired from the SAAF in 1971

From "Air Force Gymnasium Memorial Album 1952-1977"
Cmdt. Hardy Theodore Snyman - OC from 11 Apr 1953 to 21 Jul 1953,
17 Nov 1953 to 08 Oct 1954
- info via ZAFH - 03 Jan 2009

103109V - Captain - Terence Anthony Harris - 4 Squadron SAAF
Shot down on 20 February 1945 in Northern Italy and captured, released 15 May 1945
Still on SAAF Officers Reserve in 1968

????? Tony Harris (cricketer) - Terence Anthony Harris ?????
born 27 Aug 1916, Kimberley, South Africa,
died 07 Mar 1993, Pittenberg Bay, Cape Province - Age 76
was a South African cricketer who played in 3 Tests from 1947 to 1949 ??????


More info about these SAAF numbers is welcome
you can contact me by email

? SPITFIRE ? - 20 FEB 1945 - N-ITALY - CREW 1

102694V - Captain - Hardy Theodore Snyman - SAAF - POW

1 POW

SNYMAN


? SPITFIRE ? - 20 FEB 1945 - N-ITALY - CREW 1

103109V - Captain - Terence Anthony Harris - SAAF - POW

1 POW

HARRIS


Last update - 03 Jul 2013 - PATS


Just solved nr. 150 out of 171
P0712 - Squadron Leader Zygmunt Witymir Bienkowski - PAF
Service number / P 0712
P0712 - Squadron Leader - Zygmunt Witymir Bienkowski - PAF
Squadron Leader Zygmunt Witymir Bienkowski
302 Polish Fighter Squadron "City of Poznan"

Commander of Squadron 302 "Poznan" - 31 Jan 1945 - 25 Feb 1945

24 Feb 1945 - Spitfire Mk.XVI - SM677 - WX-E - S/L. Bienkowski
Armed recce: Stenden area - morning -, damaged by flak aircraft not repaired, safe

24 Feb 1945 - Spitfire Mk.XVI - TB341 - WX-B - S/L. Bienkowski
Armed recce: Wesel area - afternoon -, crash landed and taken POW
base: ALG Schijndel - Province of North-Brabant, The Netherlands
ALG = Advance Landing Ground

320 - Squadron Logo - PAF
302 Squadron Logo
( source image: www.geocities.com/psp1945/302/ )
- .- . - . -
Zygmunt Witymir Bienkowski ( 2 May 1913 - 15 Aug 1979 - Age 66 ) was a Polish pilot
and a gifted writer of many articles and poems. His 303 squadron diary is deposited
in the Polish Museum and Sikorski Institute in London
He is buried at Gunnersbury Cemetery in West London - Age 66

Zygmunt Witymir Bienkowski
son of Leopold Bienkowski (1883-1942) and Zofia Braun (1891-1943)
His father was a Polish Member of Parliament 1922 - 1928
Both his parents died in the Soviet Gulag camps

Trained as a pilot at Deblin, he saw action in Poland in 1939 and France in 1940
During the Battle of Britain, he trained the pilots who were in short supply
His brother Jan Bienkowski, was also a pilot, shot down over Cherbourg in 1944
As well as Squadron Leader of 303, he also did a stint as Squadron Leader of 302
He finished the war as Wing Commander

source info - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

SPITFIRE Mk.XVI - TB341 - WX-B - 24 FEB 1945 -
xxxxx - CREW 1

P0712 - Squadron Leader - Zygmunt Witymir Bienkowski - PAF - POW

1 POW

BIENKOWSKI


Last update - 03 Jul 2013 - PATS


From the "171" Airmen, "170" are known - 99% - by name now








/ NZ-429763 - found - 13 May 2008 -
/ 154341, / 170288, / 182696, / 187060, / J-85482 - found - 17 May 2008 -
/ 37375, / 146257, / 155772, / 163612 - found - 18 May 2008 -
J-9069 - found - 19 May 2008 -
J-29890, J-38250, J-38517, J-40885, J-92942 - found - 01 Jun 2008 -
J-14713 - found - 03 Jun 2008 -
J-36335 - found - 05 Jun 2008 -


420 Squadron - Halifax Mk.III - NP959 - PT-N


Airborne - 16:30 - 5 Mar 1945 from Tholthorpe, UK
Cause of loss and crash-site not established
This raid was part of Operation Thunderclap
F/Sgt. J. J. M. Kastner is reported to have died from his wounds within hours of being
admitted to a German Hospital
It is likely that his grave was located by the US War Graves Unit
as he is now buried in the Choloy War Cemetery, France
Those injured were confined in Hospital due injuries until Liberation
P/O. Gordon was repatriated 23 Mar 1945
F/O. Mottrick is written as Mettrick in casualty list 1167 !!!

(RCAF casualty list 1167, 13 April 1945)
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Vincent Roy Glover, Vancouver, British Columbia
Derek Harrison Mettrick, Port Credit, Ontario
Vernon Lyle McKinnon, Neepawa, Manitoba
Hugh Eric McKenzie, Saint John, New Brunswick
Joseph John Michael Kastner, Hamilton, Ontario
...............................................
J.R. Gordon and D.F. Broadfoot not found in casualty lists
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- info RCAF casualty list 1167 - by Ken MacLean, ON - 28 Oct 2008 -
- .- . - . -

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Crew - Halifax Mk.III - NP959 - PT-N - 5 March 1945 - Operation Thunderclap
1 KIA - 7 POW
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J/14713 - F/Lt. - Pilot - Vincent Roy Glover - RCAF - Inj - POW

J/39624 - F/O. - 2nd Pilot - Derek Harrison Mettrick - RCAF - Inj - POW

R/69622 - J/93342 - P/O. - Navigator - James Reid Gordon - RCAF - Inj - POW

R/180307 - J/94137 - WO2 - W.Operator - David Frederick Broadfoot - RCAF - Inj - POW

1897269 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Henry William Slipper - DFM - RAFVR - Inj - POW

J/38250 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - Vernon Lyle McKinnon - RCAF - Inj - POW

R/191865 - J/94419 - P/O. - Air Gunner - Joseph John Michael Kastner - RCAF - Inj - DOW

R/25663 - J/94153 - F/Sgt. - Air Gunner - Hugh Eric MacKenzie - RCAF - Inj - POW
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For the order I did follow the original "printed" version of the "Loss card" - not the written index !!!
PILOT, NAV., W.OP., F.E., B.A., A.G., A.G.

- detailed info Glover, Mettrick, Gordon, Mckinnon, Broadfoot, Kastner and MacKenzie -
- by Hugh Halliday, ON - 01 Nov 2008 -

Loss Card - NP959 - PT-N - Glover
Loss Card - NP959 - PT-N - Glover - via www.lancasterbombers.net
- - - Reproduced here by kind permission of "www.lancasterbombers.net" - - -

!!! Army Serial numbers need to be verified !!!
!!! Hard to read from "Loss Card" !!! - 23 Jun 2013 - PATS

J/14713 - F/Lt. - Pilot - Vincent Roy Glover - RCAF - Inj - POW
born 6 Mar 1913, Posthern, Saskatchewan, Canada

J-14713 - F/Lt. Vincent Roy Glover - RCAF
Solved nr. 166 out of 171
J-14713 - F/Lt. Vincent Roy Glover - RCAF London Gazette - J-14713 - F/Lt. Vincent Roy Glover
Service number J-14713
belongs to F/Lt. Vincent Roy Glover - 420 (RCAF) Squadron
shot down on the 5th of March 1945 while flying Halifax III NP959 PT-N
source: Richard Koval

25 Oct 1944, attack Homberg by daylight
LW386 "A" piloted by F/O. Glover was hit by bombs over target
One bomb passed through the port wing causing fuel tanks to fall away
and another hit the starboard elevator
The pilot was able to keep the plane under control

J/39624 - F/O. - 2nd Pilot - Derek Harrison Mettrick - RCAF - Inj - POW

R/69622 - J/93342 - P/O. - Navigator - James Reid Gordon - RCAF - Inj - POW
born 8 Apr 1916
J/38645 - before I received "Loss Card" info
J/38645 - James Reid Gordon - another person with same name !!! 24 Jun 2013 - PATS

R/180307 - J/94137 - WO2 - W.Operator - David Frederick Broadfoot - RCAF - Inj - POW
born 23 Oct 1921

1897269 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Henry William Slipper - DFM - RAFVR - Inj - POW
DFM - London Gazette - 27 March 1945 - issue 37001 - page 1656

J/38250 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - Vernon Lyle McKinnon - RCAF - Inj - POW
J-38250 - McKINNON, Vernon Lyle (postwar 30782) - Ceased training as a pilot
but qualified as a bomb aimer, 8 June 1943 and posted overseas, February 1944
No record of being a POW or date of repatriation

- info Hugh Halliday - via Jonathan T. Vance - 30 Jul 2008

R/191865 - J/94419 - P/O. - Air Gunner - Joseph John Michael Kastner - RCAF - Inj - DOW
- ref. 2319807
Grave 2. C. 8. - Choloy War Cemetery, France
born 25 Dec 1922 - died 05 Mar 1945, Germany - Age 22

R/25663 - J/94153 - F/Sgt. - Air Gunner - Hugh Eric MacKenzie - RCAF - Inj - POW
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- detailed info Glover, Mettrick, Gordon, Mckinnon, Broadfoot, Kastner and MacKenzie -
- by Hugh Halliday, ON - 01 Nov 2008 -



HALIFAX Mk.III - NP959 - PT-N - 05 MAR 1945 -
xxxxx - CREW 8

J/14713 - F/Lt. - Pilot - Vincent Roy Glover - RCAF - Inj - POW J/39624 - F/O. - 2nd Pilot - Derek Harrison Mettrick - RCAF - Inj - POW R/69622 - J/93342 - P/O. - Navigator - James Reid Gordon - RCAF - Inj - POW R/180307 - J/94137 - WO2 - W.Operator - David Frederick Broadfoot - RCAF - Inj - POW
1897269 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Henry William Slipper - DFM - RAFVR - Inj - POW J/38250 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - Vernon Lyle McKinnon - RCAF - Inj - POW R/191865 - J/94419 - P/O. - Air Gunner - Joseph John Michael Kastner - RCAF - Inj - DOW R/25663 - J/94153 - F/Sgt. - Air Gunner - Hugh Eric MacKenzie - RCAF - Inj - POW

1 KIA - 7 POW

GLOVER - METTRICK - GORDON - BROADFOOT
SLIPPER - McKINNON - KASTNER(†) - MACKENZIE


Last update - 10 Feb 2014 - PATS



153 Squadron - Lancaster Mk.I - NN785 - P4-D

J-29890 - F/Lt. William Henry Holman - RCAF R-164416 -> J-36335 - F/O. Robert Clinton Taylor - RCAF
Solved nr. 163 out of 171 - Solved nr. 167 out of 171
J-29890 - F/Lt. William Henry Holman - RCAF R-164416 -> J-36335 - F/O. Robert Clinton Taylor - RCAF
Service number J-29890
belongs to F/Lt. William Henry Holman - 153 Squadron
Service number R-164416 -> J-36335
belongs to F/O. Robert Clinton Taylor - 153 Squadron
shot down on the 20th of February 1945 while flying Lancaster NN785 P4-D
- info by Hugh A. Halliday, Ottawa, ON, Canada -


F/Sgt. Anthony 'Tony' D Kall (left) with three crew members
F/Sgt. Anthony "Tony" D Kall (left) with three crew members
- image courtesy Kall family -
see: http://murphyspoint.blogspot.com/2006/11/remembering-tony-fs-ad-kall-rcaf.html

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Crew of Lancaster Mk.I - NN785 - P4-D - 20 Feb 1945 - Operation: Dortmund
4 KIA - 4 POW
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J-29890 - F/Lt. - Pilot - William Henry Holman - RCAF - Inj-POW

184358 - P/O. - Co-Pilot - Peter Thorne - RAFVR - Age 22 - KIA

J-36335 - F/O. - Navigator - Robert Clinton Taylor - RCAF - Inj-POW

1872241 - F/Sgt. - W.Operator / Air Gunner - Harold James Burton - RAFVR - Age .. - KIA

1160427 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Arthur Martin - RAFVR - Age 28 - KIA

R-161469 - WO2 - Bomb Aimer - Victor Samuel Reynolds - RCAF - Inj-POW

J-95455 - R-254989 - P/O. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - Edric Stephen Neil - RCAF - Age 19 - KIA

R-223563 - F/Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - Anthony Donald Kall - RCAF - Inj-POW
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For the order I did follow the original "printed" version of the "Loss card" - not the written index !!!
PILOT, NAV., W.OP., F.E., B.A., A.G., A.G.

Loss Card - NN785 - P4-D - Holman
Loss Card - NN785 - P4-D - Holman - via www.lancasterbombers.net
- - - Reproduced here by kind permission of "www.lancasterbombers.net" - - -

!!! Army Serial numbers need to be verified !!!
!!! Hard to read from "Loss Card" !!! - 22 Jun 2013 - PATS

J-29890 - F/Lt. - Pilot - William Henry Holman - RCAF - Inj-POW

184358 - P/O. - Co-Pilot - Peter Thorne - RAFVR - Age 22 - KIA - CWGC ref. 2046446
- Grave 4. E. 14. - Reichswald Forest War cemetery, Germany
Son of George Thorne, and of Winifred Evelyn Thorne (nee Smith), UK
husband of Agnes Maria Thorne (nee Whatmoor), of Wimbledon Park, Surrey, B.A. (Cantab.), UK

J-36335 - F/O. - Navigator - Robert Clinton Taylor - RCAF - Inj-POW

1872241 - F/Sgt. - W.Operator / Air Gunner - Harold James Burton - RAFVR - Age .. - KIA
- CWGC ref. 2037347
- Grave 4. F. 1. - Reichswald Forest War cemetery, Germany

1160427 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Arthur Martin - RAFVR - Age 28 - KIA - CWGC ref. 2040232
- Grave 4. E. 15. - Reichswald Forest War cemetery, Germany
Son of William James Martin and Florence Louisa Martin; of Wolverhampton, UK
husband of Kathleen Emma Martin, of Wolverhampton, UK

R-161469 - WO2 - Bomb Aimer - Victor Samuel Reynolds - RCAF - Inj-POW
born 19.. - died 14 Sep 1990, St. Catharines, ON
William Reynolds (father), Barrie, ON, Canada
info Reynolds - RCAF Casualty list No.1154 - 29 Mar 1945 - Globe and Mail, 1945/03/30

J-95455 - R-254989 - P/O. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - Edric Stephen Neil - RCAF - Age 19 - KIA
- CWGC ref. 2040665
- Grave 4. E. 16. - Reichswald Forest War cemetery, Germany
born 18 May 1925 - died 21 Feb 1945, Germany
Son of E. Roy Neil and Patience May Neil, of Trenton, Ontario, Canada

R-223563 - F/Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - Anthony Donald Kall - RCAF - Inj-POW
Anthony Donald Kall - born 1914 - died 2006 - Age 92

Brockville Airgunner reported missing
Brockville Airgunner reported missing
- image courtesy Kall family -
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LANCASTER Mk.I - NN785 - P4-D - 20 FEB 1945 -
xxxxx - CREW 8

J-29890 - F/Lt. - Pilot -  William Henry Holman - RCAF - Inj-POW 184358 - P/O. - Co-Pilot -  Peter Thorne - RAFVR - Age 22 - KIA J-36335 - F/O. - Navigator -  Robert Clinton Taylor - RCAF - Inj-POW 1872241 - F/Sgt. - W.Operator / Air Gunner - Harold James Burton - RAFVR - Age .. - KIA
1160427 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Arthur Martin - RAFVR - Age 28 - KIA R-161469 - WO2 - Bomb Aimer - Victor Samuel Reynolds - RCAF - Inj-POW J-95455 - R-254989 - P/O. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - Edric Stephen Neil - RCAF - Age 19 - KIA R-223563 - F/Sgt. - Rear Air Gunner - Anthony Donald Kall - RCAF - Inj-POW

4 KIA - 4 POW

HOLMAN - THORNE(†) - TAYLOR - BURTON(†)
MARTIN(†) - REYNOLDS - NEIL(†) - KALL


Last update - 10 Feb 2014 - PATS



184 Squadron - Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib - MN 745 - BR-?


Crash date solved

1181092 - 134997 - Kenneth Archibald Creamer - RAFVR
1181092 - 134997- F/Lt. K. A. Creamer
1181092 - 134997 - Kenneth Archibald Creamer - RAFVR
From "The London Gazette" supplements I do have the name
1181092 - K. A. Creamer (134997) - Kenneth Archibald Creamer - RAFVR - at page 5641
RAFVR - 03 Sep 1942- Fl. Sgt

184 Squadron RAF, Volkel, Netherlands - Hawker Typhoon IB - MN 745 - BR-?
21 Feb 1945 - Flak NE of Soest, Germany
- source: TAF, Vol. 3. - gives JP 535 - info by Leendert Holleman, Belgium - 13 Oct 2008 -
Got JP 535 ( TAF, Vol. 3. ) from Leendert, but it's MN 745 ( via Piet Truren - Typhoon Museum )

- tasked armed recce 'Hamm - Gütersloh' - info by Henk Welting - 14 Oct 2008 -

- 184 Squadron, No. 121 Wing, B-80 strip Volkel, Holland - 21-02-1945
F/Lt Creamer flew MN 745, F/O. Ross MN 749, F/O. A.E.Pavitt JR 535
- info by P.G.M. Truren - 16 Oct 2008 -

- .- . - . -

1181092 - 134997 - Kenneth Archibald Creamer - RAFVR
134997 - F/Lt. Kenneth Archibald Creamer - RAFVR
- image via Dr. Kenneth Archibald Creamer - 11 Mar 2010 -
- Letter written by his wife Enid Joyce Creamer -

Sergeant - Pilot Officer (P/O) = One thin band - 6 months
Flight Sergeant - Flying Officer (F/O) = One thick band - 18 months
F/O. Creamer was 'acting' Flight Lieutenant (F/L) while shot down
became later Flight Lieutenant (F/L) = Two thick bands with one thin in middle
had 'VR' patch on his shoulder

3rd qtr 1922 - born - Kenneth A. Creamer - mother's surname Haines - district Camberwell, UK
3rd qtr 1919 - marriage Henry A. Creamer and Gertrude L . Haines - district Edmonton, UK

TYPHOON Mk.Ib - MN 745 - BR-? - 21 FEB 1945 -
SOEST - CREW 1

134997 - F/Lt. Kenneth Archibald Creamer - RAFVR - POW

1 POW

CREAMER

Spoke with Creamer

Contact Creamer is pending - 13 Sep 2009 - PATS
Last contact - 11 Mar 2010 - PATS

Last update - 20 Nov 2013 - PATS



411 (RCAF) Squadron - Spitfire Mk.IXe - PK 992 - DB-W


Crash date solved

J-92942 - Reginald Vernon Watson - RCAF
J-92942 - P/O. Reginald Vernon Watson
J-92942 - Reginald Vernon Watson - RCAF
RCAF - J-92942 - Reginald Vernon Watson - (postwar 42405) -
Qualified as a pilot, 14 August 1942 and posted overseas in October 1942
Commissioned 3 November 1944 - Repatriated 1 June 1945; retired 28 July 1945
Postwar service from 1 October 1951 to uncertain date
- info by Hugh A. Halliday, Ottawa, ON, Canada -
- .- . - . -

Sunday 25 Feb 1945 - approx. 0820 - Dive Bombing on Dorsten-Emmerich-Wesel rail line
Engine failure - bailed out at 6000 feet
Between Maas + Rhine rivers, South of Cleve, Germany

S/L J. N. Newell did seen him last at about 1000 feet succesfully parachuting down
feels confident that Reg is a Prisoner of War
- info letter S/L J. N. Newell to Mrs. R. V. Watson - 28 Feb 1945 -

Telegram en Clair - February 26th 1945
From: Records Gloucester
To: Air Ministry Kingsway, R.C.A.F. O/S H.Q
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(A) Spitfire FLIXE (Mods 1029 and 1216) PK 992 - Merlin 66 Engine No.111319/A99929
(B) No. 411 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron
(C) Baled out South of Rees - Map ref A0751 ( 4 mi East of Kalkar, Germany )
Last seen parachuting down at 1000 Feet - Engine trouble
(D) Pilot reported over R/T was going to bale out. Approx 0820 hours 25 February 1945
Pilot Can J92942 P/O. (Paid) R.V. Watson (R.C.A.F.) - missing believed safe
(E) Unknown
(F) Normal operational equipment (MOD 1209 - Yes)
(G) Engine failure reported AIB No.7650 - Yes
(H) Cat "C" Salvage - No
(J) 410 R.S.U.
(K) Kinnot (Wife) Mrs. R. V. Watson
c/o Mrs. George Wilson, RR1, Newport, Hants County, NS, Canada
also to be notified (Father) Mr. A. W. Watson, Cumberland, BC, Canada
(L) N/A
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Time of Origin : - 260500A.
.................................................................
- info 'Record of Service Airman' - received 6 Jun 2009 -
- source - Library and Archives Canada -

Reginald Vernon Watson, born 22 Aug 1921, Cumberland, BC - died 15 Aug 1964 - Age 42
Son of Mr. Arthur William Watson (born 1891 - died 5 May 1951, Cumberland, BC, Canada) and
Ms. Rose June Pearse ( born 1899 - died 11 Apr 1962, Essondale, BC, Canada)
Siblings: three
Religion: Church of England
Next of kin address (1945) - Mrs. A. M. E. Watson, 310 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS, Canada

Particulars of Service: (AC2 - 30 Aug 1941 until P/O. - 3 Nov 1944)
Canada - 30 Aug 1941 to 26 Oct 1942
United Kingdom - 27 Oct 1942 to 25 Feb 1945
Prisoner of War - 26 Feb 1945 to 14 May 1945
United Kingdom - 15 May 1945 to 31 May 1945
Canada - 1 Jun 1945 to 28 Jul 1945
Pilots Flying Badge (14 Aug 1942), Canadian Volunteer Service Medal

Shadow roster no. CAN R128649
Joined No.411 (RCAF) Squadron 28 Jan 1945
in this short time he acquired 12:15 hrs operational time against enemy
411 'Grizzly Bear' Sqdn - No. 126 Wing - 2nd TAF (Tactical Air Force)

Squadron moved Oct 1944 to the Province of North-Brabant, Holland
B.84 - De Rips ( Gemert ) - 4 Okt 1944 - 19 Oct 1944
B.80 - Volkel - 20 Oct 1944 - 5 dec 1944
B.88 - Heesch - 6 Dec 1944 - 25 Feb 45 they were still at Heesch ( Nistelrode )
- info Bill Walker, Canada - 11 Jun 2009
- info 'DB-W' by John E, Horsens, Denmark - 11 Jun 2009

SPITFIRE Mk.IXe - PK 992 - DB-W - 25 FEB 1945 -
CLEVE - CREW 1

J-92942 - Reginald Vernon Watson - RCAF - POW

1 POW

WATSON


Last update - 03 Jul 2013 - PATS



"Hendricks" solved - 02 Nov 2009 - ( No. 169 out of 171 )

Donald W. Hendricks
39925668
39925668 - Donald W. Hendricks - USAAF
'Jerry' wrote 39925668 ( Hendricks )..... but it was 39925686 ( Emerson ) !!!!!
"86" - "Eighty six" - interpreted as - "Achtundsechzig"

Emerson : "That day, Feb 9, 1945, I had no 'ID' or dog tags"

AAD-archive-info-Hendricks
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Donald W. Hendricks (39925668) - USA - Army Enlistment Records - AAD-archive
Residence State: IDAHO, County: MADISON
Place of enlistment - 16 Feb 1944: POCATELLO, IDAHO
Nativity: UTAH - born 1918, Marital status: Married
1 year High School - Civilian occupation : Farm hands, general farms

clip of Obituary- Donald W. Hendriks - 1989
According to the obituary of Donald W. Hendricks ( 06 Sep 1918 - 06 Aug 1989 - Age 70 )
It seems not the right person we are looking for - Donald was in the PACIFIC area !!!!
- Obit Hendricks - via Kurt Spence - 17 Oct 2009 -
- Verification of POW Army photo-1945 by 'next of kin' is done - NEGATIVE -

Familysearch-info-Hendricks
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Donald William Hendricks - Age 70
Birth: 6 Sep 1918, Lewiston, Cache, Utah
Death: 6 Aug 1989, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho
Burial 8 Aug 1989, Parker Cemetery, Parker, Fremont, Idaho
Son of Zeddie Williams Hendricks and Bessie Richards

Findagrave-info-Hendricks
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Monument - Parker Cemetery, Idaho
Parker Cemetery, Parker, Fremont county, Idaho
He was a Construction worker, U S Army
Married first to Hazel Gae Weaver - 25th May 1940, 2nd to Vilma Gilbert - 21 Mar 1986

Contact Hendricks ( sister and son ) is pending - 18 Oct 2009 - PATS

Last update - 11 Nov 2009 - PATS
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After I got the "negative" results out of Idaho - "It's NOT Hendricks"
I used my common sense ..... Let's try 39925686
And it just did fit in the puzzle .....BINGO

427 Bomber Squadron - B-17G - 43-39149


39925686 - George Harold Emerson Jr. - USAAF
George Harold Emerson Jr.
39925686 - George Harold Emerson Jr. - USAAF
- ASN digital modified to '86' - info PATS

Crew Barrat - 303th BG 427th BS
Robert J. Barrat Crew - 303th BG - 427th BS
crew assigned 427BS: 22 Nov 1944 - photo: Nov 1944
back l-r: S/Sgt. Matthew Lazarowicz, 2nd Lt. Dean Harvey, 2nd Lt. Robert J. Barrat
F/O. Shirl P. Best, S/Sgt. William T. Karp
front l-r: Sgt. Herbert D. Link, Sgt. Louis N. Linhart, S/Sgt. Raymond F. Reiss, Sgt. George H. Emerson
source www.303rdbg.com - courtesy George H. Emerson

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Crew: B-17G - #43-39149 - 09 Feb 1945 - Mission: Lutzkendorf
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O-825552 - 2nd Lt. - Pilot - Robert J. Barrat - Providence Co., RI - KIA

O-829205 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Dean Harvey - Washington, DC - KIA

T-129777 - F/O. - Navigator - Shirl P. Best - Winnebago Co., IL - KIA

39710589 - S/Sgt. - Togglier - William T. Karp - Los Angeles, CA - KIA

12053518 - S/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Raymond F. Reiss - Richmond Co., NY - KIA

32912988 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Matthew Lazarowicz - Essex Co., NJ - KIA

39725029 - Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Louis N. Linhart - Los Angeles, CA - KIA

39926152 - Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Herbert D. Link - Canyon Co., ID - KIA

39925686 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - George H. Emerson - Boise, Ada Co., ID - POW
....... we also received Red Cross parcels occasionally, one parcel per two men
I shared my parcel with my good friend Harry Jones

13088501 - Right Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. - Harry Glenn Jones
13088501 - S/Sgt. - Harry Glenn Jones
( from B-24J - #44-40109 - 14 Feb 1945 - also on this page )
This proved to be a good partnership. I didn’t smoke, he did
I always gave him my cigarettes. He used the extra cigarettes to trade for extra food
Sometimes the guards would trade food for cigarettes
They really liked the American cigarettes...........


Collage - Georgie to George
Collage - George Harold Emerson
photos from George H. Emerson - 10 Nov 2009

Grandpa George with Kelly, Alex and Anna
Grandson Kelly - Grandpa George - Greatgrandchildren Alex and Anna
photos from George H. Emerson - 25 Nov 2009
- collage by PATS -
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More detailed info ( English ) at : 303rd BG - Crew Barrat
More detailed info ( German ) at : Absturzes einer B17 Flying Fortress bei Eisenberg

Crew Barrat - 09 Feb 1945 - B-17G - #43-39149 - 8 KIA - 1 POW

Joint Memorial - Crew Barrat - Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - Saint Louis, St. Louis Co., Missouri, USA
Joint Memorial - Crew Barrat - Plot: Section 82 Site 93D
Find A Grave Memorial - #44710640 - by: ShaneO




B-17G - #43-39149 - 09 Feb 1945 - EISENBERG - CREW 9

O-825552 - 2nd Lt. - Pilot - Robert J. Barrat - Providence Co., RI - KIA O-829205 - 2nd Lt. - Co-pilot - Dean Harvey - Washington, DC - KIA T-129777 - F/O. - Navigator - Shirl P. Best - Winnebago Co., IL - KIA 10589 - S/Sgt. - Togglier - William T. Karp - Los Angeles, CA - KIA 12053518 - S/Sgt. - Engineer / Top Turret Gunner - Raymond F. Reiss - Richmond Co., NY - KIA
32912988 - S/Sgt. - Radio Operator - Matthew Lazarowicz - Essex Co., NJ - KIA 39725029 - Sgt. - Ball Turret Gunner - Louis N. Linhart - Los Angeles, CA - KIA 39926152 - Sgt. - Waist Gunner - Herbert D. Link - Canyon Co., ID - KIA 39925686 - Sgt. - Tail Turret Gunner - George H. Emerson - Boise, Ada Co., ID - POW

8 KIA - 1 POW -

BARRAT(†) - HARVEY(†) - BEST(†) - KARP(†) - REISS(†)
LAZAROWICZ(†) - LINHART(†) - LINK(†) - EMERSON

Spoke with Emerson

Contact Emerson is pending - 02 Nov 2009 - PATS

Last update - 22 Apr 2014 - PATS



Name solved - ( No. 170 out of 171 )

74317 - Neville Cooper Billington - RAFVR - or 74317 - James Vincent Laffey - TA
Neville Cooper Billington or James Vincent Laffey
Two names known, no crash data known
/ 74317
74317 - Neville Cooper Billington - RAFVR - or 74317 - James Vincent Laffey - TA
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From "The London Gazette" supplements I do have the name
N. C. Billington (74317) at page 3520 - Neville Cooper Billington - page 7123

- Likely the same person -
2nd Qtr. 1914 - born - Neville C. Billington - mother's surname Little - district Evesham, UK
1st Qtr. 1913 - marriage Tom P. Billington and Marion E. Little - district Atcham, UK

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In 'The London Gazette" archives is also found in issue number 35758 of 27 Oct 1942 - page 4641
4th June 1942: War Subs. Lt. J. V. Laffey (74317) - Territorial Army - Army Air Corps - G.P.R.
and further in issue number 36482 - page 1883
and also in issue number 42157 of 4th Oct 1960 - page 6690 - Lt. ( Hon. Capt.) J. V. Laffey (74317)
TA = Territorial Army - AAC = Army Air Corps - G.P.R = Glider Pilot Regiment

Lt. J. V. Laffey (74317) - Territorial Army - Army Air Corps - G.P.R.
Lt. J. V. Laffey (74317) - Territorial Army - Army Air Corps - G.P.R.
The London-Gazette

??? Marriage - James V. Laffey with Ms. Marguerita "Rita" Davies - 1st Qtr. 1940 - Leeds ???

Hello, Teunis

Digging deeper in my files, I have found Lt Laffey.
He was in the Independent Squadron.
He's on the attached photo - fourth row down, fifth from the right.
You'll see he is the same chap as in your photo.

Hope this helps

Steve Wright - 15 Nov 2009

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No.2 Squadron, Putignano (Italy), November 1943 Lt. J. V. Laffey (74317) - Territorial Army - Army Air Corps G.P.R.
Lt. J. V. Laffey (74317) - Territorial Army - Army Air Corps - G.P.R.

Have to dig further in this case for more details
Lt. Laffey - likely captured while on Operation "Varsity" - 24 March 1945
he might be captured earlier - according other 169 POW's dates


Operation Varsity (24 March 1945) was a joint American–British airborne operation
that took place toward the end of World War II
Involving more than 16,000 paratroopers and several thousand aircraft, it was the largest
single airborne operation in history to be conducted on a single day and in one location
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Varsity

Via the 'RAF Commands' forum I got this info from Dennis Burke, Dublin, Ireland

Gazette Issue 34487 published on the 25 February 1938. Page 33 of 108
TERRITORIAL ARMY
ROYAL ARTILLERY
66th (S. Midland) Fd. Bde. - James Vincent LAFFEY to be 2nd Lt. 26th Feb. 1938

"I would suggest by the look of his name that he might be Irish
A James Vincent Laffey was born in Mountmellick district, Ireland
(County Laois or Offaly) in 3rd Qtr 1910"


2nd Lt. James Vincent Laffey) - Territorial Army - Royal Artillery - 66th ( South Midland ) Field Brigade
2nd Lt. James Vincent Laffey - Territorial Army - Royal Artillery
66th ( South Midland ) Field Brigade

Last update - 17 Nov 2009 - PATS



Name and crash date not solved - ( No. 171 out of 171 )

This is the "only" really unknown at the moment

O-824794 - USAAF
O-824794
O-824794 - USAAF
Any info about this USAAF Airmen is welcome

Searching in the AAD archives !!! for example O-123456 and T-123456
are also written as O&123456 and T&123456
and in other cases as O123456 and T123456

- .- . - . -

O-824749 ???? ... it's NOT the person as shown on the above 'Mugshot' - verified -

O-824794 - FOUND !!!!!! - 19 Nov 2009

solved after 595 days - 03 Apr 2008 - 19 Nov 2009

O-824794 - 2nd Lt. Harry Joseph Vibbert Jr.

Lt. Col. Harry Joseph Vibbert Jr. - Age 63
04 Apr 1923 - Lt. Col. Harry Joseph Vibbert Jr. - 06 Oct 1986
Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI
source findagrave - by Sharon W

later more ........ PATS :)

Contact Vibbert is pending - 19 Nov 2009 - PATS

Last update - 22 Jan 2013 - PATS




550 (RAF) Squadron - Lancaster Mk.I - NN715 - BQ-A


Serial Range NN694 - NN816
This aircraft was one of 100 Lancaster Mk.1s ordered from Austin Motors (Longbridge)
and delivered from Mar 1944 to Feb 1945 with Merlin 24 engines
except for the last ten (NN807-NN816)
with Merlin 22 engines. NN715 was delivered to No.550 Sqdn 13 Sep 1944
No other operational history. No record of total hours
Lancaster Mk.I - NN715 - BQ-A was airborne 19:16 - 21 Feb 1944 from North Killingholme, UK
Cause of loss not established
Crashed near Westhofen, 4 km SW of Schwerte, Germany
The two men killed are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery
F/Lt.Luger arrived home 8 May 1945 but had to be admitted soon afterwards
to Manchester's Christie Hospital, where he died from his injuries 29 May 45
His grave is in Bandon Hill Cemetery, Beddington, UK

F/Lt. Luger and crew - January 1945
F/Lt. Luger and crew - January 1945
image courtesy 550squadronassociation.org.uk - via Gordon Bell (son) - 02 Aug 2013

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Crew of Lancaster Mk.I - NN715 - BQ-A - 21 Feb 1945 - Operation: Duisburg
- 2 KIA - 1 POW/DOW - 5 POW -
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37375 - W/C. - Pilot - Bryan (nmi) Bell - RAF - POW No. 11229

133373 - F/Lt. - 2nd Pilot - D. E. A. Luger - injured - POW - DOW - 29 May 1945, UK - Age 22

1108260 - Sgt. - Navigator - Gordon Hancock - RAFVR - Age 23 - KIA

1892763 - Sgt. - Wireless Operator - R. Gray - injured - POW

1436189 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - R. L. Gibbs - RAFVR - injured - POW

1614540 - 162344 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - S. R. Angill - injured - POW

3025053 - Sgt. - Air Gunner - Frederick George Jones - RAFVR - Age 19 - KIA

3034274 - Sgt. - Air Gunner - D. B. Boyce - injured - POW
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For the order I did follow the original "printed" version of the "Loss card" - not the written index !!!
PILOT, NAV., W.OP., F.E., B.A., A.G., A.G.

Loss Card - NN715 - BQ-A - Bell
Loss Card - NN715 - BQ-A - Bell - via www.lancasterbombers.net
- - - Reproduced here by kind permission of "www.lancasterbombers.net" - - -

37375 - W/C. - Pilot - Bryan (nmi) Bell - RAF - POW No. 11229
born 23 Jan 1914, Newburn On Tyne, district of Castle Ward, Northumberland County, UK
died 09 Oct 1985 - Age 70
Son of Mr. George William Bell (father) and Mrs. Emily Kathleen Bell (mother) - née Jude
Sibling: Geoffrey W. Bell (born 2nd Qtr. 1912) (brother) - Royal Engineers
who was awarded the Military Cross at Dunkirk
Marriage parents: 1st Qtr. 1909, district of Castle Ward, Northumberland County, UK
Occupation father: Mining Engineer

37375 - Wing Commander - Bryan (nmi) Bell - RAF
37375 - W/C. Bryan (nmi) Bell
Stalag Luft III, Nuremberg and Stalag VII A, Moosburg

Wing Commander Bryan "Dingle" Bell
POW picture taken when W/C. Bell was captured after 1 day run following the crash

According Bell's notes they were attacked by a German night fighter
and the plane was on fire but they carried on to target however a second attack
was more serious and that is when he gave the order 'OUT'
Apparently the tail section came away and the plane crashed

21 Feb 1945 - crash - NN715 - BQ-A
22 Feb 1945 - captured near Krefeld, Germany
recovered allied POW form - Bryan Bell
Front notebook - Stalag Luft III, Nuremberg - arrived 16 Mar 1945 Ausweis Nr. 430 - VII A - Moosburg, 26 Apr 1945
16 Mar 1945 - arrived at Stalag Luft III - Nuremberg - POW No. 11129
20 Apr 1945 - arrived at Stalag VII A - Moosburg
26 Apr 1945 - issued Ausweis Nr. 430 - Stalag VII A - Moosburg
29 Apr 1945 - return to Military control - nine days in present Camp VII A
05 May 1945 - issued Pass no. 70 - Stalag VII A
07 May 1945 - released HQ Staff - Stalag VII A - return by Air to UK
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My father joined the RAF in August 1935 following 2 years in the Royal Engineers,
as he once told me he wanted to fly and stay out of the mud, he was awarded his 'wings' in Jan 1936
and was posted to 220 then 269 squadrons flying Avro Ansons
In July 1939 he was sent to become a flying instructor and on completion posted to Australia
on loan to the Empire Air Training Scheme teaching the Aussies how to fly
He was posted back to the UK at the end of 1942 after being involved in the battle of the Coral Sea
as fighter controller at Port Moresby Papua New Guinea
On arrival back in the UK he completed operational conversion to the Avro Lancaster
and was posted to 100 squadron at Waltham Grimsby (Jul 43)
In Nov 1943 he helped form 550 Squadron and was Flight Commander 'A' flight as a Squadron leader
In Dec 1943 he was promoted to Wing Commander and posted to Lindholme Training and Ops (Air1)
In Sept 1944 he was posted back to 550 Squadron now based at North Killingholme
as Commanding Officer remaining there until he was shot down
on a mission bombing Duisburg on 21 February 1945

No.550 Wing Commander - Bryan 'Dingle' Bell - RAF
Wing Commander - Bryan 'Dingle' Bell - RAF
image courtesy Gordon Bell (son)

As you are aware he was eventually held at Moosburg and returned to the UK on 7th May 1945
In June he was posted as Station Commander RAF Innesworth
and eventually left the service in March 1946
returning to his home city of Newcastle Upon Tyne,
he married my mother Moreen in 1952 and had 3 children
He died peacefully at his home on the 9th October 1985
- info Gordon Bell (son) - 16 Sep 2010 -
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133373 - F/Lt. - 2nd Pilot - D. E. A. Luger - injured - POW - DOW
29 May 1945, UK - Age 22
Flight Lieutenant - Derek Eustace Arthur Luger
- ref. 2433785 - Sec. O. Grave 381 - Bandon Hill Cemetery, Beddington, UK
Son of Louis and Dorothy Luger, of Isleworth, Middlesex; husband of Marjorie Luger
Grandson of Anton & Clara Luger, Nephew of Captain Arthur Luger
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
both of his paternal grandparents were born in Germany

birth: 3rd Qtr. 1922 - Derek E. A. Luger - mother's surname: How - distict: Croydon, UK
district Croydon spans the boundaries of the counties of Greater London, Kent and Surrey
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info: FreeBMD

Leading Aircraftsman - 10 Nov 1942 - 1380934 - Derek Eustace Arthur Luger (133373)
info: London Gazette - 12 Jan 1943 - issue 35858 - page 280
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1108260 - Sgt. - Navigator - Gordon Hancock - RAFVR - Age 23 - KIA
- ref. 2047391 - Grave 11 C 24 - Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
born 4th Qtr. 1921 - mother's surname Redfern - district of Salford, Lancashire, UK
Son of Frederick and Lucy Jane Hancock (née Redfern), of Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, UK
marriage - 3rd Qtr. 1916 - Frederick Hancock and Lucy Jane Redfern - Salford, Lancashire, UK

1892763 - Sgt. - Wireless Operator - - R. Gray - injured - POW

It's Rodney Gray - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 01 Jul 2013

AIR78-65-0-1 - ID - 1892763 - Rodney Gray
AIR78-19-0-2 - page 147
1892763 - Rodney Gray - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 01 Jul 2013

1436189 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - R. L. Gibbs - injured - POW
born 1924 - died 1948 - Age 24
Son of Ernest Alfred J. G. Gibbs and Lilian E. M. Gibbs née Nash, Northampton, UK

It's Raymond Leslie Gibbs - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 01 Jul 2013

AIR78-61-0-1 - ID - 1436189 - Raymond Leslie Gibbs
AIR78-61-0-1 - page 205
1436189 - Raymond Leslie Gibbs - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 01 Jul 2013

War Memorial in Abington Square, Northampton
Post 1945 Northampton Borough Roll of Honour and who are also inscibribed on
the National Armed Forces Memorial in Shropshire
1948 - Engineer 2 - Raymond Leslie GIBBS, aged 25
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britishlegion.org.uk/branches/northampton/post-1945-northampton-borough-roll-of-honour

Birth 4th Qtr. 1893 - Ernest Alfred J. G. Gibbs - district: Northampton
Marriage - 2nd Qtr. 1922 - Ernest A. J. G. Gibbs and Ms. Lilian E. M. Nash - district: Northampton
Birth 2nd Qtr. 1924 - Raymond Leslie Gibbs - mother's surname: Nash - district: Northampton
Death 1st Qtr. 1937 - Ernest A. J. G. Gibbs - Age 43 - district: Brixworth
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
districts Northampton and Brixworth do are in Northamptonshire Co., UK
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1614540 - 162344 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - S. R. Angill - injured - POW
Stephen R. Angill
born 1st Qtr. 1923 - mother's surname Hobbs - district of Newport M., UK
Son of Arthur G. Angill and Florence E. Angill (née Hobbs), Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
marriage - 4th Qtr. 1916 - Arthur G. Angill and Florence E. Hobbs, Newport M., UK
sibling: Robert W. Angill (brother) - born 4th Qtr. 1917 - district of Newport M., UK

It's Stephen Roy Angill - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 30 Jun 2013

AIR78-4-0-1 - ID - 1614540 - Stephen Roy Angill
AIR78-4-0-1 - page 987
1614540 - Stephen Roy Angill - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 30 Jun 2013

Leading Aircraftsman - 26 Feb 1944 - 1614540 - Stephen Roy Angill (162344)
info: London Gazette - 18 Apr 1944 - issue 36472 - page 1768

3025053 - Sgt. - Air Gunner - Frederick George Jones - RAFVR - Age 19 - KIA
- ref. 2047713 - Grave 11 C 23 - Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
Son of Rees and M. A. Jones, of Aberkenfig, Glamorgan, UK

3034274 - Sgt. - Air Gunner - D. B. Boyce - injured - POW
Dennis B. Boyce
born 3rd Qtr. 1925 - mother's surname Parnum - district of Hendon, Middlesex Co., UK
Son of Mr. Horace Boyce and Mrs. Florence L. Boyce (née Parnum), Hendon, Middlesex Co., UK
marriage 2nd Qtr. 1912 - Horace Boyce and Florence L. Parnum, Hendon, Middlesex Co., UK
sibling: Olive P. Boyce - 2nd Qtr. 1922, district of Hendon, Middlesex Co., UK

It's Dennis Bertin Boyce - via "The National Archives" - by PATS - 30 Jun 2013

AIR78-19-0-2 - ID - 3034274 - Dennis Bertin Boyce
AIR78-19-0-2 - page 98
3034274 - Dennis Bertin Boyce - info verified from "The National Archives, UK" - 30 Jun 2013

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In POWs records of www.rafcommands.com
Ball B 550 NN715 RAF 21/02/45
This should be Bell B !!!!!! - info PATS 18 Sep 2010
Update was sent to Rafcommands.com

W/C. B. Bell was No.550 Sqdn Commander
F/Lt. D. E. A. Luger was confined to Hospital due injuries until Liberation
with F/O. S. R. Angill and Sgt. D. B. Boyce, Sgt. R. L. Gibbs and Sgt. T. Gray, no POW Nos.



LANCASTER Mk.I - NN715 - BQ-A - 21 FEB 1945 -
WESTHOFEN - CREW 8

37375 - W/C. - Pilot - Bryan (nmi) Bell - RAF - POW No. 11229 1380934 - 133373 - F/Lt. - 2nd Pilot - Derek Eustace Arthur Luger - injured - POW - DOW -  29 May 1945, UK - Age 22 1108260 - Sgt. - Navigator - Gordon Hancock - RAFVR - Age 23 - KIA 1892763 - Sgt. - Wireless Operator - Rodney Gray - injured - POW
1436189 - Sgt. - Flight Engineer - Raymond Leslie Gibbs - injured - POW 1614540 - 162344 - F/O. - Bomb Aimer - Stephen Roy Angill - injured - POW 3025053 - Sgt. - Air Gunner - Frederick George Jones - RAFVR - Age 19 - KIA 3034274 - Sgt. - Air Gunner - Dennis Bertin Boyce - injured - POW

2 KIA - 1 POW/DOW - 5 POW

BELL - LUGER(†) - HANCOCK(†) - GRAY
GIBBS - ANGILL - JONES(†) - BOYCE


Contact Bell is pending - 10 Sep 2010 - PATS

Last update - 10 Feb 2014 - PATS


The "Time-window" from "92" "known" crashes
The Netherlands (6), Luxembourg (2), France (1), Germany (51), Austria (9), Italy (10),
Slovenia (1), Slovakia (1), Poland (1) , Czechoslovakia (3) and Hungary (4) - Unknown (3)
These are 92 locations out of 92 - later more ;)

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22 Sep 1944 - 1 crash
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19 Dec and 29 Dec 1944 - 2 crashes
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06 Feb to 28 Feb 1945 - 74 crashes
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02 Mar to 09 Mar 1945 - 15 crashes
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So above "unknown" POW's are near or in this "Time-window"

Time window crashes - 01 Feb - 09 March 1945
- 89 crashes shown - 01 Feb - 9 Mar 1945

Busy with "Challenge III" - 03 Nov 2009 - PATS

Searching for missing names, photos and related things !!!






*** UNDER CONSTRUCTION ***

175 'MUGSHOTS' - 1944-1945 - 171 Airmen

DULAG Luft - "Durchgangslager der Luftwaffe" or "Transit Camp of the Luftwaffe"
After interrogation at 'DULAG LUFT Oberursel' the POW's were sent to 'DULAG LUFT Wetzlar'
Oberursel - 8 mi NW of Frankfurt-am-Main
'DULAG Luft Wetzlar' - which was a transit camp 25 mi N from Oberursel
After about a week they were put on trains and transferred to a permanent camp (STALAG)
STALAG (Luft) = Stammlager Luft, or Permanent Camp for Airmen

Nr 'Mugshot' ASN - Rank - Name Country Date Unit Plane Location
001  / 37375 W/C. Bryan (nmi) Bell UK 21 Feb 1945 550 Sqdn NN715 Germany
002  / 74317 2nd Lt. James Vincent Laffey UK -.- -.- -.- -.-
003 134997 - Kenneth Archibald Creamer - RAF / 134997 F/L. Kenneth Archibald Creamer UK 21 Feb 1945 184 Sqdn MN 745 Germany
004  / 146257 F/O. Alfred (nmi) Valentine UK 05 Mar 1945 102 Sqdn RG502 Czechoslovakia
005  / 154341 F/O. William Kenneth Watson UK 24 Feb 1945 462 Sqdn MZ448 Germany
006  / 155772 F/L. Dennis Percy Francis McCaig UK 26 Feb 1945 249 Sqdn HB912 Italy
007  / 163612 F/L. Harry Denis Michell UK 21 Feb 1945 35 Sqdn ME367 Germany
008  / 170288 F/O. John Alwyn Lewis UK 21 Feb 1945 405 Sqdn PB530 Germany
009  / 182696 F/O. Kenneth Lendrum Worden UK 21 Feb 1945 463 Sqdn PB804 Germany
010  / 187060 F/O. Ronald (nmi) Carabine UK 21 Feb 1945 578 Sqdn NR191 Germany
011  102694V Capt. Hardy Theodore Snyman SAAF 20 Feb 1945 1st Sqdn . N-Italy
012  103109V Capt. Terence Anthony Harris SAAF 20 Feb 1945 4th Sqdn . N-Italy
013  O-1540485 2nd Lt. Wesley Kern Daniels Jr. USA 22 Feb 1945 459BG 759BS 44-49638 N-Italy
014  O-1998747 1st Lt. Charles Henry Kendrick USA 25 Feb 1945 463BG 775BS 44-8729 Austria
015  O-2001311 2nd Lt. Arthur Winn Banwell Jr. USA 21 Feb 1945 484BG 825BS 42-52041 Austria
016  O-2056559 2nd Lt. Alfred Joseph Deneault III USA 21 Feb 1945 484BG 825BS 44-49858 Austria
017  O-2056815 2nd Lt. Carson Joseph Morris USA 22 Feb 1945 459BG 759BS 44-49638 N-Italy
018  O-2058536 1st Lt. Richard Mays Owen USA 25 Feb 1945 463BG 77bBS 44-8729 Austria
019  O-2059647 2nd Lt. Thomas C. Tiearney USA 09 Mar 1945 96BG 413BS 43-37789 Germany
020  O-2065521 2nd Lt. William J. Diehl USA 16 Feb 1945 457BG 748BS 44-6831 Germany
021  O-388631 Major Jack Arista Nendell USA 25 Feb 1945 463BG 775BS 44-8729 Austria
022  O-390032 1st Lt. Samuel F. Anderson USA 02 Mar 1945 55FG 38FS 44-13818 Germany
023  O-668209 1st Lt. John T. Cravey USA 22 Feb 1945 31FG 309FS 43-24797 Italy
024  O-676775 Capt. Sidney Brinson Futch USA 22 Feb 1945 50FG HQ 44-19781 Germany
025  O-710804 1st Lt. Ralph Dahlstrom Whitley USA 26 Feb 1945 20FG 79FS 44-13846 Netherlands
026  O-716628 2nd Lt. Ira Jack Castles USA 03 Mar 1945 445BG 703BS 44-48844 Germany
027  O-717109 1st Lt. Edgar B. Rabideau USA 25 Feb 1945 463BG 775BS 44-8729 Austria
028  O-717704 2nd Lt. Irvin Samuel Taylor USA 02 Mar 1945 97BG 341BS 44-6849 Austria
029  O-721982 2nd Lt. Albert Adams Cowie USA 03 Mar 1945 359FG 368FS 44-11696 Germany
030  O-722922 2nd Lt. Ivar Noel Jordan USA 21 Feb 1945 484BG 825BS 44-49858 Austria
031  O-741324 2nd Lt. William C. Andrews USA 09 Mar 1945 96BG 413BS 43-37789 Germany
032  O-744710 1st Lt. Bernard H. Howes USA 03 Feb 1945 55FG 343FS 44-63745 Czechoslovakia
033  O-744710 1st Lt. Bernard H. Howes USA 03 Feb 1945 55FG 343FS 44-63745 Czechoslovakia
034  O-744720 1st Lt. Brooks Jonathan Liles USA 03 Mar 1945 55FG 343FS 44-14175 Czechoslovakia
035  O-768747 1st Lt. Raymond Francis Swanson USA 25 Feb 1945 463BG 775BS 44-8729 Austria
036  O-769698 2nd Lt. Robert M. Bonner USA 22 Feb 1945 459BG 759BS 44-49638 N-Italy
037  O-772500 2nd Lt. Robert Laffingwell Richmond USA 02 Mar 1945 387BG 1PATH-S 42-95933 Germany
038  O-772500 2nd Lt. Robert Laffingwell Richmond USA 02 Mar 1945 387BG 1PATH-S 42-95933 Germany
039  O-774504 2nd Lt. Roland Hoyt Brazier USA 16 Feb 1945 457BG 748BS 44-6831 Germany
040  O-778798 2nd Lt. Alvin Guy Hazlett USA 16 Feb 1945 457BG 748BS 44-6831 Germany
041  O-783385 2nd Lt. Ray M. Goetschius USA 03 Mar 1945 493BG 863BS 43-39050 Germany
042  O-791213 Capt. Paul Henry Jones USA 02 Mar 1945 387BG 1PATH-S 42-95933 Germany
043  O-813502 1st Lt. William J. Gray Jr. USA 02 Mar 1945 97BG 341BS 44-6849 Austria
044  O-818258 1st Lt. Philip Kelley Whitman USA 13 Feb 1945 463BG 772BS 44-8363 Austria
045  O-823422 1st Lt. James Franklin Matchette USA 25 Feb 1945 340BG 489BS 43-27517 N-Italy
046  O-824729 1st Lt. Leon Lewis Drake Jr. USA 13 Feb 1945 463BG 772BS 44-8363 Austria
047  O-824794 2nd Lt. Harry Joseph Vibbert Jr. USA 22 Sep 1944 36FG 9AF P-47D -.-
048  O-826823 2nd Lt. Edmund (nmi) Wright II USA 22 Feb 1945 324FG 316FS 42-26566 Germany
049  O-828187 1st Lt. Ralph Wade Kittle USA 05 Mar 1945 388BG 563BS 42-97542 Germany
050  O-830845 2nd Lt. George (nmi) Graff USA 03 Mar 1945 493BG 863BS 43-39050 Germany
051  O-832129 2nd Lt. Carl J. Faust Jr. USA 09 Mar 1945 490BG 850BS 43-38068 Germany
052  O-832950 2nd Lt. Leonard Marshall Wright Jr. USA 24 Feb 1945 20FG 79FS 44-11244 Germany
053  O-832950 2nd Lt. Leonard Marshall Wright Jr. USA 24 Feb 1945 20FG 79FS 44-11244 Germany
054  O-925901 2nd Lt. Harry Kenneth Hubertz USA 21 Feb 1945 484BG 824BS 42-52041 Austria
055  O-926868 2nd Lt. Jack Maury Waller USA 02 Mar 1945 385BG 550BS 44-8417 Germany
056  P-0712 S/L. Zygmunt Witymir Bienkowski POL 24 Feb 1945 131WG 302FS TB341 Germany
057  J-9069 S/L. David Charles Fairbanks CAN 28 Feb 1945 274S NV943 Germany
058  J-14773 F/L. Vincent Roy Glover CAN 05 Mar 1945 420S NP959 -.-
059  J-29890 F/L. William Henry Holman CAN 20 Feb 1945 153S NN785 -.-
060  J-36335 F/O. Robert Clinton Taylor CAN 20 Feb 1945 153S NN785 -.-
061  J-38250 F/O. Vernon Lyle McKinnon CAN 05 Mar 1945 420S NP959 -.-
062  J-38517 F/O. Herbert Reuben Sproule CAN 02 Mar 1945 408S RG472 -.-
063  Je 40885 F/O. James Edward Moran CAN 02 Mar 1945 408 Sqdn RG472 Germany
064  J-85482 F/O. John Thomson Ross CAN 21 Feb 1945 405S PB530 Germany
065  J-92942 F/O. Reginald Vernon Watson CAN 25 Feb 1945 411S 2TAF PK922 Germany
066  AUS-406552 F/O. Gordon Battley Swift AUS 24 Feb 1945 175S 2TAF ?Typhoon? Neth.? / Ger.?
067  AUS-415177 F/L. John James Osmond AUS 21 Feb 1945 35S ME335 Germany
068  AUS-424159 F/O. Colin (nmi) Denley AUS 21 Feb 1945 578S NA618 Germany
069  NZ-429763 F/O. Fairfax (nmi) Moresby NZ 21 Feb 1945 150S PD421 Germany
070  6575542 S/SGT. Walter Cole Campbell USA 16 Feb 1945 303BG 427BS 43-39081 Germany
071  11037836 T/SGT. Sven E. Larson USA 16 Feb 1945 323BG 453BS 41-31899 Germany
072  11102375 T/SGT. Edward James Giering USA 16 Feb 1945 303BG 427BS 43-39081 Germany
073  11108168 SGT. Willard Alexander Delavan USA 14 Feb 1945 344BG 495 42-95917 Germany
074  11122931 SGT. Alessandro Dominic Panarese USA 22 Feb 1945 458BG 754BS 44-10491 Germany
075  12075883 SGT. Raymond (nmi) Govus USA 19 Feb 1945 389BG 565BS 42-95088 Germany
076  12155330 S/SGT. Rubin (nmi) Kichen USA 16 Feb 1945 386BG 554 BS 41-31771 Germany
077  12168196 S/SGT. Valentine P. Rivoli USA 24 Feb 1945 391BG 575BS 42-107576 Germany
078  13045340 SGT. Mervyn (nmi) Levin USA 16 Feb 1945 467BG 790BS 42-95080 Netherlands
079  13086773 S/SGT. Emanuel Nicholas Mougianis USA 13 Feb 1945 461BG 766BS 44-49925 Hungary
080  13088501 S/SGT. Harry Glenn Jones USA 14 Feb 1945 389BG 566BS 44-40109 Netherlands
081  13100446 T/SGT. Clyde Franklin Hicks Jr. USA 14 Feb 1945 389BG 566BS 44-40109 Netherlands
082  13190224 SGT. Charles Eugene Gretz Jr. USA 22 Feb 1945 458BG 754BS 44-10491 Germany
083  14132306 S/SGT. Douglas Campbell Dunlap USA 07 Feb 1945 376BG 514BS 44-48964 Slovenia
084  15019454 S/SGT. Edward Donald Schiffbauer USA 13 Feb 1945 461BG 766BS 44-49925 Hungary
085  15125559 S/SGT. Gerald Paul Dickerson USA 14 Feb 1945 2BG 429BS 44-6659 Slovakia
086  15313697 SGT. Lester L. Halderman USA 09 Feb 1945 447BG 709BS 42-97624 Germany
087  16037174 SGT. Richard J. Glynn USA 09 Feb 1945 447BG 709BS 42-97624 Germany
088  16081656 T/SGT. Robert Lee Hill USA 20 Feb 1945 388BG 562BS 44-8223 Germany
089  16138903 T/SGT. Louis Daniel Kaszak USA 07 Feb 1945 2BG 429BS 44-6682 Austria
090  16161166 S/SGT. Athanasius F. Thomas USA 13 Feb 1945 301BG 32BS 44-6546 Hungary
091  16174596 SGT. Carl Lewis Johnson USA 22 Feb 1945 458BG 754BS 44-10491 Germany
092  16188168 SGT. Richard Oscar Carlson USA 19 Dec 1944 465BG 781BS 44-41106 Hungary
093  16192210 SGT. Donald Edward Wolf USA 16 Feb 1945 452BG 731BS 43-38698 Germany
094  17023812 T/SGT. James Frank Standlee Jr. USA 14 Feb 1945 306BG 369BS 42-97185 Czechoslovakia
095  17070895 S/SGT. Lyle Frank Varnum USA 16 Feb 1945 452BG 731BS 43-38698 Germany
096  17110240 S/SGT. George Adolph Comiskey USA 13 Feb 1945 460BG 760BS 44-48966 W-Hungary
097  17136337 SGT. Gerald Scott Harvey USA 16 Feb 1945 401BG 613BS 43-38187 Netherlands
098  17142902 SGT. Gordon John Thompson USA 29 Dec 1944 450BG 720BS 42-78156 N-Italy
099  17147534 SGT. William Dorores Trestik USA 14 Feb 1945 381BG 534BS 43-37657 Luxembourg
100  17181731 S/SGT. James Lowry Morrison USA 16 Feb 1945 401BG 615BS 42-97869 Netherlands
101  18068222 S/SGT. Bruno (nmi) Salazar USA 19 Feb 1945 389BG 565BS 42-95088 Germany
102  18094263 SGT. Richard Dean Bland USA 14 Feb 1945 381BG 534BS 43-37657 Luxembourg
103  18191178 S/SGT. Morris (nmi) Miller USA 07 Feb 1945 376BG 514BS 44-48964 Slovenia
104  18193744 T/SGT. Albert Lee Findley Jr. USA 06 Feb 1945 466BG 786BS 42-110188 Germany
105  19117015 S/SGT. Robert Smith Haws USA 14 Feb 1945 454BG 736BS 42-95522 Austria
106  19159865 T/SGT. Max Albert Little USA 14 Feb 1945 2BG 429BS 44-6659 Slovakia
107  20906998 S/SGT. Marc Cookston Golsch USA 20 Feb 1945 389BG 565BS 42-95088 Germany
108  31017943 SGT. Joseph (nmi) Andruskiewicz USA 19 Feb 1945 389BG 565BS 42-95088 Germany
109  31029571 S/SGT. Frederic (nmi) Piepenbrink USA 14 Feb 1945 306BG 369BS 42-102975 Germany
110  31049732 S/SGT. Michael (nmi) Drena USA 13 Feb 1945 461BG 766BS 44-49925 Hungary
111  31299537 S/SGT. Francis William Connor Jr. USA 16 Feb 1945 467BG 790BS 42-95080 Netherlands
112  31373538 SGT. Arthur John Sullivan USA 14 Feb 1945 344BG 487BS 43-34196 Germany
113  31374854 SGT. Marcel Philip Boisvert USA 14 Feb 1945 381BG 534BS 43-37657 Luxembourg
114  32088343 S/SGT. Fritz (nmi) Loewenstein USA 13 Feb 1945 460BG 760BS 44-48966 W-Hungary
115  32735829 S/SGT. Russell Joseph Battaglia USA 13 Feb 1945 461BG 766BS 44-49925 Hungary
116  32873757 S/SGT. Lawrence J. Netti USA 22 Feb 1945 17BG 432BS 42-107792 France
117  32902065 S/SGT. Abelardo Herman Febles USA 13 Feb 1945 460BG 760BS 44-48966 W-Hungary
118  32938402 SGT. Robert Louis Schleret USA 13 Feb 1945 460BG 760BS 44-48966 W-Hungary
119  32956496 SGT. William H. Willis USA 16 Feb 1945 467BG 790BS 42-95080 Netherlands
120  33104792 S/SGT. Russell Edward Mars USA 14 Feb 1945 454BG 736BS 42-95522 Austria
121  33427233 S/SGT. Robert C. Becker USA 14 Feb 1945 387BG 558BS 44-67915 Luxembourg
122  33541194 S/SGT. John William Conway Jr. USA 22 Feb 1945 398BG 600BS 43-39128 M Germany
123  33592132 SGT. Daniel John Mc Cartney Jr. USA 14 Feb 1945 381BG 534BS 43-37657 Luxembourg
124  33683670 SGT. Michael R. Gagich USA 16 Feb 1945 401BG 613BS 43-38187 Netherlands
125  33806907 SGT. Carl Richard Pratt USA 16 Feb 1945 467BG 790BS 42-95080 Netherlands
126  34245496 T/SGT. Robert Thomas Osborne USA 14 Feb 1945 389BG 566BS 44-40109 Netherlands
127  34546656 SGT. Richard Lee Summers USA 16 Feb 1945 401BG 613BS 43-38187 Netherlands
128  34605655 S/SGT. Alva Lee Freeman USA 22 Feb 1945 398BG 600BS 43-39128 M Germany
129  34735728 S/SGT. Monroe William Gray USA 14 Feb 1945 389BG 566BS 44-40109 Netherlands
130  34795493 S/SGT. Leroy Miles Mc Knight USA 16 Feb 1945 401BG 615BS 42-97869 Netherlands
131  34834507 S/SGT. Bobbie Arnold Davis USA 14 Feb 1945 2BG 429BS 44-6659 Slovakia
132  35052650 SGT. Theodore Walter Molek USA 16 Feb 1945 485BG 829BS 44-49772 NE-Italy
133  35090007 SGT. Ervin Richard Hennon USA 13 Feb 1945 461BG 766BS 44-49925 Hungary
134  35229150 SGT. Robert Fisher Koontz USA 16 Feb 1945 452BG 731BS 43-38698 Germany
135  35293192 S/SGT. Loren Terrol Harman USA 15 Feb 1945 95BG 335BS 42-31887 Poland
136  35575027 S/SGT. Edward Simon Olis USA 13 Feb 1945 301 BG 32BS 44-6546 Hungary
137  35847499 T/SGT. Alva Evermon Bryant Jr. USA 09 Feb 1945 379BG 526BS 44-6119 Germany
138  35896355 SGT. Bernard Deloss Bagley USA 22 Feb 1945 398BG 600BS 43-39128 M Germany
139  35912755 SGT. Earl Victor Beatty USA 16 Feb 1945 485BG 829BS 44-49772 NE-Italy
140  35922924 SGT. Richard (nmi) Wasniak USA 16 Feb 1945 452BG 731BS 43-38698 Germany
141  35927473 CPL George Richard Mc Sween USA 16 Feb 1945 484BG 826BS 42-78224 NE-Italy
142  36004403 S/SGT. Edward James Stanton USA 14 Feb 1945 454BG 736BS 42-95522 Austria
143  36108384 SGT. Elmer B. Russell USA 20 Feb 1945 91BG 323BS 42-102490 Germany
144  36462165 S/SGT. James Floyd Meyers USA 07 Feb 1945 376BG 514BS 44-48964 Slovenia
145  36555308 S/SGT. George Earl Loeser USA 14 Feb 1945 389BG 566BS 44-40109 Netherlands
146  36641610 SGT. Adelbert David Shereck USA 16 Feb 1945 401BG 613BS 43-38187 Netherlands
147  36659392 S/SGT. Steve (nmi) Forman USA 21 Feb 1945 492BG 858BS 44-49500 Germany
148  36751903 S/SGT. Alonzo Albert Karcher USA 16 Feb 1945 401BG 615BS 42-97869 Netherlands
149  36755459 SGT. Carlos Junior Hagvall USA 19 Feb 1945 389BG 565BS 42-95088 Germany
150  36895904 SGT. Herbert Raymond Whitaker USA 14 Feb 1945 306BG 369BS 42-102975 Germany
151  37070687 S/SGT. Lawrence Wayne Farmer USA 15 Feb 1945 463BG 773BS 44-8253 Austria
152  37144247 S/SGT. Vernon Lawrence Berg USA 16 Feb 1945 323BG 453BS 41-31899 Germany
153  37233648 SGT. Howard L. Nelson USA 14 Feb 1945 387BG 557BS 41-31710 Germany
154  37480497 S/SGT. Leo Robert Mossman USA 14 Feb 1945 387BG 558BS 44-67915 Luxembourg
155  37533107 S/SGT. Paul Edmund Grisham USA 16 Feb 1945 452BG 731BS 43-38698 Germany
156  37553871 S/SGT. Harold Arthur Mueller USA 14 Feb 1945 387BG 558BS 44-67915 Luxembourg
157  37562365 SGT. Raymond C. Hanson USA 14 Feb 1945 306BG 369BS 42-102975 Germany
158  37570442 SGT. Matt James Brletich USA 16 Feb 1945 467BG 790BS 42-95080 Netherlands
159  37665177 S/SGT. Arthur (nmi) Staton Jr. USA 16 Feb 1945 452BG 731BS 43-38698 Germany
160  37701960 S/SGT. Lloyd Olden Spencer Jr. USA 13 Feb 1945 461BG 766BS 44-49925 Hungary
161  37704470 S/SGT. William Marx Lorig USA 22 Feb 1945 452BG 731BS 44-8015 Germany
162  37707945 SGT. Louis Dewayne Anderson USA 14 Feb 1945 351BG 508BS 43-38405 Netherlands
163  37708542 SGT. James Eugene Moss USA 22 Feb 1945 452BG 731BS 44-8015 Germany
164  37725759 S/SGT. Walter Frederick Fergus USA 16 Feb 1945 485BG 829BS 44-49657 NE-Italy
165  37727471 SGT. Francis George Adkins USA 22 Feb 1945 452BG 731BS 44-8015 Germany
166  38101205 T/SGT. Carroll Porter Doss USA 16 Feb 1945 323BG 453BS 41-31899 Germany
167  38318586 S/SGT. James Homer Woody Jr. USA 16 Feb 1945 386BG 554BS 41-31771 Germany
168  38318586 S/SGT. James Homer Woody Jr. USA 16 Feb 1945 386BG 554BS 41-31771 Germany
169  38391474 S/SGT. Asa B. Dunahoe USA 16 Feb 1945 97BG 340BS 44-8380 N-Italy
170  39042033 S/SGT. William D. English USA 21 Feb 1945 492BG 858BS 44-49500 Germany
171  39468843 T/SGT. Donald Arthur Bruegeman USA 14 Feb 1945 2BG 429BS 44-6659 Slovakia
172  39469093 SGT. Walter E. Bales USA 16 Feb 1945 388BG 561BS 44-6622 Germany
173  39700845 SGT. Albert Marcus Lucas USA 22 Feb 1945 458BG 754BS 44-10491 Germany
174  39925686 SGT. George Harold Emerson Jr. USA 09 Feb 1945 303BG 427BS 43-39149 Germany
175  42100481 SGT. Louis Barnabas Szendrey USA 13 Feb 1945 460BG 760BS 44-48966 W-Hungary

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