CREW LISTING

572nd BOMB SQUADRON

ROLE: PILOT

INDIVIDUAL & NON-INDIVIDUAL CREW MEMBERS


Assigned
Squadron Crew Year Month Role Name Rank Serial
572572121456P[Parked Aircraft].43-22638
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-22638. 20 Jun 1945
NOTES: Taxiing accident at Vitry-en-Artois/B-50 (parked aircraft).
572572101432PAbernathy, William E.1/Lt.O731778
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-24757. 11 May 1943
NOTES: Landing accident due to mechanical fail at MacDill Field, FL.
The pilot made a normal approach to runway 22. He dropped his wheels and flaps and from his testimony, he was satisfied the gear was down and locked in position. The airplane made a normal landing with no excessive strain on the gear. The airplane was on its final roll down runway 22 when suddenly the pilot sensed his right gear folding back into the nacelle or back towards the direction of the nacelle. The excessive strain and weight on the left main gear caused it to also fold back towards the nacelle.
Both main gear folding back let the airplane skid to a stop on its belly.
Statements of the pilots and crew members indicate the gear indicator showed it be down and locked, however, when the right gear mechanism was checked, it was found to be functioning normally and the hydraulic pressure gauge indicated the hydraulic system was functioning normally. Also, when the airplane was lifted to be carried from the runway, the gear mechanism properly locked the gears into place when the weight was taken off. It is possible the gear did fail but in view of the results of the investigation, it is my opinion the gear was not completely down and locked.
The pilot and his crew all stated the gear indicator said down and locked, therefore it is difficult to determine just where to place the responsibility.
It is recommended some warning signal be installed on the B-26C to prevent future accidents of this type.
572572000432PAbernathy, William E.2/Lt.O731778
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
NOTES: Per OO-1, Hqs 391 BG, 04/21/43, Abernathy was listed as co-pilot with Roeper to ferry a B-26 from Lake Charles to MacDill. He was not Roeper's co-pilot for the flight over.
572572001432PAlexander, Julian P.1/Lt.O792150
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: SO-7, 2/7/43, shows Cuellar in the 574th. NOTE: Alexander is listed as 574th BS in a later MACR.
57257200243PAlexander, Richard L.2/Lt.O795164
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: The source order shows a Capt Roger R. Francis, 0726361, as pilot for the flight overseas with Alexander, Bradshaw, and Hemend as the crew in airplane No. 42-95797. Richard Alexander explains that it did not happen that way. Capt Francis was to fly over as Alexander's co-pilot but was transferred out of the 391st on the day before departing Godman Field, and Richard does not remember the name of the co-pilot on the flight to Hunter Field. He did include a copy of the signed receipt for the airplane that he received at Hunter. There a Capt Santos (who had previously completed a tour in B-25's) was assigned as his co-pilot merely for the flight over. Richard indicates that he flew on Maj Floyd Miller's right wing all the way from Morrison Field, FL, to Matching Green. He also sent a copy of his Form 5 for January, 1944; it shows a flight of 8 hours, 15 minutes, on the 10th, which was the flight from Natal, Brazil, to Ascension Island. Blair, Kobala, and McCreary joined the crew in England. Blair's serial number comes from Dave Garnham's database. ADDENDUM: Kobala's serial number, correct surname, and forenames have since been obtained from the Medal Awards and Crew Loading Lists of the 391BG Mission Records. Formerly an AG, his rank is shown was S/SGT.
572572128PAlexander, Wallace C.Capt.O662852
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
572572003449PAllen, Charles1/Lt.O670483
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: This crew was made up in England. Chuck Allen became an IP after Jose Phalon left. Also, this was a lead crew. The referenced order shows the RG's name as Economopouhos, which I believe to be wrong. The taxi sheet for 02/10/45 shows Gates flying as first pilot, and he is so listed elsewhere; the Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45 shows Gates as Allen's co-pilot.
57257200445PAnderson, Alden D.2/Lt.O710538
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1945. 1 Jan 1945
NOTES: These names come from the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45; the names with serial numbers are identified in the hardback history as wounded during March, 1945, except that Ray Jenkins (at the 1996 reunion) provided his serial number and rank as well as Alkire and Caperton's first names. Per the softback history, on 03/30/45, in 42-95830, Lt Anderson's plane was hit by flak and was last seen on single engine over Usslen at 2500 feet. The hardback history indicates that no one was killed or missing in March, 1945. From "Who Dat?", Ray Jenkins indicates that all bailed out except the two pilots, who crash landed the plane and were captured. Ray evaded capture. ADDENDUM: Missing serial numbers and correct forenames for Alkire and Caperton come from SO-104 Par 3.
57257211143PBaehr, Richard E. (Cub)1/Lt.O795337
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95823. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: 42-95823 crashed near Blackmore, England on return from A-73 due to severely bad weather.
57257200543PBaehr, Richard E. (Cub)2/Lt.O795337
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Lt. Baehr's plane (42-107634) was badly damaged on 06/08/44; he was forced to make an emergency landing. On 09/24/44, Lt Baehr, flying without a co-pilot, and his crew were killed when they crashed near Blackmore, Essex, returning from a ferry mission to France. He was flying 42-95823, named "Baby Doll." In an article by Bob Mynn, "When the Weather Won", he identifies the crew as Lt Frank I Yawitz, Navigator, SSgt Edward G. Demyanovich, Flight Engineer, and Cpl John M. Myers (of Chapin's crew), Radio Operator. To make this event even more tragic, Lt. Baehr had completed his missions and was identified in Par 4, SO-1, 9th Bombardment Division, 09/25/44, which listed aircrew personnel for return to the ZI.
57257200644PBillington, Dale W.2/Lt.O720137
SOURCE: 572nd Combat Crew Roster of March 13, 1945. 13 Mar 1945
NOTES: Names come from the 572nd Combat Crew Roster, dated 03/13/45. Lt Billington is shown on the Babenhausen and Coesfeld taxi sheets. Particulars come from Dave Garnham's database.
ADDENDUM: Anderson and Gala's forenames, rank, and ASN obtained from Crew Loading Lists.
57257210543PBlute, John W.1/Lt.O795686
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-107748. 21 Jun 1944
NOTES: Mid air collision over Matching/Sta 166. In climbing thru the overcast in formation on the morning of 21 June 1944, B-26B45 AF No 42-95809 piloted by 2nd Lieutenant George A. Dewitt, got enough separated from the leader to cause loss of visual contact. In transferring from contact flying to instrument, instead of turning away from the formation as briefed, Lieutenant Dewitt allowed the plane to turn slightly toward the formation with the result that he crossed under the formation without seeing it. In attempting to establish his altitude he pulled up as he was crossing under the number two man and his left wing tip struck the right horizontal stabilizer assembly of the number two ship, B-26C45 AF No 42-107748, piloted by 1st Lieutenant John W. Blute. Both planes remained under control though the damage to the empenage of Lieutenant Blute's ship decided him to abandon his mission and return to base immediately. Lieutenant Dewitt completed his mission. Though the absence of weather would have precluded this accident, it is felt that the pilot [Dewitt], first in losing contact with his formation leader and then not banking immediately away from the formation, was 100% in error, 80% due to faulty judgement and 20% due to faulty technique. There is no responsibility for the accident on the part of the pilot [Blute] or his aircraft. There are no recommendations.
57257200043PBlute, John W.2/Lt.O795686
SOURCE: SO-55, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 2. 19 May 1943
NOTES: Blute's crew position comes from the softback history. ADDENDUM: Blute's ASN of O795685 on the original website is incorrect. Correct ASN found in accident report and various medal award documents.
572572007449PBonde, Preben K.2/Lt.O753489
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: This crew was made up in England. Lts Bonde and Wegenek's data come from the referenced order. Bonde advised me that Wegenek and Perry were the nucleus of his crew. On 02/24/45, in 43-34427, Lt Bonde's nose wheel collapsed on landing. The 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45 shows Lt K. T. Brown as BN (formerly of Chapin's crew) along with Gibson and Keller (whose particulars come from Dave Garnham). A co-pilot is not listed.
572572116449PBonde, Preben K.2/Lt.O753489
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-34427. 24 Feb 1945
NOTES: Landing accident at Roye/A-73. On 24th February 1945, 1st Lieutenant Bonde returned to base in a B-26G10 aircraft, AF No. 43-34427, after completing a combat bombing mission. Return to the field was made after dark. Lieutenant Bonde, after attempting a landing on which he bounced and went around, made a second approach to the field and made what appeared to be a normal landing. After his ship had rolled about half-way down the runway, the nose gear collapsed and his ship fell forward on its nose. The plane then skidded approximately 75 yards down the runway, went off the left edge of the runway and continued its path for approximately another 150 yards before coming to a stop. Aircraft and both engines are major repair as result of this accident. Upon being questioned, Lieutenant Bonde stated that after wheels were lowered the Selsyn indicator showed the nose gear not locked. The engineer was instructed to check the down-lock visually and, upon his report that the nose gear was down fully, Lieutenant Bonde brought his ship in for a landing. Crew was ordered by pilot to crash-landing positions prior to landing. Mechanical system provided in this type aircraft for activating down-lock was not used. Cause: 100% pilot error. The board finds the pilot in error in not using the mechanical means provided to ensure that his nose gear was properly locked. His ordering the crew to crash-landing positions, although itself a commendable commendable precaution, gives evidence of his uncertainty as to the condition of his ship's nose gear. Recommendations none.
572572000435PBreiter, Bernard J.2/Lt.O672025
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 997).
57257200843PBrockway, Hobart M., Jr.Lt.O795351
SOURCE: 572nd Combat Crew Roster of March 13, 1945. 13 Mar 1945
NOTES: This crew is shown as an "extra" crew on the 572nd Combat Crew roster of 03/13/45. The individuals with first names and serial numbers shown were on SO-126, Hqs 391st, 09/24/44. Other individuals names in this section of the CCR are Navigators named Reil and Peters, H. F., and Armorer Gunners named Evelyn and Small. I do not know whether Brockway is the Hobart M. Brockway, Jr., 2Lt, 0795351, who flew overseas in the original deployment as Lt Engelking's co-pilot.
572572009449PBrown, Harry W.2/Lt.O817135
SOURCE: SO-220, Hqs, AAB Barksdale Field, LA, Par. 21. 7 Aug 1944
NOTES:
57257201044PBuihner, Norman E.2/Lt.O2059969
SOURCE: 572nd Combat Crew Roster of March 13, 1945. 13 Mar 1945
NOTES: These last names come from the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45. Particulars come from Dave Garnham's database.
572572011444PCaruthers, Thomas A.2/Lt.O684273
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: Some members of this crew were flying with Lt Engelking on 04/18/44. Lt Caruthers, Lt Raymer, and Sgt Stees are all listed on the Wall of the Missing in the Ardennes Cemetery. SSgt Stevenson was killed on this date and is buried in the Normandy Cemetery. The tail number of the aircraft ferried over comes from SO-36, Hqs 3rd AF Staging Wing, Hunter Field, 02/05/44.
572572012449PChapin, Kenneth R.2/Lt.O706133
SOURCE: SO-248, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 14 Sep 1944
NOTES: Cpl Myers was killed on 09/24/44, on return from the tragic ferry mission to France, and is buried in the Cambridge Cemetery. He was replaced by Sgt Glenn A. Hemund, 35331314. From the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45, Pat Bosse, formerly of Chatellier's crew, had replaced Brown as Bombardier.
572572119447PChatellier, John L.1/Lt.O817389
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-107808. 8 Mar 1945
NOTES: Take off accident at Roye/A-73. On 8th March 1945, 1st Lieutenant John L. Chatellier was scheduled to take off on a combat bombing mission in a B-26C45 aircraft, AF No. 42-107808. He was to fly lead position in the low flight of the first box. Lieutenant Chatellier began his take off on the left side of the runway, in proper order in formation and at normal interval behind the preceding aircraft. After his ship had rolled approximately half the length of the runway, his left main gear tire was seen to blow out. The ship remained on the runway momentarily and then ran off the runway's left edge. Upon striking the rough terrain adjacent to the runway, the left main gear collapsed and the plane turned about 45 degrees to its left, continuing to slide forward and collapsing its right main and nose gear. Aircraft is complete wreck as result of this accident. Lieutenant Chatellier states that, immediately upon his tire blowing out, he attempted to lift his plane from the runway but that his air speed was not great enough to make this possible. Cause: 100% material failure. The board feels that the pilot's choice of a course of action was a good one, in that blow-out occurred almost exactly at the critical value of take-off speed. The board also does not believe that any other decision on the part of this pilot would have materially affected the final outcome of the accident. Recommendations: none.
572572013447PChatellier, John L.2/Lt.O817389
SOURCE: SO-95, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 29 Jul 1944
NOTES: Per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, Lt Chatellier was lead qualified with 2Lt Donald B. Livermore of Lipschultz's crew as Navigator. On 03/08/45, in 42-107808 (Memphis Blues), Lt Chatellier crashed on takeoff when a tire blew out. Per the 572nd Combat Crew Roster, dated 03/13/45, the BN was named Lasser and Bosse is listed with Chapin's crew. At the 1996 reunion, Stu Main said that Lasser's first name was Joe. ADDENDUM: Lasser's forenames, rank, and ASN obtained from accident report for 42-107808 on 8th March 1945.
572572014444PCrim, Herman L.2/Lt.O747753
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES:
572572015449PCrumal, Jack C.Capt.O424357
SOURCE: SO-121, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 8. 13 Sep 1944
NOTES: This crew, not including Crumal and Czerniak, flew overseas with 2Lt Henry J. Kelley, Jr., 0749257, as pilot in 43-34407. Lt Kelley was shot by the FFI on the evening of 12 Oct 44 in an altercation at a roadblock; he died on 18 Oct 44 and is buried in the Epinal Cemetery. Lt Kelley, of course, was unarmed. Capt. Jack C. Crumal had just arrived as a casual (SO-248, Hq AAF Sta-236, 14 Sep 44, Par 1), and he took over the crew. He soon was flying lead with this crew with Czerniak, from Gates' crew, as Navigator, and he eventually replaced Joe Earll as Squadron Operations Officer.
57257201643PDanforth, George L.1/Lt.O25701
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Danforth took 42-95813, Dream Queen, overseas. There is a strange matter about the source order. I have several copies of the order. Danforth is shown on only one copy. Page 2 had been retyped to squeeze Danforth's crew listing in. The order listed 57 crews, if Danforth is included. I have to assume that he did fly over in the initial group and that the some of the original copies were never collected for revision. Campbell is shown in an earlier order in the 575th. Love later upgraded and is shown again with Campbell and Means in order to get his airplane incident in.
57257200043PDanforth, George L.?O25701
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets.
572572017449PDaniels, Donald E.2/Lt.O706031
SOURCE: SO-124, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 6. 21 Sep 1944
NOTES: Cpl Grigsby was killed on 10/15/44 and is buried in the Epinal Cemetery. Cpl Grigsby was killed on a mission morning by backing or walking into a rotating propeller; he had just found out that his wife had given birth to their first child. These names are on the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45 with Harnack (no other information) in place of Cpl Grigsby.
57257201844PDetwiler, Evan F.2/Lt.O691354
SOURCE: 572nd Combat Crew Roster of March 13, 1945. 13 Mar 1945
NOTES: These names come from the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45 except that Dubin was listed previously with Kunberger's crew, Collier's complete name, rank, and serial number come from 572nd Sqdn Order #4, dated 01/29/45, under the assumption that we have only one Collier, and the other particulars come from Dave Garnham.
572572106444PDewitt, George A., Jr.2/Lt.O805782
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95809. 21 Jun 1944
NOTES: Mid air collision over Matching/Sta 166. In climbing thru the overcast in formation on the morning of 21 June 1944, B-26B45 AF No 42-95809 piloted by 2nd Lieutenant George A. Dewitt, got enough separated from the leader to cause loss of visual contact. In transferring from contact flying to instrument, instead of turning away from the formation as briefed, Lieutenant Dewitt allowed the plane to turn slightly toward the formation with the result that he crossed under the formation without seeing it. In attempting to establish his altitude he pulled up as he was crossing under the number two man and his left wing tip struck the right horizontal stabilizer assembly of the number two ship, B-26C45 AF No 42-107748, piloted by 1st Lieutenant John W. Blute. Both planes remained under control though the damage to the empenage of Lieutenant Blute's ship decided him to abandon his mission and return to base immediately. Lieutenant Dewitt completed his mission. Though the absence of weather would have precluded this accident, it is felt that the pilot [Dewitt], first in losing contact with his formation leader and then not banking immediately away from the formation, was 100% in error, 80% due to faulty judgement and 20% due to faulty technique. There is no responsibility for the accident on the part of the pilot [Blute] or his aircraft. There are no recommendations.
572572019444PDewitt, George A., Jr.2/Lt.O805782
SOURCE: SO-107, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 19 Apr 1944
NOTES: The tail number of the aircraft ferried over (42-107598) comes from SO-36, Hqs 3rd AF Staging Wing, Hunter Field, 02/05/44.
57257202043PDickinson, Robert G.2/Lt.O662758
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: The hardback history lists Lt Grundy as having died 06/08/44 as a non-battle casualty. Dickinson's airplane for the flight over was 42-95834. On 06/15/44 Lt Dickinson crash landed because of flak damage (41-34972); his name is spelled Dickenson in the softback history. Webb recently e-mailed me that he was on this crew. Webb's particulars come from SO-1, 9th Bomb Division, 9/25/44, Par 4, which listed crewmen for return to the ZI. Webb also says that their airplane was "Ill Wind," but I must confirm to which A/C he is referring. I had thought that Sink was a pilot, and had so listed him in earlier versions of this report, but Webb states that he was a Navigator (he may have been a BN). Lt Sink was killed on 09/24/44 returning from a ferry mission to France, and acoording to Bob Mynn in his article, "When the Weather Won", he was flying with Lt Jack T. Hanlon. Webb also indicates that their Radioman was Bothel, but he is not in the database
572572000435PDowning, John L.Capt.O426378
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 999).
572572000435PDunn, John J. W.2/Lt.O795450
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 999).
57257202143PEarll, Joe E., Jr.Capt.O417690
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Netherton did not fly over with this crew. Earll became a Major and was the 572nd Ops Officer. Lead crew qualified per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, with Carl Goldschlager as Bombardier and William Netherton as Navigator. Whitson was first-pilot rated, as he is shown on the taxi sheet for Mission #88. The airplane for the flight over was 42-95799.
57257202243PEngelking, Otto B.1/Lt.O670516
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Shot down and crashed at sea inbound to target on 04/18/44 (42-95837). The history indicates that there were no survivors. Lt Engelking and Sgt Colbry are listed on the Wall of the Missing in the Ardennes Cemetery. Other crew members who were casualties with them are identified under Lt Caruthers crew. Engelking flew over in 42-95819.
57257210343PEngelking, Otto B.1/Lt.O670516
SOURCE: MACR 04027, 42-95837. 18 Apr 1944
NOTES: Target: Sangatte Military Installations, France. 42-95837 was 2nd box, No. 6. It was hit by FLAK and crashed into the English Channel.
572572023432PErickson, William G., Jr.1/Lt.O792568
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Erickson and Baker flew over as Miller's co-pilot and radio-gunner, respectively. On 08/08/44, in 42-107673, flak damage led to bailout (see softback history for details). There were 8 survivors. In addition to those named above, the crew included 1Lt Leon G Hanisch (no other information). Also, I have no further information on Sgt Cochran; I assume he was a tail gunner, as the other positions are filled. Erickson was Commander of A Flight.
572572108432PErickson, William G., Jr.Capt.O792568
SOURCE: MACR 07852, 42-107673. 8 Aug 1944
NOTES: target: Anizy RR Bridge, France. Witness statements imply that Erickson was flying Box 2, lead flight, No.6. His aircraft was hit by FLAK between the right engine nacelle and the fuselage and the right engine began smoking furiously. A large hole with jagged pieces of wing sticking up was also seen. The aircraft lost speed and altitude and all crew members bailed out and survived. The report seems to show that only Brooks, and Cochran were captured.
572572024453PFarah, William F.1/Lt.O671641
SOURCE: SO-41, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 14 Mar 1945
NOTES: 43-22608 was an A-26, and the crew is an A-26 crew. The 391st Bomb Group converted to the Douglas A-26 in the spring of 1945. Operations Order #259, Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, FL, lists crews that flew overseas in the A-26. In most cases, a Navigator was detached from some stateside unit to fly over with each crew and then return to the ZI. The number of the aircraft ferried comes from this Ops Order. ADDENDUM: The aircraft ferried over, A-26C 43-22608, was assigned to the 574th Bomb Squadron and flew 7 combat missions.
572572025432PFerguson, Matthew H. T.Capt.O409884
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: A Pvt Norman W. Disharoon, 33201377, a radio-gunner, rode overseas with this crew in 42-95809. Barker upgraded; he is listed as pilot on Mission #88. ADDENDUM: Tischer's correct ASN has been found in various Orders and Medal Awards.
572572123432PFerguson, Matthew H. T.Capt.O409884
SOURCE: SO-44, Hqs, IX Bomber Command, Par. 16 - transfer of air crew to 1st Pathfinder Squadron (M) Provisional. 14 Feb 1944
NOTES: Crew transferred to 1st Pathfinder Squadron (M) Provisional before 391st BG flew their first combat mission.
57257212944PFoster, Edward L.1/Lt.O732531
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
5725720004312PFrancis, Roger R.Capt.O726361
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: The source order shows Capt. Roger R. Francis, 0726361, as pilot for the flight overseas with Alexander, Bradshaw, and Hemend as the crew in airplane No. 42-95797. Richard Alexander explains that it did not happen that way. Capt. Francis was to fly over as Alexander's co-pilot but was transferred out of the 391st on the day before departing Godman Field.
572572026444PFry, Woodrow W.2/Lt.O748173
SOURCE: SO-107, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 19 Apr 1944
NOTES: Per Chuck Fry, Griffith was wounded and sent home; he was replaced by Carl Miller. Condo was also wounded and was replaced by Harold E. Kaufman, KIA, date not yet identified. Kaufman's burial place is not listed in "Return of the Marauder Men," which probably means that his remains were returned to the ZI. Phalon, known to all as Jose, later became a first pilot, an instructor pilot for new crews, and a check pilot. On 08/08/44, Lt Fry belly landed 42-95831 at home base because of flak damage. The number of the airplane ferried over came from SO-37, Hqs 3rd AF Staging Wing, Hunter Field, dated 02/06/44. Fry flew over in 42-107628.
572572000444PFry, Woodrow W.?O748173
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets.
572572000449PGarbisch, Walter P.2/Lt.O684310
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES:
572572113449PGarbisch, Walter P.2/Lt.O684310
SOURCE: MACR 15984, 44-67881. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Assigned to 572BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Squadron (Prov), 9AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters leading 397BG to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 44-67881. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 15984. (source: AAM - http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/21547). No records for Lantz and Berens were found on the original website, so it's possible they were assigned to the 1st PFS from other groups.
572572027448PGates, Lyman R.2/Lt.O702204
SOURCE: SO-106, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 12 Aug 1944
NOTES:
572572028449PGrow, Joseph A.2/Lt.O747789
SOURCE: SO-128, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 27 Sep 1944
NOTES: Nathan Ellington provided some interesting information: on their 19th mission, on 9 Feb 45, in airplane #42-95819, Dick Ebersbach, was wounded in the leg by flak; he was replaced for the rest of the war by James V. (Doc) Fisher from Stevens crew. Then on 02/24/45, in the same airplane, they had to belly land because of severe flak damage, totalling the aircraft, but they all walked away.
572572000449PGrow, Joseph A.?O747789
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets.
57257210443PGrundy, John J.2/Lt.O692547
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-98723. 8 Jun 1944
NOTES:

Pilot killed in non-combat related crash.

1. On 8 June 1944, at 1521, the L-5 AAF #42-98723, left the ground at Barford St. John with Friston as destination. Two days later the Pilot's body was found near the wreckage of his crashed plane almost on the crest of a 700 foot hill about six miles north of Friston, and one mile southwest of the little town of Folkington. No witness to the crash has presented himself, but an inspection of the scene of the crash presented the following facts. The plane, headed generally south, crashed scarcely two hundred yards after crossing the crest of the hill. The wheels hit first, violently enough to leave the marks immediately spread out; the nose hit barely five yards farther on. Parts were strewn for the next fifty yards where the bulk of the wreckage came to a stop; the pilot's body was found about ten yards short of the bulk of the fuselage. The weather, as indicated in paragraph 50, was not good at the time the pilot was expected to arrive in that vicinity but the marks and the location of the crash seemed to indicate that the plane had dived into the ground, had not flown into the side of the hill.

2. Weather was undoubtedly a contributing factor in this accident, but reports at Friston at the time of his scheduled arrival should have given a ceiling of 200 feet above the hill and a visibility of 1500 yards. It is impossible however, to determine with any degree of accuracy whether or not there may have been materiel failure. Even the pilot's judgement cannot be fairly rated.

3. There are no recommendations.

ADDENDUM: Grundy had flown a combat mission with his regular crew in the morning. The Accident Report states that the pilot's mission in the L-5 was administrative and clearance was stated as training. Coincidentally, another aircraft and crew from Grundy's squadron had made an emergency landing at Friston when returning from the morning mission. It is not clear from the Accident Report whether Grundy flew the L-5 from Station 166 to Barford St. John (occupied by RAF personnel) before departing for Friston, and also whether his flight was connected with the aircraft and crew at Friston.

57257202943PHammett, Henry K., Jr.2/Lt.O670532
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: This crew flew over in 42-95803, Lady Belle.
57257211243PHanlon, Jack T.1/Lt.O672084
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-96102. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: 42-96102 crashed near Ashingdon, England on return from A-73 due to severely bad weather.
57257203043PHanlon, Jack T.2/Lt.O672084
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Lt Hanlon and his abbreviated crew were killed returning from a ferry mission to France on 09/24/44. They were flying 42-96102, named "Lilly Commando." According to Bob Mynn in an article, "When the Weather Won", the other crew members were Lt Jay M. Sink, Jr., Navigator, SSgt McCarty, Flight Engineer, and Cpl Gerald F. Smith, Radio Operator (from Knight's crew). SSgt McCarty is buried in the American Military Cemetery at Madingley. There are some differences in middle initial and spelling; I have used what is given in the hardback history. Per Par 4, SO-1, 9th Bombardment Division, 09/25/44, which lists aircrew personnel for return to the ZI, De Luca's name is spelled Deluca; I suspect that both orders are wrong and that it is DeLuca. Lt Hanlon flew over in 42-95812, Rashioned (sp?) Passion.
57257200043PHanlon, Jack T.2/Lt.O672084
SOURCE: OO-5, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC, Par. 1. 12 Jun 1943
NOTES: Order actually assigns as a co-pilot, but must show as pilot to get his name to show in individual sort.
572572000435PHarper, James L.2/Lt.O672086
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 999).
572572031451PHarris, William L., III2/Lt.O721062
SOURCE: SO-5, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 11 Jan 1945
NOTES: Lt. Krupianik went to the 1st Pathfinder Squadron in March, 1945, on a crew with Lt. Wetherbee.
572572032451PHess, Howard C.2/Lt.O720505
SOURCE: SO-5, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 11 Jan 1945
NOTES: On 30 Mar 45, 42-95799 sustained Cat E damage. Apparently, this pilot's name was misspelled on the taxi sheet for 6 Mar 45, as a pilot named Hesse is listed.
572572033452PHine, Oran E.2/Lt.O718638
SOURCE: SO-318, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 1. 13 Nov 1944
NOTES:
572572107434PHolliday, Robert L.2/Lt.O683703
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-34972. 6 Jul 1944
NOTES: Landing accident at Matching/Sta 166. On returning from a combat mission about 1040 on 6 July 1944, 2nd Lieut. Robert B. Holliday, flying aircraft B-26C15 AF No 41-34972, noticed that upon dropping his gear at about 170 MPH, the left main gear indicator did not show down and locked. Lieut. Holliday made a second approach at about 150 MPH on which the indicator again failed to show down and locked but indicated better than previously. Influenced by the fact that the indicator was now (actually he had been asked to check it) and had not registered up and locked during the mission plus the fact he noted the distinct jars as he dropped the wheels, the pilot went ahead with the landing. As the plane lost speed, the left landing gear collapsed and the ship finally swerved off the runway ending up almost 180 degrees to its original position. Accident due 100% to pilot's poor judgement in not doing enough to insure that the gear was down and locked. No recommendations.
572572102432PJacobs, Samuel A.1/Lt.O792028
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95816. 23 Mar 1944
NOTES: Landing accident at Matching/Sta 166. The pilot was approaching, power off, for what appeared to be a normal approach. In flaring out for the landing the pilot changed the altitude of the ship too sharply causing an overload stall and failed to break the stall with power. The ship hit the ground over 100 yards short of the runway with such terrific force that the tail section sheared off between the bomb bay and both landing gears were greatly overstressed, particularly the left in which shear pins in the machined fitting between axel elbow and main strut were sheared off. In rolling to a stop the plane went off the runway even though proper use of brakes might have avoided it and rolled through a pitbed cistern which sheared of the nose wheel with heavy resulting damage to the forward section of the ship, including propellers. Although the cistern was not specifically marked, the yellow diagonal, clearly displayed on the signal panel by flying control, indicated the field was still under construction and that only the hard surface areas were to be used. The committee feels the accident was due 100% to pilot error, about 40% judgement and 60% technique. Recommendations, none.
572572034432PJacobs, Samuel A.1/Lt.O792028
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Flak damage led to crash on landing, 03/23/44 (42-95816). An anonymous contributor at the 1996 reunion supplied Lyons' name and the airplane name. I also infer that Lyons was replaced by Allen Crowder. The flight over was in 42-95816, Suzy's Screamin' Demon.
572572035432PJobe, Robert C.1/Lt.O792029
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Jobe was C Flight Commander. On SO-64, Hqs 391st, Myrtle Beach, 06/03/43, Hall's serial number is given as 0672084. Jobe flew over in 42-95815.
572572036453PKeller, Neyl K.F/OT4125
SOURCE: SO-41, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 14 Mar 1945
NOTES: This is an A-26 crew.
572572000449PKelley, Henry J.2/Lt.O749257
SOURCE: Heroes pages of original website. 18 Oct 1944
NOTES: Extract from 572BS Crew lists: Lt Kelley was shot by the FFI on the evening of 12 Oct 44 in an altercation at a roadblock; he died on 18 Oct 44 and is buried in the Epinal Cemetery. Lt Kelley, of course, was unarmed.
572572131449PKelley, Henry J.2/Lt.O749257
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 209, Par. 2; Barksdale Field, LA. 27 Jul 1944
NOTES: This was the crew of the original website creator, George T. James. Lt Kelley was shot by the FFI on the evening of 12 October 1944 in an altercation at a roadblock; he died on 18 Oct 44 and is buried in the Epinal Cemetery. Lt Kelley, of course, was unarmed. The crew loading lists show that, after Kelley’s death, the crew continued to fly together, although with various pilots replacing Kelley, mostly Jack Crumal.
572572037452PKirkbride, Clyde A.2/Lt.O718668
SOURCE: SO-318, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 1. 13 Nov 1944
NOTES:
572572038449PKnight, William C.2/Lt.O817463
SOURCE: SO-121, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 8. 13 Sep 1944
NOTES: Lt Knight and crew flew over in 43-34354. My recollection was that at some point, Lt Knight left to go into P-61 Black Widow night fighters. I did not remember the disposition of his crew except that Cpl Smith was killed on 09/24/44, returning from a ferry mission to Roye-Ami. My recollection must have been in error, and I am indebted to Arthur Thacker for the following information received by letter of 02/09/97. He writes that the crew was transferred to the 320th BG in April, 1945, and flew three more missions prior to the war's end. Porter, Bolton, and Thacker rotated to the ZI in June, 1945. Knight and Harrison remained with the 320th and were killed on 08/08/45, crashing near a base in England while on a ferry mission.
572572039444PKoehl, William F.F/OT121888
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: Lt Koehl's airplane for the flight over was 42-107587.
572572040449PKunberger, Jack B.2/Lt.O760736
SOURCE: SO-128, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 27 Sep 1944
NOTES: Lt Kunberger went to the 1st Pathfinder Squadron in March, 1945, along with Lt Wetherbee. His crew members remained in the 572nd. Per the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45, Lt Lantz's co-pilot, Donald J. MacFarren, took over this crew except that Dubin went with Detwiler and was replaced with Knight; Mallen is not listed, and Stewart is shown under RG, and Wilson is shown as AG.
572572114449PLantz, Gerald R.2/Lt.O715977
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-96313. 22 Jan 1945
NOTES: Landing accident at Roye/A-73. On 22nd January 1945, 2nd Lieutenant Gerald R. Lantz returned in formation from a combat mission, flying a B-26F1 aircraft, AF number for 42-96313. He had been scheduled to fly No. 4 position in the high flight of the second box but, upon return to the field, was flying No. 2 position of the same flight, the No. 2 and 3 ships having left the formation because of poor visibility and the No. 5 ship having aborted. Lantz landed at normal interval behind the leader of his flight. He landed on the left side of the runway about one quarter of its length from the down-wind end. After touching down, his ship continued along a straight line until it left the left-hand edge of the runway approximately 75 yards from the touchdown point. The left main wheels struck a snow bank at the edge of the runway, and the ship ground looped through 180 degrees, collapsing the nose wheel and the right main wheel. Aircraft is total loss as result of accident. Examination of wheel marks on runway indicates that Lieutenant Lantz's ship did not skid or swerve after landing but continued in a straight line to the point where it left the runway. Cause: 100% pilot error. The board believes that this accident was due entirely to the pilot's failure to correctly align his aircraft with the runway before making touchdown. Recommendations: none.
572572041449PLantz, Gerald R.2/Lt.O715977
SOURCE: SO-128, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 27 Sep 1944
NOTES: Lt Lantz, on 01/22/45 in 42-96313, hit propwash on landing and crashed. MacFarren evidently upgraded to first pilot, as he is shown as first pilot of a spare aircraft on the 10 Feb 45 mission.
572572042449PLipschultz, Jerome M.2/Lt.O705031
SOURCE: SO-241, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 2. 6 Sep 1944
NOTES: Per the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45, an individual named Burgess (no other information) was listed in Livermore's place, who in turn was listed with MacKay.
57257211043PLove, Don G.2/LT.O693929
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-34148. 1 Sep 1944
NOTES: Crash landing at Matching/Sta 166.

On September 1, 1944, Don G. Love, O-693929, 2nd Lt, AC, after having checked his aircraft B-26G1, AAF #43-34148, taxied out for take-off on a combat mission with a seven (7) man crew and four (4) 1,000 lb. bombs. At the start of his take-off run the nose of the airplane came off the ground exceedingly high. So high, that the tail section was dragged on the runway several times. No apparent attempt was made to push the nose wheel down to gain speed. The pilot states that his air speed attained 115 mph. But the aircraft was in a power stall during the entire run. At the end of the take-off runway the pilot still thought the aircraft would fly, and in a last attempt to become airborne he pushed his throttles full forward, apparently not realising that he was in a power stall. The airplane was not in a flying attitude and kept mushing toward the ground. The gear was not retracted and the throttles were not retarded, until the airplane had mushed to the ground. The only action possible for the pilot then, was to crash land straight ahead.

The crash itself was uneventful. The airplane remained intact, there was no fire, there were no injuries, other than minor cuts and bruises.

Upon investigation of the airplane it was found that the flaps were down for take-off, the gear was retracted, and the airplane was trimmed one-and-a-half degrees nose high. There was no indication of loss of power, either from the investigation or from statements from the crew.

Cause: 100% pilot error (technique).

Recommendations none.

57257204343PLove, Don G.2/Lt.O693929
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1943. 1 Jan 1943
NOTES: On 09/01/44, Lt Love, either transferred to or flying with the 573rd Squadron, lost an engine on takeoff in 43-34148 and crashed, destroying the aircraft. Herr gave me his own name at the 98 reunion. I do not know who the other crew members were. Love, Campbell, and Means are also shown with Danforth for the flight over.
57257200044PLubojasky, Justin C.Capt.O420612
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES:
572572000449PMacFarren, Donald J.?O714732
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets.
572572000449w.unkMacFarren, Donald J.1/Lt.O714732
SOURCE: MACR 14863, 44-35303. 17 Aug 1945
NOTES: aircraft left Marignane, France on route to Marrakech on ferry mission. Aircraft was seen to go into vertical dive. Wreckage seen floating in sea south of Marseilles.
572572044448PMackay, Lincoln C.2/Lt.O705738
SOURCE: OO-101, NORTH ATL WG, Dow Field, Bangor, ME, Par. 3. 23 Jul 1944
NOTES: MacKay flew over in 43-34349. MacKay was lead qualified with Netherton as Navigator.
5725720454410PMain, Stuart L.2/Lt.O713523
SOURCE: SO-286, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 14. 12 Oct 1944
NOTES: Stu Main, at the 1996 reunion, supplied Clark and Peterson's names. He indicated that Ed Clark received a skull fracture over Ihrlich on 2/24/45 and was shipped home. Aircraft had right engine shot out over target but got home safely. Main had various bombardiers after Clark's departure. His airplane for the flight over was 44-67831. ADDENDUM: Clark's forenames, rank, and ASN obtained from wounded personnel listing within the 391BG Mission Records for February 1945. Crew loading lists show Main's AG to be J. P. Peters (not Peterson as previously stated); whose forenames, rank, and ASN were obtained from the 391BG Mission Records, Medal Awards, GO 56, Hq, 9th Bombardment Division, 13 April 1945.
57257200044PMason, Tom2/Lt.O782769
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES:
572572125432PMcCarty, James P.2/Lt.O526421
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-35069. 25 Jul 1943
NOTES: Landing accident at Myrtle Beach, SC - collapse of left landing gear.
1. The aircraft had made a normal landing, and had reached the last quarter of runway when the gear started to retract. The left main gear retracted completely, while the nose gear, and right main gear remained extended.
2. In the opinion of the [accident] committee the accident was caused by raising the wheels instead of the flaps as intended. This theory is believed to be substantiated by the following facts noted by the Accident Investigating Committee upon their examination immediately after the accident.
a. Lock pins were not in lock position.
b. Landing gear indicator showed wheels partially retracted. Further, upon raising the aircraft and examining it the following items were noted:
(1). Wheels locked of own weight when aircraft was raised off ground.
(2). Pressure line to gear loose, as if pressure were applied against weight of airplane.
(3). Also, Co-Pilot statement, to wit: "It is quite possible I raised the main gear handle instead of the flap handle." As the Co-Pilot raised the gear handle, it is the opinion of the committee that he was responsible for the accident.
3. That interested Commanding Officers take any measures necessary to insure compliance by Co-Pilots to operate flaps or landing gear only upon receipt of oral or visual signals from pilot as is the usual practice, and as directives state.
572572046432PMcCarty, James P.2/Lt.O526421
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: McCarty briefly had an earlier crew with John Blute as co-pilot and a different radio-gunner. His airplane (42-95836, McCarty's Party, which he flew overseas) had 166 missions. Taylor's serial number comes from SO-7, 2/7/43.
572572130PMcKenzie, Cornelius A.2/Lt.O816133
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
572572047452PMcPherson, Gwen T.Capt.O439784
SOURCE: SO-318, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 1. 13 Nov 1944
NOTES: The pilot's last name comes from the softback history. On 02/24/45, in 43-34337, Capt McPherson's plane was hit by flak over the target. I found a crew with the pilot's same last name in the referenced order, and it seems a good bet that he is the same person. My supposition has been confirmed by Mike Madron, Klacik's nephew. The history books only listed the crew as missing. Mike has informed me that only Boettcher is buried in Europe, in the Henri-Chapelle Cemetery.
572572117452PMcPherson, Gwen T.Capt.O439784
SOURCE: MACR 12609, 43-34337. 24 Feb 1945
NOTES: Target: Irlich, Germany. Hit by FLAK. 43-34337 was flying box 1, low flight, No.1. It received a direct hit in the left wing which was blown off. The aircraft then went down spinning.
572572000432PMeyer, Edward J.F/OT187558
SOURCE: OO-1, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 21 Apr 1943
NOTES:
572572048432PMiller, Floyd B.Maj.O386629
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Miller was 572nd CO. He flew over in 42-95817.
572572000435PMorel, Raymond E.2/Lt.O672171
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Name appears in the caption for a picture of the Alexander crew from the original website. ASN from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 997).
57257204944PMorrison, Dwight L.Capt.O726451
SOURCE: OO-2, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 6 Feb 1945
NOTES: These names come from Morrison's son by way of "Bill's B-26 Marauder Web Page." Morrison was lead crew qualified per OO-2, Hqs 391st BG, 02/06/45, with 1Lt William S. Netherton, 0807281, as Navigator and 1Lt James W. Chapman as Bombardier. On the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45, Morrison is shown on detached service to Pathfinder, and Chapman is shown as Peterson's Bombardier. ADDENDUM: Erickson's, Grudnicki's, Furbeck's, and Kobolla's serial numbers and forenames obtained from Medal Award documents of the 391BG Mission Records. Crew Loading Lists regularly show Grudnicki as FE, Furbeck as RG, and Koballa as AG. From mission #12 onwards, Koballa regularly served as Richard Alexander's Togglier.
57257205044PPancoast, Robert L.2/Lt.O721851
SOURCE: 572nd Combat Crew Roster of March 13, 1945. 13 Mar 1945
NOTES: These names come from the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45. Pancoast's name is on the Babenhausen (14 Mar 45) taxi sheet. His and Kipp's first name and initial come from my WWII address book. Other particulars come from Dave Garnham's database.
57257205143PPavletich, Martin L.1/Lt.O792429
SOURCE: OO-1, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 21 Apr 1943
NOTES: Per the source order this crew ferried another crew to pick up an airplane.
57257212443PPavletich, Martin L.1/Lt.O792429
SOURCE: 572BS History - Reel A0644 21 Jan 1943
NOTES: According the 572BS History (Reel A0644 page 652) this crew crashed at Lakeland, Florida on 21 May 1943 whilst on a cross country flight. Aircraft serial number not stated. Cause was undetermined. Tredway was Line Chief. Only Toth survived the crash.
57257205244PPenneman, Richard D.2/Lt.O760667
SOURCE: 572nd Combat Crew Roster of March 13, 1945. 13 Mar 1945
NOTES: These last names come from the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45 except that Hoffman and O'Neill's first names come from my personal address book of that time, and I remember Penneman was "Dick". Other particulars about the individuals come from Dave Garnham's database.
572572053449PPeterson, Ernest C.2/Lt.O525891
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: The referenced order is the source only for Peterson, Goldschlager, and Harvey. Per the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45, Chapman (identified with Morrison) is shown as Bombardier, Singhass (White's crew) as Bombardier-Navigator, and Lynch (Gates crew). Lynch, Sopalski, and Davenport's particulars come from Dave Garnham's database.
572572000PPetit, Duane E.?O522696
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets. Pilot and crew on Detached Service from 386th Bomb Group, 554th Bomb Squadron whilst training 391st Bomb Group crews on their early combat missions.
57257205444PReed, John B.2/Lt.O700976
SOURCE: SO-318, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 1. 13 Nov 1944
NOTES: These names come from the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45.
57257200044PReed, John B.2/Lt.O700976
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES:
57257212644PReed, John B.2/Lt.O700976
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 10 Feb 1945
NOTES: Roles not annotated, but other documents show Reed and Stevens as Pilot and Co-Pilot respectively. No enlisted men are shown with this crew.
572572055444PReynolds, John J.2/Lt.O544730
SOURCE: SO-107, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 19 Apr 1944
NOTES: Lt Yawitz was killed on 09/24/44 on the tragic return from a ferry mission to the new base in France. Apparently, his remains were returned home. The tail number of the aircraft ferried over (42-107633) comes from SO-37, Hqs 3rd AF Staging Wing, Hunter Field, 02/06/44. See entry for Lt Stubbs as first pilot.
572572056432PRoeper, Frederick R.1/Lt.O731666
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: One of the crew members gave me DeGrace's name at the 1996 reunion. Roeper was D Flight Commander. He flew over in 42-95806, Susan Kay. DeGrace's particulars come from SO-7, 391st BG, 2/7/43.
572572000432PRouzie, William R.2/Lt.O731668
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
NOTES:
572572000432PSameth, Marten2/Lt.O7890881
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
NOTES:
57257205743PSchleicher, Frank K.1/Lt.O662676
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Although Brooks flew over with Schleicher in 42-95811, he later became Erickson's navigator. Al Crowder became Schleicher's navigator. On 04/10/44, Capt Schleicher crashed into road-building equipment while trying to land on one engine (42-95817). Schleicher was B Flight Commander. Johnson's initial and serial number come from SO-64, Hqs 391st, Myrtle Beach, 06/03/43. SO-7, 2/7/43, shows Hadden in the 574th.
572572058444PSmith, Jay W.2/Lt.O680531
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 37, Par. 10; HQ, Hunter Field, GA 6 Feb 1944
NOTES: Jay Smith flew over in 42-107592. SSgt Carl Keller replaced Watson in May or June. Jay Smith was one of the three crews that returned safely to Matching Green from the ill-fated ferry mission to France. Thorn supplied his serial number at the 1996 reunion. ADDENDUM: Watson's serial number and forename initial obtained from Medal Award documents of 391BG Mission Records.
572572000PSterngold, Myron I. "Whitey"?O791251
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets. Pilot and crew on Detached Service from 322nd Bomb Group, 451st Bomb Squadron whilst training 391st Bomb Group crews on their early combat missions.
572572059449PStevens, Jack C.2/Lt.O701011
SOURCE: SO-128, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 27 Sep 1944
NOTES: These names are also on the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45. I suspect that this is the Stevens listed in the 2nd Box, Low Flight, for the 2nd mission on 23 Dec 44, which was led by a 574th crew (see comments about this mission in the Notes preceding the lists).
572572120449PStevens, Jack C.2/Lt.O701011
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-22617. 7 May 1945
NOTES: Landing accident at Asch/Y-29.
572572109444PStubbs, Robert S.2/LT.O689283
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95813. 26 Aug 1944
NOTES: Crashed on take off engine failure at Matching/Sta 166.

On 26 August 1944, Robert S. Stubbs, O-689283, 2nd Lt, AC, after having properly checked his aircraft, B-26B45, AAF #42-95813, taxied out for take off on a combat mission.

The first part of his take off run was normal. It was not until the extreme last part of the take-off run that the loss of power from his right engine became noticeable on the controls. At this time the nose wheel was off the ground and the aircraft was at the critical point of becoming airborne.

Lieutenant Stubbs tried to attain a flying attitude, but when his right engine started cutting out, and a crash became inevitable, he retarded the throttles and signalled for wheels up. The crash was violent, the aircraft broke into two sections at the forward bomb bay. There was no fire. None of the crew members suffered more than a minor injury.

The accident was caused 100% by material failure (right engine). There was a gradual loss of power precluding the possibility of the aircraft becoming airborne. The specific cause is undetermined.

Recommendations: none.

572572060444PStubbs, Robert S.2/Lt.O689283
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, April 1944. 1 Apr 1944
NOTES: Lt Stubbs, flying in 42-95813, had an engine failure on takeoff on 08/26/44. I do not know who his co-pilot was. Apparently, all survived, although the plane was Cat. E. Stubbs flew over as Reynold's co-pilot.
57257206144PThiedeman, Harold A.1/Lt.O715859
SOURCE: 572nd Combat Crew Roster of March 13, 1945. 13 Mar 1945
NOTES: These names come from the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45. Also, Thiedeman is listed on some taxi sheets. His particulars come from Dave Garnham's database. ADDENDUM: Missing serial numbers and forenames for Mitchell, Head, and Daase come from SO-52 Par 11. Forenames, rank, and serial number for Long and McCann found in Medal Awards sections of 391BG mission records.
572572000432PTribby, Wilford H.2/Lt.O662669
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
NOTES:
572572062432PVietor, John A.1/Lt.O428617
SOURCE: OO-5, 391st Bombardment Group (UNREADABLE), Myrtle Beach, SC, Par. 1. 12 Jun 1943
NOTES: Although these names come from a ferry mission, I believe that the airmen may have stayed with this pilot. The co-pilot and bombardier did not. Dave Garnham advises me that Vietor left for B-17's before deployment of the 391st. ADDENDUM: Vietor listed as co-pilot and with a rank of Captain in OO-11, 4 July 1943 (Reel B0427 page 999). He is also listed as co-pilot of B-24J 42-100266 98BG 345BS in MACR 2699. Jehle's original ASN of 12047765 is typo for 12049965, as per OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 999) and cross-checked with NARA.
572572063444PWalker, Hugh H.2/Lt.O670677
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: Lt Kjosness was killed on 06/08/44 and is buried in the Cambridge Cemetery. Lt Weber flew on some later missions with this crew as bombardier. The tail number of the aircraft ferried over should have come from SO-36, Hqs 3rd AF Staging Wing, Hunter Field, 02/05/44, but for some reason the order does not show Lt. Walker's aircraft
572572064449PWetherbee, Dana A., Jr.1/Lt.O798623
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: The above-named people (except FitzGerald) reported to the 391st as individuals on the referenced order. Dan Wetherbee advises that these crewmen flew quite a bit with him. Per Par. 8 of SO-63, 9th Bombardment Division, dated 03/04/45, all of the above, plus Leo Krupianik of Bill Harris's crew and Jack Kunberger, were placed on detached service to the 1st Pathfinder Squadron. They are so shown on the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45. Also listed on the CCR as so detached are a Bombardier named Loeffler and a Navigator named Downing. I do not know whether this is the same Downing as is listed as Bombardier on Danforth's crew on the original deployment.
572572127449PWetherbee, Dana A., Jr.1/Lt.O798623
SOURCE: SO-266, Par. 5; HQ, 70th Replacement Depot - Assignment of crews to various Bomb Groups. 22 Sep 1944
NOTES: As per the order, this tentative crew was assigned to the group on 22 September 1944. The crew loading lists show that all members were assigned to the 572nd Bomb Squadron, but were split up and flew with various other crews.
572572065449PWhite, William R.2/Lt.O760519
SOURCE: SO-121, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 8. 13 Sep 1944
NOTES: Per the 572nd CCR of 03/13/45, Singhass is shown as BN with Peterson.
57257200043PWhitson, Jack H.Capt.O25925
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: This lastname comes from a taxi sheet dated 9/9/44. The particulars come from Dave Garnham's database.
572572122457PWhitt, Floyd J.UNK111
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-22387. 26 Jul 1945
NOTES: Ground accident at Adjacento Fld (Fortaleza).
572572000449PWolfe, Herman L.2/Lt.O780787
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES:
572572115449PYoung, Paul R.2/Lt.O715989
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-34156. 10 Feb 1945
NOTES: Crash landing out of gas at Aspelt, Luxembourg. On 10 February 1945, 2nd Lieutenant Paul R. Young was returning from a combat mission in a B26G1 aircraft, AF No. 43-34156. Because of the length of the briefed route, in addition to the fact that three runs were made on the primary target and that the formation climbed to an excessively high altitude (16,000 feet) at a high rate of climb, Lieutenant Young's fuel supply was exhausted while he was still over enemy territory. The left engine, first, and shortly afterward, the right engine cut out because of fuel exhaustion. Lieutenant Young feathered both props, prepared his crew for a crash landing and glided across the troop line into friendly territory. Unfeathering the props just before landing, he crash landed his aircraft into the most suitable field available. Aircraft is a complete loss as result of this incident. Cause: The board finds that this accident was a direct result of engine failure because of fuel exhaustion due to operational necessity. The board does not feel that this accident was due to the pilot's failure to conserve fuel, in that more than half of the ships of the formation in which he was flying were unable to return to base because of fuel shortage. Recommendations: none. NOTE: Tsouprake and Silver sustained major and minor injuries respectively.
572572066449PYoung, Paul R.2/Lt.O715989
SOURCE: SO-128, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 27 Sep 1944
NOTES: This crew went over on the Ile de France, 09/04/44. On 02/10/45, Lt Young crash landed 6 miles SSE of Luxembourg in 43-34156. On 02/24/45, in 42-95947, he crashed 5 miles north of Luxembourg. On the first mission, Lt Young was flying #2 on Crumal. As I (George James) was Crumal's co-pilot, I saw him leave the formation. My recollection is that he feathered the second prop as he was pulling out and so dead sticked it in from about 10,000 feet above the ground. We were told that he landed about a half mile from the front line. Although the softback history says that he crashed the second time, I believe he was trying to land the plane. Lts Wright and Fagan were killed, on the 24th I believe, but they are not listed in "Return of the Marauder Men."
572572118449PYoung, Paul R.2/Lt.O715989
SOURCE: MACR 12695, 42-95947. 24 Feb 1945
NOTES: Target: Irlich, Germany. 42-95947 received a direct FLAK hit blowing off the nose of the aircraft killing the Bombardier and Co-Pilot. Young (P) was rendered unconscious but recovered. The aircraft fell back apparently under control. The 3 gunners bailed out and later returned to duty. Young managed to crash-land the aircraft in friendly territory, but sustained cracked vertebrae and was hospitalized in England. He subsequently returned to the ZI. In Young's statement, he mentions Fagan's (B) and Wright's (CP) heroic actions after a crash landing on 10 Feb 1945 (see Accident Reports). He also recalls that before being hit, Fagan was asking why the formation was aimlessly circling and that there was more FLAK than reported at the target. Also he and Wright were discussing the incompetency of the flight leader and why he was circling above a heavy FLAK concentration prior to the direct hit. He also states that it took both him and Wright at the controls to keep in formation following the unorthodox flying of the formation leader !