CREW LISTING

572nd BOMB SQUADRON

ROLE: ARMORER GUNNER

INDIVIDUAL & NON-INDIVIDUAL CREW MEMBERS


Assigned
Squadron Crew Year Month Role Name Rank Serial
572572054451AGBailey, Bernard W.T/Sgt.6813325
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.
572572047452AGBoettcher, John H.Cpl.39214440
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.
572572117452AGBoettcher, John H.Sgt.39214440
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.
572572038449AGBolton, Albert B.Sgt.39838205
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.
572572000449w.tgBolton, Albert B.S/Sgt.39838205
SOURCE: MACR 12609, 43-34337. 24 Feb 1945
NOTES: Tail Gunner - Box 1, low flight, no.4. Heavy burst of FLAK. Wing of 43-34337 passed tail of my aircraft. Aircraft went into spin and burst into flames.
572572000432AGBothel, FrankSgt.13048052
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 2. 7 Feb 1943
NOTES:
572572123432TGBothel, FrankS/Sgt.13048052
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.
57257205044AGBower, Allen E.Sgt.34358365
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.
572572009449AGBryant, Ernest L.Cpl.38421881
SOURCE: SO-220, Hqs, AAB Barksdale Field, LA, Par. 21. 7 Aug 1944
NOTES:
572572000449AGCady, Chester C.S/Sgt.38161786
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: Sgt Cady is listed under "Operations Crews" on the 572nd Combat Crew Roster of 03/13/45.
572572127449AGCady, Chester C.S/Sgt.38161786
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.
572572000437AGCallaway, David G.Sgt.18132634
SOURCE: 391BG Mission Records: Medal Awards and Crew Loading Lists. 15 Feb 1943
NOTES: Details from from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 997).
57257200445AGCaperton, James C.Sgt.38531046
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.
57257201844AGChadwell, Richard H.Sgt.13106378
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.
572572023432AGCochran, George E.S/Sgt.36441881
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.
572572108432AGCochran, George E.S/Sgt.36441881
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.
572572105437AGCole, Herman A.Sgt.34022679
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.
572572000437AGCole, Herman A.34022679
SOURCE: 391BG Mission Records: Medal Awards and Crew Loading Lists. 15 Feb 1943
NOTES: Cole's name appears in the 391BG Mission Records (crew loading lists), but was not listed on the original website. They could appear in one or more website photographs. Cole appears in OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 999).
572572026444AGCondo, Charles W.Sgt.13091158
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.
572572119449AGCook, Wilfred E.S/Sgt.37701659
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.
572572059449AGCook, Wilfred E.Cpl.37701659
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).
57257206144AGDaase, Glenn V.Sgt.36818406
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.
57257200044AGDaase, Glenn V.Sgt.36818406
SOURCE: SO-104, 9th Bombardment Div, Par. 3. 15 Apr 1945
NOTES: Per SO-104 - transferred to 323rd Bomb Group.
572572056432AGDegrace, Luke J.Sgt.12090574
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.
572572062432AGDraper, Howard L.S/Sgt.39238853
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.
572572000442AGDriscoll, John J.Sgt.12036886
SOURCE: 572BS History - Reel A0644 21 Jan 1943
NOTES: 572BS History (Reel A0644 page 704) award of DFC. Also, regularly appears in loading lists as Spalding's AG.
572572039444AGEttare, Carl J.Sgt.13074537
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: Lt Koehl's airplane for the flight over was 42-107587.
572572027448AGEvelyn, Joseph E.Pvt.19101783
SOURCE: SO-106, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 12 Aug 1944
NOTES:
572572000442AGEverhart, Lynch H.S/Sgt.39180509
SOURCE: 572BS History - Reel A0644 21 Jan 1943
NOTES: 572BS History (Reel A0644 page 704) award of DFC. Also, regularly appears in loading lists as Lubojasky's AG.
57257205244AGFisher, Lewis C.Sgt.12198905
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.
572572000435AGFreeman, Charles E.S/Sgt.14092418
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 998).
572572000435AGGaither, James C.S/Sgt.18081211
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 999).
572572006AGGala, CharlesSgt.33686041
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.
5725720004312AGGawrylewski, Vincent J.S/Sgt.16069217
SOURCE: SO-1, 9th Bombardment Div, Par. 4. 25 Sep 1944
NOTES: The source order lists aircrew personnel for return to the ZI.
572572028449AGGerking, James C.S/Sgt.39304326
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.
572572015449AGGerman, Linus F.S/Sgt.37287185
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.
572572131449AGGerman, Linus F.S/Sgt.37287185
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.
572572012449AGGraves, Robert E.Cpl.37493547
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.
57257204944AGGrudnicki, Charles C.S/Sgt.16042934
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.
572572053449AGHarvey, HaydenSgt.14053756
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.
572572000449w.tgHarvey, HaydenS/Sgt.14053756
SOURCE: MACR 12609, 43-34337. 24 Feb 1945
NOTES: Tail Gunner - Box 1, low flight, no.1. 43-34337 received direct hit in left wing. Wing blown off. Aircraft went into spin.
572572000AGKaufman, HaroldS/Sgt.12144768
SOURCE: Heroes pages of original website. 12 Aug 1944
NOTES: Extract from 572BS Crew lists: 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. ADDENDUM: Kaufman was killed by a FLAK burst whilst aboard 42-95947 (with Lt. Fry) on 12 Aug 1944 (mission #142).
572572007447AGKeller, Carl R.S/Sgt.10601049
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.
572572064449AGKiefer, William C.Sgt.12126869
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.
572572000435AGKjellquist, Ernest T.S/Sgt.31125072
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 998).
572572000432AGKyle, Robert M., Jr.Sgt.33091597
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 2. 7 Feb 1943
NOTES:
572572013447AGLewis, Harris E.Sgt.34075031
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.
572572063444AGLoccisano, Vincent S.Pvt.6901573
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
572572017449AGMarsh, Harvey M.Cpl.39177895
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.
57257200243AGMcCreary, Donald E.S/Sgt.13093991
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.
572572046432AGMcDonald, Jay L.S/Sgt.18046528
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.
572572000432w.tgMcDonald, Jay L.S/Sgt.18046528
SOURCE: MACR 07852, 42-107673. 8 Aug 1944
NOTES: Tail Gunner - Box 2, lead flight, no.3 with Lt. McCarty. Part of right wing flew past
572572033452AGMcKay, Charles A.Cpl.18184422
SOURCE: SO-318, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 1. 13 Nov 1944
NOTES:
5725720004310AGMcPeters, Paul H.39554345
SOURCE: 391BG Mission Records: Medal Awards and Crew Loading Lists. 15 Feb 1943
NOTES: McPeters's name appears in the 391BG Mission Records (crew loading lists), but was not listed on the original website. They could appear in one or more website photographs.
572572037452AGMcShane, George H.Cpl.33431724
SOURCE: SO-318, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 1. 13 Nov 1944
NOTES:
572572031451AGMilani, Alfred V.Cpl.20273948
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.
572572032451AGMilano, DomenickCpl.13176799
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.
572572114449AGMiller, Henry D.S/Sgt.19124076
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.
572572041449AGMiller, Henry D.Cpl.19124076
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.
572572000437AGMinco, John F.Sgt.35516622
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 997).
572572014444AGMoyers, Rayford F.S/Sgt.17015660
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES:
572572042449AGOlson, Curtis R.Cpl.37565075
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.
572572110448AGOttenhouse, WilliamPvt.38436286
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.

572572044448AGOttenhouse, WilliamPvt.38436286
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.
572572000435AGOwens, Robert R.S/Sgt.18105749
SOURCE: OO-11, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 4 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 997).
5725720004310AGPace, Jerry G.Sgt.32784792
5725720004310AGRichardson, Harold J.Sgt.37496417
SOURCE: SQO-027, 572nd Bombardment Squadron. 23 Oct 1943
NOTES:
572572000432AGPendleton, Lew W.Sgt.15114791
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 2. 7 Feb 1943
NOTES:
5725720454410AGPeters, James P.Sgt.35769893
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.
572572000442w.agPetrie, Jack C.S/Sgt.20733017
SOURCE: MACR 04027, 42-95837. 18 Apr 1944
NOTES:
572572102432AGPilling, George S., Jr.S/Sgt.14108260
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.
572572000432AGPilling, George S., Jr.Sgt.14108260
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 2. 7 Feb 1943
NOTES:
572572000432AGPliska, JuliusS/Sgt.32305539
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 2. 7 Feb 1943
NOTES: Rank from OO-11 (Reel B0427 page 998).
572572106444AGRapp, Robert E.S/Sgt.32560871
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.
572572019444AGRapp, Robert E.Sgt.32560871
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.
57257201044AGRowson, George S.Sgt.39278707
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.
572572003449AGScharfenberg, Charles L.Sgt.32593365
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.
572572101432GSchultheiss, John J.Cpl.13080723
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.
572572000432AGSchultheiss, John J.Sgt.13080723
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 2. 7 Feb 1943
NOTES:
572572000449AGShearon, Joseph M.S/Sgt.13006879
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES:
572572113449AGShearon, Joseph M.S/Sgt.13006879
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.
572572115449AGSilver, Harold J.S/Sgt.16037463
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.
572572066449AGSilver, Harold J.Cpl.16037463
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."
572572118449AGSilver, Harold J.S/Sgt.16037463
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 !
57257205743AGSingleton, Joe B.S/Sgt.34671698
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.
572572011444AGStees, Morris C.Sgt.33237325
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.
572572103444AGStees, Morris C.Sgt.33237325
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.
572572040449AGStewart, Virgil A.Sgt.18231986
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.
572572065449AGTaplin, Kenneth L.Cpl.19149940
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.
5725720004310AGTaylor, Virgil D.33521473
SOURCE: 391BG Mission Records: Medal Awards and Crew Loading Lists. 15 Feb 1943
NOTES: Taylor's name appears in the 391BG Mission Records (crew loading lists), but was not listed on the original website. They could appear in one or more website photographs.
572572000435AGToth, Joseph F.33323503
SOURCE: 391BG Mission Records: Medal Awards and Crew Loading Lists. 15 Feb 1943
NOTES: Toth's name appears in the 391BG Mission Records (crew loading lists), but was not listed on the original website. They could appear in one or more website photographs.
572572124435AGToth, Joseph F.S/Sgt.33323503
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.
57257200844AGVanGorden, Arthur F.S/Sgt.15086392
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.
572572116435AGWarn, Duryea N.S/Sgt.19092348
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.
572572058444AGWatson, Jesse C.S/Sgt.18084781
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.
57257202043AGWebb, William T.S/Sgt.34302862
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
57257200043w.unkWebb, William T.S/Sgt.34302862
SOURCE: MACR 04027, 42-95837. 18 Apr 1944
NOTES:
572572107434AGWierny, AnthonyS/SGT.12066915
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.
572572109444AGWinebrenner, Harry O. R.S/SGT.34202755
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.

572572055444AGWinebrenner, Harry O. R.Sgt.34202755
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.
572572060444AGWinebrenner, Harry O. R.Sgt.34202755
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.