CREW LISTING

573rd BOMB SQUADRON

ROLE: ARMORER GUNNER

INDIVIDUAL & NON-INDIVIDUAL CREW MEMBERS


Assigned
Squadron Crew Year Month Role Name Rank Serial
573573000432AGBago, Ernest R.Sgt.33360849
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 3. 7 Feb 1943
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573573038444AGBell, William J.Sgt.19062484
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: Sgt Bell was killed on 05/28/44 and is buried in the Cambridge Cemetery. Someone at the 1996 reunion confirmed that he was flying that day with Lt Hartman. On 07/05/44, Lt (by then 1st Lt) Hartman's plane (42-107834) was shot down. He and SSgt Pavinski were killed and are buried in the Normandy Cemetery, as is Pvt Edward N. Grove, flying his first mission, according to a source at the 1996 reunion. Mrs. Ethel Burnside, Lt Hartman's sister, recently confirmed that Sgt Grove was flying with Lt. Hartman. The only other change in the mission crew was that 1Lt Donald E. Collins flew as bombardier, Lt Baker having been assigned to Armstrong's crew. ADDENDUM: Baker's correct ASN obtained from General Orders No. 141, 18 May 1944.
573573111444AGBell, William J.Sgt.19062484
SOURCE: MACR 06359?, 42-107834. 28 May 1944
NOTES: Bell appears on the US Army and Air Force Casualty Lists. USAAFDATA records state that date of death was 28 May 1944 and the aircraft serial number 42-107834. As no MACR can be found for this aircraft on this date and his name cannot be found in any MACR, I assume that only he was killed whilst flying in this aircraft. He is buried at: Plot G Row 7 Grave 160 Cambridge American Cemetery Cambridge, England. ADDENDUM: 391BG Mission Records show Bell was flying as tail gunner with Hartman in a/c 42-107806 on the afternoon mission of 28 May 1944 (#74). He was killed by FLAK, presumably over the target area. 573BS History (reel A0644 page 928) states that Bell died from wounds on the return to base whilst a fellow gunner was administering first aid.
573573133452AGBertram, John H., Jr.Sgt.19199128
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95820. 12 Mar 1945
NOTES: Landing accident at Roye/A-73. On 12th March 1945, 2nd Lieutenant Homer W. Lentz was scheduled to fly a B-26B45, AF No. 42-95820 on a local night transition mission. He received instructions for landing from the tower and then gave his co-pilot permission to land the plane. Because of ground haze he did not turn on the landing lights until in the round-out of the approach. When the lights came on, he saw that they were not lined up with the landing runway; instead of, they were to the right. Pilot gave co-pilot verbal orders to go around, which the co-pilot did not hear. At the same time the pilot retracted the wheels, and the co-pilot proceeded to land the aircraft with wheels partially retracted. Aircraft was completely wrecked due to this action. Cause: 100% pilot error. Poor judgement, in that incorrect decision was made. Recommendations: none.
573573044452AGBertram, John H., Jr.Cpl.19199128
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
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573573000449AGBohm, Charles J.S/Sgt.32012302
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: Original website lists this individual's surname as "Bohn". Correct surname obtained from mission records and Fold3.
573573127449AGBohm, Charles J.T/Sgt.32012302
SOURCE: MACR 14626, 42-95878. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Sqn, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bonn, Germany. (source: AAM - http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/10081).
573573153449AGBohm, Charles J.S/Sgt.32012302
SOURCE: SO-266, Par. 5; HQ, 70th Replacement Depot - Assignment of crews to various Bomb Groups. 22 Sep 1944
NOTES: Apart from Frick, this crew flew their first mission with the 573th Bomb Squadron on 7 October 1944. According to the crew loading lists, 2/Lt. Dan P. Winegar flew as this crew’s co-pilot. Frick flew as co-pilot with a number of different crews, and transferred from the 573rd to the 574th Bomb Squadron after December 1944. Winegar became the co-pilot of Cox’s crew who later were assigned to the 1st Pathfinder Squadron. Winegar and the rest of Cox’s crew were all KIA whilst leading the 322nd Bomb Group on 23 December 1944.
573573045449AGBolin, Herbert A.T/Sgt.35405766
SOURCE: SO-248, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 14 Sep 1944
NOTES: The flight over was in 43-34421. See a separate entry for Lt Peters flying as first pilot. He and Kohn are thus listed twice. Stallings of Shoemaker's crew flew as Lloyd's Bombardier on Clarion. Per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, Lloyd, Stallings, and Henley were lead qualified. Hershel Wilson became co-pilot, replacing Peters, until he upgraded also.
573573000449w.ttBolin, Herbert A.T/Sgt.35405766
SOURCE: MACR 12244, 42-95822. 13 Feb 1945
NOTES: Top Turret Gunner - Box 1, lead flight, no1. As above.
573573056448AGBradley, Frank L.Cpl.37527715
SOURCE: SO-241, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 2. 6 Sep 1944
NOTES: Gil Wojciechowski advises that Basco was transferred to James Doolittle, Jr.'s crew and that Leslie J. Laydon replaced him. I have no record of a pilot named Doolittle, but I have heard that he was in the 391st for a short time. Schaffron flew over in 43-34357.
573573022444AGBrandenburg, Verlin H.Sgt.17079342
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: On 05/28/44, hydraulics were shot out (42-95798). On 08/13/44, Lt Colsch's plane (42-95800) was hit by a bomb dropped from above. The resulting loss of control led to a mid-air with 42-95834, a 572nd aircraft, piloted by Lt Boyd. The crew listed above is correct except that Sgt Henry A. Miller replaced Hibbler. Lt Kohler was killed and is buried in the Normandy Cemetery. I have been unable to identify other casualties, whose remains were returned to the ZI.
573573116444AGBrandenburg, Verlin H.S/Sgt.17079342
SOURCE: MACR 07648, 42-95800. 13 Aug 1944
NOTES: Target: Cherisy RR Bridge, France. 42-95800 (Low flight, No.4. - Kohler) hit by FLAK, collided with adjacent aircraft 42-95834 (No. 5 - Boyd). Both aircraft broke apart and went into a spin. Coincidentally, low flight passed underneath lead flight at exactly the time of bomb release, which may mean that aircraft was struck by falling bomb from lead flight.
573573000444w.tgBrandenburg, Verlin H.S/Sgt.17079342
SOURCE: MACR 09831, 42-95842. 28 Jul 1944
NOTES: Tail Gunner - lead flight, no.3.
57357302644AGBrown, Francis P.S/Sgt.37560657
SOURCE: Both Histories. 1 Jan 1943
NOTES: On 02/13/45, flying 42-95822, Black Jack, Lt Dobda caught flak in the right engine after bombs away. A changed format in the hardback history book, listing individuals rather than crews, made it impossible to infer crew makeup; however, an anonymous contributor at the Savannah reunion provided the names listed above, all of whom are listed in the hardback history as missing. Their ranks and serial numbers come from the hardback history. None is listed in "Return of the Marauder Men."
57357313044AGBrown, Francis P.S/Sgt.37560657
SOURCE: MACR 12244, 42-95822. 13 Feb 1945
NOTES: Target: Euskirchen, Germany. 42-95822 direct flak hit on right engine and navigator compartment. The engine caught fire, the aircraft lost speed, peeled to right under control. 1, then 2 parachutes seen. The aircraft then went into a flat spin and then broke in two at the aft bomb bay. 2 more parachutes were seen to emerge from the front section. The crew later stated that the bombardier had got out of nose but couldn't get his parachute from the radio room due to an intense fire that had spread from the bomb bay.
573573051449AGBruce, John V.Sgt.37085934
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: This crew was made up overseas. Merryman, Bruce, and Robert were assigned to the squadron on the listed order. Per the softback history, Lt Peters, flying as first pilot in 42-107595 on 10/12/44, was seen on single engine with the other engine on fire. The hardback history lists the above crew plus 2Lt Henry D. Gabriel of Lt Channell's crew. None of these people is listed in "Return of the Marauder Men."
573573121449AGBruce, John V.S/Sgt.37085934
SOURCE: MACR 09530, 42-107595. 12 Oct 1944
NOTES: Target: Grevenbroich. Peters was flying high flight, No.4. His aircraft was hit by FLAK whilst on the bomb run. His left engine began smoking and then his right engine failed 10 seconds before bomb release. After the turn away from the target, the formation was subject to heavy, intense, and accurate FLAK. Peters' aircraft lost speed and altitude rapidly, and he called Cassidy (the flight leader) to say that his crew were bailing out.
5735731484312TGBurkett, Bryce E.S/Sgt.19062183
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.
573573025444AGCarr, Arlo L.Sgt.36460827
SOURCE: SO-107, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 19 Apr 1944
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573573000444w.unkCarr, Arlo L.S/Sgt.36460827
SOURCE: MACR 06359, 42-107834. 5 Jul 1944
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573573000444w.tgCarr, Arlo L.S/Sgt.36460827
SOURCE: MACR 07648, 42-95800. 13 Aug 1944
NOTES: Tail Gunner -
573573000444w.tgCarr, Arlo L.S/Sgt.36460827
SOURCE: MACR 07649, 42-95834. 13 Aug 1944
NOTES: Tail Gunner -
57357304344AGChominski, Vincent A.Sgt.33810571
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: This pilot's last name first came from the taxi sheet for the first mission on 03/04/45. Alton Howard and Hugh Walker supplied the rest of the information about the crew. Fisher's serial number comes from Dave Garnham's database. ADDENDUM: Serial numbers and correct forenames for Farrow and Chominski come from SO-104 Par 4.
573573006432AGDugan, Charles F.S/Sgt.36342341
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
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573573132451AGEast, Samuel S.Sgt.33360705
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-35252. 12 Mar 1945
NOTES: Take off accident at Roye/A-73. On 12th March 1945, 2nd Lieutenant Atwood L. Edwards was scheduled to fly a B-26C25 aircraft, AF No. 41-35252, on a combat bombing mission. Edwards started his take-off on runway 10 in the normal procedure. He had reached the speed just under that at which the aircraft becomes airborne, when the tire of the right main gear deflated. He at once cut the throttle and held aircraft straight until right gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to swerve to the right off the runway. After leaving runway the right strut dug into the ground, turning the aircraft 90 degrees and bringing it to a stop. Main gear was wrecked and right wing was buckled. Cause: 100% material failure; aircraft structure. Recommendations: none.
573573030451AGEast, Samuel S.Cpl.33360705
SOURCE: SO-5, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 11 Jan 1945
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573573000AGEllerbee, Jesse M.S/Sgt.34197335
SOURCE: Heroes pages of original website. 2 Dec 1944
NOTES: Details obtained from Heroes pages. Role unknown, but assumed as AG for listing purposes.
573573042449AGFanucchi, ElioCpl.19013928
SOURCE: SO-121, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 9. 13 Sep 1944
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573573000449AGFehrenkamp, Leroy G.Sgt.38243234
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: Original website listed surname incorrectly as GEHRENKAMP. Correct Surname obtained from Mission Records.
573573154449AGFehrenkamp, Leroy G.Sgt.38243234
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 this crew was split up and flew with various other crews. Most were assigned to the 573rd Bomb Squadron, except for Wegenek, Gould, and Harvey who were assigned to the 572nd.
57357305344AGForston, James T.S/Sgt.38434417
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: This pilot is listed as a spare on the Ahrweiler taxi sheet. The co-pilot's name comes from the taxi sheet for the mission on 03/04/45. A picture and some details were provided by James's grandson, Alex. The particulars come from Dave Garnham's database. Apparently, the other two crew members were T/Sgt Frank Meriweather, 20458305 and S/Sgt Ike S. Novak, but we do not know the exact crew position for them. NOTE: Zauzig, Meriwether, and Novak are listed on Putnam's crew on SO-104.
573573018449AGGalyean, Fredrick F.Cpl.34635733
SOURCE: SO-248, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 14 Sep 1944
NOTES: This crew flew over in 43-34430.
573573113446AGGrove, Edward N.Pvt.13200930
SOURCE: MACR 06359, 42-107834. 5 Jul 1944
NOTES: Target: Senoche F/D. 42-107834 was hit by FLAK and crashed near Foret de Dreux. One witness statement says that Hartman bailed out of top hatch, but was knocked out and failed to open parachute. CP and B suffered burns.
573573000449AGHamilton, Davis W.Sgt.11097843
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 24 Sep 1944
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573573152AGHanewinckel, Gerald L.Cpl.39553104
SOURCE: SO-72, Hqs, AAB Barksdale Field, LA, Par. 11. 12 Mar 1944
NOTES: Apart from Doyle, this crew flew their first mission with the 573th Bomb Squadron on 1 August 1944. According to the crew loading lists, Sgt. Woodrow Wilson regularly flew as this crew’s togglier.
573573000444w.tgHansard, Elmer R.Sgt.15335673
SOURCE: MACR 05547, 42-95850. 28 May 1944
NOTES: Tail Gunner - Box 2, 1st flight, no.2. Goodson's right engine flaming. Dropped out of formation with engine smoking. Shallow dive. 2 chutes. Right wing came off. Exploded. NB Role assumed to be AG.
573573054432AGHardy, John J.Sgt.31140284
SOURCE: SO-64, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC, Par. 2. 3 Jun 1943
NOTES: These crew members flew together on a ferry mission, per the source order. Crew position assumed based upon listing position. I have no way of knowing whether they flew together regularly.
573573103432AGHardy, John J.S/Sgt.31140284
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-31754. 11 Jun 1943
NOTES: Dickey and Reidelberger were killed on 11 June 1943. The aircraft crashed due to engine failure and was then destroyed by fire at Bloomfield, KY. 573BS History (reel A0644 page 898 and 952) states that, on a flight from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Godman Field, Kentucky, the pilot gave the order to bail out after developing engine trouble over very mountainous country. When the emergency salvo failed to function, Reidelberger entered the bombardier's compartment and opened the bombay doors. He then assisted his companions to make their exit, and again entered the bombardier's compartment and closed the bombay doors. A critically low altitude being reached, Reidelberger elected to remain and assist the pilot. Hardy was seriously injured on landing, fracturing his spine and suffering broken bones. Dickey died later from his injuries. With the left engine on fire, Ljunggren brought the aircraft down in a field. Reidelberger was trapped in his seat, and, while the plane was burning and with ammunition exploding in the wreckage, Ljunggren's repeated attempts to rescue the co-pilot failed. Ljunggren was seriously burned about the head, arms, and legs. Reidelberger was posthumously awarded the DFC. Reel A0644 page 905 states that Ljunggren was 573BS CO at the time and was briefly replaced by Sullens on 5 Oct 1943, who was subsequently replaced by Dooley on 8 Oct 1943.
573573000449AGHartwell, Oliver W.S/Sgt.12034497
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: The original website lists the serial number for Hartwell as 12034491 which differs from SO-104 and has been amended.
573573000432AGHathorne, James C., Jr.S/Sgt.14080377
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 3. 7 Feb 1943
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573573000437AGHesse, Edward H.Sgt.32229614
SOURCE: SO-85, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC. 1 Jul 1943
NOTES: Details from SO-85 (Reel B0427 page 996). MOS 612 = "Airplane Armorer-Gunner" (surname is "Hasse").
573573109442AGHogan, John J.S/Sgt.11015495
SOURCE: MACR 05127, 42-95943. 28 May 1944
NOTES: target: Amiens M/Y, France. Box 2, high flight, No.6? Aircraft was hit by FLAK. The right engine was smoking with oil leaking from the oil cooler shutter. Gasoline was streaming from left engine. Kessler and Carmichael were captured soon after the crash. Harris and Porter evaded but were captured at Petite Sains near Arras, France July 1944. The fate of Cole and Hagan is not clear from the report, but other sources show that they successfully evaded capture.
573573000442w.tgHogan, John J.S/Sgt.11015495
SOURCE: MACR 04482, 42-95829. 8 May 1944
NOTES: Tail Gunner - no.4. Adams left engine smoking, its propeller partly destroyed, and bomb bay half blown away. Ship under control. 3 chutes, then 1 chute. Ship under control.
573573112432AGHolland, Thomas H.S/Sgt.20363863
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95804. 29 May 1944
NOTES: Crashed on take off at Stansted/Sta 169. ADDENDUM: Suffered an engine failure on take off for the Orival mission on 29 May 1944. The aircraft flown by Capt. Kenneth W Mitchell, crashed at Mole Hill Green, about 1.5 miles SW of Stansted, Essex. The aircraft took off from runway 03 at Matching Green with 2 x 2,000lb bombs on board. Take-off was normal, but at about 200 feet altitude the right engine cut out, caught again briefly, then completlely cut out. The pilot sounded the alarm bell for a crash landing. Unable to maintain altitude and airspeed, the pilot flew straight ahead, and the co-pilot, Lt. Schiro cut the mixture control and switches for the left engine before the aircraft hit the tops of some trees. The aircraft hit the ground violently at 1130 hours and began to burn before coming to a stop. All the crew escaped before the aircraft exploded four minutes later.
573573047432AGHughes, Harold L.13075799
SOURCE: OO-1, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 21 Apr 1943
NOTES: There are two entries for Logan, as I have two completely different crews for him. The source for this crew is Fred Kelley, who sent me a picture of this crew made in May, 1943, and who provided the names. They were pictured in front of a B-26, which he said was named "The Dog." None of these individuals had been in the database except Logan and Kelley. The fact that these individuals were not in the database does not necessarily mean that they did not go overseas with the Group; I may just not have had a source that identified them. The source for the information on Fred is OO-1, Hqs 391st BG, MacDill Field, 04/21/43, Par 1. Re Lt Lemmon, see entry for Lt Robert Clark as first pilot.
573573119447AGHume, Thomas W.Sgt.39198466
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95797. 25 Aug 1944
NOTES: Target: Brest/Penscorff Coastal Defences. Mid-air collision between stabilizer of lead flight No.4 (42-95802 - Thorn) and left propellor of No.6 (42-95797 - Rice).

The statement by Rice in the accident report states "Returning from a combat sortie on the afternoon of August 25, 1944, number four ship in our lead flight was running low on gas and called up that he was going to leave the formation and land on the Cherbourg Peninsula for gas. I was flying left wing of number four ship, and acknowledged his call. I saw his plane leave the formation to the rear and well below me. I began to pull up on the lead element of the flight. Some time elapsed, when the plane came up from my left and under me. The instant I saw the plane coming up, I immediately try to pull up to avoid a collision but it was impossible.

The plane tore my left wing up a bit, and bent the left propeller, rendering the left engine inoperative. I immediately feathered the prop, and by the time I had the plane under control, I was to the left of course. With the bad wing, I could not hold my altitude. We broke below the overcast at approximately 3000 feet, just off the coast of the German held Island of Jersey, at which time we received intent accurate flak. I immediately tried to turn back to sea, at this time they shot my right engine out. [Peters (bombardier) reported in his statement that the engineer had tried to call Shuler on the interphone, but had not received an answer. Peters also stated that he saw Shuler lying against the skin of the ship, presumably dead or seriously injured.]

We immediately prepared for ditching. We ditched approximately 6 to 8 miles off the southeast coast of Jersey. [Witnesses state that Rice made a beautiful landing on the water. The aircraft floated for 5 to 10 seconds before its nose sank and the its tail rose up, and then it completely sank 5 to 10 seconds later.] After we hit the water, Captain Rutledge circled overhead and dropped a dinghy, and the naval vessel not far away shot a fix on him and got our position. The co-pilot, bombardier, engineer and myself hung on to a one-man dinghy for 1 hour and 20 minutes. We were picked up by a small boat sent out from the US Destroyer escort, and carried back and put on board the escort. My tail gunner bailed out the instant of the collision, and my radio operator was hit by flak at Jersey.

We remained with the escort overnight where we received excellent treatment from the Navy. PT boats picked us up the next morning, August 26, and carried us into Cherbourg, where we were taken to the 298th General Hospital. We were put under their care for a twenty-four hour observation. My bombardier had a dislocated shoulder and it was put back in place by the naval doctor. When we were released by the hospital we went to the Counter Intelligence Corps Headquarters and got orders so we could catch a plane back to England. We arrived in London the afternoon of August 27, and the Intelligence Dept got in touch with our base and transportation was arranged for the trip to our home field."

NOTE: According to his Escape & Evasion report, Hume landed in the sea near the French island of Brehat off the coast of Brittany and was rescued by a French fishing boat. He was then taken to the French mainland, where the FFI took him to a hotel in St. Quay. The FFI later took him to St. Brieuc where he was delivered to Allied Forces. He later returned to England by C-47. The crew loading lists show that Hume never flew with Rice, or any other 391st crew again, so it is likely that he was returned to the US because of his knowledge of some members of the French Resistance forces.

573573055447AGHume, Thomas W.Cpl.39198466
SOURCE: SO-95, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 3. 29 Jul 1944
NOTES: Lt Rice's airplane (42-95797) was involved in a mid-air with Capt Thorn's on 08/25/44. Per the softback history, Lt Rice then received flak from Guernsey Island and had to ditch nearby as a result. A US destroyer picked up the remaining four crewmen. Cpl Shuler is listed on the Wall of the Brittany Cemetery as missing on this date.
573573000432AGJones, Ralph D., Jr.S/Sgt.13032025
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 3. 7 Feb 1943
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573573000432AGJones, Walter T.S/Sgt.33102425
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 3. 7 Feb 1943
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573573013444AGKing, Michael J.Sgt.12057704
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: Bollinger returned a 2Lt with serial number 0887199 per Par 4, SO-1, 9th Bombardment Division, 09/25/44, which lists aircrew personnel for return to the ZI.
57357301243AGLa Plante, John F.S/Sgt.11035865
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Sgt LaPlante did not fly over with Lt Bernzen. On 03/19/44, Lt Bernzen and crew were shot down (42-95849). Of the crew listed above, Lt Bernzen and Sgts Brown, Grace, and La Plante are all buried in the Normandy Cemetery, as is 2/Lt John D. Hill, 0692789, who was flying as co-pilot, according to the hardback history, which also lists Lt Dragonetti as bombardier; I have assumed that Lt Dragonetti was his regular bombardier. Dave Garnham found confirmation on microfilm of Lt Dragonetti's death. Bernzen's airplane for the flight overseas was 42-95830.
57357310743AGLa Plante, John F.S/Sgt.11035865
SOURCE: MACR 05853, 42-95849. 19 Mar 1944
NOTES: Target: Grismont Military Installation. 42-95849 was flying box 1, first flight, No.2. It was hit by FLAK whilst turning away from the first bomb run and the fabric on left horizontal stabilizer was almost completely shot away. It fell away from formation with a badly smoking left engine. It rejoined the formation for the second bomb run and received a direct hit over the target. The tail was blown off aft of the turret and the aircraft turned over onto its back and fell towards the ground. 3 parachutes were seen, but there were no survivors.
5735730004412w.tgLatini, Francis N.Cpl.12219593
SOURCE: MACR 11663, 42-107747. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Tail Gunner - lead flight, no.2. Latini's role is a guess. NB Role assumed to be AG.
573573007452AGLowery, Ernest G.Pvt.14040183
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
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573573066451AGMacDonald, John A.Cpl.36826054
SOURCE: SO-3, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 9 Jan 1945
NOTES: I could not identify the enlisted men because of the format of the assignment order. With help from Thompson of Adrian's crew, I was able to identify them by a process of elimination, Interestingly, Wanstreet was assigned to the 575th Sqdn in April, 1943 (see OO-1, Hqs 391st BG, MacDill Field, 04/21/43), but apparently did not arrive in the 573rd until 1945.
573573028452AGMack, George E.S/Sgt.31050589
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
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573573032451AGMartin, Edward F.Cpl.31189472
SOURCE: SO-5, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 11 Jan 1945
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573573005451AGMathias, James W.Sgt.35374458
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, January 1945. 1 Jan 1945
NOTES: This information is from Bill Appleton except that Frisque's serial number comes from Dave Garnham's database. ADDENDUM: Serial number and forename for Kerner come from SO-104 Par 3. Surname, Forenames, Rank, and ASN for Cannarella, Arrington, and Mathias obtained from Air Medal Awards, GO 36, Hq, 9th Bombardment Division, 10 March 1945. Their correct roles have been obtained from the 391BG Mission Records, Crew Loading Lists.
573573036452AGMauth, Floyd F.Cpl.37702992
SOURCE: SO-318, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 1. 13 Nov 1944
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573573033451AGMcCollum, James R.Cpl.32951129
SOURCE: SO-5, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 11 Jan 1945
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573573049451AGMcCormick, PaulCpl.16161026
SOURCE: SO-315, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 8. 10 Nov 1944
NOTES: Dave Morris reports that his father flew over in 44-67906.
573573039452AGMcFarland, Ray A.Cpl.33576073
SOURCE: SO-318, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 1. 13 Nov 1944
NOTES: This pilot's lastname comes from the Coesfeld taxi sheet. I then found a pilot with this last name in the referenced order, and crew members belong to the 391st BG
573573000432AGMilleson, Benjamin M.Pvt.13070017
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 3. 7 Feb 1943
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57357310443AGMills, Charles W.S/Sgt.31136900
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-35047. 24 Jun 1943
NOTES: Mid air collision in the vicinity Warrington, NC.
Aircraft was returning from Fort Dix, New Jersey and flying at minimum altitude cross country in formation. Upon reaching a clearing, pilot let down lower than the top level and in doing so struck a telephone line. Aircraft was not damaged to the extent that it could not continue and so completed the trip to Myrtle Beach.
NOTE: It is likely that Wos and Carter were ground crew.
57357300043AGMills, Charles W.Sgt.31136900
SOURCE: OO-1, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 21 Apr 1943
NOTES:
5735730004312AGMilton, Thomas J.S/Sgt.6293446
SOURCE: SO-1, 9th Bombardment Div, Par. 4. 25 Sep 1944
NOTES: The source order lists aircrew personnel for return to the ZI.
5735730004312w.wgMilton, Thomas J.S/Sgt.6293446
SOURCE: MACR 08058, 42-95802. 25 Aug 1944
NOTES: Waist Gunner - lead flight, no.1.
573573011444AGMohan, Robert A.Sgt.33205047
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: ADDENDUM: Other documents show that Madenfort's ASN of O671755 in SO-98 is incorrect.
573573000444w.unkMohan, Robert A.S/Sgt.33205047
SOURCE: MACR 08058, 42-95802. 25 Aug 1944
NOTES: Armorer Gunner - lead flight, no.3.
573573020449AGMorrison, Ross L.Cpl.38471246
SOURCE: SO-124, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 6. 21 Sep 1944
NOTES:
573573115444AGMoyers, Rayford F.S/SGT.17015660
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-31978. 8 Aug 1944
NOTES: Taxiing accident at RAF Tangmere.
Second Lieutenant Norman L. Crim, O-747753, A.C., in ship B-26B35, AF. No. 41-31978 landed at Tangmere, Sussex (RAF) due to lack of petrol upon return from a combat mission.
When taxiing out for take-off, Lt. Crim did not take due care and caution and taxied into a building near the perimeter strip. This resulted in damage to the left wing of the airplane.
Accident due 100% to pilot's error (carelessness) in not analising the situation when taxiing.
No recommendations.
NOTE: The mission records show that Crim landed away from base after returning from mission #136 on 7th August 1944. After landing, it is likely that the aircraft needed repairs before it was able to leave Tangmere the following day.
573573002449AGMurphy, Melvin E.S/Sgt.13115935
SOURCE: SO-121, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 9. 13 Sep 1944
NOTES: The flight over was in 43-34428. Lt Abraham and Sgt Lemon were killed on 12/23/44 in 42-107747. They are buried in the Lorraine Cemetery. One can infer from the hardback history that the above crew flew the mission except that a SSgt Woodrow Wilson appears to have taken Mikochik's place. Remainder of mission crew not identified.
573573126449AGMurphy, Melvin E.S/Sgt.13115935
SOURCE: MACR 11663, 42-107747. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Target: Ahrweiler, Germany. Formation attacked by 50 to 75 enemy aircraft attacking in waves of 10 to 15 aircraft. 42-107747 was hit in rear and crew unable to control aircraft. Bovie states that Murphy may have bailed out as he saw another chute above him when he bailed out. Bovie saw the rest of crew in the aircraft wreckage.
573573120442AGNorland, Carl E.S/Sgt.32251657
SOURCE: MACR 08058, 42-95802. 25 Aug 1944
NOTES: Target: Brest/Penscorff Coastal Defences. Mid-air collision between stabilizer of lead flight No.4 (42-95802 - Thorn) and left propellor of No.6 (42-95797 - Rice). Thorn lowered landing gear, one man bailed out, then aircraft went into spin. Calvert, who managed to bail out and was picked up by fishermen, stated that Thorn was low on gas and planned to land in Cherbourg and left the formation, but then decided to rejoin the formation and follow them to Cherbourg.
573573050448AGPrice, John M., Jr.Cpl.33584423
SOURCE: OO-101, NORTH ATL WG, Dow Field, Bangor, ME, Par. 3. 23 Jul 1944
NOTES: In 43-34319 on 02/14/45, Lt Mosher had a flat tire on landing, ran off end of runway, and collapsed the nose wheel. Solomon flew as Bombardier with Mosher on Clarion. Mosher flew over in 43-34344.
573573000452AGPrichard, Herbert C.T/Sgt.18040544
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 18; HQ, 391st Bombardment Group - Assignment of personnel to squadrons. 2 Feb 1945
NOTES: MOS 612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner.
573573037444AGRaona, Louis T.Sgt.36129012
SOURCE: SO-107, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 19 Apr 1944
NOTES: On 05/28/44 flak ignited the right engine (42-95850) eventually causing the right wing to fall off, but all survived (those shown were the mission crew).
573573110444AGRaona, Louis T.Sgt.36129012
SOURCE: MACR 05547, 42-95850. 28 May 1944
NOTES: target: Maisons-Lafitte RR Bridge, France. Goodson's right engine hit by FLAK which burst into flames. He dropped out of formation with engine smoking and went into a shallow dive. 2 chutes were seen by witnesses. The right wing was seen to break off and the aircraft exploded. Goodson states that gunners bailed out through waist window and Officers through bomb bay. Markings of T*R found on wreckage. Everett was suffering from burns. All POW except Raona who evaded.
573573000448AGRichard, John A.T/Sgt.14071167
SOURCE: SO-104, 9th Bombardment Div, Par. 3. 15 Apr 1945
NOTES: Per SO-104 - transferred to 322nd Bomb Group.
5735730004312AGRusak, Charles J.32324616
SOURCE: 391BG Mission Records: Medal Awards and Crew Loading Lists. 15 Feb 1943
NOTES: Rusak'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.
573573000449AGSaltikoff, Alexander E.Sgt.32346873
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES:
573573101432AGSanders, George B.Sgt.35303680
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-31759. 1 Jun 1943
NOTES: Take off accident at Myrtle Beach, SC.
Aircraft hit obstruction light with nose wheel during take off. Upon inspection light was found to be too close to end of runway creating a hazard. Lights have since been moved.
573573000432AGSanders, George B.Cpl.35303680
SOURCE: SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 3. 7 Feb 1943
NOTES:
573573108442AGSchoerlin, George L.S/Sgt.32173115
SOURCE: MACR 04482, 42-95829. 8 May 1944
NOTES: Target: Bonnieres, France. Adams received direct FLAK hit in his left engine. Bombs were salvoed. 3 parachutes seen leaving from rear of aircraft, 2 from bomb bay. Aircraft appeared to be under control. All crew survived and returned to duty.
573573009448AGShields, Joseph R.Sgt.39009913
SOURCE: OO-101, NORTH ATL WG, Dow Field, Bangor, ME, Par. 3. 23 Jul 1944
NOTES: Per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, Lt Baker was lead qualified with Lt Morse and Lt Hilty. He had flown over in 43-34343.
573573010452AGStewart, Gary M.Cpl.34451882
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
NOTES:
573573059449AGSturek, Thomas J.Cpl.37480786
SOURCE: SO-121, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 9. 13 Sep 1944
NOTES: On 10/06/44, Lt Shoemaker belly landed in 42-107841, but the airplane was repairable. In "Return of The Marauder Men" Lt Shoemaker is listed under the Wall of the Missing (Ardennes cemetery) as having been killed on 08/07/46, while still a member of the 391st. This date actually was 6 Aug 45. Per t Shoemaker's grandson, Lt Shoemaker was the pilot of an A-26 C (ser # 322598) which departed Cambrai (A-74) at 1600 hours on 06/08/45 He was reported missing by 2000 hours by personnel at Valley, Wales. The only other person aboard was T/Sgt Frank Repar (#20517670) of Cleveland, who was the Crew Chief. The last communication with the ground was by radio, indicating 28 miles visibility at 5000 feet.
57357302143AGSweren, John W.S/Sgt.39197686
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1943. 1 Jan 1943
NOTES: Lt Clark flew over as Gilmore's co-pilot in 42-95842, along with Culshaw and Rollings. The crew shown here is identified in the hardback history; it was shot down on 07/28/44 (42-95842). Per the softback history, two chutes were seen; however, Mrs. A. K. Clements (widow of Lt Clark) advises that Clark, Parker, and Sweren survived. TSgt Rollings and SSgt Culshaw are buried in the Normandy Cemetery. Lemmon's remains must have been returned to the ZI; he is mentioned also on one of Logan's entries. Dave Garnham of Bedford, England reports the A/C name Hitch Hiker for 42-95842 and found confirmation on microfilm of Lt. Lemmon's death. Parker's serial number comes from Dave Garnham's database.
57357311443AGSweren, John W.S/Sgt.39197686
SOURCE: MACR 09831, 42-95842. 28 Jul 1944
NOTES: Target: Grosley sur Risle, France. 42-95842 was hit by FLAK in the waist section near Thury Harcourt, France. The aircraft broke into two pieces which were seen to slowly spin down. Three crew were seen to bail out, one from the tail section and two from the forward section. In a subsequent statement, Parker states that he was wounded in his left leg and foot. Lemmon was trapped in the bombardier's compartment of the spinning aircraft, and Culshaw and Rollings had probably been killed when the 88mm shell exploded in the waist section. After bailing out and landing, Parker saw Sweren in the hands of the Germans. Parker was taken to hospital by the Germans for treatment of his wounds. Clark was seen bailing out by Parker, but it is currently unclear what happened to him.
573573134448AGTheis, Earl L.S/Sgt.37529790
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-107806. 21 Mar 1945
NOTES: Landing accident at Roye/A-73. On 21 March 1945, 1st Lieutenant Philip S. Walter was flying a B-26C45 aircraft, AF No. 42-107806, on a local night training mission. Lieutenant Walter made normal traffic pattern dropping his wheels while our base leg. He asserts positively, that gear indicator was in down and locked position before landing. He landed ship on runway to 28 approximately 50 yards from end of runway. After rolling approximately 2,500 feet, nose wheel was let down and brakes applied. As brakes were applied, the right main gear collapsed. The right engine and propeller have major damages, the right wing-tip, aileron, wheel-well doors, engine cowling and fuselage were damaged. In view of the fact that the down-lock was not actuated, it could not have engaged the switch which actuates gear indicator, gear indicator could not have possibly shown down and locked for right gear operation. Cause: 100% pilot error, carelessness. Pilot and co-pilot failed to accurately check the gear indicator prior to landing. Recommendations: None.
573573147448AGTheis, Earl L.S/Sgt.37529790
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-34454. 5 Jan 1945
NOTES: Ground looped at Roye/A-73.

On 5th of January 1945 first Lieutenant Walter was flying a B26G10 aircraft, AF number 43-34454 on a combat mission. The mission was recalled 5 minutes before fighter rendezvous. Lieutenant Walter returned to the field in formation and prepared for a normal formation landing. After a normal approach and landing Lieutenant Walter had a blow out of his left main gear tire approximately 100 yards after touchdown. The pilot endeavored to keep the airplane straight and was successful for a short interval; however, the slippery condition of the runway finally caused him to slide off of the left edge. When the aircraft struck the soft soil it spun around and skidded, tearing off the right main gear, breaking the right wing and buckling the fuselage.

Cause: The accident was caused by 100% material failure, i.e. tire blew out.

Recommendations: None.

NOTE: This was a 573BS crew flying a 574BS aircraft.

573573065448AGTheis, Earl L.Cpl.37529790
SOURCE: OO-101, NORTH ATL WG, Dow Field, Bangor, ME, Par. 3. 23 Jul 1944
NOTES: Per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, Lt Walter was lead qualified with Lt Muddiman and Lt Peters (formerly of Rice's crew).
57357306243AGTinney, James H.S/Sgt.38099904
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Wally Ellertson (Wollert R. Ellertson, 2Lt, 0692771) advises me that he was the co-pilot on this crew for 67 missions (finishing in August, 1944). Cole, shown on SO-345, must have been the co-pilot only for the flight overseas. Similarly, Ellertson is shown on this order as Ed Holliday's co-pilot. Ellertson provided Aubuchon and Tinney's names. The airplane Snyder flew over, 42-95823, Baby Doll, crashed on 09/24/44 returning from a ferry mission to France. ADDENDUM: Aubochon's and Tinney's serial numbers, forenames, and ranks have since been obtained from the Medal Awards and Crew Loading Lists of the 391BG Mission Records. Also, Carother's surname amended to Carothers.
573573017444AGTracey, Earl D.S/Sgt.32290463
SOURCE: SO-107, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 19 Apr 1944
NOTES: Per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, by then Capt Cassiday was lead qualified with Schweizer (listed elsewhere) and 2Lt William J. Hilty, 0747663. The tail number of the aircraft ferried over (42-107609) comes from SO-36, Hqs 3rd AF Staging Wing, Hunter Field, 02/05/44.
573573004451AGTurkcan, TheodoreCpl.36864102
SOURCE: SO-3, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 9 Jan 1945
NOTES: From the format of the assignment order, I could not identify the enlisted men who were on this crew. Thompson recently identified the enlisted men for me.
573573129448AGVelthouse, John J.S/Sgt.36464278
SOURCE: Accident Report, 44-67840. 16 Jan 1945
NOTES: KCRT at A-73. On 16 January 1945, 1st Lieutenant George A. Edwards took off on a combat mission in a B-26G15 aircraft, AF number for 44-67840, and crashed immediately after take-off. He was scheduled to fly No. 4 position in the high flight of the first box, and took off in the proper order in the formation. Ship carried bomb load of 2 x 2,000 lbs. G. P., fused 1/10 nose and non-delay tail. Take-off, as observed by personnel in the control tower and at other vantage points on the ground, appeared to be normal in every respect. Lieutenant Edwards started his take off run approximately 20 seconds behind the No. 3 ship of his flight and seemed to experience no difficulty in leaving the ground, his ship becoming airborne about two-thirds of the way down the runway. He had attained about 50 feet of altitude and had retracted his landing gear, when his left wing was seen to dip and the ship went into a turn to the left, meanwhile losing altitude rapidly. Examination of the marks left on the ground by the aircraft indicates that the left wing first struck the ground just off the upwind end of the take-off runway. After this first contact, the aircraft remained airborne for approximately 100 yards and then crashed into the ground. Both engines were turned off and the plane broke in two at the point just forward of the top turret. The forward part skidded about 100 yards beyond the engines and the tail section, which remained fairly close together. Personnel arriving immediately after the crash found the forward section on fire. The work of removing personnel from the wreck began at once and all crew members except the pilot had been removed when the bombs, still contained in the bomb bay, exploded. This explosion occurred approximately 10 minutes after the aircraft had crashed. Inspection of the two engine assemblies showed that the left and right engine propellers had lost 3 and 2 blades respectively, the complete blade in each case having been torn in its entirety from the propeller hub. Cause: 100% material failure. The board feels that this accident was the result of either complete or partial failure of the left engine immediately after take-off. Recommendations none. ADDENDUM: Edwards and Coe were pinned in the wreckage and died in the explosion. Although Velthouse escaped from the wreckage, he was killed by the concussion from the bombs. Rhoda and Butler received major injuries, with Franques suffering minor injuries. One of the medics, Pfc. George P. Thomas, was also injured by the explosion.
573573031448AGVelthouse, John J.Sgt.36464278
SOURCE: SO-106, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 12 Aug 1944
NOTES: Lt Edwards crashed on takeoff on 01/16/45 in 44-67840. Lt Edwards is buried in the Epinal Cemetery. An unknown source at the 1996 reunion indicated that a bombardier named Butler flew with this crew. Similarly, a source indicated that Velthouse was killed in action; he is not listed in "Return of the Marauder Men. The source order shows a SSgt John A. Richard, 14061167, as a member of this crew; he is shown with an MOS of 509, which I have been unable to identify. It may be that for an enlisted bombardier. The hardback history shows that a TSgt William J. Coe, 13157796, was killed in January, 1945. I had assumed that he was killed on this flight until one of my current golfing buddies told me that his best boyhood friend had gone to B-26's and was killed in a Jeep accident. His friend was TSgt Coe!
573573125448AGVichi, Edward A.S/Sgt.32867763
SOURCE: MACR 11662, 42-95825. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Target: Ahrweiler, Germany. Formation attacked by 50 to 75 enemy aircraft attacking in waves of 10 to 15 aircraft. 42-95825 was in a 3 ship lead flight and bombing was by flight in trail. Enemy aircraft had already attacked the low and high flights. After the lead flight turned off target, 30 enemy aircraft made single attacks from the rear. Abraham in 42-107747 wavered in formation and then dropped back. Explosive shells were seen striking Boylan in 42-95825. The wings, fuselage, and nacelles were hit. His speed fell to 180 and he nosed aircraft down. All crew survived and became POW. The only remaining aircraft of the lead flight, Dillard in 42-107806, then climbed and joined the lead flight of the box ahead.
57357305743AGVictor, Alan D.S/Sgt.39460601
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Sellers became the Squadron Operations Officer. Mark F. Hopkins, Jr., 1Lt, 0669047, was Navigator. Edelston reports that he was lead Bombardier on 27 missions. The flight over was in 42-95801, Smokey's Coach. NOTE: Victor's forenames and ASN have since been obtained from GO-105. 573BS History (reel A0644 page 1024) states Jones' nickname was "Righteous".
573573029446AGWagner, John J.Sgt.36485271
SOURCE: SO-157, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 9. 5 Jun 1944
NOTES: On 12/02/44, in 43-34165, double direct hits from 88's injured Dunn, Sims, and Wagner. A substitute FE was killed, who was probably SSgt Jesse M. Elerbee, as the hardback history lists him as killed; whereas, it lists the Ahrweiler mission crews as missing. Ed Armstrong advises that he then flew 5 missions as Col Williams's co-pilot and then 15 more missions checking out new crews. Dunn flew over in 42-107849. The particulars on Hartwell comes from 391st SO-126, dated 24 Sep 44. That he was aboard 34165 comes from Charlie Hartwell Ford. Since I had the crew without a bombardier and Hartwell without a crew, I have assumed that they belong together. ADDENDUM: Wagner's rank and serial number were found in the Medal Awards sections of the 391BG mission records.
57357301544AGWeaver, Joseph P.Sgt.18079799
SOURCE: Softback History. 1 Jan 1943
NOTES: From the softback history, on 08/13/44, Lt Boyd's plane was hit by Lt Colsch's plane after the latter's aircraft was hit by a bomb dropped from above, causing loss of control. I had been unable to identify Boyd's crew, but Dave Garnham dug out the above information. He also advised that all were killed or listed as missing except for Lt Boyd, who returned to the Group on Sep 4, 1944 but apparently did not fly any more missions. All remains must have been returned to the ZI except for Sgt Young who is listed in "Return of the Marauder Men" as buried in the Normandy Cemetery.
573573063452AGWernecker, Charles C.Sgt.37414735
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
NOTES:
573573041434AGWierny, AnthonySgt.12066915
SOURCE: SO-107, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 19 Apr 1944
NOTES: This crew was transferred from the 572nd Squadron to the 573rd Squadron by Hqs 391st BG SO-80, dated 9 July 1944. The tail number of the aircraft ferried over (42-107597) comes from SO-36, Hqs 3rd AF Staging Wing, Hunter Field, 02/05/44. The following are Hap Holliday's recent comments about his incident of 6 Jul 44. "On returning from the mission of the day and putting our gear down for landing, it was noted that the left gear indicated down but not locked. We pulled out of the landing pattern and retracted and lowered the gear a number of times with the same indication showing up on the instrument. Our engineer said as far as he could tell the gear was down and locked. After two low and slow passes over the tower and being observed with binoculars by the tower personnel, they said they could see nothing wrong. The decision was then made that the instrument wasn't working and we would go ahead and land. As the picture shows, the gear was down but not locked. There were no injuries, and aside from a bent-up propeller and a scuffed-up wing tip, there was no other damage. As you may recall our landing gear worked like a knee with an arm extending up from the gear that fitted into a U-shaped bracket. If the arm was in the bracket the knee effect was the reverse of retraction and the gear would then take the load. After the arm was in the bracket, a pin closed the bracket, and the arm could not come out, hence the down and locked condition. It was found that the pin (for some reason) was in position before the arm was in position and so the gear was still in a retraction condition, and under load it folded up just like being retracted. This is one of the few one main gear and nose wheel landings where the plane came out with very little damage and no crew injuries."
573573137448AGWozniak, Richard J.S/Sgt.13124684
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-22603. 21 Apr 1945
NOTES: Taxiing accident at Maastricht/Beek (Y-44).

On 21 April 1945, 1st Lt Kenneth L. Baker, was flying an-A-26C25 aircraft, A.F. #43-22603 on an operational mission. While returning from the mission, adverse weather conditions existed at the home base, Lt. Baker lost the home field, because of low ceilings and very poor visibility. He located Y-44, and made a decision to land there. This field is under construction and has no flying control. After landing, Lt Baker had to turn around at end of runway, to proceed to taxi-strip, as there were no strips at end of runway, onto which he could turn. Another aircraft landing behind him, made him taxi directly off the runway, in order to-avoid a collision of two aircraft. In so doing, the right wheel dropped into a hole, causing right prop to dig into the ground.

All three blades of the right prop were bent. One of two bombs, which had hung up, because of faulty shackles, fell, and slightly damaged the bomb-bay doors.

Immediate cause: Taxied into hole with right wheel damaging right prop blades.
Underlying cause: Pilot had to get off rurway to avoid landing aircraft colliding with his aircraft and no taxi strips were available at end of runway.
Responsibility: Airport terrain, one-hundred percent (100%).
Recommendations: None.

5735730004312AGYandow, Bernard A.S/Sgt.31253539
SOURCE: SO-1, 9th Bombardment Div, Par. 4. 25 Sep 1944
NOTES: The source order lists aircrew personnel for return to the ZI.
57357311744AGYoung, Glen L.Sgt.37563389
SOURCE: MACR 07649, 42-95834. 13 Aug 1944
NOTES: Target: Cherisy RR Bridge, France. 42-95800 (Low flight, No.4. - Kohler) hit by FLAK, collided with adjacent aircraft 42-95834 (No. 5 - Boyd). Both aircraft broke apart and went into a spin. Coincidentally, low flight passed underneath lead flight at exactly the time of bomb release, which may mean that aircraft was struck by falling bomb from lead flight.