CREW LISTING

575th BOMB SQUADRON

ROLES: PILOT AND CO-PILOT

INDIVIDUAL & NON-INDIVIDUAL CREW MEMBERS


Assigned
Squadron Crew Year Month Role Name Rank Serial
575575006453PBroughton, John R.1/Lt.O727845
SOURCE: SO-41, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 14 Mar 1945
NOTES: This is an A-26 crew.
575575019449PHeslep, Alvin R.1/Lt.O672102
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 4. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: These crewmen reported as individuals. Lt Heslep was on the Ahrweiler mission and apparently returned to base. I have been unable to identify his crew entirely. Apparently, Jim Watson was at the 1996 reunion and entered the gunners' names and his serial number. I already had Bass's particulars from orders, but I did not know that he was on this crew. From the 22 March 45 taxi sheet, Hunter flew with him then.
575575029453PKristolich, Henry R.2/Lt.O819829
SOURCE: SO-41, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 14 Mar 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
57557503344PLowry, Allan R.2/Lt.O697431
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
NOTES: The source order does not list a co-pilot.
575575038453PMcCulloch, Stanley B., Jr.1/Lt.O795794
SOURCE: SO-41, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 14 Mar 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
5755750004310PAdamson, JosephLt.O404994
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets. Person has since been identified from Crew Loading Lists of Mission Records. 575BS History (Reel A0644 page 1224) states that he joined the Squadron in October 1943.
57557500044PAdelman, Paul G.1/Lt.O435619
SOURCE: Name from Mission #4 taxi sheet; details from Dave Garnham's database. 5 Feb 1944
NOTES:
57557505044CPAlbert, Kenneth D.2/Lt.O689003
57557505044PSaunders, Robert M.2/Lt.O690258
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: All of these names were supplied by Martin Mazurk. I already had Wilkes's name and particulars from an extract of an R&R order sent to me by Clyde Kirkbride, but I still do not know for sure that he was a flight engineer. Apparently, Saunders had no bombardier but was ready to lead, so Mazurk was transferred from Leavitt to Saunders. Saunders, Raef, and Albert's serial numbers come from Dave Garnham's database. ADDENDUM: Crew loading lists show Elliott as FE and Wilkes as AG.
57557500143PAldridge, William S.1/Lt.O731780
57557500143CPBurgess, Merlin K.Capt.O404086
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1943. 1 Jan 1943
NOTES: Lt Aldridge, who had flown over as Stalnaker's co-pilot, was shot down 04/27/44 (42-95845), while flying as first pilot. Per the hardback history, the other crew members on this mission were as shown above. The softback history indicates that there were 5 survivors, but "Return of the Marauder Men" lists SSgt Kreft with this date of death (he is buried in the the Normandy Cemetery) and also shows Cpl Saylor on the Wall of the Missing at the Ardennes Cemetery, on 04/28/45.
57557511143PAldridge, William S.Capt.O731780
57557511143CPBurgess, Merlin K.Capt.O404086
SOURCE: MACR 04216, 42-95845. 27 Apr 1944
NOTES: Target: Arras M/Y, France. FLAK hit right engine which burst into flames. Aldridge momentarily lost control and the aircraft went into a steep turn to the right. He passed under No.2 in the flight with his wing and right engine on fire. He appeared to have the aircraft under control and continued evasive action until 5000 feet. 4 parachutes seen to leave the aircraft before it did a tight left spiral, crashed, and exploded. Burgess and Hanton evaded for a while until they were captured.
57557505543CPAldridge, William S.1/Lt.O731780
575575055431PStalnaker, George W.Maj.O23784
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Lt Col Stalnaker was the 575th CO. He was shot down on 07/08/44, flying in 42-95821. The softback history states that there were 8 survivors. The hardback history names the following crew, in addition to then Capt Williams: 2Lt Eugene R. Squier and SSgt Stanley W. Miller of Harkins's crew; 1Lt Francis J. Murphy; 1Lt Jim B. Clark of Mitchell's crew; TSgt Richard B. Smith of Don Wolfe's crew; and SSgt Lloyd V. Alexander. At the 1996 reunion, Col Stalnaker indicated that Aldridge was "A" Flight Commander, and he wrote the following contribution, "Stanley Miller was both Stalnaker's & Harkins' regular turret gunner. Alexander was not my regular crew member, but a fill-in. Capt Williams was sqdn navigator & 1st Lt F J Murphy was sqdn bombardier. Lt Squier was not my regular co-pilot. In fact I used different ones on a number of missions. TSgt Smith filled in for my regular radio operator, Tom Lawson, who was wounded on a previous mission. Jim Clark was aboard as "G" navigator. This made an 8-man crew for lead aircraft." Col Stalnaker flew over in 42-95849.
57557500044PAnwyl, Ray M.2/Lt.O2058949
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: This pilot's name comes from several taxi sheets. Particulars come from Dave Garnham's database.
575575002449PBass, Earl J.2/Lt.O667915
575575002449CPWestbrook, Harold B.2/Lt.O676844
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 4. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: The source order assigned people as individuals. Bass identified the names on his crew. Kennair went over as Noland's bombardier (Noland was killed on the ferry mission of 9/24/44). McMahon's correct ASN obtained from Sixth Oak Leaf Cluster Award, GO28, Hq, 9th Bombardment Division (M), 25 February 1945 (Reel B0428 page 876).
575575130449PBass, Earl J.1/Lt.O667915
575575130449CPCox, James C.2/Lt.O818508
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-107620. 21 Mar 1945
NOTES: Ground accident at Roye/Amy (A-73).

1. On 21 March 1945, 1st Lt Earl J. Bass was scheduled to fly a B-26C45 aircraft, A.F. #42-107620 on a local training mission. Lt Bass taxied out and pulled up at end of runway two-three, and stopped at angle of forty-five (45) degrees to the taxi strip, while waiting for aircraft ahead to be cleared for take-off. This aircraft, a B-26G15, A.F. #44-67986 was piloted by Lt Norman W. Sherwood, O-813962. Lt Sherwood, prior to take-off, ran his engines up to maximum power on the taxi strip, blowing loose slabs of asphalt from taxi strip into Lt Bass' aircraft, causing pilot's and co-pilot's windshields to be broken, plexiglass of nose broken, damage to left propeller, and minor dents in fuselage and left engine cowling.

2. Cause: One hundred percent (100%) airfield terrain. Taxi strip surfaces at the point of accident occurence are in bad condition. Asphalt surfacing is cracked and loose.

3. Recommendations: None.

575575115CPBates, Wallace E.2/Lt.O763034
57557511543PO'Hare, Donald D.1/Lt.O735810
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95832. 4 Jul 1944
NOTES: Crashed on take off engine failure at Matching/3mi S Sta 166.

On 4 July 1944, Donald D. O'Hare, O-735810, 1st Lt A.C., having properly checked his aircraft B-26B50 MA, AF No. 42-95832, took off on a local training mission with a seven man crew and ten (10) one hundred pound bomb load. Just as the aircraft was becoming airborne the left engine failed completely. The right propeller fluctuated considerably. The aircraft never attained enough air speed to insure retaining control and holding altitude. The pilot picked a grain field and made a belly landing. The landing was beautifully executed on a slight upslope. The soft dirt tore off the lower segments of each engine cowling, the wheel nacelle doors, the bombay doors, the keel beam of the bombay and part of the skin of under the fuselage. The aircraft slid straight up the slope for approximately 150-200 yards. At that time it went across a ditch approximately six (6) feet wide and four (4) feet deep. The shock even at slow speed swung the aircraft to the right, tore off the left engine, and set the aircraft afire. In the swing to the right the fuselage rode over the torn off left engine, tearing out the rear bombay and breaking the fuselage in two. The crew evacuated the airplane through the copilot's and navigator's hatch. The pilot's hatch was jammed. One enlisted man was in the tail. He was removed by the copilot and the engineer-gunner. The aircraft had checked out on the preflight but on previous flights had been criticized for lack of power. The crash was caused by 100% material failure, complete left engine failure and probable failure of the right propeller, cause undetermined. There are no recommendations.

NOTE: See Reel A0644 page 1264 for an account of the crash.

O'Hare stated that, after feathering the left engine, full rudder trim was not sufficient and that he made a gentle turn to the left to avoid the radar towers at North Weald airfield. He also stated that the bombardier and radio man suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns; the enlisted bombardier (Schwisow) suffered a broken arm, head injuries and and 1st and 2nd degree burns; the rest of the crew suffered minor 1st degree burns; and that he had minor lacerations of the jaw.

575575011448CPBiezis, Stephen V.2/Lt.O824081
575575011448PGatlin, James F., Jr.2/Lt.O685331
SOURCE: SO-106, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 12 Aug 1944
NOTES: Lt Gatlin was shot down on 12/23/44 in #42-107671 per the softback history. He is listed on the Wall of the Missing in the Henri-Chapelle Cemetery. From the hardback history, one can infer that the other crew members were Lt Biezis (Wall, Henri-Chapelle Cemetery), SSgt Sanchez (Wall, Luxembourg Cemetery), SSgt Weissker and SSgt Cowart (both buried in the the Lorraine Cemetery), and Lt. Adair. Lt. Adair was the only survivor of his crew; he reports in "Who Dat?" that the other members of the crew were killed on the ground by SS troops; "Return of the Marauder Men" gives their date of death as 12/24/44. Weissker and Cowart must have died in the shootdown, as their date of death is given as the 23rd.
575575126448CPBiezis, Stephen V.2/Lt.O824081
575575126448PGatlin, James F., Jr.1/Lt.O685331
SOURCE: MACR 11661, 42-107671. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Target: Ahrweiler, Germany. Formation attacked by 50 to 75 enemy aircraft attacking in waves of 10 to 15 aircraft. 42-107671 was seen with left engine on fire and right engine feathered. Crew abandoned aircraft due to fire in bomb bay. Although 6 parachutes were seen leaving the aircraft, Adair was the only survivor. Adair states that he believes the rest of the crew were killed by S.S. Troops or by civilians.
575575143PBillups, Thomas C., Jr1/Lt.O667921
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
575575003443PBolton, Edward H.2/Lt.O819948
575575003449CPChristiansen, Rudolph G.2/Lt.O714664
SOURCE: SO-248, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 14 Sep 1944
NOTES:
575575037444CPBonifacino, Paul C.T61665
57557503744PMartin, Max M.2/Lt.O686574
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: From the softback history, on 05/08/1944 hydraulics were damaged leading to collapse of the landing gear at touchdown (41-31972). The crew listed here was provided by Bob Christ at the end of the year 2001. He did not provide the name of a co-pilot. Bob advises that their airplane was 31716 and that its name was "Six Hits and a Miss." The Miss, a picture of a girl, was featured on the nose. The full number was probably 41-31716, as it was a 575th airplane. All of these people were listed in Par 4, SO-1, 9th Bombardment Division, 09/25/44, which named only individual aircrew personnel for return to the ZI. ADDENDUM: The name of the missing Co-Pilot Bonifacino was found in the caption for the Martin crew photograph on this website.
575575000444CPBonifacino, Paul C.F/OT61665
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, Undated. 1 Jan 1943
NOTES: Bonifacino's name appears in Max Martin's crew picture caption on the original website, but was not included in the original crew lists. Bonifacino's serial number was found in the medal awards section of the 391BG records.
57557500444PBreesman, Richard N.1/Lt.O701879
57557500444CPCurtis, Richard B.1/Lt.O731467
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: Breeseman and Kelly's names come from the Ahrweiler mission taxi sheet. They apparently returned safely. The other names were supplied by an anonymous contributor at the 1996 reunion, who also wrote that Maj. Harkins (Ops Officer) flew with Breeseman on this missison. Presumably, Curtis did not go. There is an AG named Joseph Burns on Brooks crew in the 575th, but this must be a different J. Burns, as Brooks's crew did not arrive until January, 1945. Dupuy, of Fagan's crew, was Breeseman's bombardier on the 22 Mar 45 mission. Particulars come from Dave Garnham's database. ADDENDUM: Kelley's and Gifford's forenames, ranks, and serial numbers found in Medal Awards sections of 391BG mission records.
57557513144PBreesman, Richard N.1/Lt.O701879
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-39189. 5 Apr 1945
NOTES: Crash landing at Juvincourt/A-68.
575575005451PBrooks, Julian N.2/Lt.O713690
575575005451CPFulton, Daniel R.2/Lt.O2063598
SOURCE: SO-3, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 1. 9 Jan 1945
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5755750004311PBrownLt.UNK5109
SOURCE: 575BS History - Reel A0644 21 Jan 1943
NOTES: 575BS History (Reel A0644 page 1227) states that he was assigned to the group in November 1943. As no forenames were given, it is unclear as to whether this person already appears elsewhere in the records !
5755750004312PBrown, Thomas H.1/Lt.O664959
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Brown flew over with O'Hare in 42-95808 as an "extra". He does not appear in any crew loading lists for the group's missions, so it is not clear whether he served with the group in a non-combat role or he was assigned to another group.
575575000PBrubaker, Clyde M.?O664514
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets. Pilot and crew on Detached Service from 322nd Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Squadron whilst training 391st Bomb Group crews on their early combat missions.
57557500044PBurhanna, HowardMaj.O388880
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: This name comes from the taxi sheet for the mission on 03/04/45. Andercheck of Cambier's crew is shown as his bombardier for this mission. Particulars come from Dave Garnham's database.
575575042449CPBustle, James R.F/OT125306
575575042449PNoland, Howard H.2/Lt.O705412
SOURCE: SO-220, Hqs, AAB Barksdale Field, LA, Par. 21. 7 Aug 1944
NOTES: Lt Noland was flying one of the three planes that crashed returning from a ferry mission to France on 09/24/44. He was flying 42-95853, "Miss Laid," and crashed in Hatfield Heath. According to Bob Mynn in an article, "When the Weather Won", his crew were Crider and Terrian. Note that he did not have a co-pilot for this ferry mission. All were killed and are buried in the American Military Cemetery at Madingley. Noland's name is spelled Nolan in several instances, creating some confusion. Kennair later flew with Bass, and his name was often misspelled as Kinnair.
575575007449PCambier, Orville J.2/Lt.O705312
575575007449CPHedstrom, Raymond E.2/Lt.O714079
SOURCE: SO-241, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 2. 6 Sep 1944
NOTES: Cambier flew one of the three planes (of six) that returned safely from the ferry mission to France on 24 Sep 44.
575575052444CPCarpenter, Earl S.2/Lt.O689206
575575052444PSchreiber, Leonard A.2/Lt.O672882
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: Lt Carpenter's name is unreadable on my copy of the source order; his name was found in SO-23, Hqs Lake Charles AAF, 01/23/44, Par 1. Lt Garside flew with Jannsen on the 12/23/44 mission.
575575000444w.cpCarpenter, Earl S.2/Lt.O689206
SOURCE: MACR 06649, 42-95821. 8 Jul 1944
NOTES: Co-Pilot - no.2 on Stalnaker's wing. Stalnaker hit by FLAK. Smoke from right engine about 30 seconds before bombs dropped. He broke left, feathered right engine, and lost altitude. Capt. Mitchell called Stalnaker to say he would take over the lead. About 5 minutes later, he called Stalnaker to say he was trying to get him a fighter escort.
57557505743CPCastle, Mark W.2/Lt.O927500
5755750574311PTavener, Clark A.1/Lt.O757331
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1943. 1 Jan 1943
NOTES: Lt Tavener flew overseas as Lt Ruble's co-pilot in the original group of 57 crews. This crew was made up overseas. Wilkinson was assigned by SO-126, Hqs 391st, 09/24/44, Par 4. Lt Tavener was shot down on 12/23/44 in 42-95932 (Fifinella). I have assumed that the above crew was his "regular" crew at the time, as I cannot find them on other crews. Lt Tavener is listed on the Wall of the Missing in the Luxembourg Cemetery, and Lts Castle and Wilkinson are buried there. From Don Hudson I learned that Wynne and one other crewman successfully bailed out.
57557512543CPCastle, Mark W.2/Lt.O927500
5755751254311PTavener, Clark A.1/Lt.O757331
SOURCE: MACR 11551, 42-95932. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Target: Ahrweiler, Germany. Formation attacked by 50 to 75 enemy aircraft attacking in waves of 10 to 15 aircraft.
575575008449PChatham, Milton E.2/Lt.O715990
575575008449CPFrederick, Herbert L.2/Lt.O709560
SOURCE: SO-128, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 27 Sep 1944
NOTES:
575575133449PChatham, Milton E.2/Lt.O715990
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-22529. 13 May 1945
NOTES: Crash belly landing out of gas at Poliseul/ 2mi N.
575575000449PChatham, Milton E.?O715990
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets.
5755750444310CPCoffin, Charles H.2/Lt.O693633
575575044432POlfson, Junior W.2/Lt.O525673
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: At the 1996 reunion, Jim Newton supplied Lanford and Armstrong's names and corrected his serial number, which I had managed to garble. He also indicated that Jim Clark, who flew over with Mitchell, became their navigator. Armstrong's particulars come from SO-7, 391BG, 2/7/43. On 05/28/44 flak damaged hydraulics (42-95852); belly landed at base. Olfson flew over in 42-95847, Scrumptious.
575575009449PCoult, Cecil K.2/Lt.O705909
575575009449CPForhan, Thomas E.2/Lt.O713730
SOURCE: SO-124, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 6. 21 Sep 1944
NOTES: Note that in OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, Lt Rogers's middle initial is given as M vice K, as shown in the above-referenced order. Rogers must have been navigator rated, as he flew lead later as such.
575575021449CPCox, James C.2/Lt.O818508
575575021449PIves, Walter J.Maj.O396904
SOURCE: SO-121, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 11. 13 Sep 1944
NOTES:
575575030444CPCreighton, John R., Jr.2/Lt.O689847
575575030444PLakin, Robert K.2/Lt.O684356
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: Lakin flew over in 42-107591. Per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, by then Capt Lakin was lead qualified with Lt Vurgaropulis (of Willis's crew) as Bombardier and Lt Rogers (of Coult's crew) as Navigator.
5755750514310CPCude, Richard V.2/Lt.O692537
575575051432PSchirmer, Lawrence F.1/Lt.O731678
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Schirmer flew over in 42-95855. Hesterly's particulars come from SO-7, Hqs, 391st Bomb Group, Par 4, 2/7/1943. He became the Squadron Bombardier and so flew with a number of crews, but he states that later on he flew mostly with Schirmer, and I am sure that he was no longer a 2nd Lt.. ADDENDUM: Crew loading lists show that Mawhorr was this crew's regular AG.
5755750434310CPDaprato, Robert F.F/OT122880
57557504343PO'Hare, Donald D.1/Lt.O735810
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Someone at the 1996 reunion supplied Bates's name; his particulars come from SO-7, Hqs 391 BG, 2/7/43. A pilot, 1Lt Thomas H. Brown, 0664959, flew overseas with this crew according to the referenced order. They flew over in 42-95808, Idiot's Delight.
5755750004310w.tgDaprato, Robert F.F/OT122880
SOURCE: MACR 05689, 42-95848. 7 Jun 1944
NOTES: Tail Gunner !!! lead flight, lead ship. Sullivan was No.7.
575575013452CPDrury, Hugh D.2/Lt.O2058739
57557501344PGould, Ralph A., Jr.2/Lt.O721705
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
NOTES:
575575147PEdwards, Samuel T.2/Lt.O467180
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 aircraft and crew. 43-22613 flown over from the US.
575575000432PEidson, John A.2/Lt.O793086
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
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5755750004310CPEkstrom, Arne2/Lt.O693018
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Serial number O692773 was listed for both Ekstrom and Erickson. ADDENDUM: Ekstrom's serial number has since been obtained from the Medal Award documents in the 391BG Missions Records.
5755750164310CPEkstrom, Arne2/Lt.O693018
575575016439PHanish, Burton C.1/Lt.O26260
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: A pilot, 2Lt John R. Talton, 0795859, later of the 574th, flew overseas with this crew in 42-95843. Per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, by then Capt Hanish was lead qualified with Capt Arthur F. Rauschenberger (of Harlow's crew) and 2Lt Francis L. Miles, 0703566, (no other information) as Navigator. On 02/24/45, Capt Hanish's plane, 42-107576, was hit by flak and crashed. It turns out that none of the crew members listed in his original crew was with him that day (they had probably gone home upon completion of missions). I am indebted to Mrs. Harold E. Harsin for the following information. She indicates that her husband (1Lt, 0855860) was squadron gunnery officer and flew often with Capt Hanish. Lt Harsin is buried in the Netherlands Cemetery. The remainder of the mission crew follows: (CP) Littlejohn, Lew F., 2Lt, 0778171 (I found this Serial Number); (B) Rauschenberger, Arthur F., Capt (of Harlow's crew); (B) Vurgaropulos, John C., 1Lt (of Willis's crew); (EG) Pennington, Ernest H., TSgt, 34728009, of Lippincott' crew; (?G) Rivoli, Valentine P., SSgt; (?G) Broffman, Paul, Sgt. Only Rivoli survived. A letter to Mrs. Harsin, dated 1 July 1946, from BGen Leon W. Johnson states that other crews saw the left wing break away and that only one parachute was seen. Only Lt Harsin is listed in "Return of the Marauder Men," so remains of the others must have been returned to the US. Someone at the 1996 reunion wrote that Broffman was also from Lippincott's crew and that Rivoli was from Lakin's crew; if so this was after changes to their original crews. Marty Mazurk reports that Hanish told him that, as a West Point graduate, he had no set tour of duty, that his tour was until the end of the war. Also from Marty, Carpenter, of Schreiber's crew, became Hanish's co-pilot but was not on the mission described above, and Carpenter survived the war.
5755750544310CPErickson, Clarence V.2/Lt.O692773
57557505443PSmith, Raymond B.2/Lt.O795846
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Smith flew over in 42-95854. The source order shows a second flight engineer, Dominic M. Passarella, Sgt, 32714843, as flying over with Smith.
5755750004310CPErickson, Clarence V.2/Lt.O692773
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Serial number O692773 was listed for both Ekstrom and Erickson. ADDENDUM: Erickson's serial number has since been obtained from the Medal Award documents in the 391BG Missions Records.
575575041452CPEricson, John W.2/Lt.O833509
575575041452PNelson, Cecil L.2/Lt.O719712
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
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575575010451PFagan, William M.2/Lt.O720392
575575010451CPLewis, Gomer J.2/Lt.O2063650
SOURCE: SO-5, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 11 Jan 1945
NOTES: Per Par 11, SO-98, 9th BD, 04/08/45, Lt. Fagan's crew was sent to Pathfinder.
575575000432PFleck, Wilbur E.1/Lt.O793094
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Lt Fleck flew overseas as Jacobi's co-pilot. Don Hudson replaced him early on, and I do not know to which crew Lt Fleck was then assigned. Fleck upgraded as he is shown as pilot on the 100th mission taxi sheet.
575575108432CPFleck, Wilbur E.1/Lt.O793094
575575108431PStalnaker, George W.Maj.O23784
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-35068. 9 Sep 1943
NOTES: Friendly fire [shoot down] in the vicinity of Lebanon, TN. Stalnaker was pilot of a B-26 C21 airplane 41-35068 on the afternoon of September 9, 1943. He was flying the lead ship of a formation on a low altitude maneuver with TA800. While on a bombing run a land mine was exploded directly ahead causing damage to above mention airplane. In no way was the pilot responsible for the damage done to the airplane. Damage sustained to the airplane: left propellor cuff was bent, left wing dented, de-icer boot torn, small holes in fabric on left aileron, dents in left wing and left horizontal stabilizer, trailing edge of left elevator bent and torn, and two holes in left elevator.
575575000432w.pFleck, Wilbur E.1/Lt.O793094
SOURCE: MACR 04216, 42-95845. 27 Apr 1944
NOTES: Pilot. Box 1, Second flight, No.4. Right engine of Aldridge's aircraft burst into flames and it peeled off to right.
575575142PGerman, John H.1/Lt.O732535
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
575575012451PGoble, William, Jr.2/Lt.O713402
575575012451CPLindsay, Francis J.2/Lt.O2062237
SOURCE: SO-5, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 11 Jan 1945
NOTES:
575575128451PGoble, William, Jr.2/Lt.O713402
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-107743. 3 Feb 1945
NOTES: Taxiing accident at Roye/Amy (A-73).
575575000451PGoble, William, Jr.?O713402
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets.
575575026449CPGoodlander, Oliver L.2/Lt.O824130
575575026449PKirton, William T.2/Lt.O699428
SOURCE: SO-121, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 12. 13 Sep 1944
NOTES: At the 1996 reunion, Vance Brady supplied the following information: the airplane name (The Grinning Gremlin), but not the number, and that Lt Crisp was injured in a ground accident and was replaced by "Doc" Bogart. From the Ahrweiler taxi sheet, the number is given as 855-R. The entire number almost surely is 42-95855, opcode O8-R.
5755750594310CPGoodwin, Dexter B.2/Lt.O693369
575575059431PTucker, Tommy F.1/Lt.O668164
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: A second radio-gunner, SSgt Robert H. Blackstone, 32479418, flew over with this crew according to the source order. He was killed on 8 Jul 44, flying with the 322nd BG, and is buried in the Normandy Cemetery. The aircraft for the flight over was 42-95844.
57557500044PGould, Ralph A., Jr.2/Lt.O721705
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: This name comes from the taxi sheet for 03/14/45. Particulars come from Dave Garnham's database.
575575000449PGreen, Grover E.2/Lt.O795387
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 4. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES:
575575139449CPGreen, Grover E.2/Lt.O795387
575575139449PHeslep, Alvin R.1/Lt.O672102
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 575th Bomb Squadron, but were split up and flew with various other crews.
57557501443PGubner, Harry D., Jr.Capt.O731574
57557501443CPSmith, Raymond B.2/Lt.O795846
SOURCE: Hardback History. 1 Jan 1943
NOTES: This crew was shot down on 03/25/44 (42-95854). The hardback history lists Raymond Smith as flying co-pilot. According to the softback history, there were 5 survivors. Dave Garnham determined from microfilm that SSgt Reagan was killed. There is another entry for Raymond Smith, as he flew over as first pilot.
57557511043PGubner, Harry D., Jr.Capt.O731574
57557511043CPSmith, Raymond B.2/Lt.O795846
SOURCE: MACR 03457, 42-95854. 25 Mar 1944
NOTES: Target: Hirson M/Y, France. 42-95854 was 2nd box, low flight, No.6. It was hit by FLAK, stayed in formation for 2 minutes, went into a spin, and exploded before hitting ground near Laon, France. 3 to 5 parachutes were seen. Reagan was found dead about 50 feet from aircraft wreckage with parachute deployed. His severe injuries suggest that he struck the ground hard, and perhaps his parachute caught on the tail, or it malfunctioned.
57557503943CPGubner, Harry D., Jr.Capt.O731574
575575039432PMitchell, Kenneth W.1/Lt.O731630
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Apparently Capt Gubner merely flew overseas as a co-pilot. He became the Squadron Operations Officer. Gubner has another entry as first pilot. Someone at the 1996 reunion gave the names Wexler as navigator and Shiro as co-pilot on Mitchell's crew. A
57557501544PGuilbeau, Lee J.Maj.O426830
57557501544CPWheeler, Joseph H., IIF/OT65581
SOURCE: SO-318, Hqs, 3RD AF STG WG, Hunter Field, GA, Par. 1. 13 Nov 1944
NOTES: This pilot's last name comes from the taxi sheet for the first mission on 03/04/45. I found a pilot with the same last name in the referenced order. I have included the crew on the gamble that there were not two pilots with this name in a relatively short timespan.
575575129439PHanish, Burton C.Capt.O26260
575575129449CPLittlejohn, Lew F.2/Lt.O779171
SOURCE: MACR 12611, 42-107576. 24 Feb 1945
NOTES: Target: Irlich. 42-107576 was flying box 1, lead flight. Just before release point, burst of FLAK hit the right engine and the main auxiliary fuel tank. The aircraft caught fire, veered right, and then went down in spiral dive. The wing broke off in the dive. No parachutes were observed leaving the aircraft.
575575112439CPHanish, Burton C.1/LT.O26260
575575112431PStalnaker, George W.Maj.O23784
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95950. 12 May 1944
NOTES: Landing accident at Matching/Sta 166. The B-26B50MA, AF # 42-95950 was making a single engine approach, the right engine having been feathered after loss of oil pressure and decided vibration had set in. After wheels and flaps had been lowered in the normal manner the plane was brought in in a fast glide and set down about a third of the runway down at the rather high landing speed of 130 MPH. Anticipating no trouble, speed was at first dissipated by holding the nose up and then the nose wheel was eased down and brakes applied. The pilot states that absolutely no reaction to the depression of both brake pedals prompted him to cause the emergency air bottle to be pulled; estimated speed at this time was about 30 MPH. Characteristically, both wheels locked. Unfortunately, the plane skidded to the left and when it hit the soft shoulder, the shearing forces was too great for the right landing gear assembly which gave way. All crew were in crash landing positions for the landing, but stood up after the aircraft was on the ground. All crew resumed crash landing positions when the aircraft started to skid, except for the engineer in the waist position who recived a slight cut on his forehead. Cause of the engine failure remains undetermined. Neither pilot nor engineer checked hydraulic pressure after wheels and flaps operated normally. 100% failure of structure; is brake failure. In view of the fact that this is the second total loss not to mention the number of tires destroyed occasioned by ships skidding off the runway after pulling the air bottle, it is recommended that a thorough study study be made of alternative methods of bringing the ship to a stop. One suggestion involves coordinated use of the shut off and bleed valves in the emergency system by which pressure could be at least partially controlled. Another suggestion incorporates landing on the runway to absorb the initial shock, but then as speed is dissipated, rolling deliberately off onto the soft shoulder where the friction coefficient will help to dissipate that last bit of speed that air resistance and a smooth runway affect so little. NOTE: Rapport is listed on the accident report crew listing for 42-95950 on 12 May 1944 as (Duty) "M", (Rating) "F/S", and (Branch) "MC". These are possibly "Medical", "Flight Surgeon", and "Medical Corps" respectively.
5755750174310PHarkins, Herschel S.1/Lt.O668065
5755750174311CPSquier, Eugene R.2/Lt.O757317
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: On 05/25/44 aircraft 42-107743 was badly flak damaged; returned on single engine. On 10/06/44, then Major Harkins aircraft, 42-107837, was badly flak damaged. Per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, Maj Harkins was lead qualified with by then Capt Barnes (of Ives crew) and Wolfe, who undoubtedly arrived much later than Harkins, as Navigator. The aircraft that Harkins flew over (42-95805) became Cat E on 05/21/44. Lt. Petrich was flying it, and it was badly damaged by a gunner in 827 test-firing guns. Undercarriage collapsed after brakes burned out.
5755750004310w.unkHarkins, Herschel S.Maj.O668065
SOURCE: MACR 11486, 43-34440. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Harkins states he was flying 42-95847, Box 1, high flight, no.1. He was supervising Lt. Breesman as a new lead pilot. Breesman was wounded by FLAK. PFF aircraft were damaged by attacks and were flying erratically. Jannsen was pilot of lead ship, lead element, Box 1. Savage attack by enemy aircraft. 42-107671 (No.4) moved to left with wheels down and engine feathered. 43-34418 joined the lead element and returned safely. 4 of Harkins flight were shot down by enemy aircraft.
5755750004310w.unkHarkins, Herschel S.Maj.O668065
SOURCE: MACR 11551, 42-95932. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Harkins states he was flying 42-95847, Box 1, high flight, no.1. He was supervising Lt. Breesman as a new lead pilot. Breesman was wounded by FLAK. PFF aircraft were damaged by attacks and were flying erratically. Jannsen was pilot of lead ship, lead element, Box 1. Savage attack by enemy aircraft. 42-107671 (No.4) moved to left with wheels down and engine feathered. 43-34418 joined the lead element and returned safely. 4 of Harkins flight were shot down by enemy aircraft.
5755750004310w.unkHarkins, Herschel S.Maj.O668065
SOURCE: MACR 11661, 42-107671. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES:
5755750004310w.unkHarkins, Herschel S.Maj.O668065
SOURCE: MACR 11670, 42-95844. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Harkins states he was flying 42-95847, Box 1, high flight, no.1. He was supervising Lt. Breesman as a new lead pilot. Breesman was wounded by FLAK. PFF aircraft were damaged by attacks and were flying erratically. Jannsen was pilot of lead ship, lead element, Box 1. Savage attack by enemy aircraft. 42-107671 (No.4) moved to left with wheels down and engine feathered. 43-34418 joined the lead element and returned safely. 4 of Harkins flight were shot down by enemy aircraft.
575575018444PHarlow, Frederick S.Capt.O397369
575575018444CPWakeland, Vernon E.F/OT1786
SOURCE: SO-107, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 19 Apr 1944
NOTES: On 02/24/45, by then Capt Rauschenberger was killed when flying on a mission with Capt Hanish. Wakeland returned a 2Lt with serial number 0887215 per Par 4, SO-1, 9th Bombardment Division, 09/25/44, which lists aircrew personnel for return to the ZI. The tail number of the aircraft ferried over (42-107626) comes from SO-37, Hqs 3rd AF Staging Wing, Hunter Field, 02/06/44.
575575122432PHarnest, Earl M.2/Lt.O693774
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-107615. 23 Sep 1944
NOTES: Landing accident at Charleroi/A-87.
575575000PHarrison, Steadman D.O721725
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: This name comes from the taxi sheet on 03/06/45.
575575140PHarrison, Steadman D.2/Lt.O721725
575575140CPLee, Herbert W., Jr2/Lt.O2059083
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 318, HQ, Lake Charles AAF, Par.1,2,3. 13 Nov 1944
NOTES: This crew, apart from Cook, flew their first mission together on 1 March 1945.
575575124449CPHedstrom, Raymond E.2/Lt.O714079
575575124449PSharp, Donald N.2/Lt.O686499
SOURCE: MACR 11486, 43-34440. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Target: Ahrweiler, Germany. Formation attacked by 50 to 75 enemy aircraft attacking in waves of 10 to 15 aircraft. 43-34440 was hit in tail turret and right wing. Fire spread to bomb bay. Hawkinson was fighting the fire in the bomb bay. Either died in aircraft or parachute burned.
575575000432PHeidenreich, Charles A.2/Lt.O662927
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
NOTES:
575575000449PHoar, John L.2/Lt.O796387
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 4. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: Lt Hoar, who reported as an individual on the referenced order, was on the 12/23/44 mission and made it back. I have been unable to identify his crew.
57557505644CPHobson, John A.2/Lt.O688821
57557505644PSullivan, Leroy R.2/Lt.O806168
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95840 28 May 1944
NOTES: Someone at the 1996 reunion indicated that the above were regular crew members. On 05/28/44 crash landed (42-95840). Believed to be on test flight. Per the softback history, Lt Sullivan's plane (42-95848) was shot down on 06/07/44, but four chutes appeared and two survived. The hardback history identifies the following as "missing": Lt Sullivan, Lt Hobson, TSgt Roberge, and SSgt Peterson. "Return of the Marauder Men" lists only Sgt Peterson as a casualty (which means that other remains were returned to the US. Dave Garnham found verification on microfilm of Lt. Sullivan's death. ADDENDUM: The mission records show that this was Sullivan's regular crew. This crew were aboard 42-95840 on the Amiens mission of 28 May 1944, when the aircraft was hit by FLAK over the target and was seen to leave formation, gliding down under control. The aircraft is believed to have crash landed near the English coast where it ran into anti-landing traps, and was declared Cat E and salvaged. Sullivan and crew were OK.
57557511444CPHobson, John A.2/Lt.O688821
57557511444PSullivan, Leroy R.2/Lt.O806168
SOURCE: MACR 05689, 42-95848. 7 Jun 1944
NOTES: Target: Briouze Railway Sidings. 42-95848 was lead flight, No.7. Aircraft was hit by FLAK and crashed NE of Bretteville, France. 4 parachutes seen, but last one did not deploy fully.
575575020449PHorstman, Charles J.2/Lt.O705954
575575020449CPO'Connell, John H.2/Lt.O715295
SOURCE: SO-128, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 27 Sep 1944
NOTES: SO-220, Hqs Barkdale Field, 8/7/44, gives the flight engineer's name as Kervin, which I suspect is correct.
575575028452CPHoward, John G., Jr.F/OT131295
575575028452PKrein, Walter2/Lt.O718672
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
NOTES:
5755751094310CPHudson, Donald J.2/Lt.O693781
57557510943PJacobi, Samuel1/Lt.O796828
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95932*. 20 Mar 1944
NOTES: Landing accident at Matching/Sta 166. The pilot landed out of a fast approach at least two-thirds of the way down the runway. His immediate use of brakes was attested to by the appearance of smoke for a short period after landing, but it disappeared until shortly before his attempted turn at the end of the runway where it appeared again. Inspection of the runway right after the accident showed that the right wheel skidded for about 100 yards. The ship was unable to make the turn and the left wheel, under the added download caused by the turn, sank deep into the soft earth allowing the left prop to hit the ground. The accident was due do at 100-percent to pilot error, about 80% judgement and 20% technique. It is recommended that if I stop appears impossible, the pilot role straight ahead on the soft Earth not using brakes off the runway.
5755750224310CPHudson, Donald J.2/Lt.O693781
57557502243PJacobi, Samuel2/Lt.O796828
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES:
57557502744CPHulton, John V.2/Lt.O822009
57557502744PKloepfer, William A.1/Lt.O681120
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: Lt Kloepfer was shot down on 12/23/44 in 42-95844, Miss Behavin. I have assumed that the above crew, listed in the hardback history, was his regular crew, as I can find them on no other crew. Lts Kloepfer and Hulton are buried in the Lorraine Cemetery.
57557512744CPHulton, John V.2/Lt.O822009
57557512744PKloepfer, William A.2/Lt.O681120
SOURCE: MACR 11670, 42-95844. 23 Dec 1944
NOTES: Target: Ahrweiler, Germany. Formation attacked by 50 to 75 enemy aircraft attacking in waves of 10 to 15 aircraft. Haynes was the only survivor and states that there was a fire in the bomb bay which may have prevented the Officers from bailing out. Humble was injured and was too weak to bail out. Stevens' parachute had been damaged by enemy fire and was also hysterical. Only Haynes managed to bail out of the waist window when the aircraft started spinning and became a POW.
575575000432PHunter, William F.2/Lt.O792598
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
NOTES:
57557502344PJannsen, Edward M.Capt.O401174
575575023449CPThompson, Braxton S.Capt.O433607
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: Jannsen led the Ahrweiler mission on 12/23/44, flying 42-107743, Silver Star. Garside of Schreiber's crew flew as his Bombardier that day. Jannsen's serial number comes from SO-218, Laughlin AAF, 2 Sep 43. An anonymous contributor at the 1996 reunion provided the CP, RG, and AG names plus that of McDowell (from Tucker's crew) as EG. Capt Thompson may have had a crew, but I have not found any evidence of that, such as his name on a taxi sheet. ADDENDUM: Serial number and correct forename for Sancomb come from SO-104 Par 3.
5755750244310PKelley, Glenn D.1/Lt.O348517
5755750244311CPSnow, Parker B.2/Lt.O757314
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Allen Clark advises me that Fodor was also a navigator. Kelley flew over in 42-95827. 575BS History (Reel A0644 page 1224) states that "Pop" Kelley was a veteran B-26 pilot and joined the squadron in October 1943.
575575000432PKennedy, June M.2/Lt.O731601
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
NOTES:
575575025444PKiedinger, Cecil E.2/Lt.O808557
575575025444CPNelson, Clyde W., Jr.2/Lt.O815208
SOURCE: SO-107, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 19 Apr 1944
NOTES: From the 22 Mar 45 taxi sheet, a first pilot named Nelson of the 575th flew that day; he was probably the above Nelson.
5755750624310CPKirschke, William H. E.2/Lt.O693926
575575062432PWolfe, Donald H.2/Lt.O523463
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Wolfe flew over in 42-95846.
5755750004310PKnudsenCapt.UNK5106
SOURCE: 575BS History - Reel A0644 21 Jan 1943
NOTES: 575BS History (Reel A0644 page 1224) states that he was an unlimited pilot, joining the squadron in October 1943.
575575134453PKristolich, Henry R.2/Lt.O819829
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-39584. 29 May 1945
NOTES: Crash landing mechanical failure at St Trond/A-92.
57557500044PLa Framboise, Irving T. "Pete"?O1699086
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: LaFramboise's name appears on the taxi sheets for multiple missions. Pete LaFramboise was a Marauder pilot with the 386 Bomb Group, 553 Bomb Squadron. Although I cannot presently confirm that this person is the same as that in the taxi sheets, perhaps he was one of the experienced crew from the other established Marauder groups who were helping to train the 391BG personnel, and remained with the 391BG. Pete completed 98 combat missions, which suggests that he completed more than one tour !
575575031449PLeavitt, Vernon P.2/Lt.O704841
575575031449CPSmith, Robert O.2/Lt.O715833
SOURCE: SO-248, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 1. 14 Sep 1944
NOTES: Per Martin Mazurk at the 1996 reunion, when he was transferred to Saunders crew to become a lead crew, he was replaced by Covino, not a rated bombardier, but what was called a "toggleer."
575575032449PLippincott, John I., Jr.2/Lt.O706212
575575032449CPLitzsinger, Herbert S.2/Lt.O713304
SOURCE: SO-241, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 2. 6 Sep 1944
NOTES: Cpl Pennington was killed on 02/24/45, on a mission with Capt Hanish (see Comments there).
575575000449PLittlejohn, Lew F.2/Lt.O779171
SOURCE: SO-126, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 4. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: The referenced order assigned individuals, and all pilots at the time were 1082's, so I cannot determine whether an individual pilot was a first pilot or co-pilot.
575575138449CPLittlejohn, Lew F.2/Lt.O779171
575575138449PThompson, Braxton S.Capt.O433607
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 575th Bomb Squadron, but were split up and flew with various other crews.
57557500044PLowry, Allan R.2/Lt.O697431
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: This name comes from the Babenhausen (03/14/45) taxi sheet. Particulars come from Dave Garnham's database.
575575046452CPMalidore, Ronald E.F/OT130437
575575046452PRiley, Jack E.2/Lt.O721212
SOURCE: SO-23, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 2. 10 Feb 1945
NOTES:
5755750344412PMartin, Albert C.2/Lt.O721817
5755750344412CPShipp, John W.2/Lt.O833824
SOURCE: SO-296, Hqs, AAB Barksdale Field, LA, Par. 23. 22 Oct 1944
NOTES: Info from pilot, except as noted below. He is brother of Clarence R. Martin, also a pilot in the 575th. The first name, rank, and serial number for Sheppard come from SO-127, Hqs 391st BG, dated 9/1/43; it is possible that he is not the right Sheppard in this case. ADDENDUM: FE on original website (T/SGT. THOMAS K. SHEPPARD, ASN 38159990) was incorrect. Crew names and missing serial numbers obtained from SO-296 Par 23.
575575035448PMartin, Clarence L.2/Lt.O705131
575575035448CPSienknecht, Arlo F.2/Lt.O715814
SOURCE: OO-101, NORTH ATL WG, Dow Field, Bangor, ME, Par. 3. 23 Jul 1944
NOTES: On 02/24/45, flying 44-67902 (Hube), Lt Martin crashed due to severe flak damage. His airplane for the flight over was 43-34347.
575575000448w.pMartin, Clarence L.1/Lt.O705131
SOURCE: MACR 12611, 42-107576. 24 Feb 1945
NOTES: Pilot - Box 1, lead flight, no.4. FLAK hit right gas tank. Flames burned my control surfaces off. Aircraft descended in spiral. No chutes.
5755750364412PMartin, Clarence R.2/Lt.O721614
5755750364412CPPhillips, William I.2/Lt.O2061759
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, December 1944. 1 Dec 1944
NOTES: Albert Martin, brother of Clarence R., both pilots in the 575th, supplied Clarence's name, and he had thought that the co-pilot's name was Pinkham. All the names shown above, aside from the pilot's, were supplied by Bill Phillips, co-pilot, at the 1996 reunion.
575575000432PMartin, Lewis E.2/Lt.O731618
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
NOTES:
57557504844CPMartin, Robert J.2/Lt.O691583
57557504844PRutledge, Eugene2/Lt.O672682
SOURCE: SO-98, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 3. 10 Apr 1944
NOTES: The tail number of the aircraft ferried over comes from SO-37, Hqs 3rd AF Staging Wing, Hunter Field, 02/06/44.
575575144PMcElfresh, John E.1/Lt.O791133
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
575575000PMcIntyre, Donald E.?O513538
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets.
575575000432w.pMitchell, Kenneth W.Capt.O731630
SOURCE: MACR 06649, 42-95821. 8 Jul 1944
NOTES: Pilot - no.2. Stalnaker hit by FLAK on bomb run. Black smoke from right engine. Oil cooler hit ? I took over lead. Spoke to Stalnaker who seemed calm.
57557500044PMtyrecinUNK042
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: This name comes from the taxi sheet for the mission on 03/04/45. I wonder if it is supposed to be McIntyre?
575575040451PNaugle, Richard C.2/Lt.O720331
575575040451CPTurner, Ralph F., Jr.2/Lt.O833444
SOURCE: SO-296, Hqs, AAB Barksdale Field, LA, Par. 23. 22 Oct 1944
NOTES: Info provided by Dick Naugle, except that Dave Morris provided the number (44-677924) of the Aircraft ferried over. ADDENDUM: Missing serial numbers for Sutcliffe and Morris come from SO-296 Par 23.
575575123449PNoland, Howard H.2/Lt.O705412
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95853. 24 Sep 1944
NOTES: 42-95853 crashed near Hatfield Heath, England on return from A-73 due to severely bad weather.
57557511343PO'Hare, Donald D.1/Lt.O735810
5755751134311CPSchiro, Alfred P.2/Lt.O757299
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-95805. 23 May 1944
NOTES: Landing accident at Matching/Sta 166. At about 1050 on the morning of 23 May 1944, B-26B50MA, 42-95805 made a normal approach for a landing on runway 03. The plane touched down fast almost on three points and according to testimony of occupants of the plane, almost immediately tended to swerve to the right. About 4 seconds (300 yards) after touching down both main wheels were locked, the left very slightly before the right as evidenced by the tyre marks on the runway. These marks continue to the point where the plane left the runway about 700 yards further along and show by their breadth that the right tire blew out about 100 yards before the left which burst shortly before the plane left the runway. Upon leaving the runway, the plane skidding on the soft shoulder, was shorn of the left main gear which raked the left side of the fuselage and allowed the left the nacelle, propeller, and wing to be damaged. Post-crash examination of both wheels showed no sign of binding or heating within the brakes; both wheels were free to turn. The brake valves were inspected and found satisfactory and the lines were clear except for a minimum of hydraulic fluid in the airlines. The air bottle had not been pulled. The brakes had been adjusted within the squadron only the day before. The evidence shows that after landing the plane had tended to swerve to the right which condition the pilot attempted to compensate first by rudder, then by normal use of the left brake and application of power to the right engine, the wheels changed almost instantaneously from a condition of freewheeling to one of complete lock, and that the brakes were locked at a point unreasonably far from the end of the runway and under conditions that refute any contention that the pilot held the brakes depressed thereby causing the accident. With the evidence presented, this board finds itself unable to fairly affix the responsibility in the case of this accident. There are no recommendations.
575575102432POlfson, Junior W.F/OT186581
57557510243CPWilson, Sydney S.2/Lt.O795548
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-18149. 13 May 1943
NOTES: Mid-air collision at Osprey Bmb Rng Nr Osprey, FL. 575BS History (Reel A0644 page 1204) states that after avoiding another aircraft on a low-level bombing run, Olfson scraped through the branches of the only large tree on the bombing range. The plexiglass in the bombardier's compartment was shattered but F/O Murphy was uninjured. The plane also suffered damage to the leading edge of the right wing between the fuselage and nacelle. Tail gunner Armstrong called the pilot over the interphone and said "Hey Ollie, I think we just hit a tree", to which Ollie replied "No Kiddin"! The plane returned to the airfield, though it carried branches and leaves from stem to stern.
57557500044POliver, Garland C.1/Lt.O732569
SOURCE: Name from Mission #4 taxi sheet; details from Dave Garnham's database. 5 Feb 1944
NOTES:
575575053449CPOuellette, Edward J., Jr.2/Lt.O823927
575575053449PSharp, Donald N.2/Lt.O686499
SOURCE: SO-241, Hqs, AAF STA AAF-236, Par. 2. 6 Sep 1944
NOTES: Lt Sharp was shot down on 12/23/44 in 43-34440. Martin Mazurk, at the 1996 convention, confirmed that Sharp's co-pilot on this mission was 2Lt Raymond E. Hedstrom of Cambier's crew. Of the above, only Lt Hawkinson is listed in "Return of the Marauder Men"; he is buried in the Lorraine Cemetery. Lt Ouellette must have upgraded to first pilot, as his name appears on the Operation Clarion taxi sheet. His bombardier that day was Lowe from Bolton's crew.
57557504544PPetrich, Michael R.1/Lt.O684039
57557504544CPSullivan, Robert B.2/Lt.O669809
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: Michael Petrich recently supplied the above-listed crew names along with some interesting sidelights. He left the US on Christmas Day, 1943, some days ahead of the initial deployment of the 391st. As a result of being hospitalized in Northern Ireland, he lost his first crew. The above-listed names are his second crew; he had the first replacement crew for the 575th. His ferry airplane number (42-95864) comes from a Morrison Field order, SO-473, dated 12/24/44; it would only be a coincidence if this airplane ended up in the 391st. On 05/21/44, Petrich was flying 42-95805 which was badly damaged by a gunner in 827 test-firing guns. Undercarriage collapsed after brakes burned out. Lt Petrich was shot down in 42-107811 on 07/05/44. The softback history says that there were known to be survivors, and obviously Petrich survived. "Return of the Marauder Men" lists Sgt Martel as buried in the Normandy Cemetery and Sgt Insley on the Wall of the Missing in the Brittany Cemetery. Serial numbers come from Dave Garnham's database.
57557511644PPetrich, Michael R.1/Lt.O684039
57557511644CPSullivan, Robert B.2/Lt.O669809
SOURCE: MACR 06360, 42-107811. 5 Jul 1944
NOTES: Target: Senoche F/D. 42-107811 was hit in aft bomb bay by FLAK then broke apart. Petrich stated that Sullivan was shot and killed whilst descending in his parachute.
575575132453PRankin, John G.O424153
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-22650. 21 Apr 1945
NOTES: Landing accident at Aachen/Y-46.
575575135453PRankin, John G.O424153
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-22681. 6 Jul 1945
NOTES: Landing accident at Vitry/B-50.
575575141453PRankin, John G.Capt.O424153
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
5755750474311PRuble, James C.1/Lt.O1699365
5755750474311CPTavener, Clark A.2/Lt.O757331
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES:
57557504943PSamuel, John S.Maj.O21742
57557504943CPWilkinson, Edward S.2/Lt.O795542
SOURCE: SO-345, Hqs, AAB Godman Field, KY, Par. 1. 24 Dec 1943
NOTES: Col Samuel's mission aircraft on 05/20/44 (42-107740) was so badly flak damaged that it had to be sent to the service squadron. He flew over in 42-95848. Wilkinson is shown as a first pilot on the Mission #4 taxi sheet.
575575148PSeamans, Charles S.Maj.O23992
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
5755750004310PShannon, Willis L.2/Lt.O693569
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets. Pilot has since been identified from the Crew Loading Lists of the Mission Records.
575575058449CPShields, Daniel L.2/Lt.O823465
575575058449PTimbers, Robert R.2/Lt.O760923
SOURCE: SO-121, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 12. 13 Sep 1944
NOTES:
57557510443CPSmith, Raymond B.2/Lt.O795846
575575104432PWanstreet, William H., Jr.1/Lt.O731706
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-31764. 30 Jun 1943
NOTES: Landing accident due to mechanical fail at Myrtle Beach, SC.
Left tire blew out after landing while plane was rolling. Flat tire caused tire locking rim to fly off allowing play in the tire on the rim. Force of flat tire caused the plane to leave runway and strike bank on left side of runway . Pilot Wanstreet should be commended for his masterful handling of the plane in averting a more serious accident.
RECOMMENDATIONS : None.
NOTE: The aircraft was completely wrecked.
57557500044PSparks, Roy L.1/Lt.O727791
SOURCE: Name from Mission #4 taxi sheet; details from Dave Garnham's database. 5 Feb 1944
NOTES:
5755751174311CPSquier, Eugene R.2/Lt.O757317
575575117431PStalnaker, George W.L/Col.O23784
SOURCE: MACR 06649, 42-95821. 8 Jul 1944
NOTES: Target: Nantes RR Bridge, France. Stalnaker was leading the first box. During the bomb run the formation encountered heavy and accurate FLAK. Stalnaker was hit in both engines and his right engine started smoking. He continued the bomb run even though he was losing altitude. After the formation had dropped its bombs, he broke left and feathered his right engine. Mitchell flying in No.2 position took over the lead and called Stalnaker (who seemed calm) to say he was trying to get him fighter escort. Witnesses in the second box saw Stalnaker's aircraft flying alongside for a while until it stalled and crashed 5 mile NW of Chateaubriant. All crew bailed out and survived. The report seems to show that only Alexander was captured and the rest returned to duty.
575575105431PStalnaker, George W.Maj.O23784
57557510543CPWilkinson, Edward S.2/Lt.O795542
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-35078 (previously 41-34078). 25 Jul 1943
NOTES: Ditched Into Atlantic Ocean 200 yards off Myrtle Beach, SC. Reel B0427 page 981 states that all occupants escaped to the aircraft's life raft and were later picked up by a crash boat. Kramer (Assistant Crew Chief) suffered sprained ankle, sprained left wrist, and minor contusions. All other crew suffered minor abrasions.
Pilot's statement: "I was the pilot of B-26C21, 41-35078. I took off at 0835 on runway 35 behind an A-20. Just after leaving the ground we had a violent yaw to the left which I thought was prop wash, but which might have been a partial failure of the left engine. I continued my climb to 900 feet and had turned to the left when airplane 41-35066 called and told me that my left engine was smoking badly. I checked it and oil smoke was coming from under the cowling. I called the tower while at 1000 feet and told them I was coming in for an emergency landing on runway 35.
I was on the downwind leg at about 160 miles per hour when the oil pressure fluctuated and dropped to 0, and the temperature started dropping rapidly. I feathered the engine and notified the tower. The co-pilot went off to salvo the bombs from the nose, while we were at 150 MPH and 900 feet. The airspeed dropped to 140 MPH as he salvoed, and in order to hold that, I had to lower the nose and dived to 600 feet. I was carrying about 2500 RPM and 49 inches Hg on the right engine. When the doors came shut we were unable to pick up speed and lost down to 135 MPH and once at 130 MPH. I had intended to make a right turn away from the field and come into runway 35 but my speed and gradual loss of altitude did not warrant it. I then attempted a left turn into the dead engine with reduced power on the right engine but the speed dropped to 120 so I gave power and called to tower while at 500 feet, that I was going to land in the water, which was straight ahead.
I made my descent at 150 MPH and made a flat landing in the water about 200 yards off shore. The only roughness on the landing was when the nose finally settled causing a sudden stop. All crew members got out all right and the plane floated for about 30 seconds while we got the raft out. All emergency procedures went excellently except the co-pilot and I each thought the other had cut the right switch and it was not cut. The crash boat came and picked us up."
The aircraft was salvaged and the Accident Committee concluded that the engine failure was caused by the failure of the Thermostatic Relief Valve fitted to the oil cooler. Two recent additional cases of the same type of failure were considered by the committee.
The committee commended the pilot for good judgement, and good technique.
575575101431PStalnaker, George W.Capt.O23784
57557510143CPWilkinson, Edward S.2/Lt.O795542
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-18135. 30 Mar 1943
NOTES: Crashed due to engine failure at MacDill Field, FL. 575BS History (Reel A0644 page 1201) states that this was the first aircraft assigned to the 575BS. Capt. Stalnaker was on a transistion flight to the Osprey Bombing Range when he had an engine failure. He had to use the nearest available runway at MacDill and, due to the presence of planes on this runway, almost totally wrecked the aircraft on landing. No crew members were hurt as they had all assumed emergency positions.
Due to an engine failure while on a bombing mission, the pilot decided to return to his base. Upon approaching the MacDill Field, he made contact with the tower and was told to land and since it was an emergency to use runway 31. Traffic was using runway 9. The pilot was approaching the field from the S.E. The tower ordered three B-26's that were on runway 31 to clear the runway immediately. Two of the ships responded and cleared. The third ship kept taxiing on to the intersection of runway 31 and 36. In the meantime, the B-26 in trouble kept coming on in. Because of the third ship on the runway, the pilot decided to fly over this ship and land ahead of him. About that time the airplane on the runway turned off leaving the runway clear. The pilot of the ship in emergency then decided rather than try to climb and go around to land in the last 1/3 of the runway and he put his wheels and flaps down. He landed "hot" and the right gear did not have time to get completely down and locked. The right prop started cutting into the runway and the right gear collapsed due to the fact it was not completely down and locked. The nose wheel strut snapped causing the ship to skid sideways and partially groundloop.
FINDINGS:
1. Pilot was not certain at the time the prop was feathered that he had actually lost an engine.
2. Investigation by Engineering section of Sub-Depot failed to disclose any defect that would cause a malfunctioning engine.
3. Unidentified aircraft on runway did not obey tower's instructions to "clear runway 31 immediately".
4. The nose wheel was down and locked while the right gear was not.
5. In view of the known facts of this accident, this board places partial responsibility on the pilot and partial responsibility on the pilot of the unidentified aircraft that did not clear the runway.
RECOMMENDATIONS:
It is recommended in the future all aircraft be instructed to use taxi strips where possible instead of using runways as taxi strips. This will keep all runways open for use during emergency landings.
575575137435PTalton, John R.2/Lt.O795859
SOURCE: Accident Report, 42-36126 25 Sep 1943
NOTES: Landing accident in L-3B aircraft, 6 miles SW of Godman Field, KY. The pilot took off on a local flight and flew to Zone #3 about 7 miles South West of Godman Field. Here he executed a few power-off stalls and then proceeded to simulate a forced landing from 1000 feet. As he tried to clear the engine at 400 feet it cut out completely. The switches and gas were cut. The landing was a very rough three point landing on rough terrain. The landing gear collapsed and twisted the right wing, both of which will have to be replaced. OPINION: (1) That the proper gliding angle was not maintained to keep the propeller windmilling. (2) That had the ship been landed normally and into the wind, the damage would have been less. (3) That the pilot of heavier aircraft be given more transistion training time on small ships.
575575107435PTalton, John R.2/Lt.O795859
575575107431CPTucker, Tommy F.2/Lt.O668164
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-18087. 11 Aug 1943
NOTES: Taxiing accident at Myrtle Beach, SC.
1. Pilot was taxiing, using right brake, only due to weakness of left brake, to slow airplane, and using right engine to keep airplane straight. The right brake froze, and pulled the aircraft into the ditch at the side of the runway.
Examination of the aircraft after the accident showed the clearance on the left brake to be excessive, and the right brake showed signs of scorching, and burning, but the clearance was normal. The pilot stated that after noting the condition of the brake on Form #1, he taxied out, and noted the weakness of the left brake, and took-off.
2. In the opinion of this committee the pilot was at fault for flying an airplane when he was cognizant with the fact that the left brake was weak, as noted on the Form #1.
3. RECOMMENDATIONS: Recommend that pilots in the future take a greater interest in the condition of their aircraft, and not just climb in and take-off.
575575000449w.pTimbers, Robert R.1/Lt.O760923
SOURCE: MACR 12611, 42-107576. 24 Feb 1945
NOTES: Pilot - lead flight, no.3. Just before release point, burst of FLAK, hit right engine and main auxiliary fuel tank. Aircraft caught fire, veered right, went down in spiral dive. Wing broke off. No chutes.
575575061447CPVaughan, Walter F., Jr.2/Lt.O764842
575575061447PWillis, James B.2/Lt.O687358
SOURCE: SO-95, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Par. 5. 29 Jul 1944
NOTES: Per OO-2, 391st BG, 02/06/45, Lt Willis was lead qualified with 1Lt Hubert R. Demeester, 0729442, who had arrived as an individual (SO-126, 391st BG, 9/24/44) as Bombardier and Lt Miles (listed in the Comments under Capt Hanish) as Navigator. On 02/24/45, Lt Vurgaropulos was killed while flying on a mission with Capt Hanish. On 03/09/45, Lt Willis crash landed in 42-95843 (Rashioned Passion) (sp?) at base when his plane's landing gear failed because of flak damage. Per Par 11, SO-98, 9th BD, 04/08/45, SSgt Kulwin went to Pathfinder with Lt Julian Brooks's crew, replacing Broussard.
575575000444w.cpWakeland, Vernon E.F/OT1786
SOURCE: MACR 06360, 42-107811. 5 Jul 1944
NOTES: Co-Pilot - Box 2, lead flight, No.5.
575575103432PWarnock, Roland D.2/Lt.O731707
575575103435CPWellhouse, Henry A.2/Lt.O795185
SOURCE: Accident Report, 41-31747. 6 Jun 1943
NOTES: Landing accident at Myrtle Beach, SC.
Pilot was landing ship upon completion of night mission about 0003 EWT, June 6, 1940. Upon landing, left main gear buckled, due to not being fully extended and locked.
In the opinion of this committee the pilot was careless in that he did not avail himself of the checks provided to positively assure himself that the landing gear was down and locked. Further, the pilot landed the airplane after being assured that only one main wheels was down, and before being assured the left wheel was also down, other then glancing at the wheel indicator, which after check showed the left main gear not to be fully extended. After further investigation, it was disclosed that the locking pin had not been actuated for the left main gear.
RECOMMENDATIONS: That steps be taken by local authorities to insure the compliance, by pilots, with all procedures outlined for landing, and further, pilots be impressed with the serious results possible by a few moments inattention or carelessness.
575575000432PWarnock, Roland D.2/Lt.O731707
SOURCE: SO-10, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, MacDill Field, FLA, Par. 1. 12 Feb 1943
NOTES: 2/Lt. Warnock was killed whilst piloting B-24 Liberator 42-7606 of the 448th Bomb Group on his second combat mission. The aircraft was returning from Gotha, Germany, and was struck by anti-aircraft fire in the nose and cockpit area, then went into a dive engulfed in flames. The aircraft crashed near Brussels, Belgium. 5 of the 10 crew members survived and became POW.
57557500043PWear, George M.2/Lt.O796923
SOURCE: SO-64, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC, Par. 2. 3 Jun 1943
NOTES:
575575136PWebster, Warren R.1/Lt.O807545
575575136CPWolfe, Rowland D.2/Lt.O816388
SOURCE: Accident Report, 43-34326 7 Feb 1945
NOTES: Landing accident at A-58. Pilot made normal landing. Tire blew out on left main gear, causing aircraft to swerve to the left and off of runway. Pilot used left throttle and right brake in an attempt to keep the aircraft on runway. There was a 20 degree cross-wind at 15 MPH aggravating the aircraft's tendency to swerve to the left. Pilot was landing on the left-hand side of runway in his correction for drift. NOTE: This Accident Report was filed by the 410th Bomb Group, 647th Bomb Squadron. It is assumed that this aircraft and this crew (except for Curtis, and formerly of the 574 and 575 squadrons respectively) were transferred to this squadron at some point. The 410BG were originally equipped with A-20 Havoc aircraft. This report has been included for completeness.
575575000PWebster, Warren R.?O807545
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets.
575575145PWheeler, Frederic C., Jr2/Lt.O796926
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
575575060432PWhitmore, Lucian R.2/Lt.O668170
575575060432CPWinterbottom, George C.2/Lt.O796933
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 positions are assumed based upon listing order. I have no way of knowing whether they flew together regularly, but so far I have not found them listed elsewhere.
575575000PWiese, Leland E.1/Lt.O734288
SOURCE: GO-6, Hqs, 9th Air Division, Par. 1. [Reel B0428 pages 1398 and 1399] 15 May 1945
NOTES: Details from Air Medal Awards, GO-6, 15 May 1945.
575575146PWiese, Leland E.1/Lt.O734288
SOURCE: Special Orders No. 36; HQ, Marianna Air Field, FLA - Movement of personnel to Hunter Field, GA. 5 Feb 1945
NOTES: This was an A-26 crew.
57557500043PWilkinson, Edward S.?O795542
SOURCE: Name appears on taxi sheets for various missions. 25 Feb 1944
NOTES: Surname appears as Pilot in one or more Taxi Sheets.
57557500043w.unkWilkinson, Edward S.1/Lt.O795542
SOURCE: MACR 04216, 42-95845. 27 Apr 1944
NOTES: Second flight, No.2. Aldridge's aircraft was hit by FLAK in right engine which burst into flames. His aircraft made a steep turn to the right. I pulled up over him and caught his prop wash as he passed under me. The boards inside my waist window were blistered from the fire.
57557500044PWilliamsLt.UNK058
SOURCE: Miscellaneous Sources, 1944. 1 Jan 1944
NOTES: This name comes from a picture caption in the softback history (p. 96).
57557500043PWilson, Sydney S.2/Lt.O795548
SOURCE: SO-64, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC, Par. 2. 3 Jun 1943
NOTES:
57557500043PWitzel, Robert B.2/Lt.O795550
SOURCE: SO-64, Hqs, 391st Bombardment Group, Myrtle Beach, SC, Par. 2. 3 Jun 1943
NOTES: