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1st Lt. Glen S. Van Noy

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William H. Couch
 
1ST LT GLEN S. VAN NOY P POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
2ND LT JAMES B. EVANS CP POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
1ST LT KENNETH G. ALLEN NAV POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
1ST LT WILLIAM H. COUCH BOM POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
T/SGT WILLIAM R. STEWART TTE POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
COL WILLIAM L. KENNEDY RWG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg (See notes)
S/SGT GEORGE P. GINEIKIS RWG EVA 5-Nov-43 Gelsenkirchen (Replaced by Col. Kennedy)
T/SGT WILLIAM W. CRABB LWG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/SGT JAMES D. GIBSON ROG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/SGT JOE F. HRUSKOCY BTG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg
S/SGT SAMUEL J. CUSMANO TG POW 17-Aug-43 Regensburg

349TH CREW #5, A/C #42-30042 (OH NAUSEA) MACR #682

Col. Kennedy was an armor and gunnery expert flying as an observer prior to his return to the U.S. He flew in place of George P Gineikis, the regular Right waist gunner.

MISSIONS OF LT GLEN VAN NOY CREW: (from Paul Andrews appendix in Luck of the Draw. . mpf)

NBR DATE TARGET A/C NBR A/C NAME NOTE
01 25/06/43 BREMEN 230259 DAMIFINO II  
02 26/06/43 LeMANS 230259 DAMIFINO II  
03 28/06/43 ST. NAZAIRE 230259 DAMIFINO II (lost one engine)
NC 04/07/43 La PALLICE 230259 DAMIFINO II (returned early, spare a/c)
NC 10/07/43 Le BOURGET 230259 DAMIFINO II (returned early, hatch came off ball turret)
04 14/07/43 HAMBURG 25867 ALICE FROM DALLAS  
05 24/07/43 TRONDHEIM 230259 DAMIFINO II  
06 25/07/43 KIEL 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK  
07 12/08/43 WESSELING 230259 DAMIFINO II  
NC 15/08/43 MERVILLE & LILLE 230259 DAMIFINO II (returned early, spare a/c)
08 17/08/43 REGENSBURG 230042 OH NAUSEA (shot down, ditched in the Med. )

An eyewitness (either Owen D. Roane or John R Justice) gave following report:
"B-17 #042 was seen to be in trouble a few minutes before target No 4 engine was flaming, but it continued in formation, dropped its bombs on the target and did not pull away until it reached the Alps near Munich At this place #2 engine was feathered and A/C pulled away and disappeared around the side of a mountain. It was flying at about 10,000 feet when last seen and was being pursued by a JU 88 No chutes were seen."

This information from crewmember, after the war:
According to Bill Crabb: they lost one engine (fighter attack) just after crossing enemy Coast early in mission and a second at the target realized they probably could not reach Africa but at no time did they consider Switzerland. Ran out of ammo although he had 1100 rounds for one gun and 900 for the other (flew ball turret because he fit better than Hruskocy, the regular BTG man)

Bill Couch had size 13 shoes or bigger. Was in stocking feet when picked up and Germans said they had no shoes in Italy big enough for him Of Col Kennedy, Crabb Says," He was due to return stateside to help train aerial gunners And was along for 1st hand experience " "He kept squeezing off one round at a time and I remember thinking, My God! a short burst is one thing but this is ridiculous."

Had one bomb hang up over target and tried to release it over a small Airfield near Brenner pass but it wouldn't go. Later released it manually over Mediterranean. Dropped to 500 ft and threw out everything not nailed down "even my GI shoes" Just north of Naples turned for Sicily because at briefing had been told Sicily would fall that day It did.

About 90 miles from Sicily lost a third engine Van Noy shut down remaining engine and made the most beautiful landing he ever made. "He never could land an Airplane except when it really counted." Ship floated about an hour and a half. Picked up next morning by Germans in a flying boat.

Cusmano reported:
Got out 2 five man dinghies and a smaller one -lots of rations, radio, etc. Raised radio mast with balloon and sent S O S Only mission on which 42-30042 reached target was this one It had had 7/8 Abortions . Original ship (42-30002) was named "Damn IF I Know" and was having PFF installed. Was in POW Camp 17B Krems, Austria with many other 100th Gp men. George P Gineikis went down on 5 Nov.1943 - mission to Gelsenkirchen and it is believed he was an evader. Cusmano later visited him in Vets Hosp. in Battle Creek. Later heard he had been discharged with a disability pension.

DITCHED 60 MILES OFF SICILY ON THE 17 AUG 43 MISSION TO REGENSBURG/ NORTH AFRICA. VAN NOY MADE A PERFECT WATER LANDING, PROMPTING A CREW MEMBER TO REMARK, "VAN NOY NEVER COULD LAND A PLANE EXCEPT WHEN IT REALLY COUNTED." THIS WAS PROMPTED BY HIS RETURN FROM ST. NAZAIRE WITH AN ENGINE OUT ON 28 JUN 43. "OH NAUSEA" FLOATED FOR 90 MINUTES BEFORE SINKING AND THE ENTIRE CREW WERE PICKED UP BY THE GERMANS.

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