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1st Lt. Jack R. Swartout

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Jack R. Swartout Crew
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1st Lt Jack R. Swartout P CPT 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (Command Pilot, see below)
F/O Arch J. Drummond CP CPT -- THIS IS THE POPULAR "FOUR MILE" DRUMMOND LATER HAD OWN CREW
2nd Lt Leonard P. Bull NAV CPT -- sn# 0-792432 ( was a Lead Navigator) AWARDED DFC
2nd Lt Albert D. Dahlgren BOM CPT -- (became a Lead Bombardier) AWARDED DFC
T/Sgt Dorsett C. Bennett TTE CPT -- (became Toggelier on Lt Monrad and Lt Woldt Crews, see below) AWARDED DFC
T/Sgt Robert L. McKnight ROG KIA 3 SEPT 43 PARIS, BEAUMONT LE ROGER, AF with Lt Richard King Crew,
S/Sgt Harry A. Bonn BTG CPT -- became ROG on Lt Monrad and Lt Woldt Crew AWARDED DFC
S/Sgt Hugh A. Smallwood LWG CPT -- became TTE on Lt Monrad and Lt Massol Crews AWARDED DFC
S/Sgt Joseph W. Weatherly TG RFS -- DUE TO STOMACH ULCERS
S/Sgt John M. Delaney RWG CPT 2 JUNE 44 BOULOGNE (flew with Lt DILLE crew and Tog with Lt Schomp Crew0

351st Sqdn. This was an "Original" crew (#27). SWARTOUT went on to become C.O. of the 350TH B. S.

JACK SWARTOUT IS WELL KNOWN IN 100TH , ONE OF THE FEW "ORIGINAL" AIRMEN TO COMPLETE A TOUR, FINISHING WITH THE 24 MAY 44 TRIP TO BERLIN. Crew flew in following aircraft 42-3307 "Skipper" EP-N, 42-30087 "Shack Rat" EP-M, and 42-31708 "Skipper II" EP-N/R

Lt Swartout was suppose to be the Command Pilot on the Regensburg Mission but was injured in a bicycle accident the night of the mission. A Jeep struck the bicycle and Jack ended up in the hospital forcing Maj John Kidd to fly the mission in his place. According to Swartout, a Lt Lenny Bolin (not sure of spelling) was the original CP on this crew Stateside but was made a 1st Pilot and was killed in a accident stateside reroute to England.

This was one of the 100th BG's early Lead Crews along with Capt. Blakely (418th), Capt. Barr (349th), and Capt. Scott (350th). Somewhere in December 43 the enlisted men on this crew and the copilot are removed from the crew. Arch Drummond gets his own crew and the enlisted men end up flying with assorted different crews to complete their tours. (See lists below)

Sgt. McKnight was with the crew of Richard C. King when killed on 3 Sept. 43. Lt J. L. Dunbar from Lt Pearson Crew flew a few missions with this crew. Dunbar is responsible for naming "Shack Rat", on practice missions, when his bombs hit the target; he always said "I hit the Shack".

6 MAR 44 (BERLIN): CAPT JACK SWARTOUT, COMMAND PILOT, FLYING WITH FRANK LAURO SURVIVED A MID-AIR COLLISION WITH A FW 190. WITH THE RUDDER BARELY SECURED AND SWINGING FROM SIDE TO SIDE SWARTOUT AND LAURO MANAGED TO GET THE "NELSON KING" BACK TO THORPE ABBOTTS. SWARTOUT WAS AWARDED THE SILVER STAR.

28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST: AT TAKE-OFF TIME THE NEW COMMANDER, COL KELLY ELECTED TO BUMP THE 100TH'S BEST FLIGHT LEADER (CAPT JACK SWARTOUT) AND LEAD HIMSELF. THE RESULTS WERE A DISASTER, TWO SHIPS WERE LOST WHEN THE COL ELECTED TO MAKE A SECOND RUN OVER THE TARGET AT THE SAME ALTITUDE AND ON THE SAME HEADING. AMONG THE KIA'S WAS CAPT LAKIN WHO WAS ON HIS LAST MISSION AND THE 100TH'S BELOVED LEAD NAVIGATOR JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE; SAID BY JIM BROWN AND HARRY CROSBY TO HAVE BEEN THE BEST. COL KELLY WAS KIA ONLY NINE DAYS AFTER TAKING OVER AS GROUP C. O.

IT IS SAID THAT SWARTOUT FLEW THE VERY BEST "LEADS" IN NOT ONLY THE 100TH BUT THE ENTIRE 3RD AIR DIVISION. NEW CREWS FLYING THEIR FIRST MISSIONS WITH SWARTOUT LEADING WERE INDEED FORTUNATE.

Note: Arch Drummond known to the 100th as "Four Mile Drummond" claimed he came from a Kentucky farm that was half way between two towns that were eight miles apart. Arch returned to that farm after WWII where he remained until his death in 1995. "Four Mile" was one of the groups most popular members. He is greatly missed but not forgotten by his old comrades. . . pw

William F. "Cut and Shoot" Hoffman flew His first mission as tail gunner on a plane piloted by Jack Swartout. Bill's recollection of that first mission "How did a good ole Texas boy end up in a place like this"!

Missions of Capt. Leonard P. Bull (mpf 2002)

NBR DATE TARGET
01 25/6/43 BREMEN
02 26/6/43 LeMANS
03 28/6/43 ST. NAZAIRE (FLAK CITY)
04 29/6/43 LeMANS
05 04/7/43 La PALLICE
06 10/7/43 Le BOURGET
07 15/8/43 MERVILLE
08 19/8/43 WOENSDRECHT
09 07/9/43 WATTEN
10 27/9/43 EMDEN
11 3/10/43 EMDEN
12 3/11/43 WILHELMSHAVEN
13 5/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN
14 16/11/43 RJUKAN (HEAVY WATER PLANT)
15 24/12/43 ST JOSEPH au BOIS (NO BALL)
16 14/1/44 NO-BALL
17 21/1/44 NO-BALL
18 24/2/44 POSEN
19 02/3/44 CHARTES
20 08/3/44 BERLIN (BIG B)
21 16/3/44 GABLINGEN
22 23/3/44 BRUNSWICK

LATER MISSIONS OF CAPT SWARTOUT AS COMMAND PILOT

DATE A/C # TARGET CREW
06/03/1944 306 BERLIN CAPT. LAURO
11/04/1944 708 POSEN / ROSTOCK T. O CAPT. ZELLER
01/05/1944 31903 SAARGUEMINES/WIZERNES CAPT. VAN STEENIS "FLYINGDUTCHMAN"
08/05/1944 31412 BERLIN & LAGLACERIE LT HELMICK
09/05/1944 31708 LAON/COUVRON; ANTHIES LT HELMICK
24/05/1944 32090 BERLIN LT COL OLLIE TURNER LED "A" GROUP

S/SGT JAMES DELANEY, RWG- LATER MISSIONS AND CREWS

DATE A/C# & NAME TARGET CREW POSITION
07/03/1944 66 DIXIE BABY WERL (SCRUBBED) LT MONRAD RWG
08/03/1944 66 DIXIE BABY BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT LT MONRAD RWG
09/03/1944 66 DIXIE BABY ORANIENBURG LT MONRAD RWG
13/03/1944 66 DIXIE BABY NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED) LT MONRAD TOG
15/03/1944 66 DIXIE BABY BRUNSWICK LT MONRAD RWG
07/04/1944 983 KATIE QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) LT MONRAD TOG
23/05/1944 32018 WATICARE TROYES LT SCHOMP TOG
25/05/1944 32018 WATICARE BRUSSELS LT SCHOMP TOG
31/05/1944 97126 THE LATEST RUMOR OSNABRUCK LT DILLE RWG
02/06/1944 97126 THE LATEST RUMOR BOULOGNE LT DILLE RWG

T/SGT ROBERT MCKNIGHT KIA 3 SEPT 43 (Richard King crew)

T/SGT D. C. BENNETT Top Turret Engineer (WENT ON TO BECOME A TOGGELIER)

DATE A/C TARGET CREW POSITION
03/03/1944 240056 BERLIN (RECALL) LT KEEL TOG
07/03/1944 66 WERL (SCRUBBED) LT MONRAD TOG
08/03/1944 66 BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT LT MONRAD TOG
09/03/1944 66 ORANIENBURG LT MONRAD TOG
13/03/1944 30047 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED) LT MASSOL TOG
15/03/1944 31767 BRUNSWICK LT SHOENS TOG
11/04/1944 867 POSEN / ROSTOCK T. O. LT LACY TOG
01/05/1944 39963 WIZERNES LT SCHOMP TOG
01/05/1944 107007 SAARGUEMINES LT WOLDT TOG
08/05/1944 31256 BERLIN LT SCHOMP TOG
08/05/1944 37936 LAGLACERIE LT SCHOMP TOG
11/05/1944 107007 LIEGE LT WOLDT TOG
12/05/1944 107007 BRUX, OIL REFINERY LT WOLDT TOG
13/05/1944 32018 OSNABRUCK LT WOLDT TOG
19/05/1944 107007 BERLIN LT WOLDT TOG
25/05/1944 31066 BRUSSELS LT WOLDT TOG

T/SGT H. A. SMALLWOOD LWG ( LATER TTE ON MONRAD, MASSOL CREWS)

DATE A/C TARGET CREW POSITION
07/03/1944 66 WERL (SCRUBBED) LT MONRAD TTE
08/03/1944 66 BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT LT MONRAD TTE
09/03/1944 66 ORANIENBURG LT MONRAD TTE
13/03/1944 66 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED) LT MONRAD TTE
15/03/1944 66 BRUNSWICK LT MONRAD TTE
27/03/1944 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX LT MONRAD TTE
31/03/1944 983 LUDWIGSHAVEN /RECALLED LT MONRAD TTE
07/04/1944 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB LT MONRAD TTE
01/05/1944 38047 WIZERNES LT MASSOL TTE
01/05/1944 31676 SAARGUEMINES LT SHOENS TTE
19/05/1944 38047 BERLIN LT MASSOL TTE
20/05/1944 32018 BRUSSELS LT MASSOL TTE
27/05/1944 31412 STRASSBOURG LT MASSOL TTE
29/05/1944 38047 LEIPZIG LT MASSOL TTE

TAPS: ALBERT D. DAHLGREN
Albert Dahlgren died, November 30, 1993, of emphysema, in Vancouver, Washington. He was the bombardier on one of the 100th's four original lead crews with Jack Swartout as pilot, Arch Drummond as co - pilot, and Leonard Bull as navigator; he flew most of his missions on their plane "Skipper. " On 16 of his 25 missions, his plane lost one or more engines; his crew crash landed twice. He always said that his "finest hour was his work as Lead Bombardier in the bombing of Danzig, Poland. " Winston Churchill called it, "the finest example of daylight precision bombing. " After he left the service he bought a theater and several restaurants and taverns in Portland, OR. He was, for a time, the mayor of Ranier, Washington Mrs. Dahlgren writes that "Our trip to England for the 1983 dedication of the tower museum was the highlight of our travels. " He was interred in Williamette National Cemetery, , , , PT JACK SW

TAPS: HUGH A. SMALLWOOD
Hugh A. Smallwood died suddenly on 25 April, 1993, of a massive aneurism at his home in Loganville, GA. Hugh was a member of Jack Swartout's original Crew 27 from Wendover until they were disbanded at Thorpe Abbotts. "As assistant engineer and waist gunner, Hugh was a steadying force in the after end of 'Shack Rat' and 'Skipper. ' "After the war, he worked for Lockheed in Marietta, GA, until his retirement when he settled in Loganville. He is survived by his wife Lois and son Danny. (Len Bull)

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