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1st Lt. Frank H. Meadows

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Related Pages: Capt. William G. Lakin  |  1st Lt. Roy F. Claytor  |  1st Lt. Jack R. Swartout
 

The Frank H. Meadows Crew (left to right)
Standing:
Lloyd Evans, Bill Hubbard, Frank H. Meadows, Leo R. Cannon, Frank Bush
Kneeling: James F. Ward, Vincent D. Sapone, James K. Fulton, Dick Agor, Harold Jackson
 

2nd Lt Frank H. Meadows P KIA 8 Oct 43 Bremen - SN# 0-672378
2nd Lt Lloyd W. Evans CP KIA 8 Oct 43 Bremen - SN# 0-677693
2nd Lt Frank B. Bush NAV KIA 8 Oct 43 Bremen - SN# 0-735264
2nd Lt William C. Hubbard BOM POW 8 Oct 43 Bremen - SN# 0-669408
T/Sgt Harold R. Jackson TTE KIA 8 Oct 43 Bremen - SN# 38131435
T/Sgt Leo R. Cannon ROG POW 28 Apr 44 Sottevast SN# 34354823
(With W. G. Lakin - See note)
S/Sgt Richard H. Agor BTG KIA 8 Oct 43 Bremen - SN# 13052841
S/Sgt James F. Ward RWG POW 8 Oct 43 Bremen - SN# 32518361
S/Sgt Vlncent D. Sapone TG KIA 8 Oct 43 Bremen - SN# 12096707

350th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 25 Aug 43.

This was the crew's eighth mission. Leo Cannon was replaced for this mission by Sgt. Robert H. Wussow who was KIA. Wussow was from the crew of Lt R. F. Claytor. Also on this 8/10/43 mission was Sgt Dextar B. Pate, LWG, who was KIA.

Apparently 2 bombs hung up in bomb bay over target (Bremen). A/C then hit by direct flak burst which blew one waist gunner out of ship. Hubbard later stated that he believed both Meadows & Evans were killed by the flak burst and that Bush said; "I'm getting the hell out of this plane" and bailed out of the nose hatch. Hubbard further states that he thought Bush''s chute caught fire and burned in midair

Statement of James Ward: "The reason I cannot answer most of the questions is because our plane had two bombs which failed to release, they were hit by flak, causing the plane to explode. I was lucky enough to get out alive with quite a few injuries, which caused me to go unconscious after I pulled my rip cord. Therefore I didn't see any more of the crew".

MISSIONS OF LT FRANK MEADOWS:

NBR DATE TARGET AIRCRAFT
01 03/09/43 PARIS A/C# 230840 LN-O
02 15/09/43 PARIS A/C# 230358 LN-X PHARTZAC
03 16/09/43 LaPALLICE A/C# 230047 LN-Q SWEATER GIRL
04 23/09/43 VANNES A/C# 230047 LN-Q SWEATER GIRL
05 27/09/43 EMDEN A/C# 230047 LN-Q SWEATER GIRL
06 2/10/43 EMDEN A/C# 230725 LN-Z AW-R-GO
07 4/10/43 HANAU A/C# 230840 LN-O
08 8/10/43 BREMEN A/C# 230358 LN-X PHARTZAC

MACR #947 Micro fiche #313 350th Sqdn. Mission: Bremen A/C #42-30358 "PHARTZAC"
Date: 8 Oct. 1943

1st Lt Frank H. Meadows P KIA
2nd Lt Lloyd W. Evans CP KIA
2nd Lt Frank B. Bush NAV KIA
2nd Lt William C. Hubbard BOM POW
S/Sgt Robert H. Wussow ROG KIA (From "Original" Crew #11 Lt Roy Claytor)
T/Sgt Harold R. Jackson TTE KIA
S/Sgt Richard H. Agor BTG KIA
S/Sgt James F. Ward WG POW
Sgt Dexter B. Pate WG KIA
S/Sgt Vincent D. Sapone TG KIA

This was the eighth mission for all members of this crew with the exception of Bob Wussow & Dexter Pate. Wussow, the radio operator on the original crew #11-Lt Roy Claytor, was probably about at the end of his tour. Sgt Pate was likely a replacement on the crew and the number of his missions is not known.

Lt. Hubbard, after the war, stated; "The reason I cannot answer most of these questions is because our plane had two bombs that failed to release and received a flak hit which caused them to explode. I being lucky enough to get out alive with quite a few injuries that caused me to become unconscious after I pulled the rip cord. One waist gunner (Jim Ward)was blown thru the side of the plane as it exploded. His chute opened and he reached ground.

S. O. C. P. 20/23 has touching story of Agor ordering (in Sept. ) roses to be sent to his mother in Shamokin, Pa for Christmas. They arrived many weeks after his death.

S. O. C. p. 22 "James Ward, a gunner blown out of . Meadows’ ship, pulled the rip cord before his mind blotted out, and Bill Hubbard, descending in his chute, saw Meadow's Fort drop by a super-highway near Bremen. Hubbard was clapped in "solitary", and threatened with death unless he would "talk", but he refused, and the Germans forced him to walk 100 miles to prison. Ward was unconscious 10 days in a hospital. " The dead of this crew were buried in a cemetery at Waller Friedhof, near Bremen.

NOTE (Crew 28 Apr 44):

COL ROBERT H. KELLY COM KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
CAPT WILLIAM G. LAKIN P KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
LT HERBERT A. ALF CP POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
CAPT JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE NAV KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
LT MAURICE H. CAIN BOM POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
T/SGT LEO R. CANNON ROG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
T/SGT JAMES C. BROWN TTE KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/SGT ALBERT M. FREITAS BTG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/SGT JOHN N. SPIKER WG KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/SGTJOSEPH A. RICHARD WG POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)
S/SGT DELBERT E. BARNHART TG KIA 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NOBALL)

COL KELLY COMMANDED THE 100TH FOR ONE WEEK AND TWO DAYS. HE WAS LOST ON HIS FIRST MISSION TO SOTTEVAST. AT TAKE-OFF TIME THE NEW COMMANDER 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 THE 100TH BELOVED LEAD NAVIGATOR JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE; SAID BY JIM BROWN AND HARRY CROSBY TO HAVE BEEN THE BEST.

This was what can best be called a "pick-up" crew of veteran airmen, with the exception of Col. Kelly fresh from the States and had became the 100th's Commanding Officer only nine days prior to the mission. Joe "Bubbles" Payne was a member of the original air echelon of the Group as were T/Sgt James C. Brown and S/Sgt Albert M. Freitas. With the exception of Magee Fuller, they were the last of the "Original 100th" to become casualties.

T/Sgt Leo R. Cannon joined the Group in August 1943, his original crew (F. H. Meadows) was shot down at Bremen 08 Oct 1943. Capt William G. Lakin had been with the Group prior to October 1943.

The following from MACRs:

". . . . On 02 May 1944, at 0730 hours an American Airman was captured by two German soldiers on the street of Rochville, Sottevast, France. The Germans record the following data: Name: Cain, Maurice # 0-681859. According to his statement he rescued himself from the burning aircraft on 28 April 1944. Sent to Airbase Command, Paris, France. . Date 3 May 1944 @ 1320 hours. " The Originating German Officer is not identified. . pw

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