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Albert D. Dahlgren
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1st Lt Jack R. Swartout P CT --
F/O Arch Drummond CP CT THIS IS THE POPULAR "FOUR MILE" DRUMMOND
LATER HAD OWN CREW
2nd Lt Leonard P. Bull NAV CT AWARDED DFC
2nd Lt Albert D. Dahlgren BOM CT AWARDED DFC TAPS 30 NOV 1993 (see below)
T/Sgt Dorsett C. Bennett TTE CT --
T/Sgt Robert L. McKnight ROG KIA 3/9/1943 PARIS, BEAUMONT LE ROGER, AF
S/Sgt Harry A. Bonn BTG CT AWARDED DFC
S/Sgt Hugh H. Smallwood WG CT --
S/Sgt Joseph W. Weatherly WG CT --
S/Sgt John M. Delaney TG CT 2/6/1944 BOULOGNE TAPS: 28 SEP 1985

351st. This was an "Original" crew (#27).

Sgt. McKnight was with the crew of Richard C. King when killed on 3/9/43.

JACK SWARTOUT IS WELL KNOWN IN 100TH , ONE OF THE FEW "ORIGINAL" AIRMEN TO COMPLETE A TOUR, FINISHING WITH THE 24 MAY 45 TRIP TO BERLIN.

6 MAR 44 (BERLIN) CAPT JACK SWARTOUT, COMMAND PILOT, FLYING WITH FRANK LAURO SURVIVIED 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.

28 APR 44 SWARTOUT IS BUMPED FROM THE MISSION LEAD TO SOTTEVAST BY THE NEW GROUP COMMANDER, COL KELLY, WITH DISASTEROUS RESULTS. 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.

TAPS: ALBERT D. DAHLGREN
Albert Dahlgren died, November 30, 1993, of emphysema, in Vancover, 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 Lenord Bull as navigator; he flew most of his missons 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 threater 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

 

 

 

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