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T/SGT  John L. CRAVEN

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TOG/NG
SERIAL #: 31092359 STATUS: INT
MACR: 07502 CR: 07502

Comments1: 13 JUL 44 LNDED SWITZERLAND (FLAK)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

         A/C 42-107137 XR-O flew 14 missions in this A/C   MACR #7502,Microfiche #2732
           
2nd Lt Charles S.Harding,Jr.     P   INTERNEE 13/7/44 Munich  sn# O-757191
2nd Lt Bennie D.Wilson         CP   INTERNEE 13/7/44
2nd Lt Thomas P.Hunt         NAV INTERNEE 13/7/44                
2nd Lt William F.Edmondson BOM  KIA          5/8/44 Madgeburg  
S/Sgt John L. Craven          TOG   INTERNEE  13/7/44 Replaced Lt Edmonsdson after mission 7
 S/Sgt Thomas D.Miles         ROG   INTERNEE 13/7/44
 S/Sgt Norbert A.Fike          TTE   INTERNEE 13/7/44
   Sgt Norman D.Fuller         BTG  INTERNEE 13/7/44
   Sgt Wesley H.Peck          RWG  INTERNEE 13/7/44
   Sgt Clare R.Harnden           TG   NOC
S/Sgt Robert J. Buchanan      TG   INTERNEE  13/7/44 (FROM THE JOHN HARRISON CREW)   
Sgt Lester J.Henderson         WG  INTERNEE 13/7/44

349th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 25/5/44. See John Miller letter 8/3/81. Also,MIGHTY 
EIGHTH WAR DIARY says crew down in Switzerland.  On 13/7/44, S/Sgt John L.Craven flew as nose gunner, Robert 
J.Buchanan flew as tail gunner. Craven had gone overseas with the I00th Group Ground echelon then 
volunteered for aerial gunnery.  Craven,Buchanan & Fuller returned to Thorpe Abbotts in Feb.1945. 
Crew was interned in Switzerland at Adelboden for 1month, then to Wengen for 6 1/2 months. 

Crew flew first 3 missions in A/C 42-31987 

Lt.Edmondson NAVIGATOR with the crew of A.J.Gallagher when killed.  Lt. Edmondson was Bombardier on the Harding Crew for 6 or 7 missions then he was transferred to Lt Gallaghers crew as a Navigator.  

  Missions of 2nd Lt. Charles S. Harding, Jr (mpf 2000)

1. 30/5/44  TROYES
2. 31/5/44  OSNABRUCK
3.   2/6/44  BOULOGNE
4.   4/6/44  BOULOGNE
5.   5/6/44  ABBEVILLE
6.   6/6/44` D-DAY, OUISTREHAM
7.   7/6/44  NANTES
8. 12/6/44  ROSIERES (S/Sgt Cravens joins crew as Toggelier)
9. 15/6/44  MISBURG
10. 18/6/44  OSTERMOOR, GER
11. 21/6/44  RUHLAND (START OF 1ST RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
12. 26/6/44  DROHOBYCZ, POLAND
13.   3/7/44  ARAD-ROMANIA
14.   5/7/44  BEZIERS
15. 11/7/44  MUNICH
16. 12/7/44  MUNICH
17. 13/7/44  MUNICH *

* From the remembrances of S/Sgt Norm Fuller. (mpf nov. 2000)  
"Around Augsburg, the IP, our engines began detonating and we were unable to keep speed up with the others in formation.  After given clearance, we dropped some of the bombs and proceeded to drop all of them, then started throwing all available weighty things out of the waist.  Guns, ammo, anything that could be thrown out, was.  Then, with the ongoing problem of not being able to maintain speed or altitude, we made a 180 heading westward towards, England.  Immediately, we were hit, direct hit, behind #3 engine with a hole so big you cannot believe it size.  Then a "bail out" order was given but not one of us did.  Into our view came 2 ME-109 fighters at 3 & 9 O'Clock high.   They pulled up to our wing and motioned to follow, we did and they took us to their base, a B-17 landing on a fighter strip.  We were tense and hopeful.  We made it and were then told that the war for us was over, since we were in Switzerland, a neutral country.  We all dropped to the ground and I think we all kissed it.  We were there for 7 months and were treated very good considering what it must be like in a POW camp."

"When we got hit, our Toggelier from Boston (Sgt Cravens) in his typical accent said over the intercom "We've just lost all our erl" meaning oil.  Also, Harding asked Hunt, the Navigator for a fix or location.  Nonchalantly and without any anxiety in his voice, said, "Sure, we are over Europe".  We all broke up over that and really laughed, it broke any tension that might become evident.  We were actually fighting for our lives since we did not know what circumstances might be forthcoming.  God was there in that plane with us and had his protective hand on us."

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Munich DATE: 1944-07-13  
AIRCRAFT: (42-107137) CAUSE: FLAK (Interned in Switzerland)  

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