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LT  Cecil O. DANIELS

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

Lt. Cecil O. Daniels     (100th Photo Archives)

SERIAL #: O-808196 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 3 JAN 45 FULDA

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT CECIL O. DANIELS                  P CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA  sn# O-808196
2ND LT GORDON A. HANSEN            CP CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA finished with 33 missions
2ND LT JOHN V. LARSON               NAV CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG  (BECAME LEAD NAV ON LT SPURGEON PATHFINDER CREW, see below)
2ND LT ROBERT L. STORY             BOM WIA 17 OCT 44  COLOGNE (TAPS 1967)
    CPL HOWARD A. DRALLE            ROG WIA 03 OCT 44 NURNBURG
    SGT SAMUEL M. WOLFE, JR.       TTE WIA 15 OCT 44 COLOGNE (TAPS 1984)
    CPL LESLIE P. MILLS                  BTG CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA
    CPL JOSEPH W. ADAMS, JR.        WG GND FOR MEDICAL REASONS (CHRONIC AIR SICKNESS)
    CPL WILLIAM KILPATRICK, JR      WG REMOVED TO REDUCE TO 9 MAN CREW AND REASSIGNED TO CREW OF C.K. BAKER, 
                                                                WOUNDEDIN ACTION 30 NOV 44 ON 18TH MISSION.
    CPL JORGEN N. NIELSEN              TG CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA

350th Sqdn. Crew 28.   Crew, as above joined the 100th on 25 Jul 1944.
Crew flew  "Spirit of Pittwood" #46297
Ground Crew Chief: Sgt John C. Riffle

Lt .Micheljon flew the first 2 missions as CP for crew orientation instead of Lt Gordon Hansen.  

At Thorpe Abbotts, Lt John Larson was selected for lead crew training and replaced on the Daniels crew by F/O Richard A. Nesline who CPT on 3 Jan 1945 with 35 sorties. Promoted to 1st Lt before returning to the ZOI. (zone of the interior)

Howard Dralle was replaced by Sgt Robert G. "Dutch" Schultz who flew 17 missions before being assigned to another crew where he finished his tour. "Dutch Schultz came overseas with the Crew of Lt C.K. Baker

Joseph Adams was removed from crew after one  mission and assigned to 350th operations by Maj. Rosenthal for medical reasons (chronic air sickness-see info below).  He was replaced by S/Sgt Remi G. Eberenz from the A.S. Spear crew.

Sgt Sam Wolfe Jr TTE, hit in ankle 10/15/44 over Cologne on 19th Mission by Flak.  Replacement unknown

Crew received 3 Purple Hearts and was credited with 3 Enemy A/C 1destroyed, 1 probable, 1 damaged (all info provided by Cecil O. Daniels, entered by mpf)

CREW flying at end of tour:

1st Lt Cecil O. Daniels           Pilot
1st Lt Gordon A. Hansen        CP
F/O Richard A. Nesline          Nav
        ?                           Toggleer
Sgt. Robert G."Dutch" Schultz ROG
        ?                               TTE
S/Sgt Leslie P. Mills               BTG
S/Sgt Jorgen N. Nielson        TG
S/Sgt Remi G. Eberenz          WG

  MISSIONS OF LT CECIL DANIELS CREW:

 #     Date     Target             # of A/C     CALL      Name                   

  1.  8/4/44  Hamburg            42-97924  LN-H   Party Tonight    (only mission flown by S/Sgt Joseph Adams.  Grounded due to air sickness)
  2.  8/5/44  Magdeburg         43-37882  LN-W  Happy-Go-Lucky (S/Sgt Remi G. Eberenz replaces S/Sgt Adams as Waist Gunner)
  3.  8/6/44  BERLIN               43-38043  LN-T
  4.  8/11/44  Paris                42-102958 LN-Z
  5.  8/13/44  Nantes             42-102958 LN-Z
  6.  8/14/44  Ludwigshaven   43-37882   LN-W Happy-Go-Lucky
  7.  8/15/44  Venlo               42-31220  LN-P Fletcher's Castoria II
  8.  8/24/44  Ruhland            44-6297   LN-X Spirit of Pittwood
  9.  9/1/44  Mainz
  10. 9/3/44  Crozon, Breast Penn.
  11. 9/9/44  Dusseldorf
  12. 9/10/44  Nurnburg
  13. 9/25/44  Ludwigshaven
  14. 9/26/44  Bremen
  15. 9/27/44  Mainz
  16. 9/28/44  Mersburg
  17. 10/2/44  Kassel
  18. 10/3/44  Nurnburg (T/Sgt Dralle Hit over Koblenz, Lost Leg. Replaced by Sgt. "Dutch" Schultz
  19. 10/15/44	` Cologne (Sgt Wolfe hit in ankle by flak, put in hospital.  Replaced by unknown TTE)
  20. 10/17/44  Cologne (Lt Story injured, flak in eye, replaced by unknown toggleer)
  21. 10/19/44  Ludwigshaven
  22. 10/22/44  Munster
  23. 10/26/44  Hanover
  24. 11/9/44  Saarbrucken
  25. 11/21/44  Osnabruck
  26. 12/4/44  Friedburg
  27. 12/11/44  Coblenz
  28. 12/18/44  Mainz
  29. 12/25/44  Kaiserlautern
  30. 12/27/44  Fulda
  31. 12/29/44  Frankfurt
  32. 12/30/44  Kassel
  33. 12/31/44  Hamburg
  34.   1/2/45  Bad Kreuznach
  35.   1/3/45  Fulda

  Flak leave: 10/5/44 to 10/12/44
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Thank you Michael.  I only flew on our first mission on Aug. 4,1944 to Hamburg.  After several pratcice missions was grounded for chronic Air Sickness.  Rosie put me in the 350th operations office as a Clerk Typest. (thank goodness I learned to type in high school) as a Staff Sargent.  That was  my job until the 100th came home in Dec. 1945 on the Queen Mary.  A 5 day trip and I was sick for 6 days from that trip.  Even Daniels couldn't remember who replaced Wolf as Top Turret Engineer and Lt. Story (Bombardier) as Toggler. I did not keep a Diary - sorry.  I might find some photo's.  Where should I mail them?......JOSEPH ADAMS, WG.
 
In a message dated 12/19/2008 3:03:45 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, MPFaley writes:
Hi Joseph,
 I will get this taken care of Sir.  Can I ask you some questions concerning your time in the 100th BG?
 
How many missions did you fly before being taken off flying Status? 
Do you have a list of those missions?
What was the medical reason for being grounded.
At the end of hostilities, Lt Daniels had a new Top Turret Engineer and Toggler, do you know who they were? These are the only two people I cannot pin down on the Crew?
Did you keep any kind of Diary you could share with us?
Rosie put you in 350th Operations, what was your Job there?
Do you have any Crew photos taken with you on the crew or with others you could share with us?
 
Thanks Joseph and sorry to hear about the loss of your Pilot.  
 
Michael Faley
100th Bomb Group Historian 
100th Bomb Group Photo Archives


In a message dated 12/19/2008 11:49:28 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, JAdams5075@aol.com  writes:
I am trying to report the death of a Pilot of the 350th Sqdn. 2nd. Lt. Cecil O. Daniels age 86.  He was the Pilot of "Spirit of Pittwood" from July 44 - Jan 45.  Died on July 14, 2008 Watseka, Ill.
 
I was a former member of his crew.  Joseph W. Adams


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NOTE:

CREW

Lt Paul L.Spurgeon                 P   CPT   28 JAN 45 DUISBURG
Lt John E. David                   CP   KIA     3 SEP 44 BREST (as pilot of own crew, see below) replaced F/O C.G. Sharemet on Politz mission 
Lt John V.Larson                NAV   CPT   28 JAN 45 DUISBURG (Lead Nav, originally from Lt C. Daniels Crew, see below)  
Lt Frederick H.Theesfeld     BOM   CPT   7 MAR 45 SIEGEN, MY (S.T.) (FLEW 31 MISSIONS)
 T/Sgt E.S.Balcseniuk         ROG   CPT   28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?
 T/Sgt Alfred J.Vignola        TTE   CPT  28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?  
 S/Sgt W.R. Klein               BTG   NOC  Replaced on crew by Radar Operator in late October 44 when this became a lead crew,  
 S/Sgt Thomas J.Dressel      WG   WIA (Wounded 25/8/44 POLITZ & month in hospital)
 S/Sgt Robert E.Kauffman    TG   NOC ( Flew 21 missions on crew of A.D.Elbel, last one on 8/8/44,  then in spare gunners pool , see below)

350th Sqdn. Crew appears as above on Roster of 25/8/44 target: (POLITZ) as Crew #29. Thls was probably a "pick up" crew. ( this information is suspect concerning this crew, likely they flew together very little, perhaps only once..jb).  Lt Spurgeon had a lead Crew and the actual make up is listed below. It is know that they were leading on Nov 2, 1944 to Merseburg with Col Sammy Barr as Command Pilot.  

Other Members who flew on this Crew
Lt R.A Nesline-Nav (replaced Lt Larson on Lt Daniels Crew) Flew as NAV on  first mission of Spurgeon Crew 8/8/44
Lt J.D. Goethel-Bom (from Lt David Crew)                        Flew as BOM on first mission of Spurgeon Crew 8/8/44 
S/Sgt Remi Eberenz flew as WG on missions with this crew

Lt Spurgeon took over "JIMB0" A/C 44-8226 LN-B in November 1944 and he selected the name. It was a nickname for his Stateside Wife.  Jimbo was painted on the left hand side of the aircraft.  On the cowlings of No 3 & 4 engines could be seen the names "Kay" and "Alice" probably put on by the ground crew.    

See S.D.C. p.33 & 95 "JIMB0" A/C 44-8226 LN-B  This was a Pathfinder aircraft originally assigned to the 95th Bomb Group (13th CBW HQ for Pathfinder Crews and Aircraft in Summer and early fall 1944) in October 1944. The practice during this time was to fly Pathfinder A/C from Horham to the surrounding airdromes to lead the 3rd Air Division Bomb Groups.   In late October this practice ceased and Pathfinders were assigned to each Bomb Group and both Crews and planes were maintained at their own bases.

THIS WAS THE MAKE-UP OF  LT PAUL SPURGEON'S LEAD CREW.

LT PAUL SPURGEON               P       CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG
LT C.G. SHAREMET                CP     CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?
LT JOHN V. LARSON              NAV   CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ((Lead Nav originally from Lt C. Daniels Crew, see below)
LT FREDERICK H. THEESFELD  BOM   CPT  7 MAR 45 DATTELN, SIEGEN, MY (S.T.) 
T/SGT ALFRED VIGNOLA        TTE    CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?
T/SGT E.S. BALCSENIUK         ROG   CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?
S/SGT W.R. KLEIN                 BTG   NOC (replaced by Radar Operator in late October 44 when this became a lead crew) 
S/SGT P.J. HAHN                   WG   NOC (orignal LWG on Capt H. Smith Crew, replaced Sgt Dressel after he was wounded on 25/8/1944 Politz)
S/SGT L.S. "Andy" ANDERSON  TG   CPT 28 Jan 45 DUISBURG  (replaced Sgt Kauffman)

Now based on mission completions and photo evidence, Lt Theesfeld came off this crew at some point since he completes two months after the Spurgeon Crew does.  Also  S/Sgt Dressel returns to the Crew but not sure in what capacity since photo evidence shows both Hahn (who replaced Dressel when he was injured on Aug 25, 1944) and Dressel in Crew photos.    

Missions of John V Larson with Lt Daniels/ Lt Spurgeon Crew

Date        Target                   # of A/C   Call Sign   A/C Name           Pilot

08-Aug-44	Hamburg                  	42-97924 	LN-H  	Party Tonight        	Daniels
05-Aug-44	Magdeburg               	43-37882 	LN-W 	Happy-Go-Lucky    	Daniels
06-Aug-44	Berlin                       	43-38043 	LN-T 	                           	Daniels
11-Aug-44	Villacoublay             	42-102958	LN-Z	                            	Daniels
13-Aug-44	Nantes                   	42-102958	LN-Z	                            	Daniels
14-Aug-44	Ludwigshaven         	43-37882  	LN-W	Happy-Go-Lucky     	Daniels
15-Aug-44	Venlo                    	42-31220   	LN-P	Fletcher's Castoria II	Daniels
24-Aug-44	Ruhland                  	44-6297     	LN-X	Spirit of Pittwood  Daniels
25-Aug-44 Politz                      43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon  (S/Sgt Dressel WG is wounded, Lt J.E.David flew as CP, 
                                                                                                  Lt Larson flies first mission on Lt Spurgeon Crew, S/Sgt Kauffman is TG)
26-Aug-44 Brest                      43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon  (S/Sgt Hahn becomes permenant WG, S/Sgt Kauffman is TG)
01-Sep-44 Mainz (recalled)        43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon  (S/Sgt Anderson becomes permenant TG) 
03-Sep-44 Brest                      43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon
05-Sep-44 Stuttgart                43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon
08-Sep-44 Mainz                     43-37863     LN-L Leading Lady          Spurgeon  (S/Sgt(Kaufman flies as WG on mission)
12-Sep-44 Magdeburg               44-6297     LN-X Spirit of Pittwood   Spurgeon     
13-Sep-44 Sindelfingen             43-37994    LN-D My Blue Heaven     Spurgeon
18-Sep-44 Warsaw                   43-38437    LN-S                            Spurgeon
19-Sep-44 Szolnok (from Russia) 43-38437    LN-S                            Spurgeon
28-Sep-44 Merseburg               43-38437     LN-S                            Spurgeon
03-Oct-44 Nurnburg                                                                     Spurgeon
06-Oct-44 BERLIN                                                                        Spurgeon 
26-Oct-44 Hanover                                                                      Spurgeon (Believe this is the first mission as a Lead Crew…mpf)
02-Nov-44 Merseburg               44-8226       LN-B Jimbo                   Spurgeon Col Sammy Barr Command Pilot, leading 100th
05-Nov-44 Ludwigshaven                                                              Spurgeon
21-Nov-44 Osnabruck                                                                   Spurgeon
29-Nov-44 Hamm                                                                         Spurgeon (F/O C.G.Sharemet promoted to 2nd Lt.)
12-Dec-44 Darmstadt                                                                   Spurgeon
25-Dec-44 Kaiserlautern                                                                Spurgeon
30-Dec-44 Kassel                                                                         Spurgeon
02-Jan-45 Bad Kreuznach         44-8226       LN-B Jimbo                   Spurgeon
03-Jan-45 Fulda                                                                          Spurgeon
10-Jan-45 Cologne                                                                      Spurgeon
13-Jan-45 Mainz                                                                          Spurgeon
21-Jan-45 Mannheim                                                                   Spurgeon
28-Jan-45 Duisburg                                                                     Spurgeon
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MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
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PHOTOS:

Lt. Cecil O. Daniels Crew #28 of the "SPIRIT OF PITTWOOD", Back L. to R. Lt. Dick Nesline - NAV, Lt Gordon Hansen - CP, Lt. Cecil Daniels - P, Sgt. Robert Schultz - ROG, Front, Sgt Jorgen Nielsen - TG, Sgt Leslie Mills - BTG, Unkown, Sgt. Remi Ebernez - WG.       (100th Photo Archives)

Cecil O’Daniels Crew
My father John Larson's photo of Cecil Daniels' crew training in Rapid City SD in 1943. Back row L to R: Joseph "Joe" Adams, Jorgen "Slick" Nielsen, Lester Mills, Samuel "Sam" Wolfe, Howard "Pappy" Dralle, William "Kil" Kilpatrick.

Front row, L to R: Bombadier Robert "Bobby" Story, John "Johnny or Swede" Larson (navigator), Copilot Gorden "Hairpie" Hansen, and pilot Cecil "Danny" Daniels.

This crew flew to England together, possibly delivering a B-17.

Back row L. to R. Lt. Gordon Hansen - CP, Lt. Cecil O. Daniels -  P, Lt. Dick Nesline  - NAV, Middle row, Unkown - Ground Crew, Unknown  - Ground Crew, Front, Sgt. John Riffle  - Crew Chief      (100th Photo Archives)

 

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