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S/SGT  Jack R. DeBORDE

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG

Pvt. Jack R. Deborde, Class 44-18, Flexible Gunnery School, Kingman Army Air Field, Ariz. (1944 yearbook, pg 113) - later Tail Gunner with the "Hong Kong" Wilson Crew, 350th BS, 100th BG (H).  Photo courtesy of Chip Culpepper.

SERIAL #: 39615579 STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: APRIL 17, 1945 AUSSIG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT   CHARLES W. WILSON         P CPT 15 APR 45 ROYAN                                   sn# O-526414
2ND LT   JAMES M. HARBISON         CP CPT 04 APR 45 KIEL  (Pilot of Lt Dewey Crew)  sn# O-775881
    F/O    JACK BERKOWITZ           NAV POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (WITH MacNAB)
2ND LT   RAYMOND E. COMER, JR. BOM POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (WITH MacNAB)     sn# O-777438
    CPL   EMERY N. CASTLE            ROG CPT  7 ARP 45 BUCHEN                                 sn# 37523614
    CPL   NORMAN G. NANCE           TTE FEH                                                            sn# 19171578
    CPL   JAY D. KENDELL               BTG FEH                                                            sn# 39908662
    CPL   GEORGE L. PESLER            WG CPT 24 MAR 45 STEENEIJK/ ZIEGENHAINE       sn# 35051164
    CPL   ARCHIE E. HOFFPAUIR         WG FEH                                                           sn# 38266722
    CPL   JACK R. DeBORDE              TG FEH                                                             sn# 39615579

350th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 29 Sep 44.
15 Missions of Lt Harbison with Lt Charles "Hong Kong" Wilson Crew (mpf 2003)

DATE             TARGET

15 OCT 44      COLOGNE
17 OCT 44      COLOGNE
19 OCT 44      LUDWIGSHAVEN & MANNHEIN, OIL REFINERY
26 OCT 44      HANOVER, TANK WRKS & MITBURG
30 OCT 44      MERSEBURG (RECALLED/ WEATHER)
02 N0V 44      MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
24 DEC 44      BABENHAUSEN, KAISERLAUTERN
25 DEC 44      KAISERLAUTERN
31 DEC 44      HAMBURG (flying lead, high squadron with Maj Harry Cruver, Lt Harbison was formation officer on this mission)
06 JAN 45      ANNWEILER
10 JAN 45      COLOGNE
14 JAN 45      DERBEN
28 JAN 45      DUISBURG (believe with different 1st pilot since HK was now pilot of Lt Fowler Crew-mpf 2003)
03 FEB 45      BERLIN      (believe with different 1st pilot since HK was now pilot of Lt Fowler Crew-mpf 2003)
06 FEB 45      CHEMNITZ (believe with different 1st pilot since HK was now pilot of Lt Fowler Crew-mpf 2003)


MISSIONS OF S/SGT JACK DEBORDE with Lt Charlie "Hong Kong" Wilson Crew

DATE             TARGET

15 OCT 44      COLOGNE
17 OCT 44      COLOGNE
19 OCT 44      LUDWIGSHAVEN & MANNHEIN, OIL REFINERY
26 OCT 44      HANOVER, TANK WRKS & MITBURG
30 OCT 44      MERSEBURG (RECALLED/ WEATHER)
02 N0V 44      MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
24 DEC 44      BABENHAUSEN, KAISERLAUTERN
25 DEC 44      KAISERLAUTERN
31 DEC 44      HAMBURG (flying lead, high squadron with Maj Harry Cruver, Lt Harbison was formation officer on this mission)

ENLISTED MEN FROM HK WILSON ORIGINAL CREW JOIN LT RAIFORD'S CREW IN JAN 1945
Lt Raifords Lead Crew after Jan 1945: 

Lt David G. Raiford             Lead Pilot
Lt Robert Wendling           Co-Pilot/Formation Officer
Capt Ross Chenney            Lead Navigator (from original crew of Lt Armstrong)
2nd Lt Charles J. Scott       moved up to Lead NAV (FEH) (from original crew of Lt McNab)
1st Lt Douglas S. Eden       moved up to Lead BOM (FEH) (from original crew of Lt McNab)          sn# O-1997861
1st Lt Paul R.Ruth,Jr.          Lead Bombardier (from original crew of Lt Fellows)
2nd Lt Harry Tennenbaum   Mickey Operator (from Lt Shaddix original Crew)
1st Lt Earl Frye                   Radar/Nav          (flew with Lt Seamans lead crew and Assigned Group Radar Officer on 8 Apr 1945)                   
2nd Lt James  M. Pivonka     Mickey Operator (from Lt Dawson Crew)

ENLISTED MEN ARE FROM LT CHARLES "HONG KONG" WILSON'S CREW.ASSIGNED TO LT RAIFORD BEGINNING OF JAN 1945. 
T/Sgt  EMERY N. CASTLE      ROG FEH                                                                                sn# 37523614
T/Sgt  NORMAN G. NANCE     TTE FEH                                                                                sn# 19171578
Sgt   JAY D. KENDELL           BTG FEH moved to WG when became Lead Crew                        sn# 39908662
Sgt   GEORGE L. PESLER        WG CPT 24 MAR 45 STEENEIJK/ ZIEGENHAINE                           sn# 35051164
Sgt   ARCHIE E. HOFFPAUIR    WG FEH Transferred to 15th Air Force when became lead Crew    sn# 38266722
S/Sgt   JACK R. DeBORDE        TG FEH flew 10 missions as formation officer.                             Sn# 39615579

Missions of S/Sgt Jack Deborde with Lt Raiford Crew/Lead Crew

06 JAN 45      ANNWEILER
10 JAN 45      COLOGNE
14 JAN 45      DERBEN
28 JAN 45      DUISBURG 
03 FEB 45      BERLIN      
06 FEB 45      CHEMNITZ 
21 FEB 45      NURNBURG
24 FEB 45      BREMEN
26 FEB 45      BERLIN
03 MAR 45     BRUNSWICK
10 MAR 45     DORTMUND
11 MAR 45     HAMBURG
14 MAR 45     HANOVER
17 MAR 45     PLAUEN
19 MAR 45     JENA
22 MAR 45     ALHORN
28 MAR 45     HANOVER
31 MAR 45     BAD BERKA
09 APR 45     MUNICH
15 APR 45     ROYAN
17 APR 45     AUSSIG


 
Subject: Fw: Obituary for Jack DeBorde,350thBS TG, Hong Kong's crew, TAPS 5 FEB,2010


Hi Jan,
 
Attached please find the link for Jack DeBorde's obit from 14 Feb,2010.
 
Jack (Jack Ray DeBorde,86 born in Butte,Mont. in 1923) was Hong Kong's TG, and also with the Raiford Lead Crew,FEH.  Lived in Vegas most of his adult life. 
 
 
Thanks,
 
Jack
 
 
 
Subject: Obituary for Jack DeBorde
 Date: Monday, February 15, 2010, 11:55 AM


Please visit the Obituary for Jack DeBorde

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lvrj/obituary.aspx?n=jack-deborde&pid=139696679

Click on the link above or cut and paste the url into your browser's address bar. 
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February 15, 2010 
My name is Curtis Wilson. Son of Charlie "Hong Kong" Wilson. Jack and my dad flew together in the 100th BG. Jack was the tail gunner on many of my dads missions. A few years back, in Las Vegas, my dad and Jack were reunited during the 60th celebration of D-day at Nellis AFB. It was a great meeting and one I will always remember. Jack invited me to his home in Las Vegas and we had a very nice and memorable visit. It was then he generously donated his original A2 flight jacket to the 100th BG organization. His A2 presently and proudly displayed at all 100th BG functions. My dad always spoke highly of Jack and his friendship with him from the war days. It was a pleasure to have met Jack. An occasion I will always remember. We have lost another of the Greatest Generation. 
~  
curtis wilson, 
austin, Texas

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PHOTOS:

Bachelor's Heaven A-2 Jacket of S/Sgt. Jack R. DeBorde, Tail Gunner on the Hong Kong Wilson crew.

Jack R. DeBorde with his jacket

Front of JACK DeBORDE Bachelor's Heaven jacket.

Charles W. "Hong Kong" Wilson crew.    (100th Photo Archives)

Charles Gunter A-2 Jacket Leading Lady

 

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