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LT  Kenneth J. DILLE

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 24 JUL 44 ST LO

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

LT KENNETH J. DILLE               P CPT 24 JUL 44 ST LO GND SUPPORT
LT JOHN L. PASSERINO           CP CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO GND SUPPORT
LT JOHN R. COOPER             NAV CPT 28JUL 44 MERSEBURG
LT VINCENT J. PEREZ           BOM CPT 25JUL 44 ST LO GND SUPPORT
S/SGT LEONARD M. KIRBY     ROG CPT 25JUL 44 ST LO GND SUPPORT
S/SGT GEORGE A. BAYTOS    TTE CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO GND SUPPORT
SGT ALBERT A. ARREOLA       BTG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO GND SUPPORT
PVT THOMAS LAMADRID        WG NOC
SGT ANDY STANKOVICH        WG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO GND SUPPORT
SGT NELSON O. BERGER         TG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO GND SUPPORT  sn#35608074

351ST SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON MARCH 1944
Crew flew  A/C "The Latest Rumor"  SN # 297126

CREW ROSTERS OF 7 MAY 44 AND 11 MAY 44 SHOW S/SGT NICHOLAS PEROVICH (from original Monrad Crew) IN PLACE OF LaMADRID.  S/SGT PEROVICH CPT   04 MAR 45  BRUNSWICK.  Crew Roster of Lt Eichen on April 1, 1944 to Ludwigshaven shows Lt Dille flying as CP. At this point in the War, new pilots were  given combat experience by flying with a seasoned crew as CP before taking their own crew into combat.  This practice was not appreciated by veteran crews who disliked any change in the makeup of the crew, especially by a rookie, in case of trouble during a mission.  Other practices included veteran pilots flying with "green" crews on their first mission.  

Missions: (from log of Nelson O. Berger, 6/2000)

 1.  4-12-44  Recall after being over Belgium
 2.  4-13-44  Augsburg, Germany
 3.  4-20-44  Marquenneville, France
 4.  4-22-44  Hamm, Germany
 5.  4-24-44  Friedrichshafen, Germany
 6.  4-27-44  Flottameville, France
 7.  4-29-44  Berlin
 8.  5-07-44  Berlin
 9.  5-08-44  Berlin
10. 5-09-44  Laon-Couvron, France
11. 5-11-44  Liege, Belgium
12. 5-13-44  Osnabruck, Germany
13. 5-19-44  Berlin
14. 5-24-44  Berlin
15. 5-25-44  Brussels, Belgium
16. 5-30-44  Troyes, France
17. 5-31-44  Osnabruck, Germany
18. 6-02-44  Boulgue, France
19. 6-04-44  Boulgue, France
20. 6-05-44  Boulgue, France
21. 6-06-44  Caen, France-D-DAY
22. 6-07-44  Nantes, France
23. 6-12-44  Dunkirk, France
24. 6-14-44  La coulot,Belgium
25. 6-18-44  Brunsbuttlekogg, Germany
26. 6-20-44  Fallersleben, Germany
27. 6-21-44  Ruhland, Germany-Start of First Russian Shuttle Mission
28. 6-26-44  Drohabycz, Poland
29. 7-03-44  Arod, Rumania
30. 7-05-44  Beziers, France
31. 7-19-44  Schweinfurt, Germany
32. 7-20-44  Mersburg, Germany
33. 7-21-44  Ludwigshaffen, Germany
34. 7-24-44  St Lo, Northern France
35. 7-25-44  St Lo, Battle Lines in France

Reflections from Sgt Nelson Berger (dec 19, 2002)

Thirty five mission in 103 days.  Do not know if that is a record or not but must be close.  Those days included a week of R&R between missions 30-31.  One of the many things I remember about the tour I call coincidence or luck of the draw.  We flew on the first shuttle raid to Russia-Italy-England.  On the flight from russia to Italy the group landed at the wrong base.  While standing around on the flight line waiting for things to get straightened out two G.I.'s rode by on bicycles, George Baytos-TTE-said that one looked like his brother and sure enough it was!  They had not seen each other for nearly two years.  When we landed at the correct base which was only a short distance away George mentioned the event to the commanding officer.  He told George to go to the motor pool and check out a Jeep and go spend time with his brother. With us being in Italy for ten days he did get to visit several times.



---> SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: Sharon Green (Dille)
EMAIL: gardenangel51@cox.net
PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)
INTEREST: I am the veteran's child

---> TAPS REPORT
VETERAN: Kenneth J Dille
DATE OF DEATH: 03/04/1985
FAMILY CONTACT: Sharon Green
872 Cooper Circle
Las Vegas, NV 89101-2324

---> MESSAGE

I have my fathers personal log from the missions. and some other
documentation. I will look through it and sort it out and submit some other
information and a picture at a later date.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY: Dille  

PHOTOS:

 2nd Lt Kenneth J. Dille Crew. 2nd Lt Passerino, Copilot is kneeling far right. Detailed Information (Courtesy of Joan M. Passerino, Daughter of John Passerino) 
Dille crew: Front L to R: Lt. Kenneth Dille-P, Lt. Vincent Perez-BOM, Lt. John Passerino-CP.
Back L to R: Sgt. Andrew Stankovich-LW, Sgt.Leonard Kirby-ROG, Sgt Thomas LaMadrid-RW, Sgt. Nelson Berger-Tail, Sgt Al Arreola-BTG,, Sgt George Baytos-TTE.

 

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Crew 1

ID: 1308