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LT  Charles F. DIXON

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: HEMATITE, MO

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Lawrence L. Bazin      P      KIA      10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
2nd Lt Charles F.Dixon         CP     FEH
2nd Lt Kenneth C.Peiffer   NAV     FEH   
2nd Lt Harry J.Chase       BOM     FEH
S/Sgt Roens W.Shearwood TTE  Evadee   10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Glenn D.Abraham,Jr.  ROG  POW      10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Paul H.Decker            TG   KIA        10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Richard D.Long          WG   POW     10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Richard E.Smith         BTG  KIA        10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF

351st Sqdn.  Joined 100th Group,as above, on 11/2/45. On 10/4/45, Lt.John D.Gross from the crew of J.J.Dodrill was the NAV  in place of Kenneth Peiffer. James R.Dotson,pilot of his own crew,was flying as CP in place of Charles Dixon. Also aboard were T/Sgt Arthur T.Flowers as NG (Tog) in place of Harry Chase,and S/Sgt Robert B.Patterson as Radar Con.

Believe that Lt Charles Dixon took over Lt Dotson's crew as first pilot.  

Eyewitness: (MACR # 14170 " A/C 963 was forced to peel out of the formation with #2 engine feathered. Then it tried to climb back when ME 262's began pressing attack. The A/C was hit in the right wing and a large piece flew off.Then#3 & #4 engines burst into flames and it peeled off low to the right. As it went down flames were larger and it was believed to hit the ground with a terrific explosion. 
No chutes were seen.

Statement by Shearwood:  "The plane was breaking up when I got out and I was  of the opinion that no other crew member parachuted.I saw no other chutes. When I hit the ground,I did not see any of the crew." 

MISSIONS OF CREW OF LT LAWRENCE L. BAZIN FROM CPL RICHARD LONG: (mpf 2001)

1.  26/02/45 BERLIN
2. 28/02/45 KASSEL
3.   7/03/45 SIEGEN 
4.   8/03/45 GIESSEN 
5. 10/03/45 DORTMUND
6. 11/03/45 HAMBURG
7. 12/03/45 SWINEMUNDE
8. 15/03/45 ORANIENBURG
9. 17/03/45 PLAUEN (in Bill Thompsons MACR reports, it lists March 21, 1945 Plauen as the mission for Bazin Crew)   
From 22/3/45 to 6/4/45 Daniel Shaffer flew 11missions as navigator on this crew. Lt Shaffer completed his tour with this Crew
10. 22/03/45 ALHORN
11. 23/03/45 UNNA
12. 24/03/45 STEENWIJK
13. 24/03/45 ZIEGENHAIN
14. 28/03/45 HANOVER
15. 30/03/45 HAMBURG
16. 31/03/45 BAD BERKA
17. 03/04/45 KIEL
18. 04/04/45 KIEL
19. 05/04/45 NURNBURG
21. 06/04/45 LEIPZIG
22. 10/04/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG

Following is the crew component for the 10 Apr 1945 mission to Magdeburg
Lawrence L. Bazin           Pilot                   KIA
James R. Dotson             Co-Pilot              KIAs in red 
John D. Gross                 Navigator           POW
Arthur W. Flowers           Nose Gunner      KIA
Glenn D. Abraham, Jr.      Radio Operato    POW
Roens W. Shearwood       Flight Engineer    EVA
Richard E. Smith             Ball Turret G       KIA
Paul H. Decker               Tail Gunner        KIA
Robert B. Patterson        Radar C.            POW
Richard D. Long             Waist Gunner     POW

A/C#43 38963 MACR#14170,fiche #5162
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Belive that 2nd Lt Charles F. Dixon took over Lt Dotson's crew when he was KIA on April 10, 1945 with Bazin Crew

CREW

2ND LT JAMES R. DOTSON                    P KIA  10 APR 45  BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
2ND LT KENNETH R. PFISTER               CP FEH  (flew ferry missions with Lt Wofford after VE Day, see note from Joe urice)
2ND LT FREDERICK A. NICHOLAEV        NAV FEH
SGT HARRY F. FISCHBURG                  TTE FEH
SGT NICHOLAS L. GRAVINO                ROG FEH
SGT CHARLES E. BLACK                      BTG FEH
SGT WALTER G. DAUBNEY                  WG FEH
SGT FREDERICK J. GOODCHILD        NG/TOG FEH
SGT BURL F. BLEVINS                          TG FEH


2lt Lt. Charles F. DIXON missions as a First Pilot…

Aprl 10, 1945   BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
April 11, 1945  LANDSHUT, ORD DEPOT;INGOLSTADT, MY        A/C# 126
April 13, 1945  Practice Mission
April 15, 1945  ROYAN, GROUND DEFENSES                             A/C# 767
April 16, 1945  ROYAN/POINT DE-GRAVE GND DEFENSES          A/C# 708
April 20, 1945  ORANIENBURG, MY,                                        A/C# 815   
April 26, 1945  Practice Mission

CHOWHOUND MISSIONS:
May 1, 1945   VALKENBURG, HAGUE-CHOWHOUND                   A/C# 258
May 2, 1945   SCHIPHOL AF/ALKMAAR-CHOWHOUND                A/C# 258
May 3, 1945   BERGEN, HILVERSUM-CHOWHOUND                    A/C# 258
May 5, 1945   BERGEN, AF, HILVERSUM, BAARN, CHOWHOUND  A/C# 535

DP/POW FERRY FLIGHTS FROM AUSTRIA TO PARIS
May 16, 1945                                                                      A/C# 258
May 19, 1945                                                                      A/C# 258
  


April,1945 and I believe he flew at least 3 more in April...check 16,17,20.....practice missions on 13,25April...and Chowhound missions on 3,4(scheduled but scrubbed)5,6,7 May, and a DP/POW  ferry mission from Austria to Paris 19 May,1945...I also believe he flew another ferry but nothing conclusive on him....Regarding the Dotson crew...Walter Daubney and the others..They arrived at T/A on 30 MARCH,1945......I think they would have qualified for 2 Campaign Stars on their EAME Theater ribbon...or been damn close. It was based on when they arrived in the ETO,not at Thorpe Abbotts and the qualifying dates were; RHINELAND  SEPT 14,1944-MARCH 21,1945    CENTRAL EUROPE  MARCH 22,1945-MAY 8,1945 .........What we need to do is contact one of the surviving crew members that can offer some details of who flew with Dixon as first pilot. FYI, I called one last night Harry J Chase in ARK but no answer on the phone.  Do you guys have anything for contact info on any of the Dotson crew members living?  Did Walter's son have any details on his dads mission dates,crew members from 10 April,1945 on.

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