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S/SGT  Wade A. DOARES

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG

Pvt. Wade A. Doares, Class 44-17, Flexible Gunnery School, Kingman Army Air Field, Ariz. (1944 yearbook, pg 107) - later Ball Turret Gunner with the Blanding Crew, 418th BS, 100th BG (H).  Photo courtesy of Chip Culpepper.

John Alden Clark "I knew Wade when I was Chuck Blanding's copilot and trained with Wade in the states at Dyersburg AAB, TN, and then flew 12 missions with him with the 418th BS 100th BG. He was a very pleasant person and a faithful member of the crew."

SERIAL #: 14193851 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 28 FEB 45 KASSEL

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
1st Lt Charles B.Blanding     P    CPT   16/4/45  ROYAN   SN# O-791324
2nd Lt John A.Clark           CP   CPT     8/3/45 GIESSEN  SN# O-774946 (became CP on Lt W.V. McGuire Crew) see below
2nd Lt David L.Bittman     NAV  FEH        
2nd Lt Alvin H.Belimow    BOM   CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# O-777419
   Cpl 'Robin J.Whybrow   TTE    CPT  16/4/45  ROYAN  SN# 19090172
   Cpl Peter Glanz            ROG   CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# 16113273
   Cpl Wade A.Doares.       BTG   CPT  28/2/45 KASSEL SN# 14193851
   Cpl Irvin J.Delaney         WG  FEH                             SN# 39714981
   Cpl William E.Cox           TG   FEH                            SN# 39144905 (taken off Crew, replaced by Sgt Bruce Ellis)
   Cpl Rex D. Thomas        WG  FEH                            SN# 39118852

418th Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 23/9/44.  See p.103 S.O.C
This became a lead crew in November 1944 and Lt John Clark elected not to become a formation officer and continue flying. He was with  Lt Morin's Crew for one mission (Dec 24, 1944) but was permenately transferred to Lt W.V. Mcguire Crew in late Dec 26 1944 and completed his missions with that Crew.   Lt Jack Jenista joined the crew as Navigator when it became a Lead Crew, he flew 18 missions with this Crew.  

Missions of Lt John Alden Clark with Lt Blanding Crew:

1.    09/10/44      MAINZ
2.    12/10/44      BREMEN
3.    14/10/44      COLOGNE
4.    17/10/44      COLOGNE
5.    18/10/44      KASSEL
6.    19/10/44      MANNHEIM
       FLAK LEAVE
7.    30/10/44      MERSEBURG (RECALLED)
8.    02/11/44      MERSEBURG
9.    09/11/44      SAARBRUCKEN
10.  16/11/44      DUREN
11.  21/11/44      OSNABRUCK
Lt Blanding Crew becomes a Lead Crew and Lt Clark is place in Spare or Standby Pilots roster.
This crew was a lead crew and appears on the 3rd Air Division Honor Roll Crew list for March 1945

MEMO 2:

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ID: 1326