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T/SGT  Joseph S. DOUGHERTY

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG

J. "Doc" Dougherty ROG on the Sammy Barr Crew     (100th Photo Archives)

T/Sgt Joseph  S. Dougherty, ROG on Victor Reed and Sammy Barr crew.  Photo courtesy of Daughter Sheila Dougherty Badzioch)

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
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Comments1: DATE & MISSION UNK

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                 1ST LT VICTOR REED
                 ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

349TH CREW #8   A/C #42-30090  "El P'sstofo"

1ST LT  VICTOR REED                         P:  TRANSFERRED FROM 100TH
F/O     CHARLES A. BROOKS                 CP:  CPT,  16/12/43  BREMEN
2ND LT  HOWARD D. BASSETT          NAV:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
2ND LT  JOSEPH P. ARMANINI           BOM:    CPT,  24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT   GLENN N. ALBRIGHT             TTE:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
S/SGT   RICHARD O. DETWEILER        WG:  CPT, 13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART
T/SGT   JOSEPH S. DOUGHERTY         ROG:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
S/SGT   RICHARD M. PRICE                BTG:  NOC
S/SGT   THOMAS D. BAER                WG:  KIA,  6 MAR 44 BERLIN (with  LT ALBERT AMIERO CREW)
S/SGT   CLIFFORD T. MINER               TG:  NOC

349th Sqdn.  This is an "Original" crew that flew over with the group. Charlie Brooks became pilot of the crew and completed the tour.  Howard Bassett replaced me (Jim R. Brown) as navigator of the Sam Barr crew after I was wounded 15 Sept. 1943.  Joe Armanini had replaced Joe Kelly as bombardier 
of the Barr crew somewhere around August 15,1943

Although no records have been found to substantiate the completion of their tours (25 missions) it is certainly a safe assumption that both Price and Miiner did become "Lucky Bastards" .
Thomas "Teddy" Baer was with the crew of A. Amiero when killed over Berlin.

MISSIONS OF LT VICTOR REED w/Joseph (James) Dougherty (mpf 2001)

 DATE  MISSION  A/C # & NAME

1. 29/06/43 LeMANS  230035  TORCHY
2. 04/07/43 LaPALLICE  230042 OH NAUSEA
3. 10/07/43 LeBOURGET  230090 EL P'SSTOFO
4. 17/07/43 HAMBURG  230063 PICKLEPUSS
5. 25/07/43 WESSELING, KIEL 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
6. 26/07/43 HANOVER  230090 EL P'SSTOFO
7. 28/07/43 OSCHERSLEBEN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
8. 29/07/43 WARNEMUNDE 230090 EL P'SSTOFO
9. 12/08/43 WESSELING, BONN 230090 EL P'SSTOFO

"ON THE BONN MISSION 12 AUGUST 1943, LT VICTOR REED'S LIFE WAS SAVED BY A NEAR MIRACLE.  JUST AS THE SHIP LOOSED HER CARGO OF BOMBS ON THE TARGET, A BURST OF FLAK LITTERED THE COCKPIT WITH SLIVERS OF HOT STEEL.  ONE SIZEABLE FRAGMENT PENETRATED REED'S OUTER CLOTHING BUT STRUCK THE SILVER WINGS HE WAS WEARING OVER HIS LEFT SHIRT POCKET.  THE VELOCITY OF THE SHARD WAS SO GREAT AS TO DRIVE THE INSIGNIA THROUGH THE SKIN AND CAUSE SEVER BRUISING OF THE CHEST MUSCLES.  WITHOUT THE WINGS TO DEFLECT IT, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE PIECE OF FLAK WOULD HAVE KILLED OR SEVERLY WOUNDED LT REED.  THIS EPISODE SO UN-NERVED REED, THAT HE WAS UNABLE TO FLY FOR A TIME AND WAS EVENTUALLY TRANSFERRED FROM THE 100TH.

AT ABOUT THIS TIME, "BIG JOE" ARMANINI REPLACED "CRYING JOE" KELLY ON THE SAMMY BARR CREW AND SOME WEEKS LATER HOWARD BASSETT REPLACED JIM BROWN AS NAVIGATOR ON SAMMY BARRS CREW.  T/SGT JOSEPH DOUGHERTY WAS ALSO MOVED TO THE BARR CREW REPLACING MIKE TANOWIGCH AS ROG.

CAPT CHARLES BROOKS CONTINUED AS CO-PILOT AND THEN AS A FIRST PILOT.  A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS 1943, 1ST LT BROOKS FLEW HIS 25TH MISSION AS PILOT OF "SQUAWKIN HAWK". It is on this mission that i believe T/Sgt Dougherty Flew as ROG per the Brooks Crew Photo Below. ( MPF)

 DATE  MISSION  A/C # & NAME

25. 16/12/43 BREMEN  230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK

 Snowurl@juno.comuname = Bob Brokspage
100TH BOMB GROUP (H) - AIRCRAFT Page 01url = http://www.100thbg.com/mainmenus/airplanes/airplanes_1.htmposition = 349th Aircraft at Thorpe Abbotts 27 Feb 44. This damage could have been inflicted by fighters. Nothing further is know of this aircraft.change = This Tail section which has been damaged is of the "Squawkin Hawk" 230088 XR-E. I do not know anything of the crew on this mission, but I believe it was the the first plane to survive 50 missions and was flown back to the united states by my father Captain Charles A. Brooks. who himself survived 26 missions and is a member of the imfamous "LUCKY BASTARD CLUB"

CREW
                     
ORGINAL 100TH PILOT OF 349TH CREW #4, A/C #42-30035 (TORCHY…named after Jim Browns wife's)

1ST LT  SAM L. BARR                           P:  CPT, 14 JAN 44  FORET D' HESDIN (flew 50 missions)  349th Commanding Officer
F/O     DAN BARNA                            CP:  POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (CREW# 7 LT MacCARTER CREW)
2ND LT  JAMES R. BROWN               NAV:  SWA, 15 SEP 43 PARIS  TAPS SEPTEMBER 1993
2ND LT  HOWARD J. KELLY             BOM:  CPT, 30 JAN 44 BRUNSWICK
T/SGT   ROBERT E. CLIFF                 TTE:  CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES
S/SGT   WILLIAM OHL                      WG:  CPT, 24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT   MICHAEL J. TANOWIGCH     ROG:  KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT   MAX RUSS                          BTG:  CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D'ESQUERDES
S/SGT   HOBART SPIRES                  WG:  KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT   JAMES T. HITEN                   TG:  KIA, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES                                

NOTES: SWA DENOTES SEVERELY WOUNDED IN ACTION
THE NAVIGATOR, JAMES R. BROWN, WAS THE 100TH'S REVERED HISTORIAN UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1993
This Crew flew with a few different Co Pilots  Lt Barna, Lt Brooks (Victor Reed Crew),  Lt Jack Boyd (spare CP, ended up CP on Lt Floyd Jr.Crew) and Lt Albert Amiero (info courtesy of Big Joe Armanini)

COL BARR FLEW 50 MISSIONS WITH THE 100TH, SECOND ONLY TO COL "ROSIE" ROSENTHAL'S 52.  HE WAS THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL 100TH AIRMEN TO FLY COMBAT MISSIONS, LEAVING THE 349TH FOR THE HQ DET OF THE 100TH ON 18 JAN 1945.
STARTING FROM THE FIRST MISSION OF 25 JUN 43 UNTIL JAN 45 THE INTREPID MISSISSIPIAN WAS ON COMBAT STATUS.
TO THE DISMAY OF ALL 100TH VETERANS "SAMMY" APPEARED ON THE 1988 TAPS LIST. COL BARR DIED 17 APR 1988 AS THE RESULT OF A MAJOR STROKE.  HE IS MOURNED AND MISSED,   BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN 

CAPT SAM BARR CREW AFTER SEPTEMBER 15, 1943

1ST LT  SAM L. BARR                           P:    CPT, 14 JAN 44  FORET D' HESDIN (flew 50 missions)  349th Commanding Officer
F/O     DAN BARNA                             CP:  POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (CREW #7)
2ND LT  HOWARD D. BASSETT          NAV:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN (from Victor Reed Crew
2ND LT  JOSEPH P. ARMANINI           BOM:    CPT,  24 FEB 44 POSEN (from Victor Reed Crew)
T/SGT   ROBERT E. CLIFF                 TTE:   CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES
S/SGT   WILLIAM OHL                       WG:   CPT, 24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT  JOSEPH S. DOUGHERTY         ROG:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN (from Victor Reed Crew)
S/SGT   MAX RUSS                           BTG:  CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D'ESQUERDES
S/SGT   HOBART SPIRES                   WG:  KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT   JAMES T. HITEN                    TG:  KIA, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES


LIST OF MISSIONS FOR LT COL SAM L. BARR THAT T/SGT DOUGHERTY FLEW ON (mpf 2001 from records supplied by Paul Andrews and William Ohl and Barr Family)

10. 15/08/43 MERVILLE-LILLE A/C 230170 TORCHY II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT, LT ARMANINI JOINS CREW
11. 17/08/43 REGENSBURG  A/C 230170 TORCHY II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
12 03/09/43 PARIS   A/C 230259 DAMIFINO II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
13. 15/09/43 PARIS   A/C 230487 TORCHY III JIM BROWN SWA, REPLACED BY LT HOWARD  BASSETT
14. 16/09/43 BORDEAUX  A/C 25861 LADEN MAIDEN
15. 23/09/43 VANNES  A/C 230154 WAR EAGLE
16. 26/09/43 PARIS   A/C 230487 TORCHY III MAJ WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
      09/10/43 MARIENBURG  A/C 230799 BIGASSBIRD II (returned early, #3 engine problem)
17.  ?
18.  ?
19.  ?
20.  29/11/43  BREMEN
21.  30/11/43  SOLINGEN Lead (with  Maj John Bennett)
22.  22/12/43  MUNSTER (Lead Group in Torchy III)
23.  24/12/43  NO-BALL
24.  05/01/44  NUESS (Lead with Maj John Bennett)
25.  14/01/44  FORET D' HESDIN

25/02/1944 Regensburg
CREW

Capt. James R. Stout                  P      CPT   20/5/44 BRUSSELS
1st Lt Robert C. Lunsford III        CP     CPT    6/6/44 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM (1st Pilot on this mission)
1st Lt Robert R. Nelson              NAV   CPT   20/5/44 BRUSSELS
1st Lt Chester G. Polak              BOM   CPT    20/5/44  BRUSSELS
T/Sgt Laurence M. Clegg            TTE   CPT    6/6/44  FALAISE/OUISTREHAM (with Lt R. Lunsford III as Pilot)
T/Sgt Joseph S. Dougherty ROG ( fill in for 25/02/1944) 
S/Sgt Daniel E. Greene              BTG    CPT    4/6/44  BOULOGNE (with Lt R. Lunsford III as Pilot)
S/Sgt Paul E. Calkin                  RWG    CPT    2/6/44  BOULOGNE  (with Lt R. Lunsford III as pilot)
S/Sgt Bernard J. McDermott      LWG    CPT   18/9/44  WARSAW (SUPPLIES)
S/Sgt Charles W. Lynch               TG    CPT   26/6/44  DROHOBYCZ

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 15/10/43.  
This crew ditched in the North Sea on 25 Feb. 1944 with a/c  42-38018" .  

Bowman 28 Feb.  "Stout's crew back on base with good story of rescue.  Bombardier's ribs broken in landing, otherwise all OK. 
Operational Narrative:  Aircraft 018 Ditched and the crew rescued.  Our aircraft lost on e engine just south of Nurnburg and dropped our bombs…Lt Stout, the pilot then joined the 95th Group Formation and flew back too the English Channel where he ditched. All Crew members were rescured"  Crew received six days R & R on 1/3/44.  

MEMO 2:

 AN 8th AAF BOMBER STATION – ENGLAND
(See https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=1369&Itemid=334)
A flying Fortress pilot, 1st LT. James R. Stout, and his Radio Operator, T/Sgt. Joseph S. Dougherty, 22, of 31 W 10th St. – Erie, Pa. pooled courage and skill to save the lives of their crew when the Bomber Torchy III nosed into the choppy tides of the English Channel after three engines were shot out during the recent 8th AAF attack on Regensburg, Germany.
Badly damaged by flak which knocked out two engines and caused a third to conk out during the hazardous return flight from Regensburg, the Fort was unable to reach the British mainland. The pilot, aided by his co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Robt. C. Lungford, 22, of 1705 W. Ala(bama) St – Houston, Tex. struggled with the controls to steady the ship for a ditching 12 miles from the Eng. Coast. Meanwhile T/Sgt. D. flashed a distress call to the Bri. Air Sea Rescue giving them a radio fix that enabled rescue units to reach the Torchy-men within 30 minutes of the time they hit the wash. 35 minutes after the Torchy III ploughed into the waves she sank and during that period of grace all of the crew got safely into the 2 rubber dinghys carried for such an emergency.
The bombardier, 2nd Lt. Chester G. Polak, 26, of 2436 N. Long Ave – Chi. had several ribs broken and received painful though not serious bruises. Another member of the crew, the Top Turret gunner- T/Sgt. L M Clegg 33, of Hunter, Okla. Was cut about the head and received severe bruises. Except for a scattering of black and blue marks the rest of the crew came out of the sea landing without injury.
The story of the last flight of the Torchy III successor to the flying fortress Torchy II, which was replaced after the famous first AAF bombardment of Regensburg in Aug. 43, begins 20 minutes from the target city.
As T/Sgt. D., who returned to his base wearing a red cap, white turtle neck sweater, woolen trousers and rubber boots provided by his Brit. Rescuers tells it, a burst of flack K.O.ed 2 engines as the Torchy was nearing Regensburg.
One of the WGs noticed the 2 propellers windmilling uselessly and called over the interphone to the pilot, asking for instructions.
“Right,” replied the pilot, “you call me again when they catch on fire.”
Stout and Lungsford tried to hold the Bomber on her course but with 2 useless engines the Fortress lost altitude and fell away from her formation. Since they were close to the target Stout decided to cut cross country and try to tag onto a formation that had made its turn for home.
The Torchy III still had a good load of Bombs, so the pilot called to Bombardier Polak:
“Don’t you think it would be a good idea to drop the Bombs,” he asked.
“Roger,” replied Polak, who had been waiting for a favorable moment.
Polak released his bombs over a German Village, then looked down and saw the village disappear (... unreadable ...).
Down to about 13000 ft the big bomber slugged its way along toward the French coast. Nearing the coastal area, they jettisoned their ammo and everything else that wasn’t bolted down in a desperate attempt to hold enough altitude for a crash landing in England.
 
Shortly after crew members had heaved overboard the ammunitions 2 German FW fighters put in an appearance.
“It looked like curtains for us,” said Dougherty. “Two fighters coming up and there we were with 2 engines out and no ammo.”
“Then to make matters worse,” he continued, “the supercharger on our #1 engine went out. What a spot we were in. I went up and tried to get the lid off the control box. I guess I was working with my bare hands. It was pretty hard but you get awfully strong when you’re scared and I yanked the box open but it didn’t do any good.”
“A B-24 really saved our lives then. The old 24 showed up and the 2 Jerrys turned away from us and went after the B-24. We took a long deep breath.”
T/Sgt Dougherty went back to his radio room. When it was evident to all that their Fortress would never make the jump across the channel Dougherty got thru to British Air Sea Rescue.
“We were right over the spot where Paddy Finucane, the famous British ace, went down,” said Dougherty.
D. stuck to his radio xmtr while preparations for a sea ditching were made. St. and Lungsford set the ship down in the sea trough as softly as they could but with 3 engines out it was a tough job.
Ideally, a sea landing is made by letting the tail take the water first, and then pancaking the ship down gently, the way a duck lands on water. But the damaged Torchy III was difficult to handle and the bomber ploughed into the English Channel with a walloping impact.
Dinghys were promptly launched and the crew got into them. T/Sgt. D., who has carried a swagger stick with him for good luck on all his missions was in his place in the dinghy with the “Gibson Girl”, the portable radio carried for such emergencies, when he remembered the swagger stick. He wanted to go back for it but figured he couldn’t make it. Now he’s kicking himself because the Torchy III floated for 35 minutes after the dinghys were away.
An air sea rescue plane flew over the shivering wet survivors of the second battle of Regensburg shortly afterwards. Half an hour after the men had started to paddle their own canoe, 12 miles from the British coast, a rescue launch appeared and picked them up. They watched their ship and saw it go down.
Attired in warm, though non-regulation clothing, furnished by their Brit rescuers, the men of “Torchy” came back to their own base, none of them more eagerly, though than T/Sgt D., who got a kick out of appearing at the interrogation in his white sweater, rubber boots, and red cap.
Pilot St. and his crew are waiting for a “Torchy IV” and they hope they won’t have to come down in the channel again or at least until its warmer.
Other members of the crew of Torchy III are: (note: only several cities are mentioned)
Indianapolis; Houston; Janesville, Wis; Chicago, Ill; Erie, Live Oak, Fla; Witchita(sic), Providence


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T/Sgt J. Dougherty went on to serve in Korea and his B-29  was shot down by MiGs on Black Tuesday*, October 23, 1951. He currently remains MIA. (Info from Daughter Sheila Dougherty Badzioch)

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Sammy Barr Crew: From left standing; Howard Bassett, Joe Armanini and Sam L. Barr. Kneeling from left: J. "Doc" Dougherty, Max Russ, Bill Ohl, James Hiten, Hobart Spires and Bob Cliff. (100th Photo Archives)

Sam L. Barr Crew: Standing from left: James T. Hiten, William Ohl, Bennett (Air Exec), James S. Doughterty, Max Russ, and Robert E. Cliff 
Kneeling from left: Howard D. Bassett, Joseph P. Armanini, and Sam L. Barr    Detailed Information    (100th Photo Archives)

 The Charles A. Brooks crew: Standing (Left to Right), Paul A. Levy (Gerald Putnam crew), Charles A. Brooks, Robert E. McCormick (L. R. Morgan crew), and Albert H. Mikkelsen (had his own crew). Kneeling, R. E. Cliff (Sammy Barr crew), James Dougherty (Victor Reed crew), Durio, Kenneth Lash (L. R. Morgan crew), David C. Lyon (L. R. Morgan crew) and Ernest R. Gomez (L. R. Morgan crew) Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Capt Sam L. Barr Crew 
L-R , Hobart Spires-WG, Joseph (James) S. Dougherty-ROG, Big Joe Armanini-BOM, Capt. Sammy Barr-P, Robert E. Cliff-TTE, William Ohl-WG, James T. Hiten-TG, Max Russ-BTG, Howard Bassett-NAV
Kneeling: Dan Barna-CP

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

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