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S/SGT  Charles F. ELLIOTT

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG
SERIAL #: 35563917 STATUS: POW
MACR: 03020 CR: 03020

Comments1: 6 MAR 44 BERLIN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT GEORGE W. BRANNAN       P POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
2ND LT BURTRAM B. ALLEY, JR.       CP RFS     (MEDICAL, nervous breakdown after 5th mission…Brannan)
2ND LT CLYDE F. DALE            NAV KIA    6 MAR 44 BERLIN (Buried in Oldenburg, Grave 276)
2ND LT LOUIS J. DENISCO        BOM POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
 T/SGT WILLIAM F. TEAFF        ROG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (Died on July 6th, 1944 from complications from diphtheria)
 T/SGT WALTER AUSTIN          TTE POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
    SGT CHARLES F. ELLIOTT     BTG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (flying as WG on Mar 6, 1944)
    SGT ARTHUR J. PALLAS         WG CPT
    SGT ORVILLE A. KNAPP         WG NOC  SWA on Dec 30, 1943 Ludwigshaven
    SGT ROBERT L. GREENLEAF      TG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN     sn# 11043094   POW sn#2664

351st Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Gp on 1 Dec 1943. 
On 6 Mar 44 Lt Thomas Leslie from the crew of L.G. Lacy replaced Lt Alley and was KIA (Buried in Oldenburg, Grave 277).  Sgt Robyn Fulton (on his 17th mission) of the C.W.Floyd crew flew as BTG. Sgt Elliott, the crews regular BTG,  flew as a WG.  Sgt Howard T. Larimore (on his 15th mission) flew as WG in place of Orville A. Knapp and became a POW.  According to Lt Brannan, the crew flew 13 missions. "Lt Alley had a nervous breakdown on the 5th mission and I never saw him again"  Brannan says he lost three planes during his time with the 100th BG.

AIRCRAFT 42-31735, LUCKY LEE, SHOT DOWN DURING FIGHTER ATTACK NEAR HASELUENNE AT APPROX 1200 HOURS.  A/C CRASHED NEAR BAKUM. TWO KIA, EIGHT BAILED OUT AND WERE TAKEN PRISONER.

See MACR #3020, Microfiche #1021

Crew on March 6, 1944  BERLIN

2ND LT GEORGE W. BRANNAN       P POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
       LT THOMAS LESLIE                 CP KIA  6 MAR 44 BERLIN (from Lt L.G. Lacy Crew)  
2ND LT CLYDE F. DALE            NAV KIA    6 MAR 44 BERLIN (Buried in Oldenburg, Grave 276)
2ND LT LOUIS J. DENISCO        BOM POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
 T/SGT WILLIAM F. TEAFF        ROG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN ( Died on July 6th, 1944 from complications from diphtheria)
 T/SGT WALTER AUSTIN          TTE POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
    SGT ROBYN FULTON                  BTG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (from Lt C.W. Floyd Crew)
    SGT CHARLES R. ELLIOTT       WG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN  (Original BTG on Brannan Crew, flew as WG on this mission)
    SGT HOWARD T. LARIMORE    WG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
    SGT ROBERT L. GREENLEAF      TG POW 6 MAR 44 BERLIN   sn# 11043094   POW sn#2664

THE BRANNAN CREW: MARCH 6, 1944
THE GERMAN FIGHERS KNOCKED OUT ENGINES 3 & 4 OF A/C 42-31735 "LUCKY LEE".  LT BRANNAN WAS LEADING THE SECOND ELEMENT OF THE LEAD SQUADRON IN THE 100TH "B" GROUP.  THERE WAS A HUGE STREAM OF GASOLINE COMING OFF THE RIGHT WING AND LT BRANNAN ISSUED THE BAIL OUT SIGNAL FEARING AN EXPLOSION.  A FEW MOMENTS LATER, THE SHIP EXPLODED KILLING LT THOMAS LESLIE (CP) AND LT DALE (NAV).  "LUCKY LEE" CRASHED AT HAUSSTETTE NEAR BAKUM,  GERMANY.

Memories of Sgt Greenleaf from Family: The first being their 13th mission and the first Lucky Lee had previously crash landed in England (actually this was Sunny II…mpf)…Lt Dale had been shot and went down with the the plane…A lot of flak and while in plane, Sgt Greenleaf was hit near his hip and when parachuted down, local youth greeted and prodded them with sticks.  Spent the night in jail and put into box cars, no food or heat, horses and cattle had been in there before.  When forced to march to keep ahead of Russians (1945) some had to drop thin packs and they were bayoneted to keep going.  Stole eggs from farmers and dug under straw to get potatoes.

T/Sgt Teaff Bailed out successfully and was taken prisoner. Died in Stalag Luft VI on July 6th, 1944 from complications from diphtheria. The Germans buried him with full military honors in Grave 4 of the Camp Cemetery Heydrekrug. Easter Prussia. T/Sgt Teaff's grave is believed to have been lost in the later stages of the war and as of 1944 has not been found. As such he is Commemorated on The Wall of the Missing in Netherlands…..Lt Brannan Crew Casualty Report

Some of missions Lt Brannan Crew flew:

Dec 30. 1943   Ludwigshaven- flying a/c 42-30796 SUNNY II, EP-J, The aircraft was badly damaged by fighters, Lt Brannan crash landed the plane 4 miles from Thorpe Abbotts at Starston near Harlseston, UK.  Sgt Knapp was seriously wounded in the crash and two others slightly hurt. 
Feb 3, 1944, target was WILHELMSHAVEN, GER.  
Feb 5, 1944, target was VILLACOUBLAY, FRANCE,  Crew flew an as yet identified aircraft named "My Gal" (most likely Our Gal Sal..mpf).
Feb 6, 1944, target was EVREUX, FRANCE, Crew flew "My Gal" (most likely Our Gal Sal…mpf)
Feb 10, 1944 target was BRUNSWICK
Feb 20, 1944 target was BREMEN (Start of Big Week)
Feb 24, 1944 target was POSEN (Big Week)
Feb 25, 1944 target was REGENSBURG (End of Big Week)
Mar 2, 1944   target was CHARTES, AF
Mar 3, 1944, target was BERLIN, Recall due to bad weather, Crew was flying 42-31735, EP-B LUCKY LEE, which sustained some flak damage
Mar 4, 1944, target was BERLIN, Recal due to bad weather, Crew was fliying 42-31735, EP-B LUCKY LEE 
Mar 6, 1944, target was BERLIN, SHOT DOWN, Crew was flying 42-31735, EP-B, LUCKY LEE.  

LUCKY LEE- THIS PLANE IS DEPICTED IN KEITH FERRIS'S PAINTING "FORTRESS ENGAGED" SEEN ON THE COVER OF THE 
BOOK "TARGET BERLIN" BY JEFFREY L. ETHELL AND ALFRED PRICE.


Subj: 100thBG Feedback Form 
Date: 3/15/2003 6:52:19 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: Jterman@msn.com
To: mpfaley@aol.com
Sent from the Internet 

The following form contents were entered on 16th Mar 3
Date = 16 Mar 3 02:52:07
subject = 100thBG Feedback Form
messages = 961
TYPE = Ask a question
RESPONSIBLE = 100TH BG HISTORIAN
EMAIL = Jterman@msn.com
UNAME = James W. Terman
CONNECTION = I am a relative of a 100th veteran
COMMENTS = My uncle, Charles F. Elliott recently died of throat cancer after care at the VA Hospital, Indianapolis.  He was a sergeant  waist gunner on B-17s and was with the 100th BG at Thorpe Abbott, but we do not know with which squadron and in which aircraft on his last mission.  He flew 13 missions, the majority in "Lucky Lee". On about his 10th mission that aircraft was disabled, and he was moved to a Wing Commander's (an unknown colonel) plane on or about 30 Dec. '43. On return from this mission there was major damage, the plane crash landing in a field 5 miles from base. On 6 March '44 his last aircraft was on Mission 250 to Berlin.  Near Stetin, E. Prussia, the plane was hit midships by ground fire.  Three crew were killed immediately, the co-pilot died in the fall, the pilot and bombardier made it out of the plane, but a German fighter killed the latter in his chute. Uncle Charley snagged in the hatch, was pushed out by another grewman, bumped the horizontal stabilizer, but successfully opened his chute and made it 6000 ft. to the ground.  He was immediately found by Polish peasants but German soldiers commandeered him.   He spend the rest of the 16 months war, mostly in Stalag Luft IV, until his camp was liberated by Russian troups.


Subj: Re: 100thBG Feedback Form  
Date: 3/21/2003 6:18:55 PM Pacific Standard Time 
From: jterman@msn.com 
To: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Mike:

Please note for your records that my e-mail address has just changed to
jterman@charter.net

Oh by the way, using your information I found Uncle Charley's picture in the 
crew photo of "Lucky Lee".  Very exciting.  He looked good.  My earliest 
memory of him was lying prone on a Stryker frame at the Cold Spring Road VA 
Hospital in Indianapolis where he was recuperating from the back injury 
sustained during his 16 months in Stalag Luft 4.  A German guard hit 
him in the back with a rifle butt.  I may have more questions for you but 
I've been up to you know where in alligators.   I ordered the second book 
you referenced.

Regards,

Jim Terman


my Dad's death
Posted by Charles D. Elliott on 9/20/2003, 17:03:41     hardwareman712@aol.com
64.12.96.107

my dad was sgt CHARLES F ELLIOTT OF THE LUCKY LEE B17 CREW. HE PASSED AWAY ON SEPT.24TH 2002 OF CANCER. PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE,AND IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER PHOTOS AVAILABLE OF HIM AND HIS CREW IF POSSIBLE EMAIL THEM TO ME.THANK YOU CHARLES D ELLIOTT.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-03-06  
AIRCRAFT: "Lucky Lee" (42-31735) CAUSE: EAC - Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

George W. Brannan Crew - 351st BS (left to right)
Kneeling: Thomas Leslie, Clyde F. Dale, George W. Brannan, Louis J. Denisco

Standing: Walter Austin, William F. Teaff, Charles F. Elliott, Howard T. Larimore, Robert L. Greenleaf
 (100th Photo Archives)
 
This aircraft is depicted in Keith Ferris's painting seen on the cover of "Target Berlin" by Jeffrey L. Ethell and Alfred Price.

 

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