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T/SGT  Ralph G. ELLSWORTH

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TTE
SERIAL #: STATUS: RFS
MACR:

Comments1: ROCHESTER, NY

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT FLOYD H. "BUCKY"  MASON    P POW 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
2ND LT RICHARD LAMBIOTTE           CP POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP.  TAPS: 17 JUL 1984
2ND LT WILLIAM J. DISHION, JR.   NAV CPT 19 SEPT 44 SZOLNOK, HUNGARY  TAPS: 18 MAY 1955
2ND LT GEORGE R. MORGAN          BOM CPT 15 AUG 44 VENLO
T/SGT DWIGHT D. GUTSCH           ROG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO (Ground Support) TAPS: 21 APR 1978
S/SGT RALPH G. ELLSWORTH        TTE RFS FLEW 3 MISSIONS TAPS: 11 JUN 1975
S/SGT GEORGE WESTLAKE            BTG CPT 15 AUG 44 VENLO
S/SGT JAMES E. EUBANKS, JR         WG CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN, AC FACTORY
S/SGT CHARLES S. LEVEE               WG CPT 15 AUG 44 VENLO    TAPS: 25 OCT 1981
S/SGT FRANK E. TARR                   TG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO (Ground Support)
  
349TH SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON  28 NOV 1943.  

CAPT DISHION WAS TRANSFRERRED TO GROUP NAVIGATION AND FLEW MANY MISSIONS AS COMMAND NAVIGATOR IN THE LEAD SHIP (PFF, PATHFINDER)  WITH COL TOM JEFFREY (CO OF THE 100TH) FLYING AS COMMAND PILOT. CAPT. DISHION FLEW BOTH RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSIONS IN THE LEAD PLANE.  ON BOTH SHUTTLE MISSIONS, HE FLEW WITH  COL JEFFREY AS COMMAND PILOT.  HE FLEW A TOTAL OF 36 MISSIONS AND HAD 300 FLYING HOURS…Bill Dishion was killed in an automobile accident.a mere ten years after the war..

CAPT. FLOYD MASON WAS COMMAND PILOT WITH LT J.B. NOBLE ON 28 JUL 44 WHEN LOST. 2ND LT RICHARD LAMBIOTTE WAS FLYING CO-PILOT WITH LT. W.B. MURRAY WHEN LOST. 

AIRCRAFT WAS NAMED "ONCE IN WHILE" NOT "MASON AND DIXON " AS IS WIDELY SUPPOSED..jb

AFTER 6 OR 8 MISSIONS, CAPT FLOYD MASON WAS MADE OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE 349TH AND MERLE "MIKE" EHORN REPLACED HIM.  EHORN CAME FROM THE S.A. CLARK CREW.  LT STAPELTON, CP ON LT HARRISON CREW AND FUTURE 350TH BS OPERATIONS OFFICER TOO


INCOMPLETE LIST OF MISSIONS FOR CAPT WILLIAM DISHION (mpf…2004)

DEC 11,     1943  GIESSEN
MARCH 16, 1944  AUGSBURG 
APRIL 11,   1944  POSEN            (CAPT FLOYD MASON AS COMMAND PILOT,  LT A. MIKKELSEN-PILOT, CAPT. DISHION-LEAD NAV) 
APRIL 13,   1944  AUGSBURG      (CAPT MASON-COMMAND PILO, LT STAPLETON-PILOT, CAPT DISHION-LEAD NAV)
MAY 9,      1944   LAON             (MAJ SUMNER REEDER- COMMAND PILOT,  LT STAPLETON- PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV)
MAY 27,    1944  STRASSBOURG (CAPT FLOYD MASON, COMMAND PILOT,  LT STAPLETON- PILOT)
JUNE 11,   1944  BERCK sur MER  (LT COL BENNETT-COMMAND PILOT, LT H. HOWARD-PILOT, CAPT. DISHION-COMMAND NAV) 
JUNE 26,   1944  DROHOBYCZ     (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV, FIRST RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
JULY  7,    1944  BEZIERS (FR)    (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV. RETURN FROM RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
JULY 19,   1944  SCHWEINFURT   (LT COL BENNETT-COMMAND PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV, FLYING PFF A/C))
JULY 24,   1944  ST LO              (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT,LT EHORN-PILOT,  CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV)
AUG  8,     1944 ST SYLVIAN      (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT, LT N.P. SCOTT-PILOT,  CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV)* SEE BELOW
SEPT. 18,  1944 WARSAW          (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT, CAPT DUNLAP- PILOT,  CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV. PFF A/C) 
                                                  SECOND RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION
SEPT 19,  1944  SZOLNOK (HUNGARY)  (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT,CAPT DUNLAP-PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV, PFF A/C)
 
*Capt. Dishion Was in Lead Plane on Aug 8, 1944 with Col Tom Jeffrey & Lt N. P. Scott leading the 13 CBW which lead both the 3rd Air Division and 8th Air Force.  According to the mission critique,  On August 8, 1944 the target was German Ground defenses around St Sylvian.  The 100th Bomb Group "A" Group was leading the 13th CBW (Combat Wing)which lead the 3rd Air Division and the 8th Air Force.  The lead Group consisted of 13 aircraft lead by  Col Tom Jeffrey (Commanding Officer of the 100th BG) and Lt Neal P. Scott.  The 100thBG "B" Group also consisted of 13 planes and they were flying Low Group in the 13th CBW.  They lost one aircraft (Lt J.P. Keys) and the Lead plane crash landed behind allied lines.   The 390th Bomb Group flew as High Group in the 13th CBW and the 100th BG provided 3 aircraft for the 390th BG's second element of the lead Squadron.  CAPT FREDRICK  "FEARLESS FREDDY"  CHAPIN FLEW AS LEAD BOM ON 8 AUG 1944 (ST  SYLVAIN)
ALWAYS A TOUGH TARGET AND THE 100TH  "B" GROUP  LOST IT LEAD AND DEPUTY LEAD TO FLAK PRIOR TO THE TARGET.. CAPT CHAPIN WAS WOUNDED ON THE MISSION TO ST SYLVAIN; RETURNED TO FLIGHT STATUS AND FLEW 32 FOR THE 100TH AND ONE  WITH A B-24 GROUP; PROBABLY THE ONLY 100TH VETERAN TO FLY A MISSION IN A B-24;


Subj: Re: Capt. Bill Dishion  
Date: 9/26/2004 9:13:50 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: dishion@darkwing.uoregon.edu 
To: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Greetings Mike. This is really helpful. I looked through the papers I 
have, and all I find are his discharge papers from active duty from 
London. It says he flew 36 missions, and began his tour of duty on 
Dec. 11, 1943 and completed it on Sept 22, 1944. He had 300 flying 
hours. 

I talked with Harry Crosby who was helpful. I also found a letter of 
recommedation from Harry for my dad in the paper work I had. I'm 
about to leave on a buisness trip for a week, but when I come back 
I'll pursue this. I just stumbled across the 100th bg web site a 
couple of weekS.   My mom tells me that there was one MISSION  
where they were reading his eulogy when he returned.

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Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
3/7/1944 01 125 ELLSWORTH R.G. T/SGT TTE 723 WERL (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 01 128 ELLSWORTH R.G. T/SGT TTE 723 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/16/1944 01 130 ELLSWORTH R.G. T/SGT TTE 723 AUGSBURG
4/11/1944 1 145 ELLSWORTH R.G. T/SGT TTE 986 POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.
4/13/1944 01 147 ELLSWORTH R.G. T/SGT TTE 31986 AUGSBURG

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ID: 1502