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LT  Paul R. ENGLERT

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

Lt Paul R. Englert colorized graduation photo. Bombardier on Lt Flesh Crew and shot down with Lt Woodward Jr. Crew 

Cadet Paul Englert

SERIAL #: O-731040 STATUS: POW
MACR: 00688 CR: 00688

Comments1: 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART(WITH CREW #33) (ENG OIL PROBLEM)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
            LT WILLIAM R. FLESH   Original 100th BG Crew, 418th SQ

CREW #30  A/C #42-30066     "MUG WUMP"      MACR #675

1ST LT  WILLIAM R. FLESH                P;  See notes & crew listed below
F/O     RICHARD L. SNYDER              CP;  KIA  17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT  JOHN C. DENNIS             NAV;   POW  17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
1ST LT  PAUL R. ENGLERT            BOM;  POW  6 SEP 43 STUTTGART(with Crew#33, Lt Woodward )
T/SGT   LAWRENCE E. GODBEY     TTE;  KIA  17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
T/SGT   ROBERT R. DEKAY           ROG;  KIA   17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT   WALTER HALUNKA          BTG;  POW   17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT   WILLIAM M. BLANK           WG;  POW   17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT   CLARENCE R. BOWLIN        TG;  POW   17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT   CHARLES F. VIELBIG          WG SEE NOTES

MISSIONS OF LT WILLIAM FLESH CREW:

JUNE 26, 1943 LeMANS                           a/c  230066 MUGWUMP  (NO CREDIT FOR MISSION,PLANES RETURNED DUE TO WEATHER)
JUNE 28, 1943 ST. NAZAIRE (FLAK CITY)  a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JUNE 29, 1943 LeMANS                           a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JULY   4, 1943 LaPALLICE                        a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JULY 10, 1943 LeBOURGET                      a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
JULY 17, 1943 HAMBURG                         a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
AUG  17, 1943 REGENSBURG                    a/c   25860 ESCAPE KIT

ON REGENSBURG MISSION, LT WILLIAM  FLESH WAS ON LEAVE AND LT CURTIS BIDDICK, OF CREW #28 REPLACED HIM.  BIDDICK'S REGULAR BOMBARDIER,  LT DAN McKAY REPLACED LT PAUL ENGLERT. LT BIDDICK WAS KIA AND McKAY, BADLY BURNED,  WAS A POW.
T/SGT HOWARD J. BROCK OF CREW #35 (LT BLAKELY CREW), FLEW FOR CHARLES VIELBIG AND WAS TAKEN PRISONER.

ABOUT FORTY MILES NORTHWEST OF REGENSBURG THE AIRCRAFT WAS HIT IN RIGHT SIDE OF THE NOSE AND FUSELAGE BY 20-MM ROUNDS, WOUNDING GODBEY AND STARTING AN INTENSE OXYGEN SYSTEM FIRE IN THE FLIGHT DECK AREA.  THE CO-PILOT RICHARD SNYDER WAS SEEN STANDING ON THE WING, APPARENTLY HAVING EGRESSED THE AIRCRAFT THROUGH A HOLE IN THE FUSELAGE.  IT IS THOUGHT THAT HE HIT THE STABLIZER WHEN HE LEFT THE WING, AT ANY RATE HIS BODY WAS LOCATED SOME THREE MONTHS LATER HANGING IN HIS CHUTE HARNESS FROM A TREE BRANCH. THIS IS THE INCEDENT MENTIONED BY BEIRNE LAY IN HIS ARTICLE ON THE REGENSBURG MISSION. OWEN "COWBOY" ROANE ALSO REPORTED SEEING SNYDER'S GALLANT BID TO ESCAPE THE DOOMED  "ESCAPE KIT."(42-5860)  LT ROANE REPORTED SEEING SNYDER CLIMB OUT ON THE WING AND REACH BACK INSIDE FOR HIS CHUTE PACK, PROABLY THE HOLE IN THE FUSELAGE WAS TOO SMALL TO GET THROUGH WEARING A CHUTE PACK. SNYDER BUCKLED ON HIS CHUTE WHILE STANDING IN THE FIRE RAGING ON THE WING. THE FACT HE DID NOT SURVIVE DOES NOT DIMISH HIS VALIANT EFFORT.  HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BY THE 100TH.

(mpf) I think that Lt William Flesh took over the crew of Capt. Sumner Reeder after Reeder and his officers were injured on Sept 6, 1943 mission.   

CREW

Mission: Gelsenkirchen
Date: 5 Nov 1943  349th Sqdn..

 William R. Flesh              P CPT
 John G.Gossage           CP POW   Mar 44 Berlin
 Omar Gonzales        NAV POW  (Group Navigator)
 James J. Lux           BOM POW
 Conner D. Brewster    ROG KIA  (From S. Reeder crew)
 Harold L. Pope         TTE EVADEE (From S. Reeder crew)
 Francis G. Dolsen        BTG POW  (From S. Reeder crew)
 George P. Gineikis       WG EVADEE (From G. Van Noy crew)
 Leon E. McDonald       WG POW
 James Marasco           TG POW  (From S. Reeder crew)


Operations Report says: "Plane was hit in #! engine after bombs away. All crew members
except Pilot and Co-pilot bailed out, on orders, over the target area."
Flesh and Gossage managed to fly the ship back to England.

NOVEMBER 1943. MISSION GILSENKIRCHEN."SQUAWKIN HAWK" PILOTED BY WILLIAM FLESH AND CO-PILOTED BY JOHN GOSSAGE, LOST IT'S CREW, INCLUDING OMAR GONZALES, 'ONCE GROUP NAVIGATOR' WHEN AFTER SUSTAINING HEAVY BATTLE DAMAGE, THEY WERE ORDERED TI BAIL OUT AND EVERYBODY EXCEPT THE PILOTS JUMPED. ON RECOVERING CONTROL, LIEUTENATN FLESH AND GOSSAGE BROUGHT THE SHATTERED PLANE BACK, TO LAND AT TANGMERE IN KENT.UNFORTUNATELY, THE RADIO OPERATOR, CONNOR BRESTER WAS KILLED WHEN HIS PARACHUTE FAILED TO OPEN. THE ENGINEER HAROLD POPE AVOIDED CAPTURE AND AIDED BY THE UNDERGROUND MANAGED TO GET BACK TO ENGLAND. WAIST GUNNER GEORGE GINEIKIS, ALSO BECAME AN EVADEE. THE REST WERE TAKEN PRISONER OF WAR.THIS FORTRESS WAS REPAIRED AND RETURNED TO COMBAT STATUS.  THE BADLY DAMAGED "SQUAWKIN HAWK" WAS REPAIRED AND RESTORED TO OPERATIONS. SHE BECAME THE FIRST 100TH AIRCRAFT TO COMPLETE 50 MISSIONS. WITH HER SKIN AUTOGRAPHED BY THE MEN OF THE 100TH, SHE WAS FLOWN BACK TO THE STATES FOR A WAR BOND TOUR.

 Lt Flesh was xfer to the 482nd Bomb Group at Alchonbury on November 26, 1943 with the Crew of Lt Ford/Lt Brooks


CREW
               1ST LT EDGAR F. WOODWARD, JR.

CREW #33   A/C #42-5860 "Escape Kit"                  MACR #688

1ST LT  EDGAR WOODWARD, JR               P; INT      6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
F/O     JOHN H., THOMPSON                    CP; POW   6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
2ND LT  EMANUEL A. CASSIMATIS          NAV; POW   6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
2ND LT  ROBERT E. DIBBLE                    BOM; KIA   15 AUG 43 MERVILLE AF
S/SGT   FRANK DANELLA                       TTE; POW   6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
T/SGT   MELVIN E. GAIDE                     ROG; POW    6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT   GHARLES J. GRIFFIN                  WG; POW     6 SEP 43 STUTTGART    
S/SGT   GEORGE A. JANOS                   BTG; POW     6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT   WILLIAM D. BROOKS                 TG; POW     6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT   DONALD H. FLETCHER              WG; POW      6 SEP 43 STUTTGART

NOTES:  THIS IS AN "ORIGINAL CREW" OF THE 100TH BOMB GROUP.

ON 6 SEP 43, LT PAUL L. ENGLERT WHOSE CREW (#30 Lt William Flesh) WAS LOST ON THE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG MISSION AS BOMBARDIER AND BECAME A POW.

Crew #33 418th Sqdn.       MACR #688 Microfiche #227

 Mission: Stuttgart       A/C#'42-30402 (POONTANG)
 Date: 6 Sept.1943
 Time. 0930

Capt.Edgar F.Woodward,Jr.                    P  INTERNEE 
F/O John H.Thompson                         CP  POW 
2nd Lt Emanuel A.Cassimatis               NAV  POW
1st Lt Paul L,Englert                        BOM  POW
  T/Sgt Frank Danella                     TTE   POW
  T/Sgt Melvin E.Gaide                   ROG   POW
  S/Sgt George A.Janos                  BTG   POW
  S/Sgt Donald H.Fletcher               RWG  POW
  S/Sgt Charles J.Griffin                     LWG  POW
  S/Sgt William D.Brooks                    TG  POW

Eyewitness accounts:

"Saw Woodward's ship going down at 4830N-0803E at 0929  #2 engine was windmilling. everything else seemed to be OK."
                                                     Walter U. "Chief" Moreno  1st Lt.

"Saw Capt. Woodward's A/C turned out of formation under control and headed for Switzerland. Nothing seemed wrong with A/C,"
                                                     John D. Brady, 1st Lt.

"A/C #402 at 0930 approximately 2 miles north of Strasbourg salvoed bombs into a woods. Headed south and went under cloud deck.All engines turning over. No E/A or AA at this time."
                                                     Gale W.Cleven,Major, 350th BS C.O.

A letter from D.H.Fletcher of 25/1/84 states that on the way into the target, an oil leak in #2 engine. Woodward could then have aborted,but decided to press on.Somewhere near the IP oil pressure went to zero and prop would not feather - cylinder head temp. went sky high. If engine seized and prop came off it could have been disastrous to ship.It was decided to head south for Switzerland. When they believed themselves over Switzerland,the crew bailed. It turned out that only Woodward, who remained with aircraft until the crew had successfully bailed out, landed in Switzerland,the others in Germany.

MEMO 2:

Original 100th, Crew #30, replaced Robert E. Dibble (WIA 26 Jul 43).  Pilot feared engine would seize, Crew tried to jump

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Stuttgart DATE: 1943-09-06  
AIRCRAFT: "Poontang" (42-30402) CAUSE: Lost Oil Pressure  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Paul R. Englert, BOM on the William R. Flesh crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Paul R. Englert, BOM on Lt William Flesh Crew and later shot down with Lt Edgar F. Woodward, Jr. crew holding the 418th Squadron Crest, never seen until this photo. Detailed Informaton (100th Photo Archives)

Lt Englert's Air Medal

Paul R Englert graduation article. 

Eye Candy for sound sleeping. Lt Paul R. Englert in his bunk. 

Lt. Paul R. Englert (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Lt. Paul Englert (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Lt. Paul Englert (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Lt William Flesh Crew Stateside with Mugwump. L-R Standing:  T/Sgt Robert DeKay-ROG, Lt Paul R. Englert-Bom,Lt William R. Flesh-Pilot,  
Kneeling far right S/SGT  Walter HALUNKA

 William R. Flesh crew. Paul R. Englert BOM, standing second from left Stateside. William Flesh is standing third from Left.  S/SGT  Walter HALUNKA Is kneeling second from left, Crew standing in front of Mugwump (100th Photo Archives) 

Back row (left): Charles Via; Front row (middle): Howard Hamilton; Front row (right): Paul Englert (photo courtesy of the family of Edmund Forkner and Jim Blakely). 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

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