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LT  John R. CREIGHTON

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 7 JUN 44 NANTES

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

LT EDWARD P. NOORDYK            P  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES
LT JOHN R. CREIGHTON             CP  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES
LT ERNEST AITA                    NAV  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES
LT DAVID M. BAILEY               BOM  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES
T/SGT NORMAN L. BROWN       ROG  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES
T/SGT JAMES A. MEADE           TTE  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES
S/SGT GILBERT L. LANGDON     BTG  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES
S/SGT ROY W. BYERS             LWG  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES
S/SGT JOHN F. HIMPEL            RWG  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES
S/SGT FRANCIS R. GARDNER       TG  CPT 07 JUN 44  NANTES

350TH SQDN.. CREW IS SHOWN AS CREW #17 ON THE COMBAT CREW ROSTER OF 24 MAY 1944; THE DATE THEY
JOINED THE 100TH IS UNKNOWN..  Crew joined late Feb or early March 1944 and flew "BLACK CAT 13"

S/Sgt Himpel credits his pilot for the whole crew flying 25 missions without any problems. In his words " He was strictly by the book. Everyone was supposed to do their job. No excuses. No short cuts." He told me that after 20 missions they got orders to fly a night training with a bunch
of new crews. Everyone showed up at the plane except the pilot. They eventually went back to their barracks and found out the pilot had
refused to fly. "Apparently he went to Major Kidd and told him he wasn't risking his crew with a bunch of rookies in the middle of the night."

Aircraft 42-32009 was assigned to the 100th Bomb Group, 350th Squadron (LN-X) on February 14, 1944. It was MIA over Brussels on July 28, 1944.  It was involved in a Mid Air collision with AC 42-97621   Flying 009 that day was 2nd Lt Albert Spear, the crew had only been there a few days when this mid air occurred.  Eight men were KIA with only the Waist Gunner surviving the mid air.  Wesly Stansbury was flying 42-97621.  009 was an OD & Gray B-17G model. It has been said that this plane was called Buffalo Gal, this is not correct, this aircraft was called "Black Cat 13".


Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
3/16/1944 17 130 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009  "BLACK CAT 13" AUGSBURG
3/17/1944 17 131 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009  "BLACK CAT 13" MUNICH
3/18/1944 17 132 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009  "BLACK CAT 13" MUNICH
3/19/1944 17 133 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 701                             MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/23/1944 17 135 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009  "BLACK CAT 13" BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM
3/28/1944 17 138 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 97095   NO NAME         CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX
3/31/1944 17 139 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009  "BLACK CAT 13" LUDWIGSHAFEN/RECALLED
4/1/1944 17 140 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009    "BLACK CAT 13" LUDWIGSHAFEN
4/7/1944 17 141 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009    "BLACK CAT 13" QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
4/8/1944 17 142 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009    "BLACK CAT 13" QUACKENBRUCK
4/9/1944 17 143 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009    "BLACK CAT 13" KRZESINKI (POSEN)
4/10/1944 17 144 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009  "BLACK CAT 13" RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
4/11/1944 17 145 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009  "BLACK CAT 13" POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.
4/12/1944 17 146 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 97621                         SCHEUDITZ (RECALL)
4/13/1944 17 147 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009  "BLACK CAT 13" AUGSBURG
5/20/1944 17 119 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009  "BLACK CAT 13" BRUSSELS
5/23/1944 17 120 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 97095   NO NAME         TROYES
5/24/1944 17 121 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 31049  Superstitious Aloysious BERLIN
5/25/1944 17 122 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009   "BLACK CAT 13" BRUSSELS
5/27/1944 17 123 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 102695                         STRASBOURG
5/28/1944 17 124 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009   "BLACK CAT 13" MAGDEBURG
5/30/1944 17 126 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009   "BLACK CAT 13" TROYES
5/31/1944 17 127 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 102695  NO NAME          OSNABRUCK
6/2/1944 17 128 NOORDYK E.P. LT P   102695 NO NAME           BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 17 130 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009     "BLACK CAT 13" BOULOGNE
6/5/1944 17 131 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009     "BLACK CAT 13" BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/6/1944 17 -132 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009    "BLACK CAT 13" FALAISE
6/6/1944 17 -132 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009    "BLACK CAT 13" OUISTREHAM
6/7/1944 17 -135 NOORDYK E.P. LT P 32009    "BLACK CAT 13" NANTES (BRIDGES)


# DATE TARGET A/C #  A/C NAME
1    3/16/1944 AUGSBURG 32009 BLACK CAT 13
2    3/17/1944 MUNICH 32009 BLACK CAT 13
3    3/18/1944 MUNICH 32009 BLACK CAT 13
4    3/19/1944 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES  
5.   3/23/1944 BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM 32009 BLACK CAT 13
6.  3/28/1944 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 97095 NO NAME
     3/31/1944 LUDWIGSHAFEN (RECALLED) 32009 BLACK CAT 13
7  . 4/1/1944 LUDWIGSHAFEN 32009 BLACK CAT 13
      4/7/1944 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 32009 BLACK CAT 13
8.   4/8/1944 QUACKENBRUCK 32009 BLACK CAT 13
      4/9/1944 KRZESINKI (POSEN) RECALLED) 32009 BLACK CAT 13
9.   4/10/1944 RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE 32009 BLACK CAT 13
10. 4/11/1944 POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O. 32009 BLACK CAT 13
11. 4/12/1944 SCHEUDITZ (RECALL) 97621 
12. 4/13/1944 AUGSBURG 32009 BLACK CAT 13
13. 5/20/1944 BRUSSELS 32009 BLACK CAT 13
14. 5/23/1944 TROYES 97095 NO NAME
15. 5/24/1944 BERLIN 31049 Superstitious Aloysious
16. 5/25/1944 BRUSSELS 32009 BLACK CAT 13
17. 5/27/1944 STRASBOURG 102695 NO NAME
18. 5/28/1944 MAGDEBURG 32009 BLACK CAT 13
19. 5/30/1944 TROYES 32009 BLACK CAT 13
20. 5/31/1944 OSNABRUCK 102695 NO NAME
21. 6/2/1944 BOULOGNE 102695 NO NAME
22. 6/4/1944 BOULOGNE 32009 BLACK CAT 13
23. 6/5/1944 BOULOGNE 32009 BLACK CAT 13
24. 6/6/1944 OUISTREHAM 32009 BLACK CAT 13
25. 6/6/1944 FALAISE 32009 BLACK CAT 13
26. 6/7/1944 NANTES(BRIDGES) 32009 BLACK CAT 13


REPLY TO: Rinardm@bresnan.net
SUBMITTER: Mark Rinard
EMAIL: Rinardm@bresnan.net
PURPOSE: Report a change of address
INTEREST: I am the veteran's relative
  
VETERAN: Gilbert L. Langdon
DATE OF DEATH: 3/15/2004 
FAMILY CONTACT: 970-824-9394 
  
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MESSAGE: 2nd Lt. Edward P. Noordyk was my fathers poilt. You show them infront of the Mary Ann. They flew in the Black Cat 13. They flew 30 missions. I have his lucky bastards cert. 
I miss him very much.
Mark Rinard

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