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LT  William R. FLESH

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

Lt William R. Flesh.  Courtesy of Jim Blakely, Forkner Photo collection and Matt Mabe .

Lt William R. Flesh at Thorpe Abbotts.  Courtesy of Jim Blakely, Forkner Photo collection and Matt Mabe .

Lt. William R. Flesh (from the collection of James Potts)

SERIAL #: O-725595 STATUS: XFR
MACR: CR: 99908

Comments1: 5 NOV 43 GELSENKIRCHEN (RTN WITH P & CP ONLY)

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 LT 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 LT COL. BEIRNE LAY IN HIS ARTICLE "I SAW REGENSBURG DESTROYED" IN THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, NOV 43. 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, PROBABLY 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.

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 Interview with Frank Dolsen BTG on Lt Sumner Reeder Crew  ( 2009 by MPF):
"A few days after the Stutgartt we were sent to a "flak house" in the south of England  When we returned to the base Maj Veal came by and asked us if we wanted to continued to fly our missions or be taken off combat status. Orrin Furlong took the offer and was moved to Ground duties.  Maj Veal  explained that he was putting together pick up crews and said he would keep the Reeder enlisted men together if we continued to fly. We decided we would continue flying missions and Leon MacDonald (spare gunners pool) took Furlong's place at WG.  I always respected Maj Veal for coming to us and offering us the option. We were given new officers and Lt Flesh was the Pilot.  We had a S/Sgt Charles Ping fly with us as a TG on a few missions but he RFS after a few missions. I remember once we came down through the soup out over the North Sea and came right out on top of two German Mine sweepers who through up some flak at us. Ping freaked out and had to be held down in the Radio room until the plane landed.    Our enlisted men were bunked with the enlisted men from Lt Jack Justice crew."        

(mpf) Lt William Flesh took over the crew of Capt. Sumner Reeder after Reeder and his officers were injured on Sept 6, 1943 mission to Stuttgart. The makeup of Lt Flesh Crew after Sept 6, 1943 contained the following members.

Lt William Flesh                 P (XFR to 482nd Bomb Group at Alconbury)
Lt John Gossage              CP (POW Mar. 3, 1944 BERLIN)
Lt James Lux                 BOM  (from Lt Raring Crew)
Lt Omar Gonzales           NAV 
T/Sgt Harold Pope         TTE (From S. Reeder crew)
T/Sgt Connor Brewster- ROG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Frank Dolson        BTG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Orrin Furlong        WG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Robert Lovin        WG (From S. Reeder crew)
S/Sgt Charles Ping          TG RFS


MISSION LIST OF LT FLESH CONTINUED:

SEPT. 23, 1943   VANNES        a/c 230799 BIGASSBIRD II
SEPT. 26, 1943   PARIS           a/c 230799 BIGASSBIRD II
OCT.    4, 1943   HANAU         a/c   25861 LADEN MAIDEN
NOV.    5, 1943  GELSENKIRCHEN (info below) a/c 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK 

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

 William R. Flesh             P CPT
 John G.Gossage           CP POW   Mar 3,1944 Berlin
 Omar Gonzales           NAV POW      (Group Navigator)
 James J. Lux              BOM POW     (from Lt Raring Crew)
 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. MacDonald     WG EVADEE
 James Marasco          TG POW        (From S. Reeder crew)

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 TO BAIL OUT AND EVERYBODY EXCEPT THE PILOTS JUMPED. ON RECOVERING CONTROL, LIEUTENANTS FLESH AND GOSSAGE BROUGHT THE SHATTERED PLANE BACK, TO LAND AT RAF TANGMERE IN KENT.UNFORTUNATELY, THE RADIO OPERATOR, CONNOR BREWSTER 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.


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Message:  I was checking details about the Wm R. Flesh crew 349 BS, FTR 5 Nov '43 and note an error in your information.
S/Sgt Leon E. 'Al' MacDonald, 32287971 was not a Pow. He is listed as E&E 256 and was the 208th evader helped by the famous Comete line, crossing into Spain on 27 Nov 43, together with fellow crew man George Gineikis….Michael LeBlanc


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.

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Lt Flesh was xfer to the 482nd Bomb Group at Alconbury on November 26, 1943 with the Crew members  of Lt Ford/Lt Brooks/Lt Reed see below: 

CREW
2ND LT GEORGE W. FORD            P POW 26 NOV 43 BREMEN (with Lt Earl Williams Crew)
2ND LT AMERICUS V. COMBS        CP XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
2ND LT GLENN M. LASHBROOK   NAV XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
2ND LT NATHAN COOPER        BOM XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
T/SGT JOHN J. MURPHY          ROG XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
   SGT KENNTH C. STROUGH     BTG XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (moved to WG)
   SGT JACK KOSSIN               WG XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
   SGT JOHN P. WILLIAMS          TG XFER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43
S/SGT   RICHARD M. PRICE             BTG  X-FER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (original cadre on Victor Reed Crew)
T/SGT  GLENN N. ALBRIGHT           TTE X-FER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (original cadre on Victor Reed Crew) 

349th Sqdn.

Crew, as above, arrived 349th sqdn. 12 Sep 1943 according to Glenn Lashbrook. He also states that a day or two after arriving, Lt George Ford was replaced as first pilot on the Crew by Lt Charles A. Brooks from the Crew of Lt Victor Reed. Lt Ford was shot down with the Crew of Lt Earl Williams (see note below)

1ST LT  VICTOR REED                           P:             TRANSFERRED FROM 100TH
F/O CHARLES A. BROOKS                    CP:  CPT,  16/12/43  BREMEN (took over Lt Ford Crew)
2ND LT  HOWARD D. BASSETT          NAV:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
2ND LT  JOSEPH P. ARMANINI           BOM:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
T/SGT   GLENN N. ALBRIGHT             TTE:  X-FER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (original cadre on Victor Reed Crew)
S/SGT   RICHARD O. DETWEILER        WG:  CPT, 13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART
T/SGT   JAMES S. DOUGHERTY         ROG:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
S/SGT   RICHARD M. PRICE                BTG:  X-FER 482ND (PFF) 26 NOV 43 (original cadre on Victor Reed Crew)
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 1st pilot on the Lt George W. Ford Crew and 
completed the tour.

MISSIONS OF 1ST LT. CHARLES A. BROOKS WITH CREW #37 (Copilot Lt Combs)


 DATE  MISSION  A/C # & NAME

12. 23/09/43 VANNES  25861 LADEN MAIDEN
13. 26/09/43 PARIS   25861 LADEN MAIDEN
14. 27/09/43 EMDEN  25861 LADEN MAIDEN
15. 02/10/43 EMDEN  230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
16. 04/10/43 SAARLUIS, HANAU 230088 SQUAWKIN HAWK
17. 20/10/43 DUREN
18. 03/11/43 WILHELMSHAVEN 
19. 05/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN
20. 07/11/43 DUREN
21. 13/11/43 BREMEN
22. 16/11/43 RJUKAN, NORWAY 

WARTIME DIARY OF GLENN  M. LASHBROOK (NAV. ON LT FORD CREW)

June 19, 1943
 Graduated Mather Field, Calif. -- Class of 43-9 and given 10 day delay and 3 days travel time before reporting to first duty station.

July 2, 1943
 Reported to 330th Bombardment Group, Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas - - Group did not need any navigators.

July 4, 1943 
 Re-assigned and reported to 333rd Bomb Gp, Dalhart Air Force Base, Dalhart, Texas.

July 5, 1943
 Assigned to 466th Bomb Gp Squadron, Savoie Provisional Group as Navigator on Lt George Ford's crew, flying B-17s. Crew was then near end of second phase of it's training.

August 17, 1943
 Left Dalhart for Scott Field, Illinois after having 8 day leave, which was spent in Santa Ana, Calif. with Barbara. (Wife of Glenn Lashbrook)

August 22, 1943
 Left Scott Field for Dow Field, Bangor, Maine after completion of staging. Day before leaving, Mom, Dad, Irene, Richard, Isabel and Allan came down and we drove to St. Louis..Flying time to Dow Field: 6½ hours.

August 25, 1943
 Left Dow Field for Goose Bay, Laborador. Uneventful flight of 4½ hours. Pilot did let-down on Goose Bay radio because of heavy undercast and the country looked very green and beautiful when we broke through. Goose Bay is a combination American - Canadian field, many different uniforms were in evidence. The BOQ was very good.

August 26, 1943
 Left Goose Bay for Bluie West One on Greenland. Shot one sun line, the only celestial work on the whole trip, the rest DR from a flight plan with use of radio beams for course corrections. Arrived at Bluie West One, a small field at the end  of a fjord, and all the enlisted men crowded into the nose for a good look. We received orders to proceed to Meeks Field, Iceland. Arrived Meeks Field after 10 hours in the air and it was dark so the lights were a welcome sight.

August 27, 1943
 Flew from Meeks Field to Prestwick, Scotland by way of Stonoway, an uneventful 4 hour flight. Used Air Transport Command's book on the trip across and it provided great circle courses, distances, and variation so that it was only necessary to apply metro data to figure a flight plan.

August 28, 1943
 Reported to Combat Crew Replacement Center No. #11 Bovingdon, near London after an all night trip from Scotland on the train.

September 12, 1943
 Reported to the 100th Bombardment Group at Thorpe Abbotts near Diss. Norfolk. Assigned to the 349th Bombardment Squadron. Commanding Officer, Major Veal. Crew given a new first pilot, F/O Charles Brooks.

September 23, 1943
 Flew as spare on raid to Vannes, France. Couldn't find group and returned to base from Portland Bill. Given credit for a combat mission through a clerical error.

September 24, 1943
 On blind -- bombing practice mission over the North Sea. Were led too close to the Frisian Islands and ME-109s and FW-190s attacked the formation catching it completely off guard. 100th lost one ship (Gossage) and half the crew drowned when jumping into water. British E-Boat happened to be passing to raid the Dutch Coast and took five survivors with them.

September 26, 1943
 Mission to Paris. Unable to bomb due to heavy undercast and jettisoned bombs in English Channel. Saw first flak from Amiens and Abbeville.

September 27, 1943
 Mission to Emden. Flew on left wing of Col. Harding who was in a Pathfinder ship -- we were second ship over target. P-47 support very effective and saw no enemy fighters, although some ships in succeeding combat wings were lost. Bombing results were not too good, but mission was a great success for first long range support of fighters.

October 2, 1943
 Emden again. Not in such good position and encountered fighter opposition. Didn't get to bombing altitude until reaching I.P.

October 4, 1943
 Started to Frankfurt but never found it and bombed Saarlautern by mistake. Lead Navigator brought us back by way of Paris but weren't fired at. Reached England in a very lost condition.

October 9, 1943
 Mission to Marienberg in East Prussia. Flew with Magee Fuller as first pilot and were in the air 11 hours, but never over 13,000 feet. Focke-Wolf assembly plant almost completely destroyed - considered a most outstanding job of precision bombing. When the 100th reached the target huge columns of smoke were rising, but groups incendiaries missed target anyhow.

October 20, 1943
 Mission to Duren, Germany. Flew as high as 30,000 feet to rise above 10/10 cloud cumulo-Nimbus clouds above the Continent. Was very miserable from bends. Flak holes in ship.

November 3, 1943
 Pathfinder mission to Wilhelmshaven. Good results.

November 5, 1943
 Pathfinder mission to Gelsenkirchen in Ruhr Valley. Missed target completely. Encountered heavy flak and got small holes in wings.  

November 7, 1943
 Pathfinder mission to Duren

November 13, 1943
 Pathfinder mission to Bremen. Equipment in lead ship went out and finally crossed unto Denmark near Island of Sylt. Turned back and encountered considerable fighter opposition. Jettisoned bombs in North Sea. Came back single ship with new crew on our right wing. Terrific headwinds so did considerable sweating before English Coast was sighted. Did a lousy job of navigating and was glad to get a QDM from the base.

November 16, 1943
 Raid on power station at Rjukan, Norway, a ten hour mission. Led second element in lead squadron. Capt Barr led group (The 100th was led by Owen "Cowboy" Roane on this mission)    Capt Payne "Bubbles" and Capt Peel were lead Navigator and Bombardier and both did excellent jobs and the mission was a success. Forced to climb to 18,000 feet just off English Coast to go above a front upon returning.

November 26, 1943
 Day after Thanksgiving. Moved from the 100th to the 482nd Bomb Gp at Alconbury, Huntingdonshire. Assigned to the 812th Squadron to learn "Mickey" system (H2X)  of Pathfinder navigation. Lt Flesh became first pilot of the old 100th crew.
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This Crew was assinged to the 482nd Bomb Group on Nov 26, 1943. This Crew was at 482nd Bomb Group for Two months training, flew no misisons and were transferred to the 303rd Bomb Group, 427th Bomb Squadron on Jan 25, 1944.  Lt Combs (Bom) stayed at Alconbury when the crew was transferred  Lt Lashbrook (Nav) also stayed at Alconbury to become a Radar operator and the Bombardier.   Lt Flesh bailed out a crew over Gelsenkirken Nov 5, 1943 and then brought the plane back to base empty.  That was the last straw for Flesh with the 100th BG.  First the Regensburg Mission (crew shot down, and he was hung over) and then this mission where he bales out Omar "The Tent Maker" Gonzalas and all the enlisted men of Sumner Reeders Crew from a damaged aircraft only to regain control of it and bring it back to Thorpe Abbotts (with Lt Gossarge as CP).  Flesh was making up for past errors while in the 303rd. Where he completes his mission and signs up for a second tour.  

WILLIAM R. FLESH CREW - 427th BS 
(Assigned 427BS: 25 January 1944)

1Lt William R. Flesh (P), 
2Lt Americus V. Combs III (CP),
1Lt Robert V. Doyle (NAV), 
1Lt John J. Reeder (BOM) 
T/Sgt Glenn N. Albright (TTE), 
T/Sgt John J. Murphy (ROG),
S/Sgt Richard M. Price (BTG), 
S/Sgt Kenneth C. Strough (LWG),
S/Sgt Jack Kossin (RWG), 
S/Sgt John P. Williams, Jr. (TG) 


Thirty-Four Dispatched (32 credited) missions flown by 1Lt William R. Flesh: As Combat Crew Pilot: with 303rd Bomb Group
#                DATE          TARGET
102        Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
103,       Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
104(A),   Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
114,       Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France 
115,       Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
118,       Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
119,       Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
122,       Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany 
123,       Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France 
126,       Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany 
127,       Mar 24, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
129,       Mar 27, 1944 Chartres, France 
130,       Mar 28, 1944 Dijon/Longvic, France 
132,       Apr 09, 1944 Marienburg, Germany 
133,       Apr 10, 1944 Brussels/Evere, Belgium 
134(A),   Apr 11, 1944 Sorau, Germany 
135        Apr 13, 1944 Schweinfurt, Germany , 
257,       Oct 15, 1944 Cologne (Köln), Germany 
261,       Oct 22, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
262,       Oct 25, 1944 Hamm, Germany 
263,       Oct 26, 1944 Munster, Germany 
264        Oct 30, 1944 Hamm, Germany 

As Lead Crew CoPilot and Pilot:
206       Jul 18, 1944 Peenemunde, Germany  
210,      Jul 23, 1944 Creil, France 
211(AS),Jul 24, 1944 St. Lo, France  
218,      Aug 04, 1944 Peenemunde, Germany 
222,      Aug 07, 1944 Chartres/St. Ouen, France 
223,      Aug 08, 1944 Caen, France 
225,      Aug 11, 1944 Brest, France 
227,      Aug 13, 1944 Eureux-Bernay, France 
233,      Aug 27, 1944 Esbjerg, Denmark 
240       Sep 11, 1944 Lutzkendorf, Germany 
Note: Additional missions, of which we have no record, were flown as a 305th BG(H) Lead Crew Pilot
(A) Mission aborted - no credit --- (AS) Credited abortive sortie - no bombs dropped
For mission dates and targets see the missions list. 

Crew Notes - Missions flown as a combat crew:
Pilot, CoPilot and Enlisted Crewmen flew combat missions, on detached service, with the 305th BG(H), who was providing Lead Crews to 1st Division Bomb Groups - We have no record of these missions. 1Lt William R. Flesh (P) - All missions as a combat crew pilot. Completed combat tour on 13 April 1944. Volunteered for a second combat tour as a Lead Crew Pilot. 

2Lt Americus V. Combs, III (CP) - Missions flown: As Flesh Crew CoPilot - 

#                DATE          TARGET
102        Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
103,       Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
104(A),   Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
115,       Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
118,       Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
119,       Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
122,       Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany 
123,       Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France 
As 1st Pilot - 
135,       Apr 13, 1944 Schweinfurt, Germany 
136,       Apr 18, 1944 Oranienburg, Germany 
138.       Apr 20, 1944 Sottevast, France        Completed 30 mission combat tour 
 
1Lt Robert V. Doyle (N) - Missions Flown: William R. Flesh crew - Seven missions  (assigned when crew was transferred to 303rd BG)
#                DATE          TARGET
102        Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
103,       Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
104(A),   Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
115,       Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
118,       Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany  
With George W. Shope, Jr Crew - Six missions 53, 54, 55, 56, 57(A), 59); Howard C. Ness Crew - 5 missions (72, 73, 74, 77, 78); Seven Other Pilots - Nine missions (51, 60, 63, 64, 65, 69, 114, 117, 118). First mission (51) 17 July 43. Completed 25 mission combat tour - mission 118 - 6 March 1944.
 
1Lt John J. Reeder (B) - Missions Flown: William R. Flesh Crew - Five missions (assigned when crew was transferred to 303rd BG)
#                DATE          TARGET
102        Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
104(A),   Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
115,       Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
George W. Shope, Jr. Crew - six missions (53, 54, 55, 56, 57(A), 59); Howard C. Ness Crew - five missions (72, 73, 74, 77, 78); Four other Pilots - five missions (51, 63, 64, 114, 117). First mission (51) 17 July 1943. Completed 25 mission combat tour - mission 117 - 4 March 1944. 

T/Sgt Glenn N. Albright (E) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - Ten missions 

#                DATE          TARGET
102        Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
103,       Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
104(A),   Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
114,       Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France 
115,       Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
118,       Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
119,       Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany  
122        Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany      Completed 25 mission combat tour on 18 March 1944. 

T/Sgt John J. Murphy (R) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - Fourteen missions 

#                DATE          TARGET
102        Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
103,       Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
104(A),   Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
114,       Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France 
115,       Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
118,       Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
119,       Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany  
122        Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany  
123,       Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France 
126,       Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany 
127,       Mar 24, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
129        Mar 27, 1944 Chartres, France         Completed 25 mission combat tour 

S/Sgt Richard M. Price (BTG) - Mission flown: William R. Flesh crew - Nine missions 

#                DATE          TARGET
102        Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
103,       Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
104(A),   Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
114,       Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France 
115,       Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
118,       Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
119,       Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany      Completed 25 mission combat tour  

S/Sgt Kenneth C. Strough (LWG) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - Eleven missions 

#                DATE          TARGET
102        Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
103,       Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
104(A),   Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
114,       Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France 
115,       Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
119,       Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany  
122        Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany  
123,       Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France 
126,       Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany 
 Other Pilots 
125, 
126 Completed combat tour on 23 March 1944. 

S/Sgt Jack Kossin (RWG) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - Fourteen missions 

#               DATE         TARGET
114,       Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France  
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
118,       Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
119,       Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
122,       Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany 
123,       Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France 
126,       Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany 
127,       Mar 24, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
129,       Mar 27, 1944 Chartres, France 
130,       Mar 28, 1944 Dijon/Longvic, France 
132,       Apr 09, 1944 Marienburg, Germany 
133,       Apr 10, 1944 Brussels/Evere, Belgium 
134(A),   Apr 11, 1944 Sorau, Germany 
135        Apr 13, 1944 Schweinfurt, Germany , 
Other Pilot - one mission 
137        Apr 19, 1944 Kassel, Germany Completed combat tour
 
S/Sgt John P. Williams (TG) - Missions flown: William R. Flesh crew - 12 missions 

#                DATE          TARGET
102        Jan 30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany 
103,       Feb 03, 1944 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
104(A),   Feb 04, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
107(AS), Feb 08, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
114,       Feb 28, 1944 Bois Coquerol, France 
115,       Mar 02, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany 
116,       Mar 03, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
118,       Mar 06, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany 
119,       Mar 08, 1944 Berlin (Erkner), Germany  
122        Mar 18, 1944 Lechfeld, Germany  
123,       Mar 19, 1944 Wizernes, France 
126,       Mar 23, 1944 Hamm/Ahlen, Germany   Completed combat tour 
Other pilots - two missions 123, 126

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PHOTOS:

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

Lt Flesh Pick up Crew October 1943

Kneeling: L-R
Lt James Lux- Bomb
Lt William Flesh-Pilot
Lt John Gossage- Copilot

Standing: L-R
T/Sgt Connor Brewster-ROG
S/Sgt Frank Dolson-BTG
S/Sgt Charles Ping-TG
T/Sgt Harold Pope-TTE
S/Sgt Robert Lovin-WG
S/Sgt Orrin Furlong-WG

 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) 

Two 100th pilots, W.R. Flesh - 418th and J.G. Gossage of the 349th. Gossage was shot down on a practice mission and was rescued from the North Sea. 

Lt William Flesh in middle October 1943 had a pick up crew that consisted of the Enlisted men from Sumner Reeder Crew. Reeder was recuperating from the wounds received on Sept 6, 1943 and Squadron CO Maj Veal asked the enlisted men if they would mind flying with Flesh until Reeder had recovered. The group had significant loses at Bremen,Munster and Hanau totaling 20 crews! 

Lt Flesh Pick up Crew October 1943

Kneeling: L-R
Lt James Lux- Bomb
Lt William Flesh-Pilot
Lt John Gossage- Copilot

Standing: L-R
T/Sgt Connor Brewster-ROG
S/Sgt Frank Dolson-BTG
S/Sgt Charles Ping-TG
T/Sgt Harold Pope-TTE
S/Sgt Robert Lovin-WG
S/Sgt Orrin Furlong-WG

Missing from photo is Nav.  Lt Omar “The Tent Maker” Gonzales 

Lt William Flesh at Thorpe Abbotts. Courtesy of Jim Blakely, Forkner Photo collection and Matt Mabe .

William Flesh (from the collection of Franklin Seibert)

Albert "Bucky" Elton and William Flesh (photo courtesy of Marylata Elton)

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

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