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LT  August H. GASPAR

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM
SERIAL #: O-732616 STATUS: POW
MACR: 01028 CR: 01028

Comments1: 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (Original 100th, Crew #31)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
 
     Crew #31           418th Sqdn. M.A.C.R. #1028

Mission:Munster Aircraft #42-30725
Date: 10 Oct.1943
Time: 1500/1530 "AW-R-GO"
A/C last seen: Munster
Cause:EAC

Crew aboard: 
Charles B.Cruikshank Capt.     P POW
 Glenn E.Graham 1st Lt.   CP POW
 Frank D.Murphy Capt.     NAV POW
 August H.Gaspar 1st Lt BOM POW
 Orlando E.Vincenti T/Sgt ROG KIA
 Leonard R.Weeks T/Sgt.    TTE POW
 Robert L.Bixler S/Sgt.    BTG POW
 James M.Johnson S/Sgt  .  WG POW
 Donald B.Garrison S/Sgt.    WG POW
 Charles A.Clark Sgt.  TG KIA

Crew on 21st mission. Weeks said that Vincenti bailed out of bomb-bay with chute afire. Had been fighting fire in radio room.

Garrison saw both James Johnson & Robert Bixler wounded and in waist of plane. Plane blew up and Garrison blown out. Ship had dropped bombs on target.

Weeks said; "Germans said Vincenti's chute had burned in the descent and that he was dead before hitting the ground. Bixler said Germans had shown him Vincenti's dog tags and told him that he was dead."

Johnson said he was blown out of ship and his chute opened at about 5,000 ft.

Clark couldn't seem to get his escape hatch open and was probably killed when plane blow up.

Fighter attack caused fire in ship.

German Records show :Sgt. Charles A. Clark interred on 11 )ct 1943 at Lienen Cemetary/Wesph. Northwestern
third of cemetary, southern grave.

   O.E.Vincenti northern grave

(probably entirely burnt since Id tsg was found burnt,too.) Mrs.Agnes Clark 603 Laurel Ave. Highland Park,Ill.

MEMO 2:

August H. "Augie" Gaspar

Birth: 	Mar. 30, 1917
Oakland
Alameda County
California, USA
Death: 	Sep. 25, 2007
Walnut Creek
Contra Costa County
California, USA

August H. "Augie" Gaspar Was born in Oakland, CA on March 30, 1917. He passed away September 25, 2007 in Walnut Creek, CA at the age of 90. He attended St. Anthony's Grammar School, Oakland; St. Mary's College High School, Berkeley, and St. Mary's College, Moraga. He served in the US Army Air Corps as a B-17 Bombadier in Europe during WWII. He was a P.O.W. for 19 months as a result of the raid on Munster. After the war, he remained as an Officer in the Air Force reserves, retiring as a Lt. Col. He also worked as a baker for 35 years at the Langendorf Bakery in Oakland, retiring in 1977. He was a long time resident of San Lorenzo, most recently residing in Bethel Island and Danville. Augie is preceeded in death by Mary, his wife of 49 years. He is survived by his nephews Dale (Sharon) Perry, Tony (Bobbie) Lizarraga, Steve (Dian) Lizarraga, Glen (Tina) Lipanovich, Scott (Jenny) Lipanovich, Jay (Lois) Lipanovich, Ron Hirschman, and a niece Nanci (Ron) Cearnal. Additionally, he is survived by countless grandnieces, grandnephews and loving, lifelong friends. Visitation will be Thursday, September 27th from 4:00 - 8:30 p.m., HOLY ANGELS FUNERAL & CREMATION CENTER, with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, September 28th, 2007 at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. Entombment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to St. Mary's College High School, Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1294 Albina Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94706 or to The American Red Cross at www.bayarea-redcross.org. 


Burial:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 
Hayward
Alameda County
California, USA
 
Created by: Travelingal
Record added: Oct 01, 2007 
Find A Grave Memorial# 21867157

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Munster DATE: 1943-10-10  
AIRCRAFT: "Aw R Go" (42-30725) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Major John C. Egan, left, and Anthony "Augie" Gospar in Marrakesh, Morrocco, August 20, 1943 (100th Photo Archives) 

 Officers from Crew #31 at Wendover Field, Utah in December 1942. From left C. Maertz, Charlie B. Cruikshank (Crankshaft to the 100th), Anthony H. Gaspar, and Frank D. Murphy. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 The Charles B. Cruikshank crew in Telergua, Algeria, 17 Aug 1943. Crew #31 just after landing. L-R A. August H. Gaspar, Charles A. Clark, James M. Johnson, Robert Bixler, Frank D. Murphy, Donald B. Garrison, Leonard R. Weeks, Orlando E. Vincenti. The pilot Charles B. Cruikshank is kneeling. Charles Clark and Orlando Vincenti were to be killed almost two month later at Munster (10 Oct 1943) Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 August 20, 1943 in Marrakesh, Morrocco. Augie Gaspar, back to camera, Glenn Graham and John Egan discuss a fare with a Marrakesh hack driver. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Officers of Crew #31 at Mamounia Hotel, Marrakesh, Morrocco. Standing left to right; Augie Gaspar, Charlie Cruikshank, Frank Murphy and Glenn Graham, the co-pilot kneeling. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Augie Gaspar, Bombardier from Crew #31 dealing with street vendors in Marrakesh, Morrocco Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 From left; James M. Johnson, Donald B. Garrison, Augie Gaspar, Frank D. Murphy, and Glenn E. Graham Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Charles B. Cruikshank crew taken at Gowen Field, Idaho in Novermber 1942. Standing (Left to Right); Charles Mertz, August H. "Augie" Gaspar, Frank D. Murphy and Charles B. Cruikshank. Kneeling; Orlando E. Vincenti, Charles A. Clark, Robert L. Bixler, Robert D. Lepper, S/Sgt Pepper and James M. Johnson. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Frank D. Murphy John Brady Crew in North Africa after the Regensburg Mission 17 Aug 1943 Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) Four 100th B-17s over the Alps, top "Cowboy" Roane in "LADEN MAIDEN," 2nd from top (smaller image) Henry Henington in "HORNY," center Bob Wolff in "WOLF PACK, lower "Bucky" Egan and "Crankshaft" Cruikshank in "MUGWUMP" Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Standing, James Johnson, Don Garrison, Vincenti (killed in action), Kneeling, Lt. Gus Gasper (Lt. Cruikshanks crew) Picture taken at site 5. Karl Treanor collection 

Unknown Officer, Charles Cruikshank, and August Gaspar (from the collection of Jim Potts)

 

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ID: 1823