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LT  Owen K. GRIFFITH

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: THE COLONY, TX

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MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Owen K.Griffith         P   FEH
2nd Lt John W.Wilson,Jr.    CP   FEH
2nd Lt James T.Brand      NAV     KIC ( Lt W. D. Pratt was pilot-Buried Cambridge cemetary) SEE BELOW 
 S/Sgt Richard W.Perras     TG   FEH
   Cpl James R.Gladden      WG  FEH
   Cpl Russell P.Johnson    ROG    FEH
   Cpl Everett S.White      BTG    FEH
   Cpl Walter M.Lovvorn     NG     FEH
   Cpl Stanley J.Kurnik      TTE     FEH

418th Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 18/2/45

Letter received from O.K.Griffith Jan.1985 says this crew flew  nine missions with the 100th. He mentions as Bombardier one Allen Glaskin and a Bob Gladden as Waist Gunner.  

Griffith adds that "Troy Brand was killed in a training accident at Thorpe Abbotts on May 12, 1945."  This would have been four days after V-E day and Brand is shown as FEH (flying at end of hostilities) in most records.  

Owen K. Griffith crew mission information,KNOWN
(combat missions)
08 MARCH 45    LANGENDEER/GIESSEN  GRIFFITH    616  Z   HS  47        A-SQDN,HIGH FLGT #2
09 MARCH 45    FRANKFURT                  GRIFFITH    616  Z  HS 47         C-SQDN, LEAD FLGT, ELEMENT 2, # 3
18 MARCH 45   BERLIN                         GRIFFITH    994  D   HS 37         A-SQDN, LEAD FLGT,ELEMENT 2, # 3
19 MARCH 45   FULDA/JENA                  GRIFFITH    636  W  HS 49        C-SQDN, LOW FLGT, TEC (tail end charle)
23 MARCH 45   UNNA/MABURG              GRIFFITH    821  O  HS R/W04   A-SQDN,ELEMENT 2, #2
 
practice mission,combat mission scrubbed
19 APRIL 45    HENSEY   GRIFFITH    790  V  HS 50   D-SQDN  LEAD
 
practice mission
25 APRIL 45   LILIENQUIST GRIFFITH   916  R  PFF   HS 32  C-SQDN  LEAD
 
Chowhound missions
 
5 MAY 45   HENSEY  GRIFFITH   794  B  PFF    HS 40   D-SQDN LEAD
7 MAY 45   GRIFFITH    794  B  PFF     HS 40   D-SQDN LEAD
 
GREEN SUPPORT MISSION  ( troop ferry,N.AFRICA)
 
4 JUNE 45    GRIFFITH    183  Q   HS 43   B-SQDN  LEAD
 
BANJO MISSION   (troop ferry)
 
22 JUNE 45    GRIFFITH     200   O   HS 36   
 
 
KNOWN AIRCRAFT FLOWN
 
43-37994   LN-D  "My Blue Heaven"
43-37636   LD-W "Malfuction Junction"
44-8183    LD-Q   PFF
44-8616    LD-Z
44-8790    LD-V
44-8794    LD-B   PFF
44-8916    LN-R   PFF


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CREW

    F/O George D.Sharpe       P       FEH      CREW FLYING AT END OF HOSTILITIES
    F/O John L.Sanders          CP     FEH
    F/O John J.Scott             NAV   FEH
2nd Lt Allen Glaskin              BOM   FEH (Trained with Lt Keith Griffith Crew for Lead Bombardier)
    Sgt Alfred Skeeters          TTE   FEH
    Sgt George E.Engelhorn     BTG    FEH
    Sgt Edward R.Smith           ROG   FEH
    Cpl Lionel B.Davis               WG   FEH
    Cpl John D.Gray                 TG   FEH

418th Sqdn. Crew,as above, joined the 100th Group on 30/3/45

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CREW

2ND LT WADE D. PRATT             P IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
2ND LT HAROLD L. RINTOUL      CP IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
2ND LT JAMES T. BRAND       NAV KIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
S/Sgt VINCENT FERRANICE         ROG IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
   CPL ANTHONY SZOTT           TTE IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
   CPL ROBERT G. GUIDI            BTG IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.


418th Sqdn.. Crew joined 100th on 21 Jan 1945
Crew flew A/C 43-38821 LD-O "Girdle Girty" call sign "Rubber Oboe"  and also "Lay or Bust" 

On 12 may 45 Pratt, Rintoul, Szott, Guidi, S/Sgt VINCENT FERRANICE and 2nd Lt James T. Brand took off from Thorpe Abbotts in A/C #44-6790 on a night transition flight in the local area. Weather worsened, while the tower tried for 1 hour and twenty minutes before contacting the crew. When contact was established Pratt was advised to attempt a landing, the aircraft struck a tree and crashed about five miles W/NW of the base on the Diss - Attleboro Road. Brand was KIC and all the others IIC.  The aircraft was destroyed.
                                                                    --Records from Norton AFB 17 May 85….James R. Brown, Historian to pw (June 1991)

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Hello,

My Dad, Everett S. White 34 678 911, entered the US Army Air Corp Aug 9, 1943-discharded Dec 26, 1945.  He never discussed much of his military career. 

He was a B17 BTG with the 100th Bomb Group, 418th Bomb Squadron, stationed at Thorpe Abbotts.  The records from the Foundation show him with the Owen “Keith” Griffith Crew.  I have a picture, that I assume he send to my Mother at arrival in England that shows him and crew standing in front of Yankee Girl 448256.  I can also match the picture in 100th BG web site with the George D. Sharpe crew, but the crew members are different and the BTG is Richard J. White.  In that picture, my Dad is second from the right.


My Dad’s military records were destroyed in a fire at the Personnel Records Office in 1973.  They reconstructed his name, rank, and serial number, but that is it.

Can you provide any help in gaining more information?


Thank you,
Richard S. White
heartbarw@embarqmail.com

MEMO 2:

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PHOTOS:

 Owen "Keith" Griffith Crew: 
Standing L-R: Bob Gladden, Jim Brand, Owen Griffith, John Wilson, Allen Glaskin and Stanley Kurnik 
Kneeling L-R: Russell Johnson, Walter Lovvorn, Richard W. PERRAS and Everett White. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Owen "Keith" Griffith Crew (left to right):
Standing: Bob Gladden, Jim Brand, Owen Griffith, John Wilson, Allen Glaskin and Stanley Kurnik
Kneeling: Russell Johnson, Walter Lovvorn, Richard W. PERRAS and Everett White (100th Photo Archives) 

this ship was nameless. The Griffith crew flew it from HS47 on March 8 and 9 of ‘45 according to Foundation records on Keith’s personnel page. Colorized by Nathan Howland 

 Owen "Keith" Griffith crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

48616 LD-Z tribute profile from Tom McCarley for Lt Owen Griffith Crew

Owen "Keith" Griffith Crew (left to right): March 9, 1945 Frankfurt Raid, Crews third mission.  

Standing: Owen Griffith, Everett White, Richard W. Perras, Russell Johnson, Bob Gladden, Jim Brand
Kneeling: John Wilson,Walter Lovvorn, and Stanley Kurnik
(Photo courtesy of Richard White and Tom McCarley)

Formation of 100th BG A/C  (Photo courtesy of Richard White and Tom McCarley)
LN-X 
LN-R 48916 PFF
XR-G 48532 Kleen Sweep

 This is Keith Owen lead crew, the creation of which coincided with the end of hostilities in Europe. The line-up changed quite a bit. The as pictured never flew a combat mission, but did fly the May 5 & 7 1945 Chowhound Missions. Back row L TO R:  Billie McMillin NAV, Owen Griffith P, John Wilson CP, W. D. Swancutt Radar Op, Allen Glaskin Bombardier. Front row L TO R:  James "Bob"Gladden waist gunner, R. Perras tail gunner, R. P. Johnson radio operator, Stanley Kurnick engineer, Unknown. Photo Courtesy of Tom McCarley

Walter "Mark" Lovvorn in he Middle and John Wilson far Right.  Aircraft is 48127 LD-Y.  Photo courtesy of Tom McCarley/Keith Griffith. 

Owen K. Griffith (standing in middle) crew in Munich after Hostilities Thomas Williams kneeling right . Photo courtesy of wendy terrell

Enlisted Men from Lt Owen Griffith's Crew.  
Kneeling L-R: Stanley Kurnik, Richard Perras, Stanley Kurnick 
Standing: James R "Bob" Gladden, R. P. Johnson, ?

Part of Owen Griffith Crew in Munich after the War.  Owen Griffith in standing in the middle and Thomas J. Williams is Kneeling far right.  Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrel, daughter of Lt Williams. 

Dad wrote "a little handball" "Wils & Griff in Center" (John Wilson & Owen Griffith)
Also TA...looks like an underfed and unwashed bunch!  Photo courtesy of Lt Williams daughter Wendy Terrell

Enlisted Men from Lt Owen Griffith's Crew.  
Kneeling L-R: Stanley Kurnik, Richard Perras, Stanley Kurnick 
Standing: James R "Bob" Gladden, R. P. Johnson, ? Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

C.C  Richard W. PERRAS, Stanley Kurnick, Walter "Mark" Lovvorn in he Middle and John Wilson far Right.  Aircraft is 48127 LD-Y.

Wils (john wilson), Griff (owen griffith), Mac, Swanny, Whit

Owen Keith Griffith said this was a ladies softball team that he provided postwar transport for!

MAY 5, 1945: Chowhound mission to feed starving Dutch citizens. Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

MAY 7, 1945 Chowhound mission to feed starving Dutch citizens. Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

Williams, Griffith, Wilson, Swancutt, McMillin - prior to the formation of the Griffith lead crew, Billie McMillin was the Navigator on the Evans crew with Jack Coop.

I believe this is the only picture of Keith Griffith wearing his A2. Left to Right: Stanley Kurnik, Bob Gladden, Richard Perras, Keith Griffith. Photo courtesy of Tom McCarley

 Owen Keith Griffith photographed as a Aviation Cadet 

Lt Owen K. Griffith (Photo courtesy of Richard White and Tom McCarley)

Lt Owen Griffith relaxing 

Owen Griffith Crew Assignment Record

Lt. Owen K. Griffith and other officers from his crew in Ireland (photo courtesy of Tom McCarley)

Lt Owen K. Griffith P,   CP John Wilson and Radar Operator W.D. Swancutt.(Photo courtesy of Richard White and Tom McCarley)

CHOWHOUND MISSION: 5 MAY 1945  HILVERSUM, A/C 794 LD-B  PFF   Lt Griffith Crew 

CHOWHOUND MISSION: 7 MAY 1945  SHIPHOL AF  A/C  794 LD-B  PFF   Lt Griffith Crew

MARCH 24, 1945: Lt Thomas J. Williams is transferred to Owen Griffith's Lead Crew. Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

 

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