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S/SGT  Guthrie H. HEAD

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

 Guthrie H. Head of the Raymond V. E. Monrad crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

SERIAL #: STATUS: REC
MACR:

Comments1: 24 JAN 44 CRASHED ON TAKE-OFF WITH DRUMMOND

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt   Raymond V.E.Monrad         P CPT UNK
2nd Lt   Claude E. Schindler           CP KIA 28 MAY 44  MADGEBURG
2nd Lt   Frank J. McGuire            NAV IIC 24 JAN 44 RTN USA ILLINESS (SPINAL MENG)
2nd Lt   Arthur E. Dehn             BOM CPT UNK
    Sgt   Sidney A.Cary               TTE POW 28 MAY 44  MADGEBURG
    Sgt   Talbert E. Spenhoff       ROG IIC 24 JAN 44 UNK REASONS
    Sgt   Arthur M. Lenfast, Jr.     BTG KIA 04 JAN 44  KIEL (lack of oxygen)
    Sgt   Guthrie H. Head             WG IIC 24 JAN 44
    Sgt   Nicholas Perovich             TG CPT 04 MAR 45  KIEL, SUBYARDS
    Sgt   William E. Wells               WG NOC

351st Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 1/12/43

Don Drysdale flew the last half of his tour as CP for Monrad - this was a squadron lead crew.  Drysdale came from the Glen Rake crew.
S/Sgt  Loren G. Johnson, LWG, was on this crew list on 8/3/44.  He completed  a  tour.
Arch "Four Mile" Drummond, CP on the Swartout crew, became a first pilot and  perhaps took over much of the Monrad crew…letter from Frank McGuire 23 Dec 1990.  Jb

Missions 

1.  4 Jan 44, Kiel, Ger.
 
2.  7 Jan 44, Ludwigshaven, Ger.
 
3.  14 Jan 44,  Secret (France)
 
4.  21 Jan 44,  Secret (France)

    24 Jan 44   Frankfurt: Lt Arch "Four Mile"Drummond's Crew listed below crashed on takeoff in A/C 23307 SKIPPER EP-N  avoiding a collision 
                                   with a stray B-24 

Lt A. Drummond            P CPT EARLY MARCH 1944
Lt F McGuire              NAV IIC 24 JAN 44 RTN USA ILLINESS (SPINAL MENG)
Lt C Schindler               CP KIA 28 MAY 44  MADGEBURG
Lt M. G. Zetlan            BOM KIC 24 JAN 44 
S/Sgt S.A. Cary            TTE POW 28 MAY 44  MADGEBURG
S/Sgt T. E. Spenhoff    ROG IIC 24 JAN 44 
S/Sgt S. M. Szekely       BTG  CPT  24 JUL 44 ST LO
S/Sgt J.R. Pendleton      WG  CPT    
S/Sgt G. H. Head           WG IIC 24 JAN 44
S/Sgt   N. Perovich        TG CPT 04 MAR 45  KIEL, SUBYARDS


Subj: Todays Meeting (Lacy and others)  
Date: 3/14/2004 8:06:38 PM Pacific Standard Time 
From: B17TwinFifties 
To: MPFaley 
 
Mike,
 
  I checked Century Bombers and could find nothing about Lacy's crew as to when they became active with the 100th, just mentions his engineer being killed in April 44 and then being shot down in May.  But because of their crew number being lower and preceding Monrad/Drummonds crew number,  I still think they started before Dec. 43.  But Monrad is another name that doesn't show up in the 351st DIARY and I know they became active in Dec. 43 due to dating of the other records I have and the Mason Dixon pic and Lenfest being killed on his first mission on 4 Jan, 44 and then the crash on 24, Jan 44.  I also don't know for sure when Drummond took over the Monrad crew.  I only want to know due to curiosity but you, being the historian, may want to know since Monrad kept on flying and Drummond went over with the Original 100th.
  Below I have included a mission list, Jan. 44 only, for Guthrie Head who flew with my dad on his original crew with Drummond and is pictured with them.  This info might help you in some way research the other pilots for me when you have the time.  Notice he has no missions after 21 Jan 44 due to the 24 Jan 44 crash (not counted as a mission) and his son tells me he was one of the more badly injured.  He shows no missions for Feb., Mar., April, or May. But I think my dad was back flying again in March 44.  His (G. Head) next mission after Jan. was on D-day, 6 June 44.
   
    Guthrie Head missions 
 
1.  4 Jan 44, Kiel, Ger.
 
2.  7 Jan 44, Ludwigshaven, Ger.
 
3.  14 Jan 44,  Secret (France)
 
4.  21 Jan 44,  Secret (France)

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
6/5/1944 25 131 GOLDEN I. S/SGT BTG 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 25 131 BAER C.W. S/SGT TTE 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 25 131 DOYAL L. T/SGT ROG 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 25 131 CUMMING R. LT P 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 25 131 GIARD E.T. SGT TG 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 25 131 HEAD G.H. S/SGT RWG 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 25 131 LEIRICH J.F. LT CP 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 25 131 WHEELER W.C. SGT LWG 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 25 131 SHIVELY C.G. LT BOM 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 25 131 GOODWIN D.C. LT NAV 37800 BOULOGNE(CHG)

6/6/1944 19 -132 POAGE J. T/SGT TTE 31066 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 19 -132 BOWERS C.A. LT CP 31066 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 19 -132 GREINER W.L. LT P 31066 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 19 -132 WEHNER C.E. S/SGT RWG 31066 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 19 -132 WAKEFIELD W.H. T/SGT ROG 31066 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 19 -132 MEYER G.A. LT BOM 31066 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 19 -132 HEAD g.H. SGT LWG 31066 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 19 -132 LEWIS G.T. LT NAV 31066 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 19 -132 FARKAS E.A. S/SGT TG 31066 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 19 -132 BUCHANAN E. S/SGT BTG 31066 OUISTREHAM

6/6/1944 19 -132 POAGE J. T/SGT TTE 31066 FALAISE
6/6/1944 19 -132 BOWERS C.A. LT CP 31066 FALAISE
6/6/1944 19 -132 GREINER W.L. LT P 31066 FALAISE
6/6/1944 19 -132 WEHNER C.E. S/SGT RWG 31066 FALAISE
6/6/1944 19 -132 WAKEFIELD W.H. T/SGT ROG 31066 FALAISE
6/6/1944 19 -132 MEYER G.A. LT BOM 31066 FALAISE
6/6/1944 19 -132 HEAD g.H. SGT LWG 31066 FALAISE
6/6/1944 19 -132 LEWIS G.T. LT NAV 31066 FALAISE
6/6/1944 19 -132 FARKAS E.A. S/SGT TG 31066 FALAISE
6/6/1944 19 -132 BUCHANAN E. S/SGT BTG 31066 FALAISE

6/7/1944 65 -135 RAIHL F.A. S/SGT TG 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/7/1944 65 -135 SIMMONS E.J. LT P 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/7/1944 65 -135 REETZ W.O. T/SGT TTE 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/7/1944 65 -135 PERNO M.J. S/SGT BTG 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/7/1944 65 -135 MCKITTERICK R.W. LT BOM 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/7/1944 65 -135 HOWELL R.O. T/SGT ROG 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/7/1944 65 -135 HEAD G.H. S/SGT RWG 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/7/1944 65 -135 HARMON W.E. LT NAV 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/7/1944 65 -135 DONOVAN E.J. S/SGT LWG 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/7/1944 65 -135 ROMEO L.R. LT CP 39867 NANTES (BRIDGES)

CREW

1ST LT WILLIAM L."PETE" "Grind-em-out" GREINER      P  POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (OIL)
2ND LT CHESTER A. BOWERS                                   CP CPT 12 JUN 44 ROSIERES & DUNKIRD SHORE DEF (see letter below)
2ND LT GEORGE T."BIRD DOG" LEWIS                     NAV CPT 18 JUL 44  KIEL, HEMMINGSTADT, OIL 
2ND LT GEORGE A. MEYER                                     BOM CPT 17 JUL 44  MONTGOURNOY (NOBALL)
T/SGT WARREN H. WAKEFIELD                               ROG CPT 17 JUL 44  MONTGOURNOY (NOBALL)
T/SGT JACK POAGE                                               TTE CPT 17 JUL 44  MONTGOURNOY (NOBALL)
S/SGT EDWARD BUCHANAN                                    BTG CPT 13 JUL 44  MUNCIH (JET ENGINES)
S/SGT CHARLES E. WEHNER                                   LWG CPT 17 JUL 44  MONTGOURNOY (NOBALL)
S/SGT ROBERT. L. "RED" MCDANIEL                        RWG WIA 31 MAY 44 OSNABRUCK  (flew 18 Missions)  
S/SGT ERNEST A. FARKAS                                        TG CPT 17 JUL 44  MONTGOURNOY (NOBALL

351st Sqdn. Crew joined the group in March 1944.   Crew flew "Fools Rush In"  SN# 42-31066
Crew Chief was Sgt Ed Seidel
Lt Bowers went to Wing HQ after completing his tour. 

S/Sgt "Red"McDaniel flew his last combat mission on May 31, 1944, he was wounded by flak,  and fill in WG's finished out the tour. They included: 
S/Sgt Herbert Fern from Lt Mylius Crew who flew on
 6/2/1944  BOULOGNE
 6/4/1944  BOULOGNE
 6/5/1944  BOULOGNE

Sgt G.H. Head from Lt Monrad Crew who flew on:
 6/6/1944   FALAISE
 6/6/1944   OUISTREHAM

S/Sgt A.M. Hunt flew on:
 6/7/1944   NANTES (BRIDGES)
 6/24/1944 GRAND COURONNE (SEC T)
 7/4/1944   GEIN (RECALLED)
 7/7/1944   BOHLEN/MERSEBURG
 7/8/1944   CLAMECY-JOLGYN
 7/11/1944 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
 7/13/1944 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE
 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Guthrie H. Head of the Raymond V. E. Monrad crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Guthrie H. Head of the Raymond V. E. Monrad crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Arch (Four Mile) Drummond Crew - 351st. Lt. Col. Ollie Turner, Squadron CO is top row, third from left. Detailed Information (from the collection of Bill Carleton) 

 Arch (Four Mile) Drummond flight and ground crew.. 
Bottom (L to R) Cpl. F. Hanson, Sgt. H. Burt, Sgt. W. North, Sgt. E. Smith (ground crew) S/Sgt. T. Spenhoff 
Middle (L to R) S/Sgt. G. Head, S/Sgt. J. Pendleton, S/Sgt. N. Pirovich, S/Sgt. S. Szekely 
Top (L to R) Lt. M. Zetlan, Lt. Arch Drummond, Lt. F. McGuire, Lt. C. Schindler, S/Sgt. Sidney A. Cary Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

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