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CAPT  Richard H. HELMICK

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 25 JUL 44 ST LO /PERIERS RD

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT RICHARD H. HELMICK           P CPT 25 JUL 44 ST. LO,
2ND LT JEROME F. LEIRICH            CP CPT 07 JUN 44 NANTES, BRIDGE
2ND LT SOL S. KRANZLER              NAV CPT 06 JUN 44 OUISTREHAM, TOWN
2ND LT HERBERT R. GREENBERG    BOM POW 28 MAY 44 GERA, CITY & MAGDEBURG, OIL REF (WITH L.G. LACY CREW)
T/SGT GEORGE E. MADDEN          TTE CPT 13 JUL 44 MUNICH
T/SGT JOSEPH G. KELLEY            ROG CPT 25 JUL 44 25 JUL 44 ST. LO,   (TAPS: 05 FEB 1972)
S/SGT HENRY A. MARKOWSKI       BTG UNK WOUNDED DECEMBER 1943
S/SGT HENRY W. JOHNSON          WG NOC TAPS: NOVEMBER 1989
S/SGT JACK L. SHOPE                   TG CPT  25 JUL 44 ST. LO,  TAPS: 09 NOV 1971
S/SGT CHESTER P. COULAM        TOG CPT 27 MAY 44 STRASSBOURG, AERO ENGINES  (CREDITED WITH 1 DESTROYED FIGHTER 
                                                                                                         AND ONE DAMAGED FIGHTER OVER BERLIN ON MARCH 6, 1944)

351ST SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 01 DEC 1943.  OTHERS KNOWN TO HAVE FLOWN WITH THE HELMICK CREW:

Lt Donald S. Davis (Lt Robert Hughes Crew)  took Richards Helmick’s crew for nine (9) missions before returning command to Richard H. Helmick.  Helmick having upgraded to 1st Pilot while the Hughes crew was stateside.
SGT ROBERT M. MYERS BTG CPT 06 JUN 44 FALAISE, TOWN (FROM QUARTERMASTER SECTION)
SGT ROBERT D. ABNEY TG CPT 01 APR 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, RUBBER FACTORY (WON DFC,Originally from Lt Haddox Crew)
S/SGT LOREN G. JOHNSON RWG (SPARE GUNNER, FLEW 8 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW) 
S/SGT A.L. OLSON (BTG) FLEW 6 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW)

BOTH SHOPE AND COULAM ARE LISTED IN RECORDS AS TGs AND MARKOWSKI MAY HAVE BEEN A WG; HERBERT GREENBERG, NOW KNOW AS GREENE, IS A MEMBER OF THE 100TH BOMG GROUP ASSOCIATION..jb

MEMO:
March 6, 1944" BIG B"  BERLIN
CAPT R.H. HELMICK'S B-17G  237936 (OUR MARK/ALL AMERICAN GIRL) IS DEPICTED IN THE KEITH FERRIS PAINTING OF THE THREE 1OOTH AICRAFT  AT  21000 FEET NEAR HASELEUNNE UNDER ATTACK BY ENEMY FIGHTERS. CAPT HEMLICK'S AIRCRAFT COMPLETED THE MISSION AND RETURNED TO THORPE ABBOTTS.  THE OTHER TWO 100TH PLANES WERE FLOWN BY LT G.W. BRANNAN, WHO BECAME A POW AND LT MERRIL RISH, WHO WAS KIA…pw.

Henry A. Markowski writes that, “I trained state side as ball turret gunner and was assigned to Lt. Richard Helmick’s crew.  My first mission overseas was flying with and as a replacement crew member of ship named Sunny II (A/C 42-30796).  We were shot up badly - lost two engines and just made the English coast where we crash landed.  We were MIA for a while.  “By the way, we lost the two engines over the target, and you know what happens when you can't keep up with your group.  Thanks to those guys flying spitfires we made it back to England with five of us wounded."  (believe the pilot on this mission was Lt Brannan.  Helmick's crew named #936 after their wounded ROG "OUR MARK")

Also, re: the Coulam/Willams query -- there is a second Combat Report later on the microfilm which is another claim put in by Sgt Coulam (same mission but different timing and angle of approach, etc). In that second Report they recorded the correct a/c serial number , ie #936 All American Girl. Seems he made two claims that day but for some reason the clerk put the incorrect serial # on the "Destroyed" but the correct # on the "Damaged" claim. At least the right man got the claim. I was concerned that Sgt Williams may have not been properly credited.
RAY BOWDEN


MISSIONS FOR LT HELMICK CREW FROM OPS:

       Date       Crew Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position    Aircraft Nbr                             Target
1.    3/3/1944 68 122 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    31256, KING BEE II                  BERLIN (RECALL)
2.    3/4/1944 68 123 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    31256  KING BEE II                  BERLIN (RECALL)
3.    3/6/1944 68 124 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    37936  OUR MARK                   BERLIN
       3/7/1944 68 125 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    37936  OUR MARK                   WERL (SCRUBBED)
4.    3/8/1944 68 126 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    31412  MASON AND DIXON       BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
     3/13/1944 68 128 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    39867  BOEING BELLE              NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
5.  3/15/1944 68 129 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    38047  FEVER BEAVER             BRUNSWICK
6.  3/17/1944 68 131 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    31412  MASON AND DIXON       MUNICH
7.  3/19/1944 68 133 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    39983  KATIE                          MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
8.  3/31/1944 68 139 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    31412  MASON AND DIXON       LUDWIGSHAFEN/RECALLED
9.    4/1/1944 68 140 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    31412  MASON AND DIXON       LUDWIGSHAFEN
       4/7/1944 68 141 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    31412  MASON AND DIXON       QUACKENBRUCK (SCRUBBED)
10.  4/8/1944 68 142 HELMICK R.H. LT P                     31412 MASON AND DIXON        QUACKENBRUCK
11.  4/9/1944 68 143 HELMICK R.H. LT P                     31412 MASON AND DIXON        KRZESINKI (POSEN)
12.4/13/1944 68 147 HELMICK R.H. LT P                     31412 MASON AND DIXON        AUGSBURG
13   5/8/1944 68 112 HELMICK R.H. LT CP                   31412 MASON AND DIXON        BERLIN & LAGLACERIE
14   5/9/1944 68 114 HELMICK R.H. LT CP                   31708 SKIPPER II                     LAON/COUVRON; ANTHIES
15  5/11/1944 68 115 HELMICK R.H. LT P                    31708 SKIPPER II                     LIEGE
16  6/19/1944 65 -142 HELMICK R.H. CAPT P               107233 HUMPTY DUMPTY         CORME ECLUSE, AF
17  6/21/1944 65 149 HELMICK R.H. CAPT P                107233 HUMPTY DUMPTY         RUHLAND (START RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)
18  6/26/1944 65 149 HELMICK R.H. CAPT P                107233 HUMPTY DUMPTY         DROHOBYCZ (RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)
19    7/3/1944 65 151 HELMICK R.H. CAPT P                107233 HUMPRY DUMPTY         ARAD (RUMANIA) (RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)
20    7/5/1944 65 153 HELMICK R.H. CAPT P                107233 HUMPTY DUMPTY         BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) (RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)
21  7/12/1944 91 158 HELMICK R.H. CAPT COM            37811  BABY SWEET                MUNICH (IND. AREA)
22  7/13/1944 65 159 HELMICK R.H. CAPT P                 37812  PATRIOTIC PATTY        MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
23  7/21/1944 65 165 HELMICK R.H. CAPT P                 37812  PATRIOTIC PATTY        REGENSBURG
24  7/24/1944 65 166 HELMICK R.H. CAPT P                 37815  YOU CAN'T LOSE          ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
25  7/25/1944 65 167 HELMICK R.H. CAPT P                 37815  YOU CAN'T LOSE          ST LO (GND SUPPORT)

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 2275