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SGT  Loren G. JOHNSON

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

Comments1: DATE & MISSION UNK

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Howard Keel                 P  CPT AWARDED DFC
2nd Lt Robert K.Edgley           CP  CPT AWARDED DFC 
2nd Lt Alexander G.Park       NAV  CPT 25 FEB 44 REGENSBURG 
2nd Lt Ruben C.Kelsey         BOM  CPT 25 FEB 44 REGENSBURG  
 S/Sgt Thomas P. Hastings        ROG  CPT  AWARDED DFC
 S/Sgt George L.Ferron            LWG  CPT  AWARDED DFC
 S/Sgt Claire J.Phelan               BTG   CPT
 S/Sgt Harry A. Koerner            TG    GROUNDED DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS AFTER RJUKAN MISSION
 S/Sgt Frederick A.Kornblum     TTE   GROUNDED DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS AFTER RJUKAN MISSION
 S/Sgt Andrew J.Guglieri          RWG  CPT   AWARDED DFC

351st Sqdn. Crew 25,  Crew as above joined the 100th Bomb Group on 25/9/43.  A/C flown: Holy Terror EP-D 230723 (lost over Munster October 10, 1943 with Lt William Beddow Crew), Holy Terror II EP-D 231062, Holy Terror III EP-F 240056  lost on March 8, 1944 over BERLIN with Lt Norman Chapman Crew who referred to this plane as "Katie's Boys"
 
After Nov 16 Mission to Rjukan (which Koerner and Kornblum flew with another crew) the crew had the following changes: mpf

S/Sgt George Ferron TTE (from LWG)
S/Sgt Loren G. Johnson LWG  (spare gunners pool)
S/Sgt Robert D. Abney TG (from Lt Haddox Crew)
 

MISSIONS AND TARGETS OF 1ST LT RUDEN CLIFFORD KELSEY sn# O-676292 (mpf nov 2000)

1. 26/9/43  PARIS-FLEW WITH ANOTHER CREW
2. 27/9/43  EMDEN-FLEW WITH ANOTHER CREW
3. 4/10/43  HANAU-1st Mission with KEEL CREW
4. 8/10/43  BREMEN-shot at Me109 that crashed into Marie Helena. The crew was given a weekend pass to London when we returned to base so we missed the next two missions, fortunately.  It was so quiet at Thorpe  Abbotts when we returned, it was almost spooky. We had met some guys from the 95th BG at the train station at Diss when we returned from London and they gave us the bad news about the  Munster Raid (10/10/43-12 B-17's failed to return) so we were aware of what to expect at base. However, it was still a shock"
5. 14/10/43 SCHWEINFURT-"Black Thursday", flew with the 95th BG that day because 100th could only put up 8 aircraft after the Munster Mission.  We "flew Heaven Can Wait"  I have memories of seeing more B-17's shot down than I had ever seen or would ever see again. Both myself and BTG got credit for shooting down 2 enemy fighters.  Mine was a FW190.
6. 20/10/43 DUREN
7.   3/11/43 WILHELMSHAVEN-First mission for Sgt Johnson with this Crew
8.   7/11/43 DUREN
9. 13/11/43 BREMEN
10. 26/11/43 BREMEN
11. 13/12/43 KIEL
12. 16/12/43 BREMEN
13. 20/12/43 BREMEN
14. 22/12/43 MUNSTER
15. 24/12/43 NO BALL (V-1 ROCKET SITES)
16.    5/1/44 NEUSS
17.  11/1/44  BRUNSWICK
18.  14/1/44  NO BALL 
19.  29/1/44  FRANKFURT
20.  30/1/44  BRUNSWICK
21.    4/2/44 FRANKFURT
22.  13/2/44  NO BALL (ROCKET SITES)
23.  20/2/44  ROSTOCK LISTED IN DIARY (GROUP HIT POSEN THIS DAY, START OF BIG WEEK)
24.  21/2/44  VORDEN
25.  25/2/44  REGENSBURG

351st Sqdn. Crew 25,  Crew appears on roster of 3/3/44 with some changes as below:

 Capt H.E.Keel  P
 2nd Lt R.K.Edgley CP
 1st Lt F.D.Fuller  NAV           CPT (Frederick) from crew of C.A.Jansen
 T/Sgt D.C.Bennett NG/TOG    CPT (Dorsett) from crew of J.R.Swartout
 T/Sgt T.P.Hastings ROG          CPT (Thomas)
 S/Sgt G.L.Ferron TTE             CPT (George)
 S/Sgt C.L.Anglin BTG              KIA (Charley) 11/5/44 with J.Hunter crew
 S/Sgt A.J.Guglieri RWG           CPT (Andrew)
 S/Sgt L.G.Johnson LWG          CPT (Loren) 20/4/44
 S/Sgt R.D.Abney TG               CPT (Robert) 1/4/44 from R.H.Helmick crew

Keel went to 3rd Air Division and stayed in service after WW II. He was killed in the crash of a transport plane (as a passenger) on 3 Nov.1948. 
See letter from Mark H.Brown in 349th file.

SOME MISSIONS FOR L.G. JOHNSON

 Date      Crew Nbr&CREW                         Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr                         Target
3/3/1944 25 CAPT KEEL                          JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT LWG     240056 HOLY TERROR III     BERLIN (RECALL)
3/4/1944 68 123 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG     31256  KING BEE II              BERLIN (RECALL)
3/6/1944 68 124 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG     37936  ALL AMERICAN GIRL  BERLIN
3/7/1944 68 125 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG     37936  ALL AMERICAN GIRL  WERL (SCRUBBED)
3/8/1944 68 126 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG     31412  MASON AND DIXON   BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT 3/13/1944 68 128 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG    39867  BOEING BELLE          NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED) 3/15/1944 25 129 KEEL H E CAPT P   JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG   297807 LITTLE BUTCH III      BRUNSWICK
3/17/1944 68 131 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG    31412  MASON AND DIXON  MUNICH
3/19/1944 68 133 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG    39983  KATIE                     MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/31/1944 68 139 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG    31412  MASON AND DIXON  LUDWIGSHAFEN/RECALL
4/1/1944 68 140 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG      31412  MASON AND DIXON  LUDWIGSHAFEN
4/7/1944 68 141 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG      31412  MASON AND DIXON  QUACKENBRUCK (SCRUBBED)
4/8/1944 68 142 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG      31412 MASON AND DIXON   QUACKENBRUCK
4/9/1944 68 143 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG      31412 MASON AND DIXON   KRZESINKI (POSEN)
4/13/1944 68 147 HELMICK R.H. LT P JOHNSON L.G. S/SGT RWG     31412 MASON AND DIXON  AUGSBURG


Loren G. Johnson:
Loren G. Johnson 351st Squadron , passed away on July 14, 2004, at the age of 82 years old. Loren joined the service on Nov 6th 1942 and was assigned to Army Intelligence, due to the shortage of mechanic's he was reassigned as a B-24 maintenance mechanic. Upon completion of mechanic's training, Loren was reassigned once more to the 100th Bomb Group as spare waist gunner on a B-17 , with his first combat mission to Wilhelmshaven on Nov.3,1943. Loren flew eight combat missions in "Holy Terror III " with the remaining 17 missions flown with eight different crews/planes as a spare gunner. On March 8th 1944 on the Berlin - Erkner raid, Loren was assigned to another crew as a spare gunner , he watched as the "Holy Terror III " was shot down in the area of Magdeburg, Germany . He completed his 25 combat missions on April 21, 1944 . Loren's service in the 100th for ever changed his life , in spite of these experiences he went on with his life and attended college , married his wife Betty and had three children , Julie, Mary Jo, & Jerry . Words can not describe nor will we ever fully appreciate what hardships and suffering Loren and his fellow airmen went through during their service with the 100th during WWII .
Respectfully submitted by his son Jerry (9 Mar 2006)

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PHOTOS:

 The Richard H. Helmick crew. Loren Johnson is highlighted. He was a fill-in gunner and flew 8 missions with the Helmick crew. Detailed Information 100th Photo Archives 

 The 351st Lead Crew of Lt Helmick in April, 1944 - The ground crew is also shown. The Crew Chief, Joe Picard is fourth from left standing. (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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