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CAPT  Howard J. KELLY

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

Sam R. Turner far left and "Cryin" Joe Kelly far right. Middle UNK (from Big Joe Armanini Collection)

SERIAL #: O-729978 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 30 JAN 44 BRUNSWICK (ORGINAL 100TH) "CRYIN JOE"

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                     
ORGINAL 100TH PILOT OF 349TH CREW #4, A/C #42-30035 (TORCHY…named after Jim Browns wife's)

1ST LT  SAM L. BARR                                        P:  CPT, 14 JAN 44  FORET D' HESDIN (flew 50 missions)  349th Commanding Officer
F/O     DAN BARNA                                          CP:  POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (CREW# 7 LT MacCARTER CREW)
2ND LT  JAMES R. BROWN                           NAV:  SWA, 15 SEP 43 PARIS  TAPS SEPTEMBER 1993
2ND LT  HOWARD J. "CRYIN JOE" KELLY   BOM:  CPT, 30 JAN 44 BRUNSWICK
T/SGT   ROBERT E. CLIFF                            TTE:  CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES
S/SGT   WILLIAM OHL                                    WG:  CPT, 24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT   MICHAEL J. TANOWIGCH               ROG:  KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT   MAX RUSS                                        BTG:  CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D'ESQUERDES
S/SGT   HOBART SPIRES                                WG:  KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT   JAMES T. HITEN                                  TG:  KIA, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES                                

NOTES: SWA DENOTES SEVERELY WOUNDED IN ACTION
THE NAVIGATOR, JAMES R. BROWN, WAS THE 100TH'S REVERED HISTORIAN UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1993
This Crew flew with a few different Co Pilots  Lt Barna, Lt Brooks (Victor Reed Crew),  Lt Jack Boyd (spare CP, ended up CP on Lt Floyd Jr.Crew) and Lt Albert Amiero (info courtesy of Big Joe Armanini)

Getting the name "Cryin Joe" Kelly

Howard Kelly use to drink a lot and when he did he became very sentimental and felt sorry for himself. When that happened he would cry in his beer so Jim Brown nicknamed him "Crying Joe" .  During one mission a six inch piece of flak came through the nose and hit him in the the chest.  Good thing he was wearing his flak jacket.  

COL BARR FLEW 50 MISSIONS WITH THE 100TH, SECOND ONLY TO COL "ROSIE" ROSENTHAL'S 52.  HE WAS THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL 100TH AIRMEN TO FLY COMBAT MISSIONS, LEAVING THE 349TH FOR THE HQ DET OF THE 100TH ON 18 JAN 1945.
STARTING FROM THE FIRST MISSION OF 25 JUN 43 UNTIL JAN 45 THE INTREPID MISSISSIPIAN WAS ON COMBAT STATUS.
TO THE DISMAY OF ALL 100TH VETERANS "SAMMY" APPEARED ON THE 1988 TAPS LIST. COL BARR DIED 17 APR 1988 AS THE RESULT OF A MAJOR STROKE.  HE IS MOURNED AND MISSED,   BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THE 100TH. 


349TH CREW #8   A/C #42-30090  "El P'sstofo"

1ST LT  VICTOR REED                        P:  TRANSFERRED FROM 100TH
F/O     CHARLES A. BROOKS                 CP:  CPT,  16/12/43  BREMEN
2ND LT  HOWARD D. BASSETT          NAV:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
2ND LT  JOSEPH P. ARMANINI           BOM:    CPT,  24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT   GLENN N. ALBRIGHT             TTE:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN
S/SGT   RICHARD O. DETWEILER        WG:  CPT, 13 FEB 44 LIVOSSART
T/SGT   JAMES S. DOUGHERTY         ROG:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN
S/SGT   RICHARD M. PRICE                BTG:  NOC
S/SGT   THOMAS D. BAER                WG:  KIA,  6 MAR 44 BERLIN WITH LT ALBERT AMIERO CREW
S/SGT   CLIFFORD T. MINER               TG:  NOC

349th Sqdn.  This is an "Original" crew that flew over with the group. 
Charlie Brooks became pilot of the crew and completed the tour.  Howard 
Bassett replaced me (J.R. Brown) as navigator of the Sam Barr crew after 
I was wounded 15 Sept. 1943.  Joe Armanini had replaced Joe Kelly as bombardier 
of the Barr crew somewhere around August 15,1943

Although no records have been found to substantiate the completion of 
their tours (25 missions) it is certainly a safe assumption that both 
Price and Miiner did become "Lucky Bastards" .

Thomas "Teddy" Baer was with tne crew of A. Amiero when killed over 
Berlin.

AT ABOUT THIS TIME, "BIG JOE" ARMANINI REPLACED "CRYING JOE" KELLY ON THE SAMMY BARR CREW AND SOME WEEKS LATER HOWARD BASSETT REPLACED JIM BROWN AS NAVIGATOR ON SAMMY BARRS CREW.  T/SGT DOUGHERTY WAS ALSO MOVED TO THE BARR CREW REPLACING MIKE TANOWIGCH AS ROG.

CHARLES BROOKS CONTINUED AS CO-PILOT AND THEN AS A FIRST PILOT.  A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS 1943, 1ST LT BROOKS FLEW HIS 25TH MISSION AS PILOT OF "SQUAWKIN HAWK".

CAPT BARR CREW AFTER SEPTEMBER 15, 1943

1ST LT  SAM L. BARR                           P:    CPT, 14 JAN 44  FORET D' HESDIN (flew 50 missions)  349th Commanding Officer
F/O     DAN BARNA                             CP:  POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (CREW #7)
2ND LT  HOWARD D. BASSETT          NAV:  CPT,  14 JAN 44 FORET D' HESDIN (from Victor Reed Crew
2ND LT  JOSEPH P. ARMANINI           BOM:    CPT,  24 FEB 44 POSEN (from Victor Reed Crew)
T/SGT   ROBERT E. CLIFF                 TTE:   CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES
S/SGT   WILLIAM OHL                       WG:   CPT, 24 FEB 44 POSEN
T/SGT   JAMES S. DOUGHERTY         ROG:  CPT,  DATE & MISSION UNKNOWN (from Victor Reed Crew)
S/SGT   MAX RUSS                           BTG:  CPT, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D'ESQUERDES
S/SGT   HOBART SPIRES                   WG:  KIA, 6 MAR 44 BERLIN
S/SGT   JAMES T. HITEN                    TG:  KIA, 21 JAN 44 BOIS D' ESQUERDES


LIST OF MISSIONS FOR LT COL SAM L. BARR  (mpf 2001 from records supplied by Paul Andrews and William Ohl)

1. 25/06/43 BREMEN  A/C 230152 MESSIE BESSIE
2. 26/06/43 LEMANS  A/C 230035 TORCHY
3. 28/06/43 ST NAZAIRE   A/C 230035 TORCHY
4. 10/07/43 LE BOURGET  A/C 230170 TORCHY II
5. 17/07/43 HAMBURG  A/C 230042 OH NAUSEA
6. 24/07/43 TRONDHEIM  A/C 230170 TORCHY II
7. 25/07/43 KIEL   A/C 230170 TORCHY II
8. 28/07/43 OSCHERSLEBEN A/C 230259 DAMIFINO II
9. 12/08/43 BONN   A/C 230170 TORCHY II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
10. 15/08/43 MERVILLE-LILLE A/C 230170 TORCHY II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT, LT ARMANINI JOINS CREW
11. 17/08/43 REGENSBURG  A/C 230170 TORCHY II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
12 03/09/43 PARIS   A/C 230259 DAMIFINO II MAJ  WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
13. 15/09/43 PARIS   A/C 230487 TORCHY III JIM BROWN SWA, REPLACED BY LT HOWARD  BASSETT
14. 16/09/43 BORDEAUX  A/C 25861 LADEN MAIDEN
15. 23/09/43 VANNES  A/C 230154 WAR EAGLE
16. 26/09/43 PARIS   A/C 230487 TORCHY III MAJ WILLIAM VEAL COMMAND PILOT
      09/10/43 MARIENBURG  A/C 230799 BIGASSBIRD II (returned early, #3 engine problem)
17.  ?
18.  ?
19.  ?
20.  29/11/43  BREMEN
21.  30/11/43  SOLINGEN Lead (with  Maj John Bennett)
22.  22/12/43  MUNSTER (Lead Group in Torchy III)
23.  24/12/43  NO-BALL
24.  05/01/44  NUESS (Lead with Maj John Bennett)
25.  14/01/44  FORET D' HESDIN 


Subj: 100thBG Form Submission 
Date: 9/27/2001 4:12:29 AM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: ohlito@inet.att.co.kr (Joshua Ohl)
To: mpfaley@aol.comCC: janr@cei.net   212email = ohlito@inet.att.co.kruname = Joshua Ohlcomments = 
Hi my name is josh ohl. I am the grandson of William Ohl who was on all 3 Torchy B-17's and part of sammy Barrs crew. This is an update on him. He passed away of a heart attack June 2000.Your site shows his tour completed date ukn. His 25th and final mission was flown Feb 24, 1944 over Posen Poland.I am active duty air force currently in Korea. After he died my grandmother gave me his medals and my dad got a journal that he kept of all 25 missions. I have typed it out and have it on a microsoft word format if you are interested in it send me an E-,mail address to attach it to. I would like to try to get his story to be put on the web. I am also looking for the citation for his Distinguished Flying Cross. Could you tell me how I could locate that info. I have copies of his discharge paperwork. Thanks Josh Ohl

      
Here is his Journal.  Let me know what you think Thanks
Josh Ohl


                                           "Torchy"
                    The WWII battle log of a B-17 waist gunner named
                                            By Bill Ohl


June 25, 1943
Mission Number 1
5 Hours

We were awakened at 2:00am the morning of the twenty-fifth to go on our
first mission over enemy territory.  We had to turn back twenty minutes from
the target, lost prop, and most of our No. 4 engine, which fell into the
North Atlantic.  Target was Bremen, Germany.  It was our first raid.  Lost
three crews from our squadron.


June 26, 1943
Mission Number 2
5 Hours

Today we headed for LeMans, France.  Turned back about ten
minutes from the target due to cloudiness and shortage of gas.  No losses
today on crossing occupied territory that counts as mission No. 2.


June 28, 1943
Mission Number 3
9 Hours 40 Minutes

Today we bombed the German submarine pens at St. Nazaire,
France.  The target was hit hard by our 2,000-pound bombs.  We flew through
flak over the target, which the Germans shot from anti-aircraft guns.
Torchy, our ship, got four flak holes today.  No injuries.  Enemy fighters
came up but left without even coming into range, estimate number about
thirty.  Lost no ships in our group today, but saw one ship from another
group go down in the channel.  Mission No. 3 completed.


June 29, 1943
Mission Number 4
6 Hours

Today we went to LeMans and bombed German factories there.  We
did not make as good a bombing job as last time, but one of the other groups
with us demolished the target.  We flew over an overcast all the way to the
target.  A few fighters attacked the lead ships but did no damage.  We
picked up SpitFire escort before leaving the French coast.  Encountered
light flak at French coast.  Mission No. 4 and still no battle scars.


July 4, 1943
Mission Number 5
10 Hours 45 Minutes

Today our target was LaPallice France.  We flew through heavy
overcast on our trip down there.  We completely demolished the target, which
was sub. pens again.  We have a new ship now, 230170, named Torchy 11.  It
is our first mission in Torchy 11.  She is a sweet ship, and is very fast.
I still have my old gun, which I moved over into this new ship.  We were in
the air ten hours and forty-five minutes on this mission and I looked and
felt very tired.  One ship is missing from our group.  We have been doing
most of our raids over France.  When we start raiding Germany we expect more
losses.  This is No. 5 mission and we are now entitled to get the Air Medal.
We now have twenty more missions to do and then we will return to the U.S.A.
the best land of all.  We encountered three ME 109's but had no losses on
their account.  At the end of five missions we have a new ship, and still
have the same old crew, except for a new co-pilot, named Jack Boyd.  We are
now Crew No. 1, we lost the first three crews on our first raid, so old Crew
No. 4 is now Crew No. 1 and leads the Red 9's, or 349th Squadron, over the
target.  Our spirits are high, but this type of job is hard on your nerves,
especially about five to ten minutes before you release your bombs on the
target.



July 10, 1943
Mission Number 6
4 Hours 15 Minutes

 This morning we got up at 1:30am, just after midnight to make an
early morning raid on an airfield the Germans have just out of Paris,
France.  We had 16, 300-pound bombs on.  We went in over the target, but
there was a solid layer of clouds over both main and secondary targets.
They threw flak from ground guns at us through the clouds without any
effect.  We were attacked by German Fighters, FW 190's.  I tried my best to
bring them down as they came in on these attacks, but they came right on in
through a wall of bullets from my gun and firing as they came.  Their wings
light up like a billboard as the come in on you.  I saw one burst out in a
quick flare of fire, and then it went out.  The ship did not go down,
although it was hit badly.  We lost two ships in our group.  I saw one go
down in flames and four of the crew bailed out and chutes opened OK.  Our
ship was not hit by the enemy but we had a fifty-cal. glance off the wing on
my side.  There was no other damage.  Crew are all OK at the end of six
missions over enemy territory and enemy occupied countries.  We did not drop
our bombs, as we didn't want to drop them on the French populous.  It did
count as a mission and all are OK after six missions.



July 25, 1943
Mission Number 7
8 Hours 30 Minutes

Today we took off to bomb a German aircraft production center in
Denmark.  We met a few fighters on the way up there but they didn't come in
very close or give us much trouble.  Our target was not visible due to an
over cast and a smoke screen.  So being only a few miles from the Keil dry
docks and Sub pens we continued on to Keil, Germany through the heaviest
flak I have yet been in and dropped our 10-500 pound bombs on the target
along with every one else.  One ship in the group in front of us got hit
amidship with a burst of flak and in a very few seconds was seen and no
doubt everyone was killed.  The flak in Germany is getting more intense
every day.  We had very good luck on this the 7th raid, although our ship
had four good-sized flak holes there was no damage to the crew.  The closest
to me was a piece that entered the fuselage just back of the entrance door
and went out the other side back of the tail wheel.  We have two pieces of
flak that stuck to the ship as souvenirs.  I can say that this theatre of
war is the toughest of any of them at present and that concludes mission No.7.

July 28, 1943
Mission Number 8
5 Hours 30 Minutes

 Today we got up to go on a raid at 3:30 A.M.  We were to bomb a
factory in Germany that makes F.W. 190 fighter planes.  We took off at 5:30
A.M.  We were the lead ship of the 100th group.  We flew through heavy
overcast all the way over the North Atlantic.  We were attacked by about
sixty to seventy German F.W. 190's and J.U. 88's.  The fighters took good
advantage of the clouds while we had to stay in formation.  The 96th group
lost three ships in the first sweep of the fighters.  I was firing away and
holding my own when the Sear in my gun broke and my gun would not fire.  I
got the Sear from the radio gun and was soon ready for action again.  We
could not drop our bombs even if we had reached the target due to over cast.
That is the fault of the weatherman and S-2 and it isn't the first time they
have done that on us.  Although the fighters tried hard we in the 100th
group had no casualties and all is well after the 8th mission.


August 12, 1943
Mission Number 9
5 hours

We took off this morning after a long siege of bad weather.  I
counted our ships as they run down the runway on the take off and soon found
to my surprise we were going to be the "13" ship to take off.  On the
morning of Aug. 12 we were awakened at 2:10 A.M. for briefing.  We took off,
rendezvous and headed out over the Channel for Germany.  We had P47 fighter
escort in almost to the target.  The 47's had just turned and left to go
home and the German fighters hit us.  We gave them a bad time and as we
neared the target and the flak started coming up the enemy fighters left us.
The flak that we flew through today was the heaviest yet, and each raid
seems to have more then the last.  As I said before being the "13" ship in
the air this morning seemed to be a charm.  Out of our entire group ours is
the only one that didn't get a single hole in it.  We did not bomb our
primary target due to clouds, but instead we went to the secondary and blew
hell out of the center of an industrial town called Bohn or Bonn.  We bombed
from 26,500 ft. and made direct hits right in the middle of town.  I have
never been so cold in my life before as I was today.  It was 35 degrees
below zero.  We must keep our waist windows open from the time we take off
until we land.  I keep stomping my feet and marking time to keep my feet
warm and slapping my hands but not once leaving my position.  Ice was
building up all over my eyes and my eyelashes were stiff like icicles.  My
oxygen mask was full of ice and water would run part was down my neck and
freeze there.  I saw one enemy fighter go down for good.  The American 8th
air force lost twenty five planes today.  Reed, the pilot of crew six, very
good friends of crew one, got hit in the chest with a piece of flak but will
be ok soon.  We were over Germany for at least an hour and a half.  At the
end of the 9th mission we are still all ok and ready to go again.

August 15, 1943
Mission Number 10
4 Hours 10 Minutes

 Today we took off to bomb German airfields at Medville and
Lille, France.  The flak was light and only about five fighters.  We
completely demolished the both fields and lost no planes.  The five German
fighters really gave us a fight but did not hit any of our ships badly
enough to bring them down.  We lost no aircraft and that brings the number
to ten missions.

After this point Big Joe Armanini from Victor Reed Crew becomes Bombardier on Sammy Barr Crew.  

************************************************************************************************************************
LT JOE KELLY WENT FROM THE BARR CREW TO THE HENINGTON CREW

CREW

ORIGINAL CREW STATESIDE/FIRST REPLACEMENT CREW (from Henry Henington 10/14/2000 mpf)

2nd LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON        P CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS                        SN# O-734086
2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP                 CP CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS                       SN# O-799103
2nd LT. WARD J DALTON                NAV KIA 24 SEP 1943 EAC/Practice Mission SN# O-673491
2nd LT. WILLIAM J. MOORE           BOM POW 10 OCT 1943 MUNSTER*             SN# O-738783
S/SGT WALLACE J. MEYER             TTE POW 22 APL 1944 HAMM*                    SN# 12030773
T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK          ROG NOC                                                       SN# 14044111
S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON            BTG CPT 22 DEC 1943 MUNSTER                SN# 16072304
S/SGT HAROLD J. JANDERUP          WG POW  2 FEB 1944 FRANKFURT*           SN# 32555990
   CPL JAY S. ORTH                           WG NOC Taken off Crew at Bovingdon        SN# 13072260**
S/SGT CHARLES A. HANTUSCH        TG NOC                                                        SN# 12124607

A/C # 42-30611 "HORNY" XR-D, 349TH SQUADRON, ASSIGNED TO 100TH LATE JUNE 1943.  Crew also flew 230023 XR-M "Forever Yours".  This plane was named after a famous candy bar during that time and this was painted on the side of the Aircraft in Red lettering in the same fashion as the lettering for the candy bar .  This aircraft, contrary to popular belief was never called Horny.  (info from Henry Henington to mpf 5/2002)

2nd LT HENINGTON RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS THREE TIMES DURING HIS TOUR OF DUTY (AUGUST 17, 1943, NOV 13,19, 26 1943 COMBINED  & UPON COMPLETION OF 25 MISSIONS).  TG S/SGT CHARLES A HANTUSCH WOULD ALWAYS SAY "MY GOD, I'M HUNGARY" AFTER BOMBS AWAY.  
**S/SGT WILLIAM S. BLEVINS (WG) FLEW ON THIS CREW FOR THE FIRST FIVE MISSIONS AND THEN WAS RFS.  ORIGINAL WG (CPL ORTH) TAKEN OFF CREW AT BOVINGDON  (NEW CREWS ORIENTATION CENTER)
*LT MOORE WAS FLYING WITH LT JOHN F. STEPHENS (KIESSLING CREW).  HE IS REPLACED ON THE HENINGTON CREW BY 1st LT HOWARD J. KELLY FROM THE ORIGINAL SAMMY BARR CREW.
*S/SGT MEYER WAS FLYING WITH LT. FRANK HARTE CREW, HE WAS A TOGG ON THIS MISSION
*S/SGT JANDERUP WAS FLYING WITH THE LT. JOHN BROWN CREW
T/SGT JOHN J. KOVACS ROG WAS ALSO KNOWN TO FLY WITH THIS CREW. ACCORDING TO HENINGTON, HE REMEMBERS KOVACS FLYING MANY MISSIONS WITH HIS CREW. (mpf )
 
349TH SQDN.. (following from Jim Brown)    "THIS CREW JOINED THE 100TH IN EARLY JULY 1943 AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST FOUR REPLACEMENT CREWS (ROANE, JUSTICE, MORENO AND HENINGTON) TO JOIN THE GROUP.  I HAVE FOUND NO RECORD OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS CREW, BUT DALTON WAS KIA FLYING WITH J.C. GOSSAGE. SEE S.O.C. p. 18/19 and 38. ALSO "BOWMAN'S DIARY (p. 27) NOTES THIS CREW DITCHED ON 3 SEP 1943 (PARIS,BEAUMONT le ROGER, AF (S.T.)) BUT WERE RESCUED AND RETURNED TO THORPE ABBOTTS.  THE AIRCRAFT THEY USUALLY FLEW WAS #42-30611, "HORNY".  I HAVE DETERMINED THAT LT A. FAHLSTEDT WAS FLYING AS BOMBARDIER WHEN THE DITCHING OCCURED AND SUFFERED A SEVERE BACK INJURY.." jb

 MISSIONS OF 2nd LT HENRY HENINGTON (mpf 10/14/2000 and 1/13/2001)

1  4/7/43  La PALLICE SUB PENS, 10:30hrs, 1 A/C LOST, FLAK & FIGHTERS, 
                 My Co-Pilot Homer Tripp commented "S--t you could get hurt doing this"
2. 17/7/43  HAMBURG AF, 5HRS DID NOT BOMB   
3. 24/7/43  TRONDHEIM SUB PENS, 11hrs, LONGEST B-17 MISSION.  ATTACKED BY ME 109'S AND LOST 
                  #3 ENGINE 200 MILES PRIOR TO TARGET, RETURNED HOME ALONE
4. 26/7/43  HANOVER 5:30hrs, DID NOT BOMB, FORMATION MIXUP DUE TO WEATHER
5. 28/7/43  OSCHERSLEBEN  5:30hrs, DID NOT BOMB, BAD WEATHER
6. 12/8/43  BONN  5:30hrs, HIT TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY-WESSELING
7. 15/8/43  MERVILLE 4hrs, GROUP HIT BOTH AIRFIELDS
8. 17/8/43  REGENSBURG 11:10hrs, LOST 9 a/c AND LANDED IN ALGIERS WITH ONE ENGINE OUT
                   ON AUG 19, FLEW FROM ALGERIA (MY FIRST 3 ENGINE TAKE OFF) TO MARRAKECH  MORACCO FOR ENGINE CHANGE.  
    25/8/43  RETURNED TO THORPE ABBOTTS (10HRS)  
                  PRESENTED DFC FOR REGENSBURG RAID BY COL LEMAY, COMMANDER 3RD AD. 
9. 31/8/43  MEULAN LES MERUEAUX  6hrs, DID NOT BOMB TARGET, AREA OVERCAST
10.  3/9/43  PARIS  5hrs, HIT BY FLAK AFTER BOMB RELEASE, #3 ENGINE ON FIRE, ANOTHER LOST 
TURBO AND ANOTHER PROP RAN AWAY, MADE A DIVING SPIRAL TO FOOL FIGHTERS. iT WORKED, AT CRITIQUE SEVERAL CREWS REPORTED "THEY SPUN DOWN IN FLAMES".  WE WOULD HAVE BAILED OUT, BUT FLAK HIT AND UNPACKED TWO CHUTES.  WE CARRIED A SPARE BUT THAT LEFT US ONE SHORT.  I GAVE THE CREW THE OK TO BAIL OUT AND THAT I WAS GOING TO DITCH IF IT DIDN'T BLOW UP.  STILL ON FIRE, LEVELED AT 4000 FEET, STARTED A SLOW DECENT CROSSING THE COAST NEAR DEPPE AT 500 FEET, AND DITCHED EIGHT MILES OFF SHORE.  NO INJURIES, THE AIRCRAFT FLOATED THREE HOURS.  SIX CREW MEMBERS WERE PICKED UP BY TWO RAF WALRUS SEAPLANES.  THE FOUR REMAINING TO GO IN THE THRID WALRUS, BUT COULD NOT GET AIRBORNE.  THE LEFT PONTOON HAD TAKEN WATER AND WE COULD ONLY CIRCLE.  WE WERE TAKEN ABOARD A ROYAL NAVY PT BOAT THAT TOOK THE WALRUS IN TOW FOR A SLOW CHANNEL CROSSING.  FROM 10 MINUTES AFTER OUR DITCHING TILL THE PT BOAT WAS HALFWAY TO PORT, WE HAD CONSTANT COVER OF 3-5 SPITFIRES.  DUE TO HEAVY MISSION COMMUNICATIONS, WE COULD NOT CONTACT OUR BASE.  NEXT MORNING, THE RAF FLEW US HOME TO LEARN WE WERE MIA (SHOT DOWN OVER FRANCE).

CREW ON SEP 3, 1943 MISSION TO PARIS  A/C 42-30611 "HORNY"

2nd LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON      P CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS  
2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP              CP CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS  
2nd LT. WARD J DALTON            NAV KIA 24 SEP 1943 EAC/Practice Mission   
2nd LT. A. FAHLSTEDT               BOM SWA   3 SEP 1943 PARIS 
S/SGT WALLACE J. MEYER          TTE POW 22 APL 1944 HAMM  
T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK      ROG NOC     
S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON         BTG CPT 22 DEC 1943 MUNSTER 
S/SGT HAROLD J. JANDERUP       WG POW  2 FEB 1944 FRANKFURT
S/SGT JOE RAFF                            WG CPT 30 JAN 1944 BRUNSWICK (FROM LT DON MOEDE CREW)
S/SGT CHARLES A. HANTUSCH     TG NOC     

SEPT 9, 1943- PROMOTED TO 1ST LT.
WENT ON FLAK LEAVE FOR 7 DAYS

11. 2/10/43  EMDEN   6:15 hrs MY 1ST PFF MISSION
12. 8/10/43  BREMEN 6hrs, 7a/c LOST, 2 ENGINES OUT DUE TO FLAK, HIT BY 109'S AND 190'S.  700 FEET OFF GROUND ON FINAL APPROACH, 3rd ENGINE OUT.  LANDED WITH ONE ENGINE. HAD TO LIGHTEN A/C BY THROWING OUT GUNS, AMMO, EVERYTHING. THE ENGINES DIED ON LANDING ROLL, HAD TO BE TOWED TO HARD STAND

Below list the crew as of October 8, 1943 BREMEN from AAF press release (mpf) flew a/c 25957 "HORNY II"

1st LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON   P CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP CP CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
1st LT. DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER NAV CPT 29 NOV 1943  BREMEN 
1st LT. HOWARD J. KELLY BOMB CPT 20 JAN  1944 BRUNSWICK (FROM ORIGINAL SAMMY BARR CREW)
T/SGT RUSSELL G. GILBERT TTE KIA 06 MAR 1944 BERLIN
T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK ROG NOC
SGT. ANTHONY E. RUDA LWG POW 06 MAR 1944 BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE P. GINEIKIS RWG EVA 05 NOV 1943 GEISENKIRCHEN 
S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON BTG CPT 22 DEC 1943 MUNSTER
S/SGT CHARLES R. HANTUSCH  TG NOC

13. 20/10/43 DUREN  7:30hrs, PFF MISSION, LT KELLY IS BOMBARDIER
14.  5/11/43  GELSENKIRCHEN 5:30hrs, 1 A/C LOST AND ONE RETURNED WITH ONLY PILOT AND CO-PILOT
       CREW HAD BAILED OUT OVER ENEMY TERRITORY.
15.  7/11/43  DUREN  6hrs, ANOTHER PFF
16. 13/11/43 BREMEN 7:30hrs, PFF MISSION, LOST ONE ENGINE, LT KELLY  (BOMB)  WOUNDED BY FLAK
     THE ONLY CREWMEMBER EVER WOUNDED.  
17. 19/11/43 GELSENKIRCHEN 5:45hrs, PFF MISSION LEAD BY MAJ OLLIE TURNER. 
       ENDED UP LEADING THIS MISSION AFTER PFF ABORTED.  ONLY ONE AIRCRAFT IN EACH GROUP WAS
       PFF EQUIPPED.  BIG FLAP AT DIVISION DEBRIEF, MY NAVIGATOR SAID WE (13TH COMBAT WING) 
       HAD NOT BOMBED THE  TARGET. THE LT COL. WING LEADER HAD ALREADY BRIEFED THAT THEY HAD.  
       HE BLURTED OUT "THAT'S A LIE!"  GEN. LEMAY SAT HIM DOWN.  DIVISION ALREADY HAD 
       UNDERGROUND PHOTOS AND THEY  WERE NOT OF THE TARGET.  
       LEMAY CONGRATULATED OUR CREW NOTING THE OFFICERS WERE ALL LIEUTENANTS.
18. 26/11/43 PARIS  6hrs, LOST 1 A/C, FLAK DAMAGE, AWARDED 2nd  DFC FOR LAST 3 MISSIONS.
         CITATION NOTED MISSIONS FLOWN 13TH, 19TH, 26TH NOV.
19. 29/11/43 BREMEN 6:15hrs, PFF
20. 11/12/43 EMDEN  5:20hrs LOST 1 A/C, FLAK & FIGHTERS
21. 13/12/43 KIEL  7:15hrs, PFF, FLAK & FIGHTERS
22. 22/12/43 MUNSTER 6hrs, PFF, FLAK & FIGHTERS, 1st B-17G ASSIGNED TO 100TH BG
23. 24/12/43 ST JOSEPH NO-BALL-V-1 ROCKET SITES BOMBED FROM 12,000 FEET, SMOKED CIGARETTE ON
     BOMB RUN. LIGHT INACCURATE FLAK.  ONLY P-51'S AND P-47'S IN AIR
24. 30/12/43 LUDWIGSHAVEN  8hrs, LOST 2 A/C,  ONE ENGINE OUT, AND TURBO ON ANOTHER RUNNING ROUGH
25. 31/12/43 PARIS  5:30hrs, FLAK & FIGHTERS, COMPLETED TOUR. FOR COMPLETING 25 MISSIONS,
     RECEIVED SECOND CLUSTER TO DFC AND THE AIR MEDAL WITH 3 CLUSTERS.
     I WAS REQUIRED TO STAY THREE MONTHS AND WORK IN GROUP OPERATIONS

In April 1944 I returned to Katherine(my wife) and Drew Field Florida and assigned as section Commander training B-17 crews till the Wars end.


MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Cryin Joe Kelly speration paperwork.  Note that Henington record shows Joe being wounded on Nov 13, 1943 mission to Bremen and this paperwork has it as Nov 16, 1943 which was RJUKAN(NORWAY) HYDROELECTRIC POWER (courtesy of Grandson Shaun Blakeman) 

Col Neil B. "Chick" Harding (100th Bomb Group Commanding Officer) recommendation for Lt. Howard J. Kelly. (courtesy of Grandson Shaun Blakeman) 

Lt Col John M. Bennett, 349th Commanding Officer, 100th BG Air Exec and Temporary Group Commanding Officer letter of recommendation for Lt Kelly. (courtesy of Grandson Shaun Blakeman)

 

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