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S/SGT  Charles W. KOONS

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

Comments1: 15 MAR 45 ORANIENBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW                                                          

2nd Lt   Oren E. Hopkins  P POW 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE
2nd Lt   Foy E. Read   CP POW 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE
2nd Lt   Forrest Gordon   NAV POW 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE
2nd Lt   Eugene E. Lockhart  BOM KIA 3 FEB 45  BERLIN   with the Ernst PFF crew; see below
    Cpl   Henry B. Marlette  TTE POW 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE
    Sgt   Kenneth E. Yeater  ROG POW 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE
    Cpl   Arthur B. Crush, Jr.  BTG POW 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE
    Cpl   Harold Farlow   WG POW 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE
    Cpl  Charles W. Koons, Jr. TG CPT 15 MAR 45 Oranienburg with Lt Gwin Crew as BTG
    Cpl  Eugene E. Jamison  WG POW 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE (became TG when crew was reduced to 9 man Crew)

351st Sqdn.   Crew , as above,  joined the 100th Group on 4/8/44.  On 5/11/44. Lt Robert J. Doucette,  BOM  from
the crew of J.P.Ernst (see below),  was flying  with this crew and became a POW.  Lt  Eugene E. Lockhart was flying with the Pathfinder crew of J.P.Ernst on 3/2/45 when he was KIA.  Charles W. Koons, Jr. was removed at the crew reduction to nine men.

Subj: Re: 100thBG Form Submission 
Date: 7/21/2001 11:57:47 AM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: CHASBELLACOLLIE@cs.com 
To: MPFaley
 
"Hi,  I was a Tail Gunner on the Hopkins crew when we arrived at the 100th Group. I was taken off the crew to make it a 9 man crew. Later I was told that I would be a spare Ball Turret Gunner. My first 2 missions were on (9-27-44) to Mainz and (9-28-44) to Merseburg. I'm not sure who the pilot was. At one time I thought it was Lt Bennett. Mission # 3 through # 7 was with Lt Ricci.  Mission # 8 started with Lt Gwin and ended with Lt Gwin on (3-15-45) at Oranienburg. I ended my tour on the 15th at Oranienburg. I was told that I could go home.  The printing on the old bomb tags does not look as good as it did back in 1944 and 1945. The only picture that I have is one of the Ricci crew before I got on the crew. I hope this info. clears things up for you. Thanks for your trouble."   Charles Koons 

CREW

2ND LT FREDERICK A. RICCI  P  CPT 5 NOV 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, MY (S.T.)
2ND LT NORVAL J. STEWART  CP  CPT 5 NOV 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, MY (S.T.)
F/O MICHAEL P. MURPHY  NAV  NOC
2ND LT ARTHUR R. THOMPSON, JR BOM  CPT 5 NOV 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, MY (S.T.)
T/SGT ARTHUR G.GOLDIE  ROG  CPT 5 NOV 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, MY (S.T.) TAPS: 5 JUL 1979
T/SGT JOSEPH HALL   TTE  CPT 5 NOV 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN, MY (S.T.)
S/SGT HOMER L. PARISH  BTG  KIA KILLED IN THE FAMOUS "RUN AWAY" GUN INCIDENT OF 11 JUL 44
S/SGT  EVERETT C. WYGAARD WG  NOC PROABLY REMOVED AT THE NINE MAN REDUCTION IN AUG 1944
S/SGT ELI GARCIA   TG  CPT 26 OCT 44 HANOVER,TANK WKS & MISBURG, OIL REF

351ST SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 15 JUN 1944
Crew flew "THE LATEST RUMOUR"

"MIGHTY EIGHT WAR DIARY" page 291. "Accidents with "run - away" guns occured on a number of occasions despite cautions and instruction to gunners on the matter.  One of the most bizarre incidents happened at Thorpe Abbotts on the afternoon of 11 July 1944 shortly after the b-17s had returned from a fairly uneventful mission to Munich.  Fortress #007 ( SHE HASTA) was parked on its dispersal near the control tower: the crew had vacated the aircraft but the ball turret gunner was underneath his turret cleaning the guns.  Suddenly one gun began firing, sweeping the area as the turret swung from the recoil, causing all around to fling themselves flat on the ground for protection.  the firing did not cease until the gun had fired 207 rounds, killing the ball turret gunner, S/Sgt Homer Parish as he tried to secure the gun, and damaging three B-17s.  One was hit by a tracer in the wing, caught fire  with the result it was damaged beyond repair..

email = chasbellacollie@cs.comuname = Charles Koons
comments = On the Lt. Ricci crew Charles Koons was the BTG For the last 7 missions

Subj: Re: 100thBG Form Submission 
Date: 7/21/2001 1:28:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: CHASBELLACOLLIE@cs.com 
To: MPFaley

Hi again Michael Here it goes for where and with who. Charles Koons 
1  27/09/44 Mainz      Lt Luther Bennett 
2  28/09/44 Merseburg  Lt Luther Bennett 
3    7/10/44 Bohlen   Lt Ricci
4  15/10/44 Cologne  Lt Ricci
5  18/10/44 Kassel   Lt Ricci
6  26/10/44 Hanover  Lt Ricci
7  30/10/45 Merseburg  Lt Ricci
8    2/11/44 Merseburg Lt Ricci
9    5/11/44 Ludwigshaven Lt Ricci      
10  29/11/44 Hamm   Lt Gwin  ?
11    2/12/44 Koblenz Lt Gwin  ?
12    4/12/44 Frieburg  Lt Gwin  ?
13  30/12/44 Kassel  Lt Gwin
14  31/12/44 Hamburg  Lt Gwin
15    7/01/45 Cologne  Lt Gwin
16  21/01/45 Mannhein  Lt Gwin
17    3/02/45 Berlin   Lt Gwin
18    6/02/45 Chemnitz  Lt Gwin
19  22/02/45 Kitzingen Lt Gwin
20  23/02/45 Treuchtlingen   Lt Gwin
21  25/02/45 Munich  Lt Gwin
22  26/02/45 Berlin   Lt Gwin
23  28/02/45 Kassel   Lt Gwin
24    2/03/45 Ruhland  Lt Gwin
25    7/03/45 Siegan   Lt Gwin
26    8/03/45 Frankfort  Lt Gwin
27  10/03/45 Dortmund  Lt Gwin
28  11/03/45 Hamburg  Lt Gwin
29  12/03/45 Swinemunde     Lt Gwin
30 15/03/45  Oranienburg     Lt Gwin  The End

    
   TARGET WAS BERLIN..

2nd Lt Edward P.Gwin                 P   KIA     18/3/45
2nd Lt Donald H.Reichel             CP   POW   18/3/45
2nd Lt Robert B.Landino        NAV   POW  18/3/45
2nd Lt Stewart P.Laidlaw       BOM NOC
   Cpl William C.Danielson,Jr.      ROG   KIA    18/3/45
   Cpl Herbert Hamann           TTE   POW  18/3/45
   Cpl Joseph M.Griego            TG    POW  18/3/45
   Cpl Earl S.Hamilton             BTG    Grounded with bad back, Replaced by Sgt Charles Koons Jr. 
   Cpl Charles T.Maedel           WG    NOC
   Cpl  Norman D. Heilbuth       WG   POW      18/3/45

351st Sqdn. Crew,as above,Joined 100th Group on 5/10/44.  Crew Flew A/C "All American Girl" 237936 EP-M until it went down in Jan 45.  Assigned new plane 338861 "Sweet Nancy II" 

Mission Log Edward P. Gwin Crew
Date  Mission#  Target     Comments
10/30/44 1  Merseburg    Bombed alternate
11/02/44 2  Merseburg    Very heavily defended
11/09/44 3  Saarbrucken
11/29/44 4  Hamm
12/02/44 5  Coblenz
12/04/44 6  Freilburg
12/05/44 7  Berlin     Flak filled skies & fighers
12/24/44 8  Kaiserlauten - Bibkus Aerodrome
12/25/44 9  Kaiserlauten
12/27/44 10  Fulda
12/28/44 11  Coblenz    Sgt David Ackerman becomes NG/Toggolier
         Cpl Charles Koons becomes BTG
12/30/44 12  Kassel
12/31/44 13  Hamburg    Reichel wounded, Gp lost 12
01/07/45 14  Cologne
01/21/45 15  Mannheim
02/03/45 16  Berlin
02/06/45 17  Chemnitz
02/22/45 18  Dresden    (listed in 100th missions as Kitzingen)
02/23/45 19  Treuchtlingen
02/25/45 20  Munich
02/26/45 21  Berlin     Heavy flak as usual
02/28/45 22  Kassel
03/02/45 23  Ruhland
03/07/45 24  Siegen
03/08/45 25  Frankfurt
03/10/45 26  Dortmund
03/11/45 27  Hamburg    Nothing like the last time..
03/12/45 28  Swinemunde
03/15/45 29  Oranienburg
03/17/45 30  Ulm
03/18/45 31  Berlin   Final Mission - they shot our tail off!!!

MEMO 2:

Charles W. Koons, Jr  351st
 Squadron  July 24, 2016
Charlie arrived at the 100th BG in August 1944 as a Tail Gunner with the Oren Hopkins crew, but when crews reduced from 10 to 9 men, he was re-assigned  to spare gunner pool as Ball Turret Gunner.   Charlie went on to fly 30 combat missions, most with the  Edward “Duke” Gwin crew.  The original Hopkins crew was shot down on Nov 5, 1944, and the Gwin crew was shot down by an ME-262 on March 18, 1945 Berlin mission with Gwin and two other crew KIA.  Charlie was not flying  with either crew on those days, surviving to live a long life.

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