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F/O  Bernard LaBRIE

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

Comments1: 4 MAR 45 ULM

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Jack L.Gay                      P       CPT   4 MAR 45   ULM  (flew a total of 33 missions)
2nd Lt James W. Knowles.         CP      CPT   See note below
2nd Lt Warren R.Jones              NAV   CPT   4 MAR 45   ULM
F/0 Bernard LaBrie                    BOM   CPT   4 MAR 45   ULM
S/Sgt Raymond J.Rasmuson      ROG   CPT   4 MAR 45   ULM
S/Sgt Herman F.Eckmeyer         TTE   POW 31 JAN 44 HAMBURG (With W.G.Wilson crew, see below)
   Sgt Leonard L.Lombardo        BTG   CPT   4 MAR 45   ULM
   Sgt John M. McDowell            WG    POW  DATE UKN (replace by Sgt N. Perovich from Monrad and Drummund Crews)  see below
   Pvt Donald G.Fagen              TG     CPT   4 MAR 45   ULM    
   Sgt Dana V.Cable                 WG     CPT 20 JAN 45  HEIBRON, MY (S.T.)

351st Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 2/8/44.

It is probable that to reduce to a nine man crew Sgt.Cable was shifted to another crew.
S/Sgt Herman F. Eckmeyer  from the Jack Gay crew flew with the Wallace G. Wilson crew on the 31 Dec 44 Hamburg mission, replacing Lt. Brewin.

"According to a letter from Norm Graham,navigator of the P.B.Batterman crew, Batterman broke an arm  after joining the 100th on 5/10/44 and Jim Knowles was assigned as pilot of the Batterman crew. Knowles and most of the Batterman stayed together until completion of their tour."
(I believe this is wrong, after the Dec 31,st 1944 mission to Hamburg, the Batterman Crew with Knowles as pilot was broken up, with members  going to Lt Hutchinson's Lead Crew and Lt Garrison's Crew.  I have only two records of Lt Knowles flying as 1st pilot after Dec 31, 1944, one on March 17, 1945 to Plauen and one the following day March 18, 1945 flying 503  LN-A, an a/c from the 350th BS to Berlin.  My best guess for this big lapse of time is that Knowles may have gone back to Lt Gay Crew as CP from Jan 5-March 4, 1945 or been ill?  Only loading lists for Lt. Gay Crew in Jan/Feb 45 can answer that question,,,,mpf 2006)   

 
COMPLETE MISSIONS OF LT GAY (with Lt Knowles as CP until Nov 26, 1944)) 

Date       Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft # and Name                       Target
1.   8/24/1944 GAY J.L.           LT    P          37521  SKYWAY CHARIOT              RUHLAND (OIL)
2.   8/25/1944 GAY J.L.           LT    P          37936  ALL AMERICAN GIRL             POLITZ (OIL)
3.   8/26/1944 GAY J.L.           LT    P          38047  INNOCENT BYSTANDER        BREST
4.   8/27/1944 GAY J.L.           LT    P          31412  MASON & DIXON                  BERLIN (RECALL)
5.   9/08/1944 GAY J.L.           LT    P          37812  PATRIOTIC PATTY               MAINZ
6.   9/18/1944 GAY J.L.           LT    P          37812  PATRIOTIC PATTY               WARSAW (2nd RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)
7.   9/19/1944 GAY J.L.           LT    P          37812  PATRIOTIC PATTY               SZOLNOK (FROM RUSSIA)
      9/22/1944 GAY J.L.           LT    P          37812  PATRIOTIC PATTY                 CREWS RETURN FROM RUSSIAN SHUTTLE
8.   9/30/1944 GAY J.L.           LT    P          37812   PATRIOTIC PATTY              BIELEFELD
9.   10/12/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P                                                                  BREMEN, GERMANY Bremen
10. 11/02/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P                                                                  MERSEBURG, GERMANY 
11. 11/26/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P                                                                  HAMM, GERMANY 
12. 11/29/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P                                                                  HAMM, GERMANY
13. 12/05/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P            48209  THE BRASS HAT                    BERLIN
14. 12/11/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P            48209  THE BRASS HAT                    GIESSEN
15. 12/12/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P            Flew Another Squdron Plane              DARMSTADT
16. 12/24/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P            48209  THE BRASS HAT                    BIBLIS
17. 12/27/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P            38610   EP-T PFF                              FULDA
18. 12/30/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P                                                                  KASSEL, GERMANY
19. 12/31/1944 GAY J.L.         LT    P            38514   EP-J  E-Z GOIN                      HAMBURG, GERMANY
20    1/05/1945 GAY J.L.        LT    P             46613   LN-T (OXYGEN LEAK)            FRANKFURT 
21.   1/06/1945 GAY J.L.        LT    P             38770   EP-?                                   GERMERSHEIM
22.   1/10/1945 GAY J.L.        LT    P             38610   EP-T PFF                             COLOGNE
23.   1/28/1945 GAY J.L.        LT    P             38861   SWEET NANCY II                 DUISBURG
24.   1/29/1945 GAY J.L.        LT    P             38610   EP-T PFF                             KASSEL
25.   2/03/1945 GAY J.L.        LT    P             48616   LD-Z                                   BERLIN
        2/09/1945 GAY J.L.        LT    P            31708   SKIPPER II                           BOHLEN/WEIMAR (ABORTED)
26.   2/19/1945 GAY J.L.         LT    P                                                                 OSNABRUCK
27.   2/21/1945 GAY J.L.         LT    P            38852   EP-N                                   NURNBURG
28.   2/22/1945 GAY J.L.         LT    P            38852   EP-N                                   KITZINGEN, (blew tire did not take off)
29.   2/23/1945 GAY J.L.         LT    P            38852   EP-N                                   TREUCHTLINGEN
30.   2/25/1945 GAY J.L.         LT    P            38852   EP-N                                   MUNICH
31.   2/28/1945 GAY J.L.         LT    P            38852   EP-N                                   KASSEL
32.   3/02/1945 GAY J.L.         LT    P            38852   EP-N                                   RUHLAND
33.   3/04/1945 GAY J.L.         LT    P            38852   EP-N                                   ULM  (COMPLETED TOUR-33 MISSIONS)
                                   


My dad, Jack L. Gay, is still alive and living on his own.

Your incomplete list of missions lists some of the planes he flew.

There are pictures of a few of these on his web page .

         Http://ourgalsal.com/   [ this has copy of his missions ]

You have the Jack Gay crew  in  front of the Our Gal Sal   but
do not list it as a plane used on a mission.  This is wrong.  Dad  did  
fly Our Gal Sal several times.
Also --- dad flew a plane  named   MafKing - N   in England which you  
do not list.

He found the plane in Lubbock as a war weary  before it was sent  on   
to Kingman.Dad climbed into MafKing and has the name tag from the control column.

I have additional high quality crew pictures which will probably never  
be loaded to the web page.
Not sure if these will be released in future or not.

William Gay  [ Son of Jack L Gay ]  w.gay@sbcglobal.net

Dad said the Russians  were crazy.   When loading the bombs for the  
return trip, they drove up and just rolled the bombs
off the back of a truck onto the ground.   The American jeeps the  
Russians were driving were "made in Russia" according to them.

   Looking through the AAF Form #5,  I see dad flying planes from    
Lubbock to Kingman -  Nov 1945.
Wow --- I can trace his missions on the  AAF form No 5 and the type of  
planes flown  [B25,C47,B17,trainer, etc ]  .

I just found a promotion form to  " Captain, Air Corps "     February  
18th,  1946 with an official stamp on it.
I see his honorable discharge  has a  Dec 4, 1943 date [ oops - his  
last combat mission was March 1945  ] .
His discharge from the Air Reserves was dated September 28, 1957 on  
the cover letter.


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NOTE 1: 

Lt Knowles as 1st Pilot with Lt Batterman Crew.  (Knowles first mission with this crew was Nov 26, 1944)

2nd Lt James W. Knowles      P
F/0 Raymond Stiller               CP  
2nd Lt Norman Graham         NAV 
2nd Lt Arthur R.Zemeke       BOM 
   Cpl Thomas H.Fagan          ROG 
   Cpl Robert B.May               TTE  
   Cpl Reid G.Jensen             WG  
   Cpl Leon E.Hebert,Jr         BTG  
   Cpl Elmer F.Hooper            TG  

Missions of Lt James W. Knowles Crew

26/11/44     HAMM
02/12/44     KOBLENZ            42-31708      SKIPPER II
05/12/44     BERLIN               42-31708      SKIPPER II
30/12/44     KASSEL              42-31767      OUR GAL SAL
31/12/44     HAMBURG           42-31530      QUITTIN' TIME
17/03/45     PLAUEN              42-31530      QUITTIN' TIME 
18/03/45     BERLIN                44-8503      "BABY BUNTY"            



CREW
2nd Lt Paul B.Batterman                        P   CPT   6/4/45 LEIPZIG (CP on Capt. Hutchinson Lead Crew) SEE BELOW
F/0 Raymond Stiller                           CP   CPT
2nd Lt Norman "The Kid" Graham      NAV  CPT                         (NAV on Capt Hutchinson Lead Crew) SEE BELOW  TAPS: 1989      
2nd Lt Arthur R.Zemske                   BOM  CPT  6/4/45 LEIPZIG (BOM on Capt. Hutchinson Lead Crew) SEE BELOW
   Cpl Thomas H.Fagan                     ROG  CPT  TAPS: 1/24/89 (ROG on Capt. Hutchinson Lead Crew) SEE BELOW
   Cpl Robert B.May                          TTE   CPT  TAPS: 11/14/80 (went to Lt Garrison Crew after Dec 31, 1944)
   Cpl Reid G.Jensen                        WG   CPT  TAPS:  1/8/80
   Cpl Leon E.Hebert,Jr.                   BTG  CPT  (originally LWG)
   Cpl Elmer F.Hooper                       TG   CPT 20 APR 45 ORANIENBURG  (went to Lt Garrison Crew)
   Cpl Robert C.Mackey                    WG   NOC   (originally BTG)

351st Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined 100th Group on 5/10/44. 

From a letter from Norm Graham dated 24/3/83 we learn: ". . . . Batterman broke arm  bicycle  soon after crew joined 100th.  Lt Jim Knowles (from Lt Gay Crew) was assigned as our pilot and we all flew together for a few missions.  Zemske & Graham then placed on the crew 
of Dave Hutchinson. Later,  Batterman joined the Hutchinson crew as CP and Tom Fagan as ROG.  Finished tour.  Ray Stiller, Bob May, Reid Jensen, Leon Hebert and Elmer Hooper stayed with Lt Knowles crew and flew 5 missions.  After Dec. 31, 1944 mission to Hamburg,  the crew is broken up, with Graham, Zemske, and Fagan going to Lt Hutchinson's Lead Crew and May and Hooper going to  Lt Garrisons Crew.  I have only two records of Lt Knowles flying as 1st pilot after Dec 31, 1944, one on March 17, 1945 and one the following day March 18, 1945 flying 503  LN-A, an a/c from the 350th BS to Berlin.  

No memory of Robt.Mackey after reaching England. He probably was removed to reduce crew to nine men. James W.Knowles was original CP on crew of Jack L.Gay.  Lt Batterman also flew some missions as co-pilot on Lt Streich Crew…(from Leon Schwartz-Streich Crew)


CREW

2ND LT DAVID E. HUTCHINSON            P CPT 08 APR 45 EGER (CZECH)  TAPS: 1975
2ND LT ROBERT L. RICHARDSON           CP KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG (BURIED CAMBRIDGE, ENG.)
F/O      RODMAN B. PORTER             NAV RFS
2ND LT ALFRED V. PATERNO            BOM ASSIGNED  TO LEAD CREW OF JESSIE WOFFORD
T/SGT JACK H. PARKER                    ROG SWA 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (FLAK WOUND)
T/SGT ANTHONY C. SAPPER             TTE CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT GEORGE D. MAST                   WG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT JOSEPH W. KAMPER, JR            BTG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT WILLIAM R. TAYLOR                TG CPT 08 APR 45` EGER (CZECH)

351ST SQDN..   CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 20 OCT 1944

THIS WITH SOME PERSONNEL CHANGES BECAME A LEAD CREW. LTs NORMAN GRAHAM & ARTHUR ZEMSKE FROM THE P.B. BATTERMAN CREW REPLACED PORTER AND PATERNO. LATER P.B. BATTERMAN, HIMSELF, JOINED AS CO-PILOT (MOSTLY FLYING TAIL GUNNER). ALSO SGT TOM FAGAN FROM THE BATTERMAN CREW REPLACED THE WOUNDED JACK PARKER.

IN A LETTER TO JIM BROWN IN 1983 NORMAN GRAHAM EXPRESSED THE BELIEF THAT ALFRED PATERNO WAS ASSIGNED TO A LEAD CREW PILOTED BY JESSIE WOFFORD..pw

LEAD CREW (mpf 2000)

2ND LT DAVID E. HUTCHINSON            P CPT 08 APR 45 EGER (CZECH)
2ND LT PAUL B. BATTERMAN             CP CPT 06 APR 45 LEIPZIG     
2ND LT NORMAN GRAHAM               NAV CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
2ND LT ARTHUR ZEMSKE               BOMB CPT 06 APR 45 LEIPZIG
SGT THOMAS FAGEN                     ROG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
T/SGT ANTHONY C. SAPPER          TTE CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT GEORGE D. MAST                WG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT JOSEPH W. KAMPER, JR         BTG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT WILLIAM R. TAYLOR               TG CPT 08 APR 45 EGER (CZECH)


INCOMPLETE LIST OF MISSIONS FOR LT DAVID HUTCHINSON CREW

DATE           TARGET                       A/C #          A/C NAME

05/12/44      BERLIN                      42-31530     QUITTIN TIME
12/12/44      DARMSTADT              43-38610     PATHFINDER A/C (RADAR EQUIPPED)
25/12/44      KAISERLAUTERN         43-38610     PATHFINDER A/C (RADAR EQUIPPED)
30/12/44      KASSEL                     43-38610     PATHFINDER A/C (RADAR EQUIPPED)
31/12/44     HAMBURG                   43-38610     PATHFINDER A/C (RADAR EQUIPPED)
10/01/45     COLOGNE                   
21/03/45     RUHLAND                    44-8209     THE BRASS HAT (PATHFINDER A/C)
06/04/45     LEIPZIG                      44-8209     THE BRASS HAT (PATHFINDER A/C)
08/04/45     EGER (CZECH)        


SGT MAY AND SGT HOOPER INFO:

CREW

1st Lt Jerome S. Garrison      P FEH
F/O Warren A. Storz         CP FEH
2nd Lt Francis J. Dolan    NAV RFS   After 6 Missions, Replaced by Lt Wallace Polansky 
2nd Lt George N. Yee    BOM FEH
S/Sgt Harold F. Costaldo    TTE CPT  8 APR 45 EGER, MY (CZECH), replaced by Cpl Robert May
Cpl Steve J/ Kowalski        ROG FEH
Cpl William H. Andrews        BTG FEH
S/Sgt George F. Miller      WG FEH   sn# 3386826
Cpl Robert J. Mackeigan       TG RFS  After 2 Missions Replaced by Cpl. Elmer Hooper

351st  Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 21 Jan 1945
After six missions, Lt Dolan was replaced by Lt Wallace Polansky from Lt Robert Ellis Crew. After 2 missions, Cpl Mackeigan was replaced by Cpl Elmer Hooper from Lt Batterman/Lt Knowles Crew.  S/Sgt Costaldo was replaced by Cpl Robert May from Lt Batterman/Lt Knowles Crew. 
Crew flew SKIPPER II 42-31708, on March 28, 1945 this crew flew SKIPPER II on its 100th MISSION to Hanover.

MISSIONS OF S/SGT GEORGE F. MILLER (mpf 2003)

1.     06/02/45   BOHLEN
2.     21/02/45   NURNBURG
3.     22/02/45   DONAUESCHINGEN
4.     23/02/45   TREUCHTLINGEN
5.     26/02/45   BERLIN
6.     28/02/45   KASSEL
7.     02/03/45   RUHLAND & DRESDEN
8.     04/03/45   ULM
9.     10/03/45   DORTMUND
10.   12/03/45   SWEINEMUNDE
11.   17/03/45   PLAUEN
12.   22/03/45   ALHORN 
13.   24/03/45   STEENWIJK
14.   24/03/45   ZIEGENHAIN (SECOND MISSION THIS DAY)
15.   28/03/45   HANOVER (100th Mission for SKIPPER II)
16.   30/03/45   HAMBURG
17.   31/03/45   ZEITZ
18.   04/04/45   KIEL
19.   05/04/45   NURNBURG
20.   07/04/45   BUCHEN
21.   08/04/45   EGER
22.   09/04/45   MUNICH
23.   10/04/45   BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG
24.   11/04/45   LANDSHUT


Note on Waist Gunner Perovich

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

Sgt Nicholas Perovich also filled in as WG on the Lt Kenneth Dille Crew .  Crew flew  A/C "The Latest Rumor"  SN # 297126
CREW ROSTERS OF 7 MAY 44 (Berlin Mission) AND 11 MAY 44 (Liege Mission) SHOW S/SGT NICHOLAS PEROVICH IN PLACE OF LaMADRID (Lt Dille Crew).  S/SGT PEROVICH CPT   04 MAR 45  BRUNSWICK.

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S/Sgt Eckmeyer info

CREW
           A/C #42-107233 "Humpty Dumpty"  MACR #11356, MICRO-FICHE #4178

2ND LT WALLACE G. WILSON             P POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2ND LT CLARENCE R. VAN CLEAVE     CP POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG  TAPS: 1965
2ND LT KENNETH F. KANE              NAV POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2ND LT SIDNEY L. BREWIN, JR.       BOM NOC
CPL PERRY S. GAYE                     ROG POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL DOUGLAS H. NASH                TTE POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG  TAPS: 1963
CPL AUSTIN P. GIBBON                BTG POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL GEORGE P. MONTE                 WG POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG  TAPS: 1982
CPL EUGENE M. FELLMETH              TG POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG

351ST SQDN..  CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 28 OCT 1944. ON THE HAMBURG MISSION OF 31 DEC 44, LT BREWIN WAS REPLACED BY HERMAN F. ECKMEYER, A TOGGALIER (FROM LT GAY CREW), WHO BECAME A POW.

Letter to Grant Fuller, Executive Vice-President 100th Bomb Group Association, dated June 26, 1991

…We were in the 351st Squadron (by the way, our plane was aptly named Humpty Dumpty) and we went down on December 31, 1944 over Hamburg. To refresh your memory, that was the last big loss for the 100th as we lost, I believe, 14 planes that day. It was also the mission in which the famous crash landing occurred of the two B17's which were stuck together.

On that mission we were without our regular Bombardier, Lee Brewin who had been picked for Lead Crew Training. He was replaced by a Sergeant named Eckmeyer, whose first name I unfortunately do not remember. In any event, that particular day we were bombing Hamburg and we did not have any problems at all until we got in the bomb run and we took a direct hit. The direct hit knocked out electricity and our power and it also knocked out number #1 and 4 which started wind-milling and, because we didn't have power, we were unable to feather them, so we really had a problem in that respect. The Pilot, Wally Wilson of Joplin, Missouri had a load of flak in his left calf and it was obvious right from the beginning that we were not going to fly very much longer so we immediately dropped down to 10,000 feet so that I could put a bandage on Wally's leg and everybody bailed out except Wally and I and our Co-pilot, Roy VanCleave from Memphis, Tennessee. We picked up some ME's and they made two passes at us but on each occasion, Roy VanCleave was able to dump the nose just at the right moment and avoid getting hit by them. It was obvious that the plane wasn't a good place to stay for very long, so I put a chute on Wally and pushed him out and then I went out and then Van trimmed up the plane and went out.

By the way, both Wally and Van are now dead. Wally died about 12 years ago and I understand that he died of bone cancer in his left leg, which is, of course, was the leg that was injured in that particular incident. VanCleave died very young, I think around 42, he had a blood clot and after a minor operation he died. 

Anyway, we all bailed out and we all got picked up immediately; they had the old folks watching from the towers. I was locked up in a fire station until I was turned over to the Military later in the day. That night we all were put together at some kind of a Military Facility that was partly hospital, and partly detention center. At that point in time they bandaged up Wally's leg which had been bleeding all day long. Eckmeyer, our Bombardier, also got injured bailing out, because we had to bail out of the front escape hatch with the bomb run doors open. He had a limp and I assume he might still have it. Everybody else got out and they were; reading from top to bottom.

Doug Nash was our Engineer from Seattle, Washington, Doug died 10 or 12 years ago. Our Radio Operator was Perry Gaye; Perry now lives in Tampa and we have seen him on a few occasions. Our Gunner was George Monte from Omaha and later Albuquerque, I understand George has since died. Our Ball Turret Operator was Austin Gibbon from Oakland and as far as I know Austin is still o.k. Our Tail Gunner was Gene Fellmeth from Masillon, Ohio and I understand that Gene is now a Judge in Masillon. As I said, we all got picked up except, for some reason or other, Perry Gaye got away for a week or so and managed to get frost bite as a result of it because this was December in Germany. By the way, I would like to make a note about Dick Rolle who was in our group who was shot down that day in another plane. Dick bailed out on fire and when he showed up that night at the detention facility, he was blind because the fire came up from below. We really had a hard time getting him to believe that we were who we were because he felt that we might have been German Spies planted to convince him that we were Americans and that he would spill something, of course none of us knew anything anyway. In any event, as I understand it, Dick's sight was restored and I think he's o.k. now.

We then went to a interrogation center in a town called Oberosel, outside of Frankfurt. After the interrogation we went to an "in transit" camp near Wetzlar and from there we went to a permanent camp in Barth which was Stalag Luft I up on the Baltic Sea. This is probably around the 8th or 10th of January by the time we got there and we stayed there until the war was over and we were liberated by the Russians on May 8th, 9th, or 10th, somewhere along there, whenever the war ended.

In respect to our treatment by the Germans, we were never abused or mistreated, we simply were under fed as the whole German nation was under-fed at that time. We were going along on 600 calories a day until about late in April, whenever Holy Week was, because that happens to be the week that the Red Cross parcels started to come in and we all had some food for a change; we also had diarrhea for a change….

Kenneth F. Lane - Navigator..

Mr. Faley,
Thank you for taking the time to help me. I never would have found the POW camp information. I should have known to look under Eckmyer (as opposed to Eckmeyer) as somewhere between 1945 and 1949 he dropped the extra "e" in "meyer". Once again that you for everything. We finally have a picture to go along with his name.
 
Sincerely,
 
Barbara Eckmeyer
penguinnomore@yahoo.com

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 2955