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Comments1: 17 FEB 45 FRANKFURT & GIESSEN




Lt Clifton M.Williams               P   KIA   31/12/44 HAMBURG
Lt Kenneth W.Newkirk         CP  KIA 31/12/44 HAMBURG
Lt Richard F.Williams           NAV  KIA 31/12/44 HAMBURG                         A/C #43 38124
Lt Lawrence W.Ward         BOM  POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG                      MACR #11363,Fiche #4182
T/S/Sgt Charles J.McGinley  ROG  KIA 31/12/44 HAMBURG
T/Sgt .Alvin H.Petteys        TTE  KIA 31/12/44 HAMBURG
S/Sgt Lee F.Carpenter        BTG  KIA 31/12/44 HAMBURG
S/Sgt  James H.Murphy        WG  POW 31/12/44 HAMBURG
Sgt Harvey J. Lehman         WG   CPT   17/2/45   FRANKFURT & GIESSEN  (Transferred to Lt Streich Crew as BTG)     
M/SGT Gordon R.Sinclair       TG   CPT  15/3/45 ORANIENBURG /WITH THE S. JOHNSON CREW AS NAV (see note)

351st Sqdn. Sqdn Diary of Sept.1944 notes this crew as joining the 100th Group in Sept.  Cpl.Harvey J.Lehman was 
on the crew at that time but was put on the crew of Lt Frank Streich as BTG when crew was reduced to 9 men.   Sgt Harvey J. Lehman (from Lt Clifton Williams Crew) was transferred to this Crew as BTG and completed tour on 17/2/45 mission to Frankfurt & Giessen.

On 31/12/44, S/Sgt Roland L.Douglas,from the crew of Gerald Brown,was flying in place of Gordon Sinclair and was 
made a POW.

Gordon Sinclair was removed from Navigator's school one day short of graduation for some unknown infraction, proably the Training Command acted  a bit over zealous in view of the need for trained Navigators.  The 351st Sqdn. Commander (Harry Cruver, a man known to have had some disagreement with training command personnel during his cadet days) corrected this bit of over zealousness by immediately promoting Sinclair to M/Sgt and  making him the Navigator for the Sidney Johnson crew, where he completed a tour.  This from Charles M. Beck, of the Sidney Johnson


2nd Lt Herman F.Streich         P  CPT 17/2/45    FRANKFURT & GIESSEN
2nd Lt Richard W.King        CP  KIA  31/12/44  HAMBURG (With crew flown by F.E.Henderson)
2nd Lt Leon Schwartz      NAV  CPT 19/2/45    OSNABRUCK  sn# 0-723444
2nd Lt Frank Dunst,Jr.      BOM CPT  24/3/45    STEENWIJK/HAVELTE  & ZIEGENHAIN (made lead bomb after 6 missions)
   Cpl Thomas E. Pepper    ROG CPT  17/2/45    FRANKFURT & GIESSEN
   Cpl Edward R.Benice       BTG  NOC (never flew a mission with this crew) 
   Cpl George H.Holland      TTE  CPT 17/2/45    FRANKFURT & GIESSEN
   Cpl Thomas L.Whitacre     WG  CPT  17/2/45    FRANKFURT & GIESSEN
   Cpl Herman H.Buhse WG/TOG  CPT  17/2/45    FRANKFURT & GIESSEN (Toggleer after 6 missions)
   Cpl Elwood O.Mattiza        TG   CPT  17/2/45    FRANKFURT & GIESSEN

351st Sqdn.  Crew joined 100th Group on 09 Sept1944 according to the Sqdn Diary for Sept. (p.2).

Frank Streich was a TV film producer in England for many years after WWII.

This crew flew thirty five missions, many in "Fever Beaver." This venerable old 100th aircraft flew  125 missions. Her crew chief was J.D.Pearson, who appeared on the 1985 Taps list, became almost a surrogate father to young Sam Hurry.  Hurry latter became President of the !00th Bomb Groups English Association.  Others who served on this Crew included; Copilots Lt Paul Batterman and Lt Tom Slaven (from Lt Rosenbaum Crew).  Sgt Harvey J. Lehman (from Lt Clifton Williams Crew) was transferred to this Crew as BTG and completed tour on 17/2/45 mission to Frankfurt & Giessen.  According to Lt Schwartz, Lt King had been grounded and wonders why he filled in  on Lt Henderson's crew on 31 DEC 44 mission to Hamburg? Lt Schwartz also states that they flew FEVER BEAVER on her 100th MISSION (she flew 126 missions in all)

Missions of 2nd Lt Leon Schwartz (mpf 2002)

1.     25/09/44     LUDWIGSHAVEN-flew with different crew
2.     02/10/44     KASSEL
3.     06/10/44     BERLIN
4.     07/10/44     BOHLEN
5.     09/10/44     WEISBADEN
6.     12/10/44     BREMEN
7.     15/10/44     COLOGNE-Lt Dunst becomes lead bombardier and is replaced by Sgt Buhse-Toggleer
8.     05/11/44     LUDWIGSHAVEN
9.     09/11/44     SAARBRUCKEN
10.   21/11/44     OSNABRUCK
11.   26/11/44     HAMM
12.   29/11/44     HAMM
13.   30/11/44     MERSEBURG
14.   04/12/44     FRIEDBERG
15.   05/12/44     BERLIN
16.   12/12/44     DARMSTADT
17.   24/12/44     KAISERLAUTERN
18.   25/12/44     KAISERLAUTERN
19.   27/12/44     FULDA
20.   28/12/44     KOBLENZ
21.   30/12/44     KASSEL
22.   31/12/44     HAMBURG
23.   13/01/45     MAINZ
24.   14/01/45     DERBEN
25.   17/01/45     HAMBURG
26.   20/01/45     HEIBRON
27.   21/01/45     MANNHEIM
28.   28/01/45     DUISBURG
29.   29/01/45     KASSEL
30.   03/02/45     BERLIN
31.   06/02/45     CHEMNITZ
32.   09/02/45     WEIMAR
33.   15/02/45     COTTBUS
34.   17/02/45     FRANKFURT & GIESSEN
35.   19/02/45     OSNABRUCK-flew with different crew    

Henderson crew
On the  31 DEC 44 ( HAMBURG) mission,  FLOYD E. HENDERSON was the first pilot of this crew..Appears mainly that of Carl J. HEDIN...jb
These  cewmen were with the crew of Floyd E.Henderson on 31/12/44. Henderson, himself,was CP on the crew of R.L.Stevenson when that crew joined the 100th Group on 14/7/44. 

    A/C #42-31066 "Fools Rush In"  MACR #11366, MICRO-FICHE #4183

2nd Lt Richard W.King                CP   KIA 31/12/44      HAMBURG (from Lt Striech Crew)
2nd Lt E. L. Kovach                   TOG   KIA   31/12/44    HAMBURG
2nd Lt G. J. Smigo Jr.               NAV  POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG 
 S/Sgt George J.Robinson           ROG   KIA  31/12/44   HAMBURG
 S/Sgt James W.Shepard            TTE     KIA  31/12/44   HAMBURG
   Sgt Leo O.Murphy                    BTG   POW  31/12/44   HAMBURG
   Sgt Fred Horcasitas                 WG   KIA     31/12/44   HAMBURG
   Sgt Frank S.Sauls                    TG    POW  31/12/44    HAMBURG

 EYEWITNESS:  "A/C 42-31066 recieved a direct hit by flak just before "Bombs Away" , and the bombs were salvoed. 
The A/C fell off on the right wing and dropped onto A/C #43-38124 piloted by Lt Clifton M. Williams.
Both aircraft went down in flames  and one exploded"





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