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T/SGT  Henry B. MARLETTE

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TTE
SERIAL #: 32587076 STATUS: POW
MACR: 10357 CR: 10357

Comments1: 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE

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.  WG CPT 15 MAR 45 (Crew unknown..pw)
    Cpl  Eugene E. Jamison  TG POW 5 NOV 44 THIONVILLE

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..

 EYEWITNESS:  "A/C #520 appeared to be in trouble shortly after leaving the I.P. at 1102 hours.  Bombs were 
   salvoed and one engine feathered.  The A/C stayed in formation to the R.P. (rally point…pw)
    where another engine was feathered and the aircraft began a gradual controlled descent. 
    When last seen the aircraft was below the cloud level at six or seven thousand feet, 
    heading in a westerly direction under apparent control."

 German report in the MACR is to the effect this aircraft, badly damaged by flak,  made an emergency landing and
 seven (7) crew members were captured.  Other documents list all nine of the crew as captured and 
 Sgt. Kenneth E. Yeater in the hospital. 
                           
 (Lt Robert J. Doucette's original crew -  Ernst crew shown here as they joined the 100th
Lt John P. Ernst   P   POW 3/2/45 Berlin
Lt James P. Olmsted CP   SWA 10/1/45  Cologne
Lt Seymour G. Passen  NAV   CPT 3/2/45 Berlin
Lt Robert J. Doucette  BOM   POW 5/11/44 (With crew of O.E. Hopkins) Thionville
 Charles H. Webber  ROG   CPT 3/2/45 Berlin
 Duyger C. West   TTE   POW 3/2/45 Berlin
 Warren Winters   BTG   POW 3/2/45 Berlin
 Orrell J. Brooks   WG   NOC
 George Windisch  TG   CPT 3/2/45  Berlin
 Anthony A. Covino  WG   NOC

351st Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 23/7/44. MACR #12046, A/C#44 8379.
When this crew went down on 3/2/44,

John Ernst Pathfinder crew of 3 Feb 1945 (Eugene E. Lockhart with this crew when KIA)
Maj Robert Rosenthal    Command P
Capt John Ernst     P   
1st Lt Arthur I..Jacobson     CP (from crew of G. Brown)
1st Lt Stewart J. Gillison      Command N
1st Lt Louis C. Chappel     NAV
1st Lt Robert H. Stropp     Radar NAV
1st Lt Eugene E. Lockhart    BOM  (KIA)
T/Sgt Charles E. Webber    ROG
T/Sgt Dugger C. West     TTE
S/Sgt Warren Winters     WG
S/Sgt G.A. Windisch     TG
Ernst's leg amputated  in German Hospital night of 3/2/45 & he was soon exchanged.

See "CONTRAILS" p.131 & S.O.C. p.95. Also p.219/223 of "FLYING FORTRESS" by E.Jablonski.

EYEWITNESS REPORT from MACR #  "A/C #44 8379 was hit by flak,reported to be a ground 
rocket a few seconds before bombs away. A/C continued on run and dropped bombs. Fire and 
dense white smoke was seen in the fuselage and bomb bay,including the cockpit. Bomb bay 
doors closed and then reopened.Pilot opened his window and peeled gently off to the 
right,directing deputy leader to take over on VHF. A/C headed NE and flew level for a few 
moments while six members bailed out (3 appeared to come from waist or tail and 3 from 
bomb bay..There was a small explosion in #3 engine nacelle and thd A/C headed down,burning 
and beginning to spin when last seen at 15/000 feet. Observers believe entire crew had an 
excellent chance to bail out."


Henry B Marlette
by lpgiii » Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:30 pm 

Henry Belden "Barney" Marlette

Groton - Henry Belden "Barney" Marlette, of Beechwood Drive, Groton, passed away Friday, October 17, 2008, at the VA Medical Center, Syracuse.
Barney was born in Cortland, the son of the late Merle and Sara (Case) Marlette, and had been a Groton resident for most of his life. He was employed as a manager with Smith-Corona for over 30 years, and later was employed with Burns Security at Smith-Corona and at Borg Warner in Ithaca, retiring in 2006. He had served as the Mayor of the Village of Groton for four terms, from 1987 to 1995.
Barney was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, and had served as a B-17 machine gunner with the 351st Bomb Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group in the European Theatre. He was discharged with the grade of Tech Sergeant, following his release as a Prisoner of War, and was a Purple Heart recipient. 
Barney was a member of Carrington-Fuller American Legion Post 800 of Groton and the Cortland DAV Chapter 153. He was an avid Yankee baseball fan and was active with the Groton Little League and area Slow-Pitch teams for a number of years.
Surviving is his wife of 24 years, Diane Share Marlette; his five children, Scott (Vickie) Marlette of Enfield, Denise (James) Sedorus of Groton, Scott (Jessica) Carruthers of Naples, FL, Teri (Jeffrey) Evener of Groton, and Robert (Jan) Marlette of WI; 15 grandchildren; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Marian Share of Woodlands, TX.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 21, at the Shurtleff Funeral Home, 103 Lincoln Ave., Groton, with the Rev. Sam Neno officiating. Interment, with Military Honors, will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Groton. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Thionville DATE: 1944-11-05  
AIRCRAFT: "Going My Way" (44-6520) CAUSE: FLAK-Crash Landed  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 The Oren E. Hopkins Crew photographed at Thorpe Abbotts after landing from a mission over Europe. This crew flew the Russian Shuttle missions. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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