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LT  Michael  MASHYNA

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 18 APR 45 STRAUBING

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW


2nd Lt Michael Mashyna P  CPT  18/4/45 STRAUBING, MY & TABOR
2nd Lt Norman W.Seegren CP CPT 18/4/45  STRAUBING, MY & TABOR 
2nd Lt James A.Walker   NAV  FEH
2nd Lt Mark J.Jennigs  BOM  FEH
   Cpl Clyde L.Keeler  ROG CPT     18/4/45  STRAUBING, MY & TABOR
   Cpl Charles L.Knowlton            TTE CPT    18/4/45  " " " "
   Cpl Roberly D.Howe              BTG   SWA   19/2/45  MUNSTER
   Cpl Norbert J. Dougherty  BTG CPT     18/4/45  STRAUBING, MY & TABOR
   Cpl Henry A. Sutherland  NG CPT     18/4/45  STRAUBING-Replaced Jennigs when he went to Mickey School
   Cpl Francis H.Rowley              WG  CPT    18/4/45  STRAUBING, MY & TABOR
   Cpl Russell D.Michael,Jr.           TG     CPT    18/4/45  " " " "

418th Sqdn.  Crew joined 100th on 27/12/44 and flew A/C "GINGER" 
TECH/SGT CLYDE KEELER SN#32942072
   
Crew flew first mission 17/1/45 and their 35th mission on 18/4/45 (3 months and 1 day)

See letter of 3/5/87 from Mike Mashyna.  "On our 14th mission,Roberly Howe,our ball turret 
gunner got hit over Brunswick.After leaving the target,I went back into the waist to see 
how he was doing. He had been hit in the thigh and was bleeding all over the radio room but 
that didn't seem to bother him. He was laughing hysterically and yelling 'I'm going home'. 
After a rather long stay in the hospital he did go home with a limp but he did have his 
leg." Mike says that Walker & Jennings did not complete their tours with his crew. Walker 
later flew a few missions with the Mashyna crew.

Jennings flew with the crew for about half a tour and then was went to "Mickey" school.

MEMO
         NORBERT J. DOUGHERTY (LIFE MEMBER OF 100TH BOMB GP ASSOCIATION)

WAS ORGINALLY ON THE PAUL DeWEERDT CREW THAT WAS SHOT DOWN ON THE 18 MAR 45 BERLIN MISSION.  DOUGHERTY WAS THE BTG AND AS DeWEERDT'S CREW WAS LEADING ON THE BERLIN MISSION WAS REPLACED BY THE RADAR NAVIGATOR (MICKEY OPERATOR).  MR DOUGHERTY FLEW IN ANOTHER AIRCRAFT, "GINGER", ON THE 18 MAR 45 BERLIN MISSION AND WITNESSED THE LOSS OF HIS ORGINAL CREW'S SHIP (44-8717) AND WAS ABLE TO COUNT CHUTES.  HE LATER INFORMED LT BILL THOMPSON'S WIFE THAT HE HAD COUNTED THE CHUTES AND BELIEVED HER HUSBAND HAD MADE IT OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT AND WAS MOST LIKELY A POW.  HE WAS CORRECT.

        MR DOUGHERTY COMPLETED HIS TOUR ON 18 APR 45 WITH THE STRAUBING MISSION. HE FINISHED HIS MISSIONS ON LT MICHAEL P. MASHYNA'S CREW AND NOW (1993) RESIDES IN GREAT FALLS, MONTANA.

Missions Log of T/Sgt Clyde Keeler ROG-Lt Mashyna Crew:

1 17/01/45 HAMBURG
2. 20/01/45 BRESHACH/ HEIBRON
3. 29/01/45 KASSEL
4.   9/02/45 WEIMER
5. 14/02/45 PLAUEN
6. 17/02/45 FRANKFURT
7. 19/02/45 MUNSTER-BTG SWA, REPLACED BY CPL NORBERT DOUGHERTY
8. 20/02/45 NURNBURG
9. 22/02/45 HUEINGEN
10. 23/02/45 TREUCHTLINGEN
11. 24/02/45 BREMEN
12. 26/02/45 BERLIN
13.   2/03/45 DRESDEN
14.   3/03/45 BRUNSWICK
15.   7/03/45 SEIGEN
16.   8/03/45 DORTMUND  (100TH LISTS TARGET AS GIESSEN, SECONDARY TARGET)
17.   9/03/45 FRANKFURT
18. 11/03/45 HAMBURG-T/SGT HARRY SUTHERLAND JOINS CREW AS NG/TOGGOLIER
19. 12/03/45 SWINEMUNDE
20. 17/03/45 PLAUEN
21. 18/03/45 BERLIN-Cp Norbert Dougherty flies first mission with Lt Mashyna crew
22. 22/03/45 AHLHORN
23. 23/03/45 UNNA
24. 24/03/45 STEENWIJK
25. 24/03/45 ZIEGENHAIN
   FLAK LEAVE
26.   7/04/45 BUCHEN
27.   8/04/45 EGER
28.   9/04/45 MUNICH
29. 10/04/45 MAGDEBURG
30. 11/04/45 LANDSHUT
31. 14/04/45 ROYAN
32. 15/04/45 ROYAN
33. 16/04/45 ROYAN
34. 17/04/45 AUSSIG
35. 18/04/45 STRAUBING

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
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BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 3368