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LT  Ellie R. NESMITH

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP
SERIAL #: O-818733 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 05237 CR: 05237

Comments1: 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG (EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT BURDETTE L. WILLIAMS          P POW 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
2ND LT ELLIE R. NESMITH               CP KIA 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
2ND LT WALTER M. PICKETT        NAV POW 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
2ND LT VERNON O. BREAZEALE        BOM KIA 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
S/SGT MELVIN H. EVANS              ROG POW 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
   SGT GORDON L. TRICKER           TTE POW  29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG  WOUNDED
S/SGT LEROY MOORE                   BTG NOC
S/SGT WILLARD V. GOOS              WG KIA 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
   SGT ELROY A. YAROCH              WG POW 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
   SGT RAYMOND COHEN                  TG KIA 09 MAY 44 LAON/COUVRON AF,& LAON/ATHIES 

418th Sqdn..Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 18 Apr 44. 
Sgt Cohen was killled when a bomb from a B-17 flying above his ship landed in the tail assembly. Ship returned to Thorpe Abbotts where at great risk Cohen was extricated but he did not survive. See p. 61 of Story of the Century and Splasher Six (summer 1974).  That Cohen did not survive does not diminish the valiant effort of Doc Kinder and the others who risked their lives in the attempt to save Sgt Cohen.

Crew on May 29, 1944 
Target: Leipzig
Missing Air Crew Report: #5237
A/C 42-107011  LD-T "Shinning Hour"

Lt Burdette L. Williams     Pilot- POW  
Lt Ellie R. Nesmith           Copilot- KIA, Buried Torgau City Cemetary, Sec C, Row 2,  Grave 7, 
Lt Walter M. Pickett        Navigator-POW
Lt Vernon O. Breazeale    Bombardier-KIA, Ok when he bailed out.  Buried Torgau City Cemetary,  Sec C, Row 2,  Grave 6, 
S/Sgt Melvin H. Evans      Radio Operator Gunner-POW
Sgt Gordon L. Ticker       Top Turret Engineer-POW
Sgt Larry C. Boyer           Ball Turret Gunner-POW
S/Sgt willard V. Goos       Waist Gunner-KIA Drowned in Elbe River, Buried in Mun Cemetary, Torgau Sec C, Row 2, Grave 8
Sgt Elroy A. Yaroch         Waist Gunner-POW
S/Sgt Lyle E. Nord           Tail Gunner-KIA, Buried Torgau City Cemetary,Sec C, Row 2, Grave 6?

On 29 May 44  The target was Leipzig with Col Jack Kidd leading.  The target was the Junkers plant .  Fighters hit the formation over the target and Lt Williams aircraft was lost to enemy aircraft at 1233 hours.  The #2 engine and nose was hit by 20 mm fire. The aircraft peeled out of formation, lost altitude and went into a vertical dive and exploded.  3 chutes were seen.  Sgt Larry C. Boyer was flying in place of Leroy Moore and became a POW. S/Sgt Lyle E. Nord, from the  original crew of E.E.Blakely, was flying in place of Cohen and was KIA.
S/Sgt Nord was killed by a 20mm entering his back, Goos is believed to have survived his jump but landed in water and drowned.  Nesmith was alright when he bailed out and the cause of his death remains unknown. Breazeale was also killed by 20mm fire.


Mission List of Lt Williams Crew

1.     27/04/44    LeCULOT
2.     29/04/44    BERLIN
3.       1/05/44    SAARGUEMINES & WIZERNES (NO BALL)
4.       7/05/44    BERLIN
5.       8/05/44    BERLIN & LaGLACERIE (NO BALL)
6.       9/05/44    LAON/COUVRON (S/Sgt Raymond Cohen Killed)
7.     11/05/44    LIEGE
8.     12/05/44    BRUX
9.     13/05/44    OSNABRUCK
10.   20/05/44    BRUSSELS
11.   24/05/44    BERLIN
12.   27/05/44    STRASSBOURG
13.   28/05/44    MAGDEBURG
14.   29/05/44    LEIPZIG-SHOT DOWN

MEMO 2:

KIA notes: Was ok when he bailed out, cause of death unknown.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-05-29  
AIRCRAFT: "Shining Hour" (42-107011) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: C ROW: 23  
GRAVE: 20 CEMETERY: Ardennes, Neuville-en-Cond, Belgium  
ID: 3842