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LT  Frederick A. NICHOLAEV

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: NEW BEDFORD, MASS

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT JAMES R. DOTSON  P KIA  10 APR 45  BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
2ND LT KENNETH R. PFISTER  CP NOC  (flew ferry missions with Lt Wofford after VE Day, see note from Joe urice)
2ND LT FREDERICK A. NICHOLAEV NAV NOC
SGT HARRY F. FISCHBURG  TTE NOC
SGT NICHOLAS L. GRAVINO  ROG NOC
SGT CHARLES E. BLACK  BTG NOC
SGT WALTER G. DAUBNEY  WG NOC
SGT FREDERICK J. GOODCHILD NG NOC
SGT BURL F. BLEVINS  TG NOC

351ST SQDN…CREW, AS ABOVE JOINED THE 100TH ON 30 MAR 1945
On 10/4/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF, Lt.James R.Dotson,was flying as CP on Lt Bazin's Crew in place of Lt Charles Dixon

CREW

2nd Lt Lawrence L. Bazin      P       KIA         10/4/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
2nd Lt Charles F.Dixon         CP     FEH
2nd Lt Kenneth C.Peiffer   NAV     FEH   
2nd Lt Harry J.Chase       BOM     FEH
S/Sgt Roens W.Sherwood TTE      Evadee   10/4/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Glenn D.Abraham,Jr. ROG      POW      10/4/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Paul H.Decker         TG         KIA         10/4/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Richard D.Long       WG         POW      10/4/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Richard E.Smith       BTG        KIA         10/4/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF

351st Sqdn.  Joined 100th Group,as above, on 11/2/45. On 10/4/45, Lt.John D.Gross from the crew of J.J.Dodrill was the NAV  in place of Kenneth Peiffer. James R.Dotson,pilot of his own crew,was flying as CP in place of Charles Dixon. Also aboard were T/Sgt Arthur T.Flowers as NG (Tog) in place of Harry Chase,and S/Sgt Robert B.Patterson as Radar Con.

Eyewitness: (MACR # 14170 " A/C 963 was forced to peel out of the formation with #2 engine feathered. Then it tried to climb back when ME 262's began pressing attack. The A/C was hit in the right wing and a large piece flew off.Then#3 & #4 engines burst into flames and it peeled off low to the right. As it went down flames were larger and it was believed to hit the ground with a terrific explosion. 
No chutes were seen.

Statement by Sherwood:  "The plane was breaking up when I got out and I was  of the opinion that no other crew member parachuted.I saw no other chutes. When I hit the ground,I did not see any of the crew." 


Following is the crew component for the 10 Apr 1945 mission to BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
Lawrence L. Bazin           Pilot                   KIA
James R. Dotson             Co-Pilot              KIAs in red 
John D. Gross                 Navigator           POW
Arthur W. Flowers           Nose Gunner      KIA
Glenn D. Abraham, Jr.      Radio Operato    POW
Roens W. Sherwood       Flight Engineer    EVA
Richard E. Smith             Ball Turret G       KIA
Paul H. Decker               Tail Gunner        KIA
Robert B. Patterson        Radar C.            POW
Richard D. Long             Waist Gunner     POW

A/C#43 38963 MACR#14170,fiche #5162


To Michael Faley : Michael, I must have mis-spoken to Paul West in 1993 about Lt  Ken Pfister's involvement on Wofford's crew. I don't know when he joined the 100th, but my recollection [thru memory and later communications with him after locating him in Florida] of his involvement with the crew was as co-pilot for Wofford on sorties after VE Day. I agree with you in that I don't think he flew combat missions with Wofford. Pfister related to me that he had been a fighter pilot by training but had been a late transfer into bombers because that was where the need was. There were many such post VE Day flights made for various reasons in which only skelton EM crews participated. For example, only TTE Davenport [and perhaps ROG Laskow] went on most of these. I recall standing in as TTE on one such flight to Munich in this manner. I would imagine these are the type of flights Pfister flew as co-pilot since he related to me one such flight to [Northern ?] Ireland. One further update on Wofford [that is perhaps noteworthy and has never been shown on the 100th site] is that he served briefly as the C.O. of the 418thSqd. At the tag end of the 100th's time in England; however this is not shown in "CONTRAILS" nor can I recall at the moment the source of this information as a "fact". My best regards and hope this covers your question. [joe Urice 2001)


Belive that 2nd Lt Charles F. Dixon took over Lt Dotson's crew when he was KIA on April 10, 1945 with Bazin Crew

CREW

2ND LT JAMES R. DOTSON                    P KIA  10 APR 45  BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
2ND LT KENNETH R. PFISTER               CP FEH  (flew ferry missions with Lt Wofford after VE Day, see note from Joe urice)
2ND LT FREDERICK A. NICHOLAEV        NAV FEH
SGT HARRY F. FISCHBURG                  TTE FEH
SGT NICHOLAS L. GRAVINO                ROG FEH
SGT CHARLES E. BLACK                      BTG FEH
SGT WALTER G. DAUBNEY                  WG FEH
SGT FREDERICK J. GOODCHILD        NG/TOG FEH
SGT BURL F. BLEVINS                          TG FEH


2lt Lt. Charles F. DIXON missions as a First Pilot…

Aprl 10, 1945   BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
April 11, 1945  LANDSHUT, ORD DEPOT;INGOLSTADT, MY        A/C# 126
April 13, 1945  Practice Mission
April 15, 1945  ROYAN, GROUND DEFENSES                             A/C# 767
April 16, 1945  ROYAN/POINT DE-GRAVE GND DEFENSES          A/C# 708
April 20, 1945  ORANIENBURG, MY,                                        A/C# 815   
April 26, 1945  Practice Mission

CHOWHOUND MISSIONS:
May 1, 1945   VALKENBURG, HAGUE-CHOWHOUND                   A/C# 258
May 2, 1945   SCHIPHOL AF/ALKMAAR-CHOWHOUND                A/C# 258
May 3, 1945   BERGEN, HILVERSUM-CHOWHOUND                    A/C# 258
May 5, 1945   BERGEN, AF, HILVERSUM, BAARN, CHOWHOUND  A/C# 535

DP/POW FERRY FLIGHTS FROM AUSTRIA TO PARIS
May 16, 1945                                                                      A/C# 258
May 19, 1945                                                                      A/C# 258
  


April,1945 and I believe he flew at least 3 more in April...check 16,17,20.....practice missions on 13,25April...and Chowhound missions on 3,4(scheduled but scrubbed)5,6,7 May, and a DP/POW  ferry mission from Austria to Paris 19 May,1945...I also believe he flew another ferry but nothing conclusive on him....Regarding the Dotson crew...Walter Daubney and the others..They arrived at T/A on 30 MARCH,1945......I think they would have qualified for 2 Campaign Stars on their EAME Theater ribbon...or been damn close. It was based on when they arrived in the ETO,not at Thorpe Abbotts and the qualifying dates were; RHINELAND  SEPT 14,1944-MARCH 21,1945    CENTRAL EUROPE  MARCH 22,1945-MAY 8,1945 .........What we need to do is contact one of the surviving crew members that can offer some details of who flew with Dixon as first pilot. FYI, I called one last night Harry J Chase in ARK but no answer on the phone.  Do you guys have anything for contact info on any of the Dotson crew members living?  Did Walter's son have any details on his dads mission dates,crew members from 10 April,1945 on.

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