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LT  Alfred V. PATERNO

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

(Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 1 MAY 45 FOOD DROPS

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT DAVID E. HUTCHINSON            P FEH   TAPS: 1975
2ND LT ROBERT L. RICHARDSON           CP KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG (BURIED CAMBRIDGE, ENG.)
F/O      RODMAN B. PORTER             NAV RFS
2ND LT ALFRED V. PATERNO            BOM ASSIGNED  TO LEAD CREW OF JESSIE WOFFORD
T/SGT JACK H. PARKER                    ROG SWA 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (FLAK WOUND)
T/SGT ANTHONY C. SAPPER             TTE CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT GEORGE D. MAST                   WG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT JOSEPH W. KAMPER, JR            BTG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT WILLIAM R. TAYLOR                TG CPT 08 APR 45 EGER (CZECH)

351ST SQDN..   CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 20 OCT 1944

THIS WITH SOME PERSONNEL CHANGES BECAME A LEAD CREW. LT’s NORMAN GRAHAM & ARTHUR ZEMSKE FROM THE P.B. BATTERMAN CREW REPLACED PORTER AND PATERNO.  LT GRAHAM JOINS LT HUTCHINSON’S LEAD CREW AS NAV. AFTER  12 DEC 45 AND LT ZEMSKE JOINS HUTCHINSON CREW IN LATE FEB 45 WHEN LT PATERNO JOINS WOFFORD CREW.  LATER P.B. BATTERMAN, HIMSELF, JOINED AS CO-PILOT (MOSTLY FLYING TAIL GUNNER). ALSO SGT TOM FAGAN FROM THE BATTERMAN CREW REPLACED THE WOUNDED JACK PARKER.

IN A LETTER TO JIM BROWN IN 1983 NORMAN GRAHAM EXPRESSED THE BELIEF THAT ALFRED PATERNO WAS ASSIGNED TO A LEAD CREW PILOTED BY JESSIE WOFFORD..pw

LEAD CREW (mpf 2006)

2ND LT DAVID E. HUTCHINSON            P FEH
2ND LT PAUL B. BATTERMAN             CP FEH   
2ND LT NORMAN GRAHAM               NAV FEH
2ND LT ARTHUR ZEMSKE               BOMB CPT 06 APR 45 LEIPZIG
SGT THOMAS H. FAGAN                  ROG FEH
T/SGT ANTHONY C. SAPPER          TTE CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT GEORGE D. MAST                WG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT JOSEPH W. KAMPER, JR         BTG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK
S/SGT WILLIAM R. TAYLOR               TG CPT 08 APR 45 EGER (CZECH)


INCOMPLETE LIST OF MISSIONS FOR LT DAVID HUTCHINSON CREW

DATE           TARGET                              A/C #          A/C NAME                           POSITION               COM P/COM N/ 

05/12/44      BERLIN                           42-31530    EP-X QUITTIN TIME
12/12/44      DARMSTADT                  43-38610    EP-T PFF (RADAR EQUIPPED)
25/12/44      KAISERLAUTERN           43-38610     EP-T PFF (RADAR EQUIPPED)
30/12/44      KASSEL                          43-38610    EP-T PFF (RADAR EQUIPPED)
31/12/44     HAMBURG                      43-38610    EP-T PFF (RADAR EQUIPPED)
10/01/45     COLOGNE
02/03/45     RUHLAND/DRESDEN         44-8776     LN-U PFF                             C-SQDN LEAD,              STIVERS, HUTCHINSON 
08/03/45     LANDGENDEER/GIESSEN  44-8717      EP-J MISS SWEETNESS   PFF  C-SQDN LEAD,              SWAIN, HUTCHINSON  
10/03/45     DORTMUND                       44-8183     LD-Q PFF                     A-SQDN  LEAD FLGT,SHIP # 2  HUTCHINSON
19/03/45     JENA                                  44-8209     EP-A THE BRASS HAT    PFF    C-SQDN LEAD,              ROBBS, HUTCHINSON  
21/03/45     RUHLAND                       44-8209     EP-A THE BRASS HAT    PFF
04/04/45     KIEL                                 44-8705     EP-Z  PFF                             C-SQDN LEAD       
06/04/45     LEIPZIG                           44-8209     EP-A THE BRASS HAT    PFF
07/04/45     BUCHEN                         44-8794     LD-B  PFF                             A-SQDN LEAD,             GIBBONS, CROTTY, HUTCHINSON 
10/04/45     BURG-BEI-MAGDEBURG     44-8790     LD-V PFF                              A-SQDN GROUP LEAD,  CRUVER,  CROTTY
11/04/45    LANDSHUT                      44-8705     EP-Z PFF                               B-SQDN LEAD,             ROBINSON, HUTCHINSON

CHOWHOUND MISSIONS..( FOOD DROPS )
3  MAY,1945    BERGEN/HILVERSUM    44-8183      LD-Q PFF                             B-SQDN LEAD ,          ROBINSON, HUTCHINSON      
6  MAY,1945    BERGEN/HILVERSUM    44-8183      LD-Q PFF                             B-SQDN LEAD,           HUTCHINSON
       
 
SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: Patricia Ann Simon
EMAIL: jpsimon320@msn.com
PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)
INTEREST: I am the veteran's child

TAPS REPORT
VETERAN: William Robert Taylor
DATE OF DEATH: 12/08/2005
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CREW
2nd Lt Paul B. Batterman                  P   FEH   (CP on Capt. Hutchinson Lead Crew) 
F/0 Raymond Stiller                        CP   FEH
2nd Lt Norman "The Kid" Graham   NAV  FEH   (NAV on Capt Hutchinson Lead Crew) SEE BELOW
2nd Lt Arthur R. Zemske               BOM  CPT  6 APR 45 LEIPZIG (BOM on Capt. Hutchinson Lead Crew) 
Cpl Thomas H. Fagan                   ROG  FEH   (ROG on Capt. Hutchinson Lead Crew) SEE BELOW
Cpl Robert B. May                         TTE FEH   (went to Lt Garrison Crew in April 45)
Cpl Reid G. Jensen                       RWG FEH
Cpl Leon E. Hebert,Jr.                  LWG  FEH   (moved to BTG , OLC for Air Medal for EAC destroyed)
Cpl Elmer F .Hooper                     TG   FEH    (Flew 29 Missions went to Lt Garrison Crew in March 45)
Cpl Robert C. Mackey                 BTG   NOC  

351st Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined 100th Group on 5/10/44.
No memory of Robertt.Mackey after reaching England. He probably was removed to reduce crew to nine men. 

From a letter from Norm Graham, Navigator on the P.B. Batterman Crew, dated 24/3/83 we learn: 
"Lt Batterman broke his arm riding a bicycle after joining the 100th on 5/10/44 and Jim Knowles was assigned as pilot of the Batterman crew.  Zemske & Graham then placed on the crew of Dave Hutchinson. Later, Batterman joined the Hutchinson crew as CP and Tom Fagan as ROG. Finished tour.  Ray Stiller, Bob May, Reid Jensen, Leon Hebert and Elmer Hooper stayed with Knowle's crew.”

James W.Knowles was the original CP on crew of Jack L.Gay. Lt. Knowles was replaced on the Batterman crew by Lt Stevenson (see Sgt Hooper diary) starting on 20 Jan 45 and 1st Lt Daniel Shaffer 0-765734 was the Navigator.  Lt Stevenson completed his missions on 9 Feb 45, mission to Weimar. After this point S/Sgt Hooper and T/Sgt May go to spare gunners pool.  Hopper flies missions with Lt Garrison and Knowles in Feb/Mar 45 before being assigned to Garrison’s Crew permanently on 28/3/45 mission to Hanover.  T/Sgt May is assigned to the Garrison Crew after April 8, 1945. S/Sgt Hooper would finish tour with Lt Garrison's Crew.   

After the Dec 31, 1944 mission to Hamburg, Lt Batterman and Sgt Fagan go to Lt Hutchinson's
Lead Crew to replace the Co-pilot and ROG who were KIA and SWA respectively.   Lt Batterman would fly as Formation Officer/Tail Gunner on the Hutchinson Crew. Lt Batterman flew as a fill in Co-Pilot with Lt Rosenbaum/Lt Kodas Crew on 17 Jan 45 Hamburg mission. Batterman also flew some missions as co-pilot on Lt Streich Crew…(from Leon Schwartz-Streich Crew)   

Lt Graham joins Lt Hutchinson Lead Crew as Navigator after Dec 12, 1944 Mission to Darmstadt and Lt Zemske joins Hutchinson Crew in Late Feb 45 when Lt Paterno joins Jessie Wofford’s Lead Crew. 

2nd Lt. DAVID E. HUTCHINSON MISSIONS…..
# 270  2 MARCH,1945  RUHLAND/DRESDEN    C-SQDN LEAD, STIVERS HUTCHINSON   44-8776 PFF  LN-U  HARDSTAND  # 30…… 
# 274  8 MARCH,1945  LANDGENDEER/GIESSEN  C-SQDN LEAD, SWAIN  HUTCHINSON,  44-8717  (MISS SWEETNESS)  PFF   J    HS # 7 
# 276  10  MARCH,1945  DORTMUND  A-SQDN  LEAD FLGT,SHIP # 2  HUTCHINSON    44-8183  LD-Q   HS # 43  
                                   (NOTE: A-SQDN  GROUP LEAD, SUTTERLIN-PASSEN-BROWN  44-8717 PFF  J   HS # 7)…………  
# 283  19  MARCH,1945   JENA,  C-SQDN LEAD,  ROBBS   HUTCHINSON   44-8209  (THE BRASS HAT )  EP-A   PFF   HS # 8…………..
# 293  4  APRIL,1945   KIEL  C-SQDN LEAD,  HUTCHINSON  44-8705  EP-Z  PFF   HS # 11……………… 
# 296  7 APRIL,1945   BUCHEN,  A-SQDN LEAD, GIBBONS CROTTY HUTCHINSON, 44-8794  LD-B  PFF   HS #  R/W 04…………
# 299  10 APRIL,1945  BURG-BEI-MAGDEBURG , A-SQDN GROUP LEAD,  CRUVER  CROTTY HUTCHINSON, 44-8790  PFF   LD-V   HS #  50…….
# 300  11 APRIL,1945  LANDSHUT, B-SQDN LEAD,  ROBINSON (RAIFORDscheduled,scratched) HUTCHINSON,  44-8705  PFF  EP-Z    HS # 11

.CHOWHOUND MISSIONS..( FOOD DROPS ) ………
3  MAY,1945    BERGEN/HILVERSUM , B-SQDN LEAD ,ROBINSON  HUTCHINSON,  44-8183  PFF   LD-Q    HS # 43…………..
6 MAY,1945  BERGEN/HILVERSUM, B-SQDN LEAD,  HUTCHINSON,  44-8183   PFF   LD-Q   HS  #  43....................................


LEAD CREW:

COMMAND PILOT:
1ST LT JESSE L. WOFFORD                        P FEH
1ST LT LEONARD C. FRUMIN                   NAV FEH SN# 0-2015306
1ST LT ALFRED PATERNO                        BOM FEH 
T/SGT ALGIE L. DAVENPORT, JR.              TTE FEH
T/SGT RUEBEN LASKOW                          ROG FEH TAPS: 16 SEP 1979 
S/SGT CARL E. LINDSTROM                       WG FEH  SWITCHED BACK TO WG FROM TOGGLEIER 
SGT JOE R. URICE                                        TG FEH
LT ROBBERT M. WELLS    RADAR OPERATOR  FEH

"Thanks for the response and question. Yes Paterno was assigned to the Wofford crew as Bom. After Wofford's seventh mission when he became a leadpilot. At that time also the mickey operator [Lt Robert M.Wells ] was assigned to the crew. The other reassignments that occurred atthat time were the transferring of WG Norman Bowman and BTG Raymond Uhler[later KIA with the Gwin crew]to spare gunner category and CP Kenneth Carr[later KIA] to spare pilot. Togglier Carl E Lindstrom then became WaistGunner. We made training flights over England for approximately one month before going back on a mission basis. Lindstrom and Paterno are now deceased. Nav. Frumin, TTE Davenport, ROG Laskow, and TG Urice were the other lead crew members. I hope this covers your query. Best regards. JOE URICE

LEAD CREW MISSIONS WITH WOFFORD CREW
9.   3/4/45  KIEL, Sub Penns, "moderate flak" H2X bombing
10.   5/4/45  NURNBURG-RR Yards, Extemely Heavy Flak, visual bombing
11.   6/4/45  LEIPZIG-MY, Light Flak, H2X bombing
12. 14/4/45  ROYAN-Gun Inplacements, visual bombing, no flak
13. 16/4/45  ROYAN-BORDEAUX-Gun Inplacements, visual bombing
14. 18/4/45  STRAUBING. MY "Little or no Flak"

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Newspaper clipping of Lt Paterno coming home. (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

Article on Alfred Paterno (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

L-R Cecil Giberson, Melvin Snyder, Alfred Paterno (Wofford Crew),Wallace Polansky, Fred Randleman. Photo courtesy of Katy Souther, granddaughter of Keevin Moriarty, ROG on Lt Ellis Crew. 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

ID: 4026