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T/SGT  Walter L. PROBST

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: UNK (MAYBE FEB 44)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

CREW #21    A/C #42-30086  "BLACKJACK"; THIS WAS AND "ORIGINAL 100TH CREW".

1ST LT  VICTOR E. FIENUP                         P; POW  3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
2ND LT  EUGENE V. MULHOLLAND           CP;   EVA   3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
1ST LT  PAUL PASCAL                           NAV; EVA   3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
2ND LT  BLANTON G. BARNES               BOM;  POW  3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
T/SGT   ROY A. EVENSON                    TTE;  POW   3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
S/SGT   MARVIN E. MILLER                    WG;  KIA     3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
S/SGT   WALTER L. PROBST                  ROG; CPT     Replaced by C.F. Wright
S/SGT   NORMAN D. KREITENSTEIN        BTG; EVA    3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
S/SGT   CHARLES T. DANIELS                 TG;  KIA     3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT 
S/SGT   ROBERT H. BROWN                   WG  POW   3 SEP 43 PARIS RENAULT PLANT
S/SGT   SMITH J. YOUNG                        WG; KIA  10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (Replaced by Robert H. Brown  on the 3 Sep 43 Paris Mission)

351ST SQDN.. ORIGNAL CREW..

MISSIONS OF LT VICTOR FIENUP CREW:

1.  04/07/43   LaPALLICE        a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
2.  10/07/43   LeBOURGET     a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
3.  14/07/43   LeBOURGET     a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
4.  17/07/43   HAMBURG        a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
5.  24/07/43   TRONDHEIM     a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
6.  25/07/43   KIEL                a/c 23271   NINE LITTLE YANKS AND A JERK
7.  26/07/43   HANOVER        a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
8.  29/07/43   WARNEMUNDE a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
9.  30/07/43   KASSEL           a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
10. 12/08/43   WESSELING    a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
11. 15/08/43   MERVILLE       a/c 25865   JANIE
12. 17/08/43   REGENSBURG  a/c 230086  BLACK JACK
13. 03/09/43   PARIS            a/c 25865   JANIE
 
ON 3 SEP 43, WALTER PROBST AND SMITH YOUNG WERE REPLACED BY T/SGT CHARLES F. WRIGHT AND S/SGT ROBERT H. BROWN RESPECTIVELY. BOTH WRIGHT AND BROWN BAILED OUT SUCCESSFULLY AND BECAME POWS ALONG WITH BARNES AND FIENUP. PROBST COMPLETED HIS TOUR BUT SMITH J. YOUNG WAS KILLED ON THE MUNSTER MISSION  FLYING WITH THE LT MAURICE BEATTY CREW. HE WAS BURIED 13 OCT 43 IN THE DOORNENBURG CEMETERY, DOORNENBURG, HOLLAND--ROW #7, GRAVE #8.  

THERE ARE CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS AS TO WHAT OCCURED, THE CONSENSUS APPEARS TO BE THAT WHILE ON THE BOMB RUN, THE PLANE FLOWN BT LT RICHARD KING (CREW 26) RECIEVED A DIRECT FLAK HIT AMIDSHIPS THUS MOVING UPWARD STRIKING THE SHIP OF CREW #23 (CHARLES FLOYD) WHICH EXPLODED.

FIENUP'S CREW #21 MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MID-AIR AS A CREW MAN LATER STATED, "THE SHIP ON OUR RIGHT CRASHED INTO OUR TAIL, PROABLY KILLING MARVIN MILLER."

WITH THE PLANE UNCONTROLLABLE, FIENUP GAVE THE BAIL-OUT ORDER AND ALL EXCEPT MILLER GOT OUT. DANIELS WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED PRIOR TO THE BAIL-OUT ORDER. A EYEWITNESS SAW ONE CHUTE BURST INTO FLAMES.  THE GERMANS THOUGHT THAT DANEILS HAD COME DOWN WITH A DAMAGE CHUTE. HE WAS BURIED IN THE SOUVERNIX FRANCAIS EVREUX CEMETERY; GRAVE #220 ROW #7.

Crew #21          M.A.C.R. #686

Mission: Paris - Renault Plant
Aircraft #42-5865 "JAINE"
3 Sept.1943
351st Sqdn.
Time 0925
A/C last seen: 10 mi. SE of Paris
Cause: Flak

1st Lt Victor E.Fienup           P    POW
2nd Lt Eugene V.Mulholland  CP   EVADEE
1st Lt Paul Pascal                 NAV EVADEE
2nd Lt Blanton G.Barnes       BOM POW
 T/Sgt Charles F.Wright        ROG POW
 T/Sgt Roy A.Evenson          TTE POW
 S/Sgt Nolan D.Kreitenstein   BTG EVADEE
  Sgt Marvin Miller                 TG KIA
 S/Sgt Charles T.Daniels        WG KIA
 S/Sgt Robert H.Brown         WG POW

Of the above,Sgt.Wright was a replacement for S/Sgt Walter L,Probst and Sgt. Brown a replacement
for S/Sgt Smith T.Young. Eyewitness Report: "Just before reaching Paris,observed Fienup's ship 
with #4 engine afire. Saw 3 or 4 men bail out and chutes opened. Ship was going down but seemingly 
under control." There actually appears to have been a mid-air collision between 3 Or 4 ships of 
the 100th on this mission. An A/C did strike the tail section of this plane and this may have 
killed or wounded Miller. Wright's statement at end of the war says that Daniels was badly 
wounded by flak & Wright helped him put on his chute. Wright believod Daniels waa probably "blown
out of the ship when it exploded". A 351st crewman said he saw a chute break into flames 
and "Germans said that Daniels had come down without a full chute. Brown was wounded and 
in a field hospital. Daniels buried in the Souvernix Francais Evreux cemetary -Row 7,grave 200.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Victor Fienup Crew from the 351st. Standing from left: Walter L. Probst, Smith J. Young, Norman D. Kreitenstein, Roy A. Evenson, Charles T. Daniels: Kneeling from left: Blanton G. Barnes, Paul Pascal, Victor Fienup and Eugene V. Mulholland. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

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