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LT  Leo G. RIDDIOUGH

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: FENNIMORE, WI

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT DONALD L. DEWEY             P RFS
F/O JOHN W. BOCKHORST            CP FEH
2ND LT HUBERT C. SCHLEMMER    NAV FEH
F/O LEO G. RIDDIOUGH               BOM FEH
CPL HERSCHEL R. GLENN             ROG FEH
CPL MARTIN P. BOGARD              TTE FEH  (TAPS 24 NOV 1971)
CPL HARVEY K. WINGARD            WG FEH sn# 37534192
CPL HAROLD BROOKHISER           WG NOC (MAY HAVE BEEN TAKEN OFF CREW BEFORE COMING OVERSEAS)
CPL RUSSELL K. CLINGAN            BTG FEH
CPL EDISON A. FARQUHAR           TG FEH   (TAPS 09 SEP 85)

350TH SQDN.  CREW JOINED THE 100TH  08 JAN 1945.

AFTER SECOND MISSION, LT DEWEY IS REPLACED BY LT  JAMES M.HARBISON (FROM LT CHARLES "HONG KONG" WILSON CREW) 

Crew flew 46805 LN-O/D "Flamin Mamie"

BRIEF ACCOUNT OF MISSIONS FROM S/SGT HARVEY K. WINGARD (mpf 2002)

1. DUISBURG, JAN. 28, 1945, 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE 8TH AIR FORCE. TARGET-BRIDGES OVER RHINE. BALL TURRET GUNNER SAW BRIDGE DESTROYED.  90 FLAK GUNNERS IN TARGET AREA. GOT 18 HOLES IN OUR PLANE. TWO HOLES IN THE NOSE THE REST IN THE
WINGS.  BOMBARDIER HAD A VERY CLOSE CALL, HIS SIGHTING WINDOW WAS SHATTERED BY FLAK.  SMOKE FROM FLAK WAS VERY THICK, WE THOUGHT OUR PLANE WAS ON FIRE.  BOMBING WAS VISUAL.  BOMB LOAD, TWO 2000 AND TWO 1000 POUNDER.

2.BERLIN, FEB 3, 1945, NEARLY 1000 FLAK GUNS LOCATED IN TARGET AREA.  TARGET-AIR MINISTRY AND CIVIC BUILDINGS. OUR SQUADRON LED THE ENTIRE 8TH AIR FORCE OVER TARGET, A FORCE OF OVER 1000 BOMBERS AND 600 FIGHTERS, FLAK CAME UP IN A TRACKING BARRAGE, VERY ACCURATE.  WE WERE AMONG THE FIRST 6 BOMBERS OVER THE TARGET.  FOUR OF THESE WERE SHOT DOWN, WE WERE LUCKY.ONE CREW THAT HAD TAKEN THEIR OVERSEAS TRAINING WITH US BLEW UP RIGHT AHEAD OF US BEFORE BOMBS AWAY.  OUR PILOT CRACKED ON THIS MISSION.  PICKEP UP 20 HOLES ON THIS MISSION, RADIO MAN AND BALL TURRET GUNNER WERE MISSED ONLY BY INCHES BY FLAK.  BOMBING WAS VISUAL, BOMB LOAD 6-1000 POUNDERS

3.NURNBERG, FEB 20, 1945, HARBISON IS OUR NEW PILOT.  A COCKY GUY, NOTHING SEEMED TO WORRY HIM.  AN OPPOSITE FROM OUR ORIGINAL PILOT. TARGET-MARSHALLING YARDS, LOAD 6-500 DEMOLITION BOMBS, 4-500 M17 INCENDIARY.  5/10 CLOUD COVERAGE. TRACKING FLAK, ONE LARGE HOLE BY TAIL WHEEL.  BOMBED AT 27,000 FT, VERY COLD MISSION, -59.  GOT FLAK CROSSING RHINE.

4. BREMEN, FEB 24, 1945, TARGET-BRIDGE AND SUBMARINE CONSTRUCTION YARD.  FLAK BARRAGE OF SOME 200 GUNS,  WASN'T VERY ACCURATE ON OUR GROUP. 6/10 CLOUD COVERAGE, BOMBING WAS DONE BY INSTRUMENTS. LOAD 2-2000 AND 2-1000 POUNDERS.

5. MUNICH, FEB 25, 1945, TARGET-MARSHALLING YARDS. INACCURATE TRACKING FLAK. 8/10 CLOUD COVERAGE.  BOMBED BY INSTRUMENTS. SMOKE ROSE OFF THE TARGET ABOVE THE CLOUDS.  SAW IT OVER 100 MILES AWAY.  SAW THE SWISS  ON THIS MISSION. WERE SNOW CAPPED AND VERY RUGGED

6. BERLIN, FEB 26, 1945, TARGET-HEART OF CITY, ENTIRE CLOUD COVERAGE OVER CITY.  LOTS OF FLAK BUT INACCURATE.  BALL TURRET AND INTERPHONE GAVE TROUBLE.  LOAD 6-500 DEMOLITION, 6-M17 INCENDIARY.

7. BRUNSWICK , MAR 3, 1945, TARGET-TANK WORKS, LITTLE FLAK BUT ACCURATE.  GROUP ATTACKED BY ME-262's(jet jobs). LOST A BOMBER TO FIGHTER
  AND ONE TO FLAK. 3/10 CLOUD COVERAGE.  BOMBED VISUAL. LOAD: 8-500 DEMOLITION AND 6-250 LB DEMOLITION BOMBS

8. ULM, MAR 4. 1945, TARGET-RAIL YARDS, LITTLE FLAK, WEATHER WAS WORST ENEMY.  VERY HEAVY CONTRAILS AND CLOUDS.  BOMBED BY INSTRUMENTS.

9. SIEGEN, MAR 7, 1945, TARGET-MARSHALLING YARDS, MODERATE FLAK, BOMBED BY INSTRUMENTS.  LOAD: 6-500 (high explosives), 6 M-17 INCENDIARY.

10. FRANKFURT, MAR 9, 1945, TARGET-JET PLANE PLANT-300 GUNS IN FRANKFURT AREA. B-17 FROM THE 95TH BOMB GP KNOCKED OUT OF FORMATION BY A BAD FLAK HIT IN LEFT WING. JOINED OUR FORMATION.  IT FLEW WITH US ABOUT 5 MINUTES WHEN ITS LEFT WING TIP TORE OFF AND A GREAT SHEET OF FLAME SHOT OUT OF THE GAS TANKS.  THE TAIL BROKE OFF A FEW MOMENTS LATER.  5 CHUTES WERE SEEN TO COME OUT.  WAS PLENTY OF FLAK HERE, HOWEVER OUR GROUP GOT OUT PRETTY LUCKY.  TWO OF OUR PLANES CRASH LANDED IN FRANCE BUT NO PLANES WERE LOST.  95TH BG LOST 5 BOMBERS.  BOMBS HAD DELAYED FUSING FOR DEEP PENETRATION.  THE JET PLANT WAS UNDERGROUND, BOMBING WAS VISUAL.

11. DORTMUND MAR 10, 1945, TARGET-MARSHALLING YARDS, FLEW WITH THE 95TH BG DUE TO THE HEAVY LOSS THEY SUFFERED THE PREVIOUS DAY. BOMBED BY INSTRUMENTS, MODERATE FLAK AN INACCURATE.

12. HANOVER, MAR 14, 1945, TARGET-MARSHALLING YARDS.  INTENSE FLAK.  TWO MEN (WAIST GUNNER AND TAIL GUNNER) WERE KILLED IN SQUADRON. A NUMBER WERE WOUNDED. LOST ONE PLANE FROM GROUP AND ONE CRASH LANDED IN BELGIUM.  BOMBING WAS VISUAL.

13. WITTENBURG, MAR 15, 1945, TARGET MARSHALLING YARDS, ACCURATE FLAK.  GOT 5 HOLES IN OUR PLANE.  A NUMBER WERE WOUNDED IN GROUP. DROPPED TIME BOMBS, SET TO GO OFF FROM 1 TO 48 HOURS. PURPOSE WAS TO TIE UP TRANSPORTATION IN THE YARDS, ORANIENBURG WAS OUR PRIMARY TARGET.

14. PLAUEN, MAR 17, 1945, TARGET-TEXTILE FACTORY, PRIMARY TARGET WAS RUHLAND OIL REFINERY.  GOT LOTS OF FLAK AT RUHLAND BUT NONE AT PLAUEN. GOT FLAK CROSSING RHINE. NO DAMAGE.

15. JENA, MAR 19, 1945, TARGET-LENS AND SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT FACTORY. MODERAT FLAK. 4 JETS MADE ONE PASS AT OUR FORMATION, OUR BALL TURRET AND UPPER TURRET GOT A FEW BURSTS IN AT THE ATTACKING FORCE.  SAW TWO P-51's GET A JET. HOWEVER THE JET GOT A BOMBER BEFORE HE WAS SHOT DOWN.  BOMBING WAS DONE BY INSTRUMENTS.

16 PLAUEN, MAR 21, 1945, TARGET-ARMAMENT FACTORY.  PRIMARY TARGET WAS OIL REFINERY AT RUHLAND,  HEAVY FLAK AT RUHLAND, 155 MM GUNS. CONCUSSION ROCKED OUR PLANE CONSIDERABLY.  15 JETS ATTACKED OUR GROUP AT PLAUEN.  MADE SEVERAL PASSES AT OUR FORMATION.  WE THREW LOTS OF LEAD BUT DIDN'T SEE ANY FALL.  LOST ONE BOMBER FROM OUR SQUADRON AND 2 CRASH LANDED IN FRANCE.  CONRAILS VERY HEAVY.

17. ALHORN, MAR 22, 1945, TARGET-AIRFIELD.  NO FLAK, ENEMY FIGHTERS REPORTED IN AREA HOWEVER NONE ATTACKED OUR FORMATION.  ALMOST LOST OUR BALL TURRET GUNNER, HIS DOOR CAME OPEN AND THE SLIPSTREAM NEARLY DREW HIM OUT.  BOMBING WAS VISUAL LOAD: 38-100 GP BOMBS.

18. UNNA,MAR 23, 1945, TARGET-MARSHALLING YARDS, LITTLE FLAK. GOT FLAK CROSSING FRONT LINES. MID AIR COLLISION OCCURRED WHEN  WE STARTED TO TAKE EVASIVE ACTION.  1 B-17 WENT DOWN, THE OTHER RETURNED WITH 2 FEET OF ITS WING CRUMPLED.
BOMBING WAS VISUAL. BOMB LOAD: 24-100 GP, 2-500LB M-17

19. ZIEGENHAIN,  MAR 24, 1945, TARGET-AIRFIELD.  GROUP FLEW 2 MISSIONS TODAY.  FLAK CROSSING RHINE.  VISUAL 14-500 GP. BIG DAY OF THE RHINE CROSSING SO LOTS OF BOMBING UP AND DOWN THE RHINE.  ALSO SAW THE C-47 AND GLIDERS COMING IN TO DROP PARATROOPERS.

20. ZEITZ, MAR 31, 1945, TARGET-OIL REFINERY, 170 GUNS AROUND TARGET. ACCURATE, TRACKING FLAK, BIG STUFF.  GROUP LOST 1 BOMBER SEVERAL SHOT UP PRETTY BAD.  WE GOT 5 HOLES. VISUAL BOMBING.  32-250LB GP. FLEW LOW AND LOOKED OVER THE MUCH
BOMBED AND SHELLED CITY OF AACHEN.

21. KIEL, APR 3, 1945, TARGET-U-BOAT SUB PENS, 100 GUNS AT THIS TARGET.  INACCURATE FLAK, BOMBED BY INSTRUMENTS. JETS ATTACKED SOME OF THE FORMATIONS. LOAD: 6-1000 LB

22. KIEL, APR 4, 1945, TARGET- U-BOAT SUB PENS AND DOCKS.  MISSION THE SAME IN EVENTS AS YESTERDAY MISSION.  JETS WERE REPORTED IN THE AREA. (mpf note.  Lt Harbison, Pilot- completed his tour on this mission)

23. LANDSHUT, APR 11, 1945, TARGET-ORDNANCE FACTORY, A REAL MILK RUN.  NO FLAK, AND NO FIGHTERS.  VISUAL BOMBING. BOMB LOAD: 8-500 GP 4 M-17 INCENDIARY. (mpf note.  Believe Lt Raymond T. Albright (from Lt Gilbert Crew) flew as pilot on this mission and Chowhound May 2, 1945) 

ROTTERDAM, MAY 2, 1945, CHOWHOUND.  GROUP MISSION TO HOLLAND.FLEW AT TREE TOP LEVEL AND DROPPED FOOD NEAR ROTTERDAM. DUTCH WERE WAVING EVERYTHING FROM HANDKERCHIEFS TO LONG UNDERWEAR.  SAW GERMAN SOLDIERS.


MISSION MEMORIES OF LT HARBISON )mpf 2003):

19 NOV 44  OBSERVED MY 21ST BIRTHDAY BOMBING LUDWIGSHAVEN, GER.  TOLD BROTHER WHO CAME TO VISIT FROM NEAR BY 
                 96TH BG TODAY.  I AM A MAN (LEGAL AGE) HE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY.

31 DEC 44  HAMBURG-WAS ORDERED TO BE FORWARD CONTOL OFFICER (FORMATION OFFICER-mpf 2003) GLORIFIED TAIL GUNNER. 
                 SEEMS THEY HAD A RULE THAT 8TH AF LEAD PLANES HAD TO HAVE  A COMMISSIONED OFFICER-PILOT IN THE TAIL  TO 
                 TALK TO THE GENERAL (COMMAND PILOT). A NON-COM WOULDN'T DO EVEN IF MORE EXPERIENCED AT VIEW FROM THE 
                 TAIL.  RECEIVED CREDIT FOR FW190-I GUESS ONE OF A FEW B-17 PILOTS GETTING A FIGHTER KILL.

20 FEB 45   NURNBURG- FIRST MISSION AS FIRST PILOT

ONE TRIP TOOK A ROUTE OVER THE ALPS, THEY WERE COVERED WITH SNOW. BEAUTIFUL BUT COLD.  TEMPERATURE IN THE PLANE WAS MINUS 68 DEGREES F.  I GOT A MILD CASE OF FROST BITE ON MY FEET-HEATED SUIT NOT TOO WARM.  ANOTHER TRIP TOOK FLAK IN #2 ENGINE. BEGAN BURNING, FEATHERED ENGINE, FIRE TAPERED OFF, STILL SCARY.  OIL QUIT PUMPING. DOVE & THE OIL FIRE WENT OUT.  CAME HOME ON THE DECK (3 ENGINES). GUNNERS SHOT AT TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY.

ON AN EARLY MISSION, WHILE STILL A COPILOT FOR CHAS (HONG KONG) WILSON,  A 500 LB BOMB HUNG UP AND  CHAS  SENT ENGINEER GUNNER BACK-DIDN'T GET IT OUT.  SENT BOMBARDIER BACK-NO LUCK EITHER, SO CHAS SENT ME BACK TO TRY.  I WAS ABLE TO KICK IT LOOSE.  CHAS TRIED TOO GET ME A COMMENDATION BUT IT MUST HAVE BEEN A COMMON HAPPENING-NO ONE THOUGHT THAT MUCH ABOUT IT"

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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BURIAL INFORMATION

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PHOTOS:

 Poobah Palace, the center of activity in the 350th. Kneeling from left: Eldred Stein, James H. Misch, Leo G. Riddiough, Robert W. Wilkes, Standing: James R. Rasmussen, O. K. Broyles, John W. Bockhorst, Eugene "Butch" Rovegno, Irv Kaminsky, George W. "Bill" Baugher, and John H. Stuhr. (100th Photo Archives) 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

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