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CAPT  Lawrence W. RIEGEL


 Lawrence W. Riegel, pilot, KIA on the 11 Sept 44 Ruhland mission. Riegel crew information 

MACR: 08811 CR: 08811

Comments1: 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND (EAC)



DATE: 11 Sept.1944           
350th Sqdn.           
A/C #44-6089 "LEADING LADY"
MISSION: RUHLAND                                      MACR #8811,Micro-fiche 3234

1st Lt Lawrence W.Riegel          P       KIA
2nd Lt Joseph R.Johnson        CP      KIA
2nd Lt George H.Prater        NAV        POW/SWA
2nd Lt Charles L.Dolby          BOM       POW
 TJSgt Ray S.Deming,Jr.        ROG       KIA
 T/Sgt Edgar L.Herrick          TTE        KIA
 S/Sgt Nestor A.Celleghin     BTG        POW
 S/Sgt Phillip D.Mangan        WG         KIA
 S/Sgt Jewell D.Spruell          TG         KIA

350th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 4/7/44.
21th mission for this crew.

Following is a statement by Lt.Dolby in a letter dated 23 July 1945.

"We were attacked by German fighters,Southeast of Dresden, Germany, while on a
mission to Ruhland,  Germany on Sept.11, 1944 at about 12:20.  After the first
attack we had our interphone knocked out and the oxygen supply under the pilots
compartment was on fire.. Due to lack of interphone we could not carry on a
conversation and I know nothing of what took place in the rear of the ship.
The Navigator,  Lt.Prater and I jumped due to the burning condition of the

According to our ball turrett gunner who I met at Camp Lucky Strike in France,
he said he was blown out of his turret and parachuted to safety, also he mentioned
that our vertical stablizer and horizontal stablizers were blown off.  He is
S/Sgt Nestor Celleghin.

#          Date    Aircraft Nbr & Name                 Target

1.      7/17/1944 3413-HARD LUCK                      AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
2.      7/18/1944 106986-SACK ARTIST               KIEL & HEMMINGSTADT
3.      7/19/1944 3413-HARD LUCK                      SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
4.      7/20/1944 31220-FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II MERSEBURG
5.      7/21/1944 31903-HARD LUCK II                  REGENSBURG
6.      7/24/1944 31220-FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II  ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
7.      7/25/1944 31220-FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II  ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
8.      7/28/1944 102657-BOSS LADY                   MERSEBURG
9.      7/29/1944 102657-BOSS LADY                   MERSEBURG
11.      8/3/1944 3413-HARD LUCK                       TROYES (RAIL YARD)
12.      8/4/1944 37882-HAPPY-GO-LUCKY            HAMBURG (OIL)
13.      8/5/1944 97924-PARTY TONIGHT             MAGDEBURG
14.      8/6/1944 97924-PARTY TONIGHT             BERLIN
15.      8/7/1944 37994-MY BLUE HEAVEN            BEAUTOR (BRIDGES)
16.      8/8/1944 37994-MY BLUE HEAVEN            ST. SYLVIAN
17.    8/14/1944 37994-MY BLUE HEAVEN            LUDWIGSHAVEN (OIL)
18.    8/15/1944 37994-MY BLUE HEAVEN            VENLO
19.      9/5/1944 37994-MY BLUE HEAVEN            STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
20.    9/10/1944 37994-MY BLUE HEAVEN            NURNBURG
21.    9/11/1944 6089-LEADING LADY                  RUHLAND (OIL)

Lieutenant Lawrence W. Riegel
350th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group

Pottsville Journal 
Sept, 11. 1944

Riegel a 20 year old pilot for the Eighth Air Force, stationed somewhere in England has been awarded the Air Medal in recognition of “exceptionally meritorious achievement” in the air war in Europe.
Lt. Riegel has to his credit three missions to Merseberg, Germany where important synthetic oil plants were blasted, and attacks on targets at Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel and Magdeburg, as well as other industrial citadels in Germany. At Magdeburg his B-17 Flying Fortress suffered severe damage from the flak badly damaging the tail, so that he had extreme difficulty in bringing the bomber back to its base in England.
He graduated from Port Carbon High School and was a student at Penn State Central before entering the Army Air Corps.

Note the day this article was in the Pottsville Journal September 11, 1944 Lt. Riegel was on a mission to the Rhuland Oil fields flying the B-17 Leading Lady this crew was lost at Ruhland September 11, 1944 with six members KIA..



TARGET: Ruhland DATE: 1944-09-11  
AIRCRAFT: Leading Lady 44-6089 CAUSE: EAC & Explosion  




Lawrence W. Riegel Crew (left to right)
Standing: Edgar L. Herrick - KIA, Charles L Dolby - POW, Joseph R. Johnson - KIA, George H. Prater - POW
Kneeling: Jewell D. Spruell - KIA, Phillip D. Mangan - KIA, Ray S. Deming, Jr - KIA
Nestor A. Celleghin - POW and Ralph Jacobson - WG - Removed from crew at reduction to nine.
This crew was lost at Ruhland September 11, 1944 with six members KIA -  

Article on Lawrence Riegel (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

Article on Lawrence Riegel (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

Lt Charles E. Baker Crew,  Lt Albert Trommer Crew, Lt Riegel Crew Headstone Memorial 



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