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S/SGT  Michail ROTZ

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: 33278329 STATUS: POW
MACR: 05382 CR: 05382

Comments1: 28 MAY 44 MADEBURG (EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                          1ST LT THOMAS E. MURPHY
                          ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

CREW #22   A/C #42-5864  "PICCADILLY LILY"  PROABLY THE 100TH MOST FAMOUS A/C

1ST LT  THOMAS E. MURPHY                 P;  KIA     8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  MARSHALL F. LEE                    CP;  KIA     8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  CHARLES C. SARABUN            NAV;  POW  8 OCT 43 BREMEN
2ND LT  FLOYD C. PETERSON              BOM;  POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN
T/SGT   JOHN J. EHLEN                       TTE;  POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN TAPS: 1978
S/SGT   ALBERT C. DAVIS                     WG;  CPT  4 OCT 43 HANAU (WON DFC)
SGT     EMMETT H. EVANS                   ROG;  CPT  4 OCT 43 HANAU
S/SGT   CLEVELAND D. JARVIS             BTG; X-FERRED TO ARMAMENT, JULY 1943
S/SGT   MICHAEL ROTZ                        WG;  POW  28 MAY 44 MADGEBURG (WITH THE L.G. LACY CREW-see below)
S/SGT   GERALD O. ROBINSON               TG;  POW   8 OCT 43 BREMEN

ALBERT DAVIS AND EMMETT EVANS, HAVING COMPLETED TOURS WERE REPLACED ON THE 8 OCT 43 BREMEN MISSION BY DERRELL PIEL (ROG OF CREW #26) AND ELDER DICKERSON THE REGULAR WG OF CREW #25.  BOTH PIEL AND DICKERSON (ON HIS 25TH MISSION) WERE KILLED BY FLAK. JARVIS'S PLACE IN THE BALL TURRET WAS TAKEN BY S/SGT REED A. HUFFORD WHO BECAME A POW. MICHAIL ROTZ, HAVING BEEN HOSPITALIZED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A JEEP/TRUCK ACCIDENT WAS REPLACED BY S/SGT AARON A. DAVID, WHO WAS KILLED.  THERE IS CONFUSION AS TO WHETHER DAVID WAS BLOWN OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT A CHUTE OR HIS CHUTE FAILED TO OPEN.

THIS CREW LED THE 100TH ON THE MISSION TO BREMEN AND CAPT  ALVIN L. BARKER. 351ST OPERATIONS OFFICER, FLEW IN THE RIGHT SEAT. MARSHALL LEE THE REGULAR CO-PILOT FLEW AS BTG TO ISSUE REPORTS TO MURPHY AND BARKER. LEE WAS APPARENTLY KILLED AFTER LEAVING THE BALL TURRET IN HOPES OF RENDERING AID TO THE TWO PILOTS, BOTH OF WHOM WERE ALSO KILLED.

SOON AFTER BOMB RELEASE THE PICCADILLY LILY WAS HIT BY FLAK NEAR THE NAVIGATORS STATION CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE FLIGHT DECK AREA AS WELL.  THIS SHELL OR OTHERS STARTED A FIRE IN THE #3 ENGINE AND DESTROYED THE
SHIPS OXYGEN SYSTEM. WITNESSES INDICATE THE LILY ENTERED A NEAR VERTICAL NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AND EXPLODED WITH ONLY FOUR CHUTES OBSERVED.

ON 15 OCT 43 AT THE POST CEMETERY, WESERMUENDE, GERMANY, THE REMAINS OF MURPHY, BARKER, LEE, PIEL AND DICKERSON WERE INTERRED IN GRAVES #103 THROUGH 3107.

THE PICCADILLY LILY WAS IMMORTALIZED BY SY BARLETT AND BEIRNE LAY'S "TWELVE O' CLOCK HIGH."  WITHOUT A DOUBT SHE IS THE MOST REMEMBERED BOMBER  OF WWII.


1ST LT LUCIUS G. LACY  P POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
2ND LT CLAUDE E. SCHINDLER CP KIA FROM THE R.V.E. MONRAD CREW
2ND LT RAYMOND E. ROSSMAN NAV POW FROM THE C.W WOLDT CREW
2ND LT HERBERT GREENBURG BOM POW FROM THE R.H.HELMICK CREW
T/SGT CLARENCE H. WOOD  ROG POW 
T/SGT SIDNEY A. CARY  TTE POW FROM THE R.V.E. MONRAD CREW
S/SGT CHESTER L. POWELL  BTG KIA FROM THE M.T.RISH CREW
S/SGT JOE FOLSOM   RWG KIA 
S/SGT RAYMOND J. MITCHELL  LWG POW 
S/SGT MICHAEL ROTZ   TG POW FROM THE T. MURPHY CREW (PICCADILLY  LILY)

When Sgt Hilburn was RFS after 7 missions, S/Sgt Raymond Mitchell moved to LWG.  By March 1944 S/Sgt Reneau had moved to Lt Massol's Crew as WG and was replaced on the  S/Sgt Joe Folsom had taken over the RWG position.  The BTG position was manned by several different crewman, S/Sgt L. Black, S/Sgt Chester Powell, S/Sgt J.M. Roberts, & S/Sgt C.L. Morrow from the 350th BS. T/Sgt Sidney A. Cary took over the TTE postion when T/Sgt Carknard was KIA on 11 Apr 44.  S/Sgt Joseph A Howell served as TG on this crew until 15 Mar 44 Brunswick Mission then is replaced by S/Sgt Michael Rotz from Capt T.E. Murphy Crew.

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: Original 100th, Crew #22.  He'd been injured in a Truck/Jeep accident so he wasn't with his original crew when it went down.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Magdeburg DATE: 1944-05-28  
AIRCRAFT: "Lucious Lucy" (42-31389) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 4489