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T/Sgt Rudden is ROG on William Desanders Crew (courtesy of Rudden Family)


Comments1: FEB 1944 WITH CARNELL CREW (CREW #10)




Original Crew #17 Aircraft #42 5867 "Alice From Dallas"    M.A.C.R. #117  Crew was flying  A/C #42-5862  "DURATION PLUS SIX" on July 25, 1943

1st Lt William D. Desanders        P    COMPLETED TOUR 13 FEB 1944 
2nd Lt William J. Styles          CP POW   25 July 1943  Warnemunde. Kiel
2nd Lt Calvin H. Defevre        NAV KIA   25 July 1943  Warnemunde, Kiel
2nd Lt William E. Griffith       BOM KIA   25 July 1943  Warnemunde, Kiel
T/Sgt Lester I. Berg              TTE KIA   25 July 1943  Warnemunde, Kiel
S/Sgt   Charles J. Mayville      WG KIA   25 July 1943   WarnemNnde, Kiel
T/Sgt   George L. Rudden      ROG    COMPLETED TOUR      (With Crew #10, Capt Mark Carnell, replaced Ed Oliver)
S/Sgt   Norman C. Eddy         BTG KIA    25 July 1943   Warnemunde, Kiel
S/Sgt   Maynard T. Parsons     WG  POW   25 July 1943   Warnemunde, Kiel
S/Sgt    Robert D. Lepper          TG  POW   25 July 1943   Warnemunde, Kiel

Mission Log of William D. DeSanders with comments by DeSanders shown in brackets.
1.  6/25/1943  Bremen, Ger. (Lost 3)
2.  6/28/1943  St. Nazaire, Fr. (Flak rough - all OK - Good bombing)
3.  6/29/1943  Le Mans, Fr.
4.  7/10/1943  Le Bourget @ Paris. Fr, (Lost Duncan) This is Charles L. Duncans crew?pw
5.  7/24/1943  Trondheim, Nor. (Beautiful bombing)
6.  7/25/1943  Kiel, 25862 "Duration + 6"

"On July 25, 1943, Bill Desanders had an ear infection and Captain Richard Carey, Operations Officer of the 350th, flew in his stead and became a POW.  Another replacement on the crew this day was T/Sgt. Steven S. Kopczewski, the regular radio operator on Crew #11.  He was killed in action. The Aircraft "Duration + 6" was so damaged by flak that Capt Carey decided to ditch in the North Sea. 6 were KIA and 4 POW." "Capt. Carey, Lt Styles (CP), Sgt Robert Lepper (WG) and S/Sgt Maynard Parsons (TG) were picked up by a Danish fishing boat and the latter two were taken to a hospital in Schleswig."   Unable to bomb Warnemunde, the primary target, the Group flew to Keil where intense flak was met.  Plane was so damaged by flak that Captain Carey decided to ditch in the sea.  All the crew except for pilot and copilot were in radio room when ship hit the water.

Apparently, Parsons and Lepper, both of whom were wounded, got out ofthe overhead hatch but the others in the radio room were trapped and went down with the ship which rapidly sank.  A subsequent report by William Styles said that, "Griffith was struggling to get out of hatch as the plane was sinking, that is the last I saw of him."During a search for survivors, Danish fishermen found the body of Sgt. Kopczewski but, after making certain of death, left it in the water. Carey, Styles, Lepper and Parsons were picked up by a Danish fishing boat and the latter two were taken to a hospital in Schleswig It was mission #8 for this crew who were flying in "Duration + 6" and not their regular plane, "Alice From Dallas".

Bill Griffith and Big Joe were shooting Pheasants and killed a few.  The local constable caught them and said they had killed the landowners foul and needed to go and appologize to them personally in Class A's.  So they dress up in Class A's and go knock on Sir Rupert Manns manor and they were invited in. Instead of getting the 3rd Degree, they were invited in for Tea and cookies and talked for over and hour.

Subj: name missing  
Date: 1/18/2005 5:26:25 PM Pacific Standard Time 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
My husband William J Styles was a member of the 350 BS yet his name is not listed any where as a member…He was co-pilot with Bill DeSanders on "Alice from Dallas" but was switched to fly with Dick Carey on a mission and was shot down July 1943. and became POW until his release in 1945..I don't see his name on that list either….Do you need more info to list him?
Jane Styles

conversation with Capt Frank Murphy, Nav on Cruikshank crew and roommate of Capt Dick Carey  1/19/05
 MPFaley [12:36 PM]:  Frank did you know a Lt Styles at Stalag Luft 3 
 MPFaley [12:36 PM]:  he was on Dick Careys plane when it went down 
 FrDMurphy [12:36 PM]:  Mike,  no, what compound was he in? 
 MPFaley [12:37 PM]:  not sure Frank, but Styles wife is trying to get all this info on POW and people who knew her husband for a project her Granddaughter is doing 
 MPFaley [12:38 PM]:  we told her to get your book  
 FrDMurphy [12:39 PM]:  Good.  I have considerable info on the South Compound where Dick and I were interned and will see what I can find out, if anything about Styles. 
 FrDMurphy [12:39 PM]:  If she will give me her contact address and/or e-mail I will try to help. 
 MPFaley [12:41 PM]:  will do, hold on 
 MPFaley [12:42 PM]:  he was Dicks copilot on the mission 
 MPFaley [12:43 PM]: Her name is Jane.  
 FrDMurphy [12:45 PM]:  Okay, Fine.  Have noted it on  my writing pad. I wonder if he was in our compound as I believe I would have known about him if he was.  Dick had a couple of guys who regularly came over and chatted and played cribbage with him 
 FrDMurphy [12:51 PM]:  I will look into it, Mike 
 MPFaley [12:51 PM]:  Thanks Frank, I am sure the family would appreciate it.  
 FrDMurphy [12:52 PM]:  Hang on a second, Mike.  I think I have something. 
 FrDMurphy [12:56 PM]:  Okay, Mike.  Lt. W.J. Styles was in the South Compound.  He got out of the airplane and drifted 15 minutes in his Mae West before being picked up by a Danish fishing boat and was taken by the Germans when they returned to port.  He was from Troy, NY.Okay. 
 MPFaley [12:56 PM]:  so he was in your compound 
 MPFaley [12:58 PM]:  is the book Stalag Luft III any good for them as research? 
 FrDMurphy [1:00 PM]:  Yes, although I did not remember him specifically.  There is no book that will give them any info that I dod not have. Styles was with Dick. They were actually not shot down.  Engine failures caused them to drop out of formation and become stragglers.  The airplane mushed out and went into the drink.  He injured his back in the ditching but recovered. 
 MPFaley [1:01 PM]:  You ARE the person they need to talk too 
 FrDMurphy [1:02 PM]:  A friendly bomber circled Styles but they were about 150 miles from England with no chance of air/sea rescue.  That's about all I have. 
FrDMurphy [1:06 PM]:  My info is that Styles was born on August 24, 1920 and was a Roman Catholic.  Will they verify that?
FrDMurphy [1:14 PM]:  I remember Dick well because we were roommates.  Lt. Styles lived in a barracks two rows over from us.  If I can help it would be my pleasure.  Give Jane my e-mail address. 

From: [] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 2:14 PM
To: Wilburn, Wayne
Subject: Re: picture

I do have one of him in uniform and had already sent it to the WWII memorial but never thought of sending it to his Bomb Group...I will try to send it to far as his story is concerned, he enlisted right after Pearl Harbor....Recd his training in Alabama and Georgia (where I pinned on his wings)  He was the co-pilot of the "Alice from Dallas" was shot down over the No Sea in July 1943...returned home (Troy NY) got married and joined the family Business (Funeral Director) with his father.  He died March 22, 1975.Let me know if you receive all this (including pic)...and Thanks Jane







T/Sgt George Rudden (courtesy of Rudden Family)

George L. Rudden ROG on William Desanders Crew (courtesy of Rudden Family)

George Rudden at Wendover Airfield (courtesy of Rudden Family)

George L. Rudden in training at Scott Field (courtesy of Rudden Family)

Part of DeSanders Crew at Wendover

George Rudden (ROG-Desanders Crew) and Carrol Haarup (ROG-Helstrom Crew) atKearny Neb. (courtesy of Rudden Family)

George Rudden & Carrol Haarup at Kearny, Neb. (courtesy of Rudden Family)

S/Sgt Maynard Parsons (middle) (WG, 350th Sq). Parsons was one of the four airmen rescued by Danish fisherman when their B-17 went down in the North Sea on the 25 July 1943 mission to Kiel. Fellow Waist Gunner Charles Mayville is standing beside Parsons with his hand on his shoulder. Mayville unfortunately did not survive that mission. George Rudden is standing far left. Photo taken at Wendover UT (Original photos courtesy of Mr. Parsons' daughter, Judy Moore).

L-R: Maynard Parsons, Charles Mayville, George Rudden and Carrol Haarup (ROG-Helstrom Crew);  (original photos courtesy of Mr. Parsons' daughter Judy Moore).

Believe this is Charles Mayville, George Rudden and Carol Haarup . Photo from collection of Maynard Parsons courtesy of Mr. Parsons' daughter, Judy Moore).



Crew 1

Crew 2

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