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LT  Martin C. RUMLEY

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P/CP

 2nd. Lt. Martin C. Rumley, pilot. (Photo courtesy of Ernest Havecker and his family: Eileen Rosenthal and Jodi Womack.) Rumley crew information 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: TAPS: 31 DEC 1975

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT MARTIN C. RUMLEY              P CPT TAPS: 31 JAN 1975
2ND LT ROBERT P. LIPPS                CP POW 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY (WITH CREW OF F.H. MASON) see below
2ND LT MILVOY E.  RADULOVICH  NAV CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
2ND LT WALLACE E. LOWANS      BOM CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
T/SGT RALPH E. HARRIS               ROG CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY  TAPS: 8 APR 1986 
T/SGT FORREST G. SMITH             TTE CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
SGT RAYMOND P. KAASA              BTG CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
SGT PETER VAN HELMIN                WG CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
SGT NORBERT T. KOCZENT            WG NOC
SGT LEO J. KAMISNKI                      TG CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY  TAPS: 11 SEP 1971

418TH SQDN..   CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 14 APR 1944

Martin rumley

Mike: I have found the waist gunner on the second crew. Peter Helmin is living in a rest home in Ohio. He talks very well but will not talk about combat. He explained that Martin Rumley nearly crashed on take off with a B17 that was actually overloaded. They took him off as first pilot and then later brought him back as a  co-pilot. That explains his position on Uncle Leonard's Diary. Thanks Leonard Aubert, (Lt Coleman's nephew)

ON 25 AUG 44  L.F. COLEMAN WAS THE PILOT AND C.J. GUTEKUNST WAS THE CO-PILOT…jb

Missions for Lt Martin Rumley: 
Date        Aircraft Nbr     Target
5/1/1944 38191 SAARGUEMINES/WIZERNES
5/7/1944 38191 BERLIN
5/9/1944 38191 LAON/COUVRON; ANTHIES
5/11/1944 38191 LIEGE
5/12/1944   38191 BRUX, OIL REFINERY
5/13/1944 38191 OSNABRUCK
5/23/1944 97090 TROYES
5/24/1944 97090 BERLIN
5/27/1944 97154 STRASBOURG
5/28/1944 31404 MAGDEBURG
5/29/1944 31404 LEIPZIG
5/30/1944 31404 TROYES
5/31/1944 31404 OSNABRUCK
6/2/1944  31404 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944  97230 BOULOGNE
6/6/1944  97230 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944  97230 FALAISE

CREW;

FARCHT J.S. LT                   CP    6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT              ROG 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT              LWG 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132
KAASA R.P. S/SGT                BTG 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT               TG 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132
KOCZENT N.T. S/SGT           RWG 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132
RADULOVICH M. LT              NAV 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132
RUMLEY M.C. LT                      P 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132
SMITH F.G. T/SGT                TTE 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132
STROBLE A.O. SGT               TOG 6/6/1944 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 78 97230 -132

6/7/1944 RUMLEY M.C. LT P 97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)

SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE         97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)
RUMLEY M.C. LT P                97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)
RADULOVICH M. LT NAV       97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)
LOWANS W.F LT TOG           97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)
KOCZENT N.T. S/SGT RWG   97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT TG       97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)
KAASA R.P. S/SGT BTG        97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT LWG      97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT ROG       97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)
FARCHT J.S. LT CP               97230 NANTES (BRIDGES)

Mike: I have found the waist gunner on the second crew. Peter Helmin is living in a rest home in Ohio. He talks very well but will not talk about combat. He explained that Martin Rumley nearly crashed on take off with a B17 that was actually overloaded. They took him off as first pilot and then later brought him back as a  co-pilot. That explains his position on Uncle Leonard's Diary. Thanks Leonard Aubert, (Lt Coleman's nephew)

Lt Joseph Fracht, copilot on Lt Donald Rice crew took over Lt Martin Rumley’s Crew in June 1944.  Lt Coleman, from Lt Bethea crew, took over as copilot on this crew.  The first time this crew appears on the combat loading list is the First Russian Shuttle mission.  Lt Farcht completed his tour on July 25th, 1944 mission to St Lo and the rest of the Crew (except Koczent) finished on the August 25, 1944 mission to Politz. Lt Rumley came back as first pilot of this crew for a few missions before Lt Coleman became 1st pilot.    ON 25 AUG 44 Lt. L.F. COLEMAN WAS THE PILOT AND C.J. GUTEKUNST WAS THE CO-PILOT 

Lt Leonard F. Coleman as Pilot and Lt Rumley as Copilot

July 28, 1944 No. 28
Flew my first one as a First Pilot today. Got along fine. We bombed the oil refinery at Merseburg again, picked up a few flak holes again but nothing very bad.  My Crew is going on a seven day flak leave now before we fly again.

COLEMAN L.F. LT              P 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
RUMLEY M.C. LT              CP 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
RADULOVICH  M. LT       NAV 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
LOWANS W.F LT           TOG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT        ROG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
SMITH F.G. T/SGT       TTE 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
KAASA R.P. S/SGT       BTG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT        LWG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT         TG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
A/C 297154    OUR BABY HUTCHIE

August 7, 1944   Mission No. 29
Got back from leave last night. Today our target was a bridge in France. The weather was so bad we couldn't bomb so we had to bring our bombs home.

COLEMAN L.F. LT          P 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
RUMLEY M.C. LT          CP 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
RADULOVICH M. LT   NAV 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
LOWANS W.F LT      BOM 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT   ROG 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT  TTE 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
KAASA R.P. S/SGT  BTG 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT   LWG 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT    TG 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
A/C 297230  LAY OR BUST

August 8, 1944   Mission No. 30
This was another one to help out the British and Canadian Troops. We dropped frag bombs on German troops east of Caen, France (ST. SYLVAIN…mpf). Our altitude was only 12,000 ft. The flak was really rough. Got a lot of damage but nobody hurt.

August 13, 1944  Mission No. 31
Bombed some highways just west of Paris today. There Germans were supposed to be retreating down the highways. We did a good job on the roads.  Got an engine shot out!

COLEMAN L.F. LT         P 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
RUMLEYY M.C. LT         CP 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
LOWANS W.F LT     TOG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT  ROG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
KAASA R.P. S/SGT BTG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT  LWG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT   TG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
A/C 297071 ANDY’S DANDY’S

August 14, 1944  Mission No. 32
The Oil refinery at Ludwigshaven was our target today. Not a bad mission at all. There was a lot of flak at the target but not much damage just a few holes.

COLEMAN L.F. LT         P 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
RUMLEY M.C. LT         CP 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT   NAV 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
LOWANS W.F LT      BOM 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT   ROG 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT  TTE 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
KAASA R.P. S/SGT  BTG 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT   LWG 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT    TG 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
A/C 297230  LAY OR BUST


August 15, 1944  Mission No. 33
Bombed an airfield in Northern Belgium today. No flak at the target.

COLEMAN L.F. LT        P 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
RUMLEY M.C. LT        CP 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
LOWANS W.F LT     TOG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT  ROG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT    TTE 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
KAASA R.P. S/SGT    BTG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT   LWG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT   TG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
A/C 297230  LAY OR BUST

August 24, 1944  Mission No. 34
Today we bombed the oil refinery at Ruhland, Germany. This is the same target we bombed on the way to Russia.  There was quite a lot of flak but no damage.

COLEMAN L.F. LT        P 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
RUMLEY M.C. LT       CP 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT  NAV 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
LOWANS W.F LT     TOG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT  ROG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT   TTE 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
KAASA R.P. S/SGT   BTG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT  LWG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT  TG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
A/C 297230  LAY OR BUST

LT RUMLEY RETURNS AS 1ST PILOT (CREW INCLUDES MEMBERS OF LT NEU/LT MAJORS CREW


8/25/1944 77 184 SCOTT D.A. SGT TTE 97673 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 77 184 GARCEAU A.W. SGT TG 97673 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 77 184 RYE C.T. SGT LWG 97673 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 77 184 GATES M.P. SGT BTG 97673 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 77 184 MILLS O.F. LT BOM 97673 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 77 184 CAFFERTY D.W. LT NAV 97673 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 77 184 MAU R.W. LT CP 97673 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 77 184 RUMLEY M.C. LT P 97673 POLITZ (OIL)
8/25/1944 77 184 VACCO A.E. SGT ROG 97673 POLITZ (OIL)

8/26/1944 77 185 VACCO A.E. SGT ROG 87230 BREST
8/26/1944 77 185 GARCEAU A.W. SGT TG 87230 BREST
8/26/1944 77 185 RYE C.T. SGT LWG 87230 BREST
8/26/1944 77 185 RUMLEY M.C. LT P 87230 BREST
8/26/1944 77 185 SCOTT D.A. SGT TTE 87230 BREST
8/26/1944 77 185 LOWANS W.F. LT BOM 87230 BREST
8/26/1944 77 185 MILLS O.F. LT NAV 87230 BREST
8/26/1944 77 185 GUTEKUNST C.J. LT CP 87230 BREST
8/26/1944 77 185 GATES M.P. SGT BTG 87230 BREST

9/5/1944 77 190 CAFFERTY D.W. LT NAV 97673 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
9/5/1944 77 190 GARCEAU A.W. SGT TG 97673 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
9/5/1944 77 190 RYE C.T. SGT LWG 97673 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
9/5/1944 77 190 GATES M.P. SGT BTG 97673 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
9/5/1944 77 190 SCOTT D.A. SGT TTE 97673 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
9/5/1944 77 190 MILLS O.F. LT BOM 97673 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
9/5/1944 77 190 THORNTON W.W. F/O CP 97673 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
9/5/1944 77 190 RUMLEY M.C. LT P 97673 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
9/5/1944 77 190 VACCO A.E. SGT ROG 97673 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)

9/8/1944 77 191 RUMLEY M.C. LT P 97673 MAINZ
9/8/1944 77 191 THORNTON W.W. F/O CP 97673 MAINZ
9/8/1944 77 191 CAFFERTY D.W. LT NAV 97673 MAINZ
9/8/1944 77 191 MILLS O.F. LT BOM 97673 MAINZ
9/8/1944 77 191 VACCO A.E. SGT ROG 97673 MAINZ
9/8/1944 77 191 SCOTT D.A. SGT TTE 97673 MAINZ
9/8/1944 77 191 GATES M.P. SGT BTG 97673 MAINZ
9/8/1944 77 191 RYE C.T. SGT LWG 97673 MAINZ
9/8/1944 77 191 GARCEAU A.W. SGT TG 97673 MAINZ

9/9/1944 77 192 CAFFERTY D.W. LT NAV 97673 DUSSELDORF
9/9/1944 77 192 MILLS O.F. LT BOM 97673 DUSSELDORF
9/9/1944 77 192 VACCO A.E. SGT ROG 97673 DUSSELDORF
9/9/1944 77 192 SCOTT D.A. SGT TTE 97673 DUSSELDORF
9/9/1944 77 192 GATES M.P. SGT BTG 97673 DUSSELDORF
9/9/1944 77 192 RYE C.T. SGT LWG 97673 DUSSELDORF
9/9/1944 77 192 GARCEAU A.W. SGT TG 97673 DUSSELDORF
9/9/1944 77 192 RUMLEY M.C. LT P 97673 DUSSELDORF
9/9/1944 77 192 THORNTON W.W. F/O CP 97673 DUSSELDORF

9/10/1944 77 193 CAFFERTY D.W. LT NAV 37808 NURNBURG
9/10/1944 77 193 GARCEAU A.W. SGT TG 37808 NURNBURG
9/10/1944 77 193 RYE C.T. SGT LWG 37808 NURNBURG
9/10/1944 77 193 GATES M.P. SGT BTG 37808 NURNBURG
9/10/1944 77 193 SCOTT D.A. SGT TTE 37808 NURNBURG
9/10/1944 77 193 MILLS O.F. LT BOM 37808 NURNBURG
9/10/1944 77 193 THORNTON W.W. F/O CP 37808 NURNBURG
9/10/1944 77 193 RUMLEY M.C. LT P 37808 NURNBURG
9/10/1944 77 193 VACCO A.E. SGT ROG 37808 NURNBURG

9/26/1944 77 200 GATES M.P. SGT BTG 97673 BREMEN
9/26/1944 77 200 RUMLEY M.C. LT P 97673 BREMEN
9/26/1944 77 200 GARCEAU A.W. SGT TG 97673 BREMEN
9/26/1944 77 200 RYE C.T. SGT LWG 97673 BREMEN
9/26/1944 77 200 SCOTT D.A. SGT TTE 97673 BREMEN
9/26/1944 77 200 VACCO A.E. SGT ROG 97673 BREMEN
9/26/1944 77 200 MILLS O.F. LT BOM 97673 BREMEN
9/26/1944 77 200 THORNTON W.W. F/O CP 97673 BREMEN
9/26/1944 77 200 CAFFERTY D.W. LT NAV 97673 BREMEN

9/28/1944 77 202 RUMLEY M.C. LT P 97673 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 77 202 THORNTON W.W. F/O CP 97673 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 77 202 CAFFERTY D.W. LT NAV 97673 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 77 202 MILLS O.F. LT BOM 97673 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 77 202 VACCO A.E. SGT ROG 97673 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 77 202 SCOTT D.A. SGT TTE 97673 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 77 202 GATES M.P. SGT BTG 97673 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 77 202 RYE C.T. SGT LWG 97673 MERSEBERG
9/28/1944 77 202 GARCEAU A.W. SGT TG 97673 MERSEBERG

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MISISONS OF LT RUMLEY'S CREW AFTER HE WAS RELIEVED AS FIRST PILOT:

June 21, 1944  Mission No 16
Russia, this was a pretty big day for me.  WE bombed an oil refinery plant at Ruhland, Germany. It is about 50 miles south east of Berlin. After Bombs away we continued on to this base at Mirograd, Russia. We were attacked by fighters just south of Warsaw Poland. We lost an engine and flews the rest of the way in on three.   Our P-51's knocked down nine out of 12 ME 109's that made the attack.

CREW

LT JOSEPH B. FARCHT                      P   CPT   25 JUL  44   ST LO, GROUND SUPPORT
LT LEONARD F. COLEMAN                CP CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
2ND LT MILVOY E. RADULOVICH   NAV CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
2ND LT WALLACE E. LOWANS      BOM CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
S/SGT RALPH E. HARRIS           ROG CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY  TAPS: 8 APR 1986 
S/SGT FORREST G. SMITH         TTE CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
SGT RAYMOND P. KAASA          BTG CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
SGT PETER VAN HELMIN            WG CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY
SGT NORBERT T. KOCZENT        WG NOC
SGT LEO J. KAMISNKI                 TG CPT 25 AUG 44 POLITZ, OIL REFINERY  TAPS: 11 SEP 1971

Lt Joseph S. Fracht, copilot on Lt Donald Rice crew took over Lt Martin Rumley’s Crew in June 1944.  Lt Coleman, from Lt Bethea crew, took over as copilot on this crew.  The first time this crew appears on the combat loading list is the First Russian Shuttle mission, 21 JUN 1944.  Lt Farcht completed his tour on July 25th, 1944 mission to St Lo and the rest of the Crew (except Koczent) finished on the August 25, 1944 mission to Politz    ON 25 AUG 44 Lt. L.F. COLEMAN WAS THE PILOT AND C.J. GUTEKUNST WAS THE CO-PILOT

June 22, 1944,
Last night one of the other fields where our planes are parked was bombed. The Germans destroyed something like 20 B-17's on the ground. The Russians here at the field say they will bomb this field tonight.

June 23, 1944
Last night the Germans bombed our field . All the airplanes left about 8:00 last night and went to Konkof so there were only five ships left. One of them was ours because it had one engine off.  Our plane wasn't hit. What a fire Works. Sure was glad I was in that slit trench.

June 26, 1944 Mission No. 17
Today we left Russia and bombed an oil refinery in northern Poland and then continued to land in Foggia, Italy. There was quite a lot of flak over the target but nobody got hurt. (Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on this day…mpf)

FARCHT J.S. LT             P 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar
COLEMAN L.F. LT         CP 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar
RADULOVICH  M. LT   NAV 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar
LOWANS W.F. LT      BOM 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT    ROG 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar
SMITH F.G. T/SGT      TTE 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar
KASSA R.P. S/SGT     BTG 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT   RWG 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar
KOCZENT N.T. S/SGT LWG 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT    TG 6/26/1944 DROHOBYCZ 32090   Silver Dollar

June 28, 1944
I kind of like it around here. We all went out to the beach this afternoon. There is really a swell beach on the Adriatic sea. Would like to stay here and swim for about a week.

July 3, 1944    Mission No. 18
Went on a mission from here (Foggia, Italy…mpf) today with the Fifteenth Air Force. We hit a railway marshalling yard at Arad, Rumainia. Saw some flak about five miles away. Wish all my missions were this easy.

FARCHT J.S. LT            P 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
COLEMAN L.F. LT        CP 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
LOWANS W.F. LT     BOM 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT   ROG 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
SMITH F.G. T/SGT     TTE 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
KASSA R.P. S/SGT     BTG 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT   RWG 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
KOCZENT N.T. S/SGT  LWG 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT   TG 7/3/1944 ARAD (RUMANIA) 78 32090
A/C 32090 "SILVER DOLLAR"

July 5, 1944  Mission No. 19
Back in England again. We left Italy this morning to bomb a railway yard at Bezier in Southern France.  There was no flak all the way back. No fighters got up to where we were. The P-51's went down and got several Me 109's while they were taking off

FARCHT J.S. LT            P 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
COLEMAN L.F. LT        CP 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
LOWANS W.F. LT     BOM 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT   ROG 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
SMITH F.G. T/SGT     TTE 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
KASSA R.P. S/SGT     BTG 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT   RWG 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
KOCZENT N.T. S/SGT  LWG 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT    TG 7/5/1944 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) 78 32090
A/C 32090 "SILVER DOLLAR"

July 12, 1944 Mission No 20
Today we bombed Munich, Germany. This was a pretty rough target last fall but is not quite as bad now. The Flak was pretty heavy but no fighters.

FARCHT J.S. LT P 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230
COLEMAN L.F. LT CP 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230
LOWANS W.F. LT BOM 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT ROG 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230
KASSA R.P. S/SGT BTG 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT RWG 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230
KOCZENT N.T. S/SGT LWG 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT TG 7/12/1944 MUNICH (IND. AREA) 78 97230A
A/C 97230 "LAY or BUST"

NOTE: LT COLEMAN MENTIONS NOTHING ABOUT FLYING A MISSION ON JULY 13, 1944 IN HIS DIARY BUT HIS FORM 5'S AND OUR DATABASE SAYS HE DID.  HERE IS THE INFORMATION 

Date         Last Name Initial Rank Position         A/C Nbr  Target
7/13/1944 KAMINSKI L.J. TG TG                     97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/13/1944 HELMIN P.V. LWG LWG                  97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/13/1944 KOCZENT N.T. RWG RWG              97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/13/1944 KAASA R.P. BTG BTG                    97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/13/1944 SMITH F.G. TTE TTE                     97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/13/1944 HARRIS R.E. ROG ROG                   97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/13/1944 LOWANS W.F. BOM BOM               97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/13/1944 RADULEVICH M. LT NAV                97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/13/1944 COLEMAN L.E. LT CP                     97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/13/1944 BETHEA H.E. LT P                         97230 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)


July 14, 1944  Mission No. 21
This was quite a new deal today. We carried supplies to a bunch of French Patriots down east of Bordeaux,France. We went in  over the designated field at about 300 feet and dropped the supply containers by parachute. We carried about 3,600 pounds. The French were out waving at us and acted very pleased to see so many many planes.  MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP

BETHEA H.E. LT P 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
COLEMAN L.F. LT CP 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
RADULEVICH  M. LT NAV 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
LOWANS W.F. LT BOM 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT ROG 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
KAASA R.P. S/SGT BTG 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
KOCZENT N.T. S/SGT RWG 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT LWG 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT TG 7/14/1944 SOUTH OF FRANCE 78 6092
6092   Dixie’s Delight

July 17, 1944  Mission No. 22
This was another pretty easy target. A railway bridge at Dijon (AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY…mpf) France. There was no flak . We hit the bridge.

FARCHT J.S. LT P 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
COLEMAN L.F. LT CP 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
LOWANS W.F. LT BOM 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT ROG 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
KASSA R.P. S/SGT BTG 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT RWG 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
KOCZENT H.T. S/SGT LWG 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT TG 7/17/1944 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 78 97230
A/C 97230 "LAY or BUST"

July 19, 1944  Mission No. 23
Today another rought one, Schweinfurt, Germany. The flak was really good & don't think I eve had so many bursts come so close. We got quite a few holes in our ship but no serious damage. 97230 Lay or Bust

FARCHT J.S. LT P 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230
COLEMAN L.F. LT CP 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230
LOWANS W.F. LT BOM 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT ROG 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230
KASSA R.P. S/SGT BTG 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT RWG 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230
KOCZENT H.T. S/SGT LWG 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT TG 7/19/1944 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 78 97230


July 20, 1944  Mission No. 24 
Today was an oil refinery at Merseburg, Germany. There was really some flak at the target. Our squadron C.O. got his at the target and didn't get home. I was flying his right wing when he got hit. He dropped out of formation and came along behind for a long time but couldn't make it home. He made a crash landing somewhere in Belgium. Everybody got out of the plane O.K.  They had a good chance of getting away in Belgium. We got a a few more holes in our ship.                

FARCHT J.S. LT P 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
COLEMAN L.F. LT CP 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
LOWANS W.F. LT BOM 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT ROG 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
KASSA R.P. S/SGT BTG 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT RWG 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
KOCZENT H.T. S/SGT LWG 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT TG 7/20/1944 MERSEBURG 78 97230
A/C 97230 "LAY or BUST"

July 21, 1944  Mission No. 25
These targets are getting to  be a habit. Today was Regensburg, Germany. We ran into some bad weather in southern Germany. They led the formation into some clouds, when we came out, the Group was all scattered out. We flew in with a group from the first division and bombed with them.  There was heavy flak over the target which was a F.W. (FW 190) Engine plant. We got several hits but no damage. 

FARCHT J.S. LT P 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
COLEMAN L.F. LT CP 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
LOWANS W.F. LT BOM 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT ROG 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
KASSA R.P. S/SGT BTG 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT RWG 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
KOCZENT H.T. S/SGT LWG 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT TG 7/21/1944 REGENSBURG 78 97230
A/C 97230 "LAY or BUST"

July 24, 1944  Mission No. 26
Today we started out to drop bombs on the German lines in Normandy (ST. LO) The target was overcast so didn't drop the bombs. Didn't want to drop them on our own troops  

FARCHT J.S. LT P 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
COLEMAN L.F. LT CP 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
LOWANS W.F. LT BOM 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT ROG 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
KASSA R.P. S/SGT BTG 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT RWG 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
KOCZENT H.T. S/SGT LWG 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT TG 7/24/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
A/C 97230 "LAY or BUST"


July 25, 1944  Mission No. 27
ST LO (GROUND SUPPORT)  For some reason the Diary repeats the information for mission #25 

FARCHT J.S. LT P 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
COLEMAN L.F. LT CP 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
LOWANS W.F. LT BOM 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT ROG 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
KASSA R.P. S/SGT BTG 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT RWG 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
KOCZENT H.T. S/SGT LWG 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT TG 7/25/1944 ST LO (GND SUPPORT) 78 97230
A/C 97230 "LAY or BUST"

July 28, 1944 No. 28
Flew my first one as a First Pilot today. Got along fine. We bombed the oil refinery at Merseburg again, picked up a few flak holes again but nothing very bad.  My Crew is going on a seven day flak leave now before we fly again.

COLEMAN L.F. LT              P 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
RUMLEY M.C. LT              CP 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
RADULOVICH  M. LT       NAV 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
LOWANS W.F LT           TOG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT        ROG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
SMITH F.G. T/SGT       TTE 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
KAASA R.P. S/SGT       BTG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT        LWG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT         TG 7/28/1944 MERSEBURG 97154
A/C 297154    OUR BABY HUTCHIE

August 7, 1944   Mission No. 29
Got back from leave last night. Today our target was a bridge in France. The weather was so bad we couldn't bomb so we had to bring our bombs home.

COLEMAN L.F. LT          P 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
RUMLEY M.C. LT          CP 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
RADULOVICH M. LT   NAV 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
LOWANS W.F LT      BOM 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT   ROG 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT  TTE 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
KAASA R.P. S/SGT  BTG 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT   LWG 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT    TG 8/7/1944 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES) 97230
A/C 297230  LAY

August 8, 1944   Mission No. 30
This was another one to help out the British and Canadian Troops. We dropped frag bombs on German troops east of Caen, France (ST. SYLVAIN…mpf). Our altitude was only 12,000 ft. The flak was really rough. Got a lot of damage but nobody hurt.

August 13, 1944  Mission No. 31
Bombed some highways just west of Paris today. There Germans were supposed to be retreating down the highways. We did a good job on the roads.  Got an engine shot out!

COLEMAN L.F. LT         P 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
RUMLEYY M.C. LT         CP 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
LOWANS W.F LT     TOG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT  ROG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
SMITH F.G. T/SGT TTE 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
KAASA R.P. S/SGT BTG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT  LWG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT   TG 8/13/1944 NANTES - GASSICOURT 97071
A/C 297071 ANDY’S DANDY’S

August 14, 1944  Mission No. 32
The Oil refinery at Ludwigshaven was our target today. Not a bad mission at all. There was a lot of flak at the target but not much damage just a few holes.

COLEMAN L.F. LT         P 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
RUMLEY M.C. LT         CP 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT   NAV 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
LOWANS W.F LT      BOM 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT   ROG 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT  TTE 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
KAASA R.P. S/SGT  BTG 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT   LWG 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT    TG 8/14/1944 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 97230
A/C 297230  LAY OR BUST


August 15, 1944  Mission No. 33
Bombed an airfield in Northern Belgium today. No flak at the target.

COLEMAN L.F. LT        P 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
RUMLEY M.C. LT        CP 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT NAV 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
LOWANS W.F LT     TOG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT  ROG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT    TTE 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
KAASA R.P. S/SGT    BTG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT   LWG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT   TG 8/15/1944 VENLO 97230
A/C 297230  LAY OR BUST

August 24, 1944  Mission No. 34
Today we bombed the oil refinery at Ruhland, Germany. This is the same target we bombed on the way to Russia.  There was quite a lot of flak but no damage.

COLEMAN L.F. LT        P 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
RUMLEY M.C. LT       CP 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT  NAV 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
LOWANS W.F LT     TOG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT  ROG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
SMITH F.G. T/SGT   TTE 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
KAASA R.P. S/SGT   BTG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT  LWG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT  TG 8/24/1944 RUHLAND (OIL) 78 97230
A/C 297230  LAY OR BUST

August 25, 1944 Mission No. 35
Got a nice one for the last one. An oil Refinery at Politz, Germany. There was some real good flak and we got some pretty close hits. We got about 16 holes in our Plane.

COLEMAN L.F. LT           P 8/25/1944 POLITZ (OIL) 78 97230
GUTEKUNST C.J. LT      CP 8/25/1944 POLITZ (OIL) 78 97230
RADULOVICH  M. LT     NAV 8/25/1944 POLITZ (OIL) 78 97230
LOWANS W.F LT        TOG 8/25/1944 POLITZ (OIL) 78 97230
HARRIS R.E. T/SGT     ROG 8/25/1944 POLITZ (OIL) 78 97230
SMITH F.C. T/SGT      TTE 8/25/1944 POLITZ (OIL) 78 97230
KAASA R.P. S/SGT     BTG 8/25/1944 POLITZ (OIL) 78 97230
HELMIN P.V. S/SGT    LWG 8/25/1944 POLITZ (OIL) 78 97230
KAMINSKI L.J. S/SGT     TG 8/25/1944 POLITZ (OIL) 78 97230
A/C 297230  LAY OR BUST


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Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 4:46 am    Post subject: Col Charles J Gutekunst     

Mike: Today I got in contact with Col Gutekunst. He was on the orders that sent a crew from the 100th 418th to RAF Station Catterick to film a movie. Uncle Leonard Coleman was pilot and Charles was Co pilot. Col Gutekunst was wonderful to talk to. They did spend 18 days on the RAF Base after they completed their missions. Col Gutekunst explained they rode about 3 hrs in a truck to get to RAF Station Catterick. The name of the movie is "THIS SIDE OF THE OCEAN" A British film about Americans taking over British Air Bases. Any ideas where to find this movie, that had 418th crews in it? It is not made for the RAF as we thought before. Thanks Leonard 

                                                                  CONFIDENTIAL
                                      HEADQUARTERS ARMY AIR FORCE STATION NO. 139
                                                                       APO 559
Special Orders   )                                                                                                      26 August 1944
Number   231   )   

                                                                   E X T R A C T   
   
           8. The foll named O's and EM, 418th Bomb Sq,  WP via Rail and/or GMV fr AAF Sta 139 to AAF Sta 155, reporting not later than 1600 26 Aug 44, thence WP via military aircraft to RAF Station Catterick, RUAT to Squadron Leader Norman Lloyd, on TD for a period of app two (2) weeks. CTRS    

26 August 1944 Crew sent to RAF Catterick for two weeks to Film "THIS SIDE OF THE OCEAN" (mpf..2005)
Lt Leonard Coleman-Pilot                           sn#0-761887
Lt Charles. J.  Gutenkunst-Copilot               sn#0-756100                     
Lt Milroy E. Radulovich-Navigator                 sn#0-700064                 
Lt Wallace F. Lowans -Bombardier               sn#0-701446
T/Sgt Forrest G. Smith-Top Turret Engineer sn#33618978
S/Sgt Peter V. Helmin-Right Waist Gunner   sn#37658290
T/Sgt Ralph E. Harris-Radio Operator Gunner sn#15195180
S/Sgt. Leo J. Kaminski -Tail Gunner             sn#36596021            
S/Sgt Raymond P.Kaasa-Ball Turret Gunner  sn#39206394

               Aircraft not to be used for flights by civilians and neither personnel nor aircraft to be subjected to any risks other than those incidental to normal flight. 

              Reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses will be paid in accordance with Cir 63, ETOUSA 44, as amended.  TONT. TDN. 60-136 P 432-02 A 212/50425.  Rail and /or GMV.  (Auth: TWX Hq 3d Bomb Division A-1015-C, 26 Aug 44.)

              By order of Lt. Col JEFFREY

                                                                                                                                     HORACE L. VARIAN, JR.,
                                                                                                                                     Captain, Air Corps,
                                                                                                                                     Adjutant
OFFICIAL:
             DALE Z. HOBBS
             Captain, Air Corps
             Ass't Adjutant.




CREW:
                                                          
DATE: 28 July 1944          350th Sqdn                 A/C#42-97555 PATHFINDER "Island F for Fox" on loan from 95th BG
MISSION: Merseburg                                         MACR#7880,Micro-fiche#2890

Capt Floyd H.Mason (349th Ops Officer)    COM P  POW
1st Lt James B.Noble                          P   POW
2nd Lt Robert P.Lipps                         CP   POW
1st Lt Edmund J.Kaufman                   RAD/N   POW
1st Lt Robert W.Barry                         NAV    POW (WIA)
2nd Lt Marcus M.Hertz                        BOM   POW
 T/Sgt Frank Cruz,Jr.                          TTE   POW
 T/Sgt Russell F.Ellis                          ROG  POW
 S/Sgt Arthur L.Roberts                     RW   KIA
 S/Sgt William P.McNally                 TG   KIA
 S/Sgt Frederick F.Swartz                  LW  POW

Of the above,Noble, Cruz, Ellis, Roberts, McNally,and Swartz appear to be from the
original Noble crew. Lipps was from the M.C.Rumley crew. Kaufman from the R.A.
Wegrzynek crew. Barry from the H.E.Bethea crew.  Mason had joined the 100th with
his own crew on 28/11/43 and may have been on his 2nd tour.

Eyewitness Report: " At 0850 hours near 5043N-0802E,A/C #555 nosed down twice
and the group followed.Then the wheels were lowered and fire was seen in the
radio room. Looked as if it might be a flare fire. The A/C peeled off to the
right.A small explosion was seen in the right wing between #3 engine and the
fuselage. Ono man bailed out before the A/C left the formation. The others
followed. Nine chutes were seen to open and the tenth had not opened when the man
disappoared into the undercast. The fire in the A/C appeared to be out when it
plunged into the undercast flying steadily under AFCE control."

On 4/3/46 Capt.Robert W.Barry gave the following statement:

SUBJECT:Casualty Information of Crew Members.
       · . . . .
a. Activities before leaving aircraft: - Captain Mason was the first crew member
to leave the A/C via a front exit.He departed with his harness on, but not
fastened,and his parachute in his left hand,approxlmately 2 1/2 minutes after the
explosion.
Sgt.Roberts,who was the engineer and top turret gunner and not the right waist
gunner(as shown on questionaire),had not left at time of my departure;however,
according to informatlon as given to me by the bombardier,at a subsequent date,
there was no one left in front end of the ship when he left. It can be therefore
assumed that Sgt.Roberts suceeded in bailing out.
Sgt.McNally,being a waist gunner,would bail out via the rear exits. All communi-
cation with the back of the ship had gone dead at the time of the explosion.I
have no way of stating whether this crew member ever left the ship from personal
knowledge.However,from information received from Capt.E.J.Kaufman,Radar Navigator,
McNally bailed out at about the same time as he did.

Subj: Re: 42-97555  
Date: 12/18/2001 8:20:47 AM Pacific Standard Time 
From: cbfw190@nexgo.de 
To: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Dear Michael,
 
First thing I could tell you is, that 42-97555 crahsed on the ground, which belongs to the small town of OFFDILLN. This is a small twon in the direct vincinity of the city of HAIGER. If you have a map, you should look 45 Miles NORTH of Frankfurt / Main.
If you are interested in a larger topographical map of this area, let me know !!
Two things I could add, without any look into the casefile of 42-97555 :
 
1.) James B. Noble, was captured near the town of GUNTERSDORF, which is ca. 4 Miles South West of HERBORN and ca. 14 Miles South South West of the crash site.
 
2.) Marcus M. Hertz was captured near the town of HOLZHAUSEN, which is ca. 8 Miles WEST of the crash site. I belive, that he was at least 1 day "on the run" before he was caught.

3.)1st Lt. Robert W. BARRY did came down by chute directly in the town of WEIDELBACH. He landed on a wooden roof of a small barn in the town. 
He got injured on his breast and his arms by bailing out. The mass of Germans crowded together and get him from the roof. Some of the Germans were armed and shout to shoot him, but the mass of the people decided to safe his live and to bring him to a hospital. Barry was brought to the house of the major, whos name was Mr. Hof. Here, Reihard BECKER, gave him medical treatment. Thereb were at least 2 young girls in German Red Cross uniforms around him. Later on that day, he was put on a cow-drawn-vehicle and brought to Ewersbach rail road station. From here, he moved by train to Herborn, where he staied in the Miltary Hospital until 17th October 1944.

 Again, many, many thanks for the photo and do not wait, if you have any question.
 
Sincerely
 
Claudio BECKER

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PHOTOS:

Front view of A2 belonging to Forrest G. Smith, TTE on the Martin Rumley crew. Photo courtesy of Leonard Aubert 

Back view of A2 belonging to Forrest G. Smith.  A2 painted for the 35 missions on LAY OR BUST, A/C 297230.  Photo courtesy of Leonard Aubert 

Lay or Bust A-2 belonging to Ralph Harris, ROG on the M. C. Rumley and J. S. Farcht crews. 
Photo courtesy of Leonard Aubert 

Lay or Bust A-2 belonging to Ralph Harris, ROG on the M. C. Rumley and J. S. Farcht crews.
Photo courtesy of Leonard Aubert  

Lay or Bust A-2 belonging to Forrest Smith, TTE on the M. C. Rumley and J. S. Farcht crews.
Photo courtesy of Leonard Aubert

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

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