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LT  Charles R. SANFORD

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

Lt Charles R. Sanford, Pilot
Photo courtesy of Chuck Emanuele

SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: ATKIN, MN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Charles R.Sanford         P     FEH                                               CREW FLYING AT END OF HOSTILITIES
2nd Lt Robert E.Morehead     CP    FEH
2nd Lt Arthur T.Blachly       NAV    FEH
2nd Lt Dale F.Watterson     BOM    KIA 31 MAR 45  ZIETZ  (WITH THE  A.G. LARSON CREW)
T/Sgt Herman G.Larson       TTE    FEH TAPS: 9 JAN 1956
Cpl Santo Emmanuele         ROG    FEH
S/Sgt  Louis A.Lehrmann,Jr.  BTG   KIA  7 APR 45 BUCHEN (With W.S.Howard crew)
S/Sgt.James D.Barger           WG    FEH  SN# 33920989
Cpl William F.McWey              TG    FEH 

349th Sqdn. Crew,as above,jolned the 100th Group on 24/12/44.
S/Sgt. Barger flew 23 missions,  Lt Watterson and S/Sgt Lehrmann were KIA as replacements on other crews.

 
"THEY TOOK HIM (LT WATTERSON) OFF THE SANFORD CREW (AND PUT A TOGGELIER ON THAT CREW) AND DALE WENT TO LARSENS CREW AS A NAVIGATOR INSTEAD OF A BOMBARDIER SINCE THE LARSEN CREW HAD A TOGGELIER TOO. OR WAS HE A NAVIGATOR ALL THE TIME ?.  I NEED TO CORRECT THIS DILEMMA BUT ALSO NEED A LIST TO HAVE THE CORRECT SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR DALES SERVICE.  THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED CASE, THAT IS WHY I ASK.  IF THAT IS THE CASE, THEN DALE WENT TO THE LARSEN CREW IN JAN PER THE PAPERWORK YOU HAVE FROM HIM AND NEVER FLEW A MISSION WITH THE SANFORD CREW….mpf"  
 
That's the way I understood it. Dale trained as bombardier( with supplemental training in navigation.) with Sanford's crew in the states and traveled with them by ship, arriving in England on Dec 20, 1944.  Until  that point they were a ten man crew but that late in the war the Army was reducing to 9 man crews.  Three officers plus 6 non coms. Since bombardiers had training as a navigator, Dale was moved to Larsen's pick up crew AS navigator. (One of the non-com's on Sanford's crew moved forward as togglier.)  I have Dale's Flight Records and I talked with both Sanford and Sanford's navigator…Blachly.  In a few letters, Dale mentioned his growing confidence as navigator but he was sorry to leave Sanford's crew.  Larsen's crew changed a lot but Dale stayed as Navigator.  When I visited with Mr. Blachly he showed me sample navigator sheets and how they had to keep track of their flight paths. I don't know exactly WHEN the Army started reducing to nine man crews but it was in effect when Dale got there. I'll work on the sequence of events and try to get it to you soon.  
Good night, now…Janice  

Mission Log and Notes of S/Sgt James Barger

1.    28 JAN 45     DUISBURG, GER.
2.    29 JAN 45     KASSEL, GER.
     1-2  FEB 45     PASS TO LONDON
3.     3  FEB 45     BERLIN (MAJ. ROSENTHAL SHOT DOWN)
        4  FEB 45     PRACTICE MISSION-ENGINE TROUBLE
        5  FEB 45     MUNICH (MISSION SCRUBBED)
        8  FEB 45     MISSION SCRUBBED
4.     9  FEB 45     WEIMAR, GER.
       10 FEB 45     HANOVER (MISSION SCRUBBED)
       11 FEB 45     HANOVER (MISSION SCRUBBED)
       12 FEB 45     MISSION SCRUBBED
       13 FEB 45     MISSION SCRUBBED
5.     14 FEB 45     CHEMNITZ, GER.
6.     15 FEB 45     COTTBUS,  GER. 
   16-18 FEB 45     PASS, STAYED AT BASE
       19 FEB 45     OSNABRUCK, GER.  (CREW FLEW MISSION, SGT BARGER GROUNDED FOR SOAR THROAT)
7.    20 FEB 45     NURNBURG, GER.
8.    21 FEB 45     NURNBURG, GER.
9.    23 FEB 45     TREUCHTLINGEN, GER.
       24 FEB 45     BREMEN (PLANE TROUBLE)
10.  25 FEB 45     MUNICH, GER.
       26 FEB 45    GUN CAMERA MISSION OVER ENGLAND
       27 FEB 45    TWO PRACTICE MISSIONS OVER ENGLAND
       28 FEB 45    WENT TO NORWICH
        1 MAR 45    RECEIVED AIR MEDAL
     2-4 MAR 45    PASS TO LONDON
        5 MAR 45    PRACTICE MISSION OVER ENGLAND
        6 MAR 45    PRACTICE MISSION OVER ENGLAND
        7 MAR 45    GUNNERY TRAINING
11.   8 MAR 45    LANGENDREER, GER. 
12.   9 MAR 45    FRANKFORT, GER
13. 10 MAR 45    DORTMUND, GER.
14. 12 MAR 45    SWINEMUNDE, GER. 
      13 MAR 45    SANFORD GROUNDED (SINUS)
 14-16 MAR 45    SCHOOL
 17-19 MAR 45    PASS TO ROCHESTER
15. 21 MAR 45    PLAUEN, GER. (HIT BY JET FIGHTERS)
16. 23 MAR 45    MARBURG, GER.          (PILOT WAS CAPT. NAAR)
17. 24 MAR 45    STEENWIJK, HOLLAND (PILOT WAS CAPT. NAAR
18. 28 MAR 45    HANOVER, GER,          (PILOT WAS CAPT NAAR)
     30 MAR 45    MADE S/SGT.
     31 MAR-APRIL 2, 45 PASS TO ROCHESTER
    3-6 APR 45     SCHOOL AND LECTURES
       7 APR 45     LONIE L. SHOT DOWN NEAR HAMBURG
  8-10 APR 45     PASS TO LONDON
     12 APR 45    NEUBURG (SCRUBBED)
     13 APR 45    SCHEDULED FOR PRACTICE MISSION OVER ENGLAND,ENGINE TROUBLE.
19. 14 APR 45    ROYAN POINT de GRAVE, FRANCE
20. 15 APR 45    ROYAN, POINT de GRAVE FRANCE
21  16 APR 45    ROYAN, POINT de GRAVE, FRANCE 
22  17 APR 45    AUSSIG, CZECH
      19 APR 45   FLEXIBLE GUNNERY TRAINING SCHOOL
23.  20 APR 45  ORANIENBURG (BERLIN), GER.

CHOWHOUND:  
        1 MAY 45 FOOD MISSION TO HOLLAND

            TARGET                DATE                PILOT      A/C #     A/C ID   A/C NAME         POSITION                    HARDSTAND 
# 274  LANGENDREER      8 MARCH,1945   SANFORD    44-8532   XR-G  "KLEEN SWEEP",  B-SQDN  HIGH   FLGT.   HARDSTAND #15 
# 275   FRANKFURT         9 MARCH,1945   SANFORD    44-6608   XR-A                          A-SQDN, HIGH  FLGT.     HARDSTAND #19  
# 276   DORTMUND        10 MARCH,1945   SANFORD   44-6841   XR-H   "WOODY",         C-SQDN, LEAD FLGT.     HARDSTAND #16   
# 278   SWINEMUNDE     12 MARCH,1945   SANFORD   44-8532   XR-G   "KLEEN SWEEP", B-SQDN,LOW   FLGT.    HARDSTAND #15

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Charles "Chuck" Roland Sanford,86
Born during a blizzard in Duluth,Minn 10 March,1924 and died during a blizzard in Falmouth,Maine 12 Jan,2011
of heart complications from pneumonia.

Greetings:

I wanted to inform you that Charles R. Sanford, 2nd Lt., of the 349th, 
passed away peacefully on Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 in Portland, ME.

Contact person: Jo-Ellyn Harris, his daughter; 390 Colby Road, Weare, NH 
03281; (603) 529-5852; jharris@gsinet.net

Thank you.

-Jay Couture

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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BURIAL INFORMATION

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PHOTOS:

Sanford Enlisted Crew and Tog 
Standing from left to right: William McWey, Herman Larson, James Barger
Kneeling from left to right: Santo Emmanuele,  Louis Lehrmann, George?  Togglier. Photo courtesy of Bill Culley 

 

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Crew 1

ID: 4569