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LT  Claude E. SCHINDLER

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

Lt Claude E.Schindler, CP on Lt Monrad Crew in Basic Pilot training posed in the cockpit of a Vultee BT-13 Valiant Trainer Aircraft, 

Claude Schindler in Basic Training 

SERIAL #: O-750860 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 05382 CR: 05382

Comments1: 25 MAY 44 MADGEBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt   Raymond V.E.Monrad      P CPT UNK
2nd Lt   Claude E. Schindler        CP KIA 28 MAY 44  MADGEBURG (With Lucius G. Lacy crew)
2nd Lt   Frank J. McGuire          NAV IIC 24 JAN 44 RTN USA ILLINESS (SPINAL MENG)
2nd Lt   Arthur E. Dehn          BOM CPT UNK
    Sgt   Sidney A.Cary             TTE POW 28 MAY 44  MADGEBURG
    Sgt   Talbert E. Spenhoff       ROG IIC 24 JAN 44 UNK REASONS
    Sgt   Arthur M. Lenfast, Jr.     BTG KIA 04 JAN 44  KIEL
    Sgt   Guthrie H. Head             WG IIC 24 JAN 44
    Sgt   Nicholas Perovich             TG CPT 04 MAR 45  KIEL, SUBYARDS
    Sgt   William E. Wells               WG NOC

351st Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 1/12/43

Don Drysdale flew the last half of his tour as CP for Monrad - this was a squadron lead crew.  Drysdale came from the Glen Rake crew.

S/Sgt  Loren G. Johnson, LWG, was on this crew list on 8/3/44.  He completed  a  tour.

Arch "Four Mile" Drummond, CP on the Swartout crew, became a first pilot and  perhaps took over much of the Monrad crew...letter from Frank McGuire 23 Dec 1990.  Jb

Missions 

1.  4 Jan 44, Kiel, Ger.
 
2.  7 Jan 44, Ludwigshaven, Ger.
 
3.  14 Jan 44,  Secret (France)
 
4.  21 Jan 44,  Secret (France)

    24 Jan 44   Frankfurt: Lt Arch "Four Mile"Drummond crashed on takeoff in A/C 23307 SKIPPER EP-N  avoiding a collision with a 
                                  stray B-24

Lt A. Drummond            P CPT EARLY MARCH 1944
Lt F McGuire              NAV IIC 24 JAN 44 RTN USA ILLINESS (SPINAL MENG)
Lt C Schindler               CP KIA 28 MAY 44  MADGEBURG
Lt M. G. Zetlan            BOM KIC 24 JAN 44 
S/Sgt S.A. Cary            TTE POW 28 MAY 44  MADGEBURG
S/Sgt T. E. Spenhoff    ROG IIC 24 JAN 44 
S/Sgt S. M. Szekely       BTG  CPT  24 JUL 44 ST LO
S/Sgt J.R. Pendleton      WG  CPT    
S/Sgt G. H. Head           WG IIC 24 JAN 44
S/Sgt   N. Perovich           TG CPT 04 MAR 45  KIEL, SUBYARDS

Missions Flown by 2nd Lt   Claude E. Schindler with Lt Lacy's new Crew:

DATE            TARGET                     AIRCRAFT

07/05/44       BERLIN                     42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
08/05/44       BERLIN                     42-31412  EP-G MASON AND DIXON
11/05/44       LIEGE                       42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY
12/05/44       BRUX,CZECH              42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY  
19/05/44       BERLIN                     42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY  
24/05/44       BERLIN                     42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY 
28/05/44       MAGDEBURG             42-31389  EP-J  LUCIOUS LUCY

The crew composition that flew the 28 May 44 Madgeburg mission is listed below.  This crew flew together from the 7 May 44 mission to Berlin thru the 28 May 44 mission to Madgeburg.  

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

EYEWITNESS: "A/C #389 was shot down over the target area at 1405 hours by
              E/A. #4 engine was seen smoking and cockpit was afire.Three
              chutes were seen "

According to Lt.Lacy's statements in MACR, . . . "the electrical system was out,
ship out of control,cables shot away,spun immediately. " . . . . " I fastened my
chute on in air. Seven crew members got out before wings came off."

From statements of Lt.Greenberg in MACR:

"The attack that knocked us out came from High at about 1:00 o'clock. All hits
seemed to concentrate on the starboard side. I would say Lt.Schindler was hit
and killed in the cockpit.He never made a move to get out despite the fact we
were burning fiercely. Our engineer maintains that the last he saw of Schindler
was while the cockpit was burning. Lt Schindler appeared to be slumped in his
seat.His left arm hanging straight down and making no move." Lt.Schindler
was operational from December 1943 til his death. He flew the "Roughest" ones
and was the coolest,calmest co-pilot that ever flew combat."

Sgt.Mitchell last saw Sgt.Folsom lying against the right bulkhead.His head and
face bloody and he made no attempt to leave the ship and was evidently dead.

Sgt.Powell is believed to have been killed in his turret by the fighter pass
that apparently killed Schindler and Folsom.

German report in MACR iB to the effect that  at the crash site 3 dead were found.
Bodies burnt,names unidentifiable.

1st Lt Lucius Lacy ended up in Stalag Luft III until the end of the War.

"ORIGINAL" LACY CREW (LACY'S LUSHES)
2ND LT LUCIUS G. LACY  P POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
2ND LT THOMAS R. LESLIE  CP KIA 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (WITH G.BRANNAN CREW)
2ND LT ALBERT FRANKLIN  NAV CPT 24 JUL 44 ST LO GROUND SUPPORT
2ND LT FRANK C. GREGORY  BOM CPT 13 JUL 44 MUNICH
    SGT CLARENCE H. WOOD, JR. ROG POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
    SGT CHESTER J. CARKNARD TTE KIA 11 APR 44 POSEN & ROSTOCK
    SGT RAYMOND J. MITCHELL  BTG POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
    SGT WILLIAM L. RENEAU  WG CPT 5 JUN 44 FALAISE
    SGT HERMAN H. HILBURN  WG RFS MEDICIAL REASONS AFTER SEVEN MISSIONS
    SGT JOSEPH A. HOWELL  TG NOC

351st Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 1 Dec 1943. It appears that this crew had flown about 20/22 missions.

MEMO 2:

Listed on Lucius G. Lacy Casualty Report.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-05-28  
AIRCRAFT: (42-31389) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Aviation Cadet ID Card from Minter Field for Claude Schindler

Back of Aviation Cadet ID Card from Minter Field for Claude E. Schindler. 

Claude Schindler (3rd from left) in Basic Training. 

Cpl Clyde Schindler 

Paperwork and photos 

Air Medal of Lt Claude Schindler CP on Monrad, Drummond, and Lacy Crews 

Air Medal of Lt Claude Schindler CP on Monrad, Drummond, and Lacy Crews 

Arch (Four Mile) Drummond Crew - 351st. Lt. Col. Ollie Turner, Squadron CO is top row, third from left. Detailed Information (from the collection of Bill Carleton) 

 Arch (Four Mile) Drummond flight and ground crew.. 
Bottom (L to R) Cpl. F. Hanson, Sgt. H. Burt, Sgt. W. North, Sgt. E. Smith (ground crew) S/Sgt. T. Spenhoff 
Middle (L to R) S/Sgt. G. Head, S/Sgt. J. Pendleton, S/Sgt. N. Pirovich, S/Sgt. S. Szekely 
Top (L to R) Lt. M. Zetlan, Lt. Arch Drummond, Lt. F. McGuire, Lt. C. Schindler, S/Sgt. Sidney A. Cary Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

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