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LT  Stanley M. SEATON

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

Lt Stanley M. Seaton, lost on March 4, 1944 mission. Good Friend and Best Man at Robert Shoens Wedding.  Bob Shoens said that Stanley was "Regular Army" before Cadets and that he was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked.  

SERIAL #: O-746437 STATUS: POW
MACR: 03024 CR: 03024

Comments1: 4 MAR 44 BERLIN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

DATE: 4 March 1944             350th Sqdn. A/C 42-38016  "SEATON'S SAD SACK"
TARGET: Berlin                     MACR #3024 Micro-fiche # 1022

1st Lt Stanley M.Seaton               P   POW   sn# 0-746437                   Taps 25 Aug 1988
2nd Lt William F.Clayton              CP    POW  sn# 0-750774
2nd Lt Charles F.DeWolfe,Jr.      NAV   POW  sn# 0-807903                   Taps 07 Jun 1988
2nd Lt Maurice H. Cain              BOM   POW  sn# 0-681869  28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (NO BALL WITH LT LAKIN AND COL KELLY)
 T/Sgt George N.Ofiesh        TOG   POW  (ROG on Original Lt Ford Crew)  
 T/Sgt Joseph A.Judd           ROG   POW  sn#32440417
 T/Sgt Peter A.Hogan           TTE   POW  sn#32451103                   Taps 22 Oct 1987
 S/Sgt Robert H.Cook            BTG   POW  sn#13074805
 S/SgtArthurJ.Labrecque       RWG    POW  sn#31150856                   Taps 12 Aug 1982
S/Sgt Loydell Malone             LWG    POW  sn#15354046
 S/Sgt Leming Hull                 TG   KIA     sn#35671600

Crew was assigned to 100th Bomb Group on December 1, 1943.  Original Bombardier on the crew was Lt Maurice H. Cain sn# 0-681869 and was replaced on the Berlin mission by TOG  T/Sgt George Ofiesh.  Ofiesh was the orginal ROG on Lt Ford Crew)
This plane apparently damaged by enemy a/c and crew,except possibly Sgt.Hull, bailed out over village of Kesseling (District of Ahrweiler) and became POWs.

From a German report the following is quoted: "On 4 Mar 1944 at 1500 hours,a four engine enemy aircraft crashed ,approximately 1 kl north of the village of Kesseling (District of Ahrweiler). The a/c exploded on the ground when it crashed. It burned completely and could not be salvaged. Type unknown. Leming Hu11,35671600 T 43 S Sgt DEAD. The rest of the crew bailed out and were captured. They were sent to Stulag (Luft) Oberursel on 5 Mar 1944.

The identification of the deceased is attached herewith,the other one buried with the body. The deceased was interred on 6 Mar 44,in the Community Cemetary in Kesseling."

This was the 14/15 mission for this crew according to James Brown, originial 100th Historian - Jim came to question this mission total and stated near the end of his life a possibility it is too high.. Pw

Missions we Know about for Lt Stanley Seaton Crew:

January 15, 1944  Crew assigned to fly with the 390th Bomb Group but mission was scrubbed due to weather.  Plane assigned 230788 LN-R "Mismalovin"
February 4, 1944 FRANKFURT, flew a/c 239792 LN-X Half & Half
February 5, 1944 ROMILLY sur SEINE & VILLACOUBLAY flew aircraft 238016 LN-B Seaton's Sad Sack
February 9, 1944 HALBERSTADT (RECALL)  flew aircraft 238016 LN-B Seaton's Sad Sack
February 15, 1944 PRACTICE MISSION  flew aircraft 238016 LN-B Seaton's Sad Sack
February 21, 1944 BRUNSWICK, ALHORN, & VORDEN AF flew aircraft 238016 LN-B Seaton's Sad Sack 
February 22, 1944 SCHWEINFURT (BAD WEATHER, RECALL)  flew aircraft 238016 LN-B Seaton's Sad Sack 
March 3,1944  BERLIN (RECALL)      flew aircraft 238016 LN-B Seaton's Sad Sack 
March 4, 1944 BERLIN (shot down)  flew aircraft 238016 LN-B Seaton's Sad Sack  


Dear Mr. faley
My uncle was Bob Cook(Seaton's sad sack that went down in 3-4-44) Is there any photos of bob on written memories of  any of the other pilots. I remember some of the stories of bobbies about sad sack going down and being taken prisoner. I am trying to get together some of my families history. My father was a F-84 pilot lilled in Korea and his brother was lost as a air commando in a C-47 gunship.I have a picture of Bobby taken at Kearney Nebraska and I have had sucess with the commandos finding pictures. I wrote Ron Leigh the artist because I saw his painting and he suggested I write you for some direction.
I do have a color 4x6 slide of a squadron of b-17s in the clouds that I would like to send to your group. I don't know what squadron or  group it is
Thanks for your time
John Cook
1203 Hambrooks Blvd
Cambridge
MD  21613 
410-228-1967


In a message dated 7/3/2011 1:07:53 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, djudd@greencovesprings.com writes:
I am the daughter of JOSEPH A. JUDD a member of this plane and 350 th squadron.


I am searching for any photos of him and the crew.

He was a POW and shot down on march 4 1944. Aircraft#  238016.

Any materials and photos you can provide would be helpful or to whom I may send my request.

Thank you


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According to the Toggler on Seaton's plane, T/Sgt. George Ofiesh, the plane fell behind the rest of the group because one of the incendiaries was "hung up" in the bomb bay. After jettisoning the hung up bomb over Berlin, a Me 109 came in from about two o’clock and unloaded on us.  We sustained crippling damage to the engines.  Lt. Mark Wilson flying in 23534 Ol' Dad remembers seeing a fighter hitting Seaton's Sad Sack from the 7 o'clock position, raking the tail section with 20mm cannon fire and Lt. Chadwick flying in 23413 Hard Luck! reported: "a B-17 about 1000 yards behind salvoed it bombs and turned back with #2 & #3 engines smoking."  Lt. Seaton rang the bailout bell and the crew "hit the silk."  Everyone that is except for tail gunner S/Sgt. Lemming Hull, who went down with the aircraft.  The 20mm fire from the Me 109 most likely killed him.


A translation of a German report provides the following information:

“On 4 Mar 1944, at 1500 hours, a four engine enemy aircraft crashed, approximately 1 km north of the village of Kesseling [District of Ahrweiler].  The a/c exploded on the ground when it crashed.  It burned completely and could not be salvaged.  Type unknown.  Leming Hull, 35671600 T 43 S Sgt. DEAD.  The rest of the crew bailed out and were captured.  They were sent to Vulag [Luft] Oberursel on 5 Mar 1944.  The deceased was interred on 6 Mar 44, in the Community Cemetery in Kesseling.”

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-03-04  
AIRCRAFT: "Seaton's Sad Sacks" (42-38016) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 4671