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SGT  Alex SOOD

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 26 NOV 44 HAMM

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT FREDERICK H. SCHAFFHAUSEN      P CPT 30 OCT 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT VICTOR A. KOEHLER              CP CPT 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA,      TAPS: 29 AUG 1952
F/O GEORGE W. RAY                      NAV CPT 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA
2ND LT CLAUDE W. VAUGHN           BOM CPT 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA        TAPS: 28 OCT 1982
S/SGT HOBART E. COOK                  ROG CPT 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA      TAPS:     DEC 1959
S/SGT LEWIS C. GREEN                    TTE CPT 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA
SGT SIDNEY J. BRAUD, JR                 BTG CPT 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA
SGT JOHNIE J. FORTNER                  RWG CPT 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA
SGT JOSEPH M. WALTERS                LWG CPT 16 NOV 44 AACHEN AREA
SGT ALEX SOOD (reassigned 3/Sept/44)   TG CPT 26 NOV 44 HAMM (WITH CREW OF LT HARRY HEMPY)


418TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 4 JUL 1944  AS CREW 76. 

Crew flew 5 different aircraft on 10 combat missions,July/44 (one was LADY GERALDINE).  Assigned "OUR BABE' on 3/AUG/44.,PILOT added "Hutchie" after "Our Babe" in honor of his wife."Our Babe Hutchie" was destroyed in combat,11 Sept.44 on its 61st mission. Crew was assigned a new B-17G, fresh from the states which they named "MISS CONDUCT" (never painted on aircraft) #37636.  This plane was flown on 4 missions (Starting with the Russian Shuttle Mission) then the crew was assigned to #338545 LD-A which was painted "MISS CONDUCT"  IT WAS HEAVELY DAMAGED ON A MISSION 2 Oct 44 to Bohlen

AIRCRAFT CREWS WERE REDUCED FROM 10-9 MEN ON SEPTEMBER 3, 1944.  THE REASON, SOMEONE THOUGHT THE GERMAN FIGHTER CRAFT WERE NO LONGER AT FULL STRENGTH.  WITH ONE LESS WAIST GUNNER ON BOARD, THE B-17'S PAID A HIGH PENALTY DURING SUBSEQUENT FIGHTER ATTACKS.
BY SEPTEMBER 3RD,  SGT JOE WALTERS HAD RECOVERED FROM HIS COMBAT WOUNDS SUSTAINED ON THE CREWS SECOND MISSON TO SCHWEINFURT.
THE PILOT ELECTED TO HAVE JOE REJOIN THE CREW AND RELEASED  ALEX SOOD TO BE ASSIGNED TO LT HARRY HEMPY CREW.  AFTER THE PILOT COMPLETED HIS 33 MISSIONS ON OCTOBER 30TH, THE REMAINDER OF THE CREW FACED A SEVERE MENTAL STRAIN.  THE WEATHER HAD TURNED BAD. LOTS OF FRONTAL ACTIVITY.  THEY WERE BRIEFED 4 TIMES FOR MISSIONS, WENT OUT TO THE AIRCRAFT ONLY TO HAVE THE MISSION SCRUBBED BEFORE TAKE-OFF.  FINALLY, ON NOVEMBER 16TH, THEY COMPLETED THEIR LAST MISSION.
      (FROM SGT JOHNIE FORTNER LOG courtesy of Annette Fortner Harris)

 MISSION LOG OF CREW 76  (from Annette Fortner Harris)   (GP stands for General Purpose)

1.   JULY18,1944 HEMMINGSTADT, GERMANY: OIL REFINERY AND STORAGE DEPOT, SEVEN HOURS.  FIGHTER SUPPORT P-38's, P-47's AND P-51's  TAKE OFF:4:50, ENEMY COAST 8:00, TARGET 8:16, ENGLISH COAST 10:50, LANDED 11:30

2.  JULY 19, 1944 SCHWEINFURT, GERMANY: BALL BEARING WORKS, 7 HOURS.  TAKE OFF 5:40, ENEMY COAST 8:16, TARGET 9:43, ENEMY COAST 11:31 ENGLISH COAST 12:05, BASE 12:30.  FLAK HEAVY, FIGHTER SUPPORT P-38,47,51.  BOMB LOAD 5-1000LB, GAS MAXIMUM LOAD, LEFT WAIST GUNNER WOUNDED.  27 FLAK HOLES IN A/C

3.  JULY 20, 1944 MERSEBURG, GERMANY: OIL REFINERY & STORAGE TANKS.  BOMB LOAD 20-250LB, TAKE OFF: 6:35, LEAVE ENGLISH COAST: 8:59, TARGET-11:21, ENGLISH COAST-13:48, BASE-14:30. ALTITUDE 25,000FT.  FLAK MEDIUM AND ACCURATE. LOST LEAD SHIP IN BELGIUM. WENT AROUND OUTSKIRTS OF RUHR VALLEY, FLAK HEAVY

4.  JULY 21, 1944 REGENSBURG, GERMANY ME 109 ASSEMBLY PLANT.  TAKE OFF-6:00, ENGLISH COAST-8:12, TARGET-11:07, LEAVE ENEMY COAST-13:35 ENGLISH COAST-14:10, BASE 14:30. FLAK HEAVY, FIGHTER SUPPORT-P-38,47,51.  BOMB LOAD 5,000 LBS M.17s 100 INC CLUSTERS.  GAS: MAXIMUM LOAD

5.  JULY 24, 1944 ST LO, FRANCE  BATTLE LINES IN FRANCE. TAKE OFF-9:40, ENGLISH COAST-11:47, FRENCH COAST-12:13, TARGET-12:20, ENGLISH COAST-13:23, BASE-14:10.  FLAK MEDIUM, BOMB LOAD 38 100LB GP. GAS 2200.  FIGHTER SUPPORT: 8TH & 9TH AIR FORCE.

6.  JULY 25, 1944 ST LO, FRANCE  BATTLE LINES IN FRANCE.  TAKE OFF-7:10, TARGET-10:21,BASE-12:55 1500BOMBERS, 8TH&9TH AF SUPPORTFLAK MEDIUM, BOMB LOAD 38-100LB GP. GAS 2200 GAL.

7.  JULY 29, 1944 MERSEBURG, GERMANY OIL REFINERY. TAKE OFF-5:05, ENGLISH COAST-12:10, BASE: 13:05.  FLAK HEAVY, 1000 BOMBERS, GAS MAXIMUM, BOMB LOAD 20-250LB GP.  GROUP LOST 8 PLANES.

8. JULY 31, 1944 MUNICH, GERMANY  AIRCRAFT ENGINES.  TAKE OFF-9:05, ENGLISH COAST-11:05, FRENCH COAST 11:05, TARGET-13:23, 
FRENCH COAST-16:05, BASE-17:00.  BOMB LOAD: 11-500 GP BOMBS.  GAS-MAXIMUM, FLAK HEAVYFLEW A/C LADY GERALDINE.

9.  AUGUST 3, 1944 TROY, FRANCE  RAIL ROAD MARSHALLING YARDS.  TAKE OFF-12:04, ENGLISH COAST-14:19,  FRENCH COAST-14:54
TARGET-16:37, BELGIUM COAST-18:24, BASE-19:20. BOMB LOAD: 20 250LB GP.  FLAK MEDIUM

10. AUGUST 4, 1944 HAMBURG, GERMANY OIL REFINERY. TAKE OFF-9:00, ENGLISH COAST-11:17, GERMAN COAST-12:23, TARGET-13:40, 
ENGLISH COAST 15:25, BASE-16:00. BOMB LOAD 20-250 GP DELAYED ACTION.

11. AUGUST 5, 1944 MAGDEBURG, GERM. MARSHALLING YARDS. GERMANS MOVE FREIGHT THROUGH AT A  RATE OF 2400 CARS EVERY 12 HRS BOMB RESULTS EXCELLENT.  TAKE OFF-8:00, ENGLISH COAST-9:56, GERMAN COAST-11:35, TARGET 12:55 GERMAN COAST-14:10, BASE-14:20. BOMB LOAD 10-500LB GP.  FLAK HEAVY

12. AUGUST 6, 1944 BERLIN, GERMANY FW 190 PLANT, SOUTHEASTERN SECTION OF BERLIN. TAKE OFF-7:30, ENGLISH COAST-9:15, GERMAN COAST-11:11, TARGET-12:38, GERMAN COAST-13:45, BASE 15:50. BOMB LOAD: 10-500LB GP FLAK HEAVY, 5 B-17 WERE SHOT DOWN BY FLAK FROM GROUP JUST IN FRONT OF US. 760 FLAK GUNS

13. AUGUST 8, 1944 ST SYLVAIN, FRANCE SUPPORT BRITISH GROUND TROOPS.  TAKE OFF 8:40, ENGLISH COAST-11:30, FRENCH COAST-11:58 TARGET-12:38, ENGLISH COAST-13:11, BASE-14:09.  BOMB LOAD 12-500LB & 2-1000LB GP.  FLAK VERY HEAVY AND ACCURATE.

14. AUGUST 14, 1944 LUDWIGSHAVEN, GER SYNTHETIC OIL.  LAST HIGH PRIORITY OIL TARGET IN GERMANY.  TAKE OFF-7:56, ENGLISH COAST-9:57 BELGIUM COAST-10:21, TARGET-12:40, BELGIUM COAST-14:20, BASE-15:30.  FLAK MEDIUM BOMB LOAD-10-500 GP

15. AUGUST 18, 1944 PACY sur ARMANCON OIL DUMPS NORTHEAST OF AUXUENE FRANCE. TAKE OFF-10:20, ENGLISH COAST-12:13, CHERBOURG 12:48 TARGET 14:40, GERMAN COAST-17:40, BASE-18:20.  FLAK MEDIUM

16. AUGUST 24, 1944 RUHLAND, GERMANY SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERY, TAKE OFF-8:00, ENGLISH COAST-9:30, GERMAN COAST-11:11, TARGET-12:50 DUTCH COAST-14:52, BASE-16:00.  FLAK HEAVY

17. AUGUST 25, 1944 POLITZ/STITTON, GER SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERY. TAKE OFF-8:15, ENGLISH COAST-9:00, DUTCH COAST-11:45, TARGET-12:15 GERMAN COAST-12:45, BASE-14:00.  BOMB LOAD10-500LB GP.  FLAK HEAVY

18. AUGUST 30, 1944 BREMEN, GERMANY FW 190 PLANT.  TAKE OFF-12:33, ENGLISH COAST-13:15, GERMAN COAST-15:27, TARGET 15:59, 
GERMAN COAST-16:37, BASE-19:15. BOMB LOAD 38-100LB M-47.  FLAK HEAVY

19. SEPT. 3, 1944 BREST, FRANCE  GROUND DEFENSES.  TAKE OFF-6:05, ENGLISH COAST-8:10, CHERBOURG-9:10, TARGET-10:43
ENGLISH COAST-12:13, BASE-13:15.  BOMB LOAD 12-500LB, 3 AP. NO FLAK



Officer Ranks at end of Tour: 
Capt.Fred Schaffhausen-P
1st lt.Victor Koehler-CP
2nd Lt.George Ray-NAV
1st Lt.Ray Vaughn-BOM


Subj: 100thBG Error Report 
Date: 8/18/2001 9:40:16 AM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: sheff@ix.netcom.com (Fred Schaffhausen)To: mpfaley@aol.comCC: janr@cei.net  
The following form contents were entered on 18th Aug 1Date = 18 Aug 1 16:39:49
 Fred Schaffhausencomments = Re: 418th Sqdn.,page 10 crew labeled 2nd Lt.Frederick Schaffhausenerrors as follows:Crew last mission list:Correct ranks- Capt.Fred Schaffhausen1st lt.Victor Koehler2nd Lt.George Ray1st Lt.Ray Vaughnafter Sgt.Alex Sood.add-ressigned 3/sept.44Ist paragraph after crews last mission list:Should read"crew assigned to418th sqdn,4/July/ 44 as crew 76.2nd para.: crew flew 5 different aircraft on 10 combat missions,July/44Assigned "OUR BABE' on 3/AUG/44.,PILOTADDED "Hutchie" after "Our Babe"in honor of his wife."Our Babe Hutchie"was destroyed in combat,11/Sept.44.onits 61st mission.Crew was assigned a new B-17G,fresh from the states whichthey named "MISS CONDUCT".IT WAS HEAVELY DAMAGED ON A MISSION. 2/Oct/44.
NOTATION FROM SGT. JOHNIE FORTNER LOG IS IN ERROR.ENLISTED MEN WERE NOT GIVEN DETAILS OF MISSION BEING FLOWN FOR SECURITY REASONS.In formation listed was released to crew,after security restrictions were lifted, by the pilot in a binder named"CREW 76"MAY 92.A COPY WAS SENT TO JAN RIDDLING AND THE THORPE ABBOTTS MUSEUM AT THE SAME TIME.SUGGEST THE MISSION LIST BE LABELED."COMBAT MISSIONS,CREW 76'I have copies of the 418th Sqdn monthly diary report for the months of 7/8/9/10/44.If you would like copies,mail me your home address,I'll mail them to you.I have a web page that contains infoon WW2.It is-http:pweb.netcom.com/~sheffCrew became high Sqdn lead, in group combat formations,14/8/44

Thanks,
Fred Schaffhausen
Pilot/flight commander
Crew 76
418th Sqdn, 100th Bomb Group (H)



CREW

    Lt Harry M.Hempy        P    CPT   26/11/44 THE TARGET FOR 26 NOV 44 WAS HAMM
    Lt Jack W.Janssen        CP    CPT   26/11/44
    Lt Cyril A.Roberts       NAV    CPT   26/11/44
    Lt Donald H.Friedman   BOM    CPT   26/11/44
   Cpl John P.Moncure      ROG    CPT   26/11/44
   Cpl Warren B.Smith      TTE   RFS  
   Cpl Donald J.Farley       BTG   CPT   26/11/44
   Pfc Frank A.Bonagur     WG   CPT   26/11/44
   Pfc John P.Russo,        WG   NOC   (Removed when crew reduced from 10 to 9 men)
   Pfc Charles W.Emerson    TG   KIA  11/9/44 RUHLAND

418th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 23/7/44.

According to a letter received from Donald J.Farley in Nov.1983,the following crew 
changes were made. 

1. After 5 or 6 missions Warren Smith ,who had served about 10/15 years in the Regular Army, asked to be removed from 
flying status. He was replaced by T/Sgt Alexander L.Hubiak who had flown approximately 20 missions with another crew 
and finished his 35 with Hempy's crew. A T/Sgt Thomas E.Porch then replaced Hubiak as Engineer. Porch was from the 
M.J.Anderson crew. 

2. John P.Russo was removed from the crew to bring it to nine men and put into the "spares" pool Charles Emerson,who is
 buried at Cambridge, was killed by fighter attack and,although badly damaged,Hempy's ship limped home. A S/Sgt Alex 
 Sood,from the crew of F.H.Schaffhauser replaced Emerson and completed his tour.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 4883