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LT  Paul L. SPURGEON

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

Lt Paul Spurgeon, Pilot with 226 JIMBO. Photo courtesy of Larry Darneille

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 28 JAN 45 BAD DUISBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

Lt Paul L.Spurgeon                 P   CPT   28 JAN 45 DUISBURG
Lt John E. David                   CP   KIA     3 SEP 44 BREST (as pilot of own crew, see below) replaced F/O C.G. Sharemet on Politz mission 
Lt John V.Larson                NAV   CPT   28 JAN 45 DUISBURG (Lead Nav, originally from Lt C. Daniels Crew, see below)  
Lt Frederick H.Theesfeld     BOM   CPT   7 MAR 45 SIEGEN, MY (S.T.) (FLEW 31 MISSIONS)
 T/Sgt E.S.Balcseniuk         ROG   CPT   28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?
 T/Sgt Alfred J.Vignola        TTE   CPT  28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?  
 S/Sgt W.R. Klein               BTG   NOC  Replaced on crew by Radar Operator in late October 44 when this became a lead crew,  
 S/Sgt Thomas J.Dressel      WG   WIA (Wounded 25/8/44 POLITZ & month in hospital)
 S/Sgt Robert E.Kauffman    TG   NOC ( Flew 21 missions on crew of A.D.Elbel, last one on 8/8/44,  then in spare gunners pool , see below)

350th Sqdn. Crew appears as above on Roster of 25/8/44 target: (POLITZ) as Crew #29. Thls was probably a "pick up" crew. ( this information is suspect concerning this crew, likely they flew together very little, perhaps only once..jb).  Lt Spurgeon had a lead Crew and the actual make up is listed below. It is know that they were leading on Nov 2, 1944 to Merseburg with Col Sammy Barr as Command Pilot.  

Other Members who flew on this Crew
Lt R.A Nesline-Nav (replaced Lt Larson on Lt Daniels Crew) Flew as NAV on  first mission of Spurgeon Crew 8/8/44
Lt J.D. Goethel-Bom (from Lt David Crew)                        Flew as BOM on first mission of Spurgeon Crew 8/8/44 
S/Sgt Remi Ebernez-WG -(from Lt Spear and Lt Cecil O. Daniels Crews) 

Lt Spurgeon took over "JIMB0" A/C 44-8226 LN-B in November 1944 and he selected the name. It was a nickname for his Stateside Wife.  Jimbo was painted on the left hand side of the aircraft.  On the cowlings of No 3 & 4 engines could be seen the names "Kay" and "Alice" probably put on by the ground crew.    

See S.D.C. p.33 & 95 "JIMB0" A/C 44-8226 LN-B  This was a Pathfinder aircraft originally assigned to the 95th Bomb Group (13th CBW HQ for Pathfinder Crews and Aircraft in Summer and early fall 1944) in October 1944. The practice during this time was to fly Pathfinder A/C from Horham to the surrounding airdromes to lead the 3rd Air Division Bomb Groups.   In late October this practice ceased and Pathfinders were assigned to each Bomb Group and both Crews and planes were maintained at their own bases.

THIS WAS THE MAKE-UP OF  LT PAUL SPURGEON'S LEAD CREW.

LT PAUL SPURGEON               P       CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG
LT C.G. SHAREMET                CP     CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?
LT JOHN V. LARSON              NAV   CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ((Lead Nav originally from Lt C. Daniels Crew, see below)
LT FREDERICK H. THEESFELD  BOM   CPT  7 MAR 45 DATTELN, SIEGEN, MY (S.T.) 
T/SGT ALFRED VIGNOLA        TTE    CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?
T/SGT E.S. BALCSENIUK         ROG   CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG ?
S/SGT W.R. KLEIN                 BTG   NOC (replaced by Radar Operator in late October 44 when this became a lead crew) 
S/SGT P.J. HAHN                   WG   NOC (orignal LWG on Capt H. Smith Crew, replaced Sgt Dressel after he was wounded on 25/8/1944 Politz)
S/SGT L.S. "Andy" ANDERSON  TG   CPT 28 Jan 45 DUISBURG  (replaced Sgt Kauffman)

Now based on mission completions and photo evidence, Lt Theesfeld came off this crew at some point since he completes two months after the Spurgeon Crew does.  Also  S/Sgt Dressel returns to the Crew but not sure in what capacity since photo evidence shows both Hahn (who replaced Dressel when he was injured on Aug 25, 1944) and Dressel in Crew photos.    

Missions of Lt Spurgeon based on Mission list of S/Sgt Anderson and Opts database mpf 2012:

Date        Target                   # of A/C     Call Sign   a/cName              Pilot        Comments
08-Aug-44 St Sylvain                43-38043    LN-T                            Spurgeon   Lt Nesline flew as NAV, Lt Goethel flew as BOM, Anderson-TG
25-Aug-44 Politz                      43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon  Lt J.E.David flew as CP, Lt Larson-NAV joins crew 
                                                                                                                (S/Sgt Dressel WG is wounded, S/Sgt Kauffman is TG)
26-Aug-44 Brest                      43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon  (S/Sgt Hahn becomes fill in WG, S/Sgt Kauffman is TG)
01-Sep-44 Mainz (recalled)        43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon  (S/Sgt Anderson returns as permenant TG) 
03-Sep-44 Brest                      43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon
05-Sep-44 Stuttgart                43-38076    LN-S Aces and Eights      Spurgeon
08-Sep-44 Mainz                     43-37863     LN-L Leading Lady          Spurgeon  (S/Sgt(Kaufman flies as WG on mission)
12-Sep-44 Magdeburg               44-6297     LN-X Spirit of Pittwood   Spurgeon     
13-Sep-44 Sindelfingen             43-37994    LN-D My Blue Heaven     Spurgeon
18-Sep-44 Warsaw                   43-38437    LN-S                            Spurgeon
19-Sep-44 Szolnok (from Russia) 43-38437    LN-S                            Spurgeon
28-Sep-44 Merseburg               43-38437     LN-S                            Spurgeon
03-Oct-44 Nurnburg                                                                     Spurgeon
06-Oct-44 BERLIN                                                                        Spurgeon 
26-Oct-44 Hanover                                                                      Spurgeon (Believe this is the first mission as a Lead Crew…mpf)
02-Nov-44 Merseburg               44-8226       LN-B Jimbo                   Spurgeon Col Sammy Barr Command Pilot, leading 100th
05-Nov-44 Ludwigshaven                                                              Spurgeon
21-Nov-44 Osnabruck                                                                   Spurgeon
29-Nov-44 Hamm                                                                         Spurgeon (F/O C.G.Sharemet promoted to 2nd Lt.)
12-Dec-44 Darmstadt                                                                   Spurgeon
25-Dec-44 Kaiserlautern                                                                Spurgeon
30-Dec-44 Kassel                                                                         Spurgeon
02-Jan-45 Bad Kreuznach         44-8226       LN-B Jimbo                   Spurgeon
03-Jan-45 Fulda                                                                          Spurgeon
10-Jan-45 Cologne                                                                      Spurgeon
13-Jan-45 Mainz                                                                          Spurgeon
21-Jan-45 Mannheim                                                                   Spurgeon
28-Jan-45 Duisburg                                                                     Spurgeon
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LT DAVID NOTES:
 
CREW
2ND LT JOHN E. DAVID                        P KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST (flew as CP on Lt Spurgeon Crew on  25/8/44 Politz mission) 
2ND LT JOHN W. SIMMONS                 CP KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST
2ND LT THERON J. STOOKESBERRY     NAV KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST
2ND LT EDWARD J. MIKOL                 BOM RFS                        (See Goethel record for and amazing saga of
LT JOHN GOETHEL                           BOM REC 3 SEP 44 BREST     bravery & endurance in the North Sea)
S/SGT HENRY J. HENDRICKSON          ROG REC
S/SGT FRANK BARILI, JR                    TTE KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST
   SGT CLARENCE E. WOOD                BTG POW
   SGT FRANK E. YATES                      WG NOC
   SGT WALTER E. POTTER                 WG KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST
   SGT FRANCIS J. WALDSCHMIDT         TG KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST

350th Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 26 May 1944. Apparently Frank Yates was removed when crews were reduced to nine men.
On 3 Sep 44 this crew went down in the North Sea. Lt Mikol, Sgts Yates and Wood were not aboard. Hendrickson was picked up by British sea boat and returned to Thorpe Abbotts. The six men KIA are memorialized on the Wall of the Missing at the Brittany American Cemetary.
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LT J.V. LARSON NOTES: 

CREW

2ND LT CECIL O. DANIELS                  P CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA  sn# 0-808196
2ND LT GORDON A. HANSEN            CP CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA finished with 33 missions
2ND LT JOHN V. LARSON               NAV CPT 28 JAN 45 DUISBURG(BECAME LEAD NAV ON LT SPURGEON PATHFINDER CREW)
2ND LT ROBERT L. STORY             BOM WIA 17 OCT 44  COLOGNE (TAPS 1967)
    CPL HOWARD A. DRALLE            ROG WIA 03 OCT 44 NURNBURG
    SGT SAMUEL M. WOLFE, JR.       TTE WIA 15 OCT 44 COLOGNE (TAPS 1984)
    CPL LESLIE P. MILLS                  BTG CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA
    CPL JOSEPH W. ADAMS, JR.        WG GND FOR MEDICAL REASONS (CHRONIC AIR SICKNESS)
    CPL WILLIAM KILPATRICK, JR      WG REMOVED TO REDUCE TO 9 MAN CREW AND REASSIGNED TO CREW OF C.K. BAKER, 
                                                                WOUNDED IN ACTION 30 NOV 44 ON 18TH MISSION.
    CPL JORGEN N. NIELSEN              TG CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA

350th Sqdn. Crew 28.   Crew, as above joined the 100th on 25 Jul 1944.
Crew flew  "Spirit of Pittwood" #46297
Ground Crew Chief: Sgt John C. Riffle

Lt .Micheljon flew the first 2 missions as CP for crew orientation instead of Lt Gordon Hansen.  
At Thorpe Abbotts, Lt John Larson was selected for lead crew training and replaced on the Daniels crew by F/O Richard A. Nesline who CPT on 3 Jan 1945 with 35 sorties. Promoted to 1st Lt before returning to the ZOI. (zone of the interior)

Missions of Lt John V. Larson with Lt Daniels Crew
  Date      Target                  A/C #        Call Sign   A/C Name              Pilot 
8-Aug-44 Hamburg                 42-97924   LN-H   Party Tonight             Daniels
5-Aug-44 Magdeburg              43-37882  LN-W  Happy-Go-Lucky       Daniels
6-Aug-44 Berlin                      43-38043  LN-T                                       Daniels
11-Aug-44 Villacoublay       42-102958   LN-Z                                       Daniels
13-Aug-44 Nantes               42-102958   LN-Z                                       Daniels
14-Aug-44 Ludwigshaven      43-37882   LN-W    Happy-Go-Lucky      Daniels
15-Aug-44 Venlo                 42-31220    LN-P      Fletcher's Castoria II  Daniels
24-Aug-44 Ruhland              44-6297      LN-X Spirit of Pittwood            Daniels         

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S/SGT KAUFFMAN NOTES:

CREW

F/O ARLON D. ELBEL                      P  CPT 25 SEP 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN
F/0 THOMAS D. TAYLOR                CP CPT 26 SEP 44 BREMEN (FILL IN CP WITH LT WILLOUGHBY CREW))
2ND LT JOSEPH M. GLADDEN       NAV CPT 25 SEP 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN
2ND LT ROBERT D. FISHER          BOM CPT 26 SEP 44 BREMEN
T/SGT E.T. GEHRMAN                    TTE CPT 25 SEP 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN
SGT FRANCIS J. TRUSCOTT            ROG CPT 25 SEP 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN
SGT ARTHUR F. WHITTEN              BTG CPT 25 SEP 44 LUDWIGSHAVEN
SGT ROBERT E. KAUFFMAN            RWG NOC FLEW 21 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW, THEN SENT TO SPARE GUNNERS POOL
SGT DANIEL E. WALTON                  TG NOC FLEW 32 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW  LAST RECORDED MISSION WITH CREW

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 29 MAY 44. 
Believe this crew came overseas with only one waist gunner. A SGT E.E. DEVERE, a spare gunner filled in at LWG for the first 4 missions this crew flew. The LWG position would continue to be filled by spare gunners. When crews were reduced to nine men in late July 1944, Sgt Kauffman and a Sgt Stommes traded off flying missions with the crew as waist gunners.  Kauffman was later taken off the crew after 8 Aug 44 mission  and put in Spare gunners Pool.  Records show that he flew 4 missions as a TG with Lt Spurgeon Crew in Aug/Sept. 1944.  Sgt W. Stommes (Stemmes/Stommos) filled in on 14 missions as a left waist gunner. Starting on August 15th, Sgt Bracco flew as WG on this crews final 9 missions 

CREW ROSTER OF 19 SEP 44  HAS WALTON, KAUFFMAN, & GEHRMAN REPLACED BY JACK BOURNE & SALVATORE J. BRACCO, FROM THE AUSTIN DUNLAP CREW, AND ROBBIE L. GILL FROM THE A.S. SPEAR CREW. ON 11 AUG 44 KAUFFMAN WAS REPLACED BY T/SGT GEHRMAN.
On 11/8/44,Jack Conger (from Lt Giles Crew) was flying with the crew of Lt. A.D.Elbel as WG, replaceing Sgt. Kauffman. Lt Taylor completed his last two msisons as a fill in CP with Lt Willoughby Crew.  

Date       Aircraft Nbr Target
6/2/1944 102958 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 102958 BOULOGNE
6/5/1944 102958 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/6/1944 102958 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM
6/7/1944 102958 NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 32009 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/12/1944 102958 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/15/1944 102958 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/19/1944 37686 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/20/1944 37621 FALLERSLEBEN
6/21/1944   102958   RUHLAND
6/26/1944 102958 DROHOBYCZ
7/3/1944 102958 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/5/1944 102958 BEZIER (FROM ITLAY)
7/11/1944 102958 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/21/1944 102958 REGENSBURG
7/24/1944 102958 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
7/25/1944 102958 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
7/28/1944 102958 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 102958 MERSEBURG
8/2/1944 102657 TERGNIER/LAFERE
8/3/1944 37882 TROYES (RAIL YARD)
8/5/1944 37994 MAGDEBURG
8/7/1944 102598 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES)
8/8/1944 102598 ST. SYLVIAN   Last mission S/Sgt Kauffman flies with Elbel Crew, sent to spare gunners pool 
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S/SGT P.J. HAHN NOTES:

CREW

CAPT. HENRY F. SMITH                   P CPT   DATE & MISSION UNK
1ST LT WESLEY R. CARLTON         CP KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
2ND LT MARK M. HERTZ      NAV/BOM POW   28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG    SN# 0-700104  (see note below)
T/SGT MILTON S. EDELSTEIN      ROG KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
T/SGT HIKE H. BAGDASIAN          TTE KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 
SGT GARNET E. SYMINGTON        BTG CPT   26 AUG 44 BREST (FLEW 18 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW, ORIGINAL CREW LT BETHEA)
S/SGT PAUL J. HAHN                  LWG NOC   (FLEW 12 MISSIONS CAPT SMITH CREW, THEN TO SPARE GUNNERS POOL)
S/SGT WILLIAM U. SCHAEFER      RWG KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
S/SGT GEORGE E. WATROUS         TG KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  

350th Sqdn. Crew as of June 1944. Crew flew 14 mission in A/C 42-31991 MISS-CHIEF .
It appears this crew used a toggelier for many missions until July 18, 1944 when Lt Eppendorf became the permanent bombardier. CAPT SMITH WAS A GROUP COMMAND PILOT FROM JUNE 1944 UNTIL COMPLETION OF TOUR.  He left the Crew after the June 25th Maquis Supply drop and the crew flew three missions with Lt G.W. Clark (original CP with Lt Tiahrt Crew) as pilot before Lt Wesley Carlton took over the Crew.  2nd Lt Hertz shows up in records as flying as the Navigator on this Crew but  left the crew after the July 8, 1944 Clamecy-Joigny mission to become a Pathfinder Bombardier (Lead Crew) with the 100th Bomb Group and the 95th Bomb Group. Capt. Smith became 350th Bomb Squadron Operations Officer in Sept. 1944. 

CREW make up from 30 AUG 44 to 11 SEPT 44 
     MACR #8817, Micro-fiche #3237             A/C #42-97154  Our Baby Hutchie

1ST LT  WESLEY R. CARLTON    P KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
2ND LT EDWARD F. NEU           CP POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  (Pilot of own crew)
1ST LT HUGH R. DAVIDSON    NAV POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  (from Lt Neu Crew)
1ST LT JACK L. EPPENDORF      BOM KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND   (from LT ROBERT A. WEGRZYNEK CREW)
T/SGT MILTON S. EDELSTEIN    ROG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 
T/SGT HIKE H. BAGDASIAN       TTE KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
S/SGT RALPH E. JACOBSON       BTG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 
S/SGT WILLIAM U. SCHAEFER     WG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  
S/SGT GEORGE E. WATROUS     TG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND  

350th Sqdn. Crew as of 30 Aug 44, Jack Eppendorf was orginally on the crew of R.A.Wegrzynek and Ralph Jacobson was on the original crew of L.W. Riegel, Lt Davidson from Lt Neu Crew. 

MISSION LIST OF CAPT. HENRY SMITH AND LT. WESLEY CARLTON

#      DATE                 TARGET                       PILOT/COPILOT      A/C NUMBER             A/C NAME

1.     18/6/44              MITBURG                      LT. SMITH                2102695                NO NAME
                                                                    LT. W. CARLTON-CP
2.     19/6/44              CORME ECLUSE             LT. SMITH                232009                  BLACK CAT 13
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
3.     20/6/44              FALLERSLEBEN              LT. SMITH                231991                  MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
4.     24/6/44              GRAND COURONNE        LT. SMITH                231049                  SUPERSTITIOUS ALOYSIOUS
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
5.     25/6/44              MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP   LT SMITH                 231074                  CAHEPIT
                                                                    LT W. CARLTON-CP
6.      6/7/44               FLEURY                        LT. G.W. CLARK        231991                  MISS-CHIEF
                                                                    LT. W. CARLTON-CP
7.      8/7/44               CLAMECY-JOIGNY         LT. G.W. CLARK        231991                   MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
LT HERTZ LEAVES CREW TO BECOME RADAR/NAVIGATOR

8.    11/7/44               MUNICH                       LT. G.W. CLARK        231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. W. CARLTON-CP
9.    18/7/44               KIEL                            LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. G.C. MALCOM-CP
10.  20/7/44               MERSEBURG                  LT. W. CARLTON       231991                   MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP
11.  21/7/44               REGENSBURG                LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP
12.  24/7/44               ST LO                          LT. W. CARLTON       231991                    MISS-CHIEF
                                                                   LT. R. DYKEMAN-CP
CREW REDUCED TO 9 MEN, S/SGT P.J. HAHN IS TAKEN OFF THE CREW AND SENT TO SPARE GUNNERS POOL 
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MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Crew shot in front of Jimbo
JIMBO and crew, photo provided by Jimbo flight engineer Andy Anderson - assume names he provided are L-R back row, then L-R front row, - last names only (spelling may be off) :

BACK ROW: Sharemet-CP, Hahn-WG, Balcseniuk-ROG, Theesfeld-BOM, John Larson-NAV , Micky Operator unknown,  Paul Spurgeon (Pilot),
FRONT ROW:  Vignola-TTE, Anderson-TG, Klein-BTG, Dressel (original WG

Back row L to R: Paul Spurgeon (pilot), John Larson (navigator), Micky Operator, unknown, Sharemet, Dressel, unknown ground crew

Front row assume L to R: Murray, Andy Anderson, Remi Ebernez,  L.R. Darneille (GRD Crew, M.A. Graves (GRD Crew) and two unknown ground crew  Plane is JIMBO LN-B

Photo courtesy of Larry Darneille. 

Is this crew standing on top of an aircraft, possibly Jimbo? Photo provided by Jimbo flight engineer Andy Anderson. L to R: Paul Spurgeon (pilot), John Larson (navigator), Murray, Balcseniuk, Klein, Micky Operator and Andy Anderson (flight engineer).

L to R  Klein, Theesheld, Andy Anderson flight engineer, John Larson navigator, Hahn,Remi Eberenz, Kauffman

Lt John V.Larson Mission List

Article on Paul Spurgeon (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

Briefing for Lead Crews: From left: Paul Spurgeon, Jerry Brown, Austin Dunlap, John Ernst, John Carpenter and a Capt, Fox, not otherwise identified.   (100th Photo Archives)

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

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