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MAJ  Jack R. SWARTOUT

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

 Jack R. Swartout in cockpit of AAF Detailed Information (Photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary) 

SERIAL #: O-728936 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (WELL KNOWN FOR EXCELLENT LEADS) - 350TH COMMANDER

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW 

1st Lt Jack R. Swartout           P CPT 24 MAY 44 BERLIN  (Command Pilot, see below)  Silver Star for March 6, 1944
 F/O Arch J. Drummond         CP CPT THIS IS THE POPULAR "FOUR MILE" DRUMMOND; LATER HAD OWN CREW
2nd Lt Leonard P. Bull         NAV CPT AWARDED DFC sn# 0-792432  (Lead Navigator)
2nd Lt Albert D. Dahlgren    BOM CPT AWARDED DFC     ( Lead Bombardier)
  T/Sgt Dorsett C. Bennett   TTE CPT AWARDED DFC     (became Toggelier on Lt Monrad and Lt Woldt Crews, see below)
  T/Sgt Robert L. McKnight   ROG KIA 3 SEPT 43 PARIS, BEAUMONT LE ROGER, AF (with Lt Richard King Crew, see below)
  S/Sgt Harry A. Bonn           BTG CPT AWARDED DFC     (became  ROG on Lt Monrad and Lt Woldt Crews, see below)
  S/Sgt Hugh A. Smallwood    LWG CPT AWARDED DFC    (became TTE on Lt Monrad and Lt Massol Crews
  S/Sgt Joseph W. Weatherly  TG RFS  DUE TO STOMACH ULCERS  TAPS: 1985
  S/Sgt John M. Delaney        RWG CPT 2 JUNE 44 BOULOGNE (with Lt DILLE crew and Tog with Lt Schomp Crew) TAPS: 28 SEP 1985

351st Sqdn.  This was an "Original" crew (#27). SWARTOUT went on to become  C.O. of the 350TH B.S.
JACK SWARTOUT IS WELL KNOWN  IN 100TH , ONE OF THE FEW "ORIGINAL" AIRMEN TO COMPLETE A TOUR, FINISHING WITH THE 24 MAY 44 TRIP TO BERLIN. Crew flew in following aircraft 42-3307 "Skipper" EP-N,  42-30087 "Shack Rat" EP-M, and 42-31708 "Skipper II" EP-N/R
Lt Swartout was suppose to be the Command Pilot on the Regensburg Mission but was injured in a bicycle accident the night of the mission.  A Jeep struck the bicycle and Jack ended up in the hospital forcing Maj John Kidd to fly the mission in his place.  According to Swartout, a Lt Lenny Bolin (not sure of spelling) was the original CP on this crew Stateside but was made a 1st Pilot and was killed in a accident stateside enroute to England.  

This was one of the 100th BG's early Lead Crews along with Capt. Blakely (418th), Capt.Barr (349th), and Capt. Scott (350th).  Somewhere in December 43 the enlisted men on this crew and the copilot are removed from the crew.  Arch Drummond gets his own crew and the enlisted men end up flying with assorted different crews to complete their tours. (see lists below) 

Sgt. McKnight was with the crew of Richard C. King when killed on 3 Sept. 43. Lt J.L. Dunbar from Lt Pearson Crew flew a few missions with this crew. Dunbar is responsible for naming "Shack Rat", on practice missions, when his bombs hit the target, he always said "I hit the Shack".  

6 MAR 44 (BERLIN):  CAPT JACK SWARTOUT, COMMAND PILOT, FLYING WITH FRANK LAURO SURVIVIED A MID-AIR COLLISION WITH A FW 190.  WITH THE RUDDER BARELY SECURED AND SWINGING FROM SIDE TO SIDE SWARTOUT AND LAURO MANAGED TO GET THE "NELSON KING" BACK TO THORPE ABBOTTS. SWARTOUT WAS AWARDED THE SILVER STAR.

28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST:  AT TAKE-OFF TIME THE NEW COMMANDER, COL KELLY ELECTED TO BUMP THE 100TH'S BEST FLIGHT LEADER (CAPT JACK SWARTOUT) AND LEAD HIMSELF. THE RESULTS WERE A DISASTER, TWO SHIPS WERE LOST WHEN THE COL ELECTED TO MAKE A SECOND RUN OVER THE TARGET AT THE SAME ALTITUDE AND ON THE SAME HEADING. AMOUNG THE KIA'S WAS CAPT LAKIN WHO WAS ON HIS LAST MISSION AND THE 100TH'S BELOVED LEAD NAVIGATOR JOSEPH "BUBBLES" PAYNE; SAID BY JIM BROWN AND HARRY CROSBY TO HAVE BEEN THE BEST. COL KELLY WAS KIA ONLY NINE DAYS AFTER TAKING OVER AS GROUP C.O.

IT IS SAID THAT SWARTOUT FLEW THE VERY BEST "LEADS" IN NOT ONLY THE 100TH BUT THE ENTIRE 3RD AIR DIVISION.  NEW CREWS FLYING THEIR FIRST MISSIONS WITH SWARTOUT LEADING WERE INDEED FORTUNATE.

Note: Arch Drummond known to the 100th as "Four Mile Drummond" claimed he came from a Kentucky farm that was half way between two towns that were eight miles apart. Arch returned to that farm after WWII where he remained until his death in 1995. "Four Mile" was one of the groups most popular members. He is greatly missed but not forgotten by his old comrades. ..pw

William F. "Cut and Shoot"  Hoffman flew His first mission as tail gunner on a plane piloted by Jack Swartout.  Bill's recollection of that first mission "How did a good ole Texas boy end up in a place like this"!   

Missions of Maj Jack Swartout from his copy of Story of the Century

#      DATE         TARGET                      A/C #   A/C NAME

      22/6/43  DIVERSION MISSION
1.   25/6/43  BREMEN                            230087  SHACK RAT 
2.   26/6/43  LeMANS                            25865    JANIE
3.   28/6/43  ST. NAZAIRE (FLAK CITY)   25864    PICCADILLY LILY              
4.   04/7/43  La PALLICE                        23307    SKIPPER
5.   10/7/43  Le BOURGET                      23307    SKIPPER
6.   19/8/43  WOENSDRECHT                 23307    SKIPPER
      22/8/43  DIVERSION MISSION
7.   24/8/43  CONCHES, EVREUX-FAUVILLE
8..  27/8/43  WATTEN, V-WEAPONS
9.   23/9/43  VANNES
10. 27/9/43  EMDEN
11. 2/10/43  EMDEN                              23474    KING BEE
    10/10/43  MUNSTER (ABORT)
12. 3/11/43  WILHELMSHAVEN
13. 5/11/43  GELSENKIRCHEN
14. 16/11/43 RJUKAN (HEAVY WATER PLANT)
15. 24/12/43 ST JOSEPH au BOIS (NO BALL)
16. 07/1/44  LUDWIGSHAVEN
17. 14/1/44  FORET D'HESDIN (NOBALL)
18. 03/2/44  WILHELMSHAVEN, CITY
19. 05/2/44  ROMILLY sur SEINE & VILLACOUBLAY
20. 25/2/44  REGENSBURG, AC FACTORY

MISSIONS OF CAPT SWARTOUT AS COMMAND PILOT
        Date      Last Name Initial Rank Position    Aircraft Nbr Target                              CREW
21.  06/3/44   SWARTOUT J R  CAPT COM         306           BERLIN                         CAPT. LAURO 
22.  11/4/44   SWARTOUT J.R. CAPT COM         708     POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.    CAPT. ZELLER
23.  19/4/44   SWARTOUT J.R. CAPT COM                  LIPPSTADT & WERL AF'S
24.  01/5/44   SWARTOUT J.R. CAPT COM      31903  SAARGUEMINES/WIZERNES CAPT. VAN STEENIS "FLYING DUTCHMAN"
25.  24/5/44  SWARTOUT J.R.  CAPT COM      32090           BERLIN                      LT COL OLLIE TURNER LED "B" GROUP

MISSIONS IN QUESTION LISTED IN OPS
5/8/1944   SWARTOUT J.R. CAPT COM 31412 BERLIN                                LT HELMICK  
5/9/1944   SWARTOUT J.R. CAPT COM 31708 LAON/COUVRON; ANTHIES    LT HELMICK

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                                           HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH AIR FORCE
                                            Office of the Commanding General
                                                    APO                     634

 20 April 1944

 

GENERAL ORDERS)                                                                 

              :

NO.        291)

 

           I.  Under the provisions of Army Regulations 600-45, 22 September 1943, and pursuant to authority contained in Restricted TT Message #2139, Hq USAFE, 11 January 1944, the SILVER STAR is awarded to the following-named Officers and Enlisted men.


          JACK R. SWARTOUT, O-728936, Army Air Forces, United States Army.  

For gallantry in action, while serving as Air Commander of a Group of B-17 airplanes on a bombardment mission over Germany, 6 March 1944.  For approximately two hours, his group was the focal point of concentrated attacks by enemy fighter and during this aerial battle against great odds, suffered serious losses.  In the early stages of the battle, an enemy fighter collided with Captain Swartout's plane, shearing off a large portion of the vertical stabilizer.  As soon as he regained control of his aircraft, he continued on towards the target, making every effort to join another unit.  A large number of enemy fighters, seeing his plane out of formation, pressed their attacks savagely.  Though wounded by an exploding cannon shell and with his plane heavily damaged, Captain Swartout valiantly fought on and finally succeeded in joining another group.  Still subject to constant attack, he continued on to the target and successfully bombed it.  When the loss of his aircraft seemed inevitable during the withdrawal from the target, Captain Swartout refused to give the order to bail out and brought his plane and crew back to England, making a landing at a friendly airbase.  The gallantry, indomitable fighting spirit and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Swartout set an inspiring example for his fellow flyers.  Entered military service from California.


By command of Lieutenant General DOOLITTLE:

 

                                                       JOHN A SAMFORD

                                                     Brigadier General, USA,

                                                      Chief of Staff.

OFFICIAL:

 /s/ Edward E. Toro

EDWARD E. TORO,

Colonel, A.G.D.

Adjutant General 

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Missions of Capt. Leonard P. Bull (mpf 2002)
#      DATE         TARGET                            A/C #   A/C NAME

1.   25/6/43  BREMEN                            230087  SHACK RAT 
2.   26/6/43  LeMANS                            25865    JANIE
3.   28/6/43  ST. NAZAIRE (FLAK CITY)   25864    PICCADILLY LILY
4.   29/6/43  LeMANS                            230087  SHACK RAT              
5.   04/7/43  La PALLICE                        23307    SKIPPER
6.   10/7/43  Le BOURGET                      23307    SKIPPER
7.   15/8/43  MERVILLE                          23307    SKIPPER
8.   19/8/43  WOENSDRECHT                 23307    SKIPPER
9.   07/9/43  WATTEN
10. 27/9/43  EMDEN
11. 2/10/43  EMDEN                              23474    KING BEE
12. 3/11/43  WILHELMSHAVEN
13. 5/11/43  GELSENKIRCHEN
14. 16/11/43 RJUKAN (HEAVY WATER PLANT)
15. 24/12/43 ST JOSEPH au BOIS (NO BALL)
16. 14/1/44  NO-BALL
17. 21/1/44  NO-BALL
18. 24/2/44  POSEN
19. 02/3/44  CHARTES
20. 08/3/44  BERLIN (BIG B)
21. 16/3/44  GABLINGEN
22. 23/3/44  BRUNSWICK
*Cannot recall last 3 missions flown.


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S/SGT JAMES DELANEY, RWG- LATER MISSIONS AND CREWS

Date          Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target                          CREW
3/7/1944   DELANEY J.M. S/SGT RWG 66 WERL (SCRUBBED)                       LT MONRAD       
3/8/1944   DELANEY J.M. S/SGT RWG 66 BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT               LT MONRAD
3/9/1944   DELANEY J.M. S/SGT RWG 66 ORANIENBURG                             LT MONRAD
3/13/1944 DELANEY J.M. S/SGT TOG 66 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)               LT MONRAD
3/15/1944 DELANEY J.M. S/SGT RWG 66 BRUNSWICK                                 LT MONRAD
4/7/1944   DELANEY J.M. S/SGT TOG 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)               LT MONRAD
5/23/1944 DELANEY J.M. S/SGT TOG 32018 TROYES                                 LT SCHOMP
5/25/1944 DELANEY J.M. S/SGT TOG 32018 BRUSSELS                              LT SCHOMP
5/31/1944 DELANEY J.M. S/SGT RWG 97126 OSNABRUCK                           LT DILLE
6/2/1944   DELANEY J.M. S/SGT RWG 97126 BOULOGNE                            LT DILLE

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T/SGT ROBERT MCKNIGHT KIA 3 SEPT 43

CREW 26

Mission: Paris                    M.A.C.R. #684
Date: 3 Sept.1943          Aircraft #42-30089 "SUNNY"
Time: 0920
A/C last seen: Over Beaumont AF


CREW ABOARD:
 Richard C.King  1st Lt           P    KIA
 George D.Brykalski F/O         CP    KIA
 Ernest Anderson 2nd Lt     NAV   POW
 Edward H.Hovde 2nd Lt    BOM   POW
 Robert L.McKnight T/Sgt   ROG   KIA (Crew #27)
 Trafford L.Curry T/Sgt       TTE  EVADEE
 Rudolph H.Harms S/Sgt     BTG   KIA
 Heber Hogge,Jr. S/Sgt     RWG   POW
 James M.Sides Sgt           LWG  POW 
 Donald E.Wise S/Sgt          TG  KIA

Barney Sutton, regular waist gunner on this crew, had flown six or seven missions when he received an appointment as an Aviation cadet. He returned to the U.S. and was replaced on the Crew by James Sides. Sutton became a navigator and, in the fall of 1944, returned to England for duty with the 398th Bomb Group. In a letter to this writer in 1979 Sutton had this to say, "The Esprit de Corp of the 398th was nothing to match the 100TH. However, at that time the 100TH had been shot down twice, and I feel sure the 398TH had suffered also." At the time of the 3 Sept.43 Paris mission, Derrell Piel was on sick leave and was replaced by Robert McKnight, the regular radio operator of crew #27 (Swartout Crew) .

Statement of Trafford Curry taken at Thorpe Abbotts in January 1944:

"I was in the top turret at the time we were hit amidships by flak from the Paris area. Our A/C left the formation in a steep dive and when it leveled off several thousand feet below I came out of my turret to see what was taking place. I quickly observed that the A/C was burning both in the bomb bay and the navigator's compartment. The A/C was very badly damaged and the fires were too far advanced to be extinguished. I put on my chute and when given the bail out order I tried to go out the navigator's hatch, but changed my mind when I saw the fire and smoke in that part of the A/C. I then went to the bomb bay and jumped through the flames that practically covered that area of the A/C. Just before I jumped I looked back and saw Lt.King and his co-pilot adjusting their chutes. After my chute opened I saw several other chutes come from my A/C, but never knew who they were. The A/C disappeared still in level flight and I learned later that it crashed in a field several miles away, still in level flight, but exploded soon after. I was not able to obtain any information about any of my crew members."

Plane was on bomb run when hit by flak and apparently lurched up and its right wing struck the tail section of A/C # 42-30059 flown by crew #23. Eyewitness accounts have some conflict but some said that bombs from #059 fell onto #089.

Heber Hogge is authority for information that Edward Hovde was wounded in left leg and had it amputated at hip. See M.A.C.R. #685 and #686 for more data on this crew.

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T/SGT D.C. BENNETT  Top Turret Engineer (WENT ON TO BECOME A TOGGELIER)


Date          Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target                                 CREW
3/3/1944   BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 240056 BERLIN (RECALL)                          LT KEEL
3/7/1944   BENNETT D.C. S/SGT TOG 66 WERL (SCRUBBED)                               LT MONRAD
3/8/1944   BENNETT D.C. S/SGT TOG 66 BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT                       LT MONRAD
3/9/1944   BENNETT D.C. S/SGT TOG 66 ORANIENBURG                                     LT MONRAD
3/13/1944 BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 30047 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)                 LT MASSOL
3/15/1944 BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 31767 BRUNSWICK                                   LT SHOENS
4/11/1944 BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 867 POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.                      LT LACY
5/1/1944   BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 39963 WIZERNES                                     LT SCHOMP
5/1/1944   BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 107007 SAARGUEMINES                            LT WOLDT           
5/8/1944   BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 31256 BERLIN                                          LT SCHOMP
5/8/1944   BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 37936 LAGLACERIE                                   LT SCHOMP
5/11/1944 BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 107007 LIEGE                                          LT WOLDT
5/12/1944 BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 107007 BRUX, OIL REFINERY                      LT WOLDT
5/13/1944 BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 32018 OSNABRUCK                                   LT WOLDT
5/19/1944 BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 107007 BERLIN                                         LT WOLDT
5/25/1944 BENNETT D.C. T/SGT TOG 31066 BRUSSELS                                       LT WOLDT

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T/SGT H.A. SMALLWOOD  LWG ( LATER TTE ON MONRAD, MASSOL CREWS)

Date          Last Name   Initial Rank   Position Aircraft Nbr Target                              CREW
3/7/1944   SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 66 WERL (SCRUBBED)                            LT MONRAD
3/8/1944   SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 66 BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT                    LT MONRAD
3/9/1944   SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 66 ORANIENBURG                                  LT MONRAD
3/13/1944 SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 66 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)                    LT MONRAD
3/15/1944 SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 66 BRUNSWICK                                      LT MONRAD
3/27/1944 SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX                 LT MONRAD
3/31/1944 SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 983 LUDWIGSHAVEN /RECALLED              LT MONRAD
4/7/1944   SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)                    LT MONRAD
5/1/1944   SMALLWOOD H.A. T/SGT TTE 38047 WIZERNES                                  LT MASSOL
5/1/1944   SMALLWOOD H.A. T/SGT TTE 31676 SAARGUEMINES                           LT SHOENS
5/19/1944 SMALLWOOD H.A. T/SGT TTE 38047 BERLIN                                        LT MASSOL
5/20/1944 SMALLWOOD H.A. T/SGT TTE 32018 BRUSSELS                                    LT MASSOL
5/27/1944 SMALLWOOD H.A. T/SGT TTE 31412 STRASSBOURG                             LT MASSOL
5/29/1944 SMALLWOOD H.A. T/SGT TTE 38047 LEIPZIG                                       LT MASSOL

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TAPS: ALBERT D. DAHLGREN
Albert Dahlgren died, November 30, 1993, of emphysema, in Vancover, Washington. He was the bombardier on one of the 100th's four original lead crews with Jack Swartout as pilot, Arch Drummond as co - pilot, and Lenord Bull as navigator; he flew most of his missons on their plane "Skipper." On 16 of his 25 missions, his plane lost one or more engines; his crew crash landed twice. He always said that his "finest hour was his work as Lead Bombardier in the bombing of Danzig, Poland." Winston Churchill called it, "the finest example of daylight precision bombing." After he left the service he bought a threater and several restaurants and taverns in Portland, OR. He was, for a time, the mayor of Ranier, Washington Mrs. Dahlgren writes that "Our trip to England for the 1983 dedication of the tower museum was the highlight of our travels." He was interred in Williamette National Cemetery,,,,PT JACK SW

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Taps:
HUGH A. SMALLWOOD, suddenly on 25 April, 1993, of a massive aneurism at his home in Loganville, GA. Hugh was a member of Jack Swartout's original Crew 27 from Wendover until they were disbanded at Thorpe Abbotts. "As assistant engineer and waist gunner, Hugh was a steadying force in the after end of 'Shack Rat' and 'Skipper.' " After the war, he worked for Lockheed in Marietta, GA, until his retirement when he settled in Loganville. He is survived by his wife Lois and son Danny. (Len Bull)  

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                                                    351st Bombardment Squadron (H) AAF
                                                                  Station 139

14 August 1943

SUBJECT:   Recommendation of Flight Officer.

TO:          Commanding Officer, AAF 139

   1.  Flight Officer Arch John Drummond, T-60796, has been a member of this organisation
since 6 March 1943, during which time he had acted in the capacity of co-pilot.

  2.  Based upon my observation of Flight Officer Drummond it it my opinion that both his character
and his performance of duty have been excellent. If commissioned as a 2nd Lt. I feel he will be a creidt to
himself and to the service.


                                                      Ollen Turner.
                                                      Capt., Air Corps,
                                                      Commanding     
       

CREW

2nd Lt   Raymond V.E.Monrad      P CPT UNK
2nd Lt   Claude E. Schindler        CP KIA 28 MAY 44  MADGEBURG
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 (lack of oxygen)
    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's Crew listed below 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

Subj: Todays Meeting (Lacy and others)  
Date: 3/14/2004 8:06:38 PM Pacific Standard Time 
From: B17TwinFifties 
To: MPFaley 
 
Mike,
 
  I checked Century Bombers and could find nothing about Lacy's crew as to when they became active with the 100th, just mentions his engineer being killed in April 44 and then being shot down in May.  But because of their crew number being lower and preceding Monrad/Drummonds crew number,  I still think they started before Dec. 43.  But Monrad is another name that doesn't show up in the 351st DIARY and I know they became active in Dec. 43 due to dating of the other records I have and the Mason Dixon pic and Lenfest being killed on his first mission on 4 Jan, 44 and then the crash on 24, Jan 44.  I also don't know for sure when Drummond took over the Monrad crew.  I only want to know due to curiosity but you, being the historian, may want to know since Monrad kept on flying and Drummond went over with the Original 100th.
  Below I have included a mission list, Jan. 44 only, for Guthrie Head who flew with my dad on his original crew with Drummond and is pictured with them.  This info might help you in some way research the other pilots for me when you have the time.  Notice he has no missions after 21 Jan 44 due to the 24 Jan 44 crash (not counted as a mission) and his son tells me he was one of the more badly injured.  He shows no missions for Feb., Mar., April, or May. But I think my dad was back flying again in March 44.  His (G. Head) next mission after Jan. was on D-day, 6 June 44.
   
    Guthrie Head 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)
 
  I remember sending you a lot of stuff on this guy at the request of his children but you might have it filed away DEEPER than mine was.
 
Ray Cary

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

"SKIPPER"of the 351st with her Jack R. Swartout crew; Standing from left; Dewey Christopher, Harry A. Bonn, John M. Delaney, Hugh H. Smallwood & Dorsett C. Bennett: Kneeling from left: Arch (Four Mile) Drummond, Ollen Turner, Jack R. Swartout, Albert D. Dahlgren & Leonard P. Bull. This is one of the 100th most famous crews, Swartout, it's pilot, is widely recognized as the 100th greatest combat leader. Detailed Information (from the collection of Bill Carleton)

 Col. Ollie Turner (2nd from left front) with the . Swartout Crew Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Jack R. Swartout Crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Courtesy of Bonn Family

 Jack R. Swartout Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

(Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

 NELSON KING A/C 231306. Photo showing vertical stabilizer and rudder damage received over Berlin, March 6, 1944. (Photo courtesy of Lt. Greasamar's son by way of Keith Buchanan) Lauro Crew information 

 NELSON KING A/C 231306. Photo showing vertical stabilizer damage received over Berlin, March 6, 1944. (Photo courtesy of Lt. Greasamar's son by way of Keith Buchanan) Lauro Crew information 

 NELSON KING A/C 231306 LD-V 

PFF “Island F for Fox” and "Old Dan Boone" was assigned at this point to 96th BG at snetterton Heath. MZ-F 297555. Snetterton Heath was homevto all 3rd AD PFF radar planes from April 44-early June 44
Lt Col John Bennett flew as Command Pilot in  "Old Dan Boone" on the March 8, 1944 mission to Berlin. As 13TH CBW LEAD w/CAPT. JACK SWARTOUT, LT LEONARD BULL-NAV LT CHARLIE STAPELTON-FORMATION OFFICER.  Lt Col Bennett will be awarded the Silver Star for this mission. 

 Lt Col John Bennett with Crew of "Old Dan Boone" PFF 297555 ( named Island F for Fox and "Old Dan Boone" (100th Photo Archives) This photo includes the crew that flew with John Bennett on March 8, 1944 mission to Berlin 08/03/44, 13TH CBW LEAD w/CAPT. JACK SWARTOUT, LT LEONARD BULL-NAV LT CHARLIE STAPELTON-FORMATION OFFICER.  John Bennett will 
 awarded the Silver Star for this mission. 

Nelson King after Berlin Mission on March 6, 1944.  Flown by Frank Lauro Crew with Jack Swartout flying as Command Pilot.  Taken to Honington for repairs. 

The first group of 100th Bomb Group personnel to receive the Air Medal (from the collection of John Luckadoo). 

Capt Jack Swartout Albert "Bucky" Elton (photo courtesy of Marylata Elton)

Pathfinder "Island F for Fox"/ "Old Dan Boone" flown by Lt Noble Crew was originally with the 96th Bomb Group, then transferred to the 13th CBW, 95th Bomb Group in June 1944 and lost with Lt Noble/Capt Floyd Mason Crew on July 28, 1944. (Photo Courtesy of the 95th BG Photo Archives, Phil Samponaro) 

Originally with 482nd BG (P) then transferred to 96th BG in April 44 - MZ-F 297555, then transferred to the 95th Bomb Group in June 1944. A/C carried nose art for  Old Dan Boone.

 

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