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LT  Merrill W. TOBUREN

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV

Article on Merrill W. Toburen (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
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Comments1: 21 JAN 45 MANNHEIM

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CREW


    Lt Carl J.Hedin                 P   NC
    Lt John S.Norton             CP  CT   2/10/44 KASSEL 
    Lt Merrill W.Toburen         N   CT   21/1/45 MANNHIEM (BRIDGES)
    Lt Everett E.Linn              B   CT   17/3/45 RUHLAND & PLAUEN
 S/Sgt Geor&e J.Robinson   R   KIA  31/12/44 HAMBURG
 S/Sgt James W.Shepard     E  KIA  31/12/44 HAMBURG
   Sgt Leo O.Murphy          BT  POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG
   Sgt Fred Horcasitas      WG  KIA  31/12/44 HAMBURG
   Sgt Frank S.Sauls        TG  POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG

351st Sqdn.  Crew,as above, appears as Crew #50 on Combat Crew Roster of 18/9/44. 
On 5/8/44 Norton was CP on the crew of N.P.Scott and Toburen was Nav on crew of J.P.Ernst.

The five above enlisted men were with the crew of Floyd E.Henderson on 31/12/44. Henderson, himself,was CP on the crew of R.L.Stevenson when that crew joined the 100th Group on 14/7/44. When this crew arrived at the 100th in late July 1944, the CP was 2nd Lt.Milton H. LaFranchi who Ct on 4/3/45. Also on the crew was Cpl. John R.Nickolls,a gunner.

MEMO 2:

MERRILL W. TOBUREN
1919 - 2015 |
MERRILL W. TOBUREN Obituary
Merrill Wayne "Mike" Toburen, 95, died Thursday, June 18, 2015 at his home. He was the ninth child of the eleven children born to Edward and Anna (Richter) Toburen on their homestead near Cleburne, Kansas. Mike was born on November 15, 1919, and was the last surviving member of his family. The family moved to an area near Colby, Kansas during the Depression. Mike graduated from Colby High School with honors in 1939. That summer the family relocated to Manhattan, Kansas where Edward and his brother John built houses. Mike attended Kansas State University until he enlisted for WWII where he served in the Air Corps as did four of his brothers. He was stationed in England with the 100th Bomb Group as a navigator for B- 17s. After the war he returned to Kansas State, graduated in the spring of 1948, and on August 10th married Martha Jane Adams. In 1953, Mike went to work for Colgate Palmolive in Kansas City, Kansas, retiring after 33 years as Personal Care Products Manager. Mike was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity. From 1961-63 he was a Merriam City Council member. Mike also served as a Boy Scout Committeeman, and Deacon & Elder at Overland Park Presbyterian Church. Mike is survived by Martha, his beloved wife of 66 years, and their four sons: Rev. Michael (Dr. Paulette Case) and their children Matthew (Denise Gagner) and their daughter, Willa; Elizabeth Smith and her sons, Henry & Nathan. Mark (Carol Salvo) and their children Andrew (Cristy Bettes) and their children Zachary, Tanner, Callie Jane; Stephen and his daughter, Bailey; and Christine Murray Marshall (Melissa Kehl) Also surviving are special cousins: Alan Fryer and sister, Kathryn (Fryer) Hoefer. A memorial service for Mike will be held Monday, 11:00am at Overland Park Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, KS, with a lunch in his honor following. The Amos Family Funeral Home, Crematory, Chapels. 913-631-5566 amosfamily.com
Published in Kansas City Star on June 21, 2015
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=merrill-w-toburen&pid=175124132&fhid=4643#sthash.jIRKcGFz.eYvxHSYj.dpuf

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Article on Merrill Toburen (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

Article on Merrill Toburen (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

Lt. Paul KRAMP Crew photo with THE ALL AMERICAN GIRL (courtesy of James Wainio, son of TTE T/Sgt Oliver E. Wainio) , Crew photo is dated Sept 8, 1944.  This is the picture ID L-R Standing. 

DATE                LAST   FIRST.  RANK  POSITION  TARGET        PLANE_NBR
9/8/1944		NEAL	L.J.	  S/SGT	BTG	          MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		BLAKE	F.E.	  S/SGT	TTE	  MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		KRAMP	P.A.	     LT	P	          MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		HAIRE	V.A.	    LT	CP	         MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		DEHN	A.E.	    LT	BOM	MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		TOBUREN M.W. LT	NAV	         MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		MARTINO W.C. S/SGT	TG	        MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		WAINIO	O.	  S/SGT	WG	        MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		OSUNA	R.	  S/SGT	ROG	MAINZ		37936

Lt. Paul KRAMP Crew photo with THE ALL AMERICAN GIRL (courtesy of James Wainio, son of TTE T/Sgt Oliver E. Wainio) , Crew photo is dated Sept 8, 1944.  This is the picture ID L-R Standing. 

DATE                LAST   FIRST.  RANK  POSITION  TARGET        PLANE_NBR
9/8/1944		NEAL	L.J.	  S/SGT	BTG	          MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		BLAKE	F.E.	  S/SGT	TTE	  MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		KRAMP	P.A.	     LT	P	          MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		HAIRE	V.A.	    LT	CP	         MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		DEHN	A.E.	    LT	BOM	MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		TOBUREN M.W. LT	NAV	     MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		MARTINO W.C. S/SGT	TG	        MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		WAINIO	O.	  S/SGT	WG	        MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		OSUNA	R.	  S/SGT	ROG	MAINZ		37936

 

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Crew 1

ID: 5189