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S/SGT  Carroll W. BROOKS

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

 S/Sgt. Carroll Brooks, Waist Gunner on the Julian P. Rogers crew. Rogers crew information. (Photo courtesy of Jim Kendall, son of Richard L. Kendall) 

SERIAL #: STATUS: REC
MACR:

Comments1: 19 MAY 44 BERLIN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT JULIAN P."BUCK"ROGERS                P REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN
2ND LT ROBERT B. LAWLER                     CP REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN
2ND LT FREDERICK A. MEAD, JR.              NAV REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN WOUNDED IN ACTION
2ND LT BERTRAM C. LIBERMAN                BOM REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN
S/SGT RICHARD LLOYD "DICKIE" KENDALL TTE REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN
S/SGT THOMAS S. GURALSKI                 ROG REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT RUSSEL E. GATELY, JR.                     BTG REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN  TAPS:18 DEC 1985
SGT CARROLL W. BROOKS                    RWG REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN
SGT CLARENCE F. CHERRY                      LWG REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN                 A/C "ROGERS RAIDERS"
SGT ALFONSE R. FIORE                           TG REC 19 MAY 44 BERLIN                NO. 42-37807

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 12 APR 1944.

The following is a journal that my Father Richard "Dickie" L. Kendall kept of his training and combat missions in WWII.  He was the Top Turret Engineer aboard the Rogers Raiders B-17, which was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group, 350th Bomb Squadron.  All notes in parentheses were provided by me.

-Jim Kendall- 

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“MEMORIES”
My schoolhood days I see again,
 and sadly with the view,
As I leave my friends with a shake of the hand, 
 There is sorrow in it too.

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Name:  Pfc. Dickie L. Kendall
School:  Amarillo Technical Training
Date of Graduation: Aug. 27th 1943  (Note:  The month is probably an error.)   

Sept 22, 1943
Dickie Kendall 
Autographs of the best damn bunch of boys that ever attended school together.  “I will remember them all.”

Sept. 23, 1947
To Dickie
I hope our friendship will always be the same.  Look me up in Bklyn.
Frank Lodato
405 Schenck Ave
Brooklyn, N.Y.

9-22-43
Carmine J Massaro
One of the Five
Brooklyn, New York

Sept. 22, 1943
A Virginia Rebel & a New York Yankee the best of friends.  Luck to always & anywhere.
Your Pal,
Greg Aversa
Utica, N.Y.

Brian Donlevy  (Note:  This was an autograph obtained from Waldo Brian Donlevy.  He was the stepfather of Bela Lugosi Jr and a movie star in the 1920s-1940s.)

9/22/43
Ye Ole Southerner –
Hey, Dickie – no foolin you're one guy who has made this army life a lot more interesting – you – the Challenger – always ready to Challenge – me – the Champ F.O. – Always a hopeless – but – game try – & you've been fun with the oblong ball – what a kicker.
A friend
John Carl
1412 Denver St
Salt Lake City, Utah

9-23-43
Good Luck, you gold brickin rebel.
Bob Bourget
633 Emerson Ave.
Detroit 15, Michigan

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11-27-43
Kingman, Arizona
To the Gunner from Virginia, with college knowledge, here’s wishing you the best of luck – and plenty of zeroes.
Ye ole Pal,
Ernie Harper  (Note:  Mr. Harper passed away on 1 Feb 2010 in Roseville, CA.)
Rt 1 Box 194
Sanger, California

Nov. 28, 1943
Kendall for these few weeks we have been together I have found you to be a swell and dependable guy.  I wish you the best of luck always.
Marvin Handley  
Savannah, Tenn
R. # 1.
(Note:  Marvin Handley ended up as a tail gunner aboard the Piccadilly Ann II, 42-102651, assigned to the 447th Bomb Group.)

Nov. 28, 1943
Best of luck Kendall & I still want to know when my furlough is.
Yours,
Charles G. Hicks
3001-Twelfth St.
Detroit, 16
Michigan 

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March 11, 1944
Avon Park
Here’s to Kendall, the guy with the 1-A Body and the 4-F Mind.  May you have the world of luck in the next eight months, & I’m sure you’ll need it.
C.W. Brooks
2411 Brasher Ave.
Nashville 6, Tenn.
Tele. 2-5714

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OVERSEAS OF T/SGT. D.L. KENDALL
PRIVATE - PERSONAL

Mar. 31st 44 Sailed from the harbor of New York.  Destination unknown.

April 2nd 44 Have been at sea for two days.  Sailed down by the coast of Florida.

April 7th 44 Arrived at Glasgow Scotland.  Going by train to England.

April 10th 44 Arrived at the field of Diss.  Will be my permanent base until I leave England.

April 20th 44 Have been training intensely.  Will go into combat any day now.

April 21st 44 Lost ten of my buddies today.  Plane crashed on takeoff.  Two hours later they were taken from burning plane.  What was left of them could be put in a gallon bucket.  Listed killed in action – will be buried tomorrow.  I wonder who will be next?

April 23rd 44 Jerry came over last night and bombed our field.  I was knocked from bed while I slept.  We are constantly being bombed.

MISSIONS BEGIN:

1.   April 26th 44 Bombed Brunswick located in Northeastern Germany, over 600 B-17s aided by fighter planes unloaded their bombs.  I saw only two of our planes shot down.

2.   April 27th 44 Bombed Distross located in northern France.  Our ship was hit by flak in two places.  No one hurt.  All ships returned safely.

3.   April 27th 44 Bombed Flottemanville located in western France.  Lost two planes.  One went down in flames.  Was my second mission for today.  (Note:  The Rogers Raiders crew was assigned to the Fletcher's Castoria B-17 for this mission.  This was probably due to the flak damage sustained in their first mission that day.)

4….April 29th 44 Bombed Berlin capitol of Germany.  Flak was the worst that I have ever seen.  It seemed impossible to get through it.  Enemy fighter planes battled formation after formation of our planes.  It lasted for 1 ½ hours.  We lost 63 bombers and 14 fighter planes.  Thank God that our plane came back alright.  (Note:  The Rogers Raiders crew was assigned to the Fletcher's Castoria B-17 for this mission.)

5.    May 1st 44 Bombed Roven located in western France.  Saw very little flak.  We lost no planes. 
5/1/1944 54 110 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97621 WIZERNES

      May 3rd 44 Today is Wednesday my first anniversary.  Married one year.  I haven’t been with my wife as much as I have wanted to.  I promised her that I would write her today.  Although I would like to I can’t.  God, if she only knew what I was going through.

6.   May 7th 44 Bombed Berlin capitol of Germany.  The flak was as bad as ever.  I don’t know why I worry so much about it.  It only takes one piece in the right place.  We only lost 8 planes.  We only had 4 holes in ours.
5/7/1944 54 111 ROGERS J.P. LT P BERLIN

7.   May 8th 44 Today another one of our crews didn’t return.  They were shot down in France.  That makes only 6 crews left out of the 8 that came over from Avon Park.  I guess we have been pretty lucky in my crew with no one being hurt yet.
5/8/1944 54 112 ROGERS J.P. LT P BERLIN & LAGLACERIE

8.    May 9th 44 Bombed Laon Air-Drome located in northeastern France.  There wasn’t much flak.  Our plane was hit only twice.  Damage very light.
5/9/1944 54 114 ROGERS J.P. LT P 31537 RANDIE LOU  LAON/COUVRON; ANTHIES

9.  May 11th 44 Bombed Liege railroad marshaling yards located in northeastern Belgium.  Tore the hell out of the target.  Flak was as bad as ever.  We lost no planes.
5/11/1944 54 115 ROGERS J.P. LT P 31049 SUPERSTITIOUS ALOYSIOUS LIEGE

10.  May 12th 44 Bombed Brux synthetic oil plant.  Located in northeastern Czechoslovakia.  Flak wasn’t bad but we ran into enemy fighter planes which was worse.  We lost 42 bombers and 14 fighters.  I saw four planes shot down in flames in about two minutes.
5/12/1944 54 116 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97154 OUR BABE HUTCHIE BRUX, OIL REFINERY

11.   May 13th 44 Bombed Osnabruck railroad marshaling yard.  Located in northeastern Germany.  Flak was heavy.  I saw no planes go down.  It was my tenth mission.  Only 20 more to go and then, HOME.
5/13/1944 54 117 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97090 WHO DONE IT OSNABRUCK

(Note:  The Rogers Raiders B-17 was shot down 19 May 1944 on its 11th mission (Dicky did not credit April 27 as two missions in his log….MPF).  By the time the crew was rescued and repatriated to England by a Danish fishing boat, several days had passed.  They had been presumed dead so upon arrival at their barracks they were surprised to see it had been cleared out and made ready for the next crew.  Kendall's foot locker containing his journal was returned home.  He didn't keep a log of his remaining missions.)   

12.    5/19/1944 54 118 ROGERS J.P. LT P 37807 ROGERS' RAIDERS BERLIN

ON THE RETURN FLIGHT FROM BERLIN (19 MAY 44) THIS AIRCRAFT HAD THREE ENGINES KNOCKED OUT BY EAC.  ROGERS DITCHED IN THE NORTH SEA (5448N AND 0730E) AT 1625 HOURS BRITISH SUMMER TIME.  AT INITIAL IMPACT THE TAIL BROKE AWAY, THE SECOND IMPACT RESULTED IN WATER ENTERING THE WAIST DOOR AND CAMERA WELL AND SLIGHTLY INJURING TWO CREW MEMBERS.  ALL EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT WAS LOST,BUT A AIRBOUNE LIFE BOAT WAS DROPPED AND THE CREW HAD NO  TROUBLE GETTING UNDERWAY.THEY WERE RESCUED 26 HOURS LATER BY A DANISH FISHING BOAT; THEN TRANSFERRED TO A HIGH SPEED BRITISH LAUNCH.

SEE "THEY NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD" page 118/119 FOR A GOOD ACCOUNT OF THIS OPERATION.  Jb

13    6/6/1944 54 -132 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97829 REGAL EAGLE      OUISTREHAM
14.   6/6/1944 54 -132 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97829 REGAL EAGLE      FALAISE   
15.   6/7/1944 54 -135 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97621 NO NAME           NANTES (BRIDGES)
16. 6/20/1944 38 -143 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924 PARTY TONIGHT FALLERSLEBEN
17. 6/21/1944 38 149 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924  PARTY TONIGHT RUHLAND             (START OF RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
18. 6/26/1944 38 149 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924  PARTY TONIGHT DROHOBYCZ         (RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
19.   7/3/1944 39 151 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924  PARTY TONIGHT ARAD (RUMANIA)   (RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
20.   7/5/1944  153 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924     PARTY TONGHT  BEZIER (FROM ITLAY) (RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
21.   7/7/1944  155 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924     PARTY TONIGHT BOHLEN/MERSEBURG
22.   7/8/1944 38 156 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924 PARTY TONIGHT  CLAMECY-JOLGYN
23. 7/11/1944 38 157 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924 PARTY TONIGHT  MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
24. 7/12/1944 38 158 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924 PARTY TONIGHT  MUNICH (IND. AREA)
25. 7/13/1944 38 159 ROGERS J.P. LT P 102958   NO NAME         MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
26. 7/14/1944 38 160 ROGERS J.P. LT P 32009 BLACK CAT 13      SOUTH OF FRANCE
27. 7/17/1944 38 161 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924 PARTY TONIGHT  AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
28. 7/18/1944 38 162 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924 PARTY TONIGHT  KIEL & HEMMINGSTADT
29. 7/19/1944 38 163 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924 PARTY TONIGHT  SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
30. 7/20/1944 38 164 ROGERS J.P. LT P 97924 PARTY TONIGHT  MERSEBURG
31. 7/21/1944 38 165 ROGERS J.P. LT P                                       REGENSBURG
32. 7/28/1944 38 168 ROGERS J.P. LT P 37882 HAPPY-GO-LUCKY MERSEBURG
33. 7/29/1944 38 169 ROGERS J.P. LT P 37882 HAPPY-GO-LUCKY MERSEBURG


My Dad William Garland Jarrell (nick name Easy) flew thirty two missions with the 100th Bomb Group (Heavy). He was a spare gunner. Aircraft he Flew on was Rogers Raiders, Messy Bessy, Big Casino, Little Casino, Royal Flush and his last aircrat was Heaven Sent. He was Ball Turret gunner on Rogers Raiders, and Heaven Sent. He was a waist gunner on Messy Bessy, Royal Flush, and BIG and Little Casino. As soon as I get my scanner working I'll send you some Pics. My Dad earn the DFC and had 3.5 kills. ..Bill Jarrell Jr.

Dad was a spare gunner before being assigned to Lt T.I. Anderson's Crew. He Bailed out of Lil' Casino when it ditched after being shot down over Holland. Only mission he flew on it as a waist gunner. (mentions he flew twice in this ship down below?)
My dad's first 5 missions were on Roger's Raider, then that crew went home. All were as a waist gunner.

He Flew to the following targets: Germany: Berlin, Bremen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Magdeburg, Merseburg, Munich, Munster, Regensburg, Schweinfurt, Stuttgart, and Wilhelmshaven. France: Brest, Normandy, St. Nazaire, and Near St. Lo. Norway: Trondheim. Russian Shuttle Mission:  Poltava(sp), after dropping arms in Poland.

Bombers he was a spare Gunner on: 418th: Royal Flush (2:waist), Messie Bessie (1;Waist): 350th: Rogers Raiders (5; Waist), Lil' Casino (2;Waist), Big Casino (2; Ball Turret), Fireball Empress (2; Ball Turret), Fireball Express (2; Tail, Waist), and Heaven Sent (14; Ball Turret), Fletcher's Castoria (1;waist)He thinks this is right, the only two he was sure of was Rogers Raiders and Heaven sent. He said the numbers should be right for the others but wasn't sure.

Bill Jarrell

In a conversation with William Jarrell,(May 2003) he states he came to the 100th BG in the Quartermaster Corp and then took up gunnery practice at the base.  He was assigned in November 1943.  According to Bill, he took over the waist gun postion in Lt Julian P. Rogers Crew for the last five missions in July of 1944.  He also mentions that he flew on Aircraft Big Casino (which had a 10 of Diamonds as nose art) and LiL Casino (which had a 2 of Spades as noseart).  He then was assigned to Lt T.I.Anderson Crew as BTG in August 1944…(mpf 2003)


---> SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: James Lloyd Kendall
EMAIL: jameslkendall@aol.com
PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)
INTEREST: I am the veteran's child

TAPS REPORT
VETERAN: Richard Lloyd "Dickie" Kendall
DATE OF DEATH: 04/28/2006
FAMILY CONTACT: 602 Hanson Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-038

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The 350th "ROGERS RAIDERS" crew: Kneeling from left: Thomas S. Guralski - ROG, Russel E. Gately - BTG, Richard L. Kendall - TTE, Carrell W. Brooks - RW, Clarence F. Cherry - LW and Alfonso R. Fiore - TG: Standing from left: Frederick A. Mead - NAV, Julian P. Rogers - P, Robert B. Lawler - CP and Bertram C. Liberman - BOM. This is a storied 100th crew with some crewmen surviving many hours in the North Sea. See the web pages for Crews for more information.         (100th Photo Archives)

 

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