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CAPT  Earl WILLIAMS

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: DATE & MISSION UNK (XFR TO 351ST BS AFTER 26 NOV 43)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Earl Flakked-Up Willie" Williams      P CPT   sn# 0-742919
2nd Lt Jean B.Pitner                              CP EVADEE 26/11/43 BREMEN
2nd Lt Arno E.Plischke                          NAV EVADEE 26/11/43 BREMEN
2nd Lt Arthur G.Bodei                          BOM POW   26/11/43 BREMEN
 T/Sgt Max S.Newman                          ROG KIA      26/11/43 BREMEN
 T/Sgt Andrew F.Hathaway                    TTE EVADEE 26/11/43 BREMEN
 S/Sgt George E.Jones                          BTG  KIA     26/11/43 BREMEN
 S/Sgt Leo J.Bianchi                              LWG POW   26/11/43 BREMEN
 S/Sgt Carl G. Glasmeier                         TG POW   26/11/43 BREMEN
 S/Sgt Delton L.King                              RWG EVADEE 26/11/43 BREMEN

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above, apparently joined the 100th Group in Nov 1943 as this is believed to be their first mission.
According to Glasmeier (31/3/90) Lt George W.Ford who had arrived at the 100th with his own crew on 12/9/43 was pilot of the above crew on 26/11/43 and became a POW.  After 26 Nov 43 mission, Lt Williams was assigned to the Crew of Lt John T. Griffin.  

2ND LT WILLIAMS FLEW AS CP ON THE JANSSEN CREW ON 3 MARCH 44 AND WITH THEM ON 4 MARCH 44 WHEN THEY COMPLETED THEIR 25TH MISSION.  THE TARGET WAS BERLIN.  LT WILLIAMS WOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO THE 351ST BS AFTER 26 NOV 43  AND WAS STILL ON BASE AS OF JULY 2, 1944.  HE WOULD GO ON TO BECOME A CAPT. AND COMPLETE HIS TOUR.  HE FLEW AS CP ON LT JOHN GRIFFIN CREW.  


INCOMPLETE MISSION LIST FOR CAPT. E.R. WILLIAMS: 

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
3/3/1944                 WILLIAMS   E.R.   LT   CP             BERLIN
3/4/1944                 WILLIAMS   E.R.   LT   CP             BERLIN
3/8/1944 67 126 WILLIAMS E.R. LT P 32018 BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/16/1944 22 130 WILLIAMS E.R. LT P 37936 AUGSBURG
3/17/1944 15 131 WILLIAMS E.R. LT P 36 MUNICH
3/18/1944 19 132 WILLIAMS E.R. LT P 36 MUNCIH
3/19/1944 19 133 WILLIAMS E.R. LT P 856 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 19 133 WILLIAMS E.R. LT P 856 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/22/1944 19 134 WILLIAMS E.R. LT P 31389 ORANIENBURG (BERLIN)
3/31/1944 64 139 WILLIAMS E.R. LT P 31256 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED


CREW on 26 NOV 43 mission to BREMEN

2ND LT GEORGE W. FORD          P POW 26 NOV 43 BREMEN
2ND LT JEAN B. PITNER           CP EVA 26 NOV 43 BREMEN (see lettter below)
2ND LT ARNO E. PLISCHKE      NAV EVA 26 NOV 43 BREMEN
2ND LT ARTHUR G. BODEI      BOM POW 26 NOV 43 BREMEN
T/SGT MAX S. NEWMAN         ROG KIA 26 NOV 43 BREMEN
T/SGT ANDREW F. HATHAWAY TTE EVA 26 NOV 43 BREMEN
S/SGT GEORGE E. JONES        BTG KIA 26 NOV 43 BREMEN
S/SGT LEO J. BIANCHI           LWG POW 26 NOV 43 BREMEN
S/SGT CARL G. GLASMEIER      TG POW 26 NOV 43 BREMEN
S/SGT DELTON L., KING         RWG EVA 26 NOV 43 BREMEN

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above, apparently joined the 100th Group in Nov 1943 as this is believed to be their first mission.  MACR # 1394, Microfiche # 464, A/C # 42-31215

EYEWITNESS: A/C # 215 was hit in # 2 engine when two FW 190s attacked the low squadron at 1045 hrs. Fell out of formation and dived for cloud cover.  E/A followed but P-47s came to the rescue.  A/C was seen from time to time flying below the formation.  At 1048 hrs one chute was seen and at 1103 hrs nine more chutes were seen. At 1105 hrs it hit the ground and exploded, near 49 32N and 02 00E.  During the last few minutes of flight fire spread over the entire left wing.

That Pitner % Plischke were successful evadees is evidenced by signing a report to the Adjutent General's office dated 5 Feb 44.  This same report indicates Andrew Hathaway also returned to duty also evading. The record for Denton King was an evadee rather than a POW.

This is remains some difficulty in determining G.W Ford's role with this crew.  (Letter to Jim Brown from Jean Pitner regarding this matter follows..

                                            

Dear Jim: ( 26 November 1990)

Forty seven years ago today, I was shot down.  Twenty seven days before that I signed in at the 100th. First, let me answer your specific question regarding Earl Williams and George Ford.  Earl was first pilot on my crew. I met him, as well as my navigator and bombardiar, at Walla Walla, Washington.  Earl was an "old timer".  He had been an enlisted radio operator in Hawaii before the peacetime draft and during the attack of December 7, 1941.  When I met him he was a 1st Lt., married and no children.  The rest of us had just graduated from flying schools; in my case "travel time" from Blackland AAB, Waco, Texas, to Moses Lake, Washington, then on to Walla Walla.

Earl and I flew a couple of local flights after we arrived at the 100th.  He, as well as all of the crew (except me), flew 
combat missions shortly after we arrived at the 100th. each of them flew with different crews at different times as substitutes on various crews

Our crew was scheduled to fly together for the first time on 26 November 1943.  I was not included.  An experienced multi missioned pilot would "check out the crew and sign off Earl as combat ready.  I do not know what happened during the night to change the plans, but I was awakened early in the morning and told that I would fly and Earl would not.  Earl was as surprised as I.

I met George Ford at briefing.  He was a captain, said very little, mentioned that he had flown fourteen (I think) missions. He also told me that this was a good starting mission for me (my first) and that it would be a "piece of cake" and a "milk run". The last time I saw George was as we were bailing out. I never believed, nor was I told, that George was a "new crew member" who would continue to fly with us.  I thought he was sort of a "check ride" for a new crew.  So much for George now back to Earl. The last time I saw Earl was when he came to London to make a personal identification of me for Army Intelligence. I recall that Earl had changed.  I thought he was "flak happy", and for a little while I thought he either did not know me, or would not make the identification.  He did, but the intelligence officers weren't satisfied.  Intelligence demanded two other officers from the 100th to come and make the identification. To shorten this phase, Intelligence had to accept Earl's ID because there were no officers in the 100th who knew me!
 

I haven't said anything about my escape from France, and that is not an oversight.  There are two reasons: 
 (1)  It has been proven that the longer the time from the combat experience, the greater the distortion in the way 
the person describes that experience.  If the action is told frequently, that too will alter the facts.  Often truth becomes fantasy. 
 Most are unaware of what has happened and actually believe they are recalling the combat experience exactly as it happened. 

 (2) Even if I could recount my escape in accurate detail, there is no way that I can separate a part from the whole.  I am certain 
that it would be effortless for me to write hundreds of pages, single spaced with narrow margins, and probably leave out 
something.  Even worse, I probably would exaggerate the facts.  It would be nothing but historical fiction at best.

Now you can understand why I opened this letter with those two observations, especially the forty seven years remark. 
 Come to think of it, I wonder what kind of a story I would tell about my last combat flying   three years in Vietnam, including all 
campaigns of the entire conflict?  This time I was shot up frequently, but not shot down.

I think that you have a difficult task before you in your research.  I suspect that time is running out.  Oddly, in my 33 
years of service, I've met only one person who was in the 100th.  I was lecturing at Brown University, Providence, RI, in 
the Fall of 1964, when I met a man named Brown.  He told me that he had been the historian of the 100th.  Coincidence? We talked 
at length, but we were not at the 100th at the same time.

I congratulate you on the work you are doing and hope you can bring the account to an end soon.  I know from personal 
experience how frustrating, tiring, and sometimes expensive research can be, especially oral and first person.  I know, 
too, the great satisfaction of completion.  I hope you experience that soon.

                                         Sincerely Yours,



                                          Jean Pitner


CREW

 2nd Lt John T.Griffin          P CPT
 2nd Lt Elbert W.Johnson  CP WIA  8 Oct 43-Bremen (transferred to non combat job after this mission)
 2nd Lt Thomas R.Kizak  NAV  CPT
 2nd Lt Edward L.Dunlap    BOM  CPT 
 T/Sgt Raymond M.Harjo   TTE  WIA  (Purple Heart awarded for  0ct. 8, 1943, returned to States)
 T/Sgt Roy O.Howell      ROG CPT
 S/Sgt Pascal A.Delpriorre   BTG  CPT 
 S/Sgt Berbard G.Siegel    WG CPT 
 S/Sgt Sldney L.Nicholas   WG NOC
 S/Sgt Warren G.Lush       TG EVADEE (15/9/43 with crew of A.M.Vetter)  Paris 

351st Sqdn. This crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 12/9/43. 
See photo of crew on p.212 of "CONTRAILS". Also see p.21/23 SOC .

Lt. Kizak appears on crew of R.V.Monrad on 8/3/44.

Wrote J.T.Griffin 20/3/84 and received reply 14/6/84. "  Nicholas did not complete tour,I do not know what happened to him. Harjo was returned to USA. Johnson was replaced on crew by Lt.Earl Williams and completed tour. Replacements on this crew were Don L.Pilgrim -WIA. Arthur L. Olson,and A. (Alfred??) Hunt who completed their tours. There positions not definetly but believe Pilgrim a TG and Hunt & Olson WGs.

2nd Lt. John T. Griffin with the 351st Sqdn. The plane was named the "Goin Jessies". My father Sgt. Arthur L. Olson flew with this crew October 1943 to July 5, 1944. He completed 28 Missions. 

Partial list of Missions Flown by Lt John Griffin Crew (from Frank Murphy book Luck of the Draw" mpf 2003)

1.   15/09/43   PARIS                           A/C 42-30087  "SHACK RAT"
2.   16/09/43   BORDEAUX/MERIGNAC    A/C 42-30358  "PHARTZAC" 
3.   23/09/43   VANNES                       A/C 42-30796   "SUNNY II" 
4.   26/09/43   PARIS                          A/C  42-3474    "KING BEE"
5.   02/10/43   EMDEN                         A/C  42-30796 "SUNNY II"
6.   08/10/43   BREMEN                       A/C  42-30796  "SUNNY II"


Subj: RE: Lt Griffin Crew  
Date: 5/17/2003 11:12:58 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: KOlson@HILLSCA.ORG 
To: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Michael:
 
I will speak with my Dad regarding your questions.  He did not talk about the war for many years and has opened up more during the last few.  He is celebrating his 90th birthday this August.  Dad was drafted from Minnesota where he grew up on a farm.  He was the only man out of about 30 from his area that was chosen to go Army Air Corps.  He attended gunnery school out of Nellis Air Force Base in Neveda I believe before he went overseas.  He states that he was one of two men from his specific class of gunnery mates that returned from Europe.  Do not know if this is correct.  He also said he was one of the older guys (29 years) on the plane.  I do know he took part in some of the first raids to hit Berlin.  He was also part of the group that participated in the "Shuttle" mission that bombed Germany on their way to Russia.  He said they then bombed Romainian oil fields and landed in Italy.  They then went from Italy back to England.  Dad said they awarded him three mission counts for this shuttle.  He also states that he was sent as a replacement crew and flew on some other planes but did most of his raids on the "Goin Jessies".  He confirmes the names and injuries of the crewmen listed.  Dad flew positions at Top Turret, Waist Gunner, and a couple of raids in the nose as a "toggler"?  He was at the airfield the day he left to watch the "Goin Jesses" land but it did not return!  He states that he spent another year after returning home assigned at Shunook Field teaching engineering mechanics (his plane stayed behind a few hours in Russia as they had to replace spark plugs in one of the engines).  Dad talks about Thorpes Abbott and how many of the bunks would be empty after raids and how they would get personal lockers together to send back to the states.  He says the weather was cold and foggy and how many missions were scrubbed or that our own aircraft would fly into one another as they were forming up to cross the channel.  He has also shared how cold it was at 35,000 feet having no windows on the side gun openings and the frostbite he would get.  He also talks about the P51 Mustangs with their extended fuel tanks and how vulnerable he felt when they would have to turn back to England.  I know you have heard many of the same stories.  I will talk with Dad and get this information in a better format to send to you.  Give me just a little time.  I will be joining the 100th foundation with my personal address.  It is easier for me to break mailing information down and present it to Dad since he has lost much of his reading sight.  I know that to this day his year with the 100th is probably one the most significant time periods in his life.  Do you know if any members of this crew are registered with the foundation?  I will talk to you soon and thank you for your timely response.  
 
Kim Olson

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Lt Earl Williams Crew with Lt Ford as pilot 

Donald H. Moede Crew; Following airmen are L-R Standing: UKN, Michael J. Gillen, William S. Humphrey, Bruce E. Alshouse,Art Gibbons, Theodore J. Don, Don H. Moede and one member kneeling identified as Earl R. Williams (far right) .   Detailed Information   (100th Photo Archives)

John T. Griffin Flight Crew (left to right)
Kneeling: 2nd Lt. Thomas R. Kizak (NAV), Capt. John T. Griffin (P)
2nd Lt. Earl Williams (CP), 2nd Lt. Edward L. Dunlap (BOM)
Standing: Sgt. Arthur L. Olson, S/Sgt. Pascal A. Delpriorre (BTG), Sgt. A. M. Hunt
T/Sgt. Roy O. Howell (ROG), Sgt. Don L. Pilgrim (TG), S/Sgt. Benard G. Siegel (WG)
Photo courtesy of Gary Pilgrim (son)  

Display at Delton King Memorial 

 

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