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CAPT  Randall T. CHADWICK

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

 Randell T. Chadwick - 350th Pilot Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Randall Chadwick - P (aka The Duke of Clayborne Parish) photo Courtesy of David Gibson

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (CREW 51 PL 31220)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT  RANDALL T. CHADWICK              P NOC
2ND LT WILLIAM T. "BUZZ" FITZROY      CP POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (OWN CREW)
2ND LT JACK E. LONGENECKER            NAV CPT 21 JUL 44 REGENSBURG
2ND LT JOSEPH A. CARTY                BOM CPT 19 JUL 44 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
S/SGT EDWIN E. POSTEL                  TTE CPT 21 JUL 44  REGENSBURG
S/SGT JOHN J. GOOD                     ROG CPT 21 JUL 44  REGENSBURG
    SGT GEORGE A. BENEDICT            BTG CPT 21 JUL 44  REGENSBURG
    SGT DELBERT J.H.BRUNS              RWG CPT 25 JUL 44  ST LO
    SGT AUSTIN B. ROBERTS              LWG CPT 21 JUL 44  REGENSBURG (finishes missions as TG on Lt Fitzroy Crew)
    SGT PHILIP K. TROETSCHEL             TG CPT 25 JUL 44  ST LO            (flew 5 missions as LWG on Lt Fitzroy Crew)

350th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 24 Feb 1944.  Crew Flew A/C 42-31537, LN-S RANDIE LOU
Crew Rosters of Mar 3 & 4, 1944 shows Lt Kroske (from Lt Gough Crew) flying as co-pilot of this crew.

Missions for Capt. Randall Chadwick

          Date     Aircraft Nbr & Name                            Target
1.     3/3/1944 3413  LN-V HARD LUCK                       BERLIN- Lt Kronske is copilot
2.     3/4/1944 3413  LN-V HARD LUCK                       BERLIN- Lt Kronske is copilot
3.     3/6/1944 3413  LN-V HARD LUCK                       BERLIN- Lt Cryan is copilot (from Capt. Mark Cope Crew)
      3/13/1944 39830                                              NOBALL  (SCRUBBED)- Lt Gough is Pilot
      3/15/1944 31968                                              BRUNSWICK-Lt Kronske is Pilot)
      3/16/1944 3413  LN-V HARD LUCK                       AUGSBURG- Lt Kronske is Pilot and finishes his tour.      
      3/31/1944 31981 LN-E                                       LUDWIGSHAFEN/RECALLED
4.     4/1/1944 3413  LN-V HARD LUCK                       LUDWIGSHAFEN
        4/7/1944 3413  LN-V HARD LUCK                       QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
5.     4/8/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     QUACKENBRUCK
6.     4/9/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     KRZESINKI (POSEN)
7.   4/10/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
8.   4/13/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     AUGSBURG
9.   5/20/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     BRUSSELS
10. 5/23/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     TROYES
11. 5/24/1944 31220 LN-P FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II   BERLIN
12. 5/27/1944 31537 LN-S RANDEI LOU                     STRASBOURG
13. 5/28/1944 102695 LN-F                                      MAGDEBURG
14. 5/29/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     LEIPZIG
15. 5/31/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     OSNABRUCK
16.   6/2/1944 31987 LN-A THE LITTLE SKIPPER         BOULOGNE
17.   6/5/1944 31220 LN-P FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II   BOULOGNE
18.   6/6/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     OUISTREHAM
19.   6/6/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     FALAISE
20.   6/7/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     NANTES (BRIDGES)
21.   6/8/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     TOURS (BRIDGES)
22. 6/20/1944 31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                     FALLERSLEBEN
21  6/21/1944   31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU                       RUHLAND (START OF RUSSIAN SHUTTLE) ran out of gas and landed near Kiev. 
                                                                                               Aircraft and Crew returned by Air Transport Command (ATC)

Note:  This is Lt William Fitzroy's original crew, which was shot down at Merseburg 29 Jul 44.

Lt. William T. "Buzz" Fitzroy           P   POW was on 35th mission
Lt. Robert Dykeman                   CP   KIA    Killed by German civilians, hanged (from Lt Gibbons Crew)
Lt. Floyd  F. Hartman               NAV   POW  (from 2nd Lt.Martin Tashjian Crew) 
 T/Sgt Floyd O. Douglas         TOGG   KIA    Killed by German civilians, hanged  (from 2nd Lt.Martin Tashjian Crew)
 T/Sgt Carmine V. Roberto       ROG   KIA    Killed by 20mm shell (from Lt Gibbons Crew)
 T/Sgt Ira L. Arnold                 TTE   KIA    Killed by German civilians, hanged (from Lt Gibbons Crew)
 S/Sgt Bernard L. Spragg          BTG   POW  (from Lt Gibbons Crew)
   Sgt Frank  W. Buschmeier      WG   POW  (from Lt Gibbons Crew
   Sgt Joseph P. O' Donnell        TG    POW  (from Lt Shelly Crew)

This appears to be  a "Pick - Up" crew.  A/C 42-31537 LN-S "Randie Lou"  Plane was named by Lt Randell Chadwick after his Daughter (she was named after Randell and his Wife Louise "Randie Lou")

W.T. FITZROY STATED HE SAW 12 AMERICANS HANGED AND SHOT BY THE GERMANS ON 29 JUL 44; AMONG THEM WERE DYKEMAN, ARNOLD, AND  FLOYD DOUGLAS.
 
Lt Dykeman, T/Sgt Arnold, Buschmeier, T/Sgt Carmine Roberto, Sgt Frank Buschmeier and S/Sgt Bernard Spragg were from Lt John P.Gibbons crew.  Lt Hartman and T/Sgt Douglas from Lt Martin Tashjian Crew, Sgt  O'Donnell from Lt J.M.Shelly crew and of course Fitzroy was the original co-pilot of the Randel T. Chadwick crew when it joined the 100th on 24 Feb 1944.  

On July 29, 1944, for the second day in a row, B-17's set out for the oil plant at Merseburg.  The formation was led by 1st Lt Herbert Howard and Austin Dunlap on a faulty course which went over Leipzig.  The 100th "A" Group followed the 390th BG.  The formation flew on a southernly course towards Merseburg and was hit in a barrage of extremely heavy flak.  In the next few minutes, the low squadron of the 100th Lead was hard hit, losing 5 of 6 B-17's. Crew members believe FW 190's and ME 109's wee radioing the formations altitude while flying in their own flak.  The "A" Group dropped wide, "B" Group hit the target.  The entire low squadron of the 100th "A" Group failed to return.  There was a 6 8/10th's cloud cover at the target.  The lead A/C was hit by flak before the target causing a formation breakup and many stragglers.  All were presumable lost to enemy fighters after passing over targets of opportunity. Witnesses: Lt Kasselbaum and Lt George Allen reported Lt Fitzroy's A/C blowing up after being hit.  German records indicate that 5 bodies were recovered.

EYEWITNESS:  "No specific information concerning the loss of this A/C is available. The formation leader for this squadron suffered flak damage prior to the target and was forced to jettison his bombs. This may have led to the beaking up of the formation for all became more of less stragglers. All were lost, presumaby to E/A after passing over the target of opportunity."
    Floyd F. Hartman

Hartman's statement  also indicates S/Sgt Carmine V. Roberto was killed before the crew bailed out over Leipzig at approx. 1045 hours.  Lt Fitzroy stated that he had seen 12 Americans Hanged and shot by Germans on the 29th of July, 1944.  Lt Dykeman, T/Sgt Douglas and T/Sgt Ira Arnold  were among them

Missions of Lt Fitzroy from Ops.  
                 Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
         3/13/1944 51 128 FITZROY W T LT CP 39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)               Lt Gough is Pilot 
1.      3/15/1944 51 129 FITZROY W T LT CP 31968 BRUNSWICK                                 Lt Kronske is Pilot 
2.      3/16/1944 51 130 FITZROY W T LT CP 3413 AUGSBURG                                    Lt Kronske is Pilot 
         3/31/1944 51 139 FITZROY W T LT CP 31981 LUDWIGSHAFEN/RECALLED
3.        4/1/1944 51 140 FITZROY W T LT CP 3413 LUDWIGSHAFEN
           4/7/1944 51 141 FITZROY W T LT CP 3413 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
5.        4/8/1944 51 142 FITZROY W T LT CP 31537 QUACKENBRUCK
6.        4/9/1944 51 143 FITZROY W T LT CP 31537 KRZESINKI (POSEN)
7.      4/10/1944 51 144 FITZROY W T LT CP 31537 RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
8.      4/13/1944 51 147 FITZROY W T LT CP 31537 AUGSBURG
9.      5/20/1944 51 119 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 BRUSSELS
10.    5/23/1944 51 120 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 TROYES
11.    5/24/1944 51 121 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31220 BERLIN
12.    5/27/1944 51 123 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 STRASBOURG
13.    5/28/1944 51 124 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 102695 MAGDEBURG
14.    5/29/1944 51 125 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 LEIPZIG
15.    5/31/1944 51 127 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 OSNABRUCK
16.      6/2/1944 51 128 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31987 BOULOGNE
17.      6/5/1944 51 131 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31220 BOULOGNE
18.      6/6/1944 51 -132 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 OUISTREHAM
19.      6/6/1944 51 -132 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 FALAISE
20,      6/7/1944 51 -135 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 NANTES (BRIDGES)
21.      6/8/1944 51 -136 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 TOURS (BRIDGES)
22.    6/20/1944 35 -143 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 FALLERSLEBEN
23.    7/13/1944 35 159 FITZROY W.T. LT CP 31537 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
24.    7/17/1944 35 161 FITZROY W.T. LT P 32009 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY  Lt Fitzroy's 1st mission as Pilot
25.    7/18/1944 35 162 FITZROY W.T. LT P 102958 KIEL & HEMMINGSTADT
26.    7/19/1944 35 163 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
27.    7/20/1944 35 164 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 MERSEBURG
28.    7/21/1944 35 165 FITZROY W.T. LT P 32009 REGENSBURG
29.    7/24/1944 35 166 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
30.    7/25/1944 35 167 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
31,    7/28/1944 35 168 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 MERSEBURG
32.    7/29/1944 35 169 FITZROY W.T. LT P 31537 MERSEBURG                        Shot Down

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS LT WILLIAM FITZROY:
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
AIR MEDAL WITH 3 OAK LEAF CLUSTERS
DISTINGUISHED UNIT CITATION (BERLIN MISSIONS MARCH 4-8, 1944)
3 BATTLE STARS TO ETO RIBBON
   AIR OFFENSIVE EUROPE
   NORMANDY CAMPAIGN
   NORTHERN FRANCE CAMPAIGN

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CREW

2ND LT JOHN P. GIBBONS                      P CPT (FLEW TWO TOURS - CPT SECOND TOUR IN APR 1945)
2ND LT ROBERT DYKEMAN                 CP KIA   29 JUL 44  MERSEBURG  (Hanged by Civilians)
2ND LT EVERETT M. JOHNSON           NAV CPT   21 JUL 44  REGENSBURG
2ND LT MAURICE H. CAIN                   BOM POW 28 APR 44 SOTTEVAST (WITH CAPT LAKIN AND COL KELLY) 
2ND LT STERLING B. BLAKEMAN          BOM NOC
PVT EDWARD WALKER, JR                  ROG KIA   19 MAR 44 MARQUIS/ MIMOYQUE (NO BALL)
S/SGT IRA L. ARNOLD                         TTE KIA   29 JUL 44  MERSEBURG (hanged by Civilians)
SGT BERNARD L. SPRAGG                    BTG POW  29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
SGT MYRON J. ETTUS                        RWG CPT
SGT FRANK W. BUSCHMEIER               LWG POW  29 JUL 44  MERSEBURG
SGT ARCHIE W. BUNTING                   TG RFS REMOVED FROM FLYING STATUS

350TH SQDN… CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 24 FEB 1944.
DYKEMAN, ARNOLD, BUSCHMEIRER, AND SPRAGG WERE WITH THE CREW OF W.T. FITZROY ON 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG MISSION.

IN MARCH 1944 DURING A NOBALL MISSION, AN 88MM MADE A DIRECT HIT AND TORE THE ENTIRE FLOOR AND RIGHT SIDE OF THE RADIO  ROOM AWAY. ED WALKER WAS BLOWN OUT BY THE EXPLOSION.  S/SGT CARMINE ROBERTO REPLACED ED WALKER ON THIS CREW AND WAS KIA WITH THE W.T. FITZROY CREW ON 29 JUL 44.

MEMO 2:

1	3/2/44	3413  LN-V HARD LUCK	CHARTRES, FRANCE
2	3/3/44	3413  LN-V HARD LUCK	BERLIN
3	3/4/44	3413  LN-V HARD LUCK	BERLIN
4	3/6/44	3413  LN-V HARD LUCK	BERLIN
5	3/8/44	3413  LN-V HARD LUCK	BERLIN
6	3/16/45	3413  LN-V HARD LUCK	AUGSBURG, GERMANY
7	4/1/44	3413  LN-V HARD LUCK	LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY
8	4/8/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	QUACKENBRUCK, GERMANY
9	4/10/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE (FRANCE)
10	4/13/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	AUGSBURG, GERMANY
11	4/18/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	BERLIN, GERMANY
12	4/19/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	LIPPSTADT, GERMANY
13	4/20/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	CHERBOURG (PENIA)
14	4/22/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	HAMM, GERMANY
15	4/24/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	FREDRICSHAFEN, GERMANY
16	5/7/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	BERLIN, GERMANY
17	5/20/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
18	5/23/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	TROYES, FRANCE
19	5/24/44	31220 LN-P FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II	BERLIN, GERMANY
20	5/27/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	STRASBOURG, FRANCE
21	5/28/44	102695 LN-F (No Name)	MAGDEBURG, GERMANY
22	5/29/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	LEIPZIG, GERMANY
23	5/31/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	OSNABRUCK, GERMANY
24	6/2/44	31987 LN-A THE LITTLE SKIPPER 	PARIS, FRANCE
25	6/5/44	31220 LN-P FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II	BOULOGNE, FRANCE
26	6/6/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	OUISTREHAM/FALAISE/LeHVRE BEACH (FRANCE)
27	6/7/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	NANTES, FRANCE 
28	6/8/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	TOURS, FRANCE (LeHAVRE BEACH)
29	6/18/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	KAISER WILHELM CANAL
30	6/20/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	FALLERSLEBEN
31	6/21/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	RUHLAND (GERMANY)
32	7/13/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	MUNICH, GERMANY
33	7/17/44	32009 BLACK CAT 13	AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY (FRANCE)
34	7/18/44	42-102958 (No Name)	KIEL & HEMMINGSTADT (GERMANY)
35	7/19/44	31537 LN-S RANDIE LOU	SCHWEINFURT & DUREN, GERMANY

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 "RANDIE LOU" with 18 Bombs and 2 Swastikas to her credit. (100th Photo Archives) 
Rear: Roberts, Chadwick, Bruns, Postel, and Fitzroy....
Front: Benedict, Troetschel, Good, and Carty

Capt Randall Chadwick Crew:
Courtesy of David Gibson 

Randall Chadwick - P
William Buzzy Fitzroy - CP/P
Josephy Carty - Bom
Jack Longenecker - Nav
Edwin Postel - TTE
John Good - ROG
George Benedict - BTG
Delbert Bruns - WG
Austin Roberts - WG
Philip Troetschel - TG

 William T. "Buzz" Fitzroy crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Randell T. Chadwick crew: (Left to Right), Delbert J. H. Burns, Edwin E. Postel, Randell T. Chadwick, William T. Fitzroy, Joseph A. Carty, George A. Benedict, Philip K. Troetschel, John J. Good, Jack E. Longenecker, and Austin B. Roberts. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Joseph A. Carty, Randell T. Chadwick, Jack E. Longenecker and William T. Fitzroy of the Randell T. Chadwick crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 "RANDIE LOU" forms the backdrop for this unknown crew but most likely Randall Chadwick or Buzz Fitzroy Crews (100th Photo Archives) 

Enlisted Men of Lt Chadwick Crew: Courtesy of David Gibson
Edwin Postel - TTE
John Good - ROG
George Benedict - BTG
Delbert Bruns - WG
Austin Roberts - WG
Philip Troetschel - TG

Randie Lou Crew - Sioux City, Iowa for Joseph Carty's wedding (and Chadwick's wedding). photo Courtesy of David Gibson

Crew wedding photo ID. Courtesy of David Gibson

Movement Orders Courtesy of David Gibson

Orders assigning Koper, Chadwick and Gibbons Crews yo 100th . Photo courtesy of David Gibbons

Lt Joseph Carty Mission List (1) Courtesy of Grandson David Gibson

Lt Joseph Carty Mission List (2) Courtesy of Grandson David Gibson

Lt Joseph Carty Mission List (3) Courtesy of Grandson David Gibson

Delbert Bruns Diary page1 Courtesy of David Gibson

Delbert Bruns Diary Page 2 . Courtesy of David Gibson

Delbert Bruns Diary Page 3 . Courtesy of David Gibson 

Delbert Bruns Diary Page 4. Courtesy of David Gibson

 "RANDI LOU" 350th aircraft (100th Photo Archives) 

Randall Chadwick - P and Philip Troetschel - TG photo Courtesy of David Gibson 

 

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