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LT  Fred D. CHAPIN

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

 2nd Lt. Fred Chapin of the Ernie Zapf crew. "Fearless Freddie" Chapin replaced 2nd Lt. Sylvester W. Dittbenner (POW 29 JUL 44) and went on to become a Lead Bombardier. According to Lt Zapf, Lt Chapin was given a choice in the States of "Court Martial or Combat". Seems that Lt Chapin was an instructor in the States and the reason he was being court marshaled was because he refused to be transferred to Instructor duty again. This was not a hard choice for him to make. (Note the child's writing on the photo.) 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 8 SEP 44 MAINZ "FEARLESS FREDDIE" received Silver Star

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT ERNEST ZAPF                         P CPT 12 JUL 44 MUNICH
2ND LT WILLIAM D. LAWSON              CP CPT 12 JUL 44 MUNICH
2ND LT RAYMOND F. VAUGHN          NAV CPT 12 JUL 44 MUNICH 
2ND LT SYLVESTER W. DITTBENNER  BOM POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG   (WITH R. J. SCHOMP CREW)
S/SGT JACK RODEMICH                    ROG CPT 12 JUL 44 MUNICH
S/SGT CURTIS R. KOGER                  TTE CPT 12 JUL 44 MUNICH
SGT FRANK A. LoBELLO                    BTG CPT 12 JUL 44 MUNICH
SGT GLENN E. ANDERSON                RWG CPT 12 JUL 44 MUNICH
S/SGT  CHESTER J. GORLINSKI             LWG CPT 12 JUL 44 MUNICH
SGT RALPH D. KREITZER                    TG CPT 12 JUL 44 MUNICH

351ST SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 17 MAR 1944  
This Crew was the Second Crew to fly missions in Piccadilly Lilly II.
Lt Dittbenner was taken off the crew to become a Lead Bombardier after flying an undetermined amount of missions, he was replaced on the Crew by Lt Herbert R. Greenberg (shot down with Lt L.G. Lacy Crew 28 May 44) from Lt Richard H. Helmick's Crew.  Replaced on the Crew by 2nd Lt Fred "Fearless Freddie" Chapin.
Lt Chapin went onto become a Lead Bombardier.  According to Lt Zapf, Lt Chapin was give an choice in the States "Court Martial or Combat"?  Seems that Lt Chapin was an instructor in the States and the reason he was being court martialed was because he refused to be transferred to Instructor duty again, this was not a hard choice for him to make.   

Mission list of Lt Ernest Zapf (mpf 2002)

 DATE  TARGET

1. 08/04/44 QUACKENBRUCK, GER
2. 10/04/44 RHEIMS, FR
3. 11/04/44 ROSTOCK, GER
4. 12/04/44 LEIPZIG, GER
5. 13/04/44 AUGSBURG, GER
6. 18/04/44 BERLIN, GER
7. 22/04/44 HAMM, GER
8. 23/04/44 FRIEDRICKSHAFEN, GER
9. 28/04/44 SOTTEVAST, FR
10. 01/05/44 NO-BALL, FR
11. 09/05/44 COUVRON, FR
12. 11/05/44 LIEGE, BEL
13. 12/05/44 BRUX, CZECH.
14. 13/05/44 OSNABRUCK, GER
15. 19/05/44 BERLIN, GER
16. 24/05/44 BERLIN, GER
17. 25/05/44 BRUSSELS, BEL
18. 27/05/44 STRASSBOURG, FR
19. 28/05/44 MAGDEBURG, GER
20. 29/05/44 LEIPZIG, GER
21. 31/05/44 ONSABRUCK, GER
22. 02/06/44 BOULOGNE, FR
23. 04/06/44 BOULOGNE, FR
24. 05/06/44 BOULOGNE, FR
25. 06/06/44 COAST OF FR, D-DAY
26. 07/06/44 NANTES, FR
27. 14/06/44 LeCULOT, FR
28. 18/06/44 BRUNSBUTTLEKOOG, GER
29. 24/06/44 GRAND COURONNE, FR
30. 25/06/44 MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP, FR
31. 06/07/44 NO-BALL, FR
32. 07/07/44 BOHLEN, GER
33. 08/07/44 BOURTH LeLENTE, FR
34. 11/07/44 MUNICH, GER
35. 12/07/44 MUNICH, GER

From Telephone conversation with Lt Zapf (Sept 2002).
After completion of tour both myself and  Lt Vaughn (who had only completed 30 missions at this time due too illness) signed up for another 35 missions.  We were shipped back too the States for a Month of R&R before being reassigned back to the ETO.  By the time I returned (Lt Vaughn stayed Stateside), Paris had been liberated and instead of being sent back to Thorpe Abbotts for combat duty,  I was reassigned to Paris to ferry high ranking officers around the continent and too England.  I was joined in this endeavour by Lt Glen Rake and Lt Carroll Woldt whom had both just completed their tour of duty (ironic is the fact that all three pilots completed their tours over Munich (Zapf and Rake on 12 Jul 44 and Woldt on 11 Jul 44…mpf). Glen procurred a P-51 Mustang for his own personal use while in Paris (claims to have flown it under the Effiel Tower…mpf)
 
A/C PICCADILLY LILLY II
From the Diary of Sgt Gorlinski"  who passed away Dec. 24, 1971
>
> Pilot                    -    2nd Lt. Ernest Zapf                 0-689434    - Portland, Oregon
> Co-Pilot               -    2nd Lt. William Lawson             0-758585    - New Rochelle, N.Y.
> Navigator             -    2nd Lt. Raymond Vaughn         0-703670    - Portland, Oregon
> Bombardier           -   2nd Lt. Sylvester Dittbenner      0-333031    - Minnesota
> Engineer              -    S/Sgt. Curtis Koger                 13119824    - Roanoke, Virginia
> Radio Operator     -    S/Sgt. Jack Rodemich              35547157    - Toledo, Ohio
> Asst. R.O.           -    S/Sgt. Glenn Anderson            17131216    - Omaha, Nebraska
> Armorer               -    S/Sgt. Ralph Kreitzer               35635693    - Dayton, Ohio
> Gunner                -    S/Sgt. Frank LoBello                32733515    - Angola, N.Y.
> Asst. Eng      -    S/Sgt. Chester Gorlinski              36734423    - Chicago, IL
> It also lists 2nd Lt. Fred Chapin and a fellow only mentioned as Greenberg, both being Bombardiers.

                 
CAPT FREDRICK  "FEARLESS FREDDY"  CHAPIN FLEW AS LEAD BOM ON 8 AUG 1944 (ST  SYLVAIN) WITH LT NEAL P. SCOTT AND COL TOM JEFFREY.  ALWAYS A TOUGH TARGET AND THE 100TH LOST IT'S LEAD AND DEPUTY LEAD TO FLAK PRIOR TO THE TARGET..
WOUNDED ON THE MISSION TO ST SYLVAIN; RETURNED TO FLIGHT STATUS AND FLEW 32 MISSIONS FOR THE 100TH AND  ONE  WITH A B-24 GROUP; PROBABLY THE ONLY 100TH VETERAN TO FLY A MISSION IN A B-24; THIS WAS CAUSED BY HIS ACCEPTING A  DRINK OF SCOTCH FROM A RATHER BEND OVER COL COMMANDING A B-24 GROUP THAT SHALL REMAIN UNKNOWN..

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
8/8/1944 53 177 KOURY F.J. F/O NAV 37812 ST. SYLVIAN
8/8/1944 53 177 MORRIS W.H. S/SGT RWG 37812 ST. SYLVIAN
8/8/1944 53 177 YORK R.A. S/SGT LWG 37812 ST. SYLVIAN
8/8/1944 53 177 CABALLERO P.L S/SGT BTG 37812 ST. SYLVIAN
8/8/1944 53 177 SMITH R.W. T/SGT TTE 37812 ST. SYLVIAN
8/8/1944 53 177 CHAPIN D.F LT BOM 37812 ST. SYLVIAN
8/8/1944 53 177 JEFFREY T.S. COL COM 37812 ST. SYLVIAN
8/8/1944 53 177 SCOTT N.P. LT P 37812 ST. SYLVIAN
8/8/1944 53 177 MOCK R.L. T/SGT ROG 37812 ST. SYLVIAN

Subj: Re: 100thBG Feedback Form  
Date: 2/24/2002 1:52:08 PM Pacific Standard Time 
From: gwlewis@pop.flash.net 
Reply-to: gwlewis@flash.net 
To: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Michael, 
I will try to get some photos, papers and other information from my Father when he comes over to the mainland to visit in March or April. He has been to a lot of the reunions but does not talk a lot of what has happened in WW II. 
At his last visit, my sister and I got him to open up a little. He never said that he was a Lead Navigator, he always said that he flew as a Lead Bombardier and was never with the same crew for long, but was the best with the new Radar.  
Is Lead Navigator and Lead Bombardier the same? 
I do know he flew also on D-DAY and to Russia. 
My father said near the end of his flying there was a lot of "Scotch" in his life.  I can see why!! 
Thank You, 
Kathleen

CAPT. FREDRICK "FEARLESS FREDDY" CHAPIN
by kalewis on Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:26 pm 

CAPT. FREDRICK "FEARLESS FREDDY" CHAPIN of the 351st passed away around Oct. 29 08. He was 85.
He was found in his apartment by the police at the request of family to check on him.
32 missions & independent to the end!
Services are pending but will be held at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills CA.
Please feel free to e-mail me. 
From his oldest daughter Kathleen (Chapin) Lewis.
glewis762@sbcglobal.net
714-904-2176kalewis 
  
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:14 pm 
Location: Santa Ana CA


Hi, Michael,
An update on Fred's date of passing, "officially" it is Nov 3, 08' due to heart failure. Services are still pending and will be after the first of the year when all can get together.
Some members of the family expect an elaborate service and it is hard to explain to them that all that is provided is two Honor Guards to fold the flag & play Taps on a CD.
They don't get it, If he were to be laid to rest in DC then it might be different but in Forest Lawn that's it. I might be able to get my step son to play Taps as he did for my Dad but he is in AZ & not sure if he can come.
I will keep you up to date.
Take care,
Greg
(Kathy's husband) 


On Nov 3, 2008, at 6:59 PM, Greg Lewis wrote:


Hi Michael,
Daddy will be cremated in Oregon where he lived and services will be on hold until all the family can get together in LA.  His two remaining brothers are in different states but I will definitely keep you informed.  
As far as his medals go, they were in a frame on a wall in his apartment.  So, his brother is the executor of his estate.  We will see what happens.  His uniforms and other military belongings were lost in a move around the mid 70's.  I have some information/stories that I jotted down and we bought him a tape recorder so he could dictate his experiences.  I'm not sure he did any dictation.   His brother will have to go through his things. 


Thank you for caring.
Kathleen

*****************************************************************************************************************
CREW
2ND LT NEAL P SCOTT           P CPT 15 FEB 45 COTTBUS, CITY ( FLEW 42 MISSIONS)
2ND LT JOHN S. NORTON      CP CPT 02 OCT 44 KASSEL, AERO ENGINES
F/O FREDERICK J. KOURY      NAV CPT 09 SEP 44 DUSSELDORF & RIEZHOLZ, CITIES
2ND LT ARTHUR J. HOLTZ    BOM CPT 27 AUG 44 BERLIN (RECALL)
S/SGT RUSSELL W. SMITH    TTE NOC  FLEW 23 MISISONS WITH THIS CREW
S/SGT ROBERT L MOCK        ROG NOC  FLEW 23 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW
S/SGT PAUL L. CABALLERO   BTG NOC  FLEW 23 MISSIONS WTH THIS CREW AND TWO WITH LT RICCI CREW
SGT JOHN J. MORRIS          RWG NOC  FLEW 20 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW
SGT RICHARD A. YORK        LWG NOC  FLEW 23 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW
SGT JOHN GATELY             TG NOC  FLEW 19 MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW

351ST SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 12 APR 1944.

NEAL SCOTT "SCOTTY", COMMAND PILOT, FLEW 42 MISSIONS, THIRD OR FOURTH HIGHEST OF ANY 100TH PILOT.  SCOTTY WAS ONE OF THE 100TH'S MOST RESPECTED PILOTS AND IS FAMOUS FOR REFERING TO A WING COMMANDER ON VHF AS A "YELLOW BELLIED SOB." WHEN SCOTT THOUGHT  THE WING COMMANDERS ACTIONS WERE ENDANGERING THE 100TH.  WHEN THE IRATE GENERAL ASKED WHO MADE THE REMARK, THE 100THS  BELOVED "SCOTTY" TOLD HIM .       THIS WAS ON THE 30 NOV 1944 MISSION TO LEUNA, A OIL REFINERY AND WAS ALWAYS A TOUGH TARGET.

CAPT FREDRICK  "FEARLESS FREDDY"  CHAPIN TOOK OVER AS BOMBARDIER OF THIS CREW ON JULY 20, 1944 AN FLEW AS LEAD BOM ON 8 AUG 1944 (ST  SYLVAIN).  ALWAYS A TOUGH TARGET AND THE 100TH LOST IT LEAD AND DEPUTY LEAD TO FLAK PRIOR TO THE TARGET..
WOUNDED ON THE MISSION TO ST SYLVAIN, HE RETURNED TO FLIGHT STATUS AND FLEW 32 FOR THE 100TH AND ONE  WITH A B-24 GROUP; PROBABLY THE ONLY 100TH VETERAN TO FLY A MISSION IN A B-24; THIS WAS CAUSED BY HIS  ACCEPTING A DRINK OF SCOTCH FROM A RATHER BEND OVER COL COMMANDING A B-24 GROUP THAT SHALL REMAIN UNKNOWN..

"According to the mission critique On August 8, 1944 the target was German Ground defenses around St Sylvian.  The 100th Bomb Group "A" Group was leading the 13th CBW (Combat Wing)which lead the 3rd Air Division and the 8th Air Force.  The lead Group consisted of 13 aircraft lead by  Col Tom Jeffrey (Commanding Officer of the 100th BG) and Lt Neal P. Scott.  The 100thBG "B" Group also consisted of 13 planes and they were flying Low Group in the 13th CBW. They lost one aircraft (Lt J.P. Keys) and the Lead plane crash landed behind allied lines.   The 390th Bomb Group flew as High Group in the 13th CBW and the 100th BG provided 3 aircraft for the 390th BG's second element of the lead Squadron…MPF 2003"

There are references to Neal P. Scott as "Phil" and "Scotty"

Some of Capt Scotts Missions
# DATE A/C TARGET COMMENTS
1 5/1/1944 37800 SAARGUEMINES/WIZERNES 
2 5/7/1944 37800 BERLIN 
3 5/8/1944 31650 BERLIN & LAGLACERIE 
4 5/11/1944 38047 LIEGE 
5 5/12/1944 97126 BRUX, OIL REFINERY 
6 5/20/1944 37800 BRUSSELS 
7 5/24/1944 31412 BERLIN (LT E.R. WILLIAMS-CP)
8 5/25/1944 31412 BRUSSELS                         (CAPT. VAN STENNIS-COMMAND PILOT)
9 6/2/1944 97126 BOULOGNE 
10 6/11/1944 31708 BERCK SUR MER (S.DEF) 
11 6/14/1944 107233 LE CULOT (AIR FIELD)    (CAPT J.L."FUZZY" ZELLER-COMMAND PILOT, LT NORTON-FORMATION- OFFICER)
12 6/20/1944 107233 FALLERSLEBEN              (CAPT J.L."FUZZY" ZELLER-COMMAND PILOT, LT NORTON-FORMATION OFFICER)
13 6/24/1944 31708 GRAND COURONNE (ST)   (MAJ.EMBERSON-COMMAND PILOT)
14 6/25/1944 97929 SOUTH OF FRANCE          (CAPT. HERBERT HOWARD-COMMAND PILOT, CAPT. E.C. KING-COMMAND NAVIGATOR)
15 7/11/1944 107233 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES (MAJ EMBERSON-COMMAND PILOT, LT NORTON-FORMATION OFFICER)
16 7/19/1944 37812 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
17 7/20/1944 97829 MERSEBURG                     ("FEARLESS" FREDDY CHAPIN BECOMES BOM ON CREW, S/SGT GATELY LAST MISSION WITH CREW)
18 8/2/1944 37812 TERGNIER/LAFERE               (MAJ W.H. THOMPSON-COMMAND PILOT, LT NORTON-FORMATION OFFICER)
19 8/5/1944 37812 MAGDEBURG                       (S/SGT MORRIS FLEW AS TG)
20 8/6/1944 37812 BERLIN                              (MAJ SAM BARR-COMMAND PILOT)
21 8/8/1944 37812 ST. SYLVIAN                      (COL TOM JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT, S/SGT MORRIS LAST MISSION WITH CREW)
22 8/14/1944 37812 LUDWIGSHAVEN (OIL)       (LT COL FRED PRICE-COMMAND PILOT)
23 8/15/1944 37812 VENLO                            (MAJ EMBERSON-COMMAND PILOT, LAST MISSION FOR LT SCOTT WITH THIS CREW)

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 "Fearless" Freddie Chapin with his medals. (See note above.) 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 2

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