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CAPT  Ross CHENNEY

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV
SERIAL #: O-721580 STATUS: SWA
MACR:

Comments1: 5 AUG 44 MAGDEBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

  Capt.  David A.Armstrong           P  CPT 29/12/44 FRANKFURT sn# O-764583 
  1st Lt Allen "Andy" Andrews III CP  CPT  29/12/44 FRANKFURT sn# O-768402
  Capt Ross Chenney                 NAV SWA  5/8/44  MAGDEBURG sn# O-721580
  2nd Lt Lon L.Livsey                BOM  KIA 5/8/44  MAGDEBURG    sn# O-769152 
 T/Sgt Gerald C.Murphy             ROG  CPT  29/12/44 FRANKFURT  sn# 17114787
 T/Sgt Warren R.West              TTE  CPT  29/12/44 FRANKFURT sn# 37344021 3 1/2 confirmed kills
 S/Sgf Dale R.Ehlenfelt               BTG CPT 29/12/44 FRANKFURT sn# 37558528
 S/Sgt Charles J.Vogel                WG  CPT 29/12/44 FRANKFURT sn# 37548205 4 1/2 confirmed kills 
 S/Sgt Louis C.Oliver Jr.               WG  CPT  29/12/44 FRANKFURT sn# 38564342 3 confirmed kills
 S/Sgt Lawrence M. Bohen           TG NOC taken off Crew when reduced to 9 sn# 31340624
 
418th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined 100th Group on 25/7/44.  Crew flew "Miss Behaven"  #43-38381 LD-Z 
Sqdn. Diary for 5 Aug. 1944 reads that: "Flak evidently set off some of the 
ammunition for the flexible nose guns. The Bombardier was killed and the Navigator wounded. 
Flying A/C #37935.  Jerry Burns was Crew Chief.  After Bohen is taken off Crew, S/Sgt Vogel becomes Tail Gunner.

2nd Lt Oscar F. Mills from Lt Edward Neu Crew flew as interm Bombardier until  1st Lt Lawrence V. "Vince" Ogletree from the crew of Lt George Fory took over full time.
According to Capt Armstongs records, Lt Ogletree had 12 perfect hit missions and Capt. Ross Chenney was wounded on the 3rd mission.  He came back to fly the last 
nine missions with Crew as Division Navigator.

Missions of Capt. David A. Armstrong (from son J.D. Armstrong)

# DATE  TARGET # OF A/C POSITION    COMMENTS

 30/07/44 Practice Mission      Lasted 3:45hrs and their in it!
1. 02/08/44 La Fere  935-V  #3 High Sqdrn. Low Gp  Bridge Demolished
2. 03/08/44 Troyes  935-V      Oil Dump-Marshalling Yards  
3. 05/08/44 Magdeburg 935-V  #6 Low Sqdrn.  Low Gp  Livsey Killed, Chenney and Andrews wounded, 
                                             Purple Heart corner/hit at bombs away

In January 1945 Lt David Raiford received all the enlisted men from Lt Charlie "Hong Kong" Wilson’s Crew. This crew would eventually become a Lead crew consisting at different times of the crew listing below; Sgt Hoffpauir transferred to the 15th Air Force when they changed over to a lead crew and Sgt Jay Kendell moved from BTG to Waist Gunner. 

Lt RaifordsLead Crew after Jan 1945: 

Lt David G. Raiford             Lead Pilot
Lt Robert Wendling           Co-Pilot/Formation Officer
Capt Ross Chenney            Lead Navigator (from original crew of Lt Armstrong)
2nd Lt Charles J. Scott       moved up to Lead NAV (FEH) (from original crew of Lt McNab)
1st Lt Douglas S. Eden       moved up to Lead BOM (FEH) (from original crew of Lt McNab)          sn# 0-1997861
1st Lt Paul R.Ruth,Jr.          Lead Bombardier (from original crew of Lt Fellows)
2nd Lt Harry Tennenbaum   Mickey Operator (from Lt Shaddix original Crew)
1st Lt Earl Frye                   Radar/Nav          (flew with Lt Seamans lead crew and Assigned Group Radar Officer on 8 Apr 1945)                   
2nd Lt James  M. Pivonka     Mickey Operator (from Lt Dawson Crew)
ENLISTED MEN ARE FROM LT CHARLES "HONG KONG" WILSON'S CREW.ASSIGNED TO LT RAIFORD BEGINNING OF JAN 1945. 
T/Sgt  EMERY N. CASTLE      ROG FEH                                                                                sn# 37523614
T/Sgt  NORMAN G. NANCE     TTE FEH                                                                                sn# 19171578
Sgt   JAY D. KENDELL           BTG FEH moved to WG when became Lead Crew                        sn# 39908662
Sgt   GEORGE L. PESLER        WG CPT 24 MAR 45 STEENEIJK/ ZIEGENHAINE                         sn# 35051164
Sgt   ARCHIE E. HOFFPAUIR    WG FEH Transferred to 15th Air Force when became lead Crew    sn# 38266722
S/Sgt   JACK R. DeBORDE        TG FEH flew 10 missions as formation officer.                             sn# 39615579

Missions of S/Sgt Jack Deborde with Lt Raiford Crew/Lead Crew

06 JAN 45      ANNWEILER
10 JAN 45      COLOGNE
14 JAN 45      DERBEN
28 JAN 45      DUISBURG 
03 FEB 45      BERLIN      
06 FEB 45      CHEMNITZ 
21 FEB 45      NURNBURG
24 FEB 45      BREMEN
26 FEB 45      BERLIN
03 MAR 45     BRUNSWICK
10 MAR 45     DORTMUND
11 MAR 45     HAMBURG
14 MAR 45     HANOVER
17 MAR 45     PLAUEN
19 MAR 45     JENA
22 MAR 45     ALHORN
28 MAR 45     HANOVER
31 MAR 45     BAD BERKA
09 APR 45     MUNICH
15 APR 45     ROYAN
17 APR 45     AUSSIG

MEMO 2:

Became a Lead Navigator

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 856