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SGT  Clarence F. CHERRY

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
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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C.F Cherry flew missions with Lt David Crew as a fill in

CREW

2ND LT JOHN E. DAVID                      P KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST
2ND LT JOHN W. SIMMONS             CP KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST
2ND LT THERON J. STOOKESBERRY NAV KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST
2ND LT EDWARD J. MIKOL            BOM RFS  Grounded after 27 Missions  (See Goethel record for and amazing saga of
S/SGT HENRY J. HENDRICKSON        ROG REC 3 SEP 44 BREST              bravery & endurance in the North Sea)
S/SGT FRANK BARILI, JR                TTE KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST
   SGT CLARENCE E. WOOD            BTG POW
   SGT FRANK E. YATES                  LWG WIA 7 JUN 44    NANTES 
   SGT WALTER E. POTTER             RWG KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST
   SGT FRANCIS J. WALDSCHMIDT       TG KIA 3 SEP 44  BREST

350th Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 26 May 1944. When this crew joined the 100th on 26/5/44, Lt Edward J.Mikol  was the bombardier, Sgt.Clarence E.Wood the ball turret gunner, and Sgt.Frank E.Yates a waist Gunner.  Sgt Frank Yates was wounded in action on 7 Jun 44 and fill in gunners were used until crew was reduced to nine men. Fill in Gunners and missions:

SGT P.J. HAHN (spare gunners pool)
12 JUN 44  ROSIERES & DUNKIRK SHORE DEFENSES
15 JUN 44  WILSTER
19 JUN 44  CORME ECLUSE 

S/SGT FRANCIS X. KERIN (from Lt Delbert Pearson Crew)
20 JUN 44 FALLERSLEBEN
21 JUN 44 RUHLAND
26 JUN 44 DROHOBYCZ

S/SGT H. LECAT (spare gunners pool)
3  JUL 44 ARAD, RUMANIA

SGT CLARENCE F. CHERRY (from the crew of Lt Julian Rogers)
11 JUL 44 MUNICH
12 JUL 44 MUNICH
14 JUL MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
17 JUL 44 AUXERRE
18 JUL 44 KIEL 
24 JUL 44 ST LO

CREW REDUCED TO 9 MEN ON 25 JUL 44 MISSION TO ST LO. 
 
On 3 Sep 44 this crew went down in the North Sea. Lt Mikol, Sgts Yates and Sgt Wood were not aboard. Hendrickson was picked up by British sea boat and returned to Thorpe Abbotts. The six men KIA are memorialized on the Wall of the Missing at the Brittany American Cemetery.
Lt John D. Goethel, from the W.G.Stansbury crew, was aboard in place of E.J. Mikol and was rescued . S/Sgt CARL FONG was aboard in place of Wood and was also rescued. Lt Goethel became the crews Bombardier starting 14 Aug 44 mission to Ludwigshaven. 

Diary compliments of Lucy Hughes (11/30/2004):
I have come into possession of a diary written by someone from this crew (John E. David crew), but frustratingly there is no name. It is, however, a fascinating record of all the crew's missions until they went down on 3rd Sep '44. Here's the first part just to see if anyone recognises any names. . . 
Mike Faley observation (12/1/2004):

There are only ONE choice for the writer of this log based on the excerpt you posted. Based on the loans owed and the fact the diary ends after 31 missions, it really comes down to  S/SGT FRANK BARILI, JR TTE . The reason for this deduction is that the opening of the diary has them going to the Walsh for gunnery practice, that would eliminate the officers. That leaves the enlisted men and based on process of elimination from the loans, that leave S/Sgt Barili. 

Left Camp Kilmer, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 22 1944. Boarded that date. 
Sailed from New York N. Y. April 23 1944 on the British Merchantman “Arawa” 14. 000 tons. 
Docked on May 6 1944 at Liverpool, England. 
First Base in England; Nelson Hall, about 3 miles from Stone, about 40 miles South East of Liverpool. Building look as if they were formerly used to house women war workers: and are fairly new. 
Left Nelson Hall 5-12-44 went to gunnery school at the “Wash” near Snettisham Eng. Lived in tents. Left gunnery school 5. 27. 44. 
Came to the 100 bomb group the 350 bomb squadron. 
Base is about 18 miles SSW of Norwich Eng. 
Made my first mission on June 2 1944. Bombed coastal guns in Pas de Calais area just north of Boulougn (sic. ). It was the milk run of all milk runs. Flak was seen a long way off. 
ON JULY 26 WE GOT A SEVEN DAY FLAK LEAVE. 
Went to the rest home which was three miles east of Worcester. Its name was Spetchley Park. It was a beautiful old home build (sic) in the middle of the 19th Century. Lot of pictures and a hugh (sic) library, also had a suit of armour valued at more than £400. Met the very nicest bunch of Red Cross girls that I’ve ever met. Their names were Alice Hanly (?), Joyce Palmer, Martha Brush, Mikey McKee and Muscles (?) (Marge). 
The C. O. was Major Smith. Adj was 2LT Evans. The medical Officer was a swell fellow from Houston Tex. I shot skeet, played tennis, volleyball, baseball, fished and went horseback riding. Breakfast was from 8. 00 to 10. 00. Dinner was at 13. 00, supper was at 19. 30. Had afternoon tea at 16. 00 and a snack at 23. 00 (?). Had the best time I’ve had in two years. Leaving was like leaving home. 
RECORD OF OPERATIONAL MISSIONS
N. 1 June 2
Sent up as air spares. Got a place in formation. Target: coastal guns about 2 miles north of Boulogne, France. No fighters. Light flak about 1. 5 miles off. 
N. 2 June 4
Target: coastal guns south of Boulogne, France. No fighters; light flak about a mile ahead of us. 
N. 3 June 5
Mission briefed for visual bombardment of Abbeyville, France. Overcast at primary target prevented bombing. Flak was light to medium and very accurate. When in on secondary target from new I. P. and bombed Boulogne area. Flak here light and inaccurate. No fighters. 
N. 4 June 6
INVASION BEGINS
Awakened at 23. 15, briefing 01. 15; take off at 03. 35. Our target was on Cherbourg peninsula, coastal gun installations, 400 yard inshore. Our bomb dropped 400 yards on height/right? ahead of our own troops. Zero hour was 07, 35. Bombs away was 07. 17. Bomb load was four tons including two 1000lbs carried externally and twelve 500 lbs internally. There were 10, 000 allied aircraft out that morning. Bombing altitude was only 15, 000 ft. There were aircraft as far as one could see coming over the invasion coast in waves. Didn’t see much on the ground. 
N. 5 June 7
Target; bridge at Nantes, France. Flak was light to moderate but very accurate. S/Sgt. Frank E. Yates our left waste gunner was hit just below the kidney by flak. Bomb load was two 2000 lbs bombs. Our prop ran away twice. Once on the bomb run due to faulty adjustment of prop governor. 
N. 6 June 11
Sent up as air spares. Briefed to bomb flak installations at La Havre (?) France. There were no abortions in our group. We got in with another group with a square K on their tail. Made bomb run but bombs were not dropped. Turned back to make second run, but our engine began to smoke and catch fire. Had to feather dive and return. 
N. 7 June 12
Target: enemy airfield in France. Field was already hit. We flew around France; got over Dunkirk and got light scattered flak that was very accurate. Saw one of our ships hit to the rear of 4 catch afire, explode and go down. Load was 100 lbs demo’s (?). 
N. 8 June 15
Target: oil refineries near Hannover, Germany. Undercast bombing of primary, secondary and last short targets. The 95 and 390 groups headed for home. We went back in after a target of opportunity (?). Hit unidentified installation at Wilster, Germany. Flak came up almost constantly while we were over Germany. Bombing alt. 20, 000 ft. 
N. 9 June 19
Target: airfield in southern France about 100 miles from Spain. I counted only 9 bursts of flak. This was my longest raid to date. 
N. 10 June 20
Target: plant making Ju. 8 wings and parts at Feldershavan Ger. Smoke from target rose 10, 000 ft also other targets in area hit. Smoke from oil refinery near Hanover rose about 18000 ft. These bombed targets were one of the greatest sights I’ve seen. 
N. 11 June 21
Target, oil refinery at Rhurland Ger. About 40 miles south east of Berlin. Saw Berlin. Continued on to American airbase in Russia. Landed at MIROVGRAD. We thus completed the first England to Russia bombing mission. Flying time was 11. 45. 

Three planes left formation due to lack of fuel, made Russian bases. We only had a few minutes fuel left when we landed. The wing was hit by Me 109s (?) just after we passed by Warsaw Poland. An enemy recon plane photographed us just after our landing. 

June 22, we flew to Karkov for fear of enemy bombing. They did bomb later that night. 

At Poltava they caught the 96 and destroyed 40-42 B17s. 

June 23 + 24 + 25 Stayed and slept in a wrecked building in the suburbs of Karkov. Food was terrible. The latrine was a ments? People interested in us and ship. Seem to like us and ship. The last night we slept under plane’s wings in sleeping bag. Went back to Mirovgrad, and that we when to KIRVOGRAD slept again in sleeping bags. In the morn we again went back to Mirovgrad bombed up. 

N. 12 June 26
Target, oil refinery at DROHOBYCZ in Polish Galicia? Flak was light. Fighter were around but escort took care of them. Flying time nine hours. Landed at 463th Bomb Group near Foggia, Italy. Assigned to 773th Sqdn for quarters and rations. Took it easy, visited Foggia and swam in the Adriatic for the next few days before and after the next mission. 
N. 13 July 3
Flew with 15th air force. Target; marshalling yards at ARAD, RUMANIA. Light nearly no flak. No fighter. Easiest one yet…
N. 14 July 5
Target: marshalling yards at Beziere France on coast near Marseilles. Light flak at target. Few fighters, escort took care of them. Saw a B25 of 15 A. F. go down at Marseilles. Saw two P51s jump a Ml (?)109. Flying time about ten and a half hour. Shuttle run was 1000 miles of combat flying and made military history. 
DAWS MARRIED JULY 7. 
N. 15 July 11
Target: jet propelled plane plant at Munich Ger. Light flak, no fighters. Bomb load was five 1000 lbs S1 said we hit 31 miles from target. Bombing was by P. F. F. because of 10/10 cloud cover. 
N. 16 July 12
Same target as yesterday. Heavy flak at target. It left a path through the middle through which we flew. No fighters. Bomb load was four 500 lbs and 5 cluster of incendiaries. Bomb alt. 24500. 
N. 17 July 14
Took supply bombs to partisans in France. Dropped them on a big meadow in the hills near Toulle France. Dropped chests from 500 ft. 
N. 18 July 17
Target was a railroad bridge at Auxerre. Flak was light saw no fighters. Bomb load was two 2000 lbs. 
N. 19 July 18
Target was dock installations at Kiel Germany. Heavy flak was moderately accurate. No fighter. Bombing altitude was 26000 ft. 
N. 20 July 24
Target: German troops ahead of our troops near St. Lo. Bomb load was anti personnel bombs. Moderate flak. Saw a B24 go down. Due to overcast we did not drop our bombs. F. T. 09. 00
No. 21 July 25
Same target as the last mission. Dropped our bombs from 12000 ft due to overcast. Saw a crew bail out of a B17 that was hit by flak. Flak was light and there were no fighters.  (mpf.  Crew reduced to 9 men)
JULY 25, 1944 STARTED FLAK LEAVE. 
N. 22 Aug. 4
Target: oil refinery at Harburg Ger. Bomb run took us over Hamburg Ger. Bomb load was twenty 250lbs. Bomb alt was 26000 ft. Fighters were in area. Flak was intense. S2 said we in range of 170 heavy guns. Had mixture (?) control on n. 2 engine shot away. F. T. 07. 00
N. 23 Aug 5
Target: The Krupt Works at Magdeburg Ger. Plant made tanks. Bombing results were excellent. Flak was a moderate barrage just before and up to target. Bombing altitude was 24000 ft. Fighters were in area three different times, were beat off by escort. Saw a B17 get a direct flak hit. It blew up bombs and everything. Bounced our ship aournd. It made an orange burst of fire. I couldn’t see the ship, only the huge sheet of orange and brown gray smoke. It was hit just under us. When it exploded it set afire another ship that went down in flames. Two chutes came out of the one that blew up, but Wally, our tail gunner, said that they both looked dead. No-one could have lived through that. I thought it got our tail gunner it was so close. Bomb load was five 1000 lbs F. T. 07. 00
N. 24 Aug 6
Target: Berlin Ger. Factory making engines for FW190s and Ju88s, three miles south of center of city. Flak was intense but inaccurate, there were no fighters seen. Formation spread out after bombs away. Bomb load was ten 500lbs. Bomb alt. Was 26000 ft. Ran short of O2 due to leak in rt waiste (?) system. Ball turret had to get out at Hamburg on way back. F. T. 08. 30
N. 25 Aug 7
Target; Bridge hear La Fare Fran. Clouds cover over target and secondary target prevented dropping bombs. Brought the six 1000lbs home. Went right over Brussels Belg. In a huge cloud. F. T. 6. 30. 
N. 26 Aug 8
Target; was near Caen, Was German Hq and front lines which were holding up British tank advance. Bomb load was twelve 500s internal and two 1000lbs external. Bomb alt was 11. 000ft. Flak was extremely accurate. I saw a B17 get a direct hit behind the ball turret. Its tail broke off and broke up. The ship nosed down and went down. I saw no-one get out. Lead ship was hit on n. 2 engine cut. One blade nearly all off. Ships were badly shot up. Many had wounded aboard. 
N. 27 Aug 13
Target: was a road. We bombed in 3 ship elements. We bombed German lines of retreat, helping to close the trap. There were hundreds of columns of smoke coming up from France where elements had bombed. We bombed somewhere between Le Mans and Caen. Bomb load was thirty-eight 100lbs. Demolition bombs. Bomb alt. Was 18. 800 feet. Flying time 5. 30 hours. Saw 3 of our ships go down, two of them looked like direct flak hits. No fighters. 
N. 28 Aug 14
Target: was the S. B. Farben oil refinery at Ludwigshafen Ger. We had to abort after we had been over Holland 15 mins due to a blown exhaust stack and subsequent loss of manifold pressure on n. 1 engine. We landed with our bomb load. 
N. 29 Aug 15
Target; an airfield near ????? Holland. The RAF was there too hitting other fields in the area. Saw two of them go down. We carried twenty 250lbs bombs with delayed action fuses. Bomb alt was 20200 ft. F. T. 4:60. 
N. 30 Aug 24, 44
Target: was for the second time the oil refinery at Ruhland Ger. Flak was heavier than last time: was medium to heavy of barrage type. Bomb load was ten 500 lbs, bombing alt. Was 24, 600 ft. No fighters. Visiual bombing, results excellent. F. T. 08:15
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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)

 Partial Rogers crew. Standing: Lt. Liberman - BOM, Lt. Rogers - Pilot, Lt. Lawler - Co-Pilot, Lt. Mead - Navigator Kneeling: Sgt. Cherry - Waist Gunner, S/Sgt. Guralski - Radio Operator Gunner. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Lawler) 

 

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