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S/SGT  George R. APPLETON

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: STATUS: NOC
MACR:

Comments1: AIRMAN, DID NOT FLY OVERSEAS WITH CREW

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

"ORIGINAL 100TH BG CREW"

1ST LT  CHARLES L. DUNCAN               P:  POW  10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
2ND LT  ARCHIBALD L. ROBERTSON    CP:  EVA  10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
1ST LT  OLIVER M. CHIESL              NAV:  POW  10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
1ST LT  WILLIAM H. FORBES           BOM:  POW  10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
T/SGT   ERNEST De Los SANTOS     TTE:  POW  10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
S/SGT   BERNARD I. HANOVER          WG:  POW  10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
T/SGT   JOHN K. BEARD                 ROG:  CPT   29 JAN 44 FRANKFURT 
S/SGT   GENE F. FRANK                  BTG:  POW  10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET
S/SGT   GEORGE R. APPLETON         WG:  NOC DID NOT FLY OVERSEAS WITH CREW
S/SGT   WILLIAM D. WHITLEY          TG:  POW  10 JUL 43 PARIS-Le BOURGET

DATE: 10 July 1943     350th Sqdn.    A/C# 42-30050 "JUDY E"

MISSION: Paris (Le Bourget AF) MACR #268,Micro-fiche 89

1st Lt Charles L.Duncan         P POW
2nd Lt Archibald L.Robertson       CP EVADEE
2nd Lt Oliver M.Chiesl   N POW
1st Lt William H.Forbes   B POW
T/Sgt Ernest De Los Santos   E POW
Sgt Edmund A.Oliver   R POW (From Capt Mark Carnell's Crew #10)
S/Sgt Gene F.Frank       BT POW
S/Sgt Bernard L.Hanover       WG POW
Sgt R.Q."Parrish" Reynolds       WG POW & ESCAPE 
S/Sgt William D.Whitley       TG POW

EYE WITNESSES:

Major J.C.Egan - "Duncan's ship went down in France near coast. Saw 8 chutes.Plane broke into flames."

1st Lt.R.C.King - "A/C #050,#1 engine on fire dropped below formation and circled.Six chutes seen all bailed out over land between Dieppe & FeCamp. After six bailed out ship headed approximately 180 degrees True and disappeared in a cloud."

1st Lt. C.R.Biddick - Saw 10 chutes at 27,000 ft. Landed,we think,on the ground .

Parrish Reynolds (Sgt Robert Quientin "Parrish" Reynolds) was a replacement for Sgt Clifford Starkey  and Sgt. Oliver was replacing T/Sgt John K.Beard.  Apparently, S/Sgt George Appleton (original WG on Duncan Crew) did not fly to England with this Crew and was replaced by a T/Sgt James C. Brown (Special order #103, last page, May 25, 1943). Sgt Brown was in the 418th ground crew in October 1942 at Boise, Idaho.  Sgt. Brown was KIA April 28, 1944 in aircraft flown by Capt W. G. Lakin and new C.O. Col. Robert Kelly.  Soon after arrival in England, it seems that Sgt Brown was put into a gunners pool and did not fly one mission with this Crew. A Sgt Clifford Starkey flew as WG on the first two missions with Lt Duncan then was replaced on the June 28, 1943 mission to St Nazaire by Sgt Reynolds.  Sgt Reynolds was flying as a waist gunner on July 10, 1943. He was briefly a POW but somehow managed to escaped. After many months, he was returned to England with the help of the French Underground.   

Bill Forbes told this writer(1979)the "Judy D." was named for 1st Lt Charles Duncan's infant daughter. The crew was returning from the target when jumped by FW 190s. Engine and wing on fire. No chance to get to England or crash land in channel so bailed out. Ollie Chiesl became stuck in escape hatch & Forbes had to literally kick him out."

S.O.C. p.7 states that Bernard Hanover was the first man in the 100th to get a Purple Heart (St.Nazaire 28 June 1943). However, the first 100th man to WIN a Purple Heart had to be from one of the three crews of the 349th Sqdn. that went down on 25/6/43.

Mission List of 1st Lt Charles Duncan

June 25, 1943-Bremen
June 26, 1943-LeMans
June 28, 1943-St Nazaire (nick named Flak City) first mission of Sgt Robert Quientin "Parrish" Reynolds
June 29, 1943-Le Mans
July 10, 1943-LeBourget(Paris)

Navigator Oliver M.Chiesl  wrote a book published in 1948 entitled "Clipped Wings" ,experiences as P.O.W in Stalag Luft 3.
Interesting note: B-17 42-30050 was later dispayed in a German museum near Paris (forward section).

MEMO 2:

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