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S/SGT  Charles R. ARMBRUST

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: STATUS: NOC
MACR:

Comments1: AIRMAN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
2ND LT   JOHN W.BROWN                 P EVADEE 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT   ALBERT F. FITZPATRICK     CP POW  4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT   THEODORE H. KLEINMAN NAV EVADEE 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT   LAWSON W. CLEMENTS   BOM POW  4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
 S/SGT   CHARLES R. ARMBRUST        WG NOC
 S/SGT   RICHARD F. BRADY             ROG NOC
 S/SGT   LAWRENCE M. PRATT         TTE NOC 
    SGT    MILTON GRABEL                TG KIA  25 MAY 44 BERLIN
    SGT   GORDON F. KEON              BTG POW  4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
   SGT     OWEN D. STOCKON          WG POW  6 MAR 44 BERLIN


349th Sqdn. Crew joined the 100th Gp on 28 Nov 1943.. Sgt Gordon Keon was the only enlisted man of this crew
 to particiapte in the Frankfurt mission of 4 FEB 44.  Other aboard for this mission and their fate is a follows:
 
 S/SGT GEORGE E. TOOMEY  ROG POW (FROM C.I. MONTGOMERY CREW)
 S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA  TTE POW (FROM C.I. MONTGOMERY CREW)
 S/SGT WILLIAM F. KEMP  WG KIA    (FIRST MISSION)
 S/SGT HAROLD F. JANDERUP  WG POW ( TAPS 25 SEP 69)
 S/SGT RICHARD A. TANGRADI  TG POW 

 Ship suffered severe flak damage and had three engines out over the German-Belgian border. The crew
 with the exception of William Kemp, who was apparently badly wounded, bailed out safely. Gordon Keon had
 a flak wound in one arm.
  
 A statement by Theodore Kleinman after his return say the bail-out occured about 10 miles SSE of Turnhout,
 Belgium and continues:  "After contacting an underground unit I was placed in a house in Turnhout. Several days
 later I was told something in French concerning the rest of the crew. With my meagre understaning of French, Kemp
 was unable to leave th ship due to severe wounds and he went down with the plane. A man was found by the
 Germans in the rear half of the ship with his head badly battered, but alive. I later recieved a report the man with the
 battered head died."

 German records in the MACR file confirm a badly wounded man found in the ship died in the hospital the following day.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
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