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T/SGT  James V. ARMSTRONG

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG
SERIAL #: STATUS: WIA
MACR:

Comments1: 5 AUG 44 MADGEBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT ORVILLE C. EVERITT             P KIA  11 SEP 44       RUHLAND
2ND LT JOHN B. MANNIELLO           CP POW  11 SEP 44     RUHLAND
2ND LT WARRENL. SODEN            NAV POW  11 SEP 44     RUHLAND
2ND LT WILLIAM H. TITLEY          BOM CPT  29 JAN 45      KASSEL  (with Lt G. Brown Crew)
CPL JAMES V. ARMSTRONG           ROG WIA  05 AUG 44     MAGDEBURG, (in 65th Gen. Hospital)
CPL ROBERT L. WILLIAMS             TTE KIA  11 SEP 44       RUHLAND
CPL ROBERT A. HOWARD              BTG KIA   11 SEP44       RUHLAND
CPL HOMER K. HIRSCH                   WG KIA   11 SEP 44      RUHLAND
CPL WILLIAM E. KENNEY                 TG POW    11 SEP 44   RUHLAND
CPL EDWARD G. MINTON, SR.            NG KIA    11 SEP 44     RUHLAND

349TH SQDN.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 17 Jul 1944.  
On the 11 Sep 44 Ruhland mission Cpl Lawrence A. Radka, from the crew of W. Marmorine, flew in place of James Armstrong and was KIA.
Sgt.D.H. Crozier(TOG/NG) flew with this Crew on 5 AUG 44

CREW
 DATE: 11 Sept.1944  349th Sqdn                      A/C #42-97834 "Mud In Yer Eye"

 MISSION: RUHLAND                                   MACR #8819,Micro-fiche 3237

1st Lt Orville C.Everitt         P        KIA
2nd Lt John B.Manniello      CP       POW/WIA
2nd Lt Warren L.Soden     NAV     POW
Sgt Edward G.Minton,Sr TOG/ NG  Died of Wounds in POW hospital
Cpl Lawrence A.Radka      ROG      KIA
T/Sgt Robert L.Williams     TTE        KIA
S/Sgt Robert A.Howard      BTG      KIA
S/Sgt Homer K.Hirsch        WG         KIA
S/Sgt William E.Kenney      TG         POW/WIA


A statement made 2/8/45 by Sgt.Kenney is as follows:  "We were flying a mission
to Ruhland,Germany in Sept.1944.At about 12:10 English time we were hit by F.W.
190s.Due to oxygen system which was shot out and also serious lung wounds,I was
unconsclous and don't remember how I got out.  I have no knowledge of what happ-
ened at all except hearsay.  I heard in Germany from a fellow flyer that the ship
blew up.Then when I got to France I saw the Navigator Lt.Soden. He said he saw a
ship explode after he bailed out, but he couldn't tell if it was ours."

Lt.Manniello received injuries to the skull and had no memory of any events occur-
ring betwean 5 and 16 Sept.  However, he said as follows in August 1945:   "The
Toggalier,Minton, Edward, Sgt.,occupied the other bed in my room (in Ger. Hosp,)
and gave me the following information.
      1.The pilot, Everitt,Orville C.  was killed in the plane but everyone else
        bailed out.
      2. We were strafed while floating earthward.
      3. We were attacked by civilians at railroad station in Kemotan, Sudeten-
         land,Germany.
      4. Minton had no knowledge of fate of other members of our crew.  (Minton
         was later officially reported by the German Govt. to have died as a
         result of a fractured spine."

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Orville C. Everitt Crew photographed at Rapid City AFB on or about the 19 Apr 44. Standing (left to right); James V. Armstrong, Homer K. Hirsch, Robert L. Williams, Edward G. Minton, Sr. and William E. Kenney.  Kneeling; Warren L. Soden, John B. Manniello, William H. Titley, Orville C. Everitt and Robert A. Howard. (100th Photo Archives)

 

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