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S/SGT  Richard A. ARMSTRONG

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: 16125432 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: CHICAGO, IL Flew Black Thursday

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

 In a message dated 4/3/2008 11:12:15 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, dirks@comcast.net writes:
Dear Sir:

My name is Dirk M. Skogsberg and I am a genealogist.  My Mother was Corinne E. (Armstrong) Skogsberg and her Brother was Richard A. Armstrong, serial
number 16125432.  He was born on 5 September 1924 and inducted on 14 September 1944 so he was just 18 years old when he joined the Army Air
Corps.  He was discharged honorably on 10 October 1945.  I have a certified copy of his WD AGO 100 Form, Separation Qualification Record.  He left
England after 20 missions and it is my understanding that the men stayed in theater until they flew 25 missions.

The WD AGO 100 Form, Separation Qualification Record shows the following:

Months        Grade      Military Occupation Specialty
  1               Pvt         Basic Tng 521
  3               Pvt        Aerial Gunner Student 629
  4               Sgt        O/S Tng 521
  6               Sgt        Aerial Gunner 611
  3               Sgt        Casual
  4            S/Sgt        Processing
1 1/2        S/Sgt        Teletype Opr Student 629
1 1/2        S/Sgt        Teletype Opr 237
1/2           S/Sgt        Casual
  6            S/Sgt        Teletype Opr 237

My Uncle Dick was in the 100th BG during WW II.  My Mother's records in her
handwriting from the time shows the following:

Richard A. Armstrong was a waist gunner in B17's with the 8th Air Corps.  He
was also an armorer gunner.  He flew twenty missions.

1.      17 Jul 1943 - Hamburg, Germany
2.      24 Jul 1943 - Trondheim, Norway
3.      25 Jul 1943 - Kiel, Germany
4.      26 Jul 1943 - Hannover, Germany
5.      9 Sep 1943 - Beauvais-Tille, France
6.    27 Sep 1943 - Emden, Germany
7.    14 Oct 1943 - Schweinfurt, Germany
8.    24 Dec 1943 - SECRET    ST.JOSEPH au BOIS (NOBALL) 
9.     14 Jan 1944 - SECRET     FORET D'HESDIN (NOBALL) 
10.    3 Feb 1944 - Wilhelmshaven, Germany
11.  24 Feb 1944 - Rostock, Germany
12.  25 Feb 1944 - Regensburg, Germany
13.  28 Mar 1944 - Châteaudun, France
  
Ops Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target 
3/28/1944 27 138 ROSSMAN R E LT BOM 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
3/28/1944 27 138 RUPNICK J S/SGT TG 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
3/29/1944 27 138 ARMSTRONG R.A. S/SGT LWG 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
3/28/1944 27 138 ABNEY R D S/SGT RWG 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
3/28/1944 27 138 ANGLIN C L S/SGT BTG 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
3/28/1944 27 138 BONN H A T/SGT ROG 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
3/28/1944 27 138 TOWNSEND J H LT NAV 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
3/28/1944 27 138 WOLDT C.W. LT CP 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
3/28/1944 27 138 MONRAD R.E. LT P 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
3/28/1944 27 138 SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 31389 CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 

Ops Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target 
3/31/1944 27 139 RUPNICK J S/SGT TG 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 
3/31/1944 27 139 ROSSMAN R E LT BOM 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 
3/31/1944 27 139 MONRAD R.E. LT P 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 
3/31/1944 27 139 WOLDT C.W. LT CP 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 
3/31/1944 27 139 BRYANT F LT NAV 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 
3/31/1944 27 139 SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 
3/31/1944 27 139 ANGLIN C L S/SGT BTG 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 
3/31/1944 27 139 ABNEY R D S/SGT RWG 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 
3/31/1944 27 139 ARMSTRONG R.A. S/SGT LWG 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 
3/31/1944 27 139 BONN H A T/SGT ROG 983 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED 

Ops Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target 
4/7/1944 27 141 DELANEY J.M. S/SGT TOG 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 
4/7/1944 27 141 PEROVICH M. S/SGT RWG 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 
4/7/1944 27 141 ANGLIN C L S/SGT BTG 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 
4/7/1944 27 141 SPENHOFF T.E. T/SGT ROG 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 
4/7/1944 27 141 ARMSTRONG R.A. S/SGT LWG 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 
4/7/1944 27 141 BONITZ G.E. LT NAV 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 
4/7/1944 27 141 BURKHARDT A.J. LT CP 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 
4/7/1944 27 141 MONRAD R.E. LT P 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 
4/7/1944 27 141 RUPNICK J S/SGT TG 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 
4/7/1944 27 141 SMALLWOOD H A T/SGT TTE 983 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB) 

14.  20 May 1944 - Marquenneville, France
15.    7 Jun 1944 - Nantes, France

Ops Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target 
6/7/1944 25 -135 GOODWIN D.C. LT NAV 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 
6/7/1944 25 -135 WILLIAMSON J.J. LT CP 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 
6/7/1944 25 -135 WHEELER W.C. SGT LWG 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 
6/7/1944 25 -135 SHIVELY C.G. LT BOM 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 
6/7/1944 25 -135 GOLDEN I. S/SGT BTG 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 
6/7/1944 25 -135 GIARD E.T. SGT TG 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 
6/7/1944 25 -135 DOYAL L. T/SGT ROG 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 
6/7/1944 25 -135 CUMMING R. LT P 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 
6/7/1944 25 -135 ARMSTRONG R.A. S/SGT RWG 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 
6/7/1944 25 -135 BAER C.W. S/SGT TTE 102598 NANTES (BRIDGES) 

16.  25 Jun 1944 - Maquis, France
17.  29 Jun 1944 - Böhlen, Germany
18.     6 Jul 1944 - SECRET    FLEURY, CREPEUIL (NOBALL)
 
Ops Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target 
7/6/1944 50 154 LOMBARDI W.V. S/SGT LWG 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 
7/6/1944 50 154 ARMSTRONG R.A. S/SGT TG 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 
7/6/1944 50 154 GRIMES C.L. S/SGT RWG 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 
7/6/1944 50 154 SMITH A.H. S/SGT BTG 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 
7/6/1944 50 154 MONRAD R.V. CAPT P 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 
7/6/1944 50 154 HENDRICKS H.J T/SGT ROG 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 
7/6/1944 50 154 WHITE L.D. LT BOM 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 
7/6/1944 50 154 BONITZ G.E. LT NAV 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 
7/6/1944 50 154 KENNEDY E.R. LT CP 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 
7/6/1944 50 154 LYNCH D.A. T/SGT TTE 31708 FLEURY/CREPEUIL 

19.  13 Jul 1944 - Munich, Germany
20.  17 Jul 1944 - Auxerre, France
       Ops Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target 
7/17/1944 61 161 FELCE R.D. T/SGT TTE 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 
7/17/1944 61 161 BYWATERS W.R. SGT TG 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 
7/17/1944 61 161 ALBEN C.J. SGT LWG 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 
7/17/1944 61 161 HUBELE T.L. S/SGT RWG 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 
7/17/1944 61 161 SCHMITT E.P. T/SGT ROG 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 
7/17/1944 61 161 WOOD J.H. LT TOG 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 
7/17/1944 61 161 WALDMAN F.J. LT NAV 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 
7/17/1944 61 161 BAKER C.J. LT CP 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 
7/17/1944 61 161 RANSOM J.R. LT P 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 
7/17/1944 61 161 ARMSTRONG R.A. S/SGT BTG 31066 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY 

21.
Ops Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target 
7/19/1944 61 163 WOOD J.H. LT TOG 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
7/19/1944 61 163 BYWATERS W.R. SGT TG 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
7/19/1944 61 163 ALBEN C.J. SGT LWG 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
7/19/1944 61 163 ARMSTRONG R.A. S/SGT BTG 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
7/19/1944 61 163 HUBELE T.L. S/SGT RWG 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
7/19/1944 61 163 WALDMAN F.J. LT NAV 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
7/19/1944 61 163 BAKER C.J. LT CP 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
7/19/1944 61 163 RANSOM J.R. LT P 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
7/19/1944 61 163 SCHMITT E.P. T/SGT ROG 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 
7/19/1944 61 163 FELCE R.D. T/SGT TTE 31708 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN 

22.
 Ops Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target 
7/20/1944 61 164 ARMSTRONG R.A. S/SGT BTG 38047 MERSEBURG 
7/20/1944 61 164 RANSOM J.R. LT P 38047 MERSEBURG 
7/20/1944 61 164 BAKER C.J. LT CP 38047 MERSEBURG 
7/20/1944 61 164 WALDMAN F.J. LT NAV 38047 MERSEBURG 
7/20/1944 61 164 WOOD J.H. LT TOG 38047 MERSEBURG 
7/20/1944 61 164 SCHMITT E.P. T/SGT ROG 38047 MERSEBURG 
7/20/1944 61 164 HUBELE T.L. S/SGT RWG 38047 MERSEBURG 
7/20/1944 61 164 ALBEN C.J. SGT LWG 38047 MERSEBURG 
7/20/1944 61 164 BYWATERS W.R. SGT TG 38047 MERSEBURG 
7/20/1944 61 164 FELCE R.D. T/SGT TTE 38047 MERSEBURG 

Promoted from PVT to SGT on 10 Jan 1943
Promoted from SGT to SSGT Jan 1944
Received Air Medal plus 2 oak leaf clusters about Jan 1944
Received Presidential Citation
ETO Ribbon with 2 Battle Stars. One for Air Offensive Europe and One for Normandy
 
 
I would like to report to you that my Uncle Dick passed away on 2 December
1989 in Fullerton, Orange County, California.  There was a 100th Bomb Group
Association Reunion at Thorpe Abbotts in August, 1988.  I believe that my
Uncle Dick attended that reunion, but I am not totally certain.  I have been
looking for many hours today for a record of him in the 100th BG.  Your
records show the following:

ARMSTRONG R.A.     S/SGT           UNK     WG     NOC     CHICAGO, IL

I would like to ask you for some help for my records.  What does "NOC" mean?  It means No Other Category (we did not know if he completed his tour?  was grounded, was wounded, etc) 


Why did he come back to the States after 20 missions?  Or did he fly more missions than are listed?
This is an interesting Question.  He did fly more that 20 missions based on what you gave me and what our limited operation archive can access.  When R.A. Armstrong joined the 100th BG the amount of Missions required to complete a tour of duty was 25.  Around March 18, 1944 it was raised to 30 and in early July, was raised once again to 35 missions to complete a tour.  Based on time spent there along with previous missions, some men were sent home after 28 missions. Still there is are two items missing from your information that would solve this.  One would be his Luckye Bastard Certificate which was given to men lucky enough to complete their tour of duty and Second and most important, the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded to every man who completed his missions.  This practice was curbed in late Fall 1944 but your uncle would have received it for completing. He should also have at least one more OLC on his air medal based on the missions flown.  You received the Air Medal for every 5 missions flown at this point in the war.  After the air medal was awarded, subsequent Air Medal Awards were signified by adding an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal Ribbon.  
 
Your Uncle was part of the 351st Spare Gunners Pool and would have only flown missions when filling in for a sick or kia/wia crewman.   That is why there is so much space in between missions flown.  What I wish I knew was what crew he flew the Oct 14, 1943 Schweinfurt mission with?  Did he keep a Diary of any sorts? What about a photo in USAAF uniform that you could scan and send to us by email?   
 
Without more documentation, I don't think we will ever know the true story why he was sent home after less than 25 missions. 
              Michael P. Faley...100th Bomb Group Historian 
 


Sincerely,

Dirk M. Skogsberg
63 Royal Oaks Drive North
Bristol, IL  60512-9700
Home Phone:  (630) 553-2614

Email:  dirks@comcast.net

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