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LT  Stanley S. DIAMOND

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

2nd Lt Stanley Diamond, CP on Lt Coccia Crew. KIA as fill in with Lt Spear Crew . Photo courtesy of great nephew Dustin Divinia 

2nd Lt Stanley Diamond, CP on Lt Coccia Crew. KIA as fill in with Lt Spear Crew . Photo courtesy of great nephew Dustin Divinia 

SERIAL #: O-823543 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 08174 CR: 08174

Comments1: 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG / COLLISION 42-97621/ STANSBURY

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT JAMES D. COCCIA               P POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT STANLEY S. DIAMOND       CP KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG   (with Lt Albert Spear Crew)
2ND LT ROBERT D. FULKERSON   NAV POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT ROBERT E. MARSHO       BOM POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
S/SGT HARRY E. WHITFORD       ROG POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
S/SGT JOHN R. VUCHETICH        TTE POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
   SGT BERNARD V. BAUMGARTEN WG KIA 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
   SGT HARRY G. FELDKAMP         WG POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
   SGT JAMES A. HOOTS               TG NOC 
   SGT FRANK MADRID                BTG POW 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
 
  MACR #7815, Microfiche #2862   A/C #42-107007  "SHE HASTA"

351st Sqdn.. This crew joined the 100th on 17 Jul 44

29 Jul 44 this crew suffered flak damage over the target (Merseburg) and was forced to ditch in the North Sea off the coast of Ameland.  Made it to shore & immediately captured.  Baumgarten severly wounded and went down with the A/C.  William L. Greiner was flying as  pilot to break in a new crew and became a POW. Lt Stanley Diamond asked for a transfer from this Crew because he was fearful of Coccia's flying ability.  He was sent to the Crew of Lt Albert S. Spear an was KIA on 28 Ju 44 over Merseburg.  

CREW

2ND LT ALBERT S. SPEAR  P KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT DEWEY H. NELSON  CP CPT 25 DEC 44 KAISERLAUTERN, MY
2ND LT JOHN P. SPILLANE  NAV KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT ROBERT WASHINGTON  BOM POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL ARTHUR A. MARSHALL ROG KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
CPL RAYMOND A. PIECZYNSKI TTE KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
CPL REMI G. EBERNENZ  BTG CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA
CPL ARTHUR V. GENS  WG KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
CPL ROBBIE L. GILL   WG CPT 24 OCT 44 UNKNOWN
CPL ROBERT D. BASS  TG KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 17 JUL 1944
 MACR # 8174, Microfiche # 3002  A/C #42-32009 "Black Cat 13" 

This ship collided with that of Lt W.G. Stansbury over the North Sea.  .

Lt Robert Washington was flying with the Glenn Rojohn crew on 31 Dec 44 (Hamburg) and became a POW. 
On the Rojohn MACR he is listed as the Navigator. Sgt Eberenz finished his tour with the Charlie O. Daniels crew.

S/Sgt Charlie P. Pate was flying Nose Gunner on 28 Jul 44; while 2nd Lt Stanley S. Diamond was aboard as CP, both were KIA.
 
 Robbie Gill was the sole survivor from the two crews and made the following statement 21 August 1944.

  SUBJECT: Supplement to MACR, A/C #009  by S/Sgt Robbie L. Gill
 
  TO:       Commanding General, 3rd Bombardment Divison.

   1.  The following is a version of what happened to A/C 009 and the crew of Lt. Albert S. Spears
    who flew the Operational (Stratagic) Mission 28 July 1944.

   2.  At 1231 hours near 5238N and 0157E the formation was flying just above the undercast at 9000 feet. A/C #
009 in which I was flying in the #7 position in the low squadron. It (#009) struck #621 and I was thrown forward in the ship between the ammunition boxes. There was quite a bit of noise and the ship seemed to be thrown around alot. I pulled the door off the tail and bailed out. By the time my chute opened I was below the clouds.  I saw the tail from which I had bailed out spiralling slowly down to the sea. That was all there was left of the ship. Directly below me was a large fire and there were numerous small pieces of aircraft floating in the air. I saw no other chutes before or after landing in the sea. I was picked up by Air-Sea rescue approximately one and one half   hours after landing in the water."

From the coordinates, it would seem this midair collision occured abouir 26 miles from Lowestoff. All of the men of this crew except S/Sgt Gill are listed on the WALL OF THE MISSING AT CAMBRIDGE.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Merseburg DATE: 1944-07-28  
AIRCRAFT: "Black Cat 13" (42-32009) CAUSE: Collided with 42-97621  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: Wall/Misng CEMETERY: Cambridge Military Cemetery  
ID: 1288