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S/SGT  Elmer L. FARNSWORTH

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG

 Othell Ball and Elmer Farnsworth-BTG on Lt Raine Crew (100th Photo Archives) 

SERIAL #: 18202545 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 08815 CR: 08815

Comments1: 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND (EXP)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT JOSEPH H. RAINE                  P KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
2ND LT ALBERT H. WYNKOOP          CP RFS   (busted eardrum on second mission, sent stateside)
2ND LT HOWARD J. KALBACH, JR     NAV KIA    11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
2ND LT  PHILIP D. PITTS                 BOM KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
T/SGT VINCENT S. LINGUANTI         ROG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
T/SGT WALTER F. JORGENSEN         TTE POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
S/SGT ELMER L. FARNSWORTH         BTG KIA   11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
S/SGT EDWARD WEINSTEIN           WG POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND Died of wounds as a POW
S/SGT JOHN C. MEACHAM                TG POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
SGT PHIL J. SCUDDER                    BTG CPT  REMOVED  FROM CREW AT CREW REDUCTION TO NINE;
                                                                          ASSIGNED MEDIUM  BOMBERS AND FLEW 32 MISSIONS.

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 02 AUG 1944.. 
LT LEW E. WALLACE (FROM LT HANSEN CREW) WAS FLYING CP ON 11 SEP 44 AND BECAME A POW.
A/C flown LN-O 43-38047, INNOCENT BYSTANDER. 

Missions flown by Lt Joseph H. Raine and Crew:

#        DATE               TARGET                        A/C # & NAME

1.     24/8/44             RUHLAND                      2102657, LN-Y Boss Lady
2.     25/8/44             POLITZ                         338043,   LN-T
3.     26/8/44             BREST                          46297,     LN-X Spirit of Pittwood
4.     30/8/44             BREMEN                        2102695, LN-F
5.      3/9/44              BREST                          338047,  LN-O Innocent Bystander
6.      8/9/44              MAINZ                          338047,  LN-O Innocent Bystander
7.      9/9/44              DUSSELDORF                 338047,  LN-O Innocent Bystander
8.    10/9/44              NURNBURG                    338047,  LN-O Innocent Bystander
9.    11/9/44              RUHLAND                      338047,  LN-O Innocent Bystander (SHOT DOWN)

Lt Philip D. Pitts joined the army in 1942 and passed his Officers Candidate School exam in 1943 becoming a 2nd Lt. From there he went to the USAAF Bombardier School in Deming, New Mexico and received his Bombardier Wings on March 19, 1944.  He joined the Crew of Lt Raine and were sent overseas and Stationed  with the 100th Bomb Group at Thorpe Abbotts, England on August 2, 1944.  His Crew was shot down on their 9th mission on September 11, 1944 to Ruhland, Germany.  The Crew was flying 338047,  Innocent Bystander.  Lieutenant Pitts was to  receive the Air Medal  on Sept 15, 1944 at 7pm if he had lived, instead the Air Medal and the Purple Heart (1998) were awarded posthumously.
         From Marion D. Pitts (brother of Lt Pitts)  

"Lt Raine was flying off left wing of Capt Giles and his ship simply exploded, killing Lt Raine and 4 of his crew. All 9 aircraft of the 100th BG "C" Group (Low) were 350th BS aircraft.  All 9 were lost on this mission and the Group lost 12 aircraft total this day.  The Group was hit that day by an enemy force estimated at over 500 fighters  They hit the 100th BG in 3 waves coming out of the sun.  They overwhelmed the low Group tearing the 350th apart, knocking 6 planes out of the lead squadron."  MACR 8815

JORGENSEN WALTER F 350TH SQDN, (TTE), (POW) 47 TAMARACK TRAIL SARATOGA NY 12866

Subj: Lt. Pitts (2)  
Date: 11/20/2001 11:43:45 PM Pacific Standard Time 
From: Zdiarsky@LF.CZU.CZ 
To: karen_pitts_20895@yahoo.com 
CC: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Dear Karen S. Pitts,

Mike Faley, the photo archivist of the 100th BG Foundation forwared me
your request. My name is Jan Zdiarsky and I am a director of the
museum especially dedicated to the air battle in which your uncle was
killed. Our museum is in my hometown Kovarska, in Czech Republic,
Europe. Our town was a centre of the battle. I am researching over 17
years on the history of the Ruhland mission and the battle of 11th
September 1944. We have already good knowledge about the battle since
all that time. As you probably know, from the plane 047 of your uncle
survived only three men. I have contact with two of them. The first is
my good friend Lew E. Wallace, the replacement copilot. The second is
Cowan Meacham, the tail gunner.

By our research we can see, the plane crashed near of Tellerhäuser,
Germany, which is about 10 miles from my home, killing most of the
crew. Your uncle and other were buried in Oberwiesenthal, then in
Neudorf, Germany. After the war they were transported to American
military cemetery in continental Europe. Now is most of the crew of
Lt. raine buried together on the national Cemetery in Jefferson
Barracks in St. Louis. in summer 2000 I visited your country and I
visit also their common grave on the National Cemetery and placed them
a flower.

Last year I also visited your national Archives where I was 
researching about original German reports, written when they captured
airmen, found crashed planes or found any killed airmen. There I found
also a dogtag and some personal socuments which Germans taken away from
him when they found him dead, also as other information. If you wish,
I can send you copies and photos which I made on archives. I can also
send you for your information statements of crewmen of your uncle.
Exist also a possibility to made contact of you and Lew Wallace or/and
Cowan Meacham.

Dear Lady, please send me your address, I would like send you the
publication which I wrote about that battle (it is in English).

I would also very like invite you to visit our museum and possibly
also the crashsite where the your uncle died. The site we found about
three years ago.

I would very glad to learm a little more about you and family 
of Lt. Pitts, who is very important for our research, as I hope you
understand. I would very glad invite any information about him,
photos, etc.

Very sincerely, Jan Zdiarsky
director of the museum

 karen_pitts@nlm.nih.gov
Tele: (301)402-6155  
 Karen S. Pitts 
National Library of Medicine
History of Medicine Division 
8600 Rockville Pike 
Bethesda, MD 20894

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Ruhland DATE: 1944-09-11  
AIRCRAFT: (43-38047) CAUSE: EAC & Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 1573