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T/SGT  Arthur W. FLOWERS

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TOG/NG

 Arthur W. Flowers, KIA April 10, 1945 Magdeburg with the L. L. Bazin crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

SERIAL #: 14100882 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 14170 CR: 14170

Comments1: 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MADGEBURG (EAC - FLAK)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

Lt Luther G.Bennett               P  CPT  28/9/44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
Lt Robert Baker                    CP  NOC
 Lt Donald R.Gillis                 NAV  CPT  3/10/44 LUDWIGBURG, ILLESHEIM,NUNRBURGS
 Lt Alvin Christopher             BOM  CPT
 T/Sgt John D.Cannon          ROG  CPT  2/11/44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
 T/Sgt Harrison Roach,Jr.       TTE  CPT  2/10/44 KASSEL, AERO ENGINE
 S/Sgt Frederick A.Kirchubel     BTG  CPT
 S/Sgt Arthur W.Flowers          WG  KIA  10/4/45 (With crew of L.L.Bazin)
 S/Sgt Robert B.Crooks          WG  CPT   28/9/44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
 S/Sgt Salvatore J.Guido          TG  CPT  28/9/44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY

351st Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined 100th BG on  22/5/44    See letter from H.Roach dated 20/11/87.

1st Lt A.R. Christovich (Nav) flew some missions with this Crew.

This Crew flew 42-107233 EP-N  "HUMPTY DUMPTY" 

According to Ray Bowdens book "Plane Names and Bloody Noses…100th Bomb Group this crew flew their first mission in HUMPTY DUMPTY on July 18, 1944 to Kiel.  Between then and Septmeber 28th, this crew flew 20 missions in this aircraft.  Missions included:

Kiel-July 18, 1944
Merseburg-July 29, 1944
Munich-July 31, 1944
Hamburg-Aug 4, 1944
Magdeburg-Aug 5, 1944
Berlin-Aug 6, 1944, 
Ludwigshaven-Aug 14, 1944
Warsaw Supply Drop, Sept 18, 1944 (Second Russian Shuttle Mission)
Szolnok (Hungary) Sept 19, 1944
Merseburg Sept 28, 1944

S/Sgt Arthur W. Flowers Missions with Lt Bennett Crew:  (mpf 2001)

1. 14/6/44  LeCulot,   A/C 42-31256  King Bee II EP-S
2. 20/6/44  Fallersleben  A/C 42-102667 Yankee Wahine EP-J
3. 21/6/44  Basdorf/Ruhland  A/C 42-31767 Our Gal Sal EP-E
4.  4/7/44  Gein (Recalled)  A/C 42-31412 Mason and Dixon EP-G
5.  7/7/44  Bohlen/Merseburg A/C 42-38047 Fever Beaver EP-O
6.  8/7/44  Clamecy  A/C 42-97126 The Latest Rumor EP-D
7. 13/7/44  Munich
8. 14/7/44  South of France  A/C 42-37936  All American Girl EP-M
     (recalled)
9. 17/7/44  Auxerre   A/C 42-32412 Mason and Dixon EP-G
10. 18/7/44  Kiel   A/C 42-107233  EP-N
11. 19/7/44  Schweinfurt  A/C 42-39867 EP-E 
12. 20/7/44  Merseburg  A/C 42-107233 EP-N
13. 21/744  St Lo (ground support) A/C 42-107233 EP-N

I believe at this point that this crew was reduced to a Nine man crew and Sgt Flowers was placed into a spare gunners pool.

14. 26/9/44  Bremen   Flew with Lt Ronald Cumming Crew

CREW

2ND LT RONALD CUMMING  P CPT 27 SEP 44 MAINZ
2ND LT JOHN J. WILLIAMSON  CP CPT 27 SEP 44 MAINZ
2ND LT DELON C. GOODWIN NAV CPT 28 SEP 44 MERSEBURG 
2ND LT CHARLES G. SHIVELY  BOM CPT 27 SEP 44 MAINZ
S/SGT LEROY DOYAL   ROG CPT 27 SEP 44 MAINZ
S/SGT CLIFFORD W. BAER  TTE CPT 03 FEB 45 BERLIN
   SGT EMILE T. GIARD   TG CPT 28 SEP 44 MERSEBURG
   SGT WILLIAM C. WHEELER  WG CPT 27 SEP 44 MAINZ
   SGT ISAAC GOLDEN  BTG CPT 27 SEP 44 MAINZ-translator on 1st Russian Shuttle
   SGT ALISTAIR A. YOUNG  WG WIA 19 SEP 44 SZOLNOK-Injured by flak, left in Foggia, Italy with 15thAF

351st Sqdn.. Crew joined the 100th on 29 May 1944 flew many missions in "OUR GAL SAL" 42-31767.  On 2nd Russian Shuttle, Lt Cummings was forced to leave "Our Gal Sal" in Russia due to battle damage (hydraulics shot out).  Flew out in "Little Joe" from another bomb group. This crew also flew the following A/C 43-37521-Skyway Chariot, 42-102598-Super Rabbit, 42-102416-Lady Luck, 42-31708-Skipper II during thier tour of duty..

S/Sgt Arthur W. Flowers Missions with Lt Lawrence L. Bazin:  (mpf 2001)

15. 11/3/45  HAMBURG  
16. 12/3/45  SWINEMUNDE
17. 15/3/45  ORANIENBURG
18. 21/3/45  PLAUEN
19. 22/3/45  ALHORN
20. 23/3/45  UNNA
21. 24/3/45  STEENWIJK
22. 24/3/45  ZIEGENHAIN
23. 28/3/45  HANOVER
24. 30/3/45  HAMBURG
25. 31/3/45  BAD BURKA
26.   3/4/45  KIEL
27   4/4/45  KIEL
28   5/4/45  NURNBURG
29.   6/4/45  LEIPZIG
30. 10/4/45  BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG


CREW

2nd Lt Lawrence L. Bazin      P       KIA         10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
2nd Lt Charles F.Dixon         CP     FEH
2nd Lt Kenneth C.Peiffer   NAV     FEH    
2nd Lt Harry J.Chase       BOM     FEH
S/Sgt Roens W.Shearwood TTE      Evadee   10/4/45 " " " " 
   Cpl Glenn D.Abraham,Jr. ROG      POW      10/4/45 " " " "
   Cpl Paul H.Decker         TG         KIA         10/4/45 " " " "
   Cpl Richard D.Long       WG         POW      10/4/45 " " " "
   Cpl Richard E.Smith       BTG        KIA         10/4/45 " " " "

351st Sqdn.  Joined 100th Group,as above, on 11/2/45. On 10/4/45, Lt.John D.Gross from the crew of J.J.Dodrill was the NAV  in place of Kenneth Peiffer. James R.Dotson,pilot of his own crew,was flying as CP in place of Charles Dixon. Also aboard were T/Sgt Arthur T.Flowers as NG (Tog) in place of Harry Chase,and S/Sgt Robert B.Patterson as Radar Con.

Eyewitness: (MACR # 14170 " A/C 963 was forced to peel out of the formation with #2 engine feathered. Then it tried to climb back when ME 262's began pressing attack. The A/C was hit in the right wing and a large piece flew off.Then#3 & #4 engines burst into flames and it peeled off low to the right. As it went down flames were larger and it was believed to hit the ground with a terrific explosion. 
No chutes were seen.

Statement by Sherwood:  "The plane was breaking up when I got out and I was  of the opinion that no other crew member parachuted.I saw no other chutes. When I hit the ground,I did not see any of the crew." 

Following is the crew component for the 10 Apr 1945 mission to Magdeburg
Lawrence L. Bazin           Pilot                   KIA
James R. Dotson             Co-Pilot              KIAs in red 
John D. Gross                 Navigator           POW
Arthur W. Flowers           Nose Gunner      KIA
Glenn D. Abraham, Jr.      Radio Operato    POW
Roens W. Shearwood       Flight Engineer    EVA
Richard E. Smith             Ball Turret G       KIA
Paul H. Decker               Tail Gunner        KIA
Robert B. Patterson        Radar C.            POW
Richard D. Long             Waist Gunner     POW

A/C#43 38963 MACR#14170,fiche #5162

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Magdeburg DATE: 1945-04-10  
AIRCRAFT: (43-38963) CAUSE: ME 262  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: I ROW: 18  
GRAVE: 19 CEMETERY: Netherlands Cemetery/Margraten  

PHOTOS:

Arthur W. Flowers   351st   WG   North Carolina   KIA   10 Apr 45   Burg-bei-Magdeburg, AF   Luther G. Bennett Crew   (100th Photo Archives)

 Arthur W. Flowers of the Luther G. Bennett crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Fredericks, Lombardi, Baumam, Flowers, and Grimes in front of the orderly room. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Arthur W. Flowers of the Luther Bennett crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 The 351st First Sgt. F. T. Bauman, foreground; Arthur Wayne Flowers in back with cup and members of the Orderly Room staff at the 100th's 200 mission party. (100th Photo Archives) 

 From left: C. R. Garrison, A. W. Flowers and Issac Hulme in the 351st area at Thorpe Abbotts. (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

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