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S/SGT  Joe S. FOLSOM

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: 18219447 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 05382 CR: 05382

Comments1: 28 MAY 44 MADEBURG (WENT TO BERLIN 24 MAY 44) (EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT LUCIUS G. LACY                P POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
2ND LT THOMAS R. LESLIE           CP KIA 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (WITH G.BRANNAN CREW)
2ND LT ALBERT FRANKLIN         NAV CPT 24 JUL 44 ST LO GROUND SUPPORT
2ND LT FRANK C. GREGORY       BOM CPT 13 JUL 44 MUNICH
    SGT CLARENCE H. WOOD, JR. ROG POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
    SGT CHESTER J. CARKNARD    TTE KIA 11 APR 44 POSEN & ROSTOCK
    SGT RAYMOND J. MITCHELL    BTG POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
    SGT WILLIAM L. RENEAU         WG CPT 5 JUN 44 FALAISE
    SGT HERMAN H. HILBURN        WG RFS MEDICIAL REASONS AFTER SEVEN MISSIONS
    SGT JOSEPH A. HOWELL          TG NOC

351st Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 1 Dec 1943.
When Sgt Hilburn was RFS after 7 missions, S/Sgt Raymond Mitchell moved to LWG.  By March 1944 S/Sgt Reneau had moved to Lt Massol's Crew as WG and was replaced on the  S/Sgt Joe Folsom had taken over the RWG position.  The BTG position was manned by several different crewman, S/Sgt L. Black, S/Sgt Chester Powell, S/Sgt J.M. Roberts, & S/Sgt C.L. Morrow from the 350th BS. T/Sgt Sidney A. Cary took over the TTE postion when T/Sgt Carknard was KIA on 11 Apr 44.  S/Sgt Joseph A Howell served as TG on this crew until 15 Mar 44 Brunswick Mission then is replaced by S/Sgt Michael Rotz from Capt T.E. Murphy Crew. 

The crew composition that flew the 28 May 44 Madgeburg mission was vastly different from the above roster; below is the crew as of the 28 May 44 mission to Madgeburg.

CREW
1ST LT LUCIUS G. LACY                P POW 28 MAY 44 MAGDEBURG & GERA
2ND LT CLAUDE E. SCHINDLER     CP KIA FROM THE R.V.E. MONRAD CREW
2ND LT RAYMOND E. ROSSMAN NAV POW FROM THE C.W WOLDT CREW
2ND LT HERBERT GREENBURG   BOM POW FROM THE R.H.HELMICK CREW
T/SGT CLARENCE H. WOOD       ROG POW 
T/SGT SIDNEY A. CARY             TTE POW FROM THE R.V.E. MONRAD CREW
S/SGT CHESTER L. POWELL       BTG KIA FROM THE M.T.RISH CREW
S/SGT JOE FOLSOM                 RWG KIA 28 MAY 44 MADGEBURG
S/SGT RAYMOND J. MITCHELL   LWG POW 
S/SGT MICHAEL ROTZ                TG POW FROM THE T. MURPHY CREW (PICCADILLY  LILY)

EYEWITNESS: "A/C #389 was shot down over the target area at 1405 hours by
              E/A. #4 engine was seen smoking and cockpit was afire.Three
              chutes were seen "

According to Lt.Lacy's statements in MACR, . . . "the electrical system was out,
ship out of control,cables shot away,spun immediately. " . . . . " I fastened my
chute on in air. Seven crew members got out before wings came off."

From statements of Lt.Greenberg in MACR:

"The attack that knocked us out came from High at about 1:00 o'clock. All hits
seemed to concentrate on the starboard side. I would say Lt.Schindler was hit
and killed in the cockpit.He never made a move to get out despite the fact we
were burning fiercely. Our engineer maintains that the last he saw of Schindler
was while the cockpit was burning. Lt Schindler appeared to be slumped in his
seat.His left arm hanging straight down and making no move." Lt.Schindler
was operational from December 1943 til his death. He flew the "Roughest" ones
and was the coolest,calmest co-pilot that ever flew combat."

Sgt.Mitchell last saw Sgt.Folsom lying against the right bulkhead.His head and
face bloody and he made no attempt to leave the ship and was evidently dead.

S/Sgt Joe S. Folsom is believed to have been killed in his turret by the fighter pass
that apparently killed Schindler and Folsom.

German report in MACR iB to the effect that  at the crash site 3 dead were Yound.
Bodies burnt,names unidentifiable.

It appears that this crew had flown about 20/22 missions.

MEMO 2:

Killed by Fighter

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-05-28  
AIRCRAFT: (42-31389) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Members of the Lucius G. Lacy 351st Crew: Seated from left: Raymond J. Mitchell - WG, Chester J. Carknard - TTE, Clarence H. Wood - ROG. Standing from left: Joseph A. Howell - TG, Joe Folsom - WG, Herman H. Hilburn - WG. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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