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LT  William E. GREEN

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

100 BG / 418 BS.
1LT GREEN, WILLIAM E.
http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/american-war-cemetery-margraten-g/46927-green-william-e
Source: Pilot Class Book 43-D, Goodfellow Field, Texas.

A new portrait photograph for 'The Faces of Margraten' !

SERIAL #: O-677261 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 02343 CR: 02343

Comments1: 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT WILLIAM E. GREEN              P KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT JACK P. JENSEN                CP KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT JOHN J. JOYCE               NAV KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT JOHN S. HAMILITON       BOM KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
S/SGT ROBERT W. VALENTIK      ROG KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
S/SGT ROMAN B. BERAN              TTE KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
S/SGT RICHARD K. ANDEREGG     BTG KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
S/SGT SANFORD TISDALE           WG KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
S/SGT HARRY J. WASKEWICZ      WG KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
S/SGT LEROY R. LEIST                 TG KIA 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
 
MACR #2343, Microfiche #799
A/C #42-37975

418th Sqdn..  Crew joined in October 1943.  Crewas above, appears on the MACR #2343. No information as to when it joined the 100th.
EYEWITNESS; "This A/C, in 3rd element of the high squadron, pulled out of formation at 1352 hours & headed for the undercast. It was smoking but appeared under control. No chutes were seen."Original ROG on the Crew was S/Sgt Tom Sasser, replaced on Feb 4, 1944 mission by S/Sgt Valentik". 

MACR #2343 is very blurred and difficult to read but Walcheron Island (Off coast of Holland) is mentioned. The body of S/Sgt Waskewicz was washed ashore near Ouddorp (Coastal Holland) 6 Feb 44 and that of Lt Joyce on 18 Feb 44. The bodies of Richard Anderegg and John Hamilton also washed ashore near Ouddorp with Waskewicz. Joyce washed ashore near Ellemeet. ( Adrian Caldwell, daughter of Sgt Leist)

 Date: 3/3/2002 10:31:12 AM Pacific Standard Time 
From: rbcaldwe@dixie-net.com 
Hi Mike,
Here are the dates of the recovery of the four of the crew with my dad.
Harry Waskewicz, John Hamilton and Richard Anderegg recovered 6 Feb 1944,
buried 7 Feb 44 Ouddorp Communal Cemetery, Holland.
John Joyce, recovered 5 Apr 44, buried 18 April 44 at Haamstede Cemetery
near Ellemeet, Holland.  (Adrian Caldwell, daughter of Sgt Leist)

"On Feb 4th the 100th BG was dispatched to Frankfurt where it attacked a steelworks factory, the ST (secondary Target). The group lost three crews that day, Lt Green, Lt Brown and Lt McPhee. B-17 42-37975 Marking LD (418th Squadron) call sign U, piloted by Lt William Green and CP Jack Jensen crashed into the sea off the Dutch coast in the Vicinity of Walcheron Island. It was last seen at 13:32 (1:32pm) as it pulled out of the high squadron.and headed for the undercast. It was smoking but appeared under control. No chutes were seen. All Ten men aboard were KIA The body of Waist Gunner S/Sgt Harry Waskewicz washed ashore two days later near Oudorf in Costal Holland." 

Part of Missions Critique from MACR (Missing Air Crew Report). Bill Thompson 

"About 25 single engined enemy aircraft interecpted our formaiton near Liege on route from the target. They made several passes at the low group but seemed concentrated on Stragglers.The continuous flak over enemy territory was inaccurate. 975 pulled out of its postion in the high squadron of the formation at 13:32 hours and headed for the undercast, smoking but under control."

Subj: Photo 
Date: 8/15/2001 6:56:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: rbcaldwe@dixie-net.com (rbcaldwe)To: MPFaley@aol.com (Mike Faley)  
Hello Mike,I have made an interesting discovery! In looking thru my Mom's old scrapbook she kept on my dad, I found the name, Tom Sasser. I located him in Florida. He is now 92 and his mind is not good, but his wife is very spry. She told me that Tom was an original member of my dad's crew. She sent me two pictures she had. One of them is the one I sent to you that has been put on the website of the men in their flying gear. My dad had one of the men listed as Robert Valentik. Avis Sasser says this man is actually her husband, Tom Sasser. Seems Robert Valentik replaced Tom and therefore was lost with the crew on that fateful mission on February 4, 1944.When I sent you the picture, you said you already had one just like it. Did it have a listing of the crew with it? I am certain that Mrs. Sasser shouldcertainly know her husband, so I do believe her, but just wondered if you had him as Robert Valentik also?Do you have a copy of CONTRAILS where you could send me a picutre via emailof Robert Valentik?My step dad died July 21. (Another great veteran lost, he was with the 2ndArmored Division). My Mom has decided to come out to Omaha with my husbandand me for the reunion. I am so pleased.I look forward to meeting you and all the others whose names I read andcorrespond with thru email.Adrian Leist Caldwelldaughter of S/Sgt Leory E. Leist, 418th Squadron
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MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Frankfurt DATE: 1944-02-04  
AIRCRAFT: (42-37975) CAUSE: Crashed at Sea  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: Wall/Misng CEMETERY: Netherlands Cemetery/Margraten  

PHOTOS:

Lt William Green Crew - Standing L-R: Jack Jensen, Jack Hamilton, John Joyce, Bill Green; Kneeling L-R: Sanford Tisdale, Richard Anderegg, Roman Biran, Robert Valentick, Harry Waskewicz, and Leroy Leist Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 "CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT" - Picture taken at Dalhart, Texas prior to October 1943. (Kneeling l to r): William Green (P), Jack Jensen (CP), Jack Hamilton (BOM), John Joyce (NAV). (Standing l to r): Roman Beran (TTE), Richard Anderegg (BTG), Robert Valentik (ROG), Sanford Tisdale (RWG),HARRY J. WASKEWICZ, Leroy Leist (TG). Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Memorial to Lt William E. Green Crew at place where bodies of Crewmen washed ashore, 

50 Cal machine gun found off the coast of Holland from A/C #42-37975. This was one of the Waist Guns and still had live round stuck inside chamber.  Serial number on the Browning is  1150698  

50 Cal machine gun found off the coast of Holland from A/C #42-37975. This was one of the Waist Guns and still had live round stuck inside chamber.  Serial number on the Browning is  1150698

50 Cal machine gun found off the coast of Holland from A/C #42-37975. This was one of the Waist Guns and still had live round stuck inside chamber.  Serial number on the Browning is  1150698

50 Cal machine gun found off the coast of Holland from A/C #42-37975. This was one of the Waist Guns and still had live round stuck inside chamber.  Serial number on the Browning is  1150698

Courtesy of Sara Kay

Courtesy of Sara Kay

William E. Green   418th   P   Oklahoma   KIA   4 Feb 44   Frandfurt   William E. Green Crew   (100th Photo Archives)

Painting by Ron Leigh of A/C 237975 for Adrian Caldwell whose Father Leroy Leist went Missing in Action on. 

 

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