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S/SGT  Glen E. BARDWELL

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 9 MAR 45 FRANKFURT

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT ALBERT M. WILLOUGHBY       P CPT 9 MAR 45 FRANKFURT  sn# 0-821131
2ND LT JACK L. MCKINNEY               CP CPT 9 MAR 45 FRANKFURT
2ND LT RALPH A. NITE                  NAV CPT 9 MAR 45 FRANKFURT
2ND LT JAMES R. WOOTEN           BOM CPT 9 MAR 45 FRANKFURT
T/SGT JOSEPH M. VACCARO          TTE CPT 22 FEB 45 WEHINGER, RAIL JUNCTION   (left Crew after 15 missions)
T/SGT ROBERT W. COLEMAN         ROG CPT 9 MAR 45 FRANKFURT
S/SGT EMERY B. HUTCHINGS         BTG CPT  24 MAR 45 VARRELBUSCH, GER.          (with 94th Bomb Group, SEE BELOW)
S/SGT WILLIAM H. SARGENT        RWG CPT 22 FEB 45 WEHINGER, RAIL JUNCTION (left Crew after 15 missions)      TAPS: 22 MAY 1973
S/SGT GLEN E. BARDWELL            LWG CPT 9 MAR 45 FRANKFURT (Taken off crew to reduce to 9 Men but returns to becomes BTG
                                                                                                when Hutchings transfers to 94th BG after 5 Missions)
S/SGT LEONARD F. KERCHER           TG CPT 9 MAR 45 FRANKFURT                                                                      TAPS: 11 MAY 1980

350TH SQDN…CREW JOINED THE 100TH LATE AUGUST OR EARLY SEPTEMBER 1944.  Flew many missions in A/C 338383 RAMBLIN' REBEL

LETTER FROM WILLOUGHBY TO jb DATED  6 MAY 1982 READS AS FOLLOWS;  THIS CREW FLEW IT'S FIRST MISSION WITH THE 100TH ON 26 SEP 1944  (BREMEN, TANK WORKS) AND THE 35TH MISSION ON  9 MAR 45 (FRANKFURT, AC FACTORY). "OF MY ORIGINAL CREW, McKINNEY, NITE, WOOTEN, KERCHER, COLEMAN, & BARDWELL STAYED WITH ME ALL THE WAY. VACCARO, SARGENT AND HUTCHINGS, WHO WAS FLYING A SECOND TOUR, WERE REPLACED AFTER FIFTEEN MISSIONS AND I HAVE LOST TRACK OF THEM AND THEIR REPLACEMENTS.  AFTER THE WAR McKINNEY CAME BACK TO THE NEW YORK YANKEE FARM SYSTEM AND PLAYED PRO BASEBALL FOR SEVERAL YEARS.  HE WAS QUITE A PITCHER AND ROSE TO AAA.  HE NOW LIVES IN ATLANTA, GA. NITE WENT BACK TO WENT BACK TO COLLEGE AND BECAME A BAPTIST MINISTER IN KANSAS CITY.  WOOTEN ALSO WENT BACK TO COLLEGE AND BECAME A TEACHER IN HIS NATIVE KENTUCKY.  KERCHER WAS FARMING IN NEBRASKA LAST I HEARD.  I STAYED IN THE AIRFORCE FLYING B-29S, B-47S AND KC 135S, MOSTLY IN THE STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND AND RETIRED IN 1973 A FULL COLONEL."….COL A.M. WILLOUGHBY

CREW after 15 Missions:

2nd Lt Albert M. Willoughby P
2nd Lt Jack L. McKinney     CP
2nd Lt Ralph A. Nite        NAV
2nd Lt James R. Wooten BOM
T/Sgt   ???????              TTE (Sgt Edward  C. Butchino from Capt Van Stennis/Hard Luck Crew flew a mission or two with this crew) 
T/Sgt Robert Coleman     ROG
S/Sgt Leonard F. Kercher TG 
S/Sgt   ???????              WG 
S/Sgt Glen E. Bardwell    BTG (Rejoins crew to become BTG when Hutchings transferred to 94th BG after 5 missions)


   MISSIONS OF 2ND LT ALBERT M. WILLOUGHBY (mpf 2000)

1.     26/9/44 Bremen
2.     27/9/44 Mainz
3.     28/9/44 Merseburg
4.     30/9/44 Bielefeld
5.     6/10/44 BERLIN
6.   12/10/44 Bremen (S/Sgt Bardwell rejoins crew as BTG, replaceing Hutchings)
7.   15/10/44 Cologne
8.   22/10/44 Munster
9.   26/10/44 Misburg
10. 30/10/44 Heligoland
11.   5/11/44 Thionville
12.    6/11/44 Neumunster
13.  16/11/44 Aachen
14.   5/12/44 BERLIN
15. 11/12/44 Giessen (T/Sgt Vaccaro and S/Sgt Sargent leave crew)
16. 24/12/44 Biblis
17. 25/12/44 Kaiserslauten
18. 27/12/44 Fulda
19. 29/12/44 Frankfurt
20.     5/1/45 Frankfurt
21.     6/1/45 Germersheim
22.     7/1/45 Cologne
23.   20/1/45 Breisack
24.     6/2/45 Bohlen
25.   14/2/45 Chemnitz
26.   15/2/45 Ruhland
27.   17/2/45 Giessen
28.   22/2/45 Kitzingen/Treuchtlingen
29.   24/2/45 Bremen
30.   25/2/45 Munich
31.   26/2/45 BERLIN
32.  28/2/45 Kassel
33.    3/3/45 Brunswick
34.    7/3/45 Datteln, Siegen ST
35.   9/3/45 Frankfurt

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S/SGT EMERY HUTCHINGS INFO: from Chris Argent flyingfortress297082@yahoo.co.uk

What I can say is that on his first tour with the 94th BG he flew with Lt. William S. Winnwshiek with the 333rd BS. They were one of the original crews. When S/Sgt. Hutchings returned for his second tour, he was assigned to the 100th Bomb Group, 350th BS in September 1944 and flew 5 missions with Lt Willoughby Crew (Lt Willoughby states it was 15 missions before the change).   Sgt Hutchings arranged a transfer back  to the 94th BG in October 1944 and flew his final mission on March 24th 1945 to Varrelbusch, Gerlmany.  Hutchings requested and was given permission to fly his last mission with Capt. Winneshiek (who was also flying as second tour) 

  According to the 94th Bomb Group unit history, Hutchings was assigned to the the 100th BG to fly his second tour of duty but wrangled a transfer back to the 94th after only 5 missions.  There he flew as an spare gunner through many more rough missions. His original pilot, Lt Winneshiek had also returned to the 94th BG for a second tour.  Both men had contributed a great deal toward the legends of the 94th Bomb Group. 


S/SGT EMERY HUTCHINGS MISSIONS WITH THE 100TH BOMB GROUP: 

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
9/26/1944 37 200 KERCHER L.F. S/SGT TG 38457 BREMEN
9/26/1944 37 200 VACCARO J.M. S/SGT TTE 38457 BREMEN
9/26/1944 37 200 HUTCHINGS E.B. S/SGT BTG 38457 BREMEN
9/26/1944 37 200 WOOTEN J.R. LT BOM 38457 BREMEN
9/26/1944 37 200 NITE R.A. LT NAV 38457 BREMEN
9/26/1944 37 200 TAYLOR T.D. LT CP 38457 BREMEN (from Lt Ebel Crew)
9/26/1944 37 200 WILLBOUGHBY A.M. LT P 38457 BREMEN
9/26/1944 37 200 SARGENT W.H. S/SGT RWG 38457 BREMEN
9/26/1944 37 200 COLEMAN R.W. T/SGT ROG 38457 BREMEN

9/27/1944 37 201 WOOTEN J.R. LT BOM 38457 MAINZ
9/27/1944 37 201 KERCHER L.F. S/SGT TG 38457 MAINZ
9/27/1944 37 201 SARGENT W.H. S/SGT RWG 38457 MAINZ
9/27/1944 37 201 HUTCHINGS E.B. S/SGT BTG 38457 MAINZ
9/27/1944 37 201 COLEMAN R.W. T/SGT ROG 38457 MAINZ
9/27/1944 37 201 NITE R.A. LT NAV 38457 MAINZ
9/27/1944 37 201 TAYLOR T.D. LT CP 38457 MAINZ      (from Lt Elbel Crew)
9/27/1944 37 201 WILLBOUGHBY A.M. LT P 38457 MAINZ
9/27/1944 37 201 VACCARO J.M. S/SGT TTE 38457 MAINZ

9/28/1944 37 202 HUTCHINGS E.B. S/SGT BTG 38457 MERSEBURG
9/28/1944 37 202 MCKINNEY J.L. LT CP 38457 MERSEBURG
9/28/1944 37 202 KERCHER L.F. S/SGT TG 38457 MERSEBURG
9/28/1944 37 202 SARGENT W.H. S/SGT RWG 38457 MERSEBURG
9/28/1944 37 202 VACCARO J.M. S/SGT TTE 38457 MERSEBURG
9/28/1944 37 202 COLEMAN R.W. T/SGT ROG 38457 MERSEBURG
9/28/1944 37 202 NITE R.A. LT NAV 38457 MERSEBURG
9/28/1944 37 202 WILLBOUGHBY A.M. LT P 38457 MERSEBURG
9/28/1944 37 202 WOOTEN J.R. LT BOM 38457 MERSEBURG

9/30/1944 37 203 WILLBOUGHBY A.M. LT P 38457 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 37 203 MCKINNEY J.L. LT CP 38457 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 37 203 NITE R.A. LT NAV 38457 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 37 203 WOOTEN J.R. LT BOM 38457 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 37 203 COLEMAN R.W. T/SGT ROG 38457 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 37 203 VACCARO J.M. S/SGT TTE 38457 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 37 203 HUTCHINGS E.B. S/SGT BTG 38457 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 37 203 SARGENT W.H. S/SGT RWG 38457 BIELEFELD
9/30/1944 37 203 KERCHER L.F. S/SGT TG 38457 BIELEFELD

Fifth mission would have been Berlin on October 6, 1944

*****************************************************************************************************************9/MIKE 
I think what you stated is probably correct. In a letter I recieved from BOBBY COLEMAN ROG  he mentions LEN KERCHER as TG and my dad as the BTG on amission they flew.  THANKS for the info. CRAIG

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From: "MPFaley@aol.com" 
To: cabardy@att.net; xr_crew@yahoo.com
Cc: goodman.cindy@gmail.com
Sent: Tue, March 27, 2012 7:39:49 PM
Subject: Re: Crew photos,misc


Craig,
 based on your information, I think the following happened.  
Len Kercher stays at TG position and Glen Bardwell goes overseas as a WG, is taken off crew to reduce to 9 men but Emery Hutchings leaves the crew and 100th BG after only 5 missions and goes to the 94th BG where he flew his tour.  It is at this point that your Dad rejoins crew and takes over Ball Turret Gunner position.   That would make more sense.  After 15 missions,  I believe Vaccaro and Sargent end up on another crew together and finish on same day.  Rare to see two men leave one crew and finish on the same day without being on same crew.  


MIKE 
I found another letter from B.COLEMAN.In it he states my dad was in the spare group to start.He thought dad flew at least 30 missions with them.I found his LUCKY BASTARDS CLUB certificate and that states he flew 29 missions. Thinking back Im sure he told me he flew 35.Did they get credit for missions flown in the spare group? THANKS MIKE.
CRAIG Bardwell (son of glen bardwell)



 

 
Michael Faley

HI MIKE
I have a question on gunner positions on AL WILLOUGGBYS crew page.MY dad is listed as WG and TG on the crew .HE always told me he was the bottom ball turret gunner.On some papers I found they listed him as a turret gunner. Any thoughts?  By the way my dad is GLEN BARDWELL. SORRY. Thanks.

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