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S/SGT  George A. JANOS

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG
SERIAL #: 35437602 STATUS: POW
MACR: 00688 CR: 00688

Comments1: 6 SEP 43 STUTTGART (Original 100th, Crew #33)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
               1ST LT EDGAR F. WOODWARD, JR.

CREW #33   A/C #42-5860 "Escape Kit"                  MACR #688

1ST LT  EDGAR WOODWARD, JR               P; INT      6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
F/O     JOHN H., THOMPSON                    CP; POW   6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
2ND LT  EMANUEL A. CASSIMATIS          NAV; POW   6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
2ND LT  ROBERT E. DIBBLE                    BOM; KIA   15 AUG 43 MERVILLE AF
S/SGT   FRANK DANELLA                       TTE; POW   6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
T/SGT   MELVIN E. GAIDE                     ROG; POW    6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT   CHARLES J. GRIFFIN                  WG; POW     6 SEP 43 STUTTGART    
S/SGT   GEORGE A. JANOS                   BTG; POW     6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT   WILLIAM D. BROOKS                 TG; POW     6 SEP 43 STUTTGART
S/SGT   DONALD H. FLETCHER              WG; POW      6 SEP 43 STUTTGART

NOTES:  THIS IS AN "ORIGINAL CREW" OF THE 100TH BOMB GROUP.

ON 6 SEP 43, LT PAUL L. ENGLERT WHOSE CREW (#30 Lt William Flesh) WAS LOST ON THE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG MISSION AS BOMBARDIER AND BECAME A POW.

Crew #33 418th Sqdn.       MACR #688 Microfiche #227

 Mission: Stuttgart       A/C#'42-30402 (POONTANG)
 Date: 6 Sept.1943
 Time. 0930

Capt.Edgar F.Woodward,Jr.               P  INTERNEE 
F/O John H.Thompson                     CP  POW 
2nd Lt Emanuel A.Cassimatis           NAV  POW
1st Lt Paul L,Englert                      BOM  POW
  T/Sgt Frank Danella                     TTE   POW
  T/Sgt Melvin E.Gaide                   ROG   POW
  S/Sgt George A.Janos                  BTG   POW
  S/Sgt Donald H.Fletcher               RWG  POW
  S/Sgt Charles J.Griffin                  LWG  POW
  S/Sgt William D.Brooks                  TG  POW

Eyewitness accounts:

"Saw Woodward's ship going down at 4830N-0803E at 0929  #2 engine was windmilling. everything else seemed to be OK."
                                                     Walter U. "Chief" Moreno  1st Lt.

"Saw Capt. Woodward's A/C turned out of formation under control and headed for Switzerland. Nothing seemed wrong with A/C,"
                                                     John D. Brady, 1st Lt.

"A/C #402 at 0930 approximately 2 miles north of Strasbourg salvoed bombs into a woods. Headed south and went under cloud deck.All engines turning over. No E/A or AA at this time."
                                                     Gale W.Cleven,Major, 350th BS C.O.

A letter from D.H.Fletcher of 25/1/84 states that on the way into the target, an oil leak in #2 engine. Woodward could then have aborted,but decided to press on.Somewhere near the IP oil pressure went to zero and prop would not feather - cylinder head temp. went sky high. If engine seized and prop came off it could have been disastrous to ship.It was decided to head south for Switzerland. When they believed themselves over Switzerland,the crew bailed. It turned out that only Woodward, who remained with aircraft until the crew had successfully bailed out, landed in Switzerland,the others in Germany.

See S.O.C. p.19


EDGAR WOODWARD WAS ON THE "ADDRESS UNKNOWN"  V.A. LIST FOR MANY YEARS, BUT AS OF 1993 HE RESIDES IN ALEXANDER, VA .  HE WAS CONTACTED  BY THE 100TH SPLASHER SIX EDITIOR  HARRY H. CROSBY.CREW

MEMO 2:

Pilot feared engine would seize up, the crew bailed over what they thought was Switzerland. It turned out that only Woodward, who remained with aircraft until the crew had successfully bailed out, landed in Switzerland,the others in Germany.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Stuttgart DATE: 1943-09-06  
AIRCRAFT: "Poontang" (42-30402) CAUSE: Lost Oil Pressure  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Edgar Woodward Crew (left to right) Photo in front of Escape Kit 
Standing: Charles J. Griffin, William D. Brooks, Melvin E. Gaide, Donald H. Fletcher, George A. Janos, Unknown
Kneeling: Robert E.Dibble (KIA 15 Aug 43), John H. Thompson, Edgar F. Woodward, Jr., Emanuel Cassimatis
100th BG Photo Archives
  

 

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