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LT  Lawrence L. BAZIN

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: O-781173 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 14170 CR: 14170

Comments1: 10 APR 45 BURG-BEI-MADGEBURG (2ND LAST 100TH CREW LOST)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

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     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Glenn D.Abraham,Jr.  ROG  POW      10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Paul H.Decker            TG   KIA        10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Richard D.Long          WG   POW     10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
   Cpl Richard E.Smith         BTG  KIA        10/4/45     BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF

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 Operator.

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 Shearwood:  "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." 

MISSIONS OF CREW OF LT LAWRENCE L. BAZIN FROM CPL RICHARD LONG: (mpf 2001)

1.  26/02/45 BERLIN
2. 28/02/45 KASSEL
3.   7/03/45 SIEGEN 
4.   8/03/45 GIESSEN 
5. 10/03/45 DORTMUND
6. 11/03/45 HAMBURG
7. 12/03/45 SWINEMUNDE
8. 15/03/45 ORANIENBURG
9. 17/03/45 PLAUEN (in Bill Thompsons MACR reports, it lists March 21, 1945 Plauen as the mission for Bazin Crew)   
From 22/3/45 to 6/4/45 Daniel Shaffer flew 11missions as navigator on this crew. Lt Shaffer completed his tour with this Crew
10. 22/03/45 ALHORN
11. 23/03/45 UNNA
12. 24/03/45 STEENWIJK
13. 24/03/45 ZIEGENHAIN
14. 28/03/45 HANOVER
15. 30/03/45 HAMBURG
16. 31/03/45 BAD BERKA
17. 03/04/45 KIEL
18. 04/04/45 KIEL
19. 05/04/45 NURNBURG
21. 06/04/45 LEIPZIG
22. 10/04/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG

Following is the crew component for the 10 Apr 1945 mission to Burg -bei- 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


From son, Stephen Long, by letter... directly as written:
 
LONG, RICHARD D., 351ST SQ.  SEPT 27, 2011.  WAS THE WAIST GUNNER ON LAWRENCE BAZIN'S B-17 AIRCRAFT OUT OF THROPE ABBOTTS ON APRIL 10, 1945, ON HIS 21ST MISSION, WHEN IT WAS SHOT DOWN BY GERMAN ME 262.  AFTER THE TAIL GUNNER WAS SHOT AND THE PILOT BAZIN WAS TRYING TO FEATHER THE LOST #2 ENGINE AND GET BACK INTO FORMATION, THE RIGHT WING WAS SEVERED IN THE SECOND PASS.  DALE INDICATED THAT THE COCKPIT WAS HIT AND AS THE PLANE STARTED TO SPIN HE AND 4 OTHERS WAS ABLE TO EXIT OUT OF THE REAR DOOR, PARACHUTING DOWN AND SEEING AIRCRAFT CRASHING.  HE WAS TAKEN P.O.W. FOR 11 DAYS AT THE END OF THE HOSTILITIES.  HE JOINED THE 100TH FEB 1945 AND WAS A LIFETIME MEMBER OF THE 100TH BG ASSOCIATION, AND ATTENDED MANY REUNIONS.  DALE WENT BACK TO OHIO AND HIS FAMILY AFTER HIS DISCHARGE, AND RETIRED AFTER 28 YEARS WITH A PLASTICS COMPANY.  DALE WAS A MASTER MASON AND BECAME RIGHT EMINENT GRAND COMMANDER OF THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR IN THE STATE OF OHIO, 1994-1995.  IN 1993 HE AND HIS WIFE ALICE CELEBRATED THEIR 50TH WEDDING  ANIVERSARY BEFORE HER DEATH IN 1996.  DALE'S SON STEPHEN, GRANDSON DARREN AND GRAN DAUGHTER KILEY, HAS CARRIED ON THE FAMILY AIR FORCE TRADITION AS AIRMEN.  (PROUD DAUGHTER ELLYN, SON STEVE AND WIDOW RUTH LONG)

MEMO 2:

2nd Last 100th BG Crew Lost


Lawrence Lee Bazin was born in Kansas on July 31, 1923. His parents were Julius and Madge MacMillian Bazin. The US Census 1930 lists the family as living in Washington, Kansas. Bazin attended and graduated from Kansas State Teachers College as a member of the Class of 1942. He began a teaching career, but joined the military, instead. He enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces on April 24, 1943. His enlistment record shows he had completed 4 years of college, and was employed as a teacher. He was selected for flight duty, and trained as a pilot. When he had completed this course, he was commissioned, awarded wings, and given a crew for training as a combat unit.

This crew deployed to England, arriving in February, 1945, and flew 21 combat missions. On April 10, 1945, the crew was tasked as part of a raid on the jet fighter airfield located at Magdeburg, Germany. As they neared the target, the aircraft was attacked by a number of the jet fighters. The #2 engine was hit, and had to be feathered. The aircraft dropped out of formation, but attempted to rejoin the flight. More jet fighters attacked, and a part of the right wing of the aircraft was blown away. Engines # 3 and # 4 began burning. The aircraft peeled off to the left, hit the ground, and exploded. Five crewmen managed to parachute out, but four were captured. (Shearwood evaded.) Five bodies were recovered from the crash scene, and buried locally. After the war, they were retrieved, and moved to other cemeteries. Today, Lt Bazin lies in the Mount Olive Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Kansas.

Lt Lawrence L. Bazin was performing duty as First Pilot on B-17G # 43-38963, unnamed, assigned to the 351st Bomb Squadron.
Missing Air Crew Report 14190 was issued. Crew rosters and personnel files show the crew consisted of:

2 Lt Lawrence L. Bazin  p
2 Lt James R. Dotson  c-p
2 Lt John D. Gross  nav
SSgt Robert B. Patterson  radar op
TSgt Arthur T. Flowers  tog
SSgt Roens W. Shearwood  eng/tt gun
Cpl  Glenn D. Abraham  r/o
Cpl  Richard E. Smith  btg
Cpl  Richard D. Long  wg
Cpl  Paul H. Decker  tail gun

Lt Gross was flying in place of Lt Kenneth Peiffer, Lt James Dotson was replacing Lt Charles Dixon, SSgt Robert Patterson was flying as radar operator, and TSgt Flowers was flying in place of Lt Harry J. Close (bomb).  All others were from original crew.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Lawrence L. Bazin crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Thorpe Abbotts scenes from the record cold winter of 1944. This was the aircraft the Bazin crew was flying on 4/10/45 when they were shot down on the Magdeburg mission. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Sgt Robert Patterson was WG on Lt Dickert Crew then assigned to Joe Picard ground crew. Then became Radar operator and flew on Lt Bazin Crew and was shot down

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

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