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LT  Richard M. LAMBIOTTE

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP
SERIAL #: O-801599 STATUS: POW
MACR: 03017 CR: 03017

Comments1: 6 MAR 44 BERLIN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT FLOYD H. "BUCKY"  MASON         P POW 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
2ND LT RICHARD LAMBIOTTE           CP POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP.  TAPS: 17 JUL 1984
2ND LT WILLIAM J. DISHION, JR.        NAV CPT 19 SEPT 44 SZOLNOK, HUNGARY  TAPS: 18 MAY 1955
2ND LT GEORGE R. MORGAN          BOM CPT 15 AUG 44 VENLO
T/SGT DWIGHT D. GUTSCH           ROG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO (Ground Support) TAPS: 21 APR 1978
S/SGT RALPH G. ELLSWORTH           TTE RFS        TAPS: 11 JUN 1975
S/SGT GEORGE WESTLAKE              BTG CPT 15 AUG 44 VENLO
S/SGT JAMES E. EUBANKS, JR           WG CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN, AC FACTORY
S/SGT CHARLES S. LEVEE               WG CPT 15 AUG 44 VENLO    TAPS: 25 OCT 1981
S/SGT FRANK E. TARR                   TG CPT 25 JUL 44 ST LO (Ground Support)
  
349TH SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON  28 NOV 1943.  

CAPT DISHION WAS TRANSFRERRED TO GROUP NAVIGATION AND FLEW MANY MISSIONS AS COMMAND NAVIGATOR IN THE LEAD SHIP (PFF, PATHFINDER)  WITH COL TOM JEFFREY (CO OF THE 100TH) FLYING AS COMMAND PILOT. CAPT. DISHION FLEW BOTH RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSIONS IN THE LEAD PLANE.  ON BOTH SHUTTLE MISSIONS, HE FLEW WITH  COL JEFFREY AS COMMAND PILOT.  HE FLEW A TOTAL OF 36 MISSIONS AND HAD 300 FLYING HOURS…Bill Dishion was killed in an automobile accident.a mere ten years after the war..

CAPT. FLOYD MASON WAS COMMAND PILOT WITH LT J.B. NOBLE ON 28 JUL 44 WHEN LOST. 2ND LT RICHARD LAMBIOTTE WAS FLYING CO-PILOT WITH LT. W.B. MURRAY WHEN LOST. 

AIRCRAFT WAS NAMED "ONCE IN WHILE" NOT "MASON AND DIXON " AS IS WIDELY SUPPOSED..jb

AFTER 6 OR 8 MISSIONS, CAPT FLOYD MASON WAS MADE OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE 349TH AND MERLE "MIKE" EHORN REPLACED HIM.  EHORN CAME FROM THE S.A. CLARK CREW.  LT STAPELTON, CP ON LT HARRISON CREW AND FUTURE 350TH BS OPERATIONS OFFICER TOO


INCOMPLETE LIST OF MISSIONS FOR CAPT WILLIAM DISHION (mpf…2004)

DEC 11,     1943  GIESSEN
MARCH 16, 1944  AUGSBURG 
APRIL 11,   1944  POSEN            (CAPT FLOYD MASON AS COMMAND PILOT,  LT A. MIKKELSEN-PILOT, CAPT. DISHION-LEAD NAV) 
APRIL 13,   1944  AUGSBURG      (CAPT MASON-COMMAND PILO, LT STAPLETON-PILOT, CAPT DISHION-LEAD NAV)
MAY 9,      1944   LAON             (MAJ SUMNER REEDER- COMMAND PILOT,  LT STAPLETON- PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV)
MAY 27,    1944  STRASSBOURG (CAPT FLOYD MASON, COMMAND PILOT,  LT STAPLETON- PILOT)
JUNE 11,   1944  BERCK sur MER  (LT COL BENNETT-COMMAND PILOT, LT H. HOWARD-PILOT, CAPT. DISHION-COMMAND NAV) 
JUNE 26,   1944  DROHOBYCZ     (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV, FIRST RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
JULY  7,    1944  BEZIERS (FR)    (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV. RETURN FROM RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION)
JULY 19,   1944  SCHWEINFURT   (LT COL BENNETT-COMMAND PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV, FLYING PFF A/C))
JULY 24,   1944  ST LO              (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT,LT EHORN-PILOT,  CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV)
AUG  8,     1944 ST SYLVIAN      (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT, LT N.P. SCOTT-PILOT,  CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV)* SEE BELOW
SEPT. 18,  1944 WARSAW          (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT, CAPT DUNLAP- PILOT,  CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV. PFF A/C) 
                                                  SECOND RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION
SEPT 19,  1944  SZOLNOK (HUNGARY)  (COL JEFFREY-COMMAND PILOT,CAPT DUNLAP-PILOT, CAPT DISHION-COMMAND NAV, PFF A/C)
 
*Capt. Dishion Was in Lead Plane on Aug 8, 1944 with Col Tom Jeffrey & Lt N. P. Scott leading the 13 CBW which lead both the 3rd Air Division and 8th Air Force.  According to the mission critique,  On August 8, 1944 the target was German Ground defenses around St Sylvian.  The 100th Bomb Group "A" Group was leading the 13th CBW (Combat Wing)which lead the 3rd Air Division and the 8th Air Force.  The lead Group consisted of 13 aircraft lead by  Col Tom Jeffrey (Commanding Officer of the 100th BG) and Lt Neal P. Scott.  The 100thBG "B" Group also consisted of 13 planes and they were flying Low Group in the 13th CBW.  They lost one aircraft (Lt J.P. Keys) and the Lead plane crash landed behind allied lines.   The 390th Bomb Group flew as High Group in the 13th CBW and the 100th BG provided 3 aircraft for the 390th BG's second element of the lead Squadron.  CAPT FREDRICK  "FEARLESS FREDDY"  CHAPIN FLEW AS LEAD BOM ON 8 AUG 1944 (ST  SYLVAIN)
ALWAYS A TOUGH TARGET AND THE 100TH  "B" GROUP  LOST IT LEAD AND DEPUTY LEAD TO FLAK PRIOR TO THE TARGET.. CAPT CHAPIN WAS WOUNDED ON THE MISSION TO ST SYLVAIN; RETURNED TO FLIGHT STATUS AND FLEW 32 FOR THE 100TH AND ONE  WITH A B-24 GROUP; PROBABLY THE ONLY 100TH VETERAN TO FLY A MISSION IN A B-24;


Subj: Re: Capt. Bill Dishion  
Date: 9/26/2004 9:13:50 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: dishion@darkwing.uoregon.edu 
To: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Greetings Mike. This is really helpful. I looked through the papers I 
have, and all I find are his discharge papers from active duty from 
London. It says he flew 36 missions, and began his tour of duty on 
Dec. 11, 1943 and completed it on Sept 22, 1944. He had 300 flying 
hours. 

I talked with Harry Crosby who was helpful. I also found a letter of 
recommedation from Harry for my dad in the paper work I had. I'm 
about to leave on a buisness trip for a week, but when I come back 
I'll pursue this. I just stumbled across the 100th bg web site a 
couple of weekS.   My mom tells me that there was one MISSION  
where they were reading his eulogy when he returned.

*NOTE

CREW
1st Lt William B. Murray                  P     KIA      6/3/44  Berlin
2nd Lt Richard M. Lambiotte          CP    POW    6/3/44  Berlin
2nd Lt Orrin H. Heinrich                 N     POW    6/3/44  Berlin 
2nd Lt William G. Carr                    B     POW    6/3/44  Berlin
  T/Sgt Emory L. Brandt                E     POW    6/3/44  Berlin
  S/Sgt Fred C. Schillinger              R     KIA       6/3/44  Berlin
  S/Sgt Jim Peace                        BT    POW    6/3/44  Berlin
  S/Sgt Palmer J. Hanson             RW    POW    6/3/44  Berlin
  S/Sgt Mahlon A. Hall                  TG    KIA       6/3/44  Berlin
    Sgt Nick E. Hamalak                LW    POW    6/3/44  Berlin

349th Sqdn. Assigned 100th BG on Dec 1, 1943.   MACR #3017, Microfiche #1020, A/C #42-30799.

Lt. Lambiotte was the regular CP on the crew of F.H. Mason.  The crew on its 16th
mission.

"Murray's head blown off by 20mm and his body destroyed by fire and explosion after plane
crashed."  Sgt. Hall was in the radio room having his head dressed by Sgt Schillinger and
either fainted or remained to long in the plane and was killed in the crash.  When this
crew joined the 100th group on 1/12/43, 2nd Lt Fred (?) Craft, Jr. was the CP.  No further
record of him has been found.  On 3/3/44 and 4/3/44 one R.L. Phillips flew on this crew as CP.  
He CPT his tour.

A letter of 9/10/86 from Palmer J.Hanson reads that he recalls that"Fred Craft left our
crew when both his ear drums were damaged."  . . . . . "R.L.Phillips flew with us on Mar.
4,1943. He was a regular on Lt Lohof's Crew. On Mar.6th Lt.Lambiotte joined the crew,  
He was a regular on the F.H.Mason crew.  This was our 15th & last mission."

The only crew member that Hanson had located was Emory L.Brandt "who lives ln Missouri".

Subj: thanks and reply 
Date: 6/13/2001 1:36:49 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: rmlhanson@yahoo.com (Murray Hanson)To: mpfaley@aol.com (100th Bomb Group)  
Wednesday, June 13, 2001
Dear Michael, thank you so much for the prompt reply!I was excited to see your email message.I will be visiting with my mother in Albert Lea, Minnin late July, and she and I will look through papersand see what else we can send you. She and my sister,Vicki Wintheiser are visiting in Savannah, Georgiathis week, one of the reasons was to visit MightyEighth Museum.I do know my Dad corresponded with Orrin Heinrich inWisconsin before his death. I remember when I wasabout 12, we vacationed and stayed with Emory Brandtin Missouri. My mother still corresponds. I rememberMy Dad telling me info about Fred Craft and his eardrums. I thought the plane was something like Murray's Maid …? But on last mission for some reasonthey had to use Big Ass Bird, and they didn't like thename … he was always said about those lost …obviously about Lt Murray, as I was named for him. He was older than the rest of the crew … "the old man"of 27, I think they teased him .. "the great whitefather" … they rest of the crew obviously had greataffection and respect for Murray. Dad referred toFreddy Schillinger who died … as his close buddy andfound it so hard to have lost him … I know Dad hasmore long hand notes on this … on the POWexperience,on Christmas as a POW, on some talks he gave to achurchgroup late in life, and on private notes on Forced March.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-03-06  
AIRCRAFT: "The Bigassbird II" (42-30799) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 2975