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LT  William G. LEEK

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

CP on Capt Glen Rojohn Crew and stayed with Rojohn to bring Piggyback planes down in a crash landing Dec 31, 1944. Glen credits his survival to Lt Leek staying with him

SERIAL #: O-767335 STATUS: POW
MACR: 11550 CR: 11550

Comments1: 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (SEE ROJOHN MEMO)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Glenn H.Rojohn               P     POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG
2nd Lt William G.Leek             CP     POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG
2nd Lt  Robert Washington      NAV      POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG (from the Spear crew)
   Cpl Edward G.Neuhaus        ROG     POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG  A/C #42 31987 "The Little Skipper" 
   Cpl Orville E.Elkin               TTE     POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG  MACR #11550,Microfiche #4246
   Cpl Joseph L.Russo              BTG     KIA    31/12/44 HAMBURG    
   Cpl Roy H.Little                  WG     KIA    31/12/44 HAMBURG
   Cpl Robert W.Baker            WG     NOC    
   Cpl Herman G.Horenkamp       TG    CPT   


350th Sqdn. This crew,as above (no Nav or Bom) joined the 100th Group on 15/9/44.
Crew formed in Salt Lake City UT on 5 May 44.   Left USA 16 Aug 44, arrived in Valley Wales, 19 Aug 44
Assigned to 95th Bomb Group 6 Sept 44, Left 95th Bomb Group on 14 Sept 44 and joined 100th Bomb Group (because of 
loss of 12 aircraft on September 11, 1944 mission to Ruhland) 

See S.O.C. p.88/89 and "CONTRAILS" p.91/92 for story of the mid air "Piggy Back" crash of this A/C and that of W.G.MacNab.

On 31/12/44, Lt Robert Washington,from the crew of A.S.Spear,was flying as navigator and 
became a POW. A Sgt James R.Shirley was flying as NG and was a POW. S/Sgt Francis R.Chase from Lt Hansen Crew, 
was aboard as TG and was KIA.

Both Roy Little and Francis Chase are commemorated on the Wall Of The Missing at the 
Netherlands cemetary.

Missions of Capt. Glenn H. Rojohn from Sgt Herman G.Horenkamp (2003)

1.   06/10/44    BERLIN-FW 190 ENGINE PLANT
2.   07/10/44    BOHLEN/LEIPZIG-OIL REFINERY
3.   09/10/44    MAINZ-TANK FACTORY
4.   12/10/44    BREMEN-FW190 PLANT
5.   17/10/44    COLOGNE-MARSHALLING YARDS
6.   18/10/44    KASSEL-FW190 ENGINE PLANT
7.   22/10/44    MUNSTER-MARSHALLING YARDS
8.   30/10/44    MERSEBURG-SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERY
9.   02/11/44    MERSEBURG-SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERY
10. 05/11/44    LUDWIGSHAVEN-LUBRICATION PLANT (our records say marshalling yards..mpf)
11. 10/11/44    WIESBADEN-AIRFIELD
12. 16/11/44    AACHEN-GERMAN FRONT LINES
13. 21/11/44    MERSEBURG-SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERY
14. 26/11/44    HAMM-MARSHALLING YARDS
15. 02/12/44    KOBLENZ-MARSHALLING YARDS
16. 04/12/44    FRIEDBURG-MARSHALLING YARDS
17. 05/12/44    BERLIN, ORDINANCE PLANT
18. 18/12/44    MAINZ-MARSHALLING YARDS
19. 27/12/44    FULDA-MARSHALLING YARDS
20. 29/12/44    FRANKFURT-MARSHALLING YARDS
21. 30/12/44    KASSEL-MARSHALLING YARDS
22. 31/12/44    HAMBURG-SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERY, CREW DOES NOT RETURN. 


Spear Crew (Robert Washington's original crew)
2ND LT ALBERT S. SPEAR  P KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT DEWEY H. NELSON  CP CPT 25 DEC 44 KAISERLAUTERN, MY
2ND LT JOHN P. SPILLANE  NAV KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT ROBERT WASHINGTON BOM POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL ARTHUR A. MARSHALL ROG KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
CPL RAYMOND A. PIECZYNSKI TTE KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
CPL REMI G. EBERNENZ  BTG CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA
CPL ARTHUR V. GENS  WG KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
CPL ROBBIE L. GILL   WG CPT 24 OCT 44 UNKNOWN
CPL ROBERT D. BASS  TG KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 17 JUL 1944
 MACR # 8174, Microfiche # 3002  A/C #42-32009

This ship collided with that of Lt W.G. Stansbury over the North Sea.  .

Lt Robert Washington was flying with the Glenn Rojohn crew on 31 Dec 44 (Hamburg) and became a POW. 
On the Rojohn MACR he is listed as the Navigator. Sgt Eberenz finished his tour with the Charlie O. Daniels crew.

(Hensen Crew; original crew of Francis  R. Chase
2ND LT EDWARD H. HENSEN  P CPT 4 MAR 45 ULM, MY (S.T.)
2ND LT LEW E. WALLACE  CP POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND, OIL REFINERY
2ND LT LEE M. RADEN   NAV CPT 14 MAR 45 SEELZE & HANOVER
2ND LT MARVIN D. LASKEY  BOM CPT 25 FEB 45 MUNICH
SGT LEROY J. EDWARDS  TTE CPT 4 MAR 45 ULM, MY (S.T.)
CPL FRANCIS R. CHASE  TG KIA 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL CALVIN E. MILLER  BTG NOC
CPL JAMES R. MUGRIDGE  ROG CPT 4 MAR 45 ULM, MY (S.T.)
CPL ANDREW C. PAULO  WG CPT 4 MAR 45 ULM, MY (S.T.) (TAPS 1988?)
CPL CLAYTON J. SMITH  WG CPT 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (WIA)

350TH SQDN..CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH 29 JUL 1944

LEW WALLACE WAS WITH J.H. HAINES AT RUHLAND ON 11 SEP 44.
FRANCIS CHASE WAS WITH G.H. ROJOHN AT HAMBURG ON 31 DEC 44.
CLAYTON SMITH WAS WITH R.H. WHITCOMB AT HAMBURG IN 31 DEC 44.
 




MEMO                     LT GLENN ROJOHN

LT GLENN ROJOHN; PIGGY BACK LANDING AFTER THE 31 DEC 1944 HAMBURG MISSION.  COLLISION WITH LT MacNAB WHILE BOTH WERE ATTEMPTING TO FILL THE SLOT IN THE FORMATION CAUSED BY THE LOSS OF LT WEBSTER. ACCOUNT GIVEN IN "CENTURY BOMBER" FOLLOWS:
AT 1244 HOURS AND AFTER LEAVING THE ENEMY COAST, NAVIGATOR DANNY SHAFFER, WHO FLEW  WITH THOMAS HUGHES, NOTED IN HIS LOG: "TWO 17'S HOOKED TOGETHER, 43-31987, PILOTED BY GLENN ROJOHN, HAVING CLOSED UP INTO THE SPACE LEFT BY THE LOSS OF LT WEBSTER. UNFORTUNATELY  B-17 43-38457, PILOTED BY WILLIAM MacNAB, HAD RISEN SLOWLY FROM BELOW TO FILL THE SAME POSITION.."
        ANOTHER PILOT, ETHAN PORTER, WHO IS LISTED AS HAVING NO KNOWN ADDRESS BY THE VA(1992), IMMEDIATELY SHOUTED A WARNING VIA RADIO, THE TWO FORTRESSES COLLIDED AND LOCKED TOGETHER, CONTINUED FLYING PIGGY-BACK OVER THE SEA.'
        FINDING THE ELEVATORS AND AILERONS STILL WORKING, ROJOHN AND HIS CO-PILOT WILLIAM LEEK, 'CUT THIER ENGINES, AND BY USING THE ENGINES OF THE LOWER AIRCRAFT, THREE OF WHICH WERE STILL RUNNING, SLOWLY TURNED THE TWO AIRCRAFT TOWARD LAND.  FOUR OF THE CREW BAILED OUT ON ORDERS AND ROJOHN DECENDED TO RECROSS THE ENEMY COAST AT 10,000 FEET. ON LANDING NEAR WILHELMSHAVEN THE TOP SHIP (43-31987) SLID OFF MacNAB'S 43-38457 WHICH EXPLODED. BARELY HURT ROJOHN AND LEEK WALKED AWAY FROM THE WRECKAGE OF 43-31987 AND INTO CAPTIVITY.
        AS FOR THE MEN WHO BAILED OUT, THE ROG EDWARD NEUHAUS CAME DOWN ON AN ISLAND; TTE ORVILLE ELKIN CAME DOWN IN THE WATER TEN MILES OFF SHORE AND WAS DRAGGED TO THE SHORE BY HIS CHUTE.  REPLACEMENTS NAVIGATOR ROBERT WASHINGTON AND GUNNER JAMES SHRILEY LANDED ON THE COAST.  ALL SURVIVORS WERE TAKEN PRISONER.  NOTHING WAS FOUND OF BTG JOSEPH RUSSO AND WG FRANCIS CHASE.
        AS FOR LT MacNAB--HE WAS KILLED ALONG WITH THE CO-PILOT NELSON VAUGHN (BOTH HAD SUSTAINED WOUNDS PRIOR TO THE COLLISION), ROG HENRY ETHRIDGE, WG DUANE RENCH AND TG FRANCIS SEYFRIED. SGT'S RENCH AND SEYFRIED ARE BOTH BELIEVED TO HAVE BAILED OUT SUCCESSFULLY ONLY TO PERISH IN THE SEA.
        THE REST ESCAPED THE AIRCRAFT AND BECAME POWS: NAVIGATOR JACK BERKOWITZ AND BOMBARDIER RAYMOND COMER, FROM THE HONG KONG WILSON CREW, TTE JOSEPH CHADWICK AND BTG EDWARD WOODALL.  SGTS WOODALL AND CHADWICK ALSO LANDED IN THE SEA BUT REACHED SHORE.
        JIM BROWN NOTES THAT PREVIOUS TO THIS WHEN THE CREW COMPONENT WAS REDUCED TO NINE, WG LENO DELMOLINO WAS ASSIGNED TO INTELLEGENCE IN THE 351ST.

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA info: Piggyback Incident, see article "Breeding Dragonflies" for more info.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Hamburg DATE: 1944-12-31  
AIRCRAFT: "The Little Skipper" (42-31987) CAUSE: Collided with 43-38457  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Lt William Leek, CP on Rojohn Crew. (Photo courtesy of Rojohn Family)

William Leek “Tan” Summer tunic with DFC, Air Medal and Purple Heart. Leek wearing the tunic in above photo

Dec 31, 1944, the aircraft of Lt Rojohn (The Little Skipper) and Lt Macnab (Nine Lives) pancake on one another.  This is the "piggyback incident". Search individual pilots and website for more information

 

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