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T/SGT  Raymond C. LESTICO

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: 37477110 STATUS: POW
MACR: 04268 CR: 04268

Comments1: 27 APR 44 THIONVILLE (GLENCOE, MINN)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Winans C.Shaddix         P EVADEE 27/4/44 THIONVILLE, AF & LeCULOT., AF
2nd Lt George T.Sullivan        CP POW 27/4/44   THIONVILLE, AF & LeCULOT., AF          MACR #4268,Microfiche#1517
2nd Lt Harry Tennenbaum   NAV CPT  14/1/45    DERBEN
2nd Lt Cole M.Dailey           BOM POW 27/4/44    THIONVILLE, AF & LeCULOT., AF
S/Sgt James H.Lee             TTE POW 27/4/44    THIONVILLE, AF & LeCULOT., AF
 S/Sgt Frederick H.Erb        ROG POW 27/4/44    THIONVILLE, AF & LeCULOT., AF  
 Sgt John A.Pontzious        BTG LWA    7/5/44    BERLIN  (With crew of.R.W.Wright)  see note below
 Sgt William F.Cornelius      RWG POW  27/4/44   THIONVILLE, AF & LeCULOT., AF
Sgt Hugh Hamilton              TG POW  27/4/44   THIONVILLE, AF & LeCULOT., AF

349th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44.

On 27/4/44 T/Sgt Raymond C.Lestico was aboard as NG;S/Sgt John B.Cortelletty replaced John Pontzious as BTG 
and S/Sgt KENNETH V. HALE flew as LWG. All three became POWs.

Note:
Letter from W.C.Shaddix of 24/10/84 states: " John Pontziouis,my regular BTG on the crew,came in drunk from an allnight carousing & I refused to let him go with us." The Pontzious record speaks for itself -he was a great one - He had a serious mental problem with guilt after we were lost and was sent home where he was crushed to death (I have heard) in a house moving accident in Michigan. I would give anything if I had just taken him with us."

Lt Tennerbaum was flying with J.T.Dyatt on 7/11/44 when Dyatt crashed at Felixstowe but survived.

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
3/16/1944 01 130 SHADDIX W C LT CP 723 AUGSBURG (flew as Copilot on Lt Dishion Crew)
3/17/1944 02 131 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 31249 MUNICH
3/18/1944 02 132 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 31534 MUNCIH
3/19/1944 02 133 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 31534 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/22/1944 02 134 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 31534 ORANIENBURG (BERLIN)
3/23/1944 02 135 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 88 BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM
3/26/1944 02 136 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 56 SCHKEUDITZ/JU-88 PLANT
3/27/1944 02 137 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 31534 BORDEAUX/ MERIGNAC
4/7/1944 02 141 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 68 QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
4/8/1944 02 142 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 86 QUACKENBRUCK
4/9/1944 02 143 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 31534 KRZESINKI (POSEN)
4/10/1944 02 144 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 86 RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
4/11/1944 02 145 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 31534 POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.
4/12/1944 02 146 SHADDIX W.C. LT P 723 SCHEUDITZ (RECALL)

DATE: 27 April 1944    349th Sqdn.  A/C #42-3534

TARGET: Thionville AF,France            MACR #4268 
(Micro-fiche #1517)

1st Lt Winans C.Shaddix          P EVADEE
2nd Lt George T.Sullivan       CP POW
 T/Sgt Raymond C.Lestico       NG POW
2nd Lt Cole M Dailey             BOM POW
 T/Sgt Frederick H.Erb          ROG POW
 T/Sgt James H.Lee              TTE POW
 S/Sgt John B.Cortelletty       BTG POW
 S/Sgt William F.Cornelius      RWG POW
 S/Sgt Kenneth V.Hale         LWG POW
 S/Sgt Hugh Hamilton          TG POW

This crew,except for Lestico,Cortelletty & Hale,had joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44-
EYEWITNESS REPORT: "A/C #534 was hit by flak as it left the target area at 1939 hours. No.3 engine began to smoke and the A/C began to lag. It remained with the formation however,until 2010 hours when 10 chutes were seen to come out,and the A/C descended in slow spirals,apparently under AFCE control.'

                  WITNESSES:  Capt.Van Steenis,Lt.McGuire,Lt.Harris

In a statement by Lt.Shaddix dated 7 (Dec.?) 1944 he says that the A/C crashed near Ardooie,Belgium and exploded upon impact. It was on fire in air. He and Erb slightly injured. Seven men reported to have been captured by Germans and one man evading. Believed the evadee to be Lt.Sullivan.(Shaddix did not know Sullivan had been captured at a later time..pw)

 
2nd Lt George T.Sullivan       CP POW (no info on POW camp.  most likely Stalag luft III of Stalag Luft I)

T/Sgt Raymond C.Lestico       NG POW (Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

2nd Lt Cole M Dailey     BOM POW  (Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

T/Sgt Frederick H.Erb    ROG POW (Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

T/Sgt James H.Lee        TTE POW (Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

 S/Sgt John B.Cortelletty       BTG POW (Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

S/Sgt William F.Cornelius   RWG POW  (Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

S/Sgt Kenneth V.Hale           LWG POW (no info, but most likely Stalag luft 4)

S/Sgt Hugh Hamilton               TG POW  (Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16


Somewhat unusual is that Lt.Shaddix is shown in the records to have rejoined the 100th Group with a new crew on 6/4/45. Unusual in that evadees were usually returned to the U.S.A. and not allowed to fly missions in the ETO for fear that subsequent capture might result in a breach of security endangering the underground operations in Europe.

Letter from W.C.Shaddix of 24/10/84 states: " John Pontziouis,my regular BTG on the crew,came in drunk from an all night carousing & I refused to let him go with us." The Pontzious record speaks for itself -he was a great one - He had a serious mental problem with guilt after we were lost and was sent home where he was crushed to death (I have heard) in a house moving accident in Michigan. I would give anything if I had just taken him with us." "The regular navigator,Harry Tennenbaum,was not aboard because "Mickey" operators were not supposed to go on short missions."

Shaddix,injured when parachuted to ground,was nursed back to health by Belgian resistance people. Later joined the Armee Blanche and fought in the Ardennes forest.

Stayed in servicd & served in Pacific theater and flew B-47s for 10 years. Retired in 1960.

Additional information concerning W.C. Shaddix

Dear Sir,
Your database states that the A/C "Ol'Dad" crashed at Ardoye/France in April 1944.
I was born in Ardoye. That village is not in France, but in Belgium. It is situated in the northern part of Belgium, better known as Flanders.
My mother (she pased away in 2001) saw the plane coming down on farm, and my dad, later on, showed me the house on which one of the bombs came down. The ruin was still visible till the end of the 50's. By the way, the correct spelling of our village is not Ardoye, but Ardooie.
Kind regards,
Rik
Mailbox: rikverhelle@skynet.be 

Most unusual is the fact that Winans Shaddix Evaded capture,returned to England and was sent back to the 
U.S.A. HOWEVER, he returned to Thorpe Abbotts in April 1945 with a NEW CREW and was assigned to the 351st 
Sqdn.

MEMO 2:

Replaced Harry Tennenbaum ('Micky Operators were not allowed to fly on short missions).

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Thionville DATE: 1944-04-27  
AIRCRAFT: "Ol' Dad" (42-3534) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 3087