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S/SGT  Don L. BLAIR

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG

Donald Blair, TG on Our Gal Sal, Shoens Crew.

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 1 MAY 44 ST OMER, FRANCE

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW 

2nd Lt Robert J. Shoens          P CPT 1 MAY 44 ST. OMAR, FRANCE
2nd Lt Duncan R. Shand        CP CPT 1 MAY 44 ST. OMAR, FRANCE           TAPS: 1992
2nd Lt Raymond E. Hanson  NAV RFS XFER TO 95TH OR 390TH (CONTROL TOWER DUTY) TAPS: JAN 1996
2nd Lt Glenn Hudson          BOM CPT 1 MAY 44 ST. OMAR FRANCE            TAPS: 28 MAR 1990
    Sgt William Eresman         TTE CPT 1 MAY 44 ST. OMAR, FRANCE
    Sgt Donald B. Hammond  ROG CPT 1 MAY 44 ST. OMAR, FRANCE
    Sgt Angelo J. Genevese   BTG RFS REPLACED BY SGT EDWARD SILVERSTONE 
    Sgt Virgil H. Warders       LWG CPT 1 MAY 44 ST. OMAR, FRANCE           TAPS: 1999
    Sgt William W. Wright       WG CPT 1 MAY 44 ST. OMAR, FRANCE
    Sgt Don L. Blair                 TG CPT 1 MAY 44 ST. OMAR, FRANCE

351st Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 1/12/43.  A/C 231767 EP-E  "Our Gal Sal" 
Lt Glenn Hudson ended up being both Nav and Bomb for this crew when Lt Hudson was grounded due to illness and a suitable replacement Navigator could not be agreed upon. (Bob Shoens mpf 2001) 
 
On crew roster of 3/3/44, a Sgt. Edward R. Silverstone (changed his last name to Stone after the war) was on crew as BTG and Lt. H. Greenberg was the Navigator (Greenberg was a fill in Nav. until decided Lt Hudson would handle both Nav. and Bomb. duties).  
A S/Sgt Chester P. Coulam (may have been togg on this mission) who CPT on 27/5/44 appears on this crew roster of 8/3/44.


Sgt. Genevese- from NYC. At Kearny Nebraska, he could not take flying and was constantly ill during training.  He went overseas with the Crew.  In Training missions at Thorpe Abbotts, his illness continued and Lt Shoens asked the Squadron CO Ollie Turner for a replacement.  Sgt Edward R. Silverstone was picked from the gunners pool and flew all missions with this crew. Sgt Genevese was transferred to a ground job.  (Bob Shoens, mpf 2001)

  Mission Log of 2nd Lt Robert Shoens (mpf 2001)

1.  5/01/44  Neuss, Gr 066-Fools Rush In #3, Element 2,  High Squadron  5:15hrs
     6/01/44  France-Mission Scrubbed
2.  7/01/44  Ludwigshaven 256-King Bee II  #2, Element 2,  Lead Squadron  6:40hrs
    14/01/44 Helberstadt-Scrubbed
    20/01/44 France-Mission Scrubbed
3. 21/01/44 St Omer 056-Call Her Savage #7, -------------- High Squadron  4:00hrs
4. 24/01/44 Frankfurt 056-Call Her Savage #3, Element 1, Low  Squadron  5:45hrs
    26/01/44 Frankfurt- Scrubbed  051-Goin Jessies    #3, Element 2,  Lead Squadron
5. 29/01/44 Frankfurt 412-Mason and Dixon #2, Element 2,  Lead Squadron  7:30hrs
6. 30/01/44 Brunswick 800-Piccadilly Lilly II #3, Element 2,  Low  Squadron  6:30hrs
    31/01/44 Frankfurt-Scrubbed   #3, Element 1,  High Squadron
7.   4/02/44 Frankfurt 767   #2, Element 2, High Squadron  7:10hrs
8.   6/02/44 Evreux, France 767-Our Gal Sal  #3, Element 2,  Low Squadron  6:30hrs
      9/02/44 Helberstadt-Scrubbed 767-Our Gal Sal #3, Element 3,  High Squadron
9. 10/02/44 Brunswick 767-Our Gal Sal  #3, Element 1,  High Squadron  7:20hrs
10. 13/02/44 No-Ball  767-Our Gal Sal  #7, --------------- Lead Squadron  3:15hrs
11. 21/02/44 Vorden AF 767-Our Gal Sal  #2, Element 2,  High Squadron  7:00hrs
     22/02/44 Schweinfurt-Recall 767-Our Gal Sal #3, Element 2,  High Squadron
     23/02/44 Schweinfurt-Scrubbed 767-Our Gal Sal #3, Element 2,  High Squadron
12. 24/02/44 Rostock 767-Our Gal Sal  #2, Element 2,  Low  Squadron  10:35hrs
13. 25/02/44 Regensburg 767-Our Gal Sal  #3, Element 1, Lead Squadron  9:45hrs
14. 28/02/44 No-Ball, France 056-Call Her Savage #2, Element 1,  High Squadron  5:00hrs
     29/02/44 Brunswick-Abort  767-Our Gal Sal #3, Element 2,  Lead Squadron
15.  2/03/44  Chartres 767-Our Gal Sal  #3, Element 2,  Lead Squadron  5:15hrs
16.  3/03/44  BERLIN-Recall 767-Our Gal Sal  #2, Element 2, High Squadron  7:15hrs
       4/03/44  BERLIN-Abort-Lost Oxygen  767  #2, Element 1,  Lead Squadron  
17.  6/03/44  BERLIN  767-Our Gal Sal  #3, Element 2, Lead Squadron  8:05hrs
     16 Missing (actually 15) two confrimed Enemy A/C shot down  
18.  8/03/44  BERLIN  936-All American Girl #2, Element 2,  High Squadron  9:30hrs  One confirmed Enemy A/C shot down
19. 15/03/44 Brunswick 767-Our Gal Sal  #3, Element 1, High Squadron  7:20hrs
      16/03/44 Augsburg 767-Our Gal Sal  Spare A/C, returned to field
      17/03/44 Munich-scrubbed  767-Our Gal Sal #3, Element 1,  High Squadron  
      17/03/44 Frankfurt-scrubbed 767-Our Gal Sal #3, Element 1,  High Squadron
20. 18/03/44 Munich  767-Our Gal Sal  #2, Element 1,  High Squadron  10:10hrs
21. 19/03/44 No-Ball  767-Our Gal Sal  #2, Element 1,   Low  Squadron  4:15hrs 
22. 22/03/44 BERLIN  767-Our Gal Sal  #1, Element 2, Low  Squadron  8:25hrs
      26/03/44 Leipzig-Scrubbed 767-Our Gal Sal #1, Element 2, High Squadron
23. 27/03/44 Bordeaux 767-Our Gal Sal  #1, Element 2,  High Squadron  8:45hrs
24. 28/03/44 Chateaudun 767-Our Gal Sal  #1, Element 2,  Lead Squadron  6:20hrs
25. 11/04/44 Rostock 767-Our Gal Sal  #3, Element 1,  Lead Squadron  10:25hrs
26. 12/04/44 Leipzig-Recall 018-Wat-i-Care?  #1, Element 2,  High Squadron  4:40hrs
27. 13/04/44 Augsburg 708-Skipper  #3, Element 1,  High Squadron  8:30hrs
28.  1/05/44  St Omer 767-Our Gal Sal  #1, Element 1, Low  Squadron  6:45hrs

Total Combat Hours: 197:55

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Left to Right is the Our Gal Sal Crew Pic 
William Eresman (top turret gunner) 
Ed Silverstone (ball turret gunner) 
Don Blair  (tail gunner) 
William Wright (waist gunner) 
Virgil Warders (waist gunne) 
Don Hammond (radio man) 

 

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Crew 1

ID: 389