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S/SGT  Eugene L. BLAN

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG

 Eugene L. Blan, Tail Gunner on the Don G. Liljenquist crew. Liljenquist crew information. 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT DONALD C. LILJENQUIST         P CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY      (still alive at 86, Aug 2008)
2ND LT CECIL W. EVERIN                CP CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY
2ND LT ROBERT C. McLAURY        NAV CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY
2ND LT WILLIAM L. MOORE          BOM CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY
CPL WILLIAM F. BOULTON            ROG CPT  CPT 28 FEB 1945  KASSEL
CPL WILLIAM M. PECHT                TTE CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY
CPL WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM            BTG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY
CPL GUY R. WEAVER                      WG CPT 26 FEB 45 BERLIN
CPL DANEIL A. ROBERTSON            WG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY
CPL EUGENE L. BLAN                    TG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL, MY

418TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 05 NOV 1944.  Aircraft named "CHAPEL IN THE FLAK"
Capt Liljenquist moved from 418th to 350th Squadron in June 1945 as Operations Officer 

INCOMPLETE LIST OF COMBAT MISSION'S OF CAPT. LILJENQUIST 
    30 NOVEMBER,1944 MERSEBURG            LILJENQUIST                338525 "MISS CONDUCT"            LD-A   (slight flak damage)
    24 DECEMBER, 1944 BIBLIS                   LILJENQUIST                338525  "MISS CONDUCT"           LD-A   (slight flak damage)
    27 DECEMBER, 1944 FULDA                   LILJENQUIST               338525  "MISS CONDUCT"            LD-A   (slight flak damage)    
    29 DECEMBER, 1944 FRANKFURT           LILJENQUIST                338525  "MISS CONDUCT             LD-A
    31 DECEMBER, 1944 HAMBURG              LILJENQUIST                338681   GRUMBLIN GREMLIN III  XR-V (slight flak damage)
      10 JANUARY,1945    DUISBURG            LILJENQUIST               338525  "MISS CONDUCT"            LD-A   (serious flak damage)
24.  28 JANUARY,1945    DUISBURG           LILJENQUIST                339005  "CHAPEL IN THE FLAK"    LD-Y   (slight flak damage)
25.  29 JANURAY,1945  KASSEL                 LILJENQUIST                339005  "CHAPEL IN THE FLAK"     LD-Y
      FLAK LEAVE
26.  14 FEBRUARY,1945  CHEMNITZ             LILJENQUIST              338852   UNNAMEED                     EP-N
27.  17 FEBRUARY,1945  FRANKFURT           LILJENQUIST              298015  HUNDRED PROFF              XR-N
28.  19 FEBRUARY,1945  MUNSTER              LILJENQUIST              338840   THE LITTLE REBEL           LN-H
29.  20 FEBRUARY,1945  NURNBURG            LILJENQUIST              338852   UNNAMEED                     EP-N
30.  22 FEBRUARY,1945 DONAUESCHINGEN  LILJENQUIST              339005  "CHAPEL IN THE FLAK"     LD-Y
31.  23 FEBRUARY,1945  TREUCHTLINGEN  LILJENQUIST               339166   YO YO BUDDY               LD-H
32.  24 FEBRUARY,1945  BREMEN             LILJENQUIST                  48632   UNNAMED                     EP-H   (flak damage)
33.  26 FEBRUARY,1945  BERLIN               LILJENQUIST                339005  "CHAPEL IN THE FLAK"     LD-Y   ( S/SGT WEAVER CPT TOUR)
34   28 FEBRUARY 1945  KASSEL              LILJENQUIST                REST OF CREW COMPLETES TOUR

22 MARCH, 1945     ALHORN                    LILJENQUIST                                                                             D-SQDN LEAD  
23 MARCH,1945      MARBURG                  LILJENQUIST HELLERICK  48009  XR-F   PFF           HARDSTAND 14  D-SQDN LEAD   
13 APRIL,1945    PRACTICE MISSION        LILJENQUIST  WOFFORD  48849  EP-J  "PARD"       HARDSTAND  7, B-SQDN LEAD
14 APRIL,1945        ROYAN,                    LILJENQUIST  ELLIS         48824 XR- M "MIKE" PFF HARDSTAND 17  B-SQDN LEAD    
 
MISSION SCRUBBED,PRACTICE
25 APRIL,1945                                LILJENQUIST  GRIFFITH   48916  LN-R  UNNAMED   PFF   HARDSTAND 32,C-SQDN LEAD
 
CHOWHOUND MISSIONS: 
4 MAY,1945 CHOWHOUND (SCRUBBED) LILJENQUIST ELLIS  48916 LN-R   HARDSTAND 32, C-SQDN LEAD
5 MAY,1945 CHOWHOUND                   LILJENQUIST ELLIS  48916 LN-R   HARDSTAND 32, C-SQDN LEAD
 
12 JUNE,1945  GREEN SUPPORT MISSION,"KIMBOLTON" CASABLANCA LILJENQUIST THORKELSON  447  G   R/W 04


My father, Guy R. Weaver, was a waist gunner on the "Chapel in the Flak".  On his 24th mission, January 28, 1945, he flew with his crew "in our new ship 005, which Don named "Chapel in the Flak".   On his next mission (#25) on January 29, same ship was flown with the same crew.  He was then on flak leave until February 14, flying ship 852; February 17 flying ship 015 "100 proof"; February 19 flying ship 840; February 20 flying 852.  Then on February 22 he flew on "Chapel in the Flak, that was his 30th mission.   On February 23 he flew ship 166; February 24 he flew ship 632; on his last mission (#33) February 26 he flew "Chapel in the Flak"  At sometime during the end of January and when my father completed his last mission A/C# 339005 "Chapel in the Flak" became known as "Lucky Lassie".  Crew  members:  Donald C. Liljenquist (P), Cecil W. Everin (CP), Robert C. McLaury (Nav), William L. Moore (BOM), William F. Boulton (ROG), William M. Pecht (TTE), William Cunningham (BTG), Guy R. Weaver (WG), Daniel A. Robertson (WG), and Eugene L. Blan (TG).



Dear Michael,
 
As my dad Buddy Blan does not have a computer, I will have to run it through by other members of the family and see if and what we can come up with. Although I can't confirm anything to you, I don't believe he has kept any records from this period in his. Life. Other than combat missions, is there any other information that might perhaps be of interest for the website and historical records?
 
 Looking forward to hearing from you.
 
 
Betsy 
betsy@puntegale.nl
 
 
p.s.  I'll be away for a few days but get back to you afterwards in case

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PHOTOS:

 Eugene L. Blan, Tail Gunner on the Don G. Liljenquist crew. Liljenquist crew information. 

Eugene L. Blan "Chapel in the Flak" A-2 painted jacket who was a gunner in the 100th Bomb Group's 418th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions aboard the B-17G "Chapel in the Flak"  piloted by Lt Donald  Liljenquist and the swastikas on the back of his jacket signify two aerial victories.
Artwork was never painted on the plane, only the Jackets. 

Eugene L. Blan "Chapel in the Flak" A-2 painted jacket who was a gunner in the 100th Bomb Group's 418th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions aboard the B-17G "Chapel in the Flak"  piloted by Lt Donald  Liljenquist and the swastikas on the back of his jacket signify two aerial victories.
Artwork was never painted on the plane, only the Jackets. 

Eugene L. Blan "Chapel in the Flak" A-2 painted jacket who was a gunner in the 100th Bomb Group's 418th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions aboard the B-17G "Chapel in the Flak"  piloted by Lt Donald  Liljenquist and the swastikas on the back of his jacket signify two aerial victories.
Artwork was never painted on the plane, only the Jackets. 

Eugene L. Blan "Chapel in the Flak" A-2 painted jacket who was a gunner in the 100th Bomb Group's 418th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions aboard the B-17G "Chapel in the Flak"  piloted by Lt Donald  Liljenquist and the swastikas on the back of his jacket signify two aerial victories.
Artwork was never painted on the plane, only the Jackets. 

 

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