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CAPT  Charles B. BLANDING

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: O-791324 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 16 APR 45 ROYAN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
1st Lt Charles B.Blanding      P    CPT   16/4/45  ROYAN   SN# O-791324
2nd Lt John A.Clark           CP   CPT     8/3/45 GIESSEN  SN# O-774946 (became CP on Lt W.V. McGuire Crew) see below
2nd Lt David L.Bittman     NAV   FEH        
2nd Lt Alvin H.Belimow    BOM    CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# O-777419
   Cpl 'Robin J.Whybrow   TTE   CPT   16/4/45  ROYAN  SN# 19090172
   Cpl Peter Glanz            ROG   CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# 16113273
   Cpl Wade .Doares.       BTG   CPT    28/2/45 KASSEL SN# 14193851
   Cpl Irvin J.Delaney        WG  FEH                              SN# 39714981
   Cpl William E.Cox           TG   FEH                             SN# 39144905 (taken off Crew, replaced by Sgt Bruce Ellis)
   Cpl Rex D. Thomas        WG  FEH                             SN# 39118852

418th Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 23/9/44.  See p.103 S.O.C
This became a lead crew in November 1944 and Lt John Clark elected not to become a formation officer and continue flying. He was with  Lt Morin's Crew for one mission (Dec 24, 1944) but was permenately transferred to Lt W.V. Mcguire Crew on Dec 26 1944 and completed his missions with that Crew. Lt Jack Jenista joined the crew as Navigator when it became a Lead Crew, he flew 18 missions with this Crew. 

LEAD CREW -  UNNA  23 MAR 1945

 Command Pilot  Major  H.F. Cruver
 Pilot               Capt.  C.B. Blanding
 Co-Pilot           Lt.  I. E. Rosenbaum
 Navigator         Lt.  D.L. Bittman
 Radar Navigator Lt. J.R. Jenista
 Bombardier  Lt. A.H. Belimow
 Radio Operator  T/Sgt P. Glanz (have seen spelled Glance)
 Engineer  T/Sgt R.J. Whybrow
 Waist Gunner  S/Sgt R.D. Thomas
 Waist Gunner  S/Sgt I. J. Delaney
**********************

Missions of Lt John Alden Clark with Lt Blanding Crew:

1.    09/10/44      MAINZ
2.    12/10/44      BREMEN
3.    14/10/44      COLOGNE
4.    17/10/44      COLOGNE
5.    18/10/44      KASSEL
6.    19/10/44      MANNHEIM
       FLAK LEAVE
7.    30/10/44      MERSEBURG (RECALLED)
8.    02/11/44      MERSEBURG
9.    09/11/44      SAARBRUCKEN
10.  16/11/44      DUREN
11.  21/11/44      OSNABRUCK
Lt Blanding Crew becomes a Lead Crew and Lt Clark is place in Spare or Standby Pilots roster.
This crew was a lead crew and appears on the 3rd Air Division Honor Roll Crew list for March 1945

12. 24/12/44      BABENHAUSEN (one and only mission with Lt Morin Crew)
        
2ND LTJOHN F. MORIN                    P POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2ND LT ANTHONY B.DiSILVO         CP NOC (acording to Lt Clark's book, Lt DiSilvo RFS on a mission to Berlin)
2ND LT ALFRED L. LETOURNEAU   NAV POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2ND LT EMIL M. NAWOJ             BOM POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL WILLIAM S. HANELY           ROG POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG TAPS: 1 JAN 1975
CPL GEORGE J. KOULOUTPANIS   TTE POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG TAPS:  16 NOV 1990
CPL BILLIE F. WRIGHT              BTG POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL JACKIE R. AUDRAIN             WG NOC     TAPS:  09 SEP 1986
CPL WILLIAM B. BERRY              WG POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG TAPS:  1986
CPL DALE S. BROWN                  TG KIA 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG

418th Sqdn.  Crew Joined the 100th Group on 5/10/44. See SOC p.88.

"Morin's A/C #459 dropped back and lost altitude after first fighter 
attack.Pilot was heard on VHF at 1250 hours saying he had two wounded men aboard 
but might be forced to ditch. Said he would try to reach Holland,and had 
gasoline for one hours flying."

A/C #43-38459   MACR #11358,  MICRO - FICHE #4179

Lt. Louis C. Ciriegio from the  Lt W.V. McGuire crew was flying in place of Tony 
DeSilvo and became a POW. Lt John A. Clark also flew on mission with this crew 
December 24, 1944. 


MISSIONS OF LT JOHN ALDEN CLARK WITH LT MCGUIRE CREW:

13.  27/12/44    FULDA
14.  28/12.44    KOBLENZ
15.  02/01/45   BAD KREUZNACH
16.  03/01/45   FULDA
17.  05/01/45   FRANKFURT
18.  14/01/45   DERBEN-STENDAL
       FLAK LEAVE
19.  28/01/45   DUISBERG
20.  29/01/45   KASSEL
       31/01/45   BERLIN (ABORTED) LISTED AS BREMEN IN 100TH BG MISSION LIST…mpf
21.   09/02/45  WEIMAR (S.T.)
       13/02/45   HANOVER/DRESDEN (S.T.)
22.  14/02/45   PLAUEN (S.T.)
23.  17/02/45   FRANKFURT
24.  19/02/45   MUNSTER
25.  20/02/45   NURNBURG 
26.  22/02/45   HEUINGEN (100TH "B")
27.  23/02/45   TREUCHTINGEN
28.  28/02/45   KASSEL
29.  02/03/45   DRESDEN
30.  03/03/45   BRUNSWICK
31.  07/03/45   SIEGEN (S.T.)
32.  08/03/45   GIESSEN (S.T.)      

CREW

1st Lt WILLIAM V. "Mac"  McGUIRE   P CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.)
F/O LOUIS C. CIRIEGIO             CP POW 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG  TAPS: 1972 (with the crew of Lt Morin)
CPL CHARLES F. LANG            ROG CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.)
CPL WILLIAM L. MaGEE           TTE CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.) TAPS: 20 MAY 1982
CPL ELVIN LaRome SWIM      BTG CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.) TAPS: 23 NOV 1979
CPL OTTO E. LEIGHTON          WG CPT 8 MAR 45   GIESSIN,  MY (S.T.) 
CPL GAIL H. DAUGHERTY         WG NOC taken off crew to reduce to nine men
CPL HAROLD L. PARKINSON       TG CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.) TAPS: 24 JUL 1966

418TH SQDN...CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 09 JUL 1944 
In December 1944 Lt Louis Cireigio and Lt McGuire had a personality conflict and Lt Ciriegio was 
replaced on the Crew by Lt John Alden Clark from Lt  Charles Blanding Crew.
Sgt Napoleon H. Owen served as toggelier on this crew.  
Navigator on this Crew was a 1st Lt nicknamed "Hiny"

MEMO 2:

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PHOTOS:

The Charles B. Blanding Crew
The Blanding flight crew at Dyersburg, Tennessee, as it completed  Combat Crew Operational Flight Training, August 1944. (L to R)
Back Row: Jim Delaney, Wade Doares, Peter Glanz, Robin Whybrow, Rex Thomas, and Bill Cox.  
Front Row: Alvin H. Belimow,  David L. Bittman, John A. Clark, and Charles B. Blanding

Lt Charles Blanding Crew; Lt John Jenista center in parachute harness, to the right was Alvin Belimoe, to the Left is  David Bittman

Article on Charles Blanding

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