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SGT  James R. SHIRLEY

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TOG/NG

S/Sgt James R Shirley, TOG/NG on Capt Rojohn Crew

SERIAL #: 34645311 STATUS: POW
MACR: 11550 CR: 11550

Comments1: 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (SEE ROJOHN MEM) TOGGLIER

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 TOG/NG.  James R Shirley (34645311) 9/9/44 1st assignment 711 squadron 447 BG at Rattlesden. On Nov 7 he was transferred to 350th BS in 100th 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.

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 2:

S/SGT JAMES SHIRLEY INFORMATION: 

February 15, 1943 entered service: Serial Number 34645311

???????           Transferred to Kingman AZ for Flexible Gunnery Training

May 10, 1943  Earns gunners wings from AAF Flexible Gunnery School at Kingman AZ

Nov.10, 1943  Graduates from Amarillo Army Air Field Mechanic 

Nov 17, 1943   Qualifies for Air Crew,  410 TSS AAAF Amarillo Texas

May 24, 1944 Took physical exam to qualify for flying combat duty-he passed

???????           Transferred to Army Air Field, Pyote, Texas. 

June 1944- Army Air Field, Pyote Texas,  236 Base Unit (combat crew training station CCTS) training in B-17 F & G models 

July 1944-  Army Air Field, Pyote Texas,  236 Base Unit (combat crew training station CCTS) training in B-17 F & G models--150:45 hrs of combat/flight training. 

August 6, 1944: Transferred to Kearney Nebraska—37:10 hrs of combat/flight training

September 9, 1944 Transferred overseas to 8th Air Force, 3rd Air Division,  447th Bomb Group (H), 711 Squadron, Station 126, Rattlesden, England. 

October 1944:  8th Air Force, 3rd Air Division,  447th Bomb Group (H), 711 Squadron, Station 126, Rattlesden, England. No Combat Time, 9:55 of practice and orientation flights

Nov 7, 1944 Transferred from 447th Bomb Group (H) to 100th Bomb Group (H), 350th Bomb Squadron, Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts.   11:10 hrs 

Nov 15, 1944 Physical at Thorpe Abbotts, Station 139, 100th Bomb Group

Nov 30, 1944  Merseburg, Oil Refinery.  I believe that S/Sgt Shirley flew this mission as a spare gunner

December 1944:  trained to be a Toggelier from Dec 2nd-Dec 14.  

December 13, 1944  OSNABRUCK - BAD WEATHER - RECALL	

December 31, 1944,  was assigned to Capt Glenn Rojohn Crew as a fill in Toggelier and became a POW after Rojohn and MacNab a/c’s pancaked.  He was sent to Stalag luft III and later Nurnburg.  

Janurary 2, 1945  left Jever, Germ. 

January 4-5, 1945 Obersulm, Germ. 

Jan 5, 1945  Wetzlar, Germ. 

Now usually before a person was sent to a POW camp, they were interrogated at the Dulag Luft in Frankfurt.  (not far from Wetzlar) yet no mention in the list of places.  Is there anything in his diary since he was in Wetzlar for 23 days.  

Jan 28 – Jan 30th 1945:  Wetzlar to Nurnburg, Germ.  Block 4

Feb 8, 1945:  Nurnburg- Moved to Block 5

April 4, 1945, Left Nurnburg at 12 noon on march to Moosburg

Places stopped during Moosburg March.  
April 4  Barns at POLLING 
April 5 Woods Between Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz and Pollanten
April 6-7  Red Cross parcel at afternoon at Beilingries,  where we sleep In a Barn at Paulushofen
April 8 Mindelstetten
April 9 Siegenburg
April 10--12 Horgertshausen
April 13-15  Horgertshausen  and Marched 14 KM to Gammelsdorf  
April 16- arrived at Moosburg,
April 29, 1945  Pattons Third Army liberates the Camp. 

Nov 21, 1945 Basic Military Training at 2109th AAFBU Turner Field. GA   Squadron C, 
Nov 28, 1945 separated from Service

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:

POW diary of James R.Shirley of his time in Stalag Luft III.  Just recently discovered by has Daughter Dot. (Photo courtesy of Piggyback facebook page)

 

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Crew 1

ID: 4739