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S/SGT  James L. SIMMONS

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

 James L. Simmons, Right Waist Gunner on the the George H. Gough crew. (Photo courtesy of Richard Jones, nephew of James L. Simmons. Gough crew information 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 3 MAR 44 BERLIN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

 2nd Lt George H.Gough           P  CPT 19 MAR 44 MARQUISE, MIMOYEQUES (NOBALL) sn# 0-743004 (flying as CP with Capt. Mark Cope Crew)
 2nd Lt Robert R.Kroske           CP  CPT 16 MAR 44 AUGSBURG  sn# 0-804462   (Flying as Pilot with Lt Chadwick Crew)  
2nd Lt William D.Sheridan        NAV CPT  3 MAR 44 BERLIN  
2nd Lt Paul R.Winters            BOM  CPT  3 MAR 44 BERLIN  sn#0-676997
T/Sgt Jessie O "Spike"Pack     TTE  KIA   8 MAR 44 BERLIN- sn# 38222601 Taken off Crew before going overseas. 
                                                                                                         Assigned to 401st Bomb Group, 613 BS, see below
T/Sgt John  Lee                    TTE  CPT  3 MAR 44 BERLIN  sn# 12139125   (originally was LWG on Crew and Assistant Engineer)
T/Sgt Daniel J.Cahill                 ROG CPT  3 MAR 44 BERLIN  sn# 12132890
S/Sgt Joseph L.Mackey            BTG  CPT 3 MAR 44 BERLIN  sn# 38186154
S/Sgt James L.Simmons           RWG CPT 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (Joins crew at Walla Walla Washington in August 1943)   
S/Sgt Lawrence W.Houghton   LWG NOC                          sn# 18071439 (replaced by S/Sgt Woodrow McCurry)
S/Sgt Lawrence A.Burk              TG CPT 3 MAR 44 BERLIN  sn# 15394387

350th Sqdn. This crew joined the 100th Group in mid October 1943. 
See photo of crew on p.198 of  "CONTRAILS" Crew,as above, appears on S.0.#243 Walla Walla,Washington 31 Aug..1943.  L.W.Houghton's 
photo appears on p. 192 of "CONTRAILS" but no other record is found.  On a crew roster of 3/3/44 a Sgt.Edward C.Butchino (CPT  /3/45) is the LWG.  L.W. Houghton was replaced on the crew by S/Sgt W. McCurry.  Pfc. Delbert E Barnhart was transferred to the 100th Bomb Group, 350th Bomb Squadron on Sept 7, 1943 along with Pfc Woodrow W. McCurry from the 1141 Quartermaster Complany. S/Sgt W. McCurry was assigned to Lt G Gough's crew as a replacement for their LWG and he completed his tour of duty just prior to the Berlin Missions (March 2,1944 Chartres AF)   

On Page 198 the crew is pictured in front of "Berlin Playboy"

Crew flew "Berlin Playboy" and "Cahepit"

 Missions of Lt George Gough Crew
        
        DATE                 TARGET                                                      A/C NBR & CODE  A/C NAME 
1      NOV 3,   1943    WILHELSHAVEN
2.     NOV 7,   1943    DUREN
3.     NOV 13, 1943    BREMEN                                                            239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY 
        NOV 11, 1943    MUNSTER (RECALL)                                             23413 V  HARD LUCK
4.     NOV 16, 1943    RJUKAN, NORWAY
5.     NOV 19, 1943    GELSENKIRCHEN & ZUTPHEN, HOLLAND
6..    NOV 26, 1943    BREMEN                                                          239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY (NTO)
7.     NOV 29, 1943    BREMEN                                                          239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY
8.     NOV 30, 1943    SOLIGEN                                                         239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY
9.     DEC   5, 1943    BORDEAUX/MERIGNAC, AF                                 239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY      
10.   DEC  11, 1943    EMDEN
11.   DEC  13, 1943    KIEL
12.   DEC  16, 1943    BREMEN
13.   DEC  24, 1943   ST.JOSEPH au BOIS (NOBALL)
14.   DEC  30, 1943   LUDWIGSHAVEN
15.   DEC  31, 1943   PARIS
16.   JAN  14, 1944   FORET D'HESDIN (NOBALL)
        JAN 15, 1944    MISSION SCRUBBEB                                          231074 Q  CAHEPIT 
        JAN 20, 1944    V-1 ROCKETS, MISSION SCRUBBED                     231074 Q  CAHEPIT
        JAN 21, 1944    PRACTICE MISSION                                          230788 R  MISMALOVIN'
17.    FEB 4,  1944    FRANKFURT                                                     239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY
18.    FEB 6,  1944     ROMILLY sur SEINE, CONCHES,EVREUX             
        FEB 9,  1944      HALBERSTADT (RECALL)                                  231049 U  SUPERSTITIOUS ALOYSIOUS
19.   FEB 10, 1944      BRUNSWICK                                                   239872 A  RUBBER CHECK
20.   FEB 13, 1944      LIVOSSART & BOIS REMPRE (NOBALL)
        FEB 15, 1944     PRACTICE MISSION                                          239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY
21.   FEB 20, 1944    POSEN
22.   FEB  21, 1944    BRUNSWICK, ALHORN, & VORDEN AF 
       FEB  22, 1944     SCHWEINFURT   (BAD WEATHER, RECALL)         239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY
23.   FEB  25, 1944    REGENSBURG, AC FACTORY
24.   MAR 2,   1944    CHARTRES, AF
25.   MAR 3,   1944    BERLIN (recall)                                                 239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY


Lt GOUGH MUST HAVE BEEN SICK AND THE CREW FLEW WITH ANOTHER PILOT.
  
Mar  8,  1944    239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY                    BERLIN ( Lt Gough flying with Lt Ed McKay Crew  on this mission)

Date             	CreNbr	Mission Nbr	Last Name         Initial         Rank Position    Aircraft Nbr         Target
3/8/1944         57         126         GRAHAM         H T         S/SGT         TG          830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/8/1944         57         126         DOMENIG        J W         S/SGT         WG         830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/8/1944         57         126         TROUT            J E         S/SGT         WG         830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/8/1944         57         126         SCHUSTER       C F         S/SGT         BTG         830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/8/1944         57         126         MYERS            W I         T/SGT         TTE        830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/8/1944         57         126         PALTRIINERI    J P         T/SGT         ROG         830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/8/1944         57         126         CARTY             J .         LT             BOM          830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/8/1944         57         126         YOUNG            J A         LT             NAV         830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/8/1944         57         126         MULLEN          T H         LT                CP         830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT
3/8/1944         57         126         GOUGH           G H         LT                 P         830         BERLIN / ERKNER PLANT

Mar 13, 1944    239830 Y  BERLIN PLAYBOY                    NO BALL (SCRUBBED) (Lt Gough flying as 1st pilot on Lt Chadwicks Crew)

Date    Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial            Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
3/13/1944 51 128 GOOD J J                                 T/SGT ROG  39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 51 128 GOUGH G H                                   LT P      39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 51 128 TROETSCHEL P K                      S/SGT TG    39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 51 128 ROBERTS A B                           S/SGT LWG  39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 51 128 BENEDICT D A                          S/SGT BTG  39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 51 128 POSTEL E E                             T/SGT TTE  39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 51 128 CARTY J A                                     LT BOM 39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 51 128 LONGENECKER J E                           LT NAV 39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 51 128 FITZROY W T                                 LT CP    39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944 51 128 BRUNS D J                                 S/SGT RWG 39830 NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)

Mar 19, 1944    231903 T   HARD LUCK II                        MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES (FLYING AS CP WITH MARK COPE CREW)
Date  Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr          Target
3/19/1944 18 133 THOMPSON C.H.           S/SGT LWG 31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 MORRISON J.E.             S/SGT TG   31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 COPE M.                       CAPT  P     31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 GOUGH G.H.                     LT CP   231903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 BRYANT F.E.                    LT NAV   31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 TORBETT L.D.                  LT BOM   31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 FLING J.C.                   T/SGT ROG   31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 VERBOVSKI J.              T/SGT TTE   31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 DONNELLY R.E.             S/SGT BTG   31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/19/1944 18 133 RICHARD J.A.               S/SGT RWG   31903 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES

Mr. Faley
Thank you for the assistance you have given me and my wife in regards to my great uncle George H. Gough and his plane the “Berlin Playboy” B-17G 42-39830.  I am asking to purchase a re-print of the photos you have of George and his crew, and any information you may have on any or all of them. I am going to try and make contact with all of them or their family’s after I find them. I will send you any information on them that I find and keep in contact with you during this process. I have attached a photo of George that you do not have on your web site. If you would like a copy I will send one out to you. I would also like to see if you or anyone may have a good photo or a description of the art work that was on his plane. Once again thank you for the help….

Michael Harris
michael.harris11@verizon.net
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Lt Kroske Missions after March 3, 1944
         
Date         Crew Nbr     Mission Nbr         Last Name         Initial         Rank         Position         Aircraft Nbr      Target
3/4/1944         51         123         LONGENECKER            J E             LT         NAV                  23413         BERLIN
3/4/1944         51         123         GOOD                        J J         T/SGT         ROG                 23413         BERLIN
3/4/1944         51         123         TROETSCHEL             P K         S/SGT         TG                   23413         BERLIN
3/4/1944         51         123         ROBERTS                  A B         S/SGT         LWG                 23413         BERLIN
3/4/1944         51         123         BRUNS                      D J         S/SGT         RWG                 23413         BERLIN
3/4/1944         51         123         BENEDICT                 D A         S/SGT         BTG                  23413         BERLIN
3/4/1944         51         123         CARTY                      J A               LT         BOM                 23413         BERLIN
3/4/1944         51         123         KROSKE                    R R               LT         CP                    23413         BERLIN
3/4/1944         51         123         CHADWICK                R T              LT         P                      23413         BERLIN
3/4/1944         51         123         POSTEL                    E E         T/SGT         TTE                  23413         BERLIN

Date         Crew Nbr     Mission Nbr         Last Name         Initial         Rank         Position         Aircraft Nbr        Target
3/13/1944         15         128         DELCIMMUTO               N         S/SGT         BTG                 31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944         15         128         DEVORE                    H.G.         LT               P                   31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944         15         128         BARRY                       J J         S/SGT         RWG                31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944         15         128         LONGHI                     H L         T/SGT         TTE                31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944         15         128         LONGWORTH             R D         T/SGT         ROG                31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944         15         128         PEEL                         R K         CAPT           BOM                31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944         15         128         PAYNE                       J H         CAPT           NAV                31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944         15         128         KROSKE                     R R         LT                CP                  31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944         15         128         KNUDSON                    K         S/SGT           TG                  31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)
3/13/1944         15         128         DICKENSON                D R         S/SGT         LWG                31981         NOBALL/ 11 (SCRUBBED)


Date         Crew Nbr     Mission Nbr         Last Name         Initial         Rank         Position        Aircraft Nbr        Target
3/15/1944         51         129         ROBERTS                   A B         S/SGT         LWG         31968         BRUNSWICK
3/15/1944         51         129         BRUNS                       D J         S/SGT         RWG         31968         BRUNSWICK
3/15/1944         51         129         POSTEL                     E E         T/SGT         TTE         31968         BRUNSWICK
3/15/1944         51         129         BENEDICT                  D A         S/SGT         BTG         31968         BRUNSWICK
3/15/1944         51         129         GOOD                         J J         T/SGT         ROG         31968         BRUNSWICK
3/15/1944         51         129         LONGENECKER             J E              LT         NAV         31968         BRUNSWICK
3/15/1944         51         129         FITZROY                   W T              LT         CP            31968         BRUNSWICK
3/15/1944         51         129         KROSKE                     R R               LT         P             31968         BRUNSWICK
3/15/1944         51         129         TROETSCHEL              P K         S/SGT         TG            31968         BRUNSWICK
3/15/1944         51         129         CARTY                       J A               LT         BOM         31968         BRUNSWICK

Date         Crew Nbr     Mission Nbr         Last Name         Initial         Rank         Position         Aircraft Nbr         Target
3/16/1944         51         130         GOOD                            J J         T/SGT         ROG         3413         AUGSBURG
3/16/1944         51         130         TROETSCHEL                 P K         S/SGT         TG           3413         AUGSBURG
3/16/1944         51         130         ROBERTS                      A B         S/SGT         LWG         3413         AUGSBURG
3/16/1944         51         130         BENEDICT                     G A         S/SGT         BTG         3413         AUGSBURG
3/16/1944         51         130         POSTEL                        E E         T/SGT         TTE         3413         AUGSBURG
3/16/1944         51         130         CARTY                          J A              LT         BOM         3413         AUGSBURG
3/16/1944         51         130         LONGENECKER               J E              LT         NAV         3413         AUGSBURG
3/16/1944         51         130         FITZROY                     W T              LT         CP            3413         AUGSBURG
3/16/1944         51         130         KROSKE                        R R              LT         P              3413         AUGSBURG
3/16/1944         51         130         WINKLER                        G         S/SGT         RWG         3413         AUGSBURG

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2nd Lt. R.L. Stelzer
2nd Lt. W.T. Johnson
2nd Lt. H.L. Hobbs
2nd Lt. R. Warren
S/Sgt. J.O. Pack
S/Sgt. D. A. Hecker
Sgt. J.P. Black
Sgt. E.J. Rice
Sgt. T.H. Holland
Sgt. J .H. Nicely

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Missions (Group Mission)
 
1.  Osnabruck (7)     22 Dec 1943  

2.  Gorenflos (8)      24 Dec 1943  

3.  Ludwigshaven (9) 30 Dec 1943  

4.  Tours (12)           5 Jan 1944        42-39837 Red's Rogues

5.  Notre Dame de Ferme (16)    21 Jan 1944  

6.  Frankfurt (17)    29 Jan 1944  

7.  Brunswick (18)   30 Jan 1944  

8.  Wilhelmshaven (19)  3 Feb 1944  

9.  Leipzig (24)  20 Feb 1944  
 
10.  Oscherslaben (26)   22 Feb 1944  

11.  Augsburg (28)  25 Feb 1944  

12.  Frankfurt (29)  2 Mar 1944  

13.  Cologne (31)   4 Mar 1944  

14.  Augsburg (37)  16 Mar 1944  

15.  Watten (39)    19 Mar 1944  

16.  Frankfurt (40)   20 Mar 1944 

17.  Berlin (41)       22 Mar 1944  

18.  Schweinfurt (43) 24 Mar 1944  

19.  Watten (44)      26 Mar 1944  

20.  Brussels (48)      10 Apr 1944  

21.  Politz/Sorau (49)  11 Apr 1944  

22.  Kassel (52)           19 Apr 1944  

23.  Bois Coquerel (53)  20 Apr 1944  


Flew as fill in TTE on this crew, just back from London
May 8, 1944  Berlin
42-30855  Ol' Massa
401st Bomb Group, 613 Bomb Squadron

Crew Members

Pilot                   2nd Lt  J.D.Lenkeit      KIA
Copilot                2nd Lt W.T. Johnson   KIA
Navigator             2nd Lt C.P. Bennett    POW
Bombardier          2nd Lt H.W. Dershimer KIA
Radio Operator     S/Sgt M.T. Abraham     KIA
Engr / Top Turret T/Sgt J.O. Pack           KIA
Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt L.F. Davies         KIA
Tail Gunner           S/Sgt A.F. Rose          POW
Left Waist Gunner  S/Sgt E.J. Rice           POW
Right Waist Gunner   Sgt T.B.  Cole          KIA

Lt. Lenkeit's plane was lost on this mission. Last reports said
the plane received a direct burst of flak just behind the ball turret causing
the plane to break in two with the tail floating down and the nose section
going into a straight dive.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 James L. Simmons, Right Waist Gunner on the the George H. Gough crew. (Photo courtesy of Richard Jones, nephew of James L. Simmons. Gough crew information 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

ID: 4774