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T/SGT  William C. TERRY

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG
SERIAL #: 14162093 STATUS: POW
MACR: 11980

Comments1: 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND 9EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW


2nd Lt Raymond L.Heironimus   P     CPT     15/2/45  RUHLAND CITY, COTTBUS, CITY
2nd Lt Glen H.Peavy               CP    CPT     15/2/45  RUHLAND CITY, COTTBUS, CITY
2nd Lt George H.Geise          NAV   CPT      15/2/45   WIA  RUHLAND CITY, COTTBUS, CITY
2nd Lt James L.Skar             BOM     RFS     (about mid way thru his tour  nervous stomach; over his violent objections)
 Cpl William C.Terry,Jr          ROG    POW   11/9/44  RUHLAND
 Cpl Carlyle E.Miller              TT E    CPT    15/2/45  RUHLAND CITY, COTTBUS, CITY
 Cpl Richard S.Barnett         BTG     CPT    15/2/45  RUHLAND CITY, COTTBUS, CITY
 Cpl Ray D.Carl                    WG     WIA    11/9/44  RUHLAND
 Cpl Marvin D.Cooper            TG      CPT    15/2/45  RUHLAND CITY, COTTBUS, CITY
 CPl Russell W.Gaines           WG      RFS     Became TOGG, then tranferred to ground assignment. 

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above,joined the 100th Group on 4/8/44. See p.79/80 SOC.

A casualty report Or 12/9/44 shows Wm C.Terry as MIA from Heironimus's  A/C #43- 38161 over Germany 
on 11/9/44. Since no ships of the 100th were missing that day, this was a bit of a puzzle. A letter 
from Russell Gaines in Nov.1983 cleared the matter up. He states that "The crew was hit and 
crashed landed in France. Bill Terry, I think,was knocked funny and bailed out and ended up a POW. 
Ray Carl, flying in the waist was wounded, but I think recovered O.K. When they cut the crew from 10 
to 9 men, I was taken off the crew and became a "spare" toggalier. Soon there were too many 
"spares" and I was given a ground assignment I worked in the bldg. which was called Station Equip 
that was the Briefing rooms and where the flying clothes were kept. That was what I did until the 
war was over."

Missions of Lt Ray Heironimus (incomplete)

Aug 14, 1944 Ludwigshaven          43-38011 XR-H "The Reluctant Dragon"
Aug 15, 1944 Venlo                    42-107230 XR-B "Yehudi"
Aug 18, 1944 Pacy sur Armancon    43-38211 XR-R  

For the remainder of the missions up thru  Sept 11, 1944 this Crew flew the aircraft 43-38161 XR-O "Oombree-ago". This was a B-17G Boeing built aircraft delivered to Thrope Abbotts in July 1944 and was flown by a variety of Crews.  Lt Robert Chamberlain, Lt Cecil Baker, Lt Orville Everett, Lt Frazier, and  Lt Ray Heironimus.  Lt Heironimus Crew named the aircraft. and flew it the most.   This crew flew 9 missions in this aircraft starting on:
 
Aug 24, 1944  Ruhland. 
Aug 25, 1944  Politz
Aug 26, 1944  Brest
Aug 27, 1944  Berlin (recall)
Aug 30, 1944  Bremen
Sept  1, 1944  Mainz (recall)
Sept  5, 1944  Stuttgart
Sept  9, 1944  Dusseldorf 
Sept 10, 1944 Nurnburg
Sept 11, 1944 Ruhland (crash landed) 
MEMO  FOR R.L. HEIRONIMUS CREW
RESCUED ON THE 11 SEP 44 MISSION TO RUHLAND.  CRASHED IN TURNIP PATCH NEAR PARIS BY THE FRONT LINES AND WAS RESCUED BY FRENCH PEASANTS , ENTIRE CREW  RETURNED TO THORPE ABBOTTS EXCEPT THE ROG SGT TERRY WHO WAS CAPTURED BY THE GERMANS.

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: Aircraft was hit and crash landed in France.   Terry bailed out before the crash landing and became a POW. The rest of the crew crash landed succesfully and returned to friendly lines.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Ruhland DATE: 1944-09-11  
AIRCRAFT: (43-38161) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 5135