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S/SGT  Oliver E. WAINIO

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

S/Sgt Oliver E. Wainio, TTE on the Kramp Crew,  from son James Wainio.

Cadet Oliver E. Wainio, future waist gunner on Lt Kramp's Crew. Known as "Kramp's Tramps"  Photo courtesy of  Granddaughter Angel Kraemer-Malmberg

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 17 JAN 45 HAMBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Paul A.Kramp                P CPT   4/3/45  ULM 
2nd Lt Van A.Haire,Jr.            CP CPT 17/1/45  HAMBURG 
F/O John H.Rowland            NAV FEH (became lead Nav and flew 29 missions)
S/Sgt Richard W. Lennox   TOG/NG NOC
S/Sgt Robert Osuna             ROG CPT 17/1/45  HAMBURG
S/Sgt Oliver E.Wainio             WG CPT 17/1/45  HAMBURG 
S/Sgt Lindsay J.Neal            BTG CPT 17/1/45  HAMBURG 
T/Sgt Fred E.Blake              TTE CPT 17/1/45  HAMBURG
S/Sgt William C.Martino         TG CPT 17/1/45  HAMBURG
Sgt Lewis E.Martin              WG NOC  taken off to reduce to 9 men         TAPS: 1986

351st Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined 100th Group on 2/8/44. On Combat roster of 30/9/44 Lt.Donald R.Gillis replaces J.H.Rowland and Lewis 
Martin is not on the crew. A S/Sgt R.W.Lennox was on crew as a toggalier.   Looking under Lt. Kramp  R.W Lennox is Richard William Lennox……….James W Lennox  barnyboo@comcast.net  

Crew known as "KRAMP'S TRAMPS"

From 12/10/44 thru 24/12/44 (11 misslons) the navigator on this crew was Lt. DANIEL SHAFFER sn# 0-765734. (See his letter dated 16/5/85.)  Lt Shaffer flew with 5 different pilots Lt Kramp, Lt Thomas C. Hughes, Lt Stevenson, Lt Knowles, and Lt Bazin.  

Letter from J.H.Rowland (9/1/88). He was removed from crew & sent to Bovingdon for advanced training in newer radar technicque. Rejoined the 100th and flew with lead crews. Completed 29 missions by VE day and back to USA.  Flew some with Dobrokowskis crew.

INCOMPLETE LIST OF LT PAUL KRAMP CREW MISSIONS

          Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target 
1.     8/24/1944 63 183 KRAMP P.A. LT P 31708 RUHLAND (OIL) 
2.     8/25/1944 63 184 KRAMP P.A. LT P 31412 POLITZ (OIL) 
3.     8/26/1944 63 185 KRAMP P.A. LT P 31412 BREST 
4.     8/27/1944 63 186 KRAMP P.A. LT P 38047 BERLIN (RECALL) 
5.       9/3/1944 63 189 KRAMP P.A. LT P 31767 BREST 
6.       9/5/1944 63 190 KRAMP P.A. LT P 107233 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS) 
7.       9/8/1944 63 191 KRAMP P.A. LT P 37936 MAINZ 
8.       9/9/1944 65 192 KRAMP P.A. LT P 97126 DUSSELDORF 
9.      9/10/1944 65 193 KRAMP P.A. LT P 38047 NURNBURG 
10.    9/11/1944 65 194 KRAMP P.A. LT P 38047 RUHLAND (OIL) 
11.    9/12/1944 65 195 KRAMP P.A. LT P 38047 MAGDEBURG (OIL) 
12.    9/18/1944 63 197 KRAMP P.A. LT P 31708 WARSAW 
13.    9/19/1944 63 198 KRAMP P.A. LT P 31708 SZOLNOK (FROM RUSSIA) 
14.    9/25/1944 02 199 KRAMP P.A. LT P 38047 LUDWIGSHAVEN 
15.    9/30/1944 63 203 KRAMP P.A. LT P 37521 BIELEFELD 

Missions from Lt Daniel Shaffer 1-11 with Lt Paul Kramp as Pilot: (mpf 2001) 

1.   12/10/44 BREMEN 
2.   17/10/44 COLOGNE 
3.   02/11/44 MERSEBURG 
4.   05/11/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN 
5.   06/11/44 NEUMUNSTER 
6.   09/11/44 SAARBRUCKEN 
7.   16/11/44 AACHEN 
8.   29/11/44 HAMM 
9.   02/12/44 KOBLENZ         A/C 124
10. 12/12/44 DARMSTADT    A/C 124
11. 24/12/44 BIBLIS             A/C 124

     17/01/45 HAMBURG  (CREW COMPLETES EXCEPT FOR KRAMP)

35. 04/03/1945   ULM      A/C 521 (LT Paul Kramp completes)

100th BOMB GROUP TAPS REPORT
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Submitter's Name: Angel Malmberg
Submitter's Email: akmberg@aol.com
Submitter's Relationship: Grandchild
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Veteran's Name: Oliver E. Wainio
Death Date: July 10, 1991
Veteran's Unit: 351st
Veteran's Position: Waist Gunner
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Family Contact Information: Angel Malmberg
1420 S. 54th St. 
West Milwaukee, WI 53214
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Reminisence of Sgt Osuna at 8th Air Force Historical Society Reunion 2010:
Kramp- threw a brick out of window on every misson.  He wrote " take that".

S/Sgt Oliver E.Wainio always had to go to the bathroom and used my chaff box.  He wanted to throw it out the bombay but it smelled to bad!

Tail gunner ask Paul Kramp if you would know if you weere hit. We all were worried, we could not get back to him.  He saw a flak hole between his legs but could not see an exit hole.  we worried all the way home.  When we landed, we got Martino out and as he exited, he saw that just over his right shoulder was a hole where the flak burst exited the plane.  

Paul kramp was from Chicago and I thought he was a gangster, He even looked like a gangser and I thought everyone from chicago was a gangster.  He was 5'4" but was stern pilot when giving orders.  Good pilot.  

Bombardier was removed from flying status after 12 missions,  he would come back into the radio compatment after dropping bombs and bury his face in his hands, a nervous wreck, they sent him back to states.

Co pilot was a bit jittry, paul was all business.  

Hardest part was coming back to barracks and they were taking out the belongings of those who were lost.  It affected you, you wondered if you were next.  We lost 6-7 crews in our barracks.  You stopped getting close to new crews because it was tough to lose friends.  Crews always worried about Berlin but there were other targets like Mersburg that I thought were rougher.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

(Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

T/Sgt Oliver E. Wainio, TTE on the Kramp Crew,  from son James Wainio.

Letter of Recommendation from Col Thomas Jeffrey. courtesy of son James Wainio

A-2 Jacket of Oliver Wainio. Photo courtesy of James Wainio

DFCPhoto courtesy of James Wainio Newspaper article on Oliver Wainio, 

Oliver Wainio in Class A Uniform. Photo courtesy of James Wainio

Oliver Wainio and Robert Osuna from Lt Paul Kramp's Crew. Photo courtesy of James Wainio

Oliver Wainio, WG on Lt Paul Kramp Crew,  entering B-17. Photo Courtesy of James Wainio

Oliver Wainio in Class A uniform and riding bike, WG on Lt Paul Kramp's Crew.  KRAMP'S TRAMPS.  Photo courtesy of James Wainio

Oliver Wainio, WG on Lt Paul Kramp's Crew.  KRAMP'S TRAMPS.  Photo courtesy of James Wainio

351st Site.  Photo courtesy of James Wainio

Oliver Wainio, WG on Lt Paul Kramp's Crew.  KRAMP'S TRAMPS.  Photo courtesy of James Wainio

Oliver Wainio, WG on Lt Paul Kramp's Crew-KRAMP'S TRAMPS catching up on some much needed shut eye  Photo courtesy of James Wainio

Oliver Wainio sitting on blast shelter in front of 351st Orderly Room .  Courtesy of James Wainio

KRAMP'S TRAMPS A-2 jacket of TTE T/Sgt Oliver E Wainio, Lt Paul KRAMP Crew, THE ALL AMERICAN GIRL (courtesy of James Wainio, son of TTE T/Sgt Oliver E. Wainio)

Lt. Paul KRAMP Crew photo with THE ALL AMERICAN GIRL (courtesy of James Wainio, son of TTE T/Sgt Oliver E. Wainio) , Crew photo is dated Sept 8, 1944.  This is the picture ID L-R Standing. 

DATE                LAST   FIRST.  RANK  POSITION  TARGET        PLANE_NBR
9/8/1944		NEAL	L.J.	  S/SGT	BTG	          MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		BLAKE	F.E.	  S/SGT	TTE	  MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		KRAMP	P.A.	     LT	P	          MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		HAIRE	V.A.	    LT	CP	         MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		DEHN	A.E.	    LT	BOM	MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		TOBUREN M.W. LT	NAV	         MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		MARTINO W.C. S/SGT	TG	        MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		WAINIO	O.	  S/SGT	WG	        MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		OSUNA	R.	  S/SGT	ROG	MAINZ		37936

Lt. Paul KRAMP Crew photo with THE ALL AMERICAN GIRL (courtesy of James Wainio, son of TTE T/Sgt Oliver E. Wainio) , Crew photo is dated Sept 8, 1944.  This is the picture ID L-R Standing. 

DATE                LAST   FIRST.  RANK  POSITION  TARGET        PLANE_NBR
9/8/1944		NEAL	L.J.	  S/SGT	BTG	          MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		BLAKE	F.E.	  S/SGT	TTE	  MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		KRAMP	P.A.	     LT	P	          MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		HAIRE	V.A.	    LT	CP	         MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		DEHN	A.E.	    LT	BOM	MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		TOBUREN M.W. LT	NAV	     MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		MARTINO W.C. S/SGT	TG	        MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		WAINIO	O.	  S/SGT	WG	        MAINZ		37936
9/8/1944		OSUNA	R.	  S/SGT	ROG	MAINZ		37936

Lt Paul Kramp Crew (KRAMP'S TRAMPS)after completion of 35th mission.   Photo courtesy of James Wainio 

Only known picture of KRAMP'S TRAMPS. photo courtesy of James Wainio

Kramp's Tramps coming in for a landing . 100th BG Archives. 

 

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