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LT  John W. WEARNE

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP
SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: PECKVILLE, PA

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt James D. Williams                             P CPT
2nd Lt John W. Wearne                          CP CPT
2nd Lt James T. Miller                           NAV CPT 13/9/44 SINDELFINGEN, MOTOR WORKS
    F/O Jonathan P. Laverick                     BOM CPT 15/10/44 COLOGNE, MY
  S/Sgt Clarence A. Petersen                    R0G CPT
  S/Sgt Jack A. Fowler                           TTE CPT 13/9/44 SINDELFINGEN, MOTOR WORKS
    Sgt William T."Sonny Boy" Fessier           WG CPT
    Sgt Gospodin Gospodinoff                     BTG CPT
    Sgt Jerome Goshin                             WG CPT
    Sgt Ralph M. Greenwood                        TG WIA Wounded 5/8/44 and in 65th general hospital for 43 days. Sn# 18162220

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 29/5/44.  
"SKIPPER II"  See S.O.C. p. 67/68.  18/8/44 Gospodinoff to Central Medical Board for flying tests (2 days). 
Crew flew "987" SHILAYLEE/THE LITTLE SKIPPER
This  became a Pathfinder Crew (PFF).  

Believe most of crew completed their tour with missions listed below execpt Laverick and Greenwood.  

 MISSIONS OF T/SGT JACK A. FOWLER sn# 39120644 (mpf nov 2000)


1.   4/6/44  BOULOGNE
2.   5/6/44  BOULOGNE
3.   6/6/44  D-DAY-OUISTREHAM
4. 11/6/44  BERCK sur MER
5. 18/6/44  BRUNSBUTTELKOOG
6. 19/6/44  CORME ECLUSE
7. 20/6/44  FALLERSLEBEN
8. 21/6/44  RUHLAND-START OF 1ST RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION
9. 26/6/44  DROHOBYCZ, POLAND
10.   3/7/44  ARAD, ROMANIA
11.   5/7/44  BEZIERS
12.   7/7/44  BOHLEN
13. 11/7/44  MUNICH
14. 13/7/44  MUNICH
15. 14/7/44  MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
16. 18/7/44  KIEL
17. 19/7/44  SCHWEINFURT
18. 20/7/44  MERSEBURG
19. 24/7/44  ST LO
20. 29/7/44  MERSEBURG
21. 31/7/44  MUNICH
22.   2/8/44  LA FERE
23.   4/8/44  HAMBURG
24.   5/8/44  MAGDEBURG-TG INJURED 
25. 24/8/44  RUHLAND
26. 25/8/44  POLITZ
27. 26/8/44  BREST
28. 27/8/44  BERLIN (RECALL)
29.   1/9/44  MAINZ (RECALL, WEATHER)
30.   3/9/44  CROZON
31.   5/9/44  STUTTGART
32.   8/9/44  MAINZ
33. 12/9/44  MAGDEBURG
34. 13/9/44  SINDELFINGEN

Mission Memories of S/Sgt Ralph Greenwood
Serial number: 18162220
349th Bomb Squadron
Tail Gunner on Aircraft # 987  “SHILAYLEE”

Bombing Shuttle Mission:
 Ruhland, Germany June 21, 1944

After the Bombing mission, the crew dropped the plane down to a lower altitude, but ran into a thunderstorm and had to fly over it.  The plane was running low on fuel, couldn’t make it to any base and force landed the plane in a wheat field in Poltava Russia.  The force landing was suppose to be a wheels up landing, but the pilot decided to put the wheels down.  They were about 15 miles from the U.S. base in Poltava.  Russian peasants were around when the plane landed and the ball turret operator could speak a little bit of Russian.  The people were happy they were Americans.  It rained and they had to wait until it was dry enough for the plane to take off again.  There were a couple of Russians guarding the airplane while it was in the wheat field. 

When they were ready to take off, one of the Americans stationed in Russia told the pilot that someone needed to have a drink with the Russians, as was the custom.  Lt Williams told  “Greenwood” to have the drink.  They poured a large canteen of Vodka and Ralph looked for a chaser.  The chaser happened to be a green onion and a can of butter.  This was the only shuttle run that I was assigned.  When we flew from Russia to Foggia, Italy and were there during the 4th of July.  The next day they picked up a target in Germany, while they were going to the target, they could see the Vatican from the Plane.

August 5, 1944 
Magdeburg, Germany

The crew left the base in England to go on a bombing run in Germany.  The target was a Tiger tank factory (synthetic Oil).  The flak was heavy, intense and accurate.  It was very bad that day.  One of our planes pulled up and dropped their bombs, it hit another B-17 and it exploded.  A few moments later I was hit by a piece of anti-aircraft shrapnel.  The plane was still operational and continued on its mission.  I was hit just before the bombs were released. The pilot came back and took me up to the radio room and gave me first aid and stopped the bleeding.  Once back at the base in England, he stayed in the 65th general hospital for 43 days.  To this day, Ralph Greenwood has a piece of shrapnel in his knee but does not walk with any type of limp.

Base Memories:
He used to carry a lucky charm and on the day he was hit it, was sitting on the bed.  From that point on, he  said to never have a lucky charm and never had one since. His Daughter said they were never allowed to have one either.  

S/Sgt Greenwood was discharged from the military at Sheppard Field, Texas Oct 21, 1945.

MEMO 2:

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