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S/SGT  Don E. ALLEN

UNIT: 334th FTR Sqdn POSITION: GND

Don Allen was the prolific nose art painter for the 4th 
Fighter Group.  He flew 3 Missions with the 100th Bomb group

Ground Crew for 4th Fighter Group, Flew 3 missions with the 100th Bomb Group on First Russian Shuttle Mission. 

Painted nose art on 4th Fighter Group. Flew with 100th BG on first Russian Shuttle Mission. Photo by Jim Harley 

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Comments1: CREW CHIEF FROM 4TH FIGHTER GROUP ON RUSSIAN SHUTTLE

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

Subj: Re: 100thBG Feedback Form  
Date: 9/24/2003 3:23:17 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: eaglezig@hotmail.com 
To: MPFaley@aol.com 
Sent from the Internet (Details) 
 
Hello Michael,

   I wanted to thank you for the info on Donald E. Allen, who flew with the 
100th on the Russia Shuttle Mission.  I passed the info on to Don and he 
called tonight to ask if he could have your mailing address, as he has some 
things to send you. He has a written out letter on the Russia Shuttle 
experiences and a few photos to send you. So if you could give me your 
address, I will call him back right away with it. Again, I Thank you for the 
information you supplied.

Cheers, 
Bruce Zigler

> > EMAIL = eaglezig@hotmail.com
> > UNAME = Bruce Zigler
> > CONNECTION = Historian
> > COMMENTS = I'm looking for information for a friend of mine who flew on the Russia Shuttle Mission with the 100th. His name is S/Sgt Don Allen, crewchief  belonging to the 4th Fighter Group. He would like to know the crew he flew with and which aircraft he was in. I believe he flew 4 of the missions with the 100th on this Shuttle as a gunner.  If you could help I would appreciate it. Thank you.

>Dear Bruce,
>Was Don's middle initial "E".  If so I have the answer for you. He flew with the Crew of Lt J.D. Williams, 349th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group as Right Waist Gunner.  The plane they flew was Called Varga Venus, 2102621 and he is correct about the 4 missions flown during that Russian Shuttle Mission.

6/21/44  RUHLAND
6/26/44  DROHOBYCZ, OIL REF
7/3/44    ARAD, MY (RUMANIA)
7/5/44    BEZIERS, (FROM ITALY)

Hope this helped?  Now you can ask Don a favor for me?  What can he tell me
about  Lt Ralph "Kidd" Hoffer? does he have any stories he can relate? The 
Kiddwas killed during these Shuttle Missions.  Also, whose aircraft(s) was he
responsible for with the 4th Fighter Group?

>Regards,
>Michael Faley
>100th Bomb Group Historian
>100th Bomb Group Photo Archives

   "I can tell you he was thrilled at being at Debden. He did a lot of the 
nosearts in 334 Squadron. He arrived in late 1942 and was assigned to 
Debden. His first pilot in the Group ws ex-Eagle Victor France and he flew 
P-47 "Miss Dallas". Of course it was Don's favorite noseart as it was his 
a/c.  Vic augered in in 1944 and then he had a couple of other pilots. Last 
one was Marvin Arthur who flew "Meg" and then "Blondie".  But I'm sure he 
will tell you all that in his letter…Bruce zigler


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. Peterson   R0G CPT
  S/Sgt Jack A. Fowler            TTE CPT 13/9/44 SINDELFINGEN, MOTOR WORKS
    Sgt William T. Fessier           WG CPT
    Sgt Gospodin Gospodinoff    BTG CPT (may have become a Toggelier)
    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
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  (Sgt Don Allen, 4th Fighter Group Crew Chief, flew as WG)
9. 26/6/44  DROHOBYCZ, POLAND
10.   3/7/44  ARAD, ROMANIA
11.   5/7/44  BEZIERS

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.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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PHOTOS:

Don Allen, 4th FG crew chief and artist. Flew with 100th on First Russian Shuttle Mission as a WG. 

S/Sgt Don Allen painting another "kill"

Ralph Kidd Hofer with Duke. Salem Representitive was painted by Don Allen

 

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