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LT  John W. WILSON

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

Lt John Wilson, CP on Owen Keith Griffith Crew. Photo courtesy of Tom McCarley. 

SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
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Comments1: TULSA, OK

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MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Owen K.Griffith         P   FEH
2nd Lt John W.Wilson,Jr.    CP   FEH
2nd Lt James T.Brand      NAV     KIC ( Lt W. D. Pratt was pilot-Buried Cambridge cemetary) SEE BELOW 
 S/Sgt Richard W.Perras     TG   FEH
   Cpl James R.Gladden      WG  FEH
   Cpl Russell P.Johnson    ROG    FEH
   Cpl Everett S.White      BTG    FEH
   Cpl Walter M.Lovvorn     NG     FEH
   Cpl Stanley J.Kurnik      TTE     FEH

418th Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 18/2/45

Letter received from O.K.Griffith Jan.1985 says this crew flew  nine missions with the 100th. He mentions as Bombardier one Allen Glaskin and a Bob Gladden as Waist Gunner.  

Griffith adds that "Troy Brand was killed in a training accident at Thorpe Abbotts on May 12, 1945."  This would have been four days after V-E day and Brand is shown as FEH (flying at end of hostilities) in most records.  

CREW

    F/O George D.Sharpe       P       FEH      CREW FLYING AT END OF HOSTILITIES
    F/O John L.Sanders          CP     FEH
    F/O John J.Scott             NAV   FEH
2nd Lt Allen Glaskin              BOM   FEH (Trained with Lt Keith Griffith Crew for Lead Bombardier)
    Sgt Alfred Skeeters          TTE   FEH
    Sgt George E.Engelhorn     BTG    FEH
    Sgt Edward R.Smith           ROG   FEH
    Cpl Lionel B.Davis               WG   FEH
    Cpl John D.Gray                 TG   FEH

418th Sqdn. Crew,as above, joined the 100th Group on 30/3/45

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CREW

2ND LT WADE D. PRATT             P IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
2ND LT HAROLD L. RINTOUL      CP IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
2ND LT JAMES T. BRAND       NAV KIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
S/Sgt VINCENT FERRANICE         ROG IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
   CPL ANTHONY SZOTT           TTE IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
   CPL ROBERT G. GUIDI            BTG IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.


418th Sqdn.. Crew joined 100th on 21 Jan 1945
Crew flew A/C 43-38821 LD-O "Girdle Girty" call sign "Rubber Oboe"  and also "Lay or Bust" 

On 12 may 45 Pratt, Rintoul, Szott, Guidi, S/Sgt VINCENT FERRANICE and 2nd Lt James T. Brand took off from Thorpe Abbotts in A/C #44-6790 on a night transition flight in the local area. Weather worsened, while the tower tried for 1 hour and twenty minutes before contacting the crew. When contact was established Pratt was advised to attempt a landing, the aircraft struck a tree and crashed about five miles W/NW of the base on the Diss - Attleboro Road. Brand was KIC and all the others IIC.  The aircraft was destroyed.
                                                                    --Records from Norton AFB 17 May 85….James R. Brown, Historian to pw (June 1991)

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Hello,

My Dad, Everett S. White 34 678 911, entered the US Army Air Corp Aug 9, 1943-discharded Dec 26, 1945.  He never discussed much of his military career. 

He was a B17 BTG with the 100th Bomb Group, 418th Bomb Squadron, stationed at Thorpe Abbotts.  The records from the Foundation show him with the Owen “Keith” Griffith Crew.  I have a picture, that I assume he send to my Mother at arrival in England that shows him and crew standing in front of Yankee Girl 448256.  I can also match the picture in 100th BG web site with the George D. Sharpe crew, but the crew members are different and the BTG is Richard J. White.  In that picture, my Dad is second from the right.


My Dad’s military records were destroyed in a fire at the Personnel Records Office in 1973.  They reconstructed his name, rank, and serial number, but that is it.

Can you provide any help in gaining more information?


Thank you,
Richard S. White
heartbarw@embarqmail.com

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PHOTOS:

Owen "Keith" Griffith Crew (left to right): March 9, 1945 Frankfurt Raid, Crews third mission.  

Standing: Owen Griffith, Everett White, Richard W. Perras, Russell Johnson, Bob Gladden, Jim Brand
Kneeling: John Wilson,Walter Lovvorn, and Stanley Kurnik
(Photo courtesy of Richard White and Tom McCarley)

 This is Keith Owen lead crew, the creation of which coincided with the end of hostilities in Europe. The line-up changed quite a bit. The as pictured never flew a combat mission, but did fly the May 5 & 7 1945 Chowhound Missions. Back row L TO R:  Billie McMillin NAV, Owen Griffith P, John Wilson CP, W. D. Swancutt Radar Op, Allen Glaskin Bombardier. Front row L TO R:  James "Bob"Gladden waist gunner, R. Perras tail gunner, R. P. Johnson radio operator, Stanley Kurnick engineer, Unknown. Photo Courtesy of Tom McCarley

Lt Owen K. Griffith P,   CP John Wilson and Radar Operator W.D. Swancutt.(Photo courtesy of Richard White and Tom McCarley)

Walter "Mark" Lovvorn in he Middle and John Wilson far Right.  Aircraft is 48127 LD-Y.  Photo courtesy of Tom McCarley/Keith Griffith. 

Dad wrote "a little handball" "Wils & Griff in Center" (John Wilson & Owen Griffith)
Also TA...looks like an underfed and unwashed bunch!  Photo courtesy of Lt Williams daughter Wendy Terrell

Williams, Griffith, Wilson, Swancutt, McMillin - prior to the formation of the Griffith lead crew, Billie McMillin was the Navigator on the Evans crew with Jack Coop.

 

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