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S/SGT  William B. ZABRISKIE

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: MADISON, WI

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt James F "Jim".Mack           P   FEH
   F/O Roger S.Chell                    CP  FEH
   F/O John A.Twomey              NAV FEH
   Cpl Gerald W. "Gary" Elder       NG  FEH      TAPS: 1956
   Cpl Carl L.Sauer,Jr.                ROG  FEH      TAPS: JULY 1961
   Cpl Bernard N.Peffer              TTE  FEH
   Cpl Emory C. "Rosie" Rose       BTG  FEH
   Cpl Dwight M. "Pappy" Hall       WG  FEH
   Cpl William B. "Bill" Zabriskie      TG   FEH

349th Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 11/4/45.  

2nd Lt. JAMES F. MACK mission history:
19 APRIL,1945  COMBAT MISSION  SCRUBBED, PRACTICE MISSION   C-SQDN, MACK  841  H  HARDSTAND # 16, 
2 MAY,1945  CHOWHOUND MISSION, B-SQDN, MACK  608  A  HARDSTAND # 19
3 MAY,1945  CHOWHOUND MISSION, A-SQDN  MACK  608  A  HARDSTAND # 19, 
3 JUNE,1945  DP FERRY FROM AUSTRIA TO PARIS, D-SQDN, MACK  667  H  HARDSTAND # 16, 
4 JUNE,1945  GREEN SUPPORT MISSION, FERRY,CASABLANCA C-SQDN, MACK  667  H  HARDSTAND # 16       

Aircraft flown:
44-8667  XR-H, 
44-6841  XR-H, WOODY WOODPECKER
44-6608  XR-A



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jim Bittle 
Date: Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 8:38 AM
Subject: Jim Mack
To: goodman.cindy@gmail.com

Cindy,
I don't know if Jim Mack's wife has contacted you, but Jim passed away a few days ago from a complication from a fall.  He's the Jim Mack that joined the 100th in 1945 at the end of the war.

Jim Bittle

LOOMINGTON — James F. Mack, 85, of 2025 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington, died at 4:43 p.m. Thursday (June 17, 2010) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Dean Kladder officiating. Private interment with military rites by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion honor guard will be at Funks Grove Cemetery, rural McLean.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to Westminster Village Foundation.

He was born Aug. 25, 1924, in Summit Grove, Ind., a son of Leiton and Virginia Braden Mack. He married Barbara Swarstad on Dec. 31, 1944, in Rapid City, S.D. She died Feb. 9, 2010.     

Surviving are a son, Terry (Josette) Mack, Bloomington; a daughter, Kathleen (Tom) Waszak, Elmhurst; three grandchildren, Mary (Derek) Peterson, Linden, Mich.; Beth (Brian Noyes) Waszak, Chicago; and T.J. (Melissa) Waszak, Oakwood Hills; three great-grandchildren, Jordan and Brooke Peterson and Logan Waszak; two sisters, Joan Holy and Marilyn Mack, both of Greenwood, S.C.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tom Mack.

Jim was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in 1949. He retired in 1989 as controller for State Farm Insurance Co., Bloomington, where he had worked for 38 years.

He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, where he had served as an elder and on the finance committee. He was a former member and past president of Bloomington School District 87 board of education and served two years as president of the United Way fund drive. He was a former member of the Western Avenue Community Center board and was currently serving on the board of Westminster Village in Bloomington. Jim had served as a consultant to NAMIC, on the accounting committee for NAIC, the Amberjack board at State Farm and on the board of State Farm Indemnity Co. of New Jersey.

Jim served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a B-17 pilot with the 100th Bomb Group. He retired from the U.S. Air Force reserves after 20 years.

Jim had a passion for golf, his work, travel, and was the most honest, straightforward man one could ever meet. He was deeply loved as a great husband, father, grandpa and GG Jim.

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If you are able to update the site:

“Pappy” = Dwight (“Pappy”) Hall, a country boy from the south, who was give the nickname “Pappy” by the crew, since he was the “old man” at 26 when the crew was assembled, the oldest man by two or three years or more.

“Gerry” = Gerald (“Gary”) Elder; never known as “Gerry.”

“Unknown” = Bernard Peffer (the only living member of the crew that I was not able to track down in the early 1990s).

I don’t believe that any of the crew members are still living.

Please update “Taps” to show that 2nd Lt. John A. Twomey, Sr., died in August, 1959.

Thank you.

PS—I think my sister Mary Ellen may have received that photo that you posted from Roger Chell in the early 1990s, who at the time lived in Lake Forest, IL.

From: Gerald S. Twomey [mailto:gst121281@optimum.net] 
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 5:01 PM
To: 'MPFaley@aol.com'
Cc: 'CWVentures@aol.com'
Subject: FW: Square D AT6

 
Dear Michael,

I’ve seen a lot of WW II photos of my dad and his crew.

I don’t believe that I’ve seen this one before.

I was named after Gerald (“Gary”) Elder, the togelier, whose position was next to my father’s, that of the navigator.

He was a high school phys. ed. teacher and track coach who died the year before I was born (i.e., he passed away in 1953).

Over the years, I was able to track down all but one surviving member of the crew.

Thanks for passing this item along.

I am making it available to my five siblings, their spouses, and to my niece and five nephews, along with a few other relatives…

This photo is a great tribute to our greatest generation.

I believe the crew arrived at Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts, in March, 1945, and flew six combat missions against the Nazi sub pens in Kiel and hunger relief flights (“Operation Chow Hound”) over the Netherlands, before participating in aerial mapping (“Operation Casey Jones”).

Somewhere I possess the documentation on these flights, I believe, from the USAF archives at Maxwell AFB in Alabama and from the National Archives in DC.

Thanks for your helpfulness, and thanks to my old pal, Curtis, too, in the best spirit of his father, one of the classic pilots of the “Bloody Hundredth,” the recently deceased Charlie (“Hong Kong”) Wilson, one of my all-time favorite Texans.

Peace and good things.

Gerry Twomey

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The James F. (“Jim”) Mack crew: assembled in Lincoln, Nebraska, March 1945 for transit to Station 139, 8th Air Force, via New York and Greenland:

Standing L/R: CPL [later, S/SGT] Willliam (“Bill”) Zabriskie, tail gunner; F/O [later, 2LT] John Twomey, navigator; F/O [later, 2LT] Roger Chell, co-pilot; 2LT [later, 1LT] James (“Jim”) Mack, pilot; CPL [later, S/SGT] Emory C. (“Rosie”) Rose, ball turret gunner. 
  
Kneeling L/R: CPL [later, S/SGT] Carl L. Sauer, Jr., right waist gunner; CPL [later, S/SGT] Dwight (“Pappy”) Hall, left waist gunner; CPL [later, S/SGT] Gerald W. (“Gary”) Elder, nose gunner; and, CPL [later T/SGT] Bernard Peffer, top turret gunner. Photo Courtesy of Mary Ellen Twomey

 

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