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CAPT  Richard A. CAREY

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P/COM

 Flt. Lt. Richard A. Carey Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Richard A. Carey 350th P California POW 25 Jul 43 Warnemunde Kiel Richard Carey Crew Original marker provided by the U. S. Government (Photo provided by Jeanne Carey)

Capt Richard Carey colorized by nathan Howland 

SERIAL #: O-1699495 STATUS: POW
MACR: 00117 CR: 00117

Comments1: 25 JUL 43 KIEL (FLAK - CRASH) (former RCAF Pilot)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

Capt. Richard A. Carey-350th Bomb Squadron Operations Officer

1st Lt William D. Desanders        P    COMPLETED TOUR 13 FEB 1944 
2nd Lt William J. Styles            CP    POW 25 July 1943  Warnemunde Keil
2nd Lt Calvin H. Defevre        NAV    KIA   25 July 1943  Warnemunde Keil
2nd Lt William E. Griffith        BOM   KIA   25 July 1943  Warnemunde Keil
T/Sgt Lester I. Berg              TTE   KIA   25 July 1943  Warnemunde Keil
S/Sgt   Charles J. Mayville     WG    KIA   25 July 1943   Warnemunde Keil
T/Sgt   George L. Rudden     ROG    COMPLETED TOUR   (With Crew #10)
S/Sgt   Norman C. Eddy        BTG    KIA    25 July 1943   Warnemunde Keil
S/Sgt   Maynard T. Parsons    WG    POW   25 July 1943   Warnemunde Keil
Pvt     Robert D. Lepper          TG    POW  25 July 1943   Warnemunde Keil

Crew #17 Aircraft #42-5862 (Duration + 6 ), NOT  M.A.C.R. #117
On July 25, 1943, Bill Desanders was either ill or on leave and Captain Richard Carey, Operations Officer of the 350th, flew in his stead and became a POW.  Another replacement on the crew this day was T/Sgt. Steven S. Kopczewski, the regular radio operator on Crew #11.  He was killed in action.

Unable to bomb Warnemunde, the primary target, the Group flew to Keil where intense flak was met.  Plane was so damaged by flak that Captain Carey decided to ditch in the sea.  All the crew except for pilot and copilot were in radio room when ship hit the water
Apparently, Parsons and Lepper, both of whom were wounded, got out ofthe overhead hatch but the others in the radio room were trapped and went down with the ship which rapidly sank.  A subsequent report by William Styles said that, "Griffith was struggling to get out of hatch as the plane was sinking, that is the last I saw of him."

During a search for survivors, Danish fishermen found the body of Sgt. Kopczewski but, after making certain of death, left it in the water.

Carey, Styles, Lepper and Parsons were picked up by a Danish fishing boat and the latter two were taken to a hospital in Schleswig

It was mission #8 for this crew who were flying in "Duration + 6" and not their regular plane, "Alice From Dallas".

Mission list for Captian Richard Carey:

June 26, 1943, LeMans, 23279 "Badger Beauty"
June 28, 1943, St Nazaire, 23233 "Our Baby"
July 4, 1943, LaPallice, 23233 "Our Baby"
July 14, 1943, LeBourget/Paris 25862 "Duration + 6" 
July 24, 1943, Trondheim, 230047 "Sweater Girl"
July 25, 1943, Kiel, 25862 "Duration + 6"

"On July 25, 1943, Lt William Desanders was either ill or on leave and Captain Richard Carey, Operations Officer of the 350th replaced him and became a POW. The Aircraft "Duration + 6" was so damaged by flak that Capt Carey decided to ditch in the North Sea. 6 were KIA and 4 POW." "Capt. Carey, Lt Styles (CP), Sgt Robert Lepper (WG) and S/Sgt Maynard Parsons (TG) were picked up by a Danish fishing boat and the latter two were taken to a hospital in Schleswig." 


Subj: Re: Capt. Dick Carey 
Date: 10/10/2001 5:22:48 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: irene@backroads.net (irene penman)To: MPFaley@aol.com  

Dear Mike.. 
I am thrilled to tell you anything I can about Dick. My favorite subject..even over grandchildren. 
I saw your photo on the reunion pictures. I wish I had gone. But had house guests coming. They just are not too happy if you leave when they arrive. Silly souls.. 
Dick was quite interesting. He was the youngest licensed pilot in California. He took lessons by washing airplanes. You could do it then.He took his father and uncle and a friend of theirs on a fishing trip, I believe,in March 1939 by plane into the mountains of California. When they flew back it was foggy and they got over the ocean and ran out of gas. They went into the ocean and after two to three hours his father and uncle both drowned. Dick said he dove under the water to end things and when he came up a boat was there and rescued he and the friend of his dad's. He had to go home and tell his mother. Not easy for a young man. He went into the RCAF shortly after that. I will get you the exact dates. He did training up in Canada and became as Flight Lt. in the RCAF. He never went to England. Just stayed in Canada. When Pearl Harbor happened he transfered to the Army Air Force. We have many papers etc. which I will go through for you. I will send you anything about him I can that would be of interest. 
Mike, I am just so thrilled, amazed and delighted with the Web Site and everything to do with the 100th Bomb Group. You all have done amazing things and I am reading everything on every page. Also every book I can find that covers the group or prison camp. Dick was very quiet about anything that happened both in England and in prison camp. He told only funny things. Nothing about the scary stuff, like flak and guns and bombs.. So I am really learning this all for the first time. We were engaged when he went overseas having met on a blind date as I told you earlier. But I guess even though not a blond by hair color was a bit ditsy when it came to what was real during the war. I am in tears at times and so proud at others as I read about the things all these men did and how they had the courage to fly those missions time and time again. I have not read Frank Murphy's book and am eager to do so.( Frank said it will arrive tomorrow) But have purchased Century Bombers and also an Arthur Durand book Stalag Luft 3. Again I find so much that amazes me that they endured the cold, hunger and bugs and unknown outcome of each day plus that horrible March. As you said they are the "Greatest Generation". We owe them all the praise and glory and applause we can give them. 
I would happily call you if I can answer any questions more thorougly. I am loving this as it is bringing things about Dick we did not know and that is precious to us all. His children love him so much and lost him when they were so young. So memories are like gold. And for that we thank all of you who have provided us with this information though books, the web site and your own kindness in writing to us. We are so grateful.. 
By the way, you do a great job answering all those questions as I check them out daily. 
Thank you... thank you... 
Irene carey Penman

The following form contents were entered on 23rd Nov 1
Date = 23 Nov 1 19:18:37
subject = 100thBG Question Submission
messages = 286
email = wpf13@hotmail.com
uname = Wally P. Fydenchuk
comments =  I'm researching U.S. citizens who enlisted in the RCAF prior to Pearl Harbor.
As your website lists, Lt Charlie Wilson, Lt Robert Pearson and Capt. Richard Carey, were ex RCAF Americans. Capt. Mark Carnell was another ex RCAF member.  His RCAF service number was C 6873. He was a staff pilot at #4 Wireless School. He transferred to the USAAF May 1942. Two others also served/trained with RCAF  MAGEE CHARLES FULLER, SERVICE NUMBER;  R66199 Enlisted Niagara Falls 8-9-40 and  Michael Garemko completed EFTS training  (basic flight training) before transferring to the US Forces.  Found another Lt Reginald Smith He graduated from No. 5 Service Flying Training School Brantford, Ontario.

Richard Anthony Carey
RCAF Service Number: C2948
Staff pilot   No. 4 Bombing and Gunnery School Fingal, Ontario
transferred 20/5/42 to USAAF
retired  29/5/42


conversation with Capt Frank Murphy, Nav on Cruikshank crew and roommate of Capt Dick Carey  1/19/05
 MPFaley [12:36 PM]:  Frank did you know a Lt Styles at Stalag Luft 3 
 MPFaley [12:36 PM]:  he was on Dick Careys plane when it went down 
 FrDMurphy [12:36 PM]:  Mike,  no, what compound was he in? 
 MPFaley [12:37 PM]:  not sure Frank, but Styles wife is trying to get all this info on POW and people who knew her husband for a project her Granddaughter is doing 
 MPFaley [12:38 PM]:  we told her to get your book  
 FrDMurphy [12:39 PM]:  Good.  I have considerable info on the South Compound where Dick and I were interned and will see what I can find out, if anything about Styles. 
 FrDMurphy [12:39 PM]:  If she will give me her contact address and/or e-mail I will try to help. 
 MPFaley [12:41 PM]:  will do, hold on 
 MPFaley [12:42 PM]:  he was Dicks copilot on the mission 
 MPFaley [12:43 PM]:  Jcstyles16@aol.com Her name is Jane.  
 FrDMurphy [12:45 PM]:  Okay, Fine.  Have noted it on  my writing pad. I wonder if he was in our compound as I believe I would have known about him if he was.  Dick had a couple of guys who regularly came over and chatted and played cribbage with him 
 FrDMurphy [12:51 PM]:  I will look into it, Mike 
 MPFaley [12:51 PM]:  Thanks Frank, I am sure the family would appreciate it.  
 FrDMurphy [12:52 PM]:  Hang on a second, Mike.  I think I have something. 
 FrDMurphy [12:56 PM]:  Okay, Mike.  Lt. W.J. Styles was in the South Compound.  He got out of the airplane and drifted 15 minutes in his Mae West before being picked up by a Danish fishing boat and was taken by the Germans when they returned to port.  He was from Troy, NY. Okay. 
 MPFaley [12:56 PM]:  so he was in your compound 
 MPFaley [12:58 PM]:  is the book Stalag Luft III any good for them as research? 
 FrDMurphy [1:00 PM]:  Yes, although I did not remember him specifically.  There is no book that will give them any info that I dod not have. Styles was with Dick. They were actually not shot down.  Engine failures caused them to drop out of formation and become stragglers.  The airplane mushed out and went into the drink.  He injured his back in the ditching but recovered. 
 MPFaley [1:01 PM]:  You ARE the person they need to talk too 
 FrDMurphy [1:02 PM]:  A friendly bomber circled Styles but they were about 150 miles from England with no chance of air/sea rescue.  That's about all I have. 
FrDMurphy [1:06 PM]:  My info is that Styles was born on August 24, 1920 and was a Roman Catholic.  Will they verify that?
FrDMurphy [1:14 PM]:  I remember Dick well because we were roommates.  Lt. Styles lived in a barracks two rows over from us.  If I can help it would be my pleasure.  Give Jane my e-mail address.

MEMO 2:

350th Operations Officer

 B 17F 42-5862 - The North Sea                                                               

  On 25 July 1943 at 5pm B17 42-5862 ditched in the North Sea near the cutter E 475 "Bertha" about 75 miles south west of Esbjerg. (Source: FOD A1393) AOD has details. This is one of the stories about airmen Rescued by fishermen in the North Sea. From the book A. Hjorth Rasmussen: Det er nødvendigt at sejle Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet. Saltvandsakvariet, Esbjerg, 1980 
     (Sailing is necessary) Fisheries and Maritime Museum. Saltwater Aquarium, Esbjerg, 1980

E 475 »Bertha« rescued 4 American airmen, but had to go to Esbjerg with them. Two 4-engined planes passed above the cutter, one of them gliding towards the water with engine trouble. It ditched some hundred metres from the »Bertha«. The cutter sailed to their rescue, and the 4 airmen who drifted around in their life jackets were picked out of the water. An immediate search for the 6 other airmen of the crew was unsuccessful. 2 of the airmen were uninjured, 2 severely injured. One of them had broken his arms and his legs, and the fishermen had to dress his wounds with splints from a wooden fish crate. The illegal magazine the “Vestjyden” tells about the arrival at Esbjerg, “When the ship came to the quay the Danish ambulance had arrived already. Work started immediately, but when the severely injured man was being put on a stretcher the Germans turned up and forbade moving him. That was the limit for the spectators, and there were strong protests over an order that brutal. Now the Germans went totally berserk. A blow in a whistle and more Germans immediately turned up and rushed at the Danes. One was hit with a butt on his shoulder and several people were kicked and beaten. One man had a revolver pressed against his stomach. Now the spectators drew a little back awaiting further events. After about 2-two hours of waiting a German ambulance arrived and took the severely injured airman who was lying on some duvets on the deck of the cutter.

The injured airman had been on his way to the harbour for 14 hours and he had to wait another 2 hours. While the poor man was lying there racked with pain a German officer strutted about smiling cynically every time the injured airman moaned with pain.

The brutality shown here by the Germans to a severely injured and helpless adversary once more stresses their cowardice and sadistic leanings. It is a comfort that the day of reckoning will soon be here, and then the German beasts will have the bill presented with interest and compound interest. We are in complete agreement on that."

This B-17 was from 350 BS, 100 BG, 13 Wing, 3 BD, 8 AF of the USAAF. See also the 100th Bomb Group (Heavy) with Photo of the pilot and operational details. It took off from RAF Thorpe Abbott - USAAF Station 139. See also 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum. 10 airmen.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Warnemunde (Kiel) DATE: 1943-07-25  
AIRCRAFT: Duration + 6 (42-5862) CAUSE: FLAK -Crashed at Sea  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

My father William Styles is on the right. Captain Richard Carey on the left. The skipper from the fishing boat, Bertha is in the background. This was taken after their B-17 crash landed in the North Sea near Esbjerg, Denmark. The skipper later mailed the newspaper article and photos to my father in a handwritten letter in 1949.  Courtesy of Linda Styles Berkery

My father William Styles is on the right. Captain Richard Carey on the left. The skipper from the fishing boat, Bertha is in the background. This was taken after their B-17 crash landed in the North Sea near Esbjerg, Denmark. The skipper later mailed the newspaper article and photos to my father in a handwritten letter in 1949.  Courtesy of Linda Styles Berkery

My father William Styles is on the right. Captain Richard Carey on the left. The skipper from the fishing boat, Bertha is in the background. This was taken after their B-17 crash landed in the North Sea near Esbjerg, Denmark. The skipper later mailed the newspaper article and photos to my father in a handwritten letter in 1949.Vestjyden is the name of the newspaper means 'person from West Jutland" 
The legend under photo says: William Styles photographed on board "Bertha". To his left..one of his comrades.
THe headline says: Vestjyden makes connection between Esbjerg and America..

Vestjyden has now managed to establish the connection between the American flier (pilot) William Styles and the crew on the Esbjerg-based cutter "Bertha" which saved Styles and his three comrades from drowning in July 1943. A person from the crew has made contact. We ? have earlier reported that Styles, through a lady in Esbjerg, has asked Vestjyden to provide the addresses of the fishermen, since he would very much like to contact them.

Full translation: Here is the translation from the newspaper article: great story

VESTJYDEN establishes connection between Esbjerg and America

Between Esbjerg-fishermen and an American pilot who crashed in the North Sea in 1943
VESTJYDEN has now succeeded in creating a connection between the American pilot William Styles and the crew on the Esbjerg-based cutter “Bertha” who in July 1943 saved Styles and his three comrades from drowning. One more member of the fishing crew has contacted us. As reported earlier, Styles has – through a lady from Esbjerg - asked VESTJYDEN to help supply the addresses of the fishermen, since he very much would like to contact them.
The said fisherman explains that the cutter “Bertha” was fishing on Sunday afternoon on the 25th of July, when the crew observed a large formation of American airplanes. The last of the airplanes continued to lose altitude* and had to do a water landing some distance away from the cutter, which immediately set course for the airplane, and saved four men of the airplane crew.  The cutter remained at the crash site until midnight since it appeared possible that the Americans would send a floatplane to rescue the crashed crew. One of the crew of the airplane was seriously wounded, and since the cutter during the evening had been observed by a German fighter plane and also did not have enough fuel for t, the captain decided no to set course for England but instead went in direction Esbjerg.  A cutter from Frederikshavn, which was very fast, tugged the somewhat slower “Bertha” to shore, and at Skallingen, another cutter sailed to Esbjerg and arranged for medical help and ambulances. These were waiting at the dock when “Bertha” docked. Unfortunately, the Germans had gotten wind of the activity and demanded to have the four American fliers turned over to them once they arrived. Despite protests and demonstrations, the Germans took them in their custody. The fishermen are of course now… (the rest of the text is mostly missing but presumably reads “happy to hear from the American…”)
*there is a spelling mistake in the newspaper text: “høje” should be “højde”

Pacific insurance listing of 2nd Lt William E. Griffith Missing in Action. 

 Capt. Richard Carey, 350th Operations Officer and William J. Styles on Danish fishing boat that rescued them after they crashed. Richard Carey replaced William D. Desanders on crew before mission. They were captured shortly afterward. Richard Carey - Detailed Information William Desanders - Detailed Information Photos courtesy of Mary Berkery 

Richard A. Carey 350th P California POW 25 Jul 43 Warnemunde Kiel Richard Carey Crew Original marker provided by the U. S. Government (Photo provided by Jeanne Carey)

Richard A. Carey 350th P California POW 25 Jul 43 Warnemunde Kiel Richard Carey Crew New marker (Photo provided by Jeanne Carey)

Richard A. Carey 350th P California POW 25 Jul 43 Warnemunde Kiel Richard Carey Crew New marker (Photo provided by Jeanne Carey)

From Carey Family 

Gale W. Cleven  and Richard A. Carey   (100th Photo Archives)

 Lt. R. V. Kaiser and Capt Richard A. Carey in July 1943, shortly after the 100th arrived at Thorpe Abbotts.. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Capt. Richard Carey, 350th Operations Officer and William J. Styles on Danish fishing boat that rescued them after they crashed. Richard Carey replaced William D. Desanders on crew before mission. They were captured shortly afterward. Man in back believed to be Danish fisherman. Richard Carey - Detailed Information William Desanders - Detailed Information Photos courtesy of Mary Berkery 

 Standing L to R; Maj. Bill Veal 349th CO, Unidentified Seated: Maj. Gale "Bucky" Cleven, and Capt. Richard Carey 350th Operations Officer (100th Photo Archives) 

This was taken after their B-17 crash landed in the North Sea near Esbjerg, Denmark. The skipper later mailed the newspaper article and photos to my father(Lt Styles) in a handwritten letter in 1949.  The photo of man wrapped up is Robert Lepper - Capt  Richard Carey is leaning on railing.  Courtesy of Linda Styles Berkery

A photo of the fishing boat "Bertha" - build in 1912 and sank after a leak in the North Sea on September 9, 1946. Boat that rescued William Styles, Richard Carey,Robert Lepper and Maynard Parsons. Photo from Finn Buch, Denmark.

(Note:  this log is not edited in any way and reflects the observations and feeling of Capt. Bill DeSanders.  You would find it matter of fact, critical and scary all at the same time.  An early glimpse into the original crews of the 350th BS.  in this part, Capt DeSanders original crew is shot down.    Want to thank Linda Styles Berkery for sharing this.  Capt. William DeSanders mission diary.

(Note:  this log is not edited in any way and reflects the observations and feeling of Capt. Bill DeSanders.  You would find it matter of fact, critical and scary all at the same time.  An early glimpse into the original crews of the 350th BS.  Part I deals with arriving in England and first missions.  Great story for mission on June, 28, 1943.   Want to thank Linda Styles Berkery for sharing this.  Capt. William DeSanders mission diary.  

Drawing of plane crash of Capt Richard Carey and  2nd Lt William Styles.  From Lt Styles POW book at Stalag Luft III.  Photo courtesy of Linda Styles Berkery

Newspaper articles about Maynard Parsons, WG on DeSanders & Carey Crews being a POW.  Photo from daughter Judy Moore

 

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