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LT  Norman L. CHAPMAN

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: STATUS: POW
MACR: 03032 CR: 03032

Comments1: 8 MAR 44 BERLIN

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT NORMAN L. CHAPMAN        P POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN
2ND LT REX M. ELLIS                   CP POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN
2ND LT GLENN G. LINDBOM        NAV POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN
2ND LT WILSON D. CLARK          BOM POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN
S/SGT MILTON SCHARF              ROG POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE B. SILVERMAN    TTE POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN
   SGT DURWARD E. HUTCHINGS  BTG POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN
   SGT LEON E. HILL                   LWG POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN
   SGT FRANK A. YZENAS            RWG POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN
   SGT GEORGE E. DOBBS              TG POW 8 MAR 1944 BERLIN

351st Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 28 Nov 1943.  

Nov 11, 1943 –Nov 20, 1943 HMS Andes from NYC to Liverpool 
Nov 20, 1943 Sent to Stone, Combat Crew Replacement Center 
Nov 28, 1943 Assigned to 351st BS, 100th Bomb Group 
Crew flew 18 missions before being shot down on March 8, 1944. 
Partial Mission List for Lt Chapman Crew based on notes of Durward Hutchings (this 
is a pretty good guess based on Missions flown by 100th BG between Dec 13, 1943 
and March 8, 1944 (MPF-2017) 
First Mission: 
Dec 13, 1943 Keil ?Flak was terrific but no Fighters were Encountered 
Dec 16, 1943 Bremen: Where one of our Engines was gone and we came back 
protected part way by a P-47. 
Dec 22, 1943 Munster 
Dec 31, 1943 Paris 
Jan 11, 1944 Osnabruck 
Jan 14, 1944 Pas-de-Calais (No Ball) V-1 Rocket Site 
Jan 21, 1944 Pas-de-Calais (No Ball) V-1 Rocket Site 
Jan 29, 1944 Frankfurt 
Feb 2, 1944 Frankfurt 
Feb 3, 1944 Wilhelmshaven 
Feb 20, 1944 Posen: ? Assistant Engineer shot down on ME 110 German plane?. 
Feb 25, 1944 Regensburg- ?Where our Plane was hit By Flak?
Feb 29, 1944 Brunswick 
Mar 4, 1944 BERLIN: Started for Berlin but Aborted 
Mar 6, 1944 BERLIN-Briefed but scrubbed due to 8 crew members being sprayed 
with burning Gasoline by ground crew who were trying to refill there Stove in the 
Tent. Mission called off for Chapman Crew. 
Mar 8, 1944- BERLIN Shot Down 

Check in Military folder for March 8, 1944 Katie's Boys for more info on the circumstances surrounding this crew.

 MACR #3032, Microfiche #1028
 A/C #42-40056  "KATIE'S BOYS"/ "Holy Terror III"   MARCH 8, 1944  AIRPLANE CRASHED AT RIESDORF IN THE JÜTERBOG AREA

Ellis still believes today that his parachute jump originated northeast of Berlin. Maybe it is because his plane was last sited 15 miles east of Berlin around the time of the jump. But it is documented that this event took place about 35 miles south of Berlin. Around 5 p.m. that day the salvage team of the second group of the NAG 102 from Jüterbog-Damm, lead by von Ruexleben, reached the crash site and made a complete report of the damage. A comparison of the American missing aircraft report, 

This crew lost to Enemy Aircraft about 15 miles East of Berlin after mechanical difficulties made it impossible to maintian formation.

Eyewitness:
"Lt Chapman feathered one engine; then unfeathered it near Dummer Lake about 1240 hours. He continued with the formation, although straggling, to the I.P. where he was attacked by three enemy fighters. Our escort went down and picked him up. His A/C was under control when last seen" -Lt. Shoens

"Saw A/C leave 2nd element, high squadron at 1240 hours near Dummer Lake"      Lt. Harper

"Chapman, flying lead, 2nd element, high squadron, lagged at 1357 hours near 5150N and 1054E No#1 engine was feathered and unfeathered."    Lt Massol

Lt Rex Ellis:  explained, that the engine number 3 was down shortly before crashing. 

Casualty Report

Date:  March 6, 1944
Time:  13:45 hr
A/C Type: B-17G  42-40056 KATIE'S BOYS/HOLY TERROR III
Codes:  EP-F
Crashed at: 91/2 km ESE of Juterbog in the Sernower Heath, 1km south of the fieldpath Froebden-Schlenza, Germany.  Is 50km south of BERLIN
Due to:  Crippled by fighters but proceeded to the target.  Bombed and later the crew abondoned the B-17
Group/Sqdrn: 100BG -H-  351 BS Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk
Target:  Germany, BERLIN
=======================================================================================================
The aircraft was completely destroyed on impact in the woods.  Crew all POW

MEMO 2:

Offsite Link:  Fate of Katie's Boys (in German) http://www.trotzimmo.de/B17/

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-03-08  
AIRCRAFT: "Holy Terror III/Katies Boys (42-40056) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 351st Lt. Norman Chapman Crew: Standing; (Left to Right) Rex M. Ellis, Norman L. Chapman, George E. Dobbs, Wilson D. Clark and Glenn G. Lindbom. Kneeling; George W. Silverman, Frank A. Yzenas, Leon E. Hill, Milton Scharf and Durward E. Hutchings. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

This a picture of the men in my father's plane. The name on the plane was edited by an artist, as their pic was taken in front of a plane named Blackjack Hills. Katies Boys had mechanical problems, so I believe they were shot down in Holy Terror. Capt. Norman L Chapman, Pilot, New Hampshire; 1st Lt. Rex M Ellis, Co-pilot, Kansas; 1st Lt. Wilson D Clark, Bomb, Washington; 1st Lt. Glenn G Lindbom, Navigation, Michigan; T/Sgt. George B Silverman, Engineer, Maine; T/Sgt. Milton Scharf Radio; New York; S/Sgt Frank A Yzenas, Engineer, New Jersey; (my father) Durward E Hutchings, New York, Arm; Leon E Hill, Radio, Oklahoma; S/Sgt. George E Dobbs, Tail Gunner, California. All survived the downed plane, and were taken captive, and held in Stalag camps. Moved from different camps periodically. As I get time later I will take pics from the Wartime Log my father kept....Karen Hutchings Castella

From the war time log of Durward Hutchings. Courtesy of Karen Hutchings Castella

 351st Officers at Thorpe Abbotts, part of two crews, Norman Chapman and Francis P. Smith crews: Front row from left: Glenn G. Lindbom, Rex M. Ellis, Clyde Manion and Francis P. Smith: Rear Row from left: Norman Chapman, Saul Hershkowitz, James P. Law and Wilson Clark. Smith Crew - Detailed Information Chapman Crew - Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 From left: Norman Chapman, Glenn Lindbom,Rex Ellis, and Wilson D. Clark. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 From left: Saul Hershkowitz, Wilson D. Clark and Glenn Lindbom. Hershkowitz - Detailed Information Lindbom - Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

First page from Durward Hutchings POW diary. Courtesy of Karen Hutchings Castella

Page 2 from Durward Hutchings POW diary. Courtesy of Karen Hutchings Castella

Page 3 from Durward Hutchings POW diary. Courtesy of Karen Hutchings Castella

Page 4  from Durward Hutchings POW diary. Courtesy of Karen Hutchings Castella

Page 5 from Durward Hutchings POW diary. Courtesy of Karen Hutchings Castella

Page 6 A page from Durward Hutchings POW diary. Courtesy of Karen Hutchings Castella

Page 7 from Durward Hutchings POW diary. Courtesy of Karen Hutchings Castella

Katie 239984 EP-F. Flown by Norman Chapman Crew. 

 

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