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LT  Jack L. CLARK

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM
SERIAL #: O-731361 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 00270 CR: 00270

Comments1: 25 JUN 43 BREMAN (EAC - CS) Original 100th, Crew #3

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW 
(ORIGINAL CADRE)

Crew #3  Aircraft #42 30038 "BAR FLY"
 M.A.C.R. #270

1st Lt Paul J. Schmalenbach    P  KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen
F/O George W. Cox              CP  KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen   *Died in camp.
1st Lt John F. Brown         NAV   POW 25 June 1943 Bremen
2nd Lt Jack L. Clark           BOM   KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen
T/Sgt Eugene M. Beck       TTE   KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen
Pvt Anthony J. Russo         WG   KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen
T/Sgt Frank J. Podbielski    ROG  POW 25 June 1943 Bremen
S/Sgt Norman C. Goodwin   BTG  POW 25 June 1943 Bremen
S/Sgt William C. Lucas         WG  POW 25 June 1943 Bremen
S/Sgt Lewis W. Priegel         TG  KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen


According to a German report this plane was shot down "into the sea 20 km North of Wangerooge" one of the Frisian Islands and Norman Goodwin was recovered fram the sea, taken to a hospital on the island of Norderney where an "amputation of his left thigh" was performed. Goodwin was subsequently returned to the U.S.

John Brown was also picked up frcm the sea and sent to a hospital atSanderbusch.  Both Frank Podbielski and William Lucas were "recovered by Coastguard boat at 10.00 hours and transferred to Dulag Luft, Oberursel on 26 June 1943."

A statement made by Frank Podbielski in which he described the final minutes of his aircraft says, in part, "After 30 minutes of combat action, the top turret guns were silent.  T/Sgt. Beck could have been wounded or killed.  Sgt. Goodwin lay wounded on the floor of radio room, Sgt. Russo lay wounded to the right of the ball turret after administering first aid to Goodwin."

*According to email received by Ed Cox(Lt Cox Nephew), Lt. George "Mutt" Cox survived the Bail out but died later in the POW camp.  Also in this email, Lt Cox's sister states that Lt Cox told her the name of their aircraft was "Bar Fly". (GRAVESTONE SAYS OTHERWISE AND SO DOES CASUALTY REPORT AND MACR…MPF)
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Michael Kreuzer Not sure if the 100th BG page manager/historians have this or not, but this letter contains my grandfather's account of the 25 Jun Bremen mission: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/?diglib/vhp/story/?loc.natlib.afc2001001.09555?/pageturner?ID=pm0001001


 Lt. Col. John F. Brown from 2003. It's about 10 from the bottom of the page.   Paul SCHMALENBACH crew. 25 JUNE,1943 BREMEN
 He's buried in Cypress Hill Memorial Park, photo attached, no grave pic available currently.
Looks like a beautiful cemetery with the cypress trees.
His vitals
JOHN F. BROWN, Lt. Col. WWII, Korea,84
BORN 9 APRIL,1919
DIED 20 MAY 2003

From: "Michael P. Kreuzer" 
Date: June 9, 2012 6:49:39 PM PDT
To: "mpfaley@aol.com" 
Subject: 100 BG website - Report a Death


100 BG Foundation,

i was browsing your page for some family history and wanted to help update your database.  My grandfather, John F Brown (The Barfly) died 30 May 2003 and was laid to rest in Petaluma, CA.

MICHAEL P. KREUZER, Maj, USAF

John F. Brown 
Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force
John F. Brown, past president and life member of the Petaluma Host Lions Club, died May 30, 2003 at his Petaluma home. A native of Oakland, he was 84. A member of the Petaluma community for 30 years, Mr. Brown was a graduate of Oakland High School. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the University of the Philippines. As a retired lieutenant colonel with the United States Air Force, Mr. Brown received numerous medals and the Air Force Commendation. During World War II he was a prisoner of war in Poland. After his retirement from the military, Mr. Brown worked for Crocker National Bank in Marin County and later in several Petaluma real estate offices. An avid sports fan, Mr. Brown was an original member of the Petaluma Coffee Cuppers. He was proud of his association with the Woodacre Improvement Club and Little League and Pony League coaching positions in Marin County. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Loise Brown; children Linda Martin and Patti Prichard of Petaluma, and John F. Brown Jr. of Alameda; grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of four. The brother of Winifred Haag of Carmel, Robert Brown of Oakdale and the late William Brown and Doris Neslund, he is also survived by many nephews and nieces. Services have been held, followed by interment at Cypress Hill Memorial Park. The family prefers memorials to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma 94952, or the Lions Vision Fund, c/o Petaluma Host Lions Club, P.O. Box 946, Petaluma 94953. 

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After 48 years of searching, Ruth Webb discovered how her brother died in World War II.

Flyer's bravery told by survivor
By Emily McDonald The Chattanooga Times

The cold, hard fact that Jack Clark was killed during World War II was never enough for his sister, Ruth
Clark Webb. Mrs. Webb wanted to know exactly how her brother died and the circumstances surrounding his death. The answers came almost 48 years after Clark, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force,was shot down over the North Sea on June 25, 1943. Clark was a member of the 100th Bomb Group, 349th Bomb Squadron.

"For all those years it added to the sorrow of losing him not to know what happened," Mrs. Webb said.Clark
 and Mrs. Webb were the children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Roy Clark and were raised in Chattanooga. Clark
 was graduated from Central High School in 1937 and worked for Sherwin Williams before enlisting.

"My parents had a wire from the War Department saying Jack was missing in action," Mrs. Webb said. 
"That was all they were ever really told. After a year he was declared legally dead."

The Roy Clark's died knowing no more than the War Department had told them. If Jack Clark's widow 
learned anything more about her husband's death, she never shared it with his family. So for years, Mrs. Webb  lived with questions about her brother's final hours.

Last year, however, some English friends of Mrs. Webb's learned that Clark's name was on the Wall of 
Missing in the military cemetery in Margraten, Holland. "I couldn't understand that at all, and I thought 
there was more to learn," Mrs. Webb said.

Mrs. Webb began a letter writing campaign that eventually led to James R. Brown of Minneapolis,
historian of the 349th Squadron.

"I was on the mission in which Jack was lost," Brown wrote to Mrs. Webb. He told her the mission was
 the first one flown by the 100th Group and that three crews were lost, all from the 349th.

"The weather was really foul and Jack's crew, along with the two other lost crews, became separated from 
the rest of the group formation after about an hour or so and were not seen again," Brown said. "We do know
 they reached a point over the North Sea near the East Frisian Islands, at which point they were intercepted by 
German fighter planes, and all three were shot down into the sea."Brown also gave Mrs. Webb the name of 
John F. Brown of Petaluma, Calif.--one of only two survivors of the 30 men aboard the three lost planes. Mrs. Webb then wrote to Carl Adamczyk of the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Philadelphia to find out how to contact John Brown."I couldn't write to him (Brown) directly," Mrs. Webb said. "I had to go through the VA. They won't give out addresses, but if there is sufficient reason, they will forward a letter." 

Adamczyk not only forwardedMrs. Webb's letter, he called her to say he had done it.At the end of March, Mrs. Webb received a letter from Brown."I am, of course, the John Brown who was Jack's navigator and was with him on that fateful day in June 1943," Brown wrote. He didn't know why Clark's name was on the Wall of Missing in Hollandj but he told what he knew about Clark's first and lastmission.Brown described the plane's encounter with a squadron of German fighters and what happened when the "bailout" bell rang.

"The navigator was the nearest to the escape hatch, and it was his job to release the door," Brown wrote. "I had pulled the release and was trying to get it open when Jack came up behind me, reached around with his foot and kicked the door off. Being right in front of the hatch, I went out first and expected that Jack would be right behind. I never did see or hear from him again."Brown bailed out and 
was picked up by a German patrol boat after floating in the North Sea. "I've often wondered what happened to 
Jack, but of course have no way of knowing," he wrote. "His action in kicking off the door may have saved 
my life, and I am very grateful." Brown later was sent'to a German prison camp and stayed on the lookout for word of Clark and the other missing men, but he learned nothing about Clark. "I  have always felt that Jack,rather than following me, had gone up to check on the pilots, and was killed in the explosion."        

Brown also told Mrs. Webb that he and Clark were not only members of the same flying crew but were also good friends. Clark and his wife were attendants:.at Brown's wedding in April 1943.

"He was the only person in.the whole world who could have told me what I wanted to know," Mrs. Webb said. 
She was pleased to learn that her brother had given his life for his friends and for his country. "I am convinced
 in my own mind that Jack could have gotten out, but he went back to check on the pilot and co pilot."

Mrs. Webb treasures a scrapbook filled with photographs of her older brother, but today as she looks 
through the book, her uncertainty about his fate is ended. "I'm satisfied," Mrs. Webb said. "Now  I'm at peace about it.'
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MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Bremen DATE: 1943-06-25  
AIRCRAFT: "Bar Fly" (42-30038) CAUSE: EAC - CS  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: Wall/Misng CEMETERY: Netherlands Cemetery/Margraten  

PHOTOS:

Jack L. Clark   349th   BOM   Tennessee   KIA   25 Jun 43   Bremen   Paul J. Schmalenbach Crew   (100th Photo Archives)

Article on Lt. Jack L. Clark (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

Article on Lt. Jack L. Clark (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

From left: Jack L. Clark - BOM, Paul J. Schmalenbach - Pilot, Eugene M. Beck - TTE, George W. Cox - CP and John F. "Jack" Brown - NAV     Detailed Information    (100th Photo Archives)

L to R - Lt Jack L. Clark (Bombardier); Lt Paul Schmalenbach 
(Pilot/Aircraft Commander); "Vic" Lt Victor Reed (Pilot/AC for 
#42-30090 -- "El P'sstofo"); Lt John F. Brown (Navigator

 

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