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Search No.  1059 - Looking for a photo from "Shades of Kimbolton"

Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 8:37 PM
Subject: Looking for a photo from "Shades of Kimbolton"

I am trying to find a good copy of the photo on the dedication page of "Shades of Kimbolton". My grandfather, Jack Puckett, recieved this plane S/N 42-98733 at Kimbolton on May 27, 1944 and flew it for many of his 30 missions. He and his co-pilot were from Memphis and they named the plane "Miss Memphis", although based on information in the 379th Anthology, it looks like the name was later changed to "Silver Dollar".

I have contacted the publisher of "Shades of Kimbolton", but was told that they have no copies of the photo and have no information regarding where the photo came from. If anyone can help, please contact me at JPPENNINGT@AOL.COM.

Sorry, we do not have any of the photos used for the Shades of Kimbolton. We will post your request on the website. Hopefully, one of our members has the picture you are looking4.

Responding4 5/03/02

Search No.  1057 - Clyde W. Butler Mission Reports

From: Keith Adams <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 10:12 PM
Subject: Clyde W. Butler Mission Reports

First of all gentlemen let me say thank you for all that you have done for our country. I hope you can help me with my father in law mission reports. He can't remember which missions he was on but he told me that he believe his first mission was on 12-24-44. He flew 21 combat missions with the 379th Bomb group from Kimbolton, England. I would appreciate any information you can give me are at least if you can lead me in the right direction. I am trying to find these mission reports for a father's day gift. Thanks and always indebted for your service to our country.

Keith Adams

Lt. Clyde W. Butler, Navigator, was in the 379th Bomb Group and flew missions with the 526th squadron from 12/24/44 to 4/17/45. Our records show that Lt. Butler flew 20 missions, however he could have flown more. His missions are listed as follows: 252, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258, 259, 261, 262, 263, 264, 267, 271, 276, 285, 308, 314, 316, 326 and 327.

Responding4 4/23/02

From: Keith Adams <>
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2002 5:39 PM
Subject: Re: Clyde W. Butler Mission Reports

Thank you for the information for my father in law. I hope this info. will recall some of the interesting aspects of each mission for him. I can't believe how quickly you got the mission reports for me. You guys truly do great work. Again THANKS

Keith Adams

Search No.   1055 - B-17 called Lakanuki

From:   "Ronny Toth" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 4:02 PM
Subject: B-17 no 42-5827 "Lakanuki"

My name is Ronny and i lives in Trelleborg (Sweden). On january 5 1944 the B-17 no42-5827 with the name "Lakanuki", belly-landed outside the village of Skegrie. I would like some information about the plane and crew and pehaps a photo before the crash. I have a bad photo from the crashsite from the lokal newspaper. It had the registation code LF-Y and served in 524th bomb squadron.

The 379th Bombardment Group (H) was assigned aircraft 42-5827 "Lakanuki" and was in the inventory from 4/24/43 until 5/01/44. This aircraft was assigned to the 526th squadron (LF-Y) originally and later the 524th squadron (WA-Y). On January 5, 1944 mission # 56 to Kiel, Germany aircraft 42-5827"Lakanuki" was damaged and forced to land in Sweden. The crew and their positions are as follows:

Grissom Allen E. 1st Lt, P, Returned
Phillips John (NMI) 2nd Lt, CP, Returned
Beach John T. 2nd Lt, N, Returned
Eklund Holger A. 2nd Lt, B, Returned
Havet Hugo W. Jr. T/SGT, RO, Returned
Prochaska James O. T/SGT, TT, Returned
Green Byron A. Jr. S/SGT, BT, Returned
Sowers Delmar A. S/SGT, RW, Returned
Kelly Bailey E. S/SGT, LW, Interned
Hall Robert D. S/SGT, TG, Returned

Hugo W. Havet Jr. is on the current 379th BG Association roster. Sorry, we don't have any pictures of aircraft 42-5827 "Lakanuki". However, it is possible that one of our members has a picture. We will post your inquiry on the website.

Responding4 4/3/02

Search No.  1054 - Dean W. Tate

From:  Dennis Powers,
Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2002 2:56 PM
Subject: information search

Dear Sir:
I am trying to gain information concerning 1st Lieutenant Dean W. Tate, who served as a bombardier with the 525th Bombardment Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group (H), during World War Two. He was stationed in Kimbolton, England, and served during the years 1943-1944. I would like to know the missions he flew, so that I might purchase the loading lists and/or mission logs from your association's PX. I would also appreciate knowing the names of his fellow crewmembers (especially the name of the pilot as so many crews go by the pilot's last name).
Thank you very much for helping me to obtain this information!!!
Sincerely, Dennis Powers

Lt. Dean W. Tate Bombardier, was in the 379th BG 525th Squadron and flew 13 missions with the group from 11/26/43 to 2/8/44. Lt Tate's crew was one of five replacement crews that came to the Kimbolton around October 20, 1943. Lt. Dean W. Tate flew the following missions: 43, 44, 48, 49, 51, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 64, 66 and 67.

The following is the crew and their positions on mission 67 to Frankfurt, Germany on 2/08/44 on aircraft # 42-29633:

Beam Doris R. -2nd Lt, P, 0-533120, Chillicothe, TX, POW
Ross Bobb F. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-683781, Bellingham, WA, Ardennes
Gallagher Eugene H. -2nd Lt, N, 0-809573, Newark, NJ, POW
Tate Dean W. -2nd Lt, B, 0-679251, Newberg, OR, Returned
Fotonakes George C. -T/SGT, RO, 31164595, Winthrop, MA, POW
Lessig William C. -T/SGT, TT, 13124390, Westchester, PA, Returned
Bernier John F. -S/SGT, BT, 31280939, Waterbury, CT, Returned
Lissandrello George G. -S/SGT, RW, 32712204, Forest Hills, NY, POW
Helsel David -S/SGT, LW, 33297398, Parkers Larching, PA, Returned
Kelly Robert L. -S/SGT, TG, 16089003, Muskegan, MI, POW

Lt. Dean Tate and S/Sgt. Robert Kelly were substitutes for the regular crew members on this mission.

Lt. Dean Tate's crew members are as follows:
Martin, John R, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Halfen, Charles N, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Carden, Carl D, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Tate, Dean W, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
McCaffrey, Thomas P, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Bishop, George G, S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Taylor, Robert L, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Johnson, John H, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Kelly, Walter R, Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Slick, James E, Sgt, Tail Gunner

James E. Slick and Charles Halfen are on the current 379th BG Association roster. John Martin, Carl Carden, and John Johnson are on the 379th BG AssociationsTAPS list.

Lt. John R. Martin (Fox)was the pilot on aircraft # 42-37784 (The Old Fox) After Lt. John Martin completed his 25 missions he eventually became the 526th Squadron Commander (Major John R. Martin) at Kimbolton till the end of the war.

Responding4 4/02/02

Search No.   1053 - Howard P. Siegle

From: Barry Siegle,
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 9:33 PM
Subject: Can you tell me my Dad's mission numbers???

I would like to order any/all mission reports that my father participated in. His name was Howard P. Siegle, Radioman/gunner on the "RED DRAGON" Pilotted by Howard H. Hamilton. The dates of E.T.O service were May/June 1944 to August/September 1944. Plane crashed on 9 August 1944 in Belgium with entire crew escaping and evading! Might you be able to assist me in this matter before I order the mission reports from you??? Please advise asap via email as I would like to order reports from you quickly!!! . Thanks and regards! Barry Siegle 

T/Sgt Howard P. Siegle, Radio Operator/Gunner; flew 16 missions with the 379th BG 527 Squadron. from 7/06/44 to 8/09/44.

The following are the missions you have requested: 160, 161, 162, 165, 166, 168, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 177, 178, 182, 184, 186.

Responding4 3/29/02

Search No.  1052 - More on Mattern

From: "Nyssa Hoard" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2002 7:56 AM
Subject: help?

You have been such a great help to my sister and me in investigating my grandfather's past (T/Sgt. Edwin L. Mattern)..We are writing a novel of his life and experiences incase we didn't tell you. At some point we will submit a bit of the story to you.(when it is finished) He died of Lewibodi Demensia Feb. 3, 2001. I hope you don't mind the questions. I was wondering why the mission over Schweinfurt (#38) is always referred to as 'the tenth mission'. There is a documentary/ movie about it (called "The tenth Mission") and my Grandfather always said it that way as well. It was only his ninth you know? And was it true that this was the only plane that ALL of the crew became POWs, the pilot landed the plane before being captured and Edwin was the only one injured? If you can help thank you.

Sincerely, Nyssa Mattern Hoard

The missions we refer to are the 379th BG mission numbers (1-330). There is a Association for the crews who participated on the missions to Schweinfurt. The October 14, 1943 Schweinfurt raid is referred to as Black Thursday, because of the number men who were lost or missing in action on that mission. There is allot written on the Schweinfurt missions the first mission was on August 17, 1943 and the second was on October 14, 1943 both were very costly to the 8th Air Corps. We have never heard the October Schweinfurt raid referred to as 'the tenth mission'.

Once a crew was shot down little was known about their injuries other than deaths or returned to military control due to medical problem that the Germans were unable handle. We don't have any records on injuries to your Grandfather's crew.

POW information can be obtain through links on the following website:
Also this site has allot of other useful information.(prisoner of war camps and other topics of interest)

The 379th BGA is one of a few that has researched their missions since being declassified in 1986. The organization spent many hours in the archives in Washington DC to copy their mission report files and make them available to their members.

Thanks, we would appreciate an article about your story to put in our Contrails publication.

Responding4 3/29/02

Search No.  1051 - Mattern's Grandaughter

From:  "Nyssa Hoard" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 10:22 AM

Hello, I'm a granddaughter of Edwin L. Mattern. I know my sister has also requested some info from you. I was wondering how we could find out how many missions my grandfather flew. We have some data that seems to point to at least 5 missions, but not many details. I do know of the flight over Schweinfurt on Oct 14, 1943, and that he was transferred at some point from the 524th to the 525th....I believe around Sept 27, 1943, he flew over Emden with the 524th this day and in his letter home he says him and Cihowski (his buddy) were being transferred to the 525th. His serial # was 32381614... Any help would be wonderful, thank you.

Sincerely, Nyssa Mattern Hoard

Adon R. Reish recently sent in an inquiry about T/Sgt Edwin L. Mattern. See the looking4 section #1049 for the response to Adon's inquiry.

Our records show that T/Sgt Edwin L. Mattern was in the 379th BG and flew the first 3 missions with the 524th Squadron and the last 6 missions with the 525th Squadron. Our records show that T/Sgt Edwin L. Mattern flew the following missions: 22, 23, 24, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 & 38.

Responding4 3/12/02

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