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Search No.  1070 - Phillip M. Schacherer

From: Paul Schacherer []
Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 8:07 PM
Subject: Phillip Schacherer

Hello, I am the son of First Lt. B-17 bombardier, Phillip M. Schacherer, Paul A. Schacherer. I was hoping someone could give me information on the name of my dad's plane, crew names, pictures, and missions that he was on. He died about 10 years ago and the history that I have is sketchy. He was attached to the 379th bombardment group flying out of Kimbolton, probably between 1944-1945. He was awarded the distinguished flying service cross, oak leaf clusters, and air medal. He flew 31 combat missions. He also was a public relations officer for 5 months. He graduated from Kirtland Field, Albuquerque, NM on 8/21/43. Thank you, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Paul Schacherer

Lt. Phillip M. Schacherer, Bombardier; was in the 379th Bombardment Group from 4/22/44 to 7/06/44. Our records show that Lt. Schacherer flew 33 missions with the 525th Squadron. The following is Lt. Schacherer's crewmembers and their positions on their 3rd mission to Berlin, Germany on 5/8/44.Aircraft 42-31592 "Nobody's Baby".

Vickers, Charles L, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Craven, Milton H, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Jennings, Joseph W, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Schacherer,Phillip M, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Occhionero,Nicholas J, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Cimino, Phillip (NMI), S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Garofalo, Frank E, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Mays, Kenneth E, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Brown, Lonnie D, Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Campbell, William R, Sgt, Tail Gunner

This crew flew in various different aircraft. Milton H. Craven is on the current Association roster. The following are the completed missions numbers we show for your father: 100, 101, 102, 108, 110 (aborted), 111, 112, 113, 116, 117, 119, 122, 124, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 134 recalled), 135, 136, 138, 139, 140, 142, 143, 144, 148, 149, 152, 153, 157, 158, 159, 160.

In order for a mission to count, a crew needed to get to the target and drop their bombs. Aborts and recalls did not count as missions completed.

Responding4 7/06/02

Search No.  1069 - Neel Tilton

From:  Eric Prince []
Sent: Friday, July 05, 2002 9:36 PM
Subject: Neel Tilton

Sirs...Am looking for information on my missions my Grandfather flew in the 379th (526th). His name is Neel Tilton and he was a Lt./Navigator. Do the mission reports include the loading lists that were prepared? I ask this because I am especially interested in locating others that he flew with and aircraft that he flew on. If this information is not listed in the mission reports, do you know where I might be able to find it? I have a copy of the anthology (an excellent reference by the way), and saw his name as one of the ones that participated in the 100th mission. I am just not sure if this was with his regular crew, or was he with another crew as a fill in (I think he did this once or twice). Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated. As a side note, I sent in my membership application last week, so you should be seeing it shortly. Thanks again for your assistance.

Eric Prince

Lt. Neel Tilton, Navigator, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions from 2/20/44 to 5/21/44. Our records show that Lt. Tilton flew 33 missions with the 526th Sq. It is possible Lt. Tilton could have flown more than that but our records show 33.

There are some mission reports that do not include loading lists and we are currently trying to find them. Once these missions were declassified in 1986, some of our members spent countless hours in the Archives in Washington D.C. making copies of all 330 missions flown by the 379th Bomb Group. Even with the strict rules on handling and coping documents at the archives and considering the huge volume of paper records it is possible that loading lists were misfiled in other groups or folders. A big task at best!

The following was your Grandfathers crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Scheinfurt, Germany on 2/24/44. It appears the Lt. Tilton flew with other crews.

Holloway, Roy W, Lt, Pilot
McDaniel, Samuel L, Lt, Co-Pilot
Tilton, Neel (NMI), Lt, Navigator
Rich, James R, Lt, Bombardier
Mammone, Armand A, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Claypool,Warren D, S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Green, John H, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Roundhill, Joseph W, Cpl, Right Waist Gunner
Noonan, Charles M, S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Killed In Action Hit by flak.
Prevost, Joseph L, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Joseph Roundhill is on the current roster of the 379th BG Association. The following are the mission numbers we show for your Grandfather: 69, 72, 73, 75, 77, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 105, 109, 110, 111, 113, 116, 117, 118, 121. All these missions should have loading lists.

Responding4 7/5/02

Search No.  1068 - Wade Witham

From: Rick DeNatale []
Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2002 12:37 PM
Subject: Info needed for gift model to a 379B6/526BS ball turret gunner

Our modeling club is in the process of building a model of a B-17 for Wade Witham who was a 379BG ball turret gunner. The particular plane is a B-17F named Fearless Fosdick of the 526 BS. Although I've found lots of B-17s with this name I've not found this particular one. Any info would be helpful, we don't even have the serial number. A photo would be incredible.

Rick DeNatale
Chapter Contact (and decal maker)
IPMS/Eagle Squadron - North Carolina

"Fearless Fosdike" B-17-F, 42-29824 526th SQ LF-G, later name changed to "Butch" 525th SQ FR-G, crash landed at Leiston returning from a mission on 11/29/43. We don't have a picture of that aircraft but, we will add your inquiry to the website; perhaps someone has a photo of the aircraft and will respond. I am reasonably sure that Wade Witham has a crew picture in front of the aircraft, unless their crew picture was taken in front of another aircraft, which was sometimes the case.

Responding4 7/03/02

Search No.   1067 - R D Neitzke Bombing Records

From:  Robert Neitzke,
Sent: Monday, July 01, 2002 1:18 PM
Subject: how do i find my father's bombing record

I would like to buy all 33 of them, Rocky (Reno) Neitzke 396-12-8116. R D Neitzke was a member of your 379th Org, he needs also to be on the taps list as of 27 June 2001. He would never tell us anything about being at times a lower ball turret gunner.

What amazed me after all this time your picture of Kimbolton airfield was on the computer screen; without saying a word Rocky new right off it was his air field - at 20 feet from the screen.

Rocky had 3 diffrent B-17. First went down in holland family hid him from the Germans. Second could not make over the cliffs of Dover the crew was to low to bale out had to water crash landed. Third plane he was mad because they keep rasing the number of mission from 25.

Their is a picture of him and crew with his name below your orgaization sent out years ago. if you need more info let me know
Robert Neitzke

S/Sgt Rocky (Reno) D Neitzke, Ball Turret Gunner; was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions from 9/08/44 to 4/19/45. Our records show that S/Sgt flew 25 missions with the 526th Sq. It is possible S/Sgt Neitzke could have flown more than that but our records show 25.

S/Sgt Neitzke flew with several different crews and aircraft. The following is the crew and their positions on their 2nd mission to Wesseling, Germany, on 10/11/44.

Mullen, Robert E, Lt, Pilot
Brill, Robert A, Lt ,Co-Pilot
Hornbeck, Donald D, Lt, Navigator
Charpier, Eugene H , Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Titus, Ross P, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Adams, William J, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Neitzke, Reno D , Cpl, Ball Turret Gunner
Varsetti, Donald L, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Stagg, Robert A, Sgt, Tail Gunner

They landed away, presumably at an airfield near Ghent. Eugene Charpier was Killed in Action, Don Hornbeck is on the current 379th BGA membership roster. The following are the mission numbers we show for your Dad. 199, 219, 253, 254, 257, 260, 261, 262, 265, 267, 272, 274, 276, 281, 282, 283, 287, 289, 290, 291, 300, 301, 304, 305, 328.

In end of March beginning of April 1944 the missions from went from 25 to 30 for a tour of duty, crews who were already flying and had accumulated a certain number of missions.

Responding4 7/01/02

Search No.  1066 - Robert C. Sawyer

From:  Timothy R. Simmons []
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:23 PM
Subject: 379th Bomb group 8th Airforce

I'm so glad I found your website and e-mail address, now I hope you all can help me locate someone. My Father-in-law was a decorated pilot with the 8th airforce 379th Bomb Group, but I do not know what squadron or name of the planes or Commanding Officer. (Preston?) But anyway I am hoping to find out as my wife's birthday is coming up and since he passed away, it would mean a lot to her if I could purchase a painting, books, clothing,etc. specific to his actual group.

His name was Robert Sawyer, and he was 379th based in Kimbolton, England. I also know that one morning he was to fill in for another pilot that was ill, so he flew thee mission and as they were just taking off, there based was bombed. ??? Please help me if you can give me any more details and thank you in advance!!

Timothy R. Simmons

Captain Robert C. Sawyer Pilot; was in the 379th Bomb Group flew missions with the 525th SQ. from 10/30/44 to 3/17/45. Our records show that Captain Robert C. Sawyer flew 30 missions, however he could have flown more. His mission are listed as follows: 228, 229, 230, 232, 234, 235, 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 243, 246, 247, 249, 250, 252, 254, 255, 257, 258, 259, 264, 266, 271, 277, 281, 284, 297, 303.

Responding4 06/09/02

From:Timothy R. Simmons []
Sent: Monday, July 01, 2002 8:23 AM

Dear Mike, Thanks so much for the info you sent. It was greatly appreciated! I have since found out that my father-in-law,(Robert C. Sawyer) flew one particular B-17 for the majority of his missions, which was called; "The London Express". I heard that after the war, some outfit in London, England actually purchased the plane. Do you have any info. on that, or have any suggestions how I could track it down to see if and where it is kept ? I would love to find out and take my wife(Bob's daughter) to see the plane in person, if that is even possible. Once again I really appreciate your feedback and advisement. Have a great day!

We do not have any record of a 379th BG aircraft in the inventory called the "London Express". However, our records do show aircraft 42-31228 "London Avenger" flown by Lt. Robert C. Sawyer on missions, 238, 239, 241, 241, 243, 246, 249 & 250. The "London Avenger" flew 128 combat missions with the 379th BG 525th Sq during WWII. It was one of six aircraft in the 379th BG that flew 100 missions or more. The 379th BG's aircraft named Ol' Gappy, 42-40003, flew 157 missions, which was more than any other aircraft in the 8th Air Force in WWII.

The London Avenger crash landed upon returning from mission # 268, Mannheim/Stuttgart, Germany on 1/20/45. Most aircraft were diverted to another base due to the snowfall at Kimbolton. (See Roger Freeman's Book "Mighty Eighth War Dairy" page 427.) We have no further information about the London Avenger.

Responding4 7/02/02

Search No.   1065 - Robert Brenenborg

From:  larry riley []
Sent: Saturday, June 22, 2002 4:28 PM
Subject: robert brenenborg

i am searching for information on my father inlaw that flew in the 379th during 1944-1945. he was a radio operater on a b-17 and talked very proudly of his crew mates and of the plane.he had passed on several years ago.he talked of kimbolten and the triangle k on the tail.any info would be greatly appriciated.
thank you
larry riley

T/Sgt Robert A. Brenenborg Radio Operator/Gunner; was in the 379th Bomb Group and flew missions with the 526th Sq. from 8/11/44 to 12/09/44. Our records show that T/Sgt Brenenborg flew 36 missions. His missions are listed as follows: 187, 189, 190, 191, 193, 194, 195, 197, 198, 202, 204, 209, 210, 211, 213, 214, 216, 218, 221, 224, 226, 227, 229, 232, 234, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 242, 243, 244, 246, 247, 248.

T/Sgt Brenenborg and his crew members flew in various different aircraft during their tour of duty. The following was the crew and their positions on 8/11/44 to Brest, France (Coastal Guns) on aircraft 42-39800-T "Patches".

Murray, Roland L, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Briney, Leo N, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Reed, Leonard D, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Alford, Donald G, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Brenenborg, Robert A, Cpl, Radio Operator/Gunner
Hilden, Vincent T, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Segerson, John F, Cpl, Ball Turret Gunner
Neidy, Millard C, S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Smith, Jack H, Cpl, Tail Gunner

Responding4 6/22/02

Search No.  1063 - Leland D Albright Crew

Sent: Monday, May 27, 2002 11:18 PM


We looked through the current membership roster and were unable to locate any of your crewmembers. However, it appears that a relative of Donald C Forrey, Jane Forrey Shish, is on the current roster. I am sure she would enjoy to hearing from you.

The following is the crew of 42-97163 "Snow White" on their last mission to Enguine/Gatte on 6/19/44. This was the 2nd mission of the day for this crew.

Albright, Leland D, 1st Lt, Pilot
Young, Nathaniel F, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Hodge, Aubrey A, F/O, Navigator
Forrey, Donald C, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Marley, Max B, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Laffoon, Oliver E, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Siskind, Samuel J, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Pirnik, George (NMI), S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Costello Jr., John F, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

Responding4 5/28/02

Search No.  1062 - Fred Kalune

From: Kalune, Kim []
Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 12:16 PM
To: ''
Subject: Fred Kalune

Hi! I'm looking for any/all information you might have on my grandfather Fred Kalune. If you have any mission or crew information, that would be great!

Thank You so much!!!
Kim Kalune

S/Sgt Fred G. Kalune waist gunner; was in the 379th Bomb Group and flew missions with the 526th Sq. from 6/6/44 to 8/27/44. Our records show that S/Sgt Kalune flew 35 missions, however he could have flown more. His mission are listed as follows: 137, 139, 140, 141, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 150, 155, 156, 158, 159, 160, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 179, 180, 182, 183,189,190,194,195.

Responding4 6/03//02

Search No.  1061 - Missions of Edward A. Zolnierzak

From: Robert Zolnierzak []
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 9:50 PM
Subject: looking for missions of Edward A. Zolnierzak

My father Edward A. Zolnierzak recently passed away on May 16, 2002.My father rarely talked about his experiences during the War. Although I do have some of his material items to remember him by, I would like to find out what missions he might of flew on and get information on them. What I know is that he was a S/Sergeant waist gunner on the Birmingham Jewell with the 379th Bomb Group, my mother thinks it may have been the 525th bomb squadron. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Bob Zolnierzak

Sorry I have not responded to your request sooner but, I have been trying to find additional missions that your father may have flown in August 44. It appears that our records for the 525th SQ. in August 44 are incomplete. S/Sgt Edwards A. Zolnierzak waist gunner; was in the 379th Bomb Group flew missions with the 525th Sq. from 6/16/44 to 9/11/44.

Our records show that S/Sgt Zolnierzak flew 19 missions, however he could have flown more. His missions are listed as follows: 144, 147, 148, 149, 152, 153, 155, 158, 159, 160, 161, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 199, 200, 202.

Responding4 6/09/02

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