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Search No.  1080 - Arthur Brellenthin (Brent)

From: Sherrill Katopis []
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2002 7:25 AM
Subject: Search for Arthur Brellenthin (Brent)

My father, Arthur Brellenthin (then, Brent - changed his last name while in the service) died at the rank of Captain and was in the Army Air Force. He was a bomadier, then head bomadier, then pilot during World War II. He has the Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous other citations for his expert bombing. He was killed after the war in the States in an airplane crash. He was the pilot. He was still in the Army Air Force and flying a military plane to Washington D.C. I would like to have any information you might have on him.

Sherril Katopis, his daughter

Lt. Arthur E. Brellenthin Bombardier, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 524th Squadron from 2/9/45 to 4/25/45.

Our records indicate that Lt. Arthur E. Brellenthin flew 21 missions as follows: 277, 278, 279, 280, 282, 283, 288, 290, 292, 301, 306, 308, 312, 314, 316, 317, 321, 324, 326, 329, 330. Lt. Brellenthin (lead bombardier) flew with the lead crew or deputy lead crew on most of his 21 missions.

Responding4 9/9/02

Search No.  1079 - Alvin G. Zembower

From:   Cynthia A. (Zembower) Fouts []
Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2002 9:59 PM
Subject: Information on Father

Dear Sir.
I have been looking for information on my dad for my mother, as it has become very important to her to find out as much as she can on his tour in Europe, He was stationed in Kimboltan England with the 8th airforce 379th 524th , his service number is 13140931, he was shipped over in Oct. 1944 and served in England until June 1945. He was a waist gunner, (My Father) Alvin G. Zembower.

Thomas "Pop" Piers - Pilot
Fred Tharp Co-pilot
Del Crowell Navigator
William Winburn -Nosegunner/togglier
Bill Carpenter -Radio Operator/Gunner
Leon Berstein- Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
William Barefoot -Ball Turret Gunner
Bill Doyle- Tail Gunner

There was one other in the group but was placed with a different out fit don't know much about him Richard (Dick) Frankhauser .

I have met some of the men he served with before he passed and listened allot when they spoke as none spoke much when they weren't together. So I had to be nosy and listen to learn. My father passed on Jan. 4, 1995 a few days before his 69th birthday. I notified Leon Berstein who in turn notified the others that were alive then. I know that they flew on different B17 bombers they all speak about the "Miss Liberty" as they crashed her on the border of Checlosvochia and a B24 flew down and landed to pick them up.

I know Pop Piers was killed in England crashing as he was flying ground crew to see the damage on Germany at the end of the war. Dad said "He felt it was tail wash he got into and could not get out of it and crashed. I remember him talking about Queenie but not one that they all flew on. The Photo's I have are of the Miss Liberty, it is the Statue of Liberty on the nose art. All these fellow were proud of her.

I know that Leon Berstein is in Florida and Bill Carpenter is in Mississippi, and Bill Doyle has since passed and he was in Lynchburg, Virginia. Tharp is suppose to be in California last I heard. I have been e-mailing Ellis Pierson in Florida, he was shot down and in Lawaffe when my father got there. I have some photos that I am hoping to get copies of to send to someone but need an address. I also need a site that I can go on to see if there are pictures of any of his group.

I am very proud of my Father and mother and the guys who have served to make me free. I try to do my part today as a Sheriff Deputy, and my Dad could never figure why one of his girls went into law enforcement. He always complained about it, but when you look at it, what you did you all give up for me. He complained but he was proud of me. I know. May the Lord Watch over all of you and keep you safe, I will do my best to do my part.

Cynthia A. (Zembower) Fouts

Cynthia ,
The following is an inquiry and response that we received from Sherry Zembower. Yes, we would like to have his crew picture. Unfortunately we don't have any pictures of Miss Liberty or her crew in our very limited memorabilia collection.

Responding4 9/8/02

From: Sherry Zembower []
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2002 4:03 PM
Subject: info on father-in-law
Dear Sir:

I am so glad to have found this site. My husband and I have been looking for information on his father Staff Sargent Alvin G.Zembower. Alvin passed away in 1996 he was a waist gunner in the B17 Miss Liberty (I believe) and went by the nickname "Dutch". If you have any info on his missions while serving his country and the names of crew members, and we would love to see a picture of this airplane. We no he was part of the 379th, 524.

thank you for any info you can provide.
Sherry L Zembower

S/Sgt Alvin G. Zembower, Waist Gunner, was in the 379th Bomb Group and flew 30 missions with the 524th Squadron from 11/10/44 to 4/16/45. Sgt. Alvin G. Zembower's first mission was on 11/16/44 to Osthein (Cologne), Germany, on Aircraft 42-102627 "Queenie". The following are the crew members and their positions:

Piers, Thomas G, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Tharp, Frederick E, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Crowell, Delbert C, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Winburn, William J, Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Carpenter, William I, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Bernstein, Leon, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Barefoot, William R, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Zembower, Alvin G, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Doyle, William A, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Sgt.Zembower flew the following missions: 236, 238, 239, 240, 242, 244, 246, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 260, 263, 265, 268, 271, 272, 280, 284, 285, 287, 288, 289, 291, 292, 293, 303, 318, 326. This crew flew many different aircraft during their tour.

Responding4 8/19/02

Search No.  1078 - James A Felice

From:  Chester Trammell []
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2002 4:43 PM
Subject: james a felice

Looking for James A. Felice who was the navigator flying with the crew of M. E . Perkins. Our plane was Hell Cat Agnes. We were in the 379th bomb group 526 bomb squardon. Hey this is ole Whitey, the flight engineer. will appreciate any information.

Chester Trammell

We do not have a James A. Felice on our current membership roster. Unfortunately there are still many 379 BG WWII veterans that do not know this Association exists. We will post your inquiry on the website, hopefully one of our members will respond to your request.

Responding4 8/19/02

Search No.   1077 - Armand Mammone also known as 'Pat'

From:  Denise Mammone []
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 10:46 PM
Subject: Armand Mammone also known as 'Pat'

My father Sgt. Armand Mammone from Brooklyn NY was in the 379th Bombardment Group(H), 526th Bombardment Squadron.

He received the Purple Heart in Jan. 1944 and Air Medal in 1944, I have his wings and medals, but don't know much else.... He would never talk about it. He passed away and I am heart broken that I have never been able to learn about his contributions. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Denise Mammone

My research revealed the following about your father:

Sgt Armand Mammone. Radio Operator / Gunner, was in the 379th Bomb Group and flew missions with the 526th Squadron from 2/04/44 to 7/12/44. Pvt. Armand Mammone was assigned to the 526th Sq. 1/26/44. Sgt Armand Mammone was severely wounded on 2/24/44 and received his Purple Heart. Sgt Mammone received his Air Medal on 7/16/44.

Our records show the following missions were flown by Sgt Mammone: 64, 69, 72, 118, 163, 164.

Responding4 8/18/02

Search No.  1076 - Arthur Gordon

From:  Updyke LCpl Tocarra C []
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:45 PM
To: ''
Subject: Arthur Gordon

Arthur Gordon was my grandmother's brother. I only know that he was a 2nd Lt. with the 527th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group. He died 09 Dec 1944 in France. I am told that he was flying in a formation and a plane that was below him gained altitude, hitting him, causing him to crash. I appreciate any help you can give to me.


Lt. Arthur J. Gordon, Co-Pilot was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew 2 missions with the 527th squadron. The following is the crew and their positions on Lt. Gordon's final mission.

527th Sq. Stuttgart, Germany (Marshalling Yards) December 9, 1944 Mission # 248 Aircraft 42-97170 "Julie Mae". Collided In Mid-Air With A/C 42-97833 (525th) "Silver Dollar", Silver Dollar Landed Safely At A-54-C In France.

Kennewick Robert M. -2nd Lt, P, 0-775827, Seattle, WA, KIA
Gordon Arthur J. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-928051, Sterling, MI, Epinal A 15 44
Werley Joseph W. -2nd Lt, N, 0-3068810, Marion, OH, KIA
Reynolds Arthur D. -SGT, NG, 16084071, Troy, MI, Epinal A 43 24
Benson Turell A. -SGT, RO, 39209693, Seattle, WA, Epinal A 24 61
Hamilton Samuel P. -T/SGT, TT, 19015403, Returned
Weiss Ralph -SGT, BT, 33902615, Elkton, MD, Epinal A 32 44
LaRose Donald A. -SGT, WG, 39469797, Spokane, WA, KIA
Clark Robert D. -SGT, TG, 368783790, Returned

Samuel Hamilton is on the current Association roster. Epinal is the American European Cemetery were most of the crew are buried, their plot numbers are shown above.

Responding4 8/4/02

Search No.   1075 - Stanley Robert Owens

From:  Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:02 PM
Subject: Stanley Robert Owens

My uncle, Stanley Robert Owens served as ball turret gunner and completed 25 missions from December 11, 1943 through March 22, 1944. I am looking for any crew members of the B.S. 524th.

H.E. Striet - Pilot
J.R. Pitts - Co-pilot
L. Kundin - Navigator
R.J. Mareott - Bombadier
R.W. Finicle - Engineer
L. A. Chruby - Radio
J.E. Williams - Right Waist Gunner
J.E. Snell - Left Waist Gunner
M.R. Boyovich - Tail Gunner

Do any of these men belong to the association.
Thank You, Don L. Owens

S/Sgt Stanely Robert Owens was in the 379th Bombardment Group from 12/11/44 to 3/22/45 and flew 25 missions with the 524th squadron. Jesse R. Pitts is the only crew member shown on the current association roster. Sorry, I hope you understand that it is our policy not to give out any address of our membership over the internet. This is to protect the privacy of our membership.

Responding4 7/25/02

From: Don Owens []
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 10:30 AM
Thanks Mike:
I have already purchased the books on the 379th but would like the mission numbers so that I can procure these historical documents.
Thanks, Don

Our records indicate that S/Sgt Stanely R. Owens flew 25 missions with the 524th squadron as follows: 47, 48, 52, 53, 55, 56, 58, 59, 63, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 82, 86.

The March 3 1944 mission was recalled. The March 4 1944 mission was also recalled, however it was decided to bomb a target of opportunity.

A mission did not count towards a tour of duty unless bombs were dropped on the target or a target of opportunity. Crews could have several missions that were recalled or aborted.

Responding4 8/3/02

Search No.   1074 - Charles E. Crawford

From: Erin Langley []
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 8:21 PM
Subject: S/Sgt Charles E. Crawford

Hello, My Dad and I are doing research on my great-uncle S/Sgt Charles E. Crawford. He trained with the 379th BG and was on his way toward England with them when his plane put down in Michigan due to weather. Charles came down with the mumps there and had to be left behind. The 384th BG picked him up, and he was killed on his first mission. We are very interested in speaking with anyone who may remember Uncle Charley. He mentioned Donald Andrews, Frank Murphy and Mike Arooth in his letters and photos, so we are especially interested in getting in touch with the Lt. Wm. Brinkman and "Tondelayo" crews. By his letters, Charley became very good friends with his original crew and was quite affected by the split up. He was supposed to be radio operator for his crew. He was raised on a farm in Alabama, enjoyed the outdoors and riding his motorcycle.
Please help us if you can!

Erin Langley
(and Tony Crawford)

Lt. Brinkman and crew went MIA on their Wilhelmshaven, Germany (U-boat pens) June 11, 1943 mission # 2 aircraft 42-3148 526th SQ. (LF-A) (LF-B) 527th crew.

Brinkman William F. -1st Lt, P, 0-663472, Pocahontas, IA, KIA
Cochran William H. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-734071, Hagerstown, MD, POW
Homes William E. -2nd Lt, N, 0-667405, Phoenix, AZ, POW
Andrews Donald J. -2nd Lt, B, 0-733510, Muskegan, MI, Ardennes B 14 14
Carver William A. -S/SGT, RO, 38116702, Farmersville, TX, KIA
Watkins Clarence F. -T/SGT, TT, 19055084, Chapman, MT, KIA
Mitchell Alfred H. -S/SGT, BT, 32391382, Lundhurst, NJ, Ardennes A 29 15
Todd Robert E. -S/SGT, RW, 38312480, New Orleans, LA, KIA
Smith Ralph J. - S/SGT, LW, 17066846, Des Moines, IA, KIA
Murphy Frank (NMI) -S/SGT, TG, 14108245, Gordo, AL, KIA

The Cemetery and plot numbers are listed above for each crewmember buried in Europe. William E. Homes is on the current Association roster.

Stuttgart (ball bearings) September 6, 1943 mission # 27 aircraft 42-29896 527th SQ. (FO-V) "Tondelayo" ditched, all 10 returned.

Fawkes Bohn E. Jr, 2nd Lt, P
Mauldin, Charles A, 2nd Lt, CP
Bendiner, Elmer S, 2nd Lt, N
Hejny, Robert L, 2nd Lt, B
Reinhard, Frederick J, T/SGT, RO
Reedman, Lawrence H, T/SGT, TT
Gray, Walter J, T/SGT, BT
Edwards, Harry L, S/SGT, RW
Leary, John A, S/SGT, LW
Arooth, Michael (NMI), T/SGT, TG

Bohn E. Fawkes Jr. and John A Leary are on the current Association roster.

Responding4 7/10/02

Search No.  1073 - Clifford "W." Shaw

From: Kevin Shaw []
Sent: Monday, July 08, 2002 5:11 AM

For many (30) years I have been searching for information on my uncle. He was a tail gunner in a B-17 (God's airplane by the way!!) and was KIA during the war. All I have is VERY sketchy info regarding him as most of the family familiar with him have passed on or are MIA themselves. The only info I have was burial place (France), year of death(1945), and a few of the relatives names (most are deceased, and the others must be incognito. No one has heard from them in years). I received a tip to look at the American Battle Monuments Commission website to do a search for him. I MAY HAVE FOUND HIM!! I need some help from you to put a positive ID on him. In the miltary cemetery in St. Avold, France is a grave for Clifford "W." Shaw, KIA 20Feb45, S/N 37708358, member of the 527th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group(Heavy). I only know him as Uncle Wayne. Do your mission reports show a Clifford "Wayne" Shaw KIA on 20Feb45? I would love to be an associate member of your orginization, but need to confirm this info first.
ANY help would be HUGELY appreciated!!!!!!!
Kevin M. Shaw

Sgt. Clifford W. Shaw was in the 379th Bombardment Group from 12/18/44 to 2/20/44. Our records show that Sgt Shaw flew 18 missions with the 527th Squadron. The following are the crewmembers and their positions on mission #282 to Nurnberg, Germany (MARSHALLING YARDS) on February 20, 1945 aircraft 43-39111 (FO-K) 527th Squadron .

Palmer Warren A. -2nd Lt, P, 0-705985, Evanston IL, Lorraine E 16 28
Shaw Spencer L. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-830987, Hillsboro, OH, Lorraine D 25 42
Caldwell Josiah T. Jr. -2nd Lt, B, 0-785250, Norwood, OH, KIA
Appleby Leon E. -SGT, NG, 14181290, Greenville, SC, KIA
Spaulding Ray C. -S/SGT, RO 19055311, Joliet, MT, KIA
McCormick William T. -T/SGT, TT, 33163114, Pittsburgh, PA, Lorraine J 22 6
Clark Robert D. -SGT, WG, 36878379, Capac, MI, Lorraine C 25 70
Michael Oliver C. -S/SGT, BT, 18065001, Temple, OK, Lorraine E 21 37
Shaw Clifford W. -SGT, TG, 37708358, Wichita, KS, Lorraine G 8 7

Our records usually only indicate middle initials not full names. The serial # or service number above should be helpful to you in searching Clifford W. Shaw's personnel file in the archives in St. Louis. The city listed is the city and state where he entered the service. The Cemetery and plot numbers are also listed for each crewmember buried in Europe.

All personnel files for veterans are stored in St. Louis Mo. That seems like the logical place to start to unfold the mystery. His personnel records should indicate his full name and place of birth. It should also tell you where he was stationed and what groups etc he was in. There was a fire in 1973 that destroyed many personnel records. If Clifford's files were damaged in the fire they will try to reconstruct his files, which may take awhile. You need to contact the following to start your research:

National Personnel Records Center
US Army Command
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

See the following URL for more information. You will need to fill out request form 180.

Order Processing Time: Turnaround times for records requested from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) vary greatly depending on the nature of the request. For example, the NPRC Military Records Facility currently has a backlog of over 200,000 requests and receives approximately 5,000 requests daily. Routine requests for separation statements currently require 4-5 weeks for servicing. The average turnaround time on all requests is currently 14-16 weeks; however, requests that involve reconstruction efforts due to the 1973 fire may take much longer.

Please keep us posted as to what you find out. Once you have completed your research of the personnel files we may be able to assist further.

Responding4 7/09/02

Search No.  1072 - Fightin' Pappy (42-5407)

From: Mark Forlow []
Sent: Friday, July 05, 2002 8:59 PM
Subject: Fightin' Pappy (42-5407)

I have attached a photo of a downed B-17 from the 379th BG. I got this photo from a fellow in Warsaw, Poland. It's a small photo so I had resize it on my computer a few time to read the nose art. Looks to me like "Fightin' Pappy". Feel free to post it on your site. Are you able to give me any info on the mission when this ship was brought down? Date? Target? Crewmembers? Fate of crew? I'd be greatful for any info. Also, I knew a fellow named Roy Pook who passed away a few years back. He was an engineer, top turret gunner on a 379th B-17 who was shot down over Germany and spent 14 months as a POW. Is there any way to get any info about his final mission? Again, any info would be of help.
Best regards,
Mark Forlow

Thank you for the picture, we will post it on our website. The following are the crewmembers and their positions on aircraft 42-5407 "Fightin' Pappy" 526TH SQ.LF-O on mission # 36 to ANKLAM, GERMANY (AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS) on October 9, 1943.

Smith Vernon R., 2nd Lt, P, POW
Greenhalgh Robert L., 2nd Lt, CP, POW
Ford Clavin F., 2nd Lt, N, POW
Dickerson George A., 2nd Lt, B, POW
Bryant Johnie R., T/SGT, RO, KIA
Lemischak Joesph, T/SGT, TT, POW
Johnson Walter D., S.SGT, BT, POW
Hinman Howard D., S/SGT, RW, POW
Sharmon David C., SGT, LW, POW
Freed Quentin E., S/SGT, TG, POW

The following are the crewmembers and their positions on aircraft 42-39828 524TH SQ. WA-B on mission # 124 to BERLIN , GERMANY (AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS) on May 24, 1944.

Kunda Theodore E. C., 2nd Lt, P, POW
Burton Robert B., 2nd Lt, CP, POW
Swift Marvin H., 2nd Lt, N, RTMC
Evans Howard B., 2nd Lt, B, RTMC
Flatt Leonard W., S/SGT, RO, KIA
Pook Rou T., S/SGT, TT, RTMC
Tomaselli Anthony (NMI), S/SGT, BT, POW
Taylor George F., SGT, WG, KIA
Vinson Russel G., SGT, TG, KIA

Responding4 7/07/02

Search No. 1071 - O'Kane, Pitzner & Johnson

From: Karen Butler Adams []
Sent: Saturday, July 06, 2002 9:42 PM
Subject: Do You Know How to Locate These Men??

Good Evening Gentlemen,
First of all, let me start by thanking you all for the service to our country and for the freedom we all enjoy. I am writing on behalf of my Dad, (Lt. Clyde W. Butler, Navigator), who flew with the 379th from Dec 1944-May 1945. He is looking for the following men:

Robert W. O'Kane
J.D. Pitzner
Richard I. Johnson

If you know how to reach them, or have suggestions about how to find them, please let me know. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You,
Karen Butler Adams

Robert W. O'Kane is on the current roster of the 379th BG Association. We have no information on J.D. Pitzner or Richard I. Johnson at this time.

To protect our membership, it is our policy not to give out addresses on the internet.

Responding4 7/07/02

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