From: Sherrill Katopis
September 09, 2002 7:25 AM
Subject: Search for
Arthur Brellenthin (Brent)
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.
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.
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
Search No. 1079 - Alvin G.
From: Cynthia A. (Zembower) Fouts
Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2002 9:59 PM
Subject: Information on Father
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
"Pop" Piers - Pilot
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
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
From: Sherry Zembower
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2002
Subject: info on
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
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,
Tharp, Frederick E, 2nd Lt,
Crowell, Delbert C, 2nd Lt,
Winburn, William J, Sgt, Nose
Carpenter, William I, Sgt,
Bernstein, Leon, Sgt,
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Barefoot, William R, Sgt,
Ball Turret Gunner
Zembower, Alvin G, Sgt, Waist
Doyle, William A, Sgt, Tail
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.
Search No. 1078 - James A Felice
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.
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
Search No. 1077 - Armand
Mammone also known as 'Pat'
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
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.
My research revealed the following
about your father:
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.
Search No. 1076 - Arthur Gordon
LCpl Tocarra C
Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:45 PM
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
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,
Weiss Ralph -SGT, BT, 33902615,
Elkton, MD, Epinal A 32 44
LaRose Donald A.
-SGT, WG, 39469797, Spokane, WA, KIA
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.
Search No. 1075 - Stanley Robert
25, 2002 1:02 PM
Subject: Stanley Robert Owens
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.
Striet - Pilot
J.R. Pitts - Co-pilot
Kundin - Navigator
R.J. Mareott - Bombadier
R.W. Finicle - Engineer
L. A. Chruby - Radio
J.E. Williams - Right Waist Gunner
- Left Waist Gunner
M.R. Boyovich - Tail
Do any of these men belong to the
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
From: Don Owens [mailto:DonO@AltaHS.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 10:30 AM
I have already purchased the books on
the 379th but would like the mission numbers so
that I can procure these historical documents.
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.
Search No. 1074 - Charles E.
From: Erin Langley
July 09, 2002 8:21 PM
Subject: S/Sgt Charles E. Crawford
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.
help us if you can!
(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.
William F. -1st Lt, P, 0-663472, Pocahontas, IA,
Cochran William H. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-734071,
Hagerstown, MD, POW
Homes William E. -2nd Lt,
N, 0-667405, Phoenix, AZ, POW
J. -2nd Lt, B, 0-733510, Muskegan, MI, Ardennes
B 14 14
Carver William A. -S/SGT, RO,
38116702, Farmersville, TX, KIA
Clarence F. -T/SGT, TT, 19055084, Chapman, MT,
Mitchell Alfred H. -S/SGT, BT, 32391382,
Lundhurst, NJ, Ardennes A 29 15
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
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
A, 2nd Lt, CP
Bendiner, Elmer S, 2nd Lt, N
Hejny, Robert L, 2nd Lt, B
Frederick J, T/SGT, RO
Reedman, Lawrence H,
Gray, Walter J, T/SGT, BT
Edwards, Harry L, S/SGT, RW
Leary, John A,
Arooth, Michael (NMI), T/SGT, TG
Bohn E. Fawkes Jr. and John A Leary are on
the current Association roster.
Search No. 1073 - Clifford
From: Kevin Shaw
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
ANY help would be HUGELY
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
Palmer Warren A. -2nd Lt, P,
0-705985, Evanston IL, Lorraine E 16 28
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
Leon E. -SGT, NG, 14181290, Greenville, SC, KIA
Spaulding Ray C. -S/SGT, RO 19055311, Joliet,
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
National Personnel Records
US Army Command
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO
See the following URL for more
information. You will need to fill out request
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.
Search No. 1072 - Fightin'
From: Mark Forlow [mailto:MJMFORLOW@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, July 05, 2002 8:59 PM
Subject: Fightin' Pappy
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.
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.
Vernon R., 2nd Lt, P, POW
L., 2nd Lt, CP, POW
Ford Clavin F., 2nd Lt,
Dickerson George A., 2nd Lt, B, POW
Bryant Johnie R., T/SGT, RO, KIA
Joesph, T/SGT, TT, POW
Johnson Walter D.,
S.SGT, BT, POW
Hinman Howard D., S/SGT, RW,
Sharmon David C., SGT, LW, POW
Quentin E., S/SGT, TG, POW
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
B., 2nd Lt, B, RTMC
Flatt Leonard W., S/SGT,
Pook Rou T., S/SGT, TT, RTMC
Tomaselli Anthony (NMI), S/SGT, BT, POW
Taylor George F., SGT, WG, KIA
G., SGT, TG, KIA
Search No. 1071 - O'Kane, Pitzner &
From: Karen Butler Adams
July 06, 2002 9:42 PM
Subject: Do You Know
How to Locate These Men??
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
Robert W. O'Kane
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.
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.