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Search No.  1090 - Jezebel

From: Mary Lee Morrow [mailto:mlm196@juno.com]
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 3:26 AM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Looking for "Jezebel"

I was really pleased to find the 379th Web Site. I am trying to find information on a plane called "Jezebel". It was flown by Little Joe Wheeler and James A. Smith. This crew was one of the few that flew all 25 missions in the same plane and only one crew member was injured. I know that the crew was stationed at Kimbolton and it was a triangle K plane.

This crew and two other crews caused quite a disturbance in New York City on their way over seas in September 1943. The Mayor was not happy when they buzzed the Yankee Stadium on the opening day of the World Series. I am sure there was a write up in the newspaper but so far I have not located it.
I also knew another pilot in this group. He was Frank Mitchell. His plane was shot down on its third mission. All members of the crew were picked up and placed in prison camps. Frank managed to evade capture and found the underground people in France where he made bombs etc.. for awhile and when no one came to get him out and back to England he walked to the Pyrenees. With the help of the underground he made it to Spain and eventually home. A lot happened to him between Paris and the jail cell in Spain.

I would appreciate verification of the Jezebel and its crew. James Smith wrote a summary of his missions if you are interested.

Sincerely
Mary Lee Smith Morrow

Mary,
Yes, we would be interested in the summary of James Smith's missions. We have looked at our records and can not find the aircraft "Jezebel". However, we did find a Jezebel listed in the 91st and a Jezebelle in the 491st BG in the book called Bits & Pieces of the Mighty Eighth written by Paul M Andrews, William Adams and John Woolnough.

Lt. Joseph C Wheeler, Pilot, and Lt James A Smith, Co-Pilot, were in the 379th Bombardment Group (H) and flew missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron from 11/26/44 to 3/20/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Bremen, Germany on 11/26/43 on aircraft 42-37791 "Blues in the Night".

Wheeler, Joseph B, Lt, Pilot
Smith, James A, Lt, Co-Pilot
Christensen, Harold C, Lt, Navigator
Wuoltee, Alden L, Lt, Bombardier
Curley Jr., James W, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Allen, George H, S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Magner, William J, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Knapp, Myron W, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Burrow, Willard R, Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Vardaro, Gastano A, Sgt, Tail Gunner

The crew flew this aircraft (Blues in the Night) for most of their missions. We could not find a Frank Mitchell assigned to the 379th Bomb Group. However we did find several other Mitchell's listed. Please verify that Frank was the first name.

Responding4 10/31/02
Mike

Search No.  1089 - Miss Liberty Crew

From:  Christopher Stevens [mailto:BettyLStevens@atti.com]
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 5:55 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Looking for crew of "Miss Liberty" 524 BS 379 BG 1944

To Whom it May Concern:
My name is Christopher Stevens and I am writing on behalf of my uncle, 2nd Lt. Tom Ports, co-pilot of the "Miss Liberty" 524 BS 379 BG based at Kimbolton in 1944. We are looking for the crew of the "Miss Liberty". If you have any information regarding the surviving members of the crew, I would appreciate hearing from you.

My e-mail address is: cpstevens@earthlink.net
Thank you.
Christopher Stevens

Christopher,
Lt. Thomas A. Ports Co-Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group (H) and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 7/31/44 to 11/29/44. The majority of the missions flown by this crew were on aircraft 43-38388. The following are the crew and their positions on their last mission to Misburg, Germany on 11/29/44 in aircraft 43-38388.

Lindsay, Elro C, 1st Lt, Pilot
Ports, Thomas A, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Barlow, Edward R, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Barath, Alex, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Crosby, George H, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Besh, Beverly C, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Brassell, Dennis A, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Barner, Bruce D, S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Gudausky, George F, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Beverly Besh and Bruce Barner are on the current Association roster.

Responding4 10/31/02
Mike

Search No.  1088 - George Maisch

From:   Bill Robinson [mailto:wsr2294@att.net]
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 6:17 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Looking for: George Maisch

Hi: I am looking for information on George R. Maisch, who was apparently with the 379th during April, 1944. We believe he was only on a few missions, and we would greatly appreciate any information you could give us on his squadron, aircraft, missions, and what happened to him.

Many thanks and best regards,
Bill Robinson

Bill,
T/Sgt George R. Maisch was in the 379th Bombardment Group (H) and flew 33 missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron from 4/20/44 to 6/25/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Brussels/Evere, Belgium 4/20/44 on aircraft 42-31592 "Nobody's Baby":

Wheat, James R, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Nielson, Leslie, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Cooney, Walter M, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Berner, George D, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Maisch, George R, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Willey, David G, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Sullivan Jr., William J, Pvt, Ball Turret Gunner
Mercado, Robert (NMI), Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Decker, Calvin O, Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Carter, Alvin T, Sgt, Tail Gunner

This crew flew many different aircraft through their tour. It is possible that Sgt Masisch flew more missions, but the following are what our records indicate:
94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 101, 103, 105, 107, 109, 111, 113, 115, 118, 119, 121, 124, 126, 127, 129, 130, 131, 133, 134, 135, 136, 138, 139, 142, 143, 144, 148, 153.

James Wheat and David Wiley are on the current Association roster.

Responding4 10/17/02
Mike

From: William S. Robinson
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 10:49 AM
Hi Mike:
Thank you very, very much! This is great info (and fast, too!). It will be very much appreciated.
With sincerest thanks,
Bill Robinson

Search No.   1087 - Reed Lamb MIA 11 June 1943

From: DR LAMB [mailto:DLAMB@cdresource.com]
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2002 3:01 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Reed Lamb MIA 11 June 1943

Sir,
My Grandfathers brother, F.O. Reed Lamb flew with the 379th during the war. I believe he was on either 42-3099 or 42-3114 but can not confirm this as I can not find any combat crew listings. Can you help?

Thanks in advance
D Lamb

DR Lamb,
F/O Lamb J. Reed Co-Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group (H), 527th Bomb Squadron. The following are the crew and their positions to Wilhelmshaven, Germany (U-boat pens) June 11, 1943 on Aircraft 42-3099 (FO-R). This was the crew's first combat mission and the 379th Bombardment Groups 2nd mission.

Pinson William H. Jr. -1st Lt, P, 0-791495, Atlanta, GA, POW
Lamb Reed J. -F/O, CP, T-106, Petaluma, CA, Netherlands
Murdock Davis D. -2nd Lt, N, 0-732756, Yakima, WA, Netherlands
Self Leroy L. -2nd Lt, B, 0-733289, Auburn, AL, Netherlands
Lohman Carroll M. -T/SGT, RO, 32320465, Brooklyn, NY, Netherlands
Sendzick William A. -S/SGT, TT, 13025970, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Netherlands
Anderson Harold R. -S/SGT, BT, 39249599, Denver, CO, Netherlands
Northey Harry L. -T/SGT, RW, 19055257, Darby, MT, Netherlands
Snydal Lorus T. -S/SGT, LW, 37291823, Gardar, ND, Cambridge
Biddle Cleon B. -S/SGT, TG, 39531608, L. A. CA, Netherlands

All were Missing in Action and are listed on the Wall of the Missing at the Netherlands and Cambridge Cemetery's except Lt. Pinson who was POW. Snydal Lorus T. is shown as Larus T. on the cemetery list.

Responding4 10/14/02
Mike

Search No.  1086 - Belgian People Help B-17 Crew

From:  Jean DE BASTIANI [mailto:debastiani.jean@belgacom.net]
Sent: Sunday, October 06, 2002 5:52 AM
To: www.looking4@379thbga.org
Subject:

Dear Sir , I am a member of an association ( CRIBA ) who try do to get in contact with Veterans of the last conflict in Europe. To do this work, I ' m collecting several pictures taken by Belgian People during this conflict in our country, and notably those of this B- 17G.

Following my bases (serial of the aircraft, tail markings), this B-17G was from the 526TH BS- 379 BG - 8th AF based at Kimbolton - UK; this " Seventeen " crashed in BRA S/ LIENNE , ARDENNES - BELGIUM in end of September 1944. I know that all the crew of this plane was alive after crashing and dissimulated by the population before come the Feldpolizei! The People of this village says to me that the pilot was Bobby STAFFORD and de the copi Harry TRUCKMANN. Would you be as kind as to confirm me those informations about this crew and this plane and what was their mission in september 1944?
Thank you very much , indeed

Jean DE BASTIANI

Jean De Bastiani,
The 379th Bombardment Group (H) flew mission # 204 to Merseburg, Germany, on September 13, 1944. Four aircraft were hit by flak over the target ; 43-37755 "Everybodys Baby" of the 526th Squadron (LF-Z) was one of those aircraft.

Mission Narrative:
Aircraft 755 was the leader of the low group and was hit by flak at 1131 hours over Merseburg. The #2 and #3 engines were knocked out and about 10 minutes later the #4 engine started to spout oil. The radio was believed to be out. The plane had a P-51 escort and was last seen at 1145 hours at Bleichrode at about 18,000 feet still heading west.

The following are the crew and their positions:

Layton, Robert F., Capt, Pilot
Greiner, Harold D., Lt, Co- Pilot
Ehlers, Wayne F., Lt, Navigator
Carruth, Thomas A., Lt, Bombardier
Morgan, Jack H., T/Sgt, Radio
Kozuszko, John, T/Sgt, Top Turret/Gunner
Shaeffer Lloyd, E., S/Sgt, Ball turret/Gunner
McCarthy, Raymond J., S/Sgt, Waist /Gunner
Hagen, Robert G., Lt, Tail/ Gunner
Chong Anthony S. C., Lt, Extra Navigator

Crew interrogation report:
Crash landed near Ciney in Belgium. 4 crewmembers injured, Sgt John Kozuszko (Hospital in Paris), Lt Robert Hagen, Lt Wayne Ehlers and Lt Thomas Carruth (Hospital in Paris). Crash landed 7 Kilometers Northwest of Ciney Belgium in an open field. Rode in truck from Dinant to Paris. Flew from Le Bourget in C-47 to Hesdin.

Responding4 10/06/02
Mike

Search No.  1085 - A/C 42-37903 Crew List 

From:  Kenneth McPherson [mailto:bagpiper32@webtv.net]
Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2002 2:22 PM
To: LOOKING4@379thbga.org
Subject: A/C 42-37903

Am seeking a crew list of the A.C Ser #42-37903 which cr on 24 Aug 44, at Leeuwarden, Netherlands. All nuie crew members were KIA. A/C ploted by Lt. John Connell, Jr. Any data which you could provide me would be appreciated. Thank you.
Ken McPherson, 8th AFHS, 493rd BGMA.

Kenneth,
Lt. John Connell, Jr. Pilot, was in the 379th BG 525th Bomb Squadron. The following is the crewmembers and their positions on their 1st mission to Merseberg, Germany on aircraft 42-37903 on August 24, 1944. The aircraft was hit by flak over the target and was observed going down under control, however no chutes were seen.

Connell John D. Jr. -2nd Lt, P, 0-697339, Chicago, IL, Netherlands Missing
Crookston John R. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-770961, Logan, UT, Netherlands Missing
Jaeger William C. -2nd Lt, N, 0-718322, Newark, NJ, Netherlands Missing
Bromage Edward R. -2nd Lt, B, 0-772935, Worcester, MA, KIA
Dean Jim H. -SGT, RO, 18148539, Waco, TX, Netherlands Missing
Gurley James E. -SGT, TT, 34810045, Birmingham, AL, Netherlands Missing
Paradis Lucien R. -SGT, BT, 11122870, Lewiston, ME, Netherlands Missing
Sahlberg Raymond E. -SGT, WG, 37570498, Lone Grove, OK, Netherlands Missing
Harrison William J. -SGT, TG, 35896174, South Bend, IN, Netherlands Missing

All the crewmembers are listed on the wall of missing in the Netherlands except one who's body was recovered and was most likely shipped back to the USA to be buried by relatives.

Responding4 10/02/02
Mike

From: Kenneth McPherson [mailto:bagpiper32@webtv.net]
Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2002 9:55 PM
Subject: Re: RE:379th BG 1085 A/C 42-37903

Hello Mike. Thank you ever so much for the crew list of Lt. Connell's plane. The data is much appreciated. Also I would like to compliment you on the thoroughness of this report. Wish more contacts were as thorough as you people have been, Regards, Ken McPherson 8th AFHS. 493rd BGMA.

Search No.  1084 - Lucien R. Paradis

From: Tom Ireland [mailto:ireland@intellisys.net]
Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2002 3:22 AM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Sgt Lucien R. Paradis

Greetings,

I am searching for information regarding a B-17 ball turret gunner named Sgt. Lucien Roger Paradis, 11122870. He was a friend of my grandfather's. What I have gathered so far is that he was killed in action when his B-17 #42-37903 was hit by AAA on the 24th of August 1944 and crashed in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. All crewmembers were KIA. His pilot was Lt. John D. Connel Jr. I also found out he is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Any information regarding Sgt Paradis, his crew, aircraft, mission, etc. would be greatly appreciated. I am also wondering if there are any photos of him, his crew, or his aircraft. Also, was the aircraft and crew ever recovered or are they still missing in action? Again, any info is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

Respectfully,
SSgt Tom Ireland
e-mail: boomdriver@yahoo.com

Tom,
Sgt. Lucien R. Paradis, Ball Turret/Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew 1 mission with the 525th Bomb Squadron. The following is the crewmembers and their positions on their 1st mission to Merseberg, Germany on aircraft 42-37903 on August 24, 1944. The aircraft was hit by flak over the target and was observed going down under control, however no chutes were seen.

Connell John D. Jr. -2nd Lt, P, 0-697339, Chicago, IL, Netherlands Missing
Crookston John R. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-770961, Logan, UT, Netherlands Missing
Jaeger William C. -2nd Lt, N, 0-718322, Newark, NJ, Netherlands Missing
Bromage Edward R. -2nd Lt, B, 0-772935, Worcester, MA, KIA
Dean Jim H. -SGT, RO, 18148539, Waco, TX, Netherlands Missing
Gurley James E. -SGT, TT, 34810045, Birmingham, AL, Netherlands Missing
Paradis Lucien R. -SGT, BT, 11122870, Lewiston, ME, Netherlands Missing
Sahlberg Raymond E. -SGT, WG, 37570498, Lone Grove, OK, Netherlands Missing
Harrison William J. -SGT, TG, 35896174, South Bend, IN, Netherlands Missing

All the crewmembers are listed on the wall of missing in the Netherlands except one who's body was recovered and was most likely shipped back to the USA to be buried by relatives. We do not have any pictures of the aircraft, crew or Lucien R. Paradis.

Responding4 9/29/02
Mike

Search No.  1083 - George A. McClellan

From: Phil C [mailto:PHIL552@comcast.net]
Sent: Sunday, September 22, 2002 10:57 AM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Looking for info about 2LT George A. McClellan

Hello! Wow. What a website! Im looking for information 2LT George A. McClellan. He is buried at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ, and his grave says he was a member of the 379th Bomb Group, and that he passed away on December 1, 1944. According to the local newspaper, he was a bombardier on the November 30, 1944 mission. He bailed out but died of wounds the next day in Germany. Any help you could render would be much appreciated regarding his squadron, plane, missions, or anything about his time in the 379th.

Thanks for your service to our nation and your efforts to preserve the memories of these men and their deeds.
Phil Cohen

Phil,
Lt. George A McClellan Bombardier; was in the 379th Bombardment Group (H) and flew 22 missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron from 9/01/44 to11/30/44.

The following are the crewmembers and their positions on their last mission on aircraft 42-31597 "Landa" to Zeitz, Germany 11/30/44:

Conroy, John M, 2nd Lt, Pilot -Prisoner Of War
Fox, Milton S, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot -Prisoner Of War
McClellen, George A, 2nd Lt, Bombardier -Missing In Action - Died in hospital of wounds
Neu, Frank A, T/Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier -Prisoner Of War
Gershenbaum, Nathan (NMI), T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner, Escaped and Evaded - Returned To Military Control
Seeger, Ernest G, T/ Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner -Missing In Action
Kelley, Patrick J, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Prisoner Of War - Returned to Military Control
Evanson Elmer R, S/Sgt, Waist Gunner -Prisoner Of War
Butterfield Jack V, S/Sgt, Tail gunner -Prisoner Of War

Responding4 9/24/02
Mike

Search No.  1082 - 525th Aircraft Names

From:  Keith H. Wilson [mailto:khwilson@visuallink.com]
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2002 2:20 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: 525th Aircraft Names

Is there any record of the names for the aircraft assigned to the 525th Squadron? If so, how may I obtain them?

Keith H. Wilson

Keith,
We have a complete list of aircraft numbers and names in the 379th BG Anthology that can be ordered though the PX. Not all aircraft in the 379 BG inventory had names.

Responding4 9/24/02
Mike

Search No. 1081 - Carl D Carden

From: David D. Mintz [mailto:ssmintz@lis1.net]
Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2002 8:10 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Carl D Carden

Mr. Carden was a teacher I had for drafting and study hall back in highschool, '78-79. I am a WWII history buff especially partial to the B-17 crews and missions of the European theater.I have been searching web sites of the different bomb groups to try and locate him.I found Mr. Carden listed in the "taps" section of your site. It was a day back in study hall when Mr. Carden reveiled to me and another boy his story.We never relized what he had gone through,as he was a very soft spoken man,with a calm demeanor,as I recall.He was a navigator he told us and told of a few missions he flew on.He also said he was wounded by flak once.He told a story of how a German fighter collided with them,hitting their wing "making a hole about as big as 4 of our drafting tables".They made it back to England,just barely,and I remember him telling how they landed at a British airfield ,and a British ground crewman told them that he"can't get me dipstick wet" and how funny that had struck him.

I finally found his bomb group and would just like to know what squadron,plane,crew etc he was associated with.Your website is great.Any info you can release will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,David D. Mintz

David,
Captain Carl Carden Navigator; was in the 379th Bombardment Group (H) and flew missions with the 525th Squadron from 11/16/43 to 6/25/44. The following are the crewmembers and their positions on aircraft 42-37784 "The Old Fox" on their 1st mission 11/16/43 to Knaben, Norway.

Martin, John R, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Halfen, Charles N, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Carden, Carl D, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Deardorf, Robert J, 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, Johannes H, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Kelly, Walter R, Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Slick, James E, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Captain Carl Carden flew later missions as the Group Lead Navigator.

Responding4 9/24/02
Mike

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