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Search No.   1110 - Rittenberg

From: Harold Dylhoff []
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 5:35 PM
Subject: Rittenberg

Hello you have quite a site & organization,my inquiry is about a Irving H. Rittenberg of the 379th group,525th squadron.Doing some historical research on missing in action related material.Would like to know any thing related to Irving H. Rittenberg.
Harold Dylhoff

Lt Irving M. Rittenberg Bombardier, was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew 10 missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 9/09/43 to 10/14/43. The following are the crew and on their last mission to Schweinfurt, Germany on 10/14/43 in aircraft 42-29511 (FR-W) "The Iron Maiden".

Martin Roland H. Jr. -2nd Lt, P, 0-735093, Berkeley, CA, POW
Price Linden H Jr. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-743277, S. Pasadena, CA, POW
Maher Daniel J. -2nd Lt, N, 0-676083, Bronx, NY, POW
Rittenberg Irving M. -2nd Lt, B, 0-670255, Brookline, MA, POW
Macri Nicholas J. -T/SGT, RO, 32435006, Brooklyn, NY, POW
Mattern Edwin L. -T/SGT, TT, 32381614, Olean, NY, POW
Peacock Elihu (NMI) -S/SGT, BT, 34354103, Mystic, GA, POW
Cihonski John L. -T/SGT, RW, 33285690, Butler, PA, POW
Sirianni Daniel A. -T/SGT, LW, 32550944, Olean, NY, POW
Janik Adam A. -S/SGT, TG, 16144809, Chicago, IL, POW

Responding4 1/14/03

Search No.  1109 - Oswald J. Masoni

From: Masoni Paul CMSgt [mailto:PAUL.MASONI@RANDOLPH.AF.MIL]
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2003 8:02 AM
To: ''
Subject: Info on my Dad

Hi, my name is Paul Masoni, i am CMSgt, currently on active duty in the USAF and stationed in San Antonio TX. I am looking for any information you might have on my father, Oswald J. Masoni. He was from the Bronx NY and was a navigator assigned to the 525 BS. Any info you might have on the missions he flew, the plane, the plane's nickname and any info/addressees on some of him crew would be greatly appreciated.

Lt. Oswald J. Masoni, Navigator; was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525 Bomb Squadron. The following is the crew and their positions on their first mission to Criel/Coulommiers, France, in aircraft 42-97678 "The Birmingham Jewel" on 6/14/44.

Smithdeal, William F, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Shuford, William A, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Masoni, Oswald J, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Hughes, Robert A, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Schroeder, Grayson L, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Sindelar, Orville W, S/Sgt Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Clark, Gordon E, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Bissing, Jacob, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Gross, John P, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Responding4 1/6/03

Search No.  1108 - Mission 51 - Osnabruck

From: Cathy []
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 6:45 PM
Subject: Mission 51 - Osnabruck ~Eyewitnesses?

Am looking for any information available on Mission 51 - 12/22/43 from Kimbolton to Osnabruck (Marshalling Yards). Trying to locate info on the day, the days events, the mission, etc. and particularlly if anyone saw my uncle's plane get shot down; 2nd lt. Edward T. Mueller and his crew (Little Minnie/plane) -- crew members included Turley Byrd, Carlton Helton,Jr and others. Crew and plane never recovered -- plane shot down over Texel Islands. 5 Chutes seen. Have one eyewitness report from Bob Lamaroux, but curious if anyone else saw anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks Cathy

Lt. Edward T Mueller was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew one mission with the 524th Bomb Squadron. The following are the crew and their positions on aircraft 42-29724 (WA-H) to Osnabruck , Germany on 12/22/1943.

Mueller Edward T. -2nd Lt, P, 0-802000, Brentwood, MD
Lynott Pascal C. -F/O, CP, T-121926, Rossivlle, GA
Helton Carl Jr. (NMI) -2nd Lt, N, 0-809364, Dallas, TX
Bird Turley E. Jr. -2nd Lt, B, 0-682539, Mars Hill, NC
Hembree Jesse A. -S/SGT, RO, 34571057, Villa Rica, GA
Emery George G. Jr. -S/SGT, TT, 34352794, Savannah, GA
Kampf Joseph W. -SGT, BT, 35322236, Novelty, OH
Thomas Herman C. -SGT, RW, 34441508, Climax, GA
Jacobs Ransom S. -SGT, LW, 34298399, Ariton, AL
Blankenship Robert P. -S/SGT, TG, 14072113, Greenville, SC

The above crew members are all on the "Wall of Missing" in the American European Cemetery in Cambridge, England.
The S-2 Narrative report for mission #51 indicated the following:
"2. Our A/C 724 was seen to leave the formation and loose altitude for about 5,000 feet. Then it climbed again for about three thousand feet and left the formation a second time and descended for a while when it went into a loop. Just after that two chutes were seen to come from the plane. Three additional chutes were reported by one crew. When last seen the plane was headed for the sea and was lost to view through the overcast. The crews who reported this performance were at a loss to understand it because the engines were all functioning. Our casualties are ten missing."

We will post your inquiry on the website, hopefully other eyewitnesses will respond.

Responding4 1/2/03

Search No.  1107 - Red Dragon

From: Tom Pullen []
Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2002 11:15 AM
Subject: Red Dragon 42-97270

Dear 379thbga, My dad, S/SGT Morton J. "Red" Pullen was the crew chief of the Red Dragon 42-97270. Hector Kaufman told us at the St. Louis reunion that he went down in the Red Dragon which I told him didn't happen. Red Dragon 42-97270 was brought back to Kingman, Az. after the war was over. He had to have flown in Red Dragon 43-37951 and suggested that maybe dad worked on both planes. I don't think so. I would like to hear from anybody who might know about 43-37951,if dad might have worked on this plane, and any pictures that might be available. I'd be willing to trade. Thank you, Tom Pullen

Aircraft 43-37951 527th Bomb Squadron (FO-J) "Red Dragon". The A/C Hit By Flak Over Leige on mission #186 to Pirmasens, Germany on August 9, 1944. The following is the crew and their positions on that mission.

Hamilton Edward H. 2nd Lt, P, Returned
Feaster Rexford H. 2nd Lt, CP, Returned
Kaufman Hector A. 2nd Lt, N, Returned
Neilsen Walter P. 2nd Lt, B, Returned
Siegle Howard P. T/SGT, RO, Returned
Miller Vincent N. T/SGT, TT, Returned
Willey Harold L. S/SGT, BT, Returned
Dorning Dale D. S/SGT, WG, Returned
Wilmoth Robert L. S/SGT, TG, Returned

The aircraft 42-97270 FO-A " Red Dragon" 527th Bomb Squadron returned to Kingman, AZ 12/15/45. See the 379th Anthology volume II section 10, Lt. Col. Joseph Brown's B-17's of the 379th BG aircraft summary.

It is quite possible that your dad was the crew chief on both aircraft. We will post this on the website, hopefully some of our members will respond back to your request for pictures and information.

Responding4 12/21/02

Search No.  1106 - Frank J Bagdon

From: Mark B. []
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2002 7:23 PM

Hello my name is mark bagdon and my grandfather served with the 379th 529 squadron. His name was Frank Bagdon. He was a top turret gunner. Sadly that is all I know. I am looking for info on the name of his plane and hopefully which missions he flew on.
Thank you
Mark Bagdon

T/Sgt Frank J Bagdon, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 3/19/44 to 6/21/44. Our records indicate that T/Sgt Frank J Bagdon completed 30 missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron. The following is the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Wizernes, France on 3/19/44 in aircraft 42-29897 "Censored". This crew flew aircraft 42-38141 "Pansy Yokum" for most of their missions.

Swanner, John L, 2nd Lt, Pilot
East, John L, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Betz Jr., Franklin L, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Walsh, Robert R, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Tonenzaph, Abraham H, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Bagdon, Frank J, S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Snyder, John R, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Creighton, Otis B, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Smith, Alfred E, Sg,t Left Waist Gunner
Marsh, Frank R, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Pansy Yokum and John Snyder's A-2 Leather Jacket are shown in the December 2002 issue of Contrails. Frank Betz and Alfred Smith are listed on the current Association roster.

Responding4 12/21/02

Search No.  1104 - 1st Lt Hufnail Crew

From: Regis Decobeck []
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 2:01 PM
Subject: 1st Lt Hufnail crew

I am searching information regarding the following crew members of the 379 BG 527 BS:
1st Lt Gilbert H. Hufnail (pilot) POW
2nd Lt Dean O. McCall (co-pilot) EV
2nd Lt David E. Ferris (navigator) POW
2nd Lt James C. Ellis (bombardier) EV
T/Sgt Derwood E. Macklin (upper gunner) POW
T/Sgt Kenneth I. Parker (radio) POW
S/Sgt Henry O. Young (ball turret gunner) EV
S/Sgt Frederick R. Ryan (left waist gunner) POW
S/Sgt Charles H. Lambert (right waist gunner) POW
S/Sgt Edgar H. Woodbury (tail gunner) POW

Their B-17G (42-31799/FO-X) took off from Kimbolton on the Saturday 4th March 1944 to bomb Frankfurt. Mission completed the aircraft was hit by Flak over Cologne and crashed at Frasnes-lez-Buissenal (Belgium). I think S/Sgt Lambert was first hidden by the Belgian underground but later was made POW by the German troops.
Many thanks for your help.
Regis Decobeck
Waterloo (Belgium)

Our records indicate the following:

1st Lt Gilbert Hufnail and crew were in the 527th Bomb Squadron and went down on the raid Frankfurt, Germany on March 2, 1944 in aircraft 42-31799 (FO-X). This was the 379th Bomb Groups 75th Mission. The following are the crew and their positions:

Hufnail Glen R. 2nd Lt, P, Returned to base
McCall Dean O. 2nd Lt, CP, Returned to base
Ferris David E. 2nd Lt, N, POW
Ellis James C. 2nd Lt, B, Returned
Parker Kenneth I. T/SGT, RO, POW
Macklin Derwood E. T/SGT, TT, POW
Young Henry O. S/SGT, BT, Returned to base
Lambert Charles H. S/SGT, RW, Returned to England
Ryan Frederick R. S/SGT, LW, POW
Woodbury Edgar H. S/SGT, TG, Returned to England

Glen R. Hufnail and Kenneth I Parker are shown on the current Association roster.

Responding4 12/10/02

Search No.  1103 - ID Request

From: Gregory PONS []
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 2:58 PM
Subject: RE: Identification Request

Hello Mike,
Here are other photos for which I would need your help: same data for the precedent photos: serial #, squadron markings, crew, end of carrier of the plane...

The first one (dated 7/19/1943) is showing 2 mechanics near the nose of "JUDY B" showing 7 missions.

The second one is showing a crash landed B-17 named "Dangerous Dan": serial #42-29891, dated 22/12/1943): which squadron, name of the crew, circumstances of the crash in England, mission over which target...

The third one is a photo of an unidentified crew, dated 20/1/1944, mentioning the following data: (GPR-149-1-379) (20-1-44). On the side of the cockpit a part of the nose art can be seen, it seems to be the end of the name "....OLL", any data would be useful: name of the crew, of the plane, serial #, squadron markings...

Thanks again for your precious help
Best regards

Picture #1:
We do not recognize the two mechanics in this photograph, maybe some of our members can identify them. The following is the crew and their positions on aircraft 42-29866 (WA-L) "JUDY B", 524TH Bomb Squadron, to Lebourget, France on 8/16/1943.

Bigler Charles R. 2nd Lt, Pilot, Returned
Deehr Vern P. 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, POW
Bradley John W. 2nd Lt, Navigator, POW
Boyle John T. 2nd Lt, Bombardier, Returned
Johnson Benjamin B. T/SGT, Radio Operator/Gunner, POW
Tyler Albert P. T/SGT, Top Turret Gunner, Returned
Kukawski Charles J. S/SGT, Ball Turret Gunner, POW
Kyson James A. S/SGT, Right Waist Gunner, Returned
Stachura John A. S/SGT, Left Waist Gunner, KIA
Matthew Paul V. S/SGT, Tail Gunner, POW

Picture #2:
The following is the crew and their positions on aircraft 42-29891 (WA-N) "Dangerous Dan" 524TH Bomb Squadron, to Osnabruck, Netherlands on 12/ 22/43. Aircraft crash landed in Ubbeston, Suffolk, England. Salvaged 12/24/43.

Davis, Kenneth (NMI) 2nd Lt, Pilot
Ratliff, James S. 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Clark, Paul (NMI) 2nd Lt, Navigator
Dolgin, Stanley A. 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Miller, Francis P. S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Hansen, Alexander T. T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Stapleton, Thomas J. Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Wall, George A. Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Price, McCauley (NMI) Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Susicke, Joseph A. Sgt, Tail Gunner

Picture #3:
The aircraft in your picture could be a picture of Paper Doll and crew one day prior to the aircrafts first mission, 1/21/44 to Le Mesnil Allard/Puchervi, France. The following is the crew and their positions on aircraft 42-31510 (WA-D) "Paper Doll" 524TH Bomb Squadron, to Halberstadt/Wernegarode, Germany 2/ 22/44.

McCall Donald P. 1st Lt, P, POW
Gurney Charles L. 2nd Lt, CP, POW
Williams Leo (NMI) 2nd Lt, N, Returned to base
Geary Thomas S. SGT, NG, Returned to base
Cvitokvich John P. T/SGT, RO, Returned to base
Fiers James H. T/SGT, TT, RTMC
Hively Eugene F. S/SGT, BT, Returned to base
Sciligo George (NMI) S/SGT, RW, Returned to base
Lentigne Joseph A. S/SGT, LW, POW
Taylor Edgar H. S/SGT, TG, Returned to base

Responding4 12/08/02

Search No.   1102 - James M Pannell

From:  Odom, Thomas P []
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 10:19 AM
Subject: James M Pannell as member of the 524th

Dear Sirs:
Can you confirm that SSG James M Pannell was a member of the 524th BS, 379th BG? I am framing a print with James' stripes, ribbons, etc for his daughter. I posted a query on the Army Air page and a Janet McIlwain directed me to the 379th site, indicating that James flew with the 524th. His SN was 38 470 598 James died seven years ago after a struggle with cancer and I am trying to make this a special gift to his daughter.

FYI I am a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel now working at the Joint Readiness Training Center Ft Polk LA.
Tom Odom

S/Sgt. James M. Pannell, Waist Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 12/18/44 to 4/17/45. Our records indicate that he flew 29 missions during his tour of duty at Kimbolton.

Responding4 12/03/02

Search No.   1101 - Lt. Charles L. Brown

From:  Wilco Gorter []
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 2:41 PM
Subject: Lt. Charles L. Brown's crew

Dear Sir,
I had the opportunity of meeting Mr Franz Stigler during a 6-week trip in Canada last year (summer 2001). This year, while on holiday in the USA, I met various Air Force veterans. One of them was Mr Richard Pechout. He served as a Radio Operator on board Lt. Charles L. Brown's B-17, during the mission of Dec. 20, 1943. Mr Pechout and I have been corresponding for a couple of years now. He gave me the original 1943 crew photo (no copy!). Perhaps you know this photo already. If not, you may wish to add it to your website.

Do you know of a crew or mission report for that particular day? I am looking for a report that contains all the official names + serial numbers of this crew. Perhaps you can help.

Mr Wilco Gorter
The Netherlands

Lt. Charles L. Brown, Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron. The following is the crew and their position on aircraft 42-3167-S "Ye Old Pub" to Bremen, Germany on December 20, 1943.

Brown, Charles L 2nd Lt Pilot
Luke, Spencer G 2nd Lt Co-Pilot
Sadok, Albert (NMI) 2nd Lt Navigator
Andrews, Robert M 2nd Lt Bombardier
Pechout, Richard A S/Sgt Radio Operator/Gunner
Coulombe, Bertrand O S/Sgt Top Turret Gunner
Blackford, Samuel W Sgt Ball Turret Gunner
Jennings, Lloyd H Sgt Right Waist Gunner
Yelesanke, Alex (NMI) Sgt Left Waist Gunner
Eckenrode, Hugh S S/Sgt Tail Gunner KIA

The crew list above came from the official mission report in the National Archives, in College Park, MD.

Serial numbers of crew members can be obtained from the individual military personnel records kept in St. Louis. (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.

Responding4 11/30/02


Sent: Sat,Nov 30, 2002

Hello Again,
Thank you for your quick reply. I will write to the National Archives at College Park, MD, to order a copy of the mission report. Did you see this crew photo before? If you want you can use it for your website. With the writing on the photo, and your crew list, the persons in the photo are as follows:

From left to right standing:
Coulombe, Bertrand O, S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Yelesanke, Alex (NMI), Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Pechout, Richard A, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Jennings, Lloyd H, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Eckenrode, Hugh S, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, KIA
Blackford, Samuel W, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner

From left to right:
Brown, Charles L, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Luke, Spencer G, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Sadok, Albert (NMI), 2nd Lt, Navigator
Andrews, Robert M, 2nd Lt, Bombardier

Good luck with your website!
Best regards,
Wilco Gorter

No, we haven't seen that crew picture before. We have all the mission reports for the 379th BG during WWII. See the website for an order form and price list. The following is the contact and address at the Nation Archives for all Army Air Corps mission reports.

David A Giordano, Modern Military Records
Textual Archives Service Division
National Archives
8601 Adelphi Rd.
College Park, Maryland 20740-6001

We can always use crew pictures for our website. Thanks again.

Responding4 12/01/02

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