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Search No.   1120 - Leo R. Gonzales

From: James Hernandez []
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2003 10:39 PM
Subject: Leo R. Gonzales S/Sgt S. N. 39 419 972

Leo R. Gonzales, my father in law, now deceased, was with the 379th Bomb Group, 524th Bomb Squadron, (Tail Gunner). From a certificate that was passed on to me by his widow, he was a member of the Lucky Bastards Club, having completed 29 missions. I want to order all 29 mission reports, but how do I go about finding out which ones he was on. From what he told me he crash landed no less than three times. Once in France, on 1-2-45 once in England on 12-24-44 and I believe once in Germany. Any help you can provide me regarding the missions he flew would be greatly appreciated. I can then accurately order the correct mission reports.

Thank you,
Jim Hernandez

S/Sgt Leo R Gonzales,Tail/Gunner; was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 11/16/44 to 4/20/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their first mission to Eschweiler, Germany on 11/16/44 in aircraft 43-37570 "Miss Liberty".

Donahoe, Patrick H, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Lewis Jr., Carroll A, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Disanto, Alexander J, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Kuhner, Paul C, Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Vroman, Samuel P, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Palvic, Charles T, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Pohlmann Jr., Clarence E, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Griffin, Donald E, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Gonzales, Leo R, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Alexander J. Disanto and Caroll A Lewis Jr. are on the current association membership roster. It is possible that S/Sgt Gonzales flew more mission but our records only indicate the ones listed (27 missions): 238, 239, 240, 242, 246, 249, 251, 252, 256, 259, 263, 265, 268, 269, 274, 275, 278, 281, 284, 288, 289, 303, 305, 316, 321, 325, 329.

Missions only counted towards a tour of duty if the crews bombs were dropped on a primary or secondary target or target of opportunity. Aborts, returned spares, recalls etc. were not considered as completed missions.

Responding4 2/06/03

Search No.  1119 - Grandfather's War Album

From:  Tom Eherenman []
Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2003 6:27 PM
Subject: photo album

I have my grandfather's photo album He was in the 379 as a navigator He loved to take photos of were He had been there are photos from His plane of other planes and crew member's and of the base would like to know if any crew member's are still alive. his name was Forrest Eherenman #0 678 707

thank you Tom Eherenman

Lt Forrest Eherenman, Navigator, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 9/09/43 to 3/09/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their 2nd mission to Nates/Rennes, France on 9/23/43 in aircraft 42-29759 "Gay Cavalleros".

Corson, Paul E, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Sigman, Wesley J, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Ehereman, Forrest J, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Deardorf, Robert J, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Zimmerman, Robert L, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Robinson, Samuel T, T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Cemate, Dominick F, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Sullivan, Edward (NMI), S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Lary, Merton E, S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Riley, John K, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

Robert J Deardorf and Dominick T Cemate are shown on the current Association membership roster. It is our policy not give out our members address over the internet to protect their privacy.

Responding4 2/02/03

Search No. 1118 - More on James Monroe Pannel

From:Odom, Thomas P []
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 10:02 AM
Subject: More info on James Monroe Pannell

Hello all,
First of all I wanted to say that the site is a great help. My girlfriend (Donna Pannell Hare) is now an association member and I ordered her a set of the antholgy and the Kimbolton memoirs as a keepsake to remember her father SSG James Monroe Pannell. Earlier you sent me the following information:

Mr.Thomas 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

Can you provide any info on his crew? Who was the crew commander? Or perhaps tail number or knickname of the aircraft, if any? As in the past corrsepondence, I remain indebted..
Tom Odom
Military Analyst

Earlier I said Sgt James M Pannell was in the 525th Bomb Squadron in error, he was actually in the 524th Bomb Squadron. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Hillesheim, Germany on 12/19/44 in aircraft 43-38695.

Earl, Hilmar W, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Kangas, Clifford V, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Smith, Wayne F, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Alston, Grey S, 1st Lt, Bombardier
Dailey, Sherman C, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Pidrak, John J, Cpl, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Hollibaugh, Ralph R, Cpl, Ball Turret Gunner
Pannell, James M, Cpl, Waist Gunner
Manderville, William C, Cpl, Tail Gunner

Ralph R Hollibaugh and William C Manderville are shown on the current Association roster. Lt Earl W. Hilmar was the aircraft commander. Sgt Pannell flew his first 10 missions with the above crewmembers. However, Sgt Pannell flew with different crews and aircraft during his tour of duty.

Responding4 1/27/03

Search No.  1117 - Lt James L Porter

From: Cindi Streicher []
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2003 1:31 PM
Subject: Query

My husband recently came across some items belonging to a Lt James L Porter. It included a photo of the Lt as well as a mission photo taken of a B-17 of the 379th BG on Aug. 14, 1943. The # of the plane was 42-3258. I was wondering if you have any info an Lt. Porter being a member of the 379th BG.
Thank you,
Cindi Streicher

It is entirely possible that Lt. James L. Porter was stationed at Kimbolton, but our records do not indicate that he was assigned as flying personnel. Unfortunately the government does not have complete records to indicate the total personnel assigned to Kimbolton.

Aircraft 42-3258 was in the 379th BG 527th Bomb Squadron, and was shot down on October 3, 1943 on the mission to Bremen, Germany.

Responding4 1/26/03

Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2003 5:16 PM
Thank you so much for your quick repsonse to my query. I will pass the info along to my husband and keep searching for info on Lt. Porter.

Search No.  1116 - More on Oswald J. Masoni

From: Masoni Paul CMSgt [mailto:PAUL.MASONI@RANDOLPH.AF.MIL]
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 11:49 AM
Subject: RE: 1109 Info on my Dad

doing alot more research and have even found my dad mentioned in some books..Do you and can you tell me where i can get info on the following B-17, Tail #232000, known as "Mojo" or "Twentieth Century"


LT. Col. USAF (Ret.) Joseph Brown's summary of the B-17 aircraft assigned to the 379th Bombardment Group is shown at the beginning of the 379th Anthology Volume II. The 345 flying Fortresses are listed by number and describe their history. Also there is an alphabetical list of aircraft by name and a list of original aircraft assigned to the 379th BG.

Responding4 1/25/03

Search No.  1115 - Sgt. Lonzo Everett Williams

From:  Kevin Jones []
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 10:14 PM
Subject: Looking4 information on Sgt. Lonzo Everett Williams

Dear Sir

Your web sit is a god send. At a recent family reunion, my Aunt ask my assistance in finding information on my uncle, who flew with the 525th Squadron, 379th Bomb Group (Heavy) out of Kimbolten, England. Information we have so far is that he flew 20 missions on a B-17F named "Stump Jumper" AC # 42-30237. In a "History of the WWII Service of Lonzo E. Williams," written by a son who was too young at the time of his fathers death, to really remember him, there is a quote from a 9 Dec 43 letter to home, followed by the following:

"Later that winter, while on a mission to the Frankfurt, Germany area, Dad's plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. While he wasn't hit by the shrapnel from the blast himself, the wiring to his electrically heated flight suit was cut. At thirty thousand feet above the earth, in an uninsulated and unpressurized bomber, temperatures routinely reached fifty to sixty degrees below zero. In this environment for several hours, Dad's legs were badly frozen."

It is believed by the family that this was his 20th mission. Would you have any information on this, i.e. date, mission #, Destination, and crew list. My aunt is eager to keep her husband's memory alive in the eyes and hearts of his children, two of which barely remember him.

Look forward to your response, and hoping to join your association and order the "397th Anthology." Thanks in advance for any help you may give.

Kevin B. Jones
LTC, Infantry
U. S. Army

Our records do not show a Sgt Lonzo Everett Williams in the 379th Bombardment Group, 525th Bomb Squadron. He is not shown as part of the flying personnel listed at Kimbolton, England. Is it possible that you have the wrong bomb group?

Responding4 1/25/03

Kevin Jones [mailto:]
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2003 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: Looking4 information on Sgt. Lonzo Everett Williams

Everything we have points to the 525th of the 379th. Original assigned to the 614th , he trained at Camp Kearns and Wendover in Utah. It was at Wendover that he was supposedly assigned to the 379th. His initial training was as a fuel truck driver, fueling the planes. His unit then moved to Scribner, Nebraska where he volunteered as a "replacement gunner." He was supposed to have earned his wings in Feb of 43. He then trained at Camp Williams, Wisconsin before moving to New York and boarding ship, the Aquitania, for Atlantic transit. He landed in Scotland, and moved by train to AAF Station 117, Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, England. Does any of this sound right for a member of the 379th?

From his letters, he started in England working as ground Crew, fueling the planes, but as the war took its toll on the flight crews, he started seeing some missions in late 43. Is it possible that he was used as a replacement gunner initially. From my research, I have seen where some crews got in 30 missions in as little as 3 to 4 months. My uncle received sever frostbite on his 20th, so I'm guessing, if he became a regular in the "Stump Jumper," it would only have been for a short time, before being wounded and grounded. Best guess would be Dec 43 to Jan 44.

Hoping all this makes some sense. As it is, appreciate your efforts regarding this matter.

LTC Kevin Jones

It is quite possible that he was in one of supporting units of the group. We don't have any records that indicate that he flew missions with the 379th Bomb Group. We have looked at the official loading lists for the period of time you specified and were unable to find him listed on any missions flown by the 379th BG. Unfortunately we don't have complete records of service group personnel assigned at Kimbolton.

Aircraft 42-30237 "Stump Jumper" was assigned to the 379th BG, 524th Bomb Squadron 6/43 until 1/01/45 (MIA Aphrodite project).

Responding4 1/25/03

Search No.  1114 - Ralph Freund

From: Feinberg, Betsy []
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 5:09 PM
To: ''
Subject: On behalf of Ralph Freund, Flight Engineer


Our dear family friend Ralph Freund, is not on the Internet, but has asked me to try to locate members of his crew. Any help you can give would be appreciated. Ralph was the Flight Engineer for his crew. Ralph is looking for the following members of his crew:

Robert Jacobson, Pilot
LLoyd Campbell, Co-Pilot
Richard Fulton, Bombadier
Raymond Balise, Navigator
Ralph Gray, Ball Turret
Warren Beard, Tail Gunner
Scardado, Radio Operator

Please email me if you know the whereabouts of any of these men. Ralph is one of the greatest guys on earth, and I would like to give this to him as a birthday present.

Thank you,
Betsy Feinberg

T/Sgt Ralph Freund, Top Turret/Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions from 5/22/44 to 7/25/44, with the 527th Bomb Squadron.
The following are the crew and their positions on their first mission to Kiel, Germany on 5/22/44 in aircraft 42-97170 "Julie Mae":

Jacobson, Robert L, 1st Lt, Pilot
Campbell, Lloyd B, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Balise, Raymond H, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Fulton, James (NMI), 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Scarnato, Leonard (NMI), S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Freund, Ralph (NMI), S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Gray, Harry L, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Funderburg, R G, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Beard, Warren F, Sgt, Tail Gunner

We show a James Fulton and R. G. Funderberg on our current membership roster. Sorry, it is our policy not give out our members address over the internet to protect their privacy.

Responding4 1/25/03

Search No.   1113 - Thomas E Jamison

From:  Wayne Jamison []
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 2:12 PM
To: ''
Subject: Thomas E. Jamison

Greetings, Wonderful site! I am trying to find info on my father, Thomas E. Jamison from Philadelphia, Pa., (Germantown,Pa.). He was a tail gunner from about Oct. 1944 thru April of l945. Could you give me a listing of missions he flew, names of the planes? I think he flew 25 missions. He loved the fighter escort but those 88 shells were uncanny. I think the last mission was to Rouen, France to bomb a pocket of resistence in the woods.

Thanks again for a wonderful site!
Take care,
Wayne A. Jamison

S/Sgt Thomas E. Jamison, Tail Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 10/05/44 to 4/07/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their first mission to Dortmund, Germany on 10/5/44 in aircraft 43-38388:

Galas, David E, 1st Lt, Pilot
Latham, Jr., Charles C, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Christiansen, William J, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Fay, Harold E, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Dominick, Floyd L, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Goucher, Donald R, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Clark, Frank M, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Losch, William G, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Jamison, Thomas E, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Our records indicate that S/Sgt Jamison flew 28 missions and follows: 215, 219, 222, 223, 225, 226, 227, 229, 230, 231, 232, 238, 255, 256, 260, 266, 269, 271, 274, 276, 281, 285, 296, 300, 303, 307, 316, 319. It is possible the Sgt Jamison flew more mission but our records only indicate the ones listed.

Responding4 1/21/03

Search No.   1112 - Info on Crash 02 Mar 1944

From: Michel []
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2003 10:23 AM
To: ''
Subject: info request

Found your e-mail address on the 379th BG website. I'm searching for information about plane 42-31799 or 42-91799 crashed on 02 Mar 1944. A part of the crew bailed out above our village,Galmaarden,Belgium. The exact serial number, a crew list and crash area should be very useful.

Thanks in advance,
Michel Demol , Belgium

The following are the crew and their positions to Frankfurt, Germany on 3/02/44, in A aircraft 42-31799 (FO-X). This was the 379th Bombardment Groups 75th mission:

Hufnail Glen R. -2nd Lt, P, 0-740817, San Dimas, CA, Returned to base
McCall Dean O. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-808868, Atlanta, GA, Returned to base
Ferris David E. -2nd Lt, N, 0-811603, Cleveland Hgts, OH, POW
Ellis James C. -2nd Lt, B, 0-751644, Yakima, WA, Returned
Parker Kenneth I. -T/SGT, RO, 34362570, Tuncia, MS, POW
Macklin Derwood E. -T/SGT, TT, 37429956, Adel, IA, POW
Young Henry O. -S/SGT, BT, 38385767, Leesville, LA, Returned to base
Lambert Charles H. -S/SGT, RW, 11114560, East Boston, MA, Returned to England
Ryan Frederick R. -S/SGT, LW, 12214174, Chittenango, NY, POW
Woodbury Edgar H. -S/SGT, TG, 31258930, Long Island, NY, Returned to England

Responding4 1/20/03

Search No.  1111 - Anthony J. Zarro

From: john cuccinello []
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:12 PM
Subject: Anthony J. Zarro

im slowly finding out information on my cousine who was kia on june 11, 1943. i beleive he was a radio officer on a b-17 with the rank of t/sgt. i am desperatly trying to put all the pieces together so i can carry on his proud legacy. any information you can give would be extremely helpfull. your website is unbelievable and i will proudle support your efforts. your friend john cuccinello

T/Sgt. Anthony J Zarro, Radio Operator/Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron from 5/29/43 to 6/11/43. The following are the crew and their positions on their finial mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany on 6/11/43 in aircraft 42-29875 (FO-L):

Hamrick George A. Jr. -Capt, P, 0-352122, Columbia, SC, KIA
Gossen Sam (NMI) -2nd Lt, CP, 0-734079, San Antonio, TX, POW
Herrick Hal B. -2nd Lt, N, 0-667403, Detroit, MI, KIA
Kozel Walter (NMI) -2nd Lt, B, 0-732662, Cheyenne, WY, Ardennes B 10 5
Zarro Anthony J. -T/Sgt, RO, 32389407, Newark, NJ, KIA
Fleck William M. -T/Sgt, TT, 37377383, St. Louis, MO, KIA
Nichols Lother -S/Sgt, BT, 34269592, Rome, GA, Ardennes C 1 57
Mitchell James A. -S/Sgt, RW, 37214711, Kansas City, MO, Ardennes A 36 57
Crain Warren R. -S/Sgt, LW, 39531660, Del Mar, CA, KIA
Gallegos Jasper (NMI) -S/Sgt, TG, 17091568, Silverton, CO, Ardennes B 35 36

Some of the above crew members are buried in the American European Ardennes Cemetery and have their plot numbers listed.

Responding4 1/18/03

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