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Search No.   1130 - T R Park

From: John E. Rennels []
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 3:49 AM
Subject: pictures or other information about T.R. Park

My uncle, Tyrus R. Park, was a turret gunner on plane 43-38049S of the 527 squadron D unit. I located this information in Volume One of the Anthology, p. 128. I could not find any pictures of the plane or pictures of any of the crew members. My uncle died a few years ago and I purchased the Anthology to learn more about my uncle's history with the 379th. I am enjoying the book. My uncle often talked about his role in defending his country as a youngster right out of high school. I am very proud of Ty and any additional information would be deeply appreciated. Thank you.

S/Sgt Tyrus R. Park, Ball Turret Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron from 09/01/44 to 01/03/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to, Ludwigshafen, Germany on 01/01/45 in aircraft 42-31915 "MARY JO".

Welch, Elmer S, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Ball, R V, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Guest, Frank J, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Jourdet Jr., Lon W, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Harrington, Oliver P, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Bergreen, Roy E, S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Park, Tyrus R, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Johnson, Thomas J, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Harris, Clarence W, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Elmer S. Welch is shown on the current Association roster. Our records indicate that S/Sgt Tyrus R.Park flew 32 missions, however he could have flown more missions. His missions are as follows: 197,198, 200, 201, 203, 205, 208, 211, 214, 216, 217, 218, 222, 224, 225, 226, 228, 229, 233, 234, 235, 237, 238, 240, 243, 244, 247, 248, 249, 250, 259, 260.

Responding4 5/01/03

Search No.  1129 - Robert F. Layton

From:  Robert Pagano,
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2003 12:14 PM
Subject: info on Robert F. Layton

My wife's father Robert F. Layton was a pilot in the 379th B.G. . We are looking for any info you may have on his service as all records were destroyed in the fire at St. Louis.

We know that he was hit on mission #204 and crashed landed at Ciney in Belgium with just 4 injured. He nevered shared this with many. Robert died this past November and with him much of what he did during his service with the 379th. We were told that he flew 31 missions and that is all. What ever you can fill in, missions, where and when. Robert was promoted to the rank of Major about March of 1945 and finished his service as a full Col.

Thank you,
The Rev. R.W. Pagano*
* Husband of Janelyn Layton Pagano

It was nice talking with you earlier today. We are sorry to hear that Col Robert F. Layton (Ret) passed away in November of 2002. We will make sure his name is added to the 379th TAPS section of the website and listed in the Contrails.

Robert F. Layton, Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron from 7/16/44 to 4/16/45. He was also the Commander of the 526th Bomb Squadron. Our records show that Robert F. Layton flew 30 missions as follows: 166, 167, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 178, 179, 180, 182, 183, 184, 185, 190, 193, 199, 204, 214, 224, 238, 263, 295, 304, 319, 322, 324, 325, 326.

As we discussed earlier Captain Robert F. Layton crash landed in Belgium on his return from mission #204 Merseburg, Germany on 9/13/44 in aircraft 43-37755 "Everybody's Baby". The following are the crew and their positions:

Layton, Robert F, Captain, Pilot
Greiner, Harold D, Lt, Co-Pilot
Ehlers, Wayne F, Lt, Navigator
Chong, Anthony S, Lt, Navigator
Carruth, Thomas A, Lt, Bombardier
Morgan, Jack H, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Kozuszko, John (NMI), T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Shaeffer, Lloyd E, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
McCarthy, Raymond J, S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Hagen, Robert G, Lt, Tail Gunner-Formation Control

Brief Description of Crash:
#2 and 3 engines out and #4 spouting oil - had P-51 escort and landed 7 kilometers northwest of Ciney (Belgium). Crash landed in open field and 4 men injured. Engineer 24th evacuation at Dinant, to be taken to General Hospital in Paris. Lt. Carruth wounded in shoulder at 117th General Hospital in Paris, Lt. Hagen (T.G.) wounded in leg (brought back) Lt. Ehlers - back in field. A.P.O. 154 took them to Ciney and from there to Dinant. Rode truck from Dinant to Paris. Flew from Le Bourget in C47 to Hesdin.

Harold D Greiner,Wayne F Ehlers and Anthony S Chong are on the current Association membership roster.

Responding4 4/13/03

Search No.  1128 - List of B-17 Planes

From: Dave Osborne, []
Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2003 12:39 PM
Subject: B-17s

I just discovered the 379BG website tonight and found it most interesting, however I could not find a list of aircraft that served with the group. Does such a list exist, please ?

Best wishes,
Dave Osborne (UK)

The history of the 379th Bombardment Group is available through our PX in a number of different publications. As a member of the 379th Association you can purchase The Anthology (which has aircraft, casualties, historical facts etc.), Shades of Kimbolton, Mission reports, etc. The index on the home page of the website has the PX price list and the order form.

Responding4 4/6/03

Search No.  1127 - Crew Members from 526 Sq

From: Armann Volpini []
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2003 8:25 AM
Subject: 526 Bombardment Squadron

I am looking for anyone that flew with the 526 Bombardment Squadron between Aug 1944 and Mar 1945. Three of these men were named Jack Conroy, Hollingsworth and Henson. I would appreciate any information as to where they are and how to contact them.

Thank You
Armann Volpini

Sorry, we can not give you the names of all the personnel in the 526th SQ from Aug 1944 to Mar 1945. At any given time there were more than 6,000 personnel attached to the Kimbolton station 117. The men you have requested information on our not on current Association membership roster.

We have copies of the records from the National Archives on the flying personnel for all 330 missions flown by the 379th Bombardment Group in WWII. If there is a specific complete name, date, position (Waist Gunner, Pilot Etc.) plane number or missions your are looking for we may be able to assist you.

Responding4 3/26/03

Search No.  1126 - William J Moran, Jr

From: Bill []
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 2:02 PM
Subject: Looking For

Dear Sir,
I'm looking for information about my father. He was assigned to the 525th squadron and was an engineer and top turrent gunner on a B-17 through 1945. I've been told he flew 26 missions. I'd like to find who he might have flown with as I have quite a few pictures of the crew but don't know any of them. Someone here may want some of these pictures. I have three pictures of the B-17 but there are no markings that I can read other than the Triangle K and a G. He died in service January 22nd 1952 from a fall while working on the engine of a B-25. He had also served in Korea. Any information you could give would be great appreciated. His name was William J. Moran, Jr. service number 34536939 and was discharged 09/06/1945.

Thank you,
Bill Moran

T/Sgt William J Moran Jr., Engineer/Top Turret Gunner; was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 12/31/44 to 03/31/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their 2nd mission to Gottingen/Kassel, Germany on 01/01/45 in aircraft 43-38722.

Grimwood, David C Lt Pilot
Morris, Sheldon J Lt Co-Pilot
Kernan, Peter J F/O Navigator
McCrary, Raymond E F/O Bombardier
Miller, Thomas I Sgt Radio Operator/Gunner
Moran, William J Sgt Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
McConville, Daniel J Sgt Ball Turret Gunner
Yelverton, Howard C Sgt Waist Gunner
Sumption, James C Sgt Tail Gunner

Peter J Kernan is shown on the current Association roster. Our records indicate Sgt Moran flying 21 missions, he could have flown more but we only show 21.
257, 258, 260, 261, 262, 264, 265, 267, 268, 273, 274, 281, 282, 285, 286, 289, 293, 300, 303, 311, 314.

The crew flew 6 missions on "The Hellion" 42-97370 F0-G (527th) LF-G (526th).

Responding4 3/14/03

Search No.  1125 - Robert D Peterson

From: robert peterson []
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 12:09 AM
Subject: Robert D. Peterson 379th 526H bomb group

I am seeking any information on my father Robert D. Peterson tail gunner on B-17. He was in Kimbolton from jan 25 1944 to july 13 1945. he flew in bomb group 526H. I would appreciate any info on the crew,name of the plane etc. My father passed away feb 25,2003.

Thank you in advance and thanks to all who served
Robert Peterson

Sgt Robert D. Peterson, Tail Gunner; was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron from 3/22/44 to 6/25/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their third mission to Augsburg, Germany on 03/16/44 in aircraft 42-38185. This crew flew nineteen missions on aircraft 42-38185.

Sommer, Frederick J, Lt, Pilot
Eversole Jr., James W, Lt, Co-Pilot
Cain Jr., Henry W, Lt, Navigator
Lukenda, Henry J, Lt, Bombardier
Fowler, Grover C, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Armington, George F, S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Rotella, Joe J, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Zielinski, Alphonse (NMI,) S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Johnson, Robert D, S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Peterson, Robert D, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

The following are the crew and their positions on S/Sgt Peterson's twenty-fifth mission to Flers, France on 06/17/44 in aircraft 43-37370. This crew flew ten missions together.

French, Robert T, Lt, Pilot
Leyland, James W, Lt, Co-Pilot
Stephens, Joel L, Lt, Navigator
Hill, James O, Lt, Bombardier
Parker, Donald L, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Erickson, Clinton C, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
McCollum, Robert G, Sg,t Ball Turret Gunner
Marc, Francis T, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Peterson, Robert D, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

Our records indicate that S/Sgt Robert D.Peterson flew 35 missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron as follows: 71, 81, 82, 83, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 109, 111, 113, 115, 116, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 145, 146, 148, 152, 154.

Frederick J Sommer, James W Eversole Jr., Henry J Lukenda, George F Armington, James W Leyland, Clinton C Erickson, and Francis T Marc are on the current Association roster.

Responding4 3/6/03

Search No.  1124 - Lt Wayne Maresh

From: Robert Vanhee []
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2003 5:29 PM
Subject: Lt Wayne Maresh, 379 Bomb Group, RAF Kimbolton

Good Afternoon-

I am Lt Col Bob Van Hee, an officer in the US Air Force. For several years, I have been looking for information on the accident that killed my mother's first cousin, Lt Wayne Maresh, in January 1944. He was piloting a B-17 and was involved in a mid-air collision at RAF Kimbolton. I think he was returning from a mission, and was struck by an aircraft on fire, but no one in my family knows, for a fact, what happened. I believe his entire crew was killed, except for the tail gunner.

I have Wayne's official records, but nothing concerning the accident is included. I would like to know more about him, if information is available. For example, how many missions did he fly? Who were the other crew members?

Thanks in advance for your assistance-

Flight Officer Wayne P. Maresh, Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron from 9/23/43 to 1/05/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their last mission to Keil, Germany on 1/05/44 in aircraft 42-37887 (LF-H). This aircraft crash landed immediately after take-off at Covington, England.

Maresh Wayne P. -F/O, P, T-60677, Valley City, MD, Cambridge B 3 45
Mailander Frank L. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-677819, Monticello, IL, Cambridge F 2 17
Romme Robert A -2nd Lt, N, 0-667353, Chicago, IL, Cambridge B 1 17
Cashatt Burton W. -2nd Lt, B, 0-677819, Los Angles, KIA
Wilsey Orvis J. -T/SGT, RO, 10601052, St. Paul, MN, Cambridge B 7 17
Willams Raymond (NMI) -T/SGT, TT, 33353660, Scranton, PA, KIA
McGrew Albert N. -SGT, BT, 35005048, Cleveland, OH, Cambridge C 6 45
Cheramie Maurice J. -S/SGT, RW, 39536026, New Orleans, LA, WIA
O'Neill James (NMI) -S/SGT, LW, 36268943, Eau Claire, WI, WIA
Gentile Jerry J. -S/SGT, TG, 0-6653811, Williamson, WV, Cambridge F 4 101

McGrew Albert N. Cemetery list shows date of death as 2/26/44. James O'Neil and Maurice Cheramie are on our Associations TAPS list.

Our records indicate the F/O Wayne P. Maresh flew 16 missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron as follows: 31, 33, 35, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53 & 54.

Responding4 3/02/03

Search No.   1123 - Jan 5th 1944 Mid-air Collision

From:  Howard Plant []
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 2:59 PM
Subject: Jan 5th 1944 mid-air collision near Catworth

I am a member of Catworth local history group and we have written a short publication about air collisions around this area during WW2. The collision that occurred on Jan 5th 1944 involved an aircraft from Kimbolton please could you let me have a list of the crew members? I have found a tag at the site of the crash, it belonged to Harry H. Hancock, could you tell me anything about him? I would like to try and trace relatives but don't know where or how to start, any help you could give would be gratefully received. Yours sincerely, Howard Plant.

On January 5, 1944, on a mission to Kiel, Germany aircraft 42-29747, 527th SQ. (LF-D) "RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI II", collided with a ship from the 303rd shortly after take off. The aircraft crashed near Chatsworth, England.

The following are the crewmembers and their positions:

Killion Dale C. -2nd Lt, P, 0-802577, Hartwick, IA, KIA
Chamberlain Paul E. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-806407, Auburn, WA, KIA
DeGroff Robert L. Jr. -2nd Lt, N, 0-809552, Maplewood, NJ, KIA
Bourque Remy (NMI) -2nd Lt, B, 0-682455, Opelousa, LA, KIA
McIntyre Hubert G. -T/SGT, RO, 16150509, Detroit, MI, Cambridge B 5 17
Crumpton Earl (NMI) -T/SGT, TT, 37224080, Ogden, KS, KIA
Hancock Harry E. -S/SGT, BT, 33174344, New Orleans, LA, Cambridge F 3 101
Matlack Kenneth R. -S/SGT, RW, 35424984, Tuppers Plains, OH, KIA
Morphonios Victor R. -SGT, LW, 7085829, Miami, FL, KIA
Weiss Morris (NMI) -S/SGT, TG, 12155343, New York, NY, Cambridge C 1 14

We have no information on relatives of the deceased crewmembers.

Responding4 2/25/03

Search No.   1122 - June1944 Mid-air Collision

From: Richard []
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2003 12:14 PM
Subject: midair collision june 1944

dear sir
i am looking for details of aircraft no 44 6133 525th sq that crashed after collision over thames estary - model , name etc have some info but need more
thanks richard

On the 379th Bombardment Groups mission to Zudausques, France, on June 19, 1944, aircraft 44-6133 (FR-Y), collided with aircraft 42-97942 (FR-K) on return over Gravesend Thames Estuary, England and crashed into the water. Both aircraft were in the 525th Bombardment Squadron.

Aircraft 44-6133:
Ramacitti Armand J. -2nd Lt, P, 0-759660, Oak Park, IL, Cambridge C 3 30
Hager William J. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-701755, Cleveland, OH, Cambridge F 2 106
Watson Donald F. -2nd Lt, N, 0-716559, Cleveland, OH, Cambridge C 1 47
Chronopolis Theodore -2nd Lt, B, 0-704164, WIA
Ritter Richard (NMI) -SGT, RO, 35535521, Belleville, OH, Cambridge F 2 26
Tognazzini Cecil A. -S/SGT, TT, 19161113, Bargar, TX /CA, Cambridge Missing
Burke John P. -S/SGT, BT, 14059710, Atlanta, GA, Cambridge C 3 24
Haynes Paul K. -CPL, WG, 31362371, Weston, MA, Cambridge E 2 11
Oaks Warren G. -SGT, TG, 37298962, White Bear, MN, Cambridge F 4 5

Aircraft 42-97942:
Burns Lloyd L. -1st Lt, P, 0-180816, Ret. to base
Kauffman Fred S. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-818878, Trenton, NJ, Cambridge Missing
Sadler Edward N.- F/O, N, T-123955, Cleveland, OH, Cambridge A 6 37
Gray Jack L. -2nd Lt, B, 0-739088, Ret. to base
Monk Leroy J. -T/SGT, RO, 37469265, Ret. to base
Gibbs Leonard F. -T/SGT, TT, 19024622, Ret. to base
Farmer William H. -S/SGT, BT, 39557878, Ret. to base
Andrews Richard W. -S/SGT, WG, 32752979, Ret. to base
Schulte Louis W.- S/SGT, TG, 37083074, St. Louis, MO, KIA

Responding4 02/16/03

Search No.  1121 - Raymond R. Weinkauf

From: Ed Zlotocha []
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2003 10:58 PM
Subject: Raymond R. Weinkauf

To whom it may concern:

I am a son-in-law of the late Raymond R. Weinkauf. It is our (i.e. the family) understanding that he was a photographer with the 379th, stationed in Kimbolton.

Ray did not speak about his experiences during the war. We are trying to accumulate as much information as possible so we may share it with the next generation of descendants. Do you have any infomation about Ray?

Any information you would be able to share with us would be greatly appreciated.

Ed Zlotocha

Sorry, we do not have any records showing Raymond R. Weinkauf in the 379th photo section. There were more than 6,000 personnel assigned to Kimbolton, England in WWII. Unfortunately there are no complete records for all the personnel that were assigned to Kimbolton.

Responding4 2/06/03

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