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Search No.   1140 - Oren Maxwell Crew

From: Alan E Geisler []
Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2003 9:27 PM
Subject: looking for info on crew of oren maxwell and william critalic

I was the bombardier-navigator on the crew of Oren Maxwell. We arrived in December of 1944 and stayed till the end when I was tranfered to the 100th. I would appreciate receiving any information you have regarding our missions and crew.
Alan Geisler

Our records show that you flew 21 missions as a Bombardier in the 379th Bombardment Group 526th Bomb Squadron from 1/20/45 to 4/07/45. It is possible that you could have flown on more missions, but our records indicate 21 as follows: 268, 270, 272, 273, 276, 277, 278, 283, 285, 286, 287, 289, 290, 291, 293, 294, 298, 299, 300, 301 & 319.

The following are the crew and their positions on your 7th mission to Dresden, Germany in Aircraft 44-2974.

Maxwell, Oren V, L,t Pilot
Crtalic, William, Lt, Co-Pilot
Mead, Robert F, Lt, Navigator
Geisler, Al F, Lt, Bombardier
Casey, Francis W, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Tway, Irwin D, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Brown, Raymond P, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Mason, Rex H, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Collins Jr., George, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Oren V. Maxwell and Rex H Mason are shown on the current Association roster.

Responding4 06/15/03

Search No.  1139 - Ralph C Vasey

From:  Wendy Vasey []
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2003 6:50 PM
Subject: Looking for my dads crewmates

Dear Sirs, My dad Ralph C. Vasey died when I was 17 in 1979. He was T/Sgt Radio operator/gunner in 379th bomb group. I know one of his planes was the birmingham Jewel. He flew in the fall of 1944. Any information you have or anyone who flew with him please let me know.
Thank You Darryl T Vasey

T/Sgt Ralph C. Vasey, Radio Operator/Gunner; was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 11/01/44 to 3/02/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their 7th mission to Eschweiler Area, Germany on 11/16/44 in aircraft 42-31228 "London Avenger":

Sawyer, Robert C, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Einem, Harold E, F/O, Co-Pilot
Holtz, Carl J, F/O, Navigator
Sanders, Haynes V, Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Vasey, Ralph C, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Phipps, Richard F, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
McDonald, Lawrence J, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Willey, Donald L, Sgt, Waist Gunner
McNichols, Bruce A, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Haynes Sanders and Richard F. Phipps are shown on the current Association roster. Our records indicate that T/Sgt Ralph C Vasey flew 34 missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that Sgt Vasey flew more mission but our records only indicate the ones listed: 229, 230, 232, 234, 235, 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 243, 246, 247, 249, 250, 252, 258, 259, 262, 263, 264, 267, 268, 271, 272, 273, 276, 277, 280, 281, 282, 288, 290, 292.

T/Sgt Ralph C. Vasey flew mission on various aircraft during his tour of duty, however Four of A Kind 43-37777 was flown on 10 of his 34 missions. 6/10/03

Search No.  1138 - B-17 Crash Jan 10th 1945

From:  Michael Güdelhöfer []
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2003 3:09 PM
Subject: Research on Crash of 2 B-17 of 527 BS Jan 10th 1945

I do research on these two B-17 that crashed in my home county on Jan 10th 1945. Are there any of the surviving crewmembers around? It was a mid air collision of the two planes. I located the crash sites and now I want to get in contact with crewmembers or family members to give them some informations if they like.

379BG/527BS aircraft collision between 43-38237 "Dallas Doll":- Pilot Major DAVIS, 7 KIA 2POW - MACR 11762, 43-38955 (no known nickname):Pilot JORDAN, 2KIA 7POW - MACR 11737.

Michael Gudelhofer
Betzdorf - Germany

527th Sq. Bonn/Hangelar, Germany (Airdrome) January 10, 1945 mission # 264 aircraft 43-38237 (FO-J ) "DALLAS DOLL", collided in mid-air with 43-38955 (FO-O).

Davis Raymond E. -Major, P, 0-370719, Bountiful, UT, KIA
Barley Frederick W. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-778696, Elizabethtown, PA, Netherlands H 5 10
Rasmey Thomas W. -F/O, N, T-129979, Wellston, OH, KIA
Ellis William F. Jr. -T/SGT, TT, 34635925, Home, MS, KIA
Ancelet Saul L. -SGT, BT, 38607169, Brady, TX, RTMC
Cox John W. -SGT, WG, 36890098, Highland Park, M,I Netherlands O 1 17
Estlinbaum Fred E. -SGT, RO, 38538948, Eagle Lake, TX, Netherlands H 5 2
Reese Whitney J. -SGT, NG, 38460812, McAllen, TX, Netherlands N 21 2
Watkins William J. -SGT, TG, 7027754, Pikesville, MD, RTMC

527th Sq. 43-38955 (FO-O) collided in mid-air with aircraft 43-38237 (FO-J ) "DALLAS DOLL".

Jordan Leo L. -2nd Lt, P, 0-808851, Washington, DC, POW
Byers John F. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-745611, Carey, OK, Netherlands N 5 3
Baldwin Robert G. -2nd Lt, N, 0-2068257, Albermarble City, VA, POW
Damiani Joesph L. -S/SGT, NG, 32142143, Rochester, NY, Ardennes C 28 14
Smallidge Kerrane A. -T/SGT, RO, 36180922, Lansing, MI, POW
Goberman Charles A. -T/SGT, TT, 14058434, Wilmington, DE, POW
Chapman Stanton W. -S/SGT, WG, 18056972, Hondo, TX, POW
Corbin David E. -SGT, BT, 36886943, Eaton Rapids, MI, POW
Tolan Francis H. -SGT, TG, 33682494, Centerville, PA, POW

At this time we do not show any of the surviving crewmembers on our Association membership roster. We would be very interested in any information you might have about the crash site.

Responding4 6/05/03

Search No.  1137 - Clarence W. Harris

From: John E. Rennels []
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 6:00 AM
Subject: Clarence W. Harris

I want to thank you for helping me locate the pilot (E. Scott Welsh) of my Uncle Ty Park's, plane. I am now trying to locate another crew member, Clarence W. Harris. Clarence joined up with my uncle from Royal Oak, Michigan. Clarence was the Tail Gunner on the plane. I would appreciate any information you might have on him. Thanks again for all your prompt help. I received a wonderful letter from Uncle Ty's pilot, E. Scott Welsh.

Clarence W, Harris is not listed on the current 379th BG Association roster. It may be possible that Clarence is living in Royal Oak, Michigan or close by. You might try looking for him on the internet in the Smart Pages.

Responding4 6/05/03

Search No.  1136 - 1st LT. Vernon Carlson

From: Rodney D. Youngquist []
Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2003 12:38 AM
Subject: 1st LT. Vernon Carlson, USAAF

Vernon "Pat" Carlson was from my home town of Holdrege, NE. He was a neighbor to us on the farm. I also served with him on church board. Vernon passed away this spring at age 85 years. He was a B-17 pilot in the 379 Bomber Group. He told me he flew 35 missions. I would like any information you have on him. What was his plane's name, etc?
You need to add his name to the final roster.
Sincerely yours,
Rodney D. Youngquist

Lt Vernon P Carlson, Pilot was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 8/13/44 to12/27/44.

Our records indicate that Lt Carlson flew 35 missions with the 524th BS as follows:189, 191, 192, 196, 200, 201, 203, 204, 207 aborted, 208, 211, 212, 213, 216, 217, 219, 222, 223, 225, 226, 227, 229, 230, 235, 236, 238, 241, 242, 244, 246, 248, 249, 251, 252 ,253.

Lt Carlson and crew flew various aircraft throughout their tour of duty. 5/27/03

Search No.  1135 - Samuel L. McDaniel

From: Christian Stock []
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 11:46 PM
Subject: Mission Information

My grandfather, Samuel L. McDaniel, was shot down on May 13,1944. He was in the 379th bomb group, 526th SQ. I would like any information about his crew and the name of his plane. My grandfather was a pilot on this mission when he was shot down and became a POW. Any information you may have would be deeply appreciated. Thank you.
Christian Stock

Lt. Samuel L. McDaniel, co-pilot, was in the 379th bombardment group and flew missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron from 2/20/44 to 5/13/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their mission to Berlin, Germany on 5/7/44 in aircraft 42-39783 "Blues in the Nite" This is the crew and the aircraft Lt McDaniel flew with on most of his missions.

Heath, Gilbert C, Lt, Pilot
McDaniel, Samuel L, Lt, Co-Pilot
Tilton, Neel (NMI), Lt ,Navigator
McAloon Jr., William J, Lt, Bombardier
Patton, Malcom W, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Claypool, Warren D, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Green, John H, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Callendar, Lynn C, S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Roberts, Thomas W, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

The following are the crew and their positions on their last mission to Stettin/Poznan, Germany on 5/13/44 in aircraft 42-31972 (527th FO-F)"Gamecock".

Wilds John E. Jr. -1st Lt, P, 0-802814, Columbia, SC, RTMC
McDaniel Samuel L. (526) -2nd Lt, CP, 0-693803, Boonville, MO, RTMC
Schaeffer James R. -2nd Lt, N, 0-689663, Plainview, TX, POW
Gerth Virgil J. -1st Lt, B, 0-746574, Cabery, IL, RTMC
Tucker Gordon E. (526) -T/SGT, RO, 32673040, Buffalo, NY, RTMC
Claypool Warren D. (526) -T/SGT TT 37215875 Puposky, MN RTMC
Baldwin Charles J. -S/SGT, BT, 15383039, Kokomo, IN, POW
Corey John (NMI) -S/SGT, WG, 33114597, Whitney, PA, POW
Carl Joseph W. -S/SGT, TG, 15086732, Covington, KY, RTMC

The aircraft was reported as seen with # 1 engine feathered and on fire. the plane dropped its bombs early, dropped out of formation and went down under control, no chutes were seen.

Our records indicate that Lt McDaniel flew 24 missions as follows: 69, 72, 73, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 105, 109, 111, 113 & 117.

Responding4 5/26/03

Search No.  1134 - Melvin H. Humphrey

From: Humphrey Gregory S, []
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 7:25 AM
To: ''
Subject: Mission List for Melvin H. Humphrey

I'm looking for the missions my Grandfather was on. The information is as follows:

2Lt Melvin H. Humphrey
527th BS, 379 BG

Gregory S. Humphrey

Lt Melvin H Humphrey was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron from 5/29/43 to 7/10/43. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to St. Nazaire/ LaPallice, France on 5/29/43 in aircraft 42-3145 "The Gremlin":

Wallace, Milton D, Lt, Pilot
Humphrey, Melvin H, Lt, Co-Pilot
Freid, Joseph A, Lt, Navigator
Castner, William J, Lt, Bombardier
McColeman, John R, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Marx, Elmer T, T/Sg,t Top Turret Gunner
Gray, Walter J, Pvt, Ball Turret Gunner
Katz, Joseph P, T/Sg,t Right Waist Gunner
Nuss, Calvin S, T/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Fontana, Anthony J, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

Our records indicate that Lt Humphrey only flew 5 missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron as follows: 1, 4, 6, 9, & 10. It is possible that Lt. Humphrey could have flown more missions, but our records only indicate the ones listed.

Lt Humphrey's crewmembers crash-landed and were killed on the mission to Kassel / Bettenhause, Germany on 7/30/43 on aircraft 42-3212.

Wallace, Milton D, Lt, Pilot, Killed In Action
Thompson, William H, Lt, Co-Pilot, Killed In Action
Bartley, Robert S, Lt, Navigator, Killed In Action
Castner, William J, Lt, Bombardier, Killed In Action
McColeman, John R, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner, Killed In Action
Marx, Elmer T, T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Killed In Action
Lehman, Richard D, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Cambridge B4 58
Katz, Joseph P, T/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, Killed In Action
Nuss, Calvin S, T/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, Killed In Action
Fontana, Anthony J, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, Cambridge B3 58

"Enemy fighter opposition was severe and aggressive from when we crossed the enemy coastline until we re-crossed it on the return trip. Our casualties were ten killed, one wounded, and twenty-two missing. The ten killed, however, were not the result of direct enemy opposition but occurred when aircraft 212 crash-landed near Framingham, England. Of the missing men, twenty were lost with aircraft 746 and 829 and two were lost when they parachuted from aircraft 820 of the composite group over Holland".

Responding4 5/26/03

Search No.   1133 - McFadden Crew

From:  Mario Schulze []
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 6:14 AM
Subject: McFadden-crew

Dear Sirs,
I am very interested in any information about the McFadden-crew. Especialy in the events of April 10th 1945 and the fate of the crew member after their B-17 was shot down by Me-262's.
Thank you very much for help.
Mario Schulze
AG Fliegerschicksale Oranienburg

The 379th Bombardment Group Mission # 322 was to Oranienburg, Germany on April 10, 1945. The McFadden crew was in aircraft 43-37851 "Goo Goo" 525th BS (FR-O), the aircraft was hit by Me 262's at the target and believed to have had the top of it's rudder shot off.

McFadden Henry J. 2nd Lt, P, RTMC
Kattengell Auburn S. 2nd Lt, CP, Ret. to base
Curtis Russell W. 2nd Lt, N, Ret. to base
Hamilton Paul T. SGT, NG, RTMC
Ellard Howell D. T/SGT, TT, Ret. to base
Ware Donald D S/SGT, RO, RTMC
Fisher Ernest S. Jr. CPL, BT, RTMC
Sommer Robert F. S/SGT, WG, RTMC
Blankenship Derwin O. SGT, TG, RTMC

Russell W. Curtis, Derwin O. Blankenship, Howell (Jim) D. Ellard, Donald D Ware, Steve E Fisher and Robert F. Sommer are all on the current Association roster.

Responding4 5/25/03

Search No.   1132 - William John Coles Jr.

From: Robert Turk []
Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2003 6:37 PM
Subject: William John Coles Jr.

My Grandfather, William John Coles Jr., 13108113, Tech Sergeant, arrived in England on 13 July 1944 and returned to the U.S. on 27 January 1945. He was in the 379th Bomb Group and the 524th Bomb Squadron and served as a Radio Operator-Mechanic and waist gunner (dual 50 caliber machineguns). According to his discharge papers he received the Air Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with silver star and bronze arrowhead device. The records also state that he was involved in the following battles or campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and the Ardennes.

Our records also show that he was shot down and evaded capture for 21 days before getting back to England and that he served two combat tours in the ETO. My grandfather stayed in the Air Force and retired as a CMSGT in 1974. I really would like to know how many bombing missions he was a part of and any information about him being shot down. He told me that during the war he had my grandmother's and mother's names painted on the back of his jacket and also had bombs painted on the back for each mission. I am in the process of recreating his World War II flight jacket and would desperately like to know exactly how many missions he actually flew on. My grandfather passed away on December 17, 1997 so I no longer have first hand information. I would really appreciate any help that you can give me. I also have a photo of his crew if you'd be interested in me sending a copy via an attachment. The photo has the following information written in white across the top: (GM-100-9-379)(19-7-44)(LT.BAILEY)

Thank you,
Robert Turk

S/Sgt William J Coles Jr., Waist Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 9/13/44 to 1/01/45. Sgt Coles flew various positions, Nose Togglier, Radio Operator/Gunner, Waist Gunner etc., but flew most of his missions in the Waist Gunners position. The following are the crew and their positions on their 3rd mission to Frankfort, Germany on 9/25/44 on aircraft 43-37855 "Boomerangs Big Friend".

Bailey Jr., Stanley L, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Alpert, Sumner M, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Cramer, Martin G, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Smith, Phillip A, 1st Lt, Bombardier
Gates, Harold H, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Plough, William B, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Ingram, John E, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Coles Jr, William J, S/Sg,t Waist Gunner
Maniaci, Phillip J, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

Our records indicate that S/Sgt William J Coles Jr. flew 26 missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron as follows: 204, 207, 208, 211, 212, 213, 219, 221, 222, 223, 226, 229, 230, 231, 232, 235, 238, 239, 240, 244, 252, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258.

Thank you for the crew picture, we will add it to our response on the website.
Responding4 5/21/03

From: Robert Turk
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 8:09 PM

Sorry to bother you again but I have just received the 379th anthology in the mail and saw that it did not mention my grandfather. However, we were able to see where he went on the 26 missions that you have given us. I was wondering if the association has more personal detailed mission information such as the planes flown on, the crew he was with, the position he occupied on each mission, etc. Also, according to the records my grandfather left he stated that he flew 36 missions before returning home. Therefore, I have been doing some research and have found a website and it lists two individuals that I beleive to be my grandfather.

The first is: William J Coles, 379th, Bombardier, SSGT, RTD
The second is: William J Coles, Jr, 379th, Nose Gunner/Togglier, SGT, 36 missions

The catch here is that they will not share the mission information with me unless I pay $100. So I was wondering if possibly the 379thBGA might have him listed with and without the Jr. thereby possibly documenting 36 missions. I saw where the 379thBGA copies individual mission records for members at the cost of copying. Well, I am a 2 year member and I would appreciate receiving these records if they are different from what is in the anthology and if they list the information that I spoke about earlier. I would truly appreciate your help in clarifying my grandfather's record for our family. Also, I have other pictures to share I tried to scan and email them but they took up too much memory and wouldn't send. I'll try again however if I am not successful I will bring them to Salt Lake City in October. Finally was his group picture ever posted?
Robert Turk

We recently obtained from the National Archives some loading lists that were missing from some of our mission reports and his happened to fall within that timeframe. The following are the additional missions we found for S/Sgt William Coles Jr., which brings the total to 35 missions: 176, 177, 178, 184, 185, 188, 186, 189, 192. This also changes the dates of the missions he flew(7/29/44 to 1/01/45) with the 524th Bomb Squadron.

The price list and order forms to obtain copies of these mission reports are on the home page of the website. Note: The mission price lists are currently being revised to reflect the additional (pages) information the original mission reports were missing. Mission reports vary but are usually 50 pages in length and include such information as: S2 Summary, B narrative, Group Lead narratives, Navigators narratives, Bombardiers narratives, Group formation report, Personnel loading list & aircraft numbers, Interrogation reports, Flak report, Weather report, Aircraft not attacking report, Damage report & aborts, type bombs used, length of mission, Eighth Air Force narrative of operations and more.

Our webmaster hasn't posted your inquiry on the website yet. I am sure your picture will be added with the posting. The Anthology doesn't have information about the individual missions flown (330) by the 379th BG. The missions reports records consist of thousands of pages and include official declassified documents, which are not in the 800 page Anthology.

Responding4 6/04/03

Search No. 1131 - Eighth AF Stories

E Prince []
Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2003 10:00 PM

Here are a couple of websites I recently stumbled across and thought you and the other members might find interesting. The first one belongs to a former gunner in the 379th and I thought it was fairly interesting. The second one, although not about the 379th, was particularly interesting. It presents a very well documented view of a Navigator in the 96th BG. It covers his entire time in the Air Force from initial entry until he was discharged. I found it to be a very informative site with lots of solid historical information on what it was like as an Eighth Air Force Bomber crewmember during WW II. Hope you are able to use this information.

Eric Prince

Grandson of Neel Tilton, Navigator, 526th Bomb Squadron

Thank you for the information. Hope to see you in Salt Lake City October 8-12, 2003.

Responding4 5/19/03

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