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Search No.   1150 - William O Dennis

From: Kent Hollingshead []
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 8:06 PM
Subject: info on william o dennis member of 527 squadron kia 5-13-44

My uncle William Dennis was a top turret gunner on 42-97502. His plane was shot down on 5-13-44 over Stettin and crashed in Belgium, I am told there were 3 POW and 7 KIA total, my uncle being one of these. Any Information regarding crew members or mission details would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Brook Dennis

T/Sgt William Dennis Engineer/Top Turret Gunner was in the 379th Bombardment Group 527th Bomb Squadron and flew missions from 4/10/44 to 5/13/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their last mission to Stettin/Pozan, Germany in aircraft 42-97502 on 5/13/44. The Aircraft was observed going down with # 1 engine on fire.

Marinello Joseph (NMI) -1st Lt, P, 0-754366, West Allis, WI, POW
Bolger Gottlieb J. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-759561, San Diego, CA, KIA
Allen John L. -2nd Lt, N, 0-698250, Memphis, TN, POW
Brasch Robert L. -2nd Lt, B, 0-685767, Detroit, MI, POW
Kubinski Leo J. -T/SGT, RO, 16109981, Dearborn, MI, Lorraine E 6 31
Dennis William O. -T/SGT, TT, 18131792, Fort Worth, TX, KIA
Decker Wilson R. -S/SGT, BT, 32444567, Wassaic, NY, Lorraine B 10 58
Bailey Arden P. -S/SGT, WG, 33251203, Soldier, PA, Lorraine D 10 14
McLallen James P. -S/SGT, TG, 13088432, Erie, PA, KIA

* Buried at Lorraine American European Cemetery in France, shown with plot location.

Our records indicate that Sgt Dennis flew 13 missions with the 527th BS as follows: 94,95,96,97,100, 101,103,105,107,111,113 and 117.

Responding4 8/10/03

Search No.  1149 - Frank Bartholomy

From:  Rich Bartholomy []
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 9:47 PM
Subject: Possible Member

I am trying to find what organization my father was stationed with while he was in England. He never talked about his experiences except when you made him and then not much. He has since passed away. I have some information and have traced him to the 303rd BG at Molesworth. According to his military discharge record he was in the ETO from 26 May 44 to 1 Oct 44. Based on the records of the 303rd, he was assigned there on 11 June 44 and flew only two missions, one on 19 June and one on 20 June. Since there is no further information about him with the 303rd, I can only assume he was transferred to another unit where he served the balance of is time. Since the 303rd was a part of the 41st Wing, I thought he may have been transferred within the Air Wing and so I am writing to you to see if you have any information that he may have been a member of the 379th BG.

His name is Frank Bartholomy, he was a 2nd Lt. and he was assigned as a bombadier. Any information you may have, even if it is none, would be greatly appreciated. You can e-mail me at my personnal mail box which is:

Thank you for your time and assistance.
Sincerely, Richard Bartholomy

Sorry we are unable to find your father in our 379th BG records. The 384th BG was also part of the 41st Wing. Maybe he transferred from the 303rd to 384th. Good luck on your quest.

Responding4 8/10/03

Search No.  1148 - S/Sgt. William J. Younker

Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 4:13 PM
Subject: S/Sgt. William J. Younker; 526 squadron

Looking for info on my father (deceased) S/Sgt. William J. Younker, killed on active duty in Manilla 4/1948, after re-enlistment following end of WWII. With 8th AF in England. 1st discharge docs say 526th Squadron which I traced to the 379th Bomb Group. SS# 15066982. He was tail gunner. Flew 35 missions from 10/1944 to 2/23/1945. Crew Pilot was Lt. Robert M. Leite. Due to his death during my 1st year and being overseas, I have very little information about him. Have requested records but likely they were among the fire loss. I have no documents from his 2nd tour and no final separation report following death. NO docs on cause of death. 1945 discharge papers list Bronze Star and Air medal w/5 oak leaf clusters. Would like any info available including reason for medals, aircraft no., etc.

S/Sgt William J. Younker, Tail Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron from 10/06/44 to 2/23/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Stralsund, Germany on 10/06/44 in aircraft 44-6459.

Leite, Robert M, Lt, Pilot
Moore, Rueben C, Lt, Co-Pilot
Christensen, John H, Lt, Navigator
Smith, Joseph D, Lt, Bombardier
Lubas, Joseph, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Doyle, Joseph M, S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Davis, John J, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Kinner, Keith E, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Younker, William J, Sgt, Tail Gunner

The aircraft flown most often by this crew was 43-38745 Tag-A-Long. Our records indicate that S/Sgt Younker flew 34 missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that he flew more mission but our records only indicate the ones listed: 216, 218, 219, 221, 226, 227, 228, 229, 232, 234, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 242, 243, 244, 246, 247, 251 Did not take-off, 252, 253, 254, 258, 261, 262, 264, 267, 270, 276, 281, 282, 283, 285.

We only have records associated with his tour with the 379th BG. His personnel records (St Louis MO.) would have his other assignments, medals awarded etc. Several years back most of the WWII records were destroyed in a fire, however there are some that survived.

The 379th BGA Anthology lists general orders awarding medals for the 525th and 526th Squadrons, but the 524th and 527th did not list medals awarded in their monthly histories. I found where your father was awarded the Air Medal in the Anthology Volume II page 277 General Order 471 dated 28 October 1944. I didnít look up the other oak leaf clusters but there are more listed in the following months. I believe in December they spelled his name wrong "Younger" instead of Younker.

Responding4 8/10/03

Search No.  1147 - Clifford Erickson

From: []
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2003 3:23 PM
Subject: Clifford Erickson

My Name is Jon Boda and Clifford Erickson was my Uncle. I've read in the book "Shades of Kimbolton" that he flew the B-17 named "Dangerous Dan" back to England when the pilot and copilot were unable to fly her back. Is it possible to get a list of all the missions that my Uncle was on?
Very Respectfully,
IT2 Jon R. Boda

T/Sgt Clifford Erickson, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 6/11/43 to 2/21/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Bremen/Wilhelmshaven, Germany on 6/11/43 on aircraft 42-29891 "Dangerous Dan".

Jones, William M, Lt, Pilot, Wounded In Action - Wound in left shoulder.
Bersinger, John W, Lt, Co-Pilot, Wounded In Action
Baxter, Leonard D, Lt, Navigator
Johnson, Albert C, Lt, Bombardier
Armstrong, Donald B, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Erickson, Clifford T, T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Gray, Charles T, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Halsey, Charles R, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Reid, James P, S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Winter, Lenard D, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

John Bersinger and Charles Gray are shown on the current Association roster. Our records indicate that T/Sgt Erickson flew 24 missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that he flew more mission but our records only indicate the ones listed: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17 (aborted), 43, 44, 47, 48, 51, 52, 55, 56 (aborted), 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 70. It is unusual to have a big separation between missions (17 to 43), it possible that he could have been wounded or sick during this period.

Responding4 7/25/03

Search No.  1146 - 1st Lt Chris Tsouris

From: Chris Tsouris []
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 10:27 PM
Subject: 1st LT Chris Tsouris

My father 1st LT Chris Tsouris was a Navigator in the 379th. He passed away several years ago and I am interested in what missions he flew, his crew and his aircraft during his tour of duty with the 379th. I don't know the squadron. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross back then and is remembered by his family and friends now. Any info you can provide will be appreciated.

Thank you,
P. Chris Tsouris

Lt Chris S. Tsouris, Navigator, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew mission with 526th Bomb Squadron from 12/18/44 to 4/17/45. The following is the crew and their position on their 1st mission to Coblenz, Germany on 12/18/44 in aircraft 43-38577.

Bergland, Kermit R, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Witvoet, John G, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Tsouris, Chris S, F/O, Navigator
Gardiner, William H, Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Hammond, James F, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Link, Wilmer J, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Rake, Robert W, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Grange, Darriel F, Sgt Waist Gunner
Dennis, Ruvalt, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Our records indicate that Lt Tsouris flew 30 missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that Lt Tsouris flew more mission but our records only indicate the ones listed below: 250, 251, 252, 255, 256, 257, 259, 260, 261, 263, 256, 267, 270, 271, 273, 274, 275, 277, 290, 301, 306, 308, 312, 314, 316, 317, 321, 324, 326, 327.

Responding4 7/23/03

Search No.  1145 - Carol Dawn Ground Crew

From: Karen Ashcraft Mankey []
Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2003 4:22 AM
Subject: search for Carol Dawn ground crew

MSgt. Clarence Ashcraft, ground crew chief on the Carol Dawn was my dad. I recently was in contact with the son of one of his crew members, Lyle Sprague. I am searching for the others on his crew. To my knowledge they are: A. Caggiano, M. Kensing, J. Jones, R. Whittenmore, and W. Gulden. I wish to share some of the photos of their time in Kimbolton. Please feel free to contact me.

Thank you, Karen Ashcraft Mankey

See our response to Terry Sprague about Carol Dawn # 1142, which is posted on our website. We would appreciate getting any photos you might want to share with us.

Charles Brown is on the current Association roster. In order to protect the privacy of our membership, it is our policy not to post personal information on the Internet. Not all who at served at Kimbolton joined the 379th BG Association, many have passed away and still others may not know the Association exists today.

Responding4 7/23/03

Search No.  1144 - John F Lynch

From: Kim Lynch []
Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2003 3:10 AM
Subject: Your help needed.

Dear Sir-
I'm hoping you can help me learn more about my father's situation, as he had discussed the war seldom, yet I know it was a very important part of his life. His name is John F. Lynch, he was in the 379th, 3rd division, 526th squadron. He was shot down over occupied France on Aug 13, 1944. Held as a POW the duration of the war. He has passed away, and I'm hoping you can add some history to an area of his life where we have little.
Thank you,
Tim lynch

Sgt John J. Lynch was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew one mission with the 526th Bomb Squadron on 7/13/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Rouen Area, France on 7/13/44 in aircraft 42-107175 (525th FR-Z). The aircraft was hit by flak and caught fire, 2 parachutes were seen. This was the 379th Bomb Groups Mission #189.

*Miller Marshall B. -2nd Lt, P, 0-764070, Seattle, WA, Brittany C 4 4
Day Russell B. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-822394, Brooklyn, NY, KIA
Ramage Donald J. -2nd Lt, N, 0-717694, Providence, RI, KIA
Mikels George M. -2nd Lt, B, 0-757899, Portland, OR, Returned
Albach Anthony T. -S/SGT, RO, 17075891, St. Louis, MO, KIA
*Hatfield John F. -S/SGT, TT, 31239576, Dorchester, MA, Brittany C 2 4
Preno Edward J. -SGT, BT, 36674547, Carlinville, IL, KIA
Richardson George M. -SGT, WG, 39190723, Snohhomish, WA, KIA
Lynch John F. -SGT, TG, 17079620, Minneapolis, MN, POW

* Buried at Brittany American European Cemetery, shown with plot location.

Responding4 7/12/03

Search No.   1143 - Charles Vickers

From:  Gray Steven G Lt Col ACC/CCX []
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 6:15 AM
Subject: FW: Charles Vickers
I'm L/C Steve Gray, USAF. I'm trying to track down information concerning my great uncle Charlie Vickers, a B-17 pilot during the war. I have 2 photos of him.

The 1st photo has the inscription - "G-6 crew E-28 600 SQ 398 B.G. 12-7-43". Other crew members listed on the back of the picture are:
Bombardier - P.M. Schacherer (sp?)
Navigator - F.E. Daniels
Tail Gunners - W.R. Campbell
Radio Operator - N.J. Occhiovero (sp?)
Ball turret - F.E. Garofalo
Engineer - P. Cimirro (sp?)
Armorer/Gunner - L.D. Brown
Asst Eng Gunner - Mays
Co-pilots name unreadable

I contacted the 398th and they have no record of him or his crew. The picture was taken in SD where the 398th trained but the unit historian thinks the crew was transferred to a different group shortly thereafter.

The second picture has the inscription "GM-67-30-379" with a date of 19-4-44. Some of the crew members look different than in the first picture. Not sure where this photo was taken. I'll try to get it scanned and email it to you tomorrow. Any info you can provide would be great. Thanks for your time and effort.
Steve "Spud" Gray

Lt Charles Vickers, Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 4/20/44 to 7/4/44. The crew picture you have was most likely taken prior to the crews first mission on 4/19/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their 3rd mission to Lansberg, Germany on 4/24/44 in aircraft 42-97302 "Scotch N' Soda":

Vickers, Charles L, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Craven, Milton H, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Schacherer, Phillip M, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Prinkey, Melvin P, S/Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Occhionero, Nicholas J, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Cimino, Phillip (NMI), S/Sg,t Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Garofalo, Frank E, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Mays, Kenneth E, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Brown, Lonnie D, Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Campbell, William R Sgt Tail Gunner

Milton H Craven is shown on the current Association roster. Our records indicate that Lt. Vickers flew 33 missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that Lt Vickers flew more mission but our records only indicate the ones listed: 99, 100, 101, 102, 106, 108, 111, 113, 112, 116, 117, 119, 122, 124, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 135, 136, 138, 139, 140, 142, 143, 144, 148, 149, 152, 153, 157, 158. (110 recalled, 134 Aborted) Lt Vickers flew mission on various aircraft during his tour of duty.

Responding4 7/8/03

Search No.  1142 - Lyle Sprague

From: Terry Sprague []
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2003 11:31 PM
Subject: Lyle Sprague
Dear Sirs:

I'm looking for any information about my father Lyle Sprague. I believe he was an electrician on the Carol Dawn of the 525 BS stationed at Kimbolton. His crew chief was MSgt Clarence Ashcraft and the pilot was Lt. C.L. Brown.

Thank you for any information you can give me.
Terry Sprague

We have a picture of "Carol Dawn" with the crew and ground personnel in the 379th Bombardment Group Anthology. Your father is in the picture. Carol Dawn was one of only 7 B-17's in the 379th BG that completed 100 missions. There were few aircraft in the 8th Air Force that could make this claim. Carol Dawn also flew 103 missions without an abort, this rare accomplishment is a testimony to the professionalism and dedication to all who flew her and the ground who kept her running.

There were no records kept by the 8th Air Force on support personnel at Kimbolton during the war years. There are the individual personnel records kept in St.Louis, Mo., which show where the individuals were stationed, dates, missions, medals etc. Our records were obtained from the National Archives and show summaries of the missions flown and the loading list of flying personnel. We have few records of all the personnel who served at Kimbolton. However it had been determined that around 6,000 personnel were stationed at Kimbolton at any given time at its peak during the war years.

The following are the crew and their positions on their mission to Frankfurt, Germany on 3/24/1944 in aircraft 42-37805 "Carol Dawn":
Brown, Charles L, 1st Lt, Pilot
Luke, Spencer G, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Sadok, Albert (NMI), 2nd L,t Navigator
Andrews, Robert M, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Miller, Roy M, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Coulombe, Bertrand O, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Blackford, Samuel W, S/Sg,t Ball Turret Gunner
Jennings, Lloyd H, S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Page, Garland A, Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Liddle, Charles V, Sgt, Tail Gunner

The ground crew are as follows:
Ashcraft Clarence G.
Caggiano A.
Kensing M.
Sprague L.
Jones J.
Whittenmore R.
Gulden W.

Responding4 7/7/03

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