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Search No.   1180 - SSgt Frank J Ciancia

From: Lynn Shipman []
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 8:09 PM
Subject: SSgt Frank J Ciancia

I am trying to find out information about my uncle. Frank Ciancia was an engineer/top turret gunner with the 379th and I believe the name of his plane was the "Bad Penny". My uncle passed away about 10 years ago and I don't have any info on him.

Thanks for your help,
Lynn Ciancia Shipman

T/Sgt Frank J Ciancia, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron from 10/02/43 to 3/27/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their 9th mission to Bremen, Germany on 12/13/43 in aircraft 42-29905 “Suffern Sall”. Most of the missions flown by this crew was in aircraft 42-22905 “Suffern Sall”:

Satterlee, Dean H, 1st Lt, Pilot
Gillespie, James T, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Trupiano, Samuel, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Blakely, Vernon H, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Marston, Douglas H, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Ciancia, Frank J, T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Smith, Cameron K, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Curnes, John E, S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Blake, Allen R, S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Ginnity, William R, Sgt, Tail Gunner

We do not show any crewmembers on the current membership roster. Our records indicate that T/Sgt Frank J Ciancia flew 28 missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that he flew more but our records only indicate the ones listed below: 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39 aborted, 40, 41, 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 73, 75, 76 mission recalled, 78, 80, 81, 87, 88, 89, 90.

Responding4 3/02/04

Search No.  1179 - William H. Pollock

From: Bill Pollock []
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 6:14 PM
Subject: 379th Member


My Dad, William H. Pollock, flew with the 379th back in 1943-44 and I was wondering what information you have on his service with the 379th? Dad passed away back in November of 1999, but I'd like to get information on his missions as keepsakes for myself and my sons. Dad was a Staff Sergeant and lived in Rutherford, NJ prior to his service.

Thanks for your help,
Bill Pollock (Jr.)

S/Sgt William H. Pollock, Nose Gunner/Togglier, was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew 11 missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron from 03/28/45 to 4/25/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their first mission to Berlin, Germany on 3/28/45 in aircraft 43-36507:

Haskins, Manly K, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Matthess, Billie, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Schafer, Robert G, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Pollock, William H, Cpl, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Masella Jr., Pasquale J, Cp, Radio Operator/Gunner
Drake Jr., James H, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Brown, Robert, Cpl, Ball Turret Gunner
Dalrymple, Elmer L, Cpl, Tail Gunner

James Drake and Robert Brown are shown on the current membership roster. Our records indicate that S/Sgt William Pollock flew the following 11 missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron: 312, 313, 314, 316, 317, 318, 321, 322, 323, 327 & 330. The crew flew most of their missions in aircraft 42-102627 Queenie.

Responding4 3/02/04

Thank you very much for providing me with this information. One thing that jumps out at me is that my Dad flew a lot fewer missions than I thought was part of a normal 'tour' at that time. Obviously V-E Day might have impacted it. But I talked to others who had family members in the 8th that got reassigned to the Pacific theatre. Do you have any record as to why that might not have happened? Or did my Dad just get lucky?

Bill Pollock

S/Sgt Pollock arrived late in the war (3/45). He flew on the 379th BG’s last combat mission (330) on April 25,1945. The war in Europe ended in May 9,1945.
On April 12, 1945, Headquarters 8th AF issued orders disbanded many of support units at Kimbolton. Some of the personnel in the 379th BG group were reassigned to other BG groups or the Pacific theater, while many others were reclassified and transferred to the Infantry. Many personnel reassigned to the Pacific theater got there as the war was winding down and didn’t see any action.

The rest of the 379th BG left (524,525,526 & 527) received movement orders to Casablanca, French Morocco North Africa May 15, 1945. Combat crews left Kimbolton on May the 19th and the ground personnel left on May 27th. The 379th BG was officially deactivated on July 23, 1945.

Responding4 3/04/04

Search No.  1178 - B-17 Paperdoll

From:  G.Verbeek []
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 5:40 PM
Subject: Paperdoll

Dear Sir,

On 22 February 1944 the Paperdoll crashed near my home town in the Netherlands. George Sciligo, Leo Williams and Joe Lantigne came down by parachute. I believe that my Grandfather Jos Verbeek helped them along the way to escape to allied territory. I have found several books that say my grandfather helped at least one of them. My grandfather was also friends with the family Loeffen. I have a picture from my grandparents with the three airmen standing in front of the house of the family Loeffen.

My grandfather received a citation signed by Eisenhower to thank him for his efforts to help allied airmen.

I was wondering if you could give me some more information about these men. I already noticed that it is possible to get the operation sheets of the attack on Halberstadt on the 22 February 1944, but I couldn’t find the proper way to send it abroad the U.S.A.

Sincerely yours,
G. Verbeek

G. Verbeek,
The following are the crew (524th BS) and their positions on their last mission to Halberstadt, Germany on 2/22/44 in aircraft 42-31510 "Paper Doll". This was the 379th BG’s # 71 mission.

McCall Donald P. -1st Lt, P, O-802871, Johnstown, PA, POW Stalag 3
Gurney Charles L. -2nd Lt, CP, O-748632, Buffalo, NY, POW Stalag 7A
Williams Leo (NMI) -2nd Lt, N, O-682535, Houston, TX, Returned to base
Geary Thomas -S.SGT, NG, 32442082, Woodhaven, NY, Returned to base
Cvitokvich John P. -T/SGT, RO, 19147913, Seattle, WA, Returned to base
Fiers James H. -T/SGT, TT, 35374107, Indianapolis, IN, POW Stalag 4
*Hively Eugene F. -S/Sgt, BT, 39602913, Ft Peck, MT, POW 482
Sciligo George (NMI) -S/SGT, RW, 39837189, Chico, CA, Returned to base
Lantigne Joseph A. -S/SGT, LW, 12209921, Carthage, NY, POW Stalag 4
Taylor Edgar H. -S/SGT, TG, 34030547, Williamston, NC, Returned to base

*Hively wounded in his right leg and it had to be amputated – interned at 482 Venloo, Restricted Residence For Civilians Venloo Holland (longitude 51- latitude 06)

Donald P McCall, Eugene Hively, John P Cvitokvich and Edgar M Taylor are on the 379th Bomb Group Association TAPS list. We have no current information on the rest of the crew members.

Responding4 2/22/04

Search No.  1177 - Lyman B. Stewart

From:  Dorothy Stewart []
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2004 3:11 PM
Subject: information on my dad


I just found your website. Very nice! My father was a ball turret gunner in the 379th (H) but I don't know the squadron. He served from 4/17/42 to 10/16/45, after he was wounded and discharged. His name is Lyman B. Stewart, St. Sgt. and I believe he flew with Eugene Jordan as pilot. The other crew members, I think, were Garrett, Harris, Hedlich, Mulhallon, Carver, Fransen and Franzack. Can you give me nay information about his missions? He received the DFC and several other awards, but would never talk about them. Thank you!

sincerely, Dorothy Stewart

S/Sgt Lyman B. Stewart, Ball Turret gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 07/04/44 to 01/13/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their first mission to Illiers/Eugene, France on 7/04/44 in aircraft 44-6107:

Jordan, Eugene C, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Carver, Charles N, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Mulhollem, Paul B, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Harris, William E, Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Fransen, Rudolph N, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Garrett Jr., Jess A, S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Stewart, Lyman B, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Mathews, Allyn D, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Kadlick, Remmie T, Sgt, Tail Gunner

William E. Harris is shown on the current Association roster. Our records indicate that S/Sgt Stewart flew 35 missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron: 158, 159, 160, 161 aborted, 163, 164, 168, 169, 170, 172, 173, 174 aborted, 179, 180, 184, 185, 188, 189, 191, 194, 195, 196, 199, 200, 201, 203, 204, 207, 210, 211 flew with 303rd BG, 212, 216, 217, 222, 259, 260, 263, 265. The crew flew most of their missions in aircraft 43-37855 "Boomerangs Big Friend".

Responding4 2/18/04

Search No.  1176 - Garland Morgan B-17 "Sweater Girl"

From: Morgan, Sandra L. []
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2004 3:17 PM
To: ''
Subject: Garland Morgan - 379th Bomber Squadron Sweater Girl

We are looking for any information on Staff Sergeant Garland H. Morgan. He served in the 379th bomber squadron in a plane called Sweater Girl. He was a tail gunner. We think he was there from April 1943 to 1944. His plane may have bombed Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Schweinfurt, and was in the Triangle K squadron.

Garland is the father of my husband and is now deceased. The sons want to learn more. Thank you for any help you can give.

Sandra Morgan

T/Sgt Garland H. Morgan, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 5/29/43 to 10/14/43. The following are the crew and their positions on their mission to Le Mans, France on 07/04/43 in aircraft 42-5828 “Sweater Girl”:

Brownlow III, William G, Lt, Pilot
Hawkins, Wilma L, Lt, Co-Pilot
Follmer, William C, Lt, Navigator
Hefkin, Donald W, Lt, Bombardier
Forrest, Harold E, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Morgan, Garland H, T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Fernstaedt, Robert H, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Rule, Alex S, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Redmon, Robert J, S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Dayton, Robert J, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

Our records indicate that T/Sgt Morgan flew 25 missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron as follows: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 aborted, 31, 33 & 38.

Responding4 2/09/04

Search No.  1175 - Samuel T. Battalio

From: Jack N. Garner []
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 8:18 PM
Subject: Samuel T. Battalio

My uncle, Retired U. S. Air Force Col. Samuel T. Battalio, died on January 5, 2004 and was buried in Arlington on January 27, 2004. He was assigned to the 379th Bomb Group in January 1944. He served as squadron, group and 8th Air Force lead bombardier. He was wounded in September 1944 and returned to combat duty in January 1945. He and his crew were shot down over Germany sometime in 1945. I am trying to research his missions during WWII. Do you have any records of the combat missions he flew with the 379th? Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Jack N. Garner

Lt Samuel Battalio, Bombardier, was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron from 06/13/44 to 03/04/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their last mission to Hamm, Germany on 9/19/44 in aircraft 44-8017 "The Sad Sack". This was the 41st wing's lead ship on the mission to Hamm and Lt Battalio was Wounded In Action , hit in left leg by flak.

Travis, W A, Col, Pilot
Martin, John R, Capt, Co-Pilot
Brooks, Terril J, Lt, Navigator
Spangle Jr., Weir J, Lt, Navigator-GEE
Smart, A L, Lt, Navigator-PFF
Battalio, Samuel T, Lt, Bombardier
Mogul, Rubin (NMI), T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Clark, Howard G, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Speasmaker, Phillip W, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Davis, Roger E, S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Brill, Robert A, Lt, Tail Gunner-Formation Control

We do not show any record of Lt Battalio being shot down in January 1945. It is possible that he could have been assigned to another Bombardment Group. Our records indicate that Lt Samuel Battalio flew 26 missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that he flew more but our records only indicate the ones listed below: 142, 144, 146, 147, 148, 149, 155, 157, 158, 172, 173, 174, 177, 183, 186, 188, 190, 191, 192,195, 201, 202, 206, 270, 294 & 305.

Responding4 2/09/04

Search No.  1174 - B-17G Serial# Ending in 7004

From: Brandon B. Poynter []
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 7:47 PM
Subject: B-17G Serial# ending in 7004


I am a current associate memeber of the 379th. I was wondering if you have a picture of the B-17G piloted by First Lt. Robert K. Cardwell, 525th bomb squadron that was flown on a mission to Frankfurt,Germany on November 5 or 6, 1944? This particular aircraft had flown 95 missions prior to this particular mission.

It sustained heavy damage on this mission after bombs away over the target area and was crippled back to Kimbolton. Lt. Cardwell earned the DFC for his actions on this mission. I would also be interested in the crew members names. I am having a model re- created for Lt. Cardwell depicting this particular aircraft and I am interested in any camaflouge or other markings on this aircraft.

Thank You,

Brandon B. Poynter


Lt. Robert K. Cardwell, Pilot, flew missions with the 525th Bombardment squadron from 9/03/44 to 11/25/44 as follows: 179, 180, 182, 183, 184, 186, 188, 190 aborted, 191, 193, 195, 198, 199, 200, 206, 208, 209, 210, 214, 215, 217, 218, 219, 220, 225, 227, 229, 230, 232, 234, 235, 236, 238, 239, 241 & 242.

The following are the crew and their positions on 11/05/44 to Frankfurt, Germany in aircraft 42-107004-FR-S:

Cardwell, Robert K, 1st Lt, Pilot
Tough, Robert D, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Kessler, Fred W, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Klippert, Clarence A, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Quade, John W, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Christianson, Leo P, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
*Hey, Lynn L, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Page, Billy H, S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Murdock, Charles B, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

*Seriously wounded in action. The aircraft 42-107004 sustained major battle damage (150 flak holes) and had to be salvaged after the mission. Lt Cardwell & crew flew 12 missions in aircraft 42-107004.

All aircraft assigned to the 379th BG prior to 3/44 were olive and gray factory finish, natural metal finish from March 1944. The original Triangle K markings were a black K on a white Triangle background. The Bombardment Squadrons original designations where; 524-WA, 525 FR, 526 LF & 527 FO. In July of 1944 they changed the squadron markings to 1, 2, 3 & 4 dropping the letter designations. The number 1 on the on the tail designated the 524th Bombardment Squadron (2-525th, 3-526th, 4-527th ). Group marking changed in August 1944 to a Triangle K on the wing and tail framed with a yellow band. In most cases all tail markings were repositioned, the squadron number was at the top apex of the Triangle.

This is a case where aircraft finishes overlap in March 44. Aircraft 42-107004 was built by Douglas (olive & Gray) and was assigned to the 379th BG (525th) on 3/23/44. "Screwball Express" (526th) was built by Boeing (natural metal finish )and was assigned to the 379th BG (526th) on the same day as 42-107004. We do not have any pictures of 42-107004.

Attached is a picture of O'L Gappy/Topper in formation (olive finish) and is an example of the markings. Also attached is O'L Gappy/Topper, notice the bombs along the top of the fuselage one for every mission flown. Usually the row of bombs (mission completed) was painted one side of the aircraft. O'l Gappy/Topper of the 379th BG, 524th BS completed more combat missions than any other in the 8th Air Force in WWII.

Responding4 2/01/04

Search No.  1173 - John Eric Jones/"Sara Jane"

From: Geoffrey Jones []
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 4:30 PM
Subject: John Eric Jones/ "Sara Jane"

Dear Sirs:
I recently joined the group and was interested in any information you could provide concerning my father, John Eric Jones. He rarely spoke about his experiences during the war and died in 1982. My brothers, sister, and I were interested in finding out what we could concerning his service. Fortunately, one of my brothers was able to speak to the pilot of his B-17, C.E. Darnell, in Punta Gorda, Florida some years back and he shared some tremendous memories. These memories included the name of their plane, the “Sara Jane”, the circumstances of the plane being shot down and crash landing in Belgium in or around April 1944, and some of their experiences as POW’s. I understand my father was a second lieutenant who flew out of Kimbolton from July 1943 until being shot down. Both he and Mr. Darnell were held as POW’s, primarily in Stalag Luft III, until being liberated in April 1945. I am interested in learning of his missions so that I might order their histories. We would greatly appreciate any information you could provide.
Thank you, Geoff Jones

Lt John E. Jones, Co-Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron from 03/13/44 to 05/07/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their last mission to Berlin, Germany on 5/07/44 in aircraft 42-38161 “Sara Jane”.

Darnell Clarence E. -1st Lt, P, 0-805410, Royston, GA, POW
Jones John E. -2nd Lt, CP, 0-693054, Muncey, PA, POW
Bistline Roy M. -2nd Lt, N, 0-694314, Scarsdale, NY, POW
Tyson Walter -2nd Lt, B, 0-754987, Little Neck, LI, NY, POW
Wilkens Tom W. -T/Sgt, RO, 35526689, Lakewood, OH, POW
Wilson James R. -T/Sgt, TT, 17071288, Waterloo, IA, POW
Snider William H. -Sgt, BT, 15382253, Willow Branch, IN, POW
Rule Lewis P. -S/Sgt, RW, 35537208, Claypool, IN, POW
Reilly Thomas P. -S/Sgt, TG, 32784980, Brooklyn, NY, POW

Thomas W Wilkens and James R. Wilson are on the current Association roster. Our records indicate that Lt John Jones flew 20 missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that he flew more but our records only indicate the ones listed: 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 97, 100, 101, 102, 104, 106, 108, 111.

Responding4 1/30/04

Search No.  1172 - Stanley B. O'Gurek

From: []
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2004 2:52 PM
Subject: Info on Stanley B O'Gurek (GM-87-1-379)

I have a photo of his crew and want to obtain history on the B-17G that he was a Ball turret gunner. I believe his flight officer was LT HERSCHBERGER (Indiana). They were assigned to Kimbolton 525th. I believe Beckwith (North Carolina), Isham (Ohio) , Moreau (Conn) were also officers assigned to the crew. Most of his missions were flown from June of 1944 thru Sept 1944. Please advise how I can gain additional insight to his missions and aircraft assignments. I am his only son and last NOK and want to research his war participation

S/Sgt Stanley B. O’Gurek, Ball Turret/Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 06/13/44 to 09/03/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their mission to Hazebruck, France on 06/27/44 in aircraft 42-107004.

Hersberger, Robert A 1st Lt Pilot
Beckwith, Bosworth C 2nd Lt Co-Pilot
Moreau, Thomas P 2nd Lt Navigator
Isham, Robert F 2nd Lt Bombardier
Wilkerson Jr., Allen T Sgt Radio Operator/Gunner
Worth, J Harlan Sgt Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
O'Gurek, Stanley B Sgt Ball Turret Gunner
Thornton, Billie E Sgt Waist Gunner
Herrell, George Sgt Tail Gunner

Billie Thorton is shown on the current Association roster. Our records indicate that S/Sgt O’Gurek flew 35 missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that he flew more but our records only indicate the ones listed: 142, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148, 152, 155, 156, 157, 159, 160, 161, 163, 164, 167, 168, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 177, 178, 179, 180, 182, 183, 188, 190, 191, 193, 196, 197, 198.

Responding4 1/27/04

That was great, I sure appreciate your help. i will plan to order the missions. Do you know the name of the aircraft ? ie Old Gappy I used to have his old leather jacket with 33 Bombs on it however my mother disposed of the jacket. Do you know if a replica can be purchased thru the 379th association?

The aircraft flown most of the time by the crew had no name 42-107004 FR(525th)-S (call sign) & was built by Douglas. The same plane shown on the original email I sent to you. As a member of the 379th BGA you can order a Bomber Jacket through the PX. ($175.00) XX & larger sixes cost 20 more) There are companies that will do the art work you would like to have done. O’l Gappy was a 379th BG, 524th BS aircraft which flew more missions that any other 8th AF bomber in WWII 157 missions.

Search No.  1171 - Floyd V Rye

From: Tom Davis []
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2004 2:58 PM
Subject: Found...


I just met a guy at my church, who said he was with the 379th BG, 525th Sqn, and was a radio operator/gunner. His name is Floyd V. Rye. Floyd said he went down on his sixth mission on 6 September 1943, and finished out the war as a POW.

Tom Davis
8th AFHS, OR Chapter, Mbr Bd of Dir

S/Sgt Floyd G. Rye, Radio Operator/Gunner was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 09/09/43 to 10/04/43. The following are the crew and their positions on their mission to Frankfurt, Germany on 10/04/43 in aircraft 42-29713:

Ondo Joseph (NMI) 2nd Lt P O-796432 Pittsburgh, PA POW
Regnier Robert R. 2nd Lt CP O-743281 Los Angeles, CA POW
Morter Willis B. 2nd Lt N O-678743 Plainview, TX POW
LaSpada Joseph G. 2ndLt B O-739469 Dorchester, MA POW
Rye Floyd G. T/SGT RO 37316473 Banls, OR POW
Sims Jack (NMI) T/SGT TT 33328495 Philadelphia, PA POW
Ruth Joesph T. S/SGT BT 39255644 Enid, OK POW
Hannon Jerome J. S/SGT RW 36334579 Chicago, IL POW
Freund Charles G. S/SGT LW 16145815 Chicago, IL POW
Petersen Louis E. S/SGT TG 35340248 Arkon, OH POW

Responding4 1/24/04

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