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Search No.   1220 - Charles Cassarino

From: sal.cassarino@lumileds.com [mailto:sal.cassarino@lumileds.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 7:23 AM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: looking for info

Hi,

looking for info on my father, Charles Cassarino, Staff Sergeant.

Thanks,
Sal Cassarino

Sal,
Sorry, we currently show no record of a Charles Cassarino serving with the 379th Bomb Group. It would be helpful If you could provide us more information about your father; Full Name, Date he was at Kimbolton etc. Any additional information would be useful.

Responding4 9/21/04
Mike

Search No.  1219 - Steve Lobue, 526thbs

From: William Turley [mailto:wgt14999@earthlink.net]
Sent: Monday, September 06, 2004 2:29 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Information on Steve Lobue, 526thbs.

I am a member of the 379th Bomb Group Association and completed my 32 missions 01/17/45 as the BG on Lt. Studer's crew.On arriving at Kimbolton o/a 08/01/44 I was told by Sgt. McNeese, TTG, on our crew that Steve Lobue, who was the best football player at my HS in Houston, TX ,was a member of the 526th when he was killed on 06/06/44(D-Day). Unfortunately, I failed to look up members of his crew who probably were still at the 526th when we arrived. If possible,I would like to know the circumstances around Steve's service with the 526th. How many missions did he fly and in what position? I know he went to A/C crew chief school at Amarillo, AFB but I was told that he was in the tail gunner's position on his last mission. Can you elaborate?
Thanks, William D. Turley.

William,
Our records indicate Sgt Steve Lobue flew 2 missions with the 379th Bombardment Group in 526th BS, both on June 6, 1944. He was Tail Gunner on both missions. Mission records indicate he was killed by a flak burst on the second mission in support of the D Day landings, flying in aircraft 42-97128 LF-M "Screwball Express".

The following are the crew and their positions on their mission Conde sur Noireau on 6/6/44:

French, Roderick 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, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Marc, Francis T, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Lobue, Steve L, Sgt, Tail Gunner, KIA

Roderick French and Frances Marc are shown on the current Association roster. James Leyland and Clinton Erickson are shown on the TAPS list on the website.

Responging4 9/21/04
Mike

Search No.  1218 - Robert H. Boecking

From:  bonbon475@adelphia.net [mailto:bonbon475@adelphia.net]
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:17 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Lt. Robert H. Boecking

Lt. Boecking was the co-pilot with my dads' crew. My dad is Sgt William (Billie) Eugene Potter and was the tail gunner. Would like to make contact with Lt. Boecking or someone who knows him if possible. Thank you

Lt Boecking and S/Sgt Billie Potter were in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 8/19/44 to 1/03/45. The following is the crew and their positions on their 2nd mission to Merseburg, Germany 8/24/44 in aircraft 43-38256 "Our Baby":

Carlson, Vernon P, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Boecking, Robert H, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Cohen, George J, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Michel, Roland, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Gross, Michael H, Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Manley, Harry J, Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Scrimali, Louis C, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Hunter, Thomas M, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Potter, Billie E, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Robert Boecking is on the current 379th BG Association roster. Our records do not indicate any other crewmembers on the current Association membership roster.

Responding4 8/28/04
Mike

Search No.  1217 - Teddy J. Kirkpatrick

From:  Kurt Kirkpatrick [mailto:kurtkirk@charter.net]
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 10:10 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Teddy G. Kirkpatrick

My father was a waist gunner and flight engineer on a B-17 named Snow White in 1944. I believe he flew over 30 missions, receiving shrapnel injuries and seeing friends in other bombers killed in action. There are accounts of his heroic actions recorded in the local Detroit press indicating that he gave up his oxygen mask in order to revive the pilot of the plane on a certain mission for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. I do not have a record of his missions or a complete history of his missions and would ask you for same.

We hope to attend the upcoming re-union in Dayton, OH together, and I would like a record of this before we go, so as to feel informed of his accomplishments and to respect other veterans and their family by having a fuller knowledge of what transpired in this sentinel event of our lifetimes.

Thank you,
Kurt J. Kirkpatrick

Kurt,
S/Sgt Teddy G Kirkpatrick was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew mission with the 527 Bomb Squadron from 7/6/44 to 10/19/44. The following are the crew and on their 2nd mission to Leipzig, Germany 7/7/44 in aircraft 42-107175.

Harris, Edward C, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Kerr, Robert M, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Galvin, David P, F/O, Navigator
Norris, Werford C, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Miller, Alfred F, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Ragsdale, Carl H, S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Kaszuba, Chester J, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Kirkpatrick, Teddy G, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Costigan, Thomas L, Sgt, Tail Gunner

As stated in inquiry 1211, our records do not indicate any crewmembers on the current Association membership roster. This crew flew 15 of their missions on “Snow White” 42-97163. Snow White crash-landed in France on 9/13/44.

Our records indicate that S/Sgt Kirkpatrick flew the following missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron: 160, 161, 163 (aborted), 164, 165, 66, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 176, 177, 178, 181, 182, 183, 185, 186, 188, 189, 190, 193, 196, 197, 198, 200, 201, 205, 206, 208, 212, 218, 220, 221, 222 and 224.

See you in Dayton!
Responding4 8/09/04
Mike

Search No.  1216 - Eldred J Andruss

From: J. Michael Trotter [mailto:jmt@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 8:08 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Eldred J. Andruss

I am trying to get some information about my wife's cousin, Eldred J. Andruss. He was a Staff Sergeant, Serial No. 18066103, assigned to the 525th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group Heavy. He was shot down somewhere in France on 17 August 1943, and is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery just outside St. Avold, France (between Metz and Saarbrucken). The date he was shot down coincides with the date of the first raids on Schweinfurt and Regensburg. I would like to get information on his squadron's target that day, where in France he may have been found, how many missions, etc. I believe he may have been stationed in Kimbolton, England. Did any members of his crew survive? He was from Seymore, Texas and about 30 years old at the time of his death. Thank you.
Michael Trotter, Sr.

Michael,
S/Sgt Eldred J Andruss, Waist Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 6/29/34 to 8/17/43. The following are the crew and on their last mission to Schweinfurt, Germany on 8/17/43 in aircraft 42-29830 (FR-A) “Peter Wabbit”:

Wagner Erwalt D. -1st Lt, P, O-731702, Waterloo, IA, KIA
Barnard William C. - 2nd Lt, CP, O-731790, Dixon, CA, KIA
Hilderbrand Joesph J. -2nd Lt, N, O-667404, Mantua Hgts., NJ, Lorraine J 25 24
Gibbs Kenneth F. -2nd Lt, B, O-733304, Lancaster, PA, Lorraine E 32 23
Radensky Benjamin -T/SGT, RO, 19065065, Sacramento, CA, Lorraine J 33 24
Cushman Henry I. -T/SGT, TT, 11021229, Fall River, MA, KIA
Donahue Francis J. - S/SGT, BT, 11052780, North Graffton, MA, KIA
Andruss Eldred J. -S/SGT, RW, 18066103 , Seymour, TX, Lorraine D 13 34
Charlson Marvin T. -S/SGT, LW, 37296175, Wapleton, ND, KIA
Yates Dean J. -S/SGT, TG, 39829397, Mona, UT, Lorraine B 25 10

Eighteen aircraft from the 379th Bomb Group were to attack the Kugel-Fisher Plant, makers of ball bearing at Schweinfurt, Germany. The above crew was part of the Composite Group (303rd & 379th) which the 379the Bomb Group furnished 6 planes, only one bombed the target, one aborted due to engine failure and the other four were shot down by enemy fighters. Our records indicate that S/Sgt Andruss flew the following missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron: 8, 9, 12 recalled, 13, 14, 17, 18 aborted, 19, 20, 21.

Responding4 8/06/04
Mike

Search No.  1215 - Herbert Lee Sherman Jr

From: Matthew Sherman [mailto:mgsherman@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2004 7:37 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Looking4 info re Herbert Lee Sherman, Jr., 2nd Lt. Pilot

Dear 379 BGA:

Just looking for some basic information associated with Herbert Lee Sherman, Jr. He was a pilot in the 379 BGA and the 525 Squadron as of May 22, 1945. He never talked much about his years in the service. We still have his flight book, which records approx. 30 missions flown in 1944 and 1945. He may have been a 1st. Lt. when he left the service and may actually have made Captain, but he didn't stick around to receive his commission.

Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated. He passed away in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Hayes Sherman, nine children and 21 grandchildren.

Best regards,
Matt Sherman

Lt Herbert L Sherman Jr., Pilot, Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 1/29/45 to 4/19/45. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Siegen, Germany on1/29/45 in aircraft 42-97302 “Scotch N’ Soda”:

Sherman Jr., Herbert L, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Wolf, John J, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Westley, Charles L, F/O, Navigator
Graham, Kelly C, Cpl, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Meadows, Jack O, Cpl, Radio Operator/Gunner
Wood, Clarence E, Cpl, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Hibbert Jr., Howard L, Cpl, Ball Turret Gunner
Lorah, Jack F, Cpl, Waist Gunner
Bartholomew, Harold B, Cpl, Tail Gunner

John J Wolf is on the Association TAPS list. Charles L Westley is shown on the current Associations membership roster. Our records indicate that Lt Sherman Jr., flew the following 31 missions with the525th Bomb Squadron: 273, 275, 277, 279, 280, 282, 284, 285, 285, 288, 289, 293, 294, 296, 298, 300, 302, 304, 305, 307, 308, 311, 314, 316, 320, 321, 323, 324, 325, 326 and 328.

Responding4 8/03/04
Mike

Search No.   1214 - Cameron S. Ward

From: Susan Munson [mailto:rsccmunson@lycos.com]
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2004 11:36 AM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject:

Hi...I am looking for information about my father, Cameron S. Ward. He was a havey bomb group pilot using airborne radar.I have tried to get infomation from the army record department, but with no luck. He served from March of 44 to August of 45, I think. Any information you have would be appreciated.
Thank you! Susan Munson

I have his army serial number if that helps....

Susan,
Lt Cameron S Ward, Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron From 4/25/44 to 6/29/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their last mission to Toul/Croixe de Metz, France on 4/27/44 in aircraft 42-38111.

Ward, Cameron S, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Davis, David G, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Spoto, Peter C, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Prinkey, Melvin P, S/Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Saari, Paul E, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Brink, Edwin F, S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Johnson, Herbert N, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Madewell, James A, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Smith, Abbott R, Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Hall, Frank R, Sgt, Tail Gunner

We do not show any crewmembers on the current membership roster. Our records indicate that Lt Ward flew the following 31 missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron: 102, 104, 106 aborted, 108, 111, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117,118, 123, 125, 126, 128, 127, 129, 130, 132 aborted, 133, 137, 138, 139, 141, 142, 144, 147, 146, 148, 149, 152, 153 and 157.

Responding4 8/03/04
Mike

Search No.  1213 - 2Lt Matthew J Bauer

From: Tim, Cristina, Madeline & Catherine Gwynn [mailto:TheGwynns@hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2004 1:16 AM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: 2LT Matthew J. Bauer

Hello -
I am looking for information on my grandfather, 2LT Matthew J. Bauer ASN: O-688731. He is now deceased (He passed away December 14, 1979) and I am trying to gather information on his service and POW time for his great grandchildren.

I managed, with the help of someone else, to find out he was attached to the 526th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group. I know he flew mission #67 over Frankfurt and ended up a POW. I would love to know what other missions he flew (I of course want to join and get copies ) and if you can tell me more about his time with your group.

God bless and my thanks in advance.
Cristina Bauer Gwynn

Cristina,
Lt Mattew J Bauer, Co Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron from 2/4/44 to 2/8/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their last mission to Frankfurt, Germany on February 8, 1944 in aircraft 42-39782 (FO-M) "Pistol Packin' Mama". This a/c was thought to have gone down to fighter attack shortly after entering the enemy coast near Amiens.

Rossberg Herbert D. -2nd Lt, P, O-804509, Camillus, NY, Ardennes B 16 21
Bauer Mattew J. -2nd Lt, CP, O-688731, Canmden, NJ, POW Stalag 1
Kupsick John A. -2nd Lt, N, O-685654, Sand Coulee, MT, Evader
Dougherty James B. -2nd Lt, B, O-681986, Carlstadt, NJ, Ardennes B 41 30
Bennett George F. -S/SGT, RO, 15339963, Wheeling,WV, Evader
Atkinson Charles E. -S/SGT, TT, 15084516, Indianapolis, IN, Evader
Dugan Edward P. -S/SGT, BT, 13145816, Indiana, PA, POW Stalag 4
Smotherman Thurman P. -SGT, RW, 37417414, Teresita, MO, POW, Stalag 4
Paplaskas Albert F. -S/SGT, LW, 11087519, Methuen, MA, Ardennes B 12 4
Brown Frederick H. Jr. - S/SGT, TG, 31084894, West Warren, MA, POW Stalag 4

Kupsick John A. is shown on the current Association roster. Our records indicate that Lt Bauer flew the following 3 missions with the 527th Bomb Squadron: 64, 66, and 67.

Responding4 7/29/04
Mike

Search No.  1212 - TSgt Wesley L Rabe

From: Chris Bonilla [mailto:cbonilla@azmail.net]
Sent: Sunday, July 25, 2004 6:38 PM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Crew and Unit

Hello,

I am looking for anyone that might have flown or new T-Sgt Wesley, L. Rabe who was from Waxahachie, TX. Although he passed away in October of 1981, his youngest daughter whom I am engaged to, is or was very close to her daddy and would like to know more about him during this time in his life. She was 24 at the time. She mentioned that he did not talk about this time at all.

She has a scrap book of his with pictures and news articles from their local paper. There is a group picture of him and their crew. At the bottom of the picture there is writing (GM-116-A-379) (17-9-44). Being retired Army I am not familiar with Air Force unit recognitions. I know the last part is the date, the 379 is the bomber Group, but not sure what the first part is.

There are also some names on the back of the picture. 2nd. LT Arnold, S/Sgt Singelton, T/Sgt Hatch, and a S/Sgt Sipes. That's about all I can make out.

I saw on your web site, that there is a reunion scheduled in September. It might be interesting to attend, especially is there were anyone left alive from his crew for her to talk to.

Please let me know if you can not help, where I might turn to next.
Truly appreciate any help in this matter.

Best Regards,
Chris Bonilla

Chris,
T/Sgt Wesley L. Rabe, Waist Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron from 4/24/44 to 10/14/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their 1st mission to Landsberg, Germany 4/24/44 in aircraft 42-107175. Sgt Rabe flew his first 5 missions with this crew.

Puckett, Jack E, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Hoke, Asa H, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Refsell, Oliver M, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Mcgee, Robert P, F/O, Bombardier
Odell, Truman (NMI), S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Stift, Frank N, S/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Stift, John J, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Demetreu, James (NMI), Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Rabe, Wesley L, Sgt , Left Waist Gunner
Pederson, Norman R, Sgt, Tail Gunner

We do not show any of the above crew on the current membership roster.

The following are the crew and their positions on T/Sgt Wesley Rabe's 6th mission to Munich, Germany on 7/13/44 in aircraft 42-107213 "Rubble Rouser":

Kliev, Thomas O, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Arnold, Eugene E, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Chambers, Charles H, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Rabe, Wesley L, S/Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Hatch, John P, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Ryba, George L, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Sipes, Sidney P, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Miller, Fred W, Pvt, Waist Gunner
Singleton, Wiley G, Cpl, Tail Gunner

Eugene E Arnold and George L Ryba are shown on the current Association roster. It appears that T/Sgt Rabe was taken off flying status after his 5th mission 4/01/44 for illness, wounded etc. He returned to flying status on 7/13/04 with a different crew as his original crew completed their tour of duty on 6/25/44.

Our records indicate that T/Sgt Rabe flew the following 35 missions with the 525th Bomb Squadron: 101, 102, 104, 106, 108, 165, 167, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 182, 183, 190, 191, 192, 193, 196, 199, 202, 206, 208, 209, 212, 215, 218, 219, 220 and 222.

Responding4 7/26/04
Mike

Search No.  1211 - Capt Edward Harris Crew

From: teddy kirkpatrick [mailto:tgk1@charter.net]
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2004 11:14 AM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Subject: Surviving members of Capt. Edward Harris Crew/ Plane "SNOW WHITE"

I am trying to locate any of my crew members if they are still living. We were stationed at Kimbolton Air Base as 379 Bomb Group, 527 Sq.

Ted,
The following are the 527th BS crew on their mission to Montreul, France on 7/24/44 in aircraft 42-97163 “Snow White”:

Harris, Edward C, 1st Lt, Pilot
Kerr, Robert M, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Norris, Werford C, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Brown, Beryl J, S/Sgt, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Miller, Alfred F, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Ragsdale, Carl H, T/Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Kaszuba, Chester J, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Kirkpatrick, Teddy G, S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Costigan, Thomas L, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

Sorry, our records do not indicate any crewmembers on the current Association membership roster.

Responding4 7/21/04
Mike

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