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Search No.  1240 - Charles L. Brown

From:  Alex Hamilton, []
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2004 6:42 PM
Subject: Charles L. Brown

Dear Sir
I am searching for some information that I believe you may be able to help me with, but am not too sure. Please let me explain. I am an aviation artist in England, and have been commissioned to paint an event that is featured in a book called"Forever Remembered" by Irv Broughton. This tells of the experience of Charles L.(Charlie) Brown through personal interview, of his mission to Bremen on December 20th 1943. in short, he and his crew in their B17 were severely damaged and had a Luftwaffe fighter formate on them. After the war he found out the name of this German pilot and was in friendly contact with him at the time the book was published in 2001.

If you have the gentleman in question on your membership list, I would dearly like to ask his permission to attempt this painting, and to get the facts of the action accurate. I am basically after the following information: Was the aircraft a B-17 F or G Did it carry olive drab or natural finish Concerning the aircraft markings, can you tell me what bomb squadron he flew (WA? or FR?) the 'plane-in-squadron' letter, and the serial number. What was the name of the aircraft.

It is mentioned that his tail gunner was Hugh Eckenrode, and radio op. was Dick Pechout. I think they force landed at Seething air base. I would so appreciate any information you can give me with regards to this project, and thank you in anticipation for your time and trouble.

May I take this opportunity to pass my sincere best wishes to all your members, whether they be ex aircrew, families thereof, or interested and appreciative people such as myself.

Kind Regards,
Alex Hamilton

Lt Charles Brown, Pilot, was in the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 527 Bomb Squadron from 12/13/43 to 4/11/44. The following are the crew and their positions on their mission to Bremen, Germany 12/20/43 in aircraft 42-3167 (FO-S) “Ye Old Pub”.

Brown, Charles L, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Luke, Spencer G, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Sadok, Albert (NMI), 2nd Lt, Navigator
Andrews, Robert M, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Pechout, Richard A, S/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Coulombe, Bertrand O, S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Blackford, Samuel W, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Jennings, Lloyd H, Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Yelesanke, Alex (NMI), Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Eckenrode, Hugh S, S /Sgt, Tail Gunner, KIA

Charles L Brown and Robert M Andrews are shown on the current Association roster. There is a painting of the aircraft by Michael Wooten called “The Gallant Foe”. The aircraft was olive drab in color. In order to protect the privacy of our membership, it is our policy not to post their personal information on the Internet.

Responding4 12/05/04

Search No.  1239 - Frank Neu

From: Chris Kahlke,
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2004 6:22 PM
Subject: looking for info on my grandfather

I am seeking info on my grandfather Frank Neu from Long Island New York. My grandmother is fairly tight lipped about what happened to him, she still seems pained when reminded of it. From what she has told me and my mother, his plane had been shot down and he was taken as a POW. After that my grandmother mentioned that he was killed while he was a POW. In searching the internet I found a Frank A. Neu who on Nov 30,1944, in aircraft 42-31597, nicknamed "Landa", was shot down and he was taken as a POW. Do you have any other information about him? I found this info at the following website :

I have found this website fascinating, and want to thank you in advance for any information you can provide me.

Chris Kahlke

Association records for Frank Neu show he flew 24 missions with the 527th SQ from July 4, 1944 to November 1, 1944. Our records indicate mission numbers 158, 196, 197 (recalled), 198, 200, 203, 205, 208, 209, 211, 214, 216, 220, 222, 224, 225, 228, 229, 234, 235, 238, 241, 243, 244 and 245. It is possible he flew more missions, but these are the ones shown in our records.

On the November 30, 1944 mission (#245) to Zeitz, Germany, aircraft 42-31597 "Landa" was hit over the target, leaving engines #1 and #2 on fire. According to available records, the aircraft left the formation under control, and 9 chutes were seen leaving the aircraft. Our records show George McClellan and Frank Neu as KIA, although as your link to the WW2 Memorial suggests, they may have been taken POW and died of injuries. Crew members on this mission were as follows:

Conroy, John M, 2nd Lt, Pilot, POW
Fox, Milton S, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, POW
McClellan, George A, 2nd Lt, Bombardier, KIA
Neu, Frank A, Tech Sgt, Togglier, KIA
Gershenbaum, Nathan, Tech Sgt, R Op, Evaded
Seeger, Ernest G, Tech Sgt, Eng/TT, POW
Kelley, Patrick J, Staff Sgt, BallTurret, POW
Evanson, Elmer R, Staff Sgt, Waist, POW
Butterfield, Jack V, Staff Sgt, Tail, POW

Milton Fox is on our current association roster.

Responding 4 11/29/2004

Search No.  1238 - Johnie Washington Harris

From:  M & S Bland,
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2004 2:46 PM
Subject: Searching for my Grandfather


I am currently trying to trace information about my Grandfather and at the moment have very limited information to go on. His name (I am led to believe) is Johnie Washington Harris. He served at Bovingdon during WW2. He may have had the ranking of Sergeant and was returned to the USA after an accident in a military jeep type vehicle, possibly before May 1944. I am trying to establish whether or not he was in the 379th Bomber Group. Can you help me on this one?

Many thanks.
Marie Bland

Marie -
Sorry, we have no record of a Johnie Washington Harris serving with the 379th Bomb Group. Since you mentioned your Grandfather served at Bovingdon, a little research turned up the following, taken from the book "Airfields of the Eighth - Then and Now". This book was published by After the Battle magazine, with text by Roger Freeman, the well known 8th Air Force historian and author. The information is as follows:

"The 92nd Bomb Group arrived at Bovingdon in August 1942 and was shortly assigned the role of a B-17 Combat Crew Replacement Unit (CCRC). Early in January (1943), the 92nd transferred to Alconbury where it eventually re-formed as a combat group. A portion of the personnel, and B-17Es, remained at Bovingdon as the nucleus of the 11th CCRC and most combat crews of other bomber units arriving in Britain during the next two years received theatre indoctrination at this station."

Based on the May 1944 return date, it is possible your grandfather was assigned to this CCRC at Bovingdon. You might try additional research at the 92nd Bomb Group site,, or a broader search via the forums that can be found at

Good luck with your research.

Responding 4 11/28/04

Search No. 1237 - Sgt. Chester Barton

From: "John Holland" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, November 26, 2004 7:11 PM
Subject: Sgt. Chester Barton

Dear Sir:
My uncle Sgt. Chester Barton flew with the B-25C planes. He was in the 379th Bomb Squad. 310th Bomb Grp. he was shot down and died of wounds over, Corvino Airdome, Italy, July 20,1943. Others in the plane were Robert L. Harrop, Carl N. Speidel, Gilbert F. Henderson, Joseph L. Beaty. MACR 249 B-25C #42-64597 430720 There were 3 survivors of the second aircraft, I was written to about! Would like to locate them or any others that knew my Uncle Chester! Or if you may have pictures of him and the crew! He was suppose to be a Gunner, of some type! If you have any information, or anything please contact me!
He was trained out of Columbia, S.C. born in Worthington, Indiana.
Hope to hear from all of this group!!!

Thanks Alot,
Judy Holland:

Judy -
The 379th Bomb Group (Heavy) was an 8th Air Force group, flying B-17 aircraft out of Kimbolton, England. The 379th Bomb Squadron flew B-25s, and was assigned to the 310th Bomb Group (Medium) based in Italy. Accordingly, the 379th Bomb Group has no information on Sgt. Chester Barton.

A web search turned up the following link:, which is devoted to the 310th Bomb Group, and may provide useful information. Also, is a good source for information on all bomb groups, and may provide links to other sites and forums.

Good luck with your research.

Responding 4 11/26/04

Search No.  1236 - Thomas J. Hennessey

From: "James Hennessey" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2004 7:44 PM
Subject: My Brother

My brother-T/Sgt.Thomas J Hennessey was a crew member on B17(The Vulture)Do you have any data on him?
Thank You--Jim Hennessey

Jim -
Sorry, we show no record of a Thomas J. Hennessey serving with the 379th Bomb Group. However, a quick check for aircraft named "The Vulture" finds that aircraft was assigned to the 390th Bomb Group. Their web site can be found at By following their Research tool, followed by a search by "Crewmember Name", Thomas J. Hennessey is listed with mission records, including missions flown on aircraft s/n 42-3472, "The Vulture".

Good luck with your research.

Responding 4 11/26/04

Search No.  1235 - Norman S. Peck Jr.

From: Megan Peck <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 5:01 PM
Subject: I am looking for information about my grandfather...

My name is Megan Peck and I am looking for information about my grandfather, Norman S. Peck Jr. He was born in 1922 and he entered WW II in 1942. Any information you can tell me is greatly apreciated.
Megan Peck

Sorry, we currently show no record of a Norman S. Peck Jr. serving with the 379th Bomb Group. It would be helpful If you could provide us more information about your grandfather. Date of Service, time he may have been at Kimbolton, etc. Any additional information would be useful.

Responding 4 11/25/04

Search No.   1234 - Captain James V Edwards

From:  Tiffany Sutton,
Sent: Sunday, November 21, 2004 1:05 PM
Subject: Captian James V Edwards


I am the granddaughter of Captian Edwards and I am looking for any information you could provide regarding his time during service with the 8th Airforce.Where he was stationed, missions he flew, servicemen he flew with, anything you might find will be greatly appreciated. All I know is that he flew B-17's in the Triangle K Squadron somewhere in England.

Thank you,
Tiffany Sutton

James V. Edwards flew as co-pilot with the 379th Bomb Group (Heavy), based at Kimbolton, England. The Group operated B-17 aircraft out of Kimbolton between May 1943 and April 1945.

Association records for James V. Edwards show he flew 21 missions with the 525th SQ from December 13, 1943 to March 16, 1944. Our records indicate mission numbers 48, 52, 53, 55, 56, 60, 62, 63, 64, 66, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 75, 78, 79, 80, 81, and 82. Note our records also indicate participation in Missions 54 and 76, although Lt. Edwards may not have received official credit for these two (54 was listed as aborted, 76 as recalled). There is a possibility he may have flown more missions than this, but our records show only the ones listed here. Crew members on mission #48 were as follows:

Baldwin, Robert B, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Edwards, James V, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Loflin, Harry C, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Napoli, Joseph G, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Hislop, Colonel D, St Sgt, R Op/Gunner
Shaffer, Cecil R, St Sgt, TT Gunner
Weber Jr., Lloyd E, Sgt, BT Gunner
Reposh, Joseph, St Sgt, RW Gunner
Bryant, Tommie J, Sgt, LW Gunner
Mewes, Warren L, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Tommy Bryant is on our current association roster.

Responding 4 11/21/2004

Search No.  1233 - looking for pictures 42-3099

Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2004 5:06 AM
Subject: looking for pictures 42-3099

I am looking for any pictures of the crew or plane 42-3099. they were shot down on the first mission they flew. The pilot, William Pinson was the only survivor and was a POW. Any info on possible pictures of plane or crew is appreciated

David -
Sorry, we know of no photographs of airplane s/n 42-3099.

Responding 4 11/19/04

Search No.  1232 - James Bruce King

From: Robert King,
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2004 8:13 PM
Subject: James Bruce King

I just joined the 379th BGA this month and am wondering if you can help piece together a few of my father's recollections. My father is James Bruce King #18242254 stationed at Kimbolton, 524th bomb squadron. He flew missions from 6/28/1944 - 11/2/1944, 35 total and one they didn't get credit for - to Caen on 8/8/1944. He remembered some of the crew members' names, but mostly last names or nicknames:

pilot - Bob Evans - Chicago
copilot - Richardson
navigator / bombardier - Kramer
engineer / top turret - Kincaid - Montana system engineer - Wooky -
Wisconsin radio operator - Nelson - Chicago ball turret - CJ Hattaway
- Georgia waist gunner right - ?
waist gunner left - ?
tail gunner - James B King

I'm not sure if I was writing down everything he told me correctly, so some of the errors were likely my translation of his comments. I noticed Hattaway on the Final Mission Roster. Can you correct the missing or incorrect info above and let me know if any of these men are current or past members?

Also, I have placed an order for the Anthology, hoping it would have specific types, names and serial numbers of the bombers flown by this crew, but haven't received it yet. Can you shed any light on the specific aircraft flown on these missions?


My father passed away November 3, 2003.

Robert King

We're sorry to hear of your Father's passing. We will add his name to our Taps roster.

Association records for James Bruce King show he flew 37 missions with the 524th SQ from June 28, 1944 to November 2, 1944. Our records indicate mission numbers 156, 157, 158, 159, 162, 163, 164, 165, 167, 172, 173, 174, 178, 179, 180 (listed as "spare", possible abort?), 184, 185, 186, 188, 189, 192 abort), 194, 195, 196, 197 (recalled), 200, 203, 204, 207 (abort), 212, 213, 215, 216, 217, 219, 221, 222, 223 (abort), 226, 229, and 230. Crew members on mission #156 were as follows:

Evans, Robert C, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Richardson, Robert A, F/O, Co-Pilot
Cramer, Martin G, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Smith, Phillip A, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Nelson, Alvin, Staff Sgt, R/Op/Gunner
Kincaid, William R, Staff Sgt, Engineer/Top Turret
Hattaway, Clinton J, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Wucki, Frank, Sgt, Waist Gunner
King, James B, Sgt, Tail Gunner

None of these crew members are on our current association roster. Records indicate many of your Father's missions were flown on an airplane named "Blue Blazing Blizzard", s/n 42-31720. Mission #216 was flown on "Hundred Million Dollar Baby", s/n 43-37934 (photo sent separately).

Responding 4 11/15/2004

Search No.  1231 - Robert Finan

From: Matt Fagan,
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 6:15 PM
Subject: Looking for...

I am looking for information that you may have on my Uncle, Robert Finan. He served with the 379th, as a tailgunner. I was looking for any additional information on his history with the 379th that may have. I have ordered the Anthology for him, and would appreciate any other help you could provide.
Matt Fagan

Association records for Robert F. Finan show he flew 35 missions with the 526th SQ from July 17, 1944 to October 14, 1944. Our records indicate mission numbers 167, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 178, 179, 180, 182, 183, 184, 185, 187, 189, 191, 193, 194, 195, 198, 199, 201, 202, 204, 206, 208, 210, 211, 213, 216, 218, 219, and 220. Crew members on mission #220 were as follows:

Hess, Roland L, Lieutenant, Pilot
Brockway, Lyle G, Lieutenant, Co-Pilot
Rosenfeld, Marvin, Lieutenant, Navigator
Spangle Jr., Weir J, Lieutenant, Navigator-GEE
Evans, Monroe W, Lieutenant, Bombardier
Wagner, Shirley K, Tech Sergeant, Radio Operator/Gunner
Soulies, Robert C, Tech Sergeant,Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Bushey, Thomas C, Staff Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner
Worth, Harry M, Staff Sergeant, Waist Gunner
Finan, Robert F, Staff Sergeant, Tail Gunner

Lyle Brockway is on the current association roster.

Responding 4 11/14/2004

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