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Search No.  1260 - Crashes in France

From:  "Philippe JEGOUSSE" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 2:03 PM
Subject: Aircrafts crashes in Brittany (France) 379th BG


Please find here-attached a document. You may help me to progress in investigations :

Let introduce myself :
I'm a french guy who tries to set up a data base of planes crashed in a county west of France during WWII. The main city bombarded in this area was Lorient and its submarine pens. But many planes were hit on the way back to UK, coming from Saint Nazaire, Nantes and Biscay gulf.

I already list a large number of plane, but I miss details like marks, crew, names ....and of course accurate details of operations or losses. I'm trying to get some help from somebody who get access to database in USA. I do have such help in UK.

But, I get some lines which are difficult to investigate : sometimes I get a name or an information without detail. In such case, we can check planes crashed in the area to progress with investigations. In return, I can correct some area, names ...I remember I answered to somebody who was wondering where was coming the name of "Kerlin Bastard german air base" (Lann Bihoue Lorient airport today !). Of course, I can inform about local stories of crashes.

Please, find hereafter investigation points I propose to you :

For all Bomber Groups (BG), can somebody inform me about which Bomber Division (BD) and Bomber Wing (BW) they were assigned MAY 29, 1943. Mission Number 61: 169 B-17's are dispatched against the submarine pens and locks at Saint-Nazaire, France; 147 aircraft hit the target at 1706-1711 hours local; we claim 6-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 8 B-17's, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 58 are damaged; casualties are 10 WIA and 71 MIA.

On the 8 B17 lost that day, 4 crashed in the area I study :

1 - B17 type ? 42 29838 RQ U The Concho Clipper of 351 BG 509 BS crashed at Ploeren (close to Vannes) Please confirm the crew : I got 7 KIA and 4 POW ! MACR ?

2 - B17 F 25 DL 42 3113 FR F name ? of 379 BG 525 BS crashed at Pontivy or Vannes ? MACR 1292 ? Please confirm the crew : I got 7 KIA and 4 POW !

3 - B17 42 29773 LF F Up Anothem from 379 BG 526 BS crashed at Crach (close to Auray). 6 airmen were buried in Guidel cemetery : Franck, Kuchl George, Kuchl Robert and 3 unknown. If name Kuchl is not right and it appears that is Kuehl, maybe those airmen came from this aircraft ? Please, confirm crew. Can you confirm name of B17 : I found Up and Then also Don't hesitate to forward any detail or photo to help. MACR ?

4 - B17 type ? serial ? code ? 303 or 305 or 379 BG crashed at Le Bono (close to Auray). Most of the crew seemed to be captured. Please, inform about the crew, details of crash . MACR ?

I found a letter of a French guy who said that 9 airmen were rescued at Malestroit and were kept hidden during 7 days : maybe, they were coming from aircrafts hereabove ?


Philippe -
The 379th Bomb Group (Heavy) flew 330 missions between 29 May 1943 and 25 April 1945. The 379th was assigned to the 41st Combat Wing, 1st Bombardment Division. The 379th's first combat mission, flown on 29 May 1943, was to the submarine pens at St. Nazaire. Three group aircraft were lost that day. Aircraft, and crews, are listed here.

B-17F 42-3113 (FR-F, no name), crew as follows:

Hale, Arthur P, Lt, Pilot, POW
Sharp, Stuart M, Lt, Co-Pilot, POW
Andruskiewicz, Bernard, Lt , Nav,POW
Ahern, Jerry B ,Lt, Bomb, POW
Lansiter, Joseph E, Sgt, Radio Op, POW
Ford, Charles N, TSgt, Top Turret, POW
Whitney, Chester A, SSgt, Ball Turret, POW
Moore, Chester T, SSgt, Right Waist, POW
Hilton, Lee S, Sgt, Left Waist, POW
Josselyn, Lawrence E, SSgt, Tail, POW

B-17F 42-29773 (LF-F, "Up & At 'Em"), crew as follows:

Hall, John O, Cpt, Pilot, POW
Thomas, Willard S, 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, POW
Koves, William J, Lt, Nav, POW
Griffin, James M, Lt, Bomb, POW
Adrick, F A, TSgt, Radio Op, KIA
Belock, Michael R, TSgt, Top Turret, MIA
Vanderstraeten, Robert, Sgt, Ball Turret, KIA
Hague, G F, SSgt, Right Waist, KIA
Gallamore, Clarence E, SSgt, Left Waist, KIA
Kuehl, R G, Sgt, Tail, KIA

B-17F 42-29878 (LF-G, "Lady Godiva"), crew as follows:

Peterson, Theodore M, Lt, Pilot , Returned
Bourn, Jack W, Lt, Co-Pilot, POW
Moore, Woodrow T, Lt, Nav, POW
Rosacker, Warren J, Lt, Bomb, POW
Scott, J M, TSgt, Radio Op, Returned
Spencer, M M,TSgt, Top Turret, POW
Blubaugh, W E, SSgt, Ball Turret, POW
Ayres, W T, Sgt, Right Waist, POW
Cribelar, P R, SSgt, Left Wais, POW
Brown, G A, TSgt, Tail, POW

Note that our records indicate 2 crewmen from 42-29878 are listed as "Evaded Capture". Perhaps they could be part of the group of 9 you indicate as rescued at Malestroit. This query will be posted in our Looking 4 section on the website; perhaps one of our members can provide additional information.

Responding 4 3/23/2005

Search No. 1259 - Maurice Preston

From:  Matt Bishop,
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2005 11:43 AM
Subject: looking for info

I am looking for information on Maurice Preston. He was my great uncle. Any additional information which you might have on his brothers would be great. I remember my "uncle Rawlin" from when I was a child and I was told he had another brother Dedo(?) who was an officer as well. I think he had a brother Ed who lived in San Luis Obispo. Another brother who would have been my Grandfather died before my father was born. Maybe someone in your organization knew his family well enough to explain this all to me. My information is incomplete and I'm not sure how accurate it is.
thanks for the help
Matt Bishop

Matt -
Association records for Colonel Maurice Preston, Commanding Officer of the 379th Bomb Group from November, 1943 to October, 1944 show he flew 30 missions as Lead Crew from May 29, 1943 through April 17, 1945. Our records indicate mission numbers 1, 2, 3, 6, 14, 20, 21, 26, 29, 31, 35, 39, 55, 62, 71, 93, 95, 96, 107, 116, 125, 127, 128, 144, 167, 182, 189, 203, 247 and 327 (8th Air Force Lead plane). Colonel Preston may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

Crew on Mission 1 to St. Nazaire, in a/c 42-3175, "The HA" (A photo will be sent in seperate email), the 379th's first combat mission, was as follows:

Preston, Maurice A, Lt. Col, Pilot
Rohr, Louis W, Major, Co-Pilot
Dutch, Andrew K, Lt, Nav
Brown, Joseph A, Cpt, Nav-GEE
Francis, John J, Lt, Bomb
Blick, James E, SSgt, Radio Op
Gullace, Anthony J, SSgt, Top Turret
Slagowski, Clyde L, SSgt, Ball Turret
Schrader, Harold L, SSgt, Right Waist
Greeley, Robert E, SSgt, Left Waist
Howe, Charles M, Lt, Tail-Formation Control

Joseph Brown is on our current Association roster. We're sorry, we have no family information for Colonel Preston. This query will be posted in our Looking 4 section on the website; perhaps one of our members can provide personal recollections, stories, etc.

Responding 4 3/15/2005

Search No. 1258 - Joseph H. Quinn 526th bomb squad-379 bomb group

From:  Jerry&Mary,
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 8:42 PM
Subject: Joseph H. Quinn 526th bomb squad-379 bomb group

Anyone having information about my father Joseph H Quinn who flew in a B-17 bomber, he was a tail gunner, looking for any information, don't know the tail # or much information other than it was S/SGT J.H. Quinn # 524 bomb squad 379 bomb group, have his I think serial # 2174266.

He was a very friendly man , a good friend to anyone he came across, would give you the shirt off his back kinda man. Great integrity and good morals. looking for someone that has any information about my dad. How many missions he flew, I have a very old paper with names and addresses of almost 30 men in the 13th company, looks like reassignment papers from Fort Dix. N.J. they are restricted All men from New York, I am looking for someone that could help me read these papers. hard for me to understand.

Joseph H. Quinn's
Daughter (Mary A. Quinn)

Mary -
We're sorry to hear of your Father's passing. We will add his name to the Association's Taps roster.

Association records for Joseph H. Quinn show he flew 28 missions as Top Turret Gunner with the 524th Squadron from June 22, 1944 to September 21, 1944. Our records indicate mission numbers 150, 156, 157, 159, 160, 163, 164, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 178, 179, 180, 184, 185, 186, 188, 189, 192, 199, 201, 204, and 207. Sgt. Quinn may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records. Crew on Mission 163 to Munich, in a/c 42-31228, "London Avenger", and what seems to be Sgt. Quinn's "regular" crew was as follows:

Fechtemuller, John W, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Blumenkranz, Sidney, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Gilbert, Loren I, 2nd Lt, Bomb
Marsh, Frank R, SSgt, Togglier
Briscoe, Woodrow, TSgt, R Op
Quinn, Joseph H, TSgt, TT
Pitman, Frederick C, SSgt, Ball
Mcneice, John J, SSgt, Waist
Jones, John M, SSgt, Tail

Woodrow Briscoe is on our current Association roster. The papers you describe may be transfer or reassignment orders. If they can be scanned and sent in a response to this message, we can try to understand what's there, and hopefully provide an explanation.

Responding 4 2/27/2005

Search No. 1257 - Leonard W. Flatt

From: Rick Ralston,
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 5:58 AM
Subject: SSGT Leonard W. Flatt

SSGT Flatt is my mothers brother. I know he was a radio operator in the 379th group 524 flight. I also know he was KIA on 5/24/1944. I would like any information on missions he flew, name of aircraft and crew members.

Thank you
Rick Ralston

Rick -
Association records for Leonard W. Flatt show he flew 2 missions as Radio Operator/Gunner with the 524th Squadron from May 23, 1944 to May 24, 1944.
Our records indicate mission numbers 123 and 124. Sgt. Flatt may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

Sgt. Flatt flew his first mission on a/c 42-32093, "Big Barn Smell". (A photo will be sent in seperate email), His second mission was flown on a/c 42-39828, "Penny Ante". No photo of that a/c is available from the Association, however the following link ( describes a currently available book that follows the "Penny Ante" and an earlier crew, and there may be photos available there.

Crew on "Penny Ante" for Mission 124 to Berlin was as follows:

Kunda, Theodore E C, 2nd Lt, Pilot, POW
Burton, Robert B, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, POW
Swift, Marvin H, 2nd Lt, Nav, RTB
Evans, Howard B, 2nd Lt, Bomb, RTB
Flatt, Leonard W, SSgt, R Op, KIA
Pook, Roy T, SSgt, TT, RTB
Tomaselli, Anthony, Sgt, Ball, MIA
Taylor, George F, Sgt, Waist, KIA
Vinson, Russel G, Sgt, Tail, KIA

Note that "RTB" indicates Returned to Base. None of the survivors listed are on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 2/25/2005

Search No. 1256 - Leo L. Jordan

From:  Joe Jordan,
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 9:27 PM
Subject: Leo L. Jordan

I am looking for any information that I can find on my Father, Leo L. Jordan. I believe he was in the 527th Sq. He was involved in a mid-air collision on 1/10/45 and was captured as a POW. He was liberated in May 1945 from Stalag Luft 1. He passed away in 1985.

I would be very interested in the name of the plane, as well as any pictures of the plane and crew. Also, do you have any knowledge of surviving members
of his crew?

Joe Jordan

Joe -
Association records for Leo L. Jordan show he flew 12 missions as Pilot with the 526th Squadron from December 18, 1944 to January 10, 1945. Our records indicate mission numbers 250, 251, 252, 254, 255, 256, 257, 259, 260, 261, 263, and 264. Lt. Jordan may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

Most of Lt. Jordan's missions were flown on a/c 43-38955 (FO-O). There was no known "name" for this aircraft. On January 10, 1945, Mission 264, this aircraft collided in mid-air with 43-38237 "Dallas Doll". Crew on your father's aircraft were as follows:

Jordan, Leo L, 2nd Lt, Pilot, POW
Byers, John F, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, KIA
Baldwin, Robert G, 2nd Lt, Nav, POW
Damiani, Joseph L, SSgt, Togglier, KIA
Smallidge, Kerrane A, TSgt, R Op, POW
Goberman, Charles A, TSgt, TT, POW
Corbin, David E, Sgt, Ball, POW
Chapman, Stanton W, Sgt, Waist, POW
Tolan, Francis H, Sgt, Tail, POW

Sorry, none of the survivors are on our current Association roster. Your father is listed on our Taps roster.

Responding 4 2/16/2005

Search No.  1255 - Chester Lundquist

From:  Kay Kopp,
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 7:51 AM
Subject: Chester Lundquist

I am looking for any information about Chester Lundquist. I know he was in the 379th bomber group, and in the 527th Squadron. Other than the fact that he was KIA on his very first bombing mission, I know very little about his war record. If you could tell me the name of his plane, other crew members (which I believed survived the mission and became POWs). Chester was my great uncle and I would love to give any information to my dad. Love your web page!!

Kay Kopp

Kay -
Association records for Chester Lundquist show he flew 4 missions as a Waist Gunner with the 527th Squadron from July 28, 1943 to August 12, 1943. Our records indicate mission numbers 15, 16, 17, and 18. Sgt. Lundquist may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

Three of his four missions were flown on a/c 42-5821, "Cindy". A photograph is attached. This aircraft went MIA on Mission 18 to Gelsenkirchen, Germany on August 12, 1943. Crew on the airplane were as follows:

Rees, David W, F/O, Pilot, POW
Dietrich, Clair M, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, POW
Busch, William L, 2nd Lt, Nav, POW
Galloway, Ernest A, 2nd Lt, Bomb, POW
Murphy, Joseph L, TSgt, R Op, KIA
Brennan, John T, TSgt, TT, KIA
Fiorani, Dominick D, SSgt, Ball, KIA
Lundquist, Chester H, SSgt, RW, KIA
Williams, James A, SSgt, LW, KIA
Govern, Stanley M, SSgt, Tail, KIA

None of the survivors are on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 2/5/2005

Search No.  1254 - Michael J. Liptak

From:  Jon Goebel,
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 12:20 PM
Subject: Friend In the 525thBS/379thBG

I am looking for Michael J. Liptak. He was a Bombardier in the 525th Bombardment Squadron. Thats aboput all the information I have on him. He was a great friend. If you could help it would be great.

Thank You
Jonathan Goebel

Jon -
Association records for Michael J. Liptak show he flew 2 missions as a Bombardier with the 525th Squadron from April 19, 1945 to April 25, 1945. Our records indicate mission numbers 328 and 330. Lt. Liptak may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

Lt. Liptak is listed on our TAPS roster. No other information is available.

Responding 4 2/1/2005

Search No. 1253 - Staff Sgt. E. D. Prehn

From: Tim Prehn,
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 12:38 PM
Subject: Staff Sgt. E.D. Prehn (Eugene)

I have been trying to track down my fathers Bomber Group to learn more about him. I am not sure that this is the right Bomber Group, but I have been working with the Mightyeighth and they sent me to you.

Dad was a tail-gunner on The Big Barn Smell. He flew 30 missions including Berlin and Schweifurt. Around 14th August, 1944 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross from his commanding officer Colonel Maurice A. Preston.

He attended gunnery school in Harligen and Mc Allen Texas. He was discharged 8th October, 1945 from Sioux Falls Army Airbase.

Dad died in 1975 at the age of 53 and is buried in Ft. Snelling Memorial Cemetary.

It would be great to get any information I can.

Thanks in advance,
Tim Prehn

Tim -
We're sorry to hear of your father's passing. We'll add his name to our Taps roll.

Association records for Eugene D. Prehn show he flew 32 missions as a Tail Gunner with the 524th Squadron from April 13, 1944 to July 17, 1944. Our records indicate mission numbers 96, 97, 100, 101, 102, 104, 106, 108, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 134, 135, 136, 138, 139, 141, 142, 143, 144, 147, 165, and 167. Sgt. Prehn may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

The crew on "Big Barn Smell" (photo sent separately) for Mission 96 were as follows:

Ross, Ralph R, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Drake, Francis W, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Black, Ernest W, 2nd Lt, Nav
Procario, Rinaldo N, 2nd Lt, Bomb
Anthony, Wayne B, SSgt, R Op
Worbois, Robert J, SSgt, TT
Clinton, John W, SSgt, Ball
Guilfoyle, Thomas P, Sgt, RW
Duffy, Thomas J, Sgt, LW
Prehn, Eugene D, Sgt, Tail

Robert Worbois is on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 1/25/2005

Search No.  1252 - Henry Swanson

From: "Swanson, Jeff",
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 12:14 PM
Subject: Henry . Swanson

My father, Henry Swanson served at Kimbolton, and I believe flew on the "Stump Jumper". Any further information about him or this crew would be appreciated.

Thank you.
Jeff Swanson

Jeff -
Association records for Henry W. Swanson show he flew 32 missions as Ball Turret, Waist Gunner and Radio Operator with the 524th Squadron from May 24, 1944 to August 4, 1944. He may have flown additional missions, but we have records for only this number. Our records indicate mission numbers 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 147, 148, 149, 150, 153, 155, 168, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, and 180.

Sgt. Swanson flew on a number of aircraft, including "Stump Jumper". The crew on "Stump Jumper" (photo sent separately) for Mission 124 were as follows:

Jamison, Clarence E, 1st Lt, Pilot
Sweet, Graham L, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Rentschlar, Donald A, 2nd Lt, Nav
Rogers, George M, 2nd Lt, Bomb
Reis, Joseph (NMI), Sgt, R Op
Henning, Lawrence A, Sgt, TT
Swanson, Henry W, Sgt, Ball
Neal, Willie F, SSgt, Waist
Tomaselli, Salvatore, Sgt, Tail

Clarence Jamison and Joseph Reis are on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 1/25/2005

Search No.  1251 - Info regarding Willis Volkening

From:  "Dale" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2005 12:52 PM
Subject: Info regarding Willis Volkening

My father, Willis H. Volkening, was a tail gunner with the 379th Bomb Group in late 1943 and early 1944. I would appreciate if you could tell me the mission numbers on which he flew and the names of the other crew members. His first plane was named "Wirlaway" and he was wounded on a mission in January of '44. While he was recovering in the hospital, the plane and her crew went down on a mission, and he finished his tour of duty with another crew.
Thank you very much for any information you can give me!
Dale Volkening

Dale -
Association records for Willis Volkening show he flew 30 missions as a Tail Gunner and Waist Gunner with the 524th Squadron from December 11, 1943 to June 8, 1944. Our records indicate mission numbers 47, 48, 53, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 79, 83, 86, 90, 94, 95, 99, 100, 101, 104, 109, 116, 129, 130, 132, 134, 135, 136, 138, and 139. The crew on "Whirlaway" for Mission 62 were as follows:

McCall, Donald P, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Gurney II, Charles L, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Darling, Daniel A, 2nd Lt, Nav
Daniels, Robert Y, 2nd Lt, Bomb
Cvitkovich, John P, TSgt, R Op
Feirs, James H, TSgt, TT
Hively, Eugene F, SSgt, Ball
Sciligo, George (NMI), SSgt, RW
Lantigne, Joseph A, SSgt, LW
Volkening, Willis M, SSgt, Tail

As you indicate, most of this crew went down on Mission 71 in another aircraft. According to Association records, Donald McCall, Charles Gurney, and Joseph Lantigne were taken POW, the rest of the crew returned to base.

Following his return to duty, our records show Sgt. Volkening flying with a number of different crews (including Mission 116 in "Aphrodite", commanded by Col. Maurice Preston, Commanding Officer of the 379th Bomb Group), but the following list on Mission 129 (flown in "Ol Gappy/Topper", the high mission aircraft of the 379th at 157 missions - photo sent separately) is the crew he was most associated with:

Bersinger, John W, 1st Lt, Pilot
Carpenter, George R, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Beloberk, Peter M, 2nd Lt, Bomb
Zehel, Wendel L, SSgt, Togglier
Kyler, Louis J, TSgt, R Op
Thomas, George (NMI), TSgt, TT
Clinton, John W, SSgt, Ball
Volkening, Willis M, SSgt, Waist
Kile, Kenneth B, SSgt, Tail

John Bersinger, George Carpenter and Peter Beloberk are on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 1/24/2005

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