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Search No.  1270 - William L. Carpenter

From: Larry Carpenter, cacksdad@msn.com
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2005 2:56 PM
Subject: TSGT WILLIAM L CARPENTER 524TH SQUADRON RADIO OPERATOR NOV 1944-APR 1945

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: MY FATHER SERVED WITH THE 379TH. I KNOW HE FLEW 33 MISSIONS FROM NOV 1944 TO APR 1945. I HAVE MANAGED TO GET INFO ON THE MISSIONS HE FLEW. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO FIND ANY SURVIVING MEMBERS OF HIS CREW OR ANY OF HIS FRIENDS. I HAVE A PICTURE OF THE CREW, PROBABLY TAKEN BEFORE THEY LEFT FOR ENGLAND. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
THANK YOU WILLIAM L CARPENTER, JR

  

Larry -
Association records for William L. Carpenter show he flew 32 missions as Radio Operator/Gunner with the 524th Squadron from November 10, 1944 to April 9, 1945. Our records indicate mission numbers 236, 238, 239, 240, 242, 246, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 260, 263, 265, 268, 271, 272, 280, 297, 298, 299, 302, 303, 307, 308, 312, 313, 314, 316, 317, 318, and 321. Sgt. Carpenter may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records. If you have further information on the 33rd mission, we would appreciate any details.

Records show Sgt. Carpenter flew in a number of different aircraft, and with a number of different crews. Crew on Mission 236 to Cologne, in a/c 42-102627 ("Queenie", photo attached), and what seems to be Sgt. Carpenter's "regular" crew was as follows:

Piers, Thomas G, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Tharp, Frederick E, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Crowell, Delbert C, 2nd Lt, Navigator
Winburn, William J, Sgt, Togglier
Carpenter, William I, Sgt, Radio Op/Gunner
Bernstein, Leon, Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Barefoot, William R, Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Zembower, Alvin G, Sgt, Waist Gunner
Doyle, William A, Sgt, Tail Gunner

Sorry, none of these crewmembers are on our current Association roster. However, there are a few Association members who flew one mission each with your Father. They are: Walter Connell, Navigator and Harold Fay, Bombardier, both on Mission 271, Earl Drapal, Ball Turret on Mission 318, and James Poynor, Pilot, and Gilbert Granet, Bombardier, both on Mission 321.

Responding 4 5/9/2005
Kent

Kent,
Thank you for returning my email concerning TSGT William L. Carpenter. Attached, is a photograph of my father's crew.

Right to Left, From Row:

Lt. Thomas Piers
Lt. Fred Tharp
Lt. Del Crowell
Lt. Dick Frankhauser

Right to Left, Back Row:

Cpl. Leon Berstein
Cpl. William L. Carpenter
Cpl. William Doyle
Cpl. William Winburn
Cpl. Alvin Zerrbower
Cpl. William Barefoot

This photo was taken before the crew left for England, but this crew flew mostly intact for all of their missions. Do you know where I might find the names of my father's other aircraft that his crew flew in? Thank you for the picture of Queenie. That was the plane from my father's first mission on 11/10/44.
Thanks again for getting back with me.

William L. Carpenter Jr.

P.S.- William L. Carpenter Sr. passed away in 2002
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Search No. 1269 - B-17 s/n 42-38052

From: Jodi and Rob Kirkwood, jrkirk447@earthlink.net
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 10:48 AM
Subject: 42-38052

I'm a member of the 447th Bomb Group Association and we're trying to identify the B-17 with s/n 42-38052. Bits & Pieces shows it as part of the 447th, but Freeman only shows it assigned to the 379th. One conclusion is that it was transferred from one BG to the other.

We have good reason to believe this plane was nicknamed "Lucky Stehely Boy" (see attached photo). Do you have any information on this plane?

Thanks
Rob Kirkwood

Rob -
The 379th Bomb Group Association has no record of s/n 42-38052 operating with the Group. We note also that Freeman in "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" shows it operating exclusively with the 379th, but offer the following from our Assistant Historian:

"B-17G-25-DL , serial number 42-38052 , departed America on 22 December 1943 and was assigned to 447th Bombardment Group as a replacement probably in January 1944. The aircraft joined the 711 Bomb.Sqdn and was given the radio call letter L. She flew her first operational mission with the 447th on 4 February 1944. Records suggest the aircraft was named "El Mal Centavo" whilst at Rattlesden, Suffolk ( home of the 447th).

I checked the aircraft movement reports of the 379th for the period 22 Dec.1943 to 4 Feb 1944 and could find no entries to suggest this plane had ever been assigned to the Group at Kimbolton. One possible explanation is a number mix up. The 379th had an aircraft 42-38082 and sometimes an 8 can look like a 5 on old and poorly legible records.

Looking at the photo, you will see the engine cowls are painted blue. This confirms the aircraft belonged to 711BS - the square K Group (447th) adopted this practice in the late summer of 1944. I have not seen any records linking the name "Lucky Stehely Boy" to the above serial number but it sounds as though your correspondents may have established a link. Just to complete the story, 42-38052 survived hostilities to return to America and ended her days at Kingman , Arizona."

We also note that Cliff Bishop in "Fortresses of the Big Triangle First" shows no record of 42-38052 assigned to the 379th.

Hope this information helps your research.

Responding 4 5/8/2005
Kent

Search No. 1268 - William Van Rosendael

From: Therese Harbour, tharbour@csarchpc.com
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 9:54 AM
Subject: 379th BG (H) 526 Sq

My father, William (Bill) Van Rosendael was a navigator with the 379th, 526th Squadron. I believe his plane was named the "Mary E", but would like to confirm this. I am also trying to find out more information on his missions and crewmates and I am not having much luck.

Thank you.
Therese Van Rosendael

Therese -
Association records for William Van Rosendael show he flew 20 missions as Navigator with the 526th Squadron from December 30, 1944 to April 17, 1945. Our records indicate mission numbers 256, 257, 258, 261, 262, 264, 270, 277, 281, 282, 283, 286, 289, 291, 294, 295, 301, 305, 318, and 327. Lt. Van Rosendael may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

Records show Lt. Van Rosendael flew in a number of different aircraft, but we have no information on an aircraft named "Mary E". Crew on Mission 257 to Neuss, in a/c 43-38745, and what seems to be Lt. Van Rosendael's "regular" crew was as follows:

Klauka, Bernard V, Lt, Pilot
Putyrake, Alex, FO, Co-Pilot
Van Rosendael, William A, Lt, Nav
Fry, Sheridan, Lt, Bomb
Goulart, Joseph E, Cpl, Radio Op
Long, Henry A, Sgt, Top Turret
Harrar, Robert K, Cpl, Ball Turret
Keaton, Kenneth N, Cpl, Waist
Walsh, Clayton P, Cpl, Tail

Joseph Goulart is on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 4/26/2005
Kent

Search No. 1267 - B-17 #42-29937

From:  "frank et sandrine" <bernard-morbihan@wanadoo.fr>
To: <looking4@379thbga.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2005 1:22 PM
Subject: B-17 #42-29937

Hello,
My name is Frank BERNARD, I am member of a association called Air Memorial which purpose is to pay tribute to allied airmen which lost their lives in Brittany (France) during last WWII. I would like to know where b-17 # 42-29937 crashed on 23rd September 1943?
Thank you.

Frank
Association records for B-17 #42-29937 (Squadron code FR-C) confirm that this aircraft was lost on the September 23, 1943 mission to Nantes, France. Crew for this aircraft on this mission was as follows:

Briendenthal, L T, 2nd Lt, Pilot, POW
Wornson, A T, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Returned
Elskes, S J, 2nd Lt, Nav, Returned
Padgett, G C, 2nd Lt, Bomb, POW
Mckinlay Jr., J T, TSgt, Radio Op, POW
Small, G I, TSgt,Top Turret, POW
Pitzo, M, SSgt, Ball Turret, POW
Shaw, Clifford W,SSgt, Right Waist, POW
Mayo, Joseph D, Sgt, Left Waist, POW
Rickett, W L, SSgt, Tail, POW

Sidney Elskes was one of two crewmembers who successfully evaded capture, and returned to US military control. He is on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 4/17/2005
Kent

Search No. 1266 - Roland H. Martin Jr

From:  Ellen Sirianni, ESIRIANNI@aol.com
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2005 2:49 PM
Subject: A former crew member of my dad's crew

Hi

My name is Ellen Sirianni and my father Daniel Sirianni was a member of the 379th bomb group which was shot down on a mission over Schweinfurt, Germany on October 14,1943.

I have been looking for the former members of his crew. I have found all the members either living or passed away. The only member I can't find is the pilot Roland H Martin Jr. One of the living member also have tried to locate him. Could you tell me if he is still living or passed away? I would appreciate any information about him. Or where I could look.

Thank you so much.
Sincerely yours,
Ellen Sirianni

Ellen -
Daniel Sirianni's crewmates on the October 14 1943 mission to Schweinfurt were as follows:

Martin Jr., Roland H, 2nd Lt, Pilot, POW
Price Jr., Linden H, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, POW
Maher, Daniel J, 2nd Lt, Navigator, POW
Rittenberg, Irving M, 2nd Lt, Bombardier, POW
Mattern, Edwin L, Tech Sgt, ROp/Gunner, RTMC
Macri, Nicholas J,Tech Sgt, TT Gunner, POW
Peacock, Elihu,Staff Sgt, Ball Gunner, POW
Cihonski, John L, Tech Sgt, RW Gunner, POW
Sirianni, Daniel A, Staff Sgt, LW Gunner, POW
Janik, Adam A, Staff Sgt, Tail Gunner, POW

Sorry, we have no information on the pilot, Roland H. Martin. If you have made contact with any living members of this crew, we would appreciate any data on them, and ask that you pass information about the Association to them.

Responding 4 4/16/2005
Kent

Search No.  1265 - The Iron Maiden

From:  Norbert Vollmann" <norbertvollmann@gmx.de>
To: <looking4@379thbga.org>
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 1:49 PM
Subject: B 17

Hello!
I'm a journalist of Gerolzhofen, about 20 Kilomtres near Schweinfurt. On 14th. October 1953 a B 17 had to make a forced landing during the attack to Schweinfurt by Gerolzhofen. I've contacted p. E. Mr Sirianni as a member of the crew. Now my question: The bomber was painted by a beautiful woman with long (red?) hairs and a green (?) skirt or swimsuit. do you know more about the painting.
Norbert Vollmann

Norbert -
On October 14, 1943, bombers of the US Eighth Air Force attacked the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. This mission came to be known as "Black Thursday" due to the incredibly high losses experienced. The 379th lost 6 aircraft of 17 dispatched.

Daniel Sirianni was a crewmember on aircraft 42-29511, Squadron code FR-W, "The Iron Maiden". Unfortunately, the Association does not have any photographs or information on the artwork for this airplane. Your inquiry will be posted on our website; perhaps one of our members will respond with further information.

Responding 4 4/16/2005
Kent

Search No.  1264 - Edward F Connolly

From:  "Kathy Nicholson" <knicholson9@mchsi.com>
To: <looking4@379thbga.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2005 8:14 AM
Subject: Looking for Lt. Edward F. Connolly

Would like any info you can give me on my uncle listed above. I know he was in the 526 sqd.
Thank you, Thomas E. Connolly

Thomas -
Association records for Edward F Connolly show he flew 17 missions with the 526th Squadron from June 22, 1943 to September 16, 1943. Our records indicate mission numbers 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, and 30. Lt Connolly may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

Lt. Connolly is listed as KIA on Mission 30 to Nantes, France, in aircraft 42-29901. Crew on this mission was as follows:

Euwer, Walter C, Lt, Pilot, KIA
Brown, Leonard M, Lt, Co-Pilot, KIA
Evans, Sten A, Lt, Nav, KIA
Connolly, Edward F, Lt, Bomb, KIA
Blatchford, Samuel N, TSgt, Radio Op, POW
Hamilton, Louis A, TSgt, Top Turret, KIA
Schroeder, Elmer W, SSgt, Ball Turret, POW
Koval, Cyril G, SSgt, Right Waist, POW
Held, Alfred D, SSgt, Left Waist, POW
Hart, Clifford M,SSgt, Tail, KIA

Sam Blatchford is on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 3/26/2005
Kent

Search No. 1263 - Robert Alan Satterly

From: Dr Chip Satterly, CC2781@COCENTRAL.COM
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2005 8:51 AM
Subject: Robert Alan Satterly

My dad was a crew member in the 524th Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group. He was stationed in Kimbolton from late 1944 thorugh 1945. Would like to communicate with anyone who might remember him. I recall that he might have been a waist gunner. Tall and thin, his nickname was "Slats." Thanks so much!!
His son,
Robert Alan Satterly, jr. MD

Chip -
Association records for Robert Alan Satterly show he flew 3 missions with the 524th Squadron from March 3, 1945 to April 3, 1945. Our records indicate mission numbers 293, 314, and 315. Sgt. Satterly may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

Crew on aircraft 44-6915 (no name) was as follows:

Lipscomb, Robert D, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Pankey, James O, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Hoehle, William F, 2nd Lt, Nav
Lohman, Walter E, SSgt, Togglier
Glover, Henry O, Sgt, Radio Op
Bailey, Avery O, Sgt, Top Turret
Mccloskey, Charles R, Sgt, Ball Turret
Satterly, Robert A, Sgt, Waist
Byron, Richard E, Sgt, Tail

Robert Lipscomb, William Hoehle, Henry Glover, and Richard Byron are on our current Association roster. Your query will be posted in the Looking 4 section of the web site.

Responding 4 3/26/2005
Kent

Search No.  1262 - 42-102675 Lt. William Smithdeal

From: "Luc Vervoort" <vervoort.luc@telenet.be>
To: <looking4@379thbga.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 9:17 AM
Subject: 42-102675 Lt.William Smithdeal

Dear Sirs,

Already for many years I'm researching the airwar over the ETO. The above mentioned plane went missing on September 11, 1944.
It is possible that this B17 crashed in Belgium. Do you have more details about her crew and final mission ?

Many thanks and best regards from sunny Belgium !

Luc

Luc -
Association records show aircraft 42-102675 as shot down and crashed in Belgium on September 11, 1944. Crew was as follows:

Smithdeal, William F, 1st Lt, Pilot, POW
Bengis, Henry T, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, POW
Huhta, Donald S, 2nd Lt, Nav, POW
Vevier, Charles, 2nd Lt, Bomb, POW
Schroeder, Grayson L, TSgt, Radio Op, POW
Sindelar, Orville W, TSgt, Top Turret, POW
Shranko, Peter, Sgt, Ball Turret, POW
Bissing, Jacob, SSgt, Waist, Returned
Koehl, George R, Sgt, Tail, Returned

William Smithdeal and Henry Bengis are on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 3/23/2005
Kent

Search No.  1261 - Stanley A Kusy

From:  trabrf4c@sbcglobal.net
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 6:11 PM
Subject: Research

Trying to obtain information on STANLEY A. KUSY, 2LT, 0-736253, KIA: 30 JUL 1943, KASSEL GERMANY.

Can you provide additional information or assistance?

Thanks
GJS

Association records for Stanley A Kusy show he flew 9 missions as Co-Pilot with the 525th Squadron from June 22, 1943 to July 30, 1943. Our records indicate mission numbers 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 17. Lt. Kusy may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

Lt. Kusy is listed as KIA on Mission 17 to Kassel, Germany, in aircraft 42-5829, "Flying Jenny". Crew on this mission were as follows:

Hoveland, Lawrence B, Lt, Pilot, KIA
Kusy, Stanley A, Lt, Co-Pilot, KIA
Johnston, William E, Lt, Nav, KIA
Williams, David S, Lt, Bomb, POW
Williams, Stanley, TSgt, Radio Op, POW
Denny, Carl L, TSgt, Top Turret, KIA
Manista, Stanley F, SSgt, Ball Turret, POW
Blanton, Joseph W, SSgt, Right Waist, POW
Oman, Andrew J, SSgt,Left Waist, POW
Wamsley, Thiel, SSgt, Tail, POW

Sorry, none of the survivors are on our current Association roster.

Responding 4 3/23/2005
Kent

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