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 Dailies of the 323rd Squadron

1943

Transcribed by Nancy Perri

JANUARY
3 Jan. 1943 - Four ships of this squadron participated in bombing mission over enemy submarine pens and docks at St. Nazaire, France. One ship turned back due to malfunction of engines. The ships were piloted by the following - Capt. Clancy, Lt.'s Birdsong, Anderson, and McCarty. Heavy A.A. fire and quite a few enemy fighters were encountered. One of our ships was last seen going down in the vicinity of the target. The plane was the first loss to our squadron and the following crew is missing - Pilot, 1st Lt. Anderson, Co-Pilot, Lt. Lee, Nav., Lt. Roten, Bombardier, Lt. Karnarth, Engineer, T/Sgt. Marrar; Assistant Engineer, S/Sgt. Senn, Radio Op. T/Sgt. Barker; Assistant Radio Op. S/Sgt. McCauley, Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. Odegard; and Utility Gunner, Sgt. Flint. The other ships returned safely though slightly damaged by enemy action. Bomb load was five, one thousand general-purpose bombs. Damage to enemy installations was considerable. Four enemy fighters were shot down. T/Sgt. Remmell accounting for two; S/Sgt. Olexa, and S/Sgt. Carter for one each.
 
4 to 13 Jan.1943 - Squadron engaged in training activities and ground school.
 

13 Jan. 1943 - Three ships of this squadron piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Lt. Birdsong and Lt. McCarty participated in bombing mission over storage warehouses and locomotive shops at Lille, France. Bomb load was ten, five hundred general-purpose bombs. Light enemy opposition encountered. Bombing results good. Ships returned safely. Two FW 190s downed by S/Sgt. Olexa.
 
14 Jan. 1943 - Capt. Yuravich, 1/Lt. Shaw, S/Sgts. Shumard and Howard were awarded the Purple Heart.
 
14 to 23 Jan. 1943 - Squadron engaged in training activities and ground school. Due to adverse
weather conditions, not much flying is being done.
 
15 Jan. 1943 - S/Sgt. Perri was awarded the Air Medal
 
20 Jan. 1943 - Lt. Fisher was awarded the Purple Heart.
 
23 Jan. 1943 - Piloted by Lt. Giauque, one ship of this squadron took part in mission against submarine installations at Lorient, France. However, ship did not complete mission, becoming lost from formation in overcast. T/Sgt. Jones was hospitalized with frostbitten hands. Lt. Clinard, Lt. Beiseker and S/Sgt. Taliercio served as crewmembers on ships flown by other squadrons on this mission. It is a set policy for squadrons in this group to cooperate with each other in furnishing crew members when needed. By this means, maximum number of ships in the group are enabled to participate in missions.
 
24 to 27 Jan. 1943 - Squadron engaged in ground school and training activities.
 
25 Jan. 1943 - Capt.'s. Dwyer and Bohlen, 1st Lt.'s Bell, Bennett, Bobrow, Sanders, Andrews and Roten; T/Sgts. Bass and Curb; S/Sgts. Marrar, Card, Farrar, Fredricks, Hatch, Hunter, Kusowski, Miller, Shumard and Platt, and Sgt. Fournier were awarded the Air Medal. T/Sgt. King, S/Sgt. Alvey and Sgt. Flint (missing in action) were awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster.
 
27 Jan. 1943 - Four ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Lt. McCarty, Lt. Birdsong and Lt. Giauque participated in the first over Germany itself by American heavy bombers. Target was the Diesel engine factory at Wilhelmshaven. Bomb load was five one thousand pound general purpose. Both Wilhelmshaven and Emden were bombed with good results. A.A. fire was light and inaccurate, but gunners shot down ten of them. Sgt. Lehew accounted for two of them; S/Sgt. Farrer, T/Sgt. Remmell, S/Sgt. Byrd, Sgt. Petersen, S/Sgt. Sumergrad, S/Sgt. Mahan, S/Sgt. Taylor and Lt. Clinard accounted for one each. Though slightly damaged, all ships returned safely. Ship #24547, "Vertigo" piloted by Lt. Martin McCarty, landed with a crew member wounded. 
 
29 Jan. 1943 - B-17 ship no. 24639 was assigned to this squadron.
 
FEBRUARY
2 Feb. 1943 - Five ships of this squadron took part in a projected mission against the enemy but due to adverse weather conditions were forced to turn back shortly after the takeoff.
 
4 Feb. 1943 - Five ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt. Bishop, Lt.'s Birdsong, McCarty, Bobrow and Ellis took part in a mission against the Hamm Marshaling Yards. Due to weather conditions alternative target of Emden was bombed. Ships were loaded with ten five hundred pound general-purpose bombs. Results of bombing considered good. Heavy enemy flak encountered. Numerous enemy fighters engaged us. Two of our ships and their crews did not return. 
Believed missing as result of enemy fighter activity.  Crews missing - ship 544, Pilot, Lt. Bobrow; Copilot, Lt. Saunders; Nav., Lt. Clinard; Bombardier, Lt. Andrews; Engineer T/Sgt. Bass; Asst. Engineer, T/Sgt. Wheeler; Radio Op., T/Sgt. Curb; Asst. Radio S/Sgt. Fredricks; Tail Gunner, Sgt. E. R. Campbell; Utility Gunner, Sgt. Blackburn. Ship 589, Pilot, Lt. Ellis; Copilot, Lt. Futch; Nav. Lt. Dunham; Bombardier, Lt. Biseker; T/Sgt. Demars;
Asst. Engineer, S/Sgt. Gaeta; Radio S/Sgt. LaMedica; Asst. Radio Op. S/Sgt. Floyd; Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. Howard; Utility Gunner, Sgt. Mastrobaradino. S/Sgt. Hatch was wounded in action.
 
5 to 14 Feb. 1943 - Squadron engaged in training activities and ground school. Adverse weather conditions prevented activity in the air.
 
9 Feb. 1943 - S/Sgt. Hatch was awarded the Purple Heart.
 
14 Feb. 1943 - Mission undertaken against Hamm Marshaling Yards in Germany but due to adverse weather conditions all ships returned to base without dropping their bombs. Our group had no encounters with enemy.
 
15 Feb. 1943 - Ground school and training activities.
 
16 Feb. 1943 - Four ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt.’s Dwyer & Clancy, Lt.'s Giauque and McCarty took part in the mission to St. Nazaire locks and basin entrance for enemy submarines. Bombs were thousand pound general-purpose bombs. Bombing was very successful. Enemy A.A. fire heavy. Sixty-five enemy fighters encountered, two of which were definitely shot down.
 
16 Feb. 1943 - Flight Officer Brooks assigned to us from the R.A.F.
 
20 Feb. 1943 - Ship No. 24464 was assigned to this squadron and was lost by the 324th on March 4th in a forced sea landing.
 
25 Feb. 1943 - Ship No. 24599 was assigned to this squadron.
 
26 Feb. 1943 - Four ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Lt.'s McCarty, Giauque, Birdsong participated in raid against enemy submarine and shipbuilding yards at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Results fair. Enemy A.A. fire was heavy. Also encountered twenty of their fighters and five bombers. The 91st shot down two fighters, S/Sgt. Trent accounted for one FW 190.
 
27 Feb. 1943 - Four ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt.'s Dwyer & Bishop, Lt.'s Giauque and Birdsong took part in a raid on shipbuilding slips in Port Militaire, Brest, France. One was abortive. Thousand pound general-purpose bombs were used. Mission judged partially successful. Heavy A.A. fire encountered but their fighters were not seen. Our ships returned safely.  

 March
3 March 1943
Four ships of this squadron: Pilots, Capt. Bishop, Lt. Giauque, Walker (attached), Capt. Dwyer attacked the Marshaling Yards at Rouen with great success. All ships returned safely.
 
4 March 1943
One combat crew from the 92nd Group was attached to us for training.
 
4 March 1943
Four ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt. Clancy, Capt. McCarty, Lt. Giauque and Lt. Birdsong participated in bombing against enemy marshaling yards at Hamm, Germany. A.A. fire heavy. Sixty-five enemy fighters encountered. After a furious battle, we shot down four of them. Lt. Fisher accounted for a Me 109, T/Sgt. Remmell for a Me 110, and S/Sgts, Streets and Perri shot down one FW190 each. Our ship No. 549 and entire crew missing, believed shot down by enemy fighters. The following personnel is missing: Pilot, Capt. McCarty, Copilot, Lt. Hill, Nav., Lt. B. M. Bennett, Bombardier, Lt. Bell, Engineer, T/Sgt, McCormack, Assistant Engineer, Sgt. Cardin, Radio Op., T/Sgt. Dunnavanti, Assistant Radio Op., S/Sgt. Engle, Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. Trent, and Utility Gunner, Sgt. Pereira. T/Sgt. Corrigan who was flying with the 324th Squadron that day was missing in action. Ship No.077
seriously damaged. Lt. Wiley, seriously wounded.  Lt. Birdsong, Lt. Miller, S/Sgt. Kusowski and T/Sgt. Corl were also wounded.  The 91st group was the only group over the target and the bombing was perfect.
 
6 March 1943
Three ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Capt. Clancy, and Lt. Giauque, took part in bombing mission against enemy's Marine Naval Power Plant at Lorient, France. A.A. fire was very light. Two enemy fighters encountered but none were shot down.  All our ships returned safely. Bombing results were excellent. T/Sgt. Corl and S/Sgt. Kusowski were awarded the
Purple Heart.
 
7 March 1943
A full crew was assigned to this squadron. They were: Lt. Lamberson, Lt. Nicholls, Lt. Steraglans, Lt. Stark, T/Sgts. Bagwell and Mooney, Corp. Raynolds and Pvt. Brummel. Ship No. 29475 was assigned to this squadron.
 
8 March 1943
Three ships of this squadron, piloted by: Capt. Dwyer, Capt. Clancy and Lt. Giauque took part in bombing mission against enemy marshalling yards at Rennes, France. Five hundred pound, general purpose bombs were used with good results. A.A. fire was light. Twenty-five enemy fighters were engaged, one of which was shot down and another probably shot down. S/Sgt. Kenneth Heron was accredited with one FW190. All our ships returned safely. Bombing result was excellent.
 
9 March 1943
Ship No. 5787 was assigned to this squadron.
 
10 March 1943
Lt. Hammond assigned to this squadron as a copilot.
 
12 March 1943
1/Lt.'s Biggs, and Silvernail, 2nd Lt.'s Hays, Boehn, Bennett and Sullivan, S/Sgts. Cronk, Gaynor, Williams and Robinson were assigned to the squadron for combat duty.
 
12 March 1943
Four ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Lt. Giauque, Lt. Birdsong and Lt. Walker participated in bombing mission over enemy territory. One ship bombed the airport dispersal area at Abbeville, France. Others bombed the locomotive depot, south of Amiens, France, without good results. A.A. fire light. Only five enemy fighters encountered, none of which were shot down.
 
15 March 1943
1st Lt. Blakeney, 2nd Lt. Van Bemmel, T/Sgts. Williams, Barrett and Neal; S/Sgts. O'Brien, Wilson and Arihood; Pvt. Roden were assigned to this squadron for combat duty
 
16 March 1943
Ship No. 29642 assigned to this squadron.
 
17 March 1943
S/Sgt. Henry A. Carter, Jr., tail gunner for Lt. Birdsong, was run over by an automobile near Baldock and killed.
 
18 March 1943
Five ships from our squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer and Clancy; Lt. Giauque, Rand and Walker took part in the extremely successful bombing of the submarine building yards at Vegasack, Germany. Approaching from a northeasterly direction and flying across the narrow direction of the target. The bombing was well directed and concentrated, securing praise from all high commands, including Winston Churchill. Seven nearly completed submarines on the ways are believed destroyed. This was the largest effort of US bombers so far, with ninety-seven ships over the target. Three tons of
bombs were carried for the first time on a big mission.
 
22 March 1943
Six ships from our squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Clancy and Bishop; Lt.'s Evins, Giauque Rand bombed the shipyards at Wilhelmshaven. Bombing was good. Bombs were dropped by JU88's on parts of the formation when well off shore after leaving the target. Four enlisted men joined this squadron as ground personnel.
 
26 March 1943
Ship No. 29657 was assigned to this squadron.
 
28 March 1943
Five ships from this squadron piloted by Capt's. Dwyer, Clancy and Bishop, Lt's. Evins, Reynolds and Walker took part in mission o the locomotive works in the marshalling yards at Rouen, France. One hole through the clouds permitted good bombing, although the approach was not as briefed.   

April
3 April 1943
T/Sgt. J. F. Jones awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster for the Air Medal. Capt’s. Clancy and Mass; 1st/Lt.'s Rand, W. C. Butler, Evins, Giauque and Lethers; T/Sgts Corl and Gillian, S/Sgt.'s Byrd, Olexa, Streets, Sumergrad, L. L. Taylor, Petersen and Wawrzynek awarded the Air Medal. 1st/Lt. Beiseker awarded the Air Medal posthumously. S/Sgt. Carter awarded the Air Medal posthumously. S/Sgt. Engle awarded the Air Medal.
 
4 April 1943
Seven ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt's. Dwyer and Clancy, Lt.'s Giauque, Biggs, Rand, Walker, Evins took part in the raid on the Renault Works in Paris. Bombing results were good. 1st/Lt. Retchin, 2nd/Lt.'s Baalmas, Paulson and E. J. Reynolds, S/Sgts. Kalisheck, Wuczik, King, Meade, Conard and Ruber assigned and joined this squadron for combat duty
 
5 April '193
Three ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Capt. Clancy and Lt. Lethers took part in the mission of the important enemy fighter repair shops, just south of Antwerp, which was carried out with good results.
 
16 April 1943
Six ships of our squadron, piloted by Capt's. Dwyer and Clancy, Lt.'s Rand, Biggs, Evins and Birdsong took part in the mission on the power station at Lorient, France. The bombing results were poor, most of the bombs dropping into the river to the right of the target.
 
17 April 1943
Eight ships of this squadron, piloted by Capt's. Dwyer, Clancy and Giauque, Lt.'s Birdsong, Biggs, Rand, Evins and Walker took part in the mission on the F. W. Works at Bremen, Germany. Our squadron was leading the 91st group, which led the whole mission. Major P. D. Brown and Capt. Dwyer with Navigator Capt Charles Maas made a fine team in leading over the route, briefed under hazy ground visibility, and dropping a dense pattern on our target with excellent results.
 
19 April 1943
Ships No. 5206 and 29687 assigned to this squadron.
 
20 April 1943
Three combat crews from the 94th Bomb Group attached to this squadron for training.
 
21 April 1943
Major P. D. Brown, our Commanding Officer, was transferred to the 94th Bomb Group as Executive Officer.

1 May 1943
Seven of our ships, piloted by Capt.'s Dwyer, Birdsong; Lt.'s Evins Gladstone, Lethers, Rand and Biggs making up "C" Flight, took part in the mission to St. Nazaire. The weather was so poor that our group dropped no bombs on the target. Strong head winds and thick weather contributed to the formations breaking up and many made a land fall near the Channel Isles, off the French coast, thinking it was England. Enemy fighters attacked at that time when our ships were at a low altitude and Lt. Rand was shot down into the sea, north of Brebant Island. The crew of the ship, No. P547, was Maj. M. Rosener from the 94th Group; Lt. R. Rand, Lt. D. M. Sternglanz, T/Sgts. C. V. King and D. B. Hatch; S/Sgts. J. B. Farrar, T. F. Kusowski, A. B. Platt,
R. E. Shumard and W. C. Wawryznek.
 
4 May 1943
Six of our ships, commanded by Capt.'s Dwyer, Clancy and Giauque; Lt.'s. Retchin, Evins and Birdsong took part in the mission on the Ford Works at Antwerp as the lead flight of a composite group made up of the 91st and 305th - over strength. This mission - the first evening attack - was carried out with heavy fighter support, including six squadrons of P47s. It was affected by a complicated crisscross diversion and accomplished excellent bombing
results. There were no losses and almost no enemy fighter opposition.
 
6 May 1943
Lt.'s. Forsblad, Rodman, Syphard and Slator; T/Sgt.'s Zimmerman and Nichols; S/Sgt.'s Balzer, Stephenson and Valerio were assigned to our squadron for combat duty.
 
13 May 1943
Six ships from our squadron, piloted by Capt.'s Clancy and Giauque; Lt.'s. Silvernail, Retchin, Biggs and Stark took part in the mission to Meault, France. Two of our ships were shot down by enemy fighters over the target. The crews were as follows; Pilot, Lt. Biggs; Copilot, Lt. Hayes, Nav. Lt. B. Blakeney, Bomb. Lt. Huehn, Eng. T/Sgt. J. J. Williams, W.G. S/Sgt. J. J. Cronk; Radio Op. T/Sgt. O'Brien, BT,  Sgt. Donefrio, T.G. S/Sgt. Valerio, W.G., Sgt. J. Roden, Ship No. 642 - Pilot Lt. Stark, Copilot Lt. J. T. Evins; Nav. Lt. Syphard; Bomb. Lt. Nichols; Radio Op.,  T/Sgt. Mooney; Eng., T/Sgt. Bagwell; Asst. Eng., Sgt. Reynolds; BT, S/Sgt. Arihood; T.G. Sgt. Brummeland W.G. Sgt. Wirt. Lt. Oakley, along as photographer, was also lost on this ship.
 
14 May 1943
Five ships from our squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Capt. Clancy, Capt. Giauque, Lt. Retchin and Lt. Silvernail took part in the mission on Kiel, Germany. The whole bombing formation was led by Capt. Dwyer and the bombing by our group was most successful. This mission marked a new long-range bombing by USAAF, daylight bombers into Germany. Capt. Dwyer and Capt. Bohlan were on their 25th mission and became the 3rd and 4th in our group to reach this figure. All our ships returned without any casualties.
 
15 May 1943
Five ships from our squadron, piloted by Capt. Clancy, Capt. Giauque, Capt. Birdsong, Lt. Silvernail and Lt. Retchin took part in the mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. 10/10 clouds prevented the ships from reaching the target and the bombs were dropped on Heligoland. All ships returned safely.
 
16 May 1943
Lt. Kethley, Lt. Cox, Lt. Sternberg, Lt. Cullen, T/Sgts. Dessault and Bragg, S/Sgts. Danielson, Stokes, Burks and Bacon were assigned to our squadron for combat duty.
 
17 May 1943
Four of our ships, piloted by Capt. Clancy, Lt. Silvernail, Lt. Retchin and Capt. Birdsong took part in the mission to Lorient, France. The weather and bombing were good and all ships returned safely. Capt. Maas, navigator for Capt. Dwyer, was transferred to 4th Wing.
 
19 May 1943
Six of our ships, piloted by Capt. Clancy, Capt. Birdsong, Capt. Giauque, Lt. Silvernail, Lt. C.A. Bennett and Lt. Retchin took part in the mission to Kiel, Germany. Bombing was good as was the diversionary raid on Flensberg. All ships returned safely.
 
 
21 May 1943
Six ships of our squadron, piloted by Capt.'s Clancy, Birdsong and Giauque, Lt.'s. Silvernail, Retchin and Forsblad went on the mission to Wilhelmshaven. Intense enemy fighter opposition - 150 to 200 - was encountered before reaching the target. Attacks were made on the group leader ‘en masse’ and our ships were badly shot up. Lt Retchin, in ship No. 657 was shot down. In his crew were Copilot, Lt. Lamberson; Nav., Lt. Floyd; Bomb., Lt. Byrnes; Radio Op., T/Sgt. Musik; Assist. Radio Op., S/Sgt King; B. T., S/Sgt. Meade; R.W.G., T/Sgt. Kalfsbeck; L.W.G.,  S/Sgt. Huber;
and T.G.,  S/Sgt. Cunard.
 
25 May 1943
Capt. Bishop made Commanding Officer of our squadron.
 
28 May 1943
Capt. Dwyer transferred to 4th Wing.
 
29 May 1943
Five ships from our squadron, piloted by Capt. Clancy, Capt. Giauque, Capt. Birdsong, Lt. Silvernail and Lt. Kethley took part in the mission on St. Nazaire. This was the largest U.S. heavy bombing effort to date with three combat wings of three groups each - a total of 169 ships taking part. Six were lost. Bombing results were good and our group encountered very little fighter opposition. At the same time Rennes was attacked by about seventy of our bombers and La Pallice by about fifty B 24s. Capt. Giauque, S/Sgt. Mahan, T/Sgt. Thompson and T/Sgt. Sumergrad completed their 25 missions and were relieved of further operational duty.

9 June 1943
10 men joined our Squadron in the ground echelon.
 
10 June 1943
12 men were assigned to our Squadron in the ground echelon
 
11 June 1943
Two ships of this squadron took part in a raid to Germany on which the primary and secondary targets were not bombed because of poor visibility and bombs were dropped ineffectively on scattered targets of opportunity in the North Germany. Our ships were  #559 piloted by Lt. Silvernail and #787 piloted by Lt. Kethley.  All ships of our group returned without damage.
 
13 June 1943
Five of our ships took off for Bremen. Four piloted by Capt. Birdsong, Lt. Forsblad, Lt. Silvernail, Lt. Kethley bombed the target and Capt. Clancy's ship had to return early as the fuel pump on No. 3 engine was out. Bombing was fair and very little enemy fighter opposition was encountered owing to a
diversion by another formation of Bombers to Kiel.  Flak was also less intense and accurate than expected.
 
15 June 1943
Five ships of our squadron took off on a mission to France.  Owing to unusually cold weather and four layers of cloud cover amounting to 9/10 to 10/10 most of the time, the mission returned after reaching the French coast over the Jersey Islands where flak was encountered. Capt. Bishop, leading the whole group was the only one of our squadron getting over enemy territory. The following were abortive owing to failures - Lt. Silvernail, Lt. Kethley, Capt. Birdsong, and Lt. Lethers.
 
22 June 1943
Six ships of our squadron piloted by Capt. Clancy, Capt. Birdsong, Lt. Silvernail, Lt. Kethley and Lt. Bennett completed a mission to Germany on a synthetic rubber plane at Huls near the Ruhr. Lt. Forsblad took off but was abortive. Heavy fighter opposition was encountered with 5 ships lost by our group, 3 from the low "B" flight. Bombing was fair. Lt. Hoehn, the first member of the 91st group who happens to be a member of the 323rd squadron combat crews to go down over enemy territory and successfully escape and return to England, visited us for the first time since his escape.
 
25 June 1943
Five planes Capt. Birdsong, Capt. Clancy, Lt. Bennett, Lt. Silvernail, and Lt. Kethley completed sorties on a mission, which because of 10/10 weather failed to bomb the primary target at Hamburg. Bombs were released blindly over Germany. All of our ships returned although other groups suffered losses of 16 ships. Capt. Clancy, Lt. Miller and Lt. Ott completed their 25 operations.
 
26 June 1943
Four ships of this squadron - Pilots Lt. Smith, Capt. Birdsong, Lt. Kethley, and Forsblad completed sorties on a mission planned on Villacoublay, but which could not attack any target because of poor visibility. Light enemy
opposition encountered.
 
29 June 1943
Five ships of this squadron piloted by Capt. Birdsong, Lt. Forsblad, Lt. Bennett, Lt. Kethley, and Lt. Silvernail took part in and completed a mission to bomb the airdrome at Tricqueville, France.  Although there was 10/10-cloud cover over the target and the ships returned without dropping bombs in as much as this effort was planned as a diversion feint to aid another effort, it had certain value. Spitfire support was splendid and no enemy opposition was encountered. Capt. Birdsong and Capt. Ackerman completed their 25 operations and as predicted gave everyone on the field and the crew the greatest scare of their 25 operations when they zoomed hangar B from grass level -- missing by inches.
 
29 June 1943
Our C.O., Capt. Bishop became "Major Bishop."
 
The dates not mentioned above for the month of June, are accounted for in the fact that our combat crews have had daily schedules in all the required subjects pertaining to their combat training, to include every day not engaged in missions.
 
The following is a list of new Combat Crews assigned to this squadron as of June 29, 1943:
 
Miles, R. M.               (P)
                                                                                           Smith, E. J.               (P)
Von der Heyde, Donald S.   (P)
Haldon, H. T.             (CP)
                                                                                           Cramer, J. M.              (CP)                                                                                 Bru, R. L.                                            (N)                                                         Banowetz, M. E.            (N)                                                                                           Farringer, Leroy           (N)
Feld, Ernie                (B)  
                                                                                        Hansen, L. S.              (B)                                                                                             Brom, Walter S.            (B)                      
Parris, J. M.              (E)    
                                                                  Lyberger, H. R.            (E)                                                                                   Cosac, Peter               (E)
Chandelewsdki, S.          (AE)         
                                                               Young, L. M.               (AE)    
Mitts, Homer J.            (AE)
Phanouf, Frank             (R)    
                                                                   Schmitt, G. J.             (R)
Kopolosky, John R.         (R)
Michaud, N. K.             (AR)    
                                                   Antonacchio, F. A.         (AR)   
Wannamaker, Wm. F.         (AR)
Maynard, F. J.             (G)                             Mazzola, Joe. W.           (G)
Walton, Mack D.            (TG)
West. E. H.                (UG)                               Bone, T. D.                (UG)                            Sperman, Dick              (UG)

JULY 323rd DAILY REPORTS 1943

4 July 1943
Five planes of our squadron took off on the mission to bomb aero-engine works at Le Mans, France.  Lt. Forsblad as spare was abortive and ships of Lt. Kethley, Silvernail, Bennett and Smith successfully bombed the target.  No ships of our group were lost and fighter attacks were light.

6 July 1943
Lt. Thomas reported for combat duty with crew to our squadron.
 
6 July 1943   

Following is a list of our new combat crew members:
 
(P)  McCammon, Keene; (P) Thomas, 2nd/Lt. R. W.; (CP) Bruce, John P.; (CP) Klimklow, 2nd/Lt.; (N) Gill, Richard W.; (N) Lausted, 2nd Lt.; (B) Ohman, Daniel V.; (B) Couzzi, 2nd Lt. M. J.; (E) Cianfichi, Americo; (E) Goodwin, Jr, C. J.; (AE) Regan, James A.; (AE) Kienberger, W. M.; (r) Blackwood, Douglas V.; ®  Blonstein, S/Sgt.  C.;  (AR) Perotta, Mike A.; (AR) Ziernicki, R. S.; (TG) Poling, Herman; (TG) Lengyel, S/Sgt. M.; (UG) Kruger, George R.; (UG) Brooks, T/Sgt. R. I.

10 July 1943
Six of our ships piloted by Lt.'s Lethers, Bennett, Kethley, Miles and Smith took part on a mission to bomb plane repair shops at Vill Couglay. Poor visibility prevented bombing either target or the hangars on Drome at Caen. Lt. Forsblad's ship did not return.  Observations were made of his ship leaving formation apparently with four engines going OK, inside the French coast going out. An unidentified plane with two chutes out was seen later land in the sea one-half mile off the French coast at St. Aubin. This was the first operational mission for the whole crews of Lt.'s  Miles and Smith. Enemy fighter attacks were heavy and were directed principally against "B" flight, which was our squadron. Members of the missing crew were: Pilot - Lt. L. E. Forsblad, CP -Lt. J. J. Bennett, N - Lt. R. W. Gill, B - Lt. J. W. Cheshire, R - Sgt. B. W. Zimmerman, TT  T/Sgt. H. W. Balzer, BT - S/Sgt. J. W. Stephenson, R.W.G - Sgt. J. L. Filder,  L.W.G -
S/Sgt. J. D'Ovidio, TG - S/Sgt. H. K. Olsen.
 
16 July 1943
Ship #734, "Red Balloon" was assigned to our squadron.
 
17 July 1943
Three ships of our squadron: Pilots Lt.'s  Miles, Bennett &  Lethers completed sorties on a mission to Hanover, Germany. Weather was 10/10 over target and bombing was out of the question. Many planes aborted before reaching enemy coast due to poor visibility for rendezvous. Lt. Arcaro's crew reported to
this squadron for combat.
 
17 July 1943 - Following is a list of our latest combat crew reporting.
 
             1/Lt. Arcaro, A. G.               (P)
             2/Lt. Niemczyk, R.                (CP)
             2/Lt. Warner, H. K.               (N)
             2/Lt. Glover, W. F.               (B)
             S/S.  Braun, H. R.                (R)
             S/S.  Lawless, C. P.              (AR)
             S/S.  Scheible, W. R.             (E)
             S/S.  Lindholm, E. F.             (AE)
             S/S.  Sparks, H. R.               (TG)
             S/S.  Kamrh, C. E.                (UG)
 
24 July 1943
Three ships of our squadron:  Pilots - Lt.'s Silvernail, Miles, Von der Heyde, completed mission to Hersva, Norway, carrying out very effective bombing on a new aluminum plant. No E/F opposition was encountered.
 
25 July 1943
Six ships flying flight "B" - Pilots Lt.'s  Kethley, Silvernail, Bennett, Smith, Von der Heyde, Miles took part in a mission to Hamburg and returned without casualties. Bombing was good, light E/F opposition but unusually intense Flak around Hamburg. Other attacks were delivered on Kiel and Wenernunse at the same time.
 
26 July 1943
Six ships of our squadron took off at leading flight of 91st group, which was lead group of 101 C. W. with Major Bishop and Capt. Lethers in lead ship for a mission to Hamburg. Poor visibility caused difficulty in assembly and our group went over the target with another C. W. Our planes over the target were piloted by Maj. Bishop, Capt. Lethers, Lt.'s  Silvernail, Smith and Miles. Bombing was fair.
 
29 July 1943
Three ships of our squadron stood by as spares for mission to Kiel but did not fill in and returned to base.
 
30 July 1943
Six ships, Pilots Lt.'s Silvernail, Thompson, Smith, Kethley, Miles, McCannon, Von der Heyde took off on mission to Kassel. Lt. Mc Cannon and Lt. Miles were missing but crossed the target and the other ships completed the mission. E/F were out in great numbers and flak was intense. Bombing was good. 

Members of the missing crews were as follows:
P - Lt. McCannon, CP - J. P. Bruce, N - Lt. R. U. Duggan, B. D. V. Ohwan, E - T/Sgt. A. Cianfichi, WG - S/Sgt. H. R. Sparks, R. T/Sgt. Douglas V. Blackwood, BT - S/Sgt. Mike a Perotta, TG - S/Sgt. Herman Poling, WG - S/Sgt. Geo. R. Kruger. P - Robert M. Miles, CP - Lt. Harold T. Holden, N - Robert L. Gru. B - Lt. Erwin Feld, E. T/Sgt. James H. Parris, TT - Stanley C. Chmielewski, UG - T/Sgt. Frank Phanouf, WG - S/Sgt. Chester P. Lawless, TG - S/Sgt. Fred J. Maynard,
WG - S/Sgt. Earl E. West.
 
July 1943
33 men joined the ground echelon during the month.
 
NOTE:  Days when no flying on missions or practice flights were mentioned -- combat crews were actively engaged in the regular class instruction as prescribed by wing.

323rd DAILY REPORTS 1943
AUGUST (1 thru 11 were not in the Daily Reports)
12 August 1943
Six planes of our squadron took part in a mission to bomb public utility and artificial gasoline plants at Gelsenkirchen in the Ruhr - Pilots Capt. Lethers, Lt.'s Rodman, Arcaro, Silvernail, Kethley and Thompson. Major Bishop lead the group with Capt. Lethers and bombing accuracy was not too good, owing to poor visibility and smoke screen. Lt.'s  Kethley and Thompson's ships
were badly hit by the first E/F attacks and did not return.  Their crews were as follows:
Billy K    Delta Rebel No. 2
P      -  1st/Lt. Jerold D. Kethley                   
P    -    2nd/Lt. Robert Thomson
CP   -    2nd/Lt. Ennis Cox.                       
CP  -     2nd/Lt. S. Klimkow
N   -     2nd/Lt. Robert Stenberg                 
N    -    2nd/Lt. G. F. Lausted
B     -   2nd/Lt. James Cullen                  
B    -    2nd/Lt. M. J. Couzzi
RO   -    T/Sgt. Conrad Dessault                 
RO  -     T/Sgt. R. I. Brooks
TT    -   S/Sgt. Robert Danielson              
TT   -    T/Sgt. C. J. Goodwin, Jr.
BT    -   S/Sgt. Harold Stokes                 
BT   -    S/Sgt. Wayne Kienberger
WG  -     T/Sgt. Alfred Bragg                    
WG  -     S/Sgt. R. S. Ziernicki
WG  -     S/Sgt. Wilfred Bacon                   
WG  -     S/Sgt. M. Langley
TG    -   S/Sgt. John  Burke                   
TG   -    S/Sgt. Charles Blonstein
 
Capt. Lethers and Lt. Silvernail and Sgt. Wilson completed their twenty-five missions. This was the first attack by USAAF on the Ruhr proper and was carried out by our group at 30,000 feet, also a new high bombing altitude. Intense cold of 42 degrees centigrade below Zero. S/Sgt. H. R. Braum of our squadron and one other member of the 91st died from lack of oxygen and exposure. The 91st lost 4 ships in all and we lost the old "Delta Rebel No. 2" on its
thirty-third trip over enemy territory.
 
15 August 1943
Three ships of our squadron; pilots Lt.'s Bennett, Smith and Von der Hyde completed a mission on an airdrome near Holland (which bombed flushing) with fair results. All ships of the 91st returned safely.
 
16 August 1943
Four planes of our squadron - Pilots Lt.'s Bennett, Arcaro, Smith and Von der Heyde took off on a mission to bomb aviation installations at Le Bourget Airdrome near Paris. The bombing was most successful, without loss to our group, over enemy territory. Lt. Bennett was abortive and Lt. Smith had an explosion in his ship two miles short of the French Coast. He turned back and ditched in the channel 4 miles off the English Coast. All of his crew were immediately rescued and landed at New Haven.
 
17 August 1943
Three planes of our squadron, Pilots Lt.'s Bennett, Arcaro and Von der Heyde took off for Schweinfurt, Germany on the longest mission yet for our wing. All three of our planes were missing on this very disastrous bombing mission in which our group, which led the whole attack on the target lost nine planes. Our crews were as follows:
 
Stup n takit #42-29559

V-Packett    #42-5225

Eagles Wrath #41-24524

P     1st/Lt. C. A. Bennett

P     2nd/Lt. Don S. Von Der Heyde

P     1st/Lt. A. J. Arcaro

CP    2nd/Lt. S. A. Dahlman

CP    2nd/Lt. Donald Primeau

CP    2nd/Lt. R. Niemczyk

N     1st/Lt. Van Bemmel

N     2nd/Lt. E. J. Yelle

N     2nd/Lt. H. K. Warner

B     1st/Lt. M. J. Sullivan

B     2nd/Lt. W. S. Brown, Jr.

B     2nd/Lt. W. F. Glover

TT    T/Sgt. F. C. Cowherd

TT    S/Sgt. P. Comac

TT    T/Sgt. J. F. Jones

WG    S/Sgt. H. G. Gaynor

Bt    Sgt.   H. J. Mitts

WG    S/Sgt. E. F. Lindholm

RO    T/Sgt. W. J. Barrett

RO    T/Sgt. J. R. Kopolosky

RO    Sgt.   D. E. Kaech

BT    Sgt.   J. F. Greager

WG    S/Sgt. B. F. Wannemacher

BT    S/Sgt. H. K. Michaud

TG    S/Sgt. E. P. Troy

TG    S/Sgt. M. D. Walton

TG    S/Sgt. W. G. Golden

WG    S/Sgt. T. J. Hunt

WG    S/Sgt. D. Sparman

WG    S/Sgt. R. E. Dearth     

19 August 1943
The 91st supplied 8 ships for a composite group on a mission to Gilze-Rivin Airfield, Holland. No ships of the 323rd took part, but Major Bishop led the Mission.
 
20 August 1943
Three new combat crews reported for duty to the 323rd Squadron on this date. The list is as follows:

P        1st/Lt. Morris Guttu

          1st/Lt. H. R. Dalton

              Lt. K. W. Thompson

CP     2nd/Lt. Charles Loeber

               Lt. J. R. Stevens

               Lt. D. W. Stringer

N       2nd/Lt. Edgar Richardson

               Lt. J. A Sulli

               Lt. R. M. Temaat

B        2nd/Lt. Alvah Allen

          T/Sgt. T. S. Dugan

           Lt. C. N. Nicholl

RO     S/Sgt. Herschel Kelley

          T/Sgt. C. L. Jensen

          T/Sgt. E. G. Schoenhart

TT     T/Sgt. Robert Crain   

          S/Sgt. R. L. Orawood

          T/Sgt. C. R. Heinritz

BT     S/Sgt. John Delaney, Jr.

          S/Sgt. J. E. Wallin

          S/Sgt. J. A. Searles

TG      Sgt. J. Murren

          S/Sgt. P. R. Taylor

          S/Sgt. F. C. Zawadski

WG      S/Sgt. J. A. Trotz

           S/Sgt. W. L. Hoots

           S/Sgt. J. S. Hachey

WG    S/Sgt. Merle Hilgert

           Lt.    R. Hull

           S/Sgt. V. M. Sickick

24 August 1943
Captain Gladstone and Lt. Rodman piloted ships on the mission to Villacoublay, France. Our group were just off to the right of the Target so did not drop their bombs. All ships of the group returned without casualty, meeting extremely light fighter resistance, largely because P-47 escort took us on the whole route over enemy territory.
The following is a list of our planes to date:
 
639 W   Careful Virgin    523 N
Lil                                                               750 L   079 X
274 U                     540                           
040 Q  Miss Ouachita      734 R (YB-40) Old Ironsides
 
The others have not been given a name as yet.
 
 
27 August 1943
Three of our ships piloted by Lt.'s Rodman, Schaper and Smith took off on mission to
Water, France, a suspicious German construction project. Bombing was not good. All ships returned.
 
30 August 1943
Three of our ships - Pilots Rodman, Schaper and Smith took off on mission to bomb Romilly Airdrome, an Airdrome, south of Amiens. Bad weather over the target forced attack of target opportunity. Lt. Schaper completed mission, Lt. Smith Aborted, Lt. Rodmans’ ship went down in collision just after leaving the English Coast south of Beachy Head, with little hope for crew, who were as follows.
 
 
 P    - Lt. Richard C. Rodman
 CP   - F.O S. L. Czerwinski
 N    - Lt. R. W. Te Maat
 B    - Lt. Saul W. Berson
 E    - T/S Lee Kane
 AE   - S/Sgt. E. S. Vaccaro
 B    - S/Sgt. L. W. Young
 AR   - S/Sgt. J. A. Trotz
 TG   - Sgt. J. P. Murren
 BT   - S/Sgt. J. W. Braisted
 
Note: Combat men have been scheduled for ground training each day when not flying missions or practice flights.

323rd BOMB SQUADRON DAILY REPORTS
Prepared by, 1/Lt. JAMES R. LEGGETT
 
1 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Capt. Ross from duty to transferred, VIII AAF, Per COOP  VIII  AAF.  Sgt. Bannon from duty to DS RAF Station at Kindham per par 10 sq. #232nd Hqs. 1st Bomb Wing.  S/Sgt. Smallow from duty to DS, 10th Replacement Depot, per 1sq. #143 Headquarters AAF Station 121. Pvt.'s.  Kittrell, Latsha, Safford, Sowlesky and Spall appointed Pvt's 1/Cl per 1 Sq #20 effective 1 Sept. 1943.

S/Sgt. Brigman from DS to duty.  1/Lt.'s  Kethley and Sternberg; 2/Lt.'s Couzzi, Cox, Cullen, Klink, Lausted and Thompson; T/Sgt.'s Brooks, Dessault, Goodwin, S/Sgt.'s Bacon, Blonstein, Bragg, Burke, Danielson, Lienberger, Lengyel, Stokes and Ziernicki from missing in action to dropped from rolls.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 2:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a standard beam approach flight for a total of 1:00 hours
 
2 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: 1/Lt. Manassero from duty to transferred to 13th photo SQ. per par. 1 SO #241 Hqs. 5th AF. Capt. Ross assigned and joined per VOCG VIII AAF. CPL. Bonds from duty to transferred to 813th Bomb SQ. per par. 7 SO #235 Hqs. 1st BW. S/Sgt.'s Carey, Lomasney and Migut appointed T/Sgts; Sgt. B. M. Lyons appointed S/Sgt.; Cpl's Allison (SD), Carpenter, Castleberry, Christiansen, R. S. Cooper, Evans, Edmondson, Hale, Hinds, Klamm and Kuenhold appointed Sgts. Per par. 3 SO #137 Hqs. 91st Bomb Gp. Effective 1 Sept. 1943. Pvt. J. J. Jones, from DS to duty. 1/Lt. Leggett assigned and joined per par. 2 SO #138 Hqs. 91st Bomb Group. Pvt. Crain assigned and joined per par. 1 SO #138 Hqs. 91st Bomb Group.
FLYING: Three A/C took off for conches and Evreux Airfields, France, both primary targets.  Owing to thick weather reported over France, the effort was recalled as it reached the English Channel at Selsey Bill on the way out.  All returned. 2 A/C flew on a standard beam approach flight for a total of 2:00 hours.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS: The Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate missions over enemy territory, per GO #138, HQ VIII BC, dated 2 Sept. 1943, to the following:
1/Lt. Anthony G. Arcaro, 0-660542
2/Lt. Donald Primeau,     0-799357
The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate missions over enemy territory, per GO #138, HQ VIII BC, dated 2 Sept.
1943 to the following:
 T/Sgt. Peter  Comac,      13028702
 T/Sgt. John R. Kopolosky,  09240963
 S/Sgt. Dick  Sparman,     39610180
 S/Sgt. William F. Wannemacher, 32427503
 
3 September 1943
Personnel changes: Pvt. Pisarski and Pvt. Raker from duty to transferred to 40th Bomb Group, per par. 8 Sq. #237, Hqs. 1st Bomb Wing.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a standard beam approach flight for a total of 1:30 hours.
 
Mission to Romilly, France: Two A/C took off on a mission to bomb the airfield at Romilly, France. Lt. Dalton returned early and Lt. Smith completed the mission. Slight enemy opposition was encountered and fair bombing results were observed on the last resort target at Evreux. No casualties to the squadron.
Crews credited with mission: Ship #079 -(P) 1/Lt. Eldon
J. Smith, (CP) 2/Lt. James M. Cramer, (N) 2/Lt. Melbourne N. Banowetz, (B) 2/Lt. Lloyd S. Hansen (E) T/Sgt. Harold
R. Lyberger, (AE) S/Sgt. James S. Hachey, (R) T/Sgt. George J. Schmitt, (AR) S/Sgt. Felix A. Antonacchio (G), S/Sgt. Joseph W. Mazzola. (G) S/Sgt. Thomas B. Bone
 
CREWS ABORTING: Due to mechanical failure. Ship #040, 2/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P), 2/Lt. Morris M. Gutter (CP), 2/Lt. Joseph A. Sully (N), 2/Lt. Richard F. Hull (B), T/Sgt. Glenn L. Jensen (E), S/Sgt. William L. Hoots (AE), T/Sgt. Thomas S. Dugan (R), S/Sgt. Raymond L. Orahood (AR), S/Sgt. John A. Wallin (G), S/Sgt. Philip R. Taylor (WG).
                                                               
4 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: S/Sgt. Appicella; Sgt.'s Allshouse, Alton and Archer assigned and joined per par. 3, SO #138, HQ 91st Bomb Group, dated 4 Sept. 1943, effective same day. S/Sgt. Cass and Cpl. Sanborn from duty to DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot, per par 19, SO #236, HQ. 1st BW. 2/Lt.'s Seykora, Weise, Mersereau, Gabler, Perritt, Rolfe, Hill, Rosenfeld, Karp. Poole, Gough and Dear; T/SATs. Bickley, Fetty, Stokes, Weintraub; S/SATs. Brush, Wyskoski, Johnson, Belville, Oliver, Golden, Sample, Sell, Neimas, Barts, Brooks and Davis assigned and joined per par. 5 SO #135, HQ. 91st Bomb Group, Dated 4 Sept. 1943, effective same day.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a local high altitude flight for a total of 1:30 hours.
 
5 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Pfc. Stoneback assigned and joined per par 5 SO #89, 2nd General Hospital. S/Sgt. Neimas assigned and joined. Capt.'s Bright and Flanagan  assigned and joined to SO, HQ. 91st. Bomb Group per par. 8 SO #138, HQ. 91st Bomb Group.
FLYING: Three A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 3:00 hours.
 
6 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Sgt. Fagan assigned and joined per par. 1 SO #1 90, 2nd General Hospital. PFC Stoneback assigned and joined per par 5 SO #89, 2nd General Hospital corrected to read per par I SO #204, Hqs. 1st replacement control depot. 1/Lt.'s Arcaro, Bennett, Sullivan and Von der Heyde; 2/Lt.'s Brown, Dahlman Glover, Niemczyk, Primeau, Warner and Yelle; T/Sgt.'s. Barrett, Cowherd J. F. Jones and Klopoisky; S/Sgt.'s Comac, Dearth, Gaynor, Golden, Hunt, Lindholm, Michaud, Sparman, Troy, Walton and Wannemacher; Sgt.'s Creager, Kaech and Mitts from missing in action to dropped from rolls.2/Lt.'s Bramble, Mack, Ellis and Singer; T/Sgt. Zimmerman; S/Sgt.'s Reich, Bernasconi, Poppa and Ridings assigned and joined per par 1, SO #139, HQ. 91st Bomb Group. T/Sgt. J. M. Williams assigned and DS per par. 1 SO #139 Hqs. 91st Bomb Group. W/O Oliver assigned and joined per par 5 SO #139 Hqs. 91st Bomb Group. 2/Lt. James from duty to transferred to 322nd Bomb Squadron, per par. 4 SO #139 Hqs. 91st Bomb Group.  S/Sgt. Shallow from DS to duty. 1/Lt. Stinson from leave to duty to SD. T/Sgt. Migut; S/Sgt.'s Minehan and Ray from duty to missing in action. 1/Lt. Van Bemmell from missing in action to dropped from rolls.
FLYING:  One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 1:45 hours.
 
MISSION TO STUTTGART, GERMANY:  Four A/C of this squadron took part in this mission. Thick weather over primary target prevented bombing and bombs were dropped on the railway yards at Offenburg. Our combat wing went in last and received very light opposition from enemy fighters. Shortage of gasoline forced Lt. Shaper to ditch in the channel near Hastings on the return. The landing damaged the plane so that the release levers for the dinghy bins could not be pulled. Some of the Mae Wests failed to operate. All got out of the plane with minor bruises. Seven were picked, up within twenty minutes by mine layers nearby and three were lost, as follows: T/Sgt. Walter F. Migut (R), S/Sgt. Edward J. Minehan (AE), S/Sgt. Bernard D. Ray (G).
 
CREWS CREDITED WITH MISSION:
Ship #639 Capt. John T. Gladstone (P); Major John C. Bishop (Group Commander); 1/Lt. Robert N. Paulson (N); 1 /Lt. Edward J. Reynolds, Jr. (B); T/Sgt. John A. Delancy (E);  S/Sgt. James S. Hachey (AE); T/Sgt. George J. Schmitt (R); S/Sgt. James R. Searls (AR); F/0 George M. Brooks (G); S/Sgt. Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG).

Ship #079 1/Lt. Eldon J. Smith (P); 2/Lt. James N. Cramer (CP); 2/Lt Melbourne N. Banowetz (N), 2/Lt. Lloyd S. Hansen (B); T/Sgt. Harold R. Lyberger (E); S/Sgt. Leroy M. Young (AE); S/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelly (R); S/Sgt. Felix A. W. Tonachio (AE); S/Sgt. Joseph W. Mazzola (G); S/Sgt. Thomas B. Bone (UG).
Ship #040 2/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P); 2nd/Lt. Morris M. Gufta (CP), 1st/Lt. Joseph A. Sulla (N); 2/Lt. Richard F. Kull (S); S/Sgt. Lawrence J. Myrtle (E) 401st; S/Sgt. William L. Hoots (AE); T/Sgt. Thomas S. Dagan (R); S/Sgt. Raymond L. Orahood (AR); S/Sgt. John A. Wallin (G); S/Sgt. Phillip R. Taylor (UG).
Ship #540 2/Lt. Lloyd S. Scraper (P); 2/Lt. Raymond E. Stephens (CP); 2/Lt. Woodrow W. Mays (N); 2/Lt. Steven W. Manson (B); Sgt. Noah C. Kirk (E); S/Sgt. Raymond L. LaFon (AR); S/Sgt. Murle 0.Milgert(UG).
THIS SHIP DITCHED UPON RETURN NEAR HASTINGS AND THE FOLLOWING MEN WERE LOST (MIA):
S/Sgt. Edward J. Mineham (AE); T/Sgt. Walter F. Migut (R); S/Sgt. Bernard D. Ray (G).
 
CASUALTIES: S/Sgt. Raymond L. LaFon (AE) on ship #540 wounded slightly and was hospitalized.
 
AWARDS AND CITATIONS: The Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate flights over enemy territory, per GO #1 42, HQ. VIII BC, dated 6 Sept.1943, to the following: S/Sgt. Edward J. Minehan, 32447719. The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for the destruction of one enemy aircraft while participating in a mission over enemy territory; per GO #142, HQ VIII BC, dated September 6, 1943, to the following: Sgt. Harold K. Olsen, 34050176. The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate missions over enemy territory, per GO #142, HQ. VIII BC; dated 6 Sept. 1943, to the following: 1/Lt. John T. Gladstone, 0?662776, and 2/Lt. Richard C. Rodman, 0?735456.
 
 
7 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES:
PFC Kirk and Pvt. Crain appointed Sgts. per par. 6 SO 137, HQ. 91st Bomb Group, effective 1 Sept. 1943.
FLYING: Six A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 27:00 hours. One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 2:00 hours.
 
8 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: T/Sgt. Williams from DS to duty. Sgt. Fagan erroneously carried as assigned and joined. 1/Lt. Stinson promoted to rank of Capt. per par. 6 S0 #247, Hqs. 8th AF effective 4 Sept. 1943.
FLYING: Four A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 13:00 hours. Five A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 15:00 hours. One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 1:00 hour.
 
SPECIAL EVENTS:
A SQUADRON PARTY WAS ENJOYED BY ALL PERSONNEL OF THE SQUADRON. The occasion was the celebration of one year’s service in the ETO.
 
9 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: 2/Lt. Regis Te Maat and S/Sgt. L. W. Young from duty to MIA 31 Aug 1943, corrected to read KIA 31 Aug 1943. 2/Lt.'s Davis, Banowetz and Hansen promoted to rank of 1/Lt.'s per par. 10 SO #241, Hqs. ETOUSA, 29 Aug.1943.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 2:00 Hours.
 
AWARDS AND CITATIONS: The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate missions over enemy territory, per GO #144, HQ. VIII BC, Dated 8 Sept. 1943, to the following:
 1/Lt. Eldon J. Smith, 0?792646
 2/Lt. Lloyd C. Hansen, 0?731058
 S/Sgt. Joseph W. Mazzola, 11071058
 S/Sgt. Leroy W. Young, 14001206
The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for the destruction of one enemy aircraft while participating in a mission over enemy territory, per GO #145, HQ VIII BC, dated 9 Sept. 1943, to the following:
 S/Sgt. William F. Wannemacher, 32427503.
 
10 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Sgt. Fagan assigned and joined per teletype 1st. BW.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 2:30 hours. One A/C flew on a standard beam approach flight for a total of 1:30 hours.
 
11 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: EM Strength section corrected to read as follows:
M/Sgts.16; F/Sgt. 1; T/Sgt.'s. 24; S/Sgt.'s. 58; Sgt.'s. 91; Cpl.'s 66; Pfc's 40 and Pvt.s 36. T/Sgt. Hitchins from DS to duty. Pvt. Carr from duty to AWOL 9 Sept. 1943 0001 hours.
FLYING: Three A/C flew a cross-country flight for a total of 3:00 hours.
 
12 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: 2/Lt. Faringer from duty to DS at AAE Station 112, per. par. 7 SO #243, Hqs. 1st BW. Cpl. L. Sandborn from DS to Duty.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 1:00 hour.
 
SPECIAL EVENTS: There was a Grand Party given for enlisted personnel of the group celebrating one year in the ETO on the night of II Sept. 1943.
 
13 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: No Changes this date. FLYING: Six A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of I8:00 hours. One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 1:45 hours.
Flying: Six A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 18:00 hours. One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 1:45 hours.
 
 
14 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Pvt.’s A. Barrett, Jr. From duty to transfer to 322nd Bomb Squadron per par. 3, SO #142, Hqs. 91st Bomb Group, dated 13 Sept. 1943. 1st Lt. Hanes from duty to transferred to HQ.  41st BW per par. SO #248. HQ's. 1st BW, dated 13 Sept. 1943. Pvt. Carr from AWOL to confine to transferred in confinement to 40th BW per par. 7, SO #248, Hqs. 1st BW, dated 13 Sept. 1943. Sgt. Daniel and Pvt. R. D. Elliott from duty to transferred to 41st BW per par. 7, SO #248, Hqs. 1st BW, dated 13 Sept. 1943.  PFC. Cole; Pvt.'s Skutton, Standafer, Allen, Barber, Brunson from duty to transferred to 40th BW per par. 7, SO #243, Hqs. 1st BW, dated 13 Sept. 1943.  PFC Pulee and Ackers from duty to transferred to 1st station compliment per par. 8, SO #248, Hqs. 1st BW, dated 13 Sept. 1943.  PFC Watford assigned and joined per par. 8, SO #243, Hqs. 1st BW, dated 13 Sept. 1943. Sgt. Bannon from DS to duty.
FLYING: Nine A/C flew on a local high altitude formation flight for a total of 31:00 hours. One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 2:00 hours.
 
15 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Cpl. Vikrey appointed Sgt. Per par 5, SO #143, Hqs. 91st Bomb Group, effective 15 Sept. 1943.
 
MISSION:  To Romilly, France. Six A/C of this squadron took off at 1500 on a mission to Romilly, France and all crews completed the mission, returning safely to base at 2100 to 2130 with the exception of ship #040, which landed at Okinston due to gasoline shortage. Scattered, inaccurate, meager flak was reported at Poix, Coulombiers, Longueville and at the target for our a/c at 22,000 and 24,000 feet. Crews report results of this groups bombing to be poor with all bombs falling short of the target; however, belief is that bombs of other groups covered the target area. Eight to ten single engine enemy fighters were reported seen but there were no attacks on our group. 
 
CREWS CREDITED WITH MISSION:
SHIP  #639:  1/Lt. Eldon J. Smith (P), 2/Lt. John J. Karp (CP), 2/Lt. Melbourne N. Banowetz (N), 2/Lt. Lloyd S. Hansen (B), T/Sgt. Harold Lyberger (E), S/Sgt. Leroy Young (AE), T/Sgt. George J. Schmitt (RO), S/Sgt. Felix Antonacchio (AR), S/Sgt. Joseph Mazzola (G), S/Sgt. Thomas Bone (UG).
SHIP #714: 2/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton (P), 2/Lt. David A. Bramble (CP) 2/Lt. Joseph A. Sulli (N), 2/Lt. Richard F. Hull (B), T/Sgt. Glenn L. Jensen (E), S/Sgt. William L. Hoots (AE), T/Sgt. Thomas S. Dugan (R), S/Sgt. Raymond L. Orahood (AR) S/Sgt. John A. Wallin (G), S/Sgt. Phillip R. Taylor (UG).
SHIP # 274: 2/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P), 2/Lt. Drayton W. Stringer (CP), 2/Lt. Arthur S. Poole (N), 2/Lt. Wilbur W. Nicoll (B), T/Sgt. James S. Hachey (E), S/Sgt. Carl R. Heinritz (AE), T/Sgt. Patrick B. McLaughlin (R), S/Sgt.
James R. Searls (AR), S/Sgt. Theodore C. WYSKOSKI (G), S/Sgt. Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG).
SHIP #040: 2/Lt. Joseph J. Seykora (P), 2/Lt. James M. Cramer (CP), 2/Lt. William H. Weise (N), 2/Lt. Bernard H. Sasler (B), T/Sgt. William J. Bickley (E), S/Sgt. Theodore T. Wyskoski (AE), T/Sgt. Edgar G. Fetty (RO), S/Sgt. Raymond Ridings (AR), S/Sgt. Beauford D. Brush (G), S/Sgt. James F. Servile (UG).
SHIP #079: 2/Lt. Morris M. Guttu (P), 2/Lt. Charles R. Loeber (CP), 2/Lt. Edgar L. Richardson (N), 2/Lt. Alvah Allen (B), Sgt. Robert L. Crain (E), S/Sgt. John A. Delaney (AE), T/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelly (RO), Sgt. John J. Bird (AR), Sgt. Charles A. Allshouse (G), S/Sgt. James A. Regan (UG).
SHIP #750:  2nd/Lt. John W.  Merritt (P), 2/Lt. Eugene V. Hill (CP), 2/Lt. Frank O. Role (N), 2/Lt. Benjamin Rosenfeld (S), T/Sgt. Harry L. Stokes (E), S/Sgt. William J. Golden (AE), T/Sgt. Harry J. Weintraub (RO), S/Sgt. James W. Sample (AR), S/Sgt. Charles H. Oliver (G), S/Sgt. Raymond H. Sell (UG).
No Casualties.
 
16 September 1943 
PERSONNEL CHANGES: 2/Lt.'s Schaper, Monson, Mays and Stephens; S/Sgt. Hilgert from leave of absence to duty.  1/Lt. Smith, 2/Lt.'s Cramer, Banowetz and Hansen; T/Sgts. Lyberger and Schmitt; S/Sgts. Young, Antonacchio, Mazzola and Bone from duty to missing in action.
 
MISSION TO NANTES, FRANCE: Six ships of this squadron took off for Nantes, France on a mission to bomb a 450-foot submarine mother ship in the Port Maritime. Intense smoke forced bombing of a target of opportunity. All ships returned except #079, Lt. Smith (P), which left the formation under control south of Rennes.  The plane is thought to have hit the ground three miles NW of Grand Fougeray. Three parachutes were reported out.
 
MISSING IN ACTION: Ship #079 -1/Lt. Eldon J. Smith (P), 2/Lt. James M. Cramer (CP), 2/Lt. Melbourne N. Banowetz (N), 2/Lt. Lloyd S. Hansen (B), T/Sgt. Harold R. Lyberger (E), S/Sgt. Leroy M. Young (AE), T/Sgt. George Schmitt (R), S/Sgt.'s Felix A. Antonacchio (AR), Joseph W. Mazzola (G), Thomas B. Bone  (UG).
 
CREWS CREDITED WITH MISSION: 
SHIP #714: 2nd/Lt.’s Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P), David A. Bramble (CP), Joseph A. Sulli (N), Richard F. Hull (B), T/Sgts. Glenn L. Jensen (E), Thomas S. Dugan (RO), S/Sgts. William L. Hoots (AE), Raymond L. Orahood (AR), John A. Wallin (G), Philip R. Taylor (UG).

SHIP #274: 2/Lt.'s Karl W. Thompson (P), Drayton M. Stringer (CP), Quentin H. Ellis (N), Wilbur W. Nicholl (B), T/Sgts. James S. Hachey (E), Paul L. Zimmerman (RO), S/Sgts. Carl R. Heinritz (AE), James R. Searls (AR), Theodore C. Zawadski (G), Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG).
SHIP  #750: 2nd/Lt.'s John W. Perritt (P), Eugene V. Hill (CP), Frank O. Role (N), Benjamin Rosenfeld (B), T/Sgts. Harry L. Stokes (E), Harry J. Weintraub (RO), S/Sgts. William J. Golden (AE), James W. Sample (AR), Charles H. Oliver (G), Raymond H. Sell (UG).
SHIP #739: 2nd/Lt.'s Joseph J. Seykora (P), Robert C. Mercer (CP), William H. Weise (N), Bernard H. Gable (B), T/Sgts. William J. Bickley (E), Edgar G. Fetty (RO), S/Sgts. Theodore J. WYSKOSKI (AE), Raymond Ridings (AR), Beauford D. Brush (G), James F. Belville (UG).
SHIP #079 (401ST Ship): 2nd/Lt.'s John J. Karp (P), Robert L. Gooch (CP), Arthur S. Poole (N), Nick P. Dear (B), T/Sgt.'s Frederick H. Hitching (E), Patrick B. McLaughlin (RO), S/Sgts. Rudolph J. Bartok (AE), Robert K. Brooks (AR), Melvin Lemmas (G), Sgt. Earnest T. Archer (UG).
 
CASUALTIES: No Casualties other than the missing crew.
 
17 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: No Changes this date.
FLYING: 2 A/C on local high altitude flight for total of 3:00 hours. 
   
18 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Remarks of 6 Sept. '43 corrected to read, S/Sgt.'s Ray, Mineham and Migut from missing in action to killed in action. Remark of 10 Sept. '43 corrected to read, 1/Lt.'s Banowetz and Hansen instead of 2/Lt.'s Banowetz and Hansen.
FLYING: Two A/C flew on local high altitude flight for total of 4:30 hours.
 
19 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: 1/Lt. Rodman, 2/Lt. Derson and F/O Czerwinski; T/Sgt. Kane; S/Sgt.'s Braisted, Thotz and Vaccaro and Sgt. Murren from MIA to dropped from rolls.  2/Lt.'s Baird, Brager, Cramer (MIA), Dalton and Thompson promoted to rank of 1/Lt. Per par 3, SO #248; Hqs. Etousa, dated5 Sept. 1943.  2/Lt.'s Francis and Charman promoted to rank of 1/Lt. Per par. 19, SO #253,HQs. Etousa effective 10 Sept. 1943.  2/Lt.'s Faringer, Guttu and Schaper promoted to 1/Lt. Per par. 13, SO #252, Hqs. Etousa, effective 9 Sept. 1943.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 2:00 Hours.
 
20 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: T/Sgt. Schoenhart from absent sick in hospital to transferred, detention of patients, 2nd General Hospital, per par 2, SO #161, Hqs, AAF Station 121, dated 18 Sept. 1943. 1st Lt. Faringer from DS to duty. T/Sgt. Wood from duty to DS, Burtonwood repair depot per par. 2, SO #249, Hqs. 1st BW dated 14 Sept. 1943. Pvt. Jones from duty to DS, 8th AF Gunnery School per par. 10, SO # 249, Hqs. 1st BW, dated 14 Sept. 1943. 1/Lt. A. R. Kuehl assigned and joined per par 1, SO #145, Hqs. 91st Bomb Group, dated 19 Sept. 1943. S/Sgt. C. R. Williams assigned and joined per par. 2, SO #145 Hqs. 91st Bomb Group, dated 19 Sept. '43.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:30 hours.
 
21 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: S/Sgt. Cass from DS to Duty.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 3:00 hours.
 
22 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: No changes this date.
FLYING: Three A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 6:00 hours. One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 2:00 hours. One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 2:00 hours.
 
AWARDS AND CITATIONS:
The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate missions over enemy territory, per CO #157, HQ VIII BC, dated 22 Sept. 1943, to the following:
 1/Lt. Edward J. Reynolds, Jr. 0-732661
 2/Lt. Melbourne N. Banowetz, 0-735965
 S/Sgt. Felix A. Antonnacchio, 32432036
 S/Sgt. George J. Schmitt, 35335081
 
23 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: No changes this date.
FLYING: One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 2:00 hours.
 
MISSION: To Nantes, France:
Six A/C of this squadron took part on a mission to Nantes, France to bomb a new submarine supply ship. The target was covered by a dense pattern doing considerable damage to shipping and plants but missing selected target. All
ships returned without loss.
 
CREWS CREDITED WITH MISSION:
SHIP #274: 1/Lt. Lloyd S. Schaper (P), 2/Lt.'s Raymond E. Stephens (CP) Woodrow W. Mays (N) Steven W. Monson (B), T/Sgts. John M. Williams (E) Paul L. Zimmerman ®); S/Sgts. Raymond (NMI) Sidings (AE) Rocco (NMI) Poppa (AR) Walter W.
Reich (G) Donald E. Irons (UG).
SHIP #040: 1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P); 2/Lt.'s David A. Bramble (CP) Joseph A. Sulli (N); Richard F. Hull (B); T/Sgt.'s Glenn L. Jensen (E), Thomas S. Dugan (RO); S/Sgt.'s William L. Hoots (AE), Raymond L. Orahood (AR),
John A. Wallin (G), Philip R. Taylor (UG).
SHIP #407: 1/Lt.'s Karl W. Thompson (P), Leroy (NMI) Faringer (N); 2/Lt.'s Drayton W. Stringer (CP), Robert C. Singer (B); T/Sgt.'s Carl R. Heinritz (AE), John L. Caldwell (RO); S/Sgt.'s James S. Hachey (E), James R. Searls (AR), Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG); Sgt. Donald M. Dalton (G).
SHIP #520: 1/Lt. Morris M. Guttu (P); 2/Lt.'s Charles R. Loeber (CP), Edgar L. Richardson (N); T/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelly (RO) S/Sgt.'s Calvin E. Camp (B), John A. Delaney (AE), Merle O. Hilgert (UG); Sgt.'s Robert L. Crain (E), John J. Bird (AR), Charles A. Allshouse (G).
SHIP #739: 2/Lt.'s Joseph J. Seykora (P), Robert C. Mercer (CP), William H. Weise (N), Bernard H. Gable (B); T/Sgt.'s William J. Bickley (E), Edgar G. Fetty; S/Sgt.'s Theodore T. WYSKOSKI (AE), Austin O. Johnson (AR), Beauford D. Brush (G), James F. Belville (UG).
SHIP #714: 2/Lt.'s John J. Karp (P), Robert L. Gough (CP), Arthur S. Poole (N), Nick P. Dear (B); T/Sgt.'s Frederick H. Hitchens (E), Patrick B. McLouchlin (R); S/Sgt.'s Rudolph J. Bartos (AE), Robert K. Brooks (AR), Melvine Lemmas (G), Edward C. Davis (UG).
 
NO CASUALTIES.
 
24 September 1943

PERSONNEL CHANGES: No changes this date.
FLYING: Two A/C flew on local flights for a total of 3:30 hours.  1 A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 2:00 hours.
 
25 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: 2/Lt.'s Thomas E. Walsh (P), Charles W. Hull (CP), Harry T. Cliffe (N), James A. Fullerton (B); T/Sgt. George J. Frank; S/Sgt. Harold L. Goldberger assigned and joined per par. 3 SO #148 Hqs. 91st Bomb Group. T/Sgt. Albert C. Jaskiewicz and S/Sgt.'s T. D. (10) Frazier, Robert R. Robinson, David L. Baker, assigned and DS, AAF Station 172, per par. 3, SO #L48, Hqs. 91st Bomb Group.
FLYING: No flying this date.
 
26 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: PFC Ristau from duty to DS, Burtonwood Repair Depot, per par. 16 SO #9 HQ 1st Bomb Division. Pvt. Chastain from duty to DS, Burtonwood Repair Depot, per par. 5 SO #L48 HQ 91st Bomb Group. S/Sgt.'s Baker, Frazier
and Robinson from DS to duty.
FLYING: No flying this date.
 
MISSION TO: MEULAN, FRANCE: Six A/C of this squadron took off on a mission to bomb the Airdrome at Meulan, France.  Poor visibility inside France caused return without bombing.  All ships returned safely.
 
CREWS CREDITED WITH MISSION:
SHIP #639: Major John C. Bishop (Air Commander); Capt. John T. Gladstone (P); 1/Lt.'s Robert N. Paulson (N), Edward J. Reynolds, Jr., (B); F/O George M. Brooks (G); T/Sgt. Harry L. Stokes (E); S/Sgt.'s William J. Golden (AE); James
W. Sample (AR), Raymond H. Sell (UG); Sgt. John P. Armstrong (R)-401st.
SHIP #714:  2/Lt.'s John J. Karp (P), Robert L. Gough (CP), Arthur S. Poole (N), Nick P. Dear (B); T/Sgt.'s Frederick H. Hitchens (E), Patrick B. McLoughlin (RO); S/Sgt.'s Rudolph J. Bartok (AE), Robert K. Brooks (AR), Melvin (NMI)
Lemmas (G), Edward C. Davis (UG).
SHIP #739: 2/Lt.'s David A. Bramble (P), Philip C. Mack (CP), Quenton H. Ellis (N), Robert C. Singer (B), T/Sgt.'s John M. Williams (E), Paul L. Zimmerman (RO); S/Sgt.'s Jerry T. Bernasconi (AE), Rocco Poppa (AR), Walter W. Reich (G), Raymond Ridings (UG).
SHIP #740: 1/Lt.'s Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P), Lloyd S. Shaper (CP); 2/Lt.'s Joseph A. Sulli (N), Richard F. Hull (B); T/Sgt.'s Glenn L. Jensen (E), Thomas S. Dugan (R); S/Sgt.'s William L. Hoots (AE), Raymond L. Orahood (AR), John A. Wallin (G), Phillip R. Taylor (UG).
SHIP #750: 1/Lt. Morris M. Guttu (P); 2/Lt.'s Charles R. Loeber (CP), Edgar L. Richardson (N), Alva Allen (B); T/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelly (RO); S/Sgt.'s John A. Delaney (AE), John J. Bird (AR), Merle O. Hilgert (UG); Sgt.'s Robert L. Grain (E), John J. Bird (AR), Charles A. Allshouse (G).
SHIP #772: 1/Lt.'s Karl W. Thompson (P), Leroy Faringer (N); 2/Lt.'s Drayton W. Stringer (CP), Wilbur W. Nicoll (B); T/Sgt.'s Carl R. Heinritz (AE), John L. Caldwell (RO); S/Sgt.'s James S. Hachey (E), James R. Searls (AR), Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG); Sgt. Donald M. Alton (TG).
 
CASUALTIES: No Casualties
 
27 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: T/Sgt. Jaskiewicz from DS to duty; T/Sgt. Carl R. Heinritz, 33208150, from duty to KIA, 2/Lt.'s Hill, R. F. Hull, Merritt and Role; T/Sgt.'s Fetty and Stokes; S/Sgt.'s Golden, Sample, Sell and Oliver from duty to MIA. T/Sgt. Dugan from duty to absent sick in hospital LD, Diddington. (WIA).
 
MISSION: TO EMDEN GERMANY
Four A/C of this squadron took part on a mission to Emden, Germany. The mission was led by two B-17 pathfinders from the 92nd group equipped for marking the target for bombing through clouds.  9/10s cloud cover over the target forced this bombing method into use with doubtful results. Enemy fighters were active and eager. Sgt. Heinreitz was KIA by a 20mm direct hit. The 91st had three ships missing one of which was 2/Lt. Merritt in ship #750.
 
CREWS CREDITED WITH MISSION:
SHIP  #772: 1/Lt.’s Karl W. Thompson (P), Leroy Faringer (N); 2/Lt.s Drayton W. Stringer (CP), Wilbur W. Micoll (R); T/Sgt.'s James S. Hachey (E), James R. Searls (AR), Vengelaus M. Sikich (UG); Sgt. Donald M. Alton (TG)
SHIP #714: 1/Lt. Morris M. Guttu (P); 2/Lt.'s Charles R. Leeber (CP), Edgar L. Richardson (N), Alvah Allen (B); T/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelley (RO); S/Sgt.'s John A. Delaney (AE), Merle O. Hilgert (UG); Sgt.'s Robert L. Crain, John J. Bird (AB), Charles A. Allshouse (G).
SHIP #739: 2/Lt.'s David A. Bramble (P), Phillip G. Mack (CP), Quentin H. Ellis (N), Robert C. Singer (B); T/Sgt.'s John M. Williams (E), Paul L. Zimmerman (RO); S/Sgt.'s William L. Hoots (AE), Phillip R. Taylor (AR), Walter W. Reich (G), Raymond Ridings (UG).
 
Casualties: T/Sgt. Carl R. Heinritz was KIA by a direct hit by a 20mm shell from an enemy A/C. T/Sgt. Thomas S. Dugan wounded in Action receiving head injuries, and was hospitalized.
 
28 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: 1/Lt.'s Smith, Hansen, Banowetz and Cramer; 2/Lt.'s Hill, B.F. Hull, Perritt and Role; T/Sgt.'s Fetty, Lyberger, Schmitt and Stokes; S/Sgt.'s Antonacchio, Bone, Golken, Mazzola, Oliver, Sample, Sell and young from
MIA to dropped from rolls.
FLYING: No flying this date.
 
 
29 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: No changes this date.
FLYING: Three A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 0:00.
 
30 September 1943
PERSONNEL CHANGES: 2/Lt. Seykora from duty to absent, sick in Hospital LD, 10th Station Hospital; Pvt. Elkey from duty to DS, 1st Bomb Division, per voco; 2/Lt. Donovan assigned and joined per par. 2, SO #150, Hqs. 91st Bomb Group
(Unit equipment officer).
FLYING: No flying this date.
 
AWARDS AND CITATIONS: The Air Medal was awarded for the destruction of one enemy aircraft while participating in a mission over enemy territory, per CO #7, Hqs. 1st BD, dated 30 Sept. 1943, to the following:
 S/Sgt. Raymond C. Ridings, 15337741
The Air Medal was awarded for the participation in five separate missions over enemy territory, per CO #7, Hqs. 1st BD, dated 30 Sept. 1943, to the following:
 1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, 0-672336
 1/Lt. Lloyd S. Schaper, 0-795493
 2/Lt. Woodrow W. Mays, 0-6787736
 2/Lt. Stephen M. Monson, 0-736717
 2/Lt. Joseph A. Sulli, 0-801520
 S/Sgt. James S. Hachey, 31159964
 S/Sgt. James R. Searls, 35438697
 
TABULATION OF E/A ENCOUNTERS SEPTEMBER 1943
 
DATE   A/C #   CLAIMANTS NAME AND RANK POSITION    E/A TYPE    ALLOWED AS
 
   16   739 S/Sgt. Raymond C. Ridings        BT      FW190       Destroyed
   23   740 S/Sgt. John E. Wallen           TG      FW190       Destroyed
   274  2/Lt. Steven. W. Monson               B     FW190       Damaged
   040  S/Sgt. William L. Hoots           RG        FW190       Destroyed
   520  S/Sgt. Merle O. Hilgert         RWG     FW190       Destroyed
 
GROUND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 1943
 
SUBJECT                   MEN  ATTENDING          MAN HOURS
 Aircraft Recognition                86 - CC                86:00
 Bail Out & Dinghy Drill             30 - CC                65:00
 AFCE Lecture                     8 - P. B                9:00
 Bomb Trainer                     7 - B                   7:00
 Bombing Lecture                10 - EM/B               10:00
 Code Practice                    1 - R                   1:00
 Harwell Trainer                      19 - R, AR                28:00
 Link Trainer                         40 - P, CP                39:00
 Prisoner of War Lectures       216 - CC                    196:00
 Psychology of flying lecture                 All CC not flying
 Radio Procedure                  5 - R. AR               5:00
 Radio Network                    1 - R                   1:00
 Security Lecture                60 - CC                60:00
 Shadowgraph Trainer                 6 - G                    6:00
 Skeet Shooting                    37 - CC                91:00
 Average Score 16 - Shot at 25 each
 Spotlight Trainer               18 - G                   9:00 >>

323 DAILY REPORTS OCTOBER 1943                             Prepared by James R. Leggett, 1/Lt. AC
 
1 OCTOBER
1943
 Personnel Changes:  S/Sgt. Lewis A. Hill assigned and joined.
 
 Flying:  Two A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 2:30 hours.
 
2 OCTOBER
1943
Personnel Changes:  T/Sgt. Marion J. Darnell promoted to M/Sgt effective 1
Oct. '43. S/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelly promoted to T/Sgt. effective 1 Oct. '43. Sgt's. John J. Bird, Marcus R. Cather, Rudolph W. Christiansen, Robert G. Crain, Noah C. Kirk promoted to S/Sgt. effective 1 Oct. '43.  Cpl. Charles F. Wegman and Pfc's David O. Armstrong and Donald J. Campbell promoted to Sgt. effective 1 Oct. '43. Pfc's Edward B. Blanchfield, Dolph D. Boyer, Harold Calvert, Jerome A. Holtman promoted to Cpl. Effective 1 Oct. '43.  Pvt's. Andrew Hubko and Charles H. Huffman promoted to PFC effective 1 Oct. '43.  Pvt's. Walter J. Hughes and Jerome A. Holtman promoted to PFC. effective 1 Oct.'43. Pvt. Joseph J. Jones from DS at 8th AF Gunnery School to duty.
 
 Flying:  One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:15 Hours.
 
MISSION:  To Emden Germany:  Five A/C of this Squadron took off for Emden
Germany and all ships returned safely after bombing with indifferent results through 10/10s clouds with pathfinder leader.  Very light enemy fighter opposition was encountered.
 
Crews credited with mission:
Ship #040: 1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P); 2/Lt's. Thomas E. Walsh
(CP), Joseph A. Sulli (N); T/Sgt. Glen L. Jensen (E); S/Sgt's. William L. Hoots (AE), Raymond L. Orahood (R), Austin O. Johnson (AR), John A. Wallin (G), Phillip R. Taylor (UG); Sgt. Ira R. Campbell (B). 

Ship #274: 1/Lt. Morris M. Guttu (P); 2/Lt's. Charles R. Loeber (CP), Edgar L. Richardson (N), Alvah Allen (B); T/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelley (R); S/Sgt's. John A. Delaney (AE), Merle O. Hilgert (UG); Sgt's. Robert L. Crain (E), John J. Bird (AR), Charles A. Allshouse (G), Louis H. Zusser (OB) - 8th Air Force Combat Camera Man.
Ship #520: 2/Lt's. John J. Karp (P), Robert L. Gough (CP), Arthur S. Poole
(N), Nick P. Dear (R); T/Sgt's. Frederick H. Hitchins (E), Patrick S. McLoughlin (R); S/Sgt's. Rudolph J. Sartos (AE), Robert K. Brooks (AR), Melvin Leimas (G), Edward C. Davis (UG).
Ship #739: 2/Lt's. David A.
(P), Phillip G. Mack (CP), Quentin H. Ellis (N), Robert C. Singer (B); T/Sgt's John M. Williams (E), Paul L. Zimmerman (R); S/Sgt's. Jerry T. Bernasconi (AE), Raymond Ridings (AR), Walter W. Reich (G), James A. Regan (UG).
Ship #740: 1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P), 2/Lt's. Drayton W. Stringer (CP),
William H. Weise (N), Wilbur W. Nicoll (B); Lt. Hight (OB); T/Sgt. William R. Scheible (E); S/Sgt's. James S. Hachey (AE), Frank J. Barry (R) -324th, James R. Searls (AR), Beauford D. Brush (G), Vengelaus M. Sikich (UG).
 
 No Casualties
 
3 OCTOBER
1943
Personnel Changes: 2/Lt. Sulli from duty to DS at AAF Station 112. 2/Lt's.
David R. Boswell (P), Donald S. Murray (N), James W. McNulty (CP), Marion M. Walshe (B); S/Sgt. Thomas G. Vinson and Sgt. Richard T. Clarity assigned and joined. S/Sgt's. Kenneth F. Jerge, Willard P. Chandler, Paul W. King and Sgt. Lawrence H. Silberger assigned to DS at 1st Wing Gunnery School. 2/Lt. David A. Bramble appointed 1/Lt. per par 12, SO #268. HQ's ETOUSA, effective 25 Sept. '43.  2/Lt. John J. Karp appointed 1/Lt. per par 17, SO #270, HQs ETOUSA effective 27 Sept. '43.
 
Flying:  One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 2:30 hours.
 
Awards and Citations:  The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for
participation in five separate missions over enemy territory, per GO #164, HQ's VIII BC, dated 3 Oct. 1943, to the following:  2/Lt. Kenneth C. Homuth, 0-801069. 
 
4 OCTOBER
1943
Personnel Changes: S/Sgt's Kenneth F. Jerge, Willard P. Chandler, Paul W.
King and Sgt. Lawrence H. Silberger from DS at 1st Wing Gunnery School to duty.  S/Sgt. B. Z. (10) Byrd appointed T/Sgt. effective 1 Oct. '43. T/Sgt. Thomas S. Dugan from absent sick in hospital LD at Diddington to duty. , 2/Lt's Woodrow W. Mays, Stephen M. Monson, Raymond E. Stephens; T/Sgt's. William J. Bickley, Harry J. Weintraub; S/Sgt's. Donald E. Irons, James A. Regan; Sgt's. Earnest T. Archer and Donald M. Alton from duty to missing in action.
 
Flying:  One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:00 hour.
 
MISSION: To Frankfurt Germany:  Five A/C took off on a mission to
Frankfurt, Germany.  The mission bombing was reported successful and P-47s and Spitfire 1Xs gave unusually good support.  Lt. Karp and Lt. Bramble aborted and Lt. Schaper was missing, being last seen leaving the formation after the target near Limburg.
 
Crews credited with mission: 
Ship #040: 1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P), 2/Lt's. Thomas E. Walsh
(CP), William H. Weise (N); T/Sgt. Glenn L. Jensen (E); S/Sgt's. William L. Hoots (AE), Raymond L. Orahood (R), Austin O. Johnson (AE), John A. Wallin (G), Phillip R. Taylor (UG).
Ship #740:  1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P); 2/Lt's. Drayton W. Stringer (CP),
Edgar L. Richardson (N), Bernard H. Gabler (B); T/Sgt. William R. Scheible (E); S/Sgt's. James S. Hachey (AE); Frank J. Harry (R), Beauford B. Brush (G), Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG); Sgt. James R. Searls (AR).
 
Crews Aborted:
Ship #520:  2/Lt's. John J. Karp (P), Robert L. Gough (CP), Arthur S.
Poole (N), Nick P. Dear (B); T/Sgt's. Frederick H. Hitchins, Patrick B. McLoughlin; S/Sgt's. Rudolph J. Bartos, Robert K. Brooks, Melvin Leimas, Edward C. Davis.
Ship #739: 2/Lt's. David A.
Bramble (P), Phillip G. Mack (CP) Quentin H. Ellis (N), Robert C. Singer (B); T/Sgt's. John M. Williams (E), Paul L. Zimmerman (R); S/Sgt's, Jerry T. Bernasconi (AE), Raymond Ridings (AR), Walter W. Reich (G), Rocco Poppa (UG).
 
Crews missing in action:
Ship #274:    1/Lt. Lloyd S.
Schaper (P); 2/Lt's. Raymond E. Stephens (CP), Woodrow W. Mays (N), Steven W. Monson (B); T/Sgt's, William J. Bickley (E), Harry J. Weintraub (R); S/Sgt's. Donald E. Irons (AE), James A. Regan (UG); Sgt's. Ernest T. Archer (AR), Donald M. Alton (C).
 
 No Casualties
 
5 OCTOBER
1943
Personnel Changes: T/Sgt. B.
Z. Byrd from duty to transferred (12th RCD AAF Station 591), T/Sgt. Rurel R. Wood from DS (Burtonwood Repair Depot) to duty, 3 October 1943. 2/Lt's Kenneth T. McFarland Jr. (P), William L. Wood (CP), Manuel Fisher (N), Cecil E. Williams (B); S/Sgt. Mexico J. Barraza; Sgt's. William M. Donmoyer, Jr., Melvin Schissler were assigned and joined the 91st Bomb Group, S/Sgt. Merle E. Carey and Sgt's John Koroly, Lawrence C. Morel, were assigned and DS to AAF Station 172.
 
Flying: One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:00 hour.
 
6 OCTOBER
1943
Personnel Changes: 2/Lt. Marion M. Walshe promoted to rank of 1/Lt.
effective 4 September '43.  1/Lt. Mulkey from duty to DS (AAF Station 117).  2/Lt. Edward J. Malkowski was attached and joined (1773rd ordnance S & M Co (avn). S/Sgt. Merle E. Carey; Sgt's. John Koroly and Lawrence C. Morel from DS (AAF
Station 172) to duty.
 
Flying:  Two A/C flew on a standard beam approach flight for a total of
2:00 hours.
 
Awards and Citations:  
The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five
separate missions over enemy territory, per GO #9, HQ 1 BD, dated 6 October 1943, to the following:
                1/Lt. Leroy Faringer, 0-670723
                S/Sgt. Raymond C. Ridings, 15337341.
The  Air Medal was awarded for participation in five missions over enemy
territory, per GO #9, HQ 1 BD, Dated 6 October 1943, to the following:
                T/Sgt. Carl R. Heinritz, 33208150,
Posthumously.
                1/Lt. Morris M. Guttu, 0-672805
                1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson, 0-738048
                2/Lt. Richard F. Hull, 0-741566
                2/Lt. David A.
Bramble, 0-797961
                2/Lt. Edgar L. Richardson, 0-734977
                2/Lt. Drayton W. Stringer, 0-680539
                2/Lt. Quentin H. Ellis, 0-749674
                2/Lt. Wilbur W. Nicoll, 0-741538
                F/O 
  George M. Brooks, T-190477
                T/Sgt. Thomas S. Dugan, 31149660
                T/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelley, 39532161
                T/Sgt. Glenn L. Jensen, 19116213
                T/Sgt. Paul L. Zimmerman, 35663787
                S/Sgt. Merle O. Hilgert, 16031613
                S/Sgt. John A. Delaney, 31139615
                S/Sgt. John E. Wallen, 32511030
                S/Sgt. Phillip R.
Taylor, 19064178
                S/Sgt. Venceslaus M. Sikich, 36000389
                S/Sgt. Raymond L.
Orahood, 16073463
                S/Sgt. William L. Hoots, 16073336
 
7 OCTOBER
1943:
Personnel Changes: Cpl. John Burns from sick in quarters LD to duty.  Sgt.
John Koroly from duty to sick in quarters LD. 2/Lt. Walshe erroneously promoted to 1/Lt. effective 4 September 1943, on morning report dated 5 October 1943. 2/Lt. Thomas E. Walsh promoted to rank of 1/Lt. Effective 4 September 1943.
 
Flying: One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 1:50 hours.
Five A/C flew on a formation flight for a total of 10:00 hours.

8 OCTOBER 1943
Personnel Changes: 2/Lt. Neal P. Ward (P) assigned and joined (91st BG); Corporals Malvin Levine, William Lieberman, Austin M. O'Malley and PFC Jack Pengelly were dropped from duty to DS with the 303rd BG; Corporals Paul A. Kralik and William C. Linsky were dropped from duty to DS with the 379th BG; 2/Lt. Gough from duty to sick in quarters LD; T/Sgt's. Frederick H. Hitchins and Patrick B. McLoughlin; and S/Sgt's. Edward Apicella, Robert K. Brookes, Edward G. Davis, Melvin Leimas - duty to missing in action to dropped from rolls. 1/Lt. John J. Karp and 2/Lt's. David R. Boswell, Bernard H. Gabler, Arthur S. Poole from duty to missing in action to dropped from rolls.

Mission: Six A/C of this squadron took off for Bremen, Germany.  Colonel Clemens K. Wurzbach flew with Capt. Gladstone leading the group and also two combat wings in to our target which was not successfully bombed. Excellent support by P-47's carried our bombers almost to the target and gave good withdrawal support from the vicinity of Meppen. An unusual number of twin engine enemy fighters were out using rockets actively on six o-clock attacks.  One of our A/C failed to return.

Crews credited with mission:   
Ship #539: Lt. Col. Clemens K. Wurzbach  Air Commander; Capt's. John T. Gladstone (P), Monroe Williams (N); 1/Lt's. Robert N. Paulson (N), Edward J. Reynolds Jr. (B); F/O George M. Brooks; T/Sgt. Edward W. Kusowski (R); S/Sgt's Theodore T. Wyskoski (AE), Austin O. Johnson (AM), James F. Belville,  (UG); Sgt. Boyde W. Yeager (E)
Ship #740:  1/Lt. Thomas E. Walsh (P); 2/Lt's. Charles W. Hull (CP), Harry T. Cliffe (N), James A. Fullerton (B) T/Sgt's. Albert C. Jaskiewicz (E), George J. Frank (B); S/Sgt's. Robert R. Robinson (AE), T. D. (10), Frazier (AR), David L. Baker (G), Harold L. Goldberger (UG). 
Ship #712:  1/Lt. Morris M. Guttu (P); 2/Lt's. Charles R. Loeber (CP), Edgar L. Richardson (N), Alvah Allen (B); T/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelley (R); S/Sgt's. John A. Delaney (AE), John J. Bird (AR), Charles A. Allshouse (G), Merle O. Hilgert (UG); Sgt. Robert L. Crain (E).
Ship #040: 1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton Jr. (P); 2/Lt's Robert C.
Mersereau (CP), William H. Weise (N); T/Sgt's. Glenn L. Jensen (E), Thomas S. Dugan (R); S/Sgt's. William L. Hoots (AE), Raymond L. Orahood (AR), John A. Wallin (G), Phillip R. Taylor (UG); Sgt. Donald J. Campbell (B).
Ship #739: Lt/Col. Monroe W. Melton (CP); 1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P); 2/Lt's. Quentin H. Ellis (N), Robert C. Singer (B); T/Sgt's. John N. Williams (E), Paul L. Zimmerman (R); S/Sgt's. Jerry T. Bernasconi (AE), Raymond Ridings (AR), Walter W. Reich (G), Rocco Poppa (UG).

Missing in Action:
Ship #520:  1/Lt. John J. Karp (P); 2/Lt's. David R. Boswell (CP), Arthur S. Poole (N), Bernard H. Gabler (B), T/Sgt's. Frederick H. Hitchins (E), Patrick B. McLoughlin (R); S/Sgt's. Edward Apicella (AE), Robert K. Brockes (AR), Melvin Leimas (G), Edward C. Davis (UG).


9 OCTOBER  1943
Personnel Changes: 1/Lt's. Norris M. Guttu, Thomas E. Walsh; 2/Lt's. Alvah Allen, Harry T. Cliffe, James A. Fullerton, Charles W. Hull, Charles R. Loeber, Edgar L. Richardson; T/Sgt's. Albert C. Jaskiewicz, George J. Frank, Herschel L. Kelley; S. Sgt's. David L. Baker, John J. Bird, Robert G. Crain, John A. Delaney, T. D. (10) Frazier, Harold L. Goldberger, Merle O. Hilgert, Robert R. Robinson; Sgt. Charles A. Allshouse, from duty to missing in action to dropped from rolls.

MISSION: To Anklam, Germany: Four A/C of this squadron took off for Anklam, Germany, on a six hundred mile beeline direct from London.  One ship #714, 1/Lt. Bramble (P) returned to base after having reached the vicinity of the Danish Coast due to malfunctioning of engines.  Ships #740, 1/Lt. Morris M. Guttu (P) and #772, 1/Lt. Thomas E. Walsh (P), did not return and were listed as missing in action.  The fourth A/C #172, 1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P) successfully completed its mission and returned safely.

Crews Credited with Mission:    
Ship #172: 1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P); 2/Lt's. Robert C. Mersereau (CP), William H. Weise (N); T/Sgt's Glenn L. Jensen (E), Thomas S. Dugan (R); S/Sgt's. William L. Hoots (AE), Raymond L. Orahood (AR), Beauford D. Brush, James F. Belville (UG).

Crews Aborted:    
Ship #714:  1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P); 2/Lt's. Phillip G. Mack, Quentin H. Ellis, Robert C. Singer; T/Sgt's. John M. Williams, Paul L. Zimmerman; S/Sgt's. John J. Bird (AR), John A. Delaney (AE), Charles A. Allshouse (G), Merle O. Hilgert; Sgt. Robert L. Crain (E).

Crews Missing in action:
Ship #740: 1/Lt. Morris M. Guttu (P); 2/Lt's. Charles R. Loeber (CP), Edgar L. Richardson (N), Alvah Allen (B); T/Sgt. Herschel L. Kelley; S/Sgt's. John J. Bird (AR), John A. Delaney (AE); Charles A. Allshouse (G), Merle O. Hilgert; Sgt. Robert L. Crain (E).
Ship #772:  1/Lt. Thomas E. Walsh, 2/Lt's Charles W. Hull (CP), Harry T. Cliffe (N), James A. Fullerton (B); T/Sgt's. Albert O. Jaskiewicz, George J. Frank (R), S/Sgt's. Robert R. Robinson (AE), T. D. (10) Frazier (AR), David L. Baker (G), Harold L. Goldberger (UG).

10 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: Cpl. Poplarski from duty to SD (91st Bomb Group); M/Sgt. Katona from duty to DS (Burtonwood Repair Depot); S/Sgt. Zawaezki from duty to absent, sick in hospital LD (49th Station Hospital); 2/Lt's. Jems T. Weiby Jr. (P), Joseph E. Brezzano Jr. (CP), Daniel J. Harrington (N), Sidney Kaplan (B) were assigned and joined (91st Bomb Group); PFC Edward W. Ristau and PVT. Jack S. Chastain from DS (Burtonwood Repair Depot) to duty.

Mission:  To Munster, Germany:  Two A/C of this squadron took off for Munster, Germany.  One Ship #714, 1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P) aborted when the tail gunner's oxygen supply was impaired causing the enlisted man to pass out at 25,000 feet.  The second ship #761, 1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P), completed the mission successfully and upon its return, landed at Hardwich.  Our combat wing received little enemy-fighter opposition.  Bombing was good.

Crews Credited with mission:
Ship #761: 1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P), 2/Lt's. Drayton W. Stringer (CP), Harold C. Strain (N), Wilbur W. Nicol (B); T/Sgt's. William R. Scheible (E), Thomas S. Vinson (R); S/Sgt's., James S. Hachey (AE), James R. Searls (AR), Willard  W. Chandler (G), Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG).

Crews Aborted:
Ship #714: 1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P); 2/Lt's. Phillip G. Mack (CP), Quentin H. Ellis (N), Robert C. Singer (B); T/Sgt's. John M. Williams (E), Paul L. Zimmerman (R); S/Sgt.'s Jerry T. Bernasconi, Raymond Ridings (AR), Walter W. Reicky, Rocco Poppa (UG).

11 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes:  2/Lt's. Charles H. Samuelson (P), Nenad Kovachevich (CP), Arthur J. Jumsden (N), Edward J. Kaiserski (B),  assigned and joined (91st BG); PFC Ristau from duty to DS with the 303rd Bomb Group. PFC Vrba from absent, sick in hospital LD (49th Station Hospital) to duty to SD (HQ-91st Bomb Group); 2/Lt. Rosenfeld from duty to sick in quarters LD, 10 October 1943; S/Sgt. Peters from duty to absent, sick in hospital LD (49th Station Hospital).

12 OCTOBER 1943:    
Personnel Changes: 1/Lt. Paulson from duty to transferred to the 2900th CGRC Group Bomb Prov.; Pvt. Ralph H. Liedtke assigned and joined (HQ's. 91st Bomb Group); 2/Lt. Dear from duty to sick in quarters LD, 11 October 1943.

Awards and Citations: The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for the destruction of one enemy aircraft while participating in a mission over enemy territory, per GO #10, HQ. 1st BD, Dated 12, October 1943, to the following:

                S/Sgt.  James S. Hachey - 31159964
                S/Sgt.  John E. Wallin  - 32511030
                S/Sgt.  William L. Hoots - 16043336
                S/Sgt.  Merle O. Hilgert - 16031613

13 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: Sgt. Carl M. Cooper from duty to DS with No. 3 Signal School at Compton-Bassett;  F/o. Brooks from duty to discharge effective 12 October 1943 to accept commission as 2/Lt. ASM-02044827; 2/Lt. Arthur J. Jumsden assigned and joined (91st Bomb Group) effective 11 October 1943, corrected to read as follows: Arthur J. Lumsden (N), 2/Lt. Pvt. Spencer from duty to confinement, 0100 hours; PVT. Joseph J. Jones from duty to AWOL 0001 hours.

Flying: One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 3:00 hours.

14 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: 2/Lt's. Nick P. Dear, Robert L. Gough, Benjamin R. Rosenfeld, and S/Sgt. John Koroly from sick in quarters LD to duty; 2/Lt. Sulli DS with AAF Station 112 to duty 12, October 1943.

Mission:  To Schweinfurt, Germany:  Two A/C of the squadron took off at  1045 Hours on a mission to Schweinfurt, Germany.  Ship #761: 1/Lt. Karl S. Thompson (P) returned to base due to engine trouble while the second ship #172, 1/Lt. Warrington S. Dalton, Jr. (P) successfully completed its mission and returned safely to base.

Crews credited with mission:
Ship #172: 1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P); 2/Lt's. Neal P. Ward (CP), Joseph A. Sulli (N); T/Sgt's. Glenn L. Jensen (E), Thomas S. Dugan (R); S/Sgt's. William L. Hoots (AE), Raymond L. Orahood (AR), Willard W. Chandler (G), Phillip R. Taylor (UG) and Sgt. Donald J. Campbell (B).

Crews Aborted:
Ship #761: 1/Lt's. Karl W. Thompson (P), Leroy Faringer (N); 2/Lt's. Drayton W. Stringer (CP), Wilbur W. Nicoll (B); T/Sgt's. William R. Scheible (E), Thomas G. Vinson (R); S/Sgt's. James S. Hachey (AE), James R. Searls (AR), Lawrence G. Morel (G), Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG).

No Casualties

15 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes:  PVT. Joseph J. Jones from AWOL to duty 0800 hours.

Flying: One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 2:00 hours.

16 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel changes: Sgt. Koroly from duty to absent, sick LD to the 49th Station Hospital; WOJG Oliver from duty to DS with AAF Station 113.

Flying: One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 1:30 hours.


17 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: T/Sgt. Lamb from duty to DS at Bovingdon
 
Flying: Three A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 4:30 hours.
 
 
18 OCTOBER 1943:    
Personnel Changes: 2/Lt. Seykora  (absent, sick in hospital) promoted to rank of 1/Lt. effective 1 October 1943.
 
Flying: One A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 5:00 hours.  Three A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 4:00 hours.
 
Awards and Citations: The air medal was awarded for participation if five separate missions over enemy territory, pergo 13, HQ 1st BD, dated 18 October 1943, to the following:  
              2/Lt. Charles R. Loeber, 0677803
              2/Lt. Robert C. Singer, 0728405
              2/Lt. William H. Weise, 0-878301
              T/Sgt. John M. Williams,37206149
              S/Sgt. John J. Bird, 12011908
              S/Sgt. Robert G. Crain, 20811738
              S/Sgt. Walter W. Reich, 12157456
              Sgt. Charles A. Allshouse, 13089935
 
19 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: 1/Lt.  Warrington B. Dalton Jr., S/Sgt. Raymond Orahood, Cpl. Harold L. Elliott from duty to sick in quarters LD.
 
 
Flying: Four A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 4:15 hours. Four A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 10:00 hours. Three A/C flew on a formation flight for a total of 8 hours.
 
20 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: CPL. Alphonse F. Falcone assigned and joined (91st Bomb Group); PVT. Joyce R. Elkey from DS with 1st Bomb Division to duty; T/Sgt.
Donald E. Lamb from DS at Bovingdon to duty; 1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton Jr. from sick in quarters LD to duty; S/Sgt. James I. Peters from absent sick in the 49th Station Hospital to duty; CPL. Seymour Simpson from duty to sick in quarters LD; T/Sgt's. Edwin D. Walsh, Everett E. Roberts, Henry Kanfoush; S/Sgt's. Vincent J. Garofalo, James E. Dumouchel, Wilton Franchuk, Francis Lasker, Leonard W. Lemire, Fred A. Stewart, were assigned and joined (91st Bomb Group; S/Sgt's. Eugene A. Scott and Solomon Schuster were also assigned and joined (91st
Bomb Group).
 
Flying: Three A/C flew on a local high altitude formation flight for a total of 9:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a local high altitude flight for a total of 2:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 1:00 hours.
 
Mission: To Duren Germany:
One ship of this squadron took part in a mission to Duren, Germany and after having penetrated well into enemy territory, turned back before reaching the target because of a very high solid wall of clouds estimated up to 35,000 feet.
 
Crews Credited with mission:
Ship #761: 1/Lt's. Karl M. Thompson (P), Leroy Faringer (N); 2/Lt's. Drayton W. Stringer (CP), Wilbur W. Nicoll (B); T/Sgt's. William R. Scheible, Mexico J. Barraza (R), S/Sgt's. James S. Hachey, James R. Searls (AR), Lawrence C. Morel (G), and Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG).
 
No Casualties.
 
21 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: T/Sgt. Roy M. Ford assigned and joined (91st Bomb Group); (Record of events as of 20th October 1943 corrected to include: One plane takes off on operation mission over (target unstated) Germany; one plane returns to base.  Mission not completed due to inclement weather).
 
Flying: Five A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 15:00 hours. Two A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 1:30 hours.
 
Personnel Changes: CPL. Harold L. Elliott and S/Sgt. Raymond L. Orahood from sick in quarters to duty; Sgt. Al A. Spickman from duty to absent, sick in hospital LD (49th Station Hospital); CPL. Clyde E. Dunn DS at AAF Station
Three A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 4:00 hours.
 
Awards and Citations: The Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate missions over enemy territory, per GO #16, HQ, 1st BD, dated 23 October 1943, to the following:    
T/Sgt. William R. Scheible, 15019010
Sgt. Donald J. Campbell, 37149724
 
24 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: 1/Lt. Dalton from duty to sick in quarters LD; Sgt. Mitchamore from duty to DS at Bovingdon; 2/Lt. Donovan from duty to DS at AAF Station 101.
 
Flying: One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:30 hours. One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 1:30 hours.
 
25 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: M/Sgt. Katona from DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot to duty; CPL. Seymour Simpson from sick in quarters LD to duty.
 
Flying: Four A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 8:00 hours.
 
26 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: PFC. Hubko from duty to absent sick LD at 49th Station Hospital.
 
Awards and Citations: The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate missions over enemy territory, per GO #17, HQ 1st BD, dated 26 October 1943, to the following: 
                                                               
1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, 0-672336
1/Lt. Samuel M. Slaton, 0-61672
S/Sgt. William L. Hoots, 16073336
S/Sgt. Raymond L. Orahood, 16073463
S/Sgt. Venceslaus M. Sikich, 36000389
S/Sgt. Phillip R. Taylor, 19064178
 
The Oak Leaf Cluster was awarded for the destruction of one enemy aircraft over enemy territory, per GO #17, HQ 1st BD, dated 26 October 1943 to the following:  S/Sgt. Raymond L. Orahood, 16073463.
 
27 OCTOBER 1943:  
Personnel changes: No changes.
 
Flying: One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:00 hours.
 
28 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel changes: Sgt. Al. A. Brickman from absent sick LD at the 49th Station Hospital to duty.
 
29 OCTOBER 1943;
Personnel changes: Pvt. Joseph J. Jones duty to transferred to 1st Station Complement Squadron (SP), effective 24 October 1943; PFC Arthur R. Johnson and PFC Kenneth W. Cook were assigned and joined (12th replacement depot); T/Sgt. Ford C. Cowherd assigned and joined (HO 8th AF) to DS (HQ 8th AF) effective 25 October 1943; PFC Kenneth W. Cook from duty to transferred to the 982nd MP CO. (AVN); 1/Lt. Seykora from sick in quarters LD to absent, sick in hospital LD (5th General Hospital); M/Sgt. Gole from DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot to
duty.
 
30 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: S/Sgt.
Zawadski from absent sick LD at 49th Station Hospital to duty effective 21 October 1943; S/Sgt. Peters from duty to absent sick LD at 49th Station Hospital.
 
Flying: Six A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 5:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a local high altitude flight for a total of 2:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 0:45 hours.

31 OCTOBER 1943:
Personnel Changes: 2/Lt. Dear from duty to transferred to 482nd Bomb Group; 2/Lt. Kenneth C. Homuth assigned and joined (324th Bomb Squadron); Sgt. Detwiler from DS to duty; (from Burtonwood Repair Depot); Sgt. Causey from duty to sick in quarters LD.

TABULATION OF E/A ENCOUNTERS OCTOBER 1943
DATE A/C CLAIMANTS NAME AND RANK                              
POSITION  E/A TYPE ALLOWED AS

                                           4       740     2/Lt. Edgar L. Richardson  
                                           B             FW-190     Damaged
                                           740     S/Sgt. Beauford Brush     
                                           TG          FW-190      No Claim
                                           040     Sgt. Donald J. Campbell   
                                           B             ME-110     Damaged
                                  8       639     Sgt. Boyd W. Yeager         
                                           TT/G        ME-109      Damaged
                                           040     S/Sgt. Raymond L. Orahood 
                                           BT/G       ME-110      Destroyed
                                           739     S/Sgt. Rocco Poppa        
                                           W/G        ME-109      Damaged
                                  9       172      S/Sgt. T. T. Wyskoski      
                                           TG          ME-110       Probable

GROUND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 1943
SUBJECT
                MEN       MAN HOURS                     
Aircraft Recognition   139 - CC    139:00

Airmanship Lecture      19 - P, CP  66:30

Bail Out & Dinghy Drill 30 - CC     30:00

Bomb Trainer            13 –B       13:00  

Camera Bombing           7 -B        7:00

Code Practice            35 - R     63:30

Combat Film             98 - CC      98:00

Gunnery Lecture         51 - N, B, G 51:00

Harwell Trainer         22 - R, AR   32:30

Link Trainer            78 - P, CP   82:45

Navigation - Check Out   5 - B        5:00

Prisoner of War Lectures 21 - CC     21:00

Radio Aids Lecture       32 - CC     16:00

Radio Network            11 - R      11:00

Radio Procedure           4 - R, AR   4:15

Security Lecture         21 - CC     21:00

Shadowgraph Trainer      16 - G      16:00

Skeet Shooting-Average Score 14-shot at 25 each  

                         45 –CC     126:00

Spotlight Trainer        39 - G      29:30

Target Identification   55 - N,B,P,CP 55:00 

1 November 1943
Personnel Changes: S/Sgt.'s Mexico J. Barraza (32433482), Merle E. Carey (37224995), Kenneth F. Jerge (32382674), Noah C. Kirk (14043389) and Thomas G. Vinson (18170169) appointed T/Sgt.'s.  Sgt.'s David O. Armstrong (31122358), Donald J. Campbell (371499724), John N. Castleberry (39095309), Richard T. Clarity
(31228532), William M. Donmoyer, Jr. (33240731), Leslie R. Hinds (38106250), Richard H. Klamm (17091632), John Koroly (33293692), Otto J. Kuenhold (35317366), Lawrence C. Morel (31107610), Melvin Schissler (13152659), and Lawrence H. Silberger (12129360) appointed S/Sgt.'s, Cpl. Aubrey H. Capps (38089193) and Pvt. Jerrold L. Stratton (37127158) appointed Sgts. Pfc's William H. Calvin (15394218), Charles F. Guignon (37075251), Donald F. Safford, Jr. (38338626), Walter A. Spall (37337588) and Pvt. Francis E. Plyer (36244276) appointed Cpls. Pvt. Benjamin D. Dugger (14092321) appointed Pfc.  S/Sgt. Clarence E. Costner (38089381) returned to grade of Sgt. Sgt. Mitchamore (18056960) returned from DS at Bovingdon to duty.


GROUND SCHOOL                     MEN             MAN HOURS
Link Trainer                       6-P, CP              6:00
Shadowgraph Trainer                3-G                  3:00
Code Practice                      6-R, AR             12:00
Radio Procedure                    4-R                  4:00
Flying: Three A/C flew on local flights for a total of 1:30 hours.

2 November 1943:
GROUND SCHOOL                    MEN             MAN HOURS

Harwell Trainer                  4-R, AR             6:00
Spotlight Trainer                4-G                 2:00
Gee Trainer                      6-N                 6:00
Link Trainer                     6-P, CP             6:00
Aircraft Recognition            10-CC               10:00

Flying: Four A/C flew on local flights for a total of 2:30 hours.

3 November 1943: 
2/Lt. Arthur J. Lumsden from duty to sick in hospital LD (49th Station Hospital) wounded in Action.

Mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany:
Crews Credited with Mission:
Ship #639:  Capt. John T. Gladstone (P), Major John C. Bishop (Air Commander), 2/Lt. Kenneth C. Homuth (N), 1/Lt. Edward J. Reynolds, Jr. (B), T/Sgt. Noah C. Kirk (E), S/Sgt. Theodore T. Wyskoski (AE), T/Sgt. Edward W. Koprowski (R) - 324th Sq., S/Sgt. Austin O. Johnson (AR), 2/Lt. George M. Brooks (G), S/Sgt. James F. Belville (UG), Capt. Fred R. Larsen (OB).  
Ship #739:  1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P), 2/Lt. Phillip G. Mack (CP), 2/Lt. Quentin H. Ellis (N), 2/Lt. Robert C. Singer (B), T/Sgt. John M. Williams (E), S/Sgt. Jerry T. Bernasconi (AE), T/Sgt. Paul L. Zimmerman (R), S/Sgt. Rocco Poppa (AR), S/Sgt. Beauford D. Brush (G), S/Sgt. Raymond Ridings (UG).
Ship #712:  2/Lt. Neal P. Ward (P), 2/Lt. James W. McNulty (CP), 2/Lt. Donald S. Murray (N), 2/Lt. Marion M. Walshe (B), T. Sgt. Kenneth F. Jerge (E), S/Sgt. Lawrence H. Silberger (AE), T/Sgt. Thomas G. Vinson (R), S/Sgt. Richard T. Clarity (AR), S/Sgt. Willard P. Chandler (G), S/Sgt. Paul W. King (UG).
Ship #761:  2/Lt. Kenneth T. McFarland (P), 2/Lt. William L. Wood (CP), 2/Lt. Manuel Fisher (N), 2/Lt. Cecil E. Williams (B), S/Sgt. David O. Armstrong (E), Sgt. Tabor W. Best (AE)-322nd Sq., T/Sgt. Mexico J. Barraza (R), S/Sgt. William M. Donmoyer (AR), S/Sgt. Lawrence C. Morel (G), S/Sgt. Melvin Schissler (UG).
Ship #040:  2/Lt. Charles H. Samuelson (P), 2/Lt. Nenad Kovacbevich (CP), 2/Lt. Arthur J. Lumsden (N), 2/Lt. Edward J. Kaiserski (B), T/Sgt. Edwin D. Walsh (E), S/Sgt. Milton Franchuk (AE), T/Sgt. Roy M. Ford (R), S/Sgt. Francis Lasker (AR), S/Sgt. James E. Dumouchel (G), S/Sgt. Vincent J. Garofalo (UG).
Ship #815:  2/Lt. Jens T. Weiby, Jr. (P), 2/Lt. Joseph E. Brezzano, Jr. (CP), 2/Lt. Daniel J. Harrington (N), 2/Lt. Sydney Kaplan (B), T/Sgt. Everett E. Roberts (E), S/Sgt. Leonard W. Lemire (AE), T/Sgt. Henry Kanfoush (R), S/Sgt. Eugene A. Scott (AR), S/Sgt. Soloman Schuster (G), S/Sgt. Fred A. Steward (UG).
Ship #060:  1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P), 2/Lt. Drayton W. Stringer (CP), 1/Lt. Leroy Faringer (N), 2/Lt. Wilbur W. Nicoll (B), T/Sgt. William R. Scheible (E), S/Sgt. James S. Hachey (AE), S/Sgt. James F. Quinn, Jr. (R), S/Sgt. James R. Searls (AR), Sgt. Francis L. Rumble (G), S/Sgt. V. M. Sikich (UG).

Bombing Results:
This mission was a PFF job and there were no observations due to 10/10 cloud cover.
70-500 lb. G. P. Bombs and 98 Incendiary bombs were dropped.
Flak:  Moderate inaccurate flak was encountered at the target.
Escort and Enemy Fighters:  P-47 and P-38 escorts ware scheduled for cover over the whole route over enemy territory but was not on hand for approximately ten minutes between the I. P. and the target, during which time three ships of this group were shot down by hard pressed nose attacks.
Casualties:  2/Lt. Arthur J. Lumsden, Navigator on Lt. Samuelson's crew was severely wounded by .303 caliber slug in his right arm.  Effectively successful first-aid was given by Lt. Kaiserski, probably saving Lt. Lumsden's arm, and Lt. Lumsden was hospitalized in station hospital.

4 November 1943
GROUND SCHOOL:         MEN        MAN HOURS 

Harwell Trainer    4 - R. AR   6:00     
Spotlight Trainer  4 - G       2:00
Bail Out &  Dinghy Drill for 1 complete crew.

FLYING:  No flights this date.


5 November 1943

T/Sgt. Mayo R. Mastrobaradino (32428541) assigned and joined organization thru 91st Bomb Group from 2900th CCRC.
2/Lt. Marion M. Walshe 0-673840 duty to absent, sick in hospital, LD (49th Station Hospital) Wounded in Action.

MISSION:  To Gelsenkirchen, Germany:

Crews Credited with Mission:
Ship #172:  1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P), 2/Lt. Phillip G. Mack (CP), 2/Lt. Quentin H. Ellis (N), 2/Lt. Robert C. Singer (B), T/Sgt. John M. Williams (E), S/Sgt. Jerry T. Bernasconi (AR), T/Sgt. Paul L. Zimmerman (R), S/Sgt. Rocco Poppa (AR), S/Sgt. B. D. Brush (G), S/Sgt. R. Ridings (UG).
Ship #712:  2/Lt. Neal P. Ward (P), 2/Lt. James W. McNulty (CP), 2/Lt. Donald S. Murray (N), 2/Lt. Marion M. Walshe (B), T/Sgt. Kenneth F. Jerge (E), S/Sgt. Lawrence H. Silberger (AE), T/Sgt. Thomas G. Vinson (R), S/Sgt. Richard T. Clarity (AR), S/Sgt. Willard P. Chandler (G), S/Sgt. Paul W. King (UG).
Ship # 761:  2/Lt. Kenneth T. McFarland (P), 2/Lt. William L. Wood (CP), 2/Lt. Manuel Fisher (N), 2/Lt. Cecil E. Williams (B), T/Sgt. Merle E. Carey (E), S/Sgt. Theodore T. Wyskoski (AE), T/Sgt. Mexico J. Barraza (R), S/Sgt. William M. Donmoyer (AR), S/Sgt. Lawrence C. Morel (G), S/Sgt. Melvin Schissler (UG).
Ship #774:  1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P), 2/Lt. Drayton W. Stringer (CP), 1/Lt. Leroy Faringer (N), 2/Lt. Wilbur W. Nicoll (B), T/Sgt. William R. Sheible (E), S/Sgt. James S. Hachey (AE), T/Sgt. Roy M. Ford (R), S/Sgt. James R. Searls (AR), Sgt. Francis L. Rumble (G), S/Sgt. Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG).
Ship #040:  2/Lt. Jens T. Weiby, Jr. (P), 2/Lt. Joseph E. Brezzano, Jr. (CP), 2/Lt. Daniel J. Harrington (N), 2/Lt. Sidney Kaplan (B), T/Sgt. Everett E. Roberts (E), S/Sgt. Leonard W. Lemire (AE), T/Sgt. Henry Kanfoush (R), S/Sgt. Eugene A. Scott (AR), S/Sgt. Solomon Schuster (G), S/Sgt. Fred A. Stewart (UG).

Bombing Results:  Bombing results of this Group's bombs were unobserved due to industrial haze and partially effective smoke screen. 210 M-47, A1 Incendiary bombs were dropped by this squadron.
Flak:  Intense but inaccurate flak was encountered over the target.
Escort and Enemy Fighters:  P-47 escort was scheduled for cover over the whole route over enemy territory and was exceptionally good all the way.  No direct fighter attacks were received by our Group, all ships of the Group returning safely to base.
Casualties:  2/Lt. Marion M. Walshe, Bombardier on Lt. Ward's crew was injured when hit by a flak fragment in the right thigh.  Effective first aid was given by Lt. Murray and Lt. Walshe was hospitalized.

Awards and Citations:  The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate operational missions, per General Order #19,
Hqs. 1 BD, Dated Nov. 1, 1943 to the following:
       1/lt. Karl W. Thompson, 0-738948
       2/Lt. Drayton W. Stringer, 0-680539
       S/Sgt. James R. Searls, 35438697
The Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded for participation in twenty-five separate operational missions, per General Order #190, Hqs. VIII BC, dated 5 November 1943, to T/Sgt. James D. Thompson.

6 November 1943:
2/Lt.'s Kenneth C. Homuth 0-801069, Charles J. Samuelson 0-671998, Joseph A. Sulli 0-801520, Neal P. Ward 0-667608 and Jens T. Weiby, Jr. promoted to rank of 1/Lt. effective 1 Nov. 1943. PFC Charles H. Huffman (6819699) returned to grade of Pvt. effective 26 Oct. 1943. Sgt. Mitchamore (18056960) duty to DS at Bovingdon.  Pvt. Edward C. Pierson (37279344) assigned and joined squadron through 91st Bomb Group.
GROUND SCHOOL:         MEN                     MAN HOURS
Shadowgraph Trainer     3 - G                   3:00
Bomb Trainer            3 - B                   3:00
Flying:  Three A/C flew on local flights for a total of 3:00 hours.

7 November 1943:
1/Lt. Arthur G. Nugent, MC, 0-503004, assigned and joined squadron from 12th RCD, effective 23 Oct. 1943.  Cpl.'s David S. Lorbeicke (39602151) and Leo F. Thompson (14033444) from duty to DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot.  Pvt. Francis K. Clancy (11054630) assigned and joined squadron from Hqs. & Hqs. Sq. 39th Service Group.

Ground School:  None scheduled.

Mission:  To Wesel, Germany
Crews Credited with mission:
Ship #761:  2/Lt. Kenneth T. McFarland, Jr.  (P), 2/Lt. William L. Wood (CP), 2/Lt. Manuel Fisher (N), 2/Lt. Cecil E. Williams (B), T/Sgt. Merle E. Carey (E), S/Sgt. Theodore T. Wyskoski (AE), T/Sgt. Mexico J. Barraza (R), S/Sgt. William M Donmoyer (AR), S/ Sgt. Lawrence C. Morel (G), S/Sgt. Melvin Schissler (UG).
* Ship #040:  1/Lt. Charles H. Samuelson (P), 2/Lt. Nenad Kovachevich (CP), 2/Lt. William H. Weise (N), 2/Lt. Edward J. Kaiserski (B), T/Sgt. Edwin D. Walsh (E), S/Sgt. Milton Franchuk (AE), T/Sgt. Roy M. Ford (R), S/Sgt. Francis Lasker (AR), S/Sgt. James E. Dumouchel, (G), S/Sgt. Vincent J. Garofalo (UG).
Ship #712:  1/Lt. Jens T. Weiby Jr. (P), 2/Lt. Robert C. Mersereau (CP), 2/Lt. Daniel J. Harrington (N), 2/Lt. Sydney Kaplan (B), T/Sgt. Everett E. Roberts (E), S/Sgt. Leonard W. Lemire (AE), T/Sgt. Henry Kanfoush (R), S/Sgt. Eugene A. Scott (AR), S/Sgt. Solomon Schuster (G), S/Sgt. Fred A. Stewart (UG).
Ship #774:  1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P), 2/Lt. Drayton W. Stringer (CP), 1/Lt. Leroy Faringer (N), 2/Lt. Wilbur W. Nicoll (B), T/Sgt. William R. Scheible (E), Sgt. Joel L. Zeigler (AE) - 401st, S/Sgt. Walter E. Getsey (R) - 324th, S/Sgt. James R. Searls (AR), Sgt. Francis L. Rumble (G), S. Sgt. Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG).
Ship #803: 1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P), 2/Lt. Phillip G. Mack (CP), 2/Lt. Quentin H. Ellis (N), 2/Lt. Robert C. Singer (B), T/Sgt. John M. Williams (E), S/Sgt. Jerry L. Bernasconi (AE), T/Sgt. Paul L. Zimmerman (R), S/Sgt. Walter W. Reich (G), S/Sgt. Raymond Ridings (UG).
*  This A/C forced to turn back over North Sea due to engine trouble - no credit for mission.

Bombing Results:  This mission was a PFF job and due to 10/10 cloud cover over the target results were unobserved. 
40 - 500 lb. G. P. bombs were dropped by this squadron.
Flak:  Meager inaccurate flak encountered over the target for our A/C flying at altitudes of 27,000 to 28,000 feet.
Escort and enemy fighters:  P-47 escort was scheduled for cover over the whole route over enemy territory and was excellent all the way.  There was only one enemy fighter seen on the entire mission and it did not make an attack.  All ships of this Group returned safely to base.

Awards and Citations:  The Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate operation missions, per GO #20, Hqs. 1 BD, dated 7 Nov. 1943, to the following:
       S/Sgt. James F. Belville,    15076723
       S/Sgt. Beauford D. Brush,    37311501
       S/Sgt. Theodore T. Wyskoski, 33284737

8 November 1941:
2/Lt.'s Edwin R. Reid (P),  0-797181, Richard G. Morgan (CP), 0-684028, George Marghita (N), 0-673857, John B. Haus (B),     0-682327, S/Sgt.'s John A. Gustafson, Jr. 14041783, Benton E. Lowry, Sr., 15331444, Sgt.'s Anthony W. Czarnecki 32466895, Arnold L. Hovey 36370430, Ernest O. Kretchmer 37268743, and
Pvt. Melvin P. Stoddard 32470353 assigned to and joined Squadron from 91st Bomb Group.  2/Lt. James F. Donovan DS at AAF Station 101 to duty.

GROUND SCHOOL:      MEN             MAN HOURS

Spotlight Trainer    4 - G           2:00
Code Practice        2 - R, AR       5:00
Radio Lectures       1 - R           2:30
Radio Test           1 - AR          2:00

Flying:  No flights this date.

9 November 1943:  

2/Lt. Stringer 0-680539 promoted to rank of 1/Lt. effective 1
Nov. 1943.

GROUND SCHOOL                     MEN        MAN HOURS

Calisthenics & Physical Training  70 - CC    35:00
Link Trainer                       2 - P. CP  2:30
Harwell Trainer                    3 - R, AR  5:30
Wing Network                       4 - R      4:00
Radio Test & Review                2 - AR     6:00
Target Identification              4 - N, B   4:00
"Gee" Trainer                      3 -N       3:00

Flying:  Six A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 12:30 hours. One A/C flew on a high altitude flight for a total of 0:30 hours.

Awards and Citations:  The Purple Heart was awarded for wound received on mission of 23 Sept. 1943, per GO #20, Hqs. 1 BD, dated 7 Nov. 1943: Sgt. Charles A. Allshouse, 13089935.

10 November 1943: 
Personnel Changes:  M/Sgt. Gole, 14030924, duty to transferred to 12th Replacement Control Department.  T/Sgt. Massie, 17045577, duty to transferred to Photo Section Hqs. 8th Air Force.

GROUND SCHOOL:           MEN           MAN HOURS

A/C Recognition          7 - CC         7:00
Link Trainer             2 - P          2:00
Bomb Trainer             3 - B          3:00
Harwell Trainer          6 - R, AR      9:00
Spotlight Trainer        6 - G          3:00

Flying:  Three A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 6:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:30 hours.  One A/C flew on a cross-country flight for a total of 0:30 hours.

11 November 1943
Personnel Changes:  PFC Currie (SD), 36058904, returned to grade of Pvt. effective 5 Nov. 1943. 32 Officers and 25 EM of 401st Bomb Group attached for training and joined 9 Nov. 1943.  9 EM of 401st Bomb Group attached for training and joined 10 Nov. 1943.

Ground School:  No ground school scheduled for this date.

Flying:  Five A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 22:30 hours.  One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 2:30 hours.
 
12 November 1943
Personnel Changes:  2/Lt. Rosenfeld, 0-671316, from duty to DS at Hqs. SOS ETOUSA.
 
Ground School         Men        Man hours
 
Link Trainer          6 - P, CP    5:15
Wing Network          2 - R        2:00
A/C Recognition      20 - CC      20:00
 
Flying: Four A/C flew on cross country flight for a total of 3:30 hours.
 
13 November 1943
Personnel Changes: 1/Lt. Seykora, 0-798594, transferred to 5th General Hospital effective 12 Nov. 1943.  2/Lt.'s Frank R. Kolts (P), 0-677777, Ehud Merkel (CP), 0-746393, Charles R. Alexander (N) 0-685920,  Harold H. White (B) 0-685909, and Sgt. John P. Guros32465898, assigned and joined from 91st Bomb Group effective 12 Nov. 1943.  Sgt.'s Matthew S. Kryjak, 32430013, Roy F. Grandquist, 37178174, Abraham S. Homar 31445410, Omer E. Sharpe 38068710, John V. Hill 16071796, assigned and sent to DS at AAF Station 172 effective 12 Nov. 1943. Capt. Ross 0-369173,  transferred to CG  NYPE.  One Officer erroneously listed twice on report of 11 Nov. 1943 as being attached to SQ., thereby reducing the number by one.
                              
Ground School:      Men     Man Hours
  

Link Trainer       4 - P, CP    5:00
Harwell Trainer    4 - R, AR    6:00
Spotlight Trainer  6 - G        3:00
 
Flying:  Five A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 15:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:30 hours.
 
14 November 1943
Personnel Changes:   T/Sgt. Samuel R. Digristina 12036750, and Cpl.'s Walter H. Worstall 36328061, Floyd E. Nicholson 17043521, and William A. Hester 37130356, from duty to DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot.  Sgt.'s Roy F. Grandquist 37178174, Abraham S. Homar 31445410, and John V. Hill 16071796, from DS at AAF
Station 172 to duty.

Ground School: No ground school scheduled this date.

Flying:   No flights this date.
 
Awards and Citations:   The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate operational missions, per GO #22, Hqs. 1 BD, dated 14 Nov. 1943, to the following:
 
        1/Lt.  David A. Bramble,   0-797961
        1/Lt.  Leroy Faringer,     0-670723
        2/Lt.  Wilbur W. Nicoll,   0-741538
        S/Sgt. James S. Hachey,    31159964
        S/Sgt. Raymond C. Ridings, 15337341
        S/Sgt. James R. Searls,    35438697
 
The Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate operational missions, per GO #22, Hqs. 1 BD, dated 14 Nov. 1943, to the following:
 
        2/Lt.  Philip G. Mack,      0-803083
        S/Sgt. Jerry T. Bernasconi, 32474111
        S/Sgt. Lawrence C. Morel,   31107610
        S/Sgt. Rocco Poppa,         33302181
        Sgt.   Francis L. Rumble,   32544636
 
15 November 1943
Personnel Changes:  1/Lt. Reynolds 0-732661, promoted to rank of Captain effective 9 Nov. 1943.  1/Lt. Dalton 0-672336, sick in quarters LD to absent, sick in hospital LD at 5th General Hospital. Sgt.'s Matthew S. Kryjak 32430013, Omer E. Sharpe, 38068710, to DS at AFF Station 172 to duty. Cpl. Colomarino 33149988, from duty to absent, sick in hospital LD 49th Station Hospital, effective 14 Nov. 1943.  WOJG Oliver W-2121561, DS at AAF Station 113 to duty, effective 14 Nov. 1943.
 
GROUND SCHOOL           MEN     MAN HOURS
 
Shadowgraph Trainer     3 - CC    3:00
Bomb Trainer            3 - B     3:00
 
Flying:  One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:00 hour.
One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 2:00 hours.

16 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  1/Lt. Dalton, 0-672336, absent, sick in hospital LD at 5th General Hospital to duty.  Pvt.'s Forrest L. Lehew, 35380319, and William V. Kenney, 31135267, DS at 8th Air Force Gunnery School to transferred to 8th Air Force Gunnery School.

Ground School:  None scheduled this date.

Mission:  To Knaben, Norway (Abortive Sortie).
Crews Credited with Mission:
Ship #712:  1/Lt. Albert R. Kuehl (P), 2/Lt. James W. McNulty (CP), 2/Lt. Donald S. Murray (N), Capt. Samuel M. Slaton (B), S/Sgt. Calvin E. Camp (B), S/Sgt. David O. Armstrong (E), S/Sgt. Lawrence H. Silberger (AE), T/Sgt. Thomas G. Vinson (R), S/Sgt. Richard T. Clarity (AR), S/Sgt. Willard P. Chandler (G), S/Sgt. Paul W. King (UG).
Ship #040:  2/Lt. Charles H. Samuelson (P), 2/Lt. Nenad Kovachevich (CP), 2/Lt. Arthur J. Lumsden (N), 2/Lt. Edward J. Kaiserski (B), T/Sgt. Edwin D. Walsh (E), S/Sgt. Milton Franchuk (AE), T/Sgt. Roy M. Ford (R), S/Sgt. Francis
Lasker (AR), S/Sgt. James E. Dumochel (G), S/Sgt. Vincent J. Garofalo (UG).
Ship #060:  1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P), 2/Lt. Drayton W. Stringer (CP), 1/Lt. Leroy Faringer (N), 2/Lt. Wilbur W. Nichol (B), T/Sgt. William R. Scheible (E), S/Sgt. James S. Hachey (AE), S/Sgt. James F. Quinn, Jr. (R), S/Sgt. James R. Searls (AR), Sgt. Francis L. Rumble (G), S/Sgt. Venceslaus M. Sikich (UG).
Ship #761:  2/Lt. Kenneth T. McFarland, Jr. (P), 2/Lt. William L. Wood (CP), 2/Lt. Manuel Fisher (N), 2/Lt. Cecil E. Williams (B), T/Sgt. Merle E. Carey (E), S/Sgt. Theodore T. Wyzkoski (AE), T/Sgt. Mexico J. Barraza (R), S/Sgt. William M. Donmoyer (AR), S/Sgt. Lawrence C. Morel (G), S/Sgt. Melvin Schissler,
(UG).
Ship #815:  2/Lt. Edwin R. Reid (P), 2/Lt. Robert C. Mersereau (CP), 2/Lt. John B. Haus (N), 2/Lt. George Marghitta (B), Sgt. Earnest O. Kretchmer (E), Sgt. Melvin P. Stoddard (AE), S/Sgt. Benton E. Lowry, Jr. (R), Sgt. Arnold L. Hovey (AR), Sgt. Anthony W. Czarnecki (G), S/Sgt. John A. Gustafson, Jr. (UG).

Crew Aborted:  Broken Oil Line:
Ship #739:  1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P), 2/Lt. Phillip G. Mack (CP), 2/Lt. Quentin H. Ellis (N), 2/Lt. Robert C. Singer (B), T/Sgt. John M. Williams (E), S/Sgt. Jerry T. Bernesconi (AE), T/Sgt. Paul L. Zimmerman (R), S/Sgt. Raymond Ridings (AR), S/Sgt. Walter W. Reich (G), S/Sgt. Rocco Poppa (UG), Major Martin, (401st Gp.) (OB).

              Story by Phil Mack, Co-Pilot

In the copy or the 91st "Daily", 16 Nov '43, "Mission to Norway,"  it is reported that the crew on which I served as Co-Pilot aborted.  That is correct and the reason stated is "broken oil line."  My recollection is that it was a blown oil cooler, but that really doesn't matter.  The effect would
have been the same:  we lost our oil to that engine and couldn't feather the prop.
 
I wrote up my view of this mission and it was published in an earlier issue of the RI.
 
We were about 50 miles from the coast of Norway when the incident occurred. Our Pilot, Capt. Dave Bramble, made the decision to abort and head back to England.
 
The return trip seemed simple enough.  We had flown on three engines often enough that it was no big deal.  I'll have to admit, this was the first time we couldn't feather the prop. It was spinning a high speed and without oil. I had heard reports of aircraft in such a condition having the prop come off and fly up and over the wing--possibly striking the fuselage or the wing.  The energy in such a piece of rotating equipment made it a very lethal weapon.
 
We cruised a little above an overcast, tuned in the BBC on the ADF and listened to "Music While you Work."  Every once in a while we would dip our nose into the clouds and put the Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt. Ray Ridings, "on instruments," to which he responded in the negative.
 
About half way to the coast of England, a JU-88 appeared off our left wing. We looked at him and he looked at us.  We both dove into the clouds. (Discretion was the better part of valor?)
 
After a while, we relaxed a bit as our Navigator reported we were approaching the coast of England.  Great!  We were almost home. Still above the overcast, we were suddenly aware that there were big puffs of black smoke appearing around us. The British ack-acks were firing at us!
 
We fired the colors of the day and hope the flares would burn through the overcast and be visible to someone in the Anti-Aircraft Unit. No such luck. Out best success was in taking evasive action.
 
Then, still above the overcast,  a British Beau fighter appeared right in front of us making head-on interception coming up through the overcast.  He was not seen to fire his guns but he might have and missed us.
 
The Beau fighters were single pilot aircraft and we reasoned that he would not necessarily consider us as "enemies.?  Buy how sure could we be?  We all knew the Germans had some captured B-17s and might well have attempted a bombing mission in one of them under such conditions.
 
Fortunately, the RAF pilot, who had elected to stay with us, refrained from further attack.  He did accompany us all the way to Bassingbourn and never left until he could report we were on the ground.  And we all breathed a sigh of relief.
 
The irony of it was that although we were intercepted by an enemy aircraft, fired upon by anti-aircraft cannons, and intercepted by a hot-loaded RAF Beau fighter, we never got credit for a mission.
 
Ironically, my Form 5 flight log shows that we were credited with 5.7 hrs. flight time we were only about 50 miles from the coast of Norway when we tuned back. In fact, the Group had continued on to the target and returned to Bassingbourn ahead of us!  We were slowed down, of course by the wind-milling propeller.
 
But as they used to say in the RAF, "We'd live to fight another day."
 
 Those "DAILIES" were brief.  (And maybe not too accurate.)

 
Flak:  Meager and inaccurate at several points in Norway with no flak in the target area.
Escort and Enemy Fighters:  There were no fighter escorts on this mission.
Bombing Results:  Our A/C circled the area three times without finding the target, which was obscured with snow, and ice, which covered the entire area.
Flying:  Six A/C flew on a formation and high altitude flight for total of 42:30 hours.  A/C completed bombing flight with a total of 37:30 hours.  Lt. Williams, Lt. Kaiserski, Lt. Marghita, S/Sgt. Campbell, S/Sgt. Camp, dropped 12 - 500 lb. Bombs.

Awards and Citations: The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate operational missions, per GO #23, HQ 1 BD, 16 Nov. 1943 to the following:
       2/Lt.  Quentin H. Ellis,      0-749674
       S/Sgt. Raymond C. Ridings,    15337341
       S/Sgt. Venceslaus M. Sikich,  36000389

The Purple Heart was awarded, per same order, to the following:
       2/Lt. Arthur J. Lumsden, 0-801484
       2/Lt. Marion M. Walshe,  0-673840

17 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  S/Sgt. Thomas S. Dugan, 31139660, was promoted to T/Sgt. effective 15 Nov. 1943.  John P. Guros, 32465898, Sgt.'s Ernest O. Kretchmer, 37268743, Matthew S. Kryjak, 32430013, were promoted to S/Sgt. effective 15 Nov. 1943.  Pvt.'s Ralph H. Liedtke 20655728, Melvin P. Stoddard 32460353, promoted to Sgt.’s effective 15 Nov. 1943.  Pvt.'s 1st class Joseph P. Franke 17076896, Hubko 33106433, promoted to Cpl.'s effective 15 Nov. 1943.  Ward 0667608 and Morgan 0684028, from  officers duty to sick in quarters LD.

Ground School:        Men        Man Hours
Radio Network         3 - AR      3:00
Code Practice         3 - AR      6:45
Link Trainer          5 - P. CP   5:00
Spotlight Trainer     4 - G       2:00

Flying:  One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 2:00 hours.  Five A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 20:00 hours.

18 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  S/Sgt. LaFon (3543894) reduced to the grade of Pvt. effective 15 Nov. 1943.  Theodore B. Webb, Pfc., assigned from Hqs. & Hqs. Sq. 39th Service Group and DS to AF Station 113.  2/Lt. Nicholl, 0-741438 duty to sick in quarters LD>

Ground School:          Men       Man Hours
Shadowgraph Trainer     2 - G      2:00
Bomb Trainer            1 - B      1:00
Link Trainer            4 - P, CP  4:00

Flying:  Five A/C flew on a high altitude formation practice mission for a total of __?___ hours.

Awards and Citations:  The Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded for participation in 25 separate operational missions, per GO #203, HQ VIII Bomber Command, dated 18 Nov. 1943, to Capt. Robert N. Paulson.

19 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  Cpl. Felix W. Colomarino transferred to 49th Station Hospital effective 18, Nov. 1943.  1/Lt. Robert H. Edmondson assigned and joined from 91st BG.  T/Sgt. Henry J. Streets (35275544) assigned and joined from 91st BG.  1/Lt. William J. Thurman, Jr. (CP) 0-411993; 2/Lt.'s Cecil G. Gorby (P), 0-801273, Edward H. Wallner (N), 0-688144, Eleuterio C. Rodriguez (B) 0-750154, Roman V. Maziarz (P) 0-802597, Peter M. Delo (CP) 0-808522, Mortimer Pudnos (N) 0-809717, Arthur D. Clay (B) 0-741471, Floyd B. Hackleman (P) 0-801595, John S. Karlac (CP) 0-807856, Dan B. Jordan (N) 0-809624, Roy L. Jones (B) 0-750144, Doyle E. Bradford (P) 0-802706, Albert T. Trandell 0-690507 (N), Arturo E. Camosy (CP) 0-736986, Jack E. Athearn (B) 0-750110; S/Sgt.'s Joseph T. Depoti (13128142), Joseph Lacascia (32412774), Marvin Powers, Jr. (18218980), Henry A. Berty  (33285543).   Frederick G. Parkins (13132134), Frank J. Thau (36704247) Hobart P. Peterson (16076305), Norman H. Burin (12186354); Sgt.'s Urban A. Jacoboski (20646663), Anthony J. Bernotti (13052154), Walter P. Leader, Jr. (11122367), Robert W. Heller (35373756), Lyman J. Schafer (16132887), Elmer P. Payne (18226273), Charles Kolence (33418984), Robert J. Grabowski (35723171), Donald F. Pilcher (17071605), Bernard F. Bellettiere (12160268), William A. Reynolds, Jr. (37355636), Howard X. Beanblossom (35690847), Lucian Wright (38272144)Nicholas P. Merletti (31168499) Malcolm E. Brandt (35494204) and Robert L. Modell who are at present DS for training with 381st Bomb Group assigned to Sq. from 91st Bomb Group, per Special Order 177, dated 18 Nov. 1943.  Pfc. Webb (32100003) from DS at AAF Station 113 to duty.  10 2/Lt. and 19 EM who were attached from 401st Bomb Group released from temporary duty and returned to own organization.

Ground School:         Men       Man Hours
Link Trainer           5 - P, CP   5:00
Harwell Trainer        4 - R, AR   6:00
Aircraft Recognition   6 - CC      6:00
Gunnery Lecture        5 - G       5:00

Flying:  Three A/C flew on a local high altitude formation flight for a total of 4:30 hours.

Awards and Citations: The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate operational missions, per GO #24, HQ 1 Bombardment Division, dated 19 Nov. 1943, to the following:

       T/Sgt. Thomas S. Dugan      (31139660)
       T/Sgt. William R. Schieble  (15019010)
       S/Sgt. Venceslaus M. Sikich (36000389)

20 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  M/Sgt. Gerald M. Burkhart (7022680), Sgt.'s Emil M. Yezdimir (33173697) and Norman R. Simmons (14063283), Pfc. James M. Roberts (13126721) and Pvt. Anthony J. Sopata (16141694) duty to DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot. S/Sgt. Whitmal W. Hill, Jr. and Cpl. Alan K. Wallace (18045827)
transferred to 441st Sub Depot Class I, effective 19 Nov. 1943. 2/Lt. Walshe, 0-673840, absent, sick LD at 49th Station Hospital to duty.

Ground School          Men        Man Hours
Link Trainer           5 - P, CP    5:30
Bomb Trainer           3 - B        3:00
Skeet                  9 - G       27:00
(Average Score - 16. Average rounds fired - 25.0)

Awards and Citations:  The Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate operational missions, per GO #25, HQ 1 BD, dated 22 Nov. 1943, to the following:

       2/Lt.  Robert C. Mersereau (0-678297)
       T/Sgt. Mexico J. Barraza   (32433482)
       T/Sgt. Thomas G. Vinson    (1817016
       S/Sgt. Willard P. Chandler (13130407)

Ground School :         Men      Man Hours   
A/C Recognition         5 - C, CC   50:00
Shadowgraph Trainer     3 - G        3:00
Link Trainer            6 - P, CP    6:00
Wing Radio Network      4 - AR       4:00

Flying:  No flying this date

21 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  M/Sgt. Cardwell transferred to 441st Sub Depot (Class I). M/Sgt. Samuel S. Seymour assigned and joined from HQ and HQ SQ. 39th Service Group, effective 19 Nov. 1943.  1 ea. 1st/Lt. 20 2/Lt.'s and 15 EM attached from 401st BG relieved from temporary duty and returned to own organization.  1 ea. 1st/Lt. 15 2/Lt.'s and 24 EM DS at 381st Bomb Group, listed on 19 Nov. 1943, to duty. Cpl.'s David S. Lorbiecke and Lee F. Thompson DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot to duty.

No Ground School
No Flying

22 November 1943:
Personnel Changes: S/Sgt. Kerr to  DS at AAF Station Mardlesham, Suffolk. 1/Lt. Hulkey DS at Station 117 to transferred to 1773rd Ordnance S&M Company, effective 21 Nov. 1943.  2/Lt. Malkowski relieved from attached to 1773rd Ordnance S&M Company to assigned and joined, effective 21 Nov. 1943.

Ground School:        Men      Man Hours
Link Trainer          5 - P, CP    5:30
Bomb Trainer          3 - B        3:00
Skeet                 9 - G       27:00
(Average Score - 16.  Average rounds fired - 25.0)

No Flying

Awards and Citations:  The Air Medal was awarded for participation in five separate operational missions, per GO #25, HQ 1 BD, dated 22 Nov. 1943, to the following:

       2/Lt. Robert C. Mersereau 0-678397
       T/Sgt. Mexico J. Barraza  (32433482)
       T/Sgt. Thomas G. Vinson    (18170168)
       S/Sgt. Willard P. Chandler (13130307)

23 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  S/Sgt. Korely (33293692) duty to absent sick in 49th Station Hospital, effective 18 Nov. 1943.
 
Ground School         Men         Man Hours
Link Trainer          6 -P, CP       6:00
Shadowgraph           3 – G          3:00
Harwell Trainer       4 - R, AR      6:00
Dinghy and Equipment Lectures - 4 complete Crews                                       80:00

No Flying:
 
24 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  S/Sgt. Peters (14013453) from absent, sick in 49th Station Hospital, to duty LD.  PFC William C. Ralston (15382619) assigned and joined Sq. from HQ 8th Bomber Command through 91st BG.
 
Ground School          Men      Man Hours
Link Trainer           4 –P,CP    5:00
Wing Radio Network     4 - AR     6:00
P/W Lecture           40 - CC    40:00
A/C Recognition       16 - CC    16:00
 
Flying:  Six A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 21:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 1:45 hours.

25 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  S/Sgt. Edward Ennis (16039628) assigned and joined from HQ 8th AFRD through 91st BG.
 
Ground School:       Men       Man Hours
A/C Recognition      10 - CC     10:00
Shadowgraph           3 - G       3:00
Link Trainer          2 - P, CP   2:15
Bomb Trainer          3 - B       3:00
 
Flying:  Seven A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 14:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:30 hours.
 
26 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  Pfc's Johnny R. Daugherty (35266326) and Leslie Gibson (35266144) from duty to transferred to 441st Sub Depot (Class I).  Cpl.'s Albert F. Rosati (37164022), Ramon A. Ortiz (38074916) and T/5 Nicholas Gatti (32202726) assigned and joined from 441st Sub Depot (Class I).  T/Sgt. Cowherd
(15068629) DS at HQ 8th Air Force to transferred to HQ 1st Air Force, effective 21 Nov. 1943.
 
Ground School        Men       Man Hours
Turret Instructions  4 -E, BT     8:00
 
Mission:  To Bremen Germany
Crews Credited with Mission:
Ship #639: Capt. John T. Gladstone (P),  Major John C. Bishop (Air Commander), 2nd Lt. Kenneth C. Homuth (N), 1/Lt. Edward J. Reynolds, Jr. (B), T/Sgt. Noah C. Kirk (E), S/Sgt. Theodore T. Wyzkoski (AE), T/Sgt. Edward W. Koprowski - 324th (R), S/Sgt. Austin O. Johnson (AR), 2/Lt. George M. Brooks (G), S/Sgt.
James F. Belville (UG).
Ship #761:  2/Lt. Kenneth T. McFarland, Jr. (P), 2/Lt. William L. Wood (CP), 2/Lt. Manuel Fisher (N), 2/Lt. Cecil E. Williams (B), T/Sgt. Merle E. Carey (E), Sgt. Roy F. Grandquist (AE), S/Sgt. John P. Guros (R), S/Sgt. William M. Donmoyer (AR), S/Sgt. Lawrence C. Morel (G), S/Sgt. Melvin Schissler (UG).
Ship #172:  1/Lt. Charles H. Samuelson (P), 2/Lt. Nenad Kovachevich (CP), 2/Lt. William H. Weise (N), 2/Lt. Edward J. Kaiserski (B), T/Sgt. Edwin D. Walsh (E), S/Sgt. Milton Franchuk (AE), T/Sgt. Roy M. Ford (R), S/Sgt. Francis Lasker (AR), S/Sgt. James E. Dumouchel (G), S/Sgt. Vincent J. Garofalo (UG).
Ship #086:  1/Lt. Jens T. Weiby, Jr. (P), 2/Lt. Joseph E. Prezzano, Jr. (CP), 2/Lt. Daniel J. Harrington (N), 2/Lt. Sydney Kaplan (B), T/Sgt. Everett E. Roberts (E), S/Sgt. Leonard W. Lemire (AE), T/Sgt. Henry Kanfoush (R), S/Sgt. Eugene A. Scott (AR), S/Sgt. Solomon Schuster (G), S/Sgt. Fred A. Stewart (UG).
Ship #739: 1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P), 2/Lt. Phillip G. Mack (CP), 2/Lt. Quentin H. Ellis (N), 2/Lt. Robert C. Singer (B), Capt. Samuel M. Slaton (B), T/Sgt. John H. Williams (E), S/Sgt. Jerry T. Bernasconi (AE), T/Sgt. Paul L. Zimmerman (R), S/Sgt. Raymond Ridings (AR), S/Sgt. Walter W. Reich (G), S/Sgt. Rocco Poppa (UG).
Ship #815:  1/Lt. Warrington B. Dalton, Jr. (P), 2/Lt. Jewell F. Stevens, Jr. (CP), 1/Lt. Joseph A. Sulli (N), S/Sgt. Donald J. Campbell (B), T/Sgt. Glenn L. Jensen (E), S/Sgt. William L. Hoots (AR), S/Sgt. Raymond L. Grahood (R), S/Sgt. Omer E. Sharpe (AR), S/Sgt. John S. Wallin (G), S/Sgt. Phillip R. Taylor (UG).
Ship #746:  2/Lt. Edwin R. Reid (P), 2/Lt. Richard G. Morgan (CP), 2/Lt. John B. Haus (N), 2/Lt. George Marghita (B), Sgt. Earnest O. Kretchmer (E), Sgt. Melvin P. Stoddard (AE), S/Sgt. Benton E. Lowry, Sr. (R), Sgt. Arnold L. Hovey (AR), Sgt. Anthony W. Czarnecki (G), S/Sgt. John A. Gustafson (UG). 
This ship was forced to turn back over enemy territory due to engine trouble but was given credit for the mission.
Flak:  Flak was meager to intense but inaccurate for our Group over the target area.
Escort and enemy fighters:  Fighter support was with the Group as scheduled and was very good.  There were no enemy fighter attacks on Group; only a few being seen in the distance.
Bombing Results:  Bombing results were unobserved due to dense haze and smoke over the target area.  30 x 500 G.P. and 100lb. 47 I. B. Bombs were dropped by this SQ.  One ship brought his bombs home and ship #815, although going over the target, was unable to get his bombs away because of mechanical failure of the toggling apparatus.
No Casualties:
 
27 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  M/Sgt. William R. Love (18052760) and Sgt. Peter J. Hoffman (32190321) duty to DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot. PFC Aiken (38098025) DS at APO 634 Wellingborough to duty effective 26 Nov. 1943.  S/Sgt. Kerr (13041310) DS at AAF Station Mardlesham, Suffolk to duty.  2/Lt. Lumsden, 0-801482,
absent, sick in 49th Station Hospital, to absent sick in 30th General Hospital
 
Ground School         Men      Man Hours
Shadowgraph Trainer   3 - G      3:00
Link Trainer          6 - P,     6:00
Wing Radio Network    3 - R, AR  4:00
Turret Instruction    4 - E. BTG 8:00
Radio Code Practice   4 - R, AR  6:30
No Flying:
 
28 November 1943:
 No Personnel Changes:
 No Ground School:
 No Flying:
 
29 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  T/Sgt. John M. Williams (37206149) returned to grade of S/Sgt. effective 24 Nov. 1943.

No Ground School:

Flying:  Six A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 27:00 hours.
 
30 November 1943:
Personnel Changes:  T/Sgt. Charles Galian (16026506) and S/Sgt. Earl Heron (16037544) from duty to DS at AAF Station 582.  T/Sgt. Samuel R. Digristina (12036750) and Cpls. William A. Hester (37130356), Floyd E. Nicholson (17043521) and Walter H. Worstall (36328061) from DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot to duty effective 28 Nov. 1943.  2/Lt. Fred T. Gardner (P), 0-672343, assigned and joined from 91st Bomb Group.
 
Ground School:       Men       Man Hours
Shadowgraph Trainer  2 - G       2:00
Link Trainer         4 - P, CP   4:00
 
Flying:  Seven A/C started out on a mission but were recalled thereby flying a total of 31:30 hours on a high altitude formation flight.
 
TABULATION E/A ENCOUNTERS FOR NOVEMBER 1943
 
Date  A/C #   Claimants, Name and Rank   Position   
      E/A Type       Allowed As
 
3 Nov. 1943  815-N   T/Sgt. Everett E. Roberts  TT/G     
      FW-190         Damaged
             815-N   S/Sgt. Solomon Schuster T/G

      FW-190         No Claim
             761     2/Lt. Cecil E. Williams Bomb.  

      FW-190         Damaged

761     S/Sgt. Lawrence C. Morel T/G

      ME-110         No Claim

 739    2/Lt. Quentin H. Ellis Navigator

      FW-190         Destroyed

 739    S/Sgt. Beauford D Brush T/G

      ME-109         Damaged

 739    S/Sgt. Raymond Ridings BT/G 

      FW-190         Destroyed

             712    2/Lt. Marion M Walshe Bombardier 

      FW-190        Damaged

 

             060    S/Sgt. Venceslaus Sikich LW/G

 

      ME-109        Destroyed

 

             639    2/St George M Brooks T/G

 

      FW-190        Damaged

 

             172    T/Sgt. E. D. Walsh TT/G

 

      FW-190        Damaged

 

323rd Dailies - Prepared by James R. Leggett, 1st Lt. AC December 1943

1 December 1943:
Personnel Changes:  Cpl. Murray from sick in quarters to duty; Sgt. Simmons from DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot to duty; Sgt. Carl M. Cooper from DS with No. 3 Signal School; Cpl. Tongsassett to duty; 2/Lt. Douglas Harding (P), 2/Lt. Leonard J. Hosack (CP), 2/Lt. Watson L. Grant (N), 2/Lt. Henry L. Sanucky  (B); S/Sgt. Wallace R. Beyer (AE); Sgt.'s John J. Frankey (E), Charles W. Tedesco (AG), Hubert D. Peterson (R), Samuel Grazioso (G), Robert G. Vaughan (AR); 2/Lt.'s Kenneth Sutherland (P) Stanley L. Jordan (CP), Frederick H. McBride (N), Leslie A. Price (B); Sgt.'s Andrew E. Tarasuk (AE), Malcolm M. McCuery (R), Robert C. Kyle (E), Raymond Butler (AR), Fred A. Tabor (G), Rathel C. Bennett (AG),, 2/Lt.'s Edward B. Register, Jr., (P), William J. Mutsinger (CP), Carl L. Kroll (N), Ralph F. Bunk (B); S/Sgt. Jack E. Hobson (G); Sgt.'s John E. Tilton (E), Merritt W. Metzger (R), Roy J. Schleich, Jr. (AE), Philip E. Merrill (AR), Charles D. Countryman (AG); 2/Lt.'s Walter M.  Pickard (P), Bascom P. Smith (CP), Milton L. Pike (N), Robert R. Warren (B); S/Sgt. Lewis C. Alger (AE), Sgt.'s Edward C. White (E), Perry E. Wofford (AE), Wayne C. Wrightsman, Jr. (AR), Darrel E. Moran (G); Pvt. 1 Class Edmond E. Crafton (R); were assigned and joined (HC-EAFRD).  1/Lt. Jens T. Weiby, Jr., 2/Lt.'s Daniel J. Harrington, Sidney Kaplan, Joseph E. Prezzaro, Jr.; T/Sgt.'s Henry Kanfoush, Everett E. Roberts; S/Sgt.'s Leonard W. Lemire, Solomon Schuster, Eugene A. Scott, Fred A. Stewart, from duty to Missing in Action.
 
Mission: To Leverkusen, Germany: Seven A/C of this squadron took off on a mission to Leverkusen, Germany to bomb the chemical works of I. G. Farben Industry A. G.
Ship #040: Was forced to turn back over England when the Pilot's oxygen regulator failed to function properly.  Flak was reported to be meager to moderate and inaccurate for our group at 26,000 feet.
Fighter Escort:  Was scheduled for the entire route over enemy territory and was excellent except for about 20 minutes during which time 40 to 50 enemy fighters pressed home many nose attacks.  Five ships of our group are missing, including Lt. Weiby and his crew in Ship #086 of this squadron who were reported last seen on the way home dropping out of the formation under control.
Ship #761: Landed at Leiston and Ship #172 at Framlingham due to gasoline shortage.  Bombing results of the mission were unobserved due to 10/10-cloud cover over the target, which brought PFF bombing procedure into use.
 
No Casualties:
 
Crews credited with Mission:
Ship #774: 1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P), 2/Lt.'s Phillip G. Mack (CP), Quentin H. Ellis (N), Robert C. Singer (B), T/Sgt. Paul L. Zimmerman (R), S/Sgt.'s David C. Armstrong (E), Jerry T. Bernasconi (AE), Raymond Ridings (AR), Walter W. Reich (G), Rocco Poppa (UG).
Ship #015:  1/Lt.'s Warrington S. Dalton, Jr. (P), Joseph A. Sulli (N); 2/Lt. Jewell F. Stevens, Jr. (CP), T/Sgt.'s Glenn L. Jensen (E), Thomas S. Dugan (R); S/Sgt.'s Donald J. Campbell (B), William L. Hoots (AE), Raymond L. Orahood (AE), John E. Wallin (G), Phillip R. Taylor (UG).
Ship #761:  2/Lt.'s Kenneth T. McFarland, Jr. (P), William L. Wood (CP), Manuel Fisher (N), Cecil E. Williams (B); T/Sgt.'s Merle E. Carey (E), Mexico J. Barraza (R); S/Sgt.'s Francis Lasker (AE), William M. Donmoyer (AR), Lawrence C. Morel (G), Vincent J. Garofalo (UG).
Ship #746:  2/Lt.'s Frank R. Kolts (P), Robert O. Mersereau (CP), Charles R. Alexander (N), Harold H. White (B); S/Sgt.'s Matthew S. Kryjak (E), John P. Guros (R); Sgt.'s Abraham S. Homar (AE), Omer E. Sharpe (AR), John V. Hill (G), Roy F. Grandquist (UG).
Ship #172:  2/Lt.'s Edwin R. Reid (P), Richard G. Morgan (CP), John B. Haus (N), George Marghita (E); T/Sgt. Benton E. Lowry, Sr. (R); S/Sgt.'s Ernest O. Kretchmer (E), Arnold L. Hovey (AR), Anthony W. Czarnecki (G), John A. Gustafson, Jr. (UG); Sgt. Melvin P. Stoddard (AE).
Crews Aborted:
Ship #040: 1/Lt. Neal P. Ward (P); 2/Lt.'s James W. McNulty (CP), Donald S. Murray (N); T/Sgt.'s Kenneth F. Jerge (E), Thomas G. Vinson (R); S/Sgt.'s Calvin E. Camp (B), Theodore T. Wyzkoski (AE), Richard T. Clarity (AR), Willard P. Chandler (G), Paul King (UG).
Crew Missing in Action:
Ship #086: 1/Lt. Jens T. Weiby, Jr. (P), 2/Lt.'s Joseph C. Prezzano, Jr. (CP), Daniel J. Harrington (N), Sydney Kaplan (B); T/Sgt.'s Everett E. Roberts (E), Kenry Kanfoush (R); S. Sgt.'s Leonard W Lemire (AE), Eugene A. Scott (AR), Solomon Schuster (G), Fred A. Stewart (UG).
 
2 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: Sgt. Wrightsman from duty to sick in quarters; Sgt. Robert S. Cooper from duty to transferred to the 12th replacement control depot effective 30 Nov. 1943.
Flying:  Two A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 2:00 hours.
 
3 December 1943:
Personnel Changes:  Sgt. Robert J. Grabowski from sick in quarters to absent, sick in the 49th Station Hospital.
 
4 December 1943:
Personnel Changes:  Sgt. Lester H. Dull from, absent, sick in hospital LD with the 49th Station Hospital, to duty; 1/Lt. Charles A. Bennett (P), assigned and DS (HQ 8th AF) effective 27 Nov. 1943; M/Sgt. Marion J. Darnell, Sgt. Granville H. Taylor, PVT 1st Class Jerome A. Holtman from duty to DS with the Burtonwood Repair Depot.
Flying:  Five A/C flew on a local high altitude formation flight for a total of 7:30 hours.  Three A/C flew on a high altitude formation gunnery flight for a total of 4:30 hours.  One A/C flew on a high altitude bombing practice flight for a total of 2:30 hours.
 
5 December 1943:
Personnel Changes:  2/Lt. Lumsden from, absent, sick LD with the 30th Station Hospital, to transferred to the 30th Station Hospital effective 1 Dec. 1943; PVT 1 Class Leddon, sick in quarters LD to duty; S/Sgt.'s Rollin L. Davis, Benton E. Lowry, Sr., Rudolph W. Christiansen appointed T/Sgt.'s effective 1 December 1943; Sgt.'s Anthony W. Czarnecki, Arnold L. Hovey, Nevin E. Hale, Jr., Harold N. Mitchamore (DS) appointed S/Sgt.'s effective 1 Dec. 1943; Pvt.'s 1 Class Joseph M. Cassidy, Walter J. Hughes, James M. Roberts were appointed Corporals effective 1 Dec. 1943; Pvt.'s Robert C. Christman, Anthony J. Sopata (DS) appointed Pvt’s 1st Class effective 1 December 1943; CPL. Holler reduced to grade of private effective 1 December 1943.
 
Mission to:  Paris France (Abortive Sortie):
Three A/C of this squadron took off on a mission to Paris France to bomb the Ball Bearing Works of C.A. M.  28 A/C of this group were scheduled to take part in this mission.  However, only ten were able to get off before the field closed in.  Very meager AA Fire and no enemy aircraft were encountered. Fighter escort was scheduled for the entire mission and was excellent all the way. 10/10 cloud cover over all briefed targets resulted in this group's returning without bombing.  All ships landed safely at Ridgwell.
No Casualties.
Crews credited with mission:
Ship #761:  2/Lt.'s Kenneth T. McFarland, Jr. (P), William L. Wood (CP, Manuel Fisher (N), Cecil E. Williams (B), T/Sgt.'s Merle E. Carey (E), Mexico J. Barraza (R); S/Sgt.'s Theodore T. Wyzkoski (AE), William M. Donmoyer (AR), Lawrence C. Morel (G), Austin O. Johnson (UG).
Ship #815: 2/Lt.'s Frank R. Kolts (P), Ehud Merkel (CP), Charles R. Alexander (N), Harold H. White (B); S/Sgt.'s Matthew S. Kryjak (E), John P. Guros (R); SSTS. Francis L. Rumble (AE), Omer E. Sharpe (AR), John V. Hill (G), Roy F. Grandquist (UG).
Ship #739: Edwin R. Reid (P), Richard G. Morgan (CP), John B. Haus (N), George Marshita (B); T/Sgt. Benton E. Lowry, Jr. (R); S/Sgt.'s Earnest O. Kretchmer (E), Arnold L. Hovey (AR), Anthony W. Czarnecki (G), John A. Gustafson, Jr. (UG); Sgt. Melvin P. Stoddard (AE).
 
6 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: M/Sgt. Gerald M. Burkhart, Sgt. Emil M. Yezdimir, Cpl. James M. Roberts and PFC Anthony J. Sopata from DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot to duty effective 5 Dec. 1943.
 
7 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: Cpl. Carter reduced to grade of private effective 4, December 1943.  2/Lt.'s Quentin H. Ellis, Kenneth T. McFarland, Jr., Wilbur W. Nicoll, Robert S. Singer, William H. Weise, promoted to 1/Lt.'s effective 29 November 1943.  2/Lt. Mack promoted to 1/Lt. effective 1 December 1943.
 
Awards and Citations: The Air Medal was awarded for exceptional
meritorious achievement, while participating in five separate bomber combat missions over enemy continental Europe. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by these officers and enlisted men upon these occasions reflect the great credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States, per GO #31, HQ 1st BD, 7 December 1943, to the following:
 
        2/Lt.  Manuel Fisher
        2/Lt.  Kenneth T. McFarland, Jr.
        2/Lt.  Cecil E. Williams
        2/Lt.  William L. Wood
        T/Sgt. Merle E. Carey
        S/Sgt. William M. Donmoyer
        S/Sgt. Austin O. Johnson
        S/Sgt. Melvin Schissler
 
8 December 1943:
Personnel Changes:  S/Sgt. Koroly from absent sick in hospital (49th Station Hospital) to transferred to 49th Station Hospital effective 5 December 1943.
 
9 December 1943:  No Change.
 
10 December 1943:
Personnel Changes:  Sgt. Wrightsman from sick in quarters LD to duty.  2/Lt.'s William E. Reid (P), John L. Smith, Jr. (BN), Herbert A. Markie (CP); S/Sgt. James L. Green, Sgt.'s Joseph O. Fowler, Larry Silverstein were assigned and joined HQ 1st CCRC Group effective 9 December 1943. Flying:   Five A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 10:00 hours.
 
Awards and Citations:  Major John C. Bishop, 0-430564, The Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while serving as pilot on twenty bombardment missions of enemy occupied continental Europe. Displaying great courage and skill, Major Bishop has materially aided in the success of each of the twenty missions and his actions are an inspiring example for his follow flyers. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by Major Bishop on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States, - per GO #219, HQ VIII Bomber Command, 10 December 1943.
 
The Oak Leaf Cluster for five missions per GO 352, HQ 1st BD, 10 December 1943, was awarded to the following:
        Capt.  John T. Gladstone
        1/Lt.  Joseph A. Sulli
        2/Lt.  Robert C. Singer
        2/Lt.  Quentin H. Ellis
        T/Sgt. Glen L. Jensen
        T/Sgt. Paul L. Zimmerman
        S/Sgt. John E. Wallin

11 December 1943:
Personnel Changes:  Sgt. Fegeley from duty to sick in quarters LD. M/Sgt. Mattie from duty to transferred to the 12th replacement control depot. 1/Lt. Thomas J. Gannon (B), 2/Lt. William R. James (P), were assigned and joined (322nd Bomb Sq) effective 9 Dec. 1943.
Mission: To Emden, Germany: Five A/C of this squadron took off at 0845 hours on a mission to Emden, Germany to bomb the center of the city. AA fire at the target was moderate and accurate for our A/C at 22,000 and 24,000 feet. Only four enemy aircraft were reported observed. Supporting fighters effectively drove away enemy aircraft although very few of our fighters were seen. Good  bombing results were reported by returning crews; a high column of yellow smoke as well as many hits in the area around the inner and old inner harbors and two large fires in the Northwest section of the town having been observed. All ships of this group returned safely. No Casualties

Crews credited with Mission:
Ship # 739: Lt.'s Bramble (P), Hackleman (CP), Ellis (N), Singer (B); T/Sgt. Zimmerman (R); S/Sgt.'s Williams (E), Bernasconi (AE), Ridings (AR), Poppa (UG); and Sgt. Reich.
Ship #746: Lt.'s Kolts (P), Merkel (CP), Alexander (N), White (B); S/Sgt.'s Kryjak, Guros; Sgt.'s Wright (AE) Sharpe (R), Hill (G), Grandquist (UG).
Ship #712: Lt.'s E. R. Reid (P), Morgan (CP), Haus (N), Marghita (B); T/Sgt. Lowry (R); S/Sgt.'s Kretchmer (E), Hovey (AR), Czarnecki (G), Gustafson (UG).
Ship #815: Lt.'s Dalton (P), Maziarz (CP), Sulli (N); T/Sgt.'s Jensen (E), Dugan (R); Campbell (B), Hoots (AE), Searls (AR), Wallin (G), Taylor (UG).
Ship #172: Lt.'s Samuelson (P), Kovachevich (CP), Weise (N), Kaiserski (B); T/Sgt.'s Walsh, Ford (R); S/Sgt.'s Franchuk (AE), Lasker (AR), Dumouchel (G), Garofalo (UG).
 
12 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: M/Sgt. William R. Love and Sgt. Peter J. Hoffman from DS at Burtonwood Repair Depot to duty.
Flying: One A/C flew on a local flight  for a total of 2:00 hours.
 
 
Awards and Citations: The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded for five separate missions over enemy occupied continental Europe, per GO #33, HQ 1st SD, 12 December 1943 to the following: S/Sgt. Theodore T. Wyzkoski

13 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: Sgt. Fegeley from sick in quarters LD to duty. Sgt. Reich wounded in action (remains duty).
 
 
Mission: To Bremen_ Germany: Seven A/C of this squadron took off at 0830 hours on a mission to Bremen, Germany to bomb the center of the city. At the target AA fire was moderate and accurate for our A/C at 26,000 and 28,000 feet. There was no enemy fighter opposition and our fighter support was reported as exceptionally good. Bombing results were generally unobserved. All ships of our group returned safely.

Casualties: S/Sgt. Walter W. Reich was slightly injured by flak fragments sustaining abrasions about the face. 
 
 
Crews credited with mission:
Ship #774: Lt.'s Thompson (P), Stringer (CP), Faringer (N) Nicoll (B); T/Sgt.'s Scheible (E), Mastroberardino (R), S/Sgt.'s Searls (AR), Zawadski (G), Sikich (UG); Sgt. Wyzkoski (AE).
Ship #761: Lt.'s McFarland (P), Harding (CP), Fisher (N), Williams (B); T/Sgt.'s Carey (E), Barraza (R); S/Sgt.'s Donmoyer (AR), Morel (G), Schissler (UG); Sgt. Rumble (AE).
Ship #746: Lt.'s Kolts (P), Merkel (CP), Alexander (N), White (B); S/Sgt.'s Kryjak (E), Guros (R); Sgt.'s Homar (AE), Sharpe (AR), Hill (G), Grandquist (UG).
Ship #172: Lt.'s Samuelson (P), Corby (CP), Weise (N), Kaiserski (B); T/Sgt.'s Walsh (E), Ford (R); S/Sgt.'s Franchuk (AE), Dumouchel (G), Garofalo (UG); Sgt. Schafer (AR).
Ship #739: Lt.'s Bramble (P), Mack (CP), Ellis (N), Singer (B); T/Sgt.'s Williams (E), Zimmerman (R); S/Sgt.'s Bernasconi (AE), Ridings .(AR), Reich (G), Poppa (UG).
Ship #815: Lt.'s Reid (P), Bradford (CP), Haus (N), Marghita (B); T/Sgt. Lowry (R); S/Sgt.'s Kretchmer (E), Hovey (AR), Czarnecki (G), Gustafson (UG); Sgt. Stoddard (AE).
Ship #712: Lt.'s Ward (P), Sutherland (CP), Murray (N), Walshe (B); T/Sgt.'s Jerge (E), Vinson (R); S/Sgt.'s Silberger (AE), Clarity (AR)), Chandler (G), King (UG).
 
 
Awards and Citations: 2/Lt. Edward J. Kaiserski 0-741569, for meritorious achievement while serving as Bombardier on a B-17 Airplane on a mission over Germany, 3 November 1943. When approaching the target a twenty MM cannon shell exploded in the nose compartment of his A/C seriously wounding the Navigator and causing other serious damage. Lt. Kaiserski coolly remained at his bombsite and released the bombs accurately on the target. Having accomplished this, he moved his wounded comrade, administered emergency first-aid and then manned the nose guns, skillfully fighting off vicious frontal attacks on his aircraft. The courage, coolness and technical skill displayed by Lt. Kaiserski reflected great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States; per GO #224, HQ 8th AF, 13 December 1943.

14 December 1943
Personnel Changes: T/Sgt. Rudolph W. Christiansen, S/Sgt. Nevia E. Hale, Jr.; Sgt. Francis L. Edmondson were placed from duty to transferred (322nd Bomb SQ, 91st Bomb Group); T/Sgt. Joseph J. Carey, S/Sgt. Otto J. Kuenhold, Jr., were placed from duty to transferred to 324th Bomb SQ, 91st Bomb GP; T/Sgt. James M. Lomasney, S/Sgt. Leslie R. Hinds and S/Sgt. Richard H. Klamm were placed from duty to transferred to the 401st Bomb SQ, 91st Bomb Group.

15 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: No Changes.

16 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: Sgt. Loper from duty to sick LD with the 49th Station Hospital; PFC Watford from duty to sick in quarters LD; 1/Lt. Nugent from duty to DS with the 8th AF PROV. MED FLD SV Sch.
 
 
Mission: To Bremen, Germany: Eight A/C of this squadron took off at 0850 hours on a mission to Bremen, Germany to bomb industrial installations very near the center of the city. AA fire at the target was intense and accurate. There were no direct attacks made on our group by enemy aircraft. Bombing results were unobserved due to 10/10 undercast. All NC of this group returned safely.
No Casualties:
Crews Credited with mission:
Ship #774: Lt.'s Thompson (P), Hackleman (CP), Faringer (N), Nicoll (B), T/Sgt. Scheible (E); S/Sgt.'s Sikich (AE), Berty (R) Searls (AR), Zawadski (G).
Ship #814: Lt.'s Dalton (P), Stevens (CP), Sulli (N), S/Sgt.'s Campbell (B), Armstrong (E), Hoot (AE), Orahood (AR), Wallin (G), Taylor (UG); Stratton (R).
Ship #712: Lt.'s Ward (P), McNulty (CP), Murray (N); Walshe (B); T/Sgt.'s Jerge (E), Vinson ®; S/Sgt.'s Silberger (AE), Clarity (AR), Chandler (G), King (UG).

Ship #739: Lt.'s Bramble (P), Mack (CP), Ellis (N), Singer (B) T/Sgt.'s Williams (E), Zimmerman (R); S/Sgt.'s Bernasconi (AE), Ridings (AR), Reich (G), Poppa (UG).
Ship #761: Lt.'s McFarland (P) Wood (CP), Fisher (N), Williams (B); T/Sgt.'s Carey (E), Barraza (R); S/Sgt's Donmoyer (AR) Morel (G), Schissler (UG); Sgt. Beanblossom (AE).
Ship #746: Lt.'s Kolts (P), Merkel (CP), Alexander (N), White (E); S/Sgt.'s Kryjak (E), Homer (AE), Curos (N); Sgt.'s Sharp (AR), Hill (G), Grandquist (UG).
Ship #172: Lt.'s Samuelson (P), Maziarz (CP), Weise (N), Kaiserski (B); T/Sgt's Walsh (E), Ford (R): S/Sgt.'s Franchuk (AE), Schafer (AR), Dumouchel (G), Garofalo (UG).
Ship #947: Lt.'s Reid (P). Morgan (CP), Haus (N), Marshita (B); T/Sgt. Lowry (R);  S/Sgt.'s Kretchmer (E), Hovey (AR) Czarnecki (G), Gustafson (UG); Sgt. Stoddard (AE).

17 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: S/Sgt.'s David O. Armstrong, John P. Guros, Emest O. Kretchrner, Matthew S. Kryjak,  Bill M. Lyons, John M. Williams were appointed T/Sgt's effective 15 Dec. 1943. Sgt.'s Roy F. Grandquist, John V Hill, Abraham S. Homar, Francis L. Rumble, Omer E. Sharpe, Melvin P. Stoddard were appointed S/Sgt.'s effective 15 Dec 1943. PFC Theodore B, Webb was appointed Corporal effective 15 Dec. 1943. Pvt. Raymond L. LaFon was appointed PFC effective 15 Dec 1943
.

18 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: PFC Watford from sick in quarters LD to duty.
 
19 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: S/Sgt Gatti from duty to sick in quarters LD.  Sgt. Fegeley from duty to absent, sick in hospital LD with the 49th Station Hospital.
Flying: Three A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 7:00 hours. One A/C flew on a practice bombing flight for a total of 3:00 hours Two A/C flew on a cross country flight for a total of 8:00 hours.


20 December 1943:  
Personnel Changes: T/Sgt. Galian from DS with AAF Station 585 to duty. T/5  Nicholas Gatti erroneously listed as S/Sgt in remarks of 19 Dec. 1943. T/5 Gatti from sick in quarters LD to duty.
 
Mission: to Bremen Germany: Seven A/C of this squadron took off at 0620 hours on a mission to Bremen, Germany to bomb the center of the city. AA fire was intense and accurate for our group. Seventeen to twenty enemy aircraft were reported to attack the wing, some of which E/A were using rockets. Bombing which was on PFF and reports of crews indicate that most of their bombs fell short. All A/C returned to base safely.
No Casualties:


Crews credited with mission:
Ship # 639: Capt. Gladstone (P), Major Bishop (Air Commander), Capt. Reynolds (B). Lt. Homuth (N), Lt. Brooks (G); T/Sgt. Kirk (E), S/Sgt.'s Wyzkoski (AE), Johnson (AR); S/Sgt. Belville (UG); Sgt. Liedtke (R).
Ship #739: Lt.'s Bramble (P), Mack (CP), Ellis (N), Faringer (N), Singer (B); S/Sgt.'s Williams (E), Zimmerman (R): S/Sgt.'s Bernasconi (AEI, Ridings (AR). Reich (G), Poppa (UG).
Ship #712: Lt.'s Ward (P), McNaulty (CP) Murray (N), Walshe (B); T/Sgt.'s Jerge (E). Vinson (R): S/Sgt.'s Silberger (E), Clarity (AR). Chandler (G), King UG).
Ship #761:  Lt.'s McFarland (P), Harding (CP), Fisher (N), Williams (B); T/Sgt. Carey (E); S/Sgt.'s Rumble (AE), Donmoyer (AR), Morel (G), Schissler (UG): Sgt. Testam (R).
Ship #746: Lt's Kolts (P), Seikel (CPI, Alexander (N), White (B); T/Sgt.'s Kryjak (E), Gurus (R); S/Sgt.'s Homar (AE), Sharpe (AR). Hill (G), Grandquist (UG).
Ship #172: Lt.'s Maziarz  (P), Thurman (CP) Phamos (N), Clay (B); S/Sgt's Depoti (E), LaCascia (R); Sgt.s Jacoboski (AE), Meander (AR) Heller (G), Larbotti (UG).
Ship #815: Lt's Hackleman (P), Karlao (CP) Jordan (N) . Jones (B); S/Sgt.'s Powers (E), Berty (R); Sgt. Schafly (AE), Payne (AR), Kolence (G), Merletti (UG).

Awards and Citations: The Oak Leaf Cluster was awarded to the below names for participation in five separate missions over enemy occupied territory per GO #38, HQ 1 BD, 20 Dec. 1943: T/Sgt. John W. Williams.

21 December 1943:
Personnel Changes; No Changes
Flying: Three NC flew on a local flight for a total of 6:00 hours.
 
22 December 1943;
Personnel Changes: S/Sgt. Peters from duty to sick in quarters LD.
 
Mission: To Osnabruck, Germany: Seven A/C of this squadron took off at 1060 hours to bomb the Transportation Center of Osnabruck Germany, very important marshalling yards which are surrounded by a large freight station, repair shops for rolling stock yard locomotive sheds. No accurate AA fire was reported on this mission. But there were 25 enemy fighters described as FW190's and ME109's were reported seen from vicinity of the I P thru and beyond the target. They made many attacks during this time and damaged the aircraft of our group which did not return, being last seen leaving the formation at the enemy coast line on the way home. No bombing results were observed due to 10/10 cloud cover.

Ship #803 (324th Ship), Lt. Hackleman (P), was forced to return to base very shortly after takeoff due to heavy leakage in the oxygen system.
All ships of this squadron returned safely. No Casualties:

Crews credited with mission:
Ship #615: Lt.'s Thompson (P), Corey (CP), Faringer (N), Nicoll (B), T/Sgt.'s Scheible (E), Mastrobaradino (R), S/Sgt.'s Hachey (AE), Searls (AR), Zawadski (G) Sikich (UG).
Ship #746: Lt.'s Kolts (P), Merkel (CP). Alexander (N), White (B): T/Sgt's Kryjak (E), Guros (R); S/Sgt.'s Homar (AE), Sharpe (AR), Hilt (G), Grandquist (UG).
Ship #896:(322nd SQ Ship): Lt's Reid (P), Morgan (CP), Haus (N), Marshita (B); T/Sgt's Kretchrner (E). Lowry (R); S/Sgt.'s Stoddard (AE). Hovey (AR). Czarnecki (G), Gustafson (UG).     Ship #761: Lt.'s McFarland (P) Wood (CP),  Fisher (N) Williams (B) T/Sgt.'s Carey (E), Barraza (R); S/Sgt.'s Bramble (AE), Donmoyer (AR), Morel (G). Schissler (UG).
Ship #040: Lt.'s Maziarz (P), Delo (CP), Pudnos (N) Clay (B) S/Sgt's Depoti (E). LaCascia (R); Sgt's Jacoboski (AE), Meander (AR), Heller (G), Beanblossom (UG).
Ship #739: Lt's Bramble (P) Mack (CP), Ellis (N), Singer (B): T/Sgt's Williams (E), Zimmerman (R), S/Sgt's Bernasconi (AE), Ridings (AR), Reich (G), Poppa (UG).
Ship #712: Lt.'s Ward (P). McNulty (CP), Murray (N), Walshe (B), T/Sgt.'s Jerge (E), Vinson (R) S/Sgt.'s Silberger (AE), Clarity (AR), Chandler (G), King (UG).
Crews Aborted:
Ship #803 (324th SQ Ship): Lt.'s Hackleman (P), Karlao (CP), Jordan (N), Jones (B), S/Sgt.'s Powers (E), Berty (R), Sgt.'s Schafer (AE), Kolence (G), Bellettiere (UG).

23 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: Capt. Reynolds from duty to transferred to casualty pool 12th RCD AAF Station 591.  M/Sgt. Marion J. Darnell, Sgt. Granville H. Taylor, Jerome A. Roltman  (CPL), were placed from DS with the Burtonwood Repair Depot to duty. S/Sgt. Mitchamore from DS at Bovingdon to duty. Pvt. Aldrich from duty to transferred to the 401st Bomb Sq. 91st Bomb Group. Cpl. Edward C. Mendoza assigned and joined (8th AFRD). Capt. Flanagan from duty to transferred (HQ-ETOUSA) effective 18 Dec. 1943. S/Sgt. John Koroly assigned and joined (12th RCD).

Flying: Three A/C flew on a high altitude formation flight for a total of 9:00 hours. One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 2:00 hours.
 
24 December 1942:
Personnel Changes: 1/Lt. Nugent from DS to duty.
 
Mission: To Andres, France:
Nine A/C of this squadron took off at 1100 hours to bomb a military constructional works just south of the village of Andres, France. It is not known just what this installation is, but there is more than a suspicion that it is Hitler's secret weapon in the form of a tremendous rocket gun or guns, or a launching sight for pilot less rocket A/C. Moderate and accurate AA fire was encountered but there was no enemy fighter opposition.  Heavy overcast over the target made it impossible to locate the target with the result that all ships of this squadron brought their bombs back. Ships of the composite group had a small opening in the clouds for their target but returned crews believe results were poor.  All A/C of our group returned safely.
No Casualties:

Crews credited with mission:
Ship #539: Major Bishop (Air Commander); Capt. Gladstone (P), Lt.'s Homuth (N), Trendell (B, Cannon (E), Brooks (G); T/Sgt.'s Kirk (E); Streets (TG); S/Sgt.'s Rumble (AE), Johnson (AR), Belville (UG); Sgt. Liedtke (R).
Ship #815: Lt.'s Kolts (P), Merkel (CP), Alexander (N), White (B), T/Sgt.'s Kryjak (E), Coors (R); S/Sgt.'s Homar (AE), Sharpe (AR), Hill (G), Grandquist (UG).
Ship #712: Lt.'s Ward (P), McNulty (CP), Murray (N), Walshe (B); T/Sgt.'s Jerge (E), Nieman (R); S/Sgt.'s Silverman (AE), Clarity (AR), Chandler (G), King (UG).
Ship #739: Lt.'s Bramble (P), Mack (CP), Ellis (N), Singer (B); T/Sgt.'s Williams (E), Zimmerman (R); S/Sgt.'s Bernasconi (AE), Ridings (AR),  Reich (G), Donmoyer (UG).
Ship #774: Lt.'s Thompson (P), Stringer (CP), Fisher (N), Nicoll (B); T/Sgt.'s Scheible (E), Mastroberardino (R); S/Sgt.'s Hachey (AE), Searles (AR) Zawadski (G), Sikich (UG).
Ship #172: Lt.'s Samuelson (P), Kovachevich (CP), Weise (N), Kaiserski (B); T/Sgt.'s Walsh (E), Ford (R); S/Sgt.'s Franchuk (AE), Lasker (AR), Dumouchel (G), Garofalo (UG).
Ship #672: Lt.'s Reid (P), Morgan (CP), Haus (N), Marshita (B); T/Sgt.'s Kretchmer (E), Lowry (R); S/Sgt.'s Stoddard (AE), Hovey (AR), Czarnecki (G), Gustafson (UG).
Ship #030: 1st Lt.'s Maziarz (P), Helo (CP), Pudnos (N), Clary (B); S/Sgt. LaCascia (R); Sgt.'s Frawley (E), Jacoboski (AE), Meander (AR), Heller (G), Vaughan (UG).
Ship #040: Lt.'s Corey (P), Thurman (CP), Waller (N)  Rodriguez (B; S/Sgt.'s Ruskins (E) S/Sgt's Pilcher (AE), Bellettiere (AR), Reynolds (G), Beanblossom (UG).

Awards and Citation: The Air Medal was awarded for exception meritorious achievement, while participating in five separate bomber missions over enemy continental Europe. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by these Officers and Enlisted men upon these occasions reflect the greatest credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States, per GO, US HQ 1st BD to the following:
 
     T/Sgt. Roy M. Ford
     S/Sgt. Vincent J. Garofalo
     S/Sgt. Francis Lasker

25 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: S/Sgt. Brunst from duty to absent, sick LD with the 49th Station Hospital effective 23 Dec. 1943. Sgt. Grabowski from absent, sick LD with the 49th Station Hospital to duty.
 
26 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: 1/Lt. Faringer  from duty to transferred to the 12th RCD.  Sgt.'s Fritz H. Dost, and Lewis E. Simpson from duty to DC with the Burtonwood Repair Depot.
Flying: Two A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 3:00 hours.

27 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: S/Sgt. James T. Strange assigned and joined (91st Bomb Group) effective 24 Dec. 1943; S/Sgt. Peters from sick in quarters LD to duty; 1/Lt. Bennett (DS) promoted to rank of Captain effective 22 Dec. 1943.
Flying:  Six A/C flew on a local formation flight for a total of 12:00 hours.  Six A/C flew on a local high altitude formation flight for a total of 9:00 hours.

28 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: Sgt. Holder from duty to
____________________________with 16 SCH Tech.
2/Lt. H. Rosenfeld from DS with the ET USA to transferred to D.S. effective 1 Dec. 1943. T/Sgt. J. Aruentes assigned and joined (91st Bomb Group) effective 27 Dec. 1943.
Flying: One A/C flew on a local high altitude flight for a total of 3:00 hours. Seven A/C flew on a local high altitude formation flight for a total of 21:00 hours.
Awards and Citations: The DFC was awarded for the completion of fifteen missions and the destruction of two enemy aircraft while serving as gunner over enemy occupied continent Europe per GO #241, HQ VIII SC, 28 Dec. 1943 to the following:
S/Sgt. Raymond O. Ridings, 15337341.
The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal is awarded for exceptional meritorious achievement, while participating in five separate Bomber Combat Missions over enemy continental Europe. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by these officers and enlisted men upon these occasions reflect the greatest credit upon themselves and the armed forces of the United States, per GO #40, HQ 1st BD, 28 Dec. 1943, to the following:
     1/Lt.  Drayton W. Stringer
     1/Lt.  Karl W. Thompson
     1/Lt.  William H. Weise
     2/Lt.  Edward J. Kaiserski
     S/Sgt. Jerry T. Bernasconi
     S/Sgt. Lawrence O. Morel
     S/Sgt. Rocco Poppa
     S/Sgt. Walter W. Reich

29 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: T/Sgt. Barraza from duty to sick in quarters LD. 1/Lt. Thompson promoted from 1/Lt. to rank of Captain effective 24 Dec. 1943. 1/Lt. Dalton promoted to rank of Captain effective 25 Dec. 1943.  2/Lt.'s Manuel Fisher, Robert S. Mersereau, Edwin B. Reid, William L. Wood were promoted to the rank of 1/Lt. effective 25 Dec. 1943. CPL. Blanchfield from duty to DS with the NO. 7 Radar School. 1 1/Lt, 11 2/Lt.'s and 18 enlisted men were assigned and joined (8th AFRD).
Flying: Six A/C flew on a local high altitude formation flight for a total of 36:00 hours.  One A/C flew on a local flight for a total of 1:00 hours.

30 December 1943:  
Personnel Changes: CPL. Velma J. Scot and PFC Rene P. Gerard were assigned and joined (HQ 8th AFRD) effective 29 December 1943
 
Mission: To Ludwigshafen, Germany:
Ten A/C of this squadron took off at 0810 hours to bomb the chemical works of I. G. Farben Industries at Ludwigshafen, Germany. The aiming point was the center of the works which is the center of research on oil, rubber, explosives and chemicals. Meager, inaccurate AA fire was encountered by our group flying at altitudes of 21,000 to 23,000 feet. Twenty to thirty enemy fighter, mostly ME109s, were seen and made several attacks. Our escort was as briefed except for the P-36s expected on withdrawal. Bombing results were unobserved due to 10/10 cloud cover over the target which brought PFF bombing into action. All A/C of this squadron completed the mission and returned safely.
No Casualties.

Crews Credited with mission:
Ship #774: Capt. Thompson (P), Lt.'s Stringer (CP), Weise (N), Nicoll (B); T/Sgt.'s Scheible (E), Mastrobaradino (R); S/Sgt.'s Hachey (AE), Searls (AR), Zawadski (G), Sikich (UG).
Ship #939: Lt.'s Bradford (P), Mersereau (CP), Trendell (N), Athearn (B); S/Sgt.'s Peterson (E), Bunin (R); Sgt. Wright (AE), Merletti (AR), Brandt (G), Modell (UG).
Ship #746:  Lt.'s Samuelson (P), Kovachevich (CP), Smith J. L. (N), Kaiserski (B); T/Sgt.'s Walsh (E), Ford (R); S/Sgt.'s Franchuk (AE), Lasker (AR), Dumouchel (G), Garofalo (UG).
Ship #815: Capt. Dalton (P), Lt.'s Stevens (CP), Sulli (N), Warren (B); T/Sgt.'s Jensen (E), Dugan (R); S/Sgt.'s Hoots (AE), Taylor (G), Sgt.'s Wrightsman (AR), Moran (UG).
Ship #040: Lt.'s Gorby (P), Thurman (CP), Wallner (N), Rodriquez (B); S/Sgt.'s Parkins (E); Thau (R); Sgt.'s Pilcher (AE), Bellettiere (AR), Reynolds (G), Beanblossom (UG).
Ship #761: Lt.'s McFarland (P), Wood (CP), Fisher (N), Williams (B); T/Sgt. Carey (E); S/Sgt.'s Koroly (AE), Donmoyer (AR), Schissler (UG); Sgt. Liedtke (R).
Ship #965: Lt.'s Hackleman (P), Camosy (CP), Jordan, D. B. (N), Jones, R. L. (B); S/Sgt.'s Powers (E), Berty (R); Sgt.'s Schafer (AE), Payne (AR), Kolence (G), Grabowski (UG).
Ship #372: Lt.'s Reid (P), Morgan (CP), Haus (N), Marghita (B); T/Sgt.'s Kretchmer (E), Lowry (R); S/Sgt.'s Stoddard (AE), Hovey (AR), Czarnecki (G), Gustafson (UG).
Ship #739:  Lt.'s Bramble (P), Mack (CP), Ellis (N), Singer (B); T/Sgt.'s Williams (E), Zimmerman (R); S/Sgt.'s Bernasconi (AE), Ridings (AR), Reich (G), Poppa (UG).
Ship #712: Lt.'s Ward (P), McNulty (CP), Murray (N), Walshe (B); T/Sgt.'s Vinson (R); S/Sgt.'s Kyle (E), Silberger (AE), Clarity (AR), Chandler (G), King (UG).

31 December 1943:
Personnel Changes: 1/Lt. Nugent promoted to rank of captain effective 27 Dec. 1943.  2/Lt. Malkowski promoted to rank of 1/Lt. effective 27 Dec. 1943. Sgt. Simmons from duty to absent, sick LD with the 49th Station Hospital effective 29 Dec. 1943. Sgt.'s Brunst and Loper from absent, sick LD with the 49th Station Hospital to duty.  Sgt. Stratton from duty to absent, sick LD with the 49th Station Hospital. PFC Gus R. Frain assigned and joined (HQ 91st Bomb Group).  S/Sgt. Lewis A. Hill from duty to transferred to the 12th RCD.
 
Mission:  To Cognac, France: Seven A/C of this squadron took off at 0820 hours to bomb the Bordeaus-Merignac Airdrome located five miles west of Bordeaux, France, with the village of Chateau-Bernard, France as the secondary target.  Moderate and accurate AA fire for our group at 18,000 to 19,000 feet was reported by returning crews.  Fifteen to twenty-five enemy fighters, mostly ME109s and FW109s and two JU88s were observed and these were in contact with our group from the time it crossed the French Coast going in until just before reaching Cognac.  Fighter escort was scheduled for entire route over enemy territory; but due to the fact that our group entered the French Coast south of course and about forty minutes late none were seen until reaching the secondary target at Cognac. One A/C of our group was lost when attached by seven or eight enemy aircraft upon entering the French Coast and another was hit by flak upon leaving the French Coast and failed to return. Crew reports were that bombing was good and well concentrated on target area of the Cognac Airdrome which was bombed due to 10/10 cloud cover over the primary target. Flames and smoke could be seen for about twenty minutes after leaving the target area. All ships of this squadron completed the mission and returned safely.
No Casualties.

Crews credited with mission:
Ship #639: Major Bishop (Air Commander), Capt. Gladstone (P), Lt.'s Homuth (N), Gannon (B), Brooke (G); T/Sgt.'s Kirk (E), Dugan (R); S/Sgt.'s Wyzkoski (AE), Johnson (AR), Belville (UG).
Ship #739: Lt.'s Bramble (P), Mack (CP), Ellis (N), Singer (B); T/Sgt.'s Williams (E), Zimmerman (BR), S/Sgt.'s Bernasconi (AE) (AE) Ridings (AR), Reich (G), Poppa (UG).
Ship #040: Lt.'s Gorby (P), Thurman (CP), Wallner (N), Rodriguez (B); S/Sgt.'s Parkins (E), Thau (R); Sgt.'s Pilcher (AE), Bellettiere (AR), Reynolds (G), Beanblossom (UG).
Ship #761: Lt.'s Ward (P), McNulty (CP), Murray (N), Walshe (B); T/Sgt.'s Jerge (E), Vinson (R); S/Sgt.'s Silberger (AE), Clarity (AR), Chandler (G), King (UG).
Ship #966: Lt.'s Hackleman (P), Camosy (CP), Jordan, D. B. (N), Jones R. L. (B); S/Sgt.'s Powers (E), Berty (R); Sgt.'s Schafer (AE), Payne (AR), Kolence (G), Grabowski (UG).
Ship #746: Lt.'s Samuelson (P), Kovachevich (CP), Smith, J. L. (N), Kaiserski (B); T/Sgt.'s Walsh (E), Ford (R); S/Sgt. Franchuk (AE), Lasker (AR), Dumouchel (G), Garofalo (UG).
Ship #774: Capt. Thompson (P), Lt.'s Stringer (CP), Weise (N), Nicoll (B); T/Sgt. Mastrobaradino, (R); S/Sgt.'s Kyle (E), Hachey (AE), Searls (AR), Zawadski (G), Sikich (UG).

 TABULATION OF E/A ENCOUNTERS DECEMBER 1943
 
DATE A/C# CLAIMANTS        POSITION  E/A TYPE  ALLOWED AS
 1   815  S/Sgt. Campbell    Bomb      FW-190    Damaged
22   040  Sgt. Robert Heller T/G       ME-109   No Claim
     746  S/Sgt John V Hill  T/G       FW-190   No Claim
     040  S/Sgt Joseph Depoti TT/G     FW-190   No Claim
31   965  Sgt. R. J. Grabowski RWG     FW-190   Damaged

GROUND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 1943

SUBJECT             MEN ATTENDING    MAN HOURS
Aircraft Recognition   146-CC         146:00
Bomb Trainer             9-B            9:00
Code Practice           81-R,AR       158:30
Engineering Lecture     12-AE          12:00
Gunnery                 31-N,B         31:00
Gee Trainer              9-N            9:00
Harwell Trainer         29-R,AR        33:30
Link Trainer           103-P,CP       103:30
Prisoner of War Lecture 75-CC          75:00
PFF Lecture             17-B           17:00
Radio Instructions      15-R,AR        86:30
Radio Lecture           12-R,AR        17:30
Shadowgraph Trainer     18-G           18:00
Skeet Shooting          18-CC          54:00
     Average score - 15 Shot at - 25 each.
Spotlight Trainer       20-CC          10:00
Target Identification   58-P,CP,N,B    58:00
W/T Lecture              5-R,AR         2:30
Wing Network            59-R,AR        79:30

 

 

 

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