Lt Allison was buried on September 15, 1944 in a field grave in Eberswalde - NE Berlin - with eight
others. Four of the eight were B-17 crewmembers from two B-17's. T/Sgt Bauer from 42-102969, “Methuselah 989 Years,”
while Eden, Gardiner and Rodgers were from 42-97278, “Umbriago,” both bombers with the 367th Squadron of the 306th
Bomb Group. The "Umbriago" and “Methuselah 989 Years" went down at Uedersee (close to Eberswalde) and Brodowin due to
They were exhumed on August 28, 1947 by Americans and buried at the US Cemetery Neuville, Belgium. On October 14, 1949 the remains were transferred to Section E Site
182-183 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville KY
T/Sgt Bauer, William J 42-102969
Sgt Eden, John V, 42-97278
1/Lt Ellison, John C 43-7182 P51 Mustang
Sgt Gardiner, William V 42-97278
S/Sgt Rodgers, Henry H 42-97278
Krahn, Jack Paul
Stewart, H. William
Fresman, Martin Wesley
Wegener, Pilot 42-97278
Barr, Pilot 42-102969
Captain Mendenhall led a Ramrod to Brux, Czechoslovakia after
Marshall returned with fuel feed problems. Marshall got repaired and was off again only to be recalled by Stewart for an important
briefing for the next day's mission.
Rendezvous with First Division bombers was made at 1045 north of Ludwigslust.
At 1145 nearly 40 Fw 190s with 109s flying top cover, jumped the B-17s near Muritz Lake.
The 357th Fighter Squadron
caught the trailing elements and McHugh and Monahan shot down two and one, respectively. The rest of the squadron chased several
long nose Fw 190s but could not close.
During the chase, the 357th strafed Schwartz airfield and Chapman was hit by
flak to become a POW. Lieutenant Cullerton destroyed seven on the ground, Juntilla got four and Haviland destroyed three before
they pulled away from the field.
Lt Ellison of the 354th Fighter Squadron was last seen following an Fw190
from JG300 into a formation of 306th Bomb Group B-17s. Lt. John Ellison was “hit by a Fw 190 near Eberswalde”.
was 1/Lt John Ellison, a P51 Mustang fighter pilot with the 354th Squadron of the 355th Fighter Group, shot down trying to
chase two fw190s away from a crippled B-17 Flying Fortress from the 367th Squadron of the 306th
Bomb Group. Both the Missing Air Crew Report and the squadron history speak to Ellison last
being seen diving on tail of a Fw190 through a box of B-17s 'near Berlin'. It is entirely plausible that Ellison survived
the dive and was picked off on the deck. A fw190 pilot reported shooting down a P51 at 300 ft near Eberswalde.
The village of Brodowin is 11 miles N.E. of Eberswalde on the south shore of
the Parsteiner See. The Udersee is a small skinny lake with the village of Finowfurt on it's south shore. Finowfurt
is almost due west of Eberswalde some 6 miles.
Several more gaggles were spotted near
the bombers but broke when the group turned into them. Thompson and Vigna of the 358th Fighter Squadron Yellow
flight caught up with a Fw190 and a Me109, shooting down the 109 and damaging the 190, respectively south of Berlin near Ruhland.
Each time the P51s of the 355th reformed quickly to continue their escort duties and the Luftwaffe departed to search for
At 1230 escort was broken off near Plauen and the group is down by 1430.
This B-24, 42-40879, “Belle Starr” and crew were assigned
to the 425th Squadron of the 308th Bomb Group. They were shot down on August 24, 1943 on a bombing raid
to Hankow, in Japanese-held China. While 6 crewmembers evaded capture,
on August 26, 1949 the other four members of the crew were buried in Section
E Plot 137-138 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
William W, Pilot Zachary
Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
Alvin S, Gunner Zachary
Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
Ray W, Gunner Zachary
Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
Donald W, Gunner Zachary Taylor
Lt Rosenburg, Harry Navigator Evaded
Lionel "Jess" Bombardier Evaded
Gieseke, Bill Engineer
Evaded Capture but died next day! Buried at the National Memorial Cemetery
of the Pacific at Honolulu, Hawaii
1/Lt Foster, Jack T. Copilot Evaded Capture
Uebel, Ed Photographer Evaded Capture
After five hours the Liberators approached Hankow and its twin city of
Wuchang along the Yangtze River. The bombers lined up on their target, the second of two airfields. Flak started bursting
around them, and then the little red light flickered on the pilots’ instrument panel, indicating bombs away. Then came
the intercom: “I see fighters taking off!” Off to the right a distant airplane was paralleling their course. Then
there was another heading right at them.
The B-24s had been under
attack for some time when a popping sound was heard from the inferno in the bomb bay. Flames were streaming from the right
wing and engine 3.
After hearing the alarm, the navigator Rosenburg parachuted from the
floor escape hatch and the bombardier Young quickly followed him. A fighter made several passes at Gieseke shooting off half
of one foot as he floated down.
The two gunners, Pannelle and Smith, were working frantically with tail
gunner Ray Reed to extract Hutchinson from inside the ball turret. Uebel stood waiting to jump with the others. Suddenly the
right wing broke off, and the bomber went into a tight spiral. Centrifugal force threw Pannelle out one of the open waist
windows and Uebel out the other. The other gunners died when Belle Starr hit the ground. Also left aboard was the pilot Ellsworth
who was still at the controls.
Chinese guerrillas collected the downed fliers near the village of Hsiung
Chian Tung and, carrying Gieseke on an improvised stretcher, managed to evade Japanese searchers. Gieseke died of his injuries
a day after the mission.
From the book
"China: Up and Down" by 1/Lt Jack T. Foster
This B-25, Mitchell, was shot down on July 20, 1943 over the Monte Corvina Airdrome.
They were assigned to the 379th Squadron of the 310th Bomb Group. They were buried on December 13, 1949
in Plot 230 at the Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery.
1/Lt Robert L. Harrop, Pilot - Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
N. Speidel, Copilot - Sicily-Rome
E. Henderson, Bombardier - Zachary
Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
L. Beaty, Gunner - Unknown burial
Barton, Gunner - Unknown burial
This paragraph was taken from the monthly summary report written at the time.
“Just as there are days that we long remember, there are also those that we like to forget
as quickly as possible. July 20 was one of those days for our squadron suffered its only casualty of the month when one of
our planes went down over Monte Corvino airdrome. The crew is missing.”
B-26 Marauder, 41-17793, and crew were assigned to the 438th
Squadron of the 319th Bomb Group. On July 15, 1949 the crew was buried in Section E Site 89 at the Zachary Taylor
1/Lt Dark, Glen L Jr
S/Sgt Holgate, Lawrence L
T/Sgt Lutie, Frank X
1/Lt Nix, Jack W, Pilot
2/Lt Rodman, Emmett L
S/Sgt Wolfe, Paul E
It was shot down by fighters over El Aouina Air Field in Tunis on February 13th 1943.
the mission report: "Mission # 29, five planes, 120-lb. frags, target El Aouina Air Field in Tunis, results uncertain because
of bad weather and evasive action: twenty to thirty Me-109's shot down two B-26's, one of which crash landed within our lines
killing Sgt. Chism. The other plane with Lts. Rodman and Dark, and Sgts. Holgate. Lutie, and Wolfe were last seen heading
down followed by enemy fighters.
This B-26 Marauder, 41-35071, “Frances Joan,” and crew were assigned
to the 441st Squadron of the 320th Bomb Group. They were shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire 7 miles southeast
of Orvieto, Italy. Two crewmembers were buried on November 18, 1949 in Section E Plot 198 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
Louis Valls, Pilot Zachary Taylor Nat’l
Woodrow W. Owens, Copilot Florence American
Benjamin E. Sylvester, Bombardier Zachary Taylor
John B. Williams, Navigator Florence
S/Sgt Blake Chilton, Engineer
POW (Returned To Duty)
S/Sgt Gilbert S. Corona, Radio Operator
S/Sgt Walter E. Herbert, Gunner
Florence American Cemetery
Valls, Pilot, was flying fourth position in first flight, and while on the bomb run, his airplane was apparently hit by flak.
peeled off and started down in a steep bank to the left. One landing wheel was seen to come down and one parachute was seen
to emerge. When last seen the plane was approximately seven (7) miles SE of Orvieto at 42° 38' N, 20° 14' E.
This B-25 Mitchell, 41-29775,
and crew were assigned to the 447th Squadron of the 321st Bomb Group. The aircraft was shot down on
February 17, 1944 during a shuttle mission
between Vincenzo and Gaudo, Italy. On August 12, 1949 five crewmembers were buried in Section E Site 103-104 at the Zachary
Taylor National Cemetery.
Cpl Allender, Darrel W,
S/Sgt Cooper, Raymond C
Capt Demay, Kenneth C
Sgt Kaiser, Jacob Jr,
Cpl Lee, James P
Sgt Pearson, Stanley O.
Squadron Daily Report:
Three of our planes 775,
546, and 413 were lost while on
shuttle service between Vincenzo
and Gaudo. As yet no
detailed information has
been secured. Lt. DeMay in 775
has not been found. Lt. Bryant
in 546 crashed just east
of our runway at Vincenzo
near the 57 Station Hospital.
He had turned back from the
flight to Gaudo when instrument
conditions developed and
had come in for a landing but may
have been cut out by a P-38.
He pulled up, mushing along
trying to gain flying speed
and then spun in. It is probable
that one engine cut out.
Two men, Sgts. Harris and Keech were
alive and taken to the hospital.
Sgt. Keech died soon after
but Sgt. Harris who has a
fractured skull seems to have a chance
to pull through. Lt. Toltzman
in 413 exploded in air and crashed
into Lake Lesina north of
Foggia. All aboard were killed. Capt.
Olson was also on this shuttle
flight. He had trouble when his
plane iced up over the mountains.
His plane went into a spin
but he was able to pull it
out and return to Vincenzo.
This B-25, Mitchell, and crew were assigned to the 447th
Squadron of the 321st Bomb Group. The plane was shot down on April 14, 1944 near the target area by heavy flak.
Four of the six crewmembers were buried on December 8, 1949 in Section E Plot 218-219 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
Cpl Ellis, Francis R, Gunner
S/Sgt Phelps, Jack L, Gunner
Sgt Smith, Daniel R, Gunner
2/Lt Wingrove, Allen E, Bombardier
2/Lt Dalley, Fenton M. Pilot
Florence American Cemetery
2/Lt Kelley, James E. Copilot
447 BS War Diary: 8 of our ships participated in a raid on Viterbo A/D with Lt Stocking
leading the flight. Good coverage indicated and hits on or near 3 hangars. Also hits in barracks area. Lt Dalley and crew
were shot down near target by heavy flak.
This B-25 Mitchell and crew
were assigned to the 447th Squadron of the 321st Bomb Group. On December 2, 1943 the crew was shot down
by flak near Chieti, Italy. There were no survivors. Three crewmembers were buried on January 11, 1950 in Section E Plot 260-261
at the Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery.
1/Lt Williams, William T.,
Pilot Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
2/Lt Drury, Alfred C. Copilot Unknown Burial Location
S/Sgt Brown, Charles O.,
Jr. Bombardier Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
S/Sgt Godwin, Charles D.
Engineer Zachary Taylor Nat’l
S/Sgt Boza, Elmer V. Radio
Operator S/Sgt Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
Sgt Kazar, William F. Gunner Zachary
Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
December 2, 1943
447th BS War Diary:
12 of our planes took off to bomb a road bridge near CHIETI, Italy. The flak was so terrific that casualties resulted. One
of our planes, piloted by 1st Lt. W.T. Williams who was on his 52nd mission, was shot down. Other members of the crew were:
2nd Lt. A.C. Drury, S/Sgt. C.O. Brown, S/Sgt. C.D. Goodwin, S/Sgt. E.V. Boza, and S/Sgt. W.F. Kazar. S/Sgt. James M. Batteiger,
engineer of the plane directly in front of Lt. Williams saw a direct hit on the right engine. He watched it fall to about
3000 ft, still going down and out of control. 448th Sq. also lost a plane, which exploded in mid-air. This ship was flown
by no other than the Squadron C.O., Major Bates. Two other planes, piloted
by Lt. Fallone and Lt. Jahrhaus, each landed with only one engine operating. Both planes had the oil lines of one of their
engines shot out and Lt. Jahrhaus’ plane also had a flat tire. Lt. Broyles had the tail assembly of his plane shot up.
Lt. Beeson had the rudder of his plane hit.