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S/SGT  John A. MILLER

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

Staff Sergeant John A. Miller, 17 years old, of the 349th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, reads through a sheaf of documents, inside the Group's Combat Library. Handwritten on reverse of print: '(17 Yrs. Old.) S/Sgt. John A. Miller, 349th BS, 100th BG, 8th AF. Picture Taken: January 1944, Combat Library At 100th BG

 John A. Miller of the Clement H. Cowan crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

         S/SGT John A. Miller                               
                 DFC , AM
         Jul. 22, 1926 Mar. 16, 2014
      100 BG / 349 BS B-17 Waist Gunner
       Completed 35 Missions by age 18

            Rosemary Reingruber Miller
           Mar. 20, 1930 Jul. 4th, 2020
 Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and 
        great grandmother   Married 65 years

Headstone for John and Rose Miller at National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 17 JUL 44 MONTGOURNOY - NO BALL (100th Legend)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT COY I. MONTGOMERY              P KIA   6 MAR 44  BERLIN
2ND LT ROBERT F. CONNAWAY          CP POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
2ND LT FRANK C LAVER                   NAV POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
2ND LT JAMES D. FULTON               BOM POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
T/SGT  GEORGE W. BURTON           TTE POW  6 MAR 44 BERLIN (SEE NOTE BELOW)
 S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA                TTE POW   4 FEB 44  FRANKFURT (with Lt John Brown Crew)
 S/SGT GEORGE D. TOOMEY, JR.      ROG POW  4 FEB 44  FRANKFURT (with Lt John Brown Crew)
    SGT JOHN A. MILLER                   RWG CPT 17 JUL 44 MONTGOURNEY (NO-BALL) (never flew a mission with this Crew)
    SGT EARL W. RITTER                    TG POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
    SGT JUNIOR L. BUCHER               LWG POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 6 Jan 44  (Crew #40)
S/Sgt Billy Joe Bates is pictured with this crew and listed as LWG.  On the way overseas (yet still Stateside), he decided he did not want to fly and refused to go overseas with the crew. John A Miller was dispatched from his own crew (a B-24) crew on their way to Theater and told to grab his gear and was assigned to Montgomery Crew on the spot.  John had neve flown on a B-17 up to this point. 

For 6 Mar 44 mission see MACR #3014, Microfiche #1019.  They were flying A/C #42-30170 which had flown under three names: Torchy 2nd, HOT SPIT, and MISS CARRIAGE.

On 6 Mar 44, Lt Frank C. Laver was the Navigator and a POW; Sgt Wilbur Trembley, (from Lt Stout Crew) was the ROG and a POW; T/Sgt George W. Burton was the TTE and a POW; S/Sgt Anthony Ruda was the RWG and a POW, and S/Sgt Louis P. Savell was the BTG and a POW

 Eyewitness Account:  "At 1215 hours just north of Hanover an A/c believed to be #170
 was atttacked by enemy fighters & was shot down. four or five chutes were seen.
 I.D. of this aircraft is not positive, it may have been #051."

      Lt. Chadwick


The Germans buried Lt Montgomery (Coy I.) on 10 Mar 1944, noting the cause of death as crash/ burns...

S/SGT JOHN A. MILLER COMPLETED 35 MISSIONS ON 17 JULY 44 AND HAD HIT "BIG B" SIX TIMES, 5 WITH LT LAWRENCE TOWNSEND'S CREW.  HE HAD SEEN COL. KELLY'S SHIP "BLOW UP", HE HAD FLOWN THE FIRST RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION, WAS CREDITED WITH SHOOTING DOWN A Me 410, WAS AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, AIR MEDAL, AND HE WAS STILL ONLY 17 YEARS OLD "GOING ON FORTY".  HE FALSIFIED HIS AGE WHEN HE ENLISTED IN INDIANA IN OCTOBER 1942.  HE CELEBRATED HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY ON JULY 22, 1944" 

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CREW
2ND LT   JOHN W.BROWN                   P EVADEE 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT   ALBERT F. FITZPATRICK       CP POW  4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT   THEODORE H. KLEINMAN   NAV EVADEE 4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
2ND LT   LAWSON W. CLEMENTS     BOM POW  4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
 S/SGT   CHARLES R. AMBRUST         WG NOC
 S/SGT   RICHARD F. BRADY             ROG NOC
 S/SGT   LAWRENCE M. PRATT         TTE NOC 
    SGT    MILTON GRABEL                   TG KIA  25 MAY 44 BERLIN
    SGT   GORDON F. KEON            BTG POW  4 FEB 44 FRANKFURT
   SGT     OWEN D. STOCKTON         WG POW  6 MAR 44 BERLIN


349th Sqdn. Crew joined the 100th Gp on 28 Nov 1943.. Sgt Gordon Keon was the only enlisted man of this crew
 to particiapte in the Frankfurt mission of 4 FEB 44.  Other aboard for this mission and their fate is a follows:
 
 S/SGT GEORGE E. TOOMEY  ROG POW (FROM C.I. MONTGOMERY CREW)
 S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA  TTE POW (FROM C.I. MONTGOMERY CREW)
 S/SGT WILLIAM F. KEMP  WG KIA    (FIRST MISSION)
 S/SGT HAROLD F. JANDERUP  WG POW ( TAPS 25 SEP 69)
 S/SGT RICHARD A. TANGRADI  TG POW 

 Ship suffered severe flak damage and had three engines out over the German-Belgian border. The crew
 with the exception of William Kemp, who was apparently badly wounded, bailed out safely. Gordon Keon had
 a flak wound in one arm.
  
 A statement by Theodore Kleinman after his return say the bail-out occured about 10 miles SSE of Turnhout,
 Belgium and continues:  "After contacting an underground unit I was placed in a house in Turnhout. Several days
 later I was told something in French concerning the rest of the crew. With my meagre understaning of French, Kemp
 was unable to leave th ship due to severe wounds and he went down with the plane. A man was found by the
 Germans in the rear half of the ship with his head badly battered, but alive. I later recieved a report the man with the
 battered head died."

 German records in the MACR file confirm a badly wounded man found in the ship died in the hospital the following day.

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S/Sgt John A. Miller Flew two missions with this Crew, 

CREW

LT CLEMENT H. COWAN                              P NOC
LT HANK A. DIBBERN                                 CP CPT
LT FRED W. ROBERTSON                          NAV CPT
LT HAROLD L. HEYNEMAN                        BOM WIA 16 MAR 44 AUGSBURG (FLAK)
T/SGT SHERWYN W. "SPARKY" MEYERS      ROG KIA 16 MAR 44 AUGSBURG
T/SGT MURRAY W. HOLDITCH                    TTE NOC
S/SGT WILLIAM A. GEIGLE                         BTG NOC
S/SGT  ROBERT PATRICK                          RWG NOC
S/SGT JOHN A. MILLER                             RWG CPT 17 JUL 44 MONTGOURNEY  (fill in gunner for only two missions)
S/SGT ADAM C. STOPPEL                          LWG NOC
S/SGT HORACE R. KEMBLE                           TG CPT 

Crew joined the 100th BG, 349th BS on 8 Jan 44.  This Crew flew "SPARKY" a/c 231723 XR-R

 The following form contents were entered on 6th Aug 2002
EMAIL = Heine48@aol.com
UNAME = James P. Heyneman
CONNECTION = I am a relative of a 100th veteran
COMMENTS = My father Harold L. Heyneman passed away on March 28, 2002 and I have found the mission list for the Clement H. Cowan crew as written by my father and Lieutenant Hank Dibbern, co-pilot on the crew. My father, Lieutenant Harold L. Heyneman was the bombardier on the crew. All the missions listed were flown with Cowan as the pilot until April 29, 1944 when the crew flew with Wilson as pilot then Lunsford and later Trapnell. 

 Date:    Plane Name and #      Target

January 24, 1944       Plane-Section Eight #249 Frankfurt
February 3, 1944      Plane-Layden Maiden II #018  Wilhelmshaven
February 5, 1944    Plane-Squawkin Hawk #088  Villacoublay
February 13, 1944   Plane-Murderer's Row #239817  No Ball
February 20, 1944   Plane-(unknown),   Posen, Poland
February 21,1944    Plane-Torchy III #4230487  Osnabruck
February 24, 1944   Plane-Section Eight #249 Posen, Poland
February 25, 1944  Plane-(unknown)  Regensburg
February 28, 1944  Plane-(Sparky)#723   No Ball
February 29, 1944  Plane-(Sparky)#723  Brunswick
March 2, 1944   Plane-(Sparky) #723  Chartres (John A. Miller RWG on this mission)
March 3, 1944  Plane-(Sparky) #723  Berlin    (john A. Miller RWG on this mission)
March 6, 1944  Plane-(Sparky) #723  Berlin (Bloody Monday) Lost from the 349th Squadron (Murry, Amiero, Koper and Montgomery)
March 9, 1944  Plane-(Sparky) #723  Berlin
March 15, 1944  Plane-(Sparky) #723  Brunswick
March 16, 1944  Plane-(Section Eight)#249 Augsburg
March 18, 1944  Plane-(Sparky) #723,   Augsburg.      S/Sgt Sherwyn (Sparks) Meyers killed on this mission
March 28, 1944  Plane-(A for Able)#987  Chateaudon.  Sgt. J. P. Cooper new radio operator
April 10, 1944  Plane-(Sparky)#723  Paris (Airfield)
April 24, 1944  Plane-(Sparky)#723  Freidrickshaven 
April 26, 1944  Plane-(Sparky)#723  Brunswick
April 27, 1944  Plane-(Sparky)#723  Cherbourg (Morning)
April 27, 1944  Plane-(Miss Ma Lovin)#788  Near Metz, Leculot, Airfield in France(Afternoon)
April 28, 1944  Plane-(Sparky) #723  Cherbourg (Sottevast-Lost Col Kelly)
April 29, 1944  Plane-(unknown)  Berlin
May 9, 1944  Plane-(unknown)  Laon/Couvron (airfield)
May 12, 1944  Plane-(unknown)  Brux, Czechoslovakia
June 6, 1944  Plane-(unknown)  D-Day (Somewhere in France)
July 11, 1944  Plane-(unknown)  Munich
July 14, 1944  Plane-(unknown)  Nancy, France (Maquis Supply Drop)
July 17, 1944  Plane-(Traps)#977  Auxerre,  Plane caught fire enroute to target. Made it back to England where all bailed out safely.


Subj: 100th BG_Photo_Archivist  
Date: 2/4/2002 7:28:22 PM Pacific Standard Time 
From: Heine48 
To: MPFaley 
 

THE ERROR I AM REPORTING IS OF THE LT. CLEMENT H. COWAN CREW OF THE 349TH SQUADRON PAGE 4, 17TH PICTURE DOWN THE PAGE.  THE PHOTOGRAPH OF LT. CLEMENT H. COWAN CREW IS INCORRECT.  ACCORDING TO MY FATHER HAROLD L. HEYNEMAN WHO IS STILL LIVING ON THIS DATE OF 02-04-02 AND WAS THE BOMBARDIER ON THE CREW TELLS ME THAT THE BOTTOM ROW OF THE PICTURE IS CORRECT, LEFT TO RIGHT (CLEMENT H. COWAN,Pilot, HANK A.DIBBERN,CP, FRED W. ROBERTSON,NAV, HAROLD L. HEYNEMAN,BOM, THE TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT SHOULD BE MURRAY W.HOLDITCH,TTE, WILLIAM A. GEIGLE,BTG, SHERWYN W. MEYERS,ROG, ADAM C. STOPPEL,LWG, ROBERT PATRICK,RWG, AND HORACE R. KEMBLE,TG.  MY FATHER TELLS ME THAT JOHN A. MILLER WAS ORIGINALLY ON 2ND LT. COY I. MONTGOMERY'S CREW BUT WAS THROWN OFF AFTER AN ARGUMENT AND WAS ONLY ON THE COWAN CREW FOR TWO MISSIONS WHILE ROBERT PATRICK WAS ON ANOTHER ASSIGNMENT.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU CAN CONTACT MY FATHER WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE 100TH BOMB GROUP FOUNDATION, AT HIS RESIDENCE OF 827 WRIGHT AVE. TOLEDO, OHIO 43609 OR PHONE 419-382-7551

EMAIL = HEINE48@AOL.COM
UNAME = JAMES HEYNEMAN
CONNECTION = I am a relative of a 100th veteran
COMMENTS = On your crews page, you make note that you only list crew records of the pilots. My father LT. Harold L. Heyneman 349th squadron, Lt. Cowan crew (BOM)told me he flew with many different crews after his Augsburg raid of March 16, 1944 when his radio operator was killed and he never saw Lt.Cowan again after they landed at Thorpe Abbotts. He had been injured (flak). Would you have any additional information concerning my father that is not listed, such as missions, date he completed his missions or anything of regarding his service at Thorpe Abbotts. Thank You
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CREW
            
2nd Lt Lawrence E.Townsend   P      POW      25/7/44 ST LO       TAPS: 1982
2nd Lt Edward H.Fehrenkamp   CP     REC       11/9/44  RUHLAND (with Lt Herres Crew)   TAPS: 30 AUG 1988
2nd Lt Arnold L.Holmes           NAV    EVADEE 25/7/44 ST LO   Flew 35 missions according to Escape and Evasion report
2nd Lt George D.Gardner       BOM    POW      25/7/44 ST LO        TAPS: 1984
   Cpl.Tracey Fisher                TTE    Annoxia on way over to England, Died upon landing.
 S/Sgt Robert H.Dunbar         ROG     NOC     On Crew till April 12, transferred to Lt G.S. Allen Crew
   Sgt Chalmers M.Anderson    BTG    POW       25/7/44 ST LO        TAPS: 1988
 S/Sgt Gordon M.Lane           WG     POW       25/7/44 ST LO  
    Sgt Walter W.Kolar           WG    EVADEE   25/7/44 ST LO  (became TTE when Fisher died,)
    Sgt Earl C.Milam                 TG      POW      25/7/44 ST LO        TAPS: 1957

349th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44.
Lt Burkhart was from the  crew of S.D. Eichen and replaced Lt Edward H. Fehrenkamp 25 Jul 1944.   T/Sgt Glasser (from Lt Frank Harte Crew) took over as ROG on the Crew on May 7, 1944 Berlin mission and completed his tour with Townsend Crew. S/Sgt Robert H. Dunbar  flew missions with Townsend Crew until April 12, 1944 then went with Lt G.S. Allen Crew. T/Sgt Glasser became an EVADEE and 2nd Lt Andrew J.Burkhart was a POW.

Lt Fehrenkamp flies 9 missions with this crew and then is replaced with different CP's from 1 May 44 until 19 Jun 44.  He returns to the Crew on 20 June 44 and continues flying missions with this crew until 14 June 44.  He is replaced on the Crew by Lt Burkhart from the  crew of S.D. Eichen.Lt Fehrenkamp flew his last mission with Lt Herres on Sept 11, 1944 mission to Ruhland. S/Sgt John A. Miller took over as WG when Walter Kolar became TTE.  

During May and early June, the following  co-pilots flew with the Lt Townsend Crew:

F/O P.V. Lammers  May 1, 1944
Lt F.W. Craft-        May 7, 1944
Lt H.A. Debbern    May 8, 1944
Lt P.L. Mitchell      May 12,1944 &  June 6, 7, 1944
Lt D.L. Roth         May 13, 19, 20, 1944 & June 2, 1944 

Missions for Lt Lawrence E. Townsend

         Date        A/C# & Name            Target

1.   3/22/1944     957 Horny II              ORANIENBURG (BERLIN)
2.   3/23/1944     710 The Savage         BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM
3.   3/28/1944     088 Squawkin Hawk    CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX
4.     4/1/1944     347 Billy Boy               LUDWIGSHAFEN
        4/7/1944     347 Billy Boy               QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
5.     4/8/1944     347 Billy Boy               QUACKENBRUCK
        4/9/1944     347 Billy Boy               KRZESINKI (POSEN) (RECALL)
6.    4/10/1944    347 Billy Boy               RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
7.    4/11/1944    347 Billy Boy               POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.
       4/12/1944    347 Billy Boy               SCHEUDITZ (RECALL) 
8.    4/18/1944                                    BERLIN		
9.    4/19/1944                                    LIPPSTADT
10.   4/20/1944                                   MARQUENVILLE & FLOTTEMANVILLE-HAGUE
11.   4/22/1944                                   HAMM   
12.   4/24/1944                                   FRIEDRICHSHAFEN   
13.   4/28/1944                                   SOTTEVAST (NOBALL) LOST COL KELLY 
14.    5/1/1944    957 Horny II               SAARGUEMINES/WIZERNES
15.    5/7/1944    107230 Yehudi           BERLIN
16.    5/8/1944    107230 Yehudi           BERLIN & LAGLACERIE
17.  5/12/1944    107230 Yehudi           BRUX, OIL REFINERY
18.  5/13/1944    107230 Yehudi           OSNABRUCK
19.  5/19/1944    107230 Yehudi           BERLIN
20.  5/20/1944    31987  Shilaylee          BRUSSELS
21.    6/6/1944   102416 Lady Luck        FALAISE/OUISTREHAM
22.    6/7/1944   102416 Lady Luck        NANTES (BRIDGES)
23.  6/19/1944   102416 Lady Luck        CORME ECLUSE, AF
24.  6/20/1944   102416 Lady Luck        FALLERSLEBEN
25.  6/21/1944   102416 Lady Luck        RUHLAND (START OF RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)     
26.  6/26/1944   102416 Lady Luck        DROHOBYCZ (from Russia)
27.    7/3/1944   102416 Lady Luck        ARAD (RUMANIA) (from Russia, Landed in Italy)
28.    7/5/1944   102416 Lady Luck        BEZIER (FROM ITLAY, Landed in England)
29.    7/7/1944   102416 Lady Luck        BOHLEN/MERSEBURG
30.   7/12/1944  102416 Lady Luck        MUNICH (IND. AREA)
31.   7/14/1944  97806 Now An' Then   SOUTH OF FRANCE
32.   7/17/1944  97806 Now An' Then   AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
33.   7/19/1944  97806 Now An' Then   SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
34.   7/24/1944  102416 Lady Luck        ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
35.   7/25/1944  102416 Lady Luck        ST LO (GND SUPPORT)

EYEWITNESS: A/C #416 was believed to have been hit by flak from St. Lo shortly after bombs away and before reaching
the R.P. (Rally Point) . Fire broke out inside the A/C and #2 engine began to smoke. Crewmen began bailing out of the ship
which appeared to be flying on APCE. Nine chutes were seen, this would account for the entire crew.

This was the 35th mission for this crew. S/Sgt Walter W. Kolar, evaded the  Germans
for a few days until the advancing Allied Forces reached his position. He then joined a tank crew and fought until 
wounded . His new found armored buddies took him to the aid station, where the medical personell discovered S/Sgt Kolar
was Army Air Force. They terminated his short but popular ground combat career and placed him in the hospital. 
He must have been one of the 100th's most intrepid warriors..

See SPLASHER SIX (Spring 1977 page 3 & Summer 1978 "TAPS" for Arnold Holmes.Also see S.O.C. p.71. 


Hello,
I am a french historian in the Paris aera.
From our sources, the B-17 "Lady Luck" 349th BS was crashed in the Paris aera on the 25 july44.
But from your sources, the plane was crashed near St Lô in Normandie, about 400 km…. Do you know anything about it. A eventual picture of the "Lady Luck"

Best Regards.
Bruno Renoult. 
bruno.renoult@club-internet.fr

SOME BRIEF NOTES ON
T/SGT WALTER W. KOLAR
TTE WITH LARRY TOWNSEND CREW

Walter W. Kolar enlisted on September 29, 1942 at Camp New Cumberland Gap, PA after the Pearl Harbor event and decided to join the Air Corp.  He did his basic training at Miami and attended a series of gunnery schools from May to June 1943 at Lowrey Field and from July to September at Laredo, Texas.  In November 1943 he was at the 395th Combat Crew School in Ardmore, Okla. before joining the Larry Townsend crew

After a series of training flights in the United States, the crew of Larry Townsend embarked for England and the Eighth Air Force on March 7, 1944.  The crew at that time was made up of the following:

Pilot                     Lawrence E. Townsend
C0-Pilot                Edward H. Fehrenkamp
Navigator              Arnold I. Holmes
Bombardier            George D. Gardner
Radio                    Robert H. Dunbar
Engineer              Tracey Fisher
Waist Gunner        Gordon M. Lane
Waist Gunner         Walter W. Kolar
Tail Gunner            Earl C. Milam
Ball Turret             Chalmers Anderson

On the flight over the North Atlantic, from Goose Bay Labrador, the plane ran into a sever thunderstorm and was forced to climb to an altitude of 35,000 feet.  The entire crew was on oxygen during this time.  At one point, without informing anybody, Mr. Fisher climbed out of his top turret position and proceeded to move toward the waist of the plane.  He was half-way there when he collapsed from lack of oxygen.  He was noticed by both Mr. Lane and Mr. Kolar when he collapsed and they both moved to assist Mr. Fisher and get an extra oxygen mask on him.  The pilot immediately began a step descent to get down to about 10,00 feet where oxygen would not be necessary.  Both Mr. Kolar and Mr. Lane began CPR on Mr. Fisher and worked on him constantly until an emergency landing was made in Ireland at which time emergency medical personnel were waiting to take over the revitalization of Mr. Fisher.  Unfortunately, all attempts were unsuccessful and Tracey Fisher became the first casualty of the Larry Townsend crew.

On March 9, 1944, the crew flew into Thorpe Abbotts, near Diss, and became officially attached to the 100 Bomb Group, 349th Squadron.   Walter W. Kolar was made Engineer/Top Turret Gunner at that point.  John A. Miller joined the crew as the second waist gunner.  Thus, the make-up of the crew when it began flying missions was:

Pilot                          Lawrence E. Townsend
Co-Pilot                     Edward H. Fehrenkamp
Navigator                   Arnold I. Holmes
Bombardier                 George D. Gardener
Engineer/TTE              Walter W. Kolar
Radio                          Robert H. Dunbar 
Waist Gunner              Gordon M. Lane
Waist Gunner              John A. Miller
Tail Gunner                 Earl C. Milam
Ball Turret Gunner        Chalmers Anderson

After a week of practice missions the Larry Townsend crew undertook its very first mission into enemy territory, joining the 8th Air Force in bombing Berlin on March 22, 1944.  According to the personal diary of Walter Kolar, the crew flew on 35 official missions and was subsequently shot down by enemy flak on the 25th of July, 1944 while providing ground support for ground troops in and around St. Lo, France.  One of the early planes for the Townsend crew was “Miss Minookie”.  During these missions, Kolar was credited with shooting down one and one-half German planes.

The diary of Walter W. Kolar shows the following list of missions in 1944:

1.    3/22   			Berlin
2.    3/23   			Brunswick
3.    3/28   			Chateaudun
4.     4/1    			Ludwigshaven
5.     4/8    			Quackenbruck
        4/9    			Krzesinki  (recalled no credit for Mission)
6.    4/10    			Rheims
7.    4/11    			Rostock
8.    4/18    			Berlin		
9.    4/19    			Lippstadt
10.   4/20   			Marquenville & Flottemanville-Hague
11.   4/22   			Hamm
12.   4/24   			Friedrichshafen  
13.   4/28   			Sottevast 
14.     5/1   			Saarguemines
15.     5/7   			Berlin
16.     5/8   			Berlin
17.   5/12   			Brux
18.   5/13   			Osnabruck
19.   5/19   			Berlin
20.   5/20   			Brussells
21.    6/3    			Bolougne
22.    6/6    			D-Day  (2 missions)-Falaise 
23.    6/6    D-Day-Ouistreham
24.    6/7    			Nantes   
25.  6/19    			Corme Ecluse
26.  6/21    Ruhland (Russian Shuttle Mission)
27.  6/26    			Drohobycz, Poland(From Russia)
28.   7/3    			Arad – Romania (From Italy)
29.   7/5    			Bezier (From Italy – back to England)
30. 7/12    			Munich
31. 7/14    			South France, Maquis Supply Drop
32. 7/17    			Auxerre
33. 7/19    			Duren-Schweinfurt
34. 7/24    			St. Lo  Ground support
35. 7/25    			St. Lo  Ground support (shot & evaded capture )

Walter W. Kolar, with the Larry Townsend crew, flew a total of 35 missions.

THE FATEFUL 35th…

On July 25, 1944, The crew had an early awakening, went to a briefing where they discovered that they would be participating in what was termed “A Milk Run”.  The mission was to provide ground support for troops who
would be advancing into and through St. Lo, France later that day.

To the best of my recollection, we approached the IP (Initial Point) at an altitude of 21,000 feet and shortly thereafter the bomb bay released its full load of bombs.  It seemed that, within seconds following the release of the bombs, the plane, Lady Luck, was struck by flak with a full burst in the bombay and waist positions of the plane.  There was an immediate great ball of fire that engulfed the entire area and the alarm was sounded that the ship was badly hit and a large fire raged throughout.  Pilot Larry Townsend then gave the orders for all to bail out.  He put the plane on automatic pilot and apparently it flew to the outskirts of Paris before it finally crashed.

This was a nine member crew for the flight and all bailed out safely.

Six of the nine members were captured by the German forces and wound up in prison camps for the duration.  Navigator Arnold Holmes became an evadee and several days later joined American ground forces.  Radio man Louis Glasser likewise became an evadee and joined with American forces on July 29, 1944.

Walter W. Kolar,  made a free fall to almost 1,000 feet before attempting to open his parachute.  Imagine his surprise when he pulled on the red handle and it hung loose in his right hand with no chute coming out!  He then frantically began tearing the covering of the chute and actually throwing out the silken folds of the parachute which gradually began to take hold when he was already approaching close to the ground.  He came crashing down through an apple tree which arrested much of his momentum along with the now-opened parachute.  He quickly gathered the parachute and scrambled into a rather large hedgerow at the edge of the orchard. At time, he could see German soldiers scouting the area, obviously looking for the downed airman.  Kolar hid in the hedgerow all day.  He buried the parachute.  When hunger set in he ventured out in the evening and picked a few green apples he gobbled up as a delicacy.

After spending a cool night in the hedgerow Kolar felt he had to do something; he just couldn’t sit in the hedgerow.  About seven AM the next morning he heard the sounds of an approaching wagon.  Looking out, he saw a young woman leading a horse and a cart on which an old man sat holding the reins.  Making a quick decision, he felt he could overpower the woman if need be, and do the same with the old man if that became necessary.  At the precise moment when the wagon approached his hiding place, Kolar jumped out of the hedgerow, in front of the young woman and holding his hands high in the air declared in his high school French, “Je suis Americain!  Je suis Americain!”  

The young woman immediately understood the situation.  She ran up to Kolar and in part English and part French was able to convey that he was very welcome.  She indicated that he should return to his hedgerow hiding place and that she would return later that day, in the evening,  True to her word, as dusk fell, she and the old man appeared at the hedgerow and brought food in a briefcase in the form of a loaf of bread, a bottle of red wine, and a large hunk of salami.  Needless to say, the food was delicious!
The old man then showed him some old clothes that he brought and indicated that Kolar should change from his flying gear and into some civilian garb. He also brought a warm blanket.  They took his flying suit and promised to burn it and get rid of it.  They then told Kolar that they would be back the next morning with some papers and some miscellaneous paraphernalia.  At this time they indicated that they were part of the French underground resistance movement and expressed their deep appreciation for the support of the Americans.  The name of the young woman was Simone Gillette, a school teacher.  The old man was Christel Julien.

True to their word, the young woman and the old man returned the next morning and delivered some official-looking papers that identified the carrier of these papers that he was a person with the name of Rene Noel.
twenty two years old, becoming a deaf mute as a result of some terrible bombing by the Americans in the vicinity of St. Lo which apparently knocked out his ear drums.  The old man gave him a wheelbarrow containing a spade, a rake and a hoe, to push around during the day. He also brought a warm blanket.   Kolar was stopped once by a German officer, but when he showed him his new papers, the officer simply grunted and gave them back to him and dismissed him with a wave of his hand, indicating, be gone!  Kolar spent most of the morning pushing the wheelbarrow around the outskirts of St. Lo.

This was on July 27, 1944… and a look back…

What the 100th Bomb Group did was to provide ground support for troops on the 24th and 25th of July 1944.  Operation Cobra was to get started on the 24th of July.  After a one day postponement because of bad weather, Cobra got underway on the morning of July 25th.  Both the U.S. 2nd Armored Division and the 1st Infantry Division, under the command of General Omar Bradley, joined together for the attack.  They reached one of Cobra’s first objectives on the morning of the 26th, a road junction north of Le Mesnil-Herman.  The VIII Corps entered the battle, led by the 8th and 90th Infantry divisions.  They rolled into St. Lo by noon on July 27th, having cleared organized German resistance, and were advancing rapidly.

This was when Kolar met the American troops, took out his dog tags which he had hidden in the heels of one of his shoes, and identified himself as an American.  A gunner on one of the tanks pointed a 50 caliber machine gun at him until he identified himself as an American (he was dressed in ragged old civilian clothes given to him by the old man). He was invited to join the troops and rode in an open Jeep as the entire convoy moved forward in a rapid thrust to the East.
 
Things became a bit hazy from this point on.  Kolar remembers riding in the jeep for a couple of hours, witnessing several small skirmishes.  At some point in the late afternoon, the word came around that a large number of German prisoners had been taken and volunteers were needed to take them back into the American held territory.  Kolar volunteered, feeling he didn’t want to continue into Germany with the tank corps.  He already had a bunch of flak wounds from the direct hit on the plane and felt he should be seeking some medical attention.

Still riding in the open jeep and with a convoy of trucks loaded with German prisoners, the group embarked upon the return trip back to American lines.
Someplace along the way the convoy was ambushed by a group of Germans.  Kolar was shot in the chest.  The driver of the jeep was shot in the throat.   Both tumbled out of the jeep and into a small gutter alongside the road.
Kolar remembers trying to tie a handkerchief around the man’s neck to help stop the bleeding.  Then nothing…blackness…

The next thing he seems to remember is a medic working over him and a priest giving him the last rites.  Then again…nothing…

He next remembers waking up in the American hospital where he spent the next couple of weeks, recuperating.

In the meantime his mother had received a telegram informing her that her son was missing in action.  Two weeks later she received a telegram advising her that her son was missing in action and presumed dead.  One of the first things Kolar thought of was to inform his mother, and his fiancée, that he was O.K., injured but recuperating in an American hospital in France.  For a couple years after the war ended, his Alma Mater, Duquesne University, listed his name on a monument on campus as one of those alumni who gave his life for his country.

It was back to England, to Thorpe Abbots, and a series of debriefings.  Kolar was offered a lieutenant’s commission if he would become a lecturer on escape and evasion methods..  He declined, feeling he had had enough of the war.  He was sent back to the states for a month’s leave, after which he was assigned as a gunnery instructor at Westover Field.  During his one month’s leave, he married his sweetheart, Jennie Peternac, and they spent most of the month at Atlantic City where Kolar was assigned prior to Westover Field, and where he spent the remainder of the war until being honorably discharged at the Separation Center, Fort Devens, Mass. On August 22, 1945.

During his tour of duty, Walter W. Kolar earned the following awards:

Air Medals 9
Distinguished Flying Cross-2
Purple Heart-1
Presidential Citation: 2


Today, his son, David, carries as his middle name “Rene” – David Rene Kolar, and his granddaughter carries “Noelle” as her middle name – Jennie Noelle Kolar.- a couple of remembrances from 70 years ago!
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Missions for T/Sgt R.H. Dunbar

Date         Crew Nbr    Mission Nbr   Last Name     Initial         Rank         Position     Aircraft Nbr         Target
3/17/1944         05         131         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         710         MUNICH (ERROR)
3/18/1944         05         132         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         710         MUNICH
3/22/1944         05         134         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         957         ORANIENBURG (BERLIN)
3/23/1944         05         135         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         710         BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM
3/28/1944         05         138         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         88           CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX
4/1/1944           05         140         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         347         LUDWIGSHAFEN
4/7/1944           05         141         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         347         QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
4/8/1944           05         142         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         347         QUACKENBRUCK
4/9/1944           05         143         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         347         KRZESINKI (POSEN)
4/10/1944         05         144         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         347         RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
4/11/1944         05         145         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         347         POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.
4/12/1944         05         146         DUNBAR         R.H.         S/SGT         ROG         347         SCHEUDITZ (RECALL)
5/25/1944         12         122         DUNBAR         R.H.         T/SGT         ROG         97393      BRUSSELS
5/27/1944         12         123         DUNBAR         R.H.         T/SGT         ROG         97393      STRASBOURG
5/28/1944         12         124         DUNBAR         R.H.         T/SGT         ROG         97393       MAGDEBURG
5/29/1944         12         125         DUNBAR         R.H.         T/SGT         ROG         97393       LEIPZIG
8/27/1944         12         186         DUNBAR         R.H.         T/SGT         ROG         6306         BERLIN (RECALL)
8/30/1944         12         187         DUNBAR         R.H.         T/SGT         ROG         6306         BREMEN
9/8/1944           12         191         DUNBAR         R.H.         T/SGT         ROG         6306         MAINZ
9/9/1944           12         192         DUNBAR         R.H.         T/SGT         ROG         6306         DUSSELDORF
9/27/1944         01         201         DUNBAR         R.H.         T/SGT         ROG         98015        MAINZ

05 is Lt Lawrence Townsend Crew
12 is Lt G.S. Allen Crew


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Date         Crew Nbr    Mission Nbr   Last Name      Initial         Rank         Position      Aircraft Nbr         Target
3/17/1944         09         131         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         31534         MUNICH (ERROR)
3/18/1944         09         132         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         31249         MUNICH
3/19/1944         09         133         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         487            MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/23/1944         09         135         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         957            BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM
3/26/1944         09         136         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         37783         SCHKEUDITZ/JU-88 PLANT
3/27/1944         09         137         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         37783         BORDEAUX/ MERIGNAC
3/31/1944         09         139         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         37783         LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED
  4/7/1944         09         141         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         37783         QUACKENBRUCK
  4/9/1944         09         143         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         37783         KRZESINKI (POSEN)
4/10/1944         09         144         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         37783         RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
4/11/1944         09         145         GLASSER         L.P.         S/SGT         ROG         607             POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.
  5/7/1944         05         111         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         107230         BERLIN
  5/8/1944         05         112         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         107230         BERLIN & LAGLACERIE
5/12/1944         05         116         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         107230         BRUX, OIL REFINERY
5/13/1944         05         117         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         107230         OSNABRUCK
5/19/1944         05         118         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         107230         BERLIN
5/20/1944         05         119         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         31987           BRUSSELS
  6/2/1944         05         128         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         BOULOGNE
  6/6/1944         05         -132        GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         FALAISE/OUISTREHAM
  6/7/1944         05         -135        GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         NANTES (BRIDGES)
6/19/1944         05         -142        GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/20/1944         05         -143        GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         FALLERSLEBEN
6/21/1944         05         149         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         RUHLAND (START OF RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)
6/26/1944         05         149         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         DROHOBYCZ
  7/3/1944         05         151         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         ARAD (RUMANIA)
  7/5/1944         05         153         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
  7/7/1944         05         155         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         BOHLEN/MERSEBURG
7/12/1944         05         158         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/14/1944         05         160         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         97806         SOUTH OF FRANCE
7/17/1944         05         161         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         97806         AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/19/1944         05         163         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         97806         SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
7/24/1944         05         166         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
7/25/1944         05         167         GLASSER         L.P.         T/SGT         ROG         102416         ST LO (GND SUPPORT)

09 is Lt Frank Harte Crew
05 is Lt Lawrence Townsend Crew

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Missions of S/Sgt John A. Miller

1.    3/2/1944      SPARKY                    CHARTES, AF (flew with Lt Cowan Crew)
2.    3/3/1944      SPARKY                    BERLIN (Flew with Lt Cowan Crew) 
3.   3/22/1944     957 Horny II              ORANIENBURG (BERLIN)
4.   3/23/1944     710 The Savage         BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM
5.   3/28/1944     088 Squawkin Hawk    CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX
6.     4/1/1944       347 Billy Boy             LUDWIGSHAFEN
        4/7/1944       347 Billy Boy             QUACKENBRUCK (SCRB)
7.     4/8/1944       347 Billy Boy             QUACKENBRUCK
         4/9/1944     347 Billy Boy               KRZESINKI (POSEN) (RECALL)
8.    4/10/1944      347 Billy Boy               RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
9.    4/11/1944      347 Billy Boy               POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O.
         4/12/1944    347 Billy Boy               SCHEUDITZ (RECALL)
10.    4/18/1944                                    BERLIN
11.    4/19/1944                                    LIPPSTADT
12.   4/20/1944                                     MARQUENVILLE & FLOTTEMANVILLE-HAGUE
13.   4/22/1944                                     HAMM   			
14.   4/24/1944                                    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN We come home alone on the Deck from this one)
15.   4/28/1944                                   SOTTEVAST (NOBALL) LOST COL KELLY Our Group CO of 9 days KIA, his first Mission)
16.    5/1/1944    957 Horny II               SAARGUEMINES/WIZERNES
17.    5/7/1944    107230 Yehudi           BERLIN
18.    5/8/1944    107230 Yehudi           BERLIN & LAGLACERIE
19.  5/12/1944    107230 Yehudi           BRUX, OIL REFINERY
20.  5/13/1944    107230 Yehudi           OSNABRUCK
21.  5/19/1944    107230 Yehudi           BERLIN
22.  5/20/1944    31987  Shilaylee          BRUSSELS
23     6/3/1944                                         BOLUGNE
24.    6/6/1944   102416 Lady Luck        FALAISE/OUISTREHAM
25.    6/7/1944   102416 Lady Luck        NANTES (BRIDGES)
26.  6/19/1944   102416 Lady Luck        CORME ECLUSE, AF
27.  6/20/1944   102416 Lady Luck        FALLERSLEBEN
28.  6/21/1944   102416 Lady Luck        RUHLAND (START OF RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)
29.  6/26/1944   102416 Lady Luck        DROHOBYCZ (from Russia)
30.    7/3/1944   102416 Lady Luck        ARAD (RUMANIA) (from Russia, Landed in Italy)
31.    7/5/1944   102416 Lady Luck        BEZIER (FROM ITLAY, Landed in England)
32.    7/7/1944   102416 Lady Luck        BOHLEN/MERSEBURG
33.   7/12/1944  102416 Lady Luck        MUNICH (IND. AREA)
34.   7/14/1944  97806 Now An' Then   SOUTH OF FRANCE
35.   7/17/1944  97806 Now An' Then   AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY

MEMO 2:

Part 2 - John A. Miller Memo and Crew Notes:

S/SGT JOHN A. MILLER COMPLETED 35 MISSIONS ON 17 JULY 44 AND HAD HIT "BIG B" SIX TIMES, 5 WITH LT LAWRENCE TOWNSEND'S CREW.  HE HAD SEEN COL. KELLY'S SHIP "BL0W UP", HE HAD FLOWN THE FIRST RUSSIAN SHUTTLE MISSION, WAS CREDITED WITH SHOOTING DOWN A Me 410, WAS AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, AIR MEDAL, AND HE WAS STILL ONLY 17 YEARS OLD "GOING ON FORTY".  HIS PARENTS SIGNED HIS ENLISTEMENT PAPERS WHEN HE WAS 16 WHEN HE ENLISTED IN INDIANA IN OCTOBER 1942.  HE CELEBRATED HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY ON JULY 22, 1944"

John A. Miller first trained in B-24's, here is the crew
The Benjamin Chase Crew
 
Standing: S/Sgt. Marlin Olson - Flight Engineer (not on Steyr mission), Sgt. ? Radio Operator, Pvt. Russel Capogreco - Right Waist Gunner, Sgt. Martin Yerick - Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. David Fairley - Nose Gunner.

Kneeling: 2nd Lt. Benjamin B. Chase - Pilot, 2nd. Lt. Wayne Nesbitt - Bombardier, 2nd. Lt. Edward Pine - Navigator, 2nd. Lt. Merwin Combest - Co-Pilot. Photo taken in November of 1943 at Grand Island, Nebraska. Also on board during the Steyr mission was three replacement crew members: T/Sgt. Pasquale Agresta - Flight Engineer, S.Sgt. Freeman Smith - Top Turret Gunner, Sgt. Arthur Phelan - Ball Turret Gunner.
Their plane was shot down by fighters during Mission 216 to Steyr, Austria. The plane crashed at St. Valentin, Austria on 2-23-44. This crew was originally a part of the Pomoroy Provisional Group. The Pomoroy Provisional Group had 490 crew members that served as replacement crews for various Bomb Groups in the 15th Air Force.


MACR: 2584 
DATE:02/23/44
AIRCRAFT:B-24J
SERIAL NUMBER:42-100255
BOMB GROUP: 376BG 12 BS 
PILOT: 	Chase, Benjamin B 
TARGET: Steyr Austr1a

S/Sgt. Marlin Olson - Flight Engineer  (not on Steyr mission), 
Sgt. Frank Perrin Jr. - Left Waist Gunner, ( REPLACED John Miller on Crew)
Pvt. Russel Capogreco - Right Waist Gunner, 
Sgt. Martin Yerick - Tail Gunner, 
S/Sgt. David Fairley - Nose Gunner. 
S/Sgt  ?     Radio Operator
 2nd Lt. Benjamin B. Chase - Pilot, 
2nd. Lt. Wayne Nesbitt - Bombardier, 
2nd. Lt. Edward Pine - Navigator, 
2nd. Lt. Merwin Combest - Co-Pilot.

John A. Millers B-24 Crew 

Sept 1943, at Biggs Field TX the plane was on night maneuvers and landed short of the runway.  
Accident Report #: 430819 	CHASE, BENJAMIN  	B-2   	42-79   	BIGGS FIELD, TX

 
He arrived at Thorpe Abbotts with the Montgomery Crew but did not fly a mission with them. John was originally trained for B-24's and was waiting with his B-24 crew to fly overseas when an Officer came in, Said is there a John Miller here, get your things your coming with us.  He was led to a waiting B-17 that was headed for England.  S/Sgt Billy Joe Bates WG on Montgomery Crew decided he did not want to fly and refused to go overseas with the crew. John A Miller was dispatched from his own crew (a B-24) crew on their way to Theater and told to grab his gear and was assigned to Montgomery Crew on the spot.  John had neve flown on a B-17 up to this point.   John had never been on a B-17 and his first introduction was to hit his head on the Wing!
 
CREW
2ND LT COY I. MONTGOMERY               P       KIA    6 MAR 44   BERLIN
2ND LT ROBERT F. CONNAWAY            CP     POW   6 MAR 44   BERLIN
2ND LT FRANK C LAVER                      NAV    POW   6 MAR 44   BERLIN
2ND LT JAMES D. FULTON                  BOM    POW    6 MAR 44   BERLIN
S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA                    TTE     POW    4 FEB 44   FRANKFURT (with Lt John Brown Crew)
S/SGT GEORGE D. TOOMEY JR           ROG     POW    4 FEB 44   FRANKFURT (with Lt John Brown Crew)
SGT JOHN A. MILLER                        RWG      CPT    17 JUL 44 MONTGOURNEY (NO-BALL)
SGT JUNIOR L. BUCHER                    LWG      POW    6 MAR 44   BERLIN
SGT EARL W. RITTER                         TG      POW    6 MAR 44   BERLIN
 
349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 6 Jan 44  (Crew #40)
 
On 6 Mar 44, Lt Frank C. Laver was the Navigator and a POW; Sgt Wilbur Trembley, (from Lt Stout Crew) was the ROG and a POW; T/Sgt George W. Burton was the TTE and a POW; S/Sgt Anthony Ruda was the RWG and a POW, and S/Sgt Louis P. Savell was the BTG and a POW .  They were flying A/C #42-30170 which had flown under three names: Torchy 2nd, HOT SPIT, and MISS CARRIAGE
 
Eyewitness Account:  "At 1215 hours just north of Hanover an A/c believed to be #170
was atttacked by enemy fighters & was shot down. four or five chutes were seen.
I.D. of this aircraft is not positive, it may have been #051."............Lt. Chadwick
 
John Miller never flew a mission with the Montgomery Crew and was placed in the Spare gunners pool.  In the Beginning of March 1944, He flew two missions with Lt Clement Cowen Crew on March 2nd and March 3rd.  
 
CREW
LT CLEMENT H. COWAN                                 P NOC 
LT HANK A. DIBBERN                                    CP  CPT 
LT FRED W. ROBERTSON                             NAV CPT 
LT HAROLD L. HEYNEMAN                           BOM  WIA 16 MAR 44 AUGSBURG (FLAK)
T/SGT SHERWYN W. "SPARKY" MEYERS       ROG  KIA 16 MAR 44 AUGSBURG
T/SGT MURRAY W. HOLDITCH                     TTE NOC 
S/SGT WILLIAM A. GEIGLE                          BTG NOC 
S/SGT  ROBERT PATRICK                           RWG NOC 
S/SGT ADAM C. STOPPEL                           LWG NOC 
S/SGT HORACE R. KEMBLE                           TG CPT 

Crew joined the 100th BG, 349th BS on 8 Jan 44.  This Crew flew "SPARKY" a/c 231723 XR-R.
 
After the horrendous losses the 100th Bomb Group sustained over Berlin on March, 3, 4, 6, 8, 1944, John found himself alone in his nissan hut.  All of the other spare gunners were either KIA or MIA over Europe. After a week of staring at empty beds and belongings being carted away, John spoke up to Capt Sumner Reeder, (temp CO, 349th BS) who immediately gave him a pass to London.  When John returned from London on the Morning of March 22, 1944, the sentries asked him what he was doing off base! John had been scheduled for a mission that day (even though he had a pass and had just returned).  He ran and grabbed all his gear and headed out to his assigned crew he was to fill in for that day.  He just nearly made it. Throwing everything onboard he settled in and when the time was right he asked where they were headed?  The response back was, the target for today is BERLIN!!!!  John felt sick, all his buddies had gone down over this target.  That day, and for the rest of his tour, John A. Miller would be flying with    the Crew was Lt Lawrence Townsend. 
 
CREW
2nd Lt Lawrence E.Townsend    P POW  25/7/44  ST LO        
2nd Lt Edward H.Fehrenkamp    CP REC 11/9/44  RUHLAND (with Lt Herres Crew)   
2nd Lt Arnold I.Holmes            NAV EVA 25/7/44  ST LO    
2nd Lt George D.Gardner        BOM POW 25/7/44  ST LO         
Cpl.Tracey Fisher                    TTE DIED FEB 1944 Anoxia on way over to England, Died upon landing. See Kolar notes below
S/Sgt Robert H.Dunbar           ROG NOC  On Crew till April 12, transferred to Lt G.S. Allen Crew
Sgt ChalmersM.Anderson         BTG POW   25/7/44 ST LO         
S/Sgt Gordon M.Lane              WG POW   25/7/44 ST LO 
Sgt Walter W.Kolar                 WG EVA    25/7/44 ST LO   (became TTE when Fisher died,)
Sgt Earl C.Milam                     TG POW     25/7/44 ST LO         
 
349th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44.
Lt Burkhart was from the  crew of S.D. Eichen and replaced Lt Edward H. Fehrenkamp 25 Jul 1944.   T/Sgt Glasser (from Lt Frank Harte Crew) took over as ROG on the Crew on May 7, 1944 Berlin mission and completed his tour with Townsend Crew. S/Sgt Robert H. Dunbar  flew missions with Townsend Crew until April 12, 1944 then went with Lt G.S. Allen Crew. T/Sgt Glasser became an EVADEE
and 2nd Lt Andrew J.Burkhart was a POW.
 
Lt Fehrenkamp flies 9 missions with this crew and then is replaced with different CP's from 1 May 44 until 19 Jun 44.  He returns to the Crew on 20 June 44 and continues flying missions with this crew until 14 June 44.  He is replaced on the Crew by Lt Burkhart from the crew of S.D. Eichen.Lt Fehrenkamp flew his last mission with Lt Herres on Sept 11, 1944 mission to Ruhland. S/Sgt John A. Miller took over as WG when Walter Kolar became TTE.
 
During May and early June, the following  co-pilots flew with the Lt Townsend Crew:
 
F/O P.V. Lammers  May 1, 1944
Lt F.W. Craft-        May 7, 1944
Lt H.A. Debbern    May 8, 1944
Lt P.L. Mitchell      May 12,1944 &  June 6, 7, 1944
Lt D.L. Roth         May 13, 19, 20, 1944 & June 2, 1944
 
 
 
Missions of S/Sgt John A. Miller
1. 3/2/1944       231723 "SPARKY"       CHARTES, AF (flew with Lt Cowan Crew)
2. 3/3/1944       231723 "SPARKY"       BERLIN  (Flew with Lt Cowan Crew)
3. 3/22/1944      957 Horny II             ORANIENBURG (BERLIN) 1st mission with Townsend Crew
4 3/23/1944      710 The Savage          BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM 
5. 3/28/1944    088 Squawkin Hawk     CHATEAUDUN/ EVREUX 
6. 4/1/1944      347 Billy Boy                LUDWIGSHAFEN 
 4/7/1944         347 Billy Boy                QUACKENBRUCK  SCRUBBED
7. 4/8/1944       347 Billy Boy               QUACKENBRUCK 
 4/9/1944          347 Billy Boy                KRZESINKI (POSEN)  (RECALL)
8. 4/10/1944     347 Billy Boy                RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE 
9. 4/11/1944     347 Billy Boy                POSEN / ROSTOCK T.O. 
 4/12/1944        347 Billy Boy                SCHEUDITZ RECALL)
10. 4/18/1944                                    BERLIN 
11. 4/19/1944                                  LIPPSTADT 
12. 4/20/1944                                  MARQUENVILLE & FLOTTEMANVILLE-HAGUE 
13. 4/22/1944                                    HAMM 
14. 4/24/1944                                    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN   (We come home alone on the Deck from this one)
15. 4/28/1944                                  SOTTEVAST (NOBALL) LOST COL KELLY Our Group CO of 9 days KIA, his first Mission)
16. 5/1/1944       957 Horny II              SAARGUEMINES/WIZERNES 
17. 5/7/1944       107230 Yehudi            BERLIN 
18. 5/8/1944       107230 Yehudi            BERLIN 
19. 5/12/1944     107230 Yehudi            BRUX, OIL REFINERY 
20. 5/13/1944     107230 Yehudi            OSNABRUCK 
21. 5/19/1944     107230 Yehudi            BERLIN 
22. 5/20/1944     31987  Shilaylee           BRUSSELS 
23. 6/3/1944                                        BOLOUGNE 
24. 6/6/1944      102416 Lady Luck         FALAISE/OUISTREHAM 
25. 6/7/1944      102416 Lady Luck         NANTES (BRIDGES) 
26. 6/19/1944    102416 Lady Luck         CORME ECLUSE, AF 
27. 6/20/1944    102416 Lady Luck         FALLERSLEBEN 
28. 6/21/1944    102416 Lady Luck         RUHLAND (START OF RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)
29. 6/26/1944    102416 Lady Luck         DROHOBYCZ (POLAND) (from Russia)
30. 7/3/1944      102416 Lady Luck         ARAD (RUMANIA) (from Russia, Landed in Italy)
31. 7/5/1944      102416 Lady Luck         BEZIER (from Italy, Landed in England)
32. 7/7/1944      102416 Lady Luck         BOHLEN/MERSEBURG 
33. 7/12/1944    102416 Lady Luck         MUNICH 
34. 7/14/1944   97806 Now An' Then    SOUTH OF FRANCE 
35. 7/17/1944   97806 Now An' Then    AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY

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PHOTOS:

 From left: John Miller & Chalmers M. Anderson of the Lawrence E. Townsend crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 JOHN MILLER on Right. 

John A Miller, a waist gunner of the 100th Bomb Group wears an A-2 Flying Jacket decorated with the nose art of the B-17 Flying Fortress he flew in, a B-17 (serial number 42-102416) nicknamed "Lady Luck". John A Miller has handwritten on reverse: 'July 1944 349th BS- 100th BG. S/Sgt John A Miller & Jacket (A-2 Jacket). The artist was 5 bombs short, but I shipped out before he got the chance to paint on 5 more. I'm only foolin'! I'm not doing what it looks like I'm doing!'

Staff-Sergeant John A Miller and Alden "Pat" Madsen of the 100th Bomb Group. John A Miller has handwritten on reverse: 'July 1944, 349th BS-100th BG. Lt: John A Miller, Rt: Alden "Pat" Madsen. Taken after I returned from Bury St Edmonds where I received the DFC.'

John A Miller, a waist gunner of the 100th Bomb Group wears an A-2 Flying Jacket decorated with the nose art of the B-17 Flying Fortress he flew in, a B-17 (serial number 42-102416)

Staff-Sergeant John A Miller, a waist gunner of the 100th Bomb Group plays with his gear. John A Miller has handwritten on reverse: 'July 1944 349thBS- 100th BG. S/Sgt John A Miller 17 Yrs Old- Just Foolin' Around.'

Personnel, including John A Miller, of the 349th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group pose for a group portrait outside a Nissen hut. John A Miller, A veteran waist gunner of the 100th Bomb Group has handwritten on reverse: 'July 1944, 349th BS- 100th BG. Lt to Rt Rear: Al Bridges (WG), Pat Madsen (TTE), George McCleary (TG). Front: Larry Pratt (E), Marcena "Dottie" Dottoviano (TG) (KIA 7-29-44) Congradulating John A Miller (WG) on receiving DFC.'

Personnel, including John A Miller, of the 349th Bomb Squadron 100th Bomb Group pose for a group portrait outside a Nissen hut. John A Miller, A veteran waist gunner of the 100th Bomb Group has handwritten on reverse: 'July 1944, 349th BS- 100th BG. Lt to Rt, standing: AL Bridges (WG), John A Miller (WG), Pat Madsen (TT), George McCleary (TG). Kneeling: Larry Pratt (eng), Marcena Dottoviano (TG) 

Personnel of the 100th Bomb Group, including John A Miller enjoy a boat trip in Italy. John A Miller, A veteran waist gunner of the 100th Bomb Group has handwritten on reverse: About June 30, 1944. We had left Russia + were based near Foggia, Italy. (1st shuttle raid to Russia- Italy) on this day we went up to Manfredonia + went swimming + sailing in the Adriatic Sea. Lt to Rt: Larry Townsend (P), Walt Kolar (TT), John A Miller (RW), Italian boatman. Front: Louis Glasser (R), Ed Fehrenkamp (CP). 5 of the crew of "Lady Luck", B-17 349th BS- 100th BG

A Nissen hut of the 100th Bomb Group. John A Miller, a veteran waist gunner of the 100th Bomb Group has handwritten on reverse: 'July 1944, 349th BS- 100th BG. "Hero's Haven" Hut # 21. Do not remember the names of these men, this hut was home for the Sgts' from 2 crws, 12 men. I watched about 5 crews come + go. (Shot down or crashed). John A Miller.' Another veteran has written on reverse: 'Man in foreground is: Emory C Rose (BTG).'

John Miller and enlisted men of Lawrence Townsend Crew 

 

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Crew 2

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