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S/SGT  Anthony E. RUDA

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: 33293827 STATUS: POW
MACR: 03015 CR: 03015

Comments1: 6 MAR 44 BERLIN (CL- COLNRADE)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW (see graphic fld)

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  WG CPT 17 JUL 44 MONTGOURNEY (NO-BALL)
    SGT EARL W. RITTER  TG POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN
    SGT JUNIOR L. BUCHER  WG POW 6 MAR 44  BERLIN

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 6 Jan 44  (Crew #40)

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, on his first mission, 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...



 8/10/43  BREMEN 6hrs, 7a/c LOST, 2 ENGINES OUT DUE TO FLAK, HIT BY 109'S AND 190'S.  700 FEET OFF GROUND ON FINAL APPROACH,
                                                            3rd ENGINE OUT.  LANDED WITH ONE ENGINE. HAD TO LIGHTEN A/C BY THROWING OUT GUNS, AMMO, EVERYTHING.
                                                            THE ENGINES DIED ON LANDING ROLL, HAD TO BE TOWED TO HARD STAND

 Below list the crew as of October 8, 1943 BREMEN from AAF press release (mpf) flew a/c 25957 "HORNY II"

1st LT. HENRY M. HENINGTON    P CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
2nd LT. HOMER A. TRIPP  CP CPT 31 DEC 1943 PARIS
1st LT. DANIEL L. SCHMUCKER  NAV CPT 29 NOV 1943  BREMEN 
1st LT. HOWARD J. KELLY  BOMB CPT 20 JAN  1944 BRUNSWICK (FROM ORIGINAL SAMMY BARR CREW)
T/SGT RUSSELL G. GILBERT  TTE KIA 06 MAR 1944 BERLIN
T/SGT JOSEPH W. RODRICK  ROG NOC
SGT. ANTHONY E. RUDA  LWG POW 06 MAR 1944BERLIN
S/SGT GEORGE P. GINEIKIS  RWG EVA 05 NOV 1943 GEISENKIRCHEN 
S/SGT NATHAN F. HOLTON  BTG CPT 22 DEC 1943 MUNSTER
S/SGT CHARLES R. HANTUSCH   TG NOC

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-03-06  
AIRCRAFT: "Pride of the Century" (42-30170) CAUSE: EAC-Crashed at Colnrade  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 4509