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S/SGT  Billy J. BATES

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: STATUS: RFS
MACR:

Comments1: RFS before going overseas, replaced by John A Miller

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
 S/SGT LOLA D. FLORIDA  TTE POW 4 DEC 44  GIESSEN, FRIEDBERG
 S/SGT GEORGE D. TOOMEY, JR. ROG POW 4 DEC 44  GIESSEN, FRIEDBERG
    SGT JOHN A. MILLER  WG CPT 7 JUL 44    MERSEBURG
    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 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 

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.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 257