• 28 May 1944
  • Mission #94
  • Target: Zeitz

The primary target was the synthetic oil plant again near this town with a secondary of the Bisenach marshalling yards. By 0700 hours, all (26) aircrews were briefed and at 1044 hours all began take-offs. Each went over the target with Lieutenants Rodriquez and Robinson of the 579th and 576th respectively acting as Lead Bombardiers. The Group released a total of (1352) 100# bombs on the aiming point with excellent results. No fighters were sighted but fairly accurate flak resulted in battle damage to (9) Liberators and (1) casualty resulted. All aircraft were back on the ground around 1800 hours.

CASUALTIES NOT LISTED IN MACR

CT/SGT Gilmore, Elbert E. (EnG) 579th KIA

This crew member was the Flight Engineer-Gunner on 2/Lt. Bell’s crew flying in B-24H Model #42-50343, nicknamed "TONDELAYO", Call Letter "Bar-C", on the mission to Zeitz of this day. There is no record as to the exact cause of his death but that he was returned with his crew as a fatality. A photo published in the November 2000 edition of the 392nd BGMA News shows that #343 had received a direct hit on the top turret. Crew navigator David Orenbach recalled, "We had taken fire from fighters as well as flak, and I do not know from which came the fatal blow. It was a mortal wound, and the crew was unable to save T/Sgt Gilmore's life. All we could do was give him morphine." There is no record of his burial in an overseas U.S National plot. (Note: This particular aircraft would be interned on 20 June 1944 at Bulltofta, Sweden, having landed there with the same aircrew (Bell’s) on that mission date.

Although not the same photo that was published in the November 2000 NEWS, this photo clearly shows the hit on the top turret that took the life of T/Sgt Gilmore. Click on image to enlarge.
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CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #94

28 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 433
P Tyler, A.W. 1st Lt.
CP Ricci, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N Bassett, E.F. 2nd Lt.
B Podolski, P.D. S/Sgt.
E MacDonald, G.E. T/Sgt.
R Metz, W. T/Sgt.
RW Blaida, J.M. S/Sgt.
LW Brown, G.R. S/Sgt.
BT Troutman, E.A. S/Sgt.
TG Powell, M.L. Sgt.
28 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 222
P Hofmann, H.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Gorton, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Randall, J.A. 2nd Lt.
B Wise, D.C. 2nd Lt.
E Boney, R.E. S/Sgt.
R McNutt, W.H. Sgt.
RW Kamacho, J.A. Sgt.
LW Dopson, V.H. Sgt.
BT Sanders, O.B. Sgt.
TG Goo, R.F. Sgt.
28 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 511
P Filkel, O.H. 1st Lt.
CP Hurd, J.S. 1st Lt.
N Tyson, E.E. 2nd Lt.
B Tudor, J.R. 1st Lt.
E Blevins, R.E. T/Sgt.
R Smith, R.C. T/Sgt.
RW Jarrett, C.W. S/Sgt.
LW Kirkpatrick, H.K. S/Sgt.
BT Farmwalt, W.H. Pvt.
TG Hoover, A.L. S/Sgt.
OBS Salus, R.W. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 670
P Acebedo, B.H. 1st Lt.
CP Coe, V.E. 2nd Lt.
N Kramer, L.G. 2nd Lt.
B Robinson, W.F. 2nd Lt.
E Bullard, R.E. T/Sgt.
R Kauffman, T.H. T/Sgt.
RW Keller, C.T. S/Sgt.
LW Jenkins, W.B. T/Sgt.
BT Lancaster, P.M. S/Sgt.
TG Abraham, R.A. S/Sgt.
OG McShane, W.F. 1st Lt.
28 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 772
P Meighen, W.E. 1st Lt.
CP Mason, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Plunkett, F.A. 2nd Lt.
B Wimberly, W.G. S/Sgt.
E Austin, L.D. T/Sgt.
R Epstein, B.B. T/Sgt.
RW Bode, J.E. S/Sgt.
LW MacDonell, K.A.. S/Sgt.
BT Kuhns, R.H. S/Sgt
TG Cuevas, D.E. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 027
P Jones, G.E. 1st Lt.
CP Faas, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Morris, J.C. 1st Lt.
B Thomas, H.E. 2nd Lt.
E Bodoh, A.E. T/Sgt.
R McAdams, R.E. T/Sgt.
RW Marvin, H.E. S/Sgt.
LW Lane, T. S/Sgt.
BT Surber, W.C. S/Sgt.
TG Rossi, V.H. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 096
P Monroe, D.E. 1st Lt.
CP Neill, C.W. 2nd Lt.
N Beezley, D.D. 2nd Lt.
NG Lucas, L.M. S/Sgt.
E Houser, B.M. T/Sgt.
R Lancy, N.J. T/Sgt.
RW Yanora, M.R. S/Sgt.
LW Hall, G.E. S/Sgt.
BT Wambach, J. Sgt.
TG Desonne, M. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 243
P Larson, L.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Prys, J.R. 2nd Lt.
N Graham, G.R. 2nd Lt.
B Larson, R.N. 2nd Lt.
E Carter, H.C. S/Sgt.
R Cullins, T.F. S/Sgt.
RW Stark, E.C. Sgt.
LW Selden, F. Sgt.
BT Gage, R. Sgt.
TG Strother, C.E. Sgt.
28 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151
P Anundson, P.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Hadley, L.R. 2nd Lt.
N Fehrenbacher, D.E. 2nd Lt.
B Scott, W.J. 2nd Lt.
E Cooke, W.B. S/Sgt.
R Clendening, R.D. S/Sgt.
RW Berry, H.F. Sgt.
LW Schliesmayer, R.N. Sgt.
BT Farrar, R.E. Sgt.
TG Kleber, W.M. Sgt.
28 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 649
P Belitz, H.G. 1st Lt.
CP Cook, L.B. 2nd Lt.
N Schofield, D.J. 2nd Lt.
B Jones, A.V. 2nd Lt.
E Sekul, J.G. S/Sgt.
R Mulhern, R.T. S/Sgt.
RW Vineall, B.H. Sgt.
LW Smith, W.H. Sgt.
BT Peters, H.J. Sgt.
TG Walz, H.R. Sgt.
28 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 040
P Larsen, N.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Stratton, C.R. 2nd Lt.
N O'Neill, T.J. 2nd Lt.
B Hiller, T.B. 2nd Lt.
E Robinson, W.F. S/Sgt.
R Fox, H.H. T/Sgt.
RW Whitt, C.G. Sgt.
LW Davis, E.T. Pvt.
BT Barker, D.G. Pvt.
TG Prazak, S.J. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 961
P Hunsaker, B.W. 1st Lt.
CP Lach, R.F. 2nd Lt.
N Roy, D.G. 2nd Lt.
B Connery, M.J. 2nd Lt.
E Bodkins, F.C. T/Sgt.
R Rue, A.W. T/Sgt.
RW Scheide, H.W. S/Sgt.
LW Ligon, A.C. Sgt.
BT Friedel, C.F. Sgt.
TG Leech, R.M. Sgt.
NG Cordick, D.H. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 012
P Scheltens, G.A. 1st Lt.
CP Vaughan, H.C. 2nd Lt.
N Coward, D.M. 1st Lt.
B Cox, R.B. 2nd Lt.
E Morr, R.J. T/Sgt.
R Borden, K.L. T/Sgt.
RW Mandelkow, E. S/Sgt.
LW Crotty, W.L. S/Sgt.
BT Thompson, I.F. S/Sgt.
TG Freeman, J.B. Sgt.
28 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241
P Cheek, C.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Szenegato, J. 2nd Lt.
N Beddingfield, L.L. 2nd Lt.
N Ferry, J.R. 2nd Lt.
E Curry, E.D. S/Sgt.
R Schroeck, L.A. S/Sgt.
RW Layman, H.A. Sgt.
LW Miles, V.G. Sgt.
BT Corcoran, R.G. Sgt.
TG Miller, J.E. Sgt.
28 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 295
P Smith, W.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Wilson, E.R. 2nd Lt.
N McMahon, E.J. F/O
B Jackson, C.R. 2nd Lt.
E Seaton, K.L. S/Sgt.
R Kostrewski, G.T. S/Sgt.
RW McRight, W.O. Sgt.
LW Medel, M.N. S/Sgt.
BT Humphreys, E.E. Sgt.
TG VanVliet, P. Sgt.
28 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 896
P Stroble, W.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Slafka, C.M. 2nd Lt.
N Daniels, A.S. 2nd Lt.
NG Haukom, C.B. S/Sgt.
E Vassey, E.E. T/Sgt.
R Bull, F.L. S/Sgt.
RW Spika, C.J. S/Sgt.
LW Vickery, P.C. S/Sgt.
BT Brent, L.H. S/Sgt.
TG Vetrano, A. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 538
P Zweig, L.E. 1st Lt.
CP Burge, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Quail, J.L. 2nd Lt.
B Bruce, J.C. 2nd Lt.
E Baxter, O. Jr. S/Sgt.
R Callahan, C.J. S/Sgt.
RW Strally, S.R. S/Sgt.
LW Jessen, M.M. Sgt.
BT Shinske, J.C. Sgt.
TG Smith, L.F. Sgt.
28 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 604
P Sabourin, R.E. 1st Lt.
CP Amble, E.F. 2nd Lt.
N Lipschitz, J. F/O
B Singleton, W.T. 2nd Lt.
E Hollien, F.J. S/Sgt.
R Spagnola, J.T. Sgt.
RW Mateski, W.J. Sgt.
LW Robbins, K.H. Sgt.
BT Mahon, E.M. S/Sgt.
TG Moran, E.J. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 548
P Henderson, P.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Stull, R.B. 2nd Lt.
N Allen, H.W. 1st Lt.
B Williamson, R.D. 2nd Lt.
E Thompson, A.W. S/Sgt.
R Burns, P.J. S/Sgt.
RW Smith, G.R. Sgt.
LW Vantine, J.E. Sgt.
BT Ivey, E.H. Jr. Sgt.
TG Howell, J.L. Sgt.
28 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 966
P Roberts, A.M. 2nd Lt.
CP Houtz, G.B. 2nd Lt.
N Prentice, C.L. 2nd Lt.
B Hart, D.R. 2nd Lt.
E Rojas, Y. S/Sgt.
R Lippert, K.A. S/Sgt.
RW Blaise, E.W. Sgt.
LW LeBleu, L.W. S/Sgt.
BT Collins, R.R. S/Sgt.
TG Pryor, M.L. Sgt.
28 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 608
P Gann, D.L. 1st Lt.
CP Dick, W.C. 2nd Lt.
N Spensley, R.E. 2nd Lt.
B Cunniff, V.L. 2nd Lt.
E Shrader, C. T/Sgt.
R Carroll, J.T. T/Sgt.
RW Anderson, A.R. S/Sgt.
LW Puchir, J. S/Sgt.
BT Reynolds, R.L. S/Sgt.
TG Sinclair, R.E. S/Sgt.
McEwan, D.L. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 343
P Bell, C.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Dorn, W.A. 2nd Lt.
N Orenbach, D. 2nd Lt.
NG Quick, L.I. S/Sgt.
E Gilmore, E.E. T/Sgt. (KIA)
R Knight, J.S. T/Sgt.
RW Seymour, A.S. S/Sgt.
LW Asch, H.W. S/Sgt.
BT Blanco, J.W. S/Sgt.
TG Egan, A.J. Sgt.
28 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 897
P Cornell, J.T. 2nd Lt.
CP Berger, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Ingels, G.A. 2nd Lt.
B Gichan, W.W. 2nd Lt.
R Hebert, I.L. S/Sgt.
E Kuchta, J. S/Sgt.
RW Stahl, W.H. Sgt.
LW Rawson, B.J. Sgt.
BT Daywalt, J.E. Sgt.
TG Siegel, G.W. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 615
CA Keilman, M.H. Maj.
P Brunn, W.S. 1st Lt.
CP Reinbold, H.L. F/O
N Griffith, R.C. 2nd Lt.
B Coyle, J.D. 2nd Lt.
B Rodriguez, J.B. 1st Lt.
E Harris, W.T. S/Sgt.
R Adams, R.V. T/Sgt.
RW Hassett, T.R. T/Sgt.
LW Hair, J.H. S/Sgt.
BT Goric, R.D. S/Sgt.
TG Fund, E.J. S/Sgt.
28 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 037
P Thomas, J.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Whitford, D. 2nd Lt.
N McFarlin, J.F. F/O
B Hyre, G.R. F/O
E Nicolson, A. S/Sgt.
R Haywood, H.F. S/Sgt.
RW Powers, R.J. Sgt.
LW McEvoy, P.S. Sgt.
BT Eller, M. Sgt.
TG O'Neill, W.P. Sgt.
28 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 229
P Ruvolis, L. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CP Wunderlin, C.F. 2nd Lt.
N Mayer, R.S. F/O
B Young, E. 2nd Lt.
E Cowley, J.C. S/Sgt.
R Garvey, J.A. S/Sgt.
RW Beltz, G.E. Sgt.
LW Schenkenberger, J. Sgt.
BT White, R.A. Sgt.
TG Sheridan, T.V. Sgt.