Johnstone's Crew


LT Johnstone's crew.

Front row, left to right: LT Raymond J. Bleakley (N), LT Bernard D. Dreiman (B), LT Frank S. Welsh (CP), and LT David W. Johnstone (P). Standing (L-R): Constantine T. Niarchos (Niarches) (RO), Fred H. Williamsen (G), Gene M. Chalmers (TG), CPL Louis C. Trahan (BG), Lee H. Helus (FE), and SGT Harry G. Tucker (WG). (photo courtesy of Roland Andrews).

On November 27th the crew was participating in another mission to Merseberg, GR. Their regular aircraft, 2S:314:D, was shot up on the previous mission and was unavailable, and the crew flew 3R:939:E. On the bomb run an engine was lost due to flak, and another was lost over the target. A short time later a third engine failed. Their ship began to fall behind the formation and lost altitude. The 486th was the last group over the target that day, which made LT Johnstone and crew the last crew over Germany. Luckily no enemy fighters were encountered and LT Johnstone was able to put his ship down in a turnip patch in Brussels. Due to weather it would be several days before the crew returned to Sudbury. The ship may have been abandoned on the continent. It did not fly again fro the 486th.


CREW INFO
Name Rank Position First Mission Last Mission Status
David W. Johnstone 2nd LT Pilot 10/15/44 02//45  
Frank S. Welsh 2nd LT Copilot 10/15/44 02//45  
Raymond J. Bleaskley 2nd LT Navigator 10/15/44 02//45  
Bernard D. Drieman 2nd LT Bombardier 10/15/44 02//45  
Leo H. Helus T/SGT Flight Engineer 10/15/44 02//45  
Constantine T. Nierschos SGT Radio Operator 10/15/44 02//45  
Louis C. Trahan SGT Ball 10/15/44 02//45  
Harry G. Tucker SGT Waist 10/15/44 02//45  
Gene M. Chalmers SGT Tail 10/15/44 02//45  
 
MISSION INFO
MISSION DATE NAME ID S/N TYPE
080 09/21/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
091 10/14/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
092 10/15/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
094 10/18/44   NG 43-37966 B17G
096 10/22/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
097 10/25/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
099 10/30/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
100 11/02/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
101 11/04/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
102 11/05/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
104 11/09/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
105 11/10/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
107 11/21/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
108 11/25/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
109 11/27/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
111 12/04/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
117 12/23/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
119 12/26/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
121 12/29/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
122 12/30/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
123 12/31/44 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
126 01/03/45 The Chariot DV 43-38034 B17G
128 01/07/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
129 01/08/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
132 01/14/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
134 01/18/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
137 01/28/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
139 02/01/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
140 02/03/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
142 02/09/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
144 02/15/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
146 02/17/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
147 02/19/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
148 02/21/45 Lady V DR 43-37856 B17G
150 02/23/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
151 02/24/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
152 02/25/45 Ruthie Bee DD 44-6314 B17G
154 02/27/45 Flak Sack DL 44-8528 B17G

Completed 35 missions


 
Created 09/26/99 Modified 12/23/16

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