LT Krenz' crew
Standing (L to R): Lt. Carl M. Krenz (P), Lt. Edward J. Grenchus (CP), Lt. George R. Bowman, Jr. (N), unknown (B). Bottom Row (L to R): Cpl John F. Fellows, Cpl Arnold R. P. Mitchell, Cpl Edwin T. Morrell, Cpl John E. Wolff, Cpl - Theodore E. O'Neill, Jr., Cpl Dominik R. Wesloski. (Submitted by Scott Morrell, son of Edwin T. Morrell).
The Krenz crew was shot down on a mission to bomb an Me-262 airfield at Parchim on April 7, 1945. The crew suffered 2 KIA and 8 POWed. According to witness reports, at 1456, at an altitude of 13,800', #528 was hit by FLAK. Engines #1 and #2 engines caught fire, which spread to the other engines and the aircraft lost altitude. The waist door was damaged, delaying the crew from bailing out immediately. Nine chutes were observed, S/SGT McMahon's parachute apparently failed to open and was killed. The cause of death for S/SGT O'Neill is unknown, but he may have fallen from his chute. CPL's Fellows and Mitchell were transferred and did not fly with this crew on this date. (MACR 14187)
S/SGT Morrell was assigned as to operate radar jamming equipment. S/SGT Morrell was responsible for identifying enemy radars and operating jamming equipment that would fill enemy radar returns with noise, making it difficult to track aircraft.
|Name||Rank||Position||First Mission||Last Mission||Status|
|Carl M. Krenz||2nd LT||Pilot||04/07/45||POW|
|Edward J. Grenchus||2nd LT||Copilot||04/07/45||POW|
|William C. J. Murphy||F/O||Navigator||04/07/45||POW|
|George R. Bowman, Jr.||LT||Navigator|
|Roland R. Fricault||S/SGT||Flight Engineer/Top||04/07/45||POW|
|Theodore E. O'Neill, Jr.||S/SGT||Radio Operator||04/07/45||KIA|
|John F. Fellows||CPL|
|Arnold R. P. Mitchell||CPL|
|Edwin T. Morrell||S/SGT||Spot Jammer||04/07/45||POW|
|John E. Wolff||S/SGT||Waist||04/07/45||POW|
|Thomas G. McMahon||S/SGT||Waist||04/07/45||KIA|
|Robert J. Crews||S/SGT||Tail||03/07/45||04/07/45||POW. 14 Missions.|
|Dominik R. Wesloski||SGT||Ball||04/07/45||POW|
|175||03/30/45||Dream King/Flak Sak||DP||44-6580||B17G|
|Created: 04/27/00||Modified: 12/23/16|
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