321st Bomb Group 446th Bomb Squadron based in Solenzara, Corsica

321st BG 446th BS - SN 43-27678 - LEMMON LU
PILOT Lt Gale Dickson
CREW CHEIF S/Sgt Raymond S. Toper
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From Ed Haney:
My first cousin, Gale M Dickson, was a pilot in the 446th and he flew the Lemmon Lu which was named for the city he came from, Lemmon South Dakota, and his wife, whose name is Lu. I don't have much information on Gale except for the squadron reports that essentially name the various targets and the pilot of each plane. I do have a picture of Gale and his crew from January 1944. Unfortunately Gale was KIA on November 10, 1944 while on his 67th mission. Information I have obtained about him is from the Missing AirCrew Report and the Air Force Historical Association at Maxwell AFB. When his plane was shot down everyone could bail out but Gale because he was flying the plane, He was not flying his own plane, Lemmon Lu, at the time and I never did find out what happened to it. Any information you could share with me is greatly appreciated and I will be more than willing to share what information I have.
After Dickson was KIA on 10 Nov 44, Lt. John R. Hurley took over the Lemmon Lu. Crew Chief was still Toper.

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321st BG 446th BS - SN 43-27696 - BABY BLUE EYES
CREW CHEIF UNKNOWN
BOMBARDIER/NAVIGATOR John J. Hughes
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Thanks to Dominique Taddei that made the documentation possible.

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321st BG 446th BS - SN 43-27699 - JESSIE
AIRPLANE COMMANDER L. CAPALETY
CREW CHIEF RUCZINSKI
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321st BG 446th BS - SN ???????? - Arkansas Traveler II
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321st BG 446th BS - SN ???????? - Capt Glenn Crisp
AIRPLANE COMMANDER Capt Glenn Crisp
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321st BG 446th BS - SN ???????? - Sweet Sue / Kathy Jeanne
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321st BG 446th BS - SN ???????? - Stuff
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321st BG 446th BS - SN 43-4052 - Lil Butch
AIRPLANE COMMANDER Fitzgerald, John (NMI) “Jack”, 1Lt:
CO PILOT Mathews, John W., Jr., 2Lt
ENGINEER Kreider, John L., Sgt
BOMBARDIER/NAVIGATOR Hughes, John Jerome “Jack”, 1Lt
RADIO McKearin, William J., S/Sgt
GUNNER Bender, Thomas J., Jr., Pvt
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On the 11 Oct 44 mission , 43-4052 “Lil Butch” was badly damaged and ditched at sea. The following is a war diary account for 11 Oct 44

446th BS War Diary: Two missions are flown and on the first mission one of our planes is hit seriously over the target. Sergeant D.H. Brown bailed out over the target and the ship had to be ditched before returning to home base. All the crew was rescued though Sergeant Clickner and Corporal Murch were hospitalized for injuries.

Brown, Dennis H., Sgt, radio-gunner Clickner, Albert H., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner Murch, George M., Jr., Cpl, gunner

446th BS Mission Summary: Squadron Mission 407
TARGET: Po Torreberretti Road and R.R. Bridge, Italy DATE: 11 Oct.1944
Type of Bombs: 1000 lb. 446th Planes: 12
Lt. Jordan led the formation. Both ends of the bridge received good concentration of bombs. Report of spans being down. Flak was intense, heavy and accurate from target area. Lt. Peterson’s plane was badly damaged over the target, and was ditched 10 miles NE of Cape Corse. Sgt D.H. Brown bailed out of the ship over the target and is MIA. The others remained with the plane and were picked up by Air-Sea Rescue craft. Fourteen other planes were holed.

Lt. Epstein and S/Sgt Clickner were hospitalized as a result of flak wounds.

Brown, Dennis H., Sgt, radio-gunner Clickner, Albert H., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner Epstein, Joseph H., 2Lt, bombardier Jordan, Henry L., 1Lt, pilot Peterson, Frederick I., 1Lt, pilot This is from the 446th BS end of month status report: E. Losses in action: 1. Sgt D.H. Brown bailed out over Po Torreberretti, Italy and is (MIA) That accounts for 4 of the 6 crew members: Peterson, Frederick I., 1Lt, pilot co-pilot ? bombardier ? Clickner, Albert H., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner (he was on dad’s original B-26 crew going to the MTO – copy of orders attached) Brown, Dennis H., Sgt, radio-gunner Murch, George M., Jr., Cpl, gunner

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