Crew 6 - Assigned 752nd Squadron - October 7, 1943
(Photo: Andy Gulick)
|1Lt||Ronald A Gulick||0664003||Pilot||Aug-44||CT||Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross|
|1Lt||Wayne E French||0759752||Co-Pilot||09-Jan-45||CT||Aptd Air/Sea Rescue Officer|
|2Lt||Wayne C Dabb||0811324||Navigator||16-Apr-44||TRSF||TD to 93BG (SO105 2BD 4/15)|
|2Lt||Felix B Acencio||0688157||Bombardier||Apr-44||TRSF||Trsf to 15AF w/Crew 03|
|T/Sgt||Byron D Chapman||18194112||Radio Operator||Aug-44||CT||Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross|
|S/Sgt||Albert L Bennett||39199454||Flight Engineer||Aug-44||CT||Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross|
|S/Sgt||Mabry Mooney||34508407||Armorer-Gunner||Aug-44||CT||Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross|
|S/Sgt||Claude R Dozier||13121748||Aerial Gunner/2E||06-Jun-44||UNK||Mission Load List|
|S/Sgt||Henry L Boyd||34508627||Armorer-Gunner||Aug-44||CT||Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross|
|S/Sgt||Sergio M Gottardo||39412169||Armorer-Gunner||06-Jun-44||UNK||Mission Load List|
Lt Ronald Gulick and crew were part of the original cadre to train in Tonopah, Nevada in the latter half of 1943. They flew the Southern Route to the ETO in January 1944.
On December 29, 1944, just prior to the group's movement overseas, Lt George F. Scott, co-pilot, was removed from the crew and transferred to the 470th Bombardment Group in Mountain Home, Idaho. His place was taken by Lt Wayne E. French who completed his combat tour with Gulick. Bombardier, Lt Felix Acenio, appears only on the earliest Combat Crew Roster for the 752nd Squadron dated December 1943. At some point he was moved to Crew 3, pilot 1Lt John S. Martin. In April, when Martin's crew was transferred to the 451BG in Italy, Acenio went with them. He completed his tour in the 15AF. Available Mission Load Lists show Lt Robert E. Clark from Crew 14 flying as Gulick's bombardier.
Lt Wayne C. Dabb, the crew's navigator, was transferred to the 93rd Bomb Group on April 16, 1944. On June 20, 1944 he was severely wounded when his battle-damaged B-24 crashed in England. It is not known if a replacement navigator was assigned, as records indicate several different names flying with the crew. Sgt's Claude Dozier and Sergio Gottardo's names are also absent from group and squadron records, but appear on several load lists. It is assumed that they completed their combat tour with this crew.
Crew 6 flew B-24H-15-CF 41-29340 7V N Yankee Buzz Bomb on 20 of their 31 recorded missions. This aircraft would go on to complete more than 80 credited sorties with the group, the last on April 15, 1945. At some point the aircraft was stripped of her olive drab paint and flew with a natural metal finish.
|Date||Target||458th Msn||Pilot Msn||Serial||RCL||Sqdn||A/C Msn||A/C Name||Comments|
|09-Apr-44||TUTOW A/F||18||NTO||41-29340||N||7V||--||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||UTG OXY LEAK|
|10-Apr-44||BOURGES A/F||19||6||41-29340||N||7V||2||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|11-Apr-44||OSCHERSLEBEN||20||7||41-29340||N||7V||3||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|12-Apr-44||OSCHERSLEBEN||REC||NTO||41-29340||N||7V||--||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||RECALL|
|13-Apr-44||LECHFELD A/F||21||8||41-29340||N||7V||4||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|20-Apr-44||SIRACOURT||24||9||41-29340||N||7V||7||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|22-Apr-44||HAMM M/Y||25||10||41-29340||N||7V||8||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|24-Apr-44||LEIPHEIM A/F||26||NTO||41-29340||N||7V||--||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||BOMB DOOR HANG OPEN|
|25-Apr-44||MANNHEIM A/F||27||ABT||41-29340||N||7V||--||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||CP ILL, LAND AROS COVE|
|26-Apr-44||PADERBORN A/F||28||11||41-29340||N||7V||9||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|29-Apr-44||BERLIN||31||13||41-29340||N||7V||11||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|05-May-44||SOTTEVAST||35||14||41-29340||N||7V||14||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|08-May-44||BRUNSWICK||37||16||41-29340||N||7V||15||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|09-May-44||ST. TROND||38||17||41-29340||N||7V||16||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|10-May-44||DIEPHOLZ||REC||--||41-29340||N||7V||--||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||RECALL BEFORE EC|
|11-May-44||EPINAL||39||18||41-29340||N||7V||17||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|13-May-44||TUTOW A/F||41||19||41-29340||N||7V||18||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|19-May-44||BRUNSWICK||42||20||41-29340||N||7V||19||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|30-May-44||ZWISCHENAHN A/F||51||22||41-29340||N||7V||22||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|31-May-44||BERTRIX||52||23||41-29340||N||7V||23||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|02-Jun-44||STELLA/PLAGE||53||24||41-29340||N||7V||24||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|06-Jun-44||COASTAL AREAS||56||25||41-29340||N||7V||25||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||MSN #1|
|06-Jun-44||PONTAUBAULT||58||26||41-29340||N||7V||26||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||MSN #3|
|12-Jun-44||EVREUX/FAUVILLE||64||28||41-29340||N||7V||27||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB|
|18-Jun-44||FASSBERG A/D||69||29||42-95117||M||7V||19||YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU||MSN #1|
|19-Jun-44||REGNAUVILLE||72||30||41-29340||N||7V||29||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||MSN #2|
|02-Jul-44||COUBRONNE||83||31||41-28721||V||7V||36||DOWNWIND LEG||NOT ON GULICK'S LIST|
2Lt Ronald Gulick Mission List
(Courtesy: Andy Gulick)
June 19, 1944
2ND BOMB DIVISION
ATTN: PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE LIBERATOR STATION, ENGLAND – Flying on only two engines and with 9,000 feet of broken clouds between it and the rest of the Squadron, a Liberator piloted by 1st Lieut. Ronald A. Gulick of 7925 Glenwood Street, Dallas, Texas, this afternoon managed to drop its bombs in perfect timing with the rest of the formation on a military installation in the Pas de Calais.
During the approach to the target, Gulick’s bomber was hit by flak and two engines knocked out of commission with the result he was forced to descend 9,000 feet in order to maintain speed. Through broken cloud the crew of the lone Liberator watched the progress of their formation flying at an altitude of 20,000 feet, synchronizing their own progress on the bombing run. Flak and rockets were being fired at them from the ground all the while. Finally through the mist and cloud they sighted the flares released simultaneously with the formation’s bombs.
Timing their own release accordingly, they observed their plane’s bombs falling with those dropped by the formation above to hit the target. They returned alone to their base here, dropping down to 6,000 feet before crossing the Channel.
(While it is not clear, evidence points to this occurring on the crew's 30th mission to Regnauville, France)
Lt Felix B. Acenio
(Courtesy: Ronald Morgan)
B-24H-15-CF 41-29340 7V N Yankee Buzz Bomb
(Photo: George Reynolds)