Hauser Crew - Assigned June 3, 1944
Hauser Crew Completed Tour
|Rank||Full Name||Serial #||Pos||Date||Status||Comments|
|2Lt||Charles J Hauser||01995895||Pilot||Oct-44||CT||Tour Complete - Return to ZOI|
|2Lt||John R Ewing||01996106||Co-Pilot||23-Oct-44||CT||Transferred to 752BS|
|1Lt||Curtis W Clump||0713127||Navigator||Oct-44||CT||Tour Complete - Return to ZOI|
|2Lt||Leonard H Wainick||0697789||Bombardier||Sep-44||CT||Tour Complete - Return to ZOI|
|S/Sgt||Edward W Chinchar||12147651||Radio Operator||Oct-44||CT||Tour Complete - Return to ZOI|
|T/Sgt||Jack W Harris||39274824||Flight Engineer||Oct-44||CT||Tour Complete - Return to ZOI|
|S/Sgt||Robert H Appler||33563697||Flight Engineer||Sep-44||CT||Tour Complete - Return to ZOI|
|S/Sgt||George C Rhinehart||34604667||Flight Engineer||Sep-44||CT||Tour Complete - Return to ZOI|
|S/Sgt||Morris Spiegler||6981216||Aerial Gunner||Oct-44||CT||Tour Complete - Return to ZOI|
|S/Sgt||Ralph E Hitch||39203916||Flight Engineer||Sep-44||CT||Tour Complete - Return to ZOI|
Charles Hauser and crew arrived in theater at the end of May 1944. They came to Horsham St Faith on June 3rd, and were assigned to the755BS. Two of the crew members, navigator Curtis Clump and gunner Ralph Hitch, both flew on D-Day, only a few days after their arrival. Clump flew with Sam Gibson’s crew and Hitch flew with the crew of Dudley McAardle, who had flown their first mission only the day before.
The Hauser Crew’s first mission was on June 12, 1944 to an airfield near Evreux/Fauville, France. Formation plans have them flying an original 755BS ship, Last Card Louie on its 30th trip over the Continent, and according to bombardier Len Wainick’s notes, they carried 24 x 250lb bombs. The crew flew a total of nine missions in June, including one to Berlin on the 21st.
During July, the crew flew a total of 12 missions, flying three days in a row between the 6th and 8th, and later in the month they had another busy week with four missions in a row between July 16-18. During July, and for most of their missions in August and September, the crew flew B-24H-25-DT 42-51179 J3 P named Dusty’s Double Trouble. Out of their 31 missions, the crew flew this aircraft on 16 of them.
The crew were forced to abort only once during their combat tour. On the August 12 mission to the airfield near Mourmelon, France, they experienced engine trouble and turned back. The “Aircraft Not Attacking Report” notes, “42-51179 Not pathfinder, No sortie. Returned bomb. Pilot reported #3 engine out, #3 mixture stuck, requested check of amps on #3. Inspection revealed two rubber couplings blown out. Intercooler was broken and buckled. Both mags operate intermittently. The engine requires new mags and new intercooler”.
A combat crew was usually given a break about half-way through their combat tour. Officers and enlisted men would be given a week’s leave at a rest home, or “Flak House”. Hauser’s crew appears to not have been afforded this particular amenity, as their mission list shows, the only break the crew had longer than 7 days between missions came at the end of their tour, between August 25 and September 6.
Most of the crew were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in mid-September and a couple of weeks later they were sent to a replacement depot for return to the States. It appears that co-pilot John Ewing remained with the group after his crew completed their tour. He was awarded the DFC (for completed combat tour) on October 15, 1944. He was transferred to the 752BS a few days later and went on Rest Home Leave on November 6, 1944. It is unknown if he flew further combat missions after his first tour was complete.
|Date||Target||458th Msn||Pilot Msn||Serial||RCL||Sqdn||A/C Msn||A/C Name||Comments|
|12-Jun-44||EVREUX/FAUVILLE||64||1||42-52441||I||J3||30||LAST CARD LOUIE|
|17-Jun-44||TOURS||68||2||42-52441||I||J3||33||LAST CARD LOUIE|
|20-Jun-44||OSTERMOOR||73||5||42-95008||R||J3||15||UNKNOWN 035||MSN #1 D-CHNL|
|21-Jun-44||BERLIN||75||6||42-51110||P||7V||15||TOP O' THE MARK|
|23-Jun-44||3 NO BALLS||76||7||42-95050||J||7V||21||GAS HOUSE MOUSE||TGT #8 BLANE-PIGNOT-FERNE|
|24-Jun-44||ST OMER||79||8||41-28735||V||J3||28||UNKNOWN 005||MSN #3|
|06-Jul-44||KIEL||85||10||42-52441||I||J3||36||LAST CARD LOUIE|
|07-Jul-44||LUTZKENDORF||86||11||42-51179||P||J3||15||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|08-Jul-44||ANIZY, FRANCE||87||12||42-95120||M||J3||20||HOOKEM COW / BETTY|
|11-Jul-44||MUNICH||88||13||42-52441||I||J3||39||LAST CARD LOUIE|
|16-Jul-44||SAARBRUCKEN||91||14||42-51179||P||J3||16||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|17-Jul-44||3 NO BALLS||92||15||42-51179||P||J3||17||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|18-Jul-44||TROARN||93||16||42-51179||P||J3||18||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|19-Jul-44||KEMPTEN||94||17||42-51179||P||J3||19||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|21-Jul-44||MUNICH||96||18||42-51179||P||J3||21||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|24-Jul-44||ST. LO AREA||97||19||42-51179||P||J3||22||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|25-Jul-44||ST. LO AREA "B"||98||20||42-51179||P||J3||23||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|31-Jul-44||LUDWIGSHAFEN||99||21||42-51179||P||J3||24||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|01-Aug-44||T.O.s FRANCE||100||22||42-51179||P||J3||25||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|03-Aug-44||2 NO BALLS||102||23||42-51179||P||J3||27||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|08-Aug-44||CLASTRES||108||25||42-51179||P||J3||29||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|11-Aug-44||STRASBOURG||110||26||42-51179||P||J3||30||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|12-Aug-44||MOURMELON||111||ABT||42-51179||P||J3||--||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE||ABORT - #2 ENG OUT|
|18-Aug-44||WOIPPY||116||27||42-52441||I||J3||48||LAST CARD LOUIE||LAND ON CONTINENT|
|26-Aug-44||DULMEN||120||28||42-51179||P||J3||32||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|05-Sep-44||KARLSRUHE||122||29||42-51179||P||J3||34||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE|
|08-Sep-44||KARLSRUHE||123||30||42-51179||P||J3||35||DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE||ABORT - SORTIE #4 SUPER CHG|
2Lt Len Wainick - Bombardier
On our last practice mission [before leaving the States] - we were doing a night camera bombing job over L.A. from our base in Tucson I got a tap on my shoulder. There was our hero, Sgt Jack Harris, with his parachute on. I asked him where he was going and he said: "I live right down there and I am going home. Good-bye!" I almost believed him. That was the type of HEP guy he was.
The morning of our 24th mission, Sgt Rhinehart, a waist gunner, came over to each member of the crew as we were waiting to climb into our plane. The mission of that day was Brunswick, Germany, a relativity tough target. Rhinehart was from North Carolina and a bit of a preacher type. He shook our hands and said, "Goodbye" - or words to that effect. When asked why he said that, he replied, "I had a dream. We are going to go down today over the target". Needless to say that there werre 10 very scared kids riding in that airplane. As it was, it did not happen. Must have been the moonshine he made that gave him the vision.
When we went on our 48 hour pass, Jack was a Hollywood smart guy. Sgts run the army and he took care of his Lt. He always insisted that we get a room on the 4th floor of the Strand Palace Hotel...this he got from other Sgts. Had to be in our rooms by 11 PM. The British MP's would raid the hotel as having a woman other than your wife in a room was a breech of their moral code - war or no war.
You would get a rap on the door and a Brit MP would insist you open up. They would check your room carefully - even under the bed - and leave satisfied you weren't stashing a gal somewhere. If a female got caught, she had to show them some I.D. to prove why they were in civilian clothes. Many females registered as prostitutes to avoid army service.
We dropped out of the formation and attempted to return to base alone. The engineer said we were losing too much fuel and could not make it across the channel. We were getting ready to abandon the aircraft when my Navigator, Curt Clump, said we could make one of the fighter strips in Normandy and land.
We found one, I believe it was A-7, and prepared to land. We made a successful landing and taxied to the end of the runway. Instead of military personnel coming out to us, we were met by a very famous group of musicians who were touring France at that time. They were none other than -- Spike Jones and His City Slickers. The airbase was one used by a P-47 group.
The engines had to be replaced. Both the P-47 and the B-24 used the same type of aircraft engines. To save the B-24, the engineer and a crew supplied by the P-47 crew chiefs put their engines on our plane. I think they were Pratt-Whitneys. They had an extra supply plus they had a few planes they used to cannibalize to keep others flying. The engines fit perfectly into the nacelles, and thats what they did. It took eight days to transfer two P-47 engines to our plane. While repairs were being made we went along with the band who played at various air bases and some support bases and we had a great time with them. My special contact was with Del Courtney, who made famous the song about Hitler's moustache. After repairs were made, we returned to base and I found that all the cigarettes I had saved in my footlocker were gone. A very close pal from college days was in the 467th. When he heard we did not return he came to get those cigarettes. After the war he married my cousin--but I always made him pay for his theft every time we met for years after. Not every war story was tragic.
A further addendum to our eight day "vacation" in France. We toured around the area one day and found a French farmhouse. It was owned by a French woman. Her name was Mme. Odette Pagney. I still remember her to this day. She gave us some DAY OLD Calvados that put my co-pilot on the ground. She was a member of the French Underground and was about 40 years old. She turned her back to us, took off her blouse, and showed us her back. It was unbelievably scarred. The Gestapo wanted her to reveal names of her associates, and she denied being involved. They whipped her back and rubbed salt water into the wounds to make her talk--and she never did. I can never forget this brave woman with those brutal welts.
Len Wainick's Mission List
|1||12-Jun-44||Evereux Fr.||Air Field||24 x 250|
|2||17-Jun-44||Tours, Fr.||Air Field||10 x 500|
|3||18-Jun-44||Watten, Fr,||No Ball||4 x 2000|
|4||19-Jun-44||Regenville, Fr,||No Ball||52 x 100|
|5||20-Jun-44||Ostermoor, Ger||Oil Refinery||12 x 500|
|6||21-Jun-44||Berlin, Ger||RR Station||10 x 500|
|7||23-Jun-44||Coubrohue, Fr||No Ball||20 x 250|
|8||24-Jun-44||Paris,Fr||Air Field||12 x 500|
|9||24-Jun-44||St. Omer, Fr||No Ball||20 x 250--2nd mission of day|
|10||28-Jun-44||Saarbrucken, Ger||Marshalling Yds||20 x 250|
|11||06-Jul-44||Kiel, Ger||Admin Bldg||12 x 500|
|12||07-Jul-44||Liepsig, Ger||Oil Refinery||10 x 500|
|13||11-Jul-44||Munich, Ger||Marshalling Yds||40 x 100|
|14||16-Jul-44||Saarbrucken, Ger||Marshalling Yds||12 x 500|
|15||17-Jul-44||Remaismil, Fr||No Ball||24 x 250|
|16||18-Jul-44||Caen, Fr||Front Lines||40 x 100 frags|
|17||19-Jul-44||Kempten, Ger||ME 109 Factory||10 x 500|
|18||21-Jul-44||Munich, Ger||Airplane Factory||10 x 500|
|19||24-Jul-44||St Lo, Fr||Front Lines||Weather-no drop|
|20||25-Jul-44||St Lo, Fr||Front Lines||52 x 100|
|21||31-Jul-44||Mannheim, Ger||Chemical Plant||24 x 250|
|22||01-Aug-44||Rouen, Fr||RR Junction||12 x 250 (my 22nd birthday)|
|23||03-Aug-44||Pas de Calais, Fr||No Ball||24 x 250|
|24||05-Aug-44||Brunswick, Ger||ME 109 Factory||12 x 500|
|25||08-Aug-44||St Quentin, Fr||Air Field||52 x 100|
|26||11-Aug-44||Strasbourg, Fr||Marshalling Yds||12 x 500|
|27||18-Aug-44||Metz, Fr||Airplane Factory||10 x 500|
|28||26-Aug-44||Dulmen, Ger||Oil Depot||48 x 100|
|29||05-Sep-44||Karlsruhe, Ger||Marshalling Yds||10 x 500|
|30||08-Sep-44||Karlsruhe, Ger||Abort-Salvo Bombs||6 x 1000|
|31||11-Sep-44||Magdeburg, Ger||Oil Refinery||50 x 100|
1Lt Curtis W. Clump - Navigator
We flew two planes more than any other - Last Card Louie and Briney Marlin.
755th Squadron Aircraft
B-24H-15-FO 42-52441 J3-I Last Card Louie, an original 755BS ship, is shown here with 755 Squadron CO Major Don Jamision.