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Truman R. Lord, Pilot
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TRUMAN R. LORD CREW - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 06 Sep 1944)

(Back L-R) Sgt Bernard A. Winiger (E-KIA); Sgt Robert H. Brown (WG-POW)(1)(*);
Sgt Earl G. Hatfield (R-KIA); Sgt William H. Ferguson (TG-POW)(1);
Sgt Armin Weiss (BT-KIA); Sgt Oscar D. Stephenson, Jr. (WG)

(Front L-R) 2Lt Truman R. Lord (P-KIA); 2Lt Clifton N. Phillips (CP-KIA);
2Lt Arvid Anderson (N-POW)(2); 2Lt Arthur F. Ruiz (B-KIA)

* Brown (WG) - Was not a member of the original 6 Sept 44 crew.

Combat missions flown by 2Lt Truman R. Lord:

  • Mission 246 - 26 Sept 44 42-31739 Pugnacious Peter (358BS) VK-P to Osnabruck, Ger 2Lt William S. Bowman (P) - 2Lt Truman R. Lord (CP)
  • Mission 247 - 27 Sept 44 42-31739 Pugnacious Peter (358BS) VK-P to Cologne, Ger 2Lt Truman R. Lord (P) - 2Lt Clifton N. Phillips (CP)
  • Mission 253 - 07 Oct 44 43-38200 (No name) (358BS) VK-E to Dresden, Ger 2Lt Truman R. Lord (P) - 2Lt Clifton N. Phillips (CP
  • Mission 255 - 11 Oct 44 43-38200 (No name) (358BS) VK-E to Wesseling, Ger 2Lt Truman R. Lord (P) - 2 Lt Clifton N. Phillips (CP)
Additional Combat missions flown by other members of the 2Lt Truman R. Lord Crew
  • Mission 245 - 21 Sept 44 - 42-97699 (No name) (358BS) VK-Y to Mainz, Ger 1Lt Jack W. Riseden (P)
  • Mission 249 - 02 Oct 44 - 42-31739 Pugnacious Peter (358BS) VK-P to Cologne, Ger
  • Mission 250 - 03 Oct 44 - 43-38200 (No name) (358BS) VK-E to Welling, Ger
  • Mission 251 - 05 Oct 44 - 43-37590 Neva - The Silver Lady (358BS) VK-Q to Cologne, Ger 2Lt Charles E. Thomas (P)
  • Mission 280 - 30 Nov 44 - 43-38191 Shasta (358BS) VK-A to Zeitz, Ger 1Lt Richard L. Gilvray (P)
Missions flow by 2Lt Truman R. Lord crew members:
Crew Member Fate Combat missions flown
2Lt Truman R,. Lord (P) (KIA)246 - As (CP); 247, 253, 255 - As (P)
2Lt Clifton N. Phillips (CP) (KIA) 245 - As (TG/Obs). 249, 250, 251 - As (CP)
2Lt Arvid Anderson (N) (POW) 246, 247, 249, 250, 251, 253, 255
2Lt Arthur F. Ruiz (B) (KIA) 246, 247, 249, 250, 251, 253, 255
Sgt Bernard A. Winiger (E) (KIA) 246, 247, 249, 250, 251, 253, 255
Sgt Earl G. Hatfield (R) (KIA) 246, 247, 249, 250, 251, 253, 255
Sgt Armin Weiss (BTG) (KIA)249, 250, 251, 253, 255
Sgt Robert H. Brown (WG) (POW) 249, 250, 251, 253, 255
Sgt William H. Ferguson (TG) (POW)246, 247, 249, 250, 251, 253, 255
Sgt Oscar D. Stephenson (WG) ------ 246, 247 - As (BTG)
Sgt David S. Martin (WG) ------ 246, 247, 280

(KIA-POW) - On 11 Oct 44 mission #255 to Wesseling, Germany in B-17G #43-38200 (no name) (358th BS) VK-E. No fighter attacks. Intense and extremely accurate flak encountered at Wesseling with chaff having no effect on anti-aircraft fire accuracy. The 44 303rd BG(H) B-17s attacking target had 19 instances of major and 10 of minor damage and 10 crewmen wounded. B-17 #43-38200 received a direct flak hit between the #1 and #2 engines. It was seen to smoke immediately, pulled off to the left, went down in a steep dive, exploded at about 15,000 feet and crashed near Wesseling. The KIA crewmen were killed in the explosion of their B-17.

  1. Brown (WG-POW) and Ferguson (TG-POW) - Were able to crawl out of the severed body of the B-17, which had broken apart
  2. Anderson (N-POW) - Lt Anderson related that he was blown out of the nose and landed in a farmer's field. The English speaking farmer took him to Wehrmact. The farmer had been an American POW during WWI and had been well treated. Lt Anderson believes that he owes his life to Major Hobart Steely, 358th BS Squadron Navigator who advised Navigator to always wear their parachutes with at least one side hooked because you might not have time to put it on. He was so right. The Germans called Lt Anderson a terror flyer and a Chicago gangster because his home town was Hammond, IN next door to Chicago. The interrogators had personal information from USA Newspapers. Was sent to Stalag II - South Compound in Sagan, Germany. Remained at Stalag II until the January 1945 forced march of 50 km. Were then loaded into 40x8 box cars and transported over three days to Stalag VIIA at Mooseburg, Germany. Was liberated by General Paton's Army in early May 1945.
[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives]
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]