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Harry A. Schwaebe, Pilot
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HARRY A. SCHWAEBE CREW - 358th BS
(Assigned 358BS: 14 Nov 1943)

Original Assigned Crewmen:
2Lt Harry A. Schwaebe (P)(POW)(1), 2Lt Harold F. Dumse (CP)(POW)(2),
2Lt Paul T. Degnan (N)(POW), 2Lt Wilburn W. Wiley (B)(POW)

S/Sgt Roy Foreman (E)(POW), S/Sgt Gordon W. Smalley (R)(3),
Sgt Benjamin F. Harvey (BTG)(POW)( 4), Sgt James F. Malcolm (LWG)(POW),
Sgt Russell O. Whitesell (RWG)(KIA)(5), Sgt George F. Iott (TG)(POW)(4)

Seven Credited Schwaebe Crew Missions:
87 (11 Dec 1943), 88, 89, 90, 93, 95, 98 (11 Jan 1944)

Crew Notes:

  1. 2Lt Harry A. Schwaebe (P)(POW) - First mission #87 11 Dec 43) was flown as a Copilot with an experienced Pilot 1Lt Lester A. Lake
  2. 2Lt McDonald L. Riddick (CP)(POW) - Flew two missions with the Lt Schwaebe Crew (88, 89). Flew six missions with other Pilots (79, 80, 83, 91, 93, 98). Was shot down On 11 January 1944 before reaching the target in B-17F #41-24562 Sky Wolf (358th BS) VK-A, Lt Aubrey L. Emerson (Pilot) - 1 KIA & 9 POW (MACR 1925) 2Lt Riddick was replaced by 2Lt Harold F. Dumse (CP)(POW) who flew on the last four Schwaebe Crew missions.
  3. Sgt Gordon W. Smalley (R) - Flew on five missions, all with the Schwaebe Crew (87, 88, 89, 90, 93). Was replaced by T/Sgt Mark E. Tudor (R)(POW) on crews last two missions (95, 98). He had previously flown on missions 57, 65 & 93 with other Pilots.
  4. Sgt Benjamin F. Harvey (BTG)(POW) and Sgt George F. Iott (TG)(POW) did not fly on Mission #87 - Substitute crewmen were used on this mission.
  5. Sgt Russell O. Whitesell (RWG)(KIA). Flew on three missions with the Schwaebe Crew (87, 88, 98). Substitute crewmen were used on other missions
KIA (Killed in Action), POW (Prisoners of War)
The 2Lt Harvey A. Schwaebe Crews last mission was #98 on 11 January 1944 to Oschersleben, Germany in B-17F #42-5360 War Bride (358BS) VK-G. The B-17 was last seen at 17,000 feet under control. No parachutes were reported. The B-17 crashed near Detmold, about 30 miles southeast of Osnabruck, Germany. One crewmen was KIA and others became POWs. (MACR 1926)

[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]