HENRY G. WAY CREW - 358th BS
B-17G The Floose #42-97298 (358BS) VK-H
(crew assigned 358BS: 21 Apr 1944)
1Lt Henry G. Way (P)(KIA),
2Lt Warren G. Raese (CP)(KIA),
2Lt Eldon A. Sigurdson (N)(POW),
2Lt Julian P. Bell (B)(KIA)
T/Sgt Stanley A. Lynam (E)(KIA),
T/Sgt James G. May (R)(POW),
Sgt Robert L. Manning (RWG),
Sgt Paul L. LaFleur (BTG),
S/Sgt Vincent C. Paolino (TT)(KIA),
S/Sgt Robert E. Parks (TG)(POW)
Note: S/Sgt Paolino (TT) flew as the Top Turret Gunner and
T/Sgt Stanley A. Lyman (E) flew as a Waist Gunner. Ranks and Grades at time of last combat mission.
Twenty-six credited combat missions flown by 1Lt Henry G. Way:
145 ( 30 April 1944), 146, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 157, 161, 163, 165, 167, 169, 170, 171, 162, 174, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 187 (MIA - 21 June 1944). For targets and dates, see Combat Missions.
Eight B-17Gs flown by 1Lt Henry G. Way on his 26 credited combat missions:
- 42-3398 (B-17F) Mrs Satan - The Queen of Hell (358BS) VK-Q - Mission 145.
Was the last 303rd BG(H) B-17F to fly on a combat mission on 12 May 1944 (Mission 152)
This B-17F only flew on three 303rd BG(H) combat missions (145, 146, 152)
- 42-107028 (No name) (358BS VK-I - Missions 146, 150, 155, 161
- 42-37893 Bam Bam (358BS) VK-O - Missions 151, 154
- 42-97787 (No name) (358BS) VK-M - Mission 152
- 42-97085 (No name) (358BS) VK-B - Missions 153, 179
- 42-97622 Paper Dollie (358BS) VK-K - Mission 157
- 42-32037 (No name) (358BS) VK-F - Missions 163, 165, 167, 169, 170, 178, 180, 181, 182, 187
- 41-102680 (No name) (358BS) VK-I - Missions 172, 174, 176, 177
Last mission of the 1Lt Henry G. Way Crew:
- 1Lt Henry G. Way (P)(KIA) - First five missions flown as CoPilot with 2Lt Walter A. Ames as Pilot. All of the other missions flown as First Pilot.
Completed 26 credited combat missions on 21 June 1944 (Mission 187).
- 2Lt Warren G. Raese (CP)(KIA) - Stood down on the first five Lt Way missions (145, 146, 150, 151, 152). All of his other missions flown as 1Lt Way crew CoPilot.
Completed 21 credited combat missions on 21 June 1944 (Mission 187).
- 2Lt Eldon A. Sigurdson (N)(POW), 2Lt Julian P. Bell (B)(KIA), S/Sgt Vincent C. Paolino (Top Turret Gunner)(KIA), T/Sgt James G. May (R)(POW), T/Sgt Stanley A. Lynam (E)(Flew as Waist Gunner)(KIA), Sgt Robert E. Parks (TG)(POW).
Flew on all of the 1Lt Way 26 credited combat missions. Last mission on 21 June 1944
Note: S/Sgt Paolino stood down on three missions (179, 180, 181) and flew as a Ball Turret
Gunner on one mission (180).
S/Sgt Gene D. Wright flew as a substitute Top Turret Gunner on these three missions.
- Sgt Robert L. Manning (RWG) - Stood down on two of the Lt Way missions (180, 187).
Flew on all of the other 1Lt Way missions. Flew on nine missions with other Pilots: 1Lt William
C. Davis (195, 197); 2Lt John M. Baker (200, 201, 203, 205, 208, 214, 216).
Completed his combat tour (33 missions) on 01 August 1944 (Mission 216).
- Sgt Paul L. LaFleur (BTG) - Flew on the first fifteen 1Lt Way missions (145 through 170) and one
mission (204) with 2Lt Marvin S. Boyce (P). Completed 16 credited missions on 16 July 1944 (Mission 204).
- S/Sgt Garland T. Meredith (POW) flew with the 1Lt Way crew on eight missions:
As Ball Turret Gunner (176, 177, 178, 179, 181); As Waist Gunner (180, 182, 187).
These were his only 303rd BG(H) combat missions. Became a POW on mission 187.
Other substitute Ball Turret Gunners used by the 1Lt Way crew on three missions
(171, 172, 174).
21 June 1944, Mission 187, to Berlin, Germany.
Received a direct flak hit just after "bombs away." The B-17 crashed in Berlin, Germany (5 KIA and
4 POW) - Missing Air Crew Report 6540. Regular 1Lt Way crewmen Sgt Manning (RWG) and Sgt LaFleur (BTG) did not fly on mission 187. Replacement crewman was S/Sgt Garland T. Meredith
Two other crews were also lost after being downed by flak hits at about the same time as the 1Lt Way crew. The three crews were flying in the Low Squadron of the 41st CBW-B Low Group.
1Lt Charles R. Allen
(P) in 427BS B-17G 42-97096 (No name) (427BS) GN-T (1 KIA and 8 POW) - crashed at Schielowsee, Germany; 2Lt Thomas H. Morningstar
(P) in B-17G 42-107002 Mairzy Doats (358BS) VK-A (9 POW) - crashed near Techin, Germany.
[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives]
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]