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LeRoy E. Daub, Pilot
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LEROY E. DAUB CREW - 359th BS
B-17F Fast Worker Mk II #42-5177 (359BS) BN-U
(crew assigned 359BS: 09 Oct 1943 - photo: 15 Oct 1943)

(Back L-R) 1Lt Gerald M. Palmer (N), Capt LeRoy E. Daub (P),
1Lt Edwin H. Assenheimer (CP/P), 2Lt Ray G. Marlatt (B)

(Front L-R) S/Sgt Louis W. Considine (TG), T/Sgt Charles E. Gilmore (BTG),
T/Sgt John J. Barrett (E)(KIA), S/Sgt Edward K. Carter (LWG/E),
S/Sgt Ray T. Haman (RWG/E), T/Sgt Victor S. Kelley (R)

(Ranks and grades at time of last combat mission.)

Thirty dispatched (29 credited) combat missions flown by Capt LeRoy E. Daub:
80 (3 Nov 43), 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93(Spare), 94, 96, 97, 101, 102, 103, 104, 124, 131, 134, 136, 137, 139(LC), 143(LC), 153(LC), 167(LC), 172, 181(LC) (15 June 1944).
For missions dates and targets see Combat Missions. (Spare) Non credited - Spare aircraft - not required returned to Molesworth
(LC) Lead Crew Pilot and CoPilot

Thirteen B-17s flown on Capt LeRoy E. Daub's thirty dispatched missions:

  • 42-29894 Baltimore Bounce (359BS) BN-X - 10 missions (80, 81, 84, 87, 88, 90, 92, 93(Spare), 96, 97)
  • 42-97592 Scorchy II (359BS) BN-V - 5 missions (139-LC, 143-LC, 153-LC, 172, 181- LC )
  • 42-31117 Lonesome Polecat (359BS) BN-S - 2 missions (82, 83)
  • 41-24635 The '8' Ball Mk II (359BS) BN-O - 2 missions (94, 103)
  • 42-5306 (No name) (359BS) BN-Q - 2 missions (101, 104)
  • 42-38168 Dear Mom (359BS) BN-M - 2 missions (124, 131)
  • 42-31483 Bonnie-B (359BS) BN-B - 2 missions (134, 137)
  • 42-5257 Miss Bea Haven (359BS) BN-S - 1 mission (85)
  • 42- 31314 Scorchy (359BS) BN-M - 1 mission (86)
  • 42-3448 (No name) (359BS) BN-W - 1 mission (91)
  • 42-31386 Sky Duster (359BS) - BN-W - 1 mission (102)
  • 42-97272 Duchess' Daughter (359BS) BN-T - 1 mission (136)
  • 42-97592 (No name) PFF B-17G (422BS/305BG) JJ-T - 1 mission (167-LC)
Aircraft Note: B-17F in crew photo 42-5177 Fast Worker MkII (359BS) BN-U - Not flown on any combat mission

Crew Notes:
Original Crewmen in crew photo

  • Capt LeRoy E. Daub (P) - Flew as combat orientation CoPilot for the F/O Henry McManus crew (Mission 87) and as a Lead Crewman on 5 missions: As CoPilot (139, 143, 167, 171); As Pilot (153). Other missions flown as First Pilot. Promoted to Captain following mission 143 (27 Apr 44) when he became a Lead Crew Pilot. Completed 30 dispatched (29 Credited) combat tour on 15 June 1944 (Mission 181).
  • 1Lt Edwin H. Assenheimer (CP/P) - Flew on six credited missions as 1Lt Manning Crew CoPilot (80, 81, 83, 84, 86, 88) and 4 missions as CoPilot with other Pilots (99, 110, 115, 117). Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot on orders dated 4 February 1944 and flew 21 credited missions as First Pilot (121 (16 March 1944), 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 139, 140, 141, 144, 153, 154, 155, 162, 164, 167, 169, 172, 179 180). Also dispatched on 3 non-credited missions as First Pilot: Aborted (136); Spare B-17 - not used on mission (147, 157). Completed 31 credited mission on 14 June 1944 (Mission 180).
  • 1Lt Gerald M. Palmer (N) - Flew on 18 Dispatched (17 credited missions with the 1Lt Daub crew (80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 90, 91, 92, 93(Spare), 94, 96, 97, 101, 124, 131, 134, 136) and 11 credited missions with other Pilots (88-LC, 98, 102-LC, 111, 113-LC, 118-LC, 125, 128, 129-LC, 130, 133). Completed 28 credited missions on 18 April 1944 (Mission 136).
  • 2Lt Ray G. Marlatt (B) - Flew on 18 dispatched (17 credited) missions with the 1Lt Daub crew (80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93(Spare), 94, 96, 97, 101, 102, 104, 124) and 14 credited missions with other Pilots (79, 108, 109, 110, 112, 119, 120, 121, 122). Completed 26 credited missions on 20 March 1944 (Mission 124).
  • T/Sgt John J. Barrett (E)(KIA) - Flew on 7 credited missions with the 1Lt Daub crew (80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88). Was killed on mission 88, 13 December 1943, when his oxygen system failed. Body was returned to Molesworth.
  • T/Sgt Victor S. Kelly (R) - Flew on 28 dispatched (27 Credited missions with the 1Lt Daub crew (All Daub crew missions except 87 and 167) and 3 missions with other Pilots - 122-LC, 123-LC, 169). Completed 30 credited missions on 15 June 1944 (Mission 181).
  • T/Sgt Charles E. Gilmore (BTG) - Flew on 27 dispatched (26 credited) missions with the 1Lt Daub crew (All Daub missions except 87, 153, 167) and 7 credited missions with other Pilots (122 (Nose Gunner), 123-LC, 129-LC, 164 (Tail Gunner), 171, 174, 182). Completed 33 credited missions on 16 June 1944 (Mission 182).
  • S/Sgt Edward K. Carter (LWG/E) - Flew on 28 dispatched (27 credited) missions with the 1Lt Daub Crew: As Left Waist Gunner (15 missions -80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93(Spare), 94, 95, 96, 97, 101); As Engineer (13 missions -102, 103, 104, 124, 131, 134, 136, 137, 139-LC,143-LC, 153-LC, 172, 181-LC) and 3 missions with other Pilots (123-LC, 129-LC, 171). Completed 27 credited missions on 15 June 1944 (Mission 181).
  • S/Sgt Ray T. Haman (RWG/E) - Flew on 27 dispatched (26 credited) missions with the 1Lt Daub crew: As Right Waist Gunner (17 missions - 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 104, 124, 131, 134, 136, 139-LC, 143-LC, 153-LC, 172, 181-LC); As Left Waist Gunner (1 mission 102); As Engineer (8 missions - 90, 91, 92, 93(Spare), 94, 95, 97, 101) and 4 missions with other Pilots (123-LC, 129-LC, 162, 170). Completed 31 credited missions on 15 June 1944 (Mission 181).
  • S/Sgt Louis W. Considine (TG) - Flew on 28 dispatched (27 credited) missions with the 1Lt Daub crew (All Daub missions except 87 and 167) and 4 credited missions with other Pilots (123, 147, 171, 182). Completed 31 credited missions on 16 June 1944 (Mission 182).
Replacement Crewman
  • S/Sgt Leo R. McConaghy (TG/RWG) - Flew on 10 missions with the 1Lt Daub Crew: As Top Turret Gunner (90, 91, 92, 93(Spare), 94, 95, 97); As Left Waist Gunner (101, 102, 103) and on 17 missions as Tail Gunner with the 1Lt Victor J. Loughnan Crew (49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 69). Completed 26 credited missions on 3 February 1944 (Mission 103).
Practice flight incident:
5 April 1944 in B-17 42-38168 Dear Mom (359BS) BN-M. 1Lt Leroy E. Daub and a six man crew were on a local practice bombing flight. A normal landing was made. After rolling down the runway for 500 yards, the landing gear wheels collapsed and the B-17 slid on its belly. 1Lt Noel N. Newell, a 359BS PIlot flying as CoPilot, had accidentally hit the landing gear retraction switch.

[photo courtesy of the Irue Ferguson Family]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]