DALE M. FISHER CREW - 360th BS
(crew assigned 360BS: 07 June 1944 - photo: 15 June 1944)
2Lt Carthel O. Gaskin (B-KIA),
2Lt Carl H. Felton, Jr (N-KIA),
2Lt Carlos H. Johns, Jr. (CP-KIA),
1Lt Dale M. Fisher (P-KIA)
T/Sgt Robert H. Johnson (R-EVD),
Nine credited combat missions flown by 1Lt Dale M. Fisher:
S/Sgt Victor P. Crandell (WG-KIA),
Sgt Walter F. Moore (TG),
T/Sgt John M. King (E-KIA),
S/Sgt Robert M. Cooper (WG/TG-KIA),
S/Sgt Bernard E. McKeever (BT-KIA)
179 (13 June 1944), 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 187, 188, 189 (22 June 1944).
For mission dates and targets see Combat Missions
Seven B-17Gs flown by 1Lt Dale M. Fisher on his nine credited combat
- 42-37841 Banshee (360BS) PU-P - Mission 175, 181
- 42-97861 Iza Vailable III (360BS) PU-C - Mission 182
- 42-31340 (P) Miss Liberty (360BS) PU-D - Mission 183
- 42-97983 (P) Minnie the Moocher (360BS) PU-M - Missions 184, 185
- 42-97905 (No name) (360BS) PU-R - Mission 187
- 42-31055 (P) Aloha (360BS) PU-J - Mission 188
- 42-42432 Old Glory (360BS) PU-N - Mission 189
(P) See Nose Art Photos
- 1Lt Dale M. Fisher (P)(KIA) - 9 credited missions flown: As Copilot
with 1Lt Paul H. Long crew (1 mission -180); As First Pilot (8 missions -
181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 187, 188, 199)
- 2Lt Carlos H. Johns, Jr. (CP)(KIA) - 9 credited missions flown as
CoPilot: With 1Lt Dale M. Fisher (8 missions - 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 187, 188, 189); With 2Lt
Paul M. Long (1 mission - 180).
- 2Lt Carl H. Felton, Jr. (N)(KIA) (*) - 10 credited missions flown:
With 1Lt Dale M. Fisher (8 missions - 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 187, 188, 189); With 1Lt Donald M.
Johnson (2 missions - 179, 180).
- 2Lt Carthel O. Gaskin (B)(KIA) (+) - 8 credited missions flown: With
1Lt Dale M. Fisher (7 missions - 181, 182, 183, 185, 187, 188, 189); With 1Lt Donald M.
Johnson (1 mission - 180). Substitute Togglier, S/Sgt Thomas E. Weaver, used by 1Lt Dale M.
Fisher on mission #184.
- T/Sgt John M. King (E)(KIA) (+), T/Sgt Richard H. Johnson (R)(Evadee),
S/Sgt Bernard E. McKeever (BTG)(KIA) (+) and S/Sgt Victor P. Crandell (WG)(KIA) - 8
credited missions flown - all with 1Lt Dale M. Fisher (181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 187, 188, 189). No
missions with other Pilots.
- S/Sgt Robert M. Cooper (WG/TG)(KIA) - 7 credited missions flown - all
with 1Lt Dale M. Fisher (As Waist Gunner - 181, As Tail Gunner - 183, 184, 185, 187, 188, 189. A
substitute Tail Gunner, Sgt Willard F. Moore, used by 1Lt Dale M. Fisher on two missions (181, 182).
- Sgt Walter F. Moore (TG) - Removed from the 1Lt Dale M. Fisher crew,
before the crew flew any combat missions, when the crew size was changed from 10 to 9 men.
Flew no combat missions with the 303rd BG(H). His reassignment duty is not known.
(+) Buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery
near Liege, Belgium
(KIA-EVD) On 22 June 1944 mission #189 to Lille, France in B-17G #43-31432 Old
Glory (360BS) PU-N. Received a direct hit from flak just after "bombs away". Hit back of the #3 engine, probably in the gas tank. Immediately burst into flames, spun off to the right and went down. The B-17 crashed at Tressin, France. Only one parachute was spotted (8 KIA & 1 EVD).
T/Sgt Robert H. Johnson (R), the only survivor who evaded capture, spent his first two nights in a house in the neighboring village of Anstaing, then was hidden in the home of Mr. George Ormand in nearby Sainghin-en-Melantois, up to 03 September 1944 when the place was
liberated by Allied troops. In 1994, a monument was placed in Tressin, France honoring the Old Glory Crew. See photos here.
1Lt Dale M. Fisher's original grave marker and his final resting place in Michigan.
The eight crewmen who were KIA were buried locally in Tressin. The
bodies of Felton, Gaskin, King, McKeever and Crandell were transferred in
1945 to the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neuville-en-Condroz. S/Sgt
Robert M. Cooper (WG/TG) was reburied in the Beechwoods Cemetery in
Jefferson County, PA. 1Lt Dale M. Fisher was reburied in Traverse City, MI.
A memorial to the 1Lt Dale M. Fisher Crew was established at Tressin,
France. See Memorial photos here and here. Also, see Hell's Angels Newsletter, May 2001, for a story about the sister of 2Lt Cathel O. Gaskin (B), Jane Schauberger, and Nephew of 1Lt Dale
M. Fisher (P), Phillip Fisher, who made a Pilgrimage to Molesworth, England
and the 22 June 1944 crash site of The Fisher crew B-17 at Tressin, France.
[crew photo from the 303rdBGA Archives - grave photos courtesy of Phillip Fisher]
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]