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GEORGE E. UNDERWOOD CREW - 360th BS
(crew assigned 360BS: 16 Nov 1943 - photo: 26 Nov 1943)

(Back) 1Lt George E. Underwood (P)(KIA), 2Lt Creighton G. Doering (CP(KIA),
2Lt Duane C. Parker (N)(KIA), 2Lt John J. O'Donnell (B)(POW)

(Front) T/Sgt Mack E. Daniels (E)(KIA), S/Sgt Thomas E. Dinneen (BTG)(KIA),
S/Sgt Glen L. Casselman (LWG)(KIA), S/Sgt Thomas L. Rike, Jr. (RWG)(KIA),
S/Sgt Gregory C. Meyer (TG)(KIA)
Not in crew photo: T/Sgt Charles F. Phipps (R)(KIA)

Crewmen are not in order
Ranks and Grades at time of last combat mission

Fifteen dispatched (Fourteen credited) combat missions flown by 1Lt George E. Underwood:
92 (24 Dec 1943), 93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 (Non credited Spare B-17 returned), 106, 109, 110, 111 (22 Feb 1944)
For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

Eight B-17 flown by 1Lt George E. Underwood on his 15 dispatched combat missions:

  • B-17F 42-5854 (P) Alley Ooop (360BS)(PU-C) - Missions 92, 95, 101, 102, 110
  • B-17F 42-5788 AOG Not in Stock (360BS) PU-H - 93, 105 (Spare returned)
  • B-17F 42-29931 (P) Satan's Workshop aka Devil's Workshop (360BS) PU-L Mission 111 (Ditched)
  • B-17G 42-31055 (P) Aloha (360BS) PU-J - Mission 94
  • B-17G 42-31399 (No name) (360BS) PU-F - Mission 98, 106
  • B-17G 42-31471 Banshee (360BS) PU-P - Mission 99
  • B-17G 42-31471 (P) Doolittle's Destroyer (360BS) PU-E - Missions 103, 109
  • B-17G 42-39785 (P) Thru Hel'en Hiwater (358BS) VK-H - Mission 104
    (P) See Nose Art Photos
Crew Notes - Original 1Lt Underwood crewmen:
  • 1Lt George E. Underwood (P)(KIA) - 15 dispatched (14 credited) missions flown: First mission flown as CoPilot with the 2Lt Loyd D. Gahimer, recently upgraded from CP to P and members of the Lt William T. Baker Crew. All other missions flown as First Pilot. KIA on 22 February 1944, mission 111. Body recovered and initially buried in the Burtonwood, England cemetery and later reinterred to the USA.

  • 2Lt Creighton G. Doering (CP)(KIA) - 11 dispatched (10 credited) missions flown - All with 1Lt Underwood (93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 (Non Credited), 106) Was KIA on 6 February 1944 (Mission 106). Was hit with a 50 caliber bullet through the back of his head. Three bullets, believed to have been shot from a 379th BG(H) aircraft flying nearby, hit the B-17. One of the bullets was recovered. Body was returned to Molesworth.

  • 2Lt John J. O'Donnell (B) (POW) 25 credited combat missions flown: With 1Lt Underwood - 1 mission (109); With Capt Lloyd L. Holdcroft crew - 26 credited missions (95 (Aborted), 96, 97, 98, 100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 107, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 121, 122, 123, 124, 131, 132, 134, 135, 136. Became a POW on 18 April 1944 (Mission 136), in B17 42-97552 The Road Back (360BS) PU-O. The B-17 was last seen just before making a turn after the target. Two engines were hit by flak and allowed to windmill. It continued on a straight course after the target and left the formation. The crew flew for one and one-half hours before crash landing and after throwing out all non- essential items. At one point a German ME-109 flew alongside, recognized that the B-17 could offer little resistance, saluted, and flew away. The B-17 crashed near Soltau, Germany 65 km north of Hanover (between Hamburg and Hanover) in a narrow field on a wheels up "Belly" landing. The entire crew survived the crash and all became POWs after an attempt to avoid capture by German civilians. The crewmen were on the last mission of their 25 mission combat tour. (Missing aircrew report 4009)

  • 2Lt Duane C. Parker (N)(KIA), T/Sgt Mack E. Daniels (E)(KIA), T/Sgt Charles F. Phipps (R)(KIA), S/Sgt Thomas E. Dinneen (BTG)(KIA), S/Sgt Glen L. Casselman (LWG)(KIA), S/Sgt Thomas L. Rike, Jr. (RWG)(KIA), S/Sgt Gregory C. Meyer (TG)(KIA). Flew on 14 dispatched (13 credited) combat missions - All with 1Lt Underwood (93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 (Non credited), 106, 109, 110, 111). All were KIA on 22 February 1944 (Mission 111).

    S/Sgt Casselman was awarded the Air Medal on January 27, 1944 and an Oak Leaf Cluster on February 13, 1944.

Crew Notes - Substitute crewmen:
  • 1Lt Milton S. Riley (B/N) - 32 credited missions flown: 9 with 1Lt Underwood as Bombardier (93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106); 2 with 1Lt Lloyd L. Holdcroft as Bombardier (89, 92), Transferred from 360BS to 359BS for 21 missions: 3 with 1Lt Robert H. Halpin as Navigator (155, 158, 164); 14 with 2Lt Robert L. Cunningham - As Bombardier (167, 169, 170, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 183, 185), As Navigator (179, 180, 181, 186); With other Pilots - As Navigator (151), As Bombardier (187, 194). Completed combat tour on 29 June 1944 (Mission 194).

  • 2Lt Joseph. Massimiliano (CP)(KIA) - 8 credited missions flown: 3 with 1Lt Underwood (109, 110, 111); 6 with other Pilots - 1Lt Willard H. Bergeron (101, 102, 103, 104 (Aborted), 105; Lt William C. Heller (107 - As Lead crew Tail Gunner/Observer). KIA on 22 February 1944 (Mission 111).

  • 2Lt George M. Walter (B)(KIA) - 10 credited missions flown: 1 with 1Lt Underwood (111); 9 with Lt John H. Parrott (99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 109, 110). KIA on 22 February 1944 (Mission 111).

  • Substitute Toggliers:
    • S/Sgt Elmer L. Peterson (TOG) - Mission 105;
    • S/Sgt Lawrence C. Pierson (TOG) - Mission 110
  • Passengers:
    • Sgt William F. Lovett (Photographer) - Mission 102
    • Major George R. Weinbrenner (Observer)(Evadee), Ordnance Officer - 8th Bomber Command - Mission 110. Was shot down on 22 February 1944, mission 111 flying as an Observer with the 2Lt John R. Morrin crew. Evaded capture and returned to Molesworth on 27 September 1944. (E&E Report 2060)
Mission Note:

February 22, 1944, Mission 111 to Aschersleben, Germany in B-17F 42-29931 Devils's Workshop aka Satan's Workshop (360BS) PU-L. Flak disabled the #2 engine. Return trip was on three engines. The B-17 was lagging behind the Group formation near the French coast. Was last seen near mid-channel. Ditched in a very rough sea and all ten crewmen drowned. Three bodies were recovered: 1Lt Underwood (P), T/Sgt Daniels (E) and S/Sgt Casselman (LWG). They were initially buried in the Brookwood Cemetery, England. The names of seven crewmen names appear on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery, England - 2Lt Massimiliano (CP), 2Lt Parker (N), 2Lt Walter (B), T/Sgt Phipps (R), S/Sgt Dinneen (BTG), S/Sgt Rike (RWG) and S/Sgt Meyer (TG).

[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]