Diaries

398th Bomb Group Diaries

398th Diaries (alphabetically)

  1. Captain Alan A. Arlin, Pilot, 601st
  2. S/Sgt. William E. Auten, Armorer - Waist Gunner, 601st
  3. Lt. William H. Baker, Navigator, 600th
  4. Lt. Robert J. Beckley, Navigator, 601st/602nd
  5. 2nd Lt. Philip L. Benefiel, Navigator, 601st (new 07/2015)
  6. T/Sgt. Oliver W. Bradford, Engineer, 603rd
  7. Lt. Edwin Logan Brown, Bombardier, 602nd - Being transcribed
  8. T/Sgt. Ben Core, Radio Operator/Top Turret Gunner, 601st
  9. Lt. Lowell O. Culver, Co-Pilot, 601st - Diary being searched for
  10. Lt. Robert H. Dee, Jr., Co-Pilot, 601st
  11. Lt. E. Dalton Ebbeson, Bombardier/Navigator, 603rd
  12. Lt. William J. Ferrante, Navigator, 603rd Squadron
  13. T/Sgt. George W. Forsyth, Engineer, TT Gunner, 602nd
  14. T/Sgt. Armand Fugge, Engineer, Top Turret Gunner, 600th
  15. S/Sgt. Kenneth A. Green, Gunner, 603rd
  16. S/Sgt. James L. Holloway, Tail Gunner, 601st
  17. S/Sgt. Chilton Jorgenson, Ball Gunner, 601st
  18. S/Sgt. Leon R. Kershaw, Ball Gunner, 601st
  19. Lt. Harvey B. Kramer, Navigator, 600th
  20. T/Sgt. Derald Lyman, Radio Operator, 600th
  21. S/Sgt. Frank M. Mackey, Ball Turret Gunner, 600th
  22. Lt. Charles J. Mellis, Jr., Co-Pilot, 603rd Squadron
  23. T/Sgt. Elliot Novek, Radio Operator, 602nd
  24. Lt. "Pep" Petrocine, Pilot, 600th - Needs volunteer for transcription
  25. Lt. Harry R. Shuptrine, Pilot, 600th - Trying to locate son to obtain .doc file of his transcription
  26. Lt. Paul W. Smith, Navigator, 602nd
  27. Sgt. Claude W. Tracey, Engineer, 601st
  28. S/Sgt. John C. Veenschoten, Radio Operator/Gunner, 603rd
  29. Lt. Robert E. Weidig, Co-Pilot, 603rd
  30. T/Sgt. Ralph F. Will, Engineer, 600th
  31. Lt. Mark Woods, Navigator, 600th
  32. S/Sgt. Ellsworth Wright, Ball Turret Gunner, 603rd
  33. Lt. Warren H. Wright, Co-Pilot, 603rd

 

398th Diaries by Crew

Organized by Squadron then by Crew. While most of the time, the men flew with the same crew, occasionally they flew some missions with a different crew and were sometimes transferred to other crew. The following is organized by their home crew. Most diary entries will be for that crew.

600th
  1. 600th V. A. Hansard Crew
    1. Lt. William H. Baker, Navigator, 600th
  2. 60oth Donald B. Lowe, Jr. Crew
    1. T/Sgt. Armand Fugge, Engineer, Top Turret Gunner, 600th
    2. T/Sgt. Derald Lyman, Radio Operator, 600t
  3. 600th Robert D. Nolan Crew
    1. S/Sgt. Frank M. Mackey, Ball Turret Gunner, 600th
    2. T/Sgt. Ralph F. Will, Engineer, 600th
  4. 600th Stanley R. Reed Crew
    1. Lt. Mark Woods, Navigator, 600th
  5. 600th Richard L. Rohrer Crew
    1. Lt. Harvey B. Kramer, Navigator, 600th
601st
  1. 601st Alan A. Arlin Crew
    1. Captain Alan A. Arlin, Pilot, 601st
  2. 601st Bob Campbell Crew
    1. T/Sgt. Ben Core, Radio Operator/Top Turret Gunner, 601st
  3. 601st Selmar Gustaves Crew, Merwin L. Genung Crew, and John J. Falkenback Crew
    1. S/Sgt. Chilton Jorgenson, Ball Turret Gunner, 601st
  4. 601st Harry L. Heintzelman Crew
    1. 2nd Lt. Philip L. Benefiel, Navigator, 601st (new 07/2015)
  5. 601st Raymond A. Hernden Crew
    1. S/Sgt. William E. Auten, Armorer - Waist Gunner, 601st
  6. 601st Richard S. Hosman Crew, and later, the Roland D. Mundhenke Crew
    1. S/Sgt. Leon R. Kershaw, Ball Turret Gunner, 601st
  7. 601st Byron L. Magness Crew
    1. Lt. Robert H. Dee, Jr., Co-Pilot, 601st
  8. 601st Tom E. Marchbanks Jr. Crew
    1. Sgt. Claude W. Tracey, Engineer, 601st
  9. 601st Lynn R. Rogers Crew (601st up to 31 Aug 1944)
    1. Lt. Robert J. Beckley, Navigator, 601st/602nd
  10. 601st James Womeldurf Crew
    1. S/Sgt. James L. Holloway, Tail Gunner, 601st
602nd
  1. 602nd Al Petska Crew
    1. T/Sgt. George W. Forsyth, Engineer, TT Gunner, 602nd
  2. 602nd Lynn R. Rogers Crew (602nd 31 Aug 1944 and thereafter)
    1. Lt. Robert J. Beckley, Navigator, 601st/602nd
  3. 602nd Nolan Thompson Crew
    1. T/Sgt. Elliot Novek, Radio Operator, 602nd
    2. Lt. Paul W. Smith, Navigator, 602nd
603rd
  1. 603rd Steven P. Cullinan Crew
    1. S/Sgt. Ellsworth Wright, Ball Turret Gunner, 603rd
  2. 603rd Donald J. DeCleene Crew (22 Nov 1944 thru 1 Jan 1945)
    1. T/Sgt. Oliver W. Bradford, Engineer, 603rd
    2. S/Sgt. Kenneth A. Green, Gunner, 603rd
  3. 603rd William E. Engel Crew
    1. Lt. Warren H. Wright, Co-Pilot, 603rd
  4. 603rd Kenneth S. Hastings Crew (thru 21 Nov 1944)
    1. T/Sgt. Oliver W. Bradford, Engineer, 603rd
    2. S/Sgt. Kenneth A. Green, Gunner, 603rd
  5. 603rd Ross Howden Crew
    1. Lt. Charles J. Mellis, Jr., Co-Pilot, 603rd Squadron
  6. 603rd Staver J. Hyndman Crew
    1. Lt. E. Dalton Ebbeson, Bombardier/Navigator, 603rd
  7. 603rd Jack Lee Crew
    1. Lt. William J. Ferrante, Navigator, 603rd Squadron after September 1, 1944
  8. 603rd Howard W. Rehme Crew
    1. S/Sgt. John C. Veenschoten, Radio Operator/Gunner, 603rd
  9. 603rd Harold F. Spangler Crew
    1. Lt. Robert E. Weidig, Co-Pilot, 603rd

 

Notes

  1. If you have a diary or know of one not on our list, please contact our 398th Group Historian. Our 398th Group Historian will then ask you for a Xerox copy of the diary for our archives and if you or a family member could type it in a word processor. If you or a family member cannot type it to electronic text, we will seek a volunteer to type it from the Xerox copy. If possible a color scan of the original diary text would also be useful for our archives.
  2. Several diaries listed above need transcriptions in order to be put on our 398th web site. See Volunteers Needed for duties and contact.
  3. The targets shown for individual days of the diaries are the official 398th targets for that day. However, because of cloud cover, mechanical difficulties, and other situations, individual aircraft or squadrons may have chosen alternate targets of opportunity. Sometimes but not always the diaries mention the names of the alternate targets.
  4. It is traditional for crew members to reference themselves as part of a pilot's crew. However, for various reasons, such as make-up missions because they were ill or special requests by Operations Officers that they fill in a vacancy, individuals may have flown a number of missions with other crews. Sometimes but not always the diaries will mention if the author flew with another crew.
  5. Historians should recognize that in the transcription process, some spellings and punctuation have been fixed, including offical spelling of the target names. Occasionally the diary's target city or date is different than the official 398th Mission List and after careful investigation these have been modified in the on-line electronic text, though usually there is an editor's note indicating such. In addition, some material not related to 398th activities, inaccuracies, casual comments, opinions, strong language, and unverified statements were not transcribed, although at times some editing took place to preserve the author's description in a more general way. Of course, no transcription is perfect and there may be occasional transcription errors. For future historians, each diary index includes a history of the location of the original if known and copies made along the way.
  6. If you see areas of the diaries needing correction, such as mispelled words, incorrect targets, etc., please contact our 398th Webmaster.