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#1 Rattle

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 10:42 AM

This is my newest find.
A small group consisting of a pair of observer wings, a cap eagle and three pictures.
It is attributed to Lt P. Englert from Indiana.
I was looking for a nice pair of observer wings when i found this group.
I did a little research and it turned out even better.

Lt. P. Englert enlisted in the Air Corp in early 1942 and became a bombardier.
He was sent to the 100th Bomb Group, 349th Bomb Squadron and went overeseas with it in mid 1943.

He was in 1st Lt William R. Flesh's crew. B-17 42-30066 "Mug Wump" .
Englert was left out of the Regensburg mission. On 17 August 1943, Bill Flesh was on leave in London and Curtis Biddick, pilot of Crew #28, replaced him. Biddick's regular bombardier, Dan McKay also replaced Paul Englert for this mission. Biddick was KIA and McKay, badly burned, became a POW as Mug Wump went down on this mission.

Englert joined the 418th BS after his crew was lost. But he wasn't in the 418th very long.

On 6 September 1943, Lt. Paul R. Englert whose crew (#30) had gone down on the Regensburg mission was flying with the Woodward crew as bombardier on
plane "Poontang" (42-30402). They went down on a mission to Stuttgart

Records do not reveal exactly what happened to this crew and their plane but the following eyewitness reports are found in the Missing Aircrew Report:
"Saw Woodward's ship going down at 4830 N 0803 E at 0929. #2 engine was windmilling. Everything else seed to be OK."

"Saw Capt. Woodward's A/C turned out of formation under control and headed for Switzerland. Nothing seemed wrong with A/C, " -- John D Brady, 1st Lt.

"A/C #402 at 0930 approximately 2 miles north of Strasbourg salvoed bombs into a woods. Headed south and went under cloud deck. All engines turning over. No E/A or AA at this time." -- Gale W. Clevin, Major

A letter from D. H. Fletcher of 25/1/84 states that on the way into the target, an oil leak in #2 engine. Woodward could then have aborted, but decided to press on. Somewhere near the IP oil pressure went to zero and prop would not feather - cylinder head temp. went sky high. If engine seized and prop came off it could have been disastrous to ship. It was decided to head south for Switzerland. When they believed themselves over Switzerland, the crew bailed.

It turned out that only Woodward, who remained with aircraft until the crew had successfully bailed out, landed in Switzerland, the others in Germany.

Lt Englert was held in Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria until the end of the war.

http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/636/paulenglertgroupuo8.jpg

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Stephan

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 10:46 AM

His observer wings.
These were issued to graduates of bombardier school until Bombardier wings were introduced in late 1942.


http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/3714/paulenglertgroup1lk1.jpg

#3 Rattle

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 10:50 AM

His cap eagle.

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/5479/paulenglertgroup2df4.jpg

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:03 AM

Here are few more pics of Englert.

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/2139/mugwumpgroupqv8.jpghttp://img256.imageshack.us/img256/3816/flesh1gb2.jpg
http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/3595/englertxg5.jpghttp://img244.imageshack.us/img244/2181/418thcrestna8.jpg

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:08 AM

Great Group Stephan!!! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

The cap eagle is great (hight details) and all photos too (A2 jacket is special)!

Thank you for sharing!

Best regards from one friend in Brazil,

Ricardo.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 12:32 PM

Great Group Stephan!!! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

The cap eagle is great (hight details) and all photos too (A2 jacket is special)!

Thank you for sharing!

Best regards from one friend in Brazil,

Ricardo.


Thanks Ricardo,
The pictures in the last post, i've found on the internet. :D

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Stephan

#7 Rattle

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 12:42 PM

:D

Edited by Rattle, 13 February 2007 - 12:42 PM.


#8 Rattle

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:15 AM

Those who are curious, in one shot Mr. Englert is holding the 418th BS crest.
It is rarely seen.

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/8860/418thcrestme9.jpg

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Stephan

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 12:10 PM

I just found this thread, better late than never!

I used to own Lt Englerts officially named Air Medal, bombardier wings , some photos, and other items. I sold them to a friend of mine a few years back.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 03:06 PM

Here is another little tid bit for you, Englert P. R. was in Class 42-13 that graduated 26 Sep 42 at Kirtland Field Albuquerque NM. This is from the book Bombardier - A History by Tunner

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 10:20 AM

I just found this thread, better late than never!

I used to own Lt Englerts officially named Air Medal, bombardier wings , some photos, and other items. I sold them to a friend of mine a few years back.

Kurt


The world is indeed small.

Stephan


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