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Roman P. Charnick, Pilot
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(crew assigned 358BS: 04 July 1944 - photo: 6 July 1944)

(Back) 2Lt Roman P. Charnick (P-KIA), 2Lt Leland H. Satre (CP-POW),
2Lt Solomon Goldfield (N-POW), 1Lt Lowell L. Rickey (B-EVD)

(Front) S/Sgt Paul P. Carissimo (E-POW)[far left], Sgt Francis G. Herod (WG-POW),
S/Sgt Robert H. Neidringhaus (R-POW), Sgt Arthur W. Schulz (WG-POW),
Sgt Fred O. Byrd (BT-KIA)

crewmen are not in photo order

(crew assigned 358BS: 04 July 1944 - photo USA Training)

(Back L-R) S/Sgt Paul P. Carissimo (E)(POW), Sgt Charles Dean (WG) (reassigned),
S/Sgt Robert H. Neidringhaus (R)(POW), Sgt Arthur W. Schulz (TG)(POW),
Sgt Francis G. Herod (WG)(POW), Sgt Fred O. Byrd (BT)(KIA)

(Front L-R) 2Lt Roman P. Charnick (P)(KIA), 2Lt Earl Douglass (CP),
2Lt Thomas Williams (B), 2Lt Solomon Goldfield (N)(POW)

Combat missions flown by the 2Lt Roman P. Charnick Crewmen:
204 (16 July 1944), 205, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 224, 227, 228, 229 (15 August 1944. For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

On mission #229, 15 August 1944 in B-17G 42-97085 (No name) 358BS (VK-B) on her 51st combat mission. Mission to Wiesbaden, Germany - 303rd lost nine B-17s and crews on this mission. Four of the B-17s aircraft engines were on fire and two parachutes were reported as being seen by other crews. The Fortress pulled straight up and exploded. Scrap landed as far as 14 km northeast of Bitburg near Wittlich, Germany [MACR 8139]. Sgt Fred O. Byrd (BTG-KIA) is buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery near Luxembourg City (Gravesite E-11-28)

Crew Notes:

  • 2Lt Roman P. Charnick (P)(KIA) - Flew as Co Pilot on first three missions (204, 205, 209) with combat orientation Pilot F/O Costa Markos. Completed 16 combat missions
  • 2Lt Solomon Goldfield (N-POW), S/Sgt Paul P. Carissimo (E-POW), S/Sgt Robert H. Neidringhaus (R-POW), Sgt Fred O. Byrd (BT-KIA), Sgt Arthur W. Schulz (TG-POW) Flew on all 16 of the 2Lt Charnick crewmen missions.
  • 2Lt Leland H. Satre (CP-POW) - Did not fly on missions 204, 205 & 209. Flew on all other 2Lt Charnick crewmen missions. Also flew on 11 additional missions as CoPilot with other Pilots . With Capt James McNamara, crew on which 2Lt Satre was the original CoPilot (151, 153, 155, 157). With other pilots (161, 163, 164, 167, 169, 177, 186 & 225)
  • 2Lt Lowell L. Rickey (B-Evd) - Only flew on one mission with the 2Lt Charnick crew (229) - Flew on 18 additional missions with other crews - 159, 160(DLC), 164, 167, 170(LC), 171(LC), 172(LC), 174(LC), 183(LC), 190(LC), 201(LC), 203(LC), 209, 218, 221(LC), 225(LC), 226, 227.
    (LC) On a Lead Crew - (DLC) On a Deputy Lead Crew]
[photo courtesy of Alisa (Dean) LaVine]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]