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LEROY E. GLASS CREW - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 21 Aug 1944 - photo: 24 August 1944)
(Back L-R) 1Lt Leroy E. Glass (P)(WIA/POW), 2Lt Orlyn D. Chunat (CP)(WIA/POW),
2Lt Anthony J. Boland (B), 2Lt Joseph C. Haider (N)(POW)
(Front L-R) Cpl Fred E. Ehret (WG), S/Sgt Richard W. Eide (E)(POW),
S/Sgt James M. Brady (R)(POW), Sgt Grady H. Hodges (WG),
Sgt Vernon L. Trumbull (BT)(POW), Sgt Mark N. Davis (TG) POW)
Crewmen ranks and grades at time of last combat mission
Twenty-one Combat missions flown by 1Lt Leroy E. Glass Crewmen
235(3 Sept 1944), 236, 239, 242, 246, 247, 248, 251, 252, 253, 256, 257, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 269, 274, 275 (21 Nov 1944). For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.
Regular Bombardier 2Lt Anthony J. Boland did not fly with the 1Lt Glass Crew. Substitute Togglier T/Sgt Lawrence Casey (POW) was utilized.
Mission #275, 5 November 1944 to Mersburg, Germany in B-17G #44-6503 Lady Alta 358BS (VK-F). Was hit by flak on the bomb run. Returning crews reported that it pulled out of the formation, was flying 500 to 1,000 ft. below the formation, and held that position for about 30 seconds. It peeled off and was last seen diving down with all four engines running. The bombs were salvoed and the B-17 seemed under control. No parachutes were observed.
CoPilot, 2Lt Orlyn "Chub" Chunat later reported that they went down like a rock after they were hit by flak. He was badly wounded and was struggling to feather two engines. 1Lt Leroy E. Glass (P) was the last man to leave his fortress and came down alone far from the other crewmen, all of whom made successful parachute jumps. 2Lt Chunat parachuted into the hands two members of the German Wehrmacht, possibly saving his life. The Germany soldiers gave him immediate first aid and rushed him to a hospital where he received excellent care - a far cry from the treatment accorded other crewmen who fell into the hands of vengeful German civilians.
Mission #251, 5 October 1944:
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]