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MAURICE C. DAUM CREW - 359th BS
(crew assigned 359BS: 02 Apr 1944 - photo: USA, early 1944)

2Lt Maurice C. Daum (P)[Back row 3rd from left], 2Lt Donald L. Gibbons (CP)(POW),
2Lt Frank F. Forve (N), 2Lt Terril M. Grove (B)

T/Sgt Fred T. Matthews (E), S/Sgt Crawford E. Jenkins (BTG), S/Sgt Dale A. Sampson (WG),
S/Sgt Lee W. Frederick (WG), S/Sgt Burt W. Taylor (TG)

Not in photo: T/Sgt William C. McLaughlin (R)

crewmen are not in photo order

(Ranks and Grades at time of last combat mission)
[photo courtesy of Steve Daum]


MAURICE C. DAUM CREW - 359th BS

2Lt Maurice C. Daum (P)(back, center), T/Sgt William C. McLaughlin (R)(front, far right)

Thirty Dispatched missions of 2Lt Maurice C. Daum:
As 1st Pilot - 134(A)(11 Apr 1944), 136 ,137, 138, 140(A), 143, 144, 145 (30 Apr 1944) -- As CoPilot - 146 (7 May 1944), 148, 149, 154, 155, 157(Spare), 158, 164, 167, 169, 170, 172(6 June 44) -- As 1st Pilot - 174 (6 June 44),175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 184, 185, 186 (20 June 44)
(A) Aborted - non credit -- (Spare) Spare B-17 - returned to Molesworth - no credit
For mission dates and targets see the missions list.

Crew notes:

  • 2Lt Maurice C. Daum (P) - Dispatched on first eight missions as 1st Pilot, then twelve missions as a CoPilot with six different Pilots, then ten missions as 1st Pilot with no assigned crew. Combat tour completed on 20 June 1944.
  • 2Lt Donald L. Gibbons (CP) - Dispatched on Five missions with Lt Daum (134(A),140(A), 143, 144, 145) then with five missions with the Lt Ernest L. Roth crew (148, 148, 151, 154, 155). Became a POW on mission #155, 19 May 1944 to Berlin, Germany, in B-17G 42-31386 Sky Duster (359BS) BN-W, Lt Roth (P). Hit by flak just before bombs away knocking off one engine. B-17 slipped to the right out of the formation . Six crew KIA and four POWs.
  • 1Lt Frank F. Forve (N) - Dispatched on all of the Lt Daum first eight missions as Pilot. Flew on 26 additional missions - last 16 as a PFF Lead Crew Navigator. Combat tour completed on 23 June 1944. Volunteered for a second mission. Thirty-fourth and last mission on 17 April 1945.
  • 2Lt Terril M. Grove (B) - Dispatched on seven Lt Daum missions (134(A), 136, 137, 140(A), 143, 144, 145). Substitute Togglier used on mission #138. Became Bombardier on the 1Lt John W. Tulloss Crew for 15 missions. Combat tour completed on 19 June 1944.
  • T/Sgt Fred T. Matthews (E) - Dispatched on seven Lt Daum missions (134(A), 136, 137, 140(A), 143, 144, 145). Substitute Engineer used on mission #138. Additional missions: Four with Lt George R. Sirany (P) and six with Lt Maurice C. Daum (P). Combat tour completed 20 June 1944.
  • T/Sgt William C. McLaughlin (R) - Dispatched on six Lt Daum missions (136, 137, 140(A), 143, 144, 145). Additional missions: Twelve with 1Lt David E. Fackler (P); Eight with three other Pilots. Combat tour completed on 18 July 1944.
  • S/Sgt Crawford E. Jenkins (BTG) - Dispatched on all of Lt Daum's first eight missions as Pilot. Additional missions: One with Capt Lawrence C. Thompson; Twelve with 1Lt John W. Tulloss. Combat tour completed on 4 June 1944.
  • S/Sgt Dale A. Sampson (WG) - Dispatched on all of Lt Daum's first eight missions as Pilot. Flew on no additional missions.
  • S/Sgt Lee W. Frederick (WG) - Dispatched on all of Lt Daum's first eight missions as Pilot. Additional missions: Fourteen missions with eleven different Pilots. Last eleven missions as a crew photographer. Last mission on 25 Aug 1944.
  • S/Sgt Burt W. Taylor (TG) - Dispatched on all of Lt Daum's first eight missions as Pilot. Additional missions: Six with 1Lt Kenneth C. Edwards (P). Last mission on 12 June 44.

[photo courtesy of Mark McLaughlin]
[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]