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JOHN D. St. JULIEN CREW - 360th BS
(crew assigned 360BS: 26 Oct 1944 - photo: 19 Jan 1945)

(Back L-R) 1Lt John D. St Julien (P), 2Lt Richard M. Newell (CP),
2Lt George Kiehlkopf (N), 2Lt Felix A. Carney (B)

(Front L-R) Sgt Marlin D. Evans (TG), Sgt William E. Mitchell (E),
Sgt John J. Flanigan (R), Sgt Raymond L. McLellan (WG), Sgt Richard M. Farthing (BT)

(Ranks and Grades at time when crew photo was taken.)


[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives - identification by John D. St Julien]


JOHN D. St. JULIEN CREW - 360th BS
(crew assigned 360BS: 26 Oct 1944 - photo: USA Training

(Back L-R) 2Lt Felix A. Carney (B), 2Lt George Kiehlkopf (N),
2Lt Richard M. Newell (CP), 2Lt John D. St Julien (P),

(Front L-R) Cpl Marlin D. Evans (TG), Cpl William E. Mitchell (E),
Cpl Richard M. Farthing (BT), Cpl Raymond L. McLellan (WG), Cpl John J. Flanigan (R)

(Ranks and Grades at time when crew photo was taken.)


[photo courtesy of Leslie Jean Newell]

Thirty-Six Dispatched Combat Mission by 1Lt John D. St. Julian:
272 (11 Nov 1944), 273, 274, 277, 279, 280 (A), 282, 285, 286, 287, 290, 291, 292, 293, 295, 296, 298A, 298B, 299, 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 307, 310, 311, 312, 313, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 (2 March 1945)
(A) Non credited aborted mission. For mission dates and targets see the missions list.

DAMN THE ABORTS - FULL SPEED AHEAD
by John D. St. Julian, 360th Pilot

(Hell's Angels Newsletter, November 1999)

We aborted on a raid to Mersburg (Mission #280 - 30 November 1944) because of a runaway propeller. Upon landing with our bomb load, the Squadron brass were waiting for me. They took the plane up for a test flight as I returned to the barracks, fell into my bunk and went to sleep. That afternoon I was awakened by one of our officers who informed me that I should have reported to Group Headquarters on landing. He told me to blame the squadron for not having me read the SOP. I did that, and the C.O. nearly had a heart attack. I was grounded and instructed to read the Standard Operating Procedure to get my crew back. I vowed that I would never turn back from a mission again unless an engine fell off.

On a later raid, our hydraulic system blew on take-off, but we continued on the raid, left the squadron early on the return and landed safely ahead of the others. On another raid, the oil pressure on one engine was extremely high, but we continued to the target. I would not have aborted unless an engine blew or stopped.

Crew Notes (Original Crewmen):
All of the original St. Julian crewmen completed their 35 mission combat tour without an injury. Ranks and Grades below were at the time of crewmen's last mission.

  • 1Lt John D. St. Julian (P) - 1st mission (#272) flown as a Co Pilot with 1Lt Frank Juns as his mission orientation Pilot.

  • 1Lt Richard M. Newell (CP) - Three missions flown as Copilot with other Pilots (273, 278, 281. Upgraded from Co Pilot to Pilot. Flew three missions as a First Pilot (312, 313, 322).

  • 1Lt George Kiehlkopf (N) - Three missions flown with other Pilots (271, 272, 278). Did not fly with the St. Julian Crew on three missions (324, 326, 327)

  • 1Lt Felix A. Carney (B) - Three missions flown with other Pilots (278, 306, 329). Substitute Toggliers or Bombardiers used by the St. Julian crew on five missions (298A, 298B, 299, 312, 324. Flew as Navigator with the St. Julian Crew on three missions (324, 326, 327)

  • T/Sgt William E. Mitchell (E) - Two missions flown with other Pilots (278, 281) Did not fly with the St. Julian Crew on two missions where substitute Engineers were used (295, 326).

  • T/Sgt John J. Flanigan (R) - Two missions flown with other Pilots (278, 281). Did not fly with the St. Julian Crew on two missions where substitute Radio Operators were used (326, 327).

  • S/Sgt Richard M. Farthing (BTG) - Two missions flown with other Pilots (278, 281) Did not fly with the St. Julian Crew on two missions where substitute Ball Turret Gunners were used (326, 327).

  • S/Sgt Raymond L. McLellan (WG) - Three missions flown with other Pilots (272, 278, 281). 1Lt St. Julian flew with an 8 man crew without a Waist Gunner on six missions (321, 322, 323, 324, 327, 328). Flew as Togglier with the St. Julien Crew on three missions (324, 326, 327) and as Tail Gunner on one mission (328).

  • S/Sgt Marlin D. Evans (TG). Two missions flown with other Pilots (278, 281). Flew on all of the St. Julian missions except for the last mission (328)
Named B-17Gs flown on missions by 1Lt John D. St. Julian:
9 missions - "Idaliza" 42-97546 360BS (BN-E) (272, 273, 274, 277, 280, 282, 285, 286, 293)
1 Mission in 6 B-17s - "Miss Lace" 42-102569 427BS (GN-X) (279), "Jackie" 43-38563 360BS (BN-C)(302), "Old Cock 44-6517 360BS (BN-F) (313), "Sack Time" 360BS (BN-K) (321), "My Darling" 44-6516 360BS (BN-Q) (322). "Thunderbird" 42-38050 359BS (BN-U)(327). Other 21 missions in No Name B-17s. Nose Art Photos of most of their B-17s are on our Nose Art Page.

[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]