Newell Crew – Assigned 754th Squadron – May 1944

Standing: George Panos – BTG, Angelo Garofalo – TG, Richard Morgan – WG, Breckenridge Jones – E, Horace Powers – E/WG, Samuel Milligan – RO
Kneeling: Charles Dedecker – N, Harold Brice – CP, Henry Newell – P, John Wynn – B

(Photo: Newell Family)

Completed Tour

Rank Name Serial # POS Date Status Comments
1Lt Henry L Newell 0813559 Pilot 14-Sep-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross
1Lt Harold E Brice 0761799 Co-pilot 01-Sep-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross
1Lt Charles C Dedecker 0712776 Navigator 14-Sep-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross
1Lt John L Wynn 0685049 Bombardier 15-Oct-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross
T/Sgt Samuel B Milligan 19022469 Radio Operator 14-Sep-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross
T/Sgt Horace E Powers 14174606 Flight Engineer 14-Sep-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross
S/Sgt Breckenridge R Jones 14041910 Armorer-Gunner 01-Sep-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross
S/Sgt George N Panos 18125848 Aerial Gunner 14-Sep-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross
S/Sgt Richard L Morgan 38467050 Aerial Gunner 14-Sep-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross
S/Sgt Angelo S Garofolo 36647092 Aerial Gunner 14-Sep-44 CT Awards-Distinguished Flying Cross

The Newell crew arrived at Horsham St Faith in the latter part of May 1944. Unlike many crews, their arrival is not listed in the group records. Their crew list was derived from a crew loading list for the June 18th mission to Watten. It appears that most of the crew completed their mission in September – all are listed in 754th Squadron records as having received the Distinguished Flying Cross that month. Bombardier John Wynn received that award in October.

The following is an excerpt from pilot Henry Newell’s diary:
“…a trip of 1,200 miles all over water and we arrived OK eight hours after take off. Left Iceland on the morning of May 4 & landed at Nutts Corner No. Ireland. Took two weeks training in Ireland & then was assigned to 458th Bomb Gp. at Norwich, England. I flew my first mission June 14 & Sept. 11 I flew my 32 which was to be my last. Three mo. later I had to fly 3 more. Flew my 35 on Dec. 4. And then was put on DS with a troop carrier outfit and flew courier between London & Paris. Enjoyed it very much as I was flying a C47. Left England Jan. 7, 1945 went to Preswick, Scotland and left there Jan. 8 on a C-54 after stops in the Azores and Burs_____ we arrived at Washington National airport at 2 o’clock Thursday morning Jan. 11, 1945. Spent 21 days at home then went to Miami, Fla. Where I spent 10 days & was re-assigned to Harlingen, Texas. From there to Buckley Fld. Denver, Colo. Was put on inactive status Oct. 18 & arrived home Oct. 19, 1945. Was in the Army 3 yr 5 mo. Was away from home 3 yr.”

Henry Newell is credited with 35 missions flown, but only 32 as pilot. Current records indicate that he flew three missions (not as pilot) in late November, early December 1944. It is likely that his crew had completed their missions at this time as they are all listed as having received the DFC in September upon completion of a combat tour. Newell is listed as a gunner on November 25, 1944 flying with the crew of 1LT William E. Swartz (original co-pilot on Capt Lockridge’s crew). On this same mission and aircraft was 1Lt Harold E. Brice flying as co-pilot. On November 26th, Newell flew as co-pilot with 1Lt Bartholomew Catanzaro (formerly the co-pilot on 1Lt George P. Bradley’s crew) on the mission to Bielefeld, Germany. Newell flew his 35th and last mission on December 4, 1944, but it is unknown with whom or in what capacity. He returned to the U.S. in January 1945.


Date Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn A/C Name Comments
14-Jun-44 DOMLEGER 65 1 42-95018 J Z5 16 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
15-Jun-44 GUYANCOURT 66 2 42-95018 J Z5 17 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
17-Jun-44 TOURS 68 3 41-29305 N Z5 21 I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC  
18-Jun-44 WATTEN 70 4 42-95096 F Z5 13 BOMBS AWAY MSN #2
20-Jun-44 OSTERMOOR 73 5 41-28705 H J4 34 YE OLDE HELLGATE MSN #1
21-Jun-44 BERLIN 75 6 42-110163 M J4 2 TIME'S A WASTIN  
23-Jun-44 3 NO BALLS 76 7 42-95116 V Z5 13 JUNIOR  
24-Jun-44 CONCHES A/F 77 8 42-95116 V Z5 14 JUNIOR MSN #1
28-Jun-44 SAARBRUCKEN 81 9 41-29276 G Z5 13 URGIN VIRGIN/The ROTTEN SOCK  
29-Jun-44 ASCHERSLEBEN 82 10 42-95096 U Z5 21 BOMBS AWAY  
06-Jul-44 KIEL 85 11 41-29305 N Z5 24 I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC  
07-Jul-44 LUTZKENDORF 86 12 41-29305 N Z5 25 I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC  
08-Jul-44 ANIZY, FRANCE 87 13 41-29305 N Z5 26 I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC  
12-Jul-44 MUNICH 89 14 42-95163 K Z5 27 DIXIE BELLE  
24-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA 97 15 42-100366 B Z5 35 MIZPAH  
25-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA "B" 98 16 42-100366 B Z5 36 MIZPAH  
31-Jul-44 LUDWIGSHAFEN 99 17 42-95018 J Z5 29 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
01-Aug-44 T.O.s FRANCE 100 18 44-40126 D Z5 16 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
04-Aug-44 ROSTOCK 103 19 42-100366 B Z5 41 MIZPAH  
05-Aug-44 BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM  105 20 41-29303 H Z5 36 LIBERTY LIB  
06-Aug-44 HAMBURG 106 21 42-95163 K Z5 35 DIXIE BELLE  
07-Aug-44 GHENT 107 22 42-50314 L 7V 43 ETO PLAYHOUSE  
11-Aug-44 STRASBOURG 110 23 41-29276 G Z5 23 URGIN VIRGIN/The ROTTEN SOCK  
12-Aug-44 MOURMELON 111 24 41-29340 N 7V 47 YANKEE BUZZ BOMB  
15-Aug-44 VECHTA 114 25 42-95165 S Z5 28 COOKIE  
16-Aug-44 MAGDEBURG 115 26 42-95165 S Z5 29 COOKIE  
18-Aug-44 WOIPPY 116 27 42-100366 H Z5 44 MIZPAH  
25-Aug-44 LUBECK 118 28 41-29276 G Z5 28 URGIN VIRGIN/The ROTTEN SOCK   
26-Aug-44 DULMEN 120 29 42-95018 J Z5 40 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
09-Sep-44 MAINZ 124 30 42-110070 K Z5 32 ELMER  
10-Sep-44 ULM M/Y 125 31 42-100366 H Z5 49 MIZPAH  
11-Sep-44 MAGDEBURG 126 32 42-95018 J Z5 45 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
29-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR12 -- 41-28712 D 44BG T8 TUFFY TRUCKIN' MISSION

1Lt Henry L. Newell Mission List

Courtesy of the Newell Family

B-24H-20-FO 42-95018 J Z5  Old Doc’s Yacht

Newell’s crew flew five missions on “Old Doc’s Yacht”
Photo courtesy: Mike Bailey