WERNER G. GOERING CREW - 358th BS
B-17G #43-37838 Fearless Fosdick (358BS) VK-A
(crew assigned 358BS: 07 Aug 1944 - photo: 10 Aug 1944)
(Back L-R) 1Lt William D. Sachau (B), 1Lt Jack P. Rencher (CP),
2Lt Rex H. Markt (N), Capt Werner G. Goering (P)
(Front L-R) S/Sgt Paul A. Bishop (WG), T/Sgt Chester "Chad" Brodzinski (R)(*),
T/Sgt William J. LaPerch, (R), T/Sgt Orall R. "Gus" Gustafson (E)(*),
S/Sgt Clarence W. Houseman (BT)(*), S/Sgt Weldon T. "Tex" Mahan (TG)(*)
(Ranks and Grades at time of last combat mission)
Jack P. Rencher started flying in Phoenix Arizona in 1937. He was operating a D8 bulldozer, graveyard shift, in an open pit copper mine when Pearl Harbor happened. He had to pass a test to enlist in the Army Cadet Program as he got kicked out of high school his 2nd year. He went through Santa Ana California, Tulare, CA, (PT-17s, for Primary), Bakersfield, CA, (BT-13s for Basic) and graduated from Williams AFB for Advanced, P-38s.
His first assignment was to Yuma Arizona gunnery school where they put him in B-17s to fly gunnery students 8 hours per day, 6 days per week. There he built up a lot of B17 time fast and learned to love them. On Sundays he usually slow timed new engines, test flew repaired airplanes, studied and slept. He did go to Yuma City once maybe.
He was next sent to Salt Lake City where he was asked to and did volunteer to be assigned copilot and was assigned on a B17 crew. After crew training the crew was sent to England on the Aquatainia, a large English ship. They were lucky and assigned to the 358th Squadron in the 303rd Bomb Group. After completing 35 largely uneventful missions, the last one, number 35, was Christmas Eve December 24, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, he then returned to the states and was assigned to the 5th Ferry Group in the Air Transport Command in Dallas Texas. There for the next 2 or 3 years he delivered airplanes from PT-17s to B-29s all over the world.
He then became a civilian, acquired an A & E. Mechanics license and over the next half century wore out a Cessna 140, a 170, 4 Bonanzas and 2 Barons. He received an award from the Idaho Dept. of Aeronautics for flying over one half century over 22,000 hours with our an accident or a violation. He confesses to probably having a violation or two but just never got caught. He married a beautiful lady, Louise, before he left the Service and they raised three fine sons.
Jack passed away August 20, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
Capt Werner G. Goering (P) - Was the nephew of Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering Commander in Chief of the Nazi German Luftwaffe. Capt Goering completed 48 credited combat missions on 28 Jan 1945 (Mission 308) and was promoted to Captain while a Lead...
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 27/5/44; Hunter 6/6/44; Grenier 15/6/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Molesworth 27/6/44; Missing in Action Weisbaden 15/8/44 with Capt Arnold Litman, Co-pilot: Larry Stein, Navigator: Wayne Krouskup, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...
Military site : airfield
Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...
||Los Angeles, CA
||25 March 1921
Son of Guy Benjamin and Irene Ramona [Eigholz] Rencher.
||16 May 1942
||1944 – 1945
Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.
||20 August 2010
||Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise, ID
||25 August 2010
Dry Creek Cemetery
Ada County, ID