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Theodore Francis Bartle

Military

Theodore Bartle was Navigator on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies in the Wesel area, Germany. After being hit, the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. Theodore Bartle and the eight other crew members on board were killed instantly. Awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service

People

  • Gerrald Crotty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Gerrald Crotty was Nose Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Trenton Gard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Trenton Gard was Co-Pilot on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly...

  • John Jollimore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    John Jollimore was Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was...

  • Martin Kaufmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Martin Kaufmann was Tail Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Harvey Mosher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Harvey Mosher was Pilot of B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly...

  • Richard Sheraski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner (Nose Gunner on his last mission) | 389th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Richard Sheraski was born September 16, 1924. His next of kin were his father, John C. Sheraski and his mother Blanche Sheraski, née Konieczka. He had 3 brothers, Frank, Edward and Carl, and 3 sisters, Susan, Sophie and Theresa (Sheraski...

  • Jack Snider

    Military | Private | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Pvt Jack Snider was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground...

  • Taffy Williams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Technical Sergeant Taffy J. Williams was Radio Operator on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies in the Wesel area,...

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95240 The Old Veteran

    B-24 Liberator
    On supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane, flying at 300 ft, was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies. After being hit the B-24 nosed straight...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 6 June 1922

Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas

Lived in 1942

Montgomery County, Kansas

Enlisted 24 August 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Died 24 March 1945

in the crash of B-24 #42-95240, near Wesel, Germany.

Buried

Theodore Bartle rests at the Calvary Cemetery, Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2019 14:28:32 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 13543
WWII Draft Cards for Kansas
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 11:55:20 Lucy May Changes to surname, middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events and place associations
Sources

Corrected spelling of surname from 'Bartlele' to 'Bartle'.
https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39912244

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Taffy Williams website

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