Melva Elizabeth Bagwell

F, b. 14 November 1915, d. 21 September 2006
     Melva Elizabeth Bagwell was born on 14 November 1915 in Texas. She was the daughter of Carl Roscoe Bagwell and Martha Frances James. As of after 1930,her married name was Miller. Melva Elizabeth Bagwell married John David Miller after 1930. Melva Elizabeth Bagwell died on 21 September 2006 in Spokane County, Washington, at age 90.

Martha Frances James

F, b. 21 January 1888, d. 19 February 1920
     Martha Frances James was born on 21 January 1888 in Mansfield, Tarrant County, Texas.1 She married Carl Roscoe Bagwell, son of Newton Surveyor Bagwell and Susan Isabelle Dever, on 24 December 1911. Martha Frances James died on 19 February 1920 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas, at age 32.1 She was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Children of Martha Frances James and Carl Roscoe Bagwell

Citations

  1. [S3627] Martha Frances James Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Lahoma June Russell

F, b. 10 October 1923, d. 8 September 2003
     Lahoma June Russell was born on 10 October 1923 in Tonkawa, Kay County, Oklahoma. She married Beal Doyle Bagwell, son of Mitchell Hughes Bagwell and Martha Carolyn Howell, after 1940. Lahoma June Russell died on 8 September 2003 in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, at age 79.

Donald Luke Bagwell

M, b. 25 October 1931, d. 22 August 2003
     Donald Luke Bagwell was born on 25 October 1931 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1 He was the son of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks. He was a Corporal in the US Army during the Korea War.1 Donald Luke Bagwell died on 22 August 2003 in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, at age 71.1 He was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S3981] Donald Luke Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Thelma Edith Bagwell

F, b. 13 March 1913, d. 6 April 1973
     Thelma Edith Bagwell was born on 13 March 1913 in Texas.1 She was the daughter of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks. Thelma Edith Bagwell married John Terry Morris after 1930. Thelma Edith Bagwell died on 6 April 1973 in White Deer, Carson County, Texas, at age 60.1 She was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S3976] Thelma Edith Bagwell Morris Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

John Terry Morris

M, b. 18 May 1906, d. 9 August 1988
     John Terry Morris was born on 18 May 1906. He married Thelma Edith Bagwell, daughter of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks, after 1930. John Terry Morris died on 9 August 1988 in Gray, Marion County, Texas, at age 82.

Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell1

M, b. 10 June 1916, d. 23 May 1955
     Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell was born on 10 June 1916 in Texas.1 He was the son of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks. He was a Lieutennant Marine Corp for the United States Naval Reserve during World War II and a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell married Josephine Betty Kelln before 1947. Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell died on 23 May 1955 at age 38
Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell, 38, prominent Borger physician for the past nine years, died suddenly around 5 p.m. yesterday of a heart ailment at his home, 1307 Francis. Funeral services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, in the First Methodist Church. Rev. James Glenn will officiate.

Dr. Bagwell was born June 10, 1916 and had maintained his medical practice in Borger since 1946. He was a graduate of the University of Texas School of Medicine in Galveston, receiving his degree in 1941.

In addition to being a member of the North Plains Hospital staff and the Borger Elks Lodge, Dr. Bagwell was a member of the Texas Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the Top-O' Texas Medical Association.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Josephine Bagwell; one son, Robert W. Bagwell Jr; and two daughters, Suzanne Bagwell and Jan Bagwell, all of Borger; his mother, Mrs. Bertie Bagwell, Claude; two brothers, Don of Claude, and William, an Arizona resident; and six sisters: Miss Imogene Bagwell, Ysleta; Mrs. Johnnie Doshier, Vega; Mrs. Janice Berg, Washington, D.C; Mrs. Estelle Melton, Tulsa; Mrs. Maurice Leach, Lubbock; and Mrs. Edith Morris, Ralls.

Active pallbearers are Dr. H.M. Hamra, Dr. W.C. Barksdale, Dr. Arthur F. Hansen, Dr. W.W. Massad, Dr. C.P. Dill and Cecil Rentforw. Honorary pallbearers include all members of the Top O' Texas Medical Society.

(Published in Borger News Herald, May 24, 1955.)1
He was buried at Highland Park Cemetery, Borger, Hutchinson County, Texas.1

Children of Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell and Josephine Betty Kelln

Citations

  1. [S3978] Dr Robert Wayne Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S5901] Bettye Jan Bagwell Vermeulen Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/133736049

Jewell Estella Bagwell

F, b. 17 May 1918, d. 21 June 1991
     Jewell Estella Bagwell was born on 17 May 1918 in Texas.1 She was the daughter of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks. Jewell Estella Bagwell died on 21 June 1991 at age 73.1 She was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.1

Citations

  1. [S3960] Jewell Estella Bagwell Melton Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Maurine Eloise Bagwell

F, b. 20 August 1914, d. 11 March 1997
     Maurine Eloise Bagwell was born on 20 August 1914 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1 She was the daughter of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks. Maurine Eloise Bagwell died on 11 March 1997 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, at age 82

OBIT: Amarillo Globe-News, Texas ( 3-11-1997) Maurine Bagwell Leach
LUBBOCK - Maurine Bagwell Leach, 82, died Monday, March 10, 1997.
Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bobby McMillan, pastor, and Ted Dotts, chaplain at Methodist Hospital, officiating. Private burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park, directed by Resthaven Funeral Home.
Mrs. Leach was born at Claude and graduated from Claude High School and the University of Texas. She had been a Lubbock resident since moving from Amarillo in 1938. She married T.L. Leach at Amarillo in 1938. She was a Life Master bridge player. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert L. Leach, in 1993.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Carol Leach Hockmuth of Santa Fe, N.M; three sisters, Janice Beach of Phoenix, Ariz., Johnnye Doshier of Vega, Texas, and Imogene Bagwell of Amarillo; a brother, Don Bagwell of Amarillo; and two grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Texas Tech Foundation for Agriculture Scholarships; or to St. John's United Methodist Church.1
She was buried at Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S3977] Maurine Eloise Bagwell Leach Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Frances Imogene Bagwell

F, b. 17 March 1927, d. 16 October 2009
     Frances Imogene Bagwell was born on 17 March 1927 in Texas.1 She was the daughter of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks. Frances Imogene Bagwell died on 16 October 2009 at age 82
Frances Imogene Bagwell, 82, of Amarillo died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Claude Cemetery in Claude with Jeff Conway, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Imogene was born March 17, 1927, in Claude to Robert Luke and Bertie Bagwell, and was the eighth of nine children. She graduated from Claude High School and was only 16 years old when she entered Texas Tech University. She received her B.A. in speech from Texas Tech in 1947. She continued her education and received a master's in speech pathology from the University of Iowa in 1956 and was awarded a doctorate in special education from Texas Tech University in 1971.

Imogene was an educator and made a difference in the lives of many children with speech difficulties. She began her teaching career in speech at Clovis, N.M., and later at Ysleta Public Schools in El Paso. While in El Paso, she produced many outstanding plays with her theater arts students that are a significant and well- documented part of the history of Ysleta High School. She taught at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., for 10 years. In 1983, she moved to Pampa and worked in the speech and language area for exceptional children for schools in the Pampa-Perryton region.

After retiring in 1986, she moved to Amarillo. She was an avid and gifted bowler. She participated in many leagues in El Paso and received awards for her accomplishments including several perfect games of 300.

In Missouri, she took up golf and became very accomplished at this as well. She was an active member of the Panhandle Country Club and had a zero handicap at one point in her golfing career. She was an ardent Red Raider fan and along with her sister, Maurine, and her husband, T.L. "Luke" Leach, was a devoted supporter of all things Tech, especially football and Lady Raider basketball. One of her favorite memories was meeting coach Marsha Sharp when the USA Olympic team played in Lubbock in April 2004.

After retirement, Imogene became the family caregiver. Her care and dedication to her siblings was unwavering, especially the care she gave to Estelle, Johnnye and Don as they dealt with health issues. She was a cherished aunt and great-aunt to everyone. She took great pride in her 19 nieces and nephews, 43 great-nieces and great-nephews and the generation that followed.

She was the keeper of the family home in Claude and helped create many family memories including Easter egg decorating, cookie baking and the annual Christmas lunch at this house. In retirement, she continued to enjoy family occasions and was a devoted supporter of the activities of her great nieces and nephews. She rarely missed a game or activity in which one was participating, whether it was soccer or baseball games or year-end school awards ceremonies. Her education was a benefit later in her life as she became the family tutor for her great-nephews Luke and Levi's spelling bee competitions all throughout their elementary school years.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Hudson House in Claude and Childers Place in Amarillo for their care of Imogene.

Survivors include a sister, Janice Beach of Phoenix; nieces and nephews, Howard and Peggy Berg, Kem and Thomas Lester and Gary and Shawna Bagwell, all of Amarillo, Al and Jamie Morris of Dodge City, Kan., Carol Leach and Donald Hockmuth, both of Santa Fe, N.M., Jan Avery of Phoenix; Robert and Kathryn Bagwell of Dallas, Lyne and Mike Robe of Studio City, Calif; Richard and Judy Berg of Apple Valley, Minn., Diana and Paul Mayhugh of Ephrata, Wash., Nancy and Larry Brackett of Shallowater, Betty and Cid Backer of Taos, N.M., David and Marianne Doshier of Vega, Kyle and Sarah Bagwell of Palo Alto, Calif., and Linda and Will Wofford of Austin; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Claude Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 282, Claude, TX 79109.

Amarillo Globe-News, Oct. 23, 2009.1

She was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S4740] Frances Imogene Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Johnnye Louise Bagwell

F, b. 24 November 1924, d. 10 August 2003
     Johnnye Louise Bagwell was born on 24 November 1924 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1 She was the daughter of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks. As of 27 September 1946,her married name was Doshier. Johnnye Louise Bagwell married George Brooks Doshier on 27 September 1946. Johnnye Louise Bagwell died on 10 August 2003 in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, at age 78

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

VEGA - Johnnye Doshier, 78, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Vega United Methodist Church with the Rev. Alan Williamson, chaplain of Ware Memorial, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery of Vega by Boxwell Brothers of Vega.

Mrs. Doshier was born in Claude and was the seventh of nine children born to Robert Luke and Bertie Weeks Bagwell. She married George B. Doshier on Sept. 27, 1946.

They moved to Vega in 1948 and she had lived in Amarillo for the last four years. She and her husband upon retirement, and before his death in 1999, enjoyed spending time in Zapata and Lake City, Colo. She was a member of Vega United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, David Doshier of Vega; three daughters, Diana Mayhugh of Macau, China, Nancy Brackett of Lubbock and Betty Backer of Taos, N.M; two sisters, Janice Beach of Phoenix and Imogene Bagwell of Amarillo; a brother, Don Bagwell of Amarillo; a sister-in-law, LaNell Gunter of Claude; her grandchildren, Stephen Mayhugh and wife, Marguerite, Daniel Mayhugh and wife, Anna, Jonathan Mayhugh, David Mayhugh, Benjamin Brackett and wife, Crystal, Catherine Brackett, Stephanie Brackett, Joanna Brackett, Lee Backer, Kellen Backer, Travis Doshier and Valerie Doshier; and 15 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Memorial Park Cemetery, P. O. Box 496, Vega, TX 79092; or a favorite charity.

The body will be available for viewing today at Boxwell Brothers in Amarillo, 2800 Paramount Blvd., and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Boxwell Brothers in Vega.

Amarillo Globe-News, Aug. 12, 2003.1

She was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Vega, Oldham County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S4741] Johnnye Louise Bagwell Doshier Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Marjorie Janice Bagwell

F, b. 29 March 1922, d. 24 February 2012
     Marjorie Janice Bagwell was born on 29 March 1922 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1 She was the daughter of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks. Marjorie Janice Bagwell died on 24 February 2012 in Studio City, Los Angeles County, California, at age 89

Janice Bagwell Berg Beach, 89, died in Studio City, California, on February 24, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Claude with Dr. Roy Rutherford and Pastor Dan Carter officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude.

Janice was the last surviving child of the nine children of Robert Luke and Bertie Weeks Bagwell of Claude. Janice was born on March 29, 1922, in Claude. She attended Claude Elementary School and Claude High School. She attended Texas State College for Women in Denton and graduated from Texas Tech in 1942, with a degree in Business Administration. In 1970, she received a Master’s Degree in Education from West Texas State University in Canyon.

Janice met her first husband, H. L. Berg, in 1942, while she was a student at Texas Tech and he was in flight training at Lubbock Army Flying School (later renamed Reese AFB). They married in 1943, in Long Beach, California. H. L. made a career of the United States Air Force and attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. They were stationed in Japan, Guam, Washington, D.C., California, Alabama, and Kansas, among other places.

As a young wife and mother, Janice coped with her husband’s absence and deployment to China in WWII, duty in the Berlin Air Lift, and a 2 ½ year deployment to the Korean Conflict. Later in H. L.’s career, she performed the duties of a senior officer’s wife while H. L. was the commander of the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (typhoon chasers) on Guam and when he was a RB-47 pilot and deputy wing commander of the 55th
Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Forbes AFB in Kansas during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. In addition, Janice taught third grade on Guam and later taught typing to the airmen at Forbes AFB.

Janice and H. L. had three children: a daughter Lynette, and sons Howard and Richard. When H. L. died in 1963, Janice returned home to Claude with their children. She served as Deputy County Clerk of Armstrong County for several years and later taught fourth grade at Claude Elementary School.

In 1972, Janice married Paul A. Beach, who had been a pilot with H. L. in China in WWII and was his lifelong friend. Janice and Paul lived in Las Vegas and later lived in Phoenix and enjoyed a summer home in Flagstaff.

Paul was a pilot with Republic Airlines until his retirement in 1982. During retirement, they enjoyed playing tennis, square dancing, and traveling. Paul dedicated the last twelve years of his life to caring for Janice during her struggle with Alzheimer’s. He preceded her in death in 2011, after thirty-nine years of marriage.

Janice is survived by her three children and Paul’s children and their families: Lynette Berg Robe of Studio City, California, and husband Mike; Howard L. Berg MD of Amarillo and wife Peggy; Richard P. Berg of Burnsville, Minnesota and wife Judy; Karen Beach Larsen of Mesa, Arizona, and husband, Steve; daughter-in-law, Kathy Beach of Post; eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 (http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp); to Claude ISD designated for use by the Elementary School, PO Box 209, Claude, Texas 79019; or to a favorite charity.1

Citations

  1. [S3980] Janice Bagwell Berg Beach Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

William Bert Bagwell

M, b. 20 April 1920, d. 9 December 1956
Assigned 365th Bomb Squardron / 305th Bomb Group
Pictured: Oct 19, 1942 Grafton Underwood, England at Presque Isle Army Airfield
B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Patches"
Will Bert Bagwell - Navigator
Aircraft with crew shotdown by enemy aircraft (3 KIAs, 7 POWs)
Picture courtesy of: https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/472
     William Bert Bagwell was born on 20 April 1920 in Texas.1 He was the son of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks. He served as a 2ndt Lt in the Army Air Forces during World War II in 365th Bomb Squadron / 305th Bomb Group known as "Can Do". He flew as the navigator in a B-17 (#4124564). The plane was nicknamed 'Patches'.

His aircarft was shot down by a German Bf-109A enemy aircraft on 17 August 1943 in B-17 (#41-24564). It was on a mission to bomb Schweinfurt, Bavaria, Germany.

The Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission was a strategic bombing mission during World War II carried out by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces on August 17, 1943. The mission was an ambitious plan to cripple the German aircraft industry; it was also known as the "double-strike mission" because it entailed two large forces of bombers attacking separate targets in order to disperse fighter reaction by the Luftwaffe. It was also the first American "shuttle" mission, in which all or part of a mission landed at a different field and later bombed another target before returning to its base.

After being postponed several times by unfavorable weather, the operation, known within the Eighth Air Force as "Mission No. 84", was flown on the anniversary of the first daylight raid by the Eighth Air Force.

Mission No. 84 was a strike by 376 bombers of 16 bomb groups against German heavy industry well beyond the range of escorting fighters. The mission inflicted heavy damage on the Regensburg target, but at catastrophic loss to the force, with 60 bombers lost and many more damaged beyond economical repair. As a result, the Eighth Air Force was unable to follow up immediately with a second attack that might have seriously crippled German industry. When Schweinfurt was finally attacked again two months later, the lack of long-range fighter escort had still not been addressed and losses were even higher. As a consequence, deep penetration strategic bombing was curtailed for five months.

His B-17 aircraft crashed in Averbode, five miles NW Diest, Belgium - Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, Arrondissement Leuven, Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant), Belgium

Three crewmembers were killed in action (KIA):
* Pilot: Douglas L. Mutschler
* CoPilot: Ed Carter
* Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carlton Boberg

Seven were taken as Prisoners of War:
* Navigator: Bill Bagwell
* Bombardier: Wendell Luce
* Radio Operator: Whitney Simon
* Ball turret gunner: Lee Quinliven
* Waist gunner: Meyer Baker
* Waist gunner: Tony Buckley
* Tail gunner: Erwin Grundman

The plane was nicknamed 'Patches'.

William B. Bagwell
AWARDS BY DATE OF ACTION:1 of 1

Prisoner of War Medal
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING World War II
Service: Army Air Forces
Division: Prisoner of War
GENERAL ORDERS:
NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 13209

CITATION:
Second Lieutenant (Air Corps) William B. Bagwell (ASN: 0-674100), United States Army Air Forces, was captured by German forces after his aircraft was shot down on or about August 17, 1943 and was held as a Prisoner of War until his return to U.S. Military Control at the end of hostilities in May 1945.

The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to Muroc Lake Air Base in California for intensive flight training between 29-Jun-42 to 20-August-1942

In early September 1942 the ground unit traveled by train to Fort Dix, New Jersey then on 5-September-1942 the ground unit sailed on the Queen Mary and disembarked on at Greenock, Inverclyde, UK on 12-September-1942 and proceeded to their UK Station 106 at Grafton Underwood.

Meanwhile, the air unit proceeded to Syracuse, New York for six weeks of advanced flight training between late August 1942 until October 1942 when they received new B-17F bombers. The bombers flew via the Presque Isle, Maine-Gander, Newfoundland-Prestwick, UK route during October 1942 and assembled at Grafton Underwood. The Group flew its first mission on 17-November-1942 flying a diversion mission for other groups bombing the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. On 11-Dec-1942 the Group was relocated to Station 105, Chelveston where it remained for the remainder of the war. For a week in July 1945, the Group moved to St. Trond, Belgium, where it conducted photo-mapping flights over Europe and North Africa as part of Project "Casey Jones".

During their tour of duty the Group flew 337 missions in 9,321 sorties and dropped 22,363 tons of bombs. The Group lost 154 aircraft MIA; 13 of those losses occurred on the famous "2nd Schweinfurt" mission of 14-Oct-1943, the most losses of any Bomb Group participating in that action. Because of the losses the Group sustained on that mission, the Group was given the Nazi flag that flew above that city when it was captured by the US 42nd Infantry Division in April 1945.

CLAIMS TO FAME
Between June 1942 and May 1943, under Commanding Officer Col. Curtis LeMay, the "Can Do" Group pioneered formations and bombing procedures that later became standard procedure for the Eighth Air Force
The Group was part of the first raid over Germany, bombing the navy yards at Wilhelmshaven on 27 January 1943.
First night attack of 8AF by 422BS 8-Sep-43.
Distinguished Unit Citation 4-Apr-43 Paris.
Distinguished Unit Citation 11-Jan-44 Halberstadt.
Congressional Medal of Honor 1Lt William R. Lawley, Jr. 20-Feb-44 Leipzig
Congressional Medal of Honor 1Lt Edward S. Michael 11-Apr-44 Stettin

THE 305th BOMB GROUP on BLACK THURSDAY 14-10-1943
While looking for information on Donald Paul Breeden and his crew, I read some books about this ‘Back Thursday’ and the way in which the 305th Bomb Group was hurt on this raid - Mission 115 - into the well defended German heartland.

I did read a book about the Mighty Eight and the books with personal stories like by John Comer and Steve Snyder. While looking into the story of Grandpa Dassen his bomber boots I’ve read on the internet about the evaders like Stan Alukonis and Steve Krawczynski. Also from Mr. Roberts’ and Mr. Linrud’s stories I got a good idea of their adventures and feelings.

Mr. Caidin is mild in his book while Mr. Kuhl in his is very outspoken on the leadership of the 305th Bomb Group on that Black Thursday: Normand had to little experience on flying B-17‘s, on leading and was not recommended for more leading by his former CO. But on the 14th he was the leader.
Who ever is right, it does not change the big losses of men and machines from this group in which the 364 Bomb Squadron of Donald Paul Breeden and his fellow crew members was the one who was hit hardest.

Other things went wrong as well. The Germans were alerted by the message from Gen. Anderson that was sent ‘in the clear‘ instead as ‘secret’ on 13th of October just before midnight. So some 1.100 German planes were ready and on alert.

Due to gathering problems because of the bad weather over England the US fighter escort had to return earlier than planned. It is also said that they started to early so lost fuel on waiting for the combat boxes of B-17’s.

The escorting P-47’s left at 13.33 hours. Map reference 5102N-0555E is between Genk and Opglabbeek in Belgium. Crash time of the A/C 42-3436 was around 13.45 hours; 12 minutes later. Flying in the low group and fast still trying to get near their leader way after their ‘little friends’ had to turn home. Flying into a corridor of German airfields with about 1.100 fighters ready to attack and several cities surrounded with FLAK the 305th Bomb Group lost many planes - the second one crashed near Eygelshoven.

Of the 305th Bomb Group only 3 B-17’s reached Schweinfurt. And only 2 made it back home to Chelveston. The B-17 of Dienhart/42-30831 of the 364th squadron crash landed in Switzerland.
The 364th squadron was totally destroyed that day - within 13 minutes and before it even could cross the Rhine.

From the book by Mr. Kuhl I got most of this information on the losses of the 305th Bomb Group:
13.40 hours - Murdock 364th/#42 -29952 in Limmel (NL)
13.45 hours - McDarby 364th/#42-3436 in Eygelshoven (NL) and Finkenrath (G)
13.45 hours - Eakle 364th/#42-30807 in Eisden (B)
13.45 hours - Willis 366th/#42-3549 in Horn (NL)
13.49 hours - Dienhart 364th/#42-30831 turns south
13.50 hours - Holt 364th/#42-29988 in Immendorf (G)
13.50 hours - Fisher 366th/#42-3195 in Waldenrath (G)
13.52 hours - Lang 366th/#4237750 in Puffendorf (G)
13.53 hours - Kenyon 364th/#42-30242 crashed 4 miles W of Duren (G)
14.02 hours - Skerry 366th/#42-30814 in Adendorf near Bonn (G)
14.29 hours - Maxwell 365thth/#42-30804 exploded mid air - crashed near Glashofen (G), near Marktheidenfeldt, 15 miles NW of Würzburg (G)
14.32 hours - start bomb run over Schweinfurt by Kane/Normand - Bullock - Kincaid - Farrel
14.39 hours - Kincaid 365th/#42-3550 crashed near Werneck, 7 miles SW of Schweinfurt (G) before bombing
14.40 hours - bombs away by Kane/Normand - Bullock - Farrel
14.41 hours - Bullock 365th/#42-37740 NE of Schweinfurt (G)
15.40 hours - Dienhart 364th/#42-30831 crash-landed wheels up at Reinach Aesch (CH)

Returned safe in Chelveston after bombing
18.07 hours - Kane/Normand 365th/#42-3412
18.09 hours - Farrell 366th/#42-30678

From the mission report #115
291 B17’s started that day - 18 of 305 BG
37 aborted their flight - 3 of 305 BG
32 were lost en route - 11 of 305 BG
229 reached/bombarded Schweinfurt - 3 of 305 BG
28 were lost on return - 0 of 305 BG
201 came back home - 2 of 305 BG
138 B17’s were damaged
7 were damaged beyond repair - scrap ready

60 B17‘s were shot down
639 crew members were lost that day
Count on October 14 1943: 5 KIA, 40 WIA, 594 MIA.1 William Bert Bagwell died on 9 December 1956 at age 36.1 He was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S3979] William Bert Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Martha E. Bagwell

F, b. 23 May 1918, d. 30 July 2006
     Martha E. Bagwell was also known as M. E. Bagwell. She was born on 23 May 1918 in Groom, Donley County, Texas.1 She was the daughter of Carl Roscoe Bagwell and Martha Frances James. Martha E. Bagwell married Warner Brunson on 14 May 1939 at Groom, Texas. Martha E. Bagwell died on 30 July 2006 at age 88 CLAUDE - M.E. Bagwell Brunson, 88, died Sunday, July 30, 2006.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Claude Church of Christ with Kent Wilson, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Claude Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Mrs. Brunson was born May 23, 1918, in Clarendon to Martha Frances James Bagwell and Carl Rosco Bagwell. She married Warner Brunson on May 14, 1939, in Groom.

She was a member of the Le Temps Club and the American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization, where she served as secretary in 1984 and 1994. She had been a resident of Claude and Armstrong County most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Claude Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a grandson, Billy George.

Survivors include her husband, Warner of Claude; a daughter, Marlene George and husband Phillip of Las Vegas; a sister, Melva Miller of Spokane, Wash; a grandson, Phillip George II and wife Mychele of Amarillo; three great-grandchildren, Garrett George, Grace George and Gaige George, all of Amarillo; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be to Claude EMS, Claude Volunteer Fire Department or a favorite charity.

Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today in Claude.

Sign the online guest book at www.RobertsonFuneral.com.

Amarillo Globe-News, Aug. 2, 2006.1
She was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S5898] M. E. Bagwell Brunson Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15121263

Warner Brunson

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     Warner Brunson married Martha E. Bagwell, daughter of Carl Roscoe Bagwell and Martha Frances James, on 14 May 1939 at Groom, Texas.

Josephine Betty Kelln

F, b. 4 February 1920, d. 23 July 2007
     Josephine Betty Kelln was born on 4 February 1920 in Canadian, Texas. She married Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell, son of Robert Luke Bagwell and Bertie Ophelia Weeks, before 1947. Josephine Betty Kelln died on 23 July 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona, at age 87.

Children of Josephine Betty Kelln and Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell

Citations

  1. [S5901] Bettye Jan Bagwell Vermeulen Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/133736049
  2. [S3978] Dr Robert Wayne Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Suzanne Bagwell

F, b. 22 May 1947, d. 11 August 1995
     Suzanne Bagwell was born on 22 May 1947 in Borger, Texas. She was the daughter of Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell and Josephine Betty Kelln. Suzanne Bagwell married David J. Proffitt on 9 March 1980. Suzanne Bagwell died on 11 August 1995 in Dallas, Texas, at age 48.

David J. Proffitt

M, b. 1 June 1947, d. 12 September 1980
     David J. Proffitt was born on 1 June 1947. He married Suzanne Bagwell, daughter of Dr. Robert Wayne Bagwell and Josephine Betty Kelln, on 9 March 1980. David J. Proffitt died on 12 September 1980 in Howard, Texas, at age 33.

Odessa Claudine Bagwell

F, b. 9 August 1915, d. 5 October 2003
     Odessa Claudine Bagwell was born on 9 August 1915 in Armstrong County, Texas.1 She was the daughter of Arthur Claude Bagwell and Edna Garrison. Odessa Claudine Bagwell married Clarence Franklin "Frank" Brunson on 17 April 1932 at Clovis, New Mexico. Odessa Claudine Bagwell died on 5 October 2003 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas, at age 88 Odessa Claudine Brunson, 88, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003.
Graveside services were in Claude Cemetery.
Mrs. Brunson was born Aug. 9, 1915, in the Lakeview community in Armstrong County. She was a resident of the Claude area all of her life. She married Clarence Franklin " Frank" Brunson on April 17, 1932, in Clovis, N.M. They owned and operated Stella Mae Shop variety store in Claude from 1959 until 1965. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and UMW ladies group.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 12, 1999; a son, Roland Howard Brunson on June 10, 2003; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Mays of Amarillo; a sister, Addie Mae Cristy of Emmett, Idaho; five brothers, Ray Bagwell of Statesville, N.C., Bob Bagwell of Tulsa, Okla., Leonard Bagwell of Loma, Colo., Leon Bagwell of Gruver and Rex Bagwell of Claude; three grandchildren, Leslie Brunson of Amarilo, Vincent Mays of Amarillo and William Mays of Fort Worth; and a great-grandchild, Christine Brunson of Amarillo.1
She was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S3777] Odessa Claudine Bagwell Brunson Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Clarence Franklin "Frank" Brunson

M, d. 12 February 1999
     Clarence Franklin "Frank" Brunson married Odessa Claudine Bagwell, daughter of Arthur Claude Bagwell and Edna Garrison, on 17 April 1932 at Clovis, New Mexico. Clarence Franklin "Frank" Brunson died on 12 February 1999.

Milton Wyatt Bagwell

M, b. 12 August 1924, d. 21 February 2003
     Milton Wyatt Bagwell was born on 12 August 1924 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1 He was the son of Arthur Claude Bagwell and Edna Garrison. Milton Wyatt Bagwell married Wanda Earlene Johnson after 1940. Milton Wyatt Bagwell died on 21 February 2003 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas, at age 78.1 He was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Children of Milton Wyatt Bagwell and Wanda Earlene Johnson

Citations

  1. [S3775] Milton Wyatt Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S3776] Michael Nordane Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  3. [S5883] Claude Lee Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10792923

Buford Austin "Ben" Bagwell

M, b. 23 October 1921, d. 23 September 1997
     Buford Austin "Ben" Bagwell was born on 23 October 1921 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1 He was the son of Arthur Claude Bagwell and Edna Garrison. Buford Austin "Ben" Bagwell died on 23 September 1997 in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, at age 75 OBIT: Amarillo Globe-News, Texas ( 9-24-1997)
Buford Bagwell
Buford "Ben'' Bagwell, 75, of Canyon, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Claude Cemetery at Claude. Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Directors of Canyon.
Mr. Bagwell was born in Claude. He attended rural schools in Armstrong County and graduated from Claude High School in 1939.
He served in the Navy during World War II aboard a mine layer. He participated in the North Africa and Okinawa invasions. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and then attended West Texas State Teachers College in Canyon.
Mr. Bagwell worked for Shamrock Oil and Gas Co. He retired from the Texas Fish and Game Commission.
Survivors include two sisters, Odessa Brunson of Claude and Addie Mae Cristy of Emmett, Idaho; and seven brothers, Ray Bagwell of Statesville, N.C., Houston Bagwell of Live Oak, Fla., Bob Bagwell of Tulsa, Okla., Leonard Bagwell of Loma, Colo., Leon Bagwell of Gruver, and Milton Bagwell and Rex Bagwell, both of Claude.
The family requests memorials be to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch and Affiliates, the Armstrong County Museum or a favorite charity.1
He was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S3778] Buford Austin "Ben" Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Raymond Floyd Bagwell

M, b. 19 October 1919, d. 19 March 2008
     Raymond Floyd Bagwell was born on 19 October 1919 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas. He was the son of Arthur Claude Bagwell and Edna Garrison. He was in the US Army during World War II. Raymond Floyd Bagwell married Irene Cornelia Wilson on 9 April 1944. Raymond Floyd Bagwell died on 19 March 2008 in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina, at age 88. He was buried at Iredell Memorial Gardens, Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina.

Houston Lloyd Bagwell

M, b. 19 October 1919, d. 17 December 2000
447th Bomb Group - B17 Flying Fortress Crew - Stormy Weather
Standing: William J. Giffard (tail gunner), Ralph A. Datolla (radio operator), Houston L. Bagwell (flight engineer), Unknown, Unknown, Unknown. Kneeling: F/O Frank J. Corcoran (navigator), Lt. Warren H. Herried, (pilot) Lt Kenneth L. Bowie, (co-pilot).
Photo courtesy Amy Fawcett Mapes
     Houston Lloyd Bagwell was born on 19 October 1919 in Claude, Armstrong County, Texas. He was the son of Arthur Claude Bagwell and Edna Garrison. Houston Lloyd Bagwell married Martha Audrey Blanton after 1940. He was in the 447th Bomb Group, as the flight engineer for the B17 named Stormy Weather.

The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces connected with a planned ground invasion of France the following summer. This meant they were attacking
ports, missile sites, airfields and marshalling yards in France, Belgium, and Germany. In June 1944 itself, the Group supported the invasion of Normandy by bombing airfields and other targets near the beachhead. One of the Group's B-17s, named "Milk Wagon", set the record for the number of missions with no turn-backs for a B-17 in the 3rd Air Division with 129 missions.

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Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England in Nov 1943 and assigned to Eighth AF. Entered combat in Dec 1943 and operated chiefly as a strategic bombardment organization.
From Dec 1943 to May 1944, helped to prepare for the invasion of the Continent by attacking submarine pens, naval installations, and cities in Germany; ports and missile sites in France; and airfields and marshalling yards in France, Belgium, and Germany. During Big Week, 20-25 Feb 1944, took part in the intensive campaign of heavy bombers against the German aircraft industry.

Supported the invasion of Normandy in Jun 1944 by bombing airfields and other targets near the beachhead. Aided the breakthrough at St Lo in Jul and the effort to take Brest in Sep. Pounded enemy positions to assist the airborne invasion of Holland in Sep. Also dropped supplies to Free French forces during the summer of 1944. Turned to strategic targets in Germany in Oct 1944, placing emphasis on sources of oil production until mid-Dec.

2nd Lt Robert E Femoyer, navigator, won the Medal of Honor for action on 2 Nov 1944: while on a mission over Germany, his B-17 was damaged by flak and Femoyer was severely wounded by shell fragments; determined to navigate the plane out of danger and save the crew, he refused a sedative and, for more than two hours, directed the navigation of the bomber so effectively that it returned to base without further damage; Femoyer died shortly after being removed from the plane.

During the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945, the group assaulted marshalling yards, railroad bridges, and communications centers in the combat zone. Then resumed operations against targets in Germany, attacking oil, transportation, communications, and other objectives until the war ended. During this period, also supported the airborne assault across the Rhine (Mar 1945). Returned to the US in Aug 1945. Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945.

Commanders:
Lt Col Robert D McDonald, 10 May 1943
Col Hunter Harris Jr, 23 May 1943
Col William Wrigglesworth, 25 Sep 1944
Lt Col Louis G Thorup, 31 Mar 1945;

Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maurer, Maurer: USAF, 1986.
Houston Lloyd Bagwell died on 17 December 2000 at age 81. He was buried at Double Springs Baptist Cemetery, Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina.

Children of Houston Lloyd Bagwell and Martha Audrey Blanton

Addie May Bagwell

F, b. 18 October 1917, d. 19 September 2010
     Addie May Bagwell was born on 18 October 1917 in Armstrong County, Texas. She was the daughter of Arthur Claude Bagwell and Edna Garrison. As of after 1935,her married name was Cristy. Addie May Bagwell married William Rudolph Cristy after 1935. Addie May Bagwell died on 19 September 2010 in Emmett, Gem County, Idaho, at age 92.

Charles G. Dye

M, b. 8 October 1888, d. 6 October 1961
     Charles G. Dye was born on 8 October 1888. He married Stella Elizabeth Bagwell, daughter of Newton Surveyor Bagwell and Susan Isabelle Dever, after 1905. Charles G. Dye died on 6 October 1961 at age 72. He was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.

Sterling Tinnin Rodgers

M, b. 24 June 1890, d. 20 October 1977
     Sterling Tinnin Rodgers was born on 24 June 1890. He married Willie Mae Bagwell, daughter of John Calhoun Bagwell and Equilla Matthews, after 1915. He was a Private for the US Army during World War I. Sterling Tinnin Rodgers died on 20 October 1977 at age 87. He was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.

George Thomas Wilmoth

M, b. 31 May 1870, d. 27 May 1942
     George Thomas Wilmoth was born on 31 May 1870. He married Beulah Estelle Bagwell, daughter of John Madison Bagwell and Louise Eveline Burton, before 1900. George Thomas Wilmoth died on 27 May 1942 at age 71. He was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.

John P. Jasper

M, b. 9 March 1875, d. 8 December 1961
     John P. Jasper was born on 9 March 1875 in Erath County, Texas. He married Lela Alpha Bagwell, daughter of Newton Surveyor Bagwell and Susan Isabelle Dever, before 1900. John P. Jasper died on 8 December 1961 in Groom, Carson County, Texas, at age 86. He was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.

Carlene Francis Bagwell

F, b. 17 February 1920, d. 7 March 1920
     Carlene Francis Bagwell was born on 17 February 1920 in Donley County, Texas.1 She was the daughter of Carl Roscoe Bagwell and Martha Frances James. Carlene Francis Bagwell died on 7 March 1920 in Groom, Carson County, Texas.1 She was buried at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Armstrong County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S3628] Carlene Frances Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi