669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

T/Sgt Frederick L. Stemler

Crew Chief, 669th B.S.

 

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Douglas Aircraft Factory A-20 Technical Training Course
Douglas Aircraft Factory A-20 Technical Training Course
Fred Stemler, Douglas Aircraft Factory A-20 Technical Training Course
Tucumcari, NM Railroad siding, end of January 1943 as the group traveled from the Douglas Aircraft Factory in Santa Monica, CA (where they had received A-20 training) to Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City to join the 416th which would soon be formed. Fred Stemler identified the group as "Joe, Stan, Fred & Sid". Based on the Douglas class photo, Joe is 2nd row, 2nd person; Stan is probably Stan Smolinski, top row, 16th person; Fred Stemler; and Sid is probably Sid Spillett, 3rd row, 18th person.
T/Sgt Frederick L. Stemler, Crew Chief 669th BS, A Flight
Red Cross Line for java and sinkers, Wethersfield, England, Spring 1944. Red Cross girl standing behind the Jeep is Jean Fitzsimmons.
A Flight 669th Sqdn at
Wethersfield, England 1944
Front row L to R
Mac, Proctor, O'Hare, Bailey, Anlauf
Rear
Frambers, Springer, Mullins, Stemler
Dirken, Hanes, Blanchard

Note: Red Cross Lady - Doughnut Day
A Flight 669th Sqdn at
Wethersfield, England 1944
Front row L to R
Mac, Proctor, O'Hare, Bailey, Anlauf
Rear
Frambers, Springer, Mullins, Stemler
Dirken, Hanes, Blanchard

Note: Red Cross Lady - Doughnut Day
Fred Stemler
Tom Melte's A-20K
A-20 With tool boxes used as shelter
A-20G-25-DO A/C S/N: 43-9181, Fuselage Code 2A-A, "Daddy Land's Commando" painted with D-Day Stripes
A-20G-25-DO A/C S/N: 43-9181, Fuselage Code 2A-A, "Daddy Land's Commando" painted with D-Day Stripes
The ordinance man who painted the plane was Merrill O'Neil (name is barely discernible on the nose art)
A-20G-25-DO A/C S/N: 43-9181, Fuselage Code 2A-A, "Daddy Land's Commando".
Arthur O'Hare preparing to remove blocks from the wheel
Names under the cockpit read:
LT. LAND [Lt. Willard H. Land, Pilot]
T/SGT. STEMLER, C.C. [T/Sgt Fredrick L. Stemler, Crew Chief]
S/SGT. ALDEN, ARM. [S/Sgt Sterling F. Alden, Armorer-Gunner]
S/SGT. BALLINGER, ENG. [S/Sgt Robert L. Ballinger, Engineer-Gunner]
Running and testing engines before a mission from England
Note Assistant Crew Chief O'Hare ready to remove blocks from wheels
A-20 Douglas Havoc
#181
Pilot W. Land
Wethersfield, England
May 1944
Daddy Land's Commando Ground Crew (L-R): T/Sgt Frederick L. Stemler, Crew Chief; S/Sgt Arthur G. O'Hare, S/Sgt Kenneth William Bailey
Fred Stemler (left), S/Sgt Kenneth William Bailey (right), A/C is Daddy Land's Commando
Fred Stemler
Fred Stemler in work clothes
Fred Stemler on his bicycle
L-R: "Dirk" Lawrence, "Goat" Lawrence, Zack Anlauf, "Rube" Hanes, all ground crew for Flight A, 669th BS, sitting on an Air Raid Shelter
Loading LST for trip to Melun, France. The jeep "Ruptured Duck" was used by the photo crew that analyzed the mission strike photos.
Fox hole at Melun, France, Oct. 29, 1944
A-26B-20-DL A/C S/N: 41-39232, Fuselage Code 2A-A
A-26B-20-DL A/C S/N: 41-39229, Fuselage Code 2A-B. S/Sgt Drexel Wells, Crew Chief
A-26 Cockpit, looking toward the nose
Fred Stemler and Tom Melte
Each pilot signed the log upon returning from a mission
Christmas Card (L-R): Kenneth Bailey, Arthur O'Hare, Fred Stemler
Horace Joyner with lead A-26C plane
Ray Hansen with lead A-26C plane
Robert R. Hanson
Merrill O'Neil - Ordinance, A/C is Tom Swift's Flying Machine
Merrill O'Neil - Ordinance (Rear)
Merrill O'Neil relaxing on bomb. Aircraft in the background is A-26B-15-DT, S/N 43-22354, Fuselage Code 2A-S, "Tom Swift's Flying Machine"
Washing A-26 plane
Pontoise, France after the war ended
Pontoise, France view of planes
Fred Stemler and Ray Hanson at Eiffel Tower
A-26B-15-DT A/C S/N: 43-22354, Fuselage Code 2A-S, "Tom Swift's Flying Machine" on display after V-E day under the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
A-26B-15-DT A/C S/N: 43-22354, Fuselage Code 2A-S, "Tom Swift.s Flying Machine" on display after V-E day under the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
 
 
 
 




See also:
Frederick L. Stemler Post-War Obituary

The World War II Memoirs of Tech. Sgt. Frederick L. Stemler
(PDF file)