Purple Heart Airm Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters

Staff Sergeant
Sanford S. Tisdale

1921 - February 4, 1944

Wayne county, Michigan - off Haamstede

(picture courtesy of 100th BG assoc.)


Sanford S. Tisdale was born in 1921 and originally from Canada. His family moved to Wayne County, Michigan where he did four years of high school. He enlisted in the Army on 17 August 1942.

He became a waist gunner on a B17 with the 100th Bomb Group, operating out of Thorpe Abbotts.

He arrived here with is crew in October 1943. They were assigned to the 418th Squadron.

418th Bomb  Squadron
100th Bomb Group
(picture courtesy 100th BG assoc.)

CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT - Picture taken at Dalhart, Texas prior to October 1943.
(Kneeling l to r): William Green (P), Jack Jensen (CP), Jack Hamilton (BOM), John Joyce (NAV).
(Standing l to r): Roman Beran (TTE), Richard Anderegg (BTG), Robert Valentik (ROG), Sanford Tisdale (RWG), Unknown, Leroy Leist (TG). 
 (picture courtesy 100th BG assoc.)

On February 4, 1944 1st Lt Green and his crew took off for their 15th mission. Target was Frankfurt, Germany. The crew consisted of:

1Lt William E. Green, pilot
2Lt Jack P. Jensen, co-pilot 
2Lt John J. Joyce, Navigator 
2Lt John S. Hamilton, Bombardier 
S/Sgt Robert W. Valentik, Radio Operator Gunner
S/Sgt Roman E. Beran, Top Turet Gunner Engineer
S/Sgt Richard K. Anderegg, Ball Turret Gunner 
S/Sgt Sanford Tisdale, Waist Gunner
S/Sgt Harry J. Waskewicz, Waist Gunner 
S/Sgt Leroy E. Leist, tail Gunner 

S/Sgt Tom Sasser was the Original ROG on this crew but was replaced on the Feb 4, 1944 mission by S/Sgt Robert Valentik.

Their plane was hit by flak and damaged on the flight. Later, the formation was attacked by German Me109's and Fw190's.The Missing Aircrew Report mentions: "This A/C, in 3rd element of the high squadron, pulled out of formation at 1352 hours and headed for the undercast. It was smoking but appeared under control. No chutes were seen."

22 year old Lt. William Green tried to dive through the undercast for cover. However, Erich Scheyda of JG 26 followed the plane down and gave it the final blow.

The bodies of Harry Waskewicz, John Hamilton and Richard Anderegg were recovered near Ouddorp, Holland on 6 February 1944. They were buried on 7 February 1944 in Ouddorp Communal Cemetery.

The body of John Joyce was recovered near Ellemeet, Holland on 5 April 1944 and was buried on 18 April 1944 in Haamstede Cemetery, near Ellemeet.

Standing: Jack Jensen, Jack Hamilton, John Joyce, Bill Green
Kneeling: Sanford Tisdale, Richard Anderegg, Roman Beran, Tom Sasser, Harry Waskewicz, and Leroy Leist
(picture courtesy of 100th BG assoc.)

S/Sgt Robert P. Valentik is mentioned on the Margraten Wall of the Missing.

Note: The B17 of Lt. Green and his crew has been located. At this moment families are anxiously awaiting the governments decision whether to salvage the plane and the six remaining airmen

Margraten, The Netherlands


Adrian Leist Caldwell, Daughter of S/Sgt Leroy E. Leist
Mr. Faley, 100th Bomb Group

100th Bomb Group Website

See Also:
1Lt William E. Green
2Lt Jack P. Jensen 
2Lt John J. Joyce 
2Lt John S. Hamilton
S/Sgt Roman E. Beran
S/Sgt Richard K. Anderegg  
S/Sgt Robert P. Valentik
S/Sgt Harry J. Waskewicz
S/Sgt Leroy E. Leist


Directions to Margraten American Military Cemetery

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