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Casualty Report from 1944-07-29 10:40

MACR: 07816 AIRCRAFT: 42-107211
TARGET: Merseburg, Germany TYPE: B-17G
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: The Liberty Belle
SQUADRON: 349th BS - 100th BG (H) AIRCRAFT CODE: XR-N
CRASH:

Destroyed by flak on the bomb run. Wreckage found 300 meters south of Mannstedt or 20 km north of Weimar, Germany. Eight of the nine man crew were killed. They were initially buried eastern edge of the cemetery at Ottmannshausen and two were buried in the southern edge of the cemetery at Dansdorf uber/Buttelstedt. None of the casualties could be identified by the Germans. After the way Graves Registration units was unable to identify the airmen individually. They were re-interred in Ardennes as Unknown Plots V-12-294, Y-1-19, EE-6-130/134 and GG-5-115.

PILOT: 1Lt Carl G Gustafson - O-757381

POS: P STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A

NOTES:

Received Group Burial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky - Common Grave 1/117-180

CO PILOT: F/O Michael J. Nemerowski - T-061730

POS: CP STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Received Group Burial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky - Common Grave 1/117-180

NAV: F/O Victor L Kinkade - T002168

POS: NAV STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Received Group Burial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky - Common Grave 1/117-180

BOM:SSgt Marccena F. Dottoviano - 13088789

POS: BOM STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Received Group Burial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky - Common Grave 1/117-180

ROG: TSgt Anthony G. Trebnik - 36585057

POS: ROG STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Received Group Burial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky - Common Grave 1/117-180

TTE: TSgt Robert E. Fife - 37507574

POS: TTE STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Either bailed out or was thrown clear of the aircraft

BTG: SSgt Jack G. Kromer - 36800796

POS: BTG STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Received Group Burial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky - Common Grave 1/117-180

RWG: SSgt Frank A. Caldwell - 34623329

POS: RWG STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Received Group Burial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky - Common Grave 1/117-180

LWG: N/A First, MI, Suffix Last Name - 00000000

POS: LWG STATUS: MIA/KIA STATE: State N/A
No notes on this crewmember

TG: SSgt William R. Ewing - 35046190

POS: TG STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Received Group Burial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky - Common Grave 1/117-180

EX1: N/A First, MI, Suffix Last Name - N/A

POS: N/A STATUS: N/A STATE: State N/A
No notes on this crewmember

EX2: N/A First, MI, Suffix Last Name - N/A

POS: N/A STATUS: N/A STATE: State N/A
No notes on this crewmember

 

CREW NOTES:

the carl g.gustafson  crew's aircraft was named The Liberty Belle with b.g.cannon as the crew chief the nose art was the liberty belle with a shapely blond standing by it    Robert Fife

REPORT NOTES:

Notes on this report  N/A