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Casualty Report from 1944-09-28 14:00

MACR: 09373 AIRCRAFT: 44-6306
TARGET: Merseburg, Germany TYPE: B-17G
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Aircraft name N/A
SQUADRON: 349th BS - 100th BG (H) AIRCRAFT CODE: XR-G
CRASH:

Destroyed by flak in the target area. Wreckage was found near Schwickershausen/Thuringia, Germany - 19 km south of Meiningen. German reports indicate the Lt. Raymond E. Harney and Warren M. French were buried in the Cemetery of Schwickershausen, the other casualties in the Communal Cemetery of Nordheim. S/Sgt Hubert W. Burleigh was move to Lorraine - the others to Ardennes at the end of hostilities.   (See Crew notes)

PILOT: 1Lt Raymond E. Harney - O-523208

POS: P STATUS: KIA STATE: Minnesota

NOTES:

Final Internment - Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Missesota - USA

CO PILOT: 2Lt William R. Kimball - O-853625

POS: CP STATUS: KIA STATE: Pennsylvania
Final Internment - USA

NAV: 2Lt Charles M. Hamrick - O2056584

POS: NAV STATUS: KIA STATE: Alabama
Final Internment - USA

BOM:2Lt Warren M. French - O-712282

POS: BOM STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Final Internment - Ardennes B-26-3

ROG: k Herbert W. Burleigh - 18138031

POS: ROG STATUS: KIA STATE: Mississippi
Final Internment - USA

TTE: SSgt Robert C. Minear - 17056051

POS: TTE STATUS: KIA STATE: Indiana
Final Internment - USA

BTG: SSgt Melvin F. Cordray - 35895365

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

RWG: SSgt James J. Sorenson - 17155212

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

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 Jack D. Francisco - 37352553

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

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:

There is conflicting information concerning the fate of this 100th crew. Melvin F, Cordray stated after the war that Burleigh bailed out and the others crashed with the plane. German reports say that Lt Hamerick was shot when he offered resistance, together with Sgt. Minear and one "Unknown." There is some difficulty in understanding how an airman could have been shot while offering resistance and not be identified. He would have had identity tags the same as the other two. This is likely a translation error or the airmen were killed by civilians before the German military could find them. (paul west)

REPORT NOTES:

Notes on this report  N/A