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Casualty Report from 1945-03-03 10:30

MACR: 12892 AIRCRAFT: 44-8220
TARGET: Brunswick, Germany TYPE: B-17G
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Aircraft name N/A
SQUADRON: 349th BS - 100th BG (H) AIRCRAFT CODE: XR-?
CRASH:

Attacked by Me-262's just prior to bombing. Fire in left wing led to structural failure of the left wing - aircraft went inverted and exploded. Crashed 3 km south of Dettum, Germany. Six crewmen were blown clear and three perished. The KIAs were initially buried in the Communal Cemetery of Dettum - moved to Netherlands May 7th, 1945.

PILOT: 1Lt Jack W. Thrasher - O-825003

POS: P STATUS: KIA STATE: Virginia

NOTES:

Final Internment - Netherlands I-20-6

CO PILOT: 2Lt Charles S. Bayha - O-776218

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

NAV: 2Lt Gerald A. Rimmel - O-268153

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

BOM:2Lt Harry F. Bott - O-777299

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

ROG: SSgt Albert L. Egsicker - 13068544

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

TTE: SSgt Thomas C. Browning - 18098920

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

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

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

RWG: SSgt Ray U. Muffley - 19022708

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 Cecil A. Baker - 18198488

POS: TG STATUS: KIA STATE: Texas
Final Internment - USA

EX1: 2Lt Willis R. McGuire - 0260827

POS: RAD NAV STATUS: KIA STATE: New York
Final Internment - Netherlands L-15-19

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:

Some reports indicate three of the bombs aboard did not explode. The acknowledged fact that the aircraft exploded raise questions concerning the three bombs unless the Germans found them in the wreckage. Neither I nor the 100th's Senior Historian, James R. Brown, have ever seen such a report. (paul west)

EMAIL: Hcervan102@aol.com
NAME: Hank Cervantes
INTEREST: 100th BG veteran
COMMENTS: Re:MACR:12892, Jack Thrasher. For the record I would like to submit my recollection of Jack Thrasher's death. I was Joe Martin's copilot and we were off of Jack's left wing on that mission. I believe that the 100th was leading the 13th Combat Wing and six 100th aircraft were in two flights dropping chaff ahead of the 100th and the remainder of the Wing. We had not yet arrived over the target when two ME-262's attacked us from  seven oclock high. The lead 262 fired 2 or 3 canon shells into Jack's left wing root starting a fire. Jack side-slipped the 17 in an effort to blow it out. He was unsuccessful and returned the plane to straight-and-level. Jack was clearly visible holding the airplane steady as his men bailed out. At least three did so before the plane exploded. His was the bravest act I have I have ever witnessed. Jack bunked across the aisle from me and only the night before I had watched as he reached over, picked up his large photo of a beautiful girl, kissed it and said, "Two more honey. Only two more and I'll be home."  Several years ago, an article appeared in Splasher Six about Jack's family. I tried to get their home address to send them this recollection but it was witheld from me. Hank  

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