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Casualty Report from 1944-05-12

MACR: 04865 AIRCRAFT: 42-31504
TARGET: Brüx, Czechoslovakia (Oil Refinery) TYPE: B-17G
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Rosie's Riveters II
SQUADRON: 418th BS - 100th BG(H) AIRCRAFT CODE: LD-E
CRASH:

A lot of eyewitnesses (Germans) told me, they had seen the plane flying alone, a long time after the bomber formation had passed by. The plane had been attacked by three german fighters. There was no fighter support (P-38). The plane was shoot down and the crew bailed out. The wreckage was found at Niederbachleim, Germany. This is on the Rhine north of Frankfurt and near the town of St. Goarshausen.

PILOT: Lt Alexander W. Kinder - O-754517

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

NOTES:

No notes on this crewmember

CO PILOT: Lt Theodore R. Schmuch - O-000000

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

NAV: Lt Dale R. Wynn - O-814479

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

BOM:Lt William J. Dodd - O-685109

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

ROG: TSgt Robert W. Mazzacane - 11113213

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

TTE: TSgt Charles J. Wilson - 19085376

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

BTG: SSgt Charles R. Daniels - 35656757

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

RWG: SSgt Eugene W. Wayetren - 37322324

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

LWG: SSgt David F. Castles - 14178316

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

TG: SSgt Charles R. Stewart - 18131692

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:

A/C 504 may have had the code "O" instead of "E" as originally thought. Formation charts for Feb/May show this A/C carring a "O" for its ID letter.

REPORT NOTES:

	However the crew did not ditch  in Channel as the following German report indicates:

"On 12 May 1944 at 14:30 hours a four engine American bomber crashed on the south exit of the township Niederbachheim, District of St. Goarshausen. The bomber exploded and was competely destroyed. Type and number of the bomber could not be determined. the engines were Studebaker type. The crew bailed out prior to the crash, they were captured by the Land Guard and the people..NAMES OF CAPTURED FLYERS: The crew names are listed above.. The POW enemy airmen were sent to Armed Forces Land Guard Battalion 786 in St Goarshausen and from there on 15 May 1944, at 0940 hours to Dulag Luft Oberursel."