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Casualty Report from 1943-08-17

MACR: 00675 AIRCRAFT: 42-5860
TARGET: Me-109 factory at Regensburg, Germany TYPE: B-17F
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Escape Kit
SQUADRON: 350th BS - 100th BG(H) AIRCRAFT CODE: LD-P
CRASH:

Exploded in the air due to enemy fighter attacks - uncontrollable fires in the cockpit and nose section of the aircraft

PILOT: 1Lt Curtis R. Biddick - O-729787

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

NOTES:

Reinterred from Epplingen to Lorraine after the war. Lt. Biddick was later returned to the USA and is now interred in Jefferson Barracks Cemetary at St. Louis, Missouri

CO PILOT: F/O Richard L. Snyder - T- 060803

POS: CP STATUS: KIA STATE: Missouri
(Richard Snyder is the famous "Man on the Wing" in 100th history. He exited the doomed Escape Kit through a hole in the fuselage, reached back in for his chute, strapped it on while standing in the fire on the wing and went off the trailing edge of the wing. He was thought to have struck the horizontal stabilizer, never the less his chute did open and he was found three months later hanging in a tree by the Germans. The exact time and cause of his death is unknown. Some historians report that he jumped without a chute or that his chute did not open - this not the case. This event was witnessed by several surviving 100th veterans, among them the legendary 100th pilot Owen D. "Cowboy" Roane -- paul west

NAV: Lt John C. Dennis - O-730235

POS: NAV STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
(Wounded - sent to a Frankfurt, Germany hospital by the Luftwaffe)

BOM:Lt Dan B. McKay - O-729774

POS: BOM STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
(Wounded - sent to a Frankfurt, Germany hospital by the Luftwaffe)

ROG: TSgt Robert R. DeKay - 35501948

POS: ROG STATUS: KIA STATE: Michigan
T/Sgt Dekay bailed out but died and was buried at Epplingen (Row 13, Grave 97), later reinterred in Lorraine

TTE: TSgt Lawrence E. Godbey - 13033162

POS: TTE STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Mortally wounded or killed in the air. Initially buried at Epplingen and re-interred in Lorraine and returned to the USA after the way and is buried in Jefferson Barracks Military Cemetery at St. Louis, Missouri

BTG: SSgt Walter Halunka - 16081593

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

RWG: SSgt Clarence R. Bowlin - 16027969

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

LWG: TSgt Howard J. Brock - 36178177

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

TG: SSgt William M. Blank - 14050232

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

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