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Casualty Report from 1945-03-21

MACR: 13572 AIRCRAFT: 44-8613
TARGET: Ruhland, Grmany TYPE: B-17G
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Aircraft name N/A
SQUADRON: 350th BS - 100th BG(H) AIRCRAFT CODE: LN-?
CRASH:

Lost engine to mechanical failure 15 minutes prior to the target. The aircraft lagged behind the formation as was attacked by several Me-262's. The uncontrollable fire in the nose section and with the loss of an engine the pilot issued the bail out order. Lt. Painter and five others bailed out, it has always been assumed the remaining three were killed in the air. (See Crew Notes for more informatin)

PILOT: 2Lt Bernard L. Painter - O-926812

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

NOTES:

No notes on this crewmember

CO PILOT: 2Lt Charles W. Higginbotham - O-929352

POS: CP STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Final Internment - USA

NAV: F/O Daniel Martin - T134724

POS: NAV STATUS: KIA STATE: New York
Final Internment - Ardennes A-44-28

BOM:SSgt Herbert Singer - 32873869

POS: BOM STATUS: KIA STATE: New York
Final Internment - Ardennes A-17-12

ROG: SSgt Arthur B. MacNeil - 33745629

POS: ROG STATUS: KIA STATE: Virginia
Final Internment - Arlington National Cemetery - USA

TTE: SSgt Virgil S. Downing - 34614808

POS: TTE STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Final Internment - USA

BTG: Sgt Wallace R. Matzdorf - 36842280

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

RWG: Sgt Emil E. Havelka - 68561388

POS: RWG STATUS: KIA STATE: State N/A
Final Internment - USA

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

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

TG: Sgt Donald A. Becker - 15400756

POS: TG STATUS: KIA 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:

After the war Lt. Painter reported that the survivors had been executed. (Source: Interrogation Officer at Weimar.) The fact that five crewmembers could not be identified by the Germans lends weight to his statement. There are few, if any, cases where parachutists coming down on the land, found immediately, were not identified. The only other possible scenario would be that they failed to bail out and crashed with the plane. More likely they were killed by civilians before the military could intervene. The TTE, BTG, WG, and TG received a Group Burial, Section I/8 in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky. (paul west)

REPORT NOTES:

Notes on this report  N/A