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Casualty Report from 1943-11-05

MACR: 99908 AIRCRAFT: 42-30088
TARGET: Gelsenkirchen, Germany TYPE: B-17F
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Squawkin Hawk
SQUADRON: 349th BS - 100th BG (H) AIRCRAFT CODE: XR-E
CRASH:

Sever flak damage at the target - crew ordered to bail out - after eight men had bailed out. The pilot and copilot William R. Flesh and Lt. John Gossage were able to regain control and flew the Squawking Hawk back to England, making an emergency landing at Tangmere.

PILOT: Lt William R. Flesh - O-725595

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

NOTES:

Returned with A/C

CO PILOT: Lt John G. Gossage - O-798486

POS: CP STATUS: Survivor STATE: State N/A
Returned with A/C - would be captured March 3, 1944 after a crash landing in Germany

NAV: Capt Omar Gonzales - O-725967

POS: NAV STATUS: POW STATE: Texas
The 100th's Group Navigator - said by Jim Brown and Harry Crosby to have been on of the very best Navigators in the 8th Airforce. (Paul West)

BOM:Lt James J. Lux -

POS: BOM STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Lt James Lux's serial number is unknown to the 100th historical staff

ROG: TSgt Conner D. Brewster - 34201968

POS: ROG STATUS: KIA STATE: Alabama
KIA - Parachute failed to open, initially buried in POW Cemetery at St. Trond Airfield, Belgium. Moved to Ardennes at the end of hostilies. Final Internment - USA

TTE: TSgt Harold L. Pope - 37259351

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

BTG: TSgt Francis G. Dolsen - 37259351

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

RWG: SSgt George P. Gineikis - 11045517

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

LWG: SSgt Leon E. MacDonald - 32287971

POS: LWG STATUS: Evaded STATE: State N/A
last name could be McDonald

TG: SSgt James Marasco - 20902175

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:

---> SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: Michael Moores LeBlanc
EMAIL: mmleblanc@sympatico.ca
PURPOSE: Submit general feedback
INTEREST: I am researching WW2 history
MESSAGE
Message:  I was checking details about the Wm R. Flesh crew 349 BS, FTR 5 Nov '43 and note an error in your information.
S/Sgt Leon E. 'Al' McDonald(MacDonald?), 32287971 was not a Pow. He is listed as E&E 256 and was the 208th evader helped by the famous Comete line, crossing into Spain on 27 Nov 43, together with fellow crew man George Gineikis.

Regards,
Michael Moores LeBlanc

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Notes on this report:
In a bit of humor Omar Gonzales and the remainder of those bailing out are referred in 100th lore as "Flesh's Paratroopers." (Paul West)