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Casualty Report from 1943-10-08

MACR: 00947 AIRCRAFT: 42-30358
TARGET: Bremen, Germany TYPE: B-17F
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Phartzac
SQUADRON: 350th BS - 100th BG(H) AIRCRAFT CODE: LN-X
CRASH:

Fischerhude, east of Bremen - Aircraft though to have exploded with the two surviving crewmen being blown clear.

PILOT: Lt Frank H. Meadows - O-672578

POS: P STATUS: KIA STATE: Oklahoma

NOTES:

Buried by the Germans at Bremen-Walle. Some remains could not be identified and were buried as unknowns. Final interment Netherlands (M-10-3)

CO PILOT: Lt Lloyd W. Evans - O-677693

POS: CP STATUS: KIA STATE: New Mexico
Buried by the Germans at Bremen-Walle. Some remains could not be identified and were buried as unknowns. Final interment Netherlands (K-7-17)

NAV: Lt Frank B. Bush - O-735264

POS: NAV STATUS: KIA STATE: Minnesota
Buried by the Germans at Bremen-Walle. Some remains could not be identified and were buried as unknowns. Final interment Netherlands (I-10-5)

BOM:Lt William C. Hubbard - O-669408

POS: BOM STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Severely injured - hospitalized by the Germans in Bremen

ROG: TSgt Robert H. Wussow - 16094871

POS: ROG STATUS: KIA STATE: Wisconsin
Buried by the Germans at Bremen-Walle. Some remains could not be identified and were buried as unknowns. Final interment - USA

TTE: TSgt Harold R. Jackson - 38131435

POS: TTE STATUS: KIA STATE: Oklahoma
Buried by the Germans at Bremen-Walle. Some remains could not be identified and were buried as unknowns. Final interment - USA

BTG: SSgt Richard Agor - 13052841

POS: BTG STATUS: KIA STATE: Pennsylvania
Buried by the Germans at Bremen-Walle. Some remains could not be identified and were buried as unknowns. Final interment - USA

RWG: SSgt James F. Ward - 32516361

POS: RWG STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Blown through the side of the fuselage and severely injuried - hospitalized by the Germans in Bremen.

LWG: SSgt Dexter B. Pate - 14151245

POS: LWG STATUS: KIA STATE: Mississippi
Buried by the Germans at Bremen-Walle. Some remains could not be identified and were buried as unknowns. Final interment Netherlands (M-10-10)

TG: SSgt Vincent D. Sapone - 12096707

POS: TG STATUS: KIA STATE: New York
Buried by the Germans at Bremen-Walle. Some remains could not be identified and were buried as unknowns. S/Sgt Vincent Sapone man not have been buried with the others at Bremen - Walle. Final interment - USA

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

 

CREW NOTES:

per  100th Bomb Group Messge board:
Does anybody know why S/Sgt Sapone wasn´t burried at Bremen/Walle ? An eye witnesss report from somebody who lives in Fischerhude said that one crewmember was found after the war,as they(whoever it was) cleared the crashsite from the last wrecked parts.

Inbox :: Message 
From: Jabo 
To: Michael Faley 
Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:54 am 
Subject: S/Sgt Sapone 8th oct 1943   
Dear Mr. Faley, 

the eye witness report is only a voice report,but here the story which told me Mr. Peper from Fischerhude. 
I have added some suggestions in (). : 

One day in october 1943 (8 th oct ) I was 3 or 4 kilometers west of Fischerhude on a field to look at the cows.I saw a plane that smoked and suddenly it exploded above me.Debri fall down around me like rain.I belive 8 men died. 

One wrecked part of the aircraft was still at the place where it falled down, all the time untill the end of the war.It looked like something where you can mounted weapons.(Maybe a part from the tail.) I collected cartridges there and wondered ,something smelled but I have not had a idea what it was.After the war I realized it.As they (whoever it was) clean the fields from that what was left from the plane ,they found in or under the wrecked part a body.(S/Sgt Sapone ?) 

Round about 15 minutes after the first plane crashed ,a second one came down in a spin ,touched a high voltage cable and exploded.It crashed between Fischerhude and Surheide.Nothing what was left from the plane was bigger than a car.(Shepherd crew,390th BG,crashed Quelkhorn. I have a photocopy from the photo that shows the crashsite.) 

End of Report. 

I know a man, who was 17 in 1943.He found in the night after the crash a Flight Jacket at that location where the first aircraft crashed.He show me the jacket, it is a B-3 model,size 36R.One sleeve was damaged and replaced by a new one (other typ of leather )just after the war.But now the best: At one of the rips,to close the jacket at the throat,there was written on a rank and a name,but unreadable.The only thing I was able to read was the rank, a Lt. 
Now it will be nice to know whom jacket it was.Is there a way to find out the size from the officers ? 

Sorry for my simple english but it is 25 years ago that I have learned it at school. 

Regards 

Jens-Michael Brandes

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 5:00 am    Post subject:      

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Recived now a page from MACR 783 ( Shepherd,390 BG) that shows a german KU report where 3 airmen reported dead,one of them S/Sgt. Sapone. Sapone coudn´t be the man who was found after the war. 

Does anybody know where the B-17 # 42-30358 crashed exactly? 

Regards from Germany 

Jabo[/img][/list]

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