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Casualty Report from 1943-10-08

MACR: 00949 AIRCRAFT: 42-3386
TARGET: Bremen, Germany TYPE: B-17F
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Marie Helena
SQUADRON: 351st BS - 100th BG (H) AIRCRAFT CODE: EP-H
CRASH:

Involved in a mid-air collision with a FW-190, flown by Erich Hondt. Hondt survived the collision but was severely injuried. Marie Helena exploded killing her entire crew. The wreckage, spread over a large area, was found near Bellingwolde, Holland.

PILOT: Lt Raymond J. Gormley - O-797516

POS: P STATUS: KIA STATE: Washington DC

NOTES:

The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals interment -

CO PILOT: Lt Edward J. Fox - O-801555

POS: CP STATUS: KIA STATE: Virginia
The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals interment - USA

NAV: Lt Peter T. Motta - O-749446

POS: NAV STATUS: KIA STATE: California
The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals interment - Ardennes (D-20-21)

BOM:Lt William J. Heath - O-676220

POS: BOM STATUS: KIA STATE: Washington
The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals interment - Ardennes (D-11-16)

ROG: TSgt Dale A. Von Seggern - 35374810

POS: ROG STATUS: KIA STATE: Indiana
The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals interment - Ardennes (A-8-15)

TTE: TSgt Jay R. McPhee - 36122736

POS: TTE STATUS: KIA STATE: Michigan
The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals interment - Netherlands (A-3-27)

BTG: SSgt Donald R. Hilton - 37233560

POS: BTG STATUS: KIA STATE: Missouri
The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals interment - USA

RWG: SSgt Charles N. Presley - 14046069

POS: RWG STATUS: KIA STATE: Alabama
The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals interment - USA (Remains found in a canal a week after the mission date)

LWG: SSgt William A. Avery - 16087699

POS: LWG STATUS: KIA STATE: Michigan
The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals interment - USA

TG: SSgt Clay E. Rife - 37233529

POS: TG STATUS: KIA STATE: Missouri
The Germans buried the crew in Leer - they were reinterred in Ardennes at the end of hostilities. Finals 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
No notes on this crewmember

 

CREW NOTES:

Notes on this crew N/A

REPORT NOTES:

"Plane was rammed by A FW 190 flew by Oblt Erich Hondt, both aircraft went down and disintegrated in mid-air 
the wreckage falling over a wide area near Bellingwolde, 28 miles east of Groningen holland at 15.30 hrs 
most body's were burnt to 3 degree and Lt Gormley and Llt fox, t/sgt Von Seggern and t/sgt Mc Phee and s/sgt Presley were burried in the protestant churchyard Bellingwolde 
Lt Motta, Lt Heath , s/sgt Hilton, s/sgt Avery Jr and s/sgt Rife were burried on 18 oktober 1943 in the nearby Lutheran cemetery at Leer Germany , s/sgt Presleý's body was found a week later in canal" 

"From another dutch book about the 8th air force there is the story of the german pilot Oblt Hondt 
where he says that he was shot down by the B-17 and he won't let him go that’s why he rammed him 
he survived because his FW exploded and he was thrown from the plane but was serious wounded. Iin the book is also some photo's of the german pilot and there is a drawing of the FW just before he rammed the B-17"
_________________
ron 
eindhoven 
the netherlands 
http://www.mary-ruth.ontheweb.nl/
    
Michael, 

Hondt flew a Focke Wulf 190A-5/U12 Werknummer (Serialn.) 410266.Underside from the engine cover was red cover from the propeller also.There were red strips from the top of the engine cover to the back of the wings. Tail was white.I have some photos from the plane but don’t know how to add it to the post. 
Jabo