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Casualty Report from 1944-05-08

MACR: 04578 AIRCRAFT: 42-31710
TARGET: Berlin, Germany TYPE: B-17G
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: The Savage
SQUADRON: 349th BS - 100th BG (H) AIRCRAFT CODE: XR-F
CRASH:

Destroyed by fighters on the way out - crew forced to abandon the aircraft along route until the heavily damaged Savage crashed at Handrup  some 50 Kilometers southwest of Bremen, Germany. There was no initial burial information for S/Sgt Robert H. Marbach. Some have assumed he bailed out before the crash but did not survive the parachute decent. (paul west)

PILOT: Lt Donald E. Riggle - O-812658

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

NOTES:

Captured near Vechta

CO PILOT: Lt Joseph W. King - O-817462

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

NAV: Lt Wayne H. Parkhurst - O-984985

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

BOM:Lt Kenneth B. Hurst - O-701456

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

ROG: TSgt Carl F. Glade - 35423194

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

TTE: TSgt Edwin R. Scott - 32830177

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

BTG: SSgt Robert P. Marcell - 36815231

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

RWG: SSgt Gilbert W. Sandoval - 18550796

POS: RWG STATUS: KIA STATE: New Mexico
Hit in the arms and legs by a 20mm shell. He was bailed out with a static line by the crew in hopes he would be picked up and treated by German Medical Personnel, who rendered service when ever possible and are credited with saving many American flyers. The parachute was seen to open but Sandoval died on the ground or more likely was dead when he landed. His body was found in Holingen, Germany. The Germans buried him in the Russian POW Cemetery at Vechta. He was moved to Ardennes (N-9-212) - Final Internment - Ardennes B-15-19

LWG: SSgt Robert H. Marbach - 38459027

POS: LWG STATUS: KIA STATE: Texas
Final Internment - Ardennes D-6-19

TG: TSgt Lynn Matthews - 38458545

POS: TG STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Wounded and hospitalized by the Germans at Bissel

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:

REMARKS: On the 8th of May 44 for two days in a row the Hundredth sent 32 aircraft to Berlin.  On this trip the Gp was using a new device called CARPET (a powerful transmitter that operated on the same frequency that the German Range Tracking device used)  If properly used formations could have at least protections for 2 miles in direction. Lt Riggle's A/C released their  bombs but began to trail behind for some unknown reason; finally disappearing. Two of the crew were KIA and 8 survived. (This was all the information recorded until Don Riggle met Bill Thompson at the 100th 1993 Little Rock, AR reunion; here Riggles completes the story....pw) "The oxygen system was knocked out just as bombs were released. The only alternative was to dive down to 15000 ft. to survive. We were on top of an overcast on the way to Berlin and I intended to stay in the clouds on the way back. After about twenty minutes we ran out of cloud cover and were immediately attacked by a flock of ME-109s. We were pretty well shot up - out of ammunition and on fire in the right wing. The control column went limp after a hit in the tail - with no control there was nothing to do but bail the crew out. The two waist gunners (R.H.Marbach and G.W.Sandoval) were dead, so they were put on static lines and the crew left the A/C."   /s/ Don Riggle....November 1993.

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Notes on this report  N/A