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Casualty Report from 1943-09-16

MACR: 00647 AIRCRAFT: 42-30064
TARGET: Bordeau-Merignax (Primary) - bombed La Pallice (The Secondary) TYPE: B-17F
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Wild Cargo
SQUADRON: 418th BS - 100th BG(H) AIRCRAFT CODE: LD-T
CRASH:

This crew has been listed in most histories as having bailed out, this was not the case. Lt Wolff excuted what is considered a classic example of ditching a heavy aircraft. There were no injuries and the entire crew egressed the aircraft without a hitch. They were immediately rescued by a French fishing boat. Unfortunately the French fishing vessel was followed by a German Patrol craft which ordered the French Captain to return to port, and Wolff and his crew were taken prisoner.
This from a conversation with Robert N. Wolff in 1991 - paul west

PILOT: Lt Robert N. Wolff - O-735483

POS: P STATUS: POW STATE: California

NOTES:

No notes on this crewmember

CO PILOT: Lt Charles H. Stuart - O-675882

POS: CP STATUS: POW STATE: Louisiana
No notes on this crewmember

NAV: Lt Lawrence K. McDonnell - O-674225

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

BOM:Lt Fredric G. White - O-741298

POS: BOM STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Bill Thompson & Paul Andrews have reported Fredic G. White as killed by fighter attacks - both are totally wrong. See report of conversation with Robert Wolff and Paul West in 1991. No one on the crew were wounded, either in flight or the ditching and capture.

ROG: TSgt Ira F. Bardman - 33326287

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

TTE: TSgt Carl T. Simon - 38088368

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

BTG: SSgt William J. Casebolt - 35418615

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

RWG: SSgt Willis F. Brown - 37294834

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

LWG: SSgt Arthur H. Eggleston - 31167092

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

TG: SSgt Alfred M. Clark - 31127930

POS: TG STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
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EX1: N/A First, MI, Suffix Last Name - N/A

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