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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  William T.  Fitzroy  - O-755539

MACR: 07809 FICHE : 02856

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 350th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Merseburg    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 6 - 8/10 Cloud Cover    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-07-29 TIME: 10:21 LOCATION: 5107N 1142E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-31537

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-61819
B: 41-22366
C: SW-003101
D: 43-57377
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 683113
B: 683248
C: 650665
D: 647357
E: 889056
F: 589746
G: 889056
H: 337764
I: 650753
J: 647677
K: 889583
L: 888140

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 9 PASS: 0 TOTAL: 9

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1
P2 William T.  Fitzroy 1Lt O-755539
CP Robert Dykeman 1Lt O-755534
NAV (N) Floyd F. Hartman 2Lt O-808050
BOM (B) Floyd O. Douglas TSgt 32383566
RAD Carmine V. Roberto TSgt 15322527
ENG Ira L. Arnold TSgt 38338409
BAL Bernard L. Spragg SSgt 33301833
WG (W) Frank W. Buschmeier Sgt 35683437
WG (W)
TG (T) Joseph P. O'Donnelkl Sgt 12085108

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Leslie E. Kassebaum 2Lt O-75691
Last sighted
George S. Allen 2Lt O-753839
Last sighted    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: None  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"No specific information concerning the loss of this A/C is available. The leader of this squadron suffered flak damage before the target and jettisoned his bombs. The formation broke up and all A/C became stragglers and were all lost, presumably to enemy fighters after passing over the target of opportunity (TOA)"  ..pw
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

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PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: WALTER G. BURKE 1st Lt. Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1944-08-01

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Lt Dykeman, T/Sgt Arnold, Buschmeier and Spragg were from Lt John P. Gibbons crew. O'Donnell from Lt J. M. Shelly crew and of course Fitzroy was the original co-pilot of the Randell T. Chadwick crew when it joined the 100th on 24 Feb 1944.

On July 29, 1944, for the second day in a row, B-17's set out for the oil plant at Merseburg. The formation was led by 1st Lt Herbert Howard and Austin Dunlap on a faulty course which went over Leipzig. The 100th "A" Group followed the 390th BG. The formation flew on a southerly course towards Merseburg and was hit in a barrage of extremely heavy flak. In the next few minutes, the low squadron of the 100th Lead was hard hit, losing 5 of 6 B-17's. Crewmembers believe FW 190's and ME 109's were radioing the formation’s altitude while flying in their own flak. The "A" Group dropped wide; "B" Group hit the target. The entire low squadron of the 100th "A" Group failed to return. There was a 6 8/10th's cloud cover at the target. The lead A/C was hit by flak before the target causing a formation breakup and many stragglers. All were presumable lost to enemy fighters after passing over targets of opportunity. Witnesses: Lt Kasselbaum and Lt George Allen reported Lt Fitzroy's A/C blowing up after being hit. German records indicate that 5 bodies were recovered.

EYEWITNESS: "No specific information concerning the loss of this A/C is available. The formation leader for this squadron suffered flak damage prior to the target and was forced to jettison his bombs. This may have led to the breaking up of the formation for all became more of less stragglers. All were lost, presumably to E/A after passing over the target of opportunity. "

Floyd F. Hartman

Hartman's statement also indicates S/Sgt Carmine V. Roberto was killed before the crew bailed out over Leipzig at approx. 1045 hours. Lt Fitzroy stated that he had seen 12 Americans Hanged and shot by Germans on the 29th of July, 1944. Lt Dykeman, T/Sgt Douglas and T/Sgt Ira Arnold were among them