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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Jackson E.  Phelps  - O-814961

MACR: 07810 FICHE : 02857

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 349th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: East  
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 - 1142N

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Aircraft was damaged by flak and straggled

AIRCRAFT: 42-31723

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 4362152
B: SW-002853
C: 43-57610
D: SW-007397
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 9311233
B: 395168
C: 923195
D: 923196
E: 392133
F: 885924
G: 885678
H: 885877
I: 895419
J: 895110
K: 895277
L: 391680

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 Jackson E.  Phelps 2Lt O-814961
CP Allan S. Rogers 2Lt O-8211084
NAV (N) Paul J. Durborow 2Lt O-710240
BOM (B) Lyle L. Johnson F/O T-2496
RAD Kenneth S. Goldfarb TSgt 12150379
ENG Arthur E. Martin TSgt 31319977
BAL Albert G. Wiggs TSgt 33636035
WG (W) Marshall H. Dupliantis SSgt 38381666
WG (W)
TG (T) Donald L. Beasley SSgt 37563286

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Leslie E. Kassehaum 2Lt O-759691
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:
"A/C jettisoned its bombs with the leader of the squadron before the target. The leader was hit by flak and fell out of formation which fell apart and never reformed. All A/C of the squadron straggled and all except the leader were lost presumably to fighters which attacked at 1020 hours near 5102N - 1140E"
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

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

DATE PREPARED: 1944-08-02

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Crew had arrived at the 100th Group, as above, on 15 Jun 44 so probably had not flown many combat missions. According to Sgt Payne, the Crew had flown 12 missions prior to 29 July 44. Sgt Payne was not aboard but flew only one more missions as a spare gunner with Lt Streed Crew on 5 August 1944. He was wounded in the leg and did not fly again.

A German report indicates this A/C was shot down at 1043 hours near Bad Koesen, same report states all of the dead except Lyle Johnson who is not mentioned were buried in the cemetery at Niedermoelters.