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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Carl G.  Gustafson  - O-757381

MACR: 07816 FICHE : 02863

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: 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: 42-107211

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-014570
B: 43-66065
C: SW-04441
D: SW-014639
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1295339
B: 1295428
C: 158240
D: 1192578
E: 1295354
F: 1295335
G: 1192241
H: 1191928
I: 11992123
J: 1195478
K: 716678
L: 158458 (m) 158458

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 910 PASS: 0 TOTAL: 910

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1
P2 Carl G.  Gustafson 1Lt O-757381
CP Michael J. Nemerowski F/O T-61730
NAV (N) Victor I. Kinkade F/O T-2168
BOM (B) Marcena F. Dottoviano SSgt 13088789
RAD Anthony G. Trebnik TSgt 36585057
ENG Robert E. Fife TSgt 37507574
BAL Jack C. Kromer SSgt 36800796
WG (W) Frank A. Caldwell SSgt 34623329
WG (W)
TG (T) William R. Ewing SSgt 35046190

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Leslie E. Kassebaum 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:
No definite information concerning the loss of this A/C is available. The leader of the squadron was knocked out of the formation before the target by flak. The formation fell apart and all A/C became stragglers. It is assumed that this A/C was the victim of enemy fighters that attacked stragglers at 10:20 -- 10:40 hours near 5112N - 1140E.

The author of this report is unknown  (pw)
   
   
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 joined the 100th Group on 25 Jun 43. Crew was on 22nd Misslon.

On 29/7/44, F/O Kincade is listed as navigator and S/Sgt Marcena F. Dottoviano listed as bombardier. And was a KIA. He was not a regular crew member. Records indicate S/Sgt Dottoviano was an original ground crew member having gone overseas with the Original 100th group.

The carl g.gustafson  crew's aircraft was named The Liberty Belle with b.g.cannon as the crew chief the nose art was the liberty belle with a shapely blond standing by it   Robert Fife