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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Lawrence E.  Townsend  - O-747527

MACR: 07837 FICHE : 02874

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: SSE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: German Battle Lines in France    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Medium clouds at 15,000 feet - considerable low haze with limited vis    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-07-25 TIME: 10:25 LOCATION: 4904N - 0126E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-102416

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-013590
B: SW-013407
C: SW-013344
D: SW-013384
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 537965
B: 38115
C: 600385
D: 18430
E: 633596
F: 648096
G: 90426
H: 647830
I: 348786
J: 504018
K: 504104
L: 849038

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 Lawrence E.  Townsend 1Lt O-747527
CP Andrew J. Burkhart 2Lt O-759409
NAV (N) Arnold L. Holmes 1Lt O-695915
BOM (B) George D. Gardner 1Lt O-689501
RAD Louis P. Glasser TSgt 32711955
ENG Walter W. Kolar TSgt 13129942
BAL Chalmers M. Anderson SSgt 37087560
WG (W) Gordon M. Laneq SSgt 37121228
WG (W)
TG (T) Earl C. Milam SSgt 18149567

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

William T. Fitzroy 2Lt O-755538
Last sighted
Ferdinand J. Harres 1Lt O-464053
Last sighted    
Joseph S. Farcht 2Lt O-693022
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"A/C #416 was believed to have been hit by flak from St. Lo. Shortly after bombs away and before reaching the RP. Fire broke out inside the aircraft and #2 engine began to smoke. Crewmen began bailing out of the ship which appeared to flying on APCE. Nine chutes were seen, this would account for the entire crew."

Lts. William T. Fitzory, Ferdinand J. Harres & Joseph S. Farcht
   
   
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: 1944-07-27

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

This was the 35th mission for this crew. S/Sgt Walter W. Kolar, evaded the Germans for a few days until the advancing Allied Forces reached his position. He then joined a tank crew and fought until wounded . His new found armored buddies took him to an aid station where the medics quickly discovered he was USAAF. They terminated his ground combat career, to the dismay of his tank crew members who had presented him as a tanker complete with helmet, uniform and insignia,. The outgoing and friendly Walt Kolar certainly was one of the 100th's most intrepid warriors..(jb)

Hello,
I am a french historian in the Paris aera.
From our sources, the B-17 "Lady Luck" 349th BS was crashed in the Paris aera on the 25 july44.
But from your sources, the plane was crashed near St Lô in Normandie, about 400 km.... Do you know anything about it. A eventual picture of the "Lady Luck"
Best Regards.
Bruno Renoult.