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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Lawrence W.  Riegel  - O-818752

MACR: 08811 FICHE : 03234

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: SE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Ruhland    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 7 - 10/10 Undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-09-11 TIME: 12:05 LOCATION: 5055N - 1310E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 44-6089

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL:    
A: SW-017657
B: SW-017212
C: SW-0172211
D: SW-017021
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 716505
B: 158529
C: 158374
D: 158168
E: 1192302
F: 1192354
G: 1192144
H: 1192337
I: 1191081
J: 1191900
K: 716764
L: 752322

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 W.  Riegel 1Lt O-818752
CP Joseph E. Johnston 2Lt O-823605
NAV (N) George H. Prater 2Lt O-865716
BOM (B) Charles L. Dolby 2Lt O-765785
RAD Ray S. Deming TSgt 38468663
ENG Edgar L. Herrick TSgt 37555774
BAL Nestor A. Celleghin SSgt 38913219
WG (W) Phillip D. Mangan SSgt 17127669
WG (W)
TG (T) Jewell D. Spruell SSgt 36762232

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

W.C. Ivosevic 2Lt O-818525
Last sighted
McLaughlin 2Lt O-846523
Last sighted    
T.H. Kemp 1Lt O-812277
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: A/C appeared under control when last sighted  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"The group in which A/C 089 was flying was attacked by 50 to 70 enemy aircraft. The attack caused at least three of our aircraft to explode and most of the others appeared to be damaged, some were attacked again as stragglers. In a few minutes all but one disappeared beneath the undercast. Since none of them returned no account of the loss of specific aircraft is available. About half of them appeared to be under control as they disappeared into the undercast. Two chutes were seen before the aircraft disappeared, but from which one they came is undetermined,"
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: GEORGE D. ALLEN Capt Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1999-11-30

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Following is a statement by Lt. Dolby in a letter dated 23 July 1945.
"We were attacked by German fighters, Southeast of Dresden, Germany, while on a mission to Ruhland,  Germany on Sept.11, 1944 at about 12:20.  After the first attack we had our interphone knocked out and the oxygen supply under the pilots compartment was on fire.. Due to lack of interphone we could not carry on a conversation and I know nothing of what took place in the rear of the ship. The Navigator,  Lt. Prater and I jumped due to the burning condition of the plane. According to our ball turret gunner who I met at Camp Lucky Strike in France, he said he was blown out of his turret and parachuted to safety, also he mentioned that our vertical stabilizer and horizontal stabilizers were blown off."  He is S/Sgt Nestor Celleghin.