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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Charles E.  Baker  - O-760691

MACR: 08818 FICHE : 03237

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: 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: 5035N - 1310E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-97806

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-011819
B: SW-011726
C: SW-011741
D: SW-002307
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 728933
B: 728886
C: 644552
D: 948695
E: 7288463
F: 728873
G: 947780
H: 947748
I: 1182183
J: 646040
K: 947874
L: 947837

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 Charles E.  Baker 2Lt O-760691
CP Charles D. Chiles 2Lt O-693628
NAV (N) Donald H. Lienemann 2Lt O-717607
BOM (B) Raymond J. McGuinness 2Lt O-772697
RAD David A. Gurman SSgt 12074462
ENG Eugene C. Damrel TSgt 18060101
BAL Roy C. Johannesen SSgt 11081894
WG (W) David Rattin SSgt 19123829
WG (W)
TG (T) Fred A. Fischer SSgt 37573609

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

E.C. Ivosevic 2Lt O-818525
Last sighted
J.H. Mclaughlin 2Lt O-816523
Last sighted    
T.H. Kemp 1Lt O-812277
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Aircraft appeared to be under control entering the undercast  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"The group in which A/C 806 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: WALTER G. BURKE 1st Lt. Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1944-09-13

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Account by Lt. Chiles:  "After the enemy planes made their first attack, our inter-phone system was shot out. Lt Baker & myself tried to use alternate sources but it was impossible. A fire was raging in the bomb bay and the instrument panel was shot up badly. Lt. Baker rang the bell indicating that we were to abandon ship. If the bell rang I couldn't hear it for the guns and engine roar. It wasn't heard in the nose either. Smoke began to fill my oxygen system and another system did the same thing. Baker pointed at my chute so I put in on and I put his on him under his flak suit while he was fighting the controls to get the ship on an even keel. We were leading the squadron but by was the ship exploding which threw Lt. Chiles out..jb) Lt. Baker didn't wear his that time we were either the only one left or the only one I could see & we were still on fire & still being attacked by enemy fighters & our guns were still going, how many I don't know. Baker tried to set up the Automatic pilot but it was laying on the floor. He motioned for me to get out. Everything was getting black. I motioned to the men in the nose to follow me & I must have gone out the hatch then. The next thing I remember was floating in air. (It dog tags that day but I believe he had an identification bracelet on.) I didn't see any more of the six men listed in the casualty questionnaire. It was the opinion of Lt Lienemann that Rattin, Fischer and Gurman had been blown our of the A/C but that they had not been able to open their chutes - being dead or unconscious  - He also believed that the ball turret with Johannesen inside had plummeted to earth after the plane exploded. Chiles was shown Johannesen's dog tags by the Germans and he said they were badly bent up and all bloody.