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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  John E.  David  - 0747760

MACR: 08843 FICHE : 03248

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: SSW  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Brest    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 4 - 6/10 clouds    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-09-03 TIME: 08:52 LOCATION: 4948N - 0219W

SPECIFY:

Seen to crash

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Unknown

AIRCRAFT: 42-97924

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-014070
B: SW-015150
C: SW-014726
D: SW-034325
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 11906956
B: 1197883
C: 1194793
D: 1195279
E: 1195213
F: 729789
G: 1195260
H: 1197795
I: 1299609
J: 1297885
K: 1195115
L: 1195022

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 John E.  David 2Lt 0747760
CP John W. Simmons 2Lt O-818768
NAV (N) Theron J. Stookesberry 2Lt O-771178
BOM (B) John D. Goethel 1Lt O-700101
RAD Henry J. Hendrickson TSgt 31219862
ENG Frank. Barili TSgt 16081695
BAL Carl I. Fong SSgt 39404083
WG (W) Walter E. Potter SSgt 11089107
WG (W)
TG (T) Francis J. Waldschmidt SSgt 36718709

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Lloyd CG. Delaney 1Lt O-755651
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Unknown OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"A/C #924 aborted at 0843 hours with #2 engine on fire. At 0846 hours the plane began to turn back, losing altitude fast and two men bailed out. At 0848 hours three men bailed out. At 0852 hours the A/C hit the water and exploded."

Lt. Lacy
   
   
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: 1944-09-08

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

On 3 Sep 44 this crew went down in the North Sea. Lt Mikol, Sgts Yates and Wood were not aboard. Hendrickson was picked up by British sea boat and returned to Thorpe Abbotts. The six men KIA are memorialized on the Wall of the Missing at the Brittany American Cemetery. Lt John D. Goethel, from the W. G. Stansbury crew, was aboard in place of E. J. Mikol and was rescued . S/Sgt CARL FONG was aboard in place of Wood and was also rescued.

When this crew joined the 10Jth on 26/5/44, Lt Edward J. Mikol  was the bombardier, Sgt. Clarence E. Wood the ball turret gunner, and Sgt. Frank E. Yates a waist Gunner. On this last mission the A/C went down in the North sea a, according to the Sqdn. History, and only Goethel, Fong and Hendrichson were rescued. T.N.H.I.S.G. p.129 : Apparently the A/C had mechanical problems and on way to target David warned the crew to Jump. Immediately the A/C plunged and only three men got out. "I don't know exactly what happened," Goethel said later. "We got out of the ship somehow and I was falling end over end. I pulled at the rip cord on the chute but it wouldn't work. Then I tore open the flaps with my hands and the chute finally came out.  I wasn't very high off the water then.  All three of us fell into the channel about the same place though as the time went on we drifted farther and farther apart. We didn't have any dinghy and so it was up to us to keep afloat as best we could. . .  . . . ."As the three of them floated in the water,  a British destroyer came along side and scooped first one and then another. They had been in the sea about 1.5 hours but recovered and came back to the base from Portsmouth by train.