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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Albert W.  Grigg  - O-817663

MACR: 09562 FICHE : 03512

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: SSE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Bohlen    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-10-07 TIME: 15:18 LOCATION: 5210N - 0841E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Gasoline supply exhausted

AIRCRAFT: 423-39531

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-206149
B: SW-026525
C: SW-026244
D: SW-206310
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1315995
B: 1316522
C: 1313890
D: 1316519
E: 1316345
F: 1314608
G: 1315226
H: 1315568
I: 1477640
J: 1477459
K:
L:

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 Albert W.  Grigg 1Lt O-817663
CP Harry L. Moulder 2Lt O-834171
NAV (N) Fred W. Dace F/O T-127663
BOM (B) Ralph E. Westerburg 2Lt O-688-907
RAD Victor V. Lockard TSgt 35507231
ENG J.V. McDonald TSgt 38434429
BAL Lawrence M. Rogers SSgt 34772191
WG (W) Shirley J. Broussard SSgt 39394402
WG (W)
TG (T) Raymond H. Gunn SSgt 37536334

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

John B. Wallace Major O-38809
Contacted by radio
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Unknown OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"The pilot of A/C #531 called his group leader over VHF about 70 miles east of the Netherlands border and said he had insufficient gasoline to reach England. He asked for a bearing to the nearest friendly A/F. He said he about 40 gallons in each tank and was instructed to try and reach Eindhaven. He complained of no other difficulties with his A/C and when last seen was in normal flight. The group commander believes his fuel should have permitted him to reach Eindhoven easily."

Major John B. Wallace
   
   
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: 1944-10-12

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Apparently there was not enough gas to  reach a friendly A/F  for Lt. Grigg made the following report after the War. 

"We attempted a belly landing in the only suitable field in sight and met very heavy ground fire on the approach. From what I have been told by F/O Dace this was when Sgt. Broussard was killed by a direct hit. I attempted to pull away from the ground fire on 3 engines but they followed us. I managed to get back to approx.1200 feet and ordered the crew to jump, there wasn't fuel to go further. F/O Dace said that the radio man wasn't sure of what he had heard and handed the ear-phones to him (Dace) but that another shell went off and no one in the radio room knew of anything that happened after that until they came to on the ground. After calling the radio room, I tried to get the C-1 working but the best I could do was a mushy glide. I don't know how long I tried but my #2 & #3 engines finally quit and I jumped. I would judge the altitude was 500 feet or lower at that time as I opened my chute as soon as I Was out and it swung me into the ground before I could stop swinging. From what I heard from my crew later no one had seen Sgt. Gunn at the plane on the ground or elsewhere so we assumed he had gotten away and I had no idea he was dead until I arrived home and received a letter from his mother. No one else was hurt permanently although all were  injured except Lt. Moulder & Sgt. McDonald excepting of course the two known dead. This is all I know of what happened that day."    
Albert W. Grigg.