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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Leo D.  Ross  - O-768635

MACR: 11360 FICHE : 04180

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: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Hamburg    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-12-31 TIME: 11:58 LOCATION: 5340 0920E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 43-38406

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-024694
B: SW-025092
C: SW-024981
D: SW-024665
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 413606
B: 413595
C: 1313922
D: 1313869
E: 1220185
F: 1220652
G: 1313099
H: 1314088
I: 1038617
J: 1038615
K: 413540
L: 1038504

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 Leo D.  Ross 1Lt O-768635
CP Raigh Mason 2Lt O-765410
NAV (N) William T. Burrus 2Lt O-2060931
BOM (B) Russel A. Koechel 2Lt O-723984
RAD Carl C. Andersen TSgt 17157821
ENG Jerry J. Angelotos TSgt 19181921
BAL Oscar K. Johnson SSgt 14185089
WG (W) John W. Affleck SSgt 33538431
WG (W)
TG (T) James R. Wynne SSgt 35228761

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Ethan A. Porter 1Lt O-622991
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
An aircraft believed to have been A/C 43-38408, was observed first at 14,000 feet. Later it was seen to go into a tight spin at about 8,000 feet. One of two chutes were seen. (Ethan A. Porter)
   
   
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: 1945-01-06

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

350th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 15/9/44. 
A/C #43 38408 "Faithful Forever"
MACR #11360, Micro fiche #4180 
"On 31 Dec 44 the target was Hamburg. The 100th Bomb Group would lose 12 a/c on this mission. Flying in "C Squadron" of the 100th BG, Lt Leo D. Ross was in the Low Squadron, Low flight. They were in the "Tail End Charlie" position along with Lt MacNab, Lt Webster, and Lt Rojohn. All 4 crews in the low flight were lost this day. At 12:30pm, B-17G "Faithful Forever" piloted by Lt Leo Ross was attacked by German fighters. Lt Ross dove down, leveled off, and then went into a tight spin at 5000 ft. Two chutes were seen. The aircraft crashed at Bartelsdorf near Rotenberg (30km east of Bremen) Germany. " ...  mpf 2001