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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Charles C.  Webster  - O-740992

MACR: 11361 FICHE : 04181

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: 11:55 LOCATION: 5340 - 0920E

SPECIFY:

Seen to crash

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 43-38436

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-025403
B: SW-013424
C: SW-0211470
D: SW-025613
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1120783
B: 1220902
C: 1476639
D: 166663
E: 413399
F: .414520
G: 110874
H: 414643
I: 147885
J: 141638
K: 1476655
L: 1221161

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 C.  Webster 2Lt O-740992
CP Virgil J. Whitt 2Lt O-776167
NAV (N) John C. Little 2Lt O-694568
BOM (B) Lowell R. Hendrickson 1Lt O-676275
RAD Grant Lakin SSgt 39699618
ENG Morris L. Burkhart SSgt 18308701
BAL Richard H. Meehan SSgt 314237291
WG (W) Sylvester Duke Sgt 33768047
WG (W)
TG (T) James F. Anthony Sgt 14142305

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Ethan A. Porter 1Lt O-822991
Saw crash
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER: Unknown  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C 43-38436 was shot up by enemy aircraft. A/C peeled out of the formation to the right and went down in flames; exploded on the ground. (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:

Letter from Anne Webster to Mike Faley (April 2003):

I found a few letters from surviving crew and others, including R. Meehan. You had forwarded an email from his daughter looking for signs of her dad. I am sending on to her two letters of condolence, one from her father and one from her mother, to my mother. I also have letters from Mrs.Whitt, Lt.Little, Mrs.Weaver, Mrs.Lakin, Mrs.Anthony, Lt.Hendrickson, and Mrs. Duke. I would be happy to send those on to their survivors as well.

Lt. Hendrickson wrote: We were hit by fighters after we left Hamburg and started home. The first group knocked out our oxygen and one of our engineers, then things happened so fast I can hardly remember. Some of the crew had already left the ship. I started back to see if I could help Chief. By the time I had got to where I could see his feet, the ship went into a spin and the nose and a section of the side tore off, throwing me through the side. The next thing I knew I was floating in space; I pulled my rip cord and my chute opened and I was picked up as soon as I hit the ground."

Cpl Meehan wrote: "One of the crewmembers said that just before he bailed out he saw (Lt. Webster) helping Lt. Whitt out of the cockpit." His wife quoted him as saying "they were supposed to meet an escort ...but they were 25 minutes late getting there & there was no one in sight. So Richard was wounded, the first one, & Whitt gave him oxygen and brought him back; Duke and Lakin stood in front of Richard to save him as he had no Flak suit on. They got it and were killed right in front of him & he crawled out on his hands and feet ove rtheir dead bodies to gett o the door. Then it wouldn't open - it was frozen. He wasn't able to walk so he made it to the other side of the ship and then bailed out. The sky was so thick with flak that you couldn't hardly see anything. The Germans met them that day with everything they had. So when he left (Lt. Webster) was in the ship still, getting them all out and Whitt was then shot in the leg and Webster was putting his chute on Wh itt. He said the ship went on fire just when he got out....the way he told it, it was the 13th mission on New Year's Eve, and Webster had a place all hired for a big party for the crew when they got home that night."

I hope this information is helpful for your records, and I will let you know if I learn anything more of interest. Thanks for all your help.

Anne Webster