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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  John J  Dodrill  - O-770502

MACR: 11744 FICHE : 04313

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 351st BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: 090  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Cologne    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1945-01-10 TIME: 12:28 LOCATION: 5100N 0605E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Unknown See par. 17

AIRCRAFT: 42-37936

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-018909
B: 63-62085
C: SW-978
D: SW-011751
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 926823
B: 927708
C: 865618
D: 408119
E: 650742
F: 1151201
G: 650742
H: 1151174
I: 398215
J: 927767
K: 927032
L: 397337

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 J  Dodrill 1Lt O-770502
CP David S Williams 2Lt O-2058324
NAV (N) Ralph W Bayer 1Lt O-719845
BOM (B) David W. Pitman MSgt 11068509
RAD George R Bennett TSgt 36736975
ENG Harry E Mitchell TSgt 36652576
BAL Myron E Warner SSgt 36756051
WG (W) Garland L Joseph SSgt 36756051
WG (W)
TG (T) Rick E Toll Sgt 39338723

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Jack T Unreadable 2Lt O-5531??
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C #42-37936 was last seen headed toward Belgium with bomb bay doors open. The doors had been open since the target. All engines were operating and the aircraft did not appear to be having difficulties.

Lt. Jack L. Gay
   
   
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: GEORGE D. ALLEN Capt., Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1945-01-16

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

All American Girl (named by Seymour Eichen, who flew it's first 35 missions) was flown on it's 99th , Jan 10, 1945, by John Dodrill of Puente, Cal.  One engine out, he was in control when he left the formation and flew down through the clouds, but no one knows the mysterious fate that overcame  the "All American Girl."  Afterwards a rumor spread she was on  a German Airfield."   (This proved false...pw)  All nine of her crew are memorialized on the WALL OF THE MISSING  at Cambridge.

I just received from the Army WWII records that my uncle, Myron E. Warner and the Dodrill crew were never found. It is assumed after 4 years of searching after WWII that the B-17 must have crashed in the North Sea between Belgium and England.  The MACR report is inaccurate. Would you please make notation on website with the MACR report that army records show  Dodrill crew is MIA possibly lost in North Sea and no bodies or the aircraft have ever been recovered…...Sherry Warner