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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Waldo J  Oldham  - O-776811

MACR: 12044 FICHE : 04417

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: 090  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Berlin    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1945-02-03 TIME: 11:30 LOCATION: 5240N 1340E

SPECIFY:

Seen to crash

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 44-6092

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 319095
B: 868430
C: 869124
D: 668810
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 319095
B: 960430
C: 559124
D: 669610
E: 808310
F: 894523
G: 461487
H: 481451
I: 868954
J: 868895
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 Waldo J  Oldham 2Lt O-776811
CP Carl D. Dunn 2Lt O-773139
NAV (N) Purdy F. Ross 2Lt ??
BOM (B) Howard R. Leach F/O ??
RAD William E. Charlton Cpl ??
ENG Patrick J. Tooley Cpl ??
BAL Richard G. Chapple Cpl ??
WG (W) Tom E. Ramsey Cpl ??
WG (W)
TG (T) Ralph J. Kalberloh Cpl ??

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
The right wing of A/C #44-6092 was hit by flak at 1129 hours just before the Rally Point. As the formation turned left, this aircraft on course and veered slightly to the right. #3 engine was burning and the aircraft was losing altitude. One chute was seen to leave the aircraft immediately after it was hit. All the others followed shortly after. The aircraft continued flying, apparently under the AFCE control, in and even descending curve until it struck the ground and exploded. Chutes were seen to be drifting back toward Berlin.
   
   
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

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

DATE PREPARED: 1945-02-08

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Crew joined the 100th 08 Jan 45