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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Orville H.  Cotner  - O-777602

MACR: 12045 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: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Berlin    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1945-02-03 TIME: 11:26 LOCATION: 5230 - 1322E

SPECIFY:

Seen to crash

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Exploded in midair

AIRCRAFT: 44-6500

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL:    
A: SW-025152
B: SW-025372
C: SW-011609
D: SW-025680
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1306698
B: 1756008
C: 1545837
D: 1038464
E: 640738
F: 6400759
G: 640638
H: 997425
I: 1645812
J: 1756035
K: 1038417
L: 1038415

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 Orville H.  Cotner 2Lt O-777602
CP Robert A. Coover 2Lt O-928810
NAV (N) Elmer H. Rundy 2Lt O-2070138
BOM (B) Stephen G. Monick 2Lt O-783450
RAD Reinhardt J. Komioski Sgt 37705580
ENG Hugh P. Boyd Sgt 12099503
BAL John C. Moss Sgt 39922645
WG (W) Harold W. Snyder Sgt 19193418
WG (W)
TG (T) Donald R. Andris Sgt 39921896

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Ernst H. Hensen 1Lt O-318149
Saw crash
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C received a direct hit by flak, believed to have been a ground to air rocket, on the right wing just at bomb release. Right wing was folded up against fuselage and the A/C flipped over on its back. The wing gasoline tank exploded and the entire A/C began to burn and then exploded. One man bailed out, thought to be the tail gunner, and his chute opened. (E. H. Hensen)
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

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PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: George D. Allen, Capt Air Corps, Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1999-11-30

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Crew joined the 100th on 8 Jan 1945