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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Jack W.  Thrasher  - ??

MACR: 12892 FICHE : 04704

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 349th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Brunswick    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 3 - 4/10 undercast with large breaks present    

GIVE

DATE: 1945-03-03 TIME: 10:19 LOCATION: 5010 - 108E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 44-3230

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-036485
B: SW-022044
C: SW-021870
D: 021097
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 888142
B: 088103
C: 038121
D: 689181
E: 889965
F: ??????
G: 069380
H: ???????
I: Missing
J: Missing
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 Jack W.  Thrasher 2Lt ??
CP Charles S. Bayha 2Lt ??
NAV (N) Gerald A. Rimmel 2Lt ??
BOM (B) Harry F. Bott 1Lt ??
RAD Albert L. Egsieker TSgt ??
ENG Thomas C. Browning TSgt ??
BAL
WG (W) Raymond U. Muffley SSgt ??
WG (W)
TG (T) Cecil A. Baker SSgt ??
Navigator-RAD Willis R. McGuire 1Lt ??

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Unreadable
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
EMAIL: Hcervan102@aol.com
NAME: Hank Cervantes
INTEREST: 100th BG veteran
COMMENTS: Re:MACR:12892, Jack Thrasher. For the record I would like to submit my recollection of Jack Thrasher's death. I was Joe Martin's copilot and we were off of Jack's left wing on that mission. I believe that the 100th was leading the 13th Combat Wing and six 100th aircraft were in two flights dropping chaff ahead of the 100th and the remainder of the Wing. We had not yet arrived over the target when two ME-262's attacked us from  seven oclock high. The lead 262 fired 2 or 3 canon shells into Jack's left wing root starting a fire. Jack side-slipped the 17 in an effort to blow it out. He was unsuccessful and returned the plane to straight-and-level. Jack was clearly visible holding the airplane steady as his men bailed out. At least three did so before the plane exploded. His was the bravest act I have I have ever witnessed. Jack bunked across the aisle from me and only the night before I had watched as he reached over, picked up his large photo of a beautiful girl, kissed it and said, "Two more honey. Only two more and I'll be home."  Several years ago, an article appeared in Splasher Six about Jack's family. I tried to get their home address to send them this recollection but it was witheld from me. Hank  
   
   
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: 1945-03-05

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Lt Charles S. Bayha,  CP from the crew of J. V. DePlanque. He became a POW.   
Lt Harry F. Bott,  BOM from the crew of Denzil Naar.  He became a POW. 
Lt Willis R. McGuire, Radar Nav from the crew of L. C. Williams was KIA. 
Sgt. Ray U. Muffley, WG from the crew of J. A. Carroll was a POW.