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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Arthur G.  Larsen  - O-772416

MACR: 13714 FICHE : 05010

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: ESE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Zeitz    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 5 to 7/10 Undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1945-03-31 TIME: 09:21 LOCATION: 2057 - 1231E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

#3 engine was knocked from the wing completely - was sighted "flying" through the formation

AIRCRAFT: 44-6470

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL:    
A: SW-020136
B: SW-018907
C: SW-43-8645
D: 14-02301
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 458140
B: 45825
C: 470207
D: 456311
E: 142339
F: 458103
G: 457974
H: 313392
I: 159330
J:
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 Arthur G.  Larsen 1Lt O-772416
CP Thomas E. O'Neil 1Lt O-926131
NAV (N) Dale F. Watterson 2Lt O-2068065
BOM (B) Charles W. Dineen TSgt 16161626
RAD Joseph M. Popson TSgt 13026774
ENG Raymond R. Bazata TSgt 37484231
BAL Willard P. Bostrom SSgt 37569877
WG (W) Marvin F. Barner SSgt 37490494
WG (W)
TG (T) John E. Kaiser SSgt 18243028

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Joseph W. King 1Lt O-774684
Last sighted
Fillingame 1Lt O-829150
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
Composite of Lt. Fillingame & Lt. King:
A/C 44-6470 was hit by flak immediately after bombs away. #3 engine was knocked loose and dropped off the wing. The A/C nosed up; then leveled off and started for the undercuts in a steep glide. At the Rally Point pilot made a 180 degree turn and headed back toward Russia. He was heard over VHF saying that #4 prop was running away and he would attempt to reach Russia lines. The A/C was under control and there was no fire. One chute was seen to leave the A/C. Allied fighters were escorting A/C.

Statement of S/Sgt Kaiser 18243028 to Captain Charles W. Terry, Thorpe Abbots POW interrogation 18 May 45: S/Sgt Kaiser was flying as tail gunner and states that his A/C was hit twice. After the first hit it remained in level flight and the Engineer called to see if he was alright. There were noises from the front that sounded like pieces of the plane were ripping off. When it was hit again a few seconds later, the A/C started down in a steep glide. He fastened on his chute and called over the interphone but no one answered. He looked back into the waist but could see nothing because of smoke. The A/C was vibrating badly so he decided to get out. His clothing hung on the handle of the escape hatch and he was trapped there about thirty seconds. He tried to climb back into the A/C but was weak from lack of oxygen and could not, so he pulled himself up as far as he could and let go. This freed him from the plane so he opened his chute and looked down. He floated across the German the German Air Field located at 5059N and 1231E. As he floated over the woods just east of this A/F, he noticed that there were hundreds E/A dispersed there. He landed in an open field just east of the woods and was momentarily unconscious. When he came to he saw several German soldiers approaching, so he stood up with his hands over his head.

After being captured and brought to a POW Camp at Weimer he was interrogated by a German Officer. The interrogator asked him the name of the crew. He gave them their last names and was told his crew had crashed a mile away and all had been killed. As proof he produced a basket containing the dog tags, bill folds, watches, and other personal property of the men. Sgt. Kaiser was allowed to look through this equipment and when he found the wedding ring of his pilot, Arthur G. Larson he asked the interrogator if he would allow him to take it to Lt. Larsen's wife. He replied, "sure" and gave it to him.
   
   
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

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

DATE PREPARED: 1999-11-30

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

STATEMENT OF S/SGT. JOHN E. KAISER. 18243028:
The following information was received by Captain Charles W. Terry, Station 139 Prisoner of War Officer on interrogation of S/Sgt. Kaiser 24 April 1945. S/Sgt Kaiser, since this date has returned to the Zone of Interior.

"On 31 March 1945, A/C 44-6470 was hit by flak while over the target at Zeitz, Germany and its #3 engine was knocked out of its mount. It nosed up out of the formation, leveled off, then started down in a steep glide. Just before reaching the undercast, the pilot was heard to say he would try to reach the Russian lines and the A/C went into the undercast on an easterly heading. "

S/Sgt Kaiser was flying as tail gunner and states that his A/C was hit twice. After the first hit it remained in level flight and the engineer called on inter- phone to ask if he was all right. There were noises from the front that sounded like pieces of the plane were ripping away. When it was hit again a few seconds later, the A/C started down in a steep glide. He fastened on his chute and called over in interphone but no one answered. He looked back into the waist but could see nothing because of smoke. The A/C was vibrating badly so he decided to get out. His clothing hung on the handle of the escape hatch and he was trapped there for about 30 seconds. He tried to climb back into the A/C but was weak from lack of oxygen and could not, so he pulled his-self up as far as possible and let go. This freed him from the plane so he opened his chute and looked down. He floated across the German Air Field located at 5059 N 1231 E. As he floated over the woods just east of this A/F, he noticed that there were hundreds of E/A dispersed there. He landed in an open field just east of the woods and was momentarily unconscious. When he came to, he saw several soldiers (Luftwaffe) approaching, so he stood up with his hands over his head.

After being captured and brought to a Prisoner of War Camp at Weimer he was interrogated by a German Officer. The interrogator asked him the names of the members of his crew. He gave him their last names end was told that his crew had crashed a few miles away and all had been killed. As proof he produced a basket containing the dog tags, bill folds, watches, and other personal property of the men. Sgt. Kaiser was allowed to look through this equipment and when he found the wedding ring of his Pilot, 1st Lt Arthur G. Larson he asked the Interrogator if he would not allow him to take it to Lt. Larsen's wife. He replied ''sure" and gave it to him.