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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  William E.  Howard  -  O-775364

MACR: 13716 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: S  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Buchen    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 2 - 4/10 undercast, contrails, light sirrus at altitude    

GIVE

DATE: 1945-04-07 TIME: 31:02 LOCATION: 6243 - 0945E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 44-8334

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-024585
B: SW-024590
C: SW-024608
D: SW-024609
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1308464
B: 1306625
C: 1308508
D: 1308242
E: 1307973
F: 1306514
G: 1138661
H: 1308534
I: 1307281
J: 1308481
K: 627429
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 William E.  Howard 1Lt O-775364
CP Genaro Delgado 1Lt 781243
NAV (N) Douglas R. Jones 2Lt O-2069877
BOM (B) Samuel C. Lunsford TSgt ??
RAD Michael Maty TSgt 31337331
ENG Edward E. Hall TSgt ??
BAL Louis A. Lehrmann SSgt ??
WG (W) Russel E. Bolding SSgt ??
WG (W) 39217287
TG (T) George F. Thomas SSgt 37583842

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

William E. Woods 1Lt O-328279
Last sighted
Ronald E. Ledo 1Lt O-347091
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER: Under control when last seen  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C 44-8334 XR-M was attacked by an Me 109. The #3 engine caught fire and the pilot peeled out of formation to the left and feathered #3 engine. The fire appeared to go ouor in the engine but the wheel well was blazing. The bombs were salvoed, and the aircraft completed a 180 degree turn and headed back alone. It was last seen diving into a cloudbank. There were 40 to 50 enemy fighters in the area. (W. E. Woods)
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

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

DATE PREPARED: 1945-04-12

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

For most of the crew it was the 21st to 24th missions, many of the surviving crewmembers feel Michael Maty, Louis A. Lehrmann and George F. Thomas were murdered by German civilians when they landed. Lt Howard was captured within 15 minutes of landing. He ended up in Stalag Luft 1.