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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Arthur R.  Calder  - O-812544

MACR: 13718 FICHE : 05011

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 418th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: SE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Ruhland    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1945-04-07 TIME: 13:02 LOCATION:

SPECIFY:

5243N - 0945E

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-97071

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-014490
B: SW-008707
C: SW-013172
D: 41-41285
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 949596
B: 948706
C: Missing
D: 632822
E: 658622
F: 638785
G: 638010
H: 358770
I: 949922
J: 398048
K: 898528
L: 925912

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 R.  Calder 1Lt O-812544
CP Kenneth R. Carr 2Lt O-761218
NAV (N) William J. Burbach F/O T-131804
BOM (B) Victor Hoffman F/O T-5754
RAD Joseph C. Haller SSgt 33324324
ENG Leonard Piepgras TSgt 37550919
BAL Carl J. Donnell Sgt 38516351
WG (W) Dwayne H. Cary Sgt 37534772
WG (W)
TG (T) Leon E. Briggs Sgt 38588185

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Carl E. Hellerich 1Lt O-778803
Last sighted
Donald J. Wallish 1Lt O-028681
Last sighted    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
EYEWITNESS:  (On 7 April 1945)    " ME - 109 attacked aircraft #071 from six o'clock high and shot the left wing completely away from the fuselage.  The ME - 109 (sic FW-190) collided with the severed wing and both the wing and enemy fighter exploded.  The remainder of #071 spun down flaming to explode either just before impact or immediately there after.  Approximately seven (7) chutes - all white- were counted in the area."
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: WALTER G. BURKE 1st Lt. Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1944-04-12

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

(The reference to the color white denotes USAAF airmen, the German chutes were a dirty brown color. It was not possible to positively determine the seven (7) chutes came from aircraft # 42-97071."  Note: This crew has always thought to have been involved in a mid-air collision with a FW-190, this may not be technically correct - in any case there were no survivors and the chutes reported  were not from 42-97071.

418th Sqdn.  A/C # 42-97071 (MACR #13718, Microfiche #5011) Crew joined 100th Gp on 24 Dec 44.  On their first mission they were forced to bail out over Belgium (10 Jan 45)

7 Apr 45 Kenneth R. Carr (KIA) from the crew of J. L. Wofford was flying as CP. Leonard Piepgras was flying as TTE in place of Pitarra and was KIA.  Sgt Dwayne E. Cary was aboard in the place of J. J. Whipple and was KIA. The dead are buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium with the exception of Hoffman, buried in a private cemetary in New York and Piepgras is buried in a private cemetery in Minnesota.