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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Robert L.  Estes  - O-1301459

MACR: 13849 FICHE : 05055

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: Nurnburg    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 10/10 Undercast - ceiling 2500 feet.    

GIVE

DATE: 1945-04-05 TIME: 13:15 LOCATION: 5036 - 0530E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO :

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Unknown

AIRCRAFT: 43-37636

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-019903
B: 42-77842
C: SW-008541
D: SW-007346
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 15131509
B: 1299196
C: 1531495
D: 1531066
E: 1530967
F: 1531038
G: 1531003
H: 1231251
I: 1297880
J: 1531101
K: 1531101
L: 1297617

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 Robert L.  Estes 2Lt O-1301459
CP Frank J. Marchum 2Lt O-930369
NAV (N) William R. Lewis 2Lt O-2075802
BOM (B) Dale W. Giebekhaus F/O T-8223
RAD Bernard Slavkin Sgt 13172313
ENG Robert A. Crawford Sgt 38479607
BAL Lester E. Weber Sgt 17134930
WG (W) Lashbrook D. Cook Sgt 39919739
WG (W)
TG (T) Floyd C. Mitchell Sgt 38599695

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

James J. Bovenzi 1Lt O-834733
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C 43-37636 was last seen past Liege on the route back from the target. Formation spit up going through clouds. There appeared to be nothing wrong with the aircraft. Pilot should have had about 800 gallons of gasoline for the remainder of the route home. Nothing was seen of or heard from the aircraft after it went into the clouds. (James J. Bovenzi)
   
   
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:

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

William R. Lewis is memorialized on the Wall of the Missing at Cambridge, England.