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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Delbert D.  Reeve  - O-763877

MACR: 14171 FICHE : 05162

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: Magdeburg    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1945-04-10 TIME: 11:49 LOCATION: 5239N - 1123E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 43-38840

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-10809
B: SW-029412
C: ??
D: SW-029644
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1031872
B: 1032729
C: ??
D: 1533321
E: 1031498
F: 1033931
G: ??
H: 1031114
I: 1031586
J: 1032441
K: ??
L: 1033545

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 Delbert D.  Reeve 2Lt O-763877
CP Hazen F. Willet F/O T-6661
NAV (N) Steve S. Poulos F/O T-4237852
BOM (B) George E. Woodham F/O T-333253
RAD Albert D. Crabbs Sgt 33734677
ENG Robert E. Trueblood Sgt 35894417
BAL Herman Williams Sgt 37744657
WG (W) Arthur F. Ehrler Sgt 16137734
WG (W)
TG (T) Wesley A. Woods Sgt 39469379

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Pascal R. Powell 1Lt O-77810
Saw crash
Laurence S. Lazzari 1Lt O-779904
Last sighted    
Robert E. Wilkes 1Lt O-825042
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Original MACR field blank OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"Aircraft 43-38840 was attacked by two Me 262's and received hits in the Top Turret and #2 engine. Dense smoke came from the #2 engine and then it made a vertical slow roll on it's right wing and burst into flames. It still seemed under some control when two chutes were observed. Later it way believed to have hit the ground and exploded in a very large flame. Lts. Pascal, Lazzari, and Wilkes.

The following statement was given by F/O George E. Woodham, T-133153, who returned to this station on 15 April 1945.

"I was the third man to bail out of the aircraft, the co-pilot and the navigator were ahead of me. The plane was in a dive when I bailed out and soon after my chute opened I hit the ground. I saw no chutes at all while in the air, and saw none of the crew members after hitting the ground. The plane crashed and exploded close to where I landed.
   
   
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: 1945-04-15

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

349th Sqdn .. Crew joined the 100th on 30 Mar 45. This was their first mission.   This is the last, 100th crew lost. (pw)