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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Ross E.  McPhee  - O-8021184

MACR: 02344 FICHE : 00779

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: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Frankfurt    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 8-10/10 undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-02-04 TIME: 13:32 LOCATION: Walcheron Island

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-30758

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-30758
B: 43-62092
C: SW-004710
D: 43-61643
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 405706
B: 405346
C: 563506
D: 384536
E: 384628
F: 384546
G: 384484
H: 385223
I: 384550
J: 384490
K: 384755
L: 384472

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: PASS: TOTAL:

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1
P2 Ross E.  McPhee 1Lt O-8021184
CP Fred J. Nelson 2Lt O-886586
NAV (N) Martin S. Keker 2Lt O-803075
BOM (B) Bernard R. Levine 2Lt O-563633
RAD Herbert Shope SSgt 15353774
ENG Gordon C. Scarlett SSgt 19100207
BAL Libero J. Bernagozzi SSgt 32657833
WG (W) David J. Shaw SSgt 39080497
WG (W) Blon H. Pate SSgt 34587678
TG (T) Jacob T. Delamar SSgt 34602522

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Howard E. Keel 1Lt O-767964
Last seen under control
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Aircraft down under control  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"Aircraft #753 filled in as #3 in the 2nd element of the lead squadron. It was in position when we were over the target, but soon thereafter began to lag behind. At 1237 hours it pulled away to the right near Wiesbaden and began to lose altitude slowly. It was last seen on a heading of 330 degrees, still losing altitude, but under control. No chutes were seen. 

1st Lt. Keel
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: F.J. King, 1st Lt., Air Corps - Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED: 1944-02-07

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Crew joined 100th on 1 Dec 43 and flew its first mission 31 Dec 43. They were on their ninth mission on 4 Feb 44 to Frankfurt.

Report pieced together from MACR: A/C struck ground near Maunchen Gladbach. All crew members in A/C for the crash landing -- there were no injuries. All survived and were returned to the USA. after VE Day.