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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  William H.  Fletcher  - O-798998

MACR: 02761 FICHE : 00924

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 350th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Brunswick    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 8-10/10 undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-02-21 TIME: 14:40 LOCATION: Haarlam, Holland (5230 - 0515 E

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Lost 2 engines - cause not give in Macr

AIRCRAFT: 42-37796

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-37796
B: 43-65932
C: 43-64335
D: 43-65038
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 376154
B: 376053
C: 866801
D: 866816
E: 397902
F: 415966
G: 866839
H: 866984
I: 375977
J: 907301
K: 906608
L: 866916 (m) 906376

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 10 PASS: 0 TOTAL: 10

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1
P2 William H.  Fletcher 1Lt O-798998
CP Richard M. Roper 2Lt O-804508
NAV (N) George A. Browning 2Lt O-685315
BOM (B) Howard D. Venzie 2Lt O-676983
RAD George A. Reid TSgt 13104047
ENG Leo T. Callahan TSgt 31120291
BAL Pietro J. Giaquinto SSgt 32499257
WG (W) John J. Seman SSgt 33293830
WG (W) Alexander Sosik SSgt 32330322
TG (T) David T. Robb SSgt 33339625

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

I.C. Van Stennis 1Lt O-790702
Contacted by radio
Frank E. (Big Frank) Valesh 1Lt O-742914
Contacted by radio    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Aircraft went down under controll  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"A/C #796 in our formation at 5210N - 0515E called on VHF and said two engines were out and that a landing in Holland would be attempted"   Lt. Van Stennis

"A/C #796 peeled out of formation at 1430 at 23,000 feet with two engines out. The location was approximately 5210N  - 0630E and called on VHF said he was going to try and reach Holland. Went down through heavy clouds. There were many friendly fighters around"    Lt. Frank Valesh
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

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PREPARED BY: Missing

DATE PREPARED:

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

This aircraft was assigned to the 100th Bomb Group - 350th Bomb Squadron and crash-landed after losing three engines. The aircraft came down near Spaarndam, (Five miles north east of Amsterdam) The Netherlands at 1449 on 21 February 1944 while returning from a bombing mission against Brunswick GR. The pilot was Lt. William Fletcher who, at the request of the crew, crash-landed the aircraft rather than having the crew bail out! None of the airmen were injured. The ten crewmen were taken prisoner and were held in various Stalag Luft camps until released by the Allies.