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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Robert C.  Koper  - O-804460

MACR: 03018 FICHE : 01020

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: East  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Berlin    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Scattered Clouds 2 - 6/10 undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-03-06 TIME: 12:13 LOCATION: North of Hanover

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-31061

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-003922
B: SW-004413
C: SW-004940
D: 43-66264
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 674898
B: 672595
C: 674737
D: 405398
E: 674819
F: 676482
G: 673515
H: 676562
I: 673569
J: 676601
K: 674747
L: 674654

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 Robert C.  Koper 2Lt O-804460
CP George C. Lien 2Lt O-755584
NAV (N) George H. Wing 2Lt O-692122
BOM (B) Thomas O. Drinkwater 2Lt O-682066
RAD Michael J. Tanowigch SSgt 18058006
ENG Charles P. Corea Sgt 32144962
BAL Charles J. Luquette Sgt 18226230
WG (W) Ralph V. Zarzecki Sgt 33425880
WG (W) Arthur Frankel Sgt 12191378
TG (T) Bernard Sundin Sgt 39202524

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Randall T. Chadwick 2Lt O-802652
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"At 1213 hours just north of Hanover an A/C which may have been #061 was attacked by enemy fighters and was shot down. Four or five chutes were seen. Identification of this aircraft is not definite. It may have been confused with #170."  Lt. Chadwick.
   
   
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: 1944-03-13

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

When  this crew joined the 100th 24 Feb 44 the ROG was T/Sgt Weston H. Rodkey. On 6 MAR 44 T/Sgt Michael J. Tanowigch, Original 100th from the Sammy Barr Crew #4 was flying in place of Rodkey. The crew with the exception of Tanowigch (On his second tour) had flown four (4) missions. Koper ordered the crew to bail out, remaining to fly the aircraft during the bail out and was alone in the aircraft when it exploded.

Crew was flying Goin Jessies from the 351st Bomb Squadron on the Berlin Mission.