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MACR PILOT: Capt  David L.  Miner  - O-797577

MACR: 03027 FICHE : 01024

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: East  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Berlin    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Scattered Clouds    

GIVE

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

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 7238059

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-003402
B: SW-002197
C: SW-002109
D: SW-003512
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1074151
B: 1074487
C: 1074708
D: 1074641
E: 1074936
F: 1074649
G: 1074141
H: 1074403
I: 1074774
J: 773880
K: 776069
L: 1074265 (m) 1074353

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 David L.  Miner Capt O-797577
CP George E. Kinsella 2Lt O-683719
NAV (N) George R. Jones 1Lt O-678961
BOM (B) Earl L. Richardson 1Lt O-738577
RAD William G. Libbert SSgt 16333287
ENG Albert Zikorus SSgt 31136988
BAL Varden I. Butler TSgt 39835712
WG (W) Sam Pry SSgt 18043374
WG (W) Lenord D. Malcuit SSgt 36190593
TG (T) June E. ROBERSON Sgt 38213010

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:
"Four parachutes were observed to come from the lead ship, low squadron, believed to be #059, after enemy fighter attacks  at 1213 hours, north of Hanover."  Lt. Chadwick
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

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REPORT:

Letter from Bertholf 8/Sep/88: Crew joined the 100th in Sept. 1943. . . . jb 

Flying a/c 42-38059 LD-A. This A/C was leading the high squadron when attacked by fighters. The nose was shot away and other damage occurred. It was Richardson's belief that as the ship wildly maneuvered, Jones slipped or was thrown from the nose without his chute. Malcuit & Pry both suffered burns about the face and eyes. "

Lt Alf was replaced for this mission of 6/3/44 by Lt George E. Kinsella from the T. J. Reilly crew. Kinsella was KIA. Lt. Alf was flying with Col. Kelly and Capt. Lakin when he became a POW. Alf had arrived at the 100th Group as pilot with his own crew on 1/12/43. 

Letter from E. L. Richardson dated 8/4/86 says, "Miner's crew was on its 25 mission. And that he was" flying as replacement for D. Berthlof, Nav. who was ill with a sinus infection"