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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  John  Lautenschlager  - Missing

MACR: 03028 FICHE : 01025

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: 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: Unknown

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: Missing

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: Missing
B: Missing
C: Missing
D: Missing
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: Missing
B: Missing
C: Missing
D: Missing
E: Missing
F: Missing
G: Missing
H: Missing
I: Missing
J: Missing'
K: Missing
L: Missing

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 John  Lautenschlager 1Lt Missing
CP William J. Sugg 1Lt Missing
NAV (N) Leland C. Fink 1Lt Missing
BOM (B) David Rolnick 1Lt Missing
RAD John Stryjeski 1Lt Missing
ENG Robert T. Bashaw TSgt Missing
BAL Harold L. Sheldon TSgt Missing
WG (W) Harold F. Wilensky SSgt Missing
WG (W) John H. White SSgt Missing
TG (T) Hogan Fussell SSgt Missing

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Missing
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Original MACR field blank OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
No Eyewitness in this MACR
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

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PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: Missing

DATE PREPARED:

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

The German interrogators thought that Lautenschlager was a 'plant' to test their procedures. The Luftwaffe did this from time to time to determine the accurateness of interrogators. They soon determined that Laugenschlager spoke flawless German and did not believe he was an American airman. It was the other members of the crew that changed their minds, they of course, did not know the Germans thought Lautenschlager was a Luftwaffe Officer and soon inadvertently convinced the Germans that Lautenschlager was their pilot.  (pw)