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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Robert D.  Vollmer  - O-803318

MACR: 03029 FICHE : 01026

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: Northeast  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Berlin    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 10/10 Undercast, dense cloud banks past 27,000 feet    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-03-03 TIME: 11:25 LOCATION: Near 5410N - 0910E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Probably collision

AIRCRAFT: 42-39817

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-57973
B: 45-56517
C: SW-2313
D: 43-65105
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 668397
B: 669141
C: 667318
D: 670723
E: 632467
F: 669659
G: 669549
H: 413944
I: 670304
J: 668499
K: 669457
L: 670580

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 D.  Vollmer 2Lt O-803318
CP John W. Adams 2Lt O-801587
NAV (N) Edward G. Sullivan 2Lt O-809759
BOM (B) Ernest B. Clark TSgt 38128395
RAD Elias M. Johnson TSgt 33445887
ENG William S. Humphrey TSgt 16043348
BAL Don Gutherie SSgt 38292557
WG (W) Donald W. Becker SSgt 16171635
WG (W) Thomas H. Mullenix SSgt 34448589
TG (T) George W. Wood SSgt 32759818

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Coy T. Montgomery 2Lt O-803251
Last sighted
William B. Murray 2Lt O-746405
Last sighted    
Leon T. Morgan 2Lt O-802140
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Unknown OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C #970 was group leader. Near 5410N - 0910E, at about 1125 hours the leader flew into a dense bank of clouds. The leader of the second element pulled up above the overcast and his wing men peeled off right and left. None of these crews observed the leading element again. Crews in the 100th B-Group flying the combat wing behind turned back before entering the cloud bank. Most of these crews observed a large explosion behind and slightly above the formation altitude. They described the explosion as resulting from the collision of two B-17's. It is believed that A/C #970 and A/C #617 collided and that A/C #017, which also is missing and damaged by the explosion.

Lts. Montgomery, Murray and Morgan
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: WALTER G. BURKE 1st Lt. Air Corps Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED: 1944-03-12

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

A/C #817 was #3 in lead element, lead squadron. Near 5410 N 0910 E the leader flew into a dense layer of clouds. The leader of the second element pulled up above the overcast and his wing men peeled off right and left. None of these crews saw the leading element again. Crews in the 100th B group flying in the combat wing behind turned back before entering the cloud bank. Most of the crews observed a large explosion behind them and slightly above the formation. altitude. It is believed that A/C 970 and A/C 817 collided and exploded and that A/C 017 which is missing was damaged by explosion. A VHF signal was received from A/C 017 a short time later saying that the pilot intended to try to reach Sweden. A somewhat clearer picture of events is given in a letter from Vollmer to John Miller (1980/81).  "Our element remained together and broke out on top of the clouds at 31,000 feet. For the next five or ten minutes it looked like the mighty 8th Air Force, consisting now of only three B-17s,was going to try to make the first strike on Big B. It didn't last long. A bunch of FWs hit us from about 2 o'clock high and got all of us. Two shells exploded in the cockpit, starting a fire in front of the rudder pedals and causing flames to come through my oxygen mask. At that altitude, I was unable to secure the walk around bottle before losing consciousness. The plane then dived and climbed alternately until it finally broke up. I don't know how I got out, but I did parachute with debris falling all around me. Five of the men on my crew died that day. Bob Lohof was leading the 349th. John Gossage was on right wing, and I was on the left. Lohof was leading the 100th. His radio operator did not receive the recall message and we were unable to convince him, so we continued . . . .".