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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Robert J.  Horn  - O-749245

MACR: 03232 FICHE : 01104

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: South East  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Augsburg    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 4 - 6/10 undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-03-18 TIME: 15:11 LOCATION: 48 22N - 10 01E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Unknown

AIRCRAFT: 42-3508

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 42-137390
B: 42-80103
C: 41-57945
D: 43-58463
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 398796
B: 394271
C: 394207
D: 398627
E: 398400
F: 395414
G: 395752
H: 394035
I: 394267
J: 394286
K: 394284
L: 394286 (m)394294

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

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

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1
P2 Robert J.  Horn 2Lt O-749245
CP Bart E. Mahoney 2Lt O-803240
NAV (N) William A. Newell 2Lt O-699916
BOM (B) Charles E. Conner 2Lt O-690773
RAD Kenneth H. Mueller Sgt 36630956
ENG Albert J. Shubak Sgt 13171013
BAL Russell A. Rriester Sgt 16081438
WG (W) Victor T. Seabye SSgt 33392889
WG (W) Aubrey Slimm Sgt 32365530
TG (T) William E. Graser SSgt 17156121

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Mark G. Gunnersall 1Lt -803607
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Down under control  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
At 1511 hours near 4822 N -- 1001 E, altitude 16,400 feet, A/C #508 pulled out of formation.  It had been straggling most of the way and seemed to have trouble keeping up.  No props were feathered and no trouble with the A/C was observed when it was last seen. (Mark G. Gunnersall)
   
   
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: 1944-03-20

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Aircraft damaged by debris from the collision of Lt. Paul Martin and Lt Donald Stuke crews - Collision occurred over Dieppe enroute to the target. Horn continued to the target (Munich) and bombed secondary. Preceding collision group leader hit and subsequently aborted - delay in assumption of the the lead by the Deputy Lead resulted in a 360 degree turn by the 100th over the French Coast at Dieppe. In the insuring re-assembly Martin and Stoke were involved in a mid-air collision. The damaged Horn aircraft managed to continue and bomb a secondary target. The damage was so great the that flight could not be sustained for the out bound leg and the aircraft was lost. (Letter to Jim Brown from Charles E. Conner in September 1988...."We crash-landed near Ulm, with Lt Horn making a super smooth dead-stick, wheels up landing in the snow covered backyard of a farmer.) .This data obtained from crewmen in 1993 at the Little Rock reunion. Charles Connor - BOM; Russel Priester - BTG, Ken Mueller - ROG and Abrey Slimm - WG.  Lt. Horn could not keep up with the formation due to battle damage and damage that occurred when they had flown through debris from a collision of two 100th planes over Dieppe on the way to the target. A P-47 offered protection for some time but as Lt. Horn was forced to descend lower and lower with the damaged "Bastard's Bungalow II," the P-47's fuel state forced him, reluctantly, to abandon the stricken B-17. This he did with a friendly wave. At the 100th's 1993 Reunion in Little Rock, AR, members of this crew related an unusual circumstance which had remained unknown to 100th historians for nearly half a century.  ME-109 and a FW-190 aircraft joined up with them, one on each wing. Soon they gave Horn a "Thumbs Down" signal over a large snow covered field. Lt. Horn made a smooth wheels up landing in the snow. The two fighters circled and the ME-190 lowered his wheels and landed next to Horn's aircraft. The German fighter nosed over and crashed, but the Luftwaffe pilot was not injured. The FW-190 circled overhead a few more minutes and then departed. Soon afterward a group of German soldiers arrived and Horn and his crew were taken prisoner. Certainly not the usual way a crew became POWs...pw