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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Frank W.  Harte  - O-747404

MACR: 04166 FICHE : 01475

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: ESE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Hamm    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-04-22 TIME: 20:17 LOCATION: 54 44N - 0413E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-37783

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-57013
B: 43-58880
C: 42-137341
D: 43-65557
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 630753
B: 378035
C: 630596
D: 413803
E: 561406
F: 376162
G: 412317
H: 397961
I: 398280
J: 906645
K: 562589
L: 670304

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 Frank W.  Harte 1Lt O-747404
CP John J. Coppinger 2Lt O-755383
NAV (N) Carl F. Conley 2Lt O-689519
BOM (B) Wallace J. Meyer TSgt 12030773
RAD Westen M. Rodkey TSgt 33255613
ENG Paul V. Carlsom TSgt 17069933
BAL Felix W. McIntosh SSgt 34103865
WG (W) Thomas C. McDonald SSgt 16148114
WG (W) Edward T. Coley SSgt 32766988
TG (T) George W. McMullin SSgt 17070793

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

I. R. Morgan 1Lt O-802140
Last sighted
R. D. Horne 1Lt O-748415
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Original MACR field blank OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C #783, Lt. Harte’s, was hit when attacked by fighters at 1905 hours near Rally Point (5131-0758).  Number 3 engine was damaged.  Saw about 8 chutes.  This ship followed quite a ways back. (Lt.R. D. Horne)

Saw Lt. Harte jettisoning everything he could at 1926 hours near 5027-0700 E.  We saw him at 2017 hours near 5444-0413 E., still coming. (Lt. I. R. Morgan)
   
   
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

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

DATE PREPARED: 1944-04-24

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

This was the ninth mission for this crew, first being made on 18 Mar 44 to Augsburg. It appears that on 22 Apr 44, fighters damaged this A/C, particularly #3 engine, and it began to lag. Witnesses saw the crew attempting to jettison equipment from a/c. It appears that all ten men did bail out although Sgt. McDonald was badly wounded before leaving the ship. Some of the crew felt that Lt Harte & Lt Conley may have been killed by German civilians or soldiers after they landed.