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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Winans C.  Shaddix  - O-747903

MACR: 04268 FICHE : 01517

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: SSW  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Thionville    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Heavy ground haze. Scattered clouds at 18,000 ft.    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-04-27 TIME: 20:10 LOCATION: Near Dixmude

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-3534

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-004973
B: 43-64421
C: 42-157110
D: 42-78775
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 395478
B: 385351
C: 394118
D: 394056
E: 395385
F: 395625
G: 393855
H: 395401
I: 395559
J: 384286
K: 385602
L: None

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 Winans C.  Shaddix 1Lt O-747903
CP George T. Sullivan 2Lt O-392574
NAV (N) Raymand C. Lestico TSgt 37177112
BOM (B) Cole M. Dailey 2Lt O-754835
RAD Frederick H. Erb TSgt 13095852
ENG James H. Lee TSgt 34760153
BAL John B. Cortelletty SSgt 19085098
WG (W) William F. Cornelius SSgt 17069759
WG (W) Kenneth V. Hale SSgt 32142159
TG (T) Hugh Hamilton SSgt 14094112

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

J. W. McGuire 2Lt O-806289
Last sighted
C. E. Harris 2Lt O-749162
Last sighted    
L. C. Van Steenis Capt O-798702
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
SUMMARY REPORT:

A/C #534 was hit by flak as it left the target area (Le Culot A/D) at 1939 hours.  No. 3 engine began to smoke and the A/C began to lag.  It remained with the formation, however, until 2110 hours when 10 chutes were seen to come out, and the A/C descended in slow spirals, apparently under AFCE control. (Capt. Van Steenis, Lt. McGuire, Lt. Harris)
   
   
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: 1944-04-28

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

This crew was shot down on 27 Apr 44 - all except Shaddix were POWs - Shaddix was injured but was nursed back to health by Belgian resistance fighters. After recovering Shaddix joined the Armee Blanche and fought with them in the several engagements with the German Army. Shaddix's story has not received the attention it merits. Harry Cruver was working on this at the time of his death.

In a statement by Lt. Shaddix dated 7 (Dec. ?) 1944 he says that the A/C crashed near Ardoye, Belgium and exploded upon impact. It was on fire in air. He and Erb slightly injured. Seven men reported to have been captured by Germans and one man evading. Believed the evadee to be Lt. Sullivan. (Shaddix did not know Sullivan had been captured at a later time. . pw)

Somewhat unusual is that Lt. Shaddix is shown in the records to have rejoined the 100th Group with a new crew on 6/4/45. Unusual in that evadees were usually returned to the U. S. A. and not allowed to fly missions in the ETO for fear that subsequent capture might result in a breach of security endangering the underground operations in Europe.

Letter from W. C. Shaddix of 24/10/84 states: " John Pontziouis, my regular BTG on the crew, came in drunk from an all night carousing & I refused to let him go with us. " The Pontzious record speaks for itself -he was a great one - He had a serious mental problem with guilt after we were lost and was sent home where he was crushed to death (I have heard) in a house moving accident in Michigan. I would give anything if I had just taken him with us. " "The regular navigator, Harry Tennenbaum, was not aboard because "Mickey" operators were not supposed to go on short missions. "

Shaddix, injured when parachuted to ground, was nursed back to health by Belgian resistance people. Later joined the Armee Blanche and fought in the Ardennes forest.

Stayed in service and served in Pacific theater and flew B-47s for 10 years. Retired in 1960.

Additional information concerning W. C. Shaddix:

On 27/4/44 T/Sgt Raymond C. Lestico was aboard as NG;S/Sgt John B. Cortelletty replaced John Pontzious as BTG and S/Sgt KENNETH Y. HALE flew as WG. All three became POWs.

Lt Tennerbaum was flying with J. T. Dyatt on 7/11/44 when Dyatt crashed at Felixstowe but survived.

Most unusual is the fact that Winans Shaddix evaded capture, returned to England and was sent back to the U. S. A. However, he returned to Thorpe Abbotts in April 1945 with a new crew and was assigned to the 351st Sqdn. See below: