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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Donald E.  Riggle  - Missing

MACR: 04578 FICHE : 01627

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: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Berlin    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Informatin not available    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-03-08 TIME: LOCATION: Information not available

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Flak and latter enemy fighters

AIRCRAFT: 42-31710

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 Donald E.  Riggle 2Lt Missing
CP Joseph W. King 2Lt Missing
NAV (N) Wayne H. Parkhurst 2Lt Missing
BOM (B) Kenneth W. Hurst 2Lt Missing
RAD Carl F. Glade SSgt Missing
ENG Edwin R. Scott SSgt Missing
BAL Robert P. Marcell Sgt Missing
WG (W) Robert H. Marbach Sgt Missing
WG (W) Gilbert W. Sandoval Sgt Missing
TG (T) Glynn Matthews Sgt Missing

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

None
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

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TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

A/C # 42 31710"THE SAVAGE"  MACR #4578.Micro fiche #1627. (Don Riggle to Paul West in Little Rock, AR - 1993: On the 8th of May 44 for two days in a row the 100th sent 32 aircraft to Berlin. On these trips the Group was using a new device called CARPET. A powerful transmitter that operated on the same frequency that the German Range Tracking radar used. If properly used formations could have at least two miles in direction. Lt Riggle's aircraft released their bombs but began to trail behind for some unknown reason; finally disappearing. Two of the crew were KIA and eight survived. (This was all the information recorded until 1993. Here Riggle completes the story...pw) The oxygen system was knocked out just as bombs were released. The only alternative was to descend to 15,000 or below to survive. We were on top and overcast on the Berlin and I intended to stay in the clouds on the way back. After about 20 minutes we ran out of cloud cover and were immediately attacked by a flock of ME-109s. We were pretty well shot up - out of ammunition and on fire in the right wing. The control column went limp after a hit in the tail section -  with no control there was nothing we could do except bail out. The two waist gunners, Gil Sandoval and Bob Marbach were dead, so we attached static lines and bailed them out - then the rest of us left the aircraft."