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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Alexender W.  Kinder  - O-754517

MACR: 04865 FICHE : 01735

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: SE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Brux    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Slight ground haze - 2/10 low clouds.    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-05-12 TIME: 16:23 LOCATION: French coast (51 07N - 02 40E)

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-31504

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-004512
B: SW-004242
C: 43-56753
D: SW-004544
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 888044
B: 888201
C: 683162
D: 889985
E: 890073
F: 889732
G: 887766
H: 869895
I: 889822
J: 650489
K: 847601
L: 888980 (m) 888905

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 Alexender W.  Kinder 1Lt O-754517
CP Theodore R. Schmuck 2Lt O-441002
NAV (N) Dale R. Wynn 2Lt O-814479
BOM (B) William J. Dodd 2Lt O-685109
RAD Robert W. Mazzacane TSgt 11113213
ENG Charles J. Wilson TSgt 19085376
BAL Charles R. Daniels TSgt 35656757
WG (W) Eugene W. Wayrynan SSgt 37322324
WG (W) David F. Castles SSgt 14178316
TG (T) Charles R. Stewart SSgt 18131692

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Robert C. Lunsford 2Lt O-680569
Last sighted
Elmer E. Ferbrache 1Lt O-742074
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER: Aircraft was ditching (in error, crew bailed out over land)  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C #504 was damaged by flak in the target area.  It began to lag after the bomb run and was last seen at the French coast with a P-38 escort. Enroute out the pilot was heard VHF saying that he was jettisoning as much equipment as possible and flying on two engines.  This A/C was heard to report fighter support, and the pilot asked for A/S rescue apparently in preparation for ditching.
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: WALTER G. BURKE 1st Lt. Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1944-05-14

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

  Reports of  English Channel ditching were in error.  However the crew did not ditch as the following German report indicates: "On 12 May 1944 at 14:30 hours a four engine American bomber crashed on the south exit of the township Miederbachein, District of St.  Goarshausen.  The bomber exploded and was completely destroyed.  Type and number of the bomber could not be determined.  The engines were Studebaker type.  The crew bailed out prior to the crash, they were captured by the police and the people. . NAMES OF CAPTURED FLYERS: The crew names are listed above. .  The POW enemy airmen were sent to Armed Forces Land Gurard Battalion 786 in St Goarshausen and from there on 15 May 1944, at 0940 hours to Dulag Luft Cherusel"

A lot of eyewitnesses (Germans) told me, they had seen the plane flying alone, a long time after the bomber formation had passed by. The plane had been attacked by three german fighters. There was no fighter support (P-38). The plane was shoot down and the crew bailed out.   Mr Obel