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LT COL  Magee C. FULLER

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P/COM

After transferring from RCAF to USAAF, 2nd Lt Magee C. Fuller. (courtesy of Brian Fuller-Son)

Lt Col Magee Fuller Gravestone. Photo courtesy of Brian Fuller

POW card for Major Magee Fuller

SERIAL #: O-1699245 STATUS: POW
MACR: 07414 CR: 07414

Comments1: 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG/ 418TH CO (RCAF PILOT)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                                                LT COL MAGEE C. FULLER
                                                  ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

CREW #7 349th Squadron  A/C #42-30042     MACR #1020

        AFTER A FEW MISSIONS, MAGEE FULLER WAS MADE OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE 349TH AND WAS LATER TRANSFERRED TO THE 418TH WHERE HE BECAME THE SQUADRON COMMANDER.  MAGEE APPEARS TO BE THE LAST ORGINAL AIRCREW OF THE 100TH TO BE LOST TO ENEMY ACTION.

1ST LT  MAGEE C. FULLER                      P: POW, 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT  WINTON MacCARTER               CP: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT  HAROLD L. WEACHTER          NAV: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT  GEORGE H. ZIEGLER              BOM: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT   JACK C. ROGERS                    TTE: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   ROBERT W. SANDY                ROG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   ALEXANDER F. SAWICKI          BTG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   COSIMO A. DeMONICA             WG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   RAYMOND J. MANLEY               TG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   GEORGE W. EASTERWED         WG: GROUNDED IN JULY 1943         

349th Sqdn. Original Crew #7  A/C #42-30042   MACR #1020. 
On 10 Oct 43 (Munster) Winton MacCarter had already became the 1st pilot for the crew and Lt Dan Barna took over as CP. MacCarter was flying in 42-30090 XR-B "El P'sstofo" on October 10, 1943.  Fuller later became the 418th Commanding Officer. He went down with the F. C. Kincannon crew at Merseburg 20 Jul 44. Magee became the last original 100th airmen to become a POW. SEE BELOW

After a few missions Magee Fuller was made Operations Officer of the 349th - Later transferred to the 418th as Commanding Officer. Of the 418th Sqdn.    

In a letter of 30 Jan 1979 to Jim Brown, Hal Weachter relates details of the 10 Oct 43 Munster mission:

"Our plane was hit in the wing behind the #3 engine after being hit by a rocket launched by a ME-109. It blew a large hole in the wing and started a fire. We could not get the fire out by side slipping, so we all bailed out. All of us landed safely with Dan Barna, Alexander Sawicki, and I each broke an ankle. We were rounded up and put in jail at an airfield overnight. The next day Barna, Sawicki and I were taken to a POW hospital near Dusseldorf. The gunners went to Stalag #4, I believe MacCarter and Ziegler to Stalag #3. Barna, Sawicki and I along with some others who were in the hospital were sent  (19 Nov 43) to Frankfurt, Ger for interrogation where we arrived at 0200 hours. We slept in a Railroad station and caught a Tram to Obestel at SAM. Our clothes were taken ane we were put in solitary. On 30 Nov. we were given British army clothes, a great coat and shoes and then sent to Stalag #1. The Germans had just re-opened this camp and we were the first group of prisoners. This camp was expanded as the war progressed and at war's end housed close to 9000 POWs. We were packed into a box car at Frankfurt and given a box of food from the Red Cross and black bread and bologna from the Germans. We arrived at Barth, Germany at 1700 hours on 4 Dec 43 and marched to the Stalag which is a couple of miles west and north of the city - few miles from the Baltic Sea.

In March 45 we were liberated by the Russian army. The Germany Commandant wanted to march the whole camp west to stay out of Russian hands, but Colonel Zabreski, senior POW Officer, convinced him that it was useless. One morning we woke up and the guards were gone. The Russians came the next day. We sat in camp until the end of the war when the USAAF sent in planes to fly to Camp Lucky Strike in France. We left Le Harve on the USS General Butner and docked at Newport News, Virginia June 20, 1945.

FULLER (COM) M.C. MAJOR      COM PILOT 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
FORYSTHE W.C. CAPT                          P 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
COLEMAN L.E. LT                               CP 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
BATTISTA (NAV) R.E. LT          COM NAV 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
MILLER R.E. LT                                NAV 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
DOBBINS C.C. S/SGT                        RWG 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
FOX B.S LT                                     BOM 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
HARRIS D.W. S/SGT                           TG 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
HELLEN W.R. T/SGT                         TTE 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
SKAPIN E.A. S/SGT                          LWG 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
SYMINGTON G.E. S/SGT                    BTG 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986
VANCE R.A. T/SGT                           ROG 6/8/1944 TOURS (BRIDGES) 74 106986

  "42-30042-XR-L","042","M C Fuller / W L MacCarter", "Oh Nausea",     43/04/29 Assigned","Orig a/c, Kearney NE"

1.      "42-30066-U","066","M C Fuller / W L MacCarter","Mug Wump",       43/06/25 Bremen",
2.      "42-30042-L","042","M C Fuller / "W L MacCarter","Oh Nausea",        43/06/26 Le Mans","R/E (NS) - mech"
3.      "42-3229-A ","229","M C Fuller /"W L MacCarter","Pasadena Nena", "43/06/28 St Nazaire","R/E (NS) - mech, 
                                                                                                                                          #2 + #3 eng failed  
4.      "42-30002-F","002","M C Fuller ,"Waac Hunter / Damifino","                43/07/28 Oschersleben",
5.        "42-3534-L","534","M C Fuller (Ol' Dad) later",                                     43/10/09 Marienburg",
6.      "42-39934-Z","934","Capt M C Fuller/ H G Devore","My Achin' Back""44/03/04 Berlin*","Slight BD, hole L/inner wing panel"  (Capt Fuller Received DFC for this Mission)
7.      "42-31903-T","903","Capt M C Fuller"/ "H G Devore"."     Hard Luck II, "44/03/18 Lechfeld","Failed to attack target, slight BD,  flak to R/inner wing, L/outer wing, No4 nacelle"
         "42-31903-T, "903" "Capt M. C Fuller/"Capt Van Steenis"  HARD LUCK II  44/04/09  KRZESINKI (POSEN) (RECALL 
8.      "42-31903-T, "903" "Capt M.C Fuller/"Capt Lakin"       HARD LUCK II   44/04/10 RHEIMS/ CHAMPAGNE
9 .   "42-106986-B","986","Capt M.C Fuller / C E Harris",    "Sack Artist.",    44/05/01 am (Wizernes abortive - Wx)",
10.          PFF          Maj  M.C Fuller                                         Pathfinder      v44/05/12 BRUX, OIL REFINERY
11.   "42-106986-B","986","Maj M.C Fuller/C E Harris",      "Sack Artist.",   44/05/28 Magdeburg","(B) dest Fw190"
12.         PFF           Maj M.C.Fuller                                           Pathfinder     44/06/04 BOULOGNE
13.   "42-106986-B","986","Maj M C Fuller/Capt W C Forsythe","Sack Artist.",           "44/06/08 Tours",
14.   "42-97564",    "564","Maj M C Fuller/F Kincannon", "Belle of Berlin / Pathfinder","44/06/21 Frantic - Russia","95BG PFF on DS to 100BG"
15.   "42-97564",    "564","Maj M C Fuller/F Kincannon","Belle of Berlin / Pathfinder","44/06/26 Drobhabycz, Poland","95BG PFF on DS to 100BG;  From Russia - landed Italy"
16.   "42-97564",    "564","Maj M C Fuller/ F Kincannon","Belle of Berlin / Pathfinder","44/07/05 Beziers","95BG PFF on DS to 100BG"
17.        PFF                    "Maj M.C.Fuller                                           Pathfinder   44/07/14 SOUTH OF FRANCE
18.   "42-97564",    "564","Maj M C Fuller/F Kincannon","Belle of Berlin / Pathfinder","44/07/20 Merseburg","MISSING -- , flak, 10 chutes,  PFF a/c, 95BG, led 100BG "A'"

                                        Pathfinder Aircraft

DATE: 20 July 1944       418th Sqdn.            A/C #42-97564 OE-F (95th BG Pathfinder) "Belle of Berlin"

MISSION: Merseburg,Ger.                             MACR #7414,Micro-fiche #2701

Major MaGee C.Fuller            Com. P  POW
Capt Francis C.Kincannon           P       POW
1st Lt Bernard L.Farnum         CP       POW
Capt Robert E.Nance           BOM      EVADEE
1st Lt Louis H.Abromowitz      NAV      EVADEE
Capt Henry C. Griffis           RAD/N     EVADEE (see Hermansen crew/ 350th Sqdn.)
1st Lt George E.Bonitz        NAV       EVADEE
T/Sgt Daniel B.Deason        TTE        POW
T/Sgt Oscar L.Edge            ROG        POW
 S/Sgt Glen E.Snider          RWG        POW
 S/Sgt Daniel M.Cargile        LWG       EVADEE
 S/Sgt Robert D.Chavez        TG        POW

This A/C  was leading the mission in a Pathfinder ship which accounts for the seven officers aboard. Major Fuller,who had flown overseas as pilot of a 349th Sqdn. Crew in June 1943, was now C.O. of the 418th.

EYEWITNESS:  "Just as bombs were released A/C #564 received a direct hit by AA fire between #2 engine and fuselage.Shell did not explode but a large hole was torn in the wing and gasoline poured from the tanks. #2 engine feathered and A/C pulled out of formation directing deputy leader to take over. A/C fell behind and was escorted by fighters and it was reported that #564 was heard to tell fighters over radio that it
was all-right." This is all the information that interrogation of 100th "A" Group crews revealed.

From Bottisham (fighter base) to PFF War room to 100th BG the following report was received: "A/C #564 called for fighter support
after it began to lag and contact was made over channel "C" with the fighters which gave it cover. Subsequentlythe PFF had to crash
land near Louvain just east of Brusselsand prearranged plan (over channel "C") as soon as the crew had cleared the A/C the fighter strafed and set fire to the ship. Fighter did not see PFF explode  but stated definitely that it was afire,and that all the crew was safe.'

42-97564 Belle of Berlin Pathfinder Aircraft 95th Bomb Group 335 BS OE-F
              "A Pathfinder aircraft (95th Bomb Group), named ""Belle of Berlin"" while assigned to the 95th Bomb Group --- code OE-F"
 03-Feb-44 Assigned to UK 96th BG
 21-Jun-44 First Operational Sortie  95th BG
 20-Jul-44 FTR - Flak crash landed Leuven, Belgium
 CAPT FRANCIS C KINCANNON
 MISSING AIR CREW REPORT # 07414
 6 EVD, 6 POW (7 POW, 5 RMC) - E&E 1842, 1843, 1844, 2001, 2002          
 Pilot Capt. Francis C. Kincannon -or- Maj. Magee C. Fuller

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The following form contents were entered on 23rd Nov 1
Date = 23 Nov 1 19:18:37
subject = 100thBG Question Submission
messages = 286
email = wpf13@hotmail.com
uname = Wally P. Fydenchuk

comments =  I'm researching U.S. citizens who enlisted in the RCAF prior to Pearl Harbor.
As your website lists, Lt Charlie Wilson, Lt Robert Pearson and Capt. Richard Carey, were ex RCAF Americans. Capt. Mark Carnell was another ex RCAF member.  His RCAF service number was C 6873. He was a staff pilot at #4 Wireless School. He transferred to the USAAF May 1942. Two others also served/trained with RCAF  MAGEE CHARLES FULLER, SERVICE NUMBER;  R66199 Enlisted Niagara Falls 8-9-40 and  Michael Garemko completed EFTS training  (basic flight training) before transferring to the US Forces.  Found another Lt Reginald Smith He graduated from No. 5 Service Flying Training School Brantford, Ontario…Wally
 
Hi Mike,

Just returned from Ottawa military archives.
Here's what I located.

MAGEE CHARLES FULLER

SERVICE NUMBER;  R66199

Enlisted Niagara Falls 8-9-40

POSTINGS:

#12 Elementary Flying Training School   3-1-42

#4 Bombing and Gunnery School   5-6-41

Trade:  Elementary Flying Instructor/Pilot

Discharged:  20-5-42


Wally,

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REPLY TO: fxtreme21@yahoo.com
SUBMITTER: Brian A Fuller Jr.
EMAIL: fxtreme21@yahoo.com
PURPOSE: Contact historian
INTEREST: I am the veteran's relative
  
VETERAN: 
DATE OF DEATH:  
FAMILY CONTACT:  
  
OLD ADDRESS: 
NEW ADDRESS: 
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 
  
MESSAGE: I am the grandson of Major Magee C Fuller.  I believe I have some info , pix, documents that you may want for your site.  I would also like to speak with you about my Grandfather. 

Thank You Sir for replying so fast to my inquiry.  How do I contact you about the info I have?
My number is (814) 460-5650.  Please feel free to contact me.
Brian Fuller

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 Re: Lt Col Magee Fuller 418th BS Commanding Officer
by oscar » Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:48 am 

Hello,
I am very interested in this plane and what had happened to all crew members. Only one thing is wrong in the list posted in this forum,the plane did not crash in Belgium but in Holland close to Belgium border. The exact place is behind a farm called "chaambeek" near the road from "Chaam"to "Baarle Nassau". But first I must tell you how and why I am interested in this plane.
My grandfather (he is not living any more) writed a story what happened on the 15th august of 1944.
He was a smith in the place "Chaam" named Jan Snelders.
He had the key of the church in "Chaam" because he had the job to repair the cross on the roof and that day in august he went with his assistant to the top of the tower to watch the bombardment of the airfield "Gilze Rijen" some 8 km further away.
When they arrived almost at the top 3 persons came from the dark and pointing a gun to them,my grandfather saw that they were militairy and called "Hollander" and the gun was put away. A conversation was difficult because they did not speak any English.
When they went away other people wanted to watch the bombardment in the tower,my grandfather sent them away but there was a suspicion of that people. Now was clear that another hiding place must be searched a soon as possible.
The next day,16th august the 3 airman were moved by car in the early morning to another place, a shelter called "Hondsdonk" in the place "Ulvenhout".
From this story of my grandfather it tells that the 3 airman where hided since the day of the crash 20th july 1944. Also tells this story that 3 other crewmembers where arrested at the same time by the Germans, 4 other crewmembers evaded to a dokter in "Baarle Nassau" and our 3 airman were avaded helped by 2 Dutch militairy police (resistance) hiding in the cornfield before the Germans arrived at the crashed plane,of the other 2 crewmembers I don't know nothing.

Now I wanted to know what were the names of those airman and who is who.
I searched a lot on the internet,specialy on this site but not everything is clear to me.
Meaby other members of this site can help me.
Also I want a picture of the "Belle of Berlin" who I can't find on the net.
( sorry for mistakes in English )

Thanks……………………….. oderooij@hetnet.nl
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Fulller Grandchild  ambermorningstarfuller@yahoo.com


From: Jos van Roozendaal [mailto:jvroozendaal@gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2012 6:59 AM
To: mpfaley@aol.com
Subject: Wrong crash location on your side of 100 BG ship “ Belle of Berlin” 42-97564

Dear Sir/Madam

Some eight days ago we visited former station Thorpe Abotts and its museum in Great Britain. In a conversation with the staff and researchers we discussed the crash of the  “Belle of Berlin” 42-97564 who crashed in the near vicinity where we live on July 20th 1944. One of the discussions was the exact crash-spot and they advised me to write you.
In MACR  7414 several places are mentioned, not surprising, due to the geographic knowledge of the former crews from Europe and Holland in particular.
As crash-spot is mentioned on your website Louvain in Belgium. Same place we see in a book surely well known by you “Century Bombers” we can read on page 133 the same place of Louvain.
Also in MACR 7414 is mentioned this place.
In fact it was approximately 42 miles North North East of the city of Louvain 
Coordinates:  51°29'4.26"N    4°52'47.47"E 

This exact spot is proved by:
-Pointed out by eyewitnesses and statements by Dutch police.
-Noted in German reports in MACR 7414
-Accounted for by crewmembers in MACR 7414 by Kincannon, Edge, Nance, Bonitz
-Crewmember Daniel Deason, Flight Engineer, also mentioned the correct spot in his correspondence to us February 26, 1992.
I hope that this information will be useful for you and if you need more additional information I’ll try to help you.
Thanks for your attention.


Best regards,
Jos van Roozendaal from The Netherlands
Researcher and member History Society of the municipality of Baarle-Nassau, Holland
Researcher and member Museum of airbase Gilze-Rijen, Holland

MEMO 2:

Original 100th, Crew #7.  Came overseas with the 349th, became Operations Officer of 349th and later promoted to 418th CO

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Merseburg DATE: 1944-07-20  
AIRCRAFT: "Belle of Berlin" (42-97564) 95th BG PFF CAUSE: FLAK - Fire  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Me next to my dads portrait at tom ridge field Erie airport Erie pa when he was put in the aviation wall of fame...Brian Fuller, Son of Magee Fuller

Maj Magee Fuller, operations Officer for 349th BS and CO of 418th BS. Original Cadre of 100th BG and Shot Down July 20,1944 with Lt Kincannon Crew. . This is his POW card from Stalag Luft I at Barth. 

Back side of Maj Magee Fuller POW card from Stalag Luft I at Barth 

Commendation from Gen LeMay for leading March 4th Misdion for 100th BG composite that flew with 95th Bomb Group

DFC commodation for March 4, 1944 Berlin Mission

RCAF cadet Magee Fuller is 1st row #1, this is from RCAF elementary  instructors course in Trenton Ontario, Canada c.1940.  RCAF service record: 
 
MAGEE CHARLES FULLER

SERVICE NUMBER; R66199

Enlisted Niagara Falls 8-9-40

POSTINGS:

#12 Elementary Flying Training School 3-1-42

#4 Bombing and Gunnery School 5-6-41

Trade: Elementary Flying Instructor/Pilot

Discharged: 20-5-42 and transferred to USAAF. 

 From left, Magee C. Fuller, Neil B. Harding, Owen D. "Cowboy" Roane, and Robert "Red " Stuart 

Lead PFF aircraft with Capt Kincannon and Maj Magee Fuller taking off on July  20, 1944  
Flak hit between the No. 2 engine and the fuselage on the bomb run. The propellers on the left side both ran away but there was no fire. The aircraft left the formation and returned with escorts from the 361st Fighter Group. 564 made an emergency landing about 10 km southeast of Breda, Holland. The crews successfully set the aircraft afire. This B-17 was not a 100th aircraft and was on detached service from the 95th, a sister group of the 100th also in the 13th Combat Wing.

Delivered Denver 22/12/43; 1SAG Langley 17/1/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-J] Snetterton (H2X) 4/2/44; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD- ] Thorpe Abbotts 2/44; 5 missions. Missing in Action Merseburg 20 July 1944 as PATHFINDER ship, with Pilot Captain Francis C. Kincannon, Co-pilot: Bernard L. Farnum, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Daniel B. Deason, Radio Operator: Oscar L. Edge, Right Waist gunner: Glen E. Snider, Tail gunner: Robert D. Chavez, Major Magee C. Fuller mission Command pilot (7 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Louis H. Abramowitz (changed his name to Abbott after the war), Navigator: George E. Bonitz, Bombardier: Captain Robert E. Nance, Left Waist gunner: Daniel M. Cargile, Captain Henry C. Griffis radar navigator (5 evaded capture and got back to base after help from Dutch and Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance). Flak shell hit wing, did not explode, but pierced gas tanks; ship fell out of formation and hit by fighters. Plane force-landed just South of Chaam, SE of Breda, Holland. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 7414. On Detached Service from 95thBG, may have carried the name "Belle of Berlin" ?

 

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