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LT  Edward A. HESSE

MACR: 09509 CR: 09509

Comments1: 6 OCT 44 BERLIN (FLAK)




A/C # 43-37882 Happy-Go-Lucky      MACR #9509, Micro-fiche #3486

2nd Lt Frederick G.Reed             P       KIA  6/10/44 BERLIN
2nd Lt Edward .A. Hesse          CP       KIA  6/10/44 BERLIN
F/0 John T.Carmichael             NAV      KIA   6/10/44 BERLIN
2nd Lt Edmund W.Rohde        BOM      KIA   6/10/44 BERLIN                       
Sgt Roy F.Lomanno                TTE     P0W  6/10/44 BERLIN   (Bailed out - captured at Finkenwerder) 
Cpl Robert H. Bennett            ROG     KIA    6/10/44 BERLIN       
Cpl Robert E.Jackson              BTG     KIA    6/10/44 BERLIN         
Sgt Joseph J.Burghardt           WG    KIA     6/10/44 BERLIN (became TG when crew reduced to 9 men)
Cpl Edward V.Ankli                 WG    KIA     6/10/44 BERLIN
CPl Leo A.Soutaerd                 TG    NOC   (removed from crew when the reduction to 9 man crew was made and did not fly in 37882 on 6 Oct 1944) 

350th Sqdn.  Crew joined the 100th Group on 12/9/44. This WAS  probably the 3rd or 4th mission for this crew.  Crew was flying a 418th a/c.  

EYEWITNESS  "A/C #882 received a direct flak burst between #2 & #1 engine. The wing burst into 
flame and the A/C pealed off spinning and burning.   no chutes were seen.

MACR has Ankli as TTE, Jackson as BTG,  Burghardt as TG and Lomanno as WG.

Direct flak hit between the left engines - left formation and crashed at Ringstrasse 51-6, Finkenkrug, 10 km west of Spandau, Germany. After some minutes the bomb load exploded, killing a German woman who was attempting to assist the crew. The eight killed were buried as Unknowns in the Communal Cemetery at Falkensee, Germany. In August 1947 those interred in Mass Grave Row 2 Graves 5/7 at Falkensee were move to Ardennes. Cpl Robert H. Bennett, F/O John T. Carmichael, 2Lt. Edmund W. Rohde and S/Sgt Joseph J. Burghardt were individually identified by Graves Registration. At the request of next of kin the unidentified were buried in Ardennes in two adjoining graves.



TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-10-06  
AIRCRAFT: "Happy-Go-Lucky" (43-37882) CAUSE: FLAK  


PLOT: A ROW: 8  
GRAVE: 14 CEMETERY: Ardennes, Neuville-en-Cond, Belgium  
ID: 2317