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S/SGT  Ralph O. INGALLS

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TOG/NG

Ralph O. Ingalls   349th   BOM   KIA   5 Aug 44   Magdeburg   Anthony J. Gallagher Crew  (photo Marissa Neel)

 Ralph O. Ingalls, KIA on the 5 AUG 44 Magdeburg mission. Ralph was flying as a replacement togelier for this mission. (Photo courtesy of Ron Lucas, son of T/Sgt Joseph Lucas) Gallagher crew page | 

SERIAL #: 19176516 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 07878 CR: 07878

Comments1: 5 AUG 44 MADGEBURG (UNKNOWN) (FLAK - BOMB EXP)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT ANTHONY J. GALLAGHER          P KIA   5 AUG 44  MAGDEBURG, TANK, AC
2ND LT GORDON K. BOWEN               CP KIA   5 AUG 44  MAGDEBURG, TANK, AC
2ND LT WILLIAM F. EDMONDSON      NAV KIA   5 AUG 44  MAGDEBURG, TANK, AC
    SGT RALPH O. INGALLS               TOG KIA   5 AUG 44  MAGDEBURG, TANK, AC
T/SGT ALBERT S. PRINCE                 ROG KIA   5 AUG 44  MAGDEBURG, TANK, AC
T/SGT JOSEPH A. LUCAS                  TTE KIA   5 AUG 44  MAGDEBURG, TANK, AC
S/SGT WALTER WITTENDORF           BTG KIA   5 AUG 44  MAGDEBURG, TANK, AC
S/SGT JOHN A. ZAHER                      WG KIA   5 AUG 44  MAGDEBURG, TANK, AC
S/SGT HERMAN F. HERHAMER             TG KIA   5 AUG 44  MAGDEBURG, TANK, AC

349th Sqdn.. The crew above is listed as shown  on the MACR. It is known that Lt Edmondson was from the crew of C.S.Harding, Jr. In addition a crew list of 3 Aug 44 shows Lt Gustav Verdal as the bombardier and S/Sgt J. Gobin as the waist gunner.

EYEWITNESS: "A/C #572 as seen to be hit by flak as bombs were released. the A/C disintegrated and no chutes were seen.

Later reports suggest it may have been bombs from another B-17 that destroyed A/C #42-37572; there is no  confirmation of this and the fate of the A/C will proably never be positively determined.

 MACR #7878, Microfiche #2888    A/C #42 - 37572


Date        Crew Nbr        Mission Nbr        Last Name        Initial        Rank        Position        Aircraft Nbr        Target
6/7/1944        37        -135        INGALLS        R.O.        S/SGT        LWG        37601        NANTES (BRIDGES)
7/7/1944        03        155        INGALLS        R.O.        S/SGT        LWG        31987        BOHLEN/MERSEBURG
7/17/1944      18        161        INGALLS        R.O.        S/SGT        RWG        97393        AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/18/1944      18        162        INGALLS        R.O.        S/SGT        RWG        97834        KIEL & HEMMINGSTADT
7/19/1944      18        163        INGALLS        R.O.        S/SGT        RWG        107230        SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
7/20/1944      10        164        INGALLS        R.O.        S/SGT        LWG        107211        MERSEBURG
8/5/1944        16        174        INGALLS        R.O.        S/SGT        TOG        37572         MAGDEBURG

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Magdeburg DATE: 1944-08-05  
AIRCRAFT: "Sassy Lassy" (43-37572) CAUSE: FLAK - Bomb Exploded  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: K ROW: 26  
GRAVE: 10 CEMETERY: Lorraine Am Cemetery/St Avold  
ID: 2517