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LT  William R. KIMBALL

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

 William R. Kimball, KIA 28 Sep 44, in his dress uniform. (Photo courtesy of grandson Chandler Echols) Harney crew information / PDF letter regarding loss of this crew. / Charles crew information 

SERIAL #: O-623625 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 09373 CR: 09373

Comments1: 28 SEP 44 MERSEBURG (FLAK)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
              MERSEBURG

1st Lt Raymond E.Harney       P   KIA    28/9/44
2nd Lt William R.Kimball       CP  KIA    28/9/44                               A/C  44-6306  XR-G
2nd Lt Charles M.Hamrick  NAV  KIA    28/9/44                               MACR #9373,Microfiche ,#3436
2nd Lt Warren.M.French  BOM  KIA    28/9/44
   Cpl Thadeus L.Gotz         TTE RFS
   Cpl Hubert J.Burleigh,Jr.   ROG  KIA    28/9/44
   Cpl Melvin F.Cordray      BTG   POW 28/9/44
   Cpl Robert C.Minear       WG   KIA    28/9/44
   Cpl James J. Sorenson       WG  POW 28/9/44 sn#17155212
   Cpl John H.Bundner           TG RFS

349th Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 22/8/44. On 28/9/44,T.L.Gotz was not aboard the A/C and  Robert  Minear was flying as engineer.   A S/Sgt JACK D.FRANCISCO was aboard as tail gunner and became a POW

Crew was on it's eighth mission.

 EYEWITNESS:  "A/C #306 was hit in #2 engine by flak at 1210 hours in the target area. The engine caught fire, but was quickly put out when it pulled away from the formation. It then pulled under our group but began to fall back when #4 engine was also feathered.  Later #4 started running and it was thought to be this aircraft that followed our formation 28 to 30 minutes before going down into the undercast near 5051N and 1057E with P-51s escorting.

James J. Sorenson
We do not have the track to the target for the 29 Sep 44 Merseburg mission.  I have enclosed what information we have, you will note that it is not the complete Field Order (N0# 434). When I return to the Archives at Suitland, Maryland I will try and find the maps with the track marked as well as the complete field order.

Was nice to see you in Little Rock and looking forward to seeing you at the next reunion.  Should you need anything further from the files. let me know and if I do not send more information on the Merseburg mission drop me a note as I might forget..

The above airmen were all promoted to S/Sgt 11 Sept 1944
Ted Gotz and John Bundner were removed from combat duty,
Bob Minear was moved from LWG to TTE
Jack Francisco replaced Bundner
Ted Gotz, Melvin Corday and John Bundner are all deceased at this writing. (1994)
The whereabouts of Jack Francisco is unknown.
This from a letter to Paul West in 1994...

MISSIONS OF S/SGT JAMES J. SORENSON (mpf 2002)

1. 08/09/44 MAINZ
2. 09/09/44 DUSSELDORF
3. 10/09/44 NURNBURG
 14/09/44 OPERATION FRANTIC (RECALLED)
4. 18/09/44 WARSAW, POLAND (2nd RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)
5. 19/09/44 SZOLNOK, HUNGARY
 22/09/44 ITALY TO ENGLAND
6. 25/09/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN
7. 26/09/44 BREMEN
8. 28/09/44 MERSEBURG (SHOT DOWN)

ENDED UP IN STALAG LUFT IV

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Merseburg DATE: 1944-09-28  
AIRCRAFT: (44-6306) CAUSE: FLAK  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 William R. Kimball, KIA 28 Sep 44, in his day uniform. (Photo courtesy of grandson Chandler Echols) Harney crew information / PDF letter regarding loss of this crew. / Charles crew information 

 William R. Kimball, KIA 28 Sep 44, in his day uniform. (Photo courtesy of grandson Chandler Echols) Harney crew information / PDF letter regarding loss of this crew. / Charles crew information 

 William R. Kimball, KIA 28 Sep 44, in his dress uniform. (Photo courtesy of grandson Chandler Echols) Harney crew information / PDF letter regarding loss of this crew. / Charles crew information 

 

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