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F/O  Victor I. KINKADE

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

F/O Victor Kinkade , bombardier on Lt Gustafson Crew, killed by Civilians on July 29,1944.  Airman Victor Kinkade. [Photo courtesy Mary Maddox]

SERIAL #: T-002168 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 07816 CR: 07816

Comments1: 29 JUL 44 LEUNA OIL PLANT

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Carl G. Gustafson,Jr.             P         KIA    29/7/44 Merseburg (Killed by Civilians, see story below)
 F/O Michael J. Nemerowski,Jr.        CP        KIA    29/7/44 Merseburg (Killed by Civilians, see story below)
2nd Lt Evin L. Perdue                 NAV       CPT    10/1/45 Cologne    (with Lt Ed Talmage Crew)
 F/O Victor I. Kinkade             BOM/NAV    KIA     29/7/44 Merseburg (Killed by Civilians, see story below)
 S/Sgt Anthony G. Trebnik          ROG       KIA      29/7/44 Merseburg (Killed by Civilians, see story below)
 S/Sgt Robert E. Fife                  TTE       POW    29/7/44 Merseburg  (LWA by flak) 8/6/44 Tours, France
Sgt Jack C. Kromer                     BTG       KIA       29/7/44 Merseburg (Killed by Civilians, see story below)                                    
Sgt Frank A. Caldwell                 RWG       KIA      29/7/44  Merseburg  (Killed by Civilians, see story below)                                    
Sgt Sigmund A.Kazmierski           LWG       CPT     (TG with Lt G.S. Allen when Lt Gustafson Crew redueced to Nine men)
Sgt William R. Ewing                    TG       KIA       29/7/44 Merseburg  (Killed by Civilians, see story below)

MACR#78l6   Micro fiche#2863                A/C#42 107211 XR-N "The Liberty Belle"

349th Sqd.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 25/5/44.
Crew on 22nd Misslon. On 29/7/44, F/O Kinkade was flying as Navigator and S/Sgt Marccena F. Dottoviano listed as bombardier/togg and was a KIA. He was not a regular crew member. Records indicate S/Sgt Dottoviano was an original ground crew member having gone overseas with the Original 100th group. Sgt Kazmierski was taken off the crew after July 17th to reduce to 9 men.  He was assigned to the Crew of Lt G. S. Allen as Tail Gunner.  He also flew as RWG on misson with Lt Trapnel & Capt Gosrski on 27 Sept 44 to Mainz.

2nd Lt Perdue flew his last mission as Navigator with Lt Gustafson Crew on June 8, 1944 mission to Tours.  Although I can find no record yet, my feeling is that Lt Perdue was injured on 8 Jun 44 mission.  Records indicate he returned to combat duty on 24 Aug 44 mission to Ruhland with Lt Frazier's Crew as a fill in Navigator.  A Lt King filled in for two missions as Navigator on Gustafson Crew  before Lt Victor Kinkade transitioned from Bombardier to Navigator on the Gustafson Crew.  

The Carl C.Gustafson  crew's aircraft was named the "Liberty Belle" with b.g.cannon as the crew chief the nose art was the liberty belle with a shapely blond standing by it .  In reply to your question, yes this was the aircraft that went down.  My flight records show we flew 2 missions on D-Day.  I was hit by flak on 6/8/44 and did not rejoin the crew until July 17th.  I do not have any crew pictures.  My POW experience is well documented on the web site www.stalagluft4.org.….T/Sgt Robert Fife   hypopa23@kitusa.com  2/1/2006


Exerpts From "The News-Star, Sunday May 27, 2001 on Lt Carl Gustafson Jr. 
      From research by Nita Nell Watson, cousin of Lt Gustafson)
                      by Nancy Bergeron

"Gustafson would get his military wings and be commissioned as a B-17 "Flying Fortress"
bomber pilot with the 349th BS, 100th Bomb Group.  On May 23, 1944, he shipped overseas.
Seven days later, he and fellow B-17 pilot Charles Harding would fly their first mission over 
Germany.  He was terrific, a real leader, said Harding.  "He was a typical good old 
Louisiana boy".

"Seven weeks after flying a successful D-Day Mission, Gustafson and his 8 man crew took enemy fire
over the oil refinery town of MERSEBURG, it was July 29, 1944.  The squadron was broken up by flak, Watson said
recounting what Gustafsons parents never knew.  The formation fell apart and the bombers were stragglers (fighters 
came in and finished off the whole low squadron).  The Crew bailed out."

"As the plane was coming in there was a woman who was shot in the village and the mayor thought somebody
from the plane shot her" Watson said.  "They treated Carl Jr and the crew unmercifully".  Two of the captured 
flyers were shot in the head trying to escape, one survived and was taken prisoner (S/Sgt Robert Fife) elsewhere.
Another apparently died as well.  The remaining five, including Gustafson, were tortured, then shot.  The Mayor 
himself evidently killed Gustafson, the only officer among the Americans."

"Partial transcripts from the mayors (called a district leader) subsequent war crimes trial indicates Lt Gustafson
was probably clubbed in the head before being shot with a pistol.  The bodies were buried only to be exhumed
and cremated three days later on the Mayor's orders." (Trying to hide his crimes mpf-2001)

MISSION LIST OF LT GUSTAFSON (missing 1 mission)

 Date      Aircraft Nbr Target                           Notes
5/30/1944 107211 TROYES
5/31/1944 107211 OSNABRUCK
6/2/1944   107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944   107211 BOULOGNE
6/5/1944   107211 BOULOGNE
6/6/1944   107211 OUISTREHAM                       D-Day
6/6/1944   107211 FALAISE                              D-Day
6/8/1944   31347   TOURS (BRIDGES)                TTE Sgt Robert Fife LWA by Flak
6/12/1944 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK            TTE-T/Sgt M.W. Holditch/T/Sgt Dottoviano becomes Togg on Crew
6/15/1944 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER             TTE-T/Sgt M.W. Holditch
6/19/1944 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF                T/Sgt L.M. Pratt takes over as TTE until July 17, 1944, Lt Kinkade becomes Nav. 
6/20/1944 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/21/1944 107211 RUHLAND                             1st Russian Shuttle Mission      
6/26/1944 107211 DROHOBYCZ, Poland              1st Russian Shuttle Mission      
7/3/1944   107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)                  1st Russian Shuttle Mission      
7/5/1944   107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)            1st Russian Shuttle Mission      
7/11/1944 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/12/1944 107211 MUNICH (INDUSTRIAL AREA)
7/17/1944 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY   T/Sgt Robert Fife returns as TTE
7/28/1944 107211 MERSEBURG                          S/Sgt Kazmierski taken off Crew to reduced to 9 men
7/29/1944 107211 MERSEBURG                          Shot Down

Crew on 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG MISSION:   MACR#78l6~Micro fiche#2863       A/C#42 107211 XR-N "The Liberty Belle"

 GUSTAFSON C.C. LT         P      7/29/1944 MERSEBURG 107211  KIA  BY CIVILIANS 
 NEMEROWSKI N.J. F/O      CP    7/29/1944 MERSEBURG 107211  KIA  BY CIVILIANS
 KINKADE V.I. LT               NAV 7/29/1944 MERSEBURG 107211  KIA  BY CIVILIANS
 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 7/29/1944 MERSEBURG 107211  KIA  BY CIVILIANS
 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT         ROG 7/29/1944 MERSEBURG 107211  KIA  BY CIVILIANS
 FIFE R.E. T/SGT               TTE  7/29/1944 MERSEBURG 107211  POW
 KROMER J.C. T/SGT          BTG  7/29/1944 MERSEBURG 107211  KIA  BY CIVILIANS
 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT      RWG 7/29/1944 MERSEBURG 107211  KIA  BY CIVILIANS
 EWING W.R. S/SGT          TG    7/29/1944 MERSEBURG 107211  KIA  BY CIVILIANS


S/Sgt Dottoviano  also flew some missions with Lt McKeague Crew at TG and Waist Gunner. He was original ground cadre of the 100th BG and became a gunner/tog

MISSIONS OF T/SGT DOTTOVIANO

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target                      CREW
3/23/1944 07 135 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT TG 37783 BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM          W/ LT J.C. MOORE CREW
3/31/1944 07 139 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT TG 83 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED         W/LT J.C. MOORE CREW
5/12/1944 05 116 DOTTOVIANO M.E. S/SGT TG 107230 BRUX, OIL REFINERY            W/LT L. TOWNSEND CREW
5/25/1944 38 122 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT LWG 31347 BRUSSELS                          W/LT MCKEAGUE CREW
5/28/1944 38 124 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT LWG 31347 MAGDEBURG                       W/LT MCKEAGUE CREW
5/29/1944 38 125 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT LWG 31347 LEIPZIG                              W/LT MCKEAGUE CREW
5/30/1944 38 126 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT LWG 102977 TROYES                           W/LT MCKEAGUE CREW
6/2/1944 38 128 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT LWG 103937 BOULOGNE                         W/LT MCKEAGUE CREW
6/5/1944 38 131 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT LWG 102621 BOULOGNE(CHG)                W/LT MCKEAGUE CREW
6/6/1944 38 -132 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT TG 31347 FALAISE/OUISTREHAM            W/LT MCKEAGUE CREW
6/7/1944 38 -135 DOTTOVIANO M.F. S/SGT TG 107211 NANTES (BRIDGES)               W/LT MCKEAGUE CREW
6/12/1944 07 -138 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK        W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
6/15/1944 07 -140 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER        W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
6/19/1944 07 -142 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF           W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
6/20/1944 07 -143 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 FALLERSLEBEN                  W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
6/21/1944 07       DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 RUHLAND (RUSSIAN SHUTTLE)   W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW  
6/26/1944 07 149 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 DROHOBYCZ                      W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
7/3/1944 07 151 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)                 W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
7/5/1944 07 153 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)           W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
7/11/1944 07 157 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)     W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
7/12/1944 07 158 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)            W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
7/17/1944 07 161 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY  W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
7/28/1944 07 168 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MERSEBURG                         W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
7/29/1944 07 169 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MERSEBURG                         W/LT GUSTAFSON CREW
***************************************************************************************************************
MISSIONS OF LT GUSTAFSON CREW:

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
5/30/1944 07 126 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 TROYES
5/30/1944 07 126 NEMEROWSKI N.J. F/O CP 107211 TROYES
5/30/1944 07 126 KINKADE V.I. F/O BOM 107211 TROYES
5/30/1944 07 126 PERDUE E.L. LT NAV 107211 TROYES
5/30/1944 07 126 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 TROYES
5/30/1944 07 126 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 107211 TROYES
5/30/1944 07 126 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 TROYES
5/30/1944 07 126 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 TROYES
5/30/1944 07 126 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 TROYES

5/31/1944 07 127 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 OSNABRUCK
5/31/1944 07 127 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 107211 OSNABRUCK
5/31/1944 07 127 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 OSNABRUCK
5/31/1944 07 127 PERDUE E.L. LT NAV 107211 OSNABRUCK
5/31/1944 07 127 KINKADE V.I. F/O BOM 107211 OSNABRUCK
5/31/1944 07 127 NEMEROWSKI N.J. F/O CP 107211 OSNABRUCK
5/31/1944 07 127 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 OSNABRUCK
5/31/1944 07 127 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 OSNABRUCK
5/31/1944 07 127 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 OSNABRUCK

6/2/1944 07 128 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 BOULOGNE
6/2/1944 07 128 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 BOULOGNE
6/2/1944 07 128 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 BOULOGNE
6/2/1944 07 128 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 107211 BOULOGNE
6/2/1944 07 128 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 BOULOGNE
6/2/1944 07 128 KINKADE V.I. F/O BOM 107211 BOULOGNE
6/2/1944 07 128 PERDUE E.L. LT NAV 107211 BOULOGNE
6/2/1944 07 128 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 BOULOGNE
6/2/1944 07 128 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 BOULOGNE
6/2/1944 07 128 KROMER J.C. S/SGT BTG 107211 BOULOGNE

6/4/1944 07 130 KROMER J.C. S/SGT BTG 107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 07 130 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 07 130 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 07 130 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 07 130 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 07 130 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 07 130 KINKADE V.I. F/O BOM 107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 07 130 PERDUE E.L. LT NAV 107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 07 130 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 BOULOGNE
6/4/1944 07 130 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 BOULOGNE

6/5/1944 07 131 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 07 131 PERDUE E.L. LT NAV 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 07 131 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 07 131 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 07 131 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 07 131 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 07 131 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 07 131 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 07 131 CRAVEN J.L T/SGT TOG 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)
6/5/1944 07 131 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 BOULOGNE(CHG)

6/6/1944 07 -132 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 07 -132 PERDUE E.L. LT NAV 107211 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 07 -132 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 07 -132 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 07 -132 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 07 -132 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 107211 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 07 -132 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 07 -132 CRAVEN J.L T/SGT TOG 107211 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 07 -132 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 OUISTREHAM
6/6/1944 07 -132 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 OUISTREHAM

6/6/1944 07 -132 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 FALAISE
6/6/1944 07 -132 PERDUE E.L. LT NAV 107211 FALAISE
6/6/1944 07 -132 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 FALAISE
6/6/1944 07 -132 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 FALAISE
6/6/1944 07 -132 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 FALAISE
6/6/1944 07 -132 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 107211 FALAISE
6/6/1944 07 -132 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 FALAISE
6/6/1944 07 -132 CRAVEN J.L T/SGT TOG 107211 FALAISE
6/6/1944 07 -132 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 FALAISE
6/6/1944 07 -132 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 FALAISE

6/8/1944 07 -136 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 07 -136 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 07 -136 PERDUE E.L. LT NAV 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 07 -136 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 07 -136 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 07 -136 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 07 -136 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 07 -136 CRAVEN J.L T/SGT TOG 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 07 -136 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)
6/8/1944 07 -136 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 31347 TOURS (BRIDGES)

6/12/1944 07 -138 KING B.L. LT NAV 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/12/1944 07 -138 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/12/1944 07 -138 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/12/1944 07 -138 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/12/1944 07 -138 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/12/1944 07 -138 HOLDITCH M.W. T/SGT TTE 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/12/1944 07 -138 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/12/1944 07 -138 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/12/1944 07 -138 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK
6/12/1944 07 -138 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 ROSIERES & DUNKIRK

6/15/1944 07 -140 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/15/1944 07 -140 KING B.L. LT NAV 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/15/1944 07 -140 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/15/1944 07 -140 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/15/1944 07 -140 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/15/1944 07 -140 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/15/1944 07 -140 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/15/1944 07 -140 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/15/1944 07 -140 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/15/1944 07 -140 HOLDITCH M.W. T/SGT TTE 107211 MITBURG & WILSTER

6/19/1944 07 -142 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/19/1944 07 -142 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/19/1944 07 -142 PRATT L.M. T/SGT TTE 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/19/1944 07 -142 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/19/1944 07 -142 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/19/1944 07 -142 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/19/1944 07 -142 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/19/1944 07 -142 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/19/1944 07 -142 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF
6/19/1944 07 -142 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 CORME ECLUSE, AF

6/20/1944 07 -143 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/20/1944 07 -143 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/20/1944 07 -143 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/20/1944 07 -143 PRATT L.M. T/SGT TTE 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/20/1944 07 -143 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/20/1944 07 -143 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/20/1944 07 -143 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/20/1944 07 -143 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/20/1944 07 -143 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 FALLERSLEBEN
6/20/1944 07 -143 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 FALLERSLEBEN

6/21/1944 07 149 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 RUHLAND
6/21/1944 07 149 GENTRY W.H. M/SGT LWG 107211 RUHLAND
6/21/1944 07 149 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 RUHLAND
6/21/1944 07 149 PRATT L.M. T/SGT TTE 107211 RUHLAND
6/21/1944 07 149 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 RUHLAND
6/21/1944 07 149 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 RUHLAND
6/21/1944 07 149 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 RUHLAND
6/21/1944 07 149 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 RUHLAND
6/21/1944 07 149 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 RUHLAND
6/21/1944 07 149 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 RUHLAND

6/26/1944 07 149 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 DROHOBYCZ
6/26/1944 07 149 GENTRY W.H. M/SGT LWG 107211 DROHOBYCZ
6/26/1944 07 149 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 DROHOBYCZ
6/26/1944 07 149 PRATT L.M. T/SGT TTE 107211 DROHOBYCZ
6/26/1944 07 149 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 DROHOBYCZ
6/26/1944 07 149 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 DROHOBYCZ
6/26/1944 07 149 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 DROHOBYCZ
6/26/1944 07 149 NEMEROWSKI M.J. LT CP 107211 DROHOBYCZ
6/26/1944 07 149 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 DROHOBYCZ
6/26/1944 07 149 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 DROHOBYCZ

7/3/1944 07 151 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/3/1944 07 151 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/3/1944 07 151 GENTRY W.H. M/SGT LWG 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/3/1944 07 151 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/3/1944 07 151 PRATT L.M. T/SGT TTE 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/3/1944 07 151 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/3/1944 07 151 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/3/1944 07 151 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/3/1944 07 151 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)
7/3/1944 07 151 MITCHELL P.L. LT CP 107211 ARAD (RUMANIA)

7/5/1944 07 153 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
7/5/1944 07 153 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
7/5/1944 07 153 PRATT L.M. T/SGT TTE 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
7/5/1944 07 153 GENTRY W.H. M/SGT LWG 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
7/5/1944 07 153 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
7/5/1944 07 153 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
7/5/1944 07 153 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
7/5/1944 07 153 ADAMS C.E. LT CP 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
7/5/1944 07 153 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)
7/5/1944 07 153 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 BEZIER (FROM ITALY)

7/11/1944 07 157 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/11/1944 07 157 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/11/1944 07 157 GENTRY W.H. M/SGT LWG 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/11/1944 07 157 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/11/1944 07 157 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/11/1944 07 157 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/11/1944 07 157 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/11/1944 07 157 KODAS M.L. LT CP 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/11/1944 07 157 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/11/1944 07 157 PRATT L.M. T/SGT TTE 107211 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)

7/12/1944 07 158 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/12/1944 07 158 PRATT L.M. T/SGT TTE 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/12/1944 07 158 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/12/1944 07 158 KODAS M.L. LT CP 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/12/1944 07 158 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/12/1944 07 158 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/12/1944 07 158 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/12/1944 07 158 KAZMIERSKI S.A S/SGT LWG 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/12/1944 07 158 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/12/1944 07 158 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MUNICH (IND. AREA)

7/17/1944 07 161 NEMEROWSKI N.J. F/O CP 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/17/1944 07 161 KAZMIERSKI S.A. S/SGT LWG 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/17/1944 07 161 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/17/1944 07 161 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/17/1944 07 161 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/17/1944 07 161 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/17/1944 07 161 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/17/1944 07 161 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/17/1944 07 161 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/17/1944 07 161 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY

7/28/1944 07 168 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 MERSEBURG
7/28/1944 07 168 NEMEROWSKI N.J. F/O CP 107211 MERSEBURG
7/28/1944 07 168 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 MERSEBURG
7/28/1944 07 168 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MERSEBURG
7/28/1944 07 168 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 MERSEBURG
7/28/1944 07 168 PRATT L.M. T/SGT TTE 107211 MERSEBURG
7/28/1944 07 168 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 MERSEBURG
7/28/1944 07 168 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 MERSEBURG
7/28/1944 07 168 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 MERSEBURG

7/29/1944 07 169 FIFE R.E. T/SGT TTE 107211 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 07 169 EWING W.R. S/SGT TG 107211 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 07 169 KROMER J.C. T/SGT BTG 107211 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 07 169 TREBNIK A.C. T/SGT ROG 107211 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 07 169 DOTTOVIANO M.F. T/SGT TOG 107211 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 07 169 KINKADE V.I. LT NAV 107211 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 07 169 NEMEROWSKI N.J. F/O CP 107211 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 07 169 GUSTAFSON C.G. LT P 107211 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 07 169 CALDWELL F.A. S/SGT RWG 107211 MERSEBURG

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: Shot by Civilians.

Springfield woman’s visit brings closure to uncle’s WW II death

In the German city of Ottmannshausen, a memorial has been built in honor of U.S. airmen who were shot down during World War II, then rounded up and killed. "The people in Ottmannshausen have always felt very badly. Even to this day, they are still apologizing," says Mary Maddox, after traveling to the city in Germany where her uncle, Victor Kinkade, was shot down during World War II. Kinkade and the rest of the B-17 crew were rounded up, tortured and killed. Upset that such a travesty had occurred in their town, the people of Ottmannshausen had erected a 5-foot-tall monument in honor of the slain U.S. airmen. During Maddox's recent visit, city officials laid a wreath at the memorial. Maddox was photographed Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. 


By John Reynolds 
Staff Writer 

Posted Sep 25, 2017 at 9:11 PM
Updated Sep 25, 2017 at 10:43 PM
  	
For Mary Maddox of Springfield and the residents of the German town of Ottmannshausen, one stray bullet that fell from the sky on July 29, 1944, changed everything.

The bullet, fired from Maddox’ uncle’s bomber or a German fighter plane, ricocheted off a wall and killed a woman who had been watching the aerial battle. People on the ground used her death as justification to torture and kill five members of the crew, including Maddox’ uncle, Victor Kinkade.

Upset that such a travesty had occurred in their town, the people of Ottmannshausen erected a 5-foot-tall monument in honor of the slain airmen. Last month, Maddox traveled to Germany where she saw the monument for the first time and met the people of the town.

She believes she’s the first family member of the crew to see the monument, and added that she was welcomed with open arms.

“The people in Ottmannshausen have always felt very badly,” Maddox said. “Even to this day, they are still apologizing. I said, ‘I don’t hold any grudge against you. You weren’t the ones who caused it.’ It doesn’t do any good to hold hard feelings about something that happened 70 years ago.”

Maddox first started looking into her uncle’s death more than a dozen years ago when the National World War II Memorial was being planned in Washington D.C. The family wanted to make a donation to the project and send in a picture of Kinkade.

The family really didn’t know what happened to Kinkade, and Maddox decided to look into the details of his death.

“That started a two-year ‘research and tears’ period of my life,” Maddox said.

Victor Kinkade, a Pawnee resident, joined the Army Air Corps after graduating from Ball Township High School. He was assigned to the 349th Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group. The 100th suffered high casualties when they started bombing Germany, and earned the nickname “The Bloody Hundredth.”

On July 29, Kinkade, 23, was on his 22nd mission and serving as the navigator of a B-17 named Liberty Bell. Their target was an oil refinery at Merseburg.

The Liberty Bell was hit by enemy fire during the mission, and crew members bailed out near Ottmannshausen.

A website for the 100th Bomb Group Foundation states that the five crew members were tortured and shot, with the mayor himself evidently killing the pilot, 2nd Lt. Carl G. Gustafson Jr.

The website added that the mayor thought somebody from the bomber had fired the shot that killed the woman.

“Partial transcripts from the mayor’s (called a district leader) subsequent war crimes trial indicates Lt. Gustafson was probably clubbed in the head before being shot with a pistol. The bodies were buried only to be exhumed and cremated three days later on the mayor’s order,” the website said.

The remains of the five airmen were eventually returned to the United States. They were buried together at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Since learning her uncle’s fate, Maddox has wanted to see the memorial for herself.

She’s been corresponding with Bernd Schmidt, a historical researcher in Germany, for at least a dozen years. Late last month, she finally made the trip.

She said she was treated like a VIP when she arrived, and met with several local officials and the family of the woman who was killed back in 1944.

“I went to the house where the woman lived, met her great-grandson and saw her little great-great granddaughter running around,” Maddox said.

Maddox described the meeting as “bittersweet.”

“I feel their pain because of the pain our family had. I feel the same way the people of Germany feel, that we should not forget this so it doesn’t happen again – that’s the important thing that came out of this, we can’t forget.”

While she has learned a lot about her uncle through her research, Maddox only has a faint memory of him.

“I was born on his birthday. I’m told he carried me around on a pillow,” Maddox said. “The last time he was home, he came to see me at my grandmother’s house. I was 3 years old and I remember that visit. I can remember where he was sitting in my grandmother’s front room. That’s all I can remember. I can almost see him sitting there.”

During her visit to Germany, local officials laid a wreath at the memorial.

The inscription refers to the five airmen and “countless/endless other US soldiers, who in the fight for the liberation of Europe lost their lives.”

Maddox’s parents and grandparents have passed away, and she hopes that the ceremony gave them some peace.

“My grandmother had a very strong faith and she always said that she knew she would see him again,” Maddox said.

–Contact John Reynolds: john.reynolds@sj-r.com, 788-1524, twitter.com/JohnReynoldsSJR.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Merseburg DATE: 1944-07-29  
AIRCRAFT: (42-107211) CAUSE: EAC & FLAK  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
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