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S/SGT  Ralph E. GUHL

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: 33552245 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 07812 CR: 07812

Comments1: 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG(SLAIN BY GER. CIVILIANS)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

DATE: 29 July 1944          349th Sqdn.           A/C #43-37655

MISSION: Merseburg                                MACR #7812,Micro-fiche #2859

2nd Lt Morris E.Clark                 P        KIA
2nd Lt John J.Cudihy               CP       KIA
2nd Lt Joseph W.Foote          NAV      POW
2nd Lt Arthur E.Frankenburg    BOM    POW
 S/Sgt Frank J.Gerlach             ROG    KIA
 S/Sgt Nelson J.Clifford          TTE      POW
   Sgt James Buchanan           BTG     POW
   Sgt Walter J.Gursky            WG      KIA
   Sgt Ralph E.Guhl                 TG        KIA

This crew joined the 100th Group on 17/7/44. At that time,a Sgt.Ernest A.Johnson
was on the crew as TOG/NG - He CPT on 21/3/45. Lt Frankenburg was not on the crew
when it came to the 100th.

Indications are that this A/C exploded in mid-air near "Punschrau near Kossen"
at about 1015 hours. The dead were interred in a cemetary at Hassenhausen in
graves #1 thru #5.
This was the first mission for this crew.

Sgt.Clifford stated as follows:    Pilot ordered him to bail out. He started
for bomb bay but fire prevented passage. He returned to try the nose hatch
and noticed Lt.Cudihy & Lt Clark preceeding him in that direction. He then lost
consciousness but assumed they had both been able to make their escape from
the plane.

 Later evidence indicates some or all the dead may have been killed by German civilians..

MEMO 2:

Arrived at Thorpe Abbots just 12 days before.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Merseburg DATE: 1944-07-29  
AIRCRAFT: (43-37655) CAUSE: Fire & Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Lt Morris E. Clark Crew stateside. Shot down on July 29, 1944. (2nd Lt. Morris E. Clark crew photo.  My wife's uncle was Walter J Gursky.  The photo was provided to me in 1994, courtesy of the navigator, 2nd Lt. Joseph Foote, who survived the downing of their B-17G on the 29 July 1944 Merseburg mission. Tom Matlosz)

 

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