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Lt  Carl G. GUSTAFSON

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: O-757381 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 07816 CR: 07816

Comments1: 29 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (killed by civilians)

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.  

June 8, 1944

Tours France.  Never got to target.  We tried to form in Southern England, and boxed our way over the English Channel.  When the mission was aborted, we came down to get out of the fog and caught flak from the Germans at Calia.  We limped in to the 390th BQ, and I went to the hospital with flak in my leg.  Perdue was NOT on this mission to the best of my knowledge…...Robert Fife


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

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8th Air Force
29.07.1944 349th Bomb Squadron (H) B-17G 42-107211 ‘The Liberty Belle’, 1st.Lt. Carl C. Gustafson Jr.
Operation: Merseburg oil installation (Mission #503), Germany

Date: 29th July 1944 (Saturday)

Unit: 100th Bombardment Group (H), 349th Bombardment Squadron (H), 3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force

Type: B-17G The Liberty Belle

Serial No: 42-107211

Code: XR:N

Location: 300 yards south of Mannstedt, Germany

Base: Thorpe Abbotts (Station #139), Norfolk, England

Pilot: 1st.Lt. Carl Christopher Gustafson Jr. O-757381 AAF Age 22. Killed

Co Pilot: F/O. Michael J. Nemerowski Jr. T-61730 AAF Age 20. Survived (2)

Navigator: F/O. Victor Irvin Kinkade T-2168 AAF Age 22. Survived (1)

Bombardier: S/Sgt. Marccena F. Dottoviano 13088789 AAF Age 23. Survived (1)

Radio/Op: T/Sgt. Anthony George Trebnik 36585057 AAF Age 20. Survived (1)

Engineer: T/Sgt. Robert Eugene Fife 37507574 AAF Age 21. PoW *

Ball Turret Gnr: S/Sgt. Jack Gordon Kromer 36800796 AAF Age 21. Survived (1)

Waist Gnr: S/Sgt. Frank Allen Caldwell 34623329 AAF Age 22. Survived (1)

Tail Gnr: S/Sgt. William R. ‘Billie’ Ewing 35046190 AAF Age 24. Survived (2)

One of the two Waist Gunners were removed from crew complements starting on the 7th June 1944 and then both from 23rd February 1945.

* Stalag Luft 4 Groß-Tychow, Pomerania, Prussia now Tychowo, Poland (Moved from Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. Moved to Wöbbelin near Ludwigslust and then to Usedom near Swinemünde).



Crew of ‘The Liberty Belle’ - Left to Right: 1st.Lt. Carl C. Gustafson Jr., F/O. Michael J. Nemerowski Jr., F/O. Victor I. Kinkade, S/Sgt. Marccena F. Dottoviano (Courtesy of Herr Bernd Schmidt).



Crew of ‘The Liberty Belle’ - Left to Right: T/Sgt. Anthony G. Trebnik, S/Sgt. Jack G. Kromer, S/Sgt. Frank A. Caldwell, S/Sgt. William R. ‘Billie’ Ewing Courtesy of Herr Bernd Schmidt).

REASON FOR LOSS:

On the morning of the 29th July 1944 The Liberty Belle took off on the pilot’s 22nd mission to bomb the Merseburg oil installation in Germany.

After dropping its bombs the left wing tank of the aircraft was hit by 20mm cannon shells from an Bf-109 and caught fire. T/Sgt. Fife who was in the top turret advised 1st.Lt. Gustafson of the damage who then rang the bailout bell at 20,000 ft.

An after mission report recorded that:

"No definite information concerning the loss of this aircraft is available. The leader of the squadron was knocked out of the formation before the target by flak. The formation fell apart and all aircraft became stragglers. It is assumed that this aircraft was the victim of enemy fighters that attacked stragglers at 10:20 - 10:40hrs near 51 12N - 11 40E."

The Lat/Long is some 21 miles NE of Weimar, Germany

The Liberty Belle crashed at about 10:40hrs and about 300 yards south of Mannstedt which is about 12 miles NNE of Weimar, Germany.



The location of Mannstedt is within the Jägermeldenetz map (Fighter network reporting grid) location of 15 Ost/ Box MC.

The OKL fighter claims for the Reich, West & Südfront on the 29th July 1944, lists a number of confirmed B-17 claims at the above Jägermeldenetz location with a number close to Mannstedt. However, it has not been possible to positively associate a claim for shooting down ‘The Liberty Belle’.

In his Individual Casualty Questionnaire T/Sgt. Fife saw 1st.Lt. Gustafson Jr. and F/O. Nemerowski bail out of the aircraft. He believed that the other crew members had also bailed out but did not see any of them again after he himself had left the aircraft. He had no knowledge of where the aircraft crashed but to the best of his knowledge none of the crew were aboard.

German records document that T/Sgt. Fife was captured at around noon and that the rest of the crew were dead.

In Reference 1, T/Sgt. Fife described that he had landed in a grain field among female workers who beat him with the hoes with which they had been working. T/Sgt. Fife was taken into custody by a group of armed Hitler Youth and after some time led to a Russian Slave Workers’ Camp about a ½ mile away by an old German with a rifle. After a couple of hours, he was taken to the city jail of a nearby town and put in a cell. Two German officers came and tried to speak to him. On a chair T/Sgt. Fife noticed a cardboard box which held several billfolds which he recognized as belonging to the rest of his crew. One of the officers said, “There’s the rest of them. Kapoot!” He described that he had been taken to Dulag Luft “for a couple of trying weeks, eating sawdust bread and ersatz coffee” before onward travel to Stalag Luft 4.

The circumstances of the deaths of the eight crew members were not recorded. However, given the timing, the location and the proceedings of an American General Military Court and research conducted by a local historian seven of the deaths were determined to be as a result of hostile action on the ground after they had parachuted from the aircraft. The death of 1st.Lt. Gustafson Jr. remains unexplained.

(1) The circumstances of the deaths of five of the airmen were determined by an American General Military Court which was convened at Dachau, Germany on the 20th and 21st February 1947.

Three German Nationals were charged that they did, at or near Ottmannshausen, Germany, on or about 29th July 1944, wilfully, deliberately and wrongfully encourage, aid, abet and participate in the killing of five members of the United States Army, whose identity was unknown, who were then and there unarmed and surrendered PoWs in the custody of the then German Reich.

Although the identities of the five airmen were not known to the court, it was later established by German researcher Bernd Schmidt that the five were F/O Kinkade, T/Sgt. Trebnik and S/Sgts. Caldwell, Dottoviano and Kromer.

The three accused were turned over to the US authorities by the Soviets who were the occupying force in Thuringia where the crime had been committed. The three, who were all members of the Nazi party, were:

Karl Grosch, who was employed by the SS as a locksmith at the Buchenwald Concentration camp;

Albert Hendrich, who was a former Blockleiter (Nazi party block leader) in Ottmannshausen;

Fritz Erich Hähnert, who was the former Bürgermeister (Mayor) of Ettersburg and a Ortsgruppenleiter (Nazi party local group leader).

The court heard that on or about the 29th July 1944 an American aircraft was shot down near the village of Ottmannshausen Kreis Weimar which in 1947 was in the Russian Zone.

Five American airman were captured and taken to Ottmannshausen in trucks for the purpose of being lynched and publicly shot. The Kreisleiter (Nazi party county leader) Franz Hofmann and Hähnert organised the plan for the mistreatment and public shooting of the PoWs. Hofmann then ordered Hähnert to tell the chief of the Landwacht (Home guard) to send some men to Ottmannshausen to gather a crowd at the house of a woman who had been fatally struck by a stray bullet whilst watching an aerial combat from her window.

Arriving at Ottmannshausen Hofmann led two of the five airmen into the house and confronted them with her dead body and her disabled widower. He called the airmen war criminals and implied that it had been these airmen who had killed the woman and incited those present to assault the airmen. Here the airmen were mercilessly beaten by a number of people including Hendrich and Grosch, who was a relative of the dead woman, who assaulted them with his fists and a stick.

All five airmen were then publicly shot, two by Hähnert with his pistol and the other three by Hofmann and unidentified members of the Gestapo. Later that day at 20:00 hrs the Bürgermeister (Mayor) of Ottmannshausen took Grosch, as a witness, to the cemetery to collect valuables and identity items from the bodies.

The bodies were buried in a common grave in the cemetery at Ottmannshausen the next day at 06:00 hrs. Three days later the bodies were exhumed and taken to the crematorium at Weimar where they were cremated. Later five urns, unnamed but numbered, containing the ashes were buried in the grave formerly occupied by the five airmen.

All of the accused fully and freely confessed their part in the commission of the crime. Hähnert and Grosch both made the same admissions from the witness stand.

The court found all three guilty of the charge and sentenced Hähnert to death. He was hanged at Landsberg on the 15th July 1947. Grosch was sentenced to life imprisonment, which was reduced to 25 years and then 22 years, and he was paroled in February 1954. Hendrich was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and he was released in January 1954.

Information provided by Bernd Schmidt found that Hofmann had died, on the 30th April 1945, in a Weimar hospital after having been shot in the stomach and left knee at a road block.

F/O. Kinkade, S/Sgt. Dottoviano, T/Sgt. Trebnik, S/Sgt. Kromer and S/Sgt. Caldwell were buried on the eastern edge of the Ottmannshausen Cemetery on the 30th July 1944 at 06:00 hrs. Ottmannshausen is some 8½ miles SW from the crash site.

(2) Research conducted by local historian Bernd Schmidt of Weimar found a document from a Lt. Col. Metz of the US Army Quartermaster Corps, which recorded statements by the Daasdorf Bürgermeister (Mayor) and two villagers concerning two American airmen who had been found near Daasdorf. The two had been interrogated at the local inn, and were then to be led to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Shortly after leaving the village, the villagers walking in front heard shots behind them, and on turning around saw the airmen lying on the ground, shot through their heads by the two policemen bringing up the rear. The bodies were taken to the village and, after an initial order to bury them had been revoked, were taken away to the Weimar Crematorium and cremated. Their ashes were returned some weeks later on the 22nd September 1944 in urns, unnamed but numbered, and were buried in the location formerly occupied by the two airmen.

F/O. Nemerowski and S/Sgt. Ewing were to be buried on the 1st August 1944 at 18:30 hrs at Daasdorf über Büttelstedt, some 3¾ miles WNW of Weimar, on the southern edge of the village cemetery.

Although the names of the two policemen who are alleged to have shot F/O. Nemerowski Jr. and S/Sgt. Ewing were known, no records have been found that indicate that they had been apprehended or held accountable for their actions.

Lt.Col. Metz’s conclusion was that these two urns, and the five from Ottmannshausen, contained all the recoverable remains of the eight crew members of The Liberty Belle who died on this day.

It has never been satisfactorily established when, where and how 1st.Lt. Gustafson died, and where he was initially buried. It is however certain that at least his identity tags must have come into German hands, since his Army Serial Number (ASN) is recorded in German KU documents.

After the war the remains were disinterred but could not be individually identified and all were reinterred in Ardennes American Cemetery as unknown airmen in Plot V, Row 12, Grave 294; Plot Y, Row 1, Grave 19; Plot EE, Row 6, Graves 130 to 134.

Burial Details:

On the 20th June 1950 the remains of the eight airmen were repatriated and received a group burial in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, Common Grave I/177-180.



Above common grave marker (Courtesy Richard Clark)

1st.Lt. Carl Christopher Gustafson Jr. Born 25th August 1921 in Ruston, Lincoln, Louisiana. Son to Carl Christopher Gustafson and Willie Lee (née Hedgepeth) of Ruston, Lincoln, Louisiana, USA.


(Left: Courtesy of The Boston Globe July, 27 1944). F/O. Michael J. Nemerowski Jr. Air Medal. Born in 1924. Son to Mrs Sophie Nemerowski of Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA.

F/O. Victor Irvin Kinkade. Born 13th January 1922 in Pike County, Illinois. Son to John S. and Ora Emily (née Guthrie) Kinkade of Cotton Hill, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA.




(Right: Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph November 29, 1943). S/Sgt. Marccena F. Dottoviano. Born in 1921 in Pennsylvania. Son to Mrs Rose Dottoviano of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, USA.





T/Sgt. Anthony George Trebnik. Born 15th January 1924, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Son of Anton and Eva (née Burcar) Trebnik and husband to Mary (née Javorovich) Trebnik of Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA.

S/Sgt. Jack Gordon Kromer. Born 13th November 1922, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. Son to Mabel A. Kromer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

S/Sgt. Frank A. Caldwell. Born 16th June 1922 in Mississippi. Son to Frank Allen and Jessie (née Goodson) Caldwell of Baldwyn, Mississippi, USA.

S/Sgt. William R. ‘Billie’ Ewing. Air Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster). Born October 1919 in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio. Son of Harley Robert and Hazel F. (née Anderson) Ewing and husband of Mary Jeanne (née Haugen) Ewing of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.



On the 56th anniversary of the murder, a stone was erected in Ottmannshausen to the memory of the five airmen murdered there. (Aircrew Remembered)

Translation of inscription: In honourable memory of five members of the U.S. Army Air Forces who were slain on July 29, 1944, and countless other U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in the fight for the liberation of Europe.

Researched by Ralph Snape and Traugott Vitz for Aircrew Remembered and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Traugott for his work on the ‘VitzArchive’. These authors are indebted to Herr Bernd Schmidt for liberal access to his vast collection of documents, and for his permission to publish his findings on this web page.

Reference:

1. Mary Kinkade Maddox, Kinkade. Kinkade. Kinkade - Three Brothers Who Fought For Their Country in World War II, Springfield (Illinois) 2002.



T/Sgt. Robert E. Fife with his memorabilia dated September 2008 (Courtesy of Herr Bernd Schmidt).

Short Bio of T/Sgt. Robert E. Fife’s military service

16.02.1943 - Drafted into military service
01.05.1944 - Embarked for England
29.07.1944 - Shot down over Germany 
PoW at Stalag Luft 4
02.12.1944 - Marched across Germany
18.04.1945 - Liberated by the British 2nd Armoured Division.
03.11.1945 - Discharged from USAAF
03.12.1946 - Entered service with the US Navy at Naval Air Station Olathe, Kansas
24.11.1947 - Discharged from US Navy
24.04.1951 - Recalled for Korean War
23.07.1952 - Discharged.
Medals awarded

Army Good Conduct Medal (AGCM)
American Campaign Medal (ACM)
Purple Heart
World War II Victory Medal
Air Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Prisoner of War Medal (POWM)

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Crew of ‘The Liberty Belle’ - Left to Right: 1st.Lt. Carl C. Gustafson Jr., F/O. Michael J. Nemerowski Jr., F/O. Victor I. Kinkade, S/Sgt. Marccena F. Dottoviano (Courtesy of Herr Bernd Schmidt)Aircrew Remembered

Crew of ‘The Liberty Belle’ - Left to Right: T/Sgt. Anthony G. Trebnik, S/Sgt. Jack G. Kromer, S/Sgt. Frank A. Caldwell, S/Sgt. William R. ‘Billie’ Ewing Courtesy of Herr Bernd Schmidt).Aircrew Remembered

Story of T/Sgt Robert Fife, TTE on Lt Gustafson's Crew.   

T/Sgt Fife D-Day Recollections with Lt Gustafson Crew. 

T/Sgt Robert Fife TTE on Lt Gustafson Crew.  Shot down over Merseburg July 29, 1944.  

Page 2 of the shoot down July 29, 1944 over Merseburg as told by T/Sgt Fife. 

Page 2 of POW story of T/Sgt Fife

Page 3 of POW life of T/Sgt Fife. 

Moosburg Forced March recalled by Robert Fife.  

Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, Common Grave I/177-180.

On the 56th anniversary of the murder, a stone was erected in Ottmannshausen to the memory of the five airmen murdered there. (Aircrew Remembered)

 

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