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S/SGT  Robert D. BASS

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: 35893377 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 08174 CR: 08174

Comments1: 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (COL)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT ALBERT S. SPEAR              P KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT DEWEY H. NELSON          CP CPT 25 DEC 44 KAISERLAUTERN, MY
2ND LT JOHN P. SPILLANE         NAV KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT ROBERT WASHINGTON  BOM POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL ARTHUR A. MARSHALL         ROG KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
CPL RAYMOND A. PIECZYNSKI     TTE KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
CPL REMI G. EBERNENZ              BTG CPT 03 JAN 45 FULDA
CPL ARTHUR V. GENS                 WG KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
CPL ROBBIE L. GILL                     WG CPT 24 OCT 44 UNKNOWN
CPL ROBERT D. BASS                   TG KIA 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 17 JUL 1944
 MACR # 8174, Microfiche # 3002  A/C #42-32009

This ship collided with that of Lt W.G. Stansbury over the North Sea.  .

Lt Robert Washington was flying with the Glenn Rojohn crew on 31 Dec 44 (Hamburg) and became a POW. 
On the Rojohn MACR he is listed as the Navigator. Sgt Eberenz finished his tour with the Charlie O. Daniels crew.

S/Sgt Charlie P. Pate was flying Nose Gunner on 28 Jul 44; while 2nd Lt Stanley Diamond was aboard as CP, both were KIA.
 
 Robbie Gill was the sole survivor from the two crews and made the following statement 21 August 1944.

  SUBJECT: Supplement to MACR, A/C #009  by S/Sgt Robbie L. Gill
 
  TO:       Commanding General, 3rd Bombardment Divison.

   1.  The following is a version of what happened to A/C 009 and the crew of Lt. Albert S. Spears
    who flew the Operational (Stratagic) Mission 28 July 1944.

   2.  At 1231 hours near 5238N and 0157E the formation was flying just above the undercast at 9000 feet. A/C # 009 in      which I was flying in the #7 position in the low squadron. It (#009) struck #621 and I was thrown forward in the      ship between the ammunition boxes. There was quite a bit of noise and the ship seemed to be thrown around a      lot. I pulled the door off the tail and bailed out. By the time my chute opened I was below the clouds.  I saw the      tail from which I had bailed out spiralling slowly down to the sea. That was all there was left of the ship. Directly      below me was a large fire and there were numerous small pieces of aircraft floating in the air. I saw no other      chutes before or after landing in the sea. I was picked up by Air-Sea rescue approximately one and one half      hours after landing in the water."

From the coordinates, it would seem this midair collision occured abouir 26 miles from Lowestoff. All of the men of this crew except S/Sgt Gill are listed on the WALL OF THE MISSING AT CAMBRIDGE.

MEMO 2:

Arrived at Thorpe Abbots just 11 days before.  Cambridge Wall of Missing

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Merseburg DATE: 1944-07-28  
AIRCRAFT: "Black Cat / 13"(42-32009) CAUSE: Collided with 42-97621  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: Wall/Misng CEMETERY: Cambridge Military Cemetery  
ID: 253