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S/SGT  William I.  CHANG

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: 39535646 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 00687 CR: 00687

Comments1: 6 SEP 43 CONCHES/ COLMAR FRANCE, Full Name: William Illnam Chang - He was Korean.

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT WALTER J. GRENIER          P POW 6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX  SN# O-73319          
2ND LT MICHAEL D'AMATO        CP POW 6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX  SN# O-745636
2ND LT SAUL TRAUNER           NAV POW 6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX SN# O-671143
2ND LT DAVID H. PLANT         BOM POW 6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX SN# O-676319
T/SGT CARL H. PHILLIPS         ROG POW 6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX SN# 18160274
T/SGT HOWARD C. AUFSCHLAG TTE POW 6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX SN# 33325502
S/SGT ANTHONY J. FUSCO      BTG POW 6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX SN# 12138211
S/SGT FRANCIS X. DONNELLAN RWG POW 6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX SN# 31157034
S/SGT WILLIAM I. CHANG       LWG KIA   6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX  SN# 39535646
   SGT ROBERT N. SCHRUM       TG POW 6 SEP 43  STUTTGART, CONCHES & EVREUX  SN# 17086798

350th Sqdn.. This crew joined the 100th on 25 Aug 1943..  
Lt Grenier is often referred to as "The Man who came to Dinner."  Legend has it that he arrived at Thorpe Abbotts and flew the above mission without having time to unpack.  This may not be 100 percent accurate, records indicate Lt Grenier and his crew were on the base about twelve days prior to the 6 Sep 43 mission.  
None the less in 100th lore he is and will remain "The Man who came to Dinner."

 MACR #687, Microfiche #227  A/C #42-30335 "SANS FINIS"

EYEWITNESS REPORT: "Saw A/C #335 at Colmar, France nose down through attacking fighers 
with No 1 and No 3 engines dead. Eight chutes seen."  Report from MACR and was made by Lt W.H. McDonald.  (this is Lt Woodward Crew, not Grenier….mpf 2009)

Aircraft actually crash landed at Mönchweiler, Germany.
 Dear Mike,
In searching for some more details about the Sans finis I run into an advertisement for the following book: Graf and Grislowski: A pair of Aces. 
This also covers the activities 1943 of JG 50. Further on I have found that JG 27 II only was stationed at the base in Eschborn for a very short time, 20th of August to 12th of September 1943. Group commander had been captain Werner Schroer.

Regards

Dieter 


The following documentation has beeen obtained from the Municipal Archiv of Mönchweiler, Baden-Württemberg, Germany File 67, Number AI 526

Mönchweiler 22nd of May 1946

Reference: Crash landing of an American airplane on 6th of September 1943

On 6th of September 1943 about 11 o'clock an American airplane touched down at the outskirts of the village in direction to Obereschach. It had been an airplane with four engines, which came along solo. Mister Haas, who had been Mayor at this time, had given me the information, that there had been one man injured during the crash landing. I immediatley hasten to the place where the airplane had touched down.

When I arrived, medical orderlies from the reserve military hospital at Königsfeld had already been there. The injured had been taken out of the airplane and had been addressed. The soldier had a stomach wound. He complained about heavy pain. I helped to put the injured on a strecher. Thereafter he had been transferred by motor ambulance to the military hospital for POW's at the Waldhotel in Villingen. The injured has been a big strong man with somehow chinese outlook.

Albert Marquardt.

Notes:  Albert Marquardt has been the head of the local German Red Cross Organisation
          Villingen: town 4,5 km to the south of Mönchweiler
          Königsfeld: village 4 km north of Mönchweiler
          Obereschach. Village 4 km east of Mönchweiler


Ernst Burgbacher police-officer  Mönchweiler 22nd of May 1946

I have been one of the first men who arrived at the place of landing of the American airplane. The plane had made a belly landing and the landing gear had been torn off. When I came to the airplane the crew had disembarked and the heavy wounded man had been laid on the ground. I have heard that the airceaft had come under attack by German fighters over Rottweil. The two left engines had been shot to pieces. The airplane came from direction southeast from the area of Schwenningen. The crew consisted of 10 men. An officer presumably a captain could talk in broken German. Names of the prisoners have not been made known here. The American soldiers have been moved by German soldiers presumably to Villingen, 1 ½ hours after the accident occurred. The prisoners have been delt with correctly in every respect. At that time people from the village made a lot of pictures. I can no longer remember the number of the aircraft and other details. The airplane has been later dismantled by members of the Freiburg air-base and should have been brought to Paris.

Ernst Burgbacher

Notes: Rottweil town 30 km east of Mönchweiler
          Schwenningen town 5 km southsoutheast of Mönchweiler
          Swiss border is only about 30 km to the south


Translation by J. D. Pechmann July 19th 2009  dieterpechmann@gmx.de


To whom it may concern,
Im inquiring about a certain Ball Turrett Gunner, S/Sgt Anthony J. Fusco. On your website it lists him as a member of the Sans Finis flight crew that was shot down on Sept. 6th of 1943. I am inquiring for any information you may have on him, or anyway to obtain information about his career both before and after his time with the 100th. 
Anthony J. Fusco was my uncle, my Grandmother's Brother. From what we know he was killed in Iran, and received the Purple Heart. I know he also served at Elmendorf AFB, in Anchorage, Alaska. Any information you may have on him, or any way of obtaining information would be greatly appreciated. Much of his life after he left to join the Air Force is unkown. And anything you could tell me would greatly help.
Please e-mail back as soon as possible.
 
Anthony Hazlett ahazlett57@yahoo.com

MEMO 2:

"Man who came to dinner" Crew.  Arrived at Thorpe Abbots just 12 days before.

Full Name: 
William Illnam Chang - He was Korean. 
*************

Further eyewitnessreports about the crash-landing of a B17 in Mönchweiler on September 6th 1943
Karl Cattarius, Hebelstr. 6, on 5th of August 2009
The airplane flew very low. Along the road from Mönchweiler to Königsfeld, there were poplar-
trees. The airplane hit one of these trees with the tip of one wing and lost part of this wing. The 
aiming mechanism for the bombing officer did no longer exist. At its place there was a big hole in 
the floor of the bomber. There were no bombs on board only plenty of ammunition for the 
machineguns.
For moving the wreck the Deutsche Wehrmacht placed big air cushions below the wings, inflated 
them and so lifted the airplane. Afterwards it had been dismantled and moved away.
Heinrich Müller, Obere Mühlenstraße 47, on 28th November 2009
The airplane came in very low, just over the tops of the trees. [The area between Mönchweiler und 
Peterzell ist thickly wooded.] Along the road from Mönchweiler to Peterzell there were single trees. 
The airplane hardly managed to fly between two of these trees over the road into the open field. 
When crashlanding in the open it hit a tree [at the road to Königsfeld] with one of its wings and a 
part of the wing broke off. 
The crew had very nice new leather jackets. Something like this people in Mönchweiler had never 
seen before. All the people from the village ran to the site of the crashlanding.

The mayor of the town of Villingen. 22nd. of May 1946

On 9th of September 1943 the POW hospital V-B1 reported, that the POW William Chang, farmer, born on 6th of August 1921, in Dinuba/California, has died on 9th of September 1943. The deceased had been brought as wounded soldier into the local POW-camp.2 He had been member of 
the crew of an American airplane that crashlanded on the precincts of Mönchweiler with a crew of 10 soldiers. According to my inquieries the other members of the crew had been taken as POWs. 
From the enclosed obituary notice one can learn what has caused his death. The exact personalties with place of residence etc. are also included there. The deceased has been buried in a coffin on the local cemetery in the presence of a priest. The death has not been certified in the book of the 
deceased of the town of Villingen, because this has been a death caused by war, which had to be 
reported by the military hospital to the information bureau of the Wehrmacht. Only this department 
had been authorized to issue the certification of the death. Untill today also from the subsequent 
department there has been no order to this administration to certify the death. 

The Mayor
Confirmation
Herewith there is confirmed, that the American airforce-soldier, William Chang, born on 6th of august 1920 in Dinuba in California (3109 1/2 Van Buren Pl Los Angeles Calif) according to 
information given by the former senior medical officer of the former reserve military hospital has died in the former military hospital for POWs V.-B in Villingen on 9th of September 1943. The 
burial has been made on the local cemetery on 11th of September 1943. The grave is situated in section V, third row, grave number 14. The excavation has been made today by the order of the 
American military authority.
Villingen 27th of May 1946

The Mayor 
The registrar of births, marriages and deaths

1 The hospital was located in Villingen in the former Waldhotel as part of POW camp V-B.

2 STALAG V.-B

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Stuttgarg DATE: 1943-09-06  
AIRCRAFT: "Sans Finis" (42-30335) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 837