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LT  George H. ZIEGLER

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

2nd Lt George Ziegler, Bombardier on Lt MacCarter Crew.  Shot down over Munster on Oct 10, 1943.  POW.   Photo courtesy of Great Nephew Mitchell C Scott. 

2nd Lt George Ziegler, Bombardier on Lt MacCarter Crew with his Mother and Sister?  Shot down over Munster on Oct 10, 1943.  POW.   Photo courtesy of Great Nephew Mitchell C Scott. 

SERIAL #: O-732693 STATUS: POW
MACR: 01020 CR: 01020

Comments1: 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                          LT COL MAGEE C. FULLER
                          ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

CREW #7  A/C #42-30042     MACR #1020

        AFTER A FEW MISSIONS, MAGEE FULLER WAS MADE OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE 349TH AND WAS LATER TRANSFERRED TO THE 418TH WHERE HE BECAME THE SQUADRON COMMANDER.  MAGEE APPEARS TO BE THE LAST ORGINAL AIRCREW OF THE 100TH TO BE LOST TO ENEMY ACTION. 

CREW: 

1ST LT  MAGEE C. FULLER                 P: POW, 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT  WINTON MacCARTER               CP: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT  HAROLD L. WEACHTER            NAV: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT  GEORGE H. ZIEGLER             BOM: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT   JACK C. ROGERS                TTE: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   ROBERT W. SANDY               ROG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   ALEXANDER F. SAWICKI          BTG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   COSIMO A. DeMONICA             WG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   RAYMOND J. MANLEY              TG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT   GEORGE W. EASTERWED            WG: GROUNDED IN JULY 1943         
S/SGT    ROY D. GRAFF   WG , POW , 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (REPLACED EASTERWED)

On 10 Oct 1943 (Munster) Winton MacCarter  had already taken over the crew and was flying as first pilot with Lt Dan Barna as CP.

Magee Fuller later became C.O. of the 418th Sqdn. He went down with crew of F.C.
Kincannon on 20/7/44.

Magee Fuller / MacCarter Missions 

Crew flew overseas in "42-30042-XR-L","042","M C Fuller / W L MacCarter", "Oh Nausea", "43/04/29 Assigned","Orig a/c, Kearney NE" 
1.      25/06/1943 BREMEN :  "42-30066-U","066","Mug Wump" M C Fuller / W L MacCarter",
         26/06/1943 Le MANS : "42-30042- XR-L, "042","Oh Nausea",  "M C Fuller / "W L MacCarter", "R/E (NS) - mechanical 
         28/06/1943 St NAZAIRE (Flak City):  "42-3229-XR-A ,"229", "Pasadena Nena",  "M C Fuller /"W L MacCarter",  "R/E (NS) - mech, #2 + #3 eng failed (data conflict)" 
2.      14/07/1943 Le BOURGET : 42-30042- XR-L,"042","Oh Nausea". W.L.MacCarter/ A.C. Persons
3.      24/07/1943  TRONDHEIM : 42-30042- XR-L ,"042","Oh Nausea" , W.L. MacCarter 
4.      25/07/1943  KIEL: 42-30042- XR-L "042","Oh Nausea". W.L. MacCarter
5.      26/07/1943  HANOVER: 42-30042- XR-L","042","Oh Nausea". W.L. MacCarter
6.      29/07/1943  WARNEMUNDE: 42-30259 XR-N “Damifino II” , W.L.MacCarter 
         30/07/1943  KASSEL: 42-30170 XR-G , “Torchy II”, W.L. MacCarter. R/E #1 engine feathered 
7.      19/08/1943 WOENSDRECHT: 42-30259 XR-N “Damifino II” W.L. MacCarter 
8.      03/09/1943  PARIS: 42-30062  LD-O “Terry N Ten”,  W.L.MacCarter
9.      16/09/1943  La PALLICE: 42-30023 XR-M “Horny”  W.L. MacCarter
10.     23/09/1943  VANNES:  42-30170 XR-G, “Torchy II”, W.L. MacCarter.
11.     02/10/1943  EMDEN:  42-30170 XR-G , “Torchy II”, W.L. MacCarter.
          04/10/1943. HANAU:  42-30023 XR-M “Horny”  W.L MacCarter, R/E feathered prop. 
12.   10/10/1943  MUNSTER: 42-30090 XR-B, “ El P’SSTOFO” W.L. MacCarter, Failed to Return- SHOT DOWN!!! 

 In a letter of 30/l/1979  to Jim Brown, Hal Weachter tells of the mission of lO/lO/43 as follows:
      "Our plane was hit in the wing behind #3 engine with a rocket from a ME-109. It blew a large hole in the wing and started a fire. We could not get the fire out by sideslipping so we all bailed out.
      All landed safely with co-pilot Dan Barna, radio operator Sawicki,and I each
breaking an ankle. We were rounded up and put in a jail at an airfield overnight. The next day Barna,Sawicki & I were taken to a POW hospital near Dusseldorf.
      The gunners went to Stalag #4, I believe and MacCarter and Ziegler to Stalag #3 as I recall. Barna,Sawicki & I and some others who had come into the hospital after being shot down were sent (19 Nov.43) to Frankfort for interrogation where we arrived at 2AM.We slept in a Railroad station and caught a Tram to Obestel at SAM. Our clothes were taken away and we were put in solitary,
      On 30 Nov. we were given British army clothes,a Great coat & shoes and shipped to
Stalag #1. The Germans had just reopened this camp and we were in the first 100 prisoners. The camp was expanded as the war progressed and at war's end there were close to 9000 POWs. We were packed into a box car at Frankfort & given a box of food from the Red Cross and black bread and bologna from the Germans. We arrived at Barth,Germany at 5PM on 4 Dec.1943 and marched to the Stalag which is a couple of miles west & north of the city - a few miles from the Baltic sea.
 In March we were liberated by tne Russian army. The German commandant wanted to march the whole camp west to stay out of Russian hands,but Col. Zabreski (Fightar ace) the senior officer,convinced him that it was useless. One morning we woke up and all of the guards were gone.The Russians came through the next day.
       We sat in camp until the end of the war when the Air Force sent in planes to fly us to Camp Lucky Strike in France. We left Le Harve on the USS General Butner and
docked at Newport News on 20 June 1945."

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: Original 100th, Crew #7.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Munster DATE: 1943-10-10  
AIRCRAFT: "El P'sstofo" (42-30090) CAUSE: Rocket from ME-109  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Winton L. MacCarter crew: Standing (left to right); Dan Barna, Winton L. MacCarter, Harold L. Weachter and George H. Ziegler, Kneeling; Alexander F. Sawicki,Robert Sandy, Roy D. Graff, Raymond J. Manley, Jack C. Rogers and Cosimo A. DeMonica. Crew flew aircraft named "EL P'SSTOFFO". This crew returned to Thorpe Abbotts in "MISS CARRIAGE" on 8 Oct 1943 following the Bremen mission on only one engine. They are pictured in front of "OH NAUSEA". Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) Photo Id: J. Rogers 

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

ID: 5724