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Casualty Report

Casualty Report from February 3, 1945

Detail

MACR: 12046

Target: Berlin, Germany

Base: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England

Crash: Hit by flak near 'bomb away' but continued to target and dropped. Uncontrollable fires forced the crew to abandon the aircraft which crashed approximately 20 km northwest of Neudamm, near the German - Russian battle line. All of the crew bailed out, two were never found and are on The Walls of the Missing in Netherlands - the other nine have been accounted for. This aircraft carried the Leader for the entire 8th Air Force on this mission - the 100th's legendary Rosie Rosenthal.

Squadron: 351st BS - 100th BG (H)

Time of loss: 11:25

Aircraft

Aircraft #: 44-8379

Aircraft Type: B-17G

Aircraft Name: Aircraft name N/A

Aircraft Code: EP-?

Pilot: Capt John P. Ernst | O753979

POS: P

Status: POW

State: California

Notes: His right leg was cut badly on the end of one of the bomb bay doors during his bailout. The leg had to be amputated in the Russian Hospital at Poltava.

Copilot: 1Lt Arthur L. Jacobson | O-768562

POS: CP

Status: POW

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

NAV: 1Lt Louis C. Chappell | O2064216

POS: NAV

Status: MIA

State: Michigan

Notes: Commemorated on The Walls of the Missing in Netherlands

BOM: Capt Eugene E. Lockhart | O-765186

POS: BOM

Status: MIA

State: Michigan

Notes: Commemorated on The Walls of the Missing in Netherlands

ROG: TSgt Charles H. Webber | 17063224

POS: ROG

Status: Evaded

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

TTE: TSgt Dugger C. West | 39295642

POS: TTE

Status: POW

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

BTG: N/A First, MI, Suffix Last Name | 00000000

POS: BTG

Status: MIA/KIA

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

RWG: SSgt Warren Winters | 39140510

POS: RWG

Status: Evaded

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

LWG: N/A First, MI, Suffix Last Name | 00000000

POS: LWG

Status: MIA/KIA

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

TG: SSgt George A. Windisch | 37722999

POS: TG

Status: Evaded

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

EX1: Maj Robert (Rosie) Rosenthal | 0792349

POS: CMD P

Status: Evaded

State: State N/A

Notes:

EX2: 1Lt Stewert J. Gillison | 0708811

POS: CMD NAV

Status: Evaded

State: State N/A

Notes: 60 years later, Lt Gillison would be awarded the Silver Star for this mission based on the recommendation of Harry Crosby and Robert "Rosie" Rosenthal

Crew Notes

The third extra crewmen for this 8th Air Force Mission Lead was;

Stropp, Robert H.-  POW -  RAD N - 1/Lt - 0386339

Report Notes

Although Rosie Rosenthal tried to convince the 100th Group CO that he should fly more missions this was not to be. The Group Commander flatly refused Rosie's request to return to flight status and according to Roise, 'explained it in terms he could understand."