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Casualty Report

Casualty Report from November 5, 1943

Detail

MACR: 99908

Target: Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Base: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England

Crash: Sever flak damage at the target - crew ordered to bail out - after eight men had bailed out. The pilot and copilot William R. Flesh and Lt. John Gossage were able to regain control and flew the Squawking Hawk back to England, making an emergency landing at Tangmere.

Squadron: 349th BS - 100th BG (H)

Aircraft

Aircraft #: 42-30088

Aircraft Type: B-17F

Aircraft Name: Squawkin Hawk

Aircraft Code: XR-E

Pilot: Lt William R. Flesh | O-725595

POS: P

Status: Survivor

State: State N/A

Notes: Returned with A/C

Copilot: Lt John G. Gossage | O-798486

POS: CP

Status: Survivor

State: State N/A

Notes: Returned with A/C - would be captured March 3, 1944 after a crash landing in Germany

NAV: Capt Omar Gonzales | O-725967

POS: NAV

Status: POW

State: Texas

Notes: The 100th's Group Navigator - said by Jim Brown and Harry Crosby to have been on of the very best Navigators in the 8th Airforce. (Paul West)

BOM: Lt James J. Lux |

POS: BOM

Status: POW

State: State N/A

Notes: Lt James Lux's serial number is unknown to the 100th historical staff

ROG: TSgt Conner D. Brewster | 34201968

POS: ROG

Status: KIA

State: Alabama

Notes: KIA - Parachute failed to open, initially buried in POW Cemetery at St. Trond Airfield, Belgium. Moved to Ardennes at the end of hostilies. Final Internment - USA

TTE: TSgt Harold L. Pope | 37259351

POS: TTE

Status: Evaded

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

BTG: TSgt Francis G. Dolsen | 37259351

POS: BTG

Status: POW

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

RWG: SSgt George P. Gineikis | 11045517

POS: RWG

Status: Evaded

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

LWG: SSgt Leon E. MacDonald | 32287971

POS: LWG

Status: Evaded

State: State N/A

Notes: last name could be McDonald

TG: SSgt James Marasco | 20902175

POS: TG

Status: POW

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

EX1: N/A First, MI, Suffix Last Name | N/A

POS: N/A

Status: N/A

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

EX2: N/A First, MI, Suffix Last Name | N/A

POS: N/A

Status: N/A

State: State N/A

Notes: No notes on this crewmember

Crew Notes

---> SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: Michael Moores LeBlanc
EMAIL: mmleblanc@sympatico.ca
PURPOSE: Submit general feedback
INTEREST: I am researching WW2 history
MESSAGE
Message:  I was checking details about the Wm R. Flesh crew 349 BS, FTR 5 Nov '43 and note an error in your information.
S/Sgt Leon E. 'Al' McDonald(MacDonald?), 32287971 was not a Pow. He is listed as E&E 256 and was the 208th evader helped by the famous Comete line, crossing into Spain on 27 Nov 43, together with fellow crew man George Gineikis.

Regards,
Michael Moores LeBlanc

Report Notes

Notes on this report:
In a bit of humor Omar Gonzales and the remainder of those bailing out are referred in 100th lore as "Flesh's Paratroopers." (Paul West)