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Casualty Report from 1944-07-20 13:17

MACR: 07414 AIRCRAFT: 42-97564
TARGET: Merseburg, Germany TYPE: B-17G
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Belle of Berlin
SQUADRON: 350th BS - 100th BG(H) AIRCRAFT CODE: OE-F
CRASH:

Flak hit between the No. 2 engine and the fuselage on the bomb run. The propellers on the left side both ran away but there was no fire. The aircraft left the formation and returned with escorts from the 361st Fighter Group. 564 made an emergency landing about 10 km southeast of Breda, Holland. The crews successfully set the aircraft afire. This B-17 was not a 100th aircraft and was on detached service from the 95th, a sister group of the 100th also in the 13th Combat Wing.

PILOT: Capt Francis C. Kincannon - O-409811

POS: P STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A

NOTES:

Captured at Chaam

CO PILOT: 1Lt Bernard L. Farnum - O-682835

POS: CP STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Captured at Chaam

NAV: 1Lt Louis H. Abromowitz - O-814034

POS: NAV STATUS: Evaded STATE: State N/A
No notes on this crewmember

BOM:Capt Robert E. Nance - O-666697

POS: BOM STATUS: Evaded STATE: State N/A
No notes on this crewmember

ROG: TSgt Oscar L. Edge - 39549755

POS: ROG STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Remained free for seven days and was captured near Antwerp 29 Jul 44

TTE: TSgt Daniel B. Deason - 15335693

POS: TTE STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Remained free for seven days and was captured near Antwerp, along with TSgt Oscar L. Edge, near Antwrep 29 Jul 44

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

POS: BTG STATUS: MIA/KIA STATE: State N/A
No notes on this crewmember

RWG: SSgt Glen E. Snider - 37178141

POS: RWG STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
No notes on this crewmember

LWG: SSgt Daniel M. Cargile - 38372191

POS: LWG STATUS: Evaded STATE: State N/A
No notes on this crewmember

TG: SSgt Robert D. Chavez - 39559984

POS: TG STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Captured at Antwerp 03 Mar 44

EX1: Maj Magee C. Fuller - 0169943

POS: CMD P STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Fuller was original 100th, came overseas in May of 1943. The popular Fuller was probably the last "Original 100th" airmen to be captured.

EX2: Capt Henry C. Giffis - 0809589

POS: RAD NAV STATUS: Evaded STATE: State N/A
Lt George E. Bonitz was an additional navigator on mission

 

CREW NOTES:

Captain Nance reported after the war, "A Gunner, Jerry Sorenson, Idaho, was killed when some of the evaders were fighting the retreating Germans around Brussels together with the Belgian Resistance. (This gunner was Sgt. Gerald E. Sorenson of the 96th Bomb Group who was killed September 3rd, 1944. Sorenson was interred in the 
Cemetery at Ganshoren. This cemetery is located in the northern part of Brussels, Belgium. Sgt. Sorenson is still interred in the original grave in this Belgian cemetery.) pw

REPORT NOTES:

The Crash site is in fact  approximately 42 miles North North East of the city of Louvain 
Coordinates:  51°29'4.26"N    4°52'47.47"E