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Casualty Report from 1944-04-28

MACR: 04234 AIRCRAFT: 42-10702
TARGET: Sottevast, France (V-weapons launch site) TYPE: B-17G
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Aircraft name N/A
SQUADRON: 350th BS - 100th BG(H) AIRCRAFT CODE: LN-B
CRASH:

Destroyed by flak on second run over the target - crash site was Croiz Jacobs, France - All KIAs buried by the Germans in the Cemetery of Cherbourg. March 1945 all re-interred in US Military Cemetery at Blosville, France.

PILOT: Capt William G. Lakin - O-740869

POS: P STATUS: KIA STATE: Missouri

NOTES:

Final Internment - USA

CO PILOT: Lt Herbert A. Alf - O-746267

POS: CP STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Flew as Formatin Control Officer in the Tail Gunner's postion. Was the 351st Assistant Operations Officer.

NAV: Capt Joseph H. Payne - O-790285

POS: NAV STATUS: KIA STATE: Kentucky
Final Internment - Normandy F-11-26 (Was the Group Navigator)

BOM:Lt Maurice H. Cain - O-681869

POS: BOM STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Captured 2nd of May, 1944 between Rochville and Sottevast

ROG: TSgt Leo R. Cannon - 34354853

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

TTE: TSgt James C. Brown - 14041012

POS: TTE STATUS: KIA STATE: Georgia
Final Internment - USA

BTG: SSgt Albert M. Freitas - 06534388

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

RWG: SSgt John N. Spiker - 35376680

POS: RWG STATUS: KIA STATE: Virginia
Final Internment - Normandy D-25-4

LWG: SSgt Joseph A. Richard - 31174593

POS: LWG STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Bailed out near Valognes, France

TG: TSgt Delbert E. Barnhart - 35471387

POS: TG STATUS: KIA STATE: Ohio
Final Internment - USA Manned 50 cal in the Radio Room

EX1: Col Robert H. Kelly - 0017318

POS: CMD P STATUS: KIA STATE: Virgina
Final Internment - Arlington National Cemetery, USA

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

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

 

CREW NOTES:

On this mission the Group Commander of only nine days, Colonel Robert N. Kelly, had bumped the 100th's greatest mission leader, Captain Jack Swartout from the mission lead with disastrous results. The Colonel elected to hold the drop on the first bomb run and turned the formation and flew over the target again on the same heading and at the same altitude. Many of the crew member aboard had came overseas with the Group in 1943. The Navigator was the 100th's beloved Joseph "Bubbles" Payne. All those aboard with the exception of Kelly were at the end of their first or second combat tour. Kelly had came over from the States with no combat experience. This second pass over the target would never have been attempted by a commander of even minimum combat experience. The policy of having high ranking Officers come over later in the war in order to gain some combat experience for their records often was costly. This case was no exception.

According to John A. Miller from Lt Townsend Crew,  who witnessed the loss, the plane was hit in # 2 engine and the wing broke off

REPORT NOTES:

Notes on this report  N/A