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Casualty Report from 1944-05-19

MACR: 04948 AIRCRAFT: 42-97607
TARGET: Berlin, Germany TYPE: B-17G
BASE: Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, England NAME: Aircraft name N/A
SQUADRON: 349th BS - 100th BG (H) AIRCRAFT CODE: XR-H
CRASH:

Destroyed by enemy fighters on the return - ditched in the Baltic Sea south of Glaeno Island. The entire crew rowed ashore in the A/C's emergency escape raft where they were immediately taken prisoner.

PILOT: Lt Ralph D. Horne - O-748415

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

NOTES:

No notes on this crewmember

CO PILOT: Lt John M. McGrath - O-697435

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

NAV: Lt Douglas L. Hiley - O-814316

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

BOM:Lt Jack T. Evans - O-752743

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

ROG: TSgt Lawrence C. Wiley - 31296559

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

TTE: TSgt Robert L. Fosdick - 19057033

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

BTG: SSgt Carlee G Hunt - 14074545

POS: BTG STATUS: POW STATE: State N/A
Carlee Gordon Hunt

RWG: SSgt Shelly M. Hall - 34707374

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

LWG: SSgt Joseph Perinsky - 12208825

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

TG: SSgt Joseph G. Staron - 19079220

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

 

CREW NOTES:

Excerpts from a  letter (below) to Jim Brown, 100th veteran and the group's origiinal historian, from Birger Hansen of Copenhagen, Denmark describes the circumstances of this incident.

An unknown a/c was observed under control and apparently in no serious trouble at 1508 hours near 5420N - 1200E heading for Sweden. The a/c had passed  Lolland Island just shortly before it was hit by FW 190s. The pilot managed to ditch the a/c 8 km south of Glacno Island, and the crew successfully paddled ashore in the dinghies.  Standard ditching  procedures were used with all but the pilot and co-pilot in the radio room. There were no injuries from the combat action or the ditching except for a slight scratch on Sgt Joseph G. Staron's head. Lt's Horne and Evans and T/Sgt's Willey and Fosdick were taken POWs in Nyrup town on the 20th May at 0900 hours and the rest of the crewmembers became POWs in Snedinge town the same day at 1000 hours.  The crew was on their 21st mission.

REPORT NOTES:

Notes on this report  N/A