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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Mark V.  Wilson  - O-747498

MACR: 05384 FICHE : 01957

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 349th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: Southeast  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Abbeville    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Scattered Clouds 4 - 6/10 undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-06-05 TIME: 10:15 LOCATION: 3 miles S. of Boulogne

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-107095

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-011124
B: SW-011133
C: SW-011352
D: SW-011323
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1293352
B: 1295207
C: 1294751
D: 952354
E: 1295068
F: 1293428
G: 1295241
H: 1295079
I: 1294487
J: 1295504
K: 1295488
L: 1293181 (m) 899035

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 10 PASS: 0 TOTAL: 10

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1
P2 Mark V.  Wilson 1Lt O-747498
CP Donald J. Roth 2Lt O-818856
NAV (N) John t. Johnston 1Lt O-691762
BOM (B) Ralph A. Kroenke 1Lt O-688708
RAD Eugene V. Sweeny TSgt 12190208
ENG John W. McAuliffe TSgt 32280729
BAL Donald M. Rohasek SSgt 16149982
WG (W) Glover Nall SSgt 34362604
WG (W) William E. Moreland SSgt 39021182
TG (T) Cecil G. Davis SSgt 39555544

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

G.H. Penman TSgt 12187689
Last sighted
G.S. Allen 2Lt O-753839
Last sighted    
H.W, Woodall 1Lt O-433626

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"A/C #591  (Peterson) was flying right wing on A/C #095 (Wilson) which was hit by a ground rocket and collided with #591 (Peterson). The nose section of #095 (Wilson) was sheared off, but it appeared to remain under control and peeled out of formation. Five chutes were observered as it 'S-ed' back toward the channel."

Lts. Woodall, Allen and T/Sgt Penman
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: WALTER G. BURKE 1st Lt. Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1944-06-06

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Cecil Davis writing in the Fall 1989 Splasher Six:
"Shilayee was no ordinary airplane, Early on our pilot, Mark Wilson, had the ground crew paint white side walls on the tires. Mark said he wanted the plane "to look sharp" and it did. Ernest Lovato painted the Irish name on the nose and the crew's flight jackets because Wilson counted six or seven Irishmen on his crew. Its number was 2317, it's call letter, 'A" for Able'. On the fuselage was 'XR' for the 349th Squadron.

It was in February, 1944, as a replacement crew in the 349th Squadron, that we first met Shilaylee. We flew our first mission in her on February 29th to Brunswick, but it was the missions to Berlin on March 3, 4, 6, and 8 that really broke us in. We got hit so often that the ground crew were grateful for our white side walls. If Mark dropped the wheels down early, it was a sign we were in trouble. The ground crew saw the white wheels and got ready in advance for a lot of work. Shilaylee was a great plane; it brought us back 20 times.

On May 24, we did not fly in Shilaylee because it had a mechanical failure. We flew to Berlin in 'Hard Luck' or 'old 413', the ground crew called it, and on that mission I earned my Purple Heart. After I got out of the hospital our crew was reassembled, and since we were near the end of our tour, we were given a new plane.

On June 5, when we were over Boulogne in our new plane, the aircraft on our right wing was hit by flak and drifted into us. In the crash we lost our co-pilot, navigator, and bombardier. Mark Wilson and I ended up as POWs in Moosburg Stalag 7 until Patton liberated us on April 29, 1945

Note:
On 5 Jun 1944 the Wilson crew was flying a brand new silver B-17G 42-107095, XR-F since they were now a lead Crew.   Shilaylee was Lt Wilson's aircraft prior to receiving this new plane.