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MACR PILOT: Capt  Francis C.  Kincannon  - O-409811

MACR: 07414 FICHE : 02701

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 418th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Merseburg    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 3 5/10 cumulus at target with up to 10/10 at enemy coast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-07-20 TIME: 13:15 LOCATION: 5053N - 0442E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-97564

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-011154
B: SW-007022
C: SW-007188
D: 43-66286
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 949544
B: 488348
C: 941694
D: 947677
E: 729028
F: 729052
G: 729031
H: 949499
I: 726717
J: 949186
K: 949203
L:

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 11 PASS: 0 TOTAL: 11

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1 Magee C. Fuller Major O-1699245
P2 Francis C.  Kincannon Capt O-409811
CP Bernard L. Farnum 1Lt O-482835
NAV (N) Louis H. Abromowitz 1Lt O-814084
BOM (B) Robert E. Nance Capt O-666697
RAD Oscar L. Edge TSgt 39549755
ENG Daniel B. Deason TSgt 15335693
BAL
WG (W) Glen E. Snider SSgt 37178141
WG (W) Daniel M. Cargile SSgt Missing
TG (T) Robert D. Chavez SSgt Missing
Navigator-RAD Henry C. Griffis Capt O-809589
Navigator George E. Bonitz 1Lt O-694318

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Charles O. Cook 2Lt O-815083
Contacted by radio
Neal P. Scott 1Lt O-813959
Contacted by radio    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Persons seen walking away from crash OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"Just as bombs were released A/C #564 received a direct hit by AA between #2 engine and the fuselage. Shell did not explode but a large hole was torn in the wing and fuel poured out from the tank. The #2 engine was seen feathered and the A/C pulled out of formation and directed the deputy leader to take over. A/C fell astern of the formation and escorted by fighters. It was reported #564 was heard to tell the fighters he was ok."  This is all the information revealed by the 100th "A" Group crews.

From Bottisham (fighter base) to PFF War room to 100th BG the following report was received: "A/C #564 called for fighter support after it began to lag and contact was made on Channel "C" with the fighters who provided cover. Subsequently the PFF crashed landed near Louvain - east of Brussels and as pre-arranged on Channel "C" as soon as the crew was clear of the A/C fighters strafed #564, setting fire to the ship. While the fighters did not see the PFF aircraft explode they stated definitely it was afire and that all of the crew were safe.
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

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PREPARING OFFICER

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

DATE PREPARED: 1944-07-22

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

This A/C  was leading the mission in a Pathfinder ship which accounts for the seven officers aboard. Major Fuller, who had flown overseas as a pilot with the 349th in June 1943 was now the Commanding Officer of the 418th. ..pw

A/C was from the 95th BG 297564 "Belle of Berlin" OE-F
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