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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Morris E.  Clark  - O-818606

MACR: 07812 FICHE : 02859

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: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Merseburg    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 6 - 8/10 cloud cover    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-07-29 TIME: 10:21 LOCATION: 5107N - 1142E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 43.37655

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-021145
B: SW-020797
C: SW-020787
D: SW-021021
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1531367
B: 1531124
C: 1530754
D: 15310011
E: 1531550
F: 1530755
G: 1531020
H: 1530700
I: 1530793
J: 1531257
K: 1531017
L: 1530698

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 9 PASS: 0 TOTAL: 9

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1
P2 Morris E.  Clark 2Lt O-818606
CP John J. Cudihy 2Lt O-824104
NAV (N) Joseph W. Foote 2Lt O-712544
BOM (B) Arthur E. Frankenburg 2Lt O-744978
RAD Frank J. Gerlach SSgt 11073255
ENG Nelson J. Clifford SSgt 32545628
BAL James Buchanan Sgt 36875728
WG (W) Walter J. Gursky Sgt 32916266
WG (W)
TG (T) Ralph E. Guhl Sgt 33552245

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Leslie Kassabaum 2Lt O-759691
Last sighted
George S. Allen 2Lt O-753839
Last sighted    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Unknown OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"No definite information concerning the loss of this A/C is available. The leader of the squadron was forced to jettison his bombs short of the target because of flak damage. The formation broke up and all the aircraft except the leader were lost. It is assumed that most of them were lost to enemy fighter attacks at 1020 - 1040 hours near 5112N - 1140E"

Author is unknow (pw)
   
   
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: 1944-08-02

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

 This crew joined the 100th Group on 17/7/44.  At that time, a Sgt. Ernest A. Johnson was on the crew as NG - He CPT on 21/3/45.  Lt Frankenburg was not on the crew when it came to the 100th.  Indications are that this A/C exploded in mid-air near "Punschrau near Kossen" at about 1015 hours.  The dead were interred in a cemetery at Hassenhausen in graves #1 thru #5.  This was the first mission for this crew.

Sgt. Clifford stated as follows: Pilot ordered him to bail out.  He started for bomb bay but fire prevented passage.  He returned to try the nose hatch and noticed Lt. Cudihy & Lt Clark preceding him in that direction.  He then lost consciousness but assumed they had both been able to make their escape from the plane.  Later evidence indicates some or all the dead may have been killed by German civilians.