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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Gerald H.  Steussy  - O-75818

MACR: 07813 FICHE : 02889

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 350th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

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

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 3/10 Cloud Cover    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-07-29 TIME: 12:58 LOCATION: 5119N - 0121E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-97629

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-012360
B: SW-012194
C: SW-012119
D: SW-012123
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 644305
B: 644531
C: 729225
D: 1161954
E: 644350
F: 967733
G: 1182403
H: 3190743
I: 1181991
J: 1182604
K: 1181952
L: 1381921

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 Gerald H.  Steussy 2Lt O-75818
CP FRANK C. PETRDIL F/O O-551159
NAV (N) HOWARD J. LEECH 2Lt O-07284
BOM (B) ALLEN J. MacALLISTER 2Lt O-762115
RAD ANTHONY NOCCHIERO SSgt 32679497
ENG EDWARD LOWTHER, SSgt 35446224
BAL JULIUS GREENWALD SSgt 32814880
WG (W) JOHN L. GAUNCE Sgt 37493614
WG (W)
TG (T) JODA D. TICER Sgt 38063753

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Arlon D. Elbel F/O T-1739
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Under control when last seen  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"A/C 629 was hit by flak over the target. Bombs were dropped; then the aircraft fell back among the stragglers and was not seen again."
   
   
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:

ON 29 JUL 44 S/SGT EDWARD LOWTHER, FROM THE J. M. SHELLY CREW, WAS FLYING AS TTE AND BECAME A POW. THIS WAS THE CREW'S 18/19TH MISSION…pw

Believe