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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Robert J.  Schomp  - O-812668

MACR: 07814 FICHE : 02861

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 351st BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

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

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-07-29 TIME: 09:56 LOCATION:

SPECIFY:

5119n - 1200e

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-102667

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SSW-015513
B: 43-56774
C: SW-015314
D: SW-015537
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 778599
B: 778583
C: 1082101
D: 7782765
E: 772764
F: 226947
G: 779785
H: 602409
I: 1083349
J: 781947
K: 972164
L: 4083353

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 Robert J.  Schomp 1Lt O-812668
CP Henry C. Preher 1Lt O-818933
NAV (N) Robert W. Culwell 1Lt O-685550
BOM (B) Sylvester E. Dittenbenner 1Lt O-733031
RAD John P. Hunter TSgt 32222966
ENG Edmund J. Radke TSgt 36576103
BAL Joseph Rosolino SSgt 36594001
WG (W) Elmer F. Flood SSgt 36456989
WG (W)
TG (T) Arthur J, Malaney SSgt 36810799

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Ronald Cumming 2Lt O-757163
Last sighted
Edgar W. Wolf 1Lt O-691129
Last sighted    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"A/C #667 was hit by flak which punctured both wings just after bombs away. No 2 engine caught fire and the fire spread along the entire wing. Pilot peeled off to the left and appeared to put the ship under AFCE control. Nine chutes were seen coming from the aircraft. Ship was flying steadily when last seen."
   
   
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: 1944-08-01

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

On the Merseburg mission of 29 Jul 44, Classe was replaced by Lt. Sylvester Dittenbenner from the crew of Ernest Zapf; he became a POW.  Hogan was probably removed from the crew when the reduction to a nine man crew was initiated in August 1944. MACR indicates S/Sgt John P. Hunter was shot in the leg/hip area by German civilians after his parachute landing. A German report, vague and likely fictitious, states the airman was hospitalized with "wound with bullet in it, left thigh."  Duration of treatment 4 to 6 weeks, and normal progress of treatment."