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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  James B.  Noble  - O-753812

MACR: 07880 FICHE : 02890

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: SE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Merseburg    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Missing from MACR    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-07-28 TIME: 03:50 LOCATION: Missing

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Internal explosion

AIRCRAFT: 42-97555

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-005564
B: SW-004168
C: SW-006989
D: SW-007206
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 948040
B: 947675
C: 492002
D: 716932
E: 949637
F: 948841
G: 727042
H: 906762
I: 931398
J: 931462
K:
L:

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 Floyd H. Mason Capt O-713234
P2 James B.  Noble 1Lt O-753812
CP Robert e. Lipps 2Lt O-618896
NAV (N) Robert W. Barry 1Lt O-704573
BOM (B) Marcus M. Hertz 2Lt O-700104
RAD Russell Ellis TSgt 11071717
ENG Frank Cruz TSgt 38352903
BAL
WG (W) Arthur L. Roberts SSgt 36302434
WG (W) William P. McNally SSgt 32775656
TG (T) Frederick F. Schwartz SSgt 39037688

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

George S. Allen 1Lt Unreadable
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"At 0850 hours near 5043N - 0820E, A/C #555 nosed down twice and the group followed, then the wheels were lowered and fire was seen in the radio room. Looked like as if it might be a flare fire. The A/C peeled off to the right. A small explosion was seen in the right wing between #3 engine and the fuselage. One man bailed out before the A/C left the formation. The others followed. Nine chutes were seen to open and the tenth had not opened when the man disappeared into the undercast. The fire in the aircraft appeared to be out when it plunged into the undercast flying steadily under AFCE control."
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

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DATE PREPARED:

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Of the above, Noble, Cruz, Ellis, Roberts, McNally, and Swartz appear to be from the original Noble crew. Lipps was from the M. C. Rumley crew. Kaufman from the R. A. Wegrzyneck crew. Barry from the H. E. Bethea crew. Mason had joined the 100th with his own crew on 28 Nov 43 and may have been on his 2nd tour.

"Old Daniel Boone" (42-97555)  also known as "Island F for Fox" PFF from 95th BG