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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Ronald W.  Braley  - O-728819

MACR: 00679 FICHE : 00224

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: Regansburg  
INTENDED DESTINATION: North Africa    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-08-17 TIME: 10:00 LOCATION: From Nuremburg to the Alps

SPECIFY:

Forced down

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-30070

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-58875
B: 41-55690
C: 43-58235
D: 43-60412
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 503250
B: 503875
C: 503968
D: 503884
E: 503418
F: 503823
G: 485198
H: 458471
I: 494540
J: 493934
K: 503694
L: 503826

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
P2 Ronald W.  Braley 1Lt O-728819
CP Walter Z. Trenchard 2Lt O-798052
NAV (N) John E. Fawcett 2Lt O-792450
BOM (B) Thomas D. Carlton 1Lt O-728455
RAD James R. Bair Sgt 13060377
ENG Joseph E. McGuire TSgt 39092598
BAL Phil W. Ong SSgt 37196401
WG (W) Charles C. Grissom SSgt 17027657
WG (W) Donald G. Ruggles SSgt 15105331
TG (T) Elmo E. White Sgt 18076995

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Bernard A. De Marco 1Lt O-791290
Last sighted five minutes before target
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER: 8 chutes seen  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
B-17 #070 left our formation five minutes before the target with #1 engine on fire. When last seen fire appeared to have spread to the tail section.  It is reported that 8 chutes were seen. (Bernard A. De Marco)
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: CLAUDE L. HOSFORD 1st Lt Air Corps Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED: 1943-09-05

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Heavy attacks by enemy aircraft started uncontrollable fires in the No# 1 engine and tail section, forcing the crew with the exception of James R. Blair, to bail out near Tauberschofsheim. This is a suburb of Wurzburh and is about 125 miles short of the target. All nine were taken prisoner by the Germans. Bair was wounded very early but stuck to his gun and was killed shortly before bail out. His body identified in wreckage of A/C by Sgt. Grissom from belt buckle and Catholic medal. Grissom believed a 20 mm had hit him in chest. Trenchard fractured an ankle, Ong suffered a fractured vertebrae and White was wounded in the back by flak.