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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Orville C.  Everitt  - O-764628

MACR: 08819 FICHE : 03237

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: Ruhland    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 7 - 10/10 Undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-09-11 TIME: 12:05 LOCATION: 5035N - 1310E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-97834

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-013076
B: SW-012358
C: SW02848
D: SW-010602.
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 646622
B: 644316
C: 1182188
D: 1182233
E: 646113
F: 1182551
G: 1182273
H: 1182191
I: 728984
J: 1182436
K: 728188
L: 1181950

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 Orville C.  Everitt 1Lt O-764628
CP John B. Manniello 2Lt O-823409
NAV (N) Warren L. Soden 2Lt O-718444
BOM (B) Edward G. Minton, Sr. Sgt 39138857
RAD Lawrenc A. Radka Cpl 36480946
ENG Robert L. Williams TSgt 39207687
BAL Robert A. Howard SSgt 12227888
WG (W) Homer K. Hirch SSgt 16112756
WG (W)
TG (T) William E. Kenny SSgt 35347662

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

W.C. Ivosevic 2Lt O-818525
Last sighted
J.H. McLaughlin 2Lt O-816523
Last sighted    
T.H. Kemp 1Lt O-812277
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Aircraft appeared to be under control entering the undercast  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"The group in which A/C 834 was flying was attacked by 50 to 70 enemy aircraft. The attack caused at least three of our aircraft to explode and most of the others appeared to be damaged, some were attacked again as stragglers. In a few minutes all but one disappeared beneath the undercast. Since none of them returned no account of the loss of specific aircraft is available. About half of them appeared to be under control as they disappeared into the undercast. Two chutes were seen before the aircraft disappeared, but from which aircraft they came is undetermined,"
   
   
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: 1944-09-13

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

A statement made 2/8/45 by Sgt. Kenney is as follows:  
"We were flying a mission to Ruhland, Germany in Sept.1944. At about 12:10 English time we were hit by F.W.190s. Due to oxygen system which was shot out and also serious lung wounds, I was unconscious and don't remember how I got out. I have no knowledge of what happened at all except hearsay.  I heard in Germany from a fellow flyer that the ship blew up. Then when I got to France I saw the Navigator Lt. Soden. He said he saw a ship explode after he bailed out, but he couldn't tell if it was ours."

Statement of John B. Manniello in August 1945. 
"The Toggalier, Edward Minton, occupied the other bed in my room (German Hospital) and gave me the following information. The pilot, Orville Everitt was killed in the plane - everyone else bailed out. We were strafed while floating earthward. We we attacked by civilians at railroad station in Kemotan, Sudetenland. Minton was later officially reported by the German Govt to have died as result of a fractured spinal cord."  Manneillo suffered head injuries and never really recalled much about the incident