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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Henry P.  Shotland  - O-794706

MACR: 00680 FICHE : 00224

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: Regansburg  
INTENDED DESTINATION: North Afirca    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-08-17 TIME: 10:30 LOCATION: Near Nuremburg

SPECIFY:

Seen to crash

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-30002

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-57223
B: 43-57174
C: 43-57047
D: 43-57841
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 313166
B: 313161
C: 312940
D: 313159
E: 311367
F: 458143
G: 311184
H: 313277
I: 492827
J: 313116
K: 313089
L: 311357

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 Henry P.  Shotland 2Lt O-794706
CP Charles R. Thompsen 2Lt O-743134
NAV (N) Thomas J. Doran 2Lt O-574164
BOM (B) William J. Harrison 2Lt O-733311
RAD Edward M. Kussmann TSgt 37213844
ENG Lloyd E. Field TSgt 18115944
BAL Lawrence E. Capdeville SSgt 38312764
WG (W) Roy L. Butler SSgt 18076941
WG (W) John J. Keegan SSgt 32409161
TG (T) Foster Compton SSgt 35446408

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

O. D. Roans F/O T-120216
Saw crash
J. K. Justice Lt O-735390
Last sighted    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C #002 went down near Stuttgart.  Entire left wing afire.  As he went down A/C exploded.  No chutes seen. (Owen D. Roane)

A/C #002, on our right wing, hit by enemy aircraft at Nurnburg, dropped wheels.  Four chutes seen.  Big strip out of vertical stabilizer.  Three enemy aircraft last seen attacking. (J. K. Justice)
   
   
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:

230002 was the number of the B-17 I flew to England in June of 1943, landing at Thorpe Abbotts. I was one of the first pilots in the 349th Squadron. I didn't have a name on the airplane. I flew seven missions ( the first seven the 100th made) and on my eighth, 002 was out of commission, so I flew another. We had three engines shot out over Regensburg on August 17, 1943, lost a lot of fuel, and ran out of gas about 70 miles north of Sicily trying to make it to Africa. The Mediterranean is a not recommended for landing B-17s. They sink. So somebody else inherited 002 and gave it the WAAC HUNTER name. I have no idea who. Since all the other original 349th pilots except one named Sammy Barr and the squadron commander went down before the Regensburg mission, I hardly knew the new replacement crews . I appreciate your interest in things of that era.
Sincerely,
Glen S. Van Noy