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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Thomas D.  Hummel  - O-737958

MACR: 00681 FICHE : 00225

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: Near Bad Mergerheim

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Blew up before reaching target

AIRCRAFT: 42-30311

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 42-137809
B: 42-137839
C: 42-137852
D: 42-137731
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 230959
B: 230958
C: 421197
D: 494413
E: 495136
F: 495363
G: 495090
H: 495073
I: 494919
J: 495657
K: 495626
L: 494858

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 Thomas D.  Hummel 2Lt O-737958
CP Michael C. Doroski 2Lt O-742850
NAV (N) Archie S. Depew 2Lt O-673501
BOM (B) Norman Brewster 2Lt O-738532
RAD Donald J. Meeker SSgt 20507571
ENG Nelson O. Gunnar SSgt 37194298
BAL Gordon A. William SSgt 32477874
WG (W) Kenneth T. O'Connor SSgt 12139143
WG (W) Richard E. Bowler Sgt 33115057
TG (T) Francis T. J. Stafford SSgt 13167851

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Bernard A. DeMarco 1Lt O-791290
Last sighted
John R. Justice 2Lt O-735390
Last sighted    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER: 3 chutes seen  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
Hummel's A/C blew up 20 minutes before target. Three chutes seen. (B. A. De Marco)

Saw 10 chutes at 27, 000 ft. Landed, we think, on the ground. (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:

On the Regensburg mission. This crew was flying as left wing to Roy Claytor who was leading the second element of the low squadron. Truly "tail end Charlie" to not only the 100th Group but also the entire Regensburg force. Attacked by e/a about 10 minutes before reaching Nurnburg, Hummel’s plane was seen to" blow up" but some chutes were seen. On this final flight of 17/8/43 S/Sgt Richard E. Bowler & S/Sgt Francis T. J. Stafford replaced Devich & Bishoff. Bowler was KIA and Stafford became a POW. J. E. Devich had sustained a broken wrist and other injuries when one dark night he ran his bicycle into a ditch near the base. "THEY NEVER HAD IT SO G0OD" p. 75 notes that " . . . . A last man, Bishoff, was later removed from the crew for hospitalization and his place taken by a spare gunner. " See also TNHISG p. 81 re Dick Bowler

Sgt. Bowler was badly wounded by ME l09 and probably died during descent in chute or upon landing. Sgt. O'Connor, it is believed by crew members, did not jump although able to do so. Lt. Doroski said that O’Connor had remarked to him that he was "afraid to ever jump from the plane". This was the fifth mission for O'Connor and the second for Bowler,