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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Glen S.  Van Noy  - O-728773

MACR: 00682 FICHE : 00225

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 Africa    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-08-17 TIME: 10:00 LOCATION: Near Brenner Pass

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-30042

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-58681
B: 41-42083
C: 42-81303
D: 43-55939
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 458252
B: 458110
C: 458426
D: 458297
E: 492630
F: 458219
G: 458294
H: 458440
I: 458394
J: 458124
K: 458123
L: 488298

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 Glen S.  Van Noy 1Lt O-728773
CP James B. Evans 2Lt O-797980
NAV (N) Kenneth G. Allen 1Lt O-728153
BOM (B) William H. Couch 2Lt O-731363
RAD James D. Gibson SSgt 37196371
ENG William R. Stewart TSgt 35257322
BAL Joe F. Hruskocy SSgt 35358965
WG (W) William L. Kennedy Col O-17936
WG (W) William W. Crabb TSgt 16008676
TG (T) Samuel J. Cusmano SSgt 36156708

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Owen D. Roane F/O T-120216
Last sighted
John R. Justice 2Lt O-735390
Last sighted    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Unknown OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
An eyewitness (either Owen D. Roane or John R Justice) gave following report:
B-17 #042 was seen to be in trouble a few minutes before target  No 4 engine was flaming, but it continued in formation, dropped its bombs on the target and did not pull away until it reached the Alps near Munich  At this place #2 engine was feathered and A/C pulled away and disappeared around the side of a mountain. It was flying at about 10,000 feet when last seen and was being pursued by a JU 88  No chutes were seen.
   
   
Second Witness: .  
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:

According to Bill Crabb they lost one engine (fighter attack) just after crossing enemy Coast early in mission  and a second at the target. Realized they probably could not reach Africa but at no time did they consider Switzerland   Ran out of Ammo although he had 1100 rounds for one gun and 900 for the other (ball turret because he fit better that Hruskocy, the regular BTG man) 

Bill Couch had size 13 shoes or bigger. Was in stocking feet when picked up and Germans said they had no shoes in Italy big enough for him Of Col Kennedy, Crabb Says," He was due to return stateside to help train aerial gunners And was along for 1st hand experience " "He kept squeezing off one round at a time and I remember thinking, My God! a short burst is one thing but this is ridiculous." 

Had one bomb hang up over target and tried to release it over a small Airfield near Brenner pass but it wouldn't go. Later released it manually over Mediterranean. Dropped to 500 ft and threw  out everything not nailed down "even my GI shoes" Just north of Naples turned for Sicily because at briefing had been told Sicily would fall that day   It did.  

About 90 miles from Sicily lost a third engine  Van Noy shut down remaining engine and made the most beautiful landing he ever made. "He never could land an Airplane except when it really counted." Ship floated about an hour and a half. Picked up next morning by Germans in a flying boat.

Cusmano reported:
Got out 2 five man dinghies and a smaller one  -lots of rations, radio, etc. Raised radio mast with balloon and sent S O S Only mission on which 42-30042 reached target was this one  It had had 7/8 Abortions . Original ship (42-30002) was named "Damn IF I Know" and was having PFF installed. Was in POW Camp 17B Krems, Austria with many other 100th Gp men. George P Gineikis went down on 5 Nov.1943 - mission to Gelsenkirchen and it is believed he was an evadee. Cusmano later visited him in Vets Hosp. in Battle Creek  Later heard he had been discharged with a disability pension.