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MACR PILOT: Capt  Richard A.  Carey  - O-1699495

MACR: 00117 FICHE : 00040

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: E NE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Warnemunde    
MISSION TYPE:Bombing    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 10/10 Overcast    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-07-25 TIME: 16:25 LOCATION: Probably over Kiel

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-5862

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL:    
A: 41-67875
B: 41-55762
C: 41-57829
D: 41-57828
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 372049
B: 372013
C: 372143
D: 371976
E: 371699
F: 372069
G: 372052
H: 372086
I: 371631
J: 371017
K: 372191
L: 166806

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 Richard A.  Carey Capt O-1699495
CP William J. Styles 2Lt O-798047
NAV (N) Calvin H. DeFevre 2Lt O-731278
BOM (B) William E. Giffith 2Lt O-731369
RAD Steven S. Kopczewski TSgt 12095186
ENG Lester I. Berg TSgt 36170576
BAL Norman C. Eddy SSgt 31128180
WG (W) Maynard T. Parsons SSgt 19077242
WG (W) Charles J. Mayville SSgt 34264560
TG (T) Robert D. Lepper SSgt 37372452
Asst Engineer

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:
All information on MACR below Last Knowledge is not legible. Crew positions not standard on report.

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

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PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY:

DATE PREPARED:

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

On July 25, 1943, Bill Desanders was either ill or on leave and, Captain Richard Carey Operations Officer of the 350th, flew in his stead and became a POW. Another replacement on the crew this day was, T/Sgt. Steven S. Kopczewski the regular radio operator on Crew #11. He was killed in action.

Unable to bomb Warnemunde, the primary target, the Group flew to Kiel where intense flak was met. Plane was so damaged by flak that Captain Carey decided to ditch in the sea. All the crew except for pilot and copilot were in radio room when ship hit the water.

Apparently, Parsons and Lepper, both of whom were wounded, got out of the overhead hatch but the others in the radio room were trapped and went down with the ship which rapidly sank. A subsequent report by William Styles said that, "Griffith was struggling to get out of hatch as the plane was sinking, that is the last I saw of him. "

During a search for survivors, Danish fishermen found the body of Sgt. Kopczewski but, after making certain of death, left it in the water.

A Danish fishing boat picked up Carey, Styles, Lepper and Parsons and the latter two were taken to a hospital in Schleswig.

It was mission #8 for this crew who were flying in "Duration Plus Six" and not their regular plane, "Alice From Dallas".