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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Walter J.  Grenier  - O-793319

MACR: 00687 FICHE : 00227

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: ESE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Stuttgart    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Overcast with three (3) to eight (8) tenths cloud cover    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-09-06 TIME: 09:50 LOCATION: Colmar, France

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-30355

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-53549
B: 43-58365
C: 43-61285
D: 41-23907
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 495717
B: 502220
C: 495087
D: 495673
E: 495659
F: 495394
G: 495645
H: 494993
I: 384220
J: 464091
K: 464190
L: 464066

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 Walter J.  Grenier 1Lt O-793319
CP Michael R. D'Amato 2Lt O-745636
NAV (N) Saul Trauner 2Lt O-671143
BOM (B) David H. Plant 2Lt O-676319
RAD Carl H. Phillips TSgt 18160274
ENG Howard C. Aufschlag TSgt 33325502
BAL Anthony J. Fusco SSgt 12138211
WG (W) Francis X. Donnellan Sgt 31157034
WG (W) William L. Chang SSgt 39535646
TG (T) Robert N. Schrum Sgt 17086798

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

William H. McDonald 2Lt O-572372
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
Saw A/C #335 at Colmar, France,nose down through attacking fighters. No #1 and #3 engines were dead. Eight chutes seen. (Lt. W. H. McDonald)

A/C actually crash landed at  Mönchweiler, Germany

The following documentation has beeen obtained from the Municipal Archiv of Mönchweiler, Baden-Württemberg, Germany File 67, Number AI 526

Mönchweiler 22nd of May 1946

Reference: Crash landing of an American airplane on 6th of September 1943

On 6th of September 1943 about 11 o'clock an American airplane touched down at the outskirts of the village in direction to Obereschach. It had been an airplane with four engines, which came along solo. Mister Haas, who had been Mayor at this time, had given me the information, that there had been one man injured during the crash landing. I immediatley hasten to the place where the airplane had touched down.

When I arrived, medical orderlies from the reserve military hospital at Königsfeld had already been there. The injured had been taken out of the airplane and had been addressed. The soldier had a stomach wound. He complained about heavy pain. I helped to put the injured on a strecher. Thereafter he had been transferred by motor ambulance to the military hospital for POW's at the Waldhotel in Villingen. The injured has been a big strong man with somehow chinese outlook.

Albert Marquardt.

Notes:	 Albert Marquardt has been the head of the local German Red Cross Organisation
         	Villingen: town 4,5 km to the south of Mönchweiler
         	Königsfeld: village 4 km north of Mönchweiler
         	Obereschach. Village 4 km east of Mönchweiler


Ernst Burgbacher police-officer		Mönchweiler 22nd of May 1946

I have been one of the first men who arrived at the place of landing of the American airplane. The plane had made a belly landing and the landing gear had been torn off. When I came to the airplane the crew had disembarked and the heavy wounded man had been laid on the ground. I have heard that the airceaft had come under attack by German fighters over Rottweil. The two left engines had been shot to pieces. The airplane came from direction southeast from the area of Schwenningen. The crew consisted of 10 men. An officer presumably a captain could talk in broken German. Names of the prisoners have not been made known here. The American soldiers have been moved by German soldiers presumably to Villingen, 1 ½ hours after the accident occurred. The prisoners have been delt with correctly in every respect. At that time people from the village made a lot of pictures. I can no longer remember the number of the aircraft and other details. The airplane has been later dismantled by members of the Freiburg air-base and should have been brought to Paris.

Ernst Burgbacher

Notes:	Rottweil town 30 km east of Mönchweiler
         	Schwenningen town 5 km southsoutheast of Mönchweiler
         	Swiss border is only about 30 km to the south


Translation by J. D. Pechmann July 19th 2009  dieterpechmann@gmx.de
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: CLAUDE L. HOSFORD 1st Lt Air Corps Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED:

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

The following documentation has beeen obtained from the Municipal Archiv of Mönchweiler, Baden-Württemberg, Germany File 67, Number AI 526

Mönchweiler 22nd of May 1946

Reference: Crashlanding of an American airplane on 6th of September 1943

On 6th of September 1943 about 11 o'clock an American airplane touched down at the outskirts of the village in direction to Obereschach. It has been an airplane with four engines, which came along sole. Mister Haas who had been mayor at this time, had given me the information, that there has been one man injured during the crashlanding. I immediatley hasted to place where the airplane had touched down.

When I arrived there, there had been already medical orderlies from the reserve military hospital at Königsfeld there. The injured had been already taken out from the airplane and had been dressed.
The soldier had a stomach wound. He complained about heavy pain. I helped to put the injured on a strecher. Thereafter he had been transfered by motor ambulance to the military hospital for POW's at the Waldhotel in Villingen. The injured has been a big strong man with somehow chinese outlook.

Albert Marquardt.

Notes:	 Albert Marquardt has been the head of the local German Red Cross Organisation
	Villingen: town 4,5 km to the south of Mönchweiler
	Königsfeld: village 4 km north of Mönchweiler
	Obereschach. village 4 km east of Mönchweiler


Ernst Burgbacher police-officer		Mönchweiler 22nd of May 1946

I have been one of the first men who arrived at the place of landing of the American airplane. The plane had made a belly landing and the landing gear had been torn off. When I came to the airplane the crew had disembarked and the heavy wounded man had been layed on the earth. I have heard that the airceaft had come under attack by German fighters over Rottweil. The two left engines had been shot to pieces. The airplane came from direction southeast from the area of Schwenningen. The crew consisted of 10 men. An officer presumably a captain could talk in broken German. Names of the prisoners have not been made known here. The American soldiers have been moved by German soldiers presumably to Villingen, 1 ½ hours after the accident occured. The prisoners have been delt with correctly in every respect. At that time people from the village made a lot of pictures. I can no longer remember the number of the aircraft and other details. The airplane has been later dismantled by members of the Freiburg air-base and should have been brought to Paris.

Ernst Burgbacher

Notes:	Rottweil town 30 km east of Mönchweiler
	Schwenningen town 5 km southsoutheast of Mönchweiler
	Swiss border is only about 30 km to the south


Translation by J. D. Pechmann July 19th 2009