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MACR PILOT: Capt  Edgar F.  Woodward  - O-791530

MACR: 00688 FICHE : 00227

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 418th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: E SE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Stuttgart    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Overcast 3/10 to 8/10 Cloud    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-09-06 TIME: 09:29 LOCATION: 2 miles N. of Strasbourg

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Not Known

AIRCRAFT: 42-20402

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 41-58136
B: 41-58201
C: 41-58273
D: 41-58311
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 394212
B: 393998
C: 395419
D: 393882
E: 395787
F: 391298
G: 396318
H: 121236
I: 121165
J: 121100
K: 396756
L: 396751

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 Edgar F.  Woodward Capt O-791530
CP John H. Thompson F/O T-60806
NAV (N) Emanuel A. Cassimatis 2Lt O-732702
BOM (B) Paul R. Englert 1Lt O-731040
RAD Melvin E. Gaide TSgt 37348054
ENG Frank Danella TSgt 13046112
BAL George A. Janos SSgt 35437602
WG (W) Donald H. Fletcher SSgt 37373116
WG (W) Charles J. Griffin SSgt 18125527
TG (T) William D. Brooks SSgt 37431271

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Walter U. Morano 1Lt O-733699
Last sighted
John D. Brady 1Lt O-791064
Last sighted    
Gale W. Cleven Maj O-399782
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Down under control  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
Saw Woodward's ship going down at 4830N-0803E at 0929 #2 engine was wind milling. Everything else seemed to be OK. ( Walter U Moreno 1st Lt.)

Saw Capt. Woodward's A/C turned out of formation under control and headed for Switzerland. Nothing seemed wrong with A/C,  ( John D Brady, 1st Lt.)

A/C #402 at 0930 approximately 2 miles north of Strasbourg salvoed bombs into a woods. Headed south and went under cloud deck. All engines turning over. No E/A or AA at this time. (Gale W. Clevin, Major)
   
   
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: 1943-09-09

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

A letter from D. H. Fletcher of 25/1/84 states that on the way into the target, an oil leak in #2 engine. Woodward could then have aborted, but decided to press on. Somewhere near the IP oil pressure went to zero and prop would not feather - cylinder head temp. went sky high. If engine seized and prop came off it could have been disastrous to ship. It was decided to head south for Switzerland. When they believed themselves over Switzerland, the crew bailed.

It turned out that only Woodward, who remained with aircraft until the crew had successfully bailed out, landed in Switzerland, the others in Germany.