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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  John G.  Gossage  - O-798486

MACR: 00778 FICHE : 00257

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: 230  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Practice Mission    
MISSION TYPE:Practice    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Overcast    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-09-24 TIME: 16:30 LOCATION: 5325 - 6500E

SPECIFY:

Forced down

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-30259

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-60133
B: 43-60382 (?)
C: 43-60??8
D: 43-57395
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 144513
B: 384286
C: 494884
D: 212758
E: 494502
F: 435250
G: 364086
H: 304467
I: 323627
J: 142866
K: 213524
L: 365?02?

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 John G.  Gossage 2Lt O-798486
CP William Spencer Grier 2Lt O-681395
NAV (N) J. Ward Dalton 2Lt O-673491
BOM (B) Theodore J. Don 2Lt O-676883
RAD Mitchell W. Gillen TSgt 32391944
ENG William S. Humphrey TSgt 16043348
BAL Francis J. DeCooman SSgt 36264332
WG (W) Ralph Shulte SSgt 35339324
WG (W) Clyde O Lovell SSgt 34137223
TG (T) Bruce E. Alshouse SSgt 17051757

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Jack R. Swartout Capt O-728936
Last sighted
William G. Lakin 1Lt O-740930
Last sighted    
Maruice R. Beatty 2Lt O-797954
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Survivors picked up. Seriously wounded died in hospital.  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C #259 went down with #3 engine on fire at 1620 hours. This aircraft was heading west when last seen. No chutes were seen (Capt. Jack Swartout)

One B-17 of the lead squadron with #3 engine on fire peeled to the right at 10,000 feet and started down under the 6,000 feet cloud color.  (Lt. Larken)
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: Claude L. Hosford 1st Lt., AC Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED: 1943-09-25

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

There are two (2) MACRs regarding John Gossage:

On 24/9/43 a rather sudden practice mission was scheduled and it was discovered that this crew's regularly assigned A/C was still loaded with bombs from a mission scrubbed earlier that day. Another A/C was assigned the crew and in the rush to take off at the proper time, it was not immediately discovered that the ten machine guns were stored in the nose compartment. 

While over the North Sea on the practice mission, about 10/15 enemy fighters jumped the formation and left Gossage's ship badly shot up and #3 engine and part of the right wing burning fiercely. Gossage ordered the crew to bail out but he rode the ship to a crash landing in the sea. After about an hour in the water, Gossage, Don, Humphrey, Gillen and Alshouse were picked up by Air-Sea Rescue. Bodies of Schulte & DeCooman were never recovered and their names are inscribed on the Wall Of The Missing at Cambridge, Eng. Bill Grier is buried in the Cambridge Cemetery. 

On 3/3/44, Gossage flying with a new crew was shot down on a mission to Berlin and became a POW. Sgt. Humphrey, with the crew of R. D. Vollmer, went down on that same mission and became a POW