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MACR PILOT: Capt  Harold B.  Helstrom  - O-729854

MACR: 00843 FICHE : 00279

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 SE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Hanau    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 10/10 Overcast    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-10-04 TIME: 15:20 LOCATION: Just off English coast SW

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Unknown

AIRCRAFT: 42-30604

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-60921
B: 43-SW-106
C: 43-60878
D: 43-60938
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 370394
B: 746484
C: 562928
D: 502011
E: 501776
F: 501851
G: 501942
H: 502140
I: 504200
J: 501817
K: 501794
L: 501996

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 Harold B.  Helstrom Capt O-729854
CP Hubert E. Trent F/O T-60807
NAV (N) Harold H. Curtice 1Lt O-731274
BOM (B) Hilbert W. Phillippe 1Lt O-729559
RAD Carroll F. Haarup TSgt 37193193
ENG Robert C. Giles TSgt 16044018
BAL Thomas F. Mezynski SSgt 33267030
WG (W) William D. Edwards SSgt 19083107
WG (W) Joseph Shandor SSgt 13083478
TG (T) Charles E. Crippen SSgt 19021292

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

W. G. Lakin 2Lt O-740839
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Peeled off under control  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
Capt. Helstrom's ship was last seen as the Group formation dispersed to go down through the undercast just off the coast of England SW of London on the route back.  The ship peeled off in a normal manner and seemed under perfect control. (Lt. Lakin)
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

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PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: F. J. KING 2nd Lt. Air Corps, Asst. Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED: 1943-10-09

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Original 100th Crew.