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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Winton L.  MacCarter  - O-798008

MACR: 01020 FICHE : 00338

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: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Munster    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Clear with ground haze.    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-10-10 TIME: 15:00 LOCATION:

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-30090

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-56969
B: 43-56364
C: 43-65631
D: 43-57069
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 493596
B: 493904
C: 494579
D: 494553
E: 494436
F: 494565
G: 495867
H: 494652
I: 593740
J: 494434
K: 493856
L: 494500

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 Winton L.  MacCarter 2Lt O-798008
CP Daniel Barna F/O T-60786
NAV (N) Harold L. Weachter 1Lt O-667462
BOM (B) George H. Ziegler 1Lt O-732603
RAD Alexander F. Sawicki TSgt 31097277
ENG Jack C. Rogers TSgt
BAL Robert W. Sandy TSgt 37143333
WG (W) Roy D. Graff SSgt 17155983
WG (W) Raymond J. Manley SSgt 31083234
TG (T) Cosimo A. DeMonica SSgt 39434534

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Robert Rosenthal 2Lt
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Under control  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C #090 was seen to pull away about half way between Haltern and Munster witrh #1 engine and left wing on fire.  It was under control when last seen.  (Lt. Rosenthal)
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

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PREPARING OFFICER

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

DATE PREPARED: 1943-10-21

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

In a letter of 30/l/1979 to Jim Brown, Hal Weachter tells of the mission of lO/lO/43 as follows:

"Our plane was hit in the wing behind #3 engine with a rocket from a ME-109. It blew a large hole in the wing and started a fire. We could not get the fire out by side slipping so we all bailed out. All landed safely with co-pilot Dan Barna, radio operator Sawicki, and I each breaking an ankle. We were rounded up and put in a jail at an airfield overnight. The next day Barna, Sawicki & I were taken to a POW hospital near Dusseldorf. The gunners went to Stalag #4, I believe and MacCarter and Ziegler to Stalag #3 as I recall. Barna, Sawicki & I and some others who had come into the hospital after being shot down were sent (19 Nov. 43) to Frankfort for interrogation where we arrived at 2AM. We slept in a Railroad station and caught a Tram to Obestel at SAM. Our clothes were taken away and we were put in solitary, On 30 Nov. we were given British army clothes, a Great coat & shoes and shipped to Stalag #1. The Germans had just reopened this camp and we were in the first 100 prisoners. The camp was expanded as the war progressed and at war's end there were close to 9000 POWs. We were packed into a box car at Frankfort & given a box of food from the Red Cross and black bread and bologna from the Germans. We arrived at Barth, Germany at 5P11 on 4 Dec. 1943 and marched to the Stalag which is a couple of miles west & north of the city - a few miles from the Baltic sea.

In March we were liberated by the Russian army. The German commandant wanted to march the whole camp west to stay out of Russian hands, but Col. Zabreski (Fighter ace the senior officer, convinced him that it was useless. One morning we woke up and all of the guards were gone. The Russians came through the next day. We sat in camp until the end of the war when the Air Force sent in planes to fly us to Camp Lucky Strike in France. We left Le Harve on the USS General Butner and docked at Newport News on 20 June 1945. "