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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Charles H.  Thompson  - 0371090

MACR: 01023 FICHE : 00339

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 351st 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: Munster (Time 1500 - 1530)

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Unknown

AIRCRAFT: 42-30734

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 42-137966
B: 42-78213
C: 42-138512
D: 42-137988
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 368896
B: 312496
C: 312735
D: 386061
E: 386031
F: 384508
G: 384549
H: 381070
I: 384456
J: 380869
K: 386001
L: 384616

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 Charles H.  Thompson 2Lt 0371090
CP Ross McEuen 2Lt O-680666
NAV (N) Edward R. Jones 2Lt O-683247
BOM (B) William J. Sprow 2Lt O-670280
RAD Jack Stern Sgt 32507465
ENG Richard E. Derby SSgt 15095664
BAL Jesse W. Cook SSgt 34038084
WG (W) Charles L. Nessel SSgt 13125927
WG (W) Floyd M. Cahall SSgt 33221147
TG (T) Donald E. Leech Sgt 13153331

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

None
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Original MACR field blank OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
On the Operational Mission of 10 October 43, heavy flak and E/A were encountered. All A/C were lost excepting A/C 42-30087, piloted by 2nd Lt. Robert Rosenthal. When last seen, A/C of the 100th Bombardment Group were well scattered and being attacked by swarms of enemy fighters. Circumstances of loss of A/C 42-30734 are unknown.
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: GEORGE D. ALLEN Capt Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1945-01-31

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

This crew was on its fifth mission. Apparently after reaching the I. P. this A/C received a head-on attack by enemy a/c and Edward Jones was severely wounded by a 20mm. Almost simultaneously there was a direct flak hit in the waist and both waist gunners killed or severely wounded.  Bail out order given but evidently not all got our before ship exploded. Lt. Sprow shoved Lt. Jones out of nose escape hatch after pulling his rip cord. Several men blown out when plane exploded and their chutes opened. One crewman later reported as follows: "The Germans threw his body (Jones') into a truck transporting us to a jail. He was all shot up and he was white. I presume he had bled to death."