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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Charles D.  Walts  - O-796466

MACR: 01025 FICHE : 00339

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  
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: 42-30823

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-62247
B: 43-62382
C: 43-66265
D: 43-62296
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 384855
B: 384905
C: 384849
D: 335171
E: 385050
F: 384842
G: 385303
H: 725343
I: 744736
J: 744787
K: 384901
L: 384897

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 D.  Walts 2Lt O-796466
CP Gerome H. Wallace 2Lt O-742037
NAV (N) Louis H. Oss 2Lt O-734972
BOM (B) Richard C. Dodson 2Lt O-676513
RAD Travis D. Brumbeau TSgt 18154122
ENG Clyde M. Walker SSgt 18002736
BAL Henry A. Gratzfeld Sgt 18117268
WG (W) Thomas F. Murphy SSgt 31184077
WG (W) Frank E. Fethersten Sgt 32417739
TG (T) William O. Higginbotham Sgt 14138128

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:
Circumstances of loss of this A/C are unknown.
   
   
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: 1943-10-21

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

350th Sqdn. This was the fourth mission for the crew. 
Sgt. Walker may have died of wounds in hospital or POW camp.

STATEMENT (in MACR) BY Lt.Walts:
"Lt Oss climbed out nose of plane (it had broken in half) after it had come out of spin over target at 1500 ft. Sgts. Higginbotham & Murphy bailed out before it went into the spin. Sgt. Brumbeau believes he was thrown from plane when it broke in two. Sgt. Murphy wounded by burst of 20mm just as he and Fetherstone were about to jump. Fetherstone probably killed by this burst. Oss recalled seeing Lt. Dodson lying in nose of plane and believed him dead or mortally wounded."

As Walts was crawling to the escape hatch he had to crawl over Lt Wallace and noticed that blood covered his face.