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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Maurice E.  Beatty  - O-797954

MACR: 01026 FICHE : 00340

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, Germany (Time 1500 - 1530)

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Unknown

AIRCRAFT: 42-30087

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-62367
B: 43-57392
C: 41-24153
D: 43-60510
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 493907
B: 494483
C: 494798
D: 494751
E: 493899
F: 503702
G: 493924
H: 494510
I: 493903
J: 493837
K: 494435
L: 493865

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 Maurice E.  Beatty 2Lt O-797954
CP James B. Dabney 2Lt O-677675
NAV (N) Grady Moyle 2Lt O-735140
BOM (B) Reid E. Griffiths 2Lt O-676216
RAD Alfred Loguidice TSgt 32536026
ENG George C. Burgess TSgt 33222700
BAL Mortin Levine SSgt 12181918
WG (W) Angelo J. Licato SSgt 12039345
WG (W) Edward C. Karamol SSgt 35339152
TG (T) Smith J. Young SSgt 15066384

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 A/C 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:

On 10/10/43, Sgt John Rupnick was replaced by Sgt. Smith J. Young who was KIA. Young was an original member of the crew of V.E.Fienup. This crew, on its tenth mission, was leading the 2nd flight of the low squadron. From Dabney's statement, it appears that the plane exploded; he says  "S/Sgt. Karamol was blown out of the ship like myself while at his position as waist gunner."  German document says place of crash was "Vynen near Xanten" at 15.15 hours.

S. J. Young's body was recovered from the Waal river near Arnhem in Holland the next day. A. J. Licato's body was also found the next day in Dutch waters. All those killed, except for Young were buried on 13 Oct 1943 at Muenchen-Gladbach Cemetery in graves 349 - 355. According to a letter of 11/11/85 from William Rupnick, brother of John Rupnick, John was wounded on the Bremen raid of 8/10/43 and hospitalized for several months thus he was not with his crew when it was lost.  Rupnick was flying with the crew of Lt. Jack Hunter on May 11, 1945 when he was KIA (mpf...2002)