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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Paul J.  Schmalenbach  - O-663573

MACR: 00270 FICHE : 00090

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 NE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Bremen    
MISSION TYPE:Bombing    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Heavy overcast    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-06-25 TIME: 09:00 LOCATION: Near 54 00N - 07 30E (Time 0900-1000)

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Disappeared in overcast before formation reached target - exact location and circumstances unknown.

AIRCRAFT: 42-30038

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-58740
B: 43-58569
C: 43-58756
D: 43-58392
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 458360
B: 458259
C: 458305
D: 458274
E: 458033
F: 457971
G: 458096
H: 458378
I: 458325
J: 458286
K: 458324
L: 492708

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 Paul J.  Schmalenbach 1Lt O-663573
CP George Wilburn Cox F/O T-60862
NAV (N) John Francis Brown 1Lt O-730223
BOM (B) Jack Lindsey Clark 2Lt O-731361
RAD Eugene M. Beck TSgt 16068730
ENG Anthony James Russo Sgt 32337476
BAL Frank J. Podbielske TSgt 35303694
WG (W) Norman C Goodwin SSgt 31079618
WG (W) Lewis W. Priegel SSgt 36364544
TG (T) William C. Lucas SSgt 38189068

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Sam L. Barr 1Lt O-791275
Last sighted - Took off in same formation.
Magee C. Fuller 1Lt O-1699234
Last sighted - Took off in same formation.    
Glenn S. Van Noy 1Lt O-728775
Last sighted - Took off in same formation.

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Unknown OTHER: Unknown  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
No eyewitness report.
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: CLAUDE L. HOSFORD 2nd Lt Air Corps Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED: 1999-11-30

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

According to a German report this plane was shot down "into the sea 20 km North of Wangerooge"   one of the Frisian Islands   and Norman Goodwin was recovered from the sea, taken to a hospital on the island of Norderney where an "amputation of his left thigh" was performed. Goodwin was subsequently returned to the U.S. John Brown was also picked up from the sea and sent to a hospital at Sanderbusch.  Both Frank Podbielski and William Lucas were "recovered by Coastguard boat at 10.00 hours and transferred to Dulag Luft, Oberursel on 26 June 1943." 

A statement made by Frank Podbielski in which he described the final minutes of his aircraft says, in part, "After 30 minutes of combat action, the top turret guns were silent.  T/Sgt. Beck could have been wounded or killed.  Sgt. Goodwin lay wounded on the floor of radio room, Sgt. Russo lay wounded to the right of the ball turret after administering first aid to Goodwin." * According to email received by Ed Cox (Lt Cox Nephew), Lt. George "Mutt" Cox survived the Bail out but died later in the POW camp.  Also in this email, Lt Cox's sister states that Lt Cox told her the name of their aircraft was "Bar Fly".