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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Marvin L.  Leininger  - O-145913

MACR: 02020 FICHE : 00670

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: East  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Ludwigshaven    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 10/10 Undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-12-30 TIME: 13:42 LOCATION: 49 05N - 04 38E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-5861

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 41-42833
B: 43-57279
C: 43-63831
D: 41-24853
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 372108
B: 371978
C: 421714
D: 372526
E: 372039
F: 372073
G: 371653
H: 372001
I: 371711
J: 371739
K: 369514
L: 371459

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 Marvin L.  Leininger 2Lt O-145913
CP Albert W. Witmyer 2Lt O-687102
NAV (N) Leonard D. McChesney 2Lt O-685667
BOM (B) Charles W. Compton 2Lt O-673779
RAD Marshall Banta Sgt 35671019
ENG Meyer M. Weintraub Sgt 12142759
BAL Nicholas J. Matulik Sgt 15323730
WG (W) Eugene F. Latimer Sgt 19127496
WG (W) James W. Parham Sgt 34038658
TG (T) Charles J. McGrogan Sgt 13107080

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

John J. Strang SSgt 33293484
Last sighted
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
One B-17 from high Squadron fell behind and 3 FW 190's followed B-17, which went down in flames. (S/Sgt Strang)
   
   
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: 1944-01-03

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

LUDWIGSHAVEN MISSION, DECEMBER 30, 1943:
Lt Leininger in A/C #861 was hit by flak at 12:35 hours and dropped out of formation. At various times on the route from the target both #3 and #4 engines were feathered and started again. At one time the aircraft was able to regain its position in the formation, but in some reshuffling of the formation, it dropped behind just as some enemy fighters attacked at 13:42 hours. It was hit by three enemy aircraft from 9 O'clock low. It appeared that at least one of the three fighters fired a rocket into the ship at close range. The entire left wing caught fire and part of the tail section broke off. Diving towards the undercast it was followed by several enemy fighters. It appeared under control when last seen. From 1-4 chutes were reported before the plane disappeared into the undercast near 4905 N -0438 E. (from Bill Thompson's Reports) mpf 2001

Report in MACR indicates McChesney and Compton were successful evadees and arrived back in the United Kingdom 17 Apr 1944.

The eight dead, except for Sgts Parham and Matulik, now rest in the Epinal American Cemetery; this from Charles Compton in 1988. (pw)