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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Alonzo P.  Adams  - O-791271

MACR: 00271 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: ENE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Bremen    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Heavy Overcast    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-06-25 TIME: 09:00 LOCATION: Near 54 00' N - 07 30' E

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 circumatances unknown.

AIRCRAFT: 42-3260

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 41-58165
B: 41-58181
C: 42-80656
D: 42-79526
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 443632
B: 446023
C: 442063
D: 443062
E: 443392
F: 449931
G: 443191
H: 443129
I: 443394
J: 442971
K: 442342
L: 492978

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 Alonzo P.  Adams 1Lt O-791271
CP George Z. Krech F/O T-60797
NAV (N) Nicholas Demchak 2Lt O-792440
BOM (B) Jessie D. Gurley 2Lt O-731371
RAD James D. Purcell TSgt 32337571
ENG John K. Sullivan TSgt 16020859
BAL John G. Kruzich SSgt 37196305
WG (W) Norman (MNI) Asbornsen SSgt 32305093
WG (W) Edmonde J. Walker SSgt 14056678
TG (T) Bryant Hutchinson SSgt 39250686

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

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

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Unknown OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: Name missing from MACR, physically torn off page

DATE PREPARED:

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

According to Nick Demchak, sole survivor, they were jumped by fighters about 20 miles from the enemy coast. Demchak's statement: "My mind is a complete blank from the time we got the bail out signal until I regained consciousness on a German boat. 2nd Lt. Gurley was in nose of ship and was not hurt when we received the bail out signal - I was firing my guns and did not hear the signal but Gurley informed me. I believe Adams and Krech were severely wounded or killed by a burst of machine gun fire which came quite close to me and from the angle appeared to enter the cockpit. Directly after that the bail out signal was given. I believe the plane exploded at that moment and the rest of the crew were killed by the explosion or rendered unconscious and unable to operate their chutes. The German boat that picked me up said they did not see anyone else." The bodies of Adams and Asbornsen must have been recovered but all of the others appear on the Wall of The Missing at Madingly.