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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  John G.  Gossage  - O-798486

MACR: 03025 FICHE : 01023

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  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Berlin    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: Missing    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-03-03 TIME: 11:25 LOCATION: 5410N-0910E

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Hit by flak and landed in Denmark where entire crew became POWs

AIRCRAFT: 42-38017

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-002632
B: SW-002635
C: SW-002636
D: SW-002638
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1151517
B: 1152022
C: 1074459
D: 1074248
E: 1074712
F: 1152111
G: 1151640
H: 1152077
I: 1151062
J: 1074432
K: 1115989
L: 1150753 (m) 1074701

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 John G.  Gossage 1Lt O-798486
CP Bertrand D. McNeil 2Lt O-681153
NAV (N) Edward A. Warner F/O T-123044
BOM (B) Howard G. Ball 1Lt O-734297
RAD Michael G. Polanick TSgt 13039246
ENG Arthur A. Cooper TSgt 19061757
BAL Thomas R. Wooderson SSgt 16044644
WG (W) James W. Gregg SSgt 33268508
WG (W) Donald B. Sackrider SSgt 36110003
TG (T) Arthur V. R. Congrove SSgt 34442921

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

William B. Murray 2Lt O-746405
Last sighted
C.I. Montgomery 2Lt O-803251
Last sighted    
Ernest A. Kiessling Capt O-659381
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C #017 was flying #2 in Lead Element, lead formation.  Near 5410N-0910E the leaders flew into a dense layer of clouds. The leader of the second element pulled up above the overcast and his wing men peeled off right and left. None of these crews saw any A/C of the lead element again,. Crews in the 100B group flying in the combat wing behind  turned back before entering the cloud bank.  Most of these crews observed a large explosion behind them and slightly above the formation altitude. It is believed that A/C #970 and A/C 817 collided and exploded, and that A/C #017 was damaged by the explosion.  A VHF signal was received from #017 a short time later saying that the pilot intended to try to reach Sweden--Capt. Kiessling, Lt Murray, and Lt Montgomery.
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

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PREPARED BY: Missing

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TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

Author unknown: "Crew reported that Arthur A. Cooper was severely wounded in the attack and was later repatriated by the Germans."
On 3/3/44, Lt Gossage flying with a new crew headed for Berlin but was jumped by fighters and headed  for Sweden.  Instead they  landed in Denmark and became a POW. Sgt. Humphrey, with the crew of R. D. Vollmer, went down on that same mission and became a POW

There are two (2) MACRs regarding John Gossage:

MACR # 00778 
On 24/9/43 a rather sudden practice mission was scheduled and it was discovered that this crew's regularly assigned A/C was still loaded with bombs from a mission scrubbed earlier that day. Another A/C was assigned the crew and in the rush to take off at the proper time, it was not immediately discovered that the ten machine guns were stored in the nose compartment. 

While over the North Sea on the practice mission, about 10/15 enemy fighters jumped the formation and left Gossage's ship badly shot up and #3 engine and part of the right wing burning fiercely. Gossage ordered the crew to bail out but he rode the ship to a crash landing in the sea. After about an hour in the water, Gossage, Don, Humphrey, Gillen and Alshouse were picked up by Air-Sea Rescue. Bodies of Schulte & DeCooman were never recovered and their names are inscribed on the Wall Of The Missing at Cambridge, Eng. Bill Grier is buried in the Cambridge Cemetery. 

NOTE: LT GOSSAGE WAS WITH LT FLESH AT GELSENKIRCHEN ON 5 NOV 43; RETURNED TO THORPE ABBOTTS WITH ONLY PILOT AND CO-PILOT ABOARD. SEE LT FLESH CASUALTY REPORT.