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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Arthur M.  Vetter  - O-795682

MACR: 00645 FICHE : 00213

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 350th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: SE  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Paris Reanult Plant    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: CAVU    

GIVE

DATE: 1943-09-15 TIME: 19:00 LOCATION: Over Paris

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-3452

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: F  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-57621
B: 43-57629
C: 43-57645
D: 43-57648
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 660215
B: 660433
C: 638708
D: 396465
E: 406818
F: 369465
G: 396344
H: 396769
I: 383822
J: 393664
K: 398546
L: 398323

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 Arthur M.  Vetter 2Lt O-795682
CP Donald G. Smith 2Lt O-741943
NAV (N) Wendell K. McConnaha 2Lt O-734944
BOM (B) James G. Bormuth 2Lt O-676542
RAD John M. Wagner TSgt 33237317
ENG Orval L. Parsons TSgt 35333680
BAL Edward W. Fontaine SSgt 31172594
WG (W) Hobert C. Trigg SSgt 16073581
WG (W) Edward M. Daly SSgt 32560807
TG (T) Warren G. Lush SSgt 37461810

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Raymond J. Gormley 2Lt O-797516
Bernard A. DeMarco Capt O-701290
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Down under control  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
A/C 452 (42-3452 LN-Z. . SEE MACR 645, MICRO-FICHE 213) WAS HIT IN THE #2 ENGINE AT 1900 BETWEEN THE IP AND THE PT AND THE RALLY POINT (RIGHT OVER PARIS). NO CHUTES, NO EAC, BELIEVE HE DROPPED HIS BOMBS. LAST SEEN DROPPING BACK APPARENTLY UNDER CONTROL. ( LT GORMLEY)

AT 1901 OVER LAGNY, RIGHT WING (VETTER) LOST ALTITUDE. #2 AND #3 ENGINES SMOKING. DISAPPEARED INTO CLOUDS   (CAPT DeMarco)
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

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PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: CLAUDE L. HOSFORD 1st Lt Air Corps Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED: 1943-09-20

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

ON 15 SEP 43 T/SGT ORVAL L. PARSONS WAS FLYING AS TTE, HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE LEG BEFORE BAILING OUT AND WAS TAKEN POW. S/SGT WARREN G. LUSH WAS FLYING AS A REPLACEMENT FOR W. D. EDWARDS AND BECAME AN EVADEE. LUSH WAS FROM THE J. T. GRIFFIN CREW. APPARENTLY McCONNAHA DIED OF EXPOSURE WHEN HE FELL FROM A CLIFF IN THE PYRENEES AS HE WAS GOING INTO SPAIN (JAN 1944).