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MACR PILOT: 1Lt  Herbert G.  Devore  - O-800333

MACR: 03235 FICHE : 01106

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: East  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Brunswick    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 10/10 undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-03-15 TIME: 11:02 LOCATION: Brunswick

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-39934

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: 43-65144
B: 43-65151
C: 43-65183
D: 43-60175
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: See Other Side
B: See Other Side
C: See Other Side
D: See Other Side
E: See Other Side
F: See Other Side
G: See Other Side
H: See Other Side
I: See Other Side
J: See Other Side
K: See Other Side
L: See Other Side

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 Roland T. Knight Capt O-726256
P2 Herbert G.  Devore 1Lt O-800333
CP Tail Gunner Position
NAV (N) Burton M. Joseph 1Lt O-739102
BOM (B) Robert K Peel Capt O-739102
RAD Robert D. Longworth TSgt 19176995
ENG Harrison L. Longhi TSgt 31166831
BAL Nicholas Del Cimmuto SSgt 13131729
WG (W) John J. Barry SSgt 31128428
WG (W) Darrell R. Dickenson SSgt 37438621
TG (T) Martin Tashjian 1Lt O-745763

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

C. B. Harper 2Lt O-671266
Last sighted
E. N. McKay 1Lt O-745727
Last sighted    
D. S. Pearson 1Lt O-746417
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Down Under Control  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"At 1102 hours Brunswick, at 19,600 saw lead ship ship 43-39934 hit by AA. Saw red flames inside the cockpit, ship went down apparently under control for 2000 feet where it disappeared in the undercast. One engine was smoking and parts of the cowling were dropping off. No chutes were seen.

Lts. Harper, McKay, and Pearson
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: WALTER G. BURKE 1st Lt. Air Corps Personnel Officer

DATE PREPARED: 1944-03-19

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

On 15/3/44, Lt. Martin Tashjian was flying in the tail as an observer for the Command Pilot and was KIA. Capt. Robert Peel, who had flown overseas with the 100th Group as a bombardier without a crew, was flying as BOM and became a POW. Capt. Roland G. Knight, a pilot who had flown over with the Group unassigned to a crew, was this day flying as Command pilot. He was KIA.  A/C #42 39934  "MY ACHING BACK"  This was the 25th mission for most of the crew. A T/Sgt Robert D. Longworth was flying as ROG in the place of Harry Lenk and was KIA  Longworth was from the original crew of Martin Tashjian which had been involved in a crash at Thorpe Abbotts on 4/12/43. Both he & Tashjian had been injured in that crash and the crew , spending considerable time in the hospital.