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MACR PILOT: Capt  William G.  Lakin  - O-740839

MACR: 04234 FICHE : 01500

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: SSW  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Sottevast    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 6/10 to 8/10 clouds    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-04-28 TIME: 10:19 LOCATION: 40 33N - 01 30E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Enemy anti-aircraft

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-107024

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-016566 ?
B: SW-010362 ?
C: SW-016860 ?
D: SW-010696 ?
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 952429
B: 932289
C: 1294684
D: 1293203
E: 1295024
F: 1293382
G: 1293394
H: 1264702
I: 1293429
J: 420740
K: 420704
L: 952807 (or) 952803?

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 11 PASS: 0 TOTAL: 11

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1 Robert H. Kelly Col O-017318
P2 William G.  Lakin Capt O-740839
CP Tail
NAV (N) Joseph H. Payne Capt O-790285
BOM (B) Maurice H. Cain 1Lt O-681869
RAD Leo R. Cannon TSgt 34354853
ENG James C. Brown TSgt 14041012
BAL Albert M. Freitas SSgt 06534388
WG (W) John N. Spiker SSgt 35376680
WG (W) Joseph A. Richard SSgt 31174593
TG (T) Herbert A. Alf 1Lt O-746267
Flex Gunner Delbert E. Barnhart TSgt 35471387

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

C. E. Harris 2Lt O-749162
Last sighted
E. P. Noordyk 2Lt O-806964
Last sighted    
C. W. Woldt 2Lt O-001553
Last sighted

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER:  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
SUMMARY REPORT:

A/C #024 was hit by two brusts of flak; one near cockpit and one near tail.
Cockpit burst into flames.  Plane went into vertical dive; top turret came off,
As plane entered clouds and it seemed to disinagrate without exploding.  One
Chute seen.  Plane hit at 1019 hours, one minute after bombs away, near 4953E-
0130W. (Lt. Harris, Lt. Nordyk, Lt. Woldt)
   
   
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: 1944-04-29

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

This was what can best be called a "pick-up" crew of veteran airmen, with the exception of Col. Kelly fresh from the States and had became the 100th's Commanding Officer only nine days prior to the mission. Joe "Bubbles" Payne was a member of the original air echelon of the Group as were T/Sgt James C. Brown and S/Sgt Albert M. Freitas. With the exception of Magee Fuller, they were the last of the "Original 100th" to become casualties.  T/Sgt Leo R. Cannon joined the Group in August 1943, his original crew (F.H. Meadows) was shot down at Bremen  08 Oct 1943. Capt William G. Lakin had been with the Group prior to October 1943.
The following from MACRs:  "....On 02 May 1944, at 0730 hours an American Airman was captured by two German soldiers on the street of Rochville, Sottevast, France. The Germans record the following data: Name: Cain, Maurice # 0-681859. According to his statement he rescued himself from the burning aircraft on 28 April 1944. Sent to Airbase Command, Paris, France..Date 3 May 1944 @ 1320 hours."  The Originating German Officer is not identified..pw