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MACR PILOT: Capt  James R.  Geary  - O-425146

MACR: 05151 FICHE :

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: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Berlin    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 10/10 low clouds over route - 8/10 at the target    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-05-24 TIME: 11:15 LOCATION: Target area

SPECIFY:

Information not available

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO :

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

AIRCRAFT: 42-97845

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-012616
B: SW-012447
C: SW-012809
D: SW-012773
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 1182385
B: 1181903
C: 1181981
D: 1182513
E: 11820?1
F: 1191984
G: 225459
H: 949651
I: 948759
J: 1181774
K: 223459
L: 949651

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 Maurice, J. Fitzgerald Maj O-371839
P2 James R.  Geary Capt O-425146
CP
NAV (N) Dort B. Payne 2Lt O-694893
BOM (B) Edwin Stern 1Lt O-873830
RAD Louis Paltrineri TSgt 11086614
ENG Francis Acker TSgt 18226288
BAL Carl F. Schuster SSgt 13168090
WG (W) John E. Trout SSgt 36327987
WG (W) Jack W. Domenig SSgt 33887688
TG (T) Arthur J. Harris 1Lt O-0-745890

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Information not available
   

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Parachutes were used OTHER: This crew bailed out over Ludwigslust and all were captured.  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"Accurate observations made impossible due to fighter attacks and 10/10 cloud cover.
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: WALTER G. BURKE 1st Lt. Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1944-05-27

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

On 24/5/44 this was the lead ship of the Group formation. Major Fitzgerald was C.O. of the 350th and Capt Geary was a pilot who had completed a tour of operations with the 390th Bomb Group and then been assigned to the 100th. Lt. A. J. Harris, as pilot of his own crew had been interned in Sweden on 20/2/44 with his crew but apparently had gotten back to Thorpe Abbotts by some means. It seems most unusual that he would have been allowed to fly over Europe again because, for security reasons, Evadees & Internees were invariably sent back to the U.S.A.

This crew bailed out over Ludwigslust, Germany and all were captured.