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LT  Francis C. KINCANNON

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: O-409811 STATUS: POW
MACR: 07414 CR: 07414

Comments1: 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (WACO, TX) FLAK

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT FRANCIS C. KINCANNON       P POW 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT BERNARD L. FARNUM       CP POW 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT LOUIS ABROMOWITZ    NAV EVA 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
1ST LT ROBERT E. NANCE        BOM EVA 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
S/SGT DANIEL B. DEASON         TTE POW 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
SGT OSCAR L. EDGE                 ROG POW 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
SGT BERNARD M. TARNECKI        BTG NOC
SGT CHARLES E. GARRETT(E)      WG NOC
SGT THOMAS J. HOAGG             WG CPT    24 JUL 44 ST LO
SGT ROBERT D. CHAVEZ              TG POW 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG

418TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE JOINED THE 100TH ON  09 MAR 1944
The Crew flew a/c 42-107011  "SHINING HOUR" starting on March 27, 1944. 

GARRETTE LAST NAME HAS BEEN SPELLED GARETTE (CONTRIALS), GARRETTE (STORY OF THE CENTURY AND JIM BROWNS FILE CARDS) AND GARRETT, (SEE NOTE BELOW)

Partial list of Missions of Lt Kincannon Crew: (all missions in Shining Hour unless otherwise noted…mpf)

1.     16/03/44     AUGSBURG (a/c 42-38175)
2.     18/03/44     LECHFELD/MUNICH  (a/c 42-6087 "ROYAL FLUSH" flak damage to #2 Engine)  
3.     27/03/44     BORDEAUX/MERIGNAC AF
4.     28/03/44     CHATEAUDUN, AF
        31/03/44     LUDWIGSHAVEN  (Recall)
        01/04/44     LUDWIGSHAVEN  (Recall)
5.     08/04/44     QUACKENBRUCK, AF
        09/04/44     KRESZINKE (POSEN) (Recall)
6.     10/04/44     RHEIMS
7.     11/04/44     ROSTOCK
        12/04/44     SCHKEUDITZ (LEIPZIG), AC FACTORY (Lt Col Kidd Command Pilot, Recall)
8.     13/04/44     AUGSBURG (flak damage to #3 engine)
9.     22/04/44     HAMM
10.   24/04/44     FLOTTENANVILLE (NO BALL)

About this time, Lt Kincannon's Crew became a Pathfinder Crew and were assigned a radar equipped Fort supplied by the 95th BG called "BELLE OF BERLIN".  (I also believe the make up of this Crew changed at this point with BTG, and both WG's being taken off the Crew and either assigned to other crews or went into spare gunner pool..MPF)


                                              Pathfinder Aircraft

DATE: 20 July 1944       418th Sqdn.            A/C #42-97564 OE-F (95th BG Pathfinder) "Belle of Berlin"

MISSION: Merseburg,Ger.                             MACR #7414,Micro-fiche #2701


 Major MaGee C.Fuller           Com. P  POW
 Capt Francis C.Kincannon           P       POW
1st Lt Bernard L.Farnum         CP       POW
Capt Robert E.Nance           BOM      EVADEE
1st Lt Louis H.Abromowitz      NAV      EVADEE
Capt Henry C. Griffis           RAD/N     EVADEE (see Hermansen crew/ 350th Sqdn.)
1st Lt George E.Bonitz        NAV      EVADEE
T/Sgt Daniel B.Deason        TTE       POW
T/Sgt Oscar L.Edge            ROG        POW
 S/Sgt Glen E.Snider          RWG       POW
 S/Sgt Daniel M.Cargile        LWG       EVADEE
 S/Sgt Robert D.Chavez        TG        POW

This A/C  was leading the mission in a Pathfinder ship which accounts for the
seven officers aboard. Major Fuller,who had flown overseas as pilot of a 349th
Sqdn. Crew in June 1943, was now C.O. of the 418th.

EYEWITNESS:  "Just as bombs were released A/C #564 received a direct hit by AA fire between #2 engine and fuselage.Shell did not explode but a large hole was torn in the wing and gasoline poured from the tanks. #2 engine feathered and A/C pulled out of formation directing deputy leader to take over. A/C fell behind and was escorted by fighters and it was reported that #564 was heard to tell fighters over radio that it
was all-right." This is all the information that interrogation of 100th "A" Group crews revealed.

From Bottisham (fighter base) to PFF War room to 100th BG the following report was received: "A/C #564 called for fighter support
after it began to lag and contact was made over channel "C" with the fighters which gave it cover. Subsequentlythe PFF had to crash
land near Louvain just east of Brusselsand prearranged plan (over channel "C") as soon as the crew had cleared the A/C the fighter strafed and set fire to the ship. Fighter did not see PFF explode  but stated definitely that it was afire,and that all the crew was safe.'


Subj: 100thBG Feedback Form  
Date: 6/3/2004 8:16:42 AM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: bryans214@peoplepc.com 

 The following form contents were entered on 3rd Jun 4
Date = 3 Jun 4 15:16:28
subject = 100thBG Feedback Form
messages = 1443
CATEGORY = Other
EMAIL = bryans214@peoplepc.com
UNAME = William Bryan
INTEREST = I am the relative of a 100th veteran
FEEDBACK = My uncle (deceased in 1968)was a tail gunner on a 100 bomb group crew…I believe the name of the B-17 was "Shining Hour"…his name was Charles E. Garrett, from Charlottesville, VA…but when I go to your site's 'crew' page and do a search for him or his aircraft, nothing comes up…can you help me here as to why or where? Thanks.


Purpose: Request information
Email: victor.schutters@skynet.be
Name: victor schutters
Interest: Other
Comments: Dear Madam, dear Sir,
I am writing you from Belgium. My grandfather,Victor Schutters, was a member of the belgian underground.On 1st August 1944, he picked up three airmen of the 100th BG in Westmalle and brought them to a safe house in Brussels.Those airmen are: Capt Robert E.Nance, 1st Lt George E.Bonitz and 1st Lt Louis H.Abramowitz. I should want to know how they were helped after the crash. I wonder if they are still alive and if they remember their trip with my grandfather. 
Yours sincerely, 
Victor Schutters.


Regarding the photo:
http://www.100thbg.com/mainpages/crews/crews1/kincannon1.htm
This particular photo came to us identified only as "The Francis C. 
Kincannon Crew". None of the individuals in the photo were named. 
However, Francis Kincannon would be kneeling (front row). It was 
customary to photograph the officers on one row and the enlisted men on 
another row. At any rate, I believe that the man kneeling on the far 
right is probably Francis Kincannon.

Perhaps Michael Faley, 100th BG Historian, can add more to my guess. You 
will probably be receiving a note from him within the next couple of days.


> :::::::::::::::::: SUBMITTER :::::::::::::::::
> FORM SUBMITTED BY: Margaret Kincannon (kincanon@gte.net)
> FORM SUBJECT: Ask a question
> SUBMITTER RELATIONSHIP: I am the veteran's cousin
> :::::::::: END OF SUBMITTER SECTION :::::::::::
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> :::::::::::::::::::: MESSAGE :::::::::::::::::::
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> In the photo of Francis C. Kincannon's crew (418th Bomber Squad), which in the group is Francis Chase Kincannon?  I am writing an article for a family newsletter and need to identify him.  Also, I do have info regarding his death (June 19, 1971), burial at Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.
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From: Jos van Roozendaal [mailto:jvroozendaal@gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2012 6:59 AM
To: mpfaley@aol.com
Subject: Wrong crash location on your side of 100 BG ship “ Belle of Berlin” 42-97564

Dear Sir/Madam

Some eight days ago we visited former station Thorpe Abotts and its museum in Great Britain. In a conversation with the staff and researchers we discussed the crash of the  “Belle of Berlin” 42-97564 who crashed in the near vicinity where we live on July 20th 1944. One of the discussions was the exact crash-spot and they advised me to write you.
In MACR  7414 several places are mentioned, not surprising, due to the geographic knowledge of the former crews from Europe and Holland in particular.
As crash-spot is mentioned on your website Louvain in Belgium. Same place we see in a book surely well known by you “Century Bombers” we can read on page 133 the same place of Louvain.
Also in MACR 7414 is mentioned this place.
In fact it was approximately 42 miles North North East of the city of Louvain 
Coordinates:  51°29'4.26"N    4°52'47.47"E 

This exact spot is proved by:
-Pointed out by eyewitnesses and statements by Dutch police.
-Noted in German reports in MACR 7414
-Accounted for by crewmembers in MACR 7414 by Kincannon, Edge, Nance, Bonitz
-Crewmember Daniel Deason, Flight Engineer, also mentioned the correct spot in his correspondence to us February 26, 1992.
I hope that this information will be useful for you and if you need more additional information I’ll try to help you.
Thanks for your attention.

 

Best regards,
Jos van Roozendaal from The Netherlands
Researcher and member History Society of the municipality of Baarle-Nassau, Holland
Researcher and member Museum of airbase Gilze-Rijen, Holland

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Merseburg DATE: 1944-07-20  
AIRCRAFT: "Pathfinders" (42-97564) CAUSE: FLAK - Fire  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Francis C. Kincannon Crew (left to right)
Kneeling: R. Nance, B. Farnum, F. Kincannon, L. Abromowitz
Standing: R. Chavez, O. Edge, G. Snider, D. Deason, C. Garrette, B. Tarnecki
Photo courtesy of Thorpe Abbotts Tower Museum Archives - January, 2006

 L to R: Oscar L. Edge (ROG), Daniel B. Deason (TTE) and Bernard L. Farnum (CP) of the Francis C. Kincannon crew. These three were photographed hiding in a chicken coop after bailing out of their stricken aircraft on the 20 Jul 44 Merseberg mission. All three later became POWs. Kincannon crew information Photo courtesy of Oscar je Rooij 

Article about Family receiving DFC w/OLC and Air Medal with OLC's of Capt. Kincannon. This article also proves the date of the May 7, 1944 as the Mission to Berlin with Rosie Rosenthal as Command Pilot and the problems with the flak and prop coming off. (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)  

Newspaper clipping of Capt Kincannon liberation. (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

Lead PFF aircraft with Capt Kincannon and Maj Magee Fuller taking off on July  20, 1944  
Flak hit between the No. 2 engine and the fuselage on the bomb run. The propellers on the left side both ran away but there was no fire. The aircraft left the formation and returned with escorts from the 361st Fighter Group. 564 made an emergency landing about 10 km southeast of Breda, Holland. The crews successfully set the aircraft afire. This B-17 was not a 100th aircraft and was on detached service from the 95th, a sister group of the 100th also in the 13th Combat Wing.

 

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Crew 1

Crew 2

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