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S/SGT  Donald B. SACKRIDER

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: 36110003 STATUS: POW
MACR: 03025 CR: 03025

Comments1: 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK/ WAS AGE 39 AT THE TIME)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT JOHN G. GOSSAGE             P POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK) SEE NOTE
2ND LT BERTRAND D. McNEILL      CP POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)  
F/O EDWARD A. WARNER         NAV POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
1ST LT HOWARD G. BALL        BOM POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
T/SGT MICHAEL G. POLANICK     ROG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
T/SGT ARTHUR A. COOPER       TTE POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
S/SGT THOMAS R. WOODERSON BTG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
S/SGT JAMES W. GREGG          RWG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
S/SGT DONALD B. SACKRIDER    LWG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
S/SGT ARTHUR V.R. CONGROVE   TG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)

      MACR #3025, Microfiche #1023
      A/C #42-38017 "ONE MISSION LULU"
349th Sqdn..
Lt Howard Ball was from the "Original " crew of Donald Oakes and was wounded on 10 Jul 1943 Le Bourget. He had been hospitalized for a considerable peroid.

On 3 Mar 44 this crew was flying in the #2 position of the lead element to the lead squadron. There was a tremendous cloud build up and as the lead element entered the cloud some following ships believed they saw an explosion as if a collision had occured. Later a VHF was heard from Gossage saying he intended to try for Sweden. Acutally, he landed the plane on a Schlewig airfield (Denmark) thinking he was in Sweden. This probably gave the Germans their first intact B-17 which they later operated.

MIke Polanick had gone overseas with the 100th Group ground echelon then volunteered for aerial gunnery; Thomas Wooderson also had been a member of the  ground crew when the 100th went overseas.


CREW

Capt Donald H.Moede  Pilot   CT 349th Sqdn. Page 213 of S.O.C. lists a 
Donald H.Moede,Pilot of 1401 G St.,Llncoln,Neb., as completing his tour of 
operatlons. Page 179 of "Contrails" has a picture (349th Sqdn.) of a Capt. 
D. Moedo.

Bruce E.Alshouse of the J.G.Gossage crew writes (1986) that after the 
Gossage crew loss  on 24/9/43,He,Theodore Don,and Mike Gillen( B & R ) were 
assigned to the crew Of Capt.Donald H.Moede. Also on tho Moede crew:

Capt. Donald H. Moede P
2nd Lt Theodore Don    B (originally with the JG Gossage Crew) 
M/Sgt. Art Gibbons      N
T/Sgt. Mike Gillen      ROG    (originally with the JG Gossage Crew)
Sgt  Joe Raff               WG
Sgt  Don Sackrider WG    (he was wlth J.G.Gossage on 3/3/44 and became a POW)
 Sgt Richard Pearson   BT
Sgt Bruce E. Alshouse TG  (originally with the JG Gossage Crew)

The CP was usually a replacement; Moede flew "The Laden Maiden" after Owen 
"Cowboy" Roane had flow her for 13 missions..jb

Missions of M/Sgt A.W. Gibbons from paperwork supplied by Gwen Gibbons Nov 9, 1999 (mpf 1999)

1.  October  20, 1943  Duren Germany
2.  November 3, 1943 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 
3.  November 5, 1943 Gelsenkirchen, Germany
4.  November 7, 1943 Duren, Germany
5.  November 13, 1943 Bremen, Germany
6.  November 16, 1943 Rjukan, Norway
7.  November 26, 1943 Bremen, Germany
8.  November 29, 1943 Bremen, Germanyu
9.  November 30, 1943 Sokingen, Germany
10 December  5, 1943   Bordeaux, France
11 December 11, 1943 Emden, Germany
12 December 13, 1943 Kiel, Germany
13 December 20, 1943 Bremen, Germany
14 December 22, 1943   Munster, Germany
15 December 24, 1943  "No Ball" (Pais de Calsis) 
16 December 30, 1943 Ludwigshaven, Germany
17 January     21, 1944 "No Ball" (St Omer)
18 January     29, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
19 January     30, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
20 February     3, 1944 Wilhelmhaven, Germany
21 February     4, 1944 Frankfurt, Germany
22 February     6, 1944 Romilly, France
23 February   13, 1944 "No Ball" (Pais de Calsis)
24 February   26, 1944 Brunswick, Germany
25 April           1, 1944 Ludwigshaven, Germany

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: Landed in Denmark due to FLAK Damage. Was age 39.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-03-03  
AIRCRAFT: "LuLu" (42-38017) CAUSE: FLAK  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 4557